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Eurobites: Cobham Adds DAS to German Capital

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre connects the Granite City; wireless wonders lined up for MWC; Telefónica Deutschland sees losses widen in Q4.

  • Cobham Wireless , the UK-based connectivity provider, has completed what it says it the first ever city-wide digital distributed antenna system (DAS) network, in Berlin. The project was launched in 2015, when Cobham worked with Vodafone Germany and Telefónica Deutschland GmbH to deploy its patented idDAS technology to provide 3G and 4G coverage to more than a million partygoers at a New Year's Eve event on Berlin's Fan Mile. The network now also provides high-capacity coverage to the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz and the Steigenberger Hotel, and there are plans to further extend the system to more businesses and venues.

  • UK altnet CityFibre has named Scotland's "Granite City," Aberdeen, as the next location on the list for its rollout of FTTP in partnership with Vodafone. CityFibre says it will invest "at least" £40 million (US$49 million) in the project, with work starting in July. Aberdeen was chosen because of its thriving tech sector and benefits, says CityFibre, from a forward-thinking local authority. The first city announced as receiving the CityFibre/Vodafone FTTP treatment was Milton Keynes, where an existing 160km fiber network will be significantly extended.

  • Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona, so many EMEA-focused companies will of course be showing off their latest breakthroughs there. Among them will be Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), who will demonstrate how network slicing can be implemented on the Swedish vendor's 4G and 5G network offerings. The demo will use commercially available features in the Ericsson radio access network, such as RAN slicing and quality-of-service control, combined with Ericsson’s core network functionality and OSS.

  • Also strutting their wireless stuff in Barcelona will be Telecom Italia (TIM) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd , who will showcase what they say is the first FDD full-band 4x4 MIMO antenna. The antenna supports 4x4 MIMO on all of TIM's sub-3GHz frequency bands, leaving room also for one dedicated active antenna in C band and mmWave.

  • Telefónica Deutschland saw its losses widen to €203 million ($250.84 million) in the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of €54 million the same period a year ago. However, as MarketWatch reports, operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) rose 7.5% year-on-year to €497 million ($612 million). The operator expects both revenue and OIBDA to remain fairly flat during the next financial year.

  • Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), the US networks company, is making its presence felt in Europe. It has landed a deal with Sweden's Eastern Light, who will use Ciena's GeoMesh offering in its new subsea cable routes being created in northern Europe. Also, Ciena has named Frank Miller as its CTO for the EMEA region. Miller joins Ciena from CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL), where he was vice president of access and chief architect.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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