5G and Beyond

Eurobites: Nokia Teams Up on 5G in Turkey

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson trumpets 5G progress; Com Hem COO steps down; Opera Software bid extended.

  • Türk Telekomunikasyon A.S. is to make its network infrastructure available to Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) for real-time testing of 5G and Internet of Things technologies for applications related to metering, smart homes and smart cities, among other areas. The hope is that they will then use the findings to develop commercial 5G-ready offerings. So-called "network slicing," whereby different traffic types are segmented for applications and users on the network, will be one of the focus areas for the joint project. (See Türk Telekom Teams With Nokia on 5G, IoT and Network Slicing Key to Nokia's 5G Framework.)

  • Elsewhere on the 5G front, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) used its AGM to trumpet its progress with the carrier community. Speaking earlier this week at the meeting, Sara Mazur, head of Ericsson Research, said the vendor now has 21 5G contracts with operators in place around the world as well as a test-bed that demonstrates speeds of over 25 Gbit/s. CEO Hans Vestberg said that Ericsson will "extend its technology leadership" in 5G in the year ahead. (See Ericsson's CTO on a 5G Future and Meet the Force Behind Ericsson's 5G.)

  • Jonathan James is to resign as chief operating officer of Swedish cable operator Com Hem AB after two and a half years with the company. During James's time there, Com Hem has gone from being a private to a public company, completed a TiVo rollout and upgraded its broadband to become what it claims is the fastest in Sweden. (See Eurobites: Com Hem Sparks Gold Rush.)

  • The $1.23 billion cash offer for Norway's Opera Software ASA , tabled by a group of Chinese Internet-related companies, has been extended to May 24 as it has not yet reach the required level of acceptances, reports Reuters. The deal could provide the mobile browser specialist with a ready-made partner ecosystem for the Chinese market as well as additional financing. (See Opera in $1.23B M&A Drama.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has wasted no time in completing its acquisition of Lexsi, the French cyber-security company. Lexsi, which counts more than 400 customers in Europe, provides services such as security-related audit, consultancy, incident response and training. (See Orange Closes Acquisition of Cybersecurity Specialist and Eurobites: Orange Eyes Cybersecurity Buy.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has launched a digital security package for hospitals and clinics, in response to a series of cyber attacks on such premises. The system will be demonstrated at next week's conhIT show in Berlin.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is claiming to have the fastest entry-level fiber broadband offering in the UK with the launch of its Infinity 1 service, which offers up to 52 Mbit/s downlink. The service will cost new customers £10 (US$14.19) a month over the duration of a 12-month contract.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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