US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.
US operator AT&T is going head to head with Google as it announced that it will roll out a fibre network in Austin, Texas promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. The city is also the next urban metropolitan area in line for Google’s Fiber treatment, following the web firm’s high speed fibre deployment in Kansas.
Director, Shared Services, City of Charlotte: “I believe that the focus should be on regional, rather than national, partnerships”
Chuck Robinson, director of shared services for the City of Charlotte is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the key challenges or creating a public safety network in the US with LTE.
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced that it will reduce its US workforce as it looks to “streamline and optimise” its operations. The cuts will affect around 30 employees, represent around 20 per cent of HTC’s 150-strong workforce.
Canadian operator Rogers Communications has poached Vodafone UK’s CEO Guy Laurence. He will take on the role of president and CEO at the firm from December 2, 2013. In response, Vodafone UK has promoted enterprise director Jeroen Hoencamp to fill Laurence’s shoes.
US carrier Verizon Communications has confirmed that it is to acquire Vodafone’s US holdings, including the UK operator’s 45 per cent of Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, consisting primarily of cash and stock. The firm said that the deal had unanimous approval from both boards and will likely close in the first quarter of next year.
Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.
EORN Project Co-Lead, Canada: “High speed services are not a matter of convenience, they are essential to communities”
Jim Pine, EORN Project Co-Lead is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we fine out more about the great challenges it has faced in bringing high-speed connectivity to the residents of rural Canada.
US carrier AT&T has opened an innovation centre in Atlanta designed to be a launch pad for new ideas and companies with a focus on the digital life and connected car sectors.
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President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil: “There is an unbalanced relationship between content providers and telcos”
Caio Bonilha, President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil is taking part in a panel discussion on the advantages of SDN and OpenFlow on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role, and where telcos fit in the cloud services arena.
A new mobile payments network called YellowPepper has launched in Colombia, marking the beginning of a massive project to bank the unbanked and sweep away the dominance of cash across the Spanish-speaking Americas.
The largest Native American community in the US, the Navajo Nation, this week flipped the switch on an $8m datacentre installation that has been under development since 2009.
Operator group Telefonica has signed a deal with productivity tool provider Evernote to offer Vivo subscribers in Brazil a year’s subscription to its premium package.
In an example of how operators are leveraging OTT partnerships, Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base.
Canada is seeing a fresh push to promote near field communication (NFC) services after a joint venture between the nation’s three largest operators signed a deal with Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardin and mobile money solutions provider Monitise.
Deutsche Telekom late Friday said it will avoid routing customers’ email traffic through US hosted infrastructure and will step up email security in the wake of the NSA PRISM spying scandal.
Next generation networking specialist Juniper is ill at ease on the stock market this week following the revelation Friday that it is being investigated by the US anti corruption authority.
Telefónica Digital, the innovation arm of the Spanish incumbent telco, has called time on its rich communication prototype, Tu Me, in favour of a version that is not bound to smartphones.
US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.