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Euronews: Virgin Lands 4G Backhaul Deal

Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2), Virgin Media Business Ltd., Ericsson AB and Nokia Corp. proffer something for the weekend in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • U.K. mobile operator Telefónica UK (O2), which is due to launch 4G services later this summer, has chosen Virgin Media Business to handle its 4G backhaul needs. Under the terms of the 10-year deal, Virgin will provide high-capacity synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) connections between O2's base stations and the mobile operator's metro networks. Virgin Media Business says it now has major backhaul deals with all four of the U.K.'s main mobile network operators. (See O2 UK Picks Virgin for 4G Backhaul, UK Operators Opt for SyncE Backhaul and Pyramid: Brits to Embrace 4G.)

  • Ericsson is looking to bolster its Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) offer in South East Asia and Oceania with the acquisition of Thailand-based TeleOSS. The deal, if it goes ahead, will see 50 TeleOSS staff transfer to Ericsson. (See Ericsson to Acquire TeleOSS and Ericsson Buys More OSS Smarts.)

  • Nokia has launched its latest assault on the top end of the smartphone market with its Lumia 1020 model, and again it appears to be banking on the phone's qualities as a camera to win the day. The 1020, which will initially be only available in the U.S. through AT&T, boasts a 41-megapixel camera sensor, allowing for some serious zoom action. Call Euronews old-fashioned, but we can't help wondering: If you wanted to take high-quality photos as a matter of course, wouldn't you go out and buy yourself a dedicated device -- i.e. a proper SLR camera? (See Nokia's Camera-Centric Lumia Heads to AT&T.)

  • It's happened to BT Group plc in the U.K., and now it's happening to Telecom Italia SpA -- the country's telecom regulator wants to impose controls on what the incumbent can charge rivals for access to its copper network. And as a result of the Italian regulator's decision, shares in Telecom Italia fell more than 2.5 percent in early Friday trading, reports Reuters.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Ray Le Maistre 7/12/2013 | 4:01:37 PM
    re: Euronews: Virgin Lands 4G Backhaul Deal That focus on deploying synchronous Ethernet-enabled gear seems to have paid off for Virgin in terms of landing mobile backhaul deals -- word is that BT's backhaul offer has some catching up to do...
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