Eurobites: Orange goes large with 5G on 700MHz in Spain

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vantage Towers feels the supply chain crunch; HBO Max spreads its wings; Deutsche Telekom and Google extend their love-in.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

February 1, 2022

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Eurobites: Orange goes large with 5G on 700MHz in Spain

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vantage Towers feels the supply chain crunch; HBO Max spreads its wings; Deutsche Telekom and Google extend their love-in.

  • Orange has announced a plan to deploy what it claims is the largest 5G network on the 700MHz band in Spain. By the end of 2022, promises the operator, more than 1,100 towns and cities will be covered by the network, as well as significant chunks of rural areas, where it is envisaged that 5G-fueled IoT technology will help make farming more efficient. Orange Spain holds 2x10MHz in the 700MHz band and 110MHz in 3.5GHz.

    • The "global supply chain crunch" is hampering the mast rollout efforts of Vantage Towers, the company spun out of Vodafone a few years ago, according to Bloomberg report citing a Vantage earnings release. Group revenue at Vantage grew 3.1% in the first nine months of the 2022 financial year, to €746 million ($840 million).

    • The HBO Max streaming service is to launch in 15 more European markets in March, Reuters reports. The new territories include Poland, Portugal and Romania. The service, which is owned by WarnerMedia, has already launched in the Nordics and Spain, but the service will not be made available in the UK, Germany and Italy for the "next few years," adds the report, due to an existing deal with Sky.

    • Deutsche Telekom is extending its partnership with Google, offering business users "enhanced" mobile messaging services through Telekom RCS Business Messaging powered by Google's Jibe Cloud and running its premium TV service, MagentaTV One, on the Android TV OS for the German market (with additional European markets in the pipeline).

    • Truphone, a UK-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has secured a five-year partnership agreement with BT Wholesale covering MVNO access services. Under the terms of the agreement, Truphone customers will get access to BT's EE network.

    • Neos Networks has landed an SD-WAN gig at UK food company Bakkavor, which supplies major supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's with "own-brand" products. The network will connect Bakkavor's 22 UK sites and one international site in Spain.

    • Three UK says it has given "inflation busting" pay rises to its in-store retail staff, offering increases of up to 12.6%, with new hourly minimum rates of £10.13 (US$13.67) nationwide and £11.40 ($15.38) in London, excluding bonuses. These rates exceed the National Living Wage, which applies to workers outside London and will reach £9.50 ($12.82) per hour in April, and the London Living Wage, which is currently set at £11.05 ($14.91) per hour. So with a bit of luck they'll be able to live on it.

    • Telecom Italia (TIM) trumpets that it has cancelled out the carbon dioxide emissions generated in 2021 by its various websites, making them officially carbon-neutral. It has done this through a range of initiatives, such as supporting Maìsa REDD+, a project promoting conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

    • You want pointless bits of research about streaming services? We got 'em! A new study cobbled together by TalkTalk shows that one in three couples spend more than 43 days a year streaming their favorite shows, and that just 4% of couples in the UK cuddle on the sofa when streaming TV. Makes you think.

      — 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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