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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe to fuel rise in network gear spend; ONO plans IPO; Numericable in the frame for SFR?

Euronews: BT, AlcaLu Claim Fiber Speed Record

Paul Rainford
1/21/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Gartner Group predicts network gear spend will rise; ONO plans IPO; Numericable in the frame for SFR?

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) are claiming a "real-world" fiber speed record of 1.4 Tbit/s, achieved in a field trial across the operator's network running between its Adastral Park research campus in Suffolk, UK, and BT Tower in London. In a statement, AlcaLu said that this was the "equivalent to transmitting 44 uncompressed HD films in a single second." Cripes. The trial used what AlcaLu calls a "flexible grid" infrastructure to vary the gaps between transmission channels. More details can be found in this press release.

  • A new study from the Gartner Group predicts that global sales of network equipment will rise 6% this year to $85.4 billion, largely driven by demand from service providers in Europe and China. As Reuters reports, analysts believe that Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are best placed to benefit from growth in Europe, as they are key suppliers to Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), which is due to spend big on its "Project Spring" network upgrade program in the coming years. (See Vodafone Ups 'Project Spring' Capex to $11B+.)

  • Spanish cable operator ONO is furthering preparations for an IPO that could value it at up to €7 billion ($9.4 billion), according to a report in the Financial Times. Talk of such a move first surfaced in a Reuters report last December. JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank are reportedly being considered to handle the flotation.

  • Vivendi is considering a sale of its SFR mobile unit to cable operator Numericable , reports Bloomberg. SFR, France's second-largest mobile operator, has struggled in the face of keen competition from upstart Free Mobile , and Vivendi's supervisory board approved its demerger back in November. (See Euronews: Vivendi Confirms SFR Spin-Off Plan.)

  • UK regulator Ofcom has given the go-ahead to the use of satellite-connected "earth stations" mounted on moving vehicles such as trains, boats, and planes to offer better and wider mobile Internet access to passengers.

  • Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has taken a "substantial" stake in The People's Operator , a UK-based MVNO that gives 10% of its revenue to good causes, reports Reuters. Wales plans to take the MVNO to the US and other markets. In the UK, The People's Operator uses the network belonging to EE .

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    albreznick,
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    1/26/2014 | 1:48:44 PM
    Re: ONO IPO
    thanks, Kruz. Can you elaborate? What kind of shape is ONO's network in now?
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    Kruz,
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    1/22/2014 | 10:09:27 AM
    Re: ONO IPO
    Probably used to cut on debt and upggrade its network. The move seems well timed with the rising interest in Spanish assets.
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    1/21/2014 | 6:21:51 PM
    ONO IPO
    So ONO is moving ahead with their IPO plans. Glad tohear it. Wondering what they're planning to do with the funds they raise. Has there been any speculation about that, Paul? 
    Kruz
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    1/21/2014 | 5:40:10 PM
    Jimmy Wales
    Is this just for diversifying his portfolio or is it part of a bigger plan?
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