Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Comptel lands new deals; Jolla secures financing; Nokia brings LTE-A to Ooredoo.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 's Industry Specification Group on Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC) has announced three proof-of-concept demonstrations relating to RAN-aware video user experience optimization, edge video orchestration and video clip replay, and radio-aware video optimization in a fully virtualized network. Mobile edge computing, which is seen as an important building block for 5G, puts IT and cloud computing capabilities in the RAN, closer to where subscribers are located, to accelerate the delivery of content and services and provide access for developers to real-time radio and network information from the basestation. (See EE Revs Mobile Edge Computing Efforts.)
Finnish service provider IT vendor Comptel Corp. (Nasdaq, Helsinki: CTL1V) has landed a couple of new deals. The first is a multi-year deal with a UK mobile operator worth €5 million ($5.5 million) for its Data Refinery system, while the second is a €1.1 million ($1.2 million) deal from a TEF group operation in Latin America for its Data Refinery and Data Fastermind tools. Comptel has had a successful 2015 and is on course to increase its full-year revenues compared with 2014’s €85.7 million ($93.6 million).
Jolla , the Finnish mobile device maker and developer of the Sailfish operating system, has secured new financing after closing its C investment round. Last month Jolla announced that it had been hit by a delay to its funding round and had been forced to apply to a local court for a restructuring of its debt. (See Eurobites: Jolla Sails Into Choppy Waters, Euronews: Jolla Claims a Sailfish Sellout and Jolla to Take on Apple & Android With OS Launch.)
UK-based investment firm Granahan McCourt Capital LLC has acquired Skyware Technologies, a specialist in Ka and Ku-band satellite technology, for an undisclosed sum. Granahan McCourt is a firm in a hurry: earlier this week it announced that it had completed the integration of Ireland's enet and Airspeed Telecom network, both of which it had acquired in the last couple of years.
Ooredoo Qatar has upped speeds on high-traffic portions of its network with the introduction of Nokia Networks 's LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) three-band carrier aggregation technology. Back in September Nokia revealed that it had done a similar job for Nordic carrier Telia Company , raising speeds to 375 Mbit/s on a commercial network. (See Ooredoo Qatar Launches 375 Mbit/s LTE-A With Nokia and Eurobites: Nokia, TeliaSonera Rev Up LTE-A.)
Lovable mop-tops go over-the-top: The Beatles' vast back catalog is to be finally made available on a range of music streaming services, reports the BBC. Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music are among the services that will be making Lennon & McCartney fans happy from December 24.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading