Also today, Ofcom CTO leaves for new smart city, CEO change at Telia Norway, USDA helps out South Dakota and Iowa, BT buys into WiFi analytics, CityFibre's latest chief and more.
Google Loon and Internet para Todos Perú (IpT) will use high-altitude balloons to bring connectivity to parts of the Amazon. IpT Perú -- an open access wholesale infrastructure operator owned by Telefónica, Facebook, IDB Invest and CAF -- wants to help reduce the number of unconnected remote residents around the world, using alternate broadband technologies where today's usual infrastructures are unsuitable or uneconomical. (See Loon & Internet Para Todos Bring Balloon-Powered Internet to Peru.)
The CTO of UK regulator Ofcom, Mansoor Hanif, is leaving for a new role at NEOM, a "new, eco-friendly smart city" in the Middle East. Yih-Choung Teh, group director of Strategy and Research, will take on the CTO role until a replacement is found.
Abraham Foss, Telia Norway's CEO since 2015, is leaving to take on "new challenges." Telia Finland CEO Stein-Erik Vellan will take over that role. Temporarily replacing Vellan is Jonas Bengtsson, current EVP, group general counsel and head of corporate affairs.
Lots of Cows, Not Lots of Internet
Miles from anywhere, grazing lands and beautiful landscapes are plentiful. Reliable, high-speed broadband is not, according to South Dakota farmers. (Photo Source: bakrawy9000 from Pixabay)
The US Department of Agriculture is spending $7 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure to connect more than 800 homes, 17 businesses and 27 farms in South Dakota and Iowa, KELO.com reported.
BT inked a multi-year pact with WiFi analytics firm Purple. Next year, BT WiFi bricks-and-mortar business subscribers offering free Internet access will get anonymized insight into customers' browsing habits, allowing businesses to improve customer experience, service and offerings, BT said.
CityFibre hired Richard Thorpe as chief delivery officer. Thorpe joins the UK altnet from Digicel, where he revamped the Caribbean operator's business support systems, but he earned his fiber skills at Vodafone and NBN Co.
Community-owned and operated municipal broadband provider Auburn Essential Services (AES) is transitioning all current and new FTTH deployments to Calix AXOS as part of its network transformation. Currently, AES uses GPON and XGS-PON, with an upgrade path to NG-PON2. Based on the success of its strategic partnership with the City of Garrett on fiber-to-the-business, AES will begin deploying the same services to all homes within the Garrett Municipal Electric Territory beginning next year. (See Auburn Essential Services Puts Community First With everyPON & FTTH.
MobiTV will use Telia Carrier's global IP backbone for its white-label streaming video services.
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