In today's regional roundup: BT and Nokia become 5G buddies; Swisscom runs a steady ship as it shifts towards all IP and ultra-broadband; an eye-watering 20 Gbit/s broadband service is announced in UAE.
With the UK's largest mobile operator (EE) now part of its portfolio, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is getting in on the 5G partnership action, striking a relationship with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) that covers "potential customer use cases for 5G technologies, the creation of 5G Proof of Concept (PoC) trials and the development of the emerging technology standards and equipment." For more insight and details, see this Telecoms.com report and this press release.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) reported better-than-expected second quarter financials and raised its 2016 profit guidance thanks to a better performance (and a one-time compensation payment) at its Italian subsidiary Fastweb, reports Reuters. The Swiss incumbent, which is still majority-owned by the state, has managed to maintain its financial performance while investing aggressively in high-speed fixed broadband infrastructure and a transition to all IP: The operator says that at the end of June, around 3.3 million homes and offices were connected with "ultra-fast broadband" services (speeds of more than 50 Mbit/s), while 1.3 million fixed voice lines (about half of the total) are now all IP. Its conversion to all IP is set to be completed by the end of 2017. For more details, see this press release.
Dreaming of a Gigabit broadband service? That's so yesterday… Residential users in the UAE can now sign up for a 20 Gbit/s FTTH connection from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) , which has developed the capabilities for the service with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. . The operator says this remarkable "ultra-broadband speed will allow du's fixed subscribers to have a much better experience of high bandwidth services such as 4K TV, Network Gaming, virtual reality and cloud services." But the question is – how much of a better experience will customers get with 20 Gbit/s compared with 10 Gbit/s, for example? And what will the price point be? The current monthly cost of a 1 Gbit/s broadband service, with TV channels and free voice calls, is about US$1,250. Really.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has launched a probe into its corporate culture in an effort to boost "ethical behavior." For more on this, see Deutsche Telekom opens organisation-wide ethics investigation.
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