Friday Network News: August 30

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Vodafone and O2 have simultaneously launched 4G services in three UK cities. Vodafone’s services are initially restricted to London, while O2 is rolling out its services across London, Leeds and Bradford. [read more]  


Russian telecoms company Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its network in Ukraine and Turkmenistan. The upgrade is designed to deliver faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and better voice quality to MTS customers. [read more


Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has partnered with Chinese vendor Huawei for the deployment and activation of a commercial 400Gbps IP core network in the country. The network, claimed to be an industry first, is designed to deliver highly diverse and more efficient services – such as video, teleconferencing, M2M and cloud computing – to Mobily’s LTE, UMTS and FTTH users. [read more


Epsilon has partnered with Etisalat to deploy its Middle Eastern network exchange at the operator’s SmartHub facility in Fujairah, UAE. Carrier neutral exchange company Epsilon will deploy its eConnect platform at the SmartHub data centre, with a view to supporting its interconnections, capacity trading platform and restoration services across the region and the globe. [read more


Italian infrastructure and service provider Retelit has partnered with network specialist Ciena for the deployment of the latter’s converged packet optical solutions in the country. It is hoped that the deployment will upgrade Retelit’s network and provide improved efficiency, latency and capacity scalable up to 100G. [read more


Mauritius Telecom’s mobile arm, Cellplus Mobile Communications (Orange), has launched 3G+ and 4G LTE services on the autonomous island of Rodrigues. The LTE network is available in the island’s capital, Port Mathurin, but the company has reportedly built ten 3G+/HSDPA-enabled base stations across the region to enhance coverage. [read more


TIM Brasil has completed the installation of its fibre-optic network between Tucurui, Para, and Manaus, Amazonas in northern Brazil. More than 1,400km of fibre-optic cable has been deployed and when commercially operational, it will cover the states of Para, Amazonas and Amapa. [read more


Saudi Arabia’s Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) has signed an inter-carrier interconnection agreement with Hong Kong-based voice and data provider PCCW Global. The deal is expected to enable ITC to offer IPLC and MPLS services across Africa and the Middle East, and the company has future plans to roll out managed and content services, amongst others, with PCCW. [read more


Philippines-based Smart Communications has held additional LTE-Advanced services trials in the metro cities of Manila and Davao. The company first held trials in Makati City in cooperation with Chinese vendor Huawei. [read more


French operator SFR has officially launched its LTE network in Paris. The company began the roll-out of its network in Paris’s financial district, La Defense, at the end of January this year, and is planning the launch of LTE in a further district on September 21. [read more