Eurobites: Telenor, Huawei Claim E-band Breakthrough

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: IoT and VoIP bolster postal services; ETSI bitsy teeny weeny name change; new appointments at Virgin Media; Swisscom cuts roaming charges.

  • Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have completed what they say is the first 5G-based E-band multi-user MIMO demo in Norway, reaching speeds of 70 Gbit/s. Huawei claims that this equates to speeds of 20 Gbit/s for a single user. E-band relates to a frequency band of 71-76GHz/81-86GHz. It has nothing at all to do with these bandana-bothering bad dudes.

  • Belgium-based BICS has signed a partnership deal with London's Hanhaa, an Internet of Things specialist, to provide connectivity for Hanhaa's new parcel-tracking service. BICS will enable Hanhaa's own mobile network to receive data from the ParceLive tracking devices, which are returned by the parcel's recipient to be recalibrated and reused.

  • And, in a similar vein, Telecom Italia (TIM) 's TIM has teamed up with Italtel SpA to design and deploy a voice-over-IP (VoIP) infrastructure for Poste Italiene, Italy's largest logistics company, covering 13,000 post offices across the country.

  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 's Mobile Edge Computing Industry Specification Group has been renamed and been given a new leadership team. Henceforth it shall be known as the Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group. Alex Reznik from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has been elected new chairman, while Pekka Kuure and Sami Kekki, from Nokia and Huawei respectively, were elected new vice chairs. Adrian Neal, from Vodafone, was re-elected as vice chair. ETSI hopes that the new moniker will "better reflect non-cellular operators' requirements." Light Reading broke news of the planned name change in September. (See ETSI Drops 'Mobile' From MEC.)

  • Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), which has been in the news this week for shenanigans related to its Project Lightning, has made a few changes to its top table, among them: Dana Strong, currently senior vice president and chief transformation officer for Liberty Global, comes in as president and chief operating officer, while Jeff Dodds re-joins the company from TalkTalk as managing director. (See Eurobites: Clouds Descend on Project Lightning.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is cutting international roaming charges by as much as 60% for its data packages in time for the summer holiday season, claiming in the process to be undercutting the prices of many EU providers' equivalent offerings.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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