Feeds

French telco vendors line up with government on 5G

Alca-Lu leads 'Club France' to take battle back to Asia

Remote control for virtualized desktops

A group of French telcos is warning that Europe could fall behind Asia in the race towards 5G, and has launched a joint effort to stave off the threat.

“Club France”, reports Paris financial outlet Les Echos, is an Alcatel-Lucent-led effort whose members include Orange, Thales, LTE chip-maker Sequans Communications, and base station connectivity outfit eBlink.

Launched by France's Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg, Club France is a response to the perceived early lead grabbed by Samsung in 5G, and Huawei's commitment to spend hundreds of millions on the technology between now and 2018.

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michael Combes told a conference convened by Les Echos that the EU is a minnow in the 4G market, with only a 5 per cent share of the world's subscribers, and scorning the idea that Europe has a digital super-ecosystem.

Alca-Lu's Chief Strtegy and Innovation Officer, says Club France's aim is “to allow our country to play the same role for 5G as it did for 2G”, and to take the lead in standarisation processes that will “decide what will be the backbone of the broadband network of tomorrow.”

The original report (in French, here) also notes that French government subsidies are on the table under France's telecommunications sovereignty plan. That roadmap also includes commitments by large OEMs to sponsor startups. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.