Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new COO; Telecom Italia denies network sell-off rumors, again; Swedish sensor maker under pressure.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is to deploy its 450MHz LTE network technology for the first time in Finland, after landing a contract with Ukkoverkot, a private network operator that offers connectivity to infrastructure operators, the industrial IoT market, public safety authorities, the maritime industry as well as data-only services to residents and businesses in the country's more remote areas. One strand of the contract will see airport operator Finavia developing its infrastructure using Nokia technology.
Colt Technology Services Group Ltd has appointed Rajiv Datta chief operating officer, upgrading him internally from chief technology officer. Datta will report directly to CEO Carl Grivner, who hopes that Datta will help drive forward Colt's transformation into "more agile" company at an "accelerated pace." No doubt Datta will also be part of Colt's push to grab a bigger slice of the UK's mobile backhaul market -- the company has recently been expressing its frustration with current rules that it believes prevent Colt from being able to compete with incumbent BT on a level playing field in this segment. (See UK Backhaul Regulation Will Hinder 5G, Say Telcos and Europe's Backhaul Black Hole Looms Above 5G.)
Fingerprint Cards, a Sweden-based maker of fingerprint sensors used to unlock smartphones, has warned that third-quarter revenue would be well below market estimates and sent its shares south by 22%, Reuters reports. The warning comes as larger clients switch to back-mounted sensors that carry a lower price tag than those of Fingerprint Cards, which are activated by touching the smartphone's "home" button.
It was bad day in Europe for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Outlook/Hotmail email service on Monday, with a substantial number of users in various countries either unable to send emails or access their accounts at all, the BBC reports. Microsoft's service status page carried the message: "We've identified that a subset of infrastructure was unable to process requests as expected, which caused general service availability to drop unexpectedly."