News In Brief: Alcatel-Lucent, SITA, Interoute Communications, O2 UK, British Telecom, Vodafone, Orange

Alcatel-Lucent is using a 4.5km LTE network to stream live video feeds of a major sailing event in Germany, replacing more regular satellite-based set-ups. Live images are sent from the boats to spectator areas, the Internet, and a TV production center in a nearby town with a separate LTE setup.
 
Air transport communications and IT firm SITA has deployed VoIP software from BroadSoft on a service used by 90% of global airlines. Features include unified hosted and mobile communications, and SIP trunking and broadband services.
 
European next generation network operator Interoute Communications will splash the cash to grow its market share through acquisition, after growing EBITDA 62% growth to €40 million and revenues 9% to €269 million in 2009, and generating positive cash-flow in two of the last three quarters.
 
O2 UK intends to trial LTE on the 800MHz band, after receiving a trial license from Ofcom. The trial, which will use gear supplied from Huawei, will commence in Carlisle in Q3.
 
British Telecom will save 2,000 tons of paper per year after shrinking its domestic phone directory by 3cm so it will fit through consumer’s letterboxes. However, environmental lobby groups say 37,000 tons of paper could be saved if BT adopted an opt-in system.
 
Vodafone has held preliminary talks with Telecom Egypt regarding the sale of its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt, the country’s second-largest mobile carrier. Any deal could net Vodafone £3 billion (€3.4 billion), FT.com reports.
 
Orange yesterday launched an appeal against the block of its proposed merger with Sunrise in Switzerland, Bloomberg reports.

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