Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON trials 5G in Kazakhstan; T-Systems launches private cloud trial with VMware; Openet and Evergent combine on BSS.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

October 21, 2019

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Eurobites: Ericsson Adds Brain-Power to Its RAN Technology

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON trials 5G in Kazakhstan; T-Systems launches private cloud trial with VMware; Openet and Evergent combine on BSS.

  • Ericsson has added a dash of artificial intelligence to its radio access network (RAN) software, which the vendor says helps optimize their networks through improved traffic management and ultimately deliver a better user experience. Ericsson claims that 5G coverage can be boosted by 25% using the new AI bells and whistles, which are available from next month and can be enabled with a remote software update.

    • VEON, the Amsterdam-headquartered but Central Asia-focused operator, has launched a large-scale 5G network trial in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, with operator Kar-Tel, which operates under the Beeline brand. Nokia is providing the technical wherewithal for the tests, the initial results of which show that a downlink speed of 1 Gbit/s has been achieved, according to the operator. Kar-Tel's network architecture is aligned with the latest "non-standalone" 5G release, NSA 3X, which allows 5G devices to aggregate LTE and 5G radio channels to achieve higher download speeds.

    • T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's IT services arm, is launching a free trial for companies wanting to give the private cloud a go, using cloud VMware's technology. Those taking part will, says T-Systems, be able to use private cloud capacity from a T‑Systems data center with the same look and feel as public cloud services. The trial phase is set to begin on December 1 and last for a maximum of six weeks.

    • Ireland's Openet is to supply its real-time charging and policy systems to Evergent, itself a California-based purveyor of revenue and "customer lifecycle" management solutions to digital service providers.

    • UK-based Red Bee Media has teamed up with Spring Media, a Swedish sports rights agency, to launch the unpronounceable Wnited, which the pair say is the world's first global OTT service dedicated to women's soccer. Wnited will bring together multi-camera content from top leagues in Europe, Asia and the Americas as well as national team matches for global audiences, on both free and subscription-based models.

      — 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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