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.
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.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.