Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's on the (autonomous) buses; Qualcomm hit by EU fine; Vodafone strengthens its board.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is teaming up with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) on the Internet of Things, setting up its own "innovation space" within IBM's Watson IoT Center in Munich. IoT specialists from both companies will work side by side, aiming to develop new NB-IoT-based offerings that combine DT's connectivity and security knowhow with Big Blue's AI and big data chops.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is trumpeting its autonomous driving project in Stockholm, which is testing driverless buses on public roads under real (and decidedly icy) traffic conditions. The shuttle buses are operating in Stockholm's business district, traveling at stately speeds of up to 24km/hr, and Ericsson is providing its Connected Urban Transport traffic management system, which monitors the buses. Testing of the buses' connectivity to a 5G network is planned for the second half of the six-month trial.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), the US chip giant that is in the process of swallowing NXP, has been fined approximately $1.23 billion by the European Commission for, says the Commission, paying Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) to use only its chips. Not surprisingly, Qualcomm is to appeal the decision.
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has appointed banker Michel Demaré as a non-executive director. Demaré is currently the independent vice chairman at UBS, the global financial services company.
Telecom Italia (TIM) CEO Amos Genish has denied reports that he could leave the group, telling Il Sole 24 Ore that he is "fully committed" to the company. Genish, formerly Vivendi 's chief convergence officer, only joined TIM last September. (See Vivendi Man Genish Formally Named Telecom Italia CEO.)
UK mapping company Ordnance Survey (OS) is to play a major role in shaping the country's strategy for the deployment of driverless technology. OS will contribute to the four-year E-CAVE project, which will draw on the company's digital data expertise to create effective connected environments. The company's previous experience on the Atlas initiative, which studied data critical to the operation of autonomous vehicles, should help it in its new role.
UK cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is offering its existing TV customers a free upgrade to its 4K-ready V6 set-top box -- though one in four of its TV customers already have the V6. Virgin says the V6 is half of the size of the previous TiVo box but has "ten times the power," allowing TV addicts to record six programs while watching a seventh. For more on this announcement, and how it fits into Virgin's content strategy, see this story on our sister site, Telecoms.com.
Responding to the imminent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) across the EU, Facebook says it will make it easier for people to control their privacy settings and thereby manage their personal data. According to Reuters, the social media company is "rolling out a new privacy centre globally" to help it avoid a fine that could equate to 4% of annual turnover. (See Europe's GDPR: Don't Get Lost in Translation.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading