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Eurobites: MTS, NSN Take VoLTE Into the Cloud

Paul Rainford
5/13/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei trials small cells with Vodafone; Google must implement "right to be forgotten"; Moody's upgrades Nokia.

  • Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has tapped into Nokia Networks technology to complete what is claimed to be the world's first live voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call using a cloud infrastructure. To enable the live VoLTE tests, MTS's Nokia-supplied LTE network was complemented with cloud-based voice core technology, including NSN's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS).

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has set up a 4G indoor small cell trial at its UK headquarters with partner Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), using the operator's 2.6GHz spectrum. Staff and visitors on site can hook up to the small cells at speeds up to 82 Mbit/s downlink and 42 Mbit/s uplink, according to the vendor. Vodafone plans to offer a 4G small cell services, using Huawei's Lampsite small cell technology, to its medium and large business customers. (See Know Your Small Cell: Home, Enterprise, or Public Access?)

  • Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s rating from B1 to Ba2 on the strength of the vendor's new look -- sans handsets and with Rajeev Suri in charge. In 2012 Moody's downgraded Nokia's debt to just one notch above junk status -- Baa3 with a negative outlook. (See Euronews: NSN Gets an Upgrade and Nokia's Moody's Blues.)

  • The Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) HQ is on the move next week, from central Paris to les banlieus -- though it's not actually setting up shop in a low-income housing project, but in Boulogne-Billancourt, an affluent suburb about five miles away from the center. The company just announced its first quarter financials, which suggest the vendor is inching its way towards greater stability. (See Alcatel-Lucent CEO: We Can Go It Alone and IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1.)

  • Fierce competition in its domestic mobile market dented Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI)'s first-quarter numbers. Underlying revenues dropped 6.2% year-on-year to €5.18 billion (US$7.10 billion), while underlying EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) was down 5.7% to €2.20 billion ($3.01 billion). (See Eurobites: Sawiris Eyes Telecom Italia Investment.)

  • The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) must amend some search results at the request of members of the public to comply with the "right to be forgotten" principle, reports the BBC. The case stems from a Spanish man, Mario Costeja Gonzalez, who was unhappy that a Google search using his name brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about the sale of property to recover money he owed. Google has responded by saying that what it's being asked to do amounts to censorship.

  • Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) have reached a five-year deal for the distribution of Sky's sports content to Virgin's TV customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Virgin customers will be able to access their Sky channels on several devices, including PCs, selected tablets, and mobiles via the Virgin TV Anywhere app.

  • Kenyan operator Safaricom Ltd. has benefited from the data deluge, seeing full-year profits soar 31% to $264 million despite a decline in traditional voice-only business, reports Bloomberg. Vodafone owns 40% of Safaricom.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Another VoLTE "first"
    I thought ZTE and China Mobile were the first to show off a VoLTE call, but I guess the difference here is NSN did in the cloud? Any idea what the differences were in terms of quality and ease of deployment?
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