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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.
Japanese operator SoftBank and technology investor Sequoia Capital have agreed to acquire a $100 million stake in Indonesian online startup Tokopedia.
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IIX today announced its acquisition of UK-based software and interconnection company Allegro Networks.
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.
Technology firm Dimension Data has acquired two privately owned companies, Agile Business Solutions and Xpedia Fusion, according to local reports.
BSS solutions provider Openet and telecoms software company OpenCloud have today revealed an extension of their partnership.
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.
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.
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 has selected Huawei’s XG-PON solution for its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, which it plans to launch in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has partnered with Coriant for the upgrade of its mobile backhaul network in the country.
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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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.
NTT Communications has expanded the functionality of its enterprise cloud service to provide customers with greater control of the network.
On the back of today’s announcement from NTT Communications, Capacity caught up NTT Europe’s VP of product strategy Len Padilla to learn more about the service.
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.
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya is well-positioned for both national and international connectivity to neighbouring countries Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
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.
SingTel has announced a partnership with security firm FireEye to enhance the cybersecurity ecosystem across Asia-Pacific.
Mobile payments company Boku has announced the acquisition of German billing company mopay.
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).
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.
Bharti Airtel has announced the addition of Topyster Muga and Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Ramakrishnan to its executive team in Kenya.
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Allied Fiber has begun construction of the second segment of its Southeast Route, which will stretch from Jacksonville, Florida, to Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.
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.
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.
As if there was not already enough for carriers to consider when upgrading their networks to support VoLTE, modifications must be also made to the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF).
Qatari operator Ooredoo is to launch tailored telecoms services for women in Myanmar and Indonesia, as part of its involvement with the GSMA’s Connected Women Programme.
Belarusian startup operator beCloud (Belarusian Cloud Technologies) is planning to launch a 4G LTE network in the capital Minsk in 2015, according to local reports.
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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.
Mobile payments firm Boku has unveiled a new initiative designed to reinvent its European direct carrier billing business.
Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) has announced the appointment of Ahmed Abou Doma as CEO, following the resignation of Karim Beshara.
Swisscom and satellite operator SES have today announced an agreement for the delivery of the latter’s Astra Connect service in Switzerland.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
UK regulator Ofcom has outlined a policy to help SMEs benefit from communications services across the country.
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.
Revelations about US government surveillance are widely believed to be costing US telecoms and tech firms revenue. It is difficult to determine, however, whether perceptions match reality.
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.
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.
Charter Communications and Comcast’s joint spin-off company will be named GreatLand Connections.
Polish operator Polkomtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed a successful trial of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland.
UK-based CityFibre has announced plans to build a fibre network in Aberdeen, Scotland to create the country’s first Gigabit city.
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.
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.
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.
Azerbaijani mobile CDMA operator Nakhtel is reportedly seeking a licence to provide GSM services in the country.
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.
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.
Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have launched a joint venture that will offer enterprise services in Indonesia.
A summary of the week's biggest wholesale telecoms news stories.
A consortium of seven global operators has announced plans for a new subsea cable system to directly connect south east Asia to the US.
Fixed-line provider Colt has announced plans to support financial group BNP Paribas’ Real Estate division in Germany with network services.
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.
EE has extended its 4G network in the UK to 13 new locations.
Ten telcos in India have agreed to share their infrastructure in the country for the delivery of basic banking services via SMS, according to reports.
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.
AT&T has revealed plans to merge its mobile and fixed-line business units into a single division.
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.
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.
Financial company NII Holdings is set to sell off its Chilean subsidiary Nextel Chile to a consortium of bidders.
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.
Telecom Argentina has reportedly appointed Oscar Cicchetti as its new CEO.
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.
The Indian government and Vodafone Group have reportedly been unable to agree on a third arbitrator for their tax dispute, pushing the deadline for the process back a 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.
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.
T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter has described Iliad’s $15 billion takeover offer for the company as inadequate, but he has left the door open for the French operator to revisit the deal.
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.
UK operator Vodafone is facing pressure to cut its high tariffs for 4G mobile broadband or it risks pricing itself out of the market.
