Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT units opt for "joyn" RCS; Virgin Mobile France sold; dismantling Google.
Finnish mobile operator Ukkoverkot has agreed with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to deploy what the vendor claims is the world's first commercial LTE 450MHz network. Huawei will supply basestations and other elements that will facilitate Ukkoverkot's migration from CDMA 450MHz to the LTE version, with nationwide coverage planned by the end of 2014. One 450MHz basestation can cover twice the footprint of its 800MHz equivalent and up to 20 times the footprint of a single 2.6GHz node, according to Huawei. (See Ukkoverkot Launches LTE 450MHz Network With Huawei.)
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) regional operating companies, Cosmote Romania and Slovak Telekom , have launched RCS "joyn" services using Jibe Mobile 's IP Communication Cloud. See this press release for more details. The German giant announced its support for Jibe's hosted services platform during this year's Mobile World Congress. (See DT Backs Jibe's Cross-Carrier RCS.)
Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), the independent mobile phone retailer that is in the process of merging with electricals retailer Dixons, has agreed to sell Omer Telecom -- which comprises MVNOs Virgin Mobile France, Breizh Mobile, Tele2 Mobile, and Casino Mobile -- to French cable operator Numericable-SFR for €325 million (US$443 million). (See Eurobites: IoT Drives UK Merger.)
Could Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) be dismantled? That's the possibility being mooted by Germany's justice minister, Heiko Maas, reports the Daily Telegraph, citing Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Maas says such a move should be considered if Google misuses its dominant position to "systematically push aside competitors." As if!
América Móvil S.A. de C.V. 's $2 billion bid for the shares in Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) that it doesn't already own has become "unconditional," as it has satisfied the conditions attached to the bid by the regulatory authorities, reports Reuters. (See Euronews: Austria Braced for Slim Bid .)
Swedish cable operator Com Hem AB has expanded its use of BECS, the OSS system developed by PacketFront Software. Com Hem, which already uses the vendor's software to provision Huawei's broadband access equipment, will now also use BECS to configure backbone and aggregation routers from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).
Research commissioned by BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has confirmed what we probably knew already: Cyber-attackers are getting better at breaching corporate security defenses. Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks hit 41% of organizations globally over the past year, with around three-quarters of those victims attacked more than once in the period covered by the study. The study highlights the rise of the fiendish "hybrid" or "multi-vector" attacks, which cause more trouble by deploying several attack methods simultaneously. (See BT Survey Highlights Cyber-Security Threats, Operators Take Network Security Seriously, and Heavy Reading: Telcos Should Be Vocal on Security.)
French business services and systems integration specialist Osiacom has deployed the Istra SP unified communications platform from Centile Telecom Applications SAS to enhance its hosted services portfolio.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading