Eurobites: Telecom Italia orchestrates a quantum communications demo at the G20

Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: streaming service Paramount + heads to Sky platforms; Saudi Telecom Company’s second quarter impresses; Virgin Media is taking on BT and Sky’s football coverage on TV.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) and its international services arm, Sparkle, have achieved what they say is the first public demonstration of an “international quantum connection”. The demonstration took place at the G20 summit and used a system of (here is the scientific part …) quantum cryptography allow participants from Trieste (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Rijeka (Croatia) to watch a video call and a live concert of three musical quartets. The test was carried out through three network nodes located in the three affected countries, with fiber connections provided by TIM and Sparkle. The University of Trieste and the National Optics Institute of the National Research Council (CNR) were also involved in the project. TIM clearly sees quantum technology as a potential growth area: earlier this week, Telsy, a cybersecurity company owned by TIM, finalized the purchase of a minority stake in start-up Quantum Telecommunications Italy (QTI) which operates in the quantum communications sector. .
  • Paramount +, the streaming service owned by US media giant ViacomCBS, is set to launch on all Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement which also includes the extended transport of ViacomCBS’s pay TV assortment and the renewal of Sky as an ad sales partner in certain markets. Once Paramount + launches on Sky, Sky Cinema subscribers will get Paramount + included at no additional cost.
  • Saudi Telecom Company (STC) revenue grew 6.56% year-over-year in the second quarter to reach SR 15.89 billion ($ 4.24 billion), while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) reached SR 5.62 billion ($ 1.5 billion). ) – an increase of 5.34% compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. The operator’s Enterprise unit has been the main contributor to STC’s growth, with revenues up an impressive 29.3% year-on-year.
  • As England’s football season inevitably looms (it begins August 13), British cable operator Virgin Media modestly calls itself “the real home of TV football,” claiming its football-hungry subscribers are able to save up to £ 319 over 18 months compared to equivalent packages offered by pay TV competitors Sky and BT. Virgin’s ‘Bigger + Sport’ package with Sky Sports channels in HD, priced at £ 76 per month, allows viewers to watch all Sky Sports and BT Sport channels – including the dedicated 4K BT Sport Ultimate channel on this channel. latest – on Virgin V6 decoder or latest Virgin TV 360 service.

– Paul Rainford, Associate Editor, Europe, Light reading

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