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Eurobites: Orange Ahead on Project LoRa

Paul Rainford
9/20/2016
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK rail telecom network not for sale; SVoD on fast-forward; sweaty rockers in 360-degree HD.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) claims it has exceeded its own deployment goals for its LoRa M2M network in France, with 18 urban areas and some 1,300 towns now covered. And by the end of January 2017, this tally will have risen to 120 urban areas and around 2,600 towns, predicts the operator. In the past Orange has expressed some reservations about the low-power, wide-area (or LPWA) network technology, which is just one of a range of competing approaches operators can use to prepare for the much-vaunted Internet of Things. (See LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange.)

  • Network Rail, the organization that manages the UK's railway infrastructure, has decided against selling off its telecom network, reports the Financial Times (subscription required), despite a good deal of interest from the likes of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED). The network is used to deliver voice, data and broadband services for maintenance teams and communication between trains.

  • And in other rail news, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has got the green light from Deutsche Bahn to manage Berlin's suburban rail system. The Finnish vendor will provide managed services for S-Bahn Berlin's IP/MPLS network, which hosts a video system supporting train dispatch and helps control a passenger information system for 166 stations.

  • Spending on subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services in western Europe broke the €2 billion (US$2.2 billion) mark in 2015 and is on course to reach €3 billion ($3.3 billion) by the end of 2016, according to a new report from IHS Markit. The Nordic countries are particularly avid fans of SVoD, found the report, with Norway's SVoD spend virtually on a par with Spain and Italy, despite having only around a quarter of their populations.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is claiming success with its first 360-degree HD live stream, the subject of which was a concert by sweaty bare-chested rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers. The live stream on YouTube was watched by more than 100,000 viewers, over half of them using mobile devices.

  • UK-based Colt Technology Services Group Ltd has joined forces with the City of London Corporation, local developers, telcos, landlords, legal firms and key trade associations to create a standardized wayleave toolkit for London infrastructure buildouts, which it says significantly reduces the time it takes for businesses in London to connect to the Colt network. Wayleaves are legal documents that grant special access to land or buildings for the deployment of new infrastructure.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    PaulERainford
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    PaulERainford,
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    9/21/2016 | 4:40:32 AM
    Re: Not so Hot for the Chili Peppers?
    Maybe DT thought the sheer sweatiness of the Chili Peppers would come across so much better in 360-degree HD? If only they'd gone for Kraftwerk. Altogether now: ba-ba-ba-ba-ba Autobahn...
    Alison_ Diana
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    Alison_ Diana,
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    9/20/2016 | 4:39:03 PM
    Not so Hot for the Chili Peppers?
    Kudos to DT on its first 360-degree HD live stream, but why on earth did it choose the Red Hot Chili Peppers for this honor? Seriously though, this sounds like terrific technology, something that will be really useful for entertainment, healthcare, travel and tourism, armed forces and a host of other vertical markets. However, I'll wait for a different group before checking out this product demo! 
    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    9/20/2016 | 4:06:24 PM
    Makes sense
    Makes sense that the Nordic countries would have high VoD subscriber rates. They're ALREADY chilled, so why not Netflix?
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