Eurobites: Nokia Demos 10G PON for Mobile Fronthaul

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's new medical devices go on sale; Italtel wins 5G funding; Celine Dion in cake form!

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is claiming a world first with its proof-of-concept demonstration that showed it is possible to use a standard next-generation PON (NG-PON) link to support mobile fronthaul by transporting ultra-low latency CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface) streams via a standard single fiber running between the baseband unit and the remote radio head. This, says Nokia, means operators can reuse existing fiber-to-the-home deployments to meet the latency and capacity needs of mobile transport in current 4G networks and the 5G networks yet to come.

  • Elsewhere in Nokialand, the vendor has launched its new range of connected healthcare devices, completing the transition from the Withings brand. New gizmos on sale to the genuinely ill and the worried well include Nokia Body, which offers "smart weight management for the entire family" (one at a time, please); and Nokia BPM+, a monitor for those wanting to check the blood pressure "at home or when traveling." All the new devices are linked to a revamped version of Nokia's Health Mate app, which collects data from the devices and provides the user with information relating to weight, activity, sleep and blood pressure. The products are available via health.nokia.com, as well as through Amazon.com and Best Buy.

  • Italtel SpA has been awarded €1.15 million (US$1.28 million) in EU funding to support its role in three Horizon 2020 5G research projects. The projects are called Matilda, 5GCity and 5G Essence: Matilda aims to design and implement a "holistic" 5G framework for the design, development and orchestration of 5G-ready applications and 5G network services; 5G City aims to build and deploy a common, multi-tenant, open platform that extends a centralized cloud model to the extreme edge of the network; and 5G Essence will see Italtel working on the edge of the network to support novel multimedia-based use cases.

  • A European Parliament committee has drafted legislation that it hopes will protect EU citizens' personal data from the prying eyes of governments and others. As the BBC reports, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs wants end-to-end encryption to apply to all forms of digital communication used within the EU.

  • T-Hrvatski Telekom , the Croatian arm of Deutsche Telekom, has gone with Netcracker for its future billing needs, consolidating, says Netcracker, all its current multiple systems onto a single platform. T-Hrvatski Telekom serves 2.2 million mobile subscribers and almost 1 million fixed-line customers.

  • ADVA Optical Networking has expanded its FSP 3000 optical transport offering in a move that it says is geared towards raising its profile in metro networks. For more details, see this press release.

  • A life-size Celine Dion in cake form -- now why didn't we think of that? Because those marketing aces at mobile operator Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) thought of it first. And it's not just Celine: ginger ukulele botherer Ed Sheeran and serial hat offender Jamiroquai have also been re-cast as cakes, to celebrate, it says here, the tenth birthday of London's O2 arena. Apparently they were going to do Meatloaf but were told there wasn't enough icing sugar in the world.

    I couldn't eat a whole one.
    I couldn't eat a whole one.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Duh! 6/20/2017 | 2:14:04 PM
    Fronthaul It looks like they're using the point-to-point wavelength in the NG-PON2 band plan, effectively as wavelength services.  Not a huge technology accomplishment, but still an important milestone for densification and fiber network convergence.

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