Friday Network News: June 7

Friday Network News: June 7

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Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications (RCOM) have today signed a network sharing agreement for the sharing on RCOM’s nationwide telecom towers infrastructure in India. Jio Infocomm is expected to utilise up to 45,000 rooftop and ground-based towers across RCOM’s network, in a bid to accelerate the roll-out of 4G services. [read more]


Rostelecom has launched the first part of its LTE network in Sochi, Russia. The launch is expected to fulfil the company's licensing requirements, and Rostelecom aims to deploy LTE networks in eight regions by the end of the year. [read more]


French operator SFR is upgrading its fibre network to 300Mbps peak download speeds and 50Mbps peak upload speeds. SFR expects the upgrade to benefit its 120,000 fibre customers which previously used 100Mbps services. [read more]


Australian operator Optus has launched its 4G TD-LTE network in the country's capital, Canberra. Optus has been trialling the 4G service in Canberra over the last month, and the company expects the official launch to allow its customers to download and stream data much faster, and in many more places, than on existing networks. [read more]


Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS) has signed an agreement with Transaction Network Services (TNS) to implement a multiservice IPX peering connection. As part of the new interconnection, both companies will be able to support the exchange of mobile signalling and GRX traffic. [read more]


Atlanta-based Network Utility Force has announced the deployment of an outdoor IPv6 enabled municipal Wifi network in Douglasville Georgia. The municipal Wifi network covers about 60 acres collectively, making the development one of the largest networks available in the city. [read more]


Liquid Telecom has selected Telarix's SaaS solution for voice traffic management. The African operator has selected the iXTools platform, in addition to the company's business-to-business exchange service iXLink, to automate the management of its growing international voice platform. [read more]


The Fijian government has announced plans to conduct the country's first radio spectrum auction for 4G services. The auction will be held from June 24-28 2013, according to local reports, and will be open to all interested parties, including non-telecommunications companies, in an attempt to encourage competition in the country. [read more]

The European Commission is looking to introduce net-neutrality laws to remove internet restrictions for value add companies such as Skype and Google. Proposals suggested yesterday aim to prevent the blocking of free chat apps, like WhatsApp and Skype, by operators offering rival services. [read more]



Indian corporation Reliance Industries has revealed plans to invest more than $26 billion across its businesses over the next three years, but failed to shed any more light on the company's plans for 4G. Reliance's telecoms unit, Jio Infocomm, is the only company in India to have nationwide permits for 4G, which it has held for three years with no sign of commercial operability. [read more]

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