& cplSiteName &

Eurobites: BT Adds Ciena to Ethernet Roster

Ray Le Maistre
8/28/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's regional roundup: MTN tests Transport SDN; 2.4 Tbit/s WDM with Huawei; Bluetooth chip specialist CSR rejects takeover bid; and more.

  • Openreach , the access network division of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), is deploying a range of Carrier Ethernet switches and OSS tools from Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) to support the expansion of its Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services. The operator will use Ciena's 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches, as well as its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System for testing, reporting, provisioning and service management. Openreach has, to date, built out its EAD service capabilities using equipment from ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) . (See BT's Openreach Deploys Ciena Gear and BT's Openreach Reaches Ethernet Access Milestone .)

  • Still with BT, the British incumbent has been accused by a human rights group of aiding US drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia by running a transport infrastructure circuit between the UK and Africa, The Guardian reports. An initial complaint against BT has already been rejected by the UK government, but the issue has flared up again.

  • MTN Group Ltd. has completed trials of next-generation optical transport and SDN capabilities on its network in South Africa, using technology from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. . The operator tested a single-channel 2.4Tbit/s connection over 300 km using 16QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) capabilities, and a 2Tbit/s connection over 1,031 km with QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying). The operator also tested Huawei's Transport SDN capabilities, which offer "transmission pipe virtualization" to enable features such as bandwidth-on-demand and virtual transport services. Transport SDN is a hot topic currently among network operators and vendors. (See MTN Trials Transport SDN, 2.4T WDM With Huawei and OIF/ONF Efforts Could Speed Transport SDN.)

  • UK chipmaker CSR plc (London: CSR) has seen its share price soar by more than 36% to 783 pence, valuing it at more than £1.2 billion (US$2 billion), after it confirmed it had received, and rejected, a takeover bid from Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP). "The price proposed by Microchip has been rejected and the Board is considering its options for the company," noted Bluetooth specialist CSR in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) are embroiled in a bidding battle over Brazilian broadband and pay TV service provider GVT. Our money is on Telefónica to prevail. (See Telefónica, Telecom Italia in $9B Battle to Buy Brazil's GVT.)

  • A consortium of 15 operators, vendors, research centers and academic institutions have launched MiWaveS (Millimeter-Wave Small Cell Access and Backhauling), a European collaborative project that aims to develop millimeter-wave radio technologies for the 5G era. Among the participants are Telecom Italia, Orange (NYSE: FTE), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and the University of Surrey, UK, which is home to a 5G lab. (See UK Kicks Off 5G R&D.)

  • British mobile giant EE has rolled out its 4G LTE coverage to 13 more towns, taking its coverage to 75% of the UK population. Among the new locations is Witney in Oxfordshire, the constituency of Prime Minister David Cameron, who can now send his sometimes ill-advised text messages over an even faster connection when he's back on his political stomping ground. The operator, which has more than 30 million customers, had 4.2 million 4G users at the end of June and is on course to have 6 million by the end of the year.

  • Czech mobile minnow SWAN as, which was awarded a mobile license earlier this year, has handed ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) a contract to build a nationwide mobile network, including a circuit/packet core and more than 1,100 GSM/LTE software-defined radio base stations.

  • Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS)'s international operation is offering Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based multimedia enterprise communications service, to businesses in the UK, the US and other international markets. According to Telstra Global , the service has 1.6 million users in Australia. Telstra is an investor in Melbourne-based Whispir. For more details, see this press release.

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/29/2014 | 4:42:03 AM
    BT
    BT is claiming an ignorance about the use of its infrastructure. It might turn out that this is willful ignorance though...
    From The Founder
    The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Energy 2020: Growing Services, Not Consumption

    6|24|16   |   07:18   |   (0) comments


    Management of power requirements needs to be a key consideration as cable operators deploy new services, says Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee. In this video, Cooper discusses the importance of cable operators and technology partners ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei & TDC First to Launch DOCSIS 3.1 Trial in Europe

    6|24|16   |     |   (0) comments


    To meet the rising demands for high-speed broadband and to tackle fierce competition for 1.5 million household, TDC wanted to upgrade its network to use the latest technology. Using Huawei's DOCSIS 3.1 solution, TDC is now able to offer gigabit speeds to its customers.
    LRTV Documentaries
    OPNFV Summit: Key Takeaways

    6|22|16   |   03:28   |   (0) comments


    MANO shortfalls, an increasingly bloated open source ecosystem and the cultural challenges for network operators were among the key takeaways from the OPNFV Summit in Berlin.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Bringing Ultra Broadband to the South Pacific

    6|22|16   |   7:55   |   (0) comments


    At Singapore's UBBS 2016 summit, Light Reading speaks to Lim Chee Siong, Huawei's CMO in the South Pacific Region.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Juniper's NFV Platform

    6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


    A telco cloud is a key enabler for service providers to deliver virtualized services to their customers. Juniper has a differentiated approach with an open and comprehensive NFV platform to build the cloud of the future for multiple use cases.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Infinera: The Glass Ceiling's Been Broken

    6|22|16   |   4:34   |   (0) comments


    Shannon Williams, an engineer by trade and now the director of sales for Infinera's major accounts, draws confidence from being a female in a male-dominated industry and hopes other women will too as industry dynamics swing in our favor.
    LRTV Custom TV
    RAD Demonstrates SD-WAN Functionality at BCE 2016

    6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


    In conjunction with Versa Networks, RAD demos a joint solution for SD-WAN implementation. The solution uses RAD's ETX-2i, a vCPE platform integrating a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field-pluggable x86 NFV module that runs Versa's FlexVNF for SD-WAN functionality. The demo implements SD-WAN over a simulated service provider footprint by deploying ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Radware on Virtualizing Network Security

    6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Radware's Michael O'Malley highlights the benefits for service providers of virtualizing network security.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei 2016 UBBS World Tour: Singapore

    6|21|16   |   02:39   |   (0) comments


    Highlights from Huawei's UBBS World Tour event in Singapore.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The FlowBROKER Solution

    6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


    During a demo at the Big Communications Event 2016, Accedian director of product line solutions Greg Spear demonstrates how the FlowBROKER distributed packet capture solution (part of Accedian's SkyLIGHT platform) can be used to troubleshoot and resolve QoE issues.

    FlowBROKER is the industry's first lossless remote packet capture solution, which uses ...

    LRTV Documentaries
    BCE 2016: Dell & the New World Order

    6|21|16   |   22:48   |   (0) comments


    Dell's Jim Ganthier on how the very essence of enterprise is being affected by digital disruption – and how the cloud can help companies find a path forward.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BCE 2016: The CSP of the Future

    6|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Traditional telecom operators have been adopting new ways of doing business from the IT sector and emulating web-scale companies in their technology adoption. Are these strategies succeeding? A panel of experts at BCE considered the evidence...
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
    November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 6-8, 2016,
    May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
    Hot Topics
    FCC to Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/20/2016
    'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/24/2016
    Twitter Buys Magic Pony... Not That Kind
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/20/2016
    AT&T Settles on LTE for Cellular IoT
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/22/2016
    Google Fiber Buys Webpass in Wireless Play
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/23/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
    Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE/ISBE, sits down with Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York office to discuss the society's Energy 2020 campaign, including its mission to benefit the environment, enable economic benefits and the key challenges facing cable operators wanting to reduce energy consumption.
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.