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November 26, 2013
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre to float; Voxsmart's call-recording breakthrough; Mobistar begins 4G services.
Jazztel plc , an alternative Spanish fixed-line operator best known for its consumer broadband services, is to deploy Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. routers to construct what the Chinese vendor claims is the first 400G IP backbone in Western Europe. The Huawei NE5000E 400G core router allows subcards to be removed and re-installed, and supports combinations of 100GE, 40GE, and 10GE boards. (See Jazztel Deploys Huawei's 400G Routers, Momentum Builds on 400G Optical, 400 Gig-E and Huawei Router Passes 400G Test.)
CityFibre Holdings Ltd., which describes itself as "the UK's largest independent fibre optic infrastructure provider to secondary cities," plans to float on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market, reports the Daily Telegraph. CityFibre is expected to have a market capitalization of £50 million (US$80.8 million), according to the report. (See CityFibre Launches 1Gbit/s Business Broadband.)
London-based financial mobile applications specialist Voxsmart has launched a mobile call recording service that, the company believes, is the first to comply with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) regulations in the UK, as well as the upcoming Dodd-Frank legislation in the US, across all service/applications on any smartphone connected to any network. The company says its system, developed to address the increasing use of IP/unified communications and WiFi connectivity, records and stores all types of financial trading calls and communications, and incorporates analytics tools. (See Voxsmart Meets FCA Rules With Mobile Call Recording Service.)
Belgian mobile operator Mobistar SA has switched on 4G services in 30 towns and cities. The company, which is majority-owned by Orange (NYSE: FTE), plans to add at least 40 more urban areas to its 4G roster in 2014. For more details, see this press release.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is targeting the needs of the country's cadre of jet-setting execs by offering mobile roaming in several parts of the world, the most recent addition being neighboring France. Swisscom's customers who have nipped across the French border can now access the network of Bouygues Telecom . Roaming arrangements with operators in South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Japan are already in place. (See Swisscom Offers 4G LTE Roaming in France.)
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is continuing its foray into the M2M market by partnering with energy provider Ista. Water, heating, and power meter readings remotely collected by Ista will be relayed to the company's servers over Deutsche Telekom's network. More details can be found here. (See DT's Smart City Ambitions.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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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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