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Euronews: AlcaLu Boasts Trial

Paul Rainford

Alcatel-Lucent, Telefónica SA and Net Insight AB loom large in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent and A1, the Austrian subsidiary of Telekom Austria AG, have together conducted a trial of, a new vectoring technology from AlcaLu's Bell Labs that can upgrade existing copper lines into broadband connections capable of delivering speeds of more than 1 Gbit/s. AlcaLu envisages being used for the last few meters in fiber-to-the-home/curb (FTTH/C) projects, doing away with the need to dig up roads and private property between local street cabinets and customer premises. (See Broadband Mix for Telekom Austria.)

  • Telefónica began selling low-cost feature phones running the Firefox OS today, offering consumers in Spain an alternative to devices running Android and iOS. (See OS Updates: From a Firefox to a Safari Shakedown and Firefox vs Ubuntu: Pick Me!.)

  • Swedish transport infrastructure vendor Net Insight is having a busy week. Having named Fredrik Tumegård as its new CEO, Net Insight then announced a "significant order" from a sports-related broadcasting outfit, which will use the vendor's Nimbra platform for Carrier Ethernet transport.

  • According to the results of a survey conducted by Finnish Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor Tecnotree Corp., communication service providers are investing in strategic OSS and BSS tools to help develop new service bundles that will boost loyalty and average revenue per user (ARPU) levels.

  • Angola is hoping to position itself as a hub for telecom in Africa and, as part of this, network operator Angola Cables has been working with Epsilon Telecommunications to facilitate international connectivity across Europe. More than 60 percent of the Angolan population is less than 24 years old -- so we're talking Facebook action and more data-intensive applications a-go-go.

  • Telecom Italia Sparkle has expanded its Ethernet and MPLS services to two new European points of presence (POPs), Telecity 2 in London and the Equinix facility in Amsterdam.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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