Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC slams Turkey's Internet clampdown plan; Irish eyes aren't smiling; Tele2 sheds customers.

Euronews: Sochi Gets 4G

Paul Rainford
2/7/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC slams Turkey's Internet clampdown plan; Irish eyes aren't smiling; Tele2 sheds customers.

  • Today sees the official opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the hollering, heavily anoraked crowds will no doubt be putting the mobile networks to the test, checking their Grindr profiles and wotnot. Rostelecom announced Thursday that it had launched its LTE network in Sochi, deploying 40 basestations in the mountains surrounding the city and in the coastal areas. Back in January rival operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) announced that it was "fully ready" for the Games, having modernized its network in Krasnodar Krai, which encompasses the Sochi region.

  • Turkey, which is in the process of trying to join the European Union, is facing criticism from the authorities in Brussels for its plan to impose tighter controls on the Internet, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Under the proposed legislation, the Turkish telecom regulator would be able to force Internet service providers to bar access to any website that was deemed to be infringing privacy within four hours of being told to do so. Browser histories would also have to be retained for two years.

  • Fiscal second-quarter revenues at Irish operator eircom fell 5% year-on-year to €334 million (US$453 million), with its fixed-line division, plummeting 9%, bearing the brunt of the slump. It's proving tough for Irish operators across the board to make a living, as this analysis on the Irish Independent.ie website points out. New Internet-based messaging and voice services are steadily eroding revenues in the Republic -- 1.3 million Irish adults (out of a population of around 4 million) use Facebook Messenger as a messaging service, for example.

  • Also having a tough time in the fixed-line sector is Sweden-based Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO). Its fourth-quarter revenues fell 3.8% year-on-year to 7.56 billion Swedish kronor ($1.15 billion), and it also managed to lose 492,000 customers during the period, a calamity it blames primarily on an unfavourable retail commission structure at its Kazakhstan operation.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and nine of its staff in Switzerland have been cleared of any wrongdoing following an immigration investigation that was launched last year. According to ITreseller, the authorities concluded that the company, rather than the individuals, are responsible for the relevant work permits, and that concluded that Huawei had not broken any laws. The decision will come as a relief to Huawei, as Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) had reportedly threatened to sever ties with the Chinese vendor if it had been found guilty of breaking any federal laws. (See Huawei & Swisscom Complete 100G Upgrade and Swisscom Picks Huawei for Fiber Expansion.)

  • Vipnet Croatia, owned by Telekom Austria, has opted for a converged charging offering from Canada's Redknee Inc. (Toronto/London AIM: RKN). The operator noted that upgrading to the latest version of Redknee's system will "increase operational efficiency" and provide it with "the ability to launch enhanced services to our customers quickly." See this press release for more details.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (8)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/10/2014 | 11:14:53 AM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    it was informative, we got to know about Eddie :)
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/10/2014 | 6:41:37 AM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    I've vexed the readership? My work here is done...
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    2/8/2014 | 5:16:07 PM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    You've vexed the readership once again, Paul. Well played.
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/8/2014 | 4:12:03 PM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    and I had to Google wotnot :)
    SarahReedy
    50%
    50%
    SarahReedy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    2/7/2014 | 11:56:13 AM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    Had to Google Grindr as I've never heard of it. haha. Well played, Paul.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/7/2014 | 10:43:45 AM
    Motel five and a half
    Hotels are a shambles, toothpaste is dangerous, squirrels are in disturbingly short supply, but Sochi has 4G! This is shaping up to be the perfect venue for a 21st century dystopia.
    DanJones
    50%
    50%
    DanJones,
    User Rank: Blogger
    2/7/2014 | 9:57:49 AM
    Re: He believed he could fly...
    Eddie!!!! 
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/7/2014 | 9:49:27 AM
    He believed he could fly...
    Of course, to us Brits, the Winter Olympics are nothing without this feller:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MmJIy0bjo

    Fly, Eddie, fly!
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

    9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


    More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

    8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


    Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

    8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


    Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

    8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


    SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

    8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


    Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

    8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


    Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

    8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


    At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    VeEX – Live from the Show

    8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


    An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

    8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


    Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

    8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


    Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
    LRTV Custom TV
    A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

    7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


    Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint's Network Evolution

    7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


    Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
    Today's Cartoon
    Hot Topics
    Nokia's Maps Land on Samsung Devices
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/29/2014
    Now Google Planning Drones-to-Go
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/29/2014
    Music to My Mobile
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/28/2014
    Be Open to the Freedom of Openness
    Kelly Herrell, 8/29/2014
    Netflix to FCC: Kill Comcast-TWC Deal
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/28/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed