Finland has the first 450MHz LTE data network

TeliaSonera, DNA to share network in rural Finland

The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.

Amdocs orchestrator to help manage NFV infrastructure

Telefonica tests capabilities of virtualization with Brocade partnership

The quest for virtualization in the network operator community is turning into something of an arms race as much for the vendor ecosystem as for the carriers. On Tuesday Telefónica partnered with networking specialist Brocade to explore the capabilities of virtualized network appliances running on off the shelf, Intel-based hardware.

Vodafone NZ has launched one of the first APT700 networks

New Zealand activates LTE700 networks

The 700MHz radio frequency is finding favour among New Zealand mobile operators with Vodafone this week switching on its commercial 700MHz LTE network, marking the activation of one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.

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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.

Satisfaction with coverage drops in rural areas

Over three quarters of UK users satisfied with mobile provider

UK communications regulator Ofcom has released research showing that while overall levels of consumer satisfaction with mobile networks are high, an estimated 45 per cent of users experience some problems. Moreover, around 30 per cent of users experience no reception at least once a week.

TD-LTE is seeing widespread adoption

Over 100 carriers invest in TD-LTE

The time division flavour of LTE, known as LTE TDD or TD-LTE, once thought to be of primary interest to the Chinese mobile market, is seeing increasingly strong adoption worldwide. Now more than 100 operators are investing in the technology, according to the most recent research from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Tower sharing is popular in Africa

Etisalat sells Nigerian cell towers

The African telecoms market has long been a pioneer of cell tower sharing and outsourcing and on Friday operator group Etisalat voted in favour of the model with a proposal to sell 2,136 towers in Nigeria to regional tower management specialist IHS Holding.

Ericsson has scored another managed services deal

Vodafone Egypt outsources to Ericsson

Vodafone Egypt has signed up Ericsson as its first outsourcing partner, under a three year managed services agreement, to deliver network field maintenance services and improve the quality of its network in the greater Cairo area.

Truphone is keen to lose the MVNO tag

Truphone joins GSMA

Mobile company Truphone, which is actively seeking to distance itself from the MVNO tag, this week joined the GSMA as an Associate Member, under the ‘Application Developer’ category.

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Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

Myanmar is becoming mobilised

Ooredoo switches on Myanmar network

New entrant operator Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) has launched voice and data services in three of Myanmar’s major cities, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, as part of final preparations for commercial launch later this month.

Netflix is moving into Europe

Netflix paying AT&T for interconnect

Internet video player Netflix has struck yet another peering agreement with a US carrier, this time AT&T, essentially paying for better quality of service for customers using the provider’s network. The deal was confirmed by AT&T and sits against a background of uproar over network neutrality debate in the US.

SDN is appearing in more and more places

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

Cloud-to-cloud connectivity can be super fast

AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes

AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May. The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and data centre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

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.

Bolivia gets 4G

Millicom brings LTE to Bolivia

Developing markets operator Millicom, which operates under the Tigo brand in Bolivia, said that it has launched a 4G LTE offering in the country, delivering high speed internet at up to 100Mbps.

Huawei is working on cloud tech with Unicom

China Unicom, Huawei to work on cloud tech

The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week.

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”.

The GSMA hopes to boost the M2M market

Cisco invests $30m in IoT centre in Barcelona

Networking giant Cisco on Wednesday announced plans to open an Internet of Things innovation centre in the Spanish city of Barcelona. From 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facilities’ restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.

NBN Co is using satellite to connect the bush

NBN Co brings satellite access to bush; Optus opens up 700MHz

Australia’s next generation broadband network, NBN Co, on Tuesday said it would use satellite to boost the number of connections for Australians who cannot access existing commercial broadband services. The NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme will connect to up to 9,000 additional premises in remote and regional mainland Australia and Tasmania, until the expected launch of NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) in late 2015.

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