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Eurobites: Scots Pump £15M Into Fiber Expansion

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom pushes IoT at CeBIT; Openreach turns to VR for recruitment help; RAD promotes rowing titan; Proximus sells off real estate.

  • The Scottish government is to pump an additional £15.6 million (US$19.3 million) into the country's "superfast" (more than 24 Mbit/s in this context) fiber broadband network, extending the technology to very remote regions. The rollout forms part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, which saw stronger than expected take-up, according to the government's press release. In a separate announcement, the government unveiled a new "digital growth fund," which will see £36 million ($44.5 million) being made available to Scottish businesses over the next three years for the training of staff in areas such as cybersecurity and data analytics.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is using this week's CeBIT show in Hanover to buff up its credentials in the Internet of Things market, showing off its plans for smart parking management in Hamburg and promoting the value of machine-learning software in the battle against the likes of the Stuxnet worm (you know, the one that affected nuclear power plants in Iran and Russia).

  • Openreach , the network access unit that is soon to be "legally separated" from current parent company BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), says it plans to use virtual reality technology to help it hire 1,500 trainee engineers. Potential candidates will be able to don a silly-looking VR headset to, among other things, experience the thrill of climbing up a telephone pole without have to leave the safety of ground level. Interesting, certainly, but it's not exactly Wichita Lineman, is it?

    'Wait -- you want me to climb up that?'
    'Wait -- you want me to climb up that?'

  • Israel-based RAD Data Communications Ltd. has appointed Ilan Tevet as its new vice president of marketing and business development. Tevet has been with RAD for 20 years. And -- get this desk jockeys! -- he was Israel's national rowing champion from 1987 to 1991.

  • Advances in telco technology bring many benefits -- not least the ability to do more things in less space. Now, thanks to new technology, Belgium's Proximus says it can sell its telecom exchange on the Meir in the port city of Antwerp to property developers and move to a smaller site. The Meir is Antwerp's main shopping street, so it's a site that is presumably worth a fair few euros. Proximus sees such potential in this that it has set up a subsidiary, Connectimo, specifically to sell off superfluous real estate of this kind.

  • British retail icon Mark and Spencer has become the latest company to pull its advertising from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) platforms because of the danger that it will end up appearing next to extremist content. As the BBC reports, the UK government said last week that it intended to remove its ad campaigns from YouTube after it discovered that they had suffered exactly this fate.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • PaulERainford 3/20/2017 | 1:35:26 PM
    RIP Chuck Nothing to do with Eurobites but what the heck. Let's watch the late great Chuck Berry performing one of THE great telephone-related songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-p_Wa13fk8
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