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Mobile edge working group bringing content nearer the user

Industry giants form mobile edge open networking group

A consortium of operators, infrastructure vendors and IT vendors have collaborated to develop an open architecture and API for delivering content and services from the mobile edge. Nokia Networks, Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT DoCoMo and Huawei are all supporting the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) working group at standards body ETSI.

CenturyLink will host services in Shanghai

China Mobile deploys LTE small cell backhaul

Chinese operator China Mobile has deployed a self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system in its LTE network to provide improved coverage and capacity to subscribers in densely populated urban areas.

SDN could save operators over $4bn

SDN could cut ‘backhaul shortfall’ in half, save ops $5bn

Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Bharti is offloading its tower assets

LTE and the backhaul challenge

LTE mobile broadband has already been rolled out in some markets and is on the verge of deployment in many more, but as data consumption grows, a challenge that will face operators is how to backhaul their LTE networks. Without enough backhaul capacity for their networks, network customers will not feel they are getting the level of service they have paid for, which is one of the prime causes for customer churn.

Ethernet is gradually replacing legacy SONET/SDH equipment

NSN sells microwave backhaul business

Wireless networking kit vendor DragonWave on Friday announced plans to acquire the microwave transport business of Nokia Siemens Networks. The price is around €15m with extras and performance related payouts potentially raising the value of the transaction to above €80m.

Ericsson up on network upgrades & management contracts

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson turned in a strong set of figures for the third quarter, notching up an increase in net sales of 17 per cent year on year to SKR55.5bn (€6bn), while net income edged up six per cent to SKR3.8bn.

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euNetworks announces fibre-optic deal with Vodafone

euNetworks, a fibre-optic infrastructure provider has announced a network supply deal with Vodafone Germany. As part of the agreement, euNetworks will deliver fibre services to the operator in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. The deal will enable Vodafone Germany to enhance its backhaul for its LTE network, which it is continuing to roll-out since in launch in December 2010 and now reaches more than four million homes. euNetworks owns 13 fibre-based metropolitan networks across Europe and according to a statement the deal will, “enable Vodafone to benefit from euNetworks extended footprint”.

T-Mo is using wifi to boost coverage at home

Pros and cons of small cells

With mobile data traffic expected to double annually, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the demands for data, video and application access caused by smart phones and other devices, there is a real beauty to going small.

American Tower Corp. is entering the Nigerian market

MLL readies managed backhaul service for UK LTE market

Backhaul specialist MLL Telecom is pitching a managed service offering for UK LTE networks, designed to help operators cope with the incremental data increases they will face one LTE networks are rolled out.

The WACS cable system has landed at its final destination in Cape Town

West African Cable System lands in Cape Town

A high capacity submarine cable system linking southern Africa with Europe landed at its final destination in Cape Town this morning. The West African Cable System (WACS), a 14,000km, 5.1Tbps system was brought ashore at Yzerfontein in the Western Cape and will both complement and compete with the 340Gbps Sat-3 system that went into service in the region in 2002.

Mobile operators are moving to IP backhaul to deal with explosive growth in data traffic

Russian carriers shift to all IP backhaul

Russia’s mobile operators are moving to IP backhaul to deal with explosive growth in data traffic. Leading Russian carrier MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) said this week that it is expecting 86 per cent growth in Russian data traffic by 2015, forcing a strategic focus on network transport.

This time around AT&T has set its sights on a far smaller fish

Level 3 picks up Global Crossing in $3bn deal

International fibre network operator Level 3 Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire rival carrier Global Crossing in a stock for stock transaction valued at approximately $3bn.

Weather Investments portfolio has offloaded its operation in Tunisia

Fat cable lands in Tunisia

At the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last month, it was apparent that major operators across the continent are looking more to data and other value-added services to stimulate future expansion. But the prospects for data services in Africa rest in part on the promise that the new submarine cables that are arriving on the shores of the continent will both improve the availability of international bandwidth and reduce its cost.

Dish Network has made bids to acquire both Wimax outfit Clearwire and mobile operator Sprint

Intelsat puts a new bird in space

Fixed satellite operator Intelsat this week announced the successful launch of its latest bit of kit, the shiny new Intelsat 15 satellite (IS-15), which will replace the ageing 709 satellite.

KDDI taps Motorola, NEC for LTE rollout

KDDI taps Motorola, NEC for LTE rollout

Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.

Extending high-speed connectivity to rural communities

Harris Stratex eyes Obama’s $7.2bn broadband fund

Harris Stratex, a backhaul specialist and WiMAX RAN supplier, believes it will be a main beneficiary of President Obama’s $7.2bn broadband stimulus package. Aimed at extending high-speed connectivity to rural communities in the US, the $7.2bn fund has a ‘Buy America’ provision attached to it, as has President Obama’s entire fiscal stimulus package across different industry sectors, which is worth around $800bn in total.

NSN, Juniper team up to tackle Carrier Ethernet

NSN, Juniper team up to tackle Carrier Ethernet

Monster kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has teamed up with security and network infrastructure firm Juniper Networks to bolster their offerings in the Carrier Ethernet space.

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