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Eurobites: CityFibre Attacks Watchdog's 'Fake Fiber' Ruling

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson clusters NB-IoT in Greece; 5G developments in Italy and Switzerland; Tele2 plumps for Nokia analytics.

  • UK altnet CityFibre has filed for a judicial review of the Advertising Standards Authority's ruling that approved the continued use of term 'fiber' in advertising to describe services delivered over copper-based or hybrid networks. CityFibre, which offers "pure play" fiber services in a number of UK towns and cities, disputes the ASA's conclusion that consumers are not misled by the term "fiber," claiming it flatly contradicted research commissioned by full-fiber operators. In a statement, CityFiber Chief Executive Greg Mesch said: "You could hardly expect an automotive manufacturer to get away with advertising an 'electric car' when the most electric part of the car was its windows. The time has come to do away with 'fake fibre'. The ASA's short-sighted decision to allow yesterday's copper-based infrastructure to masquerade as the future-proof full fibre networks of tomorrow is a clear failure in its duty." (See Eurobites: UK UBB Providers Cry Foul Over 'Phony Fiber'.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has upgraded Cosmote 's LTE network with software that supports NB-IoT technology at cellular clusters in 11 Greek cities and hotspots. The Swedish vendor is also looking to build up the country's IoT "ecosystem," and one of the first "use cases" sees Ericsson collaborating with local partner Fuelics and the Democritus University of Thrace on a fuel tank capacity monitoring system.

  • In a similar vein, Telefónica and China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) have signed an IoT agreement that will see the two operators having access to each other's networks in order to deploy their respective IoT services. Customers of Telefónica and China Unicom will be able to deploy IoT products and services in Europe, Latin America and China with a single global IoT SIM card.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) , Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd say they have switched on the first 5G antenna in the Bari-Matera region of Italy. The 5G data connection is being implemented on 3.7-3.8GHz frequency bands made available by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of a wider 5G program. The three companies plan to achieve 75% coverage of the region's testing area by the end of 2018.

  • Tele2 Netherlands is deploying Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Traffica analytics software to help it identify network problems and address subscriber service issues. Traffica, part of Nokia's Cognitive Analytics portfolio, uses geolocation technology to provide map-based data on traffic and network issues. (See Tele2 Netherlands Deploys Nokia Cognitive Analytics Tools.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has completed what it says is a successful pilot using 5G for managing industrial operations with Ypsomed, a developer of injection and infusion systems for self-medication. In the project, Swisscom and Ypsomed created a 5G test network and "digitized" the entire process chain, from the delivery of raw materials to provisioning and supply. The pilot also encompassed the use of SAP S/4 software and augmented reality technologies, the latter providing engineers with information on the various processes projected on special holographic lenses.

  • Hong Kong-based CITIC Telecom International Holdings Ltd. has appointed James Halberstadt managing director of its European division, effective today. Halberstadt was most recently at Interoute Communications Ltd. , where he was vice president of solutions and bid management.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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