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May 5, 2021
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Echostar teams up with Semtech for satellite-based services; Slovak Telekom increases its capacity with Intelsat; BICS simplifies SIMs.
Nokia has launched what it's calling a blockchain-powered data marketplace, a platform to facilitate the secure and trusted exchange and monetization of data for enterprises and communications service providers. The offering hooks into Nokia's existing Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING), which offers global IoT connectivity for a range of markets such as logistics and healthcare.
A1 Telekom Austria Group has raised €2.5 million (US$3 million) in a Series A funding round for Whalebone, its cybersecurity startup that seeks to prevent communication with and downloads of malware. The round was led by Day One Capital.
Slightly further along the line is Antwerp-based Accelleran, a provider of open RAN software for 4G/5G networks, which has raised €6.8 million ($8.1 million) in in Series B funding in a round led by Cogito Capital Partners. Accelleran plans to use the funding to drive its expansion.
Swisscom is to spin off a new startup, Rready, which will use the "Kickbox" innovation method to try to develop monetizable digital services. Among those backing Rready is Fyrfly, a Californian venture capital firm. Kickbox is a methodology developed by Adobe that encourages employees to come up with new business ideas.
What's shakin' on the UK fiber front? Well now, in no particular order: TalkTalk is launching 506Mbit/s full-fiber broadband in the Scottish town of Inverness; CityFibre is expanding its partnership with HighNet, bringing full-fiber services to the people of Glasgow and Renfrewshire through its new consumer brand, Brawband; and London's Community Fibre has signed a wayleave agreement with social housing landlord EastendHomes to bring full fiber services to 4,000 residents in the borough of Tower Hamlets.
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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