Cisco Systems is to cut approximately 6000 members of its workforce after reporting slow sales growth in the last quarter.
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.
Pierre Blouin, chief executive at Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) is planning to retire from his post later this year.
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.
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.
British satellite operator Avanti Communications is to launch its new HYLAS 4 satellite in 2017 and complete its coverage in Europe and Africa.
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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.
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.
Digital security company Gemalto has signed an agreement to acquire data protection company SafeNet for approximately $890 million.
South Korean mobile operator LG Uplus and China’s Huawei have partnered to establish a mobile innovation centre (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
NTT Com has established a reseller agreement between two of its subsidiaries – NTT America and Arkadin – to offer services under the Arcstar Conferencing brand.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in German company Rocket Internet for €333 million.
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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.
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Time Warner Cable (TWC) has selected solutions provider Synchronoss for the delivery of its Integrated Life Platform, designed to provide better service quality for home automation customers.
Compared to a billion-dollar multinational, progress and success is much more visible when working for a startup company, says Chris Halbard about his recent appointment at Synchronoss.
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.
Tata Communications has posted its Q1 results for FY15, recording a 14% year-on-year increase in revenues.
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.
Qatari operator Ooredoo has launched telecoms services in Myanmar.
Shaw Communications is to acquire US co-location services provider ViaWest for approximately $1.2 billion.
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Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has conditionally approved a proposal from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s to combine three companies owned by América Móvil.
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.
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Colt has signed an agreement with online hotel search aggregator trivago, for the delivery of its SIP trunking solution.
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.
BT Group has posted strong first quarter results, with revenue up 0.5% and core earnings flat at £1.4 billion.
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Middle Eastern operators Mobily and Batelco have reportedly signed a 4G roaming agreement for mutual customer benefit.
Subsea cable provider Apollo and Alcatel-Lucent have achieved transmissions of 7.2Tbps of data per fibre pair in a field trial on the existing Apollo South route.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Analysts are warning that Thailand’s decision to suspend its 4G mobile licence auction could cause a loss of $4 billion to the market.
TrueView is YouTube’s online video ad format which is based on an interactive model. The service allows the viewer to skip the advertisement or select to watch an ad from a choice of different ads. The company is only charged if the viewer watches the video ad.
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.
Singapore operator SingTel has expanded its remittance service to Indonesia.
Middle Eastern operator du expects to have a fully functional IP and broadband service in the UAE before the end of the year.
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.
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).
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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Chinese vendor Huawei has reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.
Asset management company Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Netherlands-based Expereo.
GTS Central Europe has announced the launch of a new unified communications service for voice, messaging and collaboration.
Telefónica is decreasing its stake in Telecom Italia via the sale of bonds that can be exchanged into shares in the Italian company.
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.
Vodafone and Greek business partner Wind has reportedly made a bid for the country’s largest subscription television provider Forthnet.
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.
TeliaSonera has reportedly cut its sales outlook in Spain for the rest of the year, citing lower revenues in the country.
Lithuanian regulators have cancelled plans to raise fees that telecoms companies can charge to other operators for connecting calls.
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).
Carriers and vendors in the market have faced up to the growing threat of cyberattacks as the industry begins to plough billions into countering the problem.
As Vodafone continues to invest billions across the world in its mobile and cable TV network, it has been easy to overlook the small but significant advancements it has made with its M2M division.
The booming mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is creating fresh opportunities for carriers to offer mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) services.
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.
Allied Fiber has signed a 20-year agreement with Latin American provider GlobeNet for dark fibre, neutral co-location and interconnection services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditional SMS revenues declined for the first time last year, but that has not stopped carriers exploring new ways to revive the messaging service.
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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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.
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.
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.
Greek operator OTE is thought to be in early discussions with rival provider Forthnet, to acquire its Nova pay-TV business.
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.
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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UAE’s Etisalat and Spanish operator Telefónica have signed a partnership for the delivery of advanced cybersecurity solutions in the UAE.
Vodafone’s M2M unit has signed a partnership agreement with UK-based Cyan to create a joint proposition to develop opportunities in the smart metering market in India.
Subsea cable operator GBI has extended its network from du’s landing station in Fujairah to a datamena data centre facility in Dubai.
Movistar Peru has announced an extension of its 4G LTE network in the country to include Trujillo and Arequipa.
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.
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Vodafone Netherlands has held a trial for LTE Advanced and could launch the service later this year.
Cloud could be set to play a major role for carriers in the transport and delivery of video services, following the recent launch of Level 3’s Video Cloud Services.
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.
UK operator EE has begun trialling a voice-over-Wifi service as part of a £275 million investment in voice.
The unstoppable rise of the cloud is fuelling the global data-centre market, leading to a wide array of models to support virtualisation services in facilities.
Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) – formerly known as Reliance Globalcom – is to deploy a new direct route between Mumbai in India and Singapore.
Internet service providers (ISPs) across the US are improving their overall network performance, according to a new report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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.
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.
Has AT&T developed a solution that addresses the barriers to cloud adoption without compromising on any of the dynamic values of the cloud? Capacity talks to Rene Dufrene, AVP of network-enabled cloud at AT&T Business Solutions, to find out.
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.
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.
Limelight Networks has rejected a takeover bid of approximately $644 million from Silicon Valley private equity firm Tuition Build.
Vodafone has announced a deal to acquire Italian electronics services provider Cobra Automotive Technologies for €145 million.
The US senate anti-trust panel is to hold a hearing later this month to review AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
China Telecom has selected Gemalto as one of its suppliers for its mobile contactless services suite.
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.
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.
Pete Oliver, commercial director of BT’s consumer division, talks to Capacity about the Right Click initiative set up by BT and UNICEF UK.
Huawei has launched a mobile money (MM) solution, designed to enable operators worldwide to develop a robust mobile financial ecosystem.
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia-based Zain KSA and Finnish equipment vendor Nokia have successfully demonstrated the vendor’s Liquid Application solution on the operator’s live network.
Etisalat has signed an operator billing partnership with mobile payment provider Bango.
AT&T is set to launch a new service which allows businesses to access the operator’s network data to confirm a customer’s location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Claro Brasil has announced a partnership with solutions provider Syniverse to enable LTE data roaming for the Brazilian operator’s customers.
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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.
African operator MTN Group has reported double-digit revenue growth in Q1 2014, following a notable increase in subscriber numbers in Nigeria.
French operator Orange has appointed the country’s treasury chief Ramon Fernandez as the company’s new CFO.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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Level 3 Communications has announced that it is integrating the Equinix Cloud Exchange into its own Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem.
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.
South Africa’s Telkom SA has reportedly offered R 2.67 billion ($256 million) to acquire South Africa-based IT outsourcing company Business Connexion.
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.
Epsilon has been selected by voice and data service provider Vuetel Italia to improve delivery of its international networks in Europe and Africa.
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.
SingTel has launched a portfolio of VoLTE services in partnership with technology firms Samsung and Ericsson.
Yahoo! Japan has called off a $3.2 billion bid to acquire SoftBank’s mobile internet service provider, eAccess.
PCCW Global has partnered with Huawei to launch a new global HD Video Communications (HDVC) centre in Hong Kong.
Facebook’s plans to launch mobile money services this month could be the company’s first step into entering the wider financial services industry, Capacity can reveal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EU anti-trust regulators have extended the deadline for a final decision on Telefónica’s proposed takeover of KPN’s German unit.
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.
BT Wholesale and O2 have extended their existing partnership for a further five years to include the development of a suite of ICT services.
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.
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.
Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) has given three companies in the country permission to launch commercial 4G services.
The GSMA will collaborate with nine operators to launch interoperable mobile money services across Africa and the Middle East.
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.
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.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has said he will prevent ISPs from restricting user access to web content.
Spotify has signed an agreement with Sprint to offer its music streaming services as part of a package to the US operator’s mobile customers.
South Africa’s Vodacom has won a tender for the roll-out of telecommunications services to rural areas of Tanzania, according to local reports.
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.
Verizon has signed a deal with OTT content provider Netflix for the delivery of direct connectivity from Netflix to Verizon’s broadband customers.
Finnish vendor Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as group CEO, following the completion of the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
AT&T has partnered with conglomerate Honeywell International to offer 4G wireless internet on US commercial flights by late next year.
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.
Telefónica has signed a contract with Big Data solutions provider Intersec to supply revenue-generating location advertising services.
Zayo Group has today announced the acquisition of French bandwidth infrastructure company Neo Telecoms.
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.
US cable providers Comcast and Charter Communications have agreed a deal worth approximately $20 billion, intended to reshape the entire US cable market.
Liberty Global’s wholesale arm has today been awarded the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for its Ethernet services across Europe.
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.
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.
Volta Data Centres has announced that managed services provider 6DG has established a PoP at its London facility.
Zebra Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola's enterprise business for $3.6 billion.
Pacnet is supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect with hybrid cloud computing deployments.
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.
TalkTalk, Sky and CityFibre have revealed plans for a joint venture that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services across York in the UK.
Internet giant Facebook is close to being granted an electronic money licence for payment and remittance services, in the company's latest effort to boost mobile services.
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.
Bharti Airtel has announced that its Chadian subsidiary has been awarded 3G and 4G licences by the country’s government.
Japanese telecoms company NTT Communications has launched an enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure in the US market, in partnership with Citrix Systems.
Chinese vendor Huawei has upgraded its portfolio by adding a solution designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs for operators of metro networks.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, according to reports.
SingTel Group and technology firm Samsung have today announced four joint initiatives designed to enhance mobile data services for customers.
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.
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.
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.
Telefónica has entered into a partnership to provide Wifi via satellite to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines.
AT&T has expanded its portfolio with the launch of a new cloud security solution, AT&T Cloud Web Security.
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.
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).
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.
Customer experience solutions vendor Amdocs has launched a policy control solution for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Filipino carrier Globe Telecom has earmarked capex of approximately $650 million for data-related investments for this year.
Chinese messaging service Weibo has filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq market.
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.
Carriers must play their part in enabling new revenue streams for LTE networks, based around a mix of value-added services. Capacity investigates.
UK infrastructure provider SSE Telecoms has announced the launch of 30 additional PoPs in the country.
Interoute launched a virtual data centre (VDC) in Hong Kong on Friday 4 April.
Carriers must play their part in enabling new revenue streams for LTE networks, based around a mix of value-added services. Capacity investigates.
South Africa’s Internet Solutions (IS) has partnered with Infinera to upgrade its long-distance network.
Will carriers finally begin acting in unison to more effectively combat fraud? Capacity reports from the Wholesale Fraud Forum 2014 in London.
Bharti Airtel and Dubai-based satellite service provider Thuraya have signed an agreement to deliver mobile satellite products to Airtel’s African unit.
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.
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.
Ericsson has been revealed as sole supplier for Finnish operator DNA’s 4G roll-out in the country.
Dutch telco KPN has partnered with Open-Xchange to offer an app suite through the Dutch operator’s Open Cloud Store.
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.
UK operator BT and UNICEF have partnered to launch a new initiative aimed at improving online safety for children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook has acquired virtual reality hardware company Oculus in a $2 billion deal.
China Mobile has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the operator to an all-IP, ultra-broadband network.
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.
Cloud Team Alliance – a partnership of European companies that operate cloud services – has expanded its membership with the signing of KPN and Portugal Telecom.
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.
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.
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.
UAE operator Etisalat has signed a content agreement with broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.
Telefónica has partnered with cloud service provider Akamai in an effort to improve the Spain-based operator’s content delivery (CDN) infrastructure.
Fibre-optic network provider FirstLight Fiber is expanding its Vermont data centre in a bid to keep up with demand for broadband connectivity.
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.
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.
Egypt’s telecom regulator announced last Sunday that it is set to grant unified telecoms licences within the next three months.
Irish operator Eircom has deployed vectoring technology at 150 out of its 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets, to boost speeds across its network.
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.
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.
Cable operator Liberty Global has partnered with Axiros for device management services.
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.
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.
UK-based BT has launched its Assure Threat Monitoring service in Brazil, in a move designed to alleviate security concerns over cloud computing and BYOD services.
Telefónica has expanded its portfolio of services to include Samsung’s KNOX mobile security platform.
