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Agilent to support China Mobile’s 5G endevours

Agilent will contribute testing expertise

Test and measurement firm Agilent Technologies has announced an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI) on the development of 5G wireless. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing, under which Agilent will actively support the research and development programs on 5G, led by CMRI, and provide test and measurement solutions for next-generation 5G wireless communication systems.

Telefonica Germany opens network up to competition

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

In a bid to stave off antitrust concerns over its acquisition of E-Plus, Telefonica’s German operation on Wednesday announced plans to open its network up to a local MVNO and IT services firm.

Google looking to 60GHz band for connectivity?

Google's acquisition is somewhat mysterious

Web giant Google has been revealed to have acquired Seattle-based wireless tech startup Alpental Technologies in a somewhat mysterious transaction. It has emerged that the deal went through in May and Google has managed to pull most of the company information, including Alpental’s website, off the internet.

ZTE sets out its own 5G stall

Contemplating the future

Fifth generation cellular standards have yet to be defined but that hasn’t stopped vendors coming out with their own early interpretations on the technology. This week Chinese infrastructure firm ZTE released details of a 5G access network architecture based on dynamic mesh networking.

Telekom Austria to acquire Macedonian fixed line player

Vivendi has entered into "exclusive negotiations" with Vivendi over the ownership of French mobile operator SFR

Telekom Austria Group is to acquire 100 per cent of one of the largest cable operators in the Republic of Macedonia. Blizoo Macedonia offers TV services, broadband and fixed voice and will help Telekom flesh out its own offering in Macedonia where it operates under the Vip brand.

3 UK offloads network traffic onto wifi

3 is offloading traffic over wifi

The UK’s smallest and most disruptive mobile operator, 3 UK, is embracing voice over wifi in an apparent effort to offload traffic from it’s cellular network. The company is launching an app, Three inTouch, which will allow customers to talk and text using a wifi connection.

Bharti Airtel, Loop Mobile merge in Mumbai

Bharti Airtel has sold a five per cent stake in its business to Qatar Foundation Endowment

Indian carrier Bharti Airtel said Monday that it has now signed a definitive agreement to merge operations with that of Loop Mobile and create Mumbai’s largest mobile network.

Nextel brings LTE to Brazil

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Less than a year after the launch of 3G services in Rio de Janeiro and just in time to catch most of the World Cup action, Brazilian carrier Nextel this week switched on its 4G network in the city, giving users access to ten times faster download speeds.

Huawei, Vodafone get LTE, GSM to coexist in same spectrum

LTE and GSM can coexist in the same spectrum

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has showcased what it claims is the world’s first successful implementation of a Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology trial with Vodafone Spain, that will allow LTE and GSM to coexist in the same spectrum. Although carrier aggregation technologies hold significant promise for maximising spectrum resources, it’s clear that many operators will be wedded to GSM for years to come and this approach leaves both LTE and GSM free to use the same spectrum.

Telecom New Zealand adds more cloud to arsenal

More datacentres are coming

Telecom New Zealand on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to acquire business cloud services specialist Appserv, building on other recent acquisitions in the space and giving Telecom NZ greater leverage in the enterprise sector.

Vodafone to buy automotive M2M player, expand DoCoMo collaboration

Connected car is a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie, MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward

UK headquartered operator Vodafone has revealed its intention to acquire Italian security and telematics solutions provide Cobra Automotive Technologies as it looks to beef up its M2M play. The deal comes on the heels of a joint announcement from Vodafone and Japanese incumbent NTT DoCoMo outlining the extension of their collaborative efforts to enterprise-focused M2M service delivery.

American Tower spends $1bn in Brazil

Tower outsourcing is increasingly popular

International infrastructure and tower management firm American Tower Corporation has agreed to buy 100 per cent of the equity interests of BR Towers, a Brazilian real estate company that owns around 2,530 cell towers, for BR2.18bn ($978m). The company also has exclusive use rights to approximately 2,110 additional towers in the country.

Level 3 spends $5.7bn on US network

Level 3 is spending $6.7bn on the deal

Networking specialist Level 3 Communications has agreed to make an acquisition move on US-focused enterprise networking firm tw telecom for $5.7bn. The deal values tw at approximately $7.3bn, including the assumption of approximately $1.6bn of net debt.

Google buys satellite specialist; but for connectivity or cars?

Avonline to deliver 20 Mbps satellite broadband

Towards the end of last week, Google quietly dropped $500m on a satellite company that specialises in super high quality imaging. Now that the market has had a few days to digest the purchase, it seems the possibilities for Google are several – including connected car applications and connectivity for remote regions.

Bouygues to cut 1,516 jobs as French M&A talks collapse

Bouygues Telecom CEO Olivier Roussat said the firm was cutting jobs to remain competitive in a four-player market

French multi-play operator Bouygues has announced plans to cut more than 1,500 jobs, after CEO Olivier Roussat told a press briefing that consolidation-focused discussions being held with incumbent Orange and fast-growing newcomer Iliad had stalled.

Work begins on virtualization in transport layer

Virtual network services could be the main driver of software defined networking

The Optical Interworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, said this week that it will soon start work on a specification for Virtual Network Services (VNS) that could become a main driver for deployment of SDN (software defined networking) in transport networks.

More fibre consolidation in Spain as Cinven buys utility network

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The Spanish telecoms market continues to be a hotbed of consolidation, as European private equity firm Cinven on Monday announced plans to acquire a fibre network running through Spain and Latin America, from Spanish natural gas utility, Gas Natural Fenosa, for €510m.

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

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The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.

Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

NFV is being widely tested

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Major US carriers unveil VoLTE plans

VoLTE announcements are coming thick and fast

The evolution of voice continues apace as US carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA reveal plans to launch Voice over LTE, with AT&T expected to follow suit on Friday.

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