Euronews: Jan. 11

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Interoute Communications Ltd. are the big boys playing with their network toys in today's roundup of European telecom headlines.

  • AlcaLu has landed a three-year deal to supply GPON network and customer premises equipment to Finnish service provider SSP Yhtiöt Oy, part of the national Finnet International Ltd. group that comprises 28 local network operators. The deployment supports the Finnish government's national plan to hook up 98 percent of its geographically dispersed population with at least 100Mbit/s fixed broadband by 2015.

  • Fresh from announcing its deal with DNA Oy , Ericsson is now about to start replacing the existing 2G and 3G radio base stations of Telia Company in Norway with its multi-standard RBS 6000 developed for GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA+ and LTE. The move forms part of TeliaSonera's three-year upgrade and expansion of the northern part of its Norwegian network. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. will be supplying the equipment for the overhaul of the southern part of the network. (See TeliaSonera Picks Ericsson in Norway , TeliaSonera Picks Ericsson, Huawei in Norway, Huawei Wins in Norway and Ericsson Wins Euro LTE Deal .)

  • Meanwhile, Ericsson's number-crunchers have predicted that global mobile broadband subscriptions could total one billion by the end of 2011, with the Asia/Pacific region, at 400 million, accounting for the lion's share of the growth. (See Ericsson: 1B Mobile Broadband Subs in 2011.)

  • Interoute has extended its Fast Trade high-speed financial network with the addition of links to the Borsa Italiana in Milan and the Equinix International Business Exchange in Amsterdam. The network guarantees round-trip delay times between 28 European countries.
  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) continues its FTTx (fiber-to-the-premises) push as it signs a five-year agreement with utility firm EWL to connect up every home and business in the city of Lucerne to fiber. Under the terms of the deal, four fibers will be laid to each home and business, one for Swisscom's use and the others for EWL. (See Swisscom, EWL Team for FTTx , Swisscom Preps FTTH Joint Venture and Berne to Get FTTH.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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