Alcatel-Lucent, Orange and Deutsche Telekom AG lead the charge in today's assault on the EMEA headlines.Alcatel-Lucent is claiming a new world record in subsea data transmission speeds over a single optical fiber. The trial, which took place at AlcaLu's Innovation City campus in Villarceaux, near Paris (and so not out at sea...), achieved speeds of 31 Tbit/s over 7,200km, with a span (the distance between amplifiers) of 100km, claims the vendor. The experiment used 155 lasers, each operating at a different frequency and carrying 200 Gbit/s over a 50GHz frequency grid to enhance the performance of current WDM systems. (See AlcaLu Claims Single-Fiber Subsea Speed Record.)
France Telecom Marine, the cable-laying unit of Orange, has changed its name to Orange Marine, which sounds worryingly like something off one of those daft paint-choosing charts. ("What do you think darling -- chartreuse green for the nursery?") France Telecom finally recognized the power of the brand and became Orange on July 1. (See Deep Dive for Orange Marine and Its Name is Orange!)
Deutsche Telekom is planning to roll out its 100Mbit/s VDSL Internet service to 44 more cities this year, reports Focus (in German). Niek Jan van Damme, head of Deutsche Telekom's domestic business, told the website that he considered the German government's aim of rolling out FTTX to 75 percent of the country by the end of 2014 to be unrealistic. (See DT's €30B Plan Wraps LTE With Vectoring.)
The proposed spinoff of Telecom Italia SpA's fixed-line unit seems to have stalled, reports Bloomberg, following the decision by the Italian telecom regulator to cut access fees to the carrier's copper network. This, claims Telecom Italia, adversely affects the feasibility of the spinoff by reducing the value of any newly created unit.
Telefónica I+D, the R&D arm of Telefónica SA, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Israeli government for the development and promotion of new telecom-related technologies. Telefónica already holds a stake in a number of Israeli tech companies. (See Rumor: O2 Wins Race to Buy Jajah.)
Vodafone Italy is to roll out 30Mbit/s fiber broadband to another 27 cities, reports Telecompaper. Vodafone's first foray into fiber in Italy was in Milan, with Metroweb SpA.
Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily), the Saudi mobile operator, saw its second-quarter net profits rise 13.4 percent year-on-year to 1.61 billion riyals ($429.31 million), reports Reuters.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading