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Huawei and HKT claim 440Mbps LTE-A live test

HKT, the mobile subsidiary of telco PCCW, has announced the successful live testing of LTE-A carrier aggregation (CA) alongside Huawei. The telco claims to have achieved peak download rate speeds of 440Mbps.

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T-Mobile Austria virtualizes BSS, targets new data tariffs

T-Mobile Austria has announced that it will be implementing a virtualized charging system solution as part of a wider virtualized BSS strategy. The solution, provided by BSS specialist Openet, will be responsible for creating personalised offers to T-Mobile Austria’s pay-as-you-go, contract, consumer and enterprise subscribers.

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Ericsson, Eindhoven University drive connected car capabilities

Swedish infrastructure giant Ericsson has announced a new partnership with Eindhoven University of Technology, which is focussed on advancing the intelligent capabilities of automotive vehicles, starting with a solar-powered connected car.

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Boards approve €15.6bn Nokia deal for Alcatel-Lucent

Upheaval is in the air in the network infrastructure industry as the rumoured acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, acknowledged yesterday by the former, was officially announced by the latter this morning. The transaction places a value of around €15.6 billion on Alcatel-Lucent, which Nokia will acquire in full.

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Fujitsu and Microsoft collaborate on industrial IoT

Fujitsu and Microsoft have announced a collaborative effort to bring operational excellence and standardisation to the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), according to a statement released by the Japanese tech vendor.

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Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia merge could form infrastructure powerhouse – Ovum

Speculation has intensified this week over a potential move by Nokia to acquire rival network kit maker Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in what could be a serious shake up of the telecoms infrastructure market. This morning, ALU released a statement confirming that the two parties are currently in talks.

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Ericsson and Orange Poland partner on OSS transformation

Ericsson has announced that it will be partnering with Orange Polska, the French telco’s Polish subsidiary, to help deliver an upgrade of its operation support systems (OSS) over the next six years. The agreement between the two parties will see Ericsson help to drive the transformation and optimization of processes and information systems for the telco.

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Nokia downsizing set to continue with rumoured sale of HERE

Nokia Oyj is apparently looking into flogging one of its three remaining business arms, as its focus on the continued growth of its networking arm increases further, according to reports from Bloomberg. The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, reckons the mapping arm of Nokia, HERE, is being touted to various global parties.

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Ericsson, Telefónica demonstrate LTE smart meter optimisation

Ericsson has teamed up with Telefónica Germany and E.ON Research Center at RWTH Aachen University to demonstrate the use of LTE networks in smart meters for the energy sector. The Swedish infrastructure firm said plans for smart meter roll-outs and LTE deployments are presenting new opportunities for utility companies to take advantage of.

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InfoVista acquires Ipanema in enterprise network assurance move

Network optimization and service assurance outfit InfoVista has snapped up French WAN optimization company Ipanema to strengthen its enterprise offering. Ipanema’s portfolio is designed to guarantee application performance across enterprise networks.

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Infinera bids to acquire Transmode in optical power play

Optical networking vendor Infinera has announced its recommended public offering to acquire all shares of Transmode AB. Transmode, a Swedish firm, specialise in metro packet optical infrastructure, which Infinera is targeting in order to flesh out its holistic optical networking portfolio of products.

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Nokia claims 10Gbps demo realistically shows future 5G capabilities

Finnish kit maker Nokia and US-based industrial test equipment vendor National Instruments (NI) demonstrated what they described as a 5G speed of 10Gbps peak rate over the air at the 73GHz band (millimetre-wave). Nokia claimed the real-life like conditions of the demo set it apart from other similar ones recently by other players.

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How important is a modem for smartwatches and wearables?

Samsung is apparently lining up a new addition to its wearable range, according to a blog page heavily associated with Samsung Mobile. According to SamMobile, the Korean consumer tech giant is planning for the next addition to its range of wearable technology, which will feature 3G connectivity, but how important is having a modem to the future success of wearable technology and smartwatches?

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Telefónica looks to self-service CEM

Spanish telco Telefónica has turned to self-service based CEM tools for residential European and Latin American customers, in order to ease pressure on OSS being caused by increased data consumption over broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture announced a four year strategic partnership in order to facilitate the transformation of Telefónica’s CEM processes.

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IBM to spend $3 billion on new IoT business unit

IBM announced it plans to spend up to £2bn over the next four years to consolidate and revamp its Internet of Things technologies and services into a standalone business unit, reports Business Cloud News. The move seems aimed at broadening its appeal beyond proto-IoT segments it traditionally caters to.

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Wireless IoT Forum launches to drive Internet of Things development

The Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF) has announced its launch, saying it aims to drive the standardisation and deployment of connected devices and appliances, and the development and adoption of wireless wide-area networking (WAN) technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

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Strong core business drives Huawei 2014 net profit up 33%

Huawei has published its full year 2014 financials showing growth in all business areas, which the Chinese kit vendor said was down to its focus on its networking strategy and improved overall business efficiency.

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Alcatel-Lucent, China Telecom in LTE expansion partnership

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a partnership with China Telecom to roll out the operator’s FDD-LTE services to 40 additional cities across 12 Chinese provinces. The French infrastructure vendor said it is one of three suppliers to have been chosen by the telco, and will provide its LTE mobile ultra-broadband access technology to complete the project.

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Alcatel’s Bell Labs launches industry consulting division

Bell Labs, the indusrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has launched what it said is a discrete consultancy providing services and techo-economic modelling tools designed to help the IT and communications networking industries.

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ZTE credits 2014 94% profit rise to 4G equipment, smartphone sales

ZTE has reported its full year 2014 results showing a 94% increase in net profits, which the Chinese vendor attributed to 4G network equipment and smartphone sales. The kit maker claimed to be the world’s fastest growing provider of 4G solutions in 2014, and said it is using its strong position in the market to take the lead in 5G technology research.

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