Euronews: DT, Huawei Take LTE to 250 Mbit/s

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and NDS Ltd. are under the microscope in today's walk 'n' talk through the CSI lab of EMEA telecom news.

  • Huawei is claiming a world first with its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4×4 MIMO field trial on Deutsche Telekom's network. The trial used Huawei's SingleRAN multimode access gear and, according to the vendor, achieved downlink rates of up to 250 Mbit/s. (See DT, Huawei Trial 4x4 MIMO.)

  • Ofcom , the U.K. regulator, has denied reports that it is planning an investigation into allegations that NDS leaked smartcard data to a piracy website to deliberately thwart the ambitions of ITV Digital, which was launched as a rival to Sky TV but flopped in 2002. In an email to Light Reading, an Ofcom spokesperson dismissed some of the reporting as "inaccurate" and said: "We will consider all relevant evidence as part of our ongoing duty to be satisfied that persons are fit and proper. We are not, however, going to provide a detailed running commentary on which specific pieces of evidence we may or may not be assessing."

  • Bahrain looks set to hold an auction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum from September 2012, with frequencies being released in March 2013, according to a Reuters report. (See Telecom Market Spotlight: Middle East.)

  • Chopped chives and grated cheese with that? The Israeli Electric Corporation is to deploy ECI Telecom Ltd. 's Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT, or "omelette" to those of us considering lunch options) platform for its 100G needs. A successful trial has already been completed, says the vendor, which increased the network's capacity tenfold. (See Utility Trials ECI's 100G Apollo and ECI Cracks Open OMLT.)

  • A study conducted jointly by BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Avaya Inc. has come to the not altogether surprising conclusion that British bank customers would on the whole rather not go down the social media route when it comes to dealing with personal finance matters. Despite the growth of phone and online banking, 73 percent of U.K. customers see their local branch as the "most vital link" with their bank in the future. It's a given: Brits just love a queue. (See Banks & Social Media Don't Mix, Finds Study and Banks Get on the Phone, Tablet.)

  • Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is to launch the Kindle Touch in Europe on April 27, though it has no plans to release the Kindle Fire on this side of the pond, reports the BBC. Kindle fans in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy will be able to get their hands on the Touch. (See Analyst: LTE Kindle Fire Coming Next Year and Amazon's Kindle Fire Sells for $55 Over Cost.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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