Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange invests in Israeli security startup; ETNO reaffirms support of ICANN proposals; 3 pushes for BT/Openreach separation.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) are among a group of vendors who have joined forces with a fleet of German car makers to form the "5G Automotive Association," the aim of which will be to nurture "connected car" technology. More specifically, the association will look to: define and harmonize use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies; address "vehicle-to-everything" technology requirements; and run joint development projects, including large-scale pilots. Audi, BMW and Daimler are the car companies involved; Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) complete the line-up on the technology side.
Orange (NYSE: FTE) is investing an undisclosed amount into Israeli security startup SecBI as part of a Series A funding round. SecBI says its software automates threat detection and incident investigation, using "machine learning" technology to analyze network log data. Other investors in the funding round include Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and Connecticut Innovations.
The Donald might not think much of it, but the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has been reaffirming its support of the proposal to move the functions of the US-controlled IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) to ICANN. In a statement issued late Monday, ETNO said: "The internet and the digital ecosystem are global. A swift and positive decision on the final transition of the IANA functions to ICANN is therefore essential in order to take steps towards an open, independent and inclusive governance of the internet." Trump has been widely derided, on The Register and elsewhere, for his belief that the transfer of functions from IANA to ICANN will hand "control of the Internet" over to Russian and China. (See I Didn't Know Obama Owned the Internet and Europe Wants a Piece of ICANN.)
Ericsson has agreed a two-year deal with Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) which will see the cable giant using the Swedish vendor's video storage and processing platform in Latin America. VTR in Chile and Liberty Cablevision in Puerto Rico are the two subsidiaries who will be using Ericsson's system, which allows TV operators to expand the reach of their DVR services.
UK mobile operator Three UK has lent its support to broadband provider TalkTalk and its "Fix Britain's Internet" campaign, which is basically seeking to get the public to push regulator Ofcom to structurally separate BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) from its Openreach network access unit. The campaigners want the public to respond to Ofcom's consultation on the matter, believing that separation "is the only measure that will deliver genuine competition and prevent BT from favouring itself." Last week Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) aligned itself with BT on the issue. (See BT, Ofcom & the Battle of Britain, Eurobites: BT Draws Virgin Into Openreach Lobby, BT Clings On to Openreach – Just and Ofcom Does Not Rule Out BT Carve-Up.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading