Eurobites: Nokia, DT Hit 1 Tbit/s in Fiber Trial

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN decides South Africa's not the place for mobile money services; RTX gets new boss; no Netflix for Telenet customers?

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Bell Labs and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) have teamed up with the Technical University of Munich to demonstrate 1Tbit/s transmission rates over a fiber network. The trial used a new modulation technique called (and you might need to sit down for this) Probabilistic Constellation Shaping, which deploys QAM formats to achieve higher capacity over a given channel, taking the data transmission rate close to the Shannon Limit, the theoretical maximum transfer rate achievable.

  • MTN Group Ltd. has decided to pull out of the mobile money market on its home turf of South Africa, concluding that too many people already had bank accounts there to make the service viable, Reuters reports. Such services have proved massively popular in other parts Africa where there are large numbers of the "unbanked."

  • RTX , the London-based voice, call center and SMS exchange hub, has appointed Alex Mashinsky as global CEO. Mashinsky, a mover and shaker in the world of VoIP technology, founded Transit Wireless in 2004 and Arbinet in 1996. His most recent industry role was as CEO at Novatel Wireless, but the company fired him in October 2015. (See RTX Appoints Alex Mashinsky as Global CEO.)

  • Last week Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) announced that it was going to make Netflix content available on its digital TV platforms in more than 30 countries -- but will Belgium be one of them? Broadband TV News reports that Telenet , Liberty's Belgian subsidiary, has not committed to including the Netflix app in its set-top boxes, and is biding its time before it makes a decision. Telenet's rival, Proximus , already has Netflix integrated into its set-tops. (See Liberty Unlocks Netflix in 30+ Countries.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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