Friday Network News: March 28

28 March 2014 | Sophie Donoghue

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Telefónica has partnered with cloud service provider Akamai in an effort to improve the Spain-based operator’s content delivery (CDN) infrastructure. The partnership aims to optimise Telefónica’s internet infrastructure and ensure a significant increase in speed and performance for mobile and broadband users, via Akamai’s CDN solutions. [read more]

China Mobile has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the operator to an all-IP, ultra-broadband network. The €750 million deal will see Alcatel-Lucent upgrade China Mobile’s existing infrastructure over the course of a year, in a bid to prepare the operator for future technologies such as network functions virtualisation (NFV) and cloud-based services.[read more]

BT and smart networking solutions provider GENBAND have entered a partnership to enhance the roaming experience of BT’s customers. The UK-based operator will deploy GENBAND’s Diameter Signalling Controller (DSC) solution which is designed to enable better co-operation between LTE networks and supports interworking between vendor equipment that is being deployed across its customers’ LTE networks. [read more]

GTS Central Europe has announced new service capabilities designed to protect enterprise networks from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The GTS Anti-DDoS solution operates as a cloud-based service to provide monitoring capabilities and removes malicious traffic that flows through a customer’s network during an attack. [read more]

Cloud Team Alliance – a partnership of European companies that operate cloud services – has expanded its membership with the signing of KPN and Portugal Telecom. The additional membership allows the alliance to extend its geographic coverage to the Netherlands and Portugal respectively. [read more]

Telkom Indonesia has completed an upgrade on the PT Telkom 3rd Route Submarine Cable System, in partnership with Huawei Marine. Huawei Marine deployed its 100Gbps technology over two existing segments of Telkom’s submarine network – measuring 380km and 360km in length – enabling the operator to deliver increased capacity on the route. [read more]

Australian state-owned broadband wholesaler NBN Co is set to invest A$18.4 million ($16.8 million) to revive its interim satellite service. The satellite service, which has been branded a “train wreck” by communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, will upgrade its capacity for all users by May this year. [read more]


UK operators BT and EE have signed an agreement, under which EE will provide BT with mobile services. EE will provide 2G, 3G and 4G services to BT’s mobile customers. [read more]

PCCW Global has signed an agreement with Nigerian operator Phase3 Telecom for the delivery of advanced communications solutions across West Africa. The deal will allow Phase3 Telecom to access PCCW Global’s international network, which covers 3,000 cities worldwide, including major African cities such as Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Cape Town.[read more]

Middle Eastern operator Orixcom has announced the launch of $10 per Mb internet access for enterprises in the Equinix/datamena DX1 data centre in Dubai, UAE. Orixcom claims to be the first carrier to offer such low-cost access in Dubai, thought by many to be the hub for digital services and content in the Middle East. [read more]