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MTN Nigeria signs managed services deal with Ericsson

MTN Nigeria has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson

African operator group MTN has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson relating to its Nigerian business. Ericsson will take full responsibility for MTN Nigeria’s network management, optimisation and field maintenance in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Asaba, which represents 75 per cent of the Nigerian network.

China Mobile deploys LTE small cell backhaul

China Mobile has deployed a self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system in its LTE network

Chinese operator China Mobile has deployed a self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system in its LTE network to provide improved coverage and capacity to subscribers in densely populated urban areas.

Ericsson to offer Ciena optical technology

Ciena and Ericsson have signed a global agreement

Ericsson has signed a global deal with network specialist Ciena that will see the Swedish vendor integrate Ciena’s technologies into its own offerings, with the two firms collaborating on future technological development.

Ericsson to manage small cells as a service

The Dot is Ericsson's small cell offering

Swedish vendor Ericsson will unveil a managed services business model later this month during MWC that will see it take ownership of small cell infrastructure on behalf of operators. The Small cell as a Service offering is designed for high capacity environments that also experience peaky demand, such as sport stadiums, allowing operators to ‘fill in’ for capacity needs without densifying the macro network.

SDN could reduce carrier opex by up to $9bn globally by 2017

SDN could help operators reduce operating expenses by up to $9bn globally by 2017, claims Tellabs

While the technological benefits of using software defined networking (SDN) to help operators dynamically provision network applications and services have been well publicised, the economic benefits that the technology could bring are now being articulated.

Tata Communications upgrades network to support VoLTE

Communications has announced that its network is now ready to supply VoLTE services to service providers connected to its IPX

Indian carrier services firm Tata Communications has announced that its network is now ready to supply VoLTE services to operators connected to its IPX.

Telus employees swap swipe cards for smartphones

Telus’ employees will soon be able to access secure buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data securely using their smartphones

Canadian operator Telus’ employees will soon be able to access buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data using their smartphones.

Ericsson acquires TV solutions provider Azuki Systems

Ericsson has acquired US-based upstart Azuki Systems

Swedish vendor Ericsson has acquired US-based upstart Azuki Systems, a television streaming delivery platform provider. The vendor said that the acquisition strengthens its television and media portfolio and complements Microsoft’s TV unit Mediaroom, which it purchased in April last year.

Weve partners with MasterCard on in-store mobile payments

Weve has announced a partnership with MasterCard

The joint venture set up by UK’s mobile operators O2, Vodafone and EE — Weve — has announced a partnership with payment provider MasterCard. The two firms hope to accelerate usage of contactless mobile payments at the point of purchase in physical retail stores in Britain.

Vipnet opts for Redknee billing solution

Vipnet Croatia, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, has announced that it will upgrade to Canadian BSS solutions vendor Redknee’s latest real time billing solution

Croatian mobile operator Vipnet Croatia, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, has announced that it will upgrade to Canadian BSS solutions vendor Redknee’s latest real time billing solution.

French cable operator Numericable teams up with IBM

Numericable is partnering with IBM to deliver an IaaS platform for businesses

French cable operator Numericable has teamed up with IBM to launch a cloud-based service targeted at business customers.

Global mobile traffic to grow 11 fold by 2018, says Cisco

Cisco expects global mobile data traffic to grow 11-fold by 2018

Global mobile traffic is expected to grow nearly 11-fold over the next four years, according to research conducted by networking kit vendor Cisco.

Saudi’s STC renews NSN contract

STC has renewed its managed services contract with infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks

Saudi Arabian operator STC has renewed its managed services contract with infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) which will see the Finnish firm continue to provide network planning and optimisation, network and service operations and hardware and software services for STC’s Al Jawal network in Saudi Arabia. The contract covers STC’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks that are within NSN’s footprint.

30% of organisations to use biometric security on mobile devices by 2016

Almost a third of businesses plan to use biometric authentication for mobile devices as part of their bring your own device (BYOD) programmes by 2016

Almost a third of businesses plan to use biometric authentication for mobile devices as part of their bring your own device (BYOD) programmes by 2016, according to research firm Gartner.

Microsoft confirms Nadella as CEO

Satya Nadella has been appointed CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will indeed take on the role of chief executive officer at the software company effective immediately. The company’s founder Bill Gates will also be stepping down as chairman to assume a more hands-on role on the board as a technology advisor.

Monitise targets Turkish mobile money

stanbul’s Pozitron will now become part of Monitise’s mobile money empire

Mobile money firm Monitise has acquired Istanbul-based mobile technology specialist Pozitron Yazilim, in a £24 million all-shares deal that highlights the growing demand for mobile financial services in the eastern Mediterranean’s largest market.

JDSU acquires Trendium

JDSU has acquired Trendium

Network optimisation firm JDSU has announced the acquisition of real time intelligence software provider Trendium.

Microsoft likely to appoint head of cloud as next CEO

Satya Nadella

Microsoft is likely to appoint Satya Nadella, the company’s head of cloud computing, as its next chief executive officer according to multiple reports.

Ericsson boosted by patent deal; Vestberg quashes Microsoft rumour

Ericsson

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson reported flat sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2013, while net earnings were boosted by the patent licensing agreement with Samsung reported last week.

“Ultra-flash” Huawei solution limited to own end-to-end networks

China Mobile has teamed up with infrastructure vendor Huawei to demonstrate the world’s first international VoLTE HD voice and video calls between a TDD LTE network and a FDD LTE network

Infrastructure vendor Huawei has said that its “ultra-flash” circuit switched fallback solution, which halves the time it takes to switch from LTE to 2G to set up voice calls on an LTE network will only function on end to end Huawei networks.

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