Eurobites: EE Hits 7.7M on 4G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TDD LTE-A breakthrough in Finland; ARM's new money man; Dorset goes superfast!

  • No wonder BT wants it: British mobile operator EE , currently the subject of a $19.5 billion takeover bid from the UK incumbent, is trumpeting the fact that it now has 7.7 million 4G customers, up from 2 million a year ago -- a rate of 4G subs growth the operator claims is the fastest in Europe. EE's busiest day for 4G data in 2014 was June 18, when many of its customers swarmed online to see this stunning goal by Australia's Tim Cahill in the soccer World Cup. (See BT Offers $19.5B to Buy EE.)

  • Ukko Networks, a Finnish mobile data operator, has completed a demonstration of TDD LTE-A in its Helsinki lab, with help from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. The demo achieved a peak throughput of more than 507 Mbit/s, which Ukko claims is currently the fastest in Europe. Huawei used the event to show off its Mate7 smartphone, which can handle throughput of 200 Mbit/s. Last month Ukko launched what it says is the world's first LTE 450MHz network, in Finland.

  • ARM Ltd. , the UK-based chip giant that looks set to make hay in the Internet of Things era, has a new CFO, reports the Daily Telegraph. Chris Kennedy will leave budget airline EasyJet to replace ARM's Tim Score, who is retiring.

  • On a quiet Friday there's nothing Eurobites likes better than to run a photo of some grinning Brits sporting a range of winter casualwear beside a broadband cabinet. So here you go:

    Fiber, and some natty knitwear.
    Fiber, and some natty knitwear.

    And the dudes are? A bunch of movers 'n' shakers from the southern British county of Dorset celebrating the fact the village of Martinstown (population: small) has taken delivery of a new broadband cabinet, making it part of the "Superfast Dorset" project, a collaboration between BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, and various local councils.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 1/12/2015 | 5:53:13 AM
    Superfast Dorset Paul,

    How nice to include in last week's Eurobites the Superfast Dorset project. I liked it because, well, it's always great to hear that a place with a small population like Martinstown jumps into the broadband wagon.

    danielcawrey 1/9/2015 | 6:27:30 PM
    ARM I have been a big fan of ARM for some time; five years ago, I don't think people were expecting ARM to take over Intel!

    But look at what has happened since: Most devices are now using ARM, especially in mobile. And even Intel is toying around with how it can use ARM technology in its own chipsets. 
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