Euronews: Sept. 23

Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), and Nokia Networks are hogging the limelight in today's collection of telecom news snippets.

  • Telefónica is all set to boost its 3G mobile broadband service to a top downlink speed of 42Mbit/s following the deployment of dual-carrier technology. (See Telefónica Cranks 3G to 42 Mbit/s.)

  • BICS (Belgacom International Carrier Services) has conducted 40Gbit/s optical transport trials over its existing fiber network between Zurich and Frankfurt using Nokia Siemens Networks transponders based on CP-QPSK modulation format. "While we have been steadily evolving our networks to newer 40G technology, there were certain parts of our network, based on legacy fiber, that were proving extremely difficult to transition,” said BICS's senior VP of Product Management & Marketing, Patrick George. The successful tests show that BICs can move to 40Gbit/s "using our legacy network as well as prepare for making a transition to 100G… This new technology reduces equipment costs for us, ultimately passing on the benefits to our customers." (See BICS Does 40G WIth NSN.)

  • Ericsson has announced a senior management appointment, naming Bina Chaurasia as the head of Human Resources and Organization, who is joining from HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ). "We are a knowledge-based company with people being our core asset," stated Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg in the Swedish company's press release. "To maintain our leading position we have to attract, develop and retain the talent and Bina's experience will be key in this effort." (See Ericsson Names HR Head.)

  • Ericsson has also sniffed the breeze and decided that it needs to up its mobile advertising game. The result? AdMarket, which, Ericsson says (while giving little away on detail) will "build a mobile advertising ecosystem and can help advertising buyers secure mobile phone advertising space." (See Ericsson Launches AdMarket.)

  • Webinos, a European Union-funded project that's aiming to create a single, open-source development environment for Web-based applications, has received €10 million (US$13.4 million) in funding, reports the BBC. Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications , Telecom Italia (TIM) , and Telefónica are among the project's 22 members.

  • Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) is looking beyond the walls of its headquarters in The Hague for a successor to current CEO Ad Scheepbouwer, reports DutchNews.nl, citing Financieele Dagblad.

  • Europe is to be the launch-pad for a new smartphone being developed by Facebook, according to a Bloomberg report. The social networking behemoth is collaborating with handset maker INQ Mobile Ltd. on the phone, which is expected to be introduced in Europe in the first half of 2011, before going Stateside in the second half.

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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