Europe’s Plan For Sustainable Agriculture Starts With Running Broadband To Farms

Europe’s Green Deal with farmers includes the broadband internet access they’ll need to save money and the environment.

“If we want to really reform our agricultural policy, we will have to introduce broadband everywhere in the agricultural world,” said Frans Timmermans, the European Commission executive vice-president for the European Green Deal.

“We have to work with precision agriculture,” Timmermans said yesterday at the Web Summit broadcast from Lisbon. “We will have to work with new technologies. We will have to introduce new ways of farming at the very fundamental level.”

Broadband access will enable farmers to quickly identify and respond to diseases in crops and livestock or to deliver fertilizers and other supplements only to those areas of fields where data shows they are needed.

The EU has supported the development of internet platforms for farmers, such as 365farmnet.com.

“With new digital

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Indra to lead sensor development for mainland Europe’s next-gen fighter

STUTTGART, Germany – Spain’s Indra will head up a team of three industry partners to build the sensor suite for the Franco-German-Spanish advanced fighter jet and weapon system programs, the company announced Nov. 23.

France’s procurement office, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), signed a contract on Monday with the Spanish company on behalf of the three nations involved in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and Next-Generation Weapon System programs. Indra will work together with French company Thales and German industry consortium FCMS to design and develop the “connected and distributed architecture of sensors” to provide situational awareness, and boost platform survivability, the company said in a release.

The contract details a one-year period for the team to design the sensor packages as part of the larger program’s Phase 1A concept study, and could be extended for an additional six months. Phase 1A was launched this past February and

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Europe’s Best Telecoms Stock Is a Real Estate Company

Take Vodafone Group Plc. The British company is reportedly planning to list its own Vantage Towers unit in Frankfurt early next year. Bloomberg News reported it’s seeking to raise about 4 billion euros in a deal that could value the business at around 20 billion euros including debt. 

The logic is straightforward if you consider the anticipated rise of 5G networks. Towers companies are essentially in the real estate business: They lease space to mobile carriers to install their antennae. As carriers provide greater 5G connectivity, they will require more antennae and therefore more tower space. Rather than splash out to build or buy more of their own towers, carriers will increasingly share them.

Vantage currently averages 1.37 antennae per tower and aims to boost that to more than 1.5 apiece in the “medium term.” Cellnex currently averages 1.58 customers. The occupancy rate is only likely to increase.

Even as

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New agreement aims to spread Scandinavian design to Europe’s urban…

Danish design company out-sider is entering into an agreement for the right to sell Verner Panton’s iconic Cloverleaf sofa for urban spaces. “We want to spread this attractive Danish design to Europe’s many urban landscapes,” says Head of Development Ib Mogensen

Autumn 2020 saw design companies out-sider and Verpan enter into an agreement that gives out-sider the rights to sell Verner Panton’s iconic outdoor seating Cloverleaf. And it’s an agreement that sparks the enthusiasm of Ib Mogensen, who is the CEO of out-sider. For he has long sought to bring design classics to outdoor spaces:

“Not only do we get an iconic Danish design, but also what I feel architects and urban planners worldwide are lacking – namely, attractive design for outdoor and urban landscapes. For a number of years we have achieved success with urban furniture in the same category as Cloverleaf, and thanks to its flexibility, size

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