News;2014 Capacity Magazine60NewsOptus upgrade to double 4G speeds Australia operator Optus has implemented a major upgrade on its mobile network, which is expected to double the download speeds of its 4G services., 23 Sep 2014 11:37:00 GMTAlcatel-Lucent extends mobile backhaul portfolio Alcatel-Lucent has extended its mobile backhaul portfolio to further support the growth of LTE networks., 23 Sep 2014 11:25:00 GMTTSTT appoints CEO The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has appointed Ronald Walcott as CEO, the state-controlled telecoms provider said in a statement., 23 Sep 2014 11:08:00 GMTGoogle plans Dutch data centre Google is planning to spend $773 million over the next four years on a data centre in Netherlands to support its European operations., 23 Sep 2014 10:57:00 GMTIndian authorities thwart Bharti-Loop deal The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India has reportedly blocked Bharti Airtel’s acquisition of Loop Mobile., 23 Sep 2014 10:41:00 GMTHuawei pushes ahead with 400G in ChinaHuawei claims to have completed the first successful tests of a 400G optical transport network in China., 23 Sep 2014 10:31:00 GMTVodacom Business launches FTTB services in South Africa Vodacom Business has launched Fibre to the Business (FTTB) services in South Africa., 22 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMTOrange Business Services launches geolocation serviceOrange Business Services has added a geolocation service to its M2M offering., 22 Sep 2014 11:51:00 GMTIliad facing hurdles in attempts to raise offer for T-Mobile US French player Iliad is reportedly facing numerous hurdles in its attempts to acquire T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom., 22 Sep 2014 11:46:00 GMTEircom opts against IPO Irish operator Eircom will not proceed with a stock market listing after a strategic internal review., 22 Sep 2014 11:19:00 GMTMexico receives first bid for state-owned mobile network Mexico has received its first bid from a consortium to build out a state-owned mobile network worth $10 billion., 22 Sep 2014 10:54:00 GMTDimension Data to acquire MWeb assets Dimension Data is to acquire network and business assets from South African service provider MWeb Connect., 22 Sep 2014 10:45:00 GMTConstruction of SEA-ME-WE 5 gets underwayConstruction of the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system has got underway, with the cable due to become operational by the second half of 2016., 22 Sep 2014 09:58:00 GMTMicrosoft urges FCC to approve AT&T merger with DirecTVUS technology giant Microsoft has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV., 19 Sep 2014 12:07:00 GMTManitoba Telecom appoints member of the boardCanada’s Manitoba Telecom has appointed Barbara Fraser to the board of directors at the company, following the departure of Jocelyne M. Côté-O'Hara., 19 Sep 2014 12:05:00 GMTSoftbank will not invest in messaging app, says COO Ken Miyauchi, COO at Softbank, told reporters today that it has no plans to invest in messaging application, Line, amid rumours that the pair were to unveil a strategic alliance., 19 Sep 2014 11:43:00 GMTNetflix in talks with operators in BelgiumUS streaming player Netflix is in talks with cable and telecoms groups in a bid to distribute its content across Belgium., 19 Sep 2014 11:25:00 GMTWilcon to expand fibre network in CaliforniaUS-based Wilcon is to expand its fibre network by developing a new fibre ring connecting downtown Los Angeles and El Segundo to increase the capacity of its southern California infrastructure., 19 Sep 2014 10:53:00 GMTComtek acquires Sorrento Networks IPRPan-European service provider Comtek has acquired the intellectual property rights (IPR) of telecoms network manufacturer Sorrento Networks., 19 Sep 2014 10:33:00 GMTVivendi and Telefónica seal GVT dealFrench media group Vivendi said today that it has signed a final agreement with Spain’s Telefónica for the sale of Brazilian broadband firm GVT., 19 Sep 2014 10:20:00 GMTFriday News Round-up: 19/09/2014A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories., 19 Sep 2014 07:30:00 GMTAT&T eyes Mexico investmentAT&T is reportedly open to making an acquisition in Mexico as América Móvil chief Carlos Slim prepares to divest some of his assets in the country., 18 Sep 2014 11:59:00 GMTEricsson begins to wind down its modem businessSweden’s Ericsson is to cut or reallocate approximately 1000 jobs after confirming that it will wind down its modem business., 18 Sep 2014 11:55:00 GMTSafaricom shareholders approve yuMobile acquisition Shareholders at Kenya’s Safaricom have officially approved the company’s joint acquisition, with Bharti Airtel, of YuMobile., 18 Sep 2014 11:53:00 GMTEU regulators to ditch fixed-line call ratesEU telecoms regulators have reportedly announced plans to abandon fixed-line phone call price caps in the region in a bid to help European operators boost revenue., 18 Sep 2014 11:15:00 GMTTelefónica selects Huawei for performance management solutions Spain-based Telefónica has selected Huawei for its end-to-end performance management solutions to manage its Latin American networks., 18 Sep 2014 11:06:00 GMTOi to sell stake in Africatel HoldingBrazilian mobile operator Oi has announced plans to sell its assets in Africa in a bid to bolster its position in its domestic market., 18 Sep 2014 10:24:00 GMTVerizon open to divesting cell tower assets, says CFOFran Shammo, CFO at Verizon Communications, has said that the company would consider divesting a number of network assets, including its cell towers., 18 Sep 2014 10:19:00 GMTGlobe Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for LTE upgradeGlobe Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent have penned an agreement for the upgrade of the operator’s networks in the Philippines., 18 Sep 2014 09:56:00 GMTMidweek Mergers: September 17<i>Capacity</i> brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:00 GMT