100G Ethernet

Euronews: Sept. 17

TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), Sunrise Communications AG , Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. all figure in today's package of European telecom news bites.

  • Danish incumbent TDC has offloaded its delightfully named Swiss subsidiary, sunrise, to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for US$3.24 billion. The hills are alive with the sound of Swiss bankers yodeling… (See TDC Sells Swiss Sunrise for $3.2B.)

  • Pan-European business services specialist Colt has completed a 100-Gbit/s Ethernet field trial on a live network connection between London and Frankfurt using recently deployed optical gear from Infinera. (See Colt Trials 100GigE, Colt Taps Infinera for Ultra-Low-Latency Service, Infinera Touts Low Latency, and Infinera Bolsters COLT's Backbone.)

  • It's a dongle ding-dong... The European Commission has responded to the complaint made by Belgian wireless modem maker Option NV (Euronext: OPTI; Nasdaq Europe: OPIN) about what it sees as Huawei's illegal business practices in Europe by launching an inquiry into the legality of Chinese state subsidies for wireless modems, reports Reuters. The Chinese giant has already dismissed Option's complaints as "wholly inaccurate." (See Huawei Hits Back at Dumping Claims and Will EC Probe Huawei, ZTE?)

  • The UK government has said it'll give regulator Ofcom new powers to help the British telecom industry comply with EU telecom rules issued last year, reports The Register.

  • Campaigners for faster broadband in the UK have enlisted the help of carrier pigeons to make their point, the BBC reports. Ten USB-stick-carrying pigeons were released from a farm in the north of England at the same time as a five-minute video upload was started. By the time the winged wonders had reached their destination in the town of Skegness, about 80 miles away, only about a quarter of the 300MB file had uploaded. Readers, you create your own punchline.

  • Naguib Sawiris, the billionaire executive chairman of Egypt's Orascom Telecom , has confirmed his bid for troubled Greek operator Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. , reports Reuters. (See Euronews: August 27.)

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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