Euronews: Netia Preps 400G With Coriant

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia passes up AlcaLu opportunity; Rostelecom Q3 results; Huawei scores in Saudi, builds finance nerve center in UK; Czech 4G spectrum auction.

  • Polish carrier Netia has been preparing for an upgrade to 400 Gbit/s with a trial of Coriant's hiT 7300 DWDM gear that will enable it to expand its network capacity to 12 Tbit/s. The alternative fixed-line operator, which is planning to upgrade its transport network to support greater volumes of video and data traffic, put Coriant's Flexigrid ROADM technology through its paces to run 400Gbit/s signals adjacent to 10Gbit/s signals on a point-to-point long-haul connection. For more details on the trial and the conclusions, see this press release.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) may well be looking at pursuing new opportunities following shareholder approval of the sale of its handsets division to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), but bidding to buy the mobile or IP-related bits of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) isn't on the agenda just yet, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Last month Bloomberg cited a Helsinki-based analyst who predicted that such a deal was on the cards. (See Euronews: Will NSN Buy AlcaLu's Mobile Unit? and Nokia: It's Really Happening.)

  • It seems as though pay TV and broadband are the way forward for Russian operator Rostelecom , if its third-quarter results are anything to go by. Reuters reports that while revenues in those areas rose 27% and 8% respectively, revenue from local telephony services fell 3% and in mobile services by 6% in the face of fierce competition. Overall its sales rose 2% to 78.2 billion roubles in the quarter.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has landed a four-year managed services contract with Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) , providing operations and maintenance as well as network performance management for STC's mobile, microwave, and core networks. The deal extends a working relationship that dates back to 2000. (See Huawei Wins Managed Services Deal at STC.)

  • It's a busy day for the Chinese giant: Huawei has also announced the opening of its Global Finance Centre of Excellence in London's financial district. The center, which will manage Huawei's global finance risks, is part of a wider £1.3 billion commitment investment in the UK. (See Huawei Opens Global Finance Center in London and Huawei Unveils UK Investment Plan.)

  • Newcomers had no luck in winning spectrum in the Czech Republic's 4G auction, reports Reuters, as incumbents Telefónica Czech Republic A.S. , T-Mobile Czech Republic a.s. and Vodafone Czech Republic a.s. grabbed all that was on offer, raising 8.5 billion crowns ($420.44 million) for state coffers in the process.

  • Marco Patuano, the recently appointed CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM) , met up with labor union leaders on Tuesday in an attempt to reassure them about the future of the company in a time of upheaval. In particular, he told them that the "functional separation of the infrastructure" remains part of the masterplan. See this press release for more details. (See Euronews: T Italia Spins Off Fixed-Line Unit and Euronews: Telecom Italia Boss on the Brink.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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