Cable & Wireless Communications’ Monaco business, Monaco Telecom, is to sell cloud services to smaller non-competing fixed and mobile operators across Europe. The services will be powered by a hosted offering from telecoms applications developer Movius Interactive.
Europe’s telecoms and media companies must embrace innovation in key areas such as mobile, cloud computing and big data, as well as forge strong strategic relationships with other industry players like content delivery networks, if they are to survive the current revenue squeeze, according to think tank IDATE.
Norway’s telecoms incumbent Telenor has committed itself to investing NOK 4bn (€500mn) in fibre-optic broadband services for businesses, citing the rise in enterprise demand for cloud and video services.
Hardware manufacturers Nokia Siemens Networks and Intel are to collaborate on common objectives around NSN’s Liquid Applications initiative, to help operators develop new revenue and differentiation opportunities.
Tim Marsden, Global Cloud Services Director at Telefónica, talks to telecoms.com at Telco Cloud World Forum about the opportunities in cloud, which the carrier sees as an extension of communications, infrastructure and data centre services.
Cloud and Big Data specialist Cloudera has announced the availability of its first developer kit, catering to Apache’s open source software framework Hadoop (CDH). Cloudera has been a champion of Hadoop development, and the kit is designed to help developers to build apps in Hadoop environments faster and more easily than ever before.
Mobile operator group Vodafone has announced that telecommunications services provider ACN Europe’s CEO Brian Fitzpatrick will join the firm as group carrier services director.
Operator group Telekom Austria has deployed a converged voice network using technology provided by Chinese kit vendor ZTE. The group has also built a commercial 100 gigabit transport network in Central and Eastern Europe, the first section of which, from Zagreb to Osijek and Ilok in Croatia, is already in operation.
Online powerhouse Amazon is stepping up its European cloud presence with the creation of a development centre in Germany. The new entity, based in Berlin and Dresden, will create 70 new engineering jobs and will focus on developing technologies to support the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business, including hypervisors, operating systems, management tools and other applications as well as the development of machine learning technologies for use across all of Amazon’s platforms.
The good news for carriers is that cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice. Not only that, by delivering next generation IT through the next generation network (NGN), carriers could become the leading channel in the cloud computing business, with unique competences and valuable assets.
Rafael Laguna, CEO and co-founder of Open-Xchange (OX), talks to telecoms.com at the Telco Cloud World Forum in London about the evolution of cloud services to replace commodity offerings.
Mansoor Basha, Director – Cloud, M2M Delivery, New Businesses, at Ooredoo, talks to telecoms.com at Telco Cloud World Forum about the differences between cloud adoption in emerging markets versus developed countries.
Ludovic Patraud, Director, Strategic Marketing & Product Management, at Intersec, talks to telecoms.com at Telco Cloud World Forum 2013 about helping operators to derive value from their data.
‘Big Data’ is one of those buzz phrases doing the rounds in the industry at the moment. It’s an adjacent topic to cloud but is being thrown around in much the same way, often prefixed by the question: “What are you doing about…?” Well, with the costs of storage plummeting, it’s becoming clear that the answer to that question is you should be storing everything.
Operator group Vodafone has launched a cloud hosting service in Portugal that users can access via their TV screens.
Last month, German service provider Deutsche Telekom embraced Big Data wholeheartedly, forging a collaboration with Apache Hadoop specialist integrator Cloudera, in order to deliver cloud-based, big data analytics as a service.
Hadoop, an Apache-developed open source software framework, is causing a stir by making compute and analytics processes on very large amounts of data, possible and even relatively simple.
Web giant Google racked up a 31 per cent increase in consolidated revenues on a year on year basis for the first quarter of 2013, hitting almost $14bn. Net for the period climbed to $3.35bn, compared to $2.89bn in the first quarter of 2012. Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) for the first quarter totalled $2.96bn, or 25 per cent of advertising revenues.
Chipmaker Intel has launched three “strategic reference architectures” that the firm claims will enable IT and telecom firms to accelerate hardware and software development for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).
The telco as buffalo is an appealing image. On the one hand buffalo can be quick for their size, extremely strong, dangerous in a fight and difficult to bring down—especially when they’ve got momentum. But they are also short sighted, easily spooked and exhibit the definitive herd mentality—particularly when they sense a threat.
With virtualisation evolving rapidly and open source in favour, telecom equipment vendors could all end up developing what is effectively the same software to manage the cloud. But what they have to bring to the table is telecom-grade experience.