World-renowned “futurist” Gerd Leonhard has some bold predictions for the telecoms industry. Alex Hawkes reports.
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.
Verizon has appointed Eric Cevis as president of global wholesale at the company.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has today revealed that it will establish a mobile broadband security centre in Berlin, Germany.
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.
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.
Despite fierce competition, high mobile penetration and many telecoms markets being a duopoly, the Caribbean still holds tremendous opportunity for growth.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has outlined his plans to use Kabel Deutschland as the “core” of Vodafone’s fixed-line German operations.
Telenor Pakistan has reportedly completed its network modernisation programme to enable 3G services across its entire network.
Policymakers in the UK have identified an opportunity to leapfrog ahead of 4G and herald 5G connectivity in the market to create economic opportunities.
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.
London-based satellite provider Inmarsat has deployed CSG International’s billing solution to support the new Inmarsat Global Xpress service.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with Telkom Indonesia subsidiary, Telkom Akses, to upgrade and expand the country’s nationwide broadband network.
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.
Thai operator True Corporation is reportedly looking for a foreign partner to expand its footprint across south east Asia.
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?
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.
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.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has announced a partnership with Tata Communications to launch a dedicated Middle East Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Hurricane Electric has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific market with a connection into the BBIX internet exchange in Tokyo, Japan.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has taken over responsibility for the roll-out and operation of German mobile operator E-Plus's network.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mobile-messaging application WhatsApp will add voice call services to its offering later this year, Reuters reports.
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.
Moldova’s national operator Moldtelecom has selected Astellia to audit the quality of its voice and data services on its 3G network.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
Belgian mobile operator Proximus has become the first to launch its LTE network in the country’s capital Brussels.
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.
Service provider Amdocs has launched its self-optimising networks (SON) solution, designed to automate the optimisation of radio access networks (RANs).
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.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has put forward a €7 billion takeover bid for Spanish operator ONO, according to local reports.
Tata Communications has announced that its network is ready to supply voice over LTE calling (VoLTE) to IPX-connected service providers.
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.
Satellite company Dish Mexico has called on regulators to declare that broadcaster Grupo Televisa is a dominant company in the sector.
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.
Iran has unveiled a domestically designed and manufactured telecoms satellite, designed to provide secure national and international satellite mobile connections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK group Vodafone is reportedly in talks to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO, and potentially disrupt an IPO for the Madrid-based company.
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.
Cloud software provider VMware has announced its acquisition of mobile security company AirWatch for $1.54 billion.
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.
UK watchdog Ofcom has implemented plans to stop telecoms providers from charging consumers for switching operators when they raise prices unexpectedly.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) has signed an agreement with OTT application provider Evernote to cover 12 existing DT markets in continental Europe with its service.
Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary 3 Ireland has announced that its 4G services will go live next week, on January 27.
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.
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.
Russia’s largest telecommunications provider TTK has partnered with Akamai in an effort to improve its content delivery infrastructure.
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.
Australian carrier Telstra has acquired Melbourne-based cloud company O2 Networks in a deal worth AU$60 million ($52.8 million).
With a growing interest in wholesale and access to rich-media content, are cablecos becoming a threat to carriers?
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.
Tata Communications has today launched its mobile VoIP platform for the delivery of enhanced IP communication services.
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.
Vodafone Australia has launched two 4G mobile broadband devices: the mobile broadband USB stick and the pocket Wifi device.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK-based Neul has today launched NeulNET, its networking solution for the internet of things (IoT).
Optical transport provider Infinera has announced a partnership with Australia Japan Cable (AJC) to expand the capacity of the cable consortium's subsea network.
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.
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.
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.
India's federal cabinet will allow Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), the country’s only state-owned telecoms companies, to return their 4G spectrum.
Orange Business Services has announced the acquisition of French cybersecurity firm Atheos.
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.
French radio and television service provider TDF today announced a partnership with network specialist Ciena, to enhance its network capabilities.
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.
Eleven mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) licences have been issued to private companies looking to resell services from China’s three state-owned operators.
Slovenian regulator Apek has announced details of its 4G auction which will be held in March.