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Eurobites: Ericsson Brings LTE-U to Small Cells

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: a cloud for mariners; Kabel Deutschland taps Cisco knowhow; AlcaLu's man in Shanghai.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is teaming up with T-Mobile US Inc. to trial LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) services through the integration of License Assisted Access (LAA) capabilities in its small cells. LAA is an LTE-Advanced technology that applies LTE standards to the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum bands also used for WiFi. Its proponents claim it can improve mobile data speeds and ease congestion. (See Ericsson Unveils LTE-U Plans for Small Cells and T-Mobile Assembles LTE-Unlicensed Team.)

  • Meanwhile, out on the high seas, Ericsson has introduced the Maritime ICT Cloud, a service that connects ships with shore-based operations, maintenance service providers, customer support centers, fleet/transportation partners, port operations and other relevant authorities. Recent maritime regulation stipulates that ship owners are expected to provide broadband for crew communication and telemedicine, among other things.

  • Germany's Kabel Deutschland GmbH has partnered with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to provide a new video service based on a cloud-powered TV platform. The service corrals TV content, including broadcast, on-demand, catch-up, and time-shift TV with Internet video of various types, to create what the pair claims is the industry's "first comprehensive video-hub for the home." (See Cisco Announces Video-Hub for Home With Kabel Deutschland.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has a new man in China: Luis Martinez-Amago, formerly the vendor's president of EMEA, has been appointed CEO of Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd. (See Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Gets New CEO.)

  • Norway's Smartoptics, a supplier of optical networking technology, has had its 16GB optical transceivers approved by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) for use in the US vendor's Fibre Channel switches.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on draft regulations for new wireless telegraphy legislation, intended, says Ofcom, to "keep pace with technological advances" and ultimately better control interference to wireless communications. The proposed regulation covers various types of electrical equipment found in the home, including power line adapters and TV aerial amplifiers.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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