Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Gets Polish NBN Gig

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: du reaches 400G with Huawei; French rivals get 700MHz bids in; harvesting ambient energy for the IoT.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has been chosen by the Polish government to provide the IP and optical technology that will underpin the country's national broadband project. The government plans to connect 100% of households to the Internet at 30Mbit/s speeds and 50% with 100Mbit/s speeds by 2020, and AlcaLu will deploy its P/MPLS and DWDM 100G agile optical networking technology to this end. The project, one of the largest national broadband initiatives in Europe, according to the vendor, is co-funded by the European Union.

  • Middle East operator Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) , in partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , says it has successfully deployed its 400G OTN network, the first of its kind in the region, according to du. Huawei employed oDSP and dual-carrier 16QAM coding technologies to maximize the transmission capacity over fiber.

  • French rivals Bouygues Telecom , Free Mobile , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and SFR have all got their bids in for slices of 700MHz spectrum in preparation for the forthcoming auction being run by regulator Arcep . The government is hoping to raise at least €2.5 billion (US$2.78 billion) from the sale. (See Eurobites: French 700MHz Auction Kicks Off and Altice's Bouygues Bid Creates 700MHz Confusion.)

  • Another day, another "20/20 vision": This one's from the Broadband Forum , which commits the organization to enabling "new opportunities for profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies in the home, small business and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network." It envisages NFV, SDN, the IoT and 5G all playing key roles in realizing this vision.

  • A British peer has developed an "energy-harvesting system" that can use the ambient energy of electromagnetic radiation to power sensors, beacons and wearables, according to a Bloomberg report. Paul Drayson, a former British Science Minister, is the brains behind the Freevolt technology, which is making its first appearance on the market in a personal air pollution sensor called CleanSpace.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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