Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kudelski settles patents case with Yahoo; VoD win for 3 Screen Solutions in Germany; Post Office fails to deliver attractive mobile service.
Despite expressing doubts about the Internet of Things (IoT) technology earlier this year, Orange (NYSE: FTE) has signed up as a board member of the LoRa Alliance , joining industry giants such as IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) at the top table. LoRa is just one of a smorgasbord of low-power, wide-area (LPWA) technologies intended to support more IoT services, and last year Orange revealed it was building a LoRa network spanning 17 of France's biggest cities. (See Orange Hails LoRa Breakthrough as Bouygues Ups IoT Game and Eurobites: Orange Fine-Tunes IoT Vision.)
Kudelski Group , the Switzerland-based TV encryption specialist, has settled its patent litigation with Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), and the US company has agreed to make a one-time upfront license fee payment to Kudelski. The dispute centered on alleged infringements of patents held by OpenTV Corp. (Nasdaq: OPTV), Kudelski's middleware subsidiary.
Germany's 3 Screen Solutions, which provides software for multiscreen video services, has landed a video-on-demand contract with Vodafone Kabel Deutschland. The vendor was asked to improve Vodafone Kabel's Select Video service, making it easier for customers to buy content.
The UK's Post Office is set to abandon its attempt to break into the mobile market, according to a Financial Times report (subscription required). The company, which is responsible for delivering most of the country's mail, had hoped to use its retail presence on the high street to promote a mobile service based on EE's network, but it is thought that a trial period has proved unsuccessful.
Pay-TV provider Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG is to discontinue its distribution agreement with commercial TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, reports Broadband TV News. ProSieben channels Sat.1 emotions, Kabel Eins Classics and ProSieben Fun will not be available through Sky in Germany and Austria after June 30.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading