Turkcell is claiming to have conducted an LTE-Advanced speed trial in Istanbul that saw the downlink speed indicator reach "approximately" 900 Mbit/s using supporting technology from Huawei. The test "set a new record for Turkey, making Turkcell one of the few operators to have achieved such speeds. We wanted to share our work on LTE-Advanced," stated the operator. Mobile operators around the world are moving quickly toward LTE-Advanced even while 4G LTE is in its infancy. (See SK Telecom Adds 300K LTE-Advanced Subs and Turkcell Tests LTE-Advanced.)
Still with Huawei, the Chinese vendor is to help regional operator Zain build an IP-based transport network for its mobile operations in Kuwait. For more details, see this press release.
Vodafone is to merge its Northern & Central Europe and Southern Europe regions into one Europe region and will report its Turkish operating company within the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific region from Oct. 1. Philipp Humm, currently Regional CEO Northern & Central Europe, will become Regional CEO for Europe. Paolo Bertoluzzo, currently Regional CEO, Southern Europe, will become Group Chief Commercial and Operations Officer.
TeliaSonera's Spanish subsidiary Yoigo has struck a series of agreements, including a network sharing agreement, with Telefónica SA's domestic mobile business Movistar. Yoigo will resell Telefónica's fixed line services while Movistar will gain access to Yoigo's 4G network. (See TeliaSonera Preps 4G Services in Spain.)