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A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Telefónica’s Brazilian subsidiary Vivo and software management company ISPM have announced a project to turn Aguas de São Pedro in São Paulo into the country’s first smart city.
Egypt needs billions of dollars of investment to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure, the country’s telecoms minister told reporters this week.
UK-based EE has become the largest 4G mobile player in Europe, after adding 1.4 million customers to its high-speed network.
Orange has today announced the co-opting of Mouna Sepehri as a director of the board, following a proposal from the committee for governance and social & environmental responsibility (CGRSE).
The UK’s O2 has today announced a partnership with Zayo Group for the upgrade of its nationwide infrastructure into a fully resilient core fibre network.
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IIX today announced its acquisition of UK-based software and interconnection company Allegro Networks.
State-owned Telekom Slovenia is expected to be sold in early 2015, a government official told reporters today.
Interoute has opened its latest Virtual Data Centre zone (VDC) in Madrid as part of its continuing platform expansion.
Huawei has today announced plans to step up its procurement spending in Europe, as part of its investment strategy in the region.
Russian operator MTS could sell its minority stake in Ukraine to a western company, as pressure mounts on the operator following political instability in the country.
BSS solutions provider Openet and telecoms software company OpenCloud have today revealed an extension of their partnership.
US carrier Verizon has distanced itself from rumours that it is interested in acquiring América Móvil assets in Mexico.
Global internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric is to extend its IPv4 and IPv6 networks to Equinix’s data centres in Asia and Europe.
Telefónica Germany has partnered with Ericsson for the upgrade of its network to support VoLTE services.
Anam Technologies has announced a partnership with North American company Olson with its highly scalable messaging gateway system.
The EU has decided not to pursue its investigation into Chinese telecoms companies, the council revealed on Monday.
Global operator VimpelCom has sold off its telecoms businesses in Central African Republic and Burundi, for approximately $65 million.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is launching a TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) solution, in what it claims is an industry first.
PCCW Global has acquired European security-as-a-service solutions provider Crypteia Networks, in a bid to defend its customers against new-age security breaches.
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European bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks has acquired Swiss dark fibre network operator Fibrelac.
The French subsidiary of next-generation networks and IP communications firm Italtel has been awarded premier certification from Cisco.
Telekom Austria Group has signed an executive group framework agreement with VimpelCom to add the Russian player as a signalling customer.
Telefónica has partnered with innovation developer VLX Ventures with the intention of investing in startup companies across Israel.
Nokia Networks has collaborated with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute Industry Specification Group (ISG).
China Mobile and KPN Netherlands have collaborated with Huawei to demonstrate what is claimed to be the industry’s first international IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based VoLTE roaming call between Europe and Asia.
India’s Bharti Airtel is planning to launch a mobile money service in east Africa.
SK Telecom and Samsung have announced a partnership to lead 5G network research in South Korea.
Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) is reportedly planning a $142.2 million (4.6 billion baht) investment in fixed-line broadband networks in the country.
Telefónica Deutschland is reportedly planning to cut 1,600 jobs in Germany by 2018, following its takeover of E-Plus earlier this month.
Mexico’s América Móvil is planning to complete the merger of its Brazilian businesses by early December.
Chinese vendor ZTE has partnered with China Telecom to develop the carrier’s eMBMS system, running on a hybrid 4G LTE network.
Telefónica has selected Huawei’s XG-PON solution for its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, which it plans to launch in 2015.
Côte d'Ivoire is to cancel the mobile licence of domestic-owned player Café Mobile in a bid to reduce the number of operators in the country.
Colt Group has today announced the appointment of Hugo Eales as chief financial officer at the company, effective November 1 2014.
Capacity catches up with AMS-IX’s Onno Bos, sales director at the company, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to talk about their recently launched internet exchange in Mombasa, Kenya: the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point.
Cloud provider GTT has partnered with BICS to use its pan-European network 2.0 to increase the level of performance and reliability of its network.
John Melick, chairman and chief giving officer at Djibouti Data Center, talks to Capacity about the launch of its humanitarian programme.
Telecom Italia has quashed rumours that the government is planning to spin off its fixed-line network and establish a majority stake in the new company.
The South African government is considering selling its 13.9% stake in Vodafone’s Vodacom subsidiary in the country.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has deployed its switching technology in the world’s longest tunnel.
GTT Communications has completed the $40-million acquisition of data service provider UNSi.
Liquid Telecom has today revealed a partnership with NTT Communications for the delivery of IP transit services to support growing bandwidth demands across Africa.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) will spend $3.69 billion (Rp 45 trillion) in 2015 on a national broadband plan, according to the Investor Daily.
PCCW Global and du are to jointly offer smart home services across the UAE.
Telekom Austria Group’s domestic subsidiary, A1, has announced the successful demonstration of G.fast; a copper-line based ultra-broadband transmission technology.
Vodafone UK has begun rolling out LTE advanced (LTE-A) technology across the nation.
During a lively panel session at Capacity Africa 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it became clear that operators in the region are demanding faster and more compliant regulation from the government.
An EU trade official claims an agreement is on its way to end China and the EU’s long-running dispute over Chinese exports of telecoms equipment.
Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has launched its cloud platform, offering enterprise cloud services, applications and content across the operator’s privately owned global fibre-optic network.
Liquid Telecom has today revealed a $34 million investment strategy for Rwanda, which includes the expansion of its network in the country, as well as what is claimed to be the first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Rwanda.
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XConnect is to integrate its global number portability registry into Telarix’s network as part of a new partnership.
Coriant has launched an SDN solution portfolio which claims to leverage its expertise in packet optical transport, mobile backhaul and cloud networking.
ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data has launched managed cloud services via its G-Cloud platform.
Korea’s KT and multinational vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed a technical agreement pledging to drive innovation and the faster adoption of network functions virtualisation (NFV).
Asian operators Tata Communications and PCCW Global have today revealed a high-definition video conferencing (HDVC) agreement for the interconnection of their IPX and MPLS networks.
UK regulator Ofcom has revealed that it is ahead with plans to introduce more spectrum to the market by utilising white space technology.
OneAccess Networks is to pair its access routers with auto-configuration solutions provider Axiros’ managed-service platform software solution as part of a new partnership.
According to local reports, Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) claims total investment in the country’s telecoms sector has reached $40 billion.
The GSMA has issued guidelines for the Internet of Things (IoT) market, aimed at outlining how devices and applications should communicate via mobile networks.
Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has appointed Vanina de Verneuil as its general counsel.
Orange is reportedly considering launching an IPO of its African assets in order to raise funds for its European business.
Tigo Honduras plans to launch 4G LTE services in the country early next year, the company’s communications manager, Rodolfo Caraccioli, has revealed.
Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has partnered with Coriant for the upgrade of its mobile backhaul network in the country.
Kenyan regulators have given preliminary approval for Safaricom and Airtel’s joint acquisition for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya.
Alcatel-Lucent has opened an innovation facility in Tokyo designed to provide its customers with demonstrations and co-creation opportunities in advanced technologies.
Huawei Marine Networks has officially started construction work on the Far East submarine system designed to deliver enhanced communications services to Russia.
European cloud services company Interoute is to open two new Virtual Data Centres (VDC) in the UK.
The AAE-1 cable consortium has signed a supply contract with vendor NEC Corporation for the S1H segment of the cable.
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The UK’s BT and Chinese vendor Huawei have reached up to 3Tbps in field trials, thought to be the fastest real-time super channel speeds ever achieved over an existing fibre link in a real-world environment.
Luxembourg’s Altice is reportedly in talks with Oi over a bid for Portugal Telecom that could be worth up to $8.8 billion.
Asia-Pacific-based Pacnet has appointed Michael Xu as CEO of its joint venture subsidiary in China.
Web hosting firm OVH has selected Nuage Networks’ SDN-based virtualised services platform (VSP) in order to deliver dedicated cloud services to its customers.
Finnish vendor Nokia is set to close down production in its Indian factory because of an ongoing row with the government over taxation.
NTT Communications has expanded the functionality of its enterprise cloud service to provide customers with greater control of the network.
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KPN-owned iBasis and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced a 4G peering agreement designed to carry live roaming traffic.
Cloudmark has launched a specialised security platform, designed to provide carrier-grade protection against DNS threats.
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Vodafone India is reportedly pumping $1 billion into upgrading its network, ahead of plans to run 4G LTE trials in 2015.
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SingTel, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson have completed a successful demonstration of FDD/TDD carrier aggregation using commercial hardware and software, in what is claimed to be an industry first.
EU anti-trust regulators have scrapped an investigation into three of Europe’s largest operators after finding no evidence on claims that the providers attempted to shut out content companies.
UAE-based du has partnered with Finland’s Nokia Networks to complete a successful voice-over-LTE call on its commercial network in the Middle East.
SingTel has announced a partnership with security firm FireEye to enhance the cybersecurity ecosystem across Asia-Pacific.
Australia’s Telstra has today revealed a network-to-network interconnection (NNI) deal with Tata Communications to extend its reach into India.
French technology startup company Sigfox is reportedly seeking to raise funds in a bid to build a global network for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Telkom Indonesia is reportedly considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in Spark Telecom (formerly Telecom New Zealand) as part of its strategy to broaden its global footprint.
TeliaSonera has agreed to acquire cloud and hosting service Ipeer in Sweden.
British broadband provider Hyperoptic has more than doubled its high-speed fibre broadband reach to homes in the UK, as it looks to compete against rival player BT.
Social media giant Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp has been approved by EU anti-trust regulators.
The UK’s BT Group has said that technical hurdles will make it difficult for the company to return to the consumer mobile market before the end of the financial year.
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China’s Huawei has revealed plans to increase its R&D investments in France, and expand its industry co-operation with French partners.
Departing European Commission VP, Neelie Kroes, has warned telcos that they must change their attitude if Europe is to become a single telecoms market.
Orange Business Services has partnered with electric car specialist Tesla Motors to provide wireless connectivity to a fleet of its vehicles in France.
France’s Iliad is considering the possibility of bidding for a “significantly larger” stake in Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile than it previously sought.
Verizon Communications has appointed Diego Scotti as its chief marketing officer.
Vodafone Qatar is set to acquire state-owned company Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
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Windstream has announced Bob Gunderman as interim CFO at the company, following the departure of Tony Thomas, who has left his position to head up Windstream’s real estate spin-off.
O3b Networks has secured the first customer for its satellite service in Latin America – Guyana-based ISP E-Networks.
Orange plans to offer Netflix video streaming services from November this year, according to the company’s CEO Stephane Richard.
DE-CIX is claiming an upgrade to its Apollon internet exchange in Frankfurt has created the world’s largest IPX node.
Ericsson has completed the acquisition of US-based smart grid communications provider, Ambient Corporation, as the Swedish vendor looks to grow its utilities service offering.
Interoute has acquired UK-based Vtesse Group, gaining 7,000km of UK network and a data centre in the process.
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Vodafone New Zealand, Southern Cross and US vendor Ciena have announced the successful demonstration of trans-Pacific 4K video transmission.
India’s tempestuous Ambani brothers are set to battle for 4G market share in 2015 after Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group announced plans to launch a 4G mobile offering next year.
Etisalat is reportedly considering the sale of its Tanzanian unit Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel).
EE has expanded its 4G network to a further 18 towns across the UK.
Alcatel-Lucent has received a €202 million cash injection following the divestment of its enterprise division to the China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Centre.
Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) has announced the appointment of Ahmed Abou Doma as CEO, following the resignation of Karim Beshara.
América Móvil’s Brazilian unit Claro has won a new national broadcast licence for 4G cell spectrum in the 700MHz range after a successful bid of $795 million.
Swisscom and satellite operator SES have today announced an agreement for the delivery of the latter’s Astra Connect service in Switzerland.
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Germany’s third-largest cable operator, Tele Columbus, is to launch an IPO by the end of the year in a bid to raise $380 million.
US operator CenturyLink has expanded the availability of its global managed hosting services into China.
Data centre company VIRTUS has announced that its LONDON2 facility in the UK is now open and operational.
Pacnet has selected CDN provider OnApp to deploy a CDN platform across its data centre and subsea cable network in Asia-Pacific.
América Móvil is still analysing a potential asset sale in Mexico after vowing to divest some of its interests in the country to comply with new regulations.
Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has launched telecoms operations in Saudi Arabia.
Zayo Group is to deploy a dark fibre ring in London for converged technology infrastructure provider Six Degrees Group (6DG).
Deutsche Telekom could retain ownership of T-Mobile US for at least another year, after doubts were raised over the possibility of an improved bid for the company from French operator Iliad.
Jon Frederik Baksaas, CEO at Norway’s Telenor, is to exit his role at the end of 2015, the company’s board told reporters today.
Hungarian regulator NMHH has sold a range of mobile broadband frequencies to Deutsche Telekom-owned Magyar Telekom and the Hungarian subsidiaries of Vodafone and Telenor.
The chief executive of Ireland’s Eircom, Herb Hribar, has stepped down from his position, following the company’s recent decision not to go ahead with an IPO.
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Mexico’s Grupo Salinas has confirmed plans to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s third-largest mobile operator, Iusacell, from its partner, Grupo Televisa.
Vodafone has launched HD voice across the UK.
Emerging markets telco Millicom has partnered with payments platform Kalixa to develop a payments service provider to operate in Africa and Latin America.
Ideas man Nick Clarke, GM of wholesale and international at Spark (formerly Telecom NZ), is using his philosophy to drive the company’s rebrand into the digital age.
Spain’s Jazztel is reportedly considering the acquisition of TeliaSonera’s Spanish arm, Yoigo.
Interxion is reportedly building a new data centre in France for cloud computing firm Salesforce.
Entel South America has awarded a contract to China’s ZTE Corporation to be the exclusive supplier for the operator’s fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) network in Bolivia.
Liberty Global’s offer period for Dutch cable operator Ziggo has reportedly been extended to November 4.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has upgraded its Velocix content delivery network (CDN) solution to enable pay-TV operators to better manage their networks in line with the explosion of IP video traffic.
NTT Communications has claimed that its enterprise cloud service has helped car manufacturer Honda reduce its annual operating costs by 30%.
The Mexican government finalised its revolutionary telecoms reforms in mid-July, and the overhaul is expected to put an end to América Móvil’s dominant position in the market.
Bjarni Thorvardason, CEO at Hibernia Networks, has told Capacity that the operator did not contemplate "abandoning the Hibernia Express project for even a second", after work resumed on the subsea cable project in August.
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Plans are in motion for the revitalisation of a disused subsea cable to connect Cornwall – in the UK’s south west – to the remote Isles of Scilly, as the country edges closer to reaching its target of nationwide broadband coverage.
Telecom Italia may be forced to reconsider its sale of Telecom Argentina to investment fund Fintech if the Argentinean government continues to stall on the deal.
Vodafone is planning to launch a mobile wallet payment service in the UK next month.
UK operators are reportedly putting pressure on regulator Ofcom to open up the nation’s fibre-optic broadband infrastructure, presently operated by BT’s Openreach division.
Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) has launched a video conferencing service for its corporate customers.
CenturyLink is reportedly lining up a move for Rackspace Hosting as it aims to expand its presence in cloud computing.
Qatari operator Ooredoo is to launch a new wave of mobile health clinics in Indonesia in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has agreed to sell-off 3,500 mobile masts across six African countries to telecoms infrastructure player Eaton Towers.
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UK regulator Ofcom has outlined a policy to help SMEs benefit from communications services across the country.
VimpelCom’s Italian subsidiary Wind has invited bidders for the sale and lease-back of its 11,000 mobile masts, in a deal that could be worth €500 million.
Tata Communications has announced that its CFO, Sanjay Baweja, will be leaving the organisation to pursue other opportunities.
Data centre company Telehouse has announced that its New York Internet Exchange (NYIIX) has expanded its reach through CoreSite’s capabilities in New York.
Level 3 Communications has announced a network expansion into Alpharetta, Georgia.
Interconnect company Telarix has deployed its iXTools and iXLink services to Tigo’s Bolivia and Guatemala operations.
A summary of the week's biggest telecoms news stories.
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Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) has partnered with Microsoft’s hosting and solutions provider, Superhub, to jointly launch a hosted Microsoft email exchange service.
Egyptian regulators have approved the country’s long-awaited unified landline and mobile telecoms licence.
Mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is reportedly set to boost its number of small cell sites to 3,000 facilities across Thailand.
Nokia Networks has been selected by olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn) – the joint venture between KT and the Government of Rwanda – for the vendor to provide radio and core network services.
South African company MTN is to launch a joint venture with tower firm IHS for the tower company to operate and manage the operator’s 9,151 transmitter towers in Nigeria.
Nokia Networks has appointed Dimitri Diliani as VP of Latin America at the company, following the resignation of Almir Narcizo.
Charter Communications and Comcast’s joint spin-off company will be named GreatLand Connections.
German internet service provider United Internet has agreed a deal to buyout equity firm KKR’s 74.9% stake in cable company Versatel for approximately €586 million.
Telekom Slovenia’ privatisation process has again been put on hold, pending approval from the country’s new government when it takes power later this month, sources have confirmed.
Polish operator Polkomtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed a successful trial of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland.
African operator Vodacom has announced the appointment of Yolanda Cuba as its new chief officer for strategy and business development.
UK-based CityFibre has announced plans to build a fibre network in Aberdeen, Scotland to create the country’s first Gigabit city.
Nokia Networks and China Telecom have announced a partnership to develop FDD-TDD carrier aggregation and user device chipset capabilities.
PCCW Global and Namibian operator Paratus Telecom have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement in an attempt to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in the country.
Spain’s Telefónica and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have partnered for the deployment of a 100Gbps optical network in north west, eastern and southern Spain.
The GSMA has urged the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz).
EU anti-trust regulators have asked telecoms operators in the continent to provide feedback on Facebook’s proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging company WhatsApp.
French player Iliad has claimed it is still working on a deal to acquire T-Mobile US, despite failing in its first attempt to enter the US market.
América Móvil has hired Bank of America to sell a portion of its Mexican assets, as it attempts to comply with new regulations.
Orange Business Services will supply satellite solutions to BW Offshore – a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry – under a new five-year $12 million contract.
Thai mobile operator Total Access Communication (Dtac) has announced vice chairman Sigve Brekke will take over as acting CEO following the resignation of Eddy Abdullah.
Telefónica has reportedly revealed plans to exit its 14.8% stake in Telecom Italia upon completion of its deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi.
Azerbaijani mobile CDMA operator Nakhtel is reportedly seeking a licence to provide GSM services in the country.
UK group Vodafone is set to hit out at proposed European rules for handling web traffic on networks at a conference in Spain today.
The CEO of Batelco Bahrain, Rashid Abdulla, has resigned with no given reason, according to a statement released by the company on Sunday.
KDDI is to invest $270 million in the construction of two new data centres in Japan for its data centre subsidiary, Telehouse.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has released figures stating that 4G accounts for 92% of all data traffic in the country.
Essar Capital is said to have entered a binding agreement with Bharti Airtel and Safaricom for the sale of its Kenyan mobile operator, yuMobile.
Brazilian carrier Oi is reportedly set to sell a 25% stake in its Angolan subsidiary Unitel for approximately $2 billion.
O3b Networks has announced the launch of four new satellites after successful in-orbit testing.
UK-based satellite provider Inmarsat has received a delayed quarterly payment of $9.1 million from its US partner, LightSquared.
China Telecom is to test its 4G network in 40 cities across the country, extending its reach from 16 locations after receiving approval from regulators.
French group Vivendi is to enter into exclusive talks with Telefónica over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit, GVT.
Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have launched a joint venture that will offer enterprise services in Indonesia.
Armenia’s Ucom has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the upgrade of its national infrastructure, using the French vendor’s 100G optical transport network (OTN) solution.
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Media group Vivendi has received two offers for its Brazilian unit GVT, from European operators Telecom Italia and Telefónica.
Fixed-line provider Colt has announced plans to support financial group BNP Paribas’ Real Estate division in Germany with network services.
South Africa's MTN and Chinese vendor Huawei have completed a successful live trial of a transport SDN and 2.4Tbps WDM system.
BT Openreach has partnered with Ciena to expand the UK firm’s Ethernet offering using the US vendor’s packet networking solutions.
AMS-IX has announced a partnership with ReTN for the international network operator to join its partner programme.
Telstra has launched its cloud-based enterprise service, Whispir Conversation Platform, in the UK.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has revealed 14 additional members since January this year as it moves to progress the development of Carrier Wifi worldwide.
EE has extended its 4G network in the UK to 13 new locations.
PCCW Global has announced plans to extend its support to NGO Télécoms Sans Frontiéres (TSF) for the next three years.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) is considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in a New Zealand-based phone operator, according to the company’s CEO.
Verizon is reportedly set to launch VoLTE HD voice calls, and will become the fourth major carrier in the US to roll out the service.
Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) is set to modernise and expand its domestic core infrastructure.
Spain’s Telefónica is considering plans to improve its offer for Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband unit GVT and could bid up to €8 billion.
AT&T has revealed plans to merge its mobile and fixed-line business units into a single division.
Verizon is to invest nearly $40 million in expanding its green energy programme by installing new solar power systems at eight of its network facilities in the US.
Norwegian regulators have postponed a planned mobile spectrum auction in the country that was originally scheduled for January 2015.
TE Connectivity has announced it has upgraded its antenna systems to 4G, in a bid to allow customers that presently use 2G and 3G services to deliver more capacity over their networks.
A wave of fatal bombings at the weekend in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, have damaged and temporarily closed down Zain Iraq’s network in the area.
US carrier AT&T has reportedly reached an agreement with anti-trust regulators to finally seal its move to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion.
Pacnet’s CloudSpace data centres in Sydney (SYCS1), Hong Kong (HKCS1 and HKCS2) and Singapore (SGCS2) have been awarded PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 2.0 Certification and Attestation of Compliance.
Nokia Networks has completed the acquisition of US-based SAC Wireless in a bid to increase its share of the infrastructure and network deployment market.
Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications has appointed Mark Courtney as general counsel.
Australian carrier Telstra has launched a global cloud based unified communications service to enable business to collaborate in real time across the globe.
Cable&Wireless’ Caribbean arm LIME is upgrading its network in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of Project Marlin, a $1.05 billion capital investment programme.
UK-based telecoms company Viatel has today revealed that it will spend €125 million on a major expansion over the next 12 months.
SingTel has partnered with Samsung and Ericsson to launch the world’s first 300Mbps 4G LTE-A service for smartphones.
Brazilian mobile infrastructure company T4U is to launch an IPO in a bid to tap into the increasing demand for towers in Latin America.
Croatia’s Hrvatski Telekom has signed a five-year managed services agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Telekom Austria has completed its acquisition of triple-play cable company Blizoo Macedonia.
Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom has announced an agreement with datamena to establish a PoP in the Middle East.
Deutsche Telekom is contemplating the acquisition of smaller cable operators, according to local reports.
Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics solutions provider Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Mobile operator ICE is expected to announce expansion plans for its operators in Norway next month.
Telstra has partnered with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s optical transport equipment and services.
China Mobile is on the lookout for acquisitions in a bid to expand its business, the company’s chairman said yesterday.
Telecom Italia has confirmed its interests in acquiring Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband and TV provider GVT.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) has said it plans to invest $200 million in a number of Silicon Valley start-ups in the US.
Technology giant Apple has reportedly began to store user data in China on servers owned by China Telecom.
An independent research study conducted by Signals Research Group (SRG) on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent found that the call setup time for VoLTE is nearly twice as fast as the call setup for existing 3G circuit switched fallback (CSFB).
Private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners has acquired a majority interest in US dark fibre provider Cross River Fiber.
Mexico’s Grupo Televisa has spent $653.96 million on acquiring the remaining shares of Mexican cable firm Cablecom that is does not already own.
SingTel has reported that its first quarter net profit fell by 17.4% from the same time in 2013 due to the absence one-time gains and weak forex implications in some of its operating markets.
Indian telco Bharti Airtel and the State Bank of India are said to be in discussions over a mega alliance in the country.
BT Wholesale has signed a five year agreement with Avaya to supply its Unified Communications and Contact Centre applications as a cloud service to midmarket enterprise customers.
France’s Orange is reportedly looking to sell approximately 9,400 mobile antennas in Spain, as it attempts to cut costs.
Filipino operator PLDT has said it aims to complete the rollout of its fibre optic network in the first half of 2015.
China’s Huawei has today revealed the launch of an innovation centre at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.
The National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) in Moldova has awarded three mobile licences to Moldcell.
Approximately a third of UK mobile phone users battle coverage problems every week, according to a report from the country’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom
Virgin Mobile could strike a partnership with Russian operator Movilnet Group to launch operations in Ecuador.
Telekom Austria Group has today reported a net loss of approximately €300 million in its first half 2014 results, citing an impairment in Eastern Europe.
The Latin American region has seen its international internet capacity increase four fold in the last five years to reach 14.6Tbps, according to data from research group TeleGeography.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with service provider Pioneer Cellular to deploy a 4G LTE overlay network in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas in Midwestern US.
Czech financial group PPF is reportedly planning to split O2 Czech Republic into two separate businesses.
Bondholders at South African mobile operator Cell C have agreed to €160 million worth of debt restructuring, in order to free up investment for a network expansion.
Vodafone India has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to upgrade its network and manage a pre-paid charging system for the company’s 75 million customers across five key regions.
MTS Ukraine has reportedly restored mobile services in 43 locations across eastern Ukraine, after previously suspending its operations in the region.
Australian operator Telstra has acquired Silicon Valley’s video platform company Ooyala for $270 million, in a bid to increase its presence in the digital media market.
Vodafone New Zealand has today announced the launch of its commercial 700MHz LTE network in the country, in partnership with Nokia Networks.
British satellite operator Avanti Communications is to launch its new HYLAS 4 satellite in 2017 and complete its coverage in Europe and Africa.
Chinese vendor Huawei has partnered with Telekom Malaysia (TM) subsidiary Telekom Research and Development (TM R&D) to co-develop next-generation access technologies for fixed-line and mobile operators in Malaysia.
Myanmar’s telecoms industry has been offered approximately $103 million in loans to improve its telecoms infrastructure by the Japanese government.
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Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable the airline to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
Lithuanian mobile operator Bite is reportedly set to invest approximately €50 million ($66.7 million) in the deployment of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network over the next few years.
A consortium of six companies are to invest $300 million in a new trans-Pacific cable linking the west coast of the US to two landing stations in Japan.
UK-based Allegro Networks has today announced the launch of SnapConnect, an online provisioning service which allows providers to quickly establish virtual cross-connects with strategic partners.
Telkom South Africa’s CFO, Jacques Schindehutte, has resigned with full benefits, following a suspension late last year.
Intelsat has extended its agreement with Angolan operator MSTelecom to provide satellite broadband services in Angola.
Japan’s SoftBank Mobile and Ericsson have partnered to develop enhanced end-used experience on congested networks, using the Swedish vendor’s Mobility-based Policy.
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Russia’s MegaFon has signed a seven-year agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the development of the operator’s telecoms infrastructure.
UK mobile operator Vodafone has completed its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call at its laboratory in Newbury, Berkshire.
African operator MTN is planning to acquire a mobile licence in Syria, despite political upheaval in the country that has lasted for four years.
South Korean mobile operator LG Uplus and China’s Huawei have partnered to establish a mobile innovation centre (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea.
T-Mobile US has declared its intentions to overtake Sprint as the third-largest operator in the US by the end of the year, CEO John Legere said on Twitter yesterday.
Interxion is set to acquire the SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France.
Telstra has launched a low-latency service to CME Group’s Aurora data centre in Australia.
Bolivian billionaire and new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is expected to refocus the company following its failure to acquire T-Mobile US.
Iranian operator MTN Irancell has claimed it will begin testing its 3G network in public universities and government institutions across the country’s capital, Tehran.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in German company Rocket Internet for €333 million.
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Marco Patuano, CEO at Telecom Italia, told reporters this morning that the company will not make any “crazy offers” in Brazil, following the news that Telefónica placed a bid for Brazilian internet provider GVT.
Data centre provider Equinix has announced that the Blue Box Group will be delivering its private cloud as a service (PCaaS) on the Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Huawei and China Mobile have announced the successful deployment of what is claimed to be the world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R active antenna unit (AAU) in Hebei, China.
Vodafone UK has been awarded an enhanced cybersecurity certification, Cyber Essentials Plus, from the UK government.
Russian operators Rostelecom and Tele2 Russia have finalised negotiations for the creation of a mobile joint venture in the country, Reuters reports.
Sprint has dropped its bid to acquire T-Mobile US, following unwavering resistance from US regulators.
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British incumbent BT has been left out of a UK government contract to upgrade emergency service communications systems in Britain.
Cellcom Israel has launched an LTE network in the country after receiving approval from the Israeli Ministry of Communication (MoC).
Intelsat said its Q2 results were in line with expectations, despite experiencing a drop in revenues.
Deutsche Telekom has raised concerns over the credibility of Iliad’s bid for its T-Mobile US unit.
Tata Communications has posted its Q1 results for FY15, recording a 14% year-on-year increase in revenues.
Zain Bahrain is looking to sell off a 15% stake in an IPO of the company and is seeking to raise approximately €18 million.
Spain’s Telefónica has offered €6.7 billion ($8.99 billion) to acquire French operator Vivendi’s Brazilian unit, GVT.
Vodafone Egypt and vendor Ericsson have announced a three-year managed services agreement.
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Investment in Nigeria’s telecoms sector has topped $32 billion, according to the vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Visual computing technologies provider NVIDIA has extended its partnership with NTT Communications, selecting the carrier’s Hong Kong data centre facilities as its hub for the Asia-Pacific region.
Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile has partnered with Syniverse for access to its IPX Network Solution to enable LTE roaming.
Colombia’s Tigo Millicom has received final approval from regulators for the merger of its mobile business with the fixed-line arm of UNE EPM (Empresas Publicas de Medellin).
