IoT Strategies

Eurobites: Ericsson Pumps IoT Accelerator

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor adds customers in Asia; BT to trial broadband-only services; du, Polystar extend their analytics relationship; Game of Thrones puts Telia's network to the sword.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is hoping to position itself as an Internet of Things matchmaker with the launch of its IoT Acclelerator, which combines relevant Ericsson platforms and services with a marketplace for collaboration. The marketplace element consists of a repository of apps and a collaborative development site. The initial focus of the IoT Accelerator will be on the public safety, utilities, smart cities and transport sectors. (See IoT's Year Zero.)

  • Norway's Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) saw first-quarter revenues rise 2% year-on-year to just over 33 billion Norwegian kroner (US$4.05 billion), while EBITDA jumped 5% to NOK11.6 billion ($1.42 billion). The importance of Telenor's Asian markets is reflected in its figures for new mobile subscribers: Telenor added 5.4 million new mobile subscribers during the quarter, 2.2 million of them in Pakistan, 1.8 million in Myanmar and 1.5 million in India.

  • Openreach , the access network division of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), is to trial broadband-only services that do not require the customer to rent a fixed voice line service, as is currently the case, reports The Financial Times.

  • UAE operator Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) has chosen Swedish analytics vendor Polystar to monitor its newly launched VoLTE and IMS services. The contract win represents an extension of an existing relationship between the two companies.

  • Game of Thrones, the War-of-the-Roses-meets-fantasy TV series full of sex and violence and bad hair, is clearly big in Denmark. Monday's premiere of the show's sixth season, released at 3 a.m. Danish time, led traffic to explode on Telia Company 's network there, with volumes 3.5 times higher than the previous Monday. And by prime time, traffic to and from Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) , which makes the show, was 200% higher than the previous week. Here's a handy graph to hammer the point home…

    HBO Data Traffic in Telia's Network April 25 vs April 18 (%)
    Source: Telia Company
    Source: Telia Company

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Mitch Wagner 4/27/2016 | 1:07:25 PM
    Game of Thrones 'Round our house for the first few seasons we called the show "Boobs 'n Beheadings."
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