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Eurobites: EE Homes in on IoT

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson buys Envivio for $125 million; CityFibre chooses Accedian; Telefónica does healthcare deal.

  • UK mobile joint venture EE is making a play for the Internet of Things with the launch of what it claims is the UK's first 4G-capable dedicated M2M platform. EE Connect, says EE, offers real-time monitoring of all devices, and an M2M service team has been set up to provide customer support.

  • It's all go over at Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) HQ in Stockholm. Not only has it announced its acquisition of video encoding specialist Envivio Inc. (NASDAQ: ENVI) for $125 million, it has also struck two TV-related deals, the first with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), to support the US telco's U-verse and DirecTV platforms, and the second with UK broadcaster Channel 5, to provide a range of broadcast services, including playout and media management. Phew!

  • Performance assurance offerings from Accedian have been chosen by CityFibre to support its Gigabit Cities initiative in the UK. CityFibre is setting itself up as a major infrastructure rival to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and has various gigabit projects on the go in UK cities. (See CityFibre Aims for BT's Wholesale Business.)

  • Telefónica is partnering with information systems company Indra Sistemas SA on the rollout of various digital healthcare projects, with a particular focus on Latin America. The initial agreement runs for two years.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s funding arm, Orange Digital Ventures, is investing in Chain, a startup that plans to develop so-called "blockchain" technology applications for use in the Internet of Things and other areas. Blockchain, says Orange, is a new model for transferring digital assets that replaces third-party intermediaries with "cryptographically decentralized secured networks."

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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