Qatari operator Ooredoo has launched telecoms services in Myanmar.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it does not want joint bids from nationwide carriers in the US wireless airwave auction, which could scupper plans for a joint venture between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Shaw Communications is to acquire US co-location services provider ViaWest for approximately $1.2 billion.
China Mobile has named Nokia Networks as having the best network performance for all its TD-LTE vendor deployments in major cities across the country.
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Russian operator MTS will re-launch operations in Uzbekistan by the end of this year, after a two-year hiatus.
Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has conditionally approved a proposal from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s to combine three companies owned by América Móvil.
UAE-based operator du has completed a successful LTE-A field trial in partnership with China’s Huawei.
Viatel has completed the second phase of its 100G network upgrade in Europe.
CSG Systems International has extended its partnership to provide residential billing services to Comcast Cable in the US.
UK operator Vodafone has renewed its partner market agreement with Belgian telco Belgacom for a further three years.
French operator Iliad has emerged as a surprise bidder for T-Mobile US, which could instigate a bidding war with US carrier Sprint.
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Reliance Industries (RIL) has denied reports that it is open to offloading up to 30% of its telecoms arm, Reliance Jio.
Cable firm Numericable’s proposed acquisition of SFR from Vivendi is in doubt after the French competition authority said it will carry out an in-depth review of the acquisition.
Colt has signed an agreement with online hotel search aggregator trivago, for the delivery of its SIP trunking solution.
Austrian regulators have approved proposals by smaller operators in the country to re-use spectrum for 3G and 4G services and compete better with market leader Telekom Austria.
Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas has said that he has no plans to sell his stake in mobile operator Iusacell.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is set to acquire the mobile network business of Japanese technology and solution provider Panasonic System Networks.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly planning to sell off part of its submarine cable unit in an IPO, in the company’s latest bid to turn around its fortunes.
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Middle Eastern operators Mobily and Batelco have reportedly signed a 4G roaming agreement for mutual customer benefit.
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A merger between US players Sprint and T-Mobile US is not likely to surface until September, according to sources close to the companies.
Cisco has revealed that its network infrastructure at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow can support a total installed bandwidth of above 520 gigabits per second.
Australia’s National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has extended a fixed and mobile managed-service contract with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Netflix will pay US telco AT&T for the smooth delivery of its content after signing a peering agreement, both companies announced yesterday.
US operator Windstream has made plans to spin-off parts of its telecoms network into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a global licence agreement with Ranplan to implement small cell wireless networks.
Spanish operator Telefónica is discussing a potential acquisition in Mexico, thought to be Iusacell.
Dutch telecoms group KPN has reported better-than-expected Q2 core profits after the company’s cost-cutting plan made up for poor results in most of its units.
Chinese vendor ZTE has struck a partnership with TIM Brasil to build a new centre, designed to promote innovation in next-generation broadband technologies.
Level 3 Communications is embarking on a network expansion project across Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, Capacity can exclusively reveal.
Vodafone Australia is reallocating half of its mobile spectrum for 3G to 4G, and plans to expand the latter network to cover 95% of the urban population by the year end, according to local reports.
Mobile operator EE has announced the addition of 1.3 million customers to its 4G network in Q2 this year and claimed that take-up of its mobile broadband service was the fastest in Europe.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has hit the 300 million subscriber mark across its 20 operational countries in Asia and Africa.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is trialling LTE Broadcast technology in its latest bid to open up new revenue sources for operators.
Manx Telecom has launched the first 4G network in the Isle of Man, UK.
Australia’s broadband company NBN Co has selected Thaicom subsidiary IPSTAR Australia (IPA) for a new initiative to boost broadband connections in remote parts of the country.
NTT Communications has signed a partnership with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to provide its enterprise customers with NTT Com’s enterprise cloud solution.
Transatel has signed an agreement with the Post Office in the UK to enable the company to launch its MVNO operations.
EdgeConnex has partnered with cloud provider TelNet Worldwide to develop a new data centre in Southfield, Michigan.
Algérie Télécom’s CEO has said the company intends to deploy an additional 20,000km of fibre-optic cabling in Algeria by the end of 2015.
China Telecom has announced an exclusive deal with Microsoft to sell the company’s Xbox One gaming console in the country.
Equinix has completed its acquisition of ALOG Data Centers of Brazil in a $225 million cash transaction.
tw telecom has expanded its network footprint across metropolitan Atlanta, US.
Wateen Telecom, sister company of Warid Telecom in Pakistan, has announced the appointment of Rizwan Tiwana as CEO.
South African operator Cell C is planning to restructure €160 million worth of debt and free up capital to invest in its network.
Analysts are warning that Thailand’s decision to suspend its 4G mobile licence auction could cause a loss of $4 billion to the market.
Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian unit, Drei, has withdrawn its appeal against the results of the country’s €2 billion 4G frequency auction.
African and Latin America telecoms player Millicom has launched 4G services in Bolivia.
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Cable operator Liberty Global has reportedly offered to sell off its pay-TV channel Film1 as part of its concessions to gain approval in its bid to acquire Dutch player Ziggo.
Colt is working with the London Metal Exchange (LME) to launch a dedicated high-speed network to provide market participants with a secure connection to the exchange’s electronic systems.
Middle Eastern operator du expects to have a fully functional IP and broadband service in the UAE before the end of the year.
Ofcom is set to review a proposed increase in costs for using airwaves to operate mobile services in the UK.
Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks to provide radio access equipment and services as part of its network upgrade to 4G across Spain.
Global insurance firm Aviva has extended its contract with Vodafone to provide a range of communications services, including cloud storage.
Infinera has posted its second quarter results for 2014, recording revenues of $165.4 million, compared with $142.8 million in Q1.
Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) and EdgeCast have revealed a rapid expansion strategy that will see the CDN provider add an additional 20 PoPs to its footprint across major cities in the world.
KDDI is investing a further £135 million in Telehouse’s data centre campus in London Docklands, UK.
SingTel is claiming to be the first operator in the world to offer a commercial 300Mbps 4G service, following the launch of Huawei’s E5785 mobile device.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) of India has recommended that operators in the country should be allowed to share spectrum.
Companies wishing to invest in rural parts of Canada have been invited to lay claim to approximately $284 million of government spending over the next three years to upgrade internet access in parts of the country.
Telefonica Global Solutions has revealed that IPX traffic increased by a total of 63% on its international network during this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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Level 3 has announced plans to expand its executive team by integrating two tw telecom executives, following its acquisition of the company last month.
Australian operators Optus and Telstra are launching 700MHz 4G trial networks across Australia.
Vodafone Portugal and Portugal Telecom have signed an agreement to deploy and share fibre networks to reach 900,000 homes in Portugal.
China Mobile has revealed plans to install over 500,000 4G base stations by the end of 2014.
US carrier Verizon has completed a trial over its regional Ethernet network between two 100G network interface devices (NID).
Hibernia Networks has resumed work on its transatlantic Hibernia Express subsea cable.
América Móvil has claimed that Mexico’s revolutionary telecoms reforms are already beginning to take its toll, after the company revealed a slightly poorer performance than predicted in its core market.
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A top consultancy firm has backed the validity of spectrum auctions, despite Capacity’s recent Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) survey reporting that a staggering 60% of operators were losing faith in the process.
Chinese vendor Huawei has reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.
Vodafone Egypt has announced plans to invest approximately $1.3 billion to improve its network over the next three years.
Asset management company Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Netherlands-based Expereo.
Algérie Télécom has partnered with Nokia Networks to modernise its transport network sites with a highly flexible MPLS network.
GTS Central Europe has announced the launch of a new unified communications service for voice, messaging and collaboration.
Technology firm Microsoft is set to axe 18,000 jobs, representing the largest cuts to its workforce since it was founded 39 years ago.
Kiwi operator Chorus has secured early funding from Crown Fibre Holdings for the roll-out of New Zealand’s Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) network.
Telekom Slovenia has acquired Bosnian telecoms firm Telrad Net in a bid to expand its business in the country.
Perseus Telecom has today announced the deployment of its High Precision Time solution in CoreSite’s Northern Virginia market.
Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora has become the latest high-profile executive to leave the internet company and will join Japanese operator SoftBank as vice-chairman.
Thailand’s military government has announced that its suspended 4G auction will now be held in July 2015.
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Orange has today revealed that it has signed the construction and maintenance agreement for the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable, joining a number of other operators including PCCW Global and Etisalat.
Indian operator Aircel has become the second company to launch 4G services in the country.
Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man, situated in the waters between Britain and Ireland, has today revealed plans for the launch of the island’s first 4G service.
Orange has launched a high-capacity IP PoP in West Africa, claimed to be the first of its kind in the region.
Japan wireless player KDDI and financial firm Sumitomo Corp is partnering with Myanmar’s state-owned telecoms company to invest approximately $2 billion over the next decade.
Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil broke records for the amount of data sent by fans at the ground, according to the National Union of Telephone Companies (SindiTelebrasil).
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Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar is protesting rival operator Ukrtelecom’s inclusion in the Ukrainian regulator’s plans for 3G licensing, according to local reports.
China’s three state-owned mobile operators have signed an agreement to form a joint telecoms tower company.
US satellite provider Dish Network has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block Comcast’s bid to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) on competition grounds.
AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in south west Indiana with the upgrade of 10 additional sites.
Allied Fiber has signed a 20-year agreement with Latin American provider GlobeNet for dark fibre, neutral co-location and interconnection services.
UK’s Vodafone is continuing negotiations over its tax dispute with India, after the country’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the claims will “naturally reach their logical conclusion”.
India’s new recently elected government is predicting it will raise approximately Rs 454.71 billion ($7.59 billion) from telecoms proceeds in the present fiscal year.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a contract to build out a share of Vodafone’s Project Spring investment plan.
The Canadian government is set to announce an auction of prime spectrum in a bid to promote competition and allow smaller operators to compete with the country’s larger players.
Orange is targeting growth in Spain and is looking at potential acquisitions in the country, according to the company's CEO.
SK Telecom and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint 5G research at the Swedish vendor’s facility in Stockholm.
Spanish operator Telefónica has agreed to spend €100 million ($136 million) on an 11.1% stake in Italian media group Mediaset’s pay-TV business.
Swedish operator Tele2 is set to sell its Norwegian subsidiary to TeliaSonera for approximately $744 million.
Etisalat and Huawei have announced the successful trial of the Chinese vendor’s 400G technology on a commercially available optical transport network (OTN) in UAE.
Telekom Austria has merged its Liechtenstein arm, mobilkom, with national incumbent Telecom Liechtenstein.
Kazakhtelecom subsidiary Altel has launched LTE networks in Kyzylorda and Taraz, in the south of the country, according to local reports.
Australian operator Telstra has announced a strategic investment in mobile identity services company TeleSign.
Egypt is said to be finalising the details of its unified telecoms licence, following its missed deadline of June 30.
Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at the body's general assembly held in Bologna on June 26.
The European Commission has given unconditional approval for Vodafone’s €7.2 billion acquisition of Spanish cable operator ONO.
US-based fibre provider Zayo has announced plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
Tele2 AB has announced an agreement with service provider NetComm Wireless for the delivery of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities to vertical markets.
Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, has launched a 4G LTE network in the country.
Chinese vendor ZTE has revealed its pre-5G concept plan, claiming that under some conditions it can provide a 5G-like user experience on 4G terminals without changing the air interface standards.
T-Mobile has reportedly become the first operator in the Czech Republic to launch LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services.
TalkTalk has appointed Gary Steen as its CTO.
Keith Schofield has been appointed GM of the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC).
Telefónica’s much-deliberated acquisition of KPN’s German unit, E-Plus, received approval from EU anti-trust regulators today, on the condition that the Spanish operator divests radio wave spectrum and network capacity.
Ericsson has achieved speeds of 5Gbps in live, over-the-air demonstrations of its pre-standard 5G network technology, the Swedish vendor claims.
France’s Orange has halted all plans to take part in a French telecoms market merger, the operator told reporters today.
Traditional SMS revenues declined for the first time last year, but that has not stopped carriers exploring new ways to revive the messaging service.
Finnish operator Ukkoverkot has selected Huawei for the deployment of what the Chinese vendor claims to be the world’s first commercial LTE 450MHz network.
Kuwaiti operator Zain has appointed Duncan Howard as CCO of the Zain Group.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has reportedly sold its entire 49% stake in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
ViaSat and Eutelsat have signed an agreement that will enable service access and roaming on their respective satellite networks.
Swedish vendor Ericsson today revealed a seven-year managed services contract with subsidiaries of Greece’s OTE; Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania.
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Kiwi operator 2degrees switched on its 4G network in Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island, for the first time this morning.
Oman Telecommunications (Omantel) has appointed Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari as CEO at the firm.
The German government has cancelled a contract with Verizon, as concerns about spy surveillance by the US continue to grow.
The UK’s Virgin Group and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse have today revealed plans to sell their jointly-owned mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Virgin Mobile France, to cable company Numericable.
Zayo Group has completed a 100G upgrade on its long-haul network in Europe.
América Móvil’s $2 billion offer to acquire the remaining shares of Telekom Austria has received regulatory approval and is now unconditional, Reuters reports.
London-based Volta Data Centre has confirmed that the Secure Path Networks (SPN) Alliance has installed dark fibre connectivity into its Great Sutton Street (GSS) facility.
Sichuan Unicom, the Sichuan branch of China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom), has partnered with national vendor Huawei for what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial SDN-based IP radio access network (IPRAN).
Telstra Global has added two PoPs in Taiwan, as it aims to strengthen its network across Asia-Pacific.
The CEO of Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless told reporters that it has begun its nationwide 4G expansion and is already eyeing 5G technologies.
Equinix has expanded the reach of its Cloud Exchange with a launch in Asia-Pacific.
Orange Business Services has added software solutions and enterprise cloud computing provider Salesforce to its cloud hub, Business VPN Galerie.
NewTelco has launched two additional PoPs with South African data centre provider Teraco Data Environments.
Zain Kuwait and Nokia Networks claim to have successfully completed Kuwait’s first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) call, using Zain’s commercial LTE network.
The Singapore telecoms market looks set for a shake-up as a fourth telco is reportedly preparing for entry.
Vodafone will reportedly gain unconditional EU approval for its €7.2 billion deal to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO.
Data centre co-location and solutions provider C4L, has established a PoP in Volta’s Great Sutton Street (GSS) data centre in central London, UK.
Verizon Digital Media Services has announced the expansion of the Verizon EdgeCast CDN by adding 20 new PoPs around the world in major cities.
Data centre provider Equinix and equipment vendor Ciena have signed an agreement to enable on-demand, virtual network capabilities for service provider and enterprise customers.
Zain Saudi Arabia (KSA) is set to upgrade its network after signing infrastructure supply contracts worth $1.2 billion.
Italian regulator AGCOM has proposed new cuts to wholesale telecoms fees which could reduce the power of incumbent operator Telecom Italia in the market.
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National Kuwaiti telco Wataniya has today announced Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Thani as its CEO.
UAE’s Etisalat and Spanish operator Telefónica have signed a partnership for the delivery of advanced cybersecurity solutions in the UAE.
The Mexican Supreme Court has reportedly refused to hear injunctions from América Móvil and its mobile subsidiary Telcel, seeking to challenge a ruling by Mexico’s telecoms regulator.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has signed a definitive agreement to merge its operations with Loop Mobile.
Subsea cable operator GBI has extended its network from du’s landing station in Fujairah to a datamena data centre facility in Dubai.
Mobile operator EE has announced it has completed the migration of its national IP/MPLS core network for 4G connectivity, in partnership with Juniper Networks.
Telekom Austria Group has acquired Macedonian cable operator blizoo Macedonia.
Movistar Peru has announced an extension of its 4G LTE network in the country to include Trujillo and Arequipa.
The European Commission (EC) has told German telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA) that it has three months to take action on mobile termination rates (MTRs) in the country, according to local reports.
Zain Kuwait has signed a partnership with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the deployment of the equipment vendor’s operations support systems (OSS) solution.
Telefónica’s E-Plus acquisition is further in doubt after only two of 12 national regulators supported concessions added to get the deal passed.
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has selected Ciena’s converged packet optical platform for the pan-European segment for its global fibre network.
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Vodafone Netherlands has held a trial for LTE Advanced and could launch the service later this year.
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Czech operators Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile are reportedly planning to share networks for 2G, 3G and LTE services.
Level 3 Communications has expanded its video cloud services to China through an agreement with China Telecom Global.
Mobiltel, the Bulgarian subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, has a completed a trial of NFV.
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Internet service providers (ISPs) across the US are improving their overall network performance, according to a new report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator, has today proposed a set of guidelines for margins that BT will have to uphold when wholesaling its superfast fibre offering to rivals.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a partnership with EBlink which aims to tap into the potential of the mobile startup’s wireless fronthaul solution.
Fibre-optic provider Angola Cables has signed a collaboration agreement with internet exchange DE-CIX to establish the foundations for a neutral interconnection environment between Angola and southern Africa.
Telecom Italia has partnered with Juniper Networks to migrate its network to SDN/NFV technology.
TI Sparkle has launched a new PoP in Tanzania.
China Unicom is to invest approximately $387 million (HK$3 billion) in an ICT facility in Hong Kong.
Interoute has announced the launch of a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in New York, as the company attempts to expand its cloud services globally.
T-Mobile US is reportedly looking at alternative options for acquiring spectrum if its proposed merger with Sprint falls through.
Telstra Global has extended its cloud infrastructure services to the US.
Reliance Industries has said it will begin rolling out 4G telecoms services in India by 2015.
Tata Communications has launched the latest version of its unified communications platform, jamvee.
Israel-based Cellcom will provide television coverage over the internet for the first time, as mobile operators in the country continue to look for new ways to generate revenue.
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HGC GlobalCentre (HGCGC) has announced the launch of a new data centre in Kwai Chung, a town in the New Territories of Hong Kong, to add to an existing facility nearby in the region.
Thailand’s telecoms regulator has suspended a 4G mobile licence auction following a request from the country’s army council.
Japanese operator KDDI has selected Epsilon to deliver local-access networks in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Telenor Global Services (TGS) and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced an interconnection agreement for IPX and LTE/4G peering.
Level 3 has today announced a deal to acquire tw telecom for approximately $5.6 billion.
Togo’s telecoms regulator is planning to launch a third mobile licence in the country.
German anti-trust regulators have raised further concerns over Telefónica’s planned acquisition of KPN-owned E-Plus, as the deal moves closer to completion.
Limelight Networks has rejected a takeover bid of approximately $644 million from Silicon Valley private equity firm Tuition Build.
The European Union and South Korea have entered into an agreement to work to together on the development of 5G standards and technology.
Vodafone has announced a deal to acquire Italian electronics services provider Cobra Automotive Technologies for €145 million.
American Tower Corporation (AMT) is reportedly set to acquire Brazilian telecoms infrastructure operator BR Towers for nearly $1 billion.
The US senate anti-trust panel is to hold a hearing later this month to review AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
The past year has seen a rapid rise in the number of carriers developing cloud solution portfolios targeted at enterprise customers. Guy Matthews investigates.
Hungarian fixed-line and broadband operator Invitel Holdings is to be sold off later this year by private equity fund Mid Europa Partners.
Nordic telecoms group Telenor has filed to take full ownership of its Indian mobile services unit Uninor by investing $131.03 million.
Colombia’s telecoms sector has witnessed a rapid increase in infrastructure investment in recent years, opening up significant potential for economic growth from technological advancements.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has told telecoms companies to take a strong stance on preparing their networks against cyber attacks.
NTT Communications has launched conferencing services in Hong Kong and Malaysia, with plans to roll the service out to markets in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Internet exchange company AMS-IX has announced that Akamai has become the latest member partner in its New York facility.
Orange Business Services has signed a MoU with Equinix to join its Cloud Exchange.
Bouygues Telecom is planning to cut over 1,500 jobs, as talks of a possible takeover by either Iliad or Orange hit a standstill this week.
ITW 2014 marked Vodafone Carrier Services' first full year of operation. The company’s CEO Brian Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts on the last 12 months with Capacity.
Vietnamese regulators are set to approve the privatisation of the country’s second-biggest operator, MobiFone, by the end of the year.
Intelsat has revealed details of the news and sports programmers using its global satellite services and terrestrial network to televise the 2014 World Cup, which starts today in Brazil.
Deutsche Telekom has revealed it is focussing on integrating fibre-optic provider GTS Central Europe within its operations and is not planning additional acquisitions in eastern Europe.
Zayo Group has expanded its existing contract with UK operator TalkTalk to include additional network services.
UK-based Vodafone is planning to increase the roll-out of its LTE network to five more cities in the country later this year.
As carriers continue to target international growth, Marc Halbfinger, CEO at PCCW Global talks to Capacity about the company’s expansion strategy.
UK-based private equity firm Cinven Partners has agreed to acquire the fibre network of Spanish utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for €510 million.
Chinese vendor Huawei has announced that it has raised sales targets across its enterprise business, and now expects sales to increase by 40% year-on-year.
SEACOM has announced a partnership with content delivery company CDNetworks to deploy content clusters and caching nodes on its pan-African IP network in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Google is set to acquire satellite company Skybox Imaging for approximately $500 million in cash.
Telcos are uniquely positioned to play a key part in the global battle against cybercrime, says former FBI man Shawn Henry. Capacity hears about his tireless battle against a relentless tide of “adversaries”.
Russian telecoms operator MegaFon has acquired equipment and maintenance services from Chinese vendor Huawei in a multi-million dollar deal.
Viatel has signed reseller agreements with European internet exchanges DE-CIX, France-IX and the London Internet Exchange (LINX).
FiberLight has expanded its rural connectivity across the US state of Texas.
French operator Iliad has reportedly made a bid of up to €5 billion to acquire Bouygues Telecom, but failed to meet the company's asking price.
China Telecom has selected Gemalto as one of its suppliers for its mobile contactless services suite.
UK-based XConnect has acquired German number portability service provider sms eSolutions.
Capacity talks to NTT Communications’ Michael Wheeler about incremental growth internationally, continued innovation and the approach of net neutrality.
Telenor Global Services’ CEO Bjørn Iversen talks to Capacity about the growing opportunity for IPX and how the company is implementing the service globally.
Wholesale bandwidth provider TransIndonesia Network has partnered with solutions provider Coriant to extend and upgrade sections of its network in Indonesia.
The Global Carrier Awards are now open for entries and feature a number of new categories for 2014.
Tomas Budnik, former executive at financial group PPF, is set to replace Luis Malvido as CEO of Telefónica Czech Republic.
The Slovenian government has invited investors to bid for the country’s largest operator, Telkom, according to state investment fund SOD.
Telecom Italia (TI) Sparkle has today announced a partnership with Dolphin Telecom for the extension of its global IP backbone in West Africa.
Qatar-based Ooredoo could face a potential boycott of its services in Myanmar before it has even launched operations after nationalists raised concerns over its ties to a Muslim state.
Opportunities both new and old are out there for carriers, says Juan Revilla, CEO of wholesale business for Telefónica Global Solutions. Capacity finds out how he plans to grasp them.
Australia’s state-owned National Broadband Network Company (NBN) has named two new executives as part of CEO Bill Morrow’s plans to restructure the company.
Finnish equipment vendor Nokia has acquired Mesaplexx, an Australian company with expertise in developing radio frequency filter technology.
UK mobile operator Vodafone has today reported that government agencies in some countries where it operates have direct access to its network.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET) has launched 4G services in the APT700 band in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
MTN Group is reportedly planning a $250 million investment in the upgrade of its network in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.
Subex is to provide its Revenue Assurance and Fraud solution to Maltese telecoms operator GO.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has signed a Wifi roaming agreement with wireless provider Boingo to extend its Wifi coverage.
Etisalat has signed an operator billing partnership with mobile payment provider Bango.
French operator Orange has called on the Credit Suisse and Lazard banks to help advise on a potential acquisition of rival Bouygues Telecom.
UK regulator Ofcom has proposed further cuts to the country’s mobile termination rates, as it attempts to lower costs for consumers.
Turkey has lifted its ban on video-sharing website YouTube after the constitutional court ruled the ban to be a violation of the Turkish constitution’s freedom-of-expression clause.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with Ascend Telecom Infrastructure for the roll-out of an LTE network in India.
Telekom Austria-owned Vipnet has been announced as the first operator in the group to complete a successful network functions virtualisation (NFV) trial.
Vodafone has partnered with Canada’s Rogers Communications for a 4G roaming agreement and further marketing opportunities.
Telefónica is reportedly in talks with German mobile operators Freenet and Drillisch, as well as Liberty Global’s Unitymedia Kabel, as it continues to seek approval from the EU for its takeover of KPN’s E-Plus.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has appointed heads of three regions, as part of its strategy to strengthen its position as a global player.
CityFibre has today announced plans to turn the city of Coventry in the UK into a Gigabit City.
South Africa’s MTN Group has today announced a long-term managed services partnership with CSG International.
Vodafone has announced plans to move its Vodafone xone technology development hub from Silicon Valley to London, in an effort to boost its emerging technologies division in Europe, Africa and India.
Zayo Group has struck a deal to provide fibre connectivity to Virtustream’s data centres across London.
Data centre provider Equinix has extended its Performance Hub solution to Asia-Pacific in a bid to meet demands in the region.
Turkcell shareholders have warned the industry of further dispute if Turkish group Cukurova continues its pursuit to repurchase a stake in the operator.
Internet giant Google is planning to invest over $1 billion on satellite communications in a bid to provide internet access to untapped regions across the world.
Spanish incumbent Telefónica has finalised its deal to acquire a 56% stake in Distribuidora de Televisión (DTS) from media group Prisa.
Regulators in Mali have fined Orange over $14 million for allegedly using mobile bandwidth in the country for fixed-line services.
The principle of an open internet is facing its biggest ever threat. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web and VIP keynote speaker at ITW 2014, talks to Capacity about the evolution of his creation 25 years on.
Alcatel-Lucent has added 19 companies to its CloudBand Ecosystem Programme, in a bid to advance industry adoption of network functions virtualisation (NFV).
SingTel has partnered with Ericsson to launch a 4G mobile broadband service with downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has released a statement rejecting claims that plans for a unified telecoms licence have been withdrawn.
Indonesian telecoms tower provider Sarana Menara Nusantara (SMN) has announced plans to raise $332 million to finance its network expansion.
Vivendi-owned broadband provider GVT has told local reporters that it is willing to work with the Brazilian government to prevent the break-up of the country’s second-largest mobile operator, TIM Brasil.
New Zealand telecoms regulator the Commerce Commission (ComCom) has approved Telecom NZ’s acquisition of a block of spectrum in the 700MHz band.
Mobile service provider OnMobile Global has appointed Rajiv Pancholy as its new CEO following the resignation of co-founder Mouli Raman as CEO earlier this month.
Taiwan Mobile has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s policy and charging solution.
Chunghwa Telecom has announced the launch of 4G broadband services in Taiwan, one month earlier than its expected launch date of July.
India’s Reliance Industries is planning to acquire a majority stake in Network18 Media and Investment for $680 million.
Huawei has successfully completed 10Gbps Wifi lab trials at its campus in Shenzen, China.
NTT Com has launched what it claims to be the industry’s first cloud-based network services that can be instantly activated online.
Saudi Arabia-based Mobily has pulled out of talks to acquire fixed-line operator Atheeb Telecommunications.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has over 575 members within its portfolio and it is Kelly Davis-Felner’s job to ensure that collaboration is present across the board.
LTE broadcast, or “LTE multicast”, is a solution that aims to address video content delivery problems faced by operators, allowing a more efficient use of network resources.
Deutsche Telekom has agreed to SoftBank’s plan to acquire T-Mobile US, according to local reports.
Integrated IT and network technologies firm NEC has signed a $1.6 million agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to upgrade its microwave links in six rural and island locations across Tanzania.
Orange has said there is an urgent need for consolidation in France and a move could be made in the coming weeks.
Claro Brasil has announced a partnership with solutions provider Syniverse to enable LTE data roaming for the Brazilian operator’s customers.
Regulators in Brazil have approved Virgin Mobile Brasil’s plans to use Telefónica Brasil SA’s mobile network to stimulate competition in the market.
India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm has selected DragonWave’s packet microwave radio system for its nationwide 4G network.
To many, AT&T epitomises all that is wrong with today’s top-tier telcos: cautious, conservative and conformist. Not anymore. The top brass are backing an audacious root-and-branch network revamp.
Spanish operator Telefónica, SDN specialist Cyan and software solution provider Red Hat have today announced an agreement for the development of a network functions virtualisation (NFV) architecture.
The EU has approved Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for Telefónica’s O2 Ireland.
UAE incumbent Etisalat has announced plans to share its fixed network infrastructure with mobile rival du by the end of this year.
French operator Orange has appointed the country’s treasury chief Ramon Fernandez as the company’s new CFO.
Telekom Austria’s board will give no recommendation on América Móvil’s offer to acquire outstanding shares in the company for $2 billion.
Israeli operators Cellcom and Golan Telecom have agreed on a network-sharing deal to cover the country’s future 4G network.
The merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast has some major implications for wholesale as well as cable. Capacity speaks to the COO and EVP of TWC Business Services, Phil Meeks.
Global Capacity has announced the addition of Texan IT management and solution provider Zthernet to its One Marketplace platform.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has successfully completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials for the feasibility of network functions virtualisation (NFV).
Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has today announced the deployment of a virtualised RAN solution from Alcatel-Lucent’s network function virtualisation (NFV) portfolio.
Abu Dhabi officials have reportedly given Etisalat a $500 million grant towards its planned acquisition of a 53% stake in Maroc Telecom.
Ericsson is reportedly planning to disclose information on low returns it made in Europe following high-level R&D investments.
Nokia is set to increase its focus on network security as it prepares to launch a security unit on June 1.
Following Colt’s decision to exit carrier voice trading and focus on the enterprise side of the segment, Capacity spoke to Richard Oosterom, EVP of voice services at Colt Technology Services about the company’s voice service restructure.
