Eurobites: BT and Nokia demo 5G SA frequency band aggregationEurobites: BT and Nokia demo 5G SA frequency band aggregation
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight provides technology for international theatre play; Which? takes issue with VMO2's wish to increases prices at whim; Cordiant Infrastructure buys Speed Fibre.
August 24, 2023
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight provides technology for international theatre play; Which? takes issue with VMO2's wish to increase prices at whim; Cordiant Infrastructure buys Speed Fibre.
BT and Nokia have demonstrated the uplink performance of 5G standalone (SA) during a field trial in live network spectrum. They have found that aggregating two frequency bands leads to better performance, offering better support for services like online gaming and live streaming. BT also claims to be the first in Europe to have simultaneously achieved a 5G SA two-component carrier aggregation (2CC CA) uplink and four-component carrier aggregation (4CC CA) downlink – we don't know what the remaining C stands for either.
Net Insight's media technology is being leveraged in a unique theatre project Tre Rum, which will take place in September. The play, which follows a woman's life across its different stages, will be performed simultaneously on three theatre stages located in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Each segment of the play will be performed in its audience's language, with subtitles provided through a mobile app. The performance is part of the Innovative Rooms project, which is itself part of the EU Interreg program Aurora.
UK consumer protection non-profit Which? has called on Ofcom to look into Virgin Media O2's latest update to its terms and conditions, through which it says the company humbly gives itself the right to hike prices anytime and by any amount in addition to introducing inflation-linked mid-contract price increases. The change, announced earlier this year, may well pique Ofcom's interest given the regulator is already investigating the practice of linking mid-contract price rises to inflation.
UK investor Cordiant Infrastructure is acquiring Irish Speed Fibre in a deal worth €190.5 million (US$206.5 million), according to media reports. The telecom infrastructure company operates 5,400 kilometers of fiber lines, is said to be mainly a backbone provider and owns Magnet Plus, which counts around 10,000 business and retail customers.
Vodafone Ukraine has completed its acquisition of Internet provider Freenet, which offers its services in areas including Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk and Rivno under the brand O3. It runs an FTTx and GPON network and its subscriber base numbers 163,000 customers. The value of the deal has not been disclosed, but local media reports suggest it may be worth $19 million.
Liberty Global has reopened the acceptance period on its public and voluntary takeover bid to minority shareholders of Belgian Internet provider Telenet. In July, it increased its stake to 93.25%, falling short of the 95% target it had set for the transaction. The current window will close on September 13.
— Tereza Krásová, Associate Editor, Light Reading
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