Eurobites: UK considers clampdown on streaming giants

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom taps Teoco for drones analytics; BICS supports Azure Peering; connected caffeine.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

June 23, 2021

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Eurobites: UK considers clampdown on streaming giants

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom taps Teoco for drones analytics; BICS supports Azure Peering; connected caffeine.

  • The UK government is launching a consultation into whether streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime should face the same regulation as traditional British broadcasters like the BBC and ITV. As the BBC reports, the only streaming platform operating in the UK that currently has to abide by the broadcasting code laid down by regulator Ofcom is the BBC's iPlayer. In contrast, Netflix, which has its European headquarters in Amsterdam, is pretty much free to do its own thing in the UK, falling outside Ofcom's jurisdiction.

    • Swisscom has teamed up with US analytics firm Teoco to enable the operational deployment of drones over the operator's mobile network. The deal, which builds on an earlier collaboration focusing on initial analysis and optimization of the network for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) traffic, will see Teoco's AirborneRF system extended to present monetization opportunities to Swisscom.

    • Belgium-based BICS has announced its support for Microsoft's Azure Peering Service, providing businesses with direct access to Microsoft's services. Azure Peering is an IP service that uses the public Internet to improved customer connectivity to Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft 365.

    • The Internet of Things? It's mainly about boring Things, right? Water meters and that? But wait just a minute, what's this gently gurgling in the corner? Orange Business Services has struck a deal to provide global IoT connectivity to De Jong Duke's line of connected coffee machines for offices. According to Orange, De Jong Duke's ConnectMe software is "essentially using the coffee machine as an interactive communication platform." Make mine a large one – I'm barely halfway through Eurobites.

    • Vodafone has confirmed that its entire European operations will be 100% powered by electricity from renewable sources from July 1, 2021. The announcement, says Vodafone, marks a milestone towards its goal of reducing its own carbon emissions to "net zero" by 2030 and across the company's entire "value chain" by 2040. Vodafone has made good progress on its green journey: In July 2020, the operator brought forward its plan to purchase 100% renewable electricity in Europe to July 2021 from its previous target of 2025 and is committed to meeting the same target in Africa by 2025.

    • Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia (TIM), has unveiled a new direct route between Athens and Milan. Called "Albania Crossing" and built in cooperation with Albtelecom, the new optical fiber link crosses Albania, the Bari-Durres submarine cable and the Italian backbone.

    • Nokia is to provide Uninett, Norway's national research and education network, with high-capacity optical network technology to help expand the fiber infrastructure in the north of the country. The expansion is being driven mainly by the extreme (8Tbit/s) capacity needs of the Eiscat Scientific Association, which is carrying out research into the ionosphere and upper atmosphere in the northern region. Uninett is part of GÉANT, the pan-European network for scientific research.

    • If you happen to be in the general neighborhood of Scotland's Forth Road Bridge today (Wednesday) you might want to don a pair of earmuffs, as Openreach engineers are set to use a giant air compressor to blow a continuous 3km stretch of glass fiber right across the bridge at speeds of up to 60 meters a minute. It's being done this way as it's apparently impossible to join up spans of fiber on the bridge in the traditional manner. The engineering feat will connect the town of South Queensferry to Openreach's gigabit network. Figure 1: Not the Village People (Source: Openreach) Not the Village People
      (Source: Openreach)

      — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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