Euronews: AlcaLu Brings 4G to Ghana

Alcatel-Lucent, BT Group plc and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. kick things off in today's roundup of EMEA headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has brought LTE to the West African nation of Ghana, under the auspices of Surfline Communications, which is planning to provide nationwide coverage. AlcaLu is providing hardware and software, along with installation, optimization, maintenance and managed services.

  • Around 600,000 Scottish homes and businesses could benefit from BT's latest state-subsidized FTTx project. BT will be putting £106.7 million ($158.6 million) into the scheme, which in total will cost £264 million ($392.3 million) and forms part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program. BT claims that the new project will ensure that around 95 per cent of homes in Scotland will have access to fiber broadband by the end of 2017. The announcement also gives us a chance to mention Andy Murray, the Scot who just won Wimbledon. Bravo! (See BT Aids Highlands FTTx Plan and Euronews: UK's Broadband Plan Gets EU Nod.)

  • Huawei has published a report exploring the U.K.'s future spectrum needs, the conclusion of which is that mobile operators believe there is sufficient spectrum available in the short to medium term but that more spectrum will be required in the lead-up to 2020. The full study, entitled "UK Radio Spectrum Report," is available here. Since the door to the U.S. market was effectively slammed in its face, Huawei has been focusing its energies on other parts of the world, Europe foremost among them. (See Huawei Gives Up on US Telecom.)

  • All three of Zambia's mobile operators -- that's India's Bharti Airtel Ltd., South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. and state-owned Zamtel Telecommunications Company Ltd. -- are facing criminal proceedings for allegedly failing to meet the minimum service standards set out in their license conditions, reports Reuters. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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