Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia closes sale of Danish unit; Tele2 rejigs board; Sunrise helps SMEs collaborate.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

April 3, 2024

2 Min Read
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Will L4S mean it's game over for latency lags?(Source: ronstik/Alamy Stock Photo)
  • Nokia and Vodafone have described as "encouraging" the results of a joint trial of L4S technology to reduce latency in home broadband services. Using a fiber-to-the-home link serving a standard laptop over a busy Wi-Fi broadband connection, the two companies say they were able to reduce the response times when accessing an Internet site from 550 milliseconds to just 12 milliseconds whilst maintaining fast speeds. L4S stands for "low latency, low loss, and scalable" and is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard technology that its backers hope could improve the online experience for gamers, videoconferencing users and anyone else putting a strain on the average home broadband connection. The trial was carried out at Vodafone's research laboratory in Newbury, UK. Previously, Nokia has worked with German extended reality (XR) specialist Hololight to explore how L4S can boost the performance of cloud-rendered XR services that rely on very low levels of latency to generate immersive experiences.

  • Nordic operator Telia has closed the sale of its Danish unit to Norlys. The deal is worth 6.25 billion Danish kroner (US$903 million). Norlys, a Danish company, currently offers Internet and pay-TV services, as well as gas and electricity. Telia says that the deal forms part of its strategy to "focus on markets in which there is a clear path to securing and defending leading market positions."

  • Another Nordic player, Tele2, has announced a rejig of its board which sees Iliad CEO Thomas Reynaud being proposed as chairman. In February of this year, Freya, an investment vehicle jointly controlled by Iliad and its founder, Xavier Niel, agreed to acquire investment company Kinnevik's entire 19.8% stake in Tele2 for 13 billion Swedish kronor ($1.26 billion).

  • Swiss operator Sunrise is targeting small businesses with Managed Workplace, a collaboration services bundle based around Microsoft's Teams/Exchange/MS 365 combo. Other options, such as hardware leasing and device management, can be added to the core package if required.

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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