Q&A with Irwin Fouwels, head of global sales at Expereo International, discussing the key trends in enterprise networking and why you should embrace hybrid WAN solutions.
Sprint and rural mobile operator nTelos Wireless have reviewed and extended their wholesale agreement for LTE until 2020.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem is reportedly planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) to list its shares on the Stockholm stock exchange.
Network equipment vendor Cisco has acquired threat analysis company ThreatGRID in an effort to boost its cybersecurity portfolio.
India’s Reliance Group is reportedly in talks with China’s Citic Telecom over the sale of part of its undersea cable assets.
Alcatel-Lucent and French security company Thales are in talks over a potential takeover of Alcatel's cybersecurity unit.
Telefónica has won a tender from Valencia City Council in Spain to develop a smart city platform.
A consortium of UK technology firms, including BT and Neul, have today announced an agreement to build a city-wide, open-access internet of things (IoT) network in Milton Keynes, UK.
Telenor Group has selected vendor Nokia to provide it with radio access equipment and professional services as part of a five-year agreement.
UAE-based operator Etisalat has submitted a mandatory offer to acquire the remaining shares in Maroc Telecom, following its successful bid for a 53% stake in the carrier.
It has been a long time coming, but has a new era of connectivity, capacity and competition finally arrived in Latin America?
Level 3 Communications has announced that it is integrating the Equinix Cloud Exchange into its own Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem.
Infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa has indicated its intention to take part in Bharti Airtel's upcoming tower infrastructure auction in Africa.
China Mobile has awarded the bulk of the contracts for the roll-out of its LTE networks to vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to sources.
Russia’s Rostelecom has today announced a partnership with NEC subsidiary NEC Neva Communications Systems, for the expansion and upgrade of its mobile backhaul network.
The GSMA has hit out at the latest draft of the EU’s data protection regulation (GDPR), claiming that the proposals will not create one harmonised approach to data protection across Europe.
Who is responsible for jeopardising net neutrality? Capacity investigates.
Bouygues Telecom has partnered with Ericsson for the launch of VoLTE services in France.
Bulgarian operator Max Telecom has launched what it claims to be the first commercial 4G LTE network in the country.
Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D subsidiary, is set to open a research centre near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Epsilon has been selected by voice and data service provider Vuetel Italia to improve delivery of its international networks in Europe and Africa.
Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has confirmed plans to increase its network investment in the Caribbean and Central America.
Algérie Télécom and Nokia have deployed a commercial LTE network in Algeria, claimed to be the first of its kind in North Africa.
The Finnish government has announced plans to fund a new submarine cable connecting Finland and Germany, bypassing Sweden.
Telenor Group and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed a global framework agreement for the delivery of 4G LTE networks across Europe and Asia.
Global Capacity has signed a wholesale agreement with PEG Bandwidth for the delivery of enhanced connectivity to markets in the US.
Australia’s Telstra has partnered with Wifi provider Fon to create what is said to be one of the world’s largest Wifi networks.
Market watchers have thrown weight behind the SEA-ME-WE-5 cable, following initial suggestions that there would not be enough demand for the infrastructure.
TeliaSonera’s transatlantic undersea cable between the EU and the US suffered disturbances yesterday, affecting services for cloud operators.
PCCW Global has partnered with Huawei to launch a new global HD Video Communications (HDVC) centre in Hong Kong.
Vodafone has reported record falls in underlying revenue for the last 18 months after struggling to gain momentum in Europe following an aggressive investment strategy.
Adax and Israeli telecoms solutions provider Modulo have announced plans to roll out infrastructure to keep up with Israel’s impending 4G upgrade.
Governments across Europe could plunge billions into R&D solutions for 5G over the next five years, in a bid take a global lead on developing the technology.
Ciena has partnered with NORDUnet – an international collaboration between the Nordic national computer networks for research and education (R&E) – to provide improved networking to the Nordic National Research and Education Networks (NREN) community.
France-based Orange has agreed to sell its majority stake in Orange Uganda to Africell.
AT&T has announced that it has agreed to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion.
Pakistan’s government has been urged to bring clarity to cross-border connectivity regulation, following the results of the country’s recent 3G and 4G spectrum auctions.
Zayo has further solidified its presence in the UK after striking a deal to acquire London dark fibre provider Geo Networks.
OneAccess has partnered with Tokheim, a service provider specialising in the retail oil and gas industry, to upgrade its network.
South African operator Vodacom Group has reached an agreement to acquire Neotel for approximately $676 million (R 7 billion).
Russian telco MTS and Finnish vendor Nokia have announced that they have successfully trialled a VoLTE call on the operator’s cloud network infrastructure.
SEACOM has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X platform across its terrestrial network in Africa.
Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales and Solutions (ICSS) has launched an IP PoP in New York.
Wholesale carrier iBasis has announced an LTE roaming agreement between Polish operator Polkomtel and its parent company KPN in the Netherlands.
Fraud and security concerns were at the forefront of the Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) summit at ITW 2014, following comments made by ex-FBI member Shawn Henry claiming that there was a growing disconnect between the two in the industry.
French market leader Orange and rival operator Bouygues are reportedly looking at options to merge after calls from the country’s government for further consolidation in the market.
The French government is likely to bring down the number of domestic telecoms operators to three players, according to a senior government official.
Hibernia Networks has selected vendor Ciena’s advanced optical solutions to upgrade its platform; starting with the operator’s transatlantic system.
AT&T is reportedly in talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV and a deal close to $50 billion could be completed in the next few weeks.
DE-CIX’s New York exchange has today revealed an exclusive expansion into two of Telx’s six New York data centres; NYC1 and NYC2.
The evolving dynamic between content providers and carriers was at the forefront on day two of ITW 2014, as panellists agreed that over-regulation on the net neutrality issue could hinder OTT and carrier relationships.
DE-CIX New York, the US arm of the German internet exchange, has announced that it has connected Akamai as the first customer for its New York operations.
TI Sparkle has announced the launch of two new PoPs in Brazil and Panama as part of its plans to expand its global IP backbone footprint in the region.
Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS) has announced the launch of its Global Solutions’ IPX Suite, a comprehensive catalogue of services of IPX capabilities, at ITW 2014.
Global operators Orange, Ooredoo and Bharti Airtel have announced the formation of a new alliance.
KPN-owned iBasis and Polish mobile operator P4 have revealed the launch of an international high-definition voice service.
Tata Communications, Chinese vendor Huawei and submarine cable network provider Huawei Marine have today announced the successful completion of a 400G field trial on a 6,000km subsea network.
BT Wholesale and O2 have extended their existing partnership for a further five years to include the development of a suite of ICT services.
Sweden’s Tele2 has hit out at the Croatian government’s plans to triple radio frequency licensing fees for mobile network operators in the country.
Nokia and NTT DoCoMo have agreed to collaborate on the research and standardisation of 5G technology, building on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January this year.
Tata Communications and Orange have announced an interconnect agreement for IPX and signalling sigtran to allow for global IP networks to interconnect over their respective IPX platforms.
Operators O2 and T-Mobile have agreed on a LTE network-sharing deal in the Czech Republic, in an effort to accelerate their 4G roll-out in the country.
Alcatel-Lucent has upgraded the Apollo subsea cable system, which connects the UK and France to the US.
Network specialist Ciena has partnered with Brocade to jointly develop a network-sharing solution, allowing service providers to benefit from a more agile and automated cloud data centre infrastructure.
The UK’s Vodafone Group and French operator SFR have today announced the renewal of their strategic global alliance for another four years.
China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom are in talks to form a joint network-sharing venture.
Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) has given three companies in the country permission to launch commercial 4G services.
Equinix has launched the Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution designed to allow on-demand access to multiple clouds and networks worldwide.
Portugal Telecom has partnered with telecoms consultant Altran Portugal to combine its cloud and data services across Europe.
UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has published a spectrum-management plan which sets out a strategy for the country’s wireless infrastructure for the next ten years.
Orange has filed a complaint with France’s telecoms regulator about the mobile network-sharing deal between rival operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom.
Virgin Media could be set to sell off its non-cable broadband business in the UK and focus its strategy solely on providing high-speed internet.
Danish incumbent TDC has sold its Finnish operations to DNA in a €154 million ($212 million) deal.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has said he will prevent ISPs from restricting user access to web content.
Juniper Networks has launched a solution designed to help operators increase capacity by nearly 10 times.
South Africa’s Vodacom has won a tender for the roll-out of telecommunications services to rural areas of Tanzania, according to local reports.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has appointed Rima Qureshi as the group’s new chief strategy officer (CSO).
German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel has today announced a partnership with US-based network specialist Ciena for its 100G technology.
The Irish government plans to invest €512 million ($708.9 million) to ensure countrywide coverage of broadband and to address deficits of the service.
Nordic operator TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has expanded its US presence with the addition of the EvoSwitch WDC1 data centre in Washington DC to its North American backbone network.
Finnish vendor Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as group CEO, following the completion of the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
Indian telecoms carriers may still be able provide roaming services for 3G services beyond their licensed zones after a tribunal decision ruled in favour of the operators.
Chinese vendor Huawei has today announced the successful completion of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) test, which reached download speeds of up to 300Mbps.
UK ad-funded MVNO Samba has closed down with immediate effect after less than two years of operation.
Telekom Austria’s Slovenian subsidiary, Si.mobil, has been awarded approximately 48% of the mobile spectrum offered at the country’s auction.
Zayo Group has today announced the acquisition of French bandwidth infrastructure company Neo Telecoms.
Spain-based Telefónica is set to boost its operations in Chile with an investment of $600 million according to local reports.
Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel have announced a tripartite agreement to deliver 3G roaming services to each other’s customers in India.
Russian telco MegaFon has confirmed that the integration into of LTE service provider Scartel – which it acquired in October last year in a $1.2 billion deal – has been completed.
Telekom Srbija has selected technology from Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its network with ultra-broadband access.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has demonstrated LTE-A carrier aggregation technology in partnership with Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom.
Etisalat has signed a €3.15 billion loan to facilitate its acquisition of a 53% stake in Morocco’s Maroc Telecom.
US cable providers Comcast and Charter Communications have agreed a deal worth approximately $20 billion, intended to reshape the entire US cable market.
Kuwaiti operator Zain has reportedly been sued for $4.5 billion by an undisclosed company over its purchase of Iraqi operator Iraqna in 2007.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed an agreement with independent telecoms tower firm ATC India, to share its infrastructure in the country.
AT&T has announced that it expects to expand its ultra-fast fibre network and TV services to include an additional 21 cities across the US.
Liberty Global’s wholesale arm has today been awarded the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for its Ethernet services across Europe.
Colt has announced plans to eliminate 85% of its carrier voice contracts, after the company announced it was expecting a €175 million fall in revenues from the unit.
PCCW Global has signed an agreement with urban complex developer Shanghai Zendai to provide technology and telecoms services to a smart city being developed in South Africa.
Zain Jordan has reportedly acquired LTE frequencies for 142 million dinars ($199.8 million) and will launch the service in the country at the end of this year.
Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Finnish operator Elisa to upgrade the company’s network towards developing next-generation IP/MPLS capabilities.
AT&T, the second-largest player in the US mobile market, has said it may sit out of the next wave of auctions for airwaves if the FCC persists with rules to reserve bandwidth for smaller carriers.
AMS-IX has established a PoP with Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties in New York.
Panellists at West Africa Connect 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, have said the telecoms industry in the country needs to focus on collaboration, as the country bids to increase the industry’s importance to stimulate economic growth.
Tata Communications has expanded its global data centre footprint by establishing presences in four new markets.
Israeli mobile operator Cellcom has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the build-out of its 4G network.
Volta Data Centres has announced that managed services provider 6DG has established a PoP at its London facility.
Pakistan’s failure to generate a good response to its next-generation mobile spectrum licence could mean the country will miss out on its budget targets for the year.
Alternative Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom is reported to have acquired Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecommunications.
Chinese vendor Huawei and South Korean operator LG Uplus have announced a partnership to deploy WDM/OTN technology for Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) backhaul on the mobile provider’s LTE-A network.
Colt has joined the Metro2C Alliance, becoming its 22nd member.
Pacnet is supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect with hybrid cloud computing deployments.
Network services provider Lightower has completed its 400-mile network expansion in the Washington DC metro area.
German operator Deutsche Telekom has secured EU anti-trust approval to acquire GTS Central Europe for approximately $754 million.
AT&T has signed a three-year deal worth $8 million to provide global networking services to Schott, a German developer and manufacturer of industrial glass products.
French operator Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, following a month-long review of its operations in the country.
TalkTalk, Sky and CityFibre have revealed plans for a joint venture that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services across York in the UK.
Bulgarian network operator Mobiltel (M-Tel) – a subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group – has paid €30.6 million in order to renew its operating licence, which expires in June 2014.
Spain-based Telefónica is pushing to get its deal for E-Plus approved by reportedly offering to lease spectrum and provide roaming services to a new operator on the German market.
O2 UK has announced plans to invest £16 million in an effort to improve 3G coverage across the country.
Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris will reportedly invest approximately $2 billion in Telecom Italia if the Italian operator’s largest shareholder, Telefónica, exits the group.
French operator Orange has launched an international partnership programme – Orange Alliance.
US communications provider Consolidated Communications has partnered with Stream Data Centers to offer customers data storage, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions.
Service provider PCCW Global has signed an agreement with Telecom Namibia for MPLS interconnection in the country.
US operator AT&T has sold 300 million shares in Carlos Slim’s América Móvil, reducing its stake in the company to 8.36%.
Bharti Airtel has announced that its Chadian subsidiary has been awarded 3G and 4G licences by the country’s government.
TeliaSonera has appointed Christian Luiga as its permanent CFO.
Chinese vendor Huawei has upgraded its portfolio by adding a solution designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs for operators of metro networks.
The French government has announced its intention to actively encourage consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, in an effort to bring an end to the price war in the mobile market.
Brazilian national telecoms regulator Anatel has approved a proposal to auction off spectrum in the 700MHz band.
Having invested heavily in network roll-outs and acquiring spectrum, Deutsche Telekom sees itself as a pioneer in LTE. Capacity talks to the company’s Rolf Nafziger about the wholesale market’s role in supporting LTE’s rapid progress.
Pan-European network provider Viatel has invested a reported €1.5 million in the upgrade of its network across Ireland.
Cambodian mobile operator Beeline has announced plans to launch 4G services in the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh, by the end of the year.
EMC has today revealed the results of a survey which shows the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets is doubling the usage of data and internet services every two years.
Bezeq International has announced the launch of a PoP in Hong Kong for its global customers, as part of its expansion plans into East Asia.
The Jordanian government has revealed that one of the country's mobile operators has applied for 4G spectrum.
Telefónica has entered into a partnership to provide Wifi via satellite to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) has completed a successful trial of multi-terabit capacity on its existing network in southern Virginia, US.
Vodafone India’s largest minority investor is set to divest its stake in the business as the UK-based operator plans to take advantage of the country’s new foreign direct investment laws in order to take control of the company.
