Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Member states approve 700MHz proposals; 3 to trial ad-blocking technology; Ireland's privacy watchdog bares teeth at Facebook.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are claiming a world record for their trials of optical superchannel technology over a live core network between London and Dublin, which achieved speeds of 2 Tbits/s. The trials were conducted over a 727km commercial flexible grid optical core link, based on Huawei's OSN 9800/8800 and iManager U2000 platforms, carrying live 40/100G customer traffic. Separately, BT has announced that it has successfully transmitted speeds of 5.6 Tbits/s over a single optical fiber running between the BT Labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich and the BT Tower in central London, some 130km away.
Member states have approved proposals for a coordinated rollout of 700MHz spectrum across the EU, reports Reuters. The plan is for the rollout to be completed by June 30, 2020, though this can be delayed if a member state has particular reasons for doing so. (See Eurobites: EU Preps for 5G With Spectrum Sort-Out.)
UK mobile operator Three UK is to conduct a 24-hour trial of ad-blocking technology next month. Specifically, the trial will set out to test the ability of the technology to filter out advertising that damages customers' mobile browsing experience without adversely affecting their overall network experience. In the press release announcing the move, Tom Malleschitz, 3's chief marketing officer, said: "The current ad model is broken. It frustrates customers, eats up their data allowance and can jeopardise their privacy. Something needs to change."
The issue of data transfer from Europe to the US has reared its head once more: Now, as Reuters reports, Ireland's privacy watchdog wants the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to examine Facebook 's "model contracts," which are used by many firms to transfer personal data outside the EU. (See Eurobites: Facebook Faces Privacy Class Action.)
Tilgin AB , the Swedish home gateways vendor, has opened a sales office in Warsaw, Poland, to help drive the company's growth in central Europe.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading