Vodafone Steve Pusey

Vodafone nabs Ericsson’s network head to replace outgoing CTO

Vodafone’s chief technology officer, Steve Pusey, has announced his intention to retire at the end of July this year. The telco has moved to appoint Ericsson’s executive vice president and the head of its networks business, Johan Wibergh, to replace Pusey in the role of CTO.

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Ofcom moves to contain BT’s ambitions

Ofcom has announced proposals to introduce new rules to force BT to maintain a minimum margin between its wholesale and retail fibre network charges. The move comes as BT is in talks with the owners of EE to acquire the UK’s largest mobile operator in a bid to become the dominant player in the entire UK telecoms market with a quad-play offering of fixed, mobile, broadband and TV services.

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VDSL2 access tech booms as Alcatel-Lucent shipments pass 10 million

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring line equipment have surpassed 10 million, as the technology becomes increasingly popular among global service providers. The announcement was made alongside Proximus, formerly known as Belgacom, at a ceremony in Brussels.

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EC launches public consultation on future use of 700MHz

The European Commission (EC) has announced a public consultation on the future use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) 700MHz spectrum band. It is currently mostly used by the broadcasting sector in much of Europe, but it is increasingly sought after by telecoms providers for wireless broadband.

AT&T-DirecTV merger closer to reality with DirecTV shareholder approval

United Internet buys Versatel Germany

German internet service provider United Internet this week signed an agreement with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire all outstanding shares of network operator Versatel for €586m in cash.

Telefonica is seeing huge demand for video and cloud services

Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 100Gbps optical network for Telefónica

To cope with increasing demand for video and high definition video storage, Spanish carrier Telefónica has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.

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Data demand driving global optics market

The global optical components market is experiencing an upward swing as global internet traffic continues to increase, prompting network operators to deploy high speed optical technologies to keep up with demand.

Vodafone has launched its first brand in the Americas

ZTE to build broadband centre in Brazil

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has struck a deal with Brazilian operator TIM Brasil to jointly set up an innovation centre in the country tasked with spearheading developments in next generation broadband technologies.

Vodafone is fibre-ing up Spain and Portugal

Vodafone boosts fibre play in southern Europe

Vodafone this week closed the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for which it paid €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.

Liquid Telecoms is rolling out FTTH across Africa

Telekom Austria, America Movil create international fibre net

Telekom Austria Group and América Móvil on Friday unveiled a deal that proposes to create one of the world’s largest fibre networks, with a joint footprint with 200 Points of Presence (PoP) within 47 countries, through the interconnection of networks offering voice, roaming, data and mobile services.

Telefonica is on the acquisition trail

Multiplay seen as key differentiator, says survey

Integrated or multiplay service offerings are seen as one of the top three means of differentiation among mobile operators in their market, according to almost one quarter (23.1 per cent) of operator respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014.

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Data usage patterns support need for ‘personal’ cells

Heavy users of mobile data services are ten times more extreme in the LTE era than on 3G, with just 0.1 per cent of mobile users in both developed and emerging markets consuming over half the LTE downlink data. This compares to one per cent of 3G users consuming half the downlink data.

Joe Garner

Ex-HSBC head to lead Openreach

UK incumbent BT said that ex-head of HSBC UK, Joe Garner, is to become CEO of wholesale business Openreach in mid-February. Garner replaces Liv Garfield, who is leaving to become CEO of Severn Trent.

Sony is getting into cloud gaming

Sony to tackle cloud-based gaming

Electronics giant Sony this week revealed its plans for cloud gaming company Gaikai, which it acquired in 2012. The technology has been used to build PlayStation Now – a game streaming service that will launch in the US in the summer.

SK Telecom is offering super fast broadband

SK Telecom trials virtualised packet core

South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has demonstrated a virtualiased Evolved Packet Core proof-of-concept implementation. Teaming up with infrastructure vendor NSN the operator showed successful results for capacity scaling for both throughput and signalling traffic in connection with smartphone usage patterns.

Uganda is next on Google's list

Uganda is next stop for Google fibre project

Google is taking experience gained from the Google Fiber project, which has seen high speed broadband deployed to residences in Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, and is turning its attention to a less obvious target market: Uganda.

Liv Garfield

BT Openreach loses CEO

UK incumbent BT said Monday that Liv Garfield is to step down as CEO of Openreach during Spring 2014, to take up a new challenge as CEO of Severn Trent, the FTSE 100 water company.

Eircom describes its fibre rollout as Ireland's largest

Deutsche Telekom to boost fixed line capability with GTS acquisition

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has announced its intention to acquire fixed line player GTS Central Europe for €546m. Deutsche Telekom said the deal will enhance its ability to offer pan-European telecommunication services and offer integrated products and services in countries where it currently has limited fixed-line access network infrastructure.

Ericsson predicts there will be 9.3 billion mobile connections by 2019

Global mobile subscriptions to reach 9.3 billion by 2019

The number of global mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, according to infrastructure vendor Ericsson. The vendor’s latest Mobility Report also reveals that of the 9.3 billion subscriptions, more than 60 per cent – 5.6 billion – will be for smartphones.

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Deutsche Telekom becoming a “software defined operator”

Operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”, the firm’s VP for aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Axel Clauberg told Broadband World Forum delegates.

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