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SDN: More new business model than new technology

Sanqi Li, Huawei

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei clearly envisions a world where network applications and services will run on commodity hardware and software. For a company that sells specialist boxes into networks, this could be a bold statement. In the latest in our series of SDN-themed interviews, Sanqi Li, CTO of Huawei’s carrier network business, simply sees this approach as the evolution of business models for both carriers and vendors.

7Layers: Connecting the world

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Dr Hans- Jürgen Meckelburg, President & CEO, 7Layers, talks to telecoms.com at MWC 2013 about serving the M2M space and connecting millions of devices across many different sectors.

Arieso passes test; acquired by JDSU for $85m

Small cells are seen as a key growth area

Testing, measurement and security firm JDSU on Friday acquired geo-location and RAN planning specialist Arieso for $85m in cash.

ANALYSIS: Can commodity hardware cut it in SDN world?

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Of late there seems to be an SDN (software defined networks) related announcement every few days, as vendors get their ducks in a row to pitch the next evolution of technology to carriers at MWC. But the concept demands a change in mindset for the vendors as much as it does the operators.

A defining moment for SDN

SDN is many things to many people

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the latest acronym to save the day, promising more flexible, scalable and intelligent networks. But what does SDN actually mean?

Is telco SDN the new IMS?

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It feels like 2006 once again: vendors are creating fanciful and colourful presentations about SDN and operators are discussing about the need to move from silos to horizontal platforms and networks. In a way, almost the same story was told six years ago for IMS, but deployments were far smaller than expected. So is SDN following the footsteps of IMS?

Ericsson picks up IT services expertise

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced its intention to acquire the IT services capabilities of the Devoteam Telecom & Media operation in France.

A new lease of life

Poland is a country with a population of around 40 million and around 40 per cent of those live in rural areas

As many of the world’s operators contend with the capacity crunch, some carriers are finding new purpose and a potential goldmine of use cases for legacy spectrum licenses.

Cellular base station shrunk into Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi

One of the biggest innovations to come out of the UK in 2012 has been the Raspberry Pi – the sub £30, Linux-based, credit-card sized computer. The aim of the Raspberry Pi Foundation is to educate the next generation of software and hardware engineers in programming, but the device has been hacked for many purposes. Not least by telecoms consultancy PA Consulting, which recently crammed a cellular basestation onto the three inch device.

The Dutch 4G Auction and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The CDMA Development Group is pushing the 450MHz band as a significant opportunity for mobile carriers

It took a while, but the spectrum auction in the Netherlands is finally over. The mobile operators are essentially in a position to fully roll out 4G services, and as the regulator had desired, a fourth entrant is poised to come in and shake things up. But it’s worth remembering the old saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same: increasing competition by adding a fourth operator may well result in one of the existing players exiting the market.

Vodafone leads Joyn tech investment

Joyn/RCS is based on IMS

A Silicon Valley startup on Wednesday received funding from Vodafone to help make the carrier’s answer to OTT (over the top) services a viable alternative to the likes of Skype and WhatsApp.

UK 4G spectrum award process kicks off

The 4G auction is getting underway

Tuesday marks the next important milestone in the UK’s telecoms market as prospective bidders submit applications for 4G spectrum.

Between 10:00 and 16:00 on December 11, 2012, interested parties are able to submit applications, accompanied by an initial deposit of £100,000 into Ofcom’s bank account. The passing of the deadline takes the UK one step closer to the completion of a highly controversial and long-awaited spectrum action, which is expected to be finalised by February or March next year.

Apple vetting operators on LTE network performance

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Apple is not allowing mobile operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device unless they pass the Californian vendor’s own, independent tests for LTE network performance, Swisscom has confirmed.

VoLTE less battery efficient than 2G report finds

VoLTE uses twice the power of 2G a test has found

Calls conducted on VoIP over LTE (VoLTE) consume twice as much power as those over a 2G CDMA network an investigation has found.

Windows Phone 8 users get free wifi

Devicescape aims to cut data costs

US software firm Microsoft has given Windows Phone 8 users access to a sizeable global wifi network intended to improve the user experience and rein in data costs.

Facebook backs project to develop ARM servers

The project could have an impact on datacentres

An organisation founded in 2010 to define the future of Linux on low power mobile chips from ARM has won support from social networking giant Facebook.

ST-Ericsson begins to offload R&D resources

The agreement with Cybercom will see the transfer of 27 R&D employees from ST-Ericsson to Cybercom

Embattled chipset firm ST-Ericsson has agreed to transfer its R&D division based in Linköping, Sweden, to local IT consultancy Cybercom. The move follows recent speculation regarding the future of ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, as the company battles with rising losses and suggests more changes are still to come.

Wasted Mobile Data: The $1bn problem

SingTel hopes the Netcracker solution will wring extra revenues from its next-gen infrastructure

Despite the huge and never-ending investment in newer and faster wireless technologies, it’s generally assumed that the mobile network operators are primarily responsible when their apparently clogged pipes fail to meet subscribers’ performance expectations for delivering content from over-the-top (OTT) providers, or when the latest and greatest smartphone fails to repeatedly deliver the user experience that their owners expect. But as often happens, this conventional wisdom is wrong.

Beating the spectrum crunch post LTE

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Dirk Wolter, Managing Director – Mobile Service Provider Architectures – APAC, at CISCO, talks to telecoms.com about the critical business issues facing service providers in Asia. LTE perfectly addresses the demand being put upon networks by explosive growth in data demand, Wolter says.

Battery life complaints causing operator headaches

Unrepresentative data on battery life is leading to operator customer service departments fielding four times as many calls on the issue than in 2008

Smartphone manufacturers are leaving customers disappointed by not quoting battery performance in a way that reflects day-to-day use, according to a study published today. Customer experience specialist WDS analysed the battery life of 50 of the top smartphones launched over the past year and compared them alongside two million technical support calls taken on behalf of global mobile network operators and handset manufacturers.

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