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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).

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.

BT claims G.fast 1Gbps via fibre-copper mix

Copper could be utilised with fibre in ultrafast broadband through new technology

BT has revealed the results of its G.fast technology field trial showing combined downstream and upstream speeds of 1Gbps can be delivered via fibre-copper mix.

ARM raises the IoT processor bar with Cortex-M7

ARM is focusing on IoT

Low-power silicon designer ARM has unveiled a 32-bit chip designed specifically with the Internet of Things in mind. The company has already signed up several licensees for the offering including Atmel, Freescale and ST Microelectronics.

100Gbps Singapore-Europe submarine cable set for 2016 completion

A new submarine cable will connect Europe to South East Asia

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the work for a new 20,000km-long 100Gbps submarine cable connecting Europe to South East Asia via Middle East is under way. and is expected to complete by 2016.

EC to soften roaming caps blow for telcos – report

EC considers a softer a approach to roaming price caps

The European Commission’s (EC) plans to abolish retail roaming rates within EU altogether by 2016 could be changed to a watered-down ‘fair-use’ policy instead, according to a draft report seen by the Financial Times.

Huawei acquires Neul to boost IoT offering

Huawei is positioning itself to capitalise on IoT

Chinese networking giant Huawei has deepened its commitment to IoT (Internet of Things) with the acquisition of UK startup Neul. The Cambridge-based company is focused on developing technology to embed processing and connectivity as efficiently as possible.

UN Broadband Commission: 50% of world online by 2017

Number of people accessing mobile broadband worldwide is growing fast

A report by the UN Broadband Commission shows that 40% of the world’s population are already online, with the figure set to reach 50% by 2017. Data from the annually published report, titled The State of Broadband, predicts that the number of internet users is set to rise from last year’s 2.3 billion to 2.9 billion by the end of 2014.

Ericsson buys into PaaS start up

Ericsson is investing in cloud

Cloud technologies remain a strong investment target as Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire a majority stake in US-based enterprise services startup Apcera.

UK targets 5G leadership, commercial availability by 2020

MP David Willets speaks at the 5G Huddle event in London

5G will be commercially available by 2020, industry executives and government representatives from Europe, North America and Asia were told at the 5G Huddle event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

EU regulators expected to axe fixed call price caps

EU regulators looking to reform the European telecoms sector

EU telecoms regulators reportedly want to rid the industry of price caps on fixed calls in an attempt to open up and boost the European sector, which is considered weak compared to the US and Asian markets.

Vivendi agrees Brazilian exit

The deal has been a long time coming

French conglomerate Vivendi said Friday that it has finally agreed a deal for the sale of its wholly owned Brazilian operation, GVT, to European carrier Telefónica. The agreement, signed Thursday, includes a payment of €4.66bn in cash.

Orange makes play for Jazztel Spain

Orange is seeking to converge in Spain

Operator group Orange said Tuesday it has made a cash offer for 100 per cent of Spanish carrier Jazztel, to the tune of €3.4bn.

Netflix begins European push

Netflix is moving into Europe

As of Monday, video steaming service Netflix is available in France as the company seeks to expand its presence in Europe beyond the UK and Ireland. Later this month the service will also launch in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes content delivery network

Alcatel-Lucent is upgrading CDN systems for pay-TV

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced new management, programmability and automation features to its existing Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN). Aimed at IP video delivery for pay-TV operators, the solution will make use of virtualization technologies, which enables further control over traffic and resource management within the CDN.

Small-cells-as-a-service to launch in Norway

Cloudberry is pushing the small-cells-as-a-service model

Small-cells-as-a-service provider Cloudberry Mobile, this week revealed that it is just about ready to switch on what will be the world’s first carrier-neutral small cell network in Norway.

Huawei deploys China’s largest SDN

The deployment will be the largest in China

21Vianet Group, the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre services provider in China this week tapped up Huawei to deliver the country’s largest commercial Software Defined Network (SDN).

Telefónica to trial AT&T’s smart home IoT platform

AT&T and Telefónica to bring domestic IoT service to European markets

Telefónica has announced plans to bring a trial of US carrier AT&T’s connected home platform, “Digital Life”, to Europe. Digital Life allows customers to monitor domestic smart and connected devices such as intruder alarms, thermostats and ovens, and control them through mobile applications and other web based user interfaces.

ADTRAN aims to double broadband headline speeds

ADTRAN claim to be bringing fibre closer to the customer

Broadband access specialist ADTRAN has introduced a new technology to maximise existing copper wire infrastructure and deliver higher headline speeds in the EMEA region. Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV) provides operators with the ability to optimise the use of G.fast and VDSL2 technologies.

United Internet buys Versatel Germany

United Internet is buying Versatel

German internet service provider United Internet this week signed an agreement with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire all outstanding shares of network operator Versatel for €586m in cash.

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