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Eurobites: Sigfox Adds Finland to IoT Empire

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Actility's new boss; IBM buys EZsource; BT does cloud business; Gemalto chosen for Helsinki transport ticketing.

  • Sigfox , the fast-expanding Internet of Things (IoT) company, is taking its network to Finland, in collaboration with network operator Connected Finland. France-based Sigfox, which is currently facing challenges from those claiming to use more "open" IoT technologies, says the network will cover 85% of the Finnish population by spring 2017. (See Sigfox & Connected Finland to Extend Global IoT Network to Finland, The Wolf at Sigfox's Door, Altice, Sigfox Join Forces in French IoT Battle and Orange Hails LoRa Breakthrough as Bouygues Ups IoT Game.)

  • Actility , another French IoT player, has appointed Mike Mulica, a veteran of Openwave and Synchronoss, as its new CEO. Last year Actility raised $25 million from a number of investors, including KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn, the Taiwanese iPhone maker and network operator. (See Actility Appoints Mike Mulica as New CEO, Telcos Invest in IoT Tech Startup and Cisco Teams With Actility on LoRa-based IoT.)

  • IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is to acquire EZSource, an "application discovery" company based in Israel, for an undisclosed amount. The hope is that EZSource's technology will help developers more easily understand and change mainframe code based on data displayed on a dashboard, and enable IT departments to reconcile the applications that sit on enterprise systems with the new forms of digital engagement such as mobile and social networks.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has landed a contract to design, build and manage a secure global network for Exact, a cloud business software vendor. Under the terms of the four-year deal, BT will devise and operate a new IT infrastructure supporting internal applications and services used by Exact's 1,600 employees scattered across 14 countries.

  • Gemalto , the Dutch security specialist, has been chosen to deploy new mobile app-based ticketing technology in the greater Helsinki area, reports Reuters. Passengers will now be able to use their smartphones to pay for public transport beyond the central tram and metro network, with the cost of the ticket added to the passenger's phone bill at the end of the month.

  • Telefónica has put Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s small cells technology to work at the Mestalla Stadium, home to the top-ranking Valencia soccer team. The vendor's Flexi Multiradio 10 basestation, Flexi Zone small cells and Flexi Lite basestations are amongst the kit being deployed to help Valencia fans speedily upload their goal videos and more.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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