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Eurobites: EE, Vodafone Rapped for Inaccurate Network Coverage Data

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TomTom makes a comeback; Proximus helps conserve art; European Parliament approves new video service rules.

  • UK mobile operators EE and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) have had their knuckles rapped by telecom regulator Ofcom for providing inaccurate data on their respective networks' coverage. As the BBC reports, BT-owned EE was accused of having overstated its 3G coverage in rural areas, while Vodafone caught flak for actually under-reporting its 4G coverage. In its defense, Vodafone claimed that its data reflected the signal customers actually receive on their handsets, while Ofcom's was more about the "theoretical strength" of the signal at the handset's location.

  • It seems Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) might not be getting things all its own way in the connected car market after all. Dutch satnav specialist TomTom International BV has landed deals with both BMW and Peugeot for the supply of digital maps and traffic information, prompting a 4% rise in TomTom's share price. As Reuters reports, that share price took a massive hit last month following the news that Google had agreed a similar deal with a group of carmakers including Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

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  • Belgium's Proximus is to work with the International Platform for Art Research and Conservation (IPARC) to develop new ways of integrating cutting-edge technologies into the field of art conservation. The collaboration has already resulted in Smart Care, an IoT offering which monitors the environmental conditions in which artworks are being kept, using sensors to keep tabs on humidity, temperature and light exposure, using LoRaWAN technology to relay this information to those who need it.

  • The European Parliament has approved new rules that will force on-demand video platforms such as Netflix and YouTube to be more vigilant when it comes to protecting children from harmful or distressing content, limit the amount of time advertising can take up in their daily output and ensure that 30% of content on those platforms in Europe should be European in origin. The rules still need to be formally approved by Council of EU ministers before they come into force.

  • Orange Spain has turned to a combination of Ateme SA and Optiva Media to enhance its new on-demand video platform. Optiva will transcode all the operator's catch-up and VoD catalog for the service while Ateme's Titan offering will be used for video encoding.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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