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Eurobites: IoT Will Top Connections Chart by 2018, Says Ericsson

…and western Europe will lead the way. Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and Huawei go to work on Madrid; telco grands fromages descend on Brussels; Orange PoPs up in Jordan.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) will out-connect mobile phones by 2018: That's the claim made in a new report from Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), which predicts that IoT devices are set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device type within two years. And according to Ericsson's number-crunchers, the number of IoT-connected devices is expected to grow 23% annually, reaching 16 billion by the end of 2021, with western Europe -- where the number of IoT devices is set to grow by 400% from 2015 to 2021 -- leading the way.

    Move Over Mobile
    Source: Ericsson
    Source: Ericsson

  • Vodafone España S.A. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have teamed up to launch Madrid Tech City, a smart city project that aims to improve 4G services for Madrilenians, including those who squash into the famous Bernabéu stadium to watch newly crowned European soccer champions Real Madrid. The project will also embrace the IoT, using NB-IoT to connect up new services such as "intelligent" parking and street lighting systems.

  • A posse of European telecom heavyweights headed to Brussels yesterday to plead their case to a group of European Commission officials that included Competition Commissioner Margethe Vestager. The likes of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s Timotheus Höttges, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Gavin Patterson and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s Eelco Blok gathered to lobby for a "pro-innovation and pro-investment approach" to regulation, according to this ETNO release. Presumably they are pro-motherhood and apple pie too, though this wasn't specifically itemized on the release.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has opened a new, high-capacity IP point-of-presence in Amman, Jordan, boosting connectivity in the region. The operator claims to be the first to offer reliable and secure connections for the wholesale market in the Middle East.

  • CityFibre , the UK fiber infrastructure company challenging BT's dominance in the market, has signed a deal with Between the Lines Communication (BtL), a Berkshire-based provider of IT services to the enterprise and SME sectors. The five-year, £3.1 million (US$4.4 million) agreement commits BtL to a minimum of 250 customer connections across the Reading and Bracknell networks acquired by CityFibre in January. (See CityFibre Aims High in BT Battle.)

  • The European Commission has warned national governments in the region to should think twice about imposing outright bans on new, orthodoxy-challenging services provided by the likes of Uber and AirBnB, reports Reuters. Draft guidelines issued by the Commission say that such bans should be a "last resort."

  • Today sees the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, which bores its way under the Swiss Alps. The telecom infrastructure inside the 57km-long tunnel was the responsibility of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), and the network comprises a tunnel control system, multi-service Ethernet over IP/MPLS technology, emergency telephone and PA system, as well as wireless networking technologies including GSM-R and 3G/4G.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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