Eurobites: Nokia Takes '4.5G' Across Saudi Arabia

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia ties up with Netflix; Vodafone in Iranian exchange deal; ADVA launches fiber assurance device; German industry slow on the IoT uptake.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has agreed a deal with Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) , which will see the Finnish vendor expand its so-called 4.5G technology right across the kingdom, making use of techniques such as carrier aggregation to boost speeds and pave the way for the introduction of voice-over-LTE services. The first phase of the network upgrade, in Mecca and Medina, has already been completed -- in Mecca the network had to support the data demands of the millions of visitors who converged on the city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

  • Telia Company has announced a partnership with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) covering the Nordic and Baltic regions. The operator's customers in Sweden and Finland will be the first to get access to the video streaming service through a new set-top box, which launches this week. Netflix surprised many industry commentators yesterday when it reported strong third-quarter growth.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has come to an arrangement with Iranian ISP HiWEB, which will see Vodafone help HiWEB modernize its network and promote its wares in return for HiWEB allowing Vodafone's corporate customers with fixed and mobile services.

  • Germany's ADVA Optical Networking has launched a new fiber assurance device, ALM, which ADVA says proactively manages fiber plants and helps operators resolve any issues before they do serious damage to services.

  • Only 5% of German manufacturers and logistics companies are fully exploiting the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). That's the conclusion of a study commissioned by Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and its corporate customer subsidiary T-Systems International GmbH . Security concerns were cited as a primary reason for their hesitation in diving headlong into IoT, with 73% of those asked saying their priority was to invest in IT security before spending money on IoT-related sensors or networks.

  • Armenian service provider Ucom has turned to Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) to improve its network with a touch of NG-PON2. Calix will use its technology to coverge Ucom's infrastructure into one combined 10Gbit/s business, mobile backhaul and residential services network.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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