Network resources set to be shared by several government agencies
The Dubai government’s security network provider, Nedaa Professional Communication, selected Nokia Networks to deploy a smart city solution based on next-generation network technology. The solution is being designed to support high-bandwidth voice, video and other data applications for mission-critical services and “Internet of Things” applications.
Nokia said the contract includes a “5G”-ready, mission-critical network consisting of security solutions; core and radio access equipment, and IP/MPLS; optical and microwave backhaul; and professional services. Nokia also said network resources will be shared by various government agencies and departments. Nedaa has appointed Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions to oversee network deployment.
“The government of Dubai’s vision for creating the safest and smartest city in the world is far reaching and something Nokia is proud to be part of. Mission-critical communications network is the foundation for realizing this vision, and enables public safety and other IoT use cases,” explained Amr El-Leithy, head of the Middle East and Africa region for Nokia.
Numericable-SFR may pay $4.5 billion to acquire part of Bouygues Telecom’s assets
In other EMEA news, French telecom operator Numericable-SFR is reportedly set to pay 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) to acquire some of Bouygues Telecom’s assets, while rival Iliad would reportedly pay more than 2 billion euros to acquire a portion of Bouygues’ frequencies, networks and subscribers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Bouygues Telecom needs to sell some assets to satisfy competition concerns in regards to Bouygues’ takeover by compatriot Orange France. In January 2016, Orange signed a confidentiality agreement with Bouygues to acquire the latter’s telecom business for 10 billion euros in cash and shares.