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Chinese vendors will continue to dominate optical fibre broadband market

China’s dominance of the global optical fibre broadband market is set to continue beyond 2011, thanks to both the strength of its vendors and projected massive subscriber growth. A report from analyst Ovum predicts that FTTx subscriber numbers in China will reach 100 million by 2016, constituting over 50 per cent of the world’s subscribers.

Telenor brings LTE to the Arctic Circle

Those who are waiting impatiently for 4G services to arrive in their local market might find it galling to discover that an LTE network is now up and running inside the Arctic Circle. Telenor Norway has launched an LTE site in Svalbard, an archipelago located within the Arctic Circle, making it the northernmost next generation network in the world.

No sign of an NSN buyer

Nokia Siemens Networks’ search for a willing buyer for a stake in the ailing JV appears to have staggered to a halt, with reports emerging that Nokia and Siemens have agreed to rather invest more of their own cash in an effort to revive the partnership’s fortunes. Reports in the Wall Street Journal suggest that plans to sell a controlling stake in the venture to a consortium including private equity investors were about to fall through, with Reuters quoting telecoms analyst Earl Lum as saying that “Any potential investor would need to see some light at the end of the tunnel with regard to profitability for NSN.”

First VoLTE call made on live LTE infrastructure

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has completed what it says is the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. The test, which took place at the SuperOp annual telecoms testing event in Hawaii, involved key industry players Ericsson, Huawei, Samsung, Intel Mobile and ST Ericsson, among others.

Winners toast success at Informa LTE Awards 2011

The 2011 Informa LTE Awards winners were announced on Tuesday night at a gala event that was part of the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, where the winners were finally announced to the industry. The ceremony, held at the spectacular De Duif in Amsterdam and compered by BBC television sports journalist Rob Bonnet, saw eight companies recognised for their achievements across ten categories. There were 49 nominations.

ZTE accuses Huawei of patent trolling

ZTE has accused rival Huawei of patent trolling, suggesting that the latter is using litigation as part of tactical competition in the European marketplace. In a statement issued yesterday, ZTE said that Huawei’s legal suit regarding the use of trademarks in Europe was spurious. The manufacturer claims that it ceased using the trademark in question a year before Huawei was awarded any rights to it, and therefore “the injunction has no impact on ZTE’s business.”

Huawei bags MobileOne Singapore LTE network deal

Singaporean operator M1 has announced the deployment of the market’s first commercial LTE network.Huawei will be supplying the kit and the network is due for completion in Q1 2012.

Sri Lanka hits the LTE road with trials, rollouts

Sri Lankan telco Dialog Axiata has launched 4G/LTE network trials at a variety of locations across Colombo. The trials are taking place in parallel with the carrier’s countrywide expansion of HSPA+ services and, according to the carrier, is “the first exposition of an LTE network in the South Asian region.” The pilot networks are running on Huawei kit.

Huawei-Everything Everywhere deal to pave way for LTE future?

Huawei’s announcement on Monday of its first big UK equipment deal has kicked off speculation that the Chinese vendor is now poised to roll out 4G/LTE services in the country too. The four year deal with T-Mobile and Orange parent Everything Everywhere will involve a major upgrade of the UK telco’s 2G radio network, allowing it to carry 3G data services over the spectrum assigned for 2G use.

Huawei to sue ZTE

Fresh from its most recent bout of litigation against Motorola, Huawei has announced that it is suing ZTE for patent infringement. The world’s second biggest kit maker has revealed that it is to file suits against its rival in France, Germany and Hungary over what it claims are patent and trademark infringements relating to data card and LTE technologies. In addition, Huawei alleges that ZTE used one of its registered trademarks illegally on some of its data card products.

VHA’s network outage woes continue

Vodafone Australia’s coverage troubles look set to deepen, with a proposed class action lawsuit against the telco for poor service gaining ground in the country. When first suggested at the beginning of this year, about 9,000 claimants expressed interest; that number has more than doubled to 22,000 in the past three months.

NSN gets China clearance for Moto purchase

In what is perhaps a goodwill gesture towards the West, Chinese authorities have finally granted unconditional approval for the acquisition of Motorola’s network assets by Nokia Siemens Networks. The deal had been moving at a glacial pace since its inception in July 2010, thanks largely to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Bureau’s (MOFCOM) reluctance to approve it.

India’s regulator proposes quotas for locally produced telecoms kit

India’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) is proposing new rules to compel telecoms service providers to source the bulk of their equipment locally. Under the proposed rules, products that are manufactured locally – whether by Indian or foreign-owned companies – should be given preference in both public and private sector purchase decisions.

Vodafone Australia kicks off planned LTE upgrades

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has announced that next week it will start its programme to upgrade over 5,800 base stations across the country, with a view to bringing LTE services online later this year.

Motorola and Huawei call a truce

Motorola and Huawei have pulled out the peace pipes, announcing today that they have entered into an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them, “pending the satisfaction of certain conditions.” In a joint statement, the pair expressed “regret that these disputes have occurred between our two companies,” with Motorola CEO Greg Brown adding that the company valued its long-standing relationship with Huawei and had decided to “return to our traditional relationship of confidence and trust.”

Huawei in the running for US Cellular LTE contract

Chinese vendor Huawei has made the shortlist in the tender for US Cellular Corp’s LTE network.US Cellular plans to roll out its LTE network later this year but is, according to a spokesman, still evaluating the results of a trial that took place in 2010.

Orange Kenya partners with ZTE for 3G rollout

Orange will partner with ZTE to roll out its 3G network in Kenya. The investment, valued at €33m, will see Orange launching services in the first half of this year as part of the telco’s drive to double its subscriber base to more than 4.5 million in 2011. Orange is currently the third-largest operator in Kenya, well behind market leader Safaricom, which claims a massive 77 per cent share of the market through its almost 17 million subscribers and is currently the only commercial 3G service provider in that country.

Nokia Siemens rumoured to be renegotiating Motorola deal

Nokia Siemens Networks is rumoured to be seeking a renegotiation the terms of its bid to acquire Motorola’s wireless network assets. The planned deal, valued at $1.2bn, has been moving at a glacial pace since its inception in July last year, thanks largely to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Bureau’s (MOFCOM) reluctance to approve it.

Cell C announces 42Mbps HSPA+ with LTE to come

South Africa’s third mobile carrier, Cell C, has announced that it will begin rolling out its 42Mbps HSPA+ service in early April. Following through on plans that were announced in October 2010, the operator is adopting a phased rollout strategy, beginning with Port Elizabeth, where the high speed service will use ZTE modems.


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