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Eurobites: The European Union paves the way for the IRIS satellite constellation

Also in today’s EMEA regional report: OneWeb strikes another deal in Africa; Nokia and KPN 25G PON experience; Chooses TIM Core Ericsson 5G.

  • The European Parliament has reached an agreement with EU member states on the deployment of a constellation of satellites specific to Europe, called IRIS (short for “Infrastructure for Resilience, Connectivity and Security Satellite”). The launch of the IRIS constellation forms the core of the Union Secure Connectivity programme, which features a €2.4 billion (US$2.48 billion) budget and seeks to create a sovereign, autonomous, and secure connectivity infrastructure that eliminates the need to rely on, well. Unreliable foreign countries. The agreement is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council.
    (Source: Andrey Kuzmin / Alamy Stock Photo)

    (Source: Andrey Kuzmin / Alamy Stock Photo)

  • Elsewhere on the rise, Anglo-Indian satellite operator OneWeb has sealed a five-year distribution partner deal with Q-KON Africa, a broadband provider that serves a number of South African countries under the Twoobii brand.
  • Telecom Italia (TIM) has chosen Ericsson to offer its 5G core technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide its own dual-mode cores, which, the Swedish seller says, will allow TIM to update its existing high-end package core and insert a standalone variant of 5G into a single cloud-native offering. The deal also includes network coordination and automation services.
  • Nokia and Dutch operator KPN are collaborating on a trial of 25G PON technology at an animal hospital in Rotterdam. High-speed connectivity is becoming increasingly important in veterinary medicine, as high-resolution images need to be uploaded and downloaded from the cloud frequently. In this case, identical speeds of 20Gb/s would be able to upload or download approximately 100 scans of 30MB each in one second, Nokia says.
  • Sparkle, the international services arm of TIM, has appointed Enrico Maria Bagnasco as its CEO. TIM’s Chief Network Operations and Wholesale Officer, Elisabetta Romano, will retain her role as Director of the Board.
  • German mobile phone companies suffered outages yesterday (Thursday) which left thousands of people unable to make calls, Reuters reported, citing online news magazine Focus Online. One of the affected operators, O2, has put a statement on their website that simply says: “There are currently potential restrictions on telephone connections in our fixed and mobile network.”
  • Vodafone UK has launched a new range of refurbished mobile phones, claiming to be the only UK major network to offer a two-year warranty on these devices. Refurbished phones can be purchased as part of a similar Vodafone Together package. Vodafone’s youth business brand Voxi will launch its range of refurbished phones later this month.
  • Kids just seem to love the Deutsche Mobile brand. This is one of the results of the Young Brand Awards 2022, where young people voted in droves for the German giant. “We measure our brand values ​​all over the world and we’re already a telecom brand in most of our countries,” brand chief Uli Klink said, assuming with a straight face.

    — Paul Rainsford, Associate Editor, Europe, Light Reading