Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

April 15, 2021

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Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

  • After almost 30 years of faithful service, Swisscom has finally switched off its 2G technology. According to the operator, the proportion of traffic transmitted via 2G fell to less than 0.03% by the end of 2020. Swisscom now plans to use the freed-up bandwidth for 4G and 5G services.

    • And in other turn-off news, Greek operator Cosmote says its 3G services will be gradually phased out from September 2021. Cosmote is offering free replacement of obsolete SIM cards for subscribers who currently use 3G data services. Again, freed-up spectrum will go to bolster the operator's 4G and 5G networks.

    • Russian mobile operator MTS has, with the help of Huawei, activated 5G networks at what it describes as "14 iconic locations" in Moscow. The activation, says Huawei, is a prelude to "accelerated commercialization" of 5G in Russia. Russia has been slow out of the blocks in the 5G race, but in July 2020 MTS picked up a license for the 24.25-24.65GHz band that covers 83 regions and is valid until mid-2025. (See Russia's long 5G wait goes on.)

    • The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) is leading a new investigation into the Facebook data breach that exposed the details of some 533 million users, saying that the social media giant's initial response to the incident probably contravenes EU data privacy laws. According to the Daily Telegraph, the DPC concluded that "one or more provisions of the GDPR and/or the Data Protection Act 2018 may have been, and/or are being, infringed in relation to Facebook Users' personal data."

    • Liberty Global has opted for Finnish knowhow by choosing Teleste's distributed access architecture (DAA) for a trial in Baguley, a suburb of Manchester, UK. According to Teleste, DAA is a new way of building DOCSIS networks and is being trialed to see if data core and edge devices can bring data and video services to Liberty's Virgin Media customers at speeds of more than 1 Gbit/s.

    • Sweden's Ericsson has landed a 5G RAN and core network gig in New Zealand, with operator 2degrees. Auckland and Wellington will be the first cities to benefit, with commercial services expected to launch later this year.

    • Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has launched a gaming/e-sports platform, stcplay, in a partnership with the grandly named Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS). Hey, we'll decide if these "sports" are intellectual or not…

    • CityFibre is extending its network in the UK town of Milton Keynes by an additional 7,000 homes. The initial fiber rollout began in early 2018 and was, according to CityFibre, "substantially completed" at the end of last year.

    • Italtel has joined AI@EDGE, a European Union project that involves industries, universities and research institutes from eight different countries looking at how to develop a secure and reusable artificial intelligence platform for edge computing in "beyond 5G" networks.

      — 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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