AT&T has expanded its portfolio with the launch of a new cloud security solution, AT&T Cloud Web Security.
Swiss-based YooMee Africa has today announced that it is preparing for the launch of a TD-LTE network in Côte d’Ivoire.
Guavus – a solutions provider to carriers – has entered into a partnership with network virtualisation specialist ConteXtream to enable telcos to deploy analytics solutions in SDN environments.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has launched an interactive application designed to allow operators to monitor energy consumption on their networks.
Telekom Austria's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Hans Tschuden, is to leave the company at the end of May.
Tata Communications is delivering live video coverage of Formula 1 through its fibre network for broadcaster Chello DMC.
US conglomerate Comcast has laid out a defence of its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) to telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone has today signed an agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the roll-out of a nationwide LTE network in Taiwan.
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Data Centre Alliance (DCA) have signed an agreement to encourage best practice on all cloud computing issues among cloud service providers.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) for 400G optical network trials.
Filipino carrier Globe Telecom has earmarked capex of approximately $650 million for data-related investments for this year.
Cincinnati Bell is set to quit the mobile phone market after Verizon Wireless struck a deal to acquire its spectrum for $210 million.
Speakers on today’s plenary panel session at Capacity Balkans 2014 in Bucharest, Romania, have predicted enormous growth for telecoms services in the region over the next few years.
Level 3 Communications has announced the launch of Video Cloud Services, based on moving, storing and delivering broadcast and internet video globally.
The US has knocked recent proposals by the EU to build a communication network in Europe to avoid data passing through the US.
Bahraini operator Batelco has announced the appointment of Alan Whelan as group CEO.
India’s Reliance Industries has struck its third infrastructure sharing agreement with Reliance Communications, this time to use its intra-city fibre network for 4G services.
European cable group Altice has won its battle with Bouygues Telecom to acquire France’s second-largest operator, SFR, for €17 billion.
Kenyan operator Safaricom has reportedly dropped its bid to acquire assets in the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
The Jamaican government has renewed the spectrum licences of national operators Digicel Jamaica and LIME for the next 15 years.
The Vietnamese government has announced plans to privatise state-owned mobile unit MobiFone by 2016.
UK infrastructure provider SSE Telecoms has announced the launch of 30 additional PoPs in the country.
The EU has halted its investigation into Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland, as it waits for the company to revise the concessions the company made to win approval for the acquisition.
Interoute launched a virtual data centre (VDC) in Hong Kong on Friday 4 April.
This year is proving to be an exciting one for Ooredoo. Here, the company’s chief of wholesale, Yousuf Al Kubaisi, identifies some of his highlights.
Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator (TLPO) has this week signed a bilateral agreement with Cypriot operator PrimeTel.
South Africa’s Internet Solutions (IS) has partnered with Infinera to upgrade its long-distance network.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera has said it may have broken the law in a number of Eurasian markets, after more concerns were raised over its business dealings in Uzbekistan.
Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX) has announced its official certification as a Tier-IV Constructed Facility by the Uptime Institute.
The Egyptian government has announced details of new unified licences, which will allow carriers to operate both fixed-line and mobile networks in the country.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo is planning to spend approximately $4 billion in capex to expand its LTE network to all regions of the country.
Will carriers finally begin acting in unison to more effectively combat fraud? Capacity reports from the Wholesale Fraud Forum 2014 in London.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has commercialised Uplink CoMP (Uplink Cooperative Multi-Point).
Bharti Airtel and Dubai-based satellite service provider Thuraya have signed an agreement to deliver mobile satellite products to Airtel’s African unit.
Tele2 Russia is preparing for the launch of a 4G LTE network in Crimea, Ukraine, according to local reports.
The Slovenian government has called for expressions of interest in its 75.6% stake in Telekom Slovenia, Reuters reports.
UAE operator Etisalat has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy LTE Advanced technology for what it claims is the first time in the region.
DTAC TriNET, a subsidiary of Thai mobile operator DTAC, has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the roll-out of an LTE network in the country.
The Kenyan government has confirmed plans to build a 4G network next year and is in talks with operators to roll out the network.
The coming of LTE has not affected the balance of the US mobile wholesale market, but it could yet provide opportunities in unexpected places, as Gary Kim finds out.
Businesses are becoming ever more reliant on telecoms to support their operations. Capacity looks at five industry verticals primed to expand over the coming years.
BT is set to launch an offensive against mobile operators in the UK by offering bundled packages for consumers, utilising its broadband network and 4G spectrum.
Alcatel-Lucent has today announced that it has closed the sale of its satellite unit, LGS Innovations.
BT’s subsidiary Openreach has today announced the extension of its high-bandwidth, optical services portfolio for communications provider (CP) customers, in partnership with Ciena.
Chinese online retailer JD.com is set to launch MVNO services in May under the brand name JD Mobile.
Ericsson has been revealed as sole supplier for Finnish operator DNA’s 4G roll-out in the country.
Europe is set to vote on whether telecoms operators can charge content providers to deliver services at faster speeds, which could restrict how much revenue operators can make from over-the-top application providers.
Satellite provider Intelsat and Vodafone’s South African subsidiary Vodacom have today revealed a partnership for the provision of broadband connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa.
Darren Entwistle, CEO of Canadian operator TELUS, has announced his resignation from the role. He will remain in the company as executive chair of the board, following the retirement of chairman Brian Canfield.
Carriers have been exploring the ins and outs of opening their programming interfaces to outside developers, such as OTTs. Capacity considers the upside of making APIs accessible.
Dish Network is reportedly in talks with DirecTV – the largest satellite TV operator in the US – regarding a possible merger between the two companies.
Data centre co-location provider C4L has today revealed solution provider Digital Realty as what it describes as its first technology partner.
Belgian operator Belgacom is set to launch new cloud service Belgacom Cloud, following successful trials with 4,500 users since mid-December last year.
Telecom Italia has signed an agreement with vendor BroadSoft to power the operator’s newly revealed unified communications service for medium and large enterprises.
Kenyan regulators have granted approval for Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan subsidiary to acquire the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
Sea Fibre Networks has today revealed that London-based LDeX Group is now a member of the Metro2C Alliance.
UK-based Vodafone is seeking to bring mobile payment services to Europe, in a bid to replicate the same business model for the platform that has had so much success in Africa.
Telenor Myanmar has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson as the network supplier and managed services provider for the operator’s network roll-out in the country.
China, South Africa and India have all encountered delays and stumbling blocks on their way to 4G. Could 2014 be the year LTE makes a breakthrough in these countries?
LTE-A trials are coming thick and fast across Asia, Europe and the US. Tim Phillips investigates if carriers are prepared for the next next-generation technology.
Taiwan’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to release three blocks of spectrum in the 2600MHz band suitable for LTE.
Entel Chile has launched a 4G LTE network in the country, one week ahead of its deadline, according to local reports.
Telekom Malaysia (TM) has signed a $171 million deal to acquire a majority stake in local WiMAX network operator Packet One Networks (P1).
Tycoon Carlos Slim has criticised Mexico’s new telecoms bill and demanded that the country’s officials review the proposals, the Financial Times reports.
UK-based Vodafone is reportedly open to the idea of making cable acquisitions in Portugal.
Telekom Austria has today announced that it has successfully completed a trial of 400Gbps technology between Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Vodafone Spain has announced that all provincial capitals in the country will have 4G coverage from April 1 2014.
Video caching, like traditional caching, speeds up response time by storing the most popular internet content and delivering it from the operator’s network rather than repeatedly retrieving it from the remote source.
STC Wholesale VP Dr Homoud Alkussayer explains why innovation and value-added services are essential to the Middle East region.
Orange Business Services and e-payment technology vendor SIA have signed an agreement that will allow payments to be made via mobile point of sale (PoS) terminals.
Telkom Indonesia has completed an upgrade on the PT Telkom 3rd Route Submarine Cable System, in partnership with Huawei Marine.
Japanese operator SoftBank is to sell off its mobile internet service provider eAccess to Yahoo! Japan in a deal worth ¥324 billion ($3.2 billion).
China Mobile has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the operator to an all-IP, ultra-broadband network.
Stephane Richard, CEO at Orange, has secured his position at the company for a second term.
BT and smart networking solutions provider GENBAND have entered a partnership to enhance the roaming experience of BT’s customers.
GTS Central Europe has today announced new service capabilities designed to protect enterprise networks from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Ali Amiri, EVP wholesale and carrier services at Etisalat, talks to Capacity about UAE’s increasing presence as a technology hub for the Middle East.
Telekom Austria has appointed Gernot Rasch as CMO of its Macedonian subsidiary, Vip operator.
Kenyan operator Safaricom is considering abandoning its bid for the assets of its rival, Essar Telecom, due to a lack of regulatory approval, Bloomberg reports.
Norways’s Telenor has divested its digital TV technology unit to Swiss security technology provider Kudelski in a $225.7 million deal.
Australian state-owned broadband wholesaler NBN Co is set to invest A$18.4 million ($16.8 million) to revive its interim satellite service.
The ACM, the Dutch consumer and markets regulator, has requested that it, rather than the European Commission (EC), should decide on the outcome of Liberty Global’s acquisition of cable operator Ziggo.
UK operators BT and EE have signed an agreement, under which EE will provide BT with mobile services.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has today released an Indian mobile performance report which reveals an 87% year-on-year rise in data traffic in the country in 2013.
Anthony Voscarides, CEO at Djibouti Data Center, talks Capacity through his hopes and expectations for the company’s new internet exchange.
In February, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) extended its service portfolio to help telecoms operators enhance network performance. Phil Twist, head of portfolio marketing at NSN, talks Capacity through some of its latest solutions.
In his first major interview since taking the helm at TeliaSonera International Carrier, Brendan Ives sets out his plans for the Middle East and beyond. Richard Irving reports.
Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has submitted concessions to address the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.
Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has this week called on state-owned operator Rostelecom to launch telecoms services in Crimea, Ukraine.
UAE operator Etisalat has signed a content agreement with broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.
Middle Eastern operator Orixcom has today announced the launch of $10 per Mb internet access for enterprises in the Equinix/datamena DX1 data centre in Dubai, UAE.
Telefónica has partnered with cloud service provider Akamai in an effort to improve the Spain-based operator’s content delivery (CDN) infrastructure.
PCCW Global has signed an agreement with Nigerian operator Phase3 Telecom for the delivery of advanced communications solutions across West Africa.
Fibre-optic network provider FirstLight Fiber is expanding its Vermont data centre in a bid to keep up with demand for broadband connectivity.
Ericsson has launched a 5G transport lab in Kista, Sweden, as part of its plans to enable 5G transport networks with ubiquitous connectivity and enable service innovation.
Global Cloud Xchange – formerly Reliance Globalcom – is one of the Middle East’s largest providers of subsea cable connectivity. Rory Cole, CFO of the company’s three business units, shares his views on the regional market with Capacity.
Steve Alexander, SVP and CTO at Ciena, talks to Capacity about how operators in the Middle East are advancing their networks further than ever before, in a bid to address the expected surge in data demand from the region during the next decade.
Network equipment vendor Cisco has announced plans to launch a cloud computing service, to be called Cisco Cloud Services.
Apple is reportedly in talks with cable provider Comcast about a joint streaming-television service, which could see Comcast provide enhanced services on its cable network.
Kiwi mobile operator 2degrees looks set to become New Zealand’s third LTE provider after setting trials for 4G services in Auckland next week.
HKNet, a subsidiary of NTT Communications, has announced the launch of a new IaaS cloud service aimed at enabling businesses of all sizes to benefit from cloud services.
European cloud provider Interoute today revealed an increase of €91 million on its EBITDA for 2013, compared with 2012.
Egypt’s telecom regulator announced last Sunday that it is set to grant unified telecoms licences within the next three months.
South African telecoms regulators have announced that they may reconsider plans to cut the amount mobile operators can charge one another to share networks in the country.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has reportedly launched its 4G LTE network in Tasmania.
Irish operator Eircom has deployed vectoring technology at 150 out of its 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets, to boost speeds across its network.
The Afghan government has awarded the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) a 3G licence.
Vodafone’s Indian arm has signed an agreement with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the upgrade of the Indian operator’s networks in the country, according to local reports.
Telecom Italia is reportedly mulling over the potential acquisition of a stake in Italian fibre network provider Metroweb, in an effort to boost its broadband service.
Network specialist Ciena has upgraded Bharti Airtel’s i2i submarine network, which spans from India to Singapore.
The Mexican government will send new legislation to congress this week, in a bid get the country’s telecoms laws reformed and limit the power of Carlos Slim and top broadcaster Televisa.
China Unicom has launched trials of 4G services in 25 cities in the country, as part of a country-wide project to increase its LTE footprint.
Emerson Network Power has announced plans to deliver greener data centre technology standards, as part of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot, led by the European Commission.
Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has expanded its operations in Nigeria, with the opening of a second office in Lagos.
Internet exchange platform The Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP) has announced that it is now offering connections to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) capabilities in northern Virginia.
Somali carrier Glocall Telecoms is set to become the first carrier to provide LTE coverage in the country.
Network optimisation firm JDSU has partnered with Belgian operator Belgacom to improve 2G, 3G and 4G networks across the country.
European network provider Viatel today revealed that it has joined the METRO2C Alliance.
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for businesses in Asia-Pacific.
Taiwan Mobile has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to expand its 4G LTE network.
Chinese technology company ChinaCache has struck an MoU with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to incorporate CDN technologies and innovations into the company’s network.
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has launched a PoP in the city of Boca Raton, Florida, in an effort to increase its connectivity into South America.
Network connectivity provider Global Capacity has announced that it has expanded its network reach to the UK.
Dutch company Telserv has officially acquired operator status in Switzerland.
The European Parliament’s industry committee has voted to tighten rules on net neutrality and to ban roaming charges in the EU.
Level 3 Communications has today announced the construction of a new subsea cable, designed to connect Colombia to the company’s international network.
Carrier-neutral exchange company Epsilon has partnered with Asian mobile group Axiata to establish a virtual PoP in Singapore.
Slovenia’s state-controlled telecoms group, Telekom Slovenia, is set to be privatised by the end of the year, according to the country’s economy minister Metod Dragonja.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has today announced a partnership with Viom Networks to use its infrastructure for the roll-out of telecoms services across India.
World-renowned “futurist” Gerd Leonhard has some bold predictions for the telecoms industry. Alex Hawkes reports.
Switzerland’s telecoms regulator, Bundesamt fur Kommunikation (Bakom), has updated the rules on pricing regarding access to incumbent Swisscom’s network.
Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa has been awarded a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence by Saudi Arabian regulators and plans on launching services in the country in the first half of 2014.
Smile Communications has launched its 4G network in Lagos, Nigeria, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Norway’s Telenor is extending its 4G footprint in the country with the addition of spectrum in the 800MHz band.
French operator Bouygues and equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed agreements to collaborate on three projects, relating to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP backbone and network peering equipment (SBC).
Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an LTE network in Taiwan.
AT&T’s acquisition of US provider Leap Wireless has been approved by US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
UK-based cable operator Liberty Global has announced plans to create a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to offer mobile services to customers in Europe.
