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Poland’s Netia upgrades to 100G

Polish fixed line operator Netia has deployed 100G fibre across its network as it looks to benefit from a 40-fold increase in bandwidth. The operator has called on the Optical Networks business unit of Nokia Siemens Networks, a unit that the vendor agreed to sell to Marlin Equity Partners in December 2012.

Alcatel-Lucent passes 1 mil. shipments of VDSL vectoring tech

Paris-based telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has passed the milestone of one million line shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring technology, which boosts broadband speeds to near-fibre levels by eliminating line noise between multiple copper lines.

Indian operators not investing enough in networks

Over the next two years Indian operators plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts according to financial ratings agency Fitch Ratings.

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN

Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

CEO Yes, YTL Communications, Malaysia: “Cloud computing is one of the most exciting megatrends globally”

Wing Lee, CEO of Yes, the brand name of YTL Communications, Malaysia, is taking part in a panel discussion on Day One of the Broadband Asia conference, taking place on the 9th-10th April 2013 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. Ahead of the show Lee tells us about the key challenges to data monetisation, where wifi fits into the overall Yes strategy and the opportunities that cloud computing presents to the carrier.

Google Fiber heading to Austin, Texas

Google has confirmed that residents of the city of Austin, Texas will be next in line to benefit from its Google Fiber project, which delivers super-fast broadband speeds over a dedicated fibre-to-the-home network.

BT boss blasts ‘copper luddites’

BT’s CEO Ian Livingston has blasted critics of his company’s fibre broadband roll-out, such as TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, describing them as “copper luddites” with a vested interest in preventing UK homes from getting access to fibre through BT Openreach.

Cisco going after everything but macro?

Networking vendor Cisco, cresting the wave of IP integration, has been taking major strides into the telco world in recent weeks through a host of acquisitions, including LTE small-cell specialist Ubiquisys, policy management solutions firm BroadHop and SON software provider Intucell. The 66,000 employee-strong, $8bn per year profit making business is well placed to exploit the opportunity in the telecoms space.

Huawei posts strong growth in 2012

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has posted its financial results for 2012, in which it saw its net profit increase by almost a quarter year on year to reach CNY15.38bn ($2.47bn). Revenue for the year stood at CNY220bn, up from the CNY203.9bn recorded in 2011.

EE doubles 4G speeds

UK operator group EE announced Tuesday that it is doubling network speeds for all of its 4G LTE subscribers.

“Fiber Poles” among Google’s April Fools

Among Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes yesterday was a spoof video for followers of its Google Fiber blog, which promised to bring fibre speeds to anyone willing to plug their laptop of other device into a box at the base of a utility pole carrying Google’s fibre network.

Orange tops UK’s broadband complaints

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has revealed the telcos with the worst customer experience ratings in the country, with Orange generating the most complaints for broadband in the fourth quarter of 2012 and BT receiving the most pay-TV complaints.

Executive director, Networks and Access Technologies, Telstra: “To make mobile technology accessible to more people we need scale”

Mike Wright, executive director, Networks and Access Technologies for Telstra is speaking on day one of the Broadband Asia conference, taking place on the 9-10 April 2013 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. Ahead of the show we find out more about the opportunities cloud presents to carriers and the exciting developments Wright expects to see in 2013.

Broadband CPE devices have “best year ever”

Suppliers of customer premises equipment (CPE) for the broadband market had their best year ever in 2012, with revenues increasing 13 per cent to reach $7.7bn, spurred on by particularly strong sales in the cable segment, according to US firm Infonetics Research.

Director of Products, HTC, MEA: “Elements of the ecosystem need to work cohesively”

Doran Davies, Director of Products, HTC, Middle East and Africa is speaking on the subject of evolving data consumption habits at the Broadband MEA conference, which took place on the 19th-20th, March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. We caught up with him to find out more about his thoughts regarding the handset market.

Brits zip along at 12Mbps

Average fixed broadband speeds in the UK are now up to 12 Mbps, compared to 9 Mbps in May 2012, according to new figures from communications regulator Ofcom.

Telekom Malaysia “fulfils HSBB obligations”

Three years after launching Malaysia’s much-vaunted High-Speed Broadband Network, built in partnership with the national government, the country’s biggest telco has confirmed that it has now reached its target of 1.3 million homes passed and “fulfilled its obligations” in the venture.

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