Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia upgrades Telefónica's IP core; European giants in startups push; Ericsson gets public safety gig in UK.
Telefónica has announced a 5G collaboration with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), which will see them work together on the testing of pre-standard 5G technologies and new features being incorporated into LTE-Advanced Pro, sometimes called 4.5G. The research will be divided into two strands, one focused on the actual 5G wireless systems and the other on virtualization software for 5G networks. (See LTE-Advanced Pro: Gigabit 4G, Anyone?)
In related news, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is to help upgrade Telefónica 's IP core network, supplying its 7950 XRS core router, among other gubbins, as part of the Spanish giant's "Fusión Red" program. The upgrade is intended to prepare the ground for the wider uptake of Ultra HD, cloud and IoT services by Telefónica customers, as well as the arrival of 5G.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) (OTC: SGTJY) and, yes, Telefónica have joined forces to launch "Go Ignite," the umbrella brand name for the operators' efforts to connect the startup ecostystems of the EMEA region and Latin America. The alliance has put out its first global call for startups to enter projects in one of five categories: Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, big data analytics, content delivery and customer experience enhancement.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is teaming up with Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to deliver the LTE-based "Lot 2" public safety network for the UK government. The pair will implement a multi-access core that, they say, guarantees priority access for the UK's public safety agencies. In December, Motorola announced it was buying Airwave, which runs the TETRA public safety network using Motorola technology, for £817.5 million (US$1.2 billion). In October, the UK government awarded a major slice of the public safety network action to EE, seemingly placing the future of TETRA in jeopardy. (See Motorola Pays $1.2B for UK Public-Safety Operator.)
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has used the platform of Mobile World Congress to restate its commitment to increase investment in FTTH (fiber-to-the-home), should it be allowed to hang on to Openreach , its network access division, reports Reuters. UK regulator Ofcom is currently examining whether Openreach should be "structurally separated" from BT for the good of the UK's broadband market. (See Ofcom Does Not Rule Out BT Carve-Up and Vodafone CEO: I Want a Piece of Openreach.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading