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October 24, 2012
Yota , EE and Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) are out in front in today's jog through the EMEA headlines.
Russian operator Yota has activated LTE-Advanced capabilities on 11 base stations in Moscow, saying that tests have shown downlink speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s. Yota's technology partner is Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (See Yota Builds LTE Net With Huawei and Meet the Next 4G: LTE-Advanced.)
U.K. mobile operator Everything Everywhere, or EE as it now prefers to be known, has seen its service revenues dip in the third quarter, down 3 percent year-on-year to £1.49 billion ($2.38 billion). The operator -- a joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) -- launches Britain's first 4G services in less than a week's time, so its next set of results should make for interesting reading. The full set of third-quarter financials had not been made available at the time of writing. (See EE Service Revenue Dips 3% in Q3, Euronews: EE 4G Plan Gets Thumbs-Up and Brits Braced for 4G .)
Challenging economic conditions in Bangladesh and Hungary haven't stopped Norway's Telenor from raising third-quarter profits, which reached 3.6 billion ($625 million) Norwegian Kroner, up from NOK2.5 billion ($434 million) in the same period a year ago. Particularly strong mobile data revenue growth was enjoyed by the operator's units in Serbia, Sweden and Thailand. (See Telenor Reports Q3 Profit of NOK3.65B.)
Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. is the first operator to trial Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s lightRadio Wi-Fi technology. In the city of Groningen, Ziggo is using the technology in 18,000 customers' homes to turn their Wi-Fi access points into public access hot spots. (See Ziggo Tries AlcaLu's lightRadio Wi-Fi and AlcaLu Tackles Wi-Fi Handoff .)
Neelie Kroes, vice president for the European Commission 's Digital Agenda, was in da house for the signing of an FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) agreement between the local authorities in the French region of Alsace and Orange (NYSE: FTE). The agreement, among other things, specifies the scope of private investment by France Telecom in the overall plan, the aim of which is to offer 51 percent of households in Alsace access to FTTH by 2020. (See FT Takes FTTH to Alsace and Lithuania Tops EU FTTH Ranking.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.
He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.
During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.
Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.
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