March 31, 2022
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes private with Etisalat UAE; mobile-money platforms still on the march; BT gets huge DHL network gig.
The European Commission has introduced a package of Green Deal proposals which it hopes will make consumer products – including smartphones and other connected devices – more "sustainable." The emphasis is on "circularity," the philosophy that advocates for the recycling and eventual eco-considerate disposal of products so that they do not harm the environment any more than they need to. Among the proposals is a regulation on Ecodesign, which sets out new requirements to make products more durable, repairable and reusable, among other "-ables." All products falling under the ambit of the new regulations will carry digital product passports, which should make it easier to recycle products and track "substances of concern" along the product's supply chain. Figure 1: The EU wants to keep your old smartphone out of here.
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Nokia has teamed up with Etisalat UAE to tout 5G private networks to businesses across Abu Dhabi. The two companies will work together to target various industries, including ports, oil and gas, government and critical infrastructure. An example network, based on the Nokia DAC platform, has been installed at the Etisalat Innovation Centre in the operator's Abu Dhabi headquarters to show what the technology can do for businesses.
Mobile-money platforms continue to make headway in Africa and beyond, with the number of registered accounts rising 18% since 2020. That's one of the findings of the GSMA's tenth annual State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, which also revealed that a record $1 trillion was processed on such platforms in 2021. One factor in the growth of the platforms such as M-Pesa has been their rising adoption for business-to-business services, said the GSMA.
In what could be seen as a rebuff to Deutsche Telekom, fellow German giant Deutsche Post DHL Group has chosen BT to build a new network to help it run its global logistics operations more efficiently. The new eight-year agreement sees BT being contracted to upgrade DHL'S connectivity in 27 countries across Europe.
Sky, the UK-based purveyor of pay-TV and more, is opening four new "flagship" stores in Ireland in a move that the company says is its largest ever investment in retail in the republic. Thirty new jobs will be created. Sky opened its first UK store in Liverpool in October 2020.
Cellnex will supply IoT bits and bobs, such as sensors and a data transmission network, to improve the lot of residents of and visitors to the Sanctuary of Saint Mary of Montserrat in Catalonia. As part of the proposals, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity sensors will be installed in those areas of the site with the largest numbers of visitors – including shops and restaurants – to monitor the air quality at all times.
The turbulent times at Telecom Italia (TIM) continue with the departure of the company's head of investor relations, Carola Bardelli, to "pursue new initiatives" and the arrival of Paolo Chiriotti as the head of human resources and related matters. The investor relations department is being integrated with the CFO's departmenta and Manuela Carra will take on Bardelli's role.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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