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Eurobites: GE Plugs Into Europe's Industrial Internet

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach targets SMEs; Finnish tech startups struggle for staff; Huawei does the math in Paris.

  • Connecticut-based General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) (GE) is launching a significant foray in Europe with the opening of a "digital foundry" in Paris, which it says will be first in a series of such centers intended to incubate startups, improve collaboration and drive ecosystem growth in the digital era. The foundry will employ around 250 people. In a multi-stranded project, GE is also expanding access to digital industrial tools and partners through Predix, GE's operating system for the "Industrial Internet," and launching two new Predix-based products. (See GE Opens Digital Foundry in Paris.)

  • Openreach , the network access arm of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), has announced the start of its rollout of high-speed broadband to UK SMEs, which will use a combination of FTTP and G.fast technology to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s. The rollout, which is due to take place over the next nine months, will focus on areas such as high streets and business parks that aren't currently linked up to Openreach fiber. Last month BT bowed to regulatory pressure and committed to spend around £6 billion ($8.7 billion) over the next three years on extending the coverage of high-speed fixed and mobile networks, including FTTP, to about 2 million households. (See BT to Cover 2M Homes With FTTP in $8.7B Plan.)

  • Finland is having trouble recruiting people with the right skills for its plethora of technology-based startups, reports Reuters. Despite there being, in theory at least, hundreds of software-savvy Nokia veterans on the jobs market following the demise of its once all-powerful handsets business, technology firms are often having to look abroad for the likes of games developers and others with very specialized skills. The sector is currently looking for around 7,000 programmers, says the report.

  • Huawei is opening a Mathematics Research Center in Paris as part of an Innovation Day which will bring together various luminaries from the twin worlds of telecom and technology to focus on topics that include, it says here, the "Beauty of Mathematics," the "Beauty of Technology," and "A Brief Story of 5G." Go figure, and remember to show your workings.

  • Monday's horrific killing of a French police commander and his partner and the subsequent live video posted onto Facebook by the jihadist attacker encouraging others to follow his example has once again highlighted the potential issues surrounding live video streaming on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. As Reuters reports, Facebook has made its live broadcast feature a central part of its offer in recent months, but many question whether it has the wherewithal or even the will to properly monitor what is being broadcast and see that, as should have been the case with Monday's live video, offensive or inflammatory material is removed before it spreads worldwide.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • PaulERainford 6/15/2016 | 11:10:56 AM
    The Beauty of Mathematics For me, mathematics turned ugly when simultaneous equations turned up. And stayed ugly.
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