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Also in today's EMEA roundup: Nokia commits $250M to ecosystem development; Telefónica's access charges under scrutiny; Infinera scores in Europe

Euronews: MTS Does 100G With ECI

Paul Rainford
1/29/2013
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), ECI Telecom Ltd., Nokia Corp. and Telefónica SA are in the mix for today's sprint through the EMEA headlines.

  • Russian mobile giant MTS has upgraded part of its DWDM backbone with 100Gbit/s capabilities by deploying ECI's Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) Apollo OPT9624 platform on its network between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a route that is already handling more than 1 Petabyte of data traffic each day. ECI, which says it has been making steady progress in the 100Gbit/s market, was an existing WDM equipment supplier to MTS. (See MTS Deploys ECI's Apollo and ECI Pins On Its 100G Badge.)
  • Nokia has committed US$250 million in venture funding for investment into the mobile ecosystem in Europe, the U.S. and Asia/Pacific. The investment will be made through its venture capital arm, Nokia Growth Partners, which is also expanding its presence in China with two new senior-level hirings. (See Nokia Commits $250M in VC Funds.)
  • In what could spell trouble for Telefónica, Spain's telecom watchdog has proposed cutting the amount the operator can charge rivals for access to its broadband network, reports Reuters. The regulator, CMT, is suggesting a 14 percent cut to €20 ($27) a month for access to fiber connections, though the price for copper access would remain the same, at €6.50 ($8.73) a month.
  • Web hosting company OVH has turned to Infinera Corp.'s DTN-X platform to hook up its pan-European cloud network. Infinera claims that the platform, which offers 500Gbit/s long-haul optical super-channels, will enable OVH to increase its network capacity tenfold, connecting ten data centers across seven countries. (See OVH Deploys Infinera.)
  • Alcatel-Lucent has been hired by Creos, a power utility company based in Luxembourg, to replace Creos's TDM-based communications network with an IP/MLPS-based "smart grid" system.
  • Under-pressure French operator SFR has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to implement LTE in Paris and upgrade its GSM and 3G networks in other major French cities. NSN's Liquid Radio package will form the core of the project, with Paris's La Défense business district being the first to feel the 4G benefit. (See SFR Launches LTE in Paris and NSN Hangs Its Future on the Liquid Net.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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