Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT trials C-RAN in Leeds; Nokia, A1 Austria test 3CC CA; KPN doubles down on wind power.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

December 19, 2022

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Eurobites: Ofcom fines Sepura £1.5M for competition law breach

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT trials C-RAN in Leeds; Nokia, A1 Austria test 3CC CA; KPN doubles down on wind power.

  • Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has fined "mission-critical" comms provider Sepura £1.5 million (US$1.8 million) for a breach of competition law after the company exchanged commercially sensitive information with competitor Motorola about pricing during a government procurement process. The fine follows an investigation into a text message conversation between senior executives of Motorola and Sepura in 2018 relating to the police's need for more Tetra devices triggered by a delay in the introduction of a new, 4G-based Emergency Services Network. Motorola, however, has been let off without a fine, because it came forward unprompted and admitted to the text exchange. (See UK could force Motorola to sell Airwave following competition probe and Eurobites: UK's Public Safety Network Project Is a Car Crash, Says Govt Watchdog.) Figure 1: (Source: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo) (Source: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo)

    • BT is trialing C-RAN – a centralized, cloud computing-based architecture for radio access networks – in the northern English city of Leeds. The hope is that the technology, which BT says could be embedded in existing street furniture, will improve 5G coverage for those living, working or just visiting Leeds city center. The infrastructure is currently being used by the EE and Three networks for the trial.

    • Nokia and A1 Austria say they have reached data speeds of 2 Gbit/s in trials of three-component carrier aggregation (3CC CA) on a 5G standalone network in Austria. The trial used Nokia's AirScale 5G baseband, a 5G smartphone and an unspecified commercial 5G CPE over A1 Austria's 5G network. Carrier aggregation allows mobile operators to reach higher throughputs and better coverage by combining different spectrum frequencies.

    • Dutch incumbent operator KPN reckons that from 2027 it will derive more than half of the electricity it consumes in its operations from the massive Hollandse Kust (west) VI windfarm that is about to be built in the North Sea. KPN will buy more than 200 GWh of electricity every year from the windfarm, which will be located more than 50km off the Dutch coast. Eneco is the company that will be supplying the power to KPN.

    • Truphone co-founder Alexander Straub has come up with a $250 million offer to buy the company off Roman Abramovich and friends, gazumping an earlier £1 offer for the eSIMs specialist from Hakan Koç, a German businessman, and his associate Pyrros Koussios. As the Financial Times reports (paywall applies), the £1 bid was put forward after Ukraine-related sanctions were imposed on Abramovich by the UK government. (See UK extends security inquiry into Truphone sale and Eurobites: Truphone gets help with Abramovich problem.)

    • Telefónica has signed a deal to become the exclusive distributor for Axon's connected bodycam products in Spain and Andorra. The product range includes devices that are capable of transmitting live images in high quality and offer real-time geolocation through 4G. They are mainly used by the emergency services but also have applications in the private sector, such as remote maintenance.

    • Upstream, a Greece-based mobile marketing technology company, has secured a loan agreement of €14 million ($14.8 million) with the National Bank of Greece to support its planned expansion.

    • CityFibre has completed the first phase of its fiber rollout in Luton, covering thousands of homes in the eastern part of the English town. Exploratory work in the town center will begin in early January.

      — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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