Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has hinted at further investment in Russia, waxing lyrical at an international economic forum in St. Petersburg about the need for data pipes that have "a diameter wider than the Volga River, even wider than the Pacific Ocean, to make communication and data transmission smooth." Better start digging... (See Huawei to Boost Investment in Russia and Euronews: Russia's Ready for LTE.)
ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has been providing some details of a field trial it has been conducting with an unnamed network operator in eight German cities. A joint team of engineers completed the field test on a trial network, at data rates of 100 Gbit/s, 400 Gbit/s and 1 Tbit/s, claims the vendor. Coherent detection and QPSK/16QAM modulation were among the technologies deployed. (See ZTE Claims 1TB Trial in Europe.)
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s efforts to get its competitors to help reduce its pension fund deficit by factoring the deficit-reduction into the price it sets for wholesale access have been dealt a blow by the U.K.'s Competition Commission, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The Commission ruled that regulator Ofcom 's decision to stop BT including the deficit-reduction charge into its prices was the right one. (See Ofcom Rules on BT Pension Costs.)
Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) have joined forces to launch the NSZ-GS7, an Internet browser set-top box that comes loaded with the Google TV platform, in the U.K (and other parts of Europe later). The U.K. price has been set at £200 (US$310). (See Google TV 2.0 Tees Up CE Partners .)
Greek national operator OTE S.A. is to sell GloBul , its Bulgarian unit, as part of a plan to help refinance $4.3 billion worth of debt, reports Reuters.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading