The love-in between Nokia and China Mobile continues with the signing of an agreement between the Finnish vendor and the China Mobile Research Institute, the aim of which is to create a "more open 5G ecosystem" by simplifying interoperability between multivendor radio access network (RAN) technologies. The pair will investigate the potential of O-RAN (Open RAN), sharing their findings through a series of working groups and demonstrations. (See TIP, ORAN Alliance Poised to Join Forces on Open RAN.)
Elsewhere on the Nokia front, the vendor has named Montreal-based Spark Microsystems as the winner of its Open Innovation Challenge, landing the startup a $100,000 prize and giving it access to Nokia's know-how. Spark developed a low-power wireless transceiver aimed at the Internet of Things market. More than 300 companies submitted entries to the competition.
Sweden's Tele2 has struck a roaming signaling agreement with Deutsche Telekom. Starting in mid-December, the new international signaling services will apply to all customers within Tele2's footprint.
At some point in the wee small hours Telefonica and Ericsson managed to fix the issue that had caused a full day's outage for customers using the O2 network in the UK and elsewhere. According to an Ericsson statement on Thursday, initial analysis has indicated that the main issue was an expired certificate in the particular versions of the software installed with Telefonica. Replying to a customer Tweet about possible compensation, O2 replied: "We're currently assessing how we can make this up to our customers."
Our 4G network was restored earlier this morning. Our technical teams will continue to monitor service performance closely and we're starting the full review to understand what happened. We are really sorry for the issues yesterday.
Hopster, the UK-based VoD service aimed at pre-schoolers, has launched on Sling TV in the US. For $5 per month, Sling TV customers will be able to access hundreds of educational kids' shows on their TV or mobile device.