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Eurobites: Finns Put NB-IoT on Trial

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: IoT in Ireland; KPN launches VoLTE service; UK pumps £1.9 billion into cybersecurity; did Trump ping Russia?

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has conducted what it claims is Finland's first commercial Internet of Things trial using NB-IoT technology, in partnership with national operator Sonera. During the trial, Nokia used NB-IoT tech to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure over Sonera's commercial 4G network in Helsinki. The network used Nokia basestation technology operating in the 800MHz band, offering speeds of up to 200 Kbit/s. Nokia has recently carried out a similar trial with Singapore's M1, with whom it hopes to deploy a nationwide NB-IoT network in 2017. NB-IoT is one of a group of low-power, wide-area (LPWA) technologies, and it was included in Release 13 of the 3GPP standards specification earlier this year. (See Sonera Trials NB-IoT With Nokia, The NB-IoT Train Is Coming, How IoT Forked the Mobile Roadmap and M1 Demos NB-IoT, 5G With Nokia.)

  • In the same ballpark, Ireland's eir has deployed MDS Global 's Customer Management Platform (CMP), which, in combination with eir's IoT Connect M2M self-management portal, is intended to allow companies large and small to connect up their IoT assets in the field more easily.

  • KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) has launched its VoLTE service, with customers using Samsung S6 and S6 Edge devices the first to be able to use the 4G voice application. The Dutch operator also plans to test voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) services in early 2017 and launch a commercial service later next year.

  • The UK government is to pump £1.9 billion (US$2.32 billion) into improving the nation's cybersecurity defenses, with "automatic" defense measures that make it harder for hackers to hijack websites or spoof official domains, the BBC reports. Some of the allocated money will be spent on training more cybersecurity experts.

  • Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) , a UK-based small cell wireless backhaul specialist, has appointed Martin Harriman to its board. Harriman's resume includes time spent as head of Telefonica’s global consumer Internet of Things business based in Madrid as well as a stint as CMO at Marconi before it was acquired by Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC).

  • Cloud services company UKCloud has launched a new partner program, which will offer new and existing partners technical, marketing and sales expertise. UKCloud, which specializes in cloud services for the public sector, recently announced an expanded range of services, including OpenStack- and Oracle-powered offerings.

  • Did IT bods in the pay of Donald Trump* configure a kind of clandestine digital hotline between a Trump server and others belonging to a Russian bank? That's the possibility being mooted by Slate.com, which reports on how computer scientists have detected signs of what looks like "a sustained relationship" between a server registered to Team Trump and two servers registered to an entity in Russia called Alfa Bank.

    *In the interests of clarity, supporters of Donald Trump are reminded that the US election takes place on November 28.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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