Eurobites: Turkey gets 25G PON in time for Christmas

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FiberCop signs up another operator; Vodafone Spain renews with Netcracker; Telefónica Tech goes underwater.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

November 30, 2021

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Eurobites: Turkey gets 25G PON in time for Christmas

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FiberCop signs up another operator; Vodafone Spain renews with Netcracker; Telefónica Tech goes underwater.

  • Nokia and Türk Telekom say they have completed the first successful 25G PON trial in Turkey – creating the fastest fiber network in the country, they claim. The trial took place under laboratory conditions and achieved downstream speeds of 20 Gbit/s over a single wavelength. The operator is now looking at how the technology – which is based on Nokia's Quillion chipset – can be used to support smart-city applications, among other possibilities such as augment and virtual reality experiences.

    • FiberCop, the infrastructure company controlled by Telecom Italia (TIM) together with KKR Infrastructure and Fastweb, has signed up another co-investment partner in the shape of Rome-based AfinnaOne. Under the terms of the agreement, AfinnaOne will use the fiber-optic secondary access network to connect FiberCop homes according to the FTTC model. AfinnaOne's participation in the FiberCop investment program follows that of other operators including Fastweb, Iliad and Connectivia. (See Iliad Italia's fixed ambitions take shape with FiberCop deal and FiberCop is go after KKR and Fastweb firm up stakes.)

    • Vodafone Spain is sticking with Netcracker for its BSS needs, but upgrading to the latest version of the US vendor's Revenue Management product. The operator uses Netcracker to provide support for its consumer and business customers across both the fixed and wireless sectors.

    • Telefónica's cybersecurity unit, Telefónica Tech, has begun work on a "reinforced" and hopefully waterproof security system for Navantia's S-80 class submarines in collaboration with Spain's Ministry of Defense. One of the key requirements of the new system will be its interoperability with the equivalent system on board Spain's F-110 frigates, the construction of which is due to begin soon.

    • UK communications regulator Ofcom is giving itself a big old pat on the back, claiming that 1.3 million British broadband users have secured better deals, overpayment among mobile customers has dropped by £100 million (US$133 million) and vulnerable broadband customers out of contract have greater protection from exploitative higher prices since it introduced a raft of rule changes last year. One of the new rules requires phone, broadband and pay-TV providers to warn customers when their current contract is ending, and what they could save by signing up to a new deal.

    • Swisscom's mobile network has won "best network" award from trade magazine Connect for the 12th year, scoring 976 out of a total of 1,000 points. Surely it gets to keep the trophy now, like Brazil and the Jules Rimet?

      — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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