It's another hugely significant day for Nokia as the floundering handset giant launches its latest Lumia models, the first to run on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Initial leaks suggest bold colors and wireless charging, but it will take more than that for Nokia to successfully play catch-up. The launch takes place simultaneously in New York and at Nokia World in Helsinki.
Russian operator VimpelCom is upgrading its transport network with the deployment of Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)'s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The operator is upgrading some routes to enable single-wavelength 40Gbit/s connections and some to single-wavelength 100Gbit/s links. The upgraded routes will be in commercial operation by the end of this year. (See VimpelCom Upgrades With Ciena.)
Alcatel-Lucent is having another go at boosting its cable presence, this time by forming a video technology partnership with Concurrent, a server and software company that has links with some major cable operators. The pair say they have created a joint architecture, integrating AlcaLu's Velocix CDN platform with two classes of Concurrent video servers. (See Alcatel-Lucent Tries Another Cable Angle .)
One of the largest TV and video shows in the world, IBC, opens its doors tomorrow in Amsterdam. For more details, check out What to See at IBC.
The U.K. mobile triumvirate that is Vodafone UK , Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) and EE are set to get the go-ahead from European regulators for their "mobile wallet" joint venture, according to a Reuters report. The plan, cryptically dubbed Project Oscar, has faced opposition from rival -- but smaller -- operator Three UK .
The GSM Association (GSMA) has written to the president of Uzbekistan, urging him to intervene in the dispute between his government and the local subsidiary of Russia's Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT). Last week the authorities in Uzbekistan ordered the seizure of all MTS-Uzbekistan's assets following a criminal investigation that led to the arrest of four local managers.
Telenet , a Belgian cable operator, has lost its appeal against a court ruling that forces it to offer wholesale network access to its rivals, reports Reuters. This is good news for mobile operator Mobistar SA , which has been struggling to make headway in Belgium's pay-TV and fixed broadband markets.