Besides announcing Siegel's appointment, Sigfox also provided an update on progress in 2017, claiming that its network is now available in 43 countries and that it has registered 90% growth in the number of active devices on its network in the last six months, to more than 2.5 million. That figure, however, is substantially lower than the 10 million connections Sigfox said it had registered at the end of 2016, suggesting the bulk of the connections previously claimed are merely contractual targets. In today's update, Sigfox said its targets for 2018 are to boost coverage to 60 countries and connect up to 10 million connections. (See Sigfox Defies Critics to Raise €150M in Funding and Sigfox Said to Face Customer Backlash.)
Italian cloud player Enter has launched an SD-WAN service on its national and international Ethernet infrastructure, serving both enterprise and carrier customers.
MTN Ghana has teamed up with mobile payments company Bango Inc. to allow its subscribers to pay for content and services on the Google Play app store with a single click. Such moves allow the "unbanked" to buy content online without the use of a credit or debit card.
TalkTalk has joined UK rival BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) in offering a free landline service, CallSafe, that pre-screens calls from unknown callers to filter out the ones that aren't wanted. The provider's own research discovered that 61% of Brits admit to regularly ignoring calls on their landlines to avoid having to fend off sales pitches and/or scammers.