Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

UK considers ‘five-eyes’ Galileo rival as space strategy announced

The UK is considering launching a ‘five-eyes’ alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite project as it announces its first space defence strategy.

Five-eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Two Whitehall officials told the Financial Times that Australia, which last week announced plans for a National Space Agency, had indicated a potential interest in a UK satellite project.

As part...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, Satellite.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin.

The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.

Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, said:

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Telefónica to deploy 5G in two Spanish cities via Nokia and Ericsson partnership

Telefónica has entered into a partnership with Nokia and Ericsson for the initial deployment of 5G capabilities in Spain’s Segovia and Talavera de la Reina cities – a part of  Telefónica’s 5G Technological Cities project that will lead the way towards 5G throughout the country.

By 2020, Segovia and Talavera de la Reina will be turned into 5G living laboratories with multiple pioneering capabilities such as initial 5G capacity, the deployment of the new 5G network and the...

By Telecoms, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

CMA declares Murdoch’s Sky takeover ‘not in the public interest'

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s hopes for an unhindered takeover of Sky has been tarnished as the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) declares such a deal would not be in the interest of the public.

Murdoch owns some of the world’s most influential media properties which has raised concerns about their power to sway public opinion. Critics believe a complete takeover of Sky would further reduce the public’s access to a diverse range of views and news sources.

While the CMA’s ruling...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Regulation.

Armed Forces Chief: UK must boost its navy to defend underwater cables from Russia

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has warned the UK must boost its naval forces to counter the Russian threat to underwater cables.

Russia’s modernised navy has often been spotted near to underwater communications cables in the Atlantic. The economic reliance on these cables makes them a prime target.

Britain’s economy is around 80 percent service-based and relies on underwater cables to...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G

Swisscom has selected Ericsson as a strategic Gigabit LTE and 5G supplier as it decides to make a total digital transformation and evolution of its entire network to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G throughout Switzerland from 2018 and 2020, respectively.

By deploying Gigabit LTE and 5G network, Swisscom wants to give its customers an “extraordinary” mobile broadband experience. As part of the new partnership, Ericsson will transform Swisscom’s mobile operations by using its full stack telco cloud...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Networks.

Deutsche Telekom looks to Berlin for Europe’s first 5G antennas

Deutsche Telekom is aiming to showcase the future of communication by installing high-speed 5G antennas in the real world setting of Berlin, which provide extremely high throughput and very short network reaction times.

Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: “We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which...

By Telecoms, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Operators.