Level 3 helps power Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network rollout

Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international provider of fiber-based communications services, last week announced that it is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Virgin Media to trial world's fastest cable broadband

Testing speeds of 1.5Gb, 240 times faster than UK average

UK broadband provider Virgin Media is to begin testing internet speeds of up to 1.5Gb in east London. Using Virgin Media's unique cable network, the trials will begin this month in partnership with four companies in the vicinity of Old Street in London, dubbed the "Silicon Roundabout."

AT&T weathers loss of iPhone exclusivity

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AT&T Inc survived the loss of its exclusive U.S. rights to sell the Apple Inc iPhone.
The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider, which is planning to buy T-Mobile USA, eked out a slight increase in subscribers in the first quarter, surprising Wall Street, though some analysts said the growth came at too high a cost.

Its net addition of 62,000 contract customers in the quarter was much weaker than its fourth-quarter growth of 400,000 but better than the loss of 83,000 customers expected, on average, by seven analysts polled by Reuters.

Bright House Networks selects Cisco for enhanced video and services network

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., announced today that it has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network.

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.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom-Orange to form procurement joint venture

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom-Orange announced yesterday they have agreed to combine their procurement activities of customer equipment, network equipment, service platforms and IT infrastructure in a 50/50 joint venture starting with four pilot-projects. For this purpose they signed a non-binding Term Sheet which will be the basis for final contracts yet to be negotiated.

EXFO introduces cloud-based network testing

EXFO Inc. announced Monday the launch of EXFO Connect, a suite of cloud-based software applications designed to interoperate with EXFO's smart test platforms. EXFO Connect is intended to help network operators deal with the increasing complexity of network deployments and maintenance, while facing the growing pressure to accelerate and reduce the cost of such deployments.

Fujitsu plans to bring fibre to 5 million homes and businesses in rural Britain

FTTH collaboration will use Cisco technology

Fujitsu today announced plans to work in collaboration with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to deliver next generation internet services to 5 million homes in rural Britain.

The collaboration and subsequent Fujitsu build of a new super fast, fibre optic broadband network is alternative to BT Openreach (a division of the British telecommunications operator BT Group) and provides an opportunity for any community or local authority looking to access a proportion of the £530 million earmarked by the UK Government to drive investment in super fast broadband in rural communities.

Motorola Solutions, Huawei settle trade secret dispute

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Motorola Solutions Inc and China's Huawei Technologies Co have settled a legal dispute over trade secrets, clearing the way for Motorola to complete the sale of one of its business units to Nokia Siemens Networks.

The settlement puts to rest charges by Huawei that Motorola, one of its long-standing partners, could disclose a variety of its trade secrets in selling a networks business to rival Nokia Siemens Networks.

Motorola agreed to pay an unspecified transfer fee to Huawei as part of the settlement, it said on Wednesday.

Verizon acquires Terremark, driving 'everything-as-a-service' global cloud strategy

Verizon Communications Inc. Monday closed its previously announced acquisition of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., growing Verizon's presence in the global managed IT infrastructure and cloud services market. 

Terremark, which will continue to be based in Miami, will help fuel overall Verizon growth by accelerating the company's strategy to provide "everything-as-a-service" to business and government customers globally. 

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