This week in Euroland it's all about BAR-CE-LONA!Light Reading operatives have seen off threatened public-transport strikes and overcome hotel-booking-site meltdowns to bring you everything that's worth knowing from Mobile World Congress. And yes, there will be tapas references. Here's a first taste...
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has used the Barcelona bunfight to launch its Network-Enabled Cloud, a nailing-jelly-to-the-wall concept which it describes as a business platform enabling operators to "drive new revenues and evolve network capabilities." It involves a "5C" approach, apparently -- connect, control, compute, create and customize. Right... (See Ericsson Launches a Cloud.)
Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the U.K. are to be the testing grounds for a new mobile payments system which is the result of a partnership between Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Visa. It will be based on Visa's prepaid account service, and will allow Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled smartphones equipped with Visa payWave to make purchases at participating stores.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading