European antitrust regulator questions telecoms

Reuters

The European competition watchdog is questioning five of Europe's biggest telecoms companies to see if a series of meetings they held since 2010 on strategy and technical co-operation constituted collusion.

Leap, Clearwire announce five-year wholesale LTE agreement

On Wednesday, Cricket Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Leap Wireless, and Clearwire Corp announced that they have entered into a five-year wholesale agreement. With the agreement, Cricket will become the second operator to have signed onto Clearwire's forthcoming LTE Advanced-ready network, which will provide capacity off-load services to supplement Cricket's own LTE network.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

One unified appliance released for IPTV and multiscreen transcoding

Imagine Communications, a provider of digital video services, on Wednesday announced a system upgrade to their ICE Video Platform. The new platform upgrade provides system operators with a single unified appliance for processing HD and SD IPTV streams as well as Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams for multiscreen delivery. 

UK regulator to allow Everything Everywhere to reuse spectrum for 4G

Reuters

Britain could see next-generation high-speed mobile services by the end of this year after telecoms regulator Ofcom said it would let mobile operator Everything Everywhere reuse its radio spectrum for a 4G network.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Vodafone deadline for C&W Worldwide bid extended

Reuters

Vodafone must decide whether to bid for Britain's Cable & Wireless Worldwide by 29 March after regulator the Takeover Panel extended the deadline on Friday to the same date set for potential rival bidder Tata Communications.
 

Iliad to speed mobile rollout in France

Reuters

French telecoms group Iliad said low-cost Free Mobile offers launched in January had been an immense success and it will accelerate the rollout of its mobile network. Iliad's new services forced larger rivals Bouygues Telecom, France Telecom and Vivendi to cut prices and lavish attention on customers to prevent mass defections.


Speculation has mounted over how many customers Free Mobile has siphoned off. Iliad (Paris) said it would provide figures with its first-quarter results in May.

Ceragon gets $6 million Nigerian backhaul contract

Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, announced a $6 million contract with Globacom Nigeria (Glo), a mobile service provider in Nigeria, for Ceragon’s wireless backhaul services.  Ceragon will manage the end-to-end deployment of its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems throughout Nigeria, expanding upon the original network Ceragon developed for Glo in 2010.

Huawei targets enterprises at CeBIT

On Wednesday at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, David He, president of marketing at Huawei enterprises, announced that Huawei plans to rack up $15 billion in enterprise contract sales in the next three years.  The telecom equipment maker also said that its 2011 enterprise contracts totaled $3.8 billion,

Verizon launches wireless broadband for homes

On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless introduced a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network. The service will offer households in areas with limited broadband options an alternative for data connectivity in their homes.

Africa poses risks and rewards for telecoms

Reuters

Poor infrastructure, fragmented markets and stiff competition in Africa poses risks as well as potential rewards for telecom operators hunting for growth in countries like oil-rich Nigeria and post-revolution Libya and Tunisia.


With new cheaper smartphones set to drive sales, a growing corporate market, and the fact that most people in Africa will use mobile phones to access the Internet and do business, many operators are seeking acquisition targets in the continent.

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