Deutsche Telekom is looking to implement DSL vectoring as a cheaper alternative to full-on fiber in 2013, reports Bloomberg. According to Niek Jan van Damme, head of the carrier's German unit, implementation of the technology will be dependent on certain conditions being in place. "We need a facts-orientated discussion," he said. Yep, they're always good. (See BBWF 2012: Vectoring's Potential.)
Just as Deutsche Telekom plans an upgrade to its copper plant, a new report into FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) service availability in Europe suggests it might be another 92 years before every home in the European Union's 210 million households will have a fiber broadband connection. But bandwidth-hungry Europeans don't necessarily have to wait that long… (See Euro FTTH Switch Could Take 92 Years.)
Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) can relax after it was revealed that Russia's competition watchdog is to drop its case against the Nordic operator for raising its stake in VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), reports Reuters. The regulator had wanted the Russian operator to be free of foreign control, but withdrew its case once Altimo , another Russian company, overtook Telenor to be the main shareholder in VimpelCom. Got that? (See Antimonopoly Service Files Against Telenor.)
U.K. regulator Ofcom is beginning a consultation process on its proposals for how "white spaces" will be used for rural broadband access, machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and more. Ofcom is hoping that its "framework" will ensure that existing licensed users of the spectrum, which include digital TV and wireless microphone users, do not find that their signals suffer interference from these proposed white-space applications. (See TV White Space: Niche Play or the Next Big Thing?)
Zain Group has switched on its LTE network throughout Kuwait, becoming, it claims, the first operator to offer nationwide 4G coverage there. (See Zain Kuwait Launches 4G.)
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
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