Norway's Telenor ASA has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to help it optimize its mobile networks in Europe and Asia/Pacific, with the aim of helping the operator to better cope with the challenges posed by over-the-top (OTT) video. Among the technologies being deployed by AlcaLu's professional services team will be Opera Software ASA's Skyfire Rocket Controller and Optimizer, which is virtualized software that optimizes video streams in real time. (See Telenor Picks AlcaLu to Optimize Mobile.)
And in other Brussels-flavored news, the European Commission has ruled that BNetzA, the German telecom regulator, cannot raise fixed-line termination fees, reports Reuters. BNetzA had proposed raising the fees to a level around three times the going rate in many parts of Europe.
Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa is one of three companies to win a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license in Saudi Arabia, reports Reuters. The Virgin service will run on Saudi Telecom Co. (STC)'s network. The other two successful bidders were Jawraa Lebara, which will offer its service over Mobily's network, and Dubai's Axiom Telecom, which will utilize Zain Saudi's network.
Acision BV, the U.K.-based mobile messaging platform vendor, has launched Acision Fusion, which has been designed for operators wanting to enhance their mobile messaging offer. The new platform, says the vendor, will enable the rapid development and deployment of new IP services such as rich messaging and RCS, alongside SMS, MMS and voice messaging. (See Acision Unveils Fusion Messaging Platform.)
Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), the mobile joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, has formed partnership with Tech City, the technology cluster in east London, offering Tech City accredited businesses "double-speed" 4G (top speeds of 80 Mbit/s, average speeds of 24-30 Mbit/s) and access to the EE network's real-time APIs.