NEWS IN BRIEF: Wimax, Level 3, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei

Wimax deployments are picking up speed, with 126 networks deployed worldwide, according to Telegeography's Wimax research service. This is an 82% growth over the last 12 months, with the number of commercial Wimax networks operating in Asia increasing by at least 100%. More than 100 networks are being constructed, and another 90 trial deployments are underway.

Level 3 has expanded its Content Delivery Network (CDN) capacity in Asia, adding new delivery capabilities in China, and strengthening its CDN footprint in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. Yahoo has already deployed Level 3's CDN platform in Asia. Indian Operator Tata Communications last month adopted the CDN offered by US startup BitGravity.

Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted by Australian ISP AAPT to help expand its portfolio of business services offered to the Australian market. Alca-Lu's terabit service routing portfolio will be integrated into AAPT's network. AAPT has also announced that it will spend a further $6.16 million on upgrades to its network, on top of the $12.3 million it's already spent. Alca-Lu also announced yesterday that Japanese mobile network operator Willcom has selected its IP service router portfolio

Huawei has been chosen as the provider of Telefónica O2's UMTS network infrastructure, and the modernisation of its 2G network. The UTMS expansion will come first, and the modernization of Telefónica's 2G network will be carried out beginning in 2010.