Friday Network News: May 30

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Israeli operators Cellcom and Golan Telecom have agreed on a network-sharing deal to cover the country’s future 4G network. The agreement will provide Golan with an indefeasible right of use on Cellcom's planned LTE network for approximately five years and nine months. [read more]

India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm has selected DragonWave’s packet microwave radio system for its nationwide 4G network. Canadian microwave radio vendor DragonWave will provide its Horizon Compact+ links to Reliance Jio, designed to support traffic backhaul from the LTE network. [read more]

Claro Brasil has announced a partnership with solutions provider Syniverse to enable LTE data roaming for the Brazilian operator’s customers. The deal falls ahead of the FIFA World Cup, which takes place this summer in a number of cities across Brazil, and will see Syniverse deliver a range of interoperability solutions for high-speed LTE data roaming. [read more]

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has successfully completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials for the feasibility of network functions virtualisation (NFV). In partnership with vendors including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and NEC, DoCoMo completed the trials using its virtualised evolved packet core (EPC) - common in many LTE systems - which demonstrated a number of advanced network control mechanisms. [read more]

Integrated IT and network technologies firm NEC has signed a $1.6 million agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to upgrade its microwave links in six rural and island locations across Tanzania. The upgrade is expected to double mobile network capacity in these areas in order to meet demand from local citizens, enterprises and tourists. [read more]

Spanish operator Telefónica, SDN specialist Cyan and software solution provider Red Hat have announced an agreement for the development of a network functions virtualisation (NFV) architecture. The architecture will be designed to support the eventual placement of virtualised network functions (VNFs). [read more]

Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has announced the deployment of a virtualised RAN solution from Alcatel-Lucent’s network function virtualisation (NFV) portfolio. The French vendor launched its NFV portfolio in February this year, and Mobily claims to be the first service provider globally to deploy the virtual RAN software. [read more]

Global Capacity has announced the addition of Texan IT management and solution provider Zthernet to its One Marketplace platform. Zthernet hopes the partnership with Global Capacity will expand the reach of its network and enable the efficient delivery of its managed services, which include cloud and integrated voice solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. [read more]

Regulators in Brazil have approved Virgin Mobile Brasil’s plans to use Telefónica Brasil’s mobile network to stimulate competition in the market. Virgin Mobile Latin America - which operates the Brazilian entity - signed a deal in January from Telefónica and has plans to begin operations in 2015. [read more]

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