Friday Network News: November 30
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Russian operator MegaFon has begun a modernisation of its network in the far eastern Magadan region. The project will see MegaFon’s transport network infrastructure changed to IP technologies, improving its coverage in the region and allowing it to cater for increasing mobile data use. MegaFon said the upgrade had already allowed it to increase the rate of data transmission on its network and improve the quality of voice communications. Data transmission has been significantly increased in several regional centres as a result, according to the operator. Average mobile internet traffic on the network in the third quarter of 2012 exceeded eight terabits.
European operator Interoute has acquired Comendo Network, a subsidiary of Danish IT company Comendo A/S. The move is designed to strengthen Interoute’s position in the Nordic market for international communications and network services, and doubles Interoute’s presence in Denmark. Gareth Williams, CEO at Interoute said the move enhances the company’s cloud-based network, with a particular focus on video communications.
Chinese vendor Huawei has launched a Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Cairo, Egypt. The site in the Smart Village area of the city is dedicated to the operations and management of telecoms networks, and will provide professional services to operators in North Africa. The main functions of the Egyptian NOC will be front office operations, back office operations, workforce management, operation support management and network performance management. It will support 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.
titlearrow.gif Syria’s international internet connectivity shut down at 10:26am GMT yesterday with all 84 of the country’s IP address blocks becoming unreachable, according to Renesys. The research firm said that the event effectively removed the country from the internet. Renesys then reported that 77 Syrian networks experienced an outage beginning at 10:26am, all of which are owned by the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment. This number represents 92% of all routed networks in the country.
Vivendi’s SFR has launched, what is claimed to be, France’s first public 4G network in Lyon. The 4G service will be rolled out to Montpellier on December 18 2012, followed by Lille, Strasbourg and Toulouse in the first half of 2013. SFR had originally planned to launch its 4G network in early 2013 but was able to push its schedule forward. Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei are the suppliers for the network.
Solutions provider CommProve has been selected by Cell C to enable the African operator to measure network performance and control customer satisfaction. The solution will be deployed in Cell C’s network by the first half of next year, and as part of the agreement, CommProve will deploy its real-time data acquisition and mediation platform on the network, as well as its software acquisition suite. Cell C is based in South Africa, and CommProve outlined the importance for it to expand into the emerging market.