Eurobites: DT & Huawei Max Out With MIMO

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Austrian class action against Facebook gathers momentum; Ericsson targets emerging markets; Israeli DDoS entrepreneurs arrested.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are claiming a "speed breakthrough" with their demonstration of 1.2Gbit/s data transfer rates on the German incumbent's network in Berlin. For the demo, the two companies used what they call LTE Advanced Pro, deploying a conventional basestation in combination with MIMO technology to flow the data traffic over five carrier frequencies.

  • It's probably reasonable to surmise that Max Schrems isn't near the top of Facebook 's Christmas card list. The Austrian privacy activist, who has already successfully challenged and overturned the Safe Harbor data transfer framework between Europe and the US on the basis of what Facebook did with his data, has now moved a step closer to launching a class action lawsuit against the social network behemoth, Reuters reports, with the Austrian Supreme Court referring the matter to the European Court of Justice. (See Eurobites: Facebook Faces Privacy Class Action.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has enhanced and combined some hardware and software products to target network operators in emerging markets where the challenges in connecting the majority of the population to the Internet are greatest. The vendor's announcement comes as governments prepare to meet at the UN General Assembly to discuss progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Two Israeli teenagers allegedly behind hundreds of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been arrested, the BBC reports. The pair are suspected of being the brains behind the vDos service, which charges a fee to launch DDoS attacks on selected targets on behalf of third parties. Israeli media outlets report that Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, both 18, have been placed under house arrest for ten days.

  • The UK's Digital Economy Bill, proposed legislation covering such areas as universal service broadband obligations and compensation for failure to meet performance standards, gets its second reading in the House of Commons today. Neil Fraser, head of space and comms at the UK arm of broadband services company ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), has issued a statement on the bill that, perhaps not surprisingly, makes the case for satellite broadband as a crucial piece of the universal service obligation jigsaw and suggests that fiber on its own cannot be the answer: "Fibre, especially fibre-to-the-premises, simply cannot reach the entire population in an affordable manner," says Fraser in his statement.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has lifted the lid on a 5G-related trial it has been carrying out with Sonera, the Finnish arm of Telia. The trial, which took place in August, was built around a 5G-ready network using the commercially available Nokia AirScale basestation and a core network solution. The network was used to deliver high-resolution video footage shot using OZO, Nokia's virtual reality camera for professionals. (See Sonera Tests Nokia's 5G, XG-FAST Tech.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • TV Monitor 9/13/2016 | 1:50:37 PM
    NSA and FBI sound alarm on possibility of Hauwei 5G equipment in the US http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-declassified-1a1bcc92-79af-11e6-8064-c1ddc8a724bb-20160913-story.html


    U.S. spies think China wants to read your email

    Now these agencies are starting a formal review, led by the FBI and the NSA, examining the national security implications of Huawei's potential participation in building the U.S. 5G wireless network, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials.

    These officials told me that while the two largest U.S. telecom providers -- AT&T and Verizon -- have yet to join up with Huawei on this project, the prospect of such a partnership is real and alarming. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the intelligence assessment was ongoing and classified.
    [email protected] 9/13/2016 | 10:58:09 AM
    Real-world speeds? These test and trials peeds are all very well but what sort of real-world speeds would the same set-up providfe a paying customer?

    That question for DT and Huawei....
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