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Eurobites: Nokia Burnishes Cloud Credentials

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: mo' better MU-MIMO 5G; think-tank weighs into BT/Openreach debate; new GPON kit.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is looking to boost its credentials in the telco cloud ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress with the launch of three new cloud-oriented services. Nokia Data Center is intended to help evaluate and define telco data center requirements; Cloud Transformation Consulting applies Nokia's telco cloud experience to "assess and complement" an operator's cloud strategy; and Managed Cloud Operations is intended to help operators manage hybrid networks. To support the Data Center strand of the launch, Nokia is to establish a design center in the UK. Respect due to Nokia's marketing apparatchiks for shoehorning the terms "DevOps," "holistic approach" and "agile service delivery" into a single sentence.

  • It's all kicking off in the admittedly niche world of MU-MIMO 5G. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. claim to have achieved downlink speeds of up to 70 Gbit/s in a live demo conducted on the millimeter wave (mmWave) band at 73GHz. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), meanwhile, has been showing execs from NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) and Korea Telecom that its version of MU-MIMO 5G can achieve peak downlink speeds of around 25 Gbit/s. Again, expect more on this next week in Barcelona.

  • An influential UK think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, has joined the chorus of disapproval surrounding BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s cozy relationship with Openreach , its network infrastructure division, reports the Daily Telegraph. The CPS also believes that the power of the UK telecom regulator, Ofcom , has been overestimated, and that it lacks the clout to insist on the separation of Openreach from BT. (See Ofcom Does Not Rule Out BT Carve-Up, Ofcom Could Still Make BT Do Splits and Vodafone CEO: I Want a Piece of Openreach.)

  • On a more positive note for BT, the operator has announced it is creating 1,400 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the UK this year, with a third of the new apprentices being earmarked for the aforementioned Openreach division.

  • Slovenia-based Iskratel d.o.o. has unveiled two new GPON access node products -- an eight-port blade and a standalone "pizza box" Lumia G8, both of which form part of Iskratel's SI3000 Lumia access platform.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • aamir786 10/19/2019 | 3:17:42 AM
    Good jobs On a more positive note for BT, the operator has announced it is creating 1,400 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the UK this year, with a third of the new apprentices being earmarked for the aforementioned Openreach division.
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