Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARCEP investigates Orange/Iliad roaming deal; TeliaSonera's management shake-up; Vivendi ups stake in Telecom Italia.
Proximus (formerly Belgacom) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have completed a joint trial of 1Tbit/s technology on the Belgian operator's optical backbone, using a single "super-channel" OTN card. The trial, which was undertaken to find out whether such technology could be integrated in the core network, was carried out over a 1,040km link. The two companies have also signed an agreement that will see Huawei provide the 5G infrastructure for a "campus of the future" in Brussels, which is being established in collaboration with the VUB and ULB universities.
French regulator Arcep is to review the national roaming agreement between Orange (NYSE: FTE) and cut-price operator Iliad (Euronext: ILD), reports Reuters. Iliad's rivals have accused it of not building out its own network fast enough, instead relying on the arrangement with Orange to meet its coverage requirements. (See Iliad Plans Next Assault on French Rivals.)
Sweden's Telia Company is having a management shake-up, moving Hélène Barnekow into the role of EVP Sweden and making Malin Frenning group SVP. CTO Sverker Hannervall is leaving the company after seven years' service.
Vivendi , the French media conglomerate, has increased its stake in Telecom Italia to 14.9%, reports Reuters, making it the largest shareholder. Vivendi received 8.24% of the Italian incumbent as part-payment for selling Brazil's GVT to Telefónica . Elsewhere on the Telecom Italia front, the carrier has announced an agreement with Ericsson to jointly develop products and services for the Internet of Things. (See Eurobites: Telefónica Seals Brazilian Deal.)
KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) is launching its live and on-demand OTT TV service later this year, according to Broadband TV News. The service, which be available on iOS and Android, will include premium content from HBO.
UK regulator Ofcom is recommending that explicit targets be set for rollout of superfast broadband to small and midsized businesses. The recommendation comes out of a report into the broadband-for-SMBs market in the UK, which actually found that 85% of SMBs felt their business needs were well catered for by current offerings.
Antitrust regulators at the European Commission have sent out a questionnaire to existing and potential customers of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) asking them if they thought the proposed combination of the two vendors would be bad for the market. As Reuters reports, the questionnaire asked if ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) and Samsung Corp. could be seen as worthy alternatives to "NokaLu" in the RAN market.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading