Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 claims VoLTE first in UK; Sky completes German acquisition; EE admits it must do better on broadband.
Sigfox , the France-based company that has ambitious plans for a global network dedicated to the Internet of Things, is to use satellite technology from Eutelsat Communications S.A. to further its cause. Specifically, Sigfox will use Eutelsat's SmartLNB technology in its infrastructure, which will enable th exchange of data between Sigfox's basestations. (See Sigfox Plans Global IoT Network.)
Three UK , the UK mobile operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY), has begun rolling out VoLTE, claiming to be the first to do so in the UK. The operator is calling its technology, which is based on 800MHz spectrum and gives it better indoor reach, "4G Super-Voice." It hopes to achieve 65% coverage of the UK with the technology by the end of the year. Rival operators EE and Vodafone UK are also supposed to be launching VoLTE services this month. (See VoLTE Standoff in the UK.)
Sky , the UK-based pay-TV company turned triple-play provider, has completed its acquisition of Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG as part of its plan for European expansion. The company now claims to serve 21 million customers across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
EE has come over all contrite on the quality of its broadband service, admitting in a press release that it has "simply not been good enough." To try to make things better, it has begun an overhaul of broadband customer service, with the planned opening of a new operations hub and the creation of 500 new permanent contact center roles.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading