Eurobites: Nokia lands mobile core deal at Norlys

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and DIGI sign network-sharing agreement; coalition wants to improve global access to connected devices; Vodafone introduces compact antenna tech in Germany.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

July 10, 2024

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Nokia stand at MWC23 in Barcelona
(Source: Nokia)
  • Nokia has landed a mobile core, managed services and security gig at Norlys, the owner of Telia Denmark. The deal comes in the wake of a RAN contract signed between the two companies in 2021. The new agreement covers the deployment of Nokia's 4G/5G packet core, as well as IMS and SDM offerings, which will support voice and data services for Norlys subscribers. The core network applications will run on Red Hat OpenShift, the hybrid cloud application platform powered by Kubernetes. The security part sees the deployment of Nokia's NetGuard software.

  • In Spain, Telefónica and DIGI have signed a new mobile network-sharing agreement that is scheduled to run for 16 years. The deal represents an expansion of an existing mobile access contract between the two companies.

  • A global coalition of mobile operators, vendors, finance institutions and others has committed to improving access to connected devices in some of the poorest parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The coalition will collaborate to close what it calls the "usage gap," which it believes holds back around 3 billion people worldwide from fully taking part in the global digital economy. It says it will explore the use of multiple levers to reduce the cost of entry into the digital economy for low-income populations, including the use of what it calls "de-risking financing mechanisms."

  • Vodafone has introduced new compact antenna technology from Ericsson into its German 5G network. The Swedish vendor's Interleaved AIR 3218 antenna has been deployed at a multi-storey car park in Düsseldorf, with 500 more set to pop up across the network by the end of 2026. According to Ericsson, this technology increases the performance, capacity and coverage of the 5G network without needing to increase the antenna footprint.

  • Back in the UK, Vodafone says it used the recent Glastonbury Festival to trial network slicing technology. The operator dedicated a slice of its network to the payment machines of drinks company EBC, which managed ten on-site bars at the music extravaganza. The demonstration connected three of these bars via a network slice, which in total served 102 tills. Mission-critical stuff, then, if you were among the hordes waiting to be served.

  • Belgian operator Proximus and UK-based Colt Technology Services have announced a joint proof-of-concept trial based on MEF LSO Sonata APIs, which are intended to streamline carrier-to-carrier automation. During the trial, says Proximus, network services were successfully provisioned between the UK and Belgium, enabled by Proximus' new Wholesale E-Access service and Colt's On Demand NaaS platform.

  • EE, the mobile subsidiary of UK operator BT, has introduced Scam Guard, a subscription-based, network-level cybersecurity service that is available to customers from £1 per month. Among other features, the service uses a Hiya-powered AI system, which analyzes calls so it can notify customers of anything suspicious.

  • Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia, has added a new point of presence at its Aruba data center in Rome. According to Sparkle, the agreement with Aruba reinforces Rome as a global connectivity hub between Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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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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