Also in today’s EMEA region review: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson explore solar energy in mobile locations; Swisscom goes with Teocom to plan a 5G network; RootMetrics offers UK 5G footage.
Are you looking for a fresh acronym from telecom? So through NFV, SDN and DevOps? You are lucky! Nokia has announced the launch of what it calls its DelOps initiative, a fictional word acronym for “Delivery and Operation,” at least in Nokia’s world. It represents, the vendor said in a press release, “a new and innovative approach to managing the complexity of delivery and operations of core 5G software,” enjoying the benefits of old DevOps-style software development while meeting the specific needs of the telecom industry.
Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson are investigating the use of solar energy at mobile broadband locations at the DT site in Dittenheim, about 100 miles north of Munich. As part of the project, small solar modules with a total area of about 12 square meters were installed on site, while Ericsson’s power system addressed the necessary voltage conversions and other technical issues. The operator says tests have shown that solar energy can contribute more than two-thirds of the site’s total power during peak hours.
Among other Ericsson news, the Swedish vendor, along with Nokia and Huawei, was named “leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the 20G network of 5G network infrastructure for communications service providers, recognized for its “integrity of vision and execution capability”.
Swisscom has selected Teoco’s Asset Radio 5G software to meet its 5G network planning needs. The software contains dynamic spectrum sharing, which allowed the operator to test a number of network scenarios.
Swisscom has also established a trust services department, specializing in translating complex regulations and compliance rules into processes and technology, into an independent public limited liability company, Swisscom Trust Services Ltd., headed by Nik Fuchs.
RootMetrics has published another study on the 5G network in the UK, offering footage of each of the four major mobile operators advancing with the new (ish) technology. EE “offers wide availability of 5G and fast 5G speeds;” O2 “shows consistently fast speeds, but generally limited availability;” Three “shows a growing 5G footprint, fast speeds but low availability;” and Vodafone “shines in London and has been fast elsewhere, but availability has room to grow.”
Regarding what could have consequences for the future of extraterrestrial broadband access, the European Commission has announced three projects ?? one about drone technologies, one about space communication and the third about space traffic management ?? that it will hope to give Europe an advantage in these areas. According to Reuters, the initiative is an attempt to force the civilian, defense and space industries to cooperate more productively.
Which brings us to Vodafone, which provides its 4G network as part of an experiment on the remote west coast of Scotland to investigate the use of drones to deliver medical supplies and samples to the region on behalf of the National Health Service. Drone delivery could significantly shorten travel time in some areas, from 36 hours by road and ferry to just 15 minutes. The unmanned aerial vehicle Skyports and the consulting company Deloitte are also participating in the test.
Spotify, the Swedish audio streaming giant, is set to launch in 85 new markets, including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria. As the BBC reports, Spotify is trying to counter threats from Apple’s, Amazon’s and Google’s rival music services by throwing money at attention-grabbing podcasts like Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen.
?? Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading