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Eurobites: ETSI Prepares for Next-Gen Future

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zeetta lands Bristol gig; Facebook hands ammunition to tax critics; Huawei invests in Nigeria.

  • Specifications body the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) says its industry specifications group (ISG) for next-generation protocols (NGP) has published details of "scenarios" for developing Internet Protocol and related technologies that would be used in future telecom networks. The ISG appears to have a very broad remit, having looked at scenarios including the Internet of Things, virtualization and mobile edge computing. Separate ISGs are currently working on network functions virtualization and mobile edge computing specifications, raising the prospect of further overlap between different ETSI groups. ETSI said its aim was to influence the work being done by a variety of standardization groups, including the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) . The NGP ISG was created in January this year. (See ETSI's NGP Group Releases First Spec, Will ETSI Lose Its Edge as Fog Rolls In? and ETSI Gets Edgy About Mobile.)

  • This week sees the SDN World Congress in the Hague, and among the announcements emanating from the show is one from Zeetta Networks telling the world that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the "Bristol Is Open" (BIO) joint venture, which is overseeing the development of smart city technology in the go-ahead city in the south-west of England. Zeetta, a company spun out from the University of Bristol, will install, maintain and support its NetOS network controller on the BIO network, which is fed with information about smart city-type things such as traffic, air quality and energy from sensors across the town. Bristol's smart city program is considered one of the most advanced in the world, harnessing the potential of a range of related technologies, such as SDN and OpenFlow. (See Smart Cities: Power to the People.)

  • Facebook 's UK subsidiary has likely stoked the fire of public anger about its parent company's "tax-efficient" accounting after results for 2015 announced over the weekend showed it earned an £11.3 million ($13.9 million) credit to offset against future tax payments. As the Daily Telegraph reports, the tax credit was secured despite the social networking giant reporting a worldwide profit of $6.19 billion (£4.97 billion).

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has invested $6 million in a research center in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The center will show whoever's interested examples of how they can be helped by new technologies such as so-called "4.5G" and the Internet of Things.

  • The European Commission has given the go-ahead to Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO)'s acquisition of TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC)'s Swedish unit. The value of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the month, is 2.9 billion Swedish kronor ($335 million). TDC Sweden specializes in business-to-business services for private companies and the public sector.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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