Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica


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.

Shifting Gear

Michael Combes, incoming CEO of Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes spoke to a handful of press during Mobile World Congress about the various power struggles within the telecoms industry, key technological trends like NFV and his belief that ALU has a portfolio that truly matches operator demands “for the first time ever”.

Telefónica unveils comprehensive virtualization plans

Enrique Blanco, global CTO, Telefónica

Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.

ALU and Huawei flag NFV solutions

IBM is acquiring The Now Factory

Network vendors Alcatel Lucent and Huawei have both made announcements around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress, where new network architectures like NFV and SDN (software defined networking) will be the subject of much discussion and, understands, some big news from the operator community.

GSMA joins alliance to drive down internet access costs

The GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet

Telecoms trade association the GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition with 50 members, including Google, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, committed to bringing down the cost of internet access in developing nations.

Alcatel-Lucent breaks into cyber security

Huawei is proposing to create a Cyber Security Evaluation Centre in Australia

Alcatel-Lucent has made its first foray into the cyber security sector by partnering with security specialist Arbor Networks to deliver DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection to Telindus Telecom in Luxembourg.

Tablet use drives need for small cells, says Weldon

Marcus Weldon, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent

Small cells are a vital part of the future broadband network, Alcatel Lucent corporate CTO Marcus Weldon told delegates at Broadband World Forum in his keynote address. Weldon noted that mobile computing is now the dominant form of computing due to the success of tablets, which introduced just a few years ago, are now processing more data globally than desktop PCs and laptops.

Alcatel Lucent: Marcus Weldon, Corporate CTO


Alcatel Lucent: Marcus Weldon, Corporate CTO speaks at the 13th Annual Broadband World Forum 2013

Telecom New Zealand to launch LTE in November

Telecom New Zealand will launch LTE services in November

New Zealand will soon have a choice of LTE service providers as Telecom New Zealand gears up to launch 4G services in November this year.

Telefonica Germany extends coverage with femtocells

Telefonica will use Alcatel-Lucent femtocells in Germany

Operator group Telefónica will deploy femtocells in Germany to extend its network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal or in areas far from a macro cell tower.

China Mobile awards LTE contracts, report suggests

China will speed up work to issue licenses for the fourth generation (4G) mobile network this year, according to Xinhua News Agency

Half of China Mobile’s LTE infrastructure contracts have been won by local suppliers Huawei and ZTE, according to a report from Reuters that cites industry sources. The report suggests that Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent and NSN have picked up around ten per cent of the business each with their Chinese competitors bagging 25 per cent apiece. The combined value of China Mobile’s LTE contracts is $3.2bn, Reuters said.

Qualcomm acquires stake in Alcatel-Lucent; forges R&D partnership

AT&T has acquired Alltel

Chip maker Qualcomm has struck an R&D partnership with infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent as well as acquiring a stake in the equipment manufacturer.

Senior director, networks marketing, Alcatel-Lucent: “The rollout of small cells for coverage and capacity will bring new challenges.”

Heidi Adams, senior director, networks marketing for Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has put significant focus and investment into the mobile backhaul segment, and we are seeing strong momentum in the market with our comprehensive suite of LTE mobile backhaul products, solutions and professional services.

Telekom Austria trials 1Gbps over copper

Copper networks may have life in them yet, suggests Alcatel-Lucent

New trials have been successfully completed in Austria for the delivery of broadband speeds in excess of 1 Gbps over existing copper networks, with Alcatel-Lucent and the local incumbent testing a new transmission technology called to achieve very high speeds on copper lines over very short distances

Telenor optimises video with Skyfire

Norwegian operator group Telenor will be using Skyfire’s video and internet optimisation technology across 11 countries. The firm, a subsidiary of software developer Opera, will be the lead supplier for network-based mobile video and media optimization for Telenor, as part of a deal the operator struck with kit vendor Alcatel Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent: Generating revenue from the customer experience


Alcatel-Lucent’s Ajay Pande and Peter Spencer talk to about why operators are increasingly interested in customer experience management solutions, and their importance to operators’ bottom lines.

Alcatel-Lucent: Automating operations recovery


Jeff Griffith, senior VP of Alcatel-Lucent Professional Services, explains how the vendor’s automated operations and recovery platform helps monitor the network for faults as well as initiating recovery options.

Du extends 100G transport network in UAE

Huawei has signed an MoU with Etisalat to help set the foundations for an intensive internship program

Du, one of the two major telcos in the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build the second phase of its high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the country.

Alca-Lu: “We will have a strong emphasis on broadcast and carrier aggregation, and also VoLTE”

Glenn Booth, Alcatel-Lucent

We speak to Glenn Booth, VP of wireless portfolio & strategy at Alcatel-Lucent, about winning last year’s Broadband InfoVision Award for ‘Best Broadband Access – Fixed’ for its lightRadio solutions portfolio.

Alcatel-Lucent passes 1 mil. shipments of VDSL vectoring tech


Paris-based telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has passed the milestone of one million line shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring technology, which boosts broadband speeds to near-fibre levels by eliminating line noise between multiple copper lines.