Eurobites: Ericsson's 5G blows into Greece with WIND Hellas

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ziggo adds probes to boost network performance; Colt upgrades its SD-WAN offering; Iskratel touts new OLT for easier virtualization.

  • Ericsson has landed a five-year 5G core deal with Greek operator WIND Hellas covering both the standalone and non-standalone modes of the technology. Ericsson will deploy the dual-mode, container-based software on a system-verified cloud infrastructure with "full support services." The agreement also sees Ericsson supplying the latest version of its charging software.

  • Dutch cable operator Ziggo has upgraded its network with 40 VB120 broadcast probes courtesy of Oslo-based Bridge Technologies and its installation partner, Burst Video. Part of the attraction for Ziggo was the probe's return data path (RDP) technology, which allows for re-routing of remote signals from regional location into a centralized point for decryption and advanced signal analysis.

  • Colt Technology Services has unveiled a new, improved version of its SD-WAN offering, dubbing it – predictably, you gotta say – "SD WAN 2.0." The vendor says the new version is more geared towards remote working, a better firewall and "enhanced network insights."

  • Slovenia's Iskratel is touting a new eight-port XGS-PON optical line terminal (OLT), which it says allows operators to virtualize the network without having to replace any other hardware. The SI3000 Lumia XG8 is optimized for smaller fiber-access deployments and can be used in a range of urban and rural environments, says Iskratel.

  • Airtel Africa has extended its long-standing partnership with CSG for managed services, including customer relationship management and billing software. The operator has a presence in 14 countries across the continent.

  • Vonage, the cloud-based business communications company, has teamed up with Dutch software firm Yameo to offer Yameo's customers customizable video offerings powered by the Vonage Video API. One such customer is Dekra, a vehicle inspection company based in Germany, which is using the Vonage Video API to power its i2i remote inspection tool.

  • UK altnet CityFibre has broken ground on its latest full-fiber dig, in Crawley, a town about 30 miles south of London. The company is investing £23 million (US$30.6 million) in the project, which forms part of a wider rollout across the UK. (See CityFibre to Raise £200M, Ramp Up FTTH Challenge to BT.)

  • OK, guys, this is getting boring, now: Ericsson-powered Swisscom has come first in Connect magazine's mobile coverage test for the eleventh year in a row, scoring 960 points out of a possible 1,000. (For comparison, rival Salt scored 926 points, improving its core for the third year in a row.)

  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has, among other things, exposed the depth of the "digital divide" across the world, with a large swathe of people unable to get online and thrive in the brave new digital world. With this – and the issue of environmental waste – in mind, Telefónica UK (O2) is teaming up with charity Hubbub and calling on UK businesses to donate unused mobile devices to support the digitally unconnected as the holiday season approaches.

  • Finland's Nokia is providing LTE connectivity to Pelindo 4, an Indonesian port management company, for remote monitoring of its cranes in the Makassar container terminal.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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