Eurobites: Three UK turns to Tata for 5G core configuration | Light Reading

Eurobites: Three UK turns to Tata for 5G core configuration | Light Reading

Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone gets in on the drones act; BT faces class action over landline charges; Deutsche Telekom eggheads investigate quantum-assisted artificial intelligence.

  • Three UK has gone all the way to India for help in configuring its 5G core, tapping Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to ensure it integrates correctly with the accompanying 5G radio access network. TCS’ software will, say the two partners, speed up configuration checking and reduce manual errors. Three is in the process of pushing out a new 5G RAN, and has so far established live services in 175 towns and cites across the UK. (See Three UK hits reset on IT and 5G overhaul and Three UK to Go Big on 5G for Home Broadband.)
  • A consortium of 16 companies and organizations, one of which is Vodafone, has won a share of 30 million (US$40.6 million) of UK government money to develop and test a remotely operated drone system for industrial and urban environments. Vodafone’s Radio Positioning Service will be integrated into the command-and-control system and will be used to complement existing satellite-based GPS location technology, providing a secondary feed of location-based information.
  • A class action against BT could, if successful, result in the UK incumbent operator having to pay 500 ($677) in compensation to 2.3 million of its customers, reports the BBC. The case centers on what was deemed by UK communications regulator Ofcom in 2017 to be BT’s overcharging of (mainly elderly) landline-only customers for eight years. Following that review, BT cuts it landline price by 7 a month, but did not compensate those affected for previous overcharging. High-profile law firm Mishcon de Reya has now filed a claim with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). In a statement responding to the lawsuit, BT claims that Ofcom’s final statement “made no finding of excessive pricing or breach of competition law more generally,” adding that BT takes its “responsibilities to older and more vulnerable customers very seriously.”
  • Deutsche Telekom‘s resident boffins are participating in the PlanQK projecect, which has been set up to develop a platform and ecosystem for quantum-assisted artificial intelligence. T-Labs the research arm of Deutsche Telekom will provide potential telecom use cases for the technology, such as Industry 4.0 applications.
  • UK altnet Hyperoptic is to offer a free broadband service to families in public housing covered by Hyperoptic’s network who do not have a reliable broadband connection. Residents who meet the criteria can order a free 50Mbit/s service, which will remain free until the end of the current academic year. (The resident is under no obligation to continue or pay for a service after this date.) The move is another response to the issues faced by many families trying to “home school” without the necessary connectivity. Ofcom estimates that more than 880,000 British children live in a household with only a mobile Internet connection.
  • Sweden’s Ericsson has landed a 5G core network gig in Taiwan, with Asia-Pacific Telecom Co Ltd (APT). The deal includes integration with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) on the 3.5GHz frequency band in September 2020, FET and APT announced a partnership to provide 5G services through the nation’s first multi-operator core network.

    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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