Eurobites: Nokia Helps A1 Hit 500 Mbit/s With Triple CA

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt upgrades with Cisco; Orange rebrands in Morocco; LinkedIn seeks to unblock itself in Russia; SoftBank's tech fund sets up in London; cybercrime versus old-school crime.

  • Telekom Austria Group 's domestic mobile subsidiary, A1, has reached data transfer speeds of 513 Mbit/s over its live network on a mobile router and 463 Mbit/s on a smartphone in tests at the University of Klagenfurt, using Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s triple carrier aggregation technology. Frequencies in the 2.6GHz, 1800MHz and 800MHz ranges were bundled together and combined with the complex modulation process 256 QAM to achieve higher bandwidths than is the norm with LTE. (See Telekom Austria Tops 500 Mbit/s With Pre-5G Tech.)

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd is upgrading its packet network across Europe and Asia using technology from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) that, according to the vendor, "uses end-to-end segment routing technology, an enhancement to IP MPLS" that helps to make networks SDN-ready. Light Reading just hosted a webinar on this very topic: To access the archived webinar, click on this link. (See Colt Upgrades to 100G With Cisco.)

  • Today sees the launch of the Orange brand in Morocco, replacing the Méditel moniker. The French giant's Moroccan subsidiary claimed 14.2 million customers at the end of September, and today's rebranding means the Orange brand serves more than 55 million Arab-speaking customers across Africa and the Middle East. For more details, see this story on our sister site, Connecting Africa. And to celebrate, here's a jolly infographic:

  • Russia's communications regulator says it had a "constructive" meeting with representatives of LinkedIn Corp. , as the owners of the professional networking platform try to get their site unblocked. As Reuters reports, Russia blocked LinkedIn last month for allegedly failing to comply with data storage rules.

  • The private equity arm of Japanese telco giant SoftBank Corp. has opted to base itself in London's Mayfair district, Bloomberg reports. Ten people have been hired for the SoftBank Vision Fund's London office to date, and several dozen more may be arriving soon, according to unnamed sources.

  • New research commissioned by BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has found that the British public still think they are significantly more likely to fall victim to a physical break-in than a cybercrime, despite the fact that, on average, people aged 16-44 years are almost as likely to suffer a digital violation as a "real" one. Only 10% of those surveyed think their WiFi or smartphone could be the most likely source of a crime, compared to 51% who believe their doors or windows are the most likely line of attack for criminals.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • [email protected] 12/9/2016 | 2:01:35 PM
    Another step towards Gigabit mobile... I woder if, when we arrive at a time when commercial Gigabit mobile broadband connections are on offer to the masses, if people will still have problems placing a voice call in urban areas? because goodness knows it still happens today.

    There's a constant race to be the fastest etc but yet coverage in major cities of basic mobile services can still be so poor.

    That can't be right...
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