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Eurobites: Orange Belgium Gets IoT-Ready

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom earnings flat; Tele Columbus feels the acquisitions benefit; European Commission seeks clarification on Yahoo email scan.

  • Orange Belgium is to upgrade its 4G network so that it supports the Internet of Things in 2017. The operator will invest in NB-IoT and LTE-M, which are both variants of the low-power, wide-area technology that is tipped to be a cornerstone of IoT networks. LTE-M and NB-IoT are both standards developed by 3GPP. Parent company Orange, the French incumbent, has turned to LoRa, a non-3GPP technology based on unlicensed spectrum, to address short-term IoT needs, but has previously flagged a desire to use cellular standards for IoT in future. (See LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange and How IoT Forked the Mobile Roadmap.)

  • Vodacom Pty. Ltd. , the South African unit of UK-based Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), saw service revenues grow by 5.3% year-on-year, though earnings per share remained flat at 440 cents, Reuters reports. In Tanzania and elsewhere, the operator saw its subscriber numbers hit by a clampdown on unregistered phones -- active international customers decreased 11% to 27.9 million during the period.

  • Tele Columbus AG , Germany's third-largest cable operator, recorded "normalized" EBITDA OF €63.7 million (US$68.5 million) for the third quarter, up 72.6% year-on-year. Revenues grew by 59.9% to €118.2 million ($127.2 million). Part of this growth was down to the "consolidation effect" of the integration of broadband providers Primacom and Pepcom.

  • The European Commission is looking for clarification from US authorities regarding a 2015 court order that forced Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) to scan all incoming customer emails for a "digital signature" linked to state-sponsored terrorism, Reuters reports. Yahoo was at the center of a row over misuse of customer data which resulted in the ditching of the so-called Safe Harbor data transfer arrangements between Europe and the US in favor of the Privacy Shield protocol. (See Eurobites: Trump Won't Trash Privacy Shield, US Officials Predict, Eurobites: Privacy Shield Gets EU Go-Ahead and Eurobites: 'Safe Harbor' Heads for Calmer Waters.)

  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) has teamed up with healthcare company Diabeticare to launch a pilot of a remote patient monitoring system, initially for du employees suffering from diabetes. According to the operator, last year there were more than million cases of diabetes in the UAE alone.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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