Friday Network News: March 14

14 March 2014 | Sophie Donoghue

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Vodafone Germany has reportedly begun improving its Berlin network as part of a nationwide LTE upgrade plan. The operator plans to invest €4 billion ($5.6 billion) in the nationwide modernisation programme over the next two years. [read more]

Network specialist Ciena has unveiled several additions to its network solutions portfolio, designed to give operators greater visibility and control over the network. The WaveLogic Photonics solution includes a number of enhancements to improve network automation. [read more]

Telenor Pakistan has reportedly completed its network modernisation programme to enable 3G services across its entire network. The programme saw the company upgrade approximately 7,500 cell sites to 3G, which is expected to resolve most quality-related service problems. [read more]

Australia’s NBN Co has successfully completed a 1Tbps super-channel transmission trial with Coriant over a 1,066km fibre-optic ring in south east Queensland, Australia. As part of the deal, Coriant has deployed its innovative FlexiGrid technology on NBN Co’s transit network, which has been built using established optical fibre made available by third-party carriers. [read more]

Orange Slovakia has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent for the roll-out of its 4G LTE network, according to local reports. The operator secured frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands in Slovakia’s spectrum auction in January this year, and plans to roll out the network across the country in the next few months. [read more]

Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (DT ICSS) – the Germany-based carrier's wholesale arm – and iBasis have announced an LTE roaming peering agreement for MNOs. The agreement is designed to enable MNO customers of both iBasis and DT ICSS to deliver high-quality LTE roaming services to their subscribers. [read more]

Outremer Telecom has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the deployment of a 4G LTE access network for islands in the French West Indies and the Indian Ocean. Paris-based Outremer Telecom is part of France’s Altice group and the project with Alcatel-Lucent will see the deployment of a 4G LTE ultra-broadband access network in French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe, as well as in the Indian Ocean islands of Reunion and Mayotte. [read more]


Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul) has partnered with Chinese vendor Huawei for the Bulgarian cellco’s network upgrade in the country. GloBul is embarking on a nationwide upgrade of its services and Huawei will advance GloBul’s 2G and 3G systems, and replace its core and backbone transport networks. [read more]

The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) has inked a deal with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to upgrade telecoms infrastructure in Tanzania. The two organisations plan to invest over $6 million in expanding and upgrading basic telecoms infrastructure in rural areas of the country. [read more]

Middle Eastern operator Nawras has signed a capacity agreement with satellite provider SES to provide improved network services to Oman. The capacity agreement is for SES’s NSS-6 satellite, which is designed to support telecoms infrastructure and broadband network across several regions, including the Middle East. [read more]