Managed Services

Eurobites: Nokia Lands German Managed Services Deal

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dunne roaming across the Atlantic; Deutsche Telekom touts LTE-A Pro performance; Schrems disses new data accord.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has landed a managed services deal with Telefónica Deutschland GmbH for the operator's fixed and mobile strands. The Finnish vendor already provides a similar service for E-Plus, the operator acquired by Telefónica Deutschland in 2014, so the deal represents an extension of this arrangement. Among other duties, Nokia will provide real-time remote support for Telefonica Deutschland 's network operations and back office.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is claiming to have achieved data speeds of 1.2 Gbit/s in a demonstration of what it calls its LTE-Advanced Pro technology in Warsaw. The demo, carried out with T-Mobile Polska, aggregated four carriers on the 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2.6GHz bands in combination with 4x4 MIMO, using Nokia basestations.

  • Max Schrems, the 28-year-old (yes, 28!) privacy activist who successfully took on Facebook over the transfer of his personal data from servers in Ireland to servers in the US, is not impressed with the new Privacy Shield framework that officially kicked in this week. He tells Bloomberg that he considers the framework muddled, describing it as "the product of pressure by the US and the IT industry -- not of rational or reasonable considerations." Shrems, a law student, now has a PhD dissertation to complete -- which has sort of been on the back-burner over the last couple of years while he battled with scary Internet behemoths. (See Eurobites: Privacy Shield Gets EU Go-Ahead, Eurobites: EU Data Watchdog Dents Privacy Shield and Eurobites: US Buffs Up Data 'Privacy Shield'.)

  • CityFibre , the UK fiber infrastructure challenger, has signed a six-year partnership deal with Exa Networks which will see the latter committing to deliver 250 school and business connections in the northern English cities of Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham. This agreement takes the number of connections sold by CityFibre on the networks acquired from KCOM Group plc in January to 1,450, and the value of contracts sold on the assets to £22.1 million (US$29.5 million). (See CityFibre Aims High in BT Battle, CityFibre Takes On BT With $136M KCOM Acquisition and CityFibre's Gigabit Vision.)

  • Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) and All3Media have agreed a programming deal, which will see four original drama series being produced over the next two years for distribution by Liberty Global companies across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), Liberty's UK subsidiary, spearheaded the deal and will be heavily involved in the commissioning process, according to a company statement. Liberty Global owns 50% of All3Media, having jointly acquired the business with Discovery Communications in 2014.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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