Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT units opt for "joyn" RCS; Virgin Mobile France sold; dismantling Google.
Finnish mobile operator Ukkoverkot has agreed with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to deploy what the vendor claims is the world's first commercial LTE 450MHz network. Huawei will supply basestations and other elements that will facilitate Ukkoverkot's migration from CDMA 450MHz to the LTE version, with nationwide coverage planned by the end of 2014. One 450MHz basestation can cover twice the footprint of its 800MHz equivalent and up to 20 times the footprint of a single 2.6GHz node, according to Huawei. (See Ukkoverkot Launches LTE 450MHz Network With Huawei.)
Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), the independent mobile phone retailer that is in the process of merging with electricals retailer Dixons, has agreed to sell Omer Telecom -- which comprises MVNOs Virgin Mobile France, Breizh Mobile, Tele2 Mobile, and Casino Mobile -- to French cable operator Numericable-SFR for €325 million (US$443 million). (See Eurobites: IoT Drives UK Merger.)
Could Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) be dismantled? That's the possibility being mooted by Germany's justice minister, Heiko Maas, reports the Daily Telegraph, citing Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Maas says such a move should be considered if Google misuses its dominant position to "systematically push aside competitors." As if!
Swedish cable operator Com Hem AB has expanded its use of BECS, the OSS system developed by PacketFront Software. Com Hem, which already uses the vendor's software to provision Huawei's broadband access equipment, will now also use BECS to configure backbone and aggregation routers from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).
French business services and systems integration specialist Osiacom has deployed the Istra SP unified communications platform from Centile Telecom Applications SAS to enhance its hosted services portfolio.
Kruz, User Rank: Light Sabre 6/30/2014 | 10:59:29 AM
Re: rcs I was asking how they intend to offer it to their customer base. How do they intend to generate revenues out of it. Will it be a service that you have to pay for, or on line with the joyn moto- just there?
I remember two years ago at the rcs summit, sk telecom representative announced launching rcs but clearly stated they had no idea how to price it.
Re: Dismantling Google It's interesting that one country thinks it might be able to instigate the 'dismantling' of Google... another example of old world mentalities not really applying to the modern information society.
Re: rcs "Under which model is it going to be offered in DT?"
What do you mean here Kruz? Not sure what you are asking...
RCS is a way for operators to offer their own OTT-like unified comms to their customers, and I think you are right in that it is too little too late and still using many of the same traditional principles that have left the telcos trailing in the OTT providers' wake.
Kruz, User Rank: Light Sabre 6/30/2014 | 9:00:56 AM
rcs RCS is taking to much time to be adopted by operators. And it's its coming in times where OTT players have cemented their relationship with the user. Under which model is it going to be offered in DT?
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