Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk fined for data breach; DT trumpets "multi-IoT platform"; Combes questions France's commitment to capitalism; BT and Sky in network repairs rumpus.
France's Orange (NYSE: FTE) says it is preparing for a 5G deployment in 2020 by teaming up with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) on a series of 5G trials. The two companies plan to work together on developing 5G "use cases" with the aim of carrying out trials and pilots next year. Besides testing "multi-gigabit" wireless services and "mission-critical" Internet of Things services, they plan to make use of SDN and NFV technologies as part of the collaboration.
German incumbent Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) trumpeted its launch of a "multi-IoT platform" at its cloud data center in Biere, Germany. The operator is clearly trying to address the fragmentation that plagues the IoT market by uniting various different vendor platforms in a single "House of Clouds/IoT," as Deutsche Telekom describes it. The company says it will gather and route data from sensors and machinery to the preferred platform and is currently supporting Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Azure IoT Suite. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Fog and the IoT platform from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are set to become housemates very shortly. Let's hope they don’t all fall out in some kind of Big Brother meltdown.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading