Nokia Siemens Networks is to deploy the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) flavor of LTE for Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) in the third quarter of 2013, using the 2600MHz and 800MHz bands. Under the terms of the contract, NSN will be sole supplier of FDD LTE gear and services relating to the project. MTS launched 4G services using its LTE TDD network in 2012. (See Euronews: Russians Turn On LTE TDD With NSN.)
Telefónica has done a deal with Vodafone España S.A. and Orange Spain, whereby the three operators will share access to the vertical infrastructure within buildings used to deploy fiber broadband connections. The agreement "represents a leap forward in bringing this technology to more households and businesses across Spain," noted Telefónica. CMT, the Spanish telecom regulator, will set the prices.
EE, the U.K. joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK), is launching what it calls "double-speed 4G" -- i.e. double its current average speeds of 24-30 Mbit/s -- in 12 U.K. cities, as well as some new 4G-related tariffs and a mobile payments tie-up with MasterCard. (See EE Gets Smart With Its LTE Assets.)
Nokia Corp. is to launch a couple of low-price 3G phones in the third quarter of 2013. Both the Nokia 207 and 208 handsets, designed in the old-school but pocket-friendly "candybar" format, are expected to retail for US$68.
People feel they are being lumbered with out-of-date smartphones as a result of being locked into long mobile contracts, according to a study carried out by U.K. customer experience management (CEM) firm WDSGlobal. The study found that, among other things, the lifespan of a flagship smartphone is now less than half that of the average U.K. two-year mobile contract, and that just 53 percent of customers feel "highly satisfied" with their smartphone by the end of the first year.
Nordic operator Telenor ASA has signed a five-year, $215 million deal with Accenture, the management consultancy giant, for services relating to finance, human resources, IT and procurement.
Denmark's IPtronics A/S, which specializes in high-speed analog transceiver technology, has been acquired by California-based Mellanox Technologies Ltd. for $47.5 million. The deal, according to Mellanox, will help it offer "complete end-to-end optical interconnect solutions at 100 Gbit/s and beyond," and comes only weeks after Mellanox announced it is buying Kotura, a components vendor specializing in silicon photonics. (See Mellanox Buys Silicon Photonics for 100G.)
U.K. regulator Ofcom says it wants to promote greater competition in the super-fast broadband sector and has proposed a series of new measures that could see the wholesale cost of switching a customer from one supplier to another fall by up to 80 percent. Currently in the U.K., if a consumer wishes to change super-fast broadband provider, the company they are switching to must pay a £50 ($76.32) fee to BT Group plc's Openreach unit.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading