Friday Network News: July 5

Friday Network News: July 5

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TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has signed a global IP transit service agreement with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), which will enable PLDT to extend its reach throughout North America, Asia and Europe. The agreement will support the delivery of PLDT’s services across the world, and is said to offer reach to previously untapped markets. [read more]


Pan-African wholesale provider Liquid Telecom has partnered with French vendor Ekinops to complete the roll out of its long-haul DWDM network across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The network spans more than 2,500km and is said to be the longest uninterrupted fibre spanning the continent. It can carry multiple 10G wavelengths and is said to be scalable to support more 10G and 100G services. [read more]


Russian operator MTS has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to begin the deployment of its FDD LTE networks in Moscow and Central Russia regions during the third quarter of 2013. The operator will utilise 2600MHz and 800MHz frequency bands for the long-term evolution technology network, which is hoped to help cater to the growth in demand for mobile broadband services in Russia. [read more]


Telefónica has signed an agreement with European rivals Vodafone and Orange enabling them access to its fibre optic network in Spain. The agreement is designed to help with the roll out of faster broadband to customers, with Vodafone and Orange said to be making one-off payments on individual installations, the prices of which will be set by Spanish regulator CMT. [read more]


Telenor has said it will roll-out commercial 3G mobile services in Myanmar next year, after being confirmed as one of the two winning bidders in Myanmar’s lucrative licence auction last week. The company said it further plans to complete a nationwide launch of 2G and 3G networks within five years, and said it wants to install 4G-ready base stations in the country. [read more]


Epsilon has signed an agreement with Angola Cables to increase the African operator’s international connectivity across Europe. Angola Cables serves as a dedicated wholesale and submarine fibre provider, and is the largest shareholder in the WACs cable. [read more]


TI Sparkle has expanded its high speed access capabilities to its Seabone IP Transit and Lan2Lan services with two new PoPs located in London Telecity 2 and in Amsterdam Equinix. The development represents a new addition to TI Sparkle’s presence in European Telehouses to deliver SDH and Ethernet services. [read more]


Alcatel-Lucent and Telekom Austria Group claim to have completed short distance trials of delivering ultra-fast broadband over existing copper networks. The trials were said to have successfully delivered speeds of faster than 1Gbps over 70 metres, demonstrating the potential of using copper networks for next-generation broadband access. [read more]

Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) and UAE operator datamena have announced an agreement to set up a multi-service PoP in Dubai. The facility will be set up in datamena’s carrier neutral data centre, and includes Tier-1 IP transit, carriers and content players. [read more]



Three operators have been allocated 4G spectrum in Singapore. SingTel, StarHub and M1 will obtain a total of 270MHz in the 1800Mhz and 2.5GHz bands, which were made available for allocation in the country’s 4G auction. [read more]


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