Eurobites: A1, Nokia Turn It Up to 11

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: biometric sensor firm's warning hits shares; Plusnet fined for bad billing; Swisscom hooks up with Swiss Post for IoT; Sky Q gets voice search.

  • Telekom Austria Group 's domestic subsidiary, A1, is claiming a speed record over copper following a demonstration in Vienna with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), which saw the pair achieve transmission rates in excess of 11 Gbit/s using a variant of G.fast technology dubbed bu the vendor as XG-Fast. The trial used a 30-meter long copper cable and test equipment supplied by Nokia Bell Labs. Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel was unavailable for comment.

  • It pays to have good billing in place. PlusNet plc , the BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)-owned UK broadband provider, has been fined £880,000 (US$1.09 million) by regulator Ofcom for charging former customers for landline and broadband services after they had already cancelled their contracts. More than 1,000 customers were affected by the billing balls-up, being overcharged by more than £500,000 ($622,000) in total.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is collaborating with Swiss Post on a low-power Internet of Things network, with Swiss Post providing additional locations for basestations and the benefit of its experience in the IoT sector to date. The first commercial applications, such as smart parking and environmental data collection, are already up and running.

  • Shares in Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish specialist in biometric sensors for smartphones, crashed by 42% in Tuesday trading following a warning that the company expected its first-quarter revenues to dip by more than 50% compared with the same period a year ago. As the Financial Times reports (subscription required), Fingerprint has faced increasing competition in its area of expertise.

  • Sky , the UK-based pay-TV giant, has introduced some new features to its Sky Q platform, including the inevitable voice search and "personalization" features.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s OCS has extended its multi-year agreement with US broadcaster Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) , a deal that means in time HBO programs will become exclusive to OCS in France.

  • Russian operator MegaFon has confirmed that it is considering the sale of its stake in Euroset, Russia's largest chain of mobile phone retail outlets.

  • UK mobile operator Three UK claims its customers got through an average of 6.4GB of data each in December 2016, a figure it says is nearly five times the UK average. You'll ruin your eyes, kids.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • mendyk 3/24/2017 | 11:05:21 AM
    Re: Zero-Inf game Good point -- I wonder what Austria Telekom and Nokia see as a practical application for this.
    GypsumFantastic 3/24/2017 | 7:32:39 AM
    Dobly? This blog post would have read better if it had been done in Dobly
    t.bogataj 3/23/2017 | 9:33:32 AM
    Zero-Inf game I'm sure that any day now, we'll read the news about 123 Gbps over one-meter copper cable. But what is the use of it? And will the next step be infinite throughput over zero-length cable?

    mendyk 3/22/2017 | 1:04:52 PM
    Re: It's a von trapp One word: Stone'enge.
    PaulERainford 3/22/2017 | 12:59:38 PM
    Re: It's a von trapp OK, I confess, I'm a Spinal Tap lightweight. The only bit I've ever seen is the 'amp up to 11 bit', though I have seen that bit about 30 times.
    mendyk 3/22/2017 | 11:53:56 AM
    Re: It's a von trapp Just channeling Nigel -- he'd wonder if pushing the data downhill would make things go, you know, faster.
    PaulERainford 3/22/2017 | 10:10:53 AM
    Re: It's a von trapp I think that might be a trick question. What I'm trying to say is I don't understand it.
    mendyk 3/22/2017 | 9:44:29 AM
    It's a von trapp Paul -- Did Telekom Austria specify whether the speed test was conducted uphill, downhill, or on relatively flat ground?
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