Light Reading

Euronews: BT, AlcaLu Claim Fiber Speed Record

Paul Rainford
1/21/2014
50%
50%

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-SFR , 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

    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    albreznick
    50%
    50%
    albreznick,
    User Rank: Blogger
    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?
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    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.
    albreznick
    50%
    50%
    albreznick,
    User Rank: Blogger
    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
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    1/21/2014 | 5:40:10 PM
    Jimmy Wales
    Is this just for diversifying his portfolio or is it part of a bigger plan?
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    LRTV Custom TV
    End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

    7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


    Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Network Visibility & the New IP

    7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


    Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
    Between the CEOs
    Video Exclusive With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

    7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (5) comments


    Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
    LRTV Custom TV
    VDF: Enable the Financial With Mobile Money

    7|20|15   |   06:53   |   (0) comments


    Ian Ravenscroft discusses how operators can expand to occupy the entire digital services value chain through service innovation.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Telefónica on OSS Transformation

    7|20|15   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


    Jose Gonzales discusses the details of Telefónica's operation transformation program.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Judi Achmadi on Huawei's Cloud Storage Solution

    7|20|15   |   03:33   |   (0) comments


    Judi discusses the key business goals of TelekomSigma's public cloud service and how Huawei's solution helps them address challenges.
    LRTV Custom TV
    KPN Enlightening Digital Business & IT Transformation

    7|20|15   |   06:19   |   (0) comments


    Rob de Beer discusses the changes that operators need to make with service innovation now coming from the Internet world.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Stratus Telco-Grade Cloud Solutions & NFV

    7|20|15   |   07:34   |   (0) comments


    Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Six Million Dollar Business Man

    7|20|15   |   01:52   |   (0) comments


    Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus

    7|20|15   |   38:51   |   (1) comment


    Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
    LRTV Custom TV
    IBM's Flash Storage With Intel QuickAssist

    7|20|15   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


    Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Thailand's AIS: Transforming to an FMC Operator

    7|17|15   |   4:53   |   (0) comments


    Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Network operators start seeing savings from NFV in the first year, according to a study by Affirmed Networks and ACG.
    Hot Topics
    Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/27/2015
    Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/31/2015
    RJio to Launch Its Own 4G Devices Brand
    Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor, 7/27/2015
    Easing the Tech Pains for the Homeless
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/28/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    September 22, 2015
    Media Begins With “Me”
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
    Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
    Cats with Phones
    Comes With Free Phone Stand Click Here
    Who says cats don't have any skills?