Nokia's fortunes brighten on heavy network spending

Numbers follow similar positive surprises from its bigger rivals, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei


HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic.

The Finnish company sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft in April, leaving it more reliant on a mobile network equipment business that shrank by 8 percent in the April-to-June quarter.

Metro data traffic to grow by 560% by 2017: Bell Labs

Data traffic on metro access and aggregation networks is set to grow by as much as 560% by 2017, according to new research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, driven by demand for ultra-broadband access, video and cloud services.

The research also indicates that by 2017 more than 75% of this traffic will stay in metro networks, up from just 57% today.

Meanwhile, traffic from video services will grow by 720% over the forecast period, with data-center traffic increasing by 440%.

Sprint completes trial of 400Gbps technology

US operator Sprint says it has successfully carried out a trial of 400Gbps technology that could help to support the rising demand for data services on both fixed and mobile networks.

The operator has been working with network equipment vendor Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) on the deployment of the high-speed technology, and says the two companies completed the 400Gbps trial in the Silicon Valley area in July.

TeliaSonera buys WiMax business, backbone stake in Kazakhstan

Swedish telecoms incumbent TeliaSonera has beefed up its business in Kazakhstan with the $170 million acquisition of WiMax operator Alem Communications and purchase of a minority stake in KazTransCom, a backbone network operator, for a fee of $35 million.

The transactions will help to bolster the position of Kcell (Almaty, Kazakhstan), TeliaSonera’s Kazakh subsidiary, which recently completed an IPO in London and Kazakhstan.

Ciena helps Samsung deploy optical mesh network

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Monday announced that Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., an information and communications technology service provider, has deployed Ciena's full portfolio of intelligent Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet (CES) and ON-Center Management Suite services to create its own private network, which will connect offices and employees across multiple locations globally.

Sprint chooses Ciena for network upgrade

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced that Sprint is upgrading its optical backbone network with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The updated network, powered exclusively by Ciena, will enable Sprint to enhance transport network scalability and performance.

China Unicom, Telecom ask regulators to suspend probe


China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.) and China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.), the country's second and third largest telecom operators, have asked Chinese regulators to halt an antimonopoly probe and will work towards lowering internet access charges over coming years, they said on Friday.

Vodafone launches R&D Center in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most powerful technology companies in the world.  Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, IBM and Oracle all headquarter in and around the Silicon Valley, and many of those companies started and built their company there.  With so many technology companies headquartered in the area, it makes sense that Vodafone (London, England) decided to launch a Research and Development (R&D) Center in that same location.

RACO Wireless partners with Securus, Direct Communication Solutions

RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, Ohio), a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, announced on Wednesday that it will provide the M2M backbone for Securus Inc. (Cary, N.C.), a provider of GPS-based products and services, as well as provide an M2M service package for vertical market applications to Direct Communication Solutions (DCS) (Coral Spring, Fla.), a distributor of embedded modules for M2M developers.

MegaFon and Nokia Siemens to offer faster mobile broadband in Russia

MegaFon is building a country-wide IP mobile backhaul network to reduce costs, increase network capacity and ensure smooth migration from legacy technology to an all-IP transport platform. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks in one of Russia’s most significant systems integrator deals.

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