Showing posts with label SFR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SFR. Show all posts

Monday, May 7, 2018

SFR and Nokia test 5G NR in 3.5 GHz spectrum

SFR, in conjunction with Nokia, tested a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system over-the-air on the 3.5GHz frequency band. The test took place  at the Nokia 5G Test Network and Competence Center in Paris-Saclay, France.

The 5G call used Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale radio platform and Cloud RAN technology together with 3GPP-compliant end user test devices. A cloud infrastructure based on the Nokia AirFrame Datacenter solution was built to support Cloud RAN.

Nokia is a key supplier to SFR, specifically on the radio access network, and this latest milestone is fully in line with SFR's ambition to be at the forefront of innovation for the benefit of its customers.

Fran├žois Vincent, head of Mobile Network at SFR, said: "SFR is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks that takes into account the benefits and complexity of implementing 5G. The joint projects and trials will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, while exploring new ways to deliver our media content that will increase the subscriber experience."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

France's SFR deploys Cisco Network Services Orchestrator

SFR, a subsidiary of the Altice Group, is deploying Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) to simplify the entire lifecycle management for its services, automating core functions across physical and virtualized networks for both existing and new customers.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco said its NSO delivers several benefits to operators including the ability to:

  • Transform their networks and services towards programmability, by empowering SFR teams to manage their network services more efficiently
  • Assure quality of service for critical applications, driven with agility, flexibility and simplicity of management at its core
  • Provide faster delivery of revenue-generating services and shorter activation times from months to minutes
  • Automate service lifecycle and reduction of manual configuration steps by up to 90 percent
  • Deliver model-driven automation, to abstract the services from the underlying devices, in a standardized way
  • Instill transparent orchestration spanning multiple domains in the network to include NFV and SDN through use of an open, modern programmable platform
  • Reduce failed service activations and network issues by removing the risk of human error

“Utilizing Cisco’s leading network automation software allows us to bring a common API for our services across different networks in a simplified manner,” said Christophe Delaye, CTIO, SFR. “As a result, enabling SFR to get back to what matters the most – supporting our customers’ network automation requirements and enabling them to deploy new services quickly.”



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SFR and Huawei trial 4 x 4 MIMO enabling 628 Mbit/s

French telecom operator SFR and Huawei announced the completion of what is believed to be France's first pre-commercial field verification of 4 x 4 MIMO enabling a downlink throughput of 628.3 Mbit/s using a commercially available phone on SFR's 4.5G network.

Following the field verification, SFR plans to increase its investment in LTE technology as part of its objective of rolling out the fastest LTE network in France and provide customers an enhanced LTE experience.

Huawei noted that SFR began construction of its LTE network in 2012, and subsequently the increasing adoption of mobile video and real-time gaming services has led to mobile data traffic increasing at an average annual growth rate of up to 100% over the past two years. To address this rising demand, SFR launched a new unlimited data package in April this year and plans to focus investment on deploying a 4.5G network.

SFR is aiming to extend its 4.5G network coverage to 90% of its customers in France by the end of the year, and plans to increase this to 99% during 2018. Huawei noted that 4.5G technologies such as carrier aggregation (CA), MIMO and 256QAM can help increase network capacity, with MIMO, in particular enabling improved capacity and coverage, as well as an enhanced user experience, without the need for additional spectrum or base stations.

During the recent tests with SFR that involved a commercial phone operating on the live 4.5G network, the partners verified that the use of 4 x 4 MIMO, combined with 2 CC carrier aggregation and 256QAM modulation, can deliver throughput of up to 628.3 Mbit/s. Huawei noted that this data rate can allow mobile users to play HD video reliably and meet customer demand for smooth video viewing services.

Huawei stated that 4.5G Evolution technology enables operators to begin the introduction of 5G technologies into their existing 4G/LTE networks. This also allows operators to trial 5G-like services and develop new business models that 5G will be able to support in the future.


Regarding the trial, Michel Paulin, chairman and CEO of SFR Group, commented, "SFR's 4.5G network has achieved an average downlink throughput of 300 Mbit/s in over French 221 cities… and it (aims to) further increase the average downlink throughput to 500 Mbit/s by 2018… and will actively promote sophisticated 4 x 4 MIMO smartphones to offer users the best LTE experience".

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Numericable + SFR Merger is On

Vivendi accepted an offer by Altice/Numericable to acquire SFR for approximately €13.5 billion, with a potential earn-out of €750 million and a possibility to sell its remaining 20% stake at a later stage. This should represent a total value in excess of €17 billion.

Numericable currently has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed.  SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.

Patrick Drahi, founder and Chairman of the Altice group, parent company to Numericable, said: "By bringing together SFR and Numericable we will create the French champion in very high speed broadband and in the convergence of fixed and mobile networks. This is a trend throughout the sector, borne out across Europe and around the world. Our project, which is founded upon perfectly complementary networks and skillsets, will generate strong growth, which in turn will create jobs and stimulate investment."

http://www.numericable.com/investors/financial-results

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bouygues and SFR Reach Network Sharing Agreement

Bouygues Telecom and SFR have signed a network sharing agreement.

The companies are to roll out a new, shared network in an area covering 57% of the French population (excluding the 32 biggest urban areas in France and certain blind spots). The new network of shared base stations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Negotiations had been underway since July.

http://www.bouygues.com/
http://www.sfr.fr


  • Bouygues Telecom currently serves 11.1 million mobile and 1.9 million fixed broadband customers across France, which include more than 1.5 million business and corporate clients.

Monday, January 13, 2014

SFR Picks Alcatel-Lucent to Upgrade

SFR has selected Alcatel-Lucent to transition its optical network to all-IP transport.

Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) converged WDM/OTN/Packet based-platform together wit its 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for seamless management for both the IP and Optical portfolio.  Alcatel-Lucent will also deliver design, professional services, installation and commissioning services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

SFR already uses Alcatel-Lucent's 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) and 7750 Service Routers (SR) for residential and business services.

"Alcatel-Lucent and SFR have a working relationship that extends back over decades.  We understand their existing network and the issues they are facing because we supplied their original SDH optical network.  We are in a unique position to provide for SFR an efficient and seamless transition to IP transport cloud-optimized metro transport to enable the delivery of ultra-broadband and cloud services," stated Olivier Gordien of Alcatel-Lucent.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vivendi Confirms Plans to Spinoff SFR

Vivendi Group confirmed plans to proceed with a demerger under which shares in its SFR subsidiary will be distributed to Vivendi shareholders.  This will give Vivendi shareholders the opportunity to invest in two separate vehicles listed on the stock market and valued according to the specifics of their respective sectors.

Vivendi is an international media group, bringing together strong brands in the production and distribution of original content.

SFR is a French telecommunications operator delivering mobile, landline, internet, IP television and mobile internet to consumers and businesses.

http://www.vivendi.com
http://groupe.sfr.fr/


  • Vodafone sold its 44% share in SFR to Vivendi in 2011.

Friday, September 20, 2013

SFR Deploys LTE in Paris with NSN

SFR has deployed NSN's Liquid Radio technology for its commercial LTE launch in Paris.

Specifically, NSN has provided its Single RAN Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations, which can be made LTE-Advanced capable with a simple software upgrade. NSN has also supplied its NetAct network management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring, management and optimization for SFR’s network.

“This project is an important landmark in our long-term partnership with SFR,” said Benoit Duchene, head of the SFR customer business team at NSN. “SFR’s customers in Paris can now enjoy a mobile broadband experience that’s unmatched-in terms of latency, speed and the range of services available. We are committed to helping SFR in its endeavour to evolve towards networks capable of monetizing future opportunities.”

http://www.nsn.com

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