Telefonica Germany extends coverage with femtocells

Operator group Telefónica will deploy femtocells in Germany to extend its network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal or in areas far from a macro cell tower.

China Mobile awards LTE contracts, report suggests

Half of China Mobile’s LTE infrastructure contracts have been won by local suppliers Huawei and ZTE, according to a report from Reuters that cites industry sources. The report suggests that Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent and NSN have picked up around ten per cent of the business each with their Chinese competitors bagging 25 per cent apiece. The combined value of China Mobile’s LTE contracts is $3.2bn, Reuters said.

Telekom Austria trials 1Gbps over copper

New trials have been successfully completed in Austria for the delivery of broadband speeds in excess of 1 Gbps over existing copper networks, with Alcatel-Lucent and the local incumbent testing a new transmission technology called to achieve very high speeds on copper lines over very short distances

Telenor optimises video with Skyfire

Norwegian operator group Telenor will be using Skyfire’s video and internet optimisation technology across 11 countries. The firm, a subsidiary of software developer Opera, will be the lead supplier for network-based mobile video and media optimization for Telenor, as part of a deal the operator struck with kit vendor Alcatel Lucent.

Du extends 100G transport network in UAE

Du, one of the two major telcos in the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build the second phase of its high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the country.

Alcatel-Lucent passes 1 mil. shipments of VDSL vectoring tech

Paris-based telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has passed the milestone of one million line shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring technology, which boosts broadband speeds to near-fibre levels by eliminating line noise between multiple copper lines.

KPN asks Alca-Lu to transform fixed network

Alcatel-Lucent has won a five-year managed services agreement with Dutch telco KPN to transform the latter’s fixed network in the Netherlands, including migrating its existing voice and transport networks to new technology.

du migrates to single IP network to boost convergence

UAE telco du has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for IP-routing technology to consolidate all its telecoms services onto a single network, with big gains in speed and performance expected, along with simplified network operation.

Alca-Lu to build new super-fast broadband network in Tunisia

Tunisiana, the largest provider of wireless communication services in the north African country of Tunisia, has awarded a four-year contract to build, manage and maintain a high-speed wireline broadband network to Paris-headquartered equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

NSN poaches ALU’s Vodafone account manager

Alcatel Lucent’s vice president for the global Vodafone account has jumped ship to Nokia Siemens Networks, where he will perform the same function. In an internal memo to senior management seen by, NSN’s head of European customer operations René Svendsen-Tune announced that Wolfgang Hackenberg had joined the firm to assume control of the Vodafone account, which has been under interim management since the middle of the year.

BT adds big data analytics to its toolkit

UK telco BT has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to strengthen its customer service capabilities by using a new set of data collection and management solutions in its broadband and IPTV support departments.

Alca-Lu ships over 1mil GPON ports

Alcatel-Lucent may be in the middle of an onerous cost-cutting programme amid continued quarterly losses, but its network equipment division continues to perform well: the company has revealed that it sold over 1mn GPON ports in the second quarter of this year, driven by rapid expansion of its business in China and the US.

Korea’s SK Broadband orders 100G fibre network

Paris-based telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has won an order for its 100G fibre optic technology from Korean service provider SK Broadband, as part of efforts to deliver a wider variety of consumer and business broadband services in the country.

Alcatel-Lucent to axe 5,000 jobs

Network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent plans to cut 5,000 jobs as part of a cost reduction process. The firm is eyeing cost savings of €1.25bn after posting a net loss of €254m in its 2Q12 earnings result. The vendor has already committed to cutting €500m costs but has now launched a Performance Program in a hope to bring total savings to €1.25 billion by the end of 2013.

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