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Nokia, Coriant claim first mobile backhaul SON solution

Finnish kit vendor and optical networking specialist Coriant have announced what they claimed is the first ever solution brining self-organising network (SON) technology to mobile backhaul. Nokia claimed the solution’s proof of concept shows the same level of functionality but with 20% less transport infrastructure than in current networks.

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VTT, Oulu University to build 5G test network in Finland

Finnish technical research centre VTT and University of Oulu city have announced they are to build a 5G test network, which they said will be the first in Finland. The network will have two parts: a closed one within VTT’s premises and an open one at the university.

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Ofcom gives thumbs up for TV white space technology

Ofcom has given the green light for telecoms operators to take advantage of so called TV white spaces in unused parts of the spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band. The decision follows earlier trials of a new wireless technology called white space devices, which share the band with existing use by digital […]

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EE announces three-year £1.5 billion network investment plan

EE has announced a three-year, £1.5 billion network investment plan, under which the operator plans to extend its geographical coverage across the UK, including in badly or not at all connected rural areas, as well as continuing rolling out 4G with an aim for it to take over 2G by 2017.

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RootMetrics ranks EE’s network top in the UK

RootMetrics has published its Mobile Network Performance Review for the second half of 2014, once again placing EE as the best in the UK. However with Three not far behind as second, followed by O2 and finally Vodafone, the testing specialist claimed all four operators are doing well.

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Ericsson demonstrates live LAA for Verizon, SK Telecom, T-Mobile US

Ericsson has conducted live License Assisted Access (LAA) tests at its labs in Canada and Sweden, claiming to have demonstrated to operators Verizon, SK Telecom and T-Mobile US a peak rate of 450 Mbps. The LTE technology, which is also known as LTE-U, gives users mobile access to unlicensed frequencies, often used by wifi, to enhance coverage.

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Red Hat partners with NEC on OpenStack-based NFV

Red Hat and NEC announced a partnership that will see the two firms jointly develop carrier-focused network function virtualization (NFV) features based on Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution, reports Business Cloud News.

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Brocade to snap up Riverbed’s SteelApp biz in NFV play

Storage and networking tech vendor Brocade has signalled its intent to acquire Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp portfolio, which includes a virtualized application delivery controller for cloud-based applications.

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TeliaSonera concessions clear Tele2 Norway acquisition

Nordic operator TeliaSonera has been given the go-ahead by regulators to complete its proposed acquisition of Tele2’s Norwegian assets for Swedish krona 4.5 billion on a cash and debt free basis.The approval from the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA), however, didn’t come without some heavy concessions.

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Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

The network functions virtualization (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken a step towards mass real-world roll-out, with the news that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualization technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support the development of IoT.

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Verizon to sell off towers and part of fixed-line business – report

Verizon Communications, the parent company of US operator Verizon Wireless, is about to sell off some of its assets including mobile towers and parts of its fixed-line business, a report by the Wall Street Journal has claimed. The company is said to be selling the assets in several separate deals whose value could be over $15 billion.

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Dixons Carphone to launch MVNO over 3’s network

Dixons Carphone has announced it is entering the UK mobile market this spring with an MVNO service, which will run on 3’s network. The new business will also offer internet connectivity to smart devices sold in the retailer’s stores.

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Ofcom confirms 90% geographical coverage obligation for all UK operators

UK telco operator Ofcom has taken six weeks to complete the formality of implementing the geographical coverage commitment compromise achieved between the government and operators late last year. Ofcom has “varied the licenses” such that all four MNOs are committed to 90% geographical coverage for voice calls by the end of 2017.

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BT claims G.fast will bring UK ‘ultrafast’ broadband

BT’s CEO Gavin Patterson has announced the telco’s plans to upgrade its broadband network with a widespread deployment of G.fast technology, claiming this will take the UK from ‘superfast’ to ‘ultrafast’ broadband era.

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US AWS-3 auction raises record $45 billion

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has closed the AWS-3 spectrum auction after 341 rounds of bidding and a record amount of money raised. The winning bids totalled $44.89 billion, way over analysts’ previous predictions which circled around $10-20 billion.

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Nokia Networks Q4 boosted by strong North America sales

Nokia has reported its results for Q4 and the full year 2014 showing growth in the networks business aided by strong sales in the North American market. The kit maker’s services also returned to year-on-year growth for the first time since the final quarter of 2012.

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