Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT re-enters mobile with SIM-only deals; Hungary reconsiders telecom tax; CommProve lands African gig.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has joined forces with King's College and Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) for research into 5G, addressing, it says, both the technical and "societal" challenges posed by the embryonic technology. These are the latest in a series of 5G collaborations Ericsson has initiated with universities and research institutes, the others including Sweden's Lund University and Royal Institute of Technology. (See Ericsson Testing 5G Use Cases, CFO Says and The Many Faces of 5G .)
As its potential acquisition of EE grinds through the gears, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has gone ahead and re-entered the mobile market with a range of SIM-only deals, starting at ₤5 (US$7.45) a month on a 12-month contract for 200 minutes of call time, 500MB of 4G data, assuming the customer already has BT broadband. (If they don't, it's ₤10 a month.) BT will use the network belonging to EE, with which it has a wholesale agreement. (See BT Threatens Price War With New 4G Offer.)
Hungary may consider removing its special tax on telcos, according to a Reuters report. As things stand, Hungary levies taxes on the cost of phone calls, text messages and telecom infrastructure.
Irish mobile network performance management specialist CommProve has landed a deal with an unnamed African telecom regulator under the terms of which it will provide the regulator with the ability to display on its website network performance data relating to specific locations.
At a hearing in Luxembourg on Tuesday, the European Court of Justice's Advocate General said that his final opinion would be given in June on whether the likes of Facebook and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) can continue to share the data of European users with the US under the so-called Safe Harbor principle, reports Reuters.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading