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.
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.)
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.