BARCELONA, Spain--Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) are proving to be beneficiaries of Vodafone's Verizon Wireless windfall, as the Swedish and Finnish vendors have just won five-year deals under the operator's £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring network investment programme.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
LTE Broadcast is picking up momentum, with the latest news coming from Australia, where local telco Telstra conducted a demo of the technology for users at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Telstra Global is enhancing its global MPLS network reach by launching new points of presence (PoPs) in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Chicago, a move that addresses its multinational corporation customers' Asia Pacific access needs.
Telstra Global has taken another step forward with its cloud services drive by achieving Cisco's Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner certification, enabling it to sell and deliver cloud and managed services using the vendor's technology to its multinational corporation clients.
Ericsson and Australian telco Telstra said they have demonstrated downlink data speeds up to 300 Mbps via LTE Advanced carrier aggregation that combined 20 MHz of bandwidth from the 1800 MHz band with 20 MHz form the 2600 MHz band.
Telstra Global has incorporated 100G optical technology on the UNITY submarine cable route, a move that will enable it to deliver higher speed services and greater diversity to its growing base of trans-Pacific and Asia Pacific customers.
Telstra Global is ramping up its data center location reach by integrating and adding capacity to data centers across six locations in Asia, Australia and North America.
The shift toward software-defined networking will entail a 10-year process, but the migration is already beginning and will ramp up even more during 2014, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.
LTE Broadcast is probably still some way ahead in Europe as operators continue to focus on their macro LTE services launches, but the interest in the technology's potential is clearly there. While operators such as EE see cost savings through the optimisation of spectrum and backhaul as an early opportunity for the technology, other use cases are expected to emerge over time, with events currently expected to be the initial launch pad for service offerings.