Euronews: Jan. 10

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Pace plc are making waves in today's pool of Euro telecom news headlines, while the English county of Yorkshire is providing a few interesting undercurrents.

  • Finnish operator DNA Oy has signed a three-year deal with Ericsson that will see the vendor taking DNA's 3G/HSPA+ network nationwide and helping the operator launch LTE services in Finland's major cities. (See Ericsson Wins Euro LTE Deal and Ericsson Wins Finnish LTE Deal.)

  • Still in Finland's icy wastes, network testing firm Anite plc has bought CommScope Inc. 's Invex range of wireless test-and-measurement products. Around 20 employees of the North Carolina-based firm will transfer to Anite under the terms of the deal. (See Anite Buys CommScope Unit.)

  • Colt, the U.K.-based Ethernet services firm, has launched a proximity hosting service for financial institutions wanting to connect to the London Stock Exchange Group data center. Colt says that customers signing up for the offering will be able to enjoy round-trip latency of less than 100 microseconds.

  • Miniweb Interactive has formed a partnership with Turkish consumer electronics firm Vestel that it hopes will bring new content sources to European TV audiences via Woomi, Miniweb's cloud-based TV services platform. (See Miniweb, Vestel Team on TV.)

  • Meanwhile, in the icy wastes of north England, set-top box maker Pace (based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, near t' mill and brewery) is offering service providers the chance to allow "bolt-on" services, such as energy monitoring and remote health services, reports The Daily Telegraph. The move follows Pace's acquisition of 2Wire Inc. , the U.S. broadband technology firm. (See Pace Makes $475M Move on 2Wire.)

  • Talking of remote health services and Yorkshire... U.K. incumbent BT is taking part in a trial of a remote healthcare system in the Yorkshire town of Wakefield that enables heart failure patients to send vital information such as their blood pressure, oxygen levels and weight from their home computer directly to their community nurse for analysis. The hope is that danger signs will be picked up earlier -- and that unnecessary repeat trips to hospital can be avoided. (See BT, NHS Trial Health System .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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