Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GDPR fines ahoy; Dasan Zhone acquires Germany's Keymile; Orange Bank gets new CEO; Vodafone ad banned.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has taken the wraps off what it claims is the "industry's only open and programmable access network slicing solution." Nokia Fixed Access Network Slicing, says the vendor, partitions the fixed access network into autonomous slices, using virtualization to allow operators to create a "virtually unlimited" number of network slices. The new offering is based on Nokia's cloud-native software platform, Altiplano, in combination with open standards.
Separately, Nokia has launched Multivendor ONU Connect, a virtualized offering that enables operators to connect any optical network unit (ONU) to a Nokia optical line terminal (OLT).
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Network infrastructure vendor DASAN Zhone Solutions Inc. is to acquire Germany's Keymile AG for an undisclosed sum from private equity owners Riverside and Halder. The deal brings Dasan Zhone around 180 extra staff , R&D facilities and a customer base in Europe. For more details, see this story on our sister site, Broadband World News.
Vodafone UK has been ordered to pull one of its TV ads after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled it was misleading. The ad, featuring The Office and Lord of the Rings star Martin Freeman, was intended to draw attention to its 30-day service guarantee, which allows customers to leave their contract without penalty within the first 30 days of the contract, but the ASA decided that the ad wasn't clear enough and gave the impression that customers would be able to painlessly leave Vodafone at any time during their contract.