Friday Network News: December 20

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Brazilian operator TIM Brasil has deployed a 100G fibre-optic cable on a transmission infrastructure in north east Brazil, in a bid to increase data transmission capacity in the region. Over 1,000km of fibre-optic cable has been deployed, and the cable will link Salvador and Fortaleza, the capital cities of the states of Bahia and Ceará. [read more]


Japan's KDDI has selected Ericsson as one of its prime vendors for the deployment of its LTE network. The Swedish vendor will deliver an LTE radio access network, as well as the evolved packet core, to the Japanese operator. [read more]


Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has signed a deal with Taiwan's largest operator, Chunghwa Telecom, to roll out LTE infrastructure in the country. This is the first contract award from Chunghwa for its 4G deployment plan, which it hopes to launch in the second half of 2014, having secured as much as 70 MHz of spectrum in Taiwan's recent auction. [read more]


US operator Sprint Nextel and satellite provider Dish Network are to build an experimental fixed wireless broadband network in Texas, which will launch next year. The network will be expanded to additional markets over time, and the move could be a sign that Dish is set to push ahead with plans to build a national wireless broadband LTE network. [read more]


Thousands of Sky broadband users in London, UK, were knocked offline after copper cables were cut on UK incumbent BT's infrastructure. BT said that copper thieves had breached its Openreach broadband network, affecting an estimated 37,000 Sky customers, as well as number of BT and TalkTalk subscribers, which also use the network. [read more]


Slovak Telekom has partnered with Swedish vendor Ericsson for its nationwide 4G roll-out. The Slovakian operator launched its 4G LTE network in November this year, and this week announced Ericsson as the sole vendor for the project. [read more]

Brazilian market leader Telefónica Vivo has partnered with Coriant to drive network expansion and increase capacity on its optical backbone network. Telefónica Vivo's agreement with the supplier of optical networking solutions supports its plan to enhance end-user services and deliver a network that offers better broadband connectivity, while reducing total cost of ownership. [read more]


Orange Spain has partnered with AirTies Wireless Networks for the implementation of OTT pay-TV services in the country. Wireless solution provider AirTies will deliver its innovative OTT technology to Orange to allow the operator to facilitate multiscreen and on-demand pay-TV services. [read more]

GTS Central Europe has signed a contract with oil and gas company LUKOIL, which will see the telecoms provider deliver network services to LUKOIL's facilities in Poland. GTS – which was acquired by Deutsche Telekom in November this year – has implemented network infrastructure across LUKOIL's 116 gas stations in Poland. [read more]

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