Industrial IoT

Eurobites: Nokia, Telefónica Put 5G to Work on the Assembly Line

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eutelsat does deal with Airbus; Hagberg joins top team at Tele2; CityFibre does Stirling work; UK's cybersecurity strategy slammed.

  • Telefónica and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) have collaborated on a 5G "use case" that remotely monitors industrial assembly work, using analytics on an edge server to compare images of what has appeared on the assembly line with how it should be appearing and returning corrective instructions via an augmented reality app, if required. The demo forms part of the wider 5G Technological Cities project, which aims to make the Spanish city of Segovia a "real 5G environment," according to a Nokia statement.

  • Eutelsat Communications S.A. , the France-based operator of satellites that are used for Internet backbone connectivity and broadband access, among other things, has done a deal with Airbus to manufacture and assemble components for two new satellites in the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports. Investment of up to €40 million (US$45.6 million) per year has been secured for the project, says the report.

  • Kim Hagberg has been appointed to the "Leadership Team" at Nordic operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO), being upgraded from director of product management to EVP, Chief Operations. Top of her to-do list will be ensuring the merger of Tele2 with cable operator Com Hem progresses smoothly. Hagberg has been with Tele2 for six years; previously she worked in various positions at Telia.

  • Stirling, the Scottish city best known perhaps as home to the alma mater of Light Reading's own Ray "Hoots Mon" Le Maistre, is about to get the FTTx treatment, courtesy of UK altnet CityFibre . Almost every home and business in the city will be to access "ultrafast" broadband following completion of the work, which is being delivered courtesy of a £10 million ($12.8 million) private investment from CityFibre as part of its strategic partnership with Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD). (See Vodafone Gets Set for Gigafast Assault on BT and Vodafone, CityFibre Take Their Gig to Concrete Cowland.)

  • The UK's Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy has published a report criticizing the government's approach to cybersecurity, pointing to an "absence of political leadership at the centre of Government" in responding to the serious threat posed to the country's critical national infrastructure by the cyber bad guys.

  • Another area where the UK could do better is smart metering, according to Which?, the influential consumer rights organization. Following a new study, Which? says that energy suppliers need to triple the current rate of smart meter installation if they are to hit their government-imposed target of replacing all existing meters by 2020 -- which means installing 30 smart meters per minute every day for the next two years. The UK's smart-meter rollout has been dogged by problems, with some smart meters being found not to work anymore once a customer switches energy provider and others being rapidly superseded by technological developments.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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