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Huawei launches multi-vendor NFV lab in China

Huawei has launched an open lab in Xi’an, China, which the telecom kit giant said is dedicated to multi-vendor efforts to further the development of NFV infrastructure, platforms and services.

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Ofcom launches consultation on bands above 6GHz for 5G

Ofcom has launched a consultation seeking industry input on spectrum bands above 6GHz that might be suitable for 5G. The UK regulator said that while it is not yet known what exactly 5G will be, it wants to build an understanding of future spectrum needs.

Martin Lavery

Research claims twist of light could be the answer to network capacity deficit

Telecoms.com caught up with Martin Lavery (pictured), Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, to discuss his project that aims to develop a standardised network technology utilising the twist of light. Lavery claims this could be part of the solution to the looming fibre network capacity deficit.

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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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Virgin, Qualcomm in joint satellite connectivity venture OneWeb

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has joined forces with mobile chip vendor Qualcomm to create what they claimed will be the largest ever satellite network. The joint venture, OneWeb, will build, launch and operate the satellite constellation aimed at providing internet access and telephony to some of the world’s currently unconnected parts.

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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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AT&T trials live LTE broadcast for mass content delivery

American multiplay operator AT&T has confirmed it has undertaken a trial of LTE broadcast technology in Texas, USA. The trial focussed on delivering live digital content in stadia to attendees of an American football match, which took place earlier this week.

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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.

White space networks are key to the IoT

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases.

Entel is set to move its 4G to APT700MHz next year

Telstra focuses on 700MHz LTE boost

Australian carrier Telstra has accelerated the launch of LTE services on its 700MHz network and now expects to take LTE coverage to 90 per cent of the Australian population by the end of January 2015 after switching on LTE700 in all major cities.

T-Mo is using wifi to boost coverage at home

T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

Cloudberry is pushing the small-cells-as-a-service model

Small-cells-as-a-service to launch in Norway

Small-cells-as-a-service provider Cloudberry Mobile, this week revealed that it is just about ready to switch on what will be the world’s first carrier-neutral small cell network in Norway.

The deployment will be the largest in China

Huawei deploys China’s largest SDN

21Vianet Group, the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre services provider in China this week tapped up Huawei to deliver the country’s largest commercial Software Defined Network (SDN).

Mobile data use in Africa is growing fast

Airtel offloads 3,500 towers to Eaton

The outsourcing of cell tower management continues apace in Africa as Bharti Airtel on Monday agreed to offload over 3,500 telecom towers to emerging markets management company Eaton Towers.

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.

Cisco will virtualize multiscreen TV functions

Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.

A new submarine cable will connect Scotland

$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

Seven carriers this week agreed to co-deploy a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US in a project worth $250m. To be completed by the end of 2016, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100G technology.

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