Astart-up created by former Nokia employees is working on a device that will slash data roaming costs overseas.
Oulu-based Uros says on its website that the device should be available soon.
According to media reports, the device, called Goodspeed, will create a wireless network around itself that users can connect to. The device has a strong battery that is able to supply an uncapped data plan to its users, reports the Arctic Startup website.
The device and accompanying service have been tested in about ten countries in Europe. The area it works in will be doubled by the end of the year and the device should work globally.
Goodspeed is the size of a mobile phone and the com- pany looks set to charge a monthly fee.
Today, one of the biggest obstacles to using services overseas are the roaming costs ope- rators charge users. Two years ago, the European Union announced regulations that would force operators to limit charges to customers relating to data roaming.
Google Expands Data Centre in Finland
Google plans to invest €150-million to expand its data centre in Finland owing to rising demand for online access to video and data. The work to expand the facility is expected to last about 18 months.
Today, the centre employs about 90 people and when the project has been completed, 25 more people will be employed.
The data centre is housed in a former paper mill in the south-eastern town of Hamina, on the Baltic Sea coast.
Google paid €40-million for the mill, part of which was designed by world-renowed architect Alvar Aalto, before investing another €160-million in converting and equipping it.
Companies like Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine, have been expanding data centres.
In April, the company said it would spend more than $300-million building its largest Asian data centre, in Taiwan, after announcing smaller centres in Hong Kong and Singapore in September 2011.
Google’s data centre in Hamina uses seawater from the Bay of Finland as a cooling agent.
The Earth Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Oulu and several international organisations, including universities in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK, as well as a number of companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Telecom Italia and Docomo.
The project has generated solutions that can help cut the energy consumption of 4G networks by 50%. According to the University of Oulu, in future, the Internet will primarily be accessed through mobile phones and tablets. The number of mobile broadband users is increasing every year by the hundreds of millions and, at the current rate of energy consumption, the carbon footprint of mobile communications could triple by 2020.