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Euronews: BT Seeks 4G Partner

Paul Rainford
4/25/2013

BT Group plc, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens Networks, Colt Technology Services Group Ltd and ADVA Optical Networking make things happen in today's grab-bag of EMEA headlines.

  • BT is looking to hop aboard the 4G bandwagon by seeking out a new mobile partner, reports the Financial Times (subscription required), with Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) looking the most likely candidate, though former partner Vodafone is also in the running. Earlier this year BT -- which sold off mobile arm Cellnet (now O2) in 2001 -- splashed out around £200 million for its own 4G spectrum, so speculation was rife that it had designs on getting back into mobile in a bigger way. (See Euronews: BT's Back in Wireless.)
  • Competitive carrier Netia Holdings SA has become the first Polish operator to deploy 100Gbit/s capabilities in its transport network, using DWDM technology from Nokia Siemens Networks. (See Netia Upgrades to 100G.)
  • Alcatel-Lucent has landed a couple of African subsea deals: One sees it taking charge of maintenance on 6,300km of the ACE system linking Africa to Portugal; the other has it overseeing 9,000km of the WACS system, which links South Africa to Portugal. AlcaLu's Cape Verde-based cable ship will be heavily involved in both contracts. (See AlcaLu Wins African Subsea Deals.)
  • Colt, the pan-European service provider, has extended its network to Cork, Ireland's second city and home to a number of bandwidth-hungry multinationals operating in the IT, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. (See Colt Extends Network to Cork and Colt Riffs On Its Service Wrap.)
  • "Short-term market weakness driven by adverse macro-economic conditions and temporary shifts in carrier investment priorities" are the reasons given for ADVA's 5.7 percent year-on-year decline in first-quarter revenues to €77 million ($110.7 million) and a drop in first-quarter net income from €4 million ($5.2 million) in 2012 to €0.8 million ($1.04 million) this time round. (See ADVA Stays Profitable in Q1.)
  • Icelandic operator Síminn has brought in Ericsson AB to upgrade its 3G network and prepare to roll out 4G in a five-year deal that covers equipment and project management services. Why bother with the 3G? "Only a fraction of the phones using our network are smartphones at the moment," says Síminn CEO Sævar Freyr Thráinsson. (See Síminn to Bring 4G to Iceland.)
  • Enea, the Swedish infrastructure software developer, saw revenues and profits fall year-on-year in its first quarter, with revenues down 15.3 percent to 117.3 million Swedish kronor ($17.8 million) and profits down by SEK1.6 million ($243,000) to SEK14 million ($2.1 million). Greatly increased price competition and telcos' reluctance to invest are being partly blamed for the decline. (See Enea Reports SEK11.6M Profit in Q1.)
  • Boffins at St Andrews University in Scotland have come up with a new thumb-friendly keyboard aimed at users of tablets and the bigger smartphones, reports the BBC. According to Dr Per Ola Kristensson, who is one of those leading the project, we have all been trapped in "suboptimal text entry interfaces." I knew something wasn't right…
  • Boom bang-a-bang! Camper than a row of tents, the Eurovision Song Contest is the stuff of legend in, er, Europe, and as Sweden has pulled the short straw this year and is hosting the event, TeliaSonera AB understandably wants some of the fairy dust to fall on its product portfolio. It has launched supercharged.eurovision.tv, which it describes as a platform for all Eurovision fans. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Ray Le Maistre
    Ray Le Maistre
    4/29/2013 | 10:16:31 AM
    re: Euronews: BT Seeks 4G Partner
    Re Colt extending to Cork -- Colt is now offering a range of services with connectivity of up to 10Gbit/s (and even higher on 'special request' it notes...)
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