Orange pledges €15bn FTTH and LTE investment by 2018

Orange has pledged to spend more than €15bn on upgrading fixed and mobile infrastructure across Europe, and says there’s still “so much more to come” from LTE, according to Deputy CEO Gervais Pellissier.

EE dominates RootMetrics UK 2H 2015 rankings

Once again EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, has emerged as the clear winner in the RootMetrics UK network performance rankings for the second half of 2015.

MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

Ericsson pre-empts MWC 2015 with seven product mega launch

Giant telecoms vendor Ericsson just couldn’t wait until Mobile World Congress 2015 to reveal not one but seven product launches. The broad theme of these launches concerned how to help telcos to adapt to digital market realities.

SpatialBuzz enhances cloud CEM platform

UK crowd-sourced network analytics outfit SpatialBuzz has announced a major enhancement of its cloud-based customer experience management (CEM) platform, which is consequently now called HDAnalytics+.

LTE network growth up 25% in 2014 – report

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has released figures detailing the growth of LTE network deployment in 2014. According to the association, 360 global operators have commercially launched LTE networks and services in 124 countries.

Tele2 to launch 4G-only network in the Netherlands

Sweden-based operator Tele2 has announced it is to launch a 4G-only network in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2015. The move will mark the telco’s transformation from an MVNO to an MNO in the Dutch market.

Vodafone, JCDecaux sign global small-cell deployment deal

Vodafone and outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux have signed an agreement for a global small-cell roll-out. Under the deal, small-cells will be deployed on street furniture and billboards in order to improve network performance primarily in urban vicinities.

UK operators reportedly reject network sharing

Despite growing demand for better mobile coverage in rural Britain from the public and the government, UK carriers have rejected national network sharing, an idea trumpeted by the Culture, Media and Sport Minister Savid Javid.

4G capacity demand drives Ericsson Q2 recovery

Network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has reported Q2 earnings down 1% from the year-ago quarter, but up 13% from Q1. “Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America,” said Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg.

US Navy Ships to carry LTE networks

Two US navy ships will soon take the waves equipped with LTE networks. The USS Kearsarge and USS San Antonio are heading to the Persian gulf in March with a microwave-based wireless wide area (WWAN) LTE network.


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