Eurobites: Turin to Be Shrouded in 5G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone creates UK call center jobs; TalkTalk hack fears; UHD content for Swisscom TV viewers; DT's cloud gets new features.

  • Turin is set to be the first "5G city" in Italy, according to Telecom Italia (TIM) , which is aiming to have the first 5G trial up and running there by 2018. As a precursor to the trial, the operator, now known as TIM, plans to have more than 100 small cells installed in the streets and squares of the historic Piedmont capital later this year. The trial itself will involve up to 3,000 users, who will be encouraged to make use of "smart city"-related services made possible by Telecom Italia's 5G network. (See Turin to Be Italy's First 5G City, Says TIM.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is continuing the trend of UK operators "onshoring" call center staff with plans to create 2,100 new customer service jobs in the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland during the next two years. Operators have faced flak for the perceived unhelpfulness of their overseas-based call center staff, not least because of language difficulties.

  • And earning considerably more than those call center staff will be Joakim Reiter, who has just been appointed as group external affairs director by Vodafone. He succeeds Matthew Kirk, who is officially retiring but will continue to work for Vodafone in an advisory capacity.

  • Has TalkTalk been hacked again? That's the rumor being examined by The Guardian, which reports that some of the UK broadband provider's customers have complained about being approached by fraudsters who appear to have intimate knowledge of their router numbers and passwords. TalkTalk maintains that there has been no fresh security breach since the calamitous cyber attack of October 2015, which sent TalkTalk's share price flying south for the winter. (See TalkTalk Plummets on Security Woes.)

  • Insight TV, a Dutch producer of what it calls "true inscripted UHD content," has secured a distribution deal with Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) on its IPTV service, Swisscom 2.0. As well as UHD, the service also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has added more bells and whistles to its Open Telekom Cloud. The service now allows: SAP users to upload their applications to the cloud; Akamai content delivery services to be used by customers that, for example, have digital stores hosted in the cloud; Bitnami enterprise apps to be accessed.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • kq4ym 3/21/2017 | 11:32:37 AM
    Re: Nice one I'm wondering not so much about the shroud, but noting that the promised "trial itself will involve up to 3,000 users," which to me doesn't quite seem to be a real test to make Turin the first 5G city in Italy.
    PaulERainford 3/14/2017 | 5:30:52 AM
    Re: Nice one Ah, happy days.
    mendyk 3/13/2017 | 1:47:41 PM
    Re: Nice one Someday we should have a sentence-diagramming contest. That was the specialty of the jailers -- I mean, the good sisters -- at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Well, that and intimidating the weak to the point of uncontrolled urination at the blackboard.
    PaulERainford 3/13/2017 | 11:30:51 AM
    Re: Nice one Thanks Dennis - I knew that Catholic education would come in useful one day.
    mendyk 3/13/2017 | 10:03:01 AM
    Nice one Topical, seasonal, clickable -- nice headline, Paul.
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