Outremer Telecom has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the deployment of a 4G LTE access network for islands in the French West Indies and the Indian Ocean.
French mobile operator Bouygues has increased its bid for Vivendi’s mobile arm, SFR.
Verizon has appointed Eric Cevis as president of global wholesale at the company.
US data centre company SUPERNAP has partnered with investment subsidiaries of Naguib Sawiris’ telecoms operations to target business in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Dutch operator KPN has announced plans to trial live TV services over its 4G network.
A SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunk is a connection between an organisation and an internet telephony service provider (ITSP).
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. It lies between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (DT ICSS) – the Germany-based carrier's wholesale arm – and iBasis have today announced an LTE roaming peering agreement for MNOs.
Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired its second 2100MHz spectrum licence, doubling its 3G mobile capacity.
Level 3 Communications has partnered with engineering company Dematic to provide it with VPN services.
Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul) has reportedly signed an agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei for the Bulgarian cellco’s network upgrade in the country.
Telecom Egypt has said it expects the country’s newly formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services within the next two months.
Telstra has been fined by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for leaking nearly 16,000 sets of private customer details.
Vodafone Germany has reportedly begun improving its Berlin network as part of a nationwide LTE upgrade plan.
Australia’s NBN Co has successfully completed a 1Tbps super-channel transmission trial with Coriant over a 1,066km fibre-optic ring in south east Queensland, Australia.
Despite fierce competition, high mobile penetration and many telecoms markets being a duopoly, the Caribbean still holds tremendous opportunity for growth.
With the bandwidth trading market showing signs of revival, does any of the current crop of players look to have the right formula? Guy Matthews investigates.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has outlined his plans to use Kabel Deutschland as the “core” of Vodafone’s fixed-line German operations.
The Finnish arm of TeliaSonera, Sonera, is set to strengthen its position in the Finnish market by acquiring Norway-based AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed network business.
Orange Slovakia has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent for the roll-out of its 4G LTE network, according to local reports.
Telenor Pakistan has reportedly completed its network modernisation programme to enable 3G services across its entire network.
Telecom Italia Sparkle has today announced that it is among the initial investors for the deployment of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable connecting Europe and Singapore.
Policymakers in the UK have identified an opportunity to leapfrog ahead of 4G and herald 5G connectivity in the market to create economic opportunities.
Communications and technology solutions provider Windstream is deploying Infinera’s optical equipment to build a national long-haul network across the US.
European data centre provider Colt has deployed ADVA Optical Networking’s 100G Core to address the growing demand for bandwidth from enterprise customers in the UK.
Middle Eastern operator Nawras has signed a capacity agreement with satellite provider SES to provide improved network services to Oman.
The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) is a lobby group specialising in the security of underwater infrastructure. It offers guidance to stakeholders in the subsea cable sector.
Deutsche Telekom has launched a new programme of services aimed at strengthening SMEs in Germany.
Network specialist Ciena has today unveiled several additions to its network solutions portfolio, designed to give operators greater visibility and control over the network.
South Korean operators are expected to be hit with a further business suspension from the country’s telecoms watchdog, according to local reports.
London-based satellite provider Inmarsat has deployed CSG International’s billing solution to support the new Inmarsat Global Xpress service.
Alcatel-Lucent and Japanese vendor NEC have been contracted as official vendors for the roll-out of the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with Telkom Indonesia subsidiary, Telkom Akses, to upgrade and expand the country’s nationwide broadband network.
The SEA-ME-WE 3 cable that currently provides the only direct connectivity between Singapore and Australia was lit back in 2000. Regular upgrades have kept it in business, but the route has been crying out for some time for the diversity that a high-bandwidth alternative would provide.
The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) has this week signed an agreement with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to upgrade telecoms infrastructure in Tanzania.
India's fourth-largest operator, Reliance Globalcom, has appointed Rory Cole as CFO of its three offshore businesses.
As the central role of subsea cable systems in the global economy grows, could more be done by governments and regulators to secure these vital arteries? Guy Matthews investigates.
Following the signing ceremony for the SEA-ME-WE-5 cable in Malaysia last Friday, Capacity was saddened to learn that a group of telecoms executives may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Our thoughts are with those families affected at this difficult time.
South African fixed-line provider Telkom is reportedly in talks to outsource the management of its radio access network to mobile operator MTN.
Thai operator True Corporation is reportedly looking for a foreign partner to expand its footprint across south east Asia.
Russia-based telecoms operator VimpelCom has written down the value of its business in Ukraine by $2 billion, following the recent political problems in the country.
RIPE NCC is one of the five regional internet registries in the world, and its job is to support the smooth flow of web traffic globally.
Egypt’s subsea cables have been in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Is it time to switch vital east-to-west connectivity to land-based alternatives?
Thailand‘s telecoms regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has finalised the time frame for spectrum auctions to redistribute 92.5MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.
French mobile operator Bouygues has made a bid for the acquisition of Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
The Sultanate of Oman is located in south west Asia at the entrance of the Persian Gulf. Like many Gulf countries, Oman has been focussing on reducing its economy's dependency on oil through diversification, industrialisation and privatisation.
Deutsche Telekom has said it will slash its free cash flow for 2015, in a bid to win more mobile customers for its T-Mobile US division.
Belgian telco BICS has launched a remote peering solution to allow smaller communication service providers (CSPs) to cost-effectively expand their network footprints.
Russian incumbent Rostelecom has revealed it deployed network security solutions from software company Nominum to protect its Wifi hotspot users from cyber-threats at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics.
Tata Communications has expanded its global footprint by signing an agreement with Turkish operator Turkcell for improved connectivity in the region.
Huawei has been selected by UK-based Vodafone to expand a Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) as part of its Project Spring phase 1 programme, which it is implementing across the world.
With LTE deployments well underway in the Middle East, the region is now looking at cloud and M2M opportunities for new sources of revenue in 2014.
Ooredoo has big plans for wholesale. Alex Hawkes talks to the company's chief wholesale and international officer, Yousuf Al Kubaisi.
France's third-largest mobile operator Bouygues is reportedly formulating an offer to buy Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has announced a partnership with Tata Communications to launch a dedicated Middle East Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Tele2 is considering options for the future of its Norway operations after the carrier lost out on mobile spectrum necessary to run its network in an auction held in December last year.
Etisalat has exclusively revealed to Capacity Daily that it has signed an LTE roaming peering agreement with iBasis.
Etisalat has signed a LTE roaming agreement with Mobily, enabling customers 4G coverage in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
GBI and Djibouti Telecom have struck a deal which will see the Middle Eastern service provider land its cable into the Djibouti Data Center (DDC).
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has launched a PoP in Dubai in partnership with regional data centre provider datamena.
Kenya’s leading operator Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary in the country have reportedly made a joint bid to acquire Essar Communications owned Yu, industry regulators said yesterday.
datamena has announced plans to build a news content aggregation and delivery platform for the UAE operations of Sky News Arabia.
Network and cloud platform provider Orixcom has launched wholesale infrastructure as a service (IaaS) from its cloud platform in the UAE at Capacity Middle East 2014.
Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has strengthened its position as hub for East Africa by launching an internet exchange point.
UAE-based operator Etisalat has announced partnerships with Telekom Malaysia (TM) and service provider Aicent for the companies to connect into its SmartHub facility.
Ooredoo and Omantel have exclusively shared with Capacity Daily that they have signed an MoU to deploy a new subsea cable directly linking Qatar and Oman.
UAE operator datamena has announced a partnership with China Comservice to provide it with a range of integrated support services in the information sector.
African operator Liquid Telecom has announced it will build a satellite hub at Teraco’s vendor neutral earth station in South Africa.
Tawasul Telecom has today announced a partnership with Pakistani operator Multinet, which will see the Kuwaiti service provider expand its global footprint into Pakistan.
Capacity’s first Metro Connect awards – held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel – reflected the growing size and scale of the US metro market, with winners across the board.
Kevin Russell, CEO of Australian communications provider Optus, has announced his resignation from the role.
Hurricane Electric has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific market with a connection into the BBIX internet exchange in Tokyo, Japan.
Optical transport provider Infinera and Spanish network operator Telefónica have collaborated to demonstrate the use of software defined networking (SDN) to support Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) capabilities in a multi-layer environment.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has appointed Dean Yu as CEO of its Kenyan operations.
Telekom Slovenia is looking to grow its presence in Bosnia through a number of strategic acquisitions, Reuters reports.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has taken over responsibility for the roll-out and operation of German mobile operator E-Plus's network.
Vodafone Greece and rival Greek operator Wind Hellas have reportedly signed an agreement to create a joint venture in the country.
Japanese telecoms company NTT Communications is set to expand its global footprint with the launch of an additional PoP in Luxembourg by the end of March this year.
UK-based Geo Networks has announced a partnership with service provider Coreix to connect its two primary facilities in London.
Service provider Dimension Data has launched its new cloud data centre in London, bringing the presence of Dimension’s managed cloud platforms (MCP) to 10 locations worldwide.
There are only a few countries left which have yet to be connected to the global grid via subsea cable.
Real Future, a subsidiary of True Corporation, has completed the roll-out of its 4G LTE network in Thailand, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
The market for subsea capacity is evolving. Guy Matthews considers some of the innovations that new cable projects are adopting in their business models to achieve the required backing.
Equipment vendor Huawei and operator Vodafone have unveiled an LTE-Advanced FDD and TDD convergence carrier aggregation solution at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has today announced an agreement with LIME to complete the upgrade of the operator’s network in the Caribbean to an all-IP architecture.
Four Asian operators have formed an alliance to improve compatibility and adoption in near field communication (NFC) technology.
Interoute has expanded its virtual data centre (VDC) platform to Milan, Italy.
Pacnet has today announced the expansion of its global IP VPN services into the Greater Mekong sub-region.
Faced with an increasing demand for extra capacity, enterprises are crying out for network solutions that provide both flexibility and mobility.
With service providers facing increased competition from OTT players, they need to be looking at new market opportunities.
The world’s leading Tier-1 operators are doing well out of revenues from Ethernet services, especially in areas like mobile backhaul.
Capacity examines some of the trends and issues that look likely to be driving the next wave of Carrier Ethernet adoption. How is Ethernet going to play a part in shaping the communications ecosystem of the future?
Etisalat’s acquisition of the stake in Maroc Telecom held by French group Vivendi will be finalised in the next few weeks, Reuters reports.
Equipment vendor CommScope has launched a unified mobile infrastructure platform, ION-E.
Data centre provider CoreSite has achieved an average uptime of more than 99.9999% for its third consecutive year.
US internet television network Netflix has made a deal with cable operator Comcast for improved internet services.
The GSMA and Facebook have launched a joint initiative aimed at reducing the total costs of ownership of mobile, in an attempt to connect more people in emerging markets.
Jasper Wireless has today announced a partnership with AT&T which will see the M2M service provider power the AT&T Drive platform.
Sanjay Nayak says Pacnet wants to bring harmony and consistency to Asia’s market for Carrier Ethernet. Guy Matthews interviews an evangelist and strategiser.
Have early movers to obtain Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliance gained an important edge in the market? Early adopters and those less convinced explain their positions.
The standardisation of Ethernet services and operations has taken a back seat while networks have been streamlined. But now the service side is being reinvented to create vital efficiencies for carriers.
South American operator Entel has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to build its LTE network across Peru.
Moldova’s national operator Moldtelecom has selected Astellia to audit the quality of its voice and data services on its 3G network.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a Europe-only communications network in a bid to improve data protection.
UK mobile operator Vodafone has accused Telefónica of using its position in Spain to try and reduce competition in the county, Reuters reports.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it will build additional base stations in an effort to ensure nationwide 4G coverage by the end of this year.
Tunisie Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its existing voice line, for the delivery of high-speed broadband to customers throughout Tunisia.
Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier of its online charging and policy control solutions.
Geo Networks has extended its fibre infrastructure across west London, UK, to support the growing number of data centres in the area.
Effort is now required to bring Carrier Ethernet into line with a cloud-driven world. Guy Matthews looks at the Cloud Ethernet Forum, and considers its likely next steps.
Ciena and Ericsson have signed a strategic global agreement designed to accelerate the adoption of SDN-based open architectures.
Service provider BrightStar Communications has selected Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform for network connectivity.
Tata Communications has announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31 2013.
The Slovakian government said today that it will sell a 49% stake in state incumbent Slovak Telekom later this year.
The central African country of Chad is in the process of privatising its state-owned telecoms company, Groupe SOTEL, officials revealed in a statement this week.
India’s 2G spectrum auction has raised nearly $10 billion in bids, with market leaders Bharti Airtel and Vodafone securing highly sought 900MHz band in the three major cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Telenor’s Indian arm, Uninor, has announced plans to expand its network by 30%, through the deployment of 5,000 network sites.
US conglomerate Comcast put forward a successful $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable (TWC) late on February 12, according to local reports.
Australia's Telstra and Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) have announced that they are both separately looking to expand their cloud and network businesses, Reuters reports.
Alcatel-Lucent has launched an additional cloud-based communications solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Vendors NSN and Huawei have signed a partnership to improve the interoperability of their operations support system (OSS) interfaces for operators.
The AMS-IX New York facility has received IXP Open-IX certification for the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has signed an agreement with US vendor Ciena to launch advanced connectivity services aimed at the operator’s enterprise customers.
The European Commission has released a policy paper proposing to reform the way the internet is managed, calling for transparent and globalised governance.
Belgian mobile operator Proximus has become the first to launch its LTE network in the country’s capital Brussels.
US vendor Cyan is upgrading two of its solutions, expected to be available at the end of this year's first quarter.
Polish telecoms regulators have today announced that they have cancelled the country’s LTE spectrum auction, due to a technical anomaly.
China Telecom is set to upgrade its network by implementing equipment vendor Huawei’s eOTDR solution.
German internet exchange DE-CIX has announced that its New York facility has gained 111 access points across Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island in the US.
Claro Uruguay has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the launch of a 4G LTE network in the country.
Vodafone Ireland is reportedly in talks with the country’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) over the roll-out of a €400 million national fibre network.
Cypriot MVNO PrimeTel has secured a mobile network operator licence in Cyprus, becoming the country’s third mobile operator.
French vendor Ekinops has launched an optical mobile backhaul solution for rural cell sites, where service providers need high capacity but have to minimise space, power needs, and cost.
Service provider Amdocs has launched its self-optimising networks (SON) solution, designed to automate the optimisation of radio access networks (RANs).
América Móvil subsidiary Claro has been fined $138.4 million by Ecuador’s market watchdog for anti-competitive practices.
A study from Tellabs has revealed that software defined networking (SDN) could save operators worldwide $9 billion in operating expenditure (Opex) by 2017.
Service provider Aicent has increased its peering link at AMS-IX to dual 10GE peering connections.
Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is launching an automated cloud application management service, designed to support operators running network functions on cloud-based infrastructure.
Spanish conglomerate Telefónica was today fined €500,000 by the country’s regulator, Reuters reports.
Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) has reportedly launched an LTE-A network in its home country.
Greek operator Wind Hellas has upgraded its core network infrastructure, in partnership with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson.
