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Eurobites: Nokia Trials 4.5G With T-Mobile US

Also in today's EMEA regional news roundup: AsiaInfo cuts UK jobs; what UK SMEs spend on comms; Ericsson targets WiFi with Cisco.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s bid for pre-eminence in the field of 4.5G networks continues apace with its claim to have achieved near-gigabit speeds over LTE in trials at T-Mobile US Inc. 's lab in Bellevue, Wash. The trials used a combination of technologies, including carrier aggregation, 256 QAM and 4x4 MIMO on commercially available Nokia radio access hardware. In December Nokia trumpeted the fact that it had already signed 4.5G contracts with 110 service provider customers. (See Nokia Boasts 4.5G Momentum With 110 Deals.)

  • The UK is the first country to feel the effects of the European jobs cull planned by Chinese BSS specialist AsiaInfo Inc. (Nasdaq: ASIA), says a report on Telecoms.com, Light Reading's sister site. According to the report, the majority of AsiaInfo's UK marketing and sales team have either already left or are about to leave.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has found that British companies with up to four employees spend on average just £1,105 (US$1,361) a year on communications services, while those with between 50 and 249 employees shell out £11,323 ($13,946) a year. While 82% of SMEs surveyed said that their business needs were well catered for by the communications market, many cited problems with their Internet service, which still tended to be ADSL-based. For the full report (in PDF form), click here.

  • Sky , the UK-based pay-TV giant, has launched its mobile service, which it claims stands out from rival offerings in the way it will allow customers to roll over any unused data into an "online piggybank," which they can use whenever they need to for up to three years. Currently it is a SIM-only offering, but Sky plans to offer handsets from Apple, Samsung and others in due course.

  • The "Ciscosson" love story goes on with Ericsson's announcement of new WiFi solutions created in partnership with its American pal. The new package, dubbed Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN), combines Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) access networks with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s WLAN technology to offer a range of benefits, says the Swedish vendor. For details of the goodies on offer, see this press release. (See What's the Deal Behind 'Ciscosson'? and Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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