Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Networks demos LTE breakthrough; AlcaLu upgrades Orange in Romania; European Commission nods through Avago/Broadcom deal.
Network performance assurance specialist Accedian has secured what appears to be an important relationship with Telefónica as the Spanish giant moves ahead with the transformation of its network and IT systems in Europe and Latin America. Accedian's technology will be used by Telefónica to monitor quality of service (QoS) metrics on the multivendor backhaul and metro transport networks that support the operator's 4G voice, data and video services. Under the guidance of global CTO Enrique Blanco, who describes Accedian as "a key partner," Telefónica is preparing its networks and supporting systems for the data and video traffic deluge that will hit communications networks in the coming years as cloud, IoT and OTT applications create greater volumes of multimedia traffic. Blanco has said that preparing the operator's transport networks, and having the appropriate assurance and analytics tools, is critical: Accedian looks set to play a key role in that part of Telefónica's transformation. (See Accedian Lands Global Deal at Telefónica , Transformation From the Outside In, Telefónica Bets on IT Transformation and Eurobites: Telefónica, Huawei Get Closer.)
Nokia Networks has teamed up with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and DT's Greek subsidiary, Cosmote , to demonstrate what the vendor claims is a world first: LTE-Advanced three-carrier aggregation using LTE FDD (1.8GHz) and LTE TDD (3.5GHz) spectrum bands. The object of the exercise was to show that 3.5GHz LTE TDD technology can increase mobile broadband capacity and improve the consumer experience. The demonstration took place at Infoworld in Athens.
In other Nokia news, CEO Rajeev Suri has been pressing the flesh with French President François Hollande and Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron as part of an ongoing charm offensive to convince them and the rest of the world that Nokia's imminent takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) isn't bad news for France. Suri also expressed his supported for President Hollande in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. (See Eurobites: Nokia Enters 'Final Phase' of Alcatel-Lucent Acquisition, Eurobites: Nokia Gets EC Green Light for AlcaLu Acquisition and Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?)
Orange Romania has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its long-haul microwave transport network to help improve its 4G network capacity and performance. The operator launched its 4G service in 2012 in the country's capital, Bucharest, and now it covers 70% of the population, offering downlink speeds of 300 Mbit/s in the six major cities.
The European Commission has approved Avago Technologies Pte. 's $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), announced back in May. The Commission concluded that the portfolios of the two chip companies are "mainly complementary." (See Avago Seals Deal to Buy Broadcom for $37B.)
Poland-based OSS vendor Comarch SA has been chosen by Telefónica Deutschland GmbH to support the consolidation of the network inventory management at the operator, following its acquisition of E-Plus. (See Comarch Lands OSS Deal at Telefónica Germany.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading