News In Brief: Orange, LG, Google, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon Business, Vodafone, Apollo

Orange is set to offer broadband TV services in the UK, reviving a plan it ditched in 2007 after agreeing a deal to piggyback on BT’s fixed-line network, and completing its merger with T-Mobile, The Times reports.
 
Google has hired a recruiter to fill the position of “Head of Social,” acknowledging its lack of success in the social media sector.
 
Activist investor Carl Icahn has nearly doubled his stake in Motorola ahead of the breakup of the electronics firm. He now owns 8.8% of the company's stock, WSJ reported.
 
Alcatel-Lucent has reportedly agreed to pay €56.4 million in compensation to Telecom New Zealand, after failures in its XT Mobile network.
 
Verizon Business today launched its Global Fixed Mobile Convergence service in Europe, offering a universal phone number to reach employees on a wireline or mobile phone, and automatically determining the most cost-effective route for mobile calls.
 
Mobile virtual network enabler Teleena has agreed a deal to sign up MVNO’s onto Vodafone’s UK network, beginning Q4.
 
Transatlantic cable operator Apollo has transmitted almost three terabits per second (Tbit/s) of data, based on 40Gbit/s channels, per fiber pair in a submarine network using equipment from Alcatel-Lucent.

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