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SMBs demand cloud services from comms providers

Optimisation to breathe new life into 3G networks

Almost 70 per cent of SMBs worldwide are more likely to select a primary communications service provider that offers cloud-based services over one that does not. Furthermore, 44 per cent of SMBs would switch providers to one that bundled cloud services with traditional services, according to research released this week.

WhatsApp tops half a billion users

Facebook is to acquire WhatsApp

OTT messaging app WhatsApp has racked up a further 50 million users since its acquisition by Facebook in mid-February. The company on Wednesday announced that half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.

Microsoft partners with BT for private Azure links

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As security and data privacy continue to hold CIOs back from dabbling with cloud services BT and Microsoft announced a partnership Friday that will see the former provide private links for the latter’s Azure public cloud service. The move comes the same day Verizon announced a dark fibre service linking its public cloud platforms with Microsoft’s, with plans to support other platforms in the near future.

Dark fibre to inspire more confidence in cloud, says Verizon

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American telco Verizon announced the launch of a Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, using private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together, beginning initially with Microsoft Azure. Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon said linking cloud platforms with private links will help inspire confidence in cloud service once again, which has waxed and waned over the past year.

Cloud and datacentre bodies collaborate on trust agenda

NFV and SDN will be hot topics at MWC this year.

Trade bodies the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Data Centre Alliance (DCA) on Tuesday joined forces to drive best practices amongst the cloud service provider community, specifically promoting trust, security and transparency within the sector.

Interoute opens Hong Kong virtual datacentre

Ericsson will invest SEK7bn in ICT centres

Cloud services provider and international backbone operator Interoute this week opened a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in Hong Kong, supporting enterprises with a presence in Asia.

Belgacom launches consumer cloud service

Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Navigating Big Data analytics: Flytxt

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Vinod Vasudevan, CEO of Flytxt, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about Big Data analytics for telecoms operators, helping them to derive new revenue streams and increase margins.

Cloud Team Alliance extends EU footprint with PT, KPN

The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.

Harnessing Big Data: Citrix

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Chris Koopmans, VP & GM Service Provider Platforms, Citrix, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about delivering insight into customer experience, so operators can monetise that information.

Securing mobile identity: Giesecke & Devrient

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Volker W. Gerstenberger, Director of Product Marketing for Mobile Security at Giesecke & Devrient, talks to Telecoms.com and Banking Technology at MWC2014 about the Internet of Things and the transition from plug in form factor SIMs to embedded authentication solutions.

Telefónica partners with Samsung on mobile security, BYOD

Telefónica Digital, the digital services wing of Spanish operator Telefónica announced a deal with Samsung on Monday that will see the Korean vendor's recently revamped mobile application containerisation platform Knox made available to Telefónica Digital’s global enterprise and public sector customers.

Telefónica Digital, the digital services wing of Spanish operator Telefónica announced a deal with Samsung on Monday that will see the Korean vendor’s recently revamped mobile application containerisation platform Knox made available to Telefónica Digital’s global enterprise and public sector customers.

Optimising streaming media: Kontron

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Sven Freudenfeld, Cloud Telecom Business Development at Kontron, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about using graphics engines to do video transcoding and deliver rich content to end users in a more cost effective manner.

Putting VAS into SaaS: Callup

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Alon Roth, CEO of Callup, talks to Telecoms.com about rolling out Value Added Services (VAS) as a cloud-based SaaS.

Disruption and differentiation in branding: Lumata

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Adhish Kulkarni, Chief Marketing Officer at Lumata, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC 2014 about mobile branding and advertising.

Tunisiana partners with Google to improve customer engagement

Tunisian telco Tunisiana announced Wednesday that it is partnering with search giant Google to bolster its digital services strategy and increase customer engagement by offering more cloud services to mobile users.

Phorm chosen by China Telecom for Big Data advertising plan

Phorm is moving into China

Controversial UK-based behavioural advertising company Phorm, which now labels itself an “internet personalisation technology company,” has scored a partnership with China Telecom as a supplier of advertising tools.

Security issues put carriers off BSS in the cloud

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The majority of operators have not yet made the call on whether to migrate their BSS environment to the cloud. More than a third have decided against the movement and less than 20 per cent have actually put initiatives in place to accomplish such a shift. The findings of the Telecoms.com Industry Survey 2014 sought to establish which elements of the BSS environment are being addressed with the most urgency along with how and where operators are looking to the cloud to enhance their performance.

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