Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon seeks drone dudes and more in the UK; BT lands Indian broadcast contract; Orange invests in Android-based transaction system; BlackBerry sues Nokia.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is extending and enhancing its white-label smart home offering, Qivicon. The service is now available to telcos and others in Slovakia and Norway, and includes devices from Centralite, which sells smart plugs, motion sensors and more, and Sengled, which offers "intelligent" lighting. The German giant clearly believes the smart home is where it's at: Only last week it announced that it had done a deal with Amazon which brought Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s Alexa voice-controlled assistant into the Qivicon fold. (See Deutsche Telekom Unveils White Label Smart Home Solution.)
Talking of Amazon, the online retail behemoth is creating 5,000 new jobs in the UK -- and not all of them crummily paid ones in warehouses. As the Daily Telegraph reports, more than 1,500 of the new positions will be based at its development centers in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London, where Amazon folk work on a range of innovations, including the aforesaid Alexa and its embryonic drone delivery service, Prime Air.
The UK's Intellectual Property Office has helped broker an agreement between the creative industries and search engines that, it hopes, will go some way to stopping consumers making use of file-sharing websites that break content copyright rules. All parties concerned have signed up to a voluntary code of practice on issue, which comes into force immediately.
Orange Digital Ventures has chipped in for the third round of fundraising by Famoco, a developer of Android-based transaction systems. Famoco, which claims to have more than 100,000 devices deployed in more than 30 countries, hopes to raise €11 million (US$11.6 million) from Orange (NYSE: FTE) and others to help it open new offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
BT Media & Broadcast, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s media services business, has been chosen by Indian broadcaster Viacom18 to distribute its flagship Colors channel to Sky TV subscribers in the UK in HD. BT will manage the uplink and downlink of the signal to and from the broadcast satellite.
Orange and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on 5G and "cloudification." Areas coming in for joint scrutiny will include Massive MIMO, network slicing and virtual reality.