Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Claims 300G Record

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Mobily announces new CEO; Huawei's 5G push in Europe; Telefónica bags La Liga matches.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is claiming a distance record for subsea data transmission, covering more than 10,000km using 300G technology in a trial at its research lab in Villarceux, France. The trial deployed 300G 8QAM (8 quadrature amplitude modulation) technology in combination with second-generation coherent submarine fiber (CSF-2).

  • Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) , the Saudi mobile operator, has appointed Ahmad Farroukh its new CEO, reports Reuters. Farroukh arrives from the strike-hit MTN Group Ltd. , where he headed up the carrier's South African business. Mobily's previous CEO, Khalid al-Kaf, stepped down in February, following an investigation into accounting issues at the operator.

  • Chinese giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is trumpeting its role in the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) initiative, highlighting its role in five co-funded projects, including METIS-II and Fantastic-5G. The first phase of the 5GPPP, which hopes to generate €3.5 billion (US$3.87 billion) from private investment and €700 million ($774 million) in EU funding, was launched on July 1, 2015. (See Lines Get Drawn in Road to 5G.)

  • Telefónica has bagged the rights to transmit matches in La Liga, Spain's premier soccer division, for the 2015/2016 season in a €600 million ($668 million) deal, reports Reuters. Telefónica customers can look forward to a few of these

  • South African operator Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG) is abandoning plans for compulsory redundancies and is instead looking at other options such as early retirement to reduce costs by as much as 1 billion South African rand annually, reports IOL Business.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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