PCCW partners with Ciena for submarine cable upgrade

PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, a telecommunications provider, and Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced an upgrade to the carrier’s subsea network with Ciena’s optical 100G networking solution.

Vodafone could merge with Verizon Wireless, eyes Asia, South America

Reuters

Recently, there has been talk that a merger between Vodafone and Verizon Communications could be the most logical option for both telecom operators.  A recent report by analysts from Goldman Sachs Group  stated that if Verizon Communications were to get rid of their fixed-line unit, it would allow for its wireless and enterprise units to merge with that of Vodafone’s.  The report saw this as the most “attractive option” for Vodafone.

Telecom carriers, vendors sign contract for Asia Pacific Gateway Network

From releases by staff

NTT Communications Corporation and NEC Corporation are among a group of telecom carriers and vendors that recently announced they signed a contract for the construction and maintenance of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), an undersea cable network that is scheduled to launch by June 2014 with a total design capacity of 54.8 terabit-per-second (Tbps).

UCLA teams with Korean energy research institute on smart grid

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Engineering school has entered into a 10-year partnership with the government-supported Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) in South Korea to collaborate on smart grid research and the development of new technologies with the aim of creating a smart grid on an international level.

NSN fixed line broadband business acquired by ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc, a provider of networking equipment, announced on Monday that it plans to acquire the fixed line Broadband Access Business (BBA) of Nokia Siemens Networks, as well as the associated professional services and network management.

Samsung to be largest LTE macro base stations provider in Asia Pacific

Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year.  According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).

Asia Pacific will dominate connected device market, fuelled by growth in China

The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).

Mobile market growth dives in third quarter

Reuters

Cellphone market growth slumped in the third quarter, with the grim economic climate prompting consumers to cut back or delay purchases, particularly in Western Europe, says research firm Gartner (Stamford, Conn., U.S.A.).

Global sales of all mobile phones grew an annual 5.6% in the third quarter to 440.5 million phones, down sharply from 16.5% growth in the previous quarter.

Wyless, Maingate interconnect networks, enter new markets

Wyless (London, England) and Wireless Maingate (Stockholm, Sweden), two M2M MVNO's, announced a strategic partnership that will provide both companies will access to the others networks.

Surveys show change in customer usage, emphasis on customer service

As smartphone usage grows and consumers start using their phones for more than just voice, the concept of a mobile service provider is changing. According to two surveys, including one performed by Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif., U.S.A.), a person’s mobile phone is replacing other devices, and in the future will be used for everything from banking to a GPS system.


Oracle surveyed more than 3,000 mobile users around the world and found that mobile devices are becoming more valuable to consumers.

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