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Euronews: Huawei Boasts 400G Breakthrough

Paul Rainford
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu sells government-focused unit; French say oui to more data-snooping; Telefónica/E-Plus deal under scrutiny.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. says it has completed a successful test of a 400G WDM system with a single carrier wave on the live network with Polish operator Exatel. As opposed to 400G networks with multiple aggregated waves that require several optical transceiver systems, a 400G WDM system with a single carrier wave requires only one, says the vendor, thus reducing power consumption and making it easier to manage. (See Exatel Tests Single Carrier 400G With Huawei.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has crossed something else off its Shift Plan things-to-do list by agreeing the sale of LGS Innovations LLC, a subsidiary that sells communications technology and support services to the US government, for up to $200 million. The buyer is a consortium of investors led by Madison Dearborn Partners , a private equity outfit. (See AlcaLu Sells US Unit for $200M.)

  • Rather running counter to the post-Snowden prevailing mood, the French government has decided to extend its powers to monitor phone and connection data, reports Reuters. A new military budget law grants data-snooping powers to more agencies, such as tax authorities, and strips judges of the power to carry out judicial reviews of monitoring requests.

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s plan to merge its German mobile unit with KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG is going to face some tough scrutiny from the European Commission over concerns that the Spanish-owned group will bag an unhealthily large amount of spectrum from the deal, reports Bloomberg. The ability -- or lack of it -- of would-be MVNOs to piggy-back on Telefónica and KPN's spectrum is thought to be a particular worry. (See Euronews: KPN to Sell E-Plus for €8.1B.)

  • Italy's telecom regulator has ignored the wishes of the European Commission and gone ahead with cutting the wholesale access prices that Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) can charge its broadband rivals, reports Reuters. The EC had earlier warned that the proposed cuts would discourage investment. (See Euronews: Telecom Italia Boss on the Brink.)

  • UK regulator Ofcom has produced its latest roundup of customer satisfaction levels in the country's telecom market, and cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) wins the lion's share of the plaudits, coming top in the landline category and joint top (with BSkyB Ltd. (NYSE, London: BSY)) in the fixed broadband category. On the mobile front, Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) rules the roost, scoring an 82% satisfaction rating, while Orange UK languishes at the bottom of the pile, with 67%. BSkyB triumphs in pay-TV, increasing its satisfaction rating to 80%, a 9% rise on its score last year. BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s TV offering is the clear loser, managing only 59%. For more details, the actual report is here.

    Euronews puts its laptop back under the stairs now for the holiday break and will return on January 2 with more tales of telecom turmoil. See you next year!

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    12/23/2013 | 10:12:48 AM
    It's probably true that mass deployment is still years away, along with standards, but the innovations of recent months suggest that 2014 will be an exciting year for pushing 400G forward.
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