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Eurobites: Scotland Gets a Gigabit City

Paul Rainford
9/3/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Networks gets busy for the fall; chip vendors fined €138 million by European Commission for cartel; AlcaLu does 100G in Spain.

  • It's all happening in Scotland. CityFibre , the network infrastructure provider that is challenging BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s dominance of fiber rollouts in the UK, has announced plans to build Scotland's first Gigabit City, in the oil-rich port of Aberdeen. The project is a joint venture with Internet for Business (IFB), a provider with local connections, and is intended to bring gigabit speeds to more than 6,000 companies and public sector organizations in the city. (See CityFibre Starts Gigabit Network Build in Aberdeen and Eurobites: BT's Rivals Go Ultrafast in York.)

  • Germany's United Internet AG is buying a controlling stake in fiber network operator Versatel AG for €586 million ($769 million), reports Bloomberg. The acquisition gives United Internet Germany's second-largest fiber network, after Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT).

  • Nokia Networks has continued its series of early fall portfolio enhancement announcements with a software upgrade for its Liquid Radio system, 60MHz carrier aggregation for 4G LTE, and the launch of its Flexi Metro Remote Radio Head, which is designed to help operators boost capacity in dense urban areas using their existing macro cell sites. Separately, the vendor is offering WiMax operators a migration path to LTE TDD-Advanced, introducing what it claims is the world's first 3.5GHz carrier aggregation-capable radio, and adding new LTE TDD-Advanced features and services. Nokia Networks is making a series of announcements during the next 10 days or so as it heads to Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. (See Nokia Networks Boosts RAN Capacity, Upgrades Liquid Radio , Nokia Networks Offers WiMax-to-LTE Migration and Nokia Networks Boasts CEM Advance.)

  • The European Commission has fined Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX), Philips and Samsung Corp. a total of just over €138 million (US$181 million) for operating a cartel in the European Economic Area in the smart-card chips sector. According to a Commission statement, the companies "colluded through bilateral contacts that took place in the period between September 2003 and September 2005." Renesas Technology Corp. was also implicated in the collusion, but it was granted full immunity from financial penalties for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s 100G gear in Spain, implementing a solution that incorporates AlcaLu's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform and its 1350 Optical Management System (OMS). (See Telefónica Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's 100G Gear.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is promising "industry-defining announcements" relating to its "2020 TV Vision" at the forthcoming IBC show in Amsterdam, no doubt hoping to reassure existing and potential users of its Mediaroom telco TV platform that, despite the recent decision of Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) to drop Mediaroom in favor of an Android-based system for its latest IPTV service, the Ericsson TV Vision hasn't got blurred. (See Ericsson Takes Its 2020 TV Vision to IBC and Ericsson Suffers IPTV Evolution Pains.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    mendyk
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    mendyk,
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    9/4/2014 | 8:09:31 AM
    Re: Nae, he said
    "Haggies" has a nice ring to it.
    PaulERainford
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    PaulERainford,
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    9/4/2014 | 4:14:03 AM
    Re: Nae, he said
    And which currency will CityFibre get paid in? Pounds? Euros? McGroats?
    Susan Fourtané
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    Susan Fourtané,
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    9/4/2014 | 4:11:05 AM
    Nokia's portfolio enhancement
    It seems like Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri is delivering all what he promised very nicely.

    -Susan  

     
    mendyk
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    mendyk,
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    9/3/2014 | 11:10:59 AM
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