Investment fund Essar Group has reached an agreement to offload its Kenyan telecom business to African carriers Safaricom and Airtel for $120m.
Ericsson-LG and SK Telecom to collaborate on network virtualisation initiative, 5G readiness the aim
Ericsson-LG today announced a pledge with SK Telecom, to cooperate on R&D aimed at utilising Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and cloud, in a move aimed towards preparing the next generation of mobile network architecture.
Multiple reports predict Apple will reveal partnerships with the major credit card providers as part of a new mobile wallet initiative that will be unveiled at the big annual iPhone launch, set for 9 September.
Seven carriers this week agreed to co-deploy a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US in a project worth $250m. To be completed by the end of 2016, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100G technology.
Opera Software’s Skyfire optimisation unit, which the company purchased in 2013, has added streaming audio optimisation to Rocket Optimizer, its NFV-ready video and data optimisation platform for mobile operators.
Japanese carrier KDDI has contracted datacentre specialist Telehouse to build two datacentres in Osaka and Tokyo under a $270m project. Telehouse Osaka 2 will open in August 2015 and Telehouse Tokyo Tama 3 will open in February 2016.
SAP and China Communications Services (CCS), a subsidiary of China Telecom Group, have launched a cloud computing datacentre in Shanghai.
Slovak operator SWAN on Thursday signed up Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a nationwide LTE project. The deal includes the exclusive construction of a core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network, and a GSM/LTE and VAS network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode base stations.
Telstra’s international carrier and business services operation has this week made cloud-based rich communication service Whispir available over its international network.
The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, has announced a collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which will see the organisations work together with leading telcos and research institutions to test software defined networking (SDN) in the transport layer.
Vodafone has agreed to acquire a majority holding in Greek fixed line operation Hellas Online. The company will purchase 72.7 per cent of the share capital from Intracom Group and World Equities Investments for €72.7m. Vodafone Greece already holds 18.5 per cent of Hellas Online, with the most recent transaction taking its ownership to 91.2 per cent.
China Telecom has signed a three-year agreement with IBM to help small and medium businesses in China implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.
Indian electronics manufacturer and retailer Intex Technologies has introduced the country’s first Firefox OS-powered device, which it also claims is India’s lowest priced smartphone at Rs1999 (€25).
Microsoft, now the owner of what used to be Nokia’s handset operation, has selected Nordic software developer Opera to make the opera Mini web browser the default across the company’s feature phone and Asha portfolio.
The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.
Nokia, or what’s left of it, looks to have suffered another blow as the head of its location based services division, Here, quits to focus on his own projects. Nokia’s Here unit was born out of the company’s $8.1bn acquisition of Navteq and was retained as a key pillar of Nokia following the purchase of its handset division by Microsoft last year.
KPN’s carrier services operation, iBasis, this week scored an LTE signalling exchange and roaming contract from Claro Peru, a subsidiary of America Movil.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has tapped up Ericsson for a network overhaul that will see the operator capable of delivering VoLTE services as it seeks to optimise its network capabilities through virtualization.
The lines between network operator and OTT communications provider blurred further this week as Telefónica O2 UK partnered with cloud-based messaging and voice software developer Nexmo. Nexmo writes the underlying APIs that power the likes of Viber, Line and Kakao Talk.
The quest for virtualization in the network operator community is turning into something of an arms race as much for the vendor ecosystem as for the carriers. On Tuesday Telefónica partnered with networking specialist Brocade to explore the capabilities of virtualized network appliances running on off the shelf, Intel-based hardware.