Small cells go large to help meet data demand

Reuters

Small cell radio equipment that boosts network coverage is providing big opportunities for telecom operators as they face growing demand for smartphone Internet access in busy streets, shopping centers and stadiums.

The devices - small radio nodes which provide network coverage over a range of between 10 and 200 meters - have been used by businesses and consumers to provide a signal in areas of poor coverage for years.

Networking creates devices buzz at mobile fair

Reuters

Networks, whether superfast mobile broadband, wifi or a combination of both, are helping add pizzazz to new mobile products as the rapid evolution in smartphone and tablet design slows to a trickle.

The world's fastest smartphone, new "phablets" - sized between a phone and tablet - and small tablets optimized to watch video and run multiple applications on 4G mobile networks were making the biggest splash at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Networks are also enabling millions of other devices, from coffee makers to bicycles and cars to homes, to become "smart".

Exclusive: Juniper mulls next move after asset sale talks falter - sources

Reuters

Juniper Networks Inc is reviewing its enterprise-focused networking business after talks fell through late last year to sell assets, including security unit NetScreen Technologies, several sources close to the matter told Reuters.

Nokia Siemens Networks aims for no. 2 slot in US market

Reuters

Nokia-Siemens Networks is mounting an expansion drive in North America where the world's third-largest telecom equipment maker believes a spate of deal-making among mobile carriers will play out in its favor.

Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said deals by Japan's Softbank (Tokyo, Japan) to buy 70 percent of Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, USA) for $20 billion, and Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) purchase of MetroPCS (Richardson, USA) was an opportunity for NSN to grab new U.S. business.

Nokia Siemens Networks appoints new chief financial officer

Nokia Siemens Networks has revealed that Samih Elhage will become its new chief financial officer, replacing Marco Shroeter, who is to leave the company “with immediate effect”.

Previously the chief operating officer, Elhage will continue to report to chief executive Rajiv Suri, but the role of chief operating officer is to be “discontinued”.

China says US hacking accusations lack technical proof

Reuters

Accusations by a U.S. computer security company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are scientifically flawed and hence unreliable, China's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

The statement came after the White House said overnight that the Obama administration has repeatedly taken up its concerns about cyber-theft at the highest levels of the Chinese government, including with Chinese military officials.

Australia's Leighton moots A$619.5 million deal with Ontario Teachers'

Australia’s Leighton Holdings Ltd says it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) over the A$619.5 million ($638.4 million) sale of a 70% stake in its telecoms assets, which include Nextgen Networks, Metronode and Infoplex.

The Australian contractor, which is majority owned by Hochtief (Essen, Germany), has been looking to offload various assets to reduce its debts and had claimed in September that several parties were interested in acquiring its telecoms businesses.

Startup Embrane wins Peer1 SDN contract over Cisco and Juniper

Reuters

Virtual networking company Embrane has won hosting company Peer1 as a customer for its Heleos product, beating out larger vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc and Juniper Networks Inc.

Embrane (Santa Clara, USA) is one of a number of startups in an emerging and rapidly growing technology segment that has become known as software-defined networking (SDN).

SDN products allow businesses to reduce the amount of networking gear in data centers by replacing much of their functionality with software that is centralized in one or more servers.

Cisco results beat Street; CEO sees challenge in Europe

Reuters

Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly results topped Wall Street views on Wednesday amid early signs tech spending was on the mend, but CEO John Chambers warned the picture was mixed and parts of Europe remained challenging.

The company's shares were down 1.7 pct in after hours trading after Cisco (San Jose, USA) reported that revenue growth in Europe - which accounts for a quarter of its business - was down 5 percent. Revenue in the Americas was up 9 percent and was 8.3 percent higher in the Asia-Pacific region.

Google hits back against BT with patent lawsuits

Reuters

Google Inc and its Motorola Mobility unit struck back on Wednesday against BT Group Plc, filing patent lawsuits against the British telecommunications group more than a year after BT launched its own lawsuit against Google.

BT (London, UK), Britain's dominant fixed-line telecoms group, sued Google (Mountain View, USA) in 2011 over six patents related to mobile technology. But in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a California federal court, Google asserted four patents of its own.

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