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Brocade goes after carrier virtualization


Networking specialist Brocade has unveiled a virtualization platform aimed squarely at the cloud and telecommunications service providers sector. Brocade said that its Vyatta platform is the first phase of a multi-year strategy embracing the requirements outlined within the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ISG, and those set out in open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack, the company said.

Designing the digital dividend: Africa earmarks 700MHz band


The details for global digital dividend spectrum allocation won’t be finalised until 2015 but Africa is the first region to cohesively earmark 700MHz bandwidth freed up by the transition to digital for future telecoms services.

Affordable internet to boost sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 44 per cent since 2000, according to industry body the GSMA.

Facebook opens European engineering centre

Facebook has opened its first engineering centre outside the US in London

Social networking giant Facebook this week opened its first engineering centre outside of the US. A team of around 20 employees will be based in Facebook’s Covent Garden office in London, which to date has only housed advertising, sales, support and public affairs staff.

700MHz WiMAX rumours return

US communications regulator the FCC is considering contracting for a national broadband mobile IP network for the use of the emergency services. It has proposed that this system be rolled out in the 700MHz ex-analogue TV band and operated by private interests as contractors to the Commission. Last year, there was some buzz around the [...]

Femtocells will give wifi a run for its money

Low cost femtocells and picocells could emerge as an attractive alternative to voice over IP over wifi (Vowifi), according to analysts. Strategy Analytics has released a report, “Femtocells Enabled by PicoChip to Square Off Against VoFi,” which predicts that femtocells will give wifi-enabled internet telephony setups a run for their money. Chip manufacturers like PicoChip [...]

Ericsson buys up Redback for $2.1bn

The Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, will buy American firm, Redback Networks, for $2.1bn (£1.06bn) the companies said Tuesday. The cash offer of $25 a share is an 18 percent premium to Redback’s closing price of $21.17 on Tuesday. The move is sure to be interpreted as a defensive one: following last month’s Lucent, Alcatel deal, [...]

Moto’s loss is Nokia’s gain

Nokia edged closer to its goal of 40 per cent share of the handset market this week, after reporting strong results for the devices business. Head honcho Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo estimated that the Finnish vendor’s share of the handset market rose from 34 per cent to 38 per cent in the last 12 months, with much [...]

Security flaws emerge in VoIP

Security experts caused a stir this week when they revealed how easy it is to hack VoIP software. During a presentation at the Black Hat USA IT security convention taking place in Las Vegas this week, the Viper Lab division of security firm Sipera demonstrated one of several VoIP security flaws. The flaws allow a [...]

More Google phone rumours

Reports are emerging that the much rumoured Google phone is already in prototype and could be commercially available within a year. The web giant is believed to be touting the phone around vendors and operators to gauge interest and fine tune the specifications. It is believed the phone could be made available to consumers for [...]

UK broadband not up to speed

In news that may not come as a great surprise to UK broadband users, a Which? study has found that there is a huge gap between advertised broadband speeds and the actual speeds users can achieve. In April, 14,642 Which? members took part in a survey about their internet service provider (ISP), then in May [...]

Amp’d throws customers a lifeline

Troubled US MVNO Amp’d Mobile has thrown its customers a lifeline as it prepares to shut shop on Wednesday. Some 100,000 customers still with the firm have until midnight Wednesday to find themselves a new mobile provider, or face having their lines disconnected. For those that elect to stay with Amp’d, a small regional cellco, [...]

Apple releases first iPhone update

One month after launch, Apple has wheeled out its first update for the iPhone, primarily designed to rectify a number of security bugs in the Safari web browser. During the first month of launch, the iPhone has been dogged by security concerns after it emerged that there were a number of ways an iPhone could [...]

Google scores as FCC paves way for open access

It looks like Google might end up putting its money where its mouth is, as web companies on Tuesday won the right to access US spectrum coming up for auction later this year. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised its 700MHz band plan and service rules to facilitate the availability of “new and [...]

Verizon buys up Rural Cellular

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Monday that it has agreed to buy regional player Rural Cellular for approximately $2.67bn in cash and assumed debt. The acquisition will increase Verizon’s coverage by 4.7 million licensed POPs and will increase its actual customer base by more than 700,000 subs. Rural Cellular uses both CDMA and GSM [...]

O2 delays broadband again

Teething problems continue to dog O2 UK’s own-branded fixed line broadband service. The operator has been forced to delay the launch of its service once again, this time until October. The news follows a previous delay back in May, when it emerged that the operator had pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband [...]

WiMAX gets UK boost

UK WiMAX provider, Urban Wimax, announced a partnership with Nortel on Tuesday to build and trial a user-ready mobile WiMAX service ahead of the UK’s spectrum auction in early 2008. The collaboration is intended to prove the technical deliverability of 4G mobile WiMAX in mature 3G markets such as Western Europe, the companies said. Nortel [...]

Fixed voice cut off as FMS takes hold

Fixed voice is beginning to disappear in many mature markets as fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) continues its relentless progress and shows every sign of accelerating, according to industry analysts. A report released this week by telecoms research house Analysys, warns that fixed voice faces extinction in those countries that have experienced the most traffic migration to [...]

Ex-Qwest CEO gets six years

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio has been sentenced to six years in prison in the wake of an accounting scandal that rocked the US telco. A jury in federal court in Denver had already found Nacchio guilty on 19 out of 42 counts of fraud, totalling illegal sales of $52m in stock. Nacchio has been [...]

Altimo vs. Ipoc: it’s all over

The bitter battle for control over a 25.1 per cent chunk of Russia’s smallest mobile operator MegaFon looks to be over, according to reports on Monday. It is believed that Russian conglomerate Altimo, originally known as the Alfa Group, has buried the hatchet with Caribbean-based investment fund Ipoc. Ipoc had contested Alfa’s purchase of the [...]