Euronews: Deutsche Telekom Looks East

DT takes a peek at Poland, Spanish spectrum auction is ready to roll and SPIT-fest comes to Dublin in today's digest of Euro telecom news

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

May 23, 2011

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Euronews: Deutsche Telekom Looks East

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Nokia Networks and others get in line for today's Euro telecom roundup.

  • German giant Deutsche Telekom is looking to bolster its position in eastern Europe by possibly buying fixed-line operators in Poland and its neighbours, reports Bloomberg. Deutsche Telekom already owns Polish mobile operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z.o.o. (PTC) . (See Deutsche Telekom Shrinks in Q1 and DT's Shares Rocket on AT&T Deal.)

  • Bidders for spectrum in Spain's latest auction will be unveiled today, reports Reuters, with the Telia Company -owned mobile operator Yoigo expected to be in the lineup. Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are barred from the auction, and have indeed been told to hand back spectrum they already owned. (See Spanish Mobile Challenger Wields DPI and EC Warns Hungary, Spain Over Spectrum.)

  • As the industry's annual Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT)-fest gets underway in Dublin this week -- that's the TM Forum 's Management World 2011 -- Tekelec added a new set of applications for its performance management product that gather data on service usage, handset metrics and network accessibility, with the aim of giving operators a better view of subscribers' service experiences. (See Tekelec Adds Customer Experience Management , It'll Be Cloudy in Dublin, DT Execs Offer Original Duet and TMF: Carriers at Ease With the Cloud.)

  • 3G Infrastructure Services AB , which provides the 3G network shared by Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and 3 Group subsidiary Hi3G Access AB in Sweden, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize the high-traffic areas of the network with its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and expand the capacity of most of the rest of the network. Speeds of 42 Mbit/s and lower energy consumption are among the claimed benefits of the upgrade. (See Swedish Operators Upgrade 3G With NSN and LTE Showdown in Sweden .)

  • Boffins at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are claiming a new data-transfer speed record using a single laser over fiber, reports the BBC. Thanks to our old friend the "fast Fourier transform," the bar has apparently been set at a mighty 26 Tbit/s. Whoosh!

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    • ZTE Gets Dutch Security Badge

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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