Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom gets cozy with Colt; Telecom Italia considers media unit buyout; Technicolor sets 2020 targets.
Nokia Networks will be setting out its stall for the Internet of Things at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with a focus on security and how 5G will fit into the IoT jigsaw. The vendor will launch an extended version of its Mobile Guard offering, which is aimed at complex IoT applications such as healthcare and smart grids, and demonstrate the use of 5G radio equipment on new millimeter and centimeter wave bands. See this press release for more details.
Telecom Italia (TIM) is considering a buyout of its separate media business, reports Bloomberg, in a bid to streamline its structure and cut costs. Telecom Italia Media is currently 78% owned by Telecom Italia.
Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH), the French set-top box and home gateway specialist, has announced fourth-quarter revenues of €981 million (US$1.11 billion), up €22 million ($25 million) year-on-year. It also used its results statement to launch its Drive 2020 program, which sets out a number of five-year objectives for the vendor, including the expansion of its patent licensing platform and, for its Connected Home business, a focus on emerging markets.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has revamped its 4G radio access network (RAN) portfolio in a bid to help operators to make the transition to next-generation network architectures that incorporate NFV and allow for the introduction of 5G services. (See Alcatel-Lucent Revamps Its 4G RAN Portfolio.)
UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on whether mobile operators' recent agreement to extend voice coverage to 90% of the population should have any impact on the license fees they pay. Ofcom has already proposed increasing the fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, which can now be used to support 4G services as well as plain old voice, and believes the additional rollout costs of meeting the 90% coverage target should not affect these calculations. Operators may argue otherwise.
Vodafone Ireland has agreed a deal with budget airline Ryanair to provide 95% -- yes, it's that specific -- of the airline's telecom needs, according to RTE. Part of Vodafone's remit will be the introduction of a so-called "electronic flight bag" for staff, though as we're talking about Ryanair here they'd better make sure it's a bag that's neither too big nor too heavy.