Eurobites: Telecom Italia Kicks Off Turin 5G Project With Live Network Trial

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify agrees deal with Universal Music; Telia expands global backbone in US; Kontron works with Lufthansa on in-flight connectivity.

  • According to Telecom Italia (TIM) , at least, it was "5G Day" in Turin yesterday, and the operator celebrated by racking up download speeds of 700 Mbit/s and uploads of 75 Mbit/s on a live mobile network with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM). Telecom Italia, which in March announced its ambition to make Turin the first "5G City" in Italy, says that the 700Mbit/s service will be made available to its customers "in the coming months." (See Eurobites: Turin to Be Shrouded in 5G.)

  • Sweden's Spotify , still ruling the roost in terms of music streaming despite a strong challenge from the likes of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), has struck a deal with Universal Music which it hopes will persuade more of its subscribers to cough up for its "premium" ad-free service. The agreement allows big-name artists on the Universal label -- Taylor Swift and Adele among them -- to release new albums exclusively on the premium service for two weeks before the cheapskates get a look-in.

  • Kontron AG has landed a contract with Lufthansa Systems to provide the aviation specialist with its Cab-n-ConnectT A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP) as the wireless connectivity platform for its testbed on Lufthansa´s FlyingLab flights. The system allows passengers to connect to live video presentations and other content using their own device. Lufthansa introduced its FlyingLab flights to give passengers the chance to test out and comment on new technologies and services.

  • Telia Carrier has added a new fiber route between New York City and Chicago, extending the reach of the Nordic company's global backbone. The new route will offer improved 100G+ options to carriers, content and cloud providers in the two cities and beyond.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is in negotiations to attach its name to the ground of West Ham, a soccer team in the English Premier League, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Hammers, as West Ham are known to their long-suffering fans, play in the former Olympic Stadium in east London.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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