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Nokia unveils ‘first’ commercial NFV solution

When telecoms ad the cloud collide

Nokia Networks has claimed the launch of the first commercial Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) solution, due to bring the power of cloud computing to telecoms grade services, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

IHS to take over MTN Nigeria’s towers through joint venture

Tower sharing in Africa set to grow yet more through new IHS and MTN venture

African tower management specialist IHS Holding (IHS) announced today it has agreed on principle on a joint venture to form a new towers company with operator MTN. Under the deal, which is expected to reduce MTN’s operational cost, boost network efficiency and expand its voice and data capacity, IHS will have full operational control of MTN’s 9,151 mobile network towers in Nigeria.

United Internet buys Versatel Germany

United Internet is buying Versatel

German internet service provider United Internet this week signed an agreement with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire all outstanding shares of network operator Versatel for €586m in cash.

Australia launches public consultation on delayed NBN transition

Australians are asked to for help in overcoming problems with NBN transition

The Australian government released a Migration Assurance Policy consultation paper yesterday to collect opinion from the public and industry representatives on how to best handle the country’s transition from legacy copper to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 100Gbps optical network for Telefónica

Telefonica is seeing huge demand for video and cloud services

To cope with increasing demand for video and high definition video storage, Spanish carrier Telefónica has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.

Telefónica to part with Telecom Italia after GVT purchase

Brazilian flag

Telefonica has announced it will completely exit from Telecom Italia once its deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi, as agreed last week, is finalised. This means an end to a period of tense relations between the Spanish and Italian operators as they have battled over the Brazilian arm of Vivendi, and the chance to create a stronger local unit to compete in the Brazilian market.

Mobile video volume on LTE already 5x greater than 3G

Video over LTE is on the rise

A report commissioned by analytics vendor Citrix has revealed the extent of LTE-based video streaming growth. The report focuses on the consumption of LTE-based services among global tier 1 operators; and concludes LTE is already generating five times greater data volume than 3G at operators that offer both.

Vodafone UK ditches Phones 4u

Phones 4u loses Vodafone partnership

Vodafone UK has decided against renewing its existing contract with retailer Phones 4u, which ends in February 2015. The news, which sees Phones 4u left with just two operator partners, EE and Virgin, follows Vodafone’s announcement earlier in the year about an overhaul of its UK distribution strategy.

Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The broadcast community is concerned about allocation of 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.

Telefonica gets green light for E-Plus buy

The deal will see consolidation in Germany

European carrier Telefónica has cleared the final regulatory hurdle ahead of its acquisition of E-Plus from Dutch operator group KPN. The European Commission has confirmed that the previously announced agreement with Drillisch complies with the agreed upfront conditions.

Ericsson-LG and SK Telecom to collaborate on network virtualisation initiative, 5G readiness the aim

Collaboration in the cloud

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.

Apple set to kick start mobile wallet with iPhone launch

Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader

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.

Essar sells Kenyan operation yuMobile

yuMobile will be split in two

Investment fund Essar Group has reached an agreement to offload its Kenyan telecom business to African carriers Safaricom and Airtel for $120m.

$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

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 turns optimisation techniques onto audio

Opera Mini tops 25 mil. downloads

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.

KDDI drops $270m on Japanese datacentres

KDDI is investing $270m

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, China Telecom launch cloud datacentre in Shanghai

SAP and China Telecom anticipate huge demand for cloud services in China

SAP and China Communications Services (CCS), a subsidiary of China Telecom Group, have launched a cloud computing datacentre in Shanghai.

ZTE to deliver LTE in Slovakia

SWAN is the fourth player in the market

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 takes Whispir SaaS global

Whispir connects enterprises

Telstra’s international carrier and business services operation has this week made cloud-based rich communication service Whispir available over its international network.

OIF, ONF link up to test transport SDN

The OIF and ONF are working on SDN in the transport layer

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.

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