Eurobites: Big Guns Take Aim at 5G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA's Ensemble tunes up; Net Insight's Q4 investments take their toll; buffering is bad for blood pressure.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Telefónica have formalized their 5G relationship, signing an agreement for the development of 5G technologies, products and services, with a specific focus on the 5G PPP and ETP Networld 2020 programs. The pair are already working together in this area, with Ericsson becoming the first equipment vendor to join Telefónica 's 5TONIC 5G laboratory initiative, based at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain. (See Ericsson Has Inked Nearly 20 5G Test Agreements, Lines Get Drawn in Road to 5G and Eurobites: EU Preps for 5G With Spectrum Sort-Out.)

  • In related news, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) says it is partnering with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Ericsson, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) to research 5G technologies and ready its networks for mobile's next big thing. Among other things on its 5G To Do list, Vodafone plans to test hardware and software in its UK Innovation Labs and conduct trials on its radio and core networks in selected global markets,

  • Germany's ADVA Optical Networking has set up a new division dedicated to NFV, called Ensemble. According to ADVA, Ensemble combines ADVA's home-grown software engineering capabilities with the NFV chops of Overture, its most recent acquisition. The Ensemble product range will get its first airing at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (See ADVA Adds NFV Smarts With $35M Overture Acquisition, ADVA CEO: Overture Acquisition Adds to Our Open NFV Pitch and ADVA CEO: Overture Acquisition Adds to Our Open NFV Pitch .)

  • VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) has acknowledged violating US and Dutch anti-corruption laws following an investigation into its conduct in Uzbekistan, where in 2014 it was accused of paying bribes to secure operating licenses. The move comes after the service provider, whose biggest market is Russia, made a $900 million "provision" regarding the investigation last November. Announcing results today, VimpelCom said that its net loss widened to $691 million in 2015, from $647 million in 2014, with revenues dropping by 29%, to around $9.6 billion, because of currency depreciation in a number of markets.

  • Net Insight AB (Stockholm: NETI-B), the Stockholm-based video delivery specialist, saw fourth-quarter net sales increase 20.4% year-on-year to 110.6 million Swedish kroner (US$13 million), though earnings in the period were dented by investments in a broader product portfolio, and it made an operating loss of SEK1.4 million ($164,000). Full-year net sales decreased 0.9% compared with the previous year, to SEK375.8 million ($44.1 million).

  • Ah, diddums… Ericsson's latest Mobility Report has reached the conclusion that delays in loading web pages and videos are "mentally taxing" for mobile users, and can raise heart rates by an average of 38%. Chillax, people!

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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