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Nokia and du claim Middle East’s first VoLTE call

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

Nokia Networks and UAE-based telco du claim to have successfully connected the region’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network. The implementation of Nokia’s VoLTE solution and professional services on du’s network took just 80 days, which the Finnish vendor claims is the world’s fastest deployment of VoLTE.

Hyperoptic ramps up FTTH distribution

Hyperoptic aiming to bring FTTH connectivity across the UK

UK incumbent BT is facing growing competition in the fibre broadband market from fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) vendor Hyperoptic. The FTTH specialist focuses on delivering fibre broadband directly to consumer premises in newly built homes.

HP split could lead to increased telco focus

HP business split could see greater emphasis on telco solutions

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is reportedly close to dividing into two separate companies, with an official announcement thought to be in the offing. The split is likely to produce companies focusing on PCs and printers, and corporate computing, respectively.

TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting outfit Ipeer

TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting company

TeliaSonera has acquired Ipeer AB, a cloud and hosting service provider for the Swedish corporate sector. According to TeliaSonera, the purchase will enhance its network and access portfolio, and enable it to offer completely new solutions to customers.

Orange focuses on IoT in product showcase

Orange CEO Stephane Richard

Orange has announced a host of new products and services at its third annual hello show in Paris. The company seemed determined to address almost every aspect of modern life as it showcased some 20-odd products and product enhancements for “connected home, connected business and on-the-go.”

European Commission antitrust probe clears ISPs

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

The European Commission has announced that an investigation into content delivery antitrust has failed to find evidence of wrong-doing by internet service providers. Inspections were carried out after concerns were raised about the potential abuse of dominant market positions and violation of EU antitrust regulations.

Ofcom will be leaderless in early 2015

Ed Richards will be stepping down in December

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that Ed Richards, the group’s Chief Executive, will be standing down from his role at the end of 2014. The search for his successor is under way, and is targeted for completion in early 2015, despite Ofcom apparently having had significant advance warning of his departure.

Alcatel Lucent shares small cells vision

Bell LAbs President Marcus Weldon

Networking vendor Alcatel Lucent opened up is campus at Villarceaux, just outside of Paris, to showcase some of the projects its R&D arm – Bell Labs – is working on. Principal among these is its focus on small cells, including new partnerships with Qualcomm, JC Decaux and Accenture.

Departing Neelie Kroes urges telcos to embrace OTTs

Kroes suggests telcos need to embrace the OTT relationship.

The European Commission Vice President, Neelie Kroes, has delivered a farewell speech to the members of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO); in which she urged telcos to embrace over-the-top (OTT) players, and stated her dream for the European telecommunications sector after the current Commission’s tenure ends at the end of October.

ARM launches platform for IoT acceleration

ARM plans to connect the IoT

ARM, the silicon designer responsible for much of the world’s mobile processors, has launched the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform. It will provide a free operating system to help simplify the creation of IoT products for chip manufacturers and the broader IoT ecosystem.

PayPal splits from eBay in face of Apple Pay challenge

PayPal face increased competition from Apple Pay

eBay and wholly-owned subsidiary PayPal will officially split into two independent publicly traded companies in 2015, the company has confirmed. After a review of the company’s growth strategies and structure, the board of directors concluded the split will enable both companies to better position themselves to respond to competitive change.

Ericsson acquires Ambient for smart grid tech

Ericsson acquires smart grid vendor

Swedish network vendor Ericsson has announced the completed acquisition of Ambient Corporation, which provides smart grid technology to the utilities sector. The announcement comes as part of a wider move by Ericsson to further enable the development of smart grid infrastructure.

Microsoft promises Windows 10 convergence across mobile and desktop

Windows 10: "will run across an incredibly broad set of devices"

Microsoft has given a preview of Windows 10, announcing expectedintegration of the new operating system across desktop and mobile platforms, as well as Internet of Things devices and global data centres.

NFV veterans form new industry group

Open Platform for NFV Project launches

The Linux Foundation, the organisation behind OpenStack and the OpenDaylight Project, has today announced the launch of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). The project will focus on accelerating the introduction of new products and services through an integrated, open source, carrier-grade reference architecture for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Oracle launches new products targeted at CSPs

Oracle brings more CSP solutions to market

Oracle’s Communications division has announced a new release of applications aimed at Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The launches, announced at the annual Oracle OpenWorld event, include a new edition of the software giant’s Operations Support Systems (OSS) application family.

OpenDaylight releases second virtualization platform

OpenDaylight launches Helium, its second release.

The OpenDaylight Project has announced the release of its second open source platform to advance Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architecture control. The release, called Helium, will benefit from 11 new features and protocols, which have all been provided by the network infrastructure vendor community.

Virgin Mobile launches in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sees first MVNOs this week

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition.

CenturyLink announces expansion into China

CenturyLink will host services in Shanghai

The business arm of American telco CenturyLink has announced the expansion of its managed services availability into the Chinese market. The announcement marks a potentially significant step for Western businesses moving into the worlds’ second-largest economy.

Hungary generates €418 million through spectrum auction

Hungary is utilising previously unused spectrum for mobile broadband

Hungary has raised a total of HUF130.6 billion (€418 million) in a mobile spectrum auction in the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequency bands. The auction included the successful allocation of previously unallocated bands.

O2 launches iTunes Codes for carrier billing

O2 customers can purchase Apple apps through carrier billing

O2 has launched iTunes Codes, which allows customers to purchase iTunes credit automatically charged to their monthly phone bill, or taken out of pre-paid credit. The codes are usable for purchases across the iTunes, App and Mac App Stores, as well as for iBooks.

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