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Euronews: More Brits to Get 4G

Ray Le Maistre
12/13/2012
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EE , Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Nokia Networks , Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH , Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. , Yota , Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA), Vodafone Ireland and Telia Company are today's regional newsmakers.

  • The U.K.'s only mainstream 4G service provider, Everything Everywhere (EE), plans to launch its LTE offering in 17 additional towns and cities during the first three months of 2013, it announced Thursday. EE, which was handed a head start over its rivals by regulator Ofcom, is also bolstering capacity in the 14 locations where 4G is already available and will introduce LTE services in a further four locations before the end of 2012. The operator, which has attracted criticism for its levels of customer service following its 4G launch in October, says it's also upgrading its 3G radio access network to dual carrier HSPA (DC-HSPA) and upgrading its 3G and 4G backhaul connections to Gigabit Ethernet links. EE's news comes only days after the U.K. 4G spectrum auction process officially began. (See UK Kicks Off 4G Auction Process, EE Shares 4G Lessons Learned and How Not to Do 4G, EE-Style.)

  • Verizon has deployed additional 100Gbit/s transport capabilities on its European network and now has a 2,600-kilometer 100Gbit/s ring linking London, Paris and Frankfurt. The carrier has also been upgrading routes in North America. See this press release for further details. (See Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G.)

  • Nokia Siemens Networks says it has completed a proof-of-concept project with a "leading global operator" that demonstrates how "core virtualization and cloud management are viable technologies for deployment by operators." The vendor, which is keen to promote its Liquid Core concepts to the mobile operator community, says it conducted the trial using its own "cloud framework for deploying and managing the virtualized core network elements." That framework incorporated such network elements as an MSC Server (MSS), Mobility Management Entity (MME), Call Session Control Function (CSCF) and Telecom Application Server (TAS) into a virtualized infrastructure running on commercial AdvancedTCA (ATCA) hardware. NSN used its NetAct management software to monitor the cloud framework and the virtualized core elements. (See NSN Hangs Its Future on the Liquid Net.)

  • Following much deliberation, the European Commission has finally given its blessing to the proposed acquisition of Orange Austria by Hutchison 3G (H3G). The blessing is, however, conditional, as H3G will have to sell some spectrum and provide wholesale access to its network if it wants to close the deal. See all the details here.

  • Russian 4G service provider Yota is to launch a dual-screen smartphone that features a LCD screen on one side and an e-ink screen on the flipside of the device, reports Techdigest. The device is set to launch in the second half of 2013. (See Yota Builds LTE Net With Huawei and Russian Into LTE TDD .)

  • TeliaSonera has branded the corruption allegations against it as "unfounded." The operator has been accused of wrongdoing concerning the award of mobile licenses in Uzbekistan. See this press release for the carrier's latest update on the proceedings. (See Euronews: TeliaSonera Denies Bribery.)

  • Vodafone Ireland is use the software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based Insight Analytics Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) system from Tellabs to analyze and optimize the performance of its 3G network.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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