A project to build a 100Gbps, 20,000km long submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 operators from around the world. Infrastructure vendors NEC and Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying the equipment, with NEC deploying the segment spanning Singapore to Sri Lanka, and Alcatel-Lucent deploying the stretch from Sri Lanka to France.
Telecom Italia has found it can double its network’s peak data rate, and vastly increase network capacity using High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology from infrastructure vendor NSN.
European operator group Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired a second 2.1GHz spectrum licence from operator PGH Raadiovõrk OÜ. Tele2 said that it has doubled its 3G mobile capacity in many areas of the country as a result of the deal.
Belgian operator Belgacom has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand. The change will come into effect at the end of 2014.
Sonera, the Finnish arm of operator group TeliaSonera, has agreed to acquire the consumer operations and fixed network business of Finnish communications provider AinaCom for €47m.
As the movement for operators to provide in-car connectivity continues to gain momentum, operator group Vodafone has announced a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles, starting with new Audi models from 2015.
French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technology and the EU as a single digital market. Cameron made the pledge as he joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the CeBIT 2014 trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
European operator group VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013. The operator blamed the impact of regulation, market slowdown and non-cash impairments related to operations in Ukraine and Canada for the poor performance.
French conglomerate Vivendi was on Thursday fielding two competing bids for France’s second largest mobile operator, SFR. Both Bouygues Telecom and French cable operator Altice submitted merger offers.
European operator group Telenor has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Network Analyser to continuously monitor fixed line broadband connections in Norway as part of a plans to modernise its fixed access.
Nordic carrier Tele2 said Wednesday that it is evaluating a number of strategic options for its Norwegian operations.
The move is not entirely unsurprising. In December, the operator failed to win any spectrum in the latest Norwegian frequency auction, leaving it at a serious disadvantage in the market.
European operator group Tele2’s Swedish subsidiary has called on Finnish infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for a customer experience management solution to provide it with insight into network performance based on service quality, service usage and real-time traffic information.
Russian operator Rostelecom has revealed that it used a DNS-based network security solution to protect its free wifi hotspots at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games last month.
German operator E-Plus, which is in the process of being acquired by Telefónica, has completed the transition of its network management to Chinese firm ZTE.
TeliaSonera’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo, the fourth largest challenger in the Spanish mobile market reached four million subscribers last week.
European operating group Tele2 has named Jeff Dodds as the executive vice president and CEO of its Netherlands subsidiary. He will assume the role on April 14th 2014.
UK operator EE has signed a six-year partnership deal with the English national football stadium Wembley Stadium. EE will become Wembley Stadium’s lead brand partner, in what is said is the stadium first ever deal of such nature, with immediate effect.
Handset maker Nokia has launched a family of smartphones that run Android apps and are targeted at emerging markets. The Nokia X, will go on sale immediately, is priced from €89 and will be available in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
UK operator EE has dropped Huawei and called on NSN to supply technology for the next phase of its LTE rollout. NSN will provide EE with its Single RAN Advanced solution, enabling EE to run different radio technologies using single, multi-purpose hardware.