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Eurobites: Colt Widens SD-WAN Service

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets smaller networks with management system; MTN invests in Iranian cab-hailing app; CityFibre gets cracking in Bracknell.

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd is expanding its managed SD-WAN service to 13 countries across Europe this year, with plans to spread the service even further in 2017. The provider says that the expansion, based on platform elements supplied by Versa Networks , will allow business customers in the countries covered to combine dedicated data connections with low-cost broadband links in their WAN.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has launched NetAct Compact, a virtualized mobile network management system designed for use in smaller networks such as public safety networks and enterprise networks. It can cope with radio networks with up to 2,000 network elements and core networks with up to 500,000 subscribers.

  • South African operator MTN Group Ltd. is to invest $22 million in Snapp.ir, Iran's Uber-like cab-hailing smartphone app, Bloomberg reports. The funds are intended to allow the service to expand beyond the nation's capital, Tehran.

  • CityFibre , the UK "altnet" on a mission to challenge BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) in the FTTH stakes, has announced that the Thames Valley town of Bracknell is the next place on its gigabit hit-list. The wholesaler is pairing up with Internet service provider BtL to offer businesses in the town the "ultra-fast" broadband opportunity. (See CityFibre Aims High in BT Battle.)

  • The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has forced BT to ditch an advertising campaign fronted by Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds following a complaint from broadband rival Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), The Guardian reports. Virgin complained that the ad (shown below), for BT's 52Mbit/s Infinity service, wrongly implied that BT's product offered the fastest maximum speed for a "lowest-priced" UK broadband package.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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