Deutsche Telekom is to acquire gain full ownership of its T-Mobile Czech Republic unit in a $1.1 billion deal.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has put forward a €7 billion takeover bid for Spanish operator ONO, according to local reports.
NTT has today launched a study in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to develop service architecture for the deployment of future networks.
Tata Communications has announced that its network is ready to supply voice over LTE calling (VoLTE) to IPX-connected service providers.
India has reportedly launched an investigation into Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei following claims that it hacked into the systems of state-run telecoms operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam.
Norway's third-largest mobile operator Tele2 is in talks with holding company Access Industries over the acquisition of its 4G spectrum.
Level 3 has signed a deal with London-based marketing agency Hogarth Worldwide to provide secure sharing and back-up of TV, print and digital production files.
Technology giant IBM has announced that it has partnered with French operator Numericable’s subsidiary Completel, to deploy cloud-based services.
CSG International has announced the launch of a new cybersecurity solution, called CSG Invotas.
Spain-based Telefónica is reportedly in talks to acquire Mexican operator Iusacell.
Satellite company Dish Mexico has called on regulators to declare that broadcaster Grupo Televisa is a dominant company in the sector.
London-based cloud operator Interoute has announced the opening of a new data centre in Madrid, Spain, which is built into the operator’s European network.
South Korean tech company Samsung has appointed Giuseppe Donagemma to head up its European operations, Samsung Networks Europe.
UK group Vodafone has continued its growth across emerging markets and pointed to falling revenues across its more mature European markets for weighing on its overall Q3 financial results, ending in December.
Deutsche Telekom plans to inject €1.2 billion into its Greek subsidiary OTE over the next four years, following an investment of €2 billion over the past five years in the Greek market, a company statement has revealed.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has reportedly expressed doubts over a possible merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
América Móvil has confirmed intentions to invest in Telekom Austria for the long-term, in a bid to replicate a model it has used for other eastern European operations.
Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has announced that it will put forward a strong case addressing the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.
Iran has unveiled a domestically designed and manufactured telecoms satellite, designed to provide secure national and international satellite mobile connections.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to improve operational efficiency, network performance and quality of service.
The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) will launch its own IXP in the country, an executive officer revealed at Capacity Caribbean 2014 in the Dominican Republic yesterday morning.
Microsoft has announced the appointment of Satya Nadella as its new CEO, effective immediately.
Ethernet network solutions provider Extreme Networks has announced the launch of its network solution Purview.
NTT Corporation’s South African unit, Dimension Data, has acquired French IT firm NextiraOne for an undisclosed fee.
Japanese telecoms company NTT Communications has announced the launch of US and European platforms for its cloud-based enterprise communications service, Arcstar UCaaS.
Bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks has extended its contract with the German freight and warehousing exchange TimoCom.
KPN is to cut up to 2,000 jobs after it reported a 13% year-on-year drop in its Q4 mobile revenues.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) to build a new 1,000km subsea cable linking Tripoli to Benghazi.
Mexico is set for landmark reforms to its telecoms and energy sectors, after President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed he will set out secondary laws to flesh out the rulings.
The Venezuelan telecoms market has installed 70.2% of its nationwide optic network, according to local reports.
French operator SFR is expecting to save approximately €200 million a year from its network sharing agreement with Bouygues Telecom, after it begins in 2017-2018.
Technology experts have warned that the advent of the cloud has led to an increase in grey routes, particularly as a result of cloud-based bulk SMS solutions.
Qatari operator Ooredoo will finally be awarded its licence in Myanmar this week, with the roll-out of its telecoms network in the country now imminent.
Mexican fixed-line operator Axtel has won a broadband project tender issued by the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT).
Ooredoo, formerly known as Qatar Telecom, has announced that its 4G network has been extended to cover the whole of Qatar with the activation of its 500th LTE site.
17 international carriers have partnered to announce the construction of a new submarine cable system called Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1).
Hutchison Whampoa’s $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland may be ruled as anti-competitive by the EU, unless concessions are made, according to reports.
Indian ministers have agreed to cap the fees telecom companies pay to use mobile frequencies at 5% of annual gross revenue.
French operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom are close to finalising talks to share their mobile networks. Both respective boards are expected to vote on the agreement on 31 January.
UK group Vodafone is reportedly in talks to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO, and potentially disrupt an IPO for the Madrid-based company.
Liberty Global has announced that it has agreed to acquire Dutch cable operator Ziggo in a deal valued at approximately €10 billion ($13.7 billion).
Communications and technology solutions provider Windstream has won a $1.6 million contract to provide fibre connections to three US military bases.
Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has partnered with Finnish equipment vendor NSN to enhance its mobile offering and offer improved data and voice services in the country.
Mobile lobby group GSMA has argued that the proposal made by Britain’s telecom regulator Ofcom to increase spectrum licence fees is a threat to 4G roll-out in the UK.
Finnish operator Elisa has announced the launch of the country’s first 4G network in partnership with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).
Polish cable TV operator Multimedia Polska has selected telecoms equipment vendor Tellabs to extend its optical transport network in the country.
Australian operator Telstra has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telkom Indonesia for the creation of a joint network venture in south east Asia.
AMS-IX USA has selected Zayo to supply fibre connectivity between multiple data centres in the US, where the internet exchange company operates its peering platform.
Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with Vanuatu-based cable provider Interchange, for the delivery of ultra-broadband services between Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
MENA Submarine Cable Systems, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, has announced that it has signed a $30 million agreement to use part of Telecom Egypt’s infrastructure.
Huawei has revealed it spent $3.4 billion on procurement in its European operations in 2013.
Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary 3 Ireland has announced that its 4G services will go live next week, on January 27.
Tata Communications has announced a partnership with network specialist Ciena to upgrade its submarine cable systems connecting US to Japan, as well as three routes in markets across Asia.
South Korea's ministry of science and technology told local reporters today that it will invest $1.5 billion in the deployment of a 5G wireless network, due to be operational in 2020.
US provider Fibertech Networks has announced plans to deploy over 750 miles of fibre-optic cable in Detroit and its suburbs.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a contract to upgrade the EASSy submarine cable with 100G technology.
Telecom NZ has won the bid for the final lot of 4G spectrum in the 700MHz band, which was left unsold during New Zealand’s auction in October last year.
Asian service provider Pacnet has today announced the upgrade of its Wavelength Premium International Private Line (Wave Premium) service.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has reportedly put its tower network in Bangladesh up for sale, and is seeking to raise over $2 billion from the sale of tower assets in a bid to raise cash reserves.
Russia’s largest telecommunications provider TTK has partnered with Akamai in an effort to improve its content delivery infrastructure.
The threat posed by Google and Facebook in taking control of the world's internet backbone came to the fore last month, after it was revealed that the companies have significantly ramped up investment in telecoms infrastructure over the past year.
Alcatel-Lucent and BT have today announced the successful speed trial of up to 1.4Tbps on an existing core fibre connection, claimed to be the fastest speed ever achieved on commercial hardware in a real-world environment.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has completed construction of an LTE network for TELE Greenland, to deliver the first 4G service in the country.
Level 3 Communications has reached an agreement with Telekom Malaysia (TM) to provide internet localisation services.
Wholesale voice carrier iBasis and Telecom Italia Sparkle have today announced an LTE roaming peering agreement, for the delivery of a consistent user experience to LTE roaming subscribers.
Australian carrier Telstra has acquired Melbourne-based cloud company O2 Networks in a deal worth AU$60 million ($52.8 million).
US telecom equipment provider Ciena has announced partnerships with Pacnet and Southern Cross Cable Network to upgrade capacity and network systems for both carriers.
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Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) has today announced the launch of an IP PoP in Hong Kong.
Huawei has been awarded three contracts for LTE network roll-outs in the British Crown dependencies, according to local reports.
Telstra Global has today announced the launch of four new PoPs in Europe and the US, in addition to a partnership with Infinera to upgrade capacity on its three cable systems.
UK operator Vodafone and media group BSkyB have reportedly held discussions over how to curb BT’s growing presence in the country’s broadband market.
Reliance Globalcom has appointed William Barney as CEO of its three offshore businesses, Reuters reports.
SoftBank-owned Sprint and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US unit are in talks over a possible merger between the two companies.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced it has successfully developed an LTE-A solution in three spectrum bands.
The completed extension of GlobeNet’s subsea network into Colombia is expected to significantly drive telecoms and broader economic growth in the country, according to the company’s president.
Vodafone Australia has launched two 4G mobile broadband devices: the mobile broadband USB stick and the pocket Wifi device.
Sea Fibre Networks (SFN) has secured funding from UAE-based Aqua Ventures International (Aquavint) in order to further the subsea network operator’s business development.
Orange and Deutsche Telekom have delayed the flotation of EE, with the view of gaining a higher valuation once 4G services take off in the UK.
Turkish broadband service provider TTNET has selected Alcatel-Lucent to track and improve the performance of customer communication devices.
MTN Zambia has become the first provider in Zambia to deploy a commercial LTE network in the country.
Indian mobile operator Videocon Telecom has decided against participating in the Indian 2G spectrum auction on February 3.
TI Sparkle's CEO Elisabetta Ripa is bringing a fresh focus on customer care to wholesale.
German metro player Versatel has finalised the acquisition of Telefónica Germany’s optical fibre network in Hamburg.
Microsoft is considering Hans Vestberg, CEO at Swedish vendor Ericsson, for the top job at the US firm, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Russian operator VimpelCom has partnered with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the roll-out of 4G in selected regions in the country.
Tata Communications has today added to its portfolio of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) services with the launch of its SIP trunking service, Global SIP Connect.
Mobile payments company Bango has announced that it will open a PoP at Interxion’s data centre in London.
BICS has signed an agreement with Hurricane Electric for the expansion of its network across Europe and the upgrading of its service to 100G.
Isle of Man telecoms group Manx Telecom is reportedly planning to float on the AIM exchange, as the company seeks private equity investment.
BT’s LAN business, Openreach, was today announced as the latest company to interconnect to Volta’s London data centre.
Wholesale billing and settlement solutions vendor i-conX solutions has deployed its interconnect billing solution for Bangladesh International Gateway (BIGL).
UK-based Neul has today launched NeulNET, its networking solution for the internet of things (IoT).
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have today submitted applications to take part in India’s spectrum auction, sources have revealed.
Seaborn Networks, the company behind the Seabras-1 cable, has received investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Optical transport provider Infinera has announced a partnership with Australia Japan Cable (AJC) to expand the capacity of the cable consortium's subsea network.
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has appointed Brendan Ives as its CEO.
France's SFR has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, which will see the French vendor upgrade the operator's ultra-broadband access network in the country.
The Brazilian competition watchdog, Cade, has approved the merger between Oi and Portugal Telecom, according to local reports.
Ocean Networks has secured funding for its South America Pacific Link (SAPL) subsea cable system, which aims to connect Manta, Ecuador to Oahu, Hawaii.
Time Warner Cable has rejected a $60 billion takeover bid from rival Charter Communications.
Pacnet has opened its $90 million data centre in Singapore, as it continues to aggressively pursue data centre opportunities across Asia-Pacific.
Canada has announced that it will hold an auction in April 2015 for mobile licences in the 2500MHz spectrum band.
The Brazilian government is considering allowing local telecoms operators to pay off regulatory fines through investment, the country’s telecoms regulators, Anatel, told the Wall Street Journal.
The CEO of South Africa’s Telkom, Sipho Maseko, plans to slash as many as 1,000 managerial roles at the company and reduce his 21,000-strong workforce by almost a third over the next five years.
Indian telecommunications provider Reliance Communications is changing its management structure by separating its growing GSM business from its CDMA operations.
International telcos Telenor and Ooredoo have been granted telecoms operation licences in Myanmar, after winning the right to roll out mobile services over six months ago.
France-based vendor Alcatel-Lucent is in talks to divest its enterprise unit, which sells telecommunications equipment and services to companies.
Belgacom’s newly appointed CEO, Dominique Leroy, told a Belgian radio station today that the state-controlled company will not pay exceptionally high dividends in the future, Reuters reports.
Australian telecom giant Telstra has been fined A$510,000 ($453,000) by the country’s telecoms regulator for failing to connect new landline customers on time.
Caribbean operator Digicel is eyeing the acquisition of Telecom NZ's stake in Telecom Cook Islands (TCI), according to reports.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with PEG Bandwidth, to allow the wireless infrastructure provider to expand its service to 4G LTE operators in rural areas of the US.
Dish has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt wireless broadband company LightSquared.
O2 Germany has begun to test VoLTE handovers from 2G or 3G networks outside of LTE coverage areas across its live network.
Orange Business Services has announced the acquisition of French cybersecurity firm Atheos.
The Belgian government is set to announce Dominique Leroy as the CEO of state-owned Belgacom, according to local reports.
Colombian operator Lazus has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to deploy metro networks in nine Colombian cities.
Carrier neutral exchange company Epsilon has established a sales office in Dubai, to cope with growing demand from operators in the Middle East for IPX services and local access solutions.
British operators Vodafone and EE are close to signing a deal with Eurotunnel, which will enable the use of mobile phones and tablets under the sea during the Channel tunnel crossing, the Financial Times reports.
The UK-based data centre and network operator London Data Exchange (LDeX) has merged with Ping Networks to form LDeX Group.
Leading French operator Orange is set to reduce its 4G price plan this week and will be closely followed by rival mobile company SFR.
Norwegian group Telenor has appointed Morten Karlsen Sørby as CEO of its Indian arm, Uninor.
Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has announced that it did not receive any offers from operators for the three lots of spectrum in the 1800MHz band that were put up for auction last year.
Dutch internet exchange AMS-IX has today announced wholesale service provider IX Reach as its first AMS-IX New York reselling partner.
Thai operator AIS has increased its investment in 3G for the 2013-2015 period from 70 billion baht to 90 billion baht ($2.7 billion), according to local reports.
French radio and television service provider TDF today announced a partnership with network specialist Ciena, to enhance its network capabilities.
AT&T has announced a deal to purchase 49 advanced wireless spectrum licences from wireless US spectrum owner Aloha Partners II.
Chinese regulators will allow foreign investment in seven telecoms value-added services in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, according to a Chinese news agency.
US mobile giant AT&T has announced that it has extended its 4G services to 26 new markets in the US.
US- based cable group Liberty Global is close to finalising a deal for the acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
T-Mobile US has announced a deal to purchase unused 700MHz radio-frequency spectrum licences from rival Verizon Wireless.
India’s telecom regulator DoT has amended the rules of the spectrum auction in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, scheduled to place in February.
Mobile subsidiary of Spanish Telefonica Movistar has launched 4G services in Peru.
Vodafone is reportedly in discussions with the Tata Group to buy a majority stake in its mobile unit, Tata Teleservices.
Eleven mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) licences have been issued to private companies looking to resell services from China’s three state-owned operators.
UK-based fibre operator euNetworks has announced the appointment of Neil Hobbs as its new director of board.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced plans to restructure its organisation by adopting a flattened management structure and making a series of new appointments.
Polish telecom regulator UKE has announced details of its LTE auction planned for February.