• Nokia, Ericsson score 5G tech wins with Orange, Proximus

    Nordic communication systems providers Nokia and Ericsson have struck gold in Belgium with deals to supply essential technology for the next-generation networks of Orange and Proximus.

    As well as selecting Nokia’s technology for the roll-out of 5G, Orange Belgium has chosen it to progressively renew its existing 2G/3G/4G mobile radio network. The telco will start rolling out 5G, depending on frequency availability and EMF restrictions, in order to “offer the best possible connectivity” and to avoid saturation on the legacy networks for its customers, but also to enable businesses to take full advantage of the industrial opportunities offered by 5G.

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  • Dryad Networks gains funding for large-scale wildfire detection IoT network

    Environmental internet of things (IoT) startup Dryad Networks has secured seed funding of €1.8m to develop a large-scale IoT network for the ultra-early detection of wildfires, helping public and private forest owners monitor, analyse and protect the world’s largest and most remote environments.

    Based in Berlin-Brandenburg, Dryad describes itself as an environmental IoT startup. Its mission is to develop a large-scale IoT network that can tackle the devastating impact of wildfires on the environment, wildlife and communities.

    Dryad is led by co-founder, CEO and serial telco entrepreneur Carsten Brinkschulte, who has a track record in building and exiting high-growth

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  • CMA asks for right to probe O2/Virgin merger

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has asked the European Commission (EC) to refer to it for investigation the proposed joint venture between Telefónica and Liberty Global to merge their O2 and Virgin Media/Virgin Mobile businesses.

    The proposed combination of Virgin Media and O2 would create a nationwide integrated communications provider with more than 46 million video, broadband and mobile subscribers and an estimated £11bn of revenue.

    It comprises O2’s core network of mobile users, as well as those from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) Giffgaff, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and Lycamobile, along with the Virgin cable network,

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  • NCSC relaunches SME security guide with home working focus

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have pivoted to full or partial remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic can now access revised cyber security guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) with the launch of its revamped Small Business Guide.

    The new guide, which was first published in 2017, can be accessed via the NCSC’s website and lays out five low cost and easily actionable steps SMEs can take to shore up their security posture, including guidance on protecting passwords and avoiding email phishing attacks.

    Figures compiled via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) show that

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  • IBM preps for 2021 business split as enterprise hybrid cloud push gathers pace

    IBM will split its business into two separate, public traded businesses by the end of 2021, with one focused on tapping into the growing demand for hybrid cloud services from enterprises while the other prioritises the delivery of managed infrastructure services.

    The tech giant confirmed the move in statement, where it claimed the measure would help “accelerate its hybrid cloud growth strategy”, while also serving to drive up the value these separate entities can deliver to their clients and shareholders overall.

    IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company is “laser-focused” on tapping into the “$1tn hybrid cloud opportunity” as enterprises

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