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December 22, 2014
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swedish M2M specialist being acquired by Sierra Wireless; BT takes its fiber to the basement; and Dutch FTTH operator reaches 2 million homes.
EE , the UK mobile operator that's the focus of BT's mobile acquisition ambitions, has been testing LTE-Advanced technology that can deliver more than 400Mbit/s downstream mobile broadband connections. Working with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and the Technologies subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), the operator has completed a trial of three-carrier aggregation capabilities, which combines the capacity of three different wireless connections to create one super-fast broadband connection. EE says its tests, which used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor and Huawei's LTE-Advanced radio access network platform, involves the aggregation of 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum and a further 15MHz of 2.6GHz capacity. The testing and introduction of enhanced 4G capabilities is part of EE's network and services roadmap that will help it migrate to a 5G world, as principal network architect Andy Sutton explained in a recent Light Reading video documentary. (See EE: The Road to 5G.)
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is running a pilot of fiber-to-the-basement services in the City of London (the capital's financial district) to deliver broadband access speeds of up to 80 Mbit/s to small and medium-sized businesses in dense urban areas where there is no room to deploy street cabinets for the operator's regular FTTC service. See this press release for more details.
Dutch broadband service provider Reggefiber BV , part of the KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) empire, has now connected 2 million homes, a quarter of buildings in the Netherlands, with fiber. For more details, see this announcement (in Dutch). (See KPN Buys Remaining 40% of Reggefiber and KPN Focuses on FTTH.)
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading
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