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Etisalat agrees Maroc Telecom share purchase

28 April 2014

Etisalat – Abu Dhabi's Emirates Telecommunications Corporation – has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom from the French company Vivendi.

The deal was initially proposed back in November, at a price of €4.2 billion, and is intended to be concluded by the end of May.

Etisalat says the deal will create a company that provides services from Morocco in the west to Abu Dhabi in the Gulf region and Sri Lanka in the east.

€500 million plan for rural Eire rollout

28 April 2014

The Irish government has revealed a €500 million plan to bring high-speed broadband to around a million rural homes and businesses across the country.

Eire's minister for communications Pat Rabbitte announced that the fibre scheme would bring high-speed connectivity to premises in more than 1,000 towns and villages, and would involved the country's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Vodafone, using an existing network of pylons.

Lumerical files patent with applications in silicon photonics

25 April 2014

Lumerical Solutions, a provider of photonic design software, has announced the filing of a provisional patent application titled, ‘Method to improve the accuracy of mode matching methods such as eigenmode expansion or rigorous coupled wave analysis.’ 

This patent targets applications in the field of silicon photonics and integrated optics including tapers, spot size converters, y-branch splitters, directional couplers and waveguide Bragg gratings incorporating smoothly varying refractive index profiles.

Dramatic broadband differences revealed in UK

24 April 2014

Vastly differing download speeds across the UK have been revealed in a survey of broadband services across the country.

According to the comparison website uSwitch, two roads – Erw Fawr, Henryd, Wales, and Weatley Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, have average download speeds of just 0.6 megabytes per second, which means that it would take as along as 15 hours to download an HD-quality film.

Xtera chosen for Brazilan networks

24 April 2014

Xtera Communications has announced that its '100G-and-beyond' optical networking platform, Nu-Wave Optima, has been approved for use in Brazilian backbone networks.

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Anatel – has confirmed that Xtera’s equipment fully complies with the requirements of the Brazilian telecommunications authorities and will enable Brazilian operators to benefit from Xtera’s Wise RamanTM solution for long spans and long reach in their long-haul networks.

Alcatel and Elisa announce network upgrade

23 April 2014

Alcatel-Lucent and Elisa, Finland’s provider of mobile and fixed broadband services, have announced a significant network upgrade that will give Elisa ultra-broadband capacity. Finland has one of the highest mobile penetration rates and customer usages in the world.

European investment helps bring superfast broadband to Wales

23 April 2014

European investment will play a major role in helping deliver next-generation broadband to 96 per cent of Wales’ homes and businesses by 2016, according to its finance minister.

The combined investment in fibre broadband in Wales, including the Superfast Cymru programme and BT’s commercial roll-out is around £425m, of which £90m is from the European Regional Development Fund – as well as £220m from BT, £58m from the Welsh Government, and £57 from the UK Government.

Firms join forces to create ultra-fast FTTP in York

15 April 2014

UK telecoms operators Sky and TalkTalk have joined forces with CityFibre to create a new company that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services in the city of York.

The joint venture company plans to build a state of the art, city-wide, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of one Gigabit direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York, offering customers better quality and value.

One in four UK homes now 'superfast'

15 April 2014

One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is ‘superfast’, according to research by Ofcom.

The proportion of superfast connections – those offering headline speeds of 30Mbit/s or more – has risen from five per cent in November 2011 to 25 per cent in November 2013, the regulator says. The average superfast connection speed has also continued to rise, reaching 47.0Mbit/s by November 2013 – an increase of 47 per cent, or 15.1Mbit/s since May 2010.

TE Connectivity to acquire Seacon

11 April 2014

TE Connectivity has signed an agreement to acquire the Seacon group, a provider of underwater connector technology and systems, for $490 million.

The Seacon group serves the military marine and sub-sea sectors for remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles, as well as oil and gas, environmental, and oceanographic applications.

One million premises now passed in Scotland

11 April 2014

More than a million homes and businesses in Scotland can now connect to high-speed fibre broadband, BT has announced.

The engineering milestone was passed as the Scottish Borders town of Hawick became the latest community to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion commercial roll-out.

The 1m total includes more than 330,000 premises in Glasgow and the west; 190,000 in Edinburgh and the Lothians; 120,000 in the south of Scotland; 100,000 in Aberdeen and the north-east and 93,000 in Tayside and Fife. Openreach engineers have now laid more than 1,850KM of fibre cable in Scotland.

Prysmian ups the submarine ante

10 April 2014

Prysmian Group has invested in its submarine project execution capabilities in the conversion of its vessel 'Cable Enterprise' from a moored cable laying barge into a DP2 cable-laying barge, able to use its own propulsion within the work site.

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