Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable operator, has opted for ADVA's 100G coherent transport technology for a new nationwide backbone network that will comprise 26 major nodes and more than 50 intermediate sites. (See ADVA's 100G Appeal.)
Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft, Expedia and 14 others to file an antitrust complaint against Google over the way the search giant, they claim, uses its Android operating system to "lockout competition" in the mobile marketplace, reports Bloomberg. The group, which calls itself FairSearch, wants the EU to investigate Google's tactics. (See OS Watch: Google Alleges Microsoft-Nokia Pact.)
Alcatel-Lucent has completed a trial of high-speed broadband services using VDSL2 vectoring technology with Tunisie Telecom, Tunisia's largest operator. It is hoped that the use of vectoring will enable the operator to offer homes and businesses downstream speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s using the existing copper network. (See Alcatel-Lucent Wins African Access Deal.)
Vodafone Netherlands has chosen OpenCloud's open-standards based Rhino products to support its imminent launch of LTE services. OpenCloud will supply the Vodafone operation with its Rhino SIS service-broker/SCIM and Rhino Sentinel offerings to help converge services between legacy GSM and LTE domains, thus enabling continuity of service. (See Classic Chasm Conundrum.)
Shares in Telecom Italia SpA surged by more than 5 percent following news that Hutchison Whampoa was sniffing round its mobile unit. Italian newspaper Il Messaggero said that the Hong Kong based group was interested in a 29.9 percent stake in the operator.
Ongoing concerns about the state of the Spanish economy have resulted in a "negative outlook" for Telefónica SA's long-term debt rating from Fitch Ratings, reports Reuters.
BT Group plc boasts that its U.K. fiber rollout has now passed more than 15 million premises, claiming that the project is 18 months ahead of schedule. In a separate development, BT has also announced a tie-up with property investment firm PRUPIM which will bring free Wi-Fi to eight major U.K. shopping malls and provide a channel through which retailers at the various malls will be able to promote special offers and events to a "captive" audience.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading