Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio form network-sharing partnership

Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced a network-sharing plan aimed at avoiding “duplication of infrastructure” and lowering costs.

The companies said they would share inter- and intra-city fiber-optic networks, submarine cable networks, towers, internet broadband services and other technologies that might emerge in future.

Besides avoiding duplication and freeing up capital for other projects, the operators said that comprehensive network sharing would help to “preserve the environment”.

Verizon agrees takeover of CDN player EdgeCast

Verizon Communications has agreed a takeover of content delivery networks specialist EdgeCast for an undisclosed fee.

The company develops technology that speeds up the delivery of content over internet networks and competes against the better-known Akamai Technologies (Cambridge, MA, USA) in this market.

Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) said it planned to use EdgeCast’s (Santa Monica, CA, USA) technology to broaden the portfolio of site acceleration services its Digital Media Services business sells to digital enterprises.

AT&T aims to sidestep shareholder request on surveillance data

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AT&T has asked regulators to let it ignore a shareholder request for details of its customer-information sharing with government agencies, a move that could forestall a heated debate at the telecommunications giant's annual meeting.

The No. 2 U.S. mobile operator made the request in a December 5 letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to shareholder activists pressing it on the matter. Among them is New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is the trustee of the state retirement fund.

US court upholds trial plan over defunct Nortel's $7.5 billion cash

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The fight over defunct Nortel Networks' $7.5 billion in cash will be decided in joint U.S.-Canadian court hearings and not in arbitration, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a bankruptcy court ruling in March that there was never an agreement to use arbitration to divide the pile of cash among various Nortel (Mississauga, Canada) estates around the world.

Huawei retains top spot in RAN market: ABI Research

Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.

Metro data traffic to grow by 560% by 2017: Bell Labs

Data traffic on metro access and aggregation networks is set to grow by as much as 560% by 2017, according to new research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, driven by demand for ultra-broadband access, video and cloud services.

The research also indicates that by 2017 more than 75% of this traffic will stay in metro networks, up from just 57% today.

Meanwhile, traffic from video services will grow by 720% over the forecast period, with data-center traffic increasing by 440%.

US concern over Huawei telecoms deal with South Korea

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The heads of two U.S. Senate committees overseeing national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over a recent network supply deal between China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Washington ally South Korea.

South Korea, which hosts some 28,000 U.S. soldiers to deter potential provocation from North Korea, said Huawei's (Shenzhen, China) deal to supply mobile network equipment does raise security concerns, but it had no immediate plan to look into the issue. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to visit Seoul later this week as part of a broader Asia trip.

Privately held Cox looking at bid for Time Warner Cable: WSJ

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Privately held Cox Communications is considering bidding for Time Warner Cable either on its own or as part of a joint bid, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

Recent media reports suggest Time Warner Cable (New York City, NY, USA) is currently being circled by Charter Communications (Stamford, CT, USA) and top cable provider Comcast (Philadelphia, PA, USA) could jump into the fray with a joint bid for Time Warner Cable along with Charter.

For Cisco and Huawei, a bruising rivalry reaches stalemate

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Cisco Systems Inc and Huawei Technologies Co, two of the world's largest communications equipment makers, have been slugging it out for a decade now - in court, in emerging markets, in the lobbies of government and even on blogs.

The past year suggests they've ground to an expensive stalemate, raising questions about their futures on each other's lucrative home turf.

Earlier this month Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) CEO John Chambers admitted in an earnings call that political dynamics were stymieing his company's long march into Huawei's backyard.

SAP and China Telecom to promote cloud services in China

German software giant SAP has announced plans to expand its strategic partnership with China Telecom into the field of cloud computing.

Under the agreement, China Datacom – a joint venture between SAP and China Telecom subsidiary China Communication Services (CCS) – will offer SAP’s cloud services to businesses in China.

According to SAP’s statement, CCS will also become the first local customer of SAP’s cloud services.

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