Fireworks a-plenty in today's EMEA regional roundup, including: Nokia's Saudi win; Ericsson's OpenStack breakthrough; AlcaLu sells cyber-security business to Thales; fiber-to-the-Yorkshireman.
One year on from the creation of an industry consortium that committed itself to becoming part of a 5G research program led by the UK's University of Surrey , that consortium has revealed its vision for 5G. The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) has set out three principles as key to its work, these being that: 5G will offer "sufficient rate to give the user the impression of infinite capacity"; it will allow the Internet of Things to thrive; and it will deliver very low latency of 1 millisecond or less. The 5GIC's experimental facilities are currently under construction at the University of Surrey's Guildford campus. Among those in the consortium are BT, EE, Fujitsu, Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica and Vodafone. (See 5GIC Shares Vision With Industry Partners and UK Enterprise Partnership Secures 5G Funding.)
Nokia Networks has bagged a network expansion deal and extended its managed services contract with Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) for another five years. The new contract covers the kingdom's central region, which has previously been served by other vendors, according to Nokia Networks.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) have jointly demonstrated a virtualized IMS node call session control function (CSCF) on OpenStack using the Swedish vendor's cloud execution and management platform, according to a report on Business Cloud News.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has offloaded its cyber-security business to defense company Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA), a deal which will see the transfer of around 100 AlcaLu staff, mainly based in France. As outlined back in May, the sale is presented as part of a "strategic partnership" between the two companies, which will see them working together to win security-related business. (See AlcaLu in Talks to Sell Security Unit to Thales .)
CityFibre , the network infrastructure provider that is challenging BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s dominance of fiber rollouts in the UK, is collaborating with Easynet to build an 80km "pure" fiber network aimed at businesses in the Kirklees region of Yorkshire, England's largest county. According to CityFibre, the construction of the network will be demand-led. (See Eurobites: Scotland Gets a Gigabit City, Eurobites: BT's Rivals Go Ultrafast in York.)
Interoute Communications Ltd. is to open its second Virtual Data Center (VDC) "zone" in Germany on December 1 to meet demand from German customers that want their data stored within their country's borders. The new zone is near Frankfurt, while the pan-European operator's existing VDC is in Berlin. "Critical from a German perspective is data control and location," notes Interoute CTO Matt Finnie in the company's official announcement. "Our dual zone approach and free network enables in-country resilience coupled with low latency, minimising code rewrites. Combine this with Interoute's unique public-private cloud capabilities and developers are able to create virtual environments with levels of separation unique in a cloud environment," he added. (See Interoute Invests Further in Cloud.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading