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Eurobites: Vodafone and Mavenir complete small-cell open RAN call

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BSO rolls into Bergamo; BT shacks up with Nozomi; TIM/KKR latest; Deutsche Telekom toots rollout trumpet.

  • Vodafone and Mavenir say they have completed the first data and VoLTE calls over a "containerized" 4G small cell open RAN system, albeit in a laboratory environment in the UK. The "containerized" bit – in this instance supplied by Wind River Studio – means that in theory the relevant Lego-like software can be transferred between equipment, platforms and applications without all hell breaking loose. Vodafone and Mavenir will now focus on tying up the loose ends of their joint system before beginning trials with selected customers. (See Vodafone eyes open RAN overhaul at 100K sites, may swap existing suppliers for 5G, Vodafone's open-networks obsession reaches broadband and Vodafone calls out open RAN 'frontrunners'.)

  • Dublin-based BSO has expanded its low-latency European network, going live in the Italian city of Bergamo, 40km away from Milan. According to BSO, the move anticipates a shift by stock market operators and exchanges out of the UK and into mainland Europe post-Brexit. BSO's global network offers low-latency connectivity from more than 240 locations, including London's Telehouse North 2 Data Centre.

  • BT is to start offering IoT security software from Nozomi Networks to its industrial and critical infrastructure customers. Nozomi's know-how can be integrated into BT's existing Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, to provide customers with an overview of their IoT set-up and help them detect potential cyber threats.

  • Shares in Telecom Italia (TIM) rose 4.4% yesterday (Monday) on rumors that private equity firm KKR was ready to launch a formal takeover bid for the Italian incumbent operator, Reuters reports. Any deal would be subject to the Italian government's so-called "golden power," which means it has the final say on any transaction deemed integral to the country's critical infrastructure. (See Telecom Italia faces $12.2B privatization bid from KKR, Telecom Italia preps for KKR review with exec reshuffle and Telecom Italia CEO quits as KKR circles.)

  • Deutsche Telekom has been patting itself on the back for the speed of its FTTH network rollout in 2021, claiming that it has "doubled its expansion performance" compared to 2020. During the year an additional 1.2 million connections were created; next year it plans to reach 2 million. On the mobile side, more than 63,000 antennas are now transmitting over 5G, allowing 90% of the German population to use the latest-generation technology, if they have the appropriate hardware.

  • Truespeed, the fiber network provider based in the period-drama backdrop that is the UK city of Bath, is widening the reach of its network in the county of Somerset, bringing gigabit broadband joy to Glastonbury (the town, not the music festival), Shepton Mallet and Street. More than 15,000 premises will feel the fiber benefit, should they want to; more than 600 customers have already signed up.

  • A new report conducted jointly by Umlaut, a benchmarking specialist, and telecom magazine Connect has named BT-owned EE as the UK's number one mobile operator in terms of the performance and reliability of its voice and data services – for the seventh time in a row. Vodafone was second, Three third (seems apt) and O2 fourth.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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