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Eurobites: Nokia Goes Cloud-Native With China Unicom

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT sanguine over Premier League soccer rights; new faces at MVNO Europe; another deal for Digpro.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is to deploy its cloud-native core network technology -- dubbed AirGile -- with China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) in seven Chinese provinces. The deployment will allow China Unicom to deliver VoLTE and VoWiFi services, facilitating HD voice calling and, it is claimed, faster call set-up for its customers. Nokia will also act as product and systems integrator for the operator. (See China Unicom Deploys Nokia's AirGile Core Platform.)

  • Under-pressure BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) boss Gavin Patterson has raised a few eyebrows by telling the Guardian newspaper that the operator's BT Sport TV offering is a viable proposition even it fails to land the rights to live coverage of the English Premier League soccer, which until now has been the mainstay of its sports content offer. "We continue to see Premier League content as an important part of BT Sport, but it is only one part," Patterson said. BT and its rival-in-soccer-rights, Sky , are due to put in their bids this week for the next three-year cycle of Premier League live TV rights, which begins in the 2019-2020 season. (See Eurobites: BT's Soccer Supremo Leaves the Field and BT Splashes $1.5B to Beat Sky in Latest Soccer Rights Battle.)

    Gavin Patterson: The Premier League 'is only one part' of BT Sport.
    Gavin Patterson: The Premier League 'is only one part' of BT Sport.

  • MVNO Europe, the body that represents the interests of mobile virtual network operators in the region, has announced its new board, re-electing Transatel's Jacques Bonifay and CoopVoce's Innocenzo Genna as president and vice president respectively, and electing for the first time Fastweb's Federico Poggi and Teledema's Lukas Jankauskas as additional vice presidents.

  • Swedish company Digpro has found another customer for its dpCom network mapping tool, in the shape of Sundbybergs Stadsnät, a fiber network operator based just north of Stockholm. Digpro's system holds bird's-eye views of cable routes, pipework and nodes.

  • Onecom, a UK-based business ISP, has acquired the 3,000-strong customer base of True Telecom, a broadband and voice services provider that went into administration in November 2017, ISP Review reports.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • [email protected] 2/5/2018 | 8:22:00 AM
    My prediction - EPL will stay, Patterson will not I expect BT's next CEO to announce that it has retained live Premier League football coverage for BT Sport.

    I think everyone knows that if BT doesn't get to keep hold of EPL live games, all of its investment in BT Sport will effectively be written off. It's certainly the case that BT had the balls (geddit?) to do it in the first place but it's a long-term play and it may just have to let its dividend payments take a knock and ensure it has that content -- or call it a  day and cut its losses. And I don't think the latter is much of an option.


    I be;lieve BT's CFO is waiting to warm the hot-seat...
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