The bad news continues for Orange CEO Stephane Richard: After being held for 48 hours as part of the investigation into his role as a government aide at the time businessman Bernard Tapie received a state-sponsored US$373 million payout, Richard now has to listen to Fleur Pellerin, the French digital economy minister, cast doubt on his future at Orange, reports Reuters. The minister told a radio station that it's an "open question" whether Richard -- now placed under "formal" investigation -- could stay in post, and that it was something the executive board would have to decide in the next few days.
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TIC) has expanded its relationship with optical transport vendor Infinera Corp. by deploying its DTN-X platform in Europe. The operator is experiencing significant demand for additional capacity from its customers and decided it was time to add a second supplier to its pan-European network, giving incumbent Coriant something to think about. (See On Your Toes, Coriant!)
Russian carrier Avelacom planning to build a 100G link from Moscow to London using Alcatel-Lucent equipment. The project will see the deployment of AlcaLu's 100G DWDM technology on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform.
Israel's RAD Data Communications Ltd. has landed a 3G and LTE backhaul gig with a "major Tier 1 European service provider." RAD's Service Assured Access offering will be pressed into action, backhauling 3G and LTE over the same Ethernet infrastructure.