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Eurobites: Telefónica Seeks Outage Compensation from Ericsson

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and friends deploy liquid-based basestation cooling in Helsinki; Liquid Telecom invests in Egypt; Deutsche Telekom launches 5G in Warsaw.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Telefónica are in "crisis talks" today over possible multi-million-dollar compensation that the Swedish vendor might have to pay the operator to make up for the day-long outage that several operators in the Telefónica group -- the UK's O2 among them -- suffered last Thursday. According to the Telegraph, "early estimates" of the international compensation bill run to around £100 million ($126 million). The fault lay with the expiry of certain Ericsson software license certificates and it is thought that O2 took a hit because it had recently deployed the latest version of the software, whereas those using older software were not affected. (See Ericsson Problem Leaves Millions Without Smartphone Services.)

  • Liquid Telecom , the pan-African network operator, is to invest US$400 million in network and data center infrastructure in Egypt during the next three years as part of a major partnership with Telecom Egypt . In addition to partnering with Liquid Telecom to build data centers across Egypt, Telecom Egypt will use the network to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa, with Liquid Telecom's 'Cape to Cairo' backbone transport network playing a vital role.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) subsidiary T-Mobile Polska has launched what it says is Poland's "first fully functional" 5G network, in Warsaw. The project is kicking off with four basestations based on the 5G New Radio standard, initially covering the center of the capital, before rolling out to other Polish cities.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has teamed up with operator Elisa Corp. and power supply company Efore to commercially deploy a liquid-cooled basestation system in a Helsinki apartment building. Heat emitted by the basestation has been redirected to heat the building, reducing energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions. In earlier trials, Nokia says that it saw a reduction of up to 80% in carbon dioxide emissions and up to 30% in energy operating expenses, not least because the liquid cooling system obviates the need for air conditioning and fans.

  • Telefónica has launched a second international point of presence (PoP) in Mexico City, bringing its number of PoPs in Mexico to three. (It already has one in Mexico City and Monterrey.) The new PoP is located in KIO Networks' data center facilities, and is connected to Telefónica's Tier 1 international network in the US and Mexico through 10Gbit/s links.

  • Germany's ADVA Optical Networking says it has achieved an industry first by transporting 300Gbit/s of data per wavelength over a transatlantic 6,800km fiber link using its FSP 3000 Teraflex technology.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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