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Researchers across Europe will benefit from even faster information exchange due to new high capacity network links announced today. GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network, will be upgraded to 100 Gbps capacity on key routes, providing users with even faster data sharing and enabling more effective collaboration on critical projects. At 100 Gbps the entire contents of a dual-layer Blu-ray disc (typically used for feature-length movies) could be transmitted across the network in just four seconds, it's claimed.

TM Forum and SAPO today announced the Service Delivery Broker (SDB) Catalyst to demonstrate a management solution for software-enabled services on Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform.  SDB is said to show how third-party customers and partners can innovatively and rapidly create value from services provider's service enablers, and how service providers can add to this value by providing an end-to-end management solution to the marketplace for these new services.

TelecityGroup, a European provider of premium network independent data centres, has announced further capacity expansion in the UK. In response to increasing customer demand, 3 megawatts (MW) of customer capacity will be added in the highly connected Docklands area of London and a new 3.5 MW data centre will be built in Manchester.

NextiraOne, a European specialist in communications services, has been chosen by the Holiday Inn Express Marseille to implement a converged infrastructure that will manage the hotel’s entire communications network, including telephony, free Internet access, IPTV and Video on Demand (VoD) for guests, as well as video surveillance and access control. Applications such as IPTV, VoD, video surveillance and access control were supplied by Multitec and integrated into the system through NextiraOne’s integration and networking service.

Smartphone users are generating two-thirds of total mobile cellular traffic worldwide despite the fact that only 13% of mobile subscribers use smartphones, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media. And as these smartphone users spend more time on the Internet, the traffic that each one generates – their average traffic per user (ATPU) - will increase by 700% over the next five years, it says.

Huawei has announced that it has showcased a 700 Mb/s DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) prototype in Hong Kong – the first of its kind in the world – that enables operators worldwide to build high-bandwidth, cost-effective, and future-proof broadband access networks with SuperMIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology. This prototype far exceeds the industry’s current DSL broadband wireline communications technology, which reaches a data rate of 100 Mb/s, and is better suited to meet the needs of operators supporting ultra broadband services.

MegaFon, Russia’s largest network operator, together with Nokia Siemens Networks, has showcased a next generation mobile broadband (4G) data call at the IX International Investment Forum Sochi 2010. The high-speed LTE data transmissions were conducted on Nokia Siemens Networks’ commercial end-to-end LTE system.

The global roaming market is expected to grow by 86% between 2010 and 2015, delivering revenues of US$67bn, or 6.3% of total mobile service revenues by the end of this period, according to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest research. Although revenues are expected to see a slowdown until at least 2012 as a result of the economic downturn and customer cost saving initiatives, a marked upturn is expected from this point onwards as markets recover and as mobile data roaming becomes increasingly prevalent, says Informa.

New reports highlight that 2009 was a terrible year for the telecoms services sector, but there are indications of improved growth this year according to some new analyst reports