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Euronews: Europe's IPv6 Timebomb

Telefónica UK Ltd. , Vodafone UK and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. rule the roost in today's henhouse of EMEA headlines.

  • Many European ISPs face the prospect of running out of Internet addresses by the end of 2012, according to the results of a survey by Nominum Inc. According to the DNS solutions specialist, the Regional Internet Registry for Europe (RIPE NCC) is projected to run out of IPv4 addresses later this year, yet only 48 percent of Europe's ISPs plan to deploy IPv6 by the end of 2012. By contrast, every ISP in Japan has already deployed IPv6 while all U.S. ISPs plan to have the new IP address technology in place by the end the year.

  • Vodafone and Telefónica are to form a joint venture in the U.K. to share their networks, following the lead of T-Mobile (UK) and Orange UK and their EE partnership. The hope is that the collaboration will both improve their coverage and enable them to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) quicker than they would have done acting independently. (See Vodafone, Telefónica Merge UK Networks.)

  • Summa, a Russian investment group, has issued a challenge to the country's established operators by putting in a bid for an LTE license, reports Reuters. Russia launched its license auction last month.

  • Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT) is to roll out LTE using Huawei's SingleRAN access infrastructure, which will support the operator's 2G and 3G services on the same platform.

  • Yota , the Russian 4G Internet brand owned by WiMax operator Scartel, is to pull out of Belarus, reports Ria Novosti. Its relatively small network coverage hasn't helped its cause, say those in the know. (See Yota Switches LTE Tactics and Euronews: Russia's Ready for LTE.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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