Eurobites: 5G Goes Transcontinental

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom prototypes NB-IoT; Orange makes Moldovan acquisition; Google bags Norway's wind power.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has teamed up with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and South Korea's SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) to conduct what it says is the world's first transcontinental 5G trial. The three companies will deploy a trial network in South Korea and Germany using key 5G-related technologies such as NFV, SDN, distributed cloud and "network slicing." Ericsson will be the sole infrastructure supplier to the partnership.

  • Deutsche Telekom has also established what it describes as an NB-IoT Prototyping Hub at its hub:raum facilities in Berlin and Krakow. The NB-IoT developer community will be provided with a starter development kit and appropriate support where required. NB-IoT (where "NB" stands for "narrowband") is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology, being pitched by many as one of the central planks of the Internet of Things.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has agreed to acquire Moldovan cable operator Sun Communications in a move that will give the French giant the wherewithal to present a converged offer in the eastern European country. Orange Moldova is already the largest mobile operator in the country, while Sun Communications is the leading pay-TV provider there in terms of customer numbers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is following through on its commitment to the use of renewable energy to keep its European data centers humming by buying the entire 12-year projected electricity production from a Norwegian wind farm that is not even built yet. As Reuters reports, the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind farm is expected to start whirring in late 2017.

  • Belgium's data protection authority has lost its legal battle with Facebook to stop the social network tracking non-Facebook members who just take a passing peek at the network's pages, reports Reuters. The Brussels Appeals Court dismissed the Belgian Privacy Commission's case on the grounds that the regulator has no jurisdiction over Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Ireland.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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