Friday Network News: September 27

Friday Network News: September 27

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Satellite provider Inmarsat has struck a deal which will see New Zealand-based IT and communications company Telecom NZ manage its Pacific Ocean Region (POR) satellite access stations for the Global Xpress (GX) system. [read more]


Batelco has partnered with Ericsson in a deal which will see the Swedish equipment vendor upgrade and expand the operator's network in Bahrain. [read more]


Australia's Telstra has partnered with French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to trial fibre-to-the-node technology (FTTN). Australia's coalition government is expected to use the trial to revise the country's National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out, which is not expected to meet its targets for the year. [read more]


Open access wholesale platform Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) has announced a network expansion in the mid-Atlantic region, with connections in Washington and Richmond, Virginia. [read more]


Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) claims that a live TD-LTE network trial has demonstrated Authorised Shared Access (ASA) can offer operators extra capacity, through access to under-utilised spectrum frequencies. [read more]


Three mobile operators in Bahrain have been awarded radio spectrum to launch LTE networks in the kingdom. The move comes after Bahrain's telecoms regulatory authority scrapped an auction to allow new entrants into the sector, which would further increase competition in the market. [read more]


Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has signed a contract with Iraqi internet and communications provider Tishknet for the deployment of an LTE TDD network in the country. [read more]


The wholesale division of Orange has launched an LTE signalling service for 4G international roaming. The service is designed to enable operators to provide customers with an improved 4G service while roaming outside their home country. [read more]


Telekom Austria subsidiary A1 and German solutions provider Coriant have reported a successful 400G transmission field trial in Austria. The companies partnered to demonstrate a fibre-optic capacity upgrade in a live-network environment, using Space Division Multiplexing (SDM). [read more]


Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and South Korea's SK Telecom have announced the successful testing of Liquid Applications over LTE. The trial was designed to examine Liquid Applications as a unique, personalised mobile broadband experience, following a deal signed by the two companies at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. [read more]

Irish operator Eircom is utilising vectoring technology as part of its push to introduce higher broadband speeds across the country. [read more]

US submarine cable vendor TE SubCom has reportedly signed an agreement with New Zealand firm Hawaiki Cable to design and implement their fibre-optic cable system, linking Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the west coast of the US. [read more]

French operator SFR has launched LTE services in Paris after partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for the upgrade.  [read more]

Virgin Media Business (VMB) has been selected by Vue Entertainment to connect its 82 cinemas across the UK via VMB's fibre-optic network. The WAN is designed to allow Vue to monitor the screens from a central location, as well as put on more showings to reduce customer disappointment. A launch is set for early 2014.

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