Euronews: AlcaLu Lands Key LTE Deal

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), discord in Russia's Long Term Evolution (LTE) community, harmony in Saudi Arabia's LTE community, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s latest FTTX plans, and a fleeting reference to music legends Peter Gabriel and Lady Gaga feature on today's Euro region news menu.

  • AlcaLu has landed what looks like a prime and confidence-boosting Long Term Evolution (LTE) gig at Telefónica. The vendor will build, operate and maintain networks in Barcelona and Madrid, as well as supply radio access network (RAN), evolved packet core (EPC) and Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems (including subscriber data management capabilities).

  • In other news from AlcaLu, the vendor's Asia/Pacific president, Rajeev Singh-Molares, has been appointed as the chairman of the World Economic Forum 2011 Global Agenda Council on Information and Communications Technology, which may or may not be known as GACICT. Other members of the council include Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) CEO Paul Jacobs (who is not known for cutting platinum-selling albums) and Peter Gabriel, founder of overrated 1970s rock group Genesis. Maybe they should invite Lady Gaga to join the group.

  • We come back to planet Earth with news that Telenor has "done a Telefónica" by revamping its organizational structure to create a Digital Services unit, which will focus on Web-based services development, and an Industrial Development group, which will identify operational synergies across the carrier's 11 markets in Europe and Asia/Pacific. (See Telefonica Restructures, Creates New Units.)

  • The plan to build a single, open LTE network in Russia looked good on paper, but it seems the plan is causing tension amongst its prospective users and stakeholders, reports Developing Telecoms. (See Russian Ops to Share LTE Network.)

  • LTE is heating up in the Middle East as Reuters reports that both Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) and Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) have launched the 4G services this week in Saudi Arabia. (See Mobily Preps LTE TDD Launch.)

  • BT has identified a further 114 U.K. local exchanges that will be upgraded to support fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) and possibly even fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services. The latest tranche takes the total number of exchanges identified for an upgrade to 1,243, according to BT. The operator is investing up to £2.5 billion in its so-called "super-fast broadband" rollout. (See BT Ramps FTTx Plans, Turns a Profit.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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