Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets GET; Colt extends Dublin network; Net Insight reshapes top team; Deutsche Telekom smartens up facilities management.
EE is launching what it claims is the UK's first live 5G trial, at London's Canary Wharf. The trial will use the 5G New Radio standard and run over 3.4GHz spectrum acquired in the Ofcom auction earlier this year. Canary Wharf, an office complex which sees around 150,000 people pass through it every day, has a history of digital innovation, being home to Level39, a tech community of 1,250 startups with a range of specialisms including fintech and cybersecurity. (See BT Kicks Off 5G Campaign With Plans for 2019 Launch.)
The Norwegian Competition Authority has approved Telia Company 's acquisition of broadband provider GET and TDC Norway for 21 billion Norwegian kroner (US$2.53 billion). Telia says the merged companies will have around 2.3 million mobile customers, and about 1.8 million customers using GET and TDC Norway's broadband and TV services. (See Eurobites: Telia Bags TDC Norway for $2.59B.)
Colt Technology Services Group Ltd is to add more than 150km of fiber to its IQ network in Dublin, which already connects more than 350 buildings and 23 data centers. The company believes the Irish capital will be a connectivity hotspot in the coming years, with financial services firms and others eyeing it as a good European base.
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Net Insight AB (Stockholm: NETI-B), the Swedish media transport company, has attempted to streamline its organizational structure. The new line-up is as follows: Henrik Sund, interim CEO; Pelle Bourn, CFO; Maria Hellström, COO; Marcus Sandberg, VP Strategy & MarCom; Alan Ryan, VP Sales; Ulrik Rohne, VP Media Networks; Gustav Grundström, VP OTT and Judy Fick, VP Resource Optimization.
Stockholm-based Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) is planning to use "Scandi" dramas as its secret weapon to take on streaming giant Netflix once it has been spun off from Sweden's MTG next year, Reuters reports. NENT operates in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, offering free and pay-TV, radio, advertising-based streaming service Viafree and a paid-for streaming service, Viaplay, the latter accounting for around 15% of NENT's sales.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has introduced an "IoT-based bundle" that uses sensors and IoT technology to provide companies with "smart" facilities management. The sensors measure motion, temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide in pursuit of a more healthy working environment.
Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) suffered a major network outage on Thursday, with thousands of customers unable to use their mobile phones for the best part of an hour. As the Guardian reports, the areas most affected included Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. It is not yet clear what caused the problem.
Some customers may have experienced issues using their mobile earlier today.
This was fixed within 40 minutes, but some customers may experience intermittent issues reconnecting to the network. We’re investigating what happened and we're truly sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Belgium's Proximus is pleased with itself, having concluded 14 wholesale fiber agreements with independent providers in the last 12 months. Earlier this year Proximus negotiated a €400 million (US$495 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to support the further rollout and upgrade of its fixed-line infrastructure, with the focus on fiber-to-the-home. (See Eurobites: Proximus Secures €400M Loan to Further Fiber Rollout.)