Swiss tech firm claims NFV first

Cisco providing vEPC to NAKA Mobile

NAKA Mobile, a telecoms and technology specialist based in Switzerland, has claimed the industry’s first virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC). Utilising Cisco’s NFV services, NAKA claims it will transform its network architecture, expand beyond Switzerland, and provide its mobile Internet services to customers across the world.

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.

Cisco virtualizes multiscreen TV functions

Cisco will virtualize multiscreen TV functions

Cisco has announced a virtualization-based expansion to its video processing solution, Videoscape, for multiscreen TV service providers. The upgrade to the solution now includes the delivery of advertising, security, packaging, encoding, playout and content delivery.

Cisco invests $30m in IoT centre in Barcelona

Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facility

Networking giant Cisco on Wednesday announced plans to open an Internet of Things innovation centre in the Spanish city of Barcelona. From 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facilities’ restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.

Telstra extends its cloud to the US

Telstra announced that it has set up a new cloud computing node on the US east coast

Telstra this week announced that it has extended its cloud services platform to the east coast US, an expansion of the platform it deploys in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The move comes the same day one of its European-based competitors, Interoute, announced the launch of a new cloud node in New York.

Cisco adds virtualization specialist to line-up

Cisco is fleshing out its NFV offering

Networking giant Cisco is to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, a specialist in multi-vendor network service orchestration for both traditional and virtualized networks, for $175m in cash.

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.

Telstra first to deploy Cisco’s global cloud platform

Telstra announced that it is deploying Cisco's cloud infrastructure within a local Australian datacentre, the first of Cisco's partners to do so

Australian telco Telstra announced Tuesday that the company is partnering with Cisco on a deal that will effectively see Telstra become the first service provider to deploy Cisco’s global cloud compute infrastructure within its datacentres. Telstra also announced it will also invest in Cisco Evolved Services Platform for its networking infrastructure in a bid to improve service personalisation.

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.

BT, Cisco partner on cloud-based voice and collaboration

Portugal Telecom opened a 50,000 server datacenter in September

UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.

Cisco acquires datacentre and cloud start up

Cisco has announced its intent to fully acquire start up datacentre and cloud solutions provider Insieme Networks

Networking vendor Cisco has announced its intent to fully acquire start up datacentre and cloud solutions provider Insieme Networks. In April 2012, Cisco made a $100m investment in Insieme Networks and agreed to commit an additional $35m in November 2012.

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.

Inmarsat, Cisco partner for satellite-based telemedicine

The deal will bring telemedicine to remote regions

Satellite operator Inmarsat on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cisco to provide connectivity for a mobile telemedicine system operating in the world’s most remote and underserved communities.

AT&T opens two innovation centres

AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development

US operator AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development of technologies and applications that will drive AT&T’s growth in the future.

Cisco shares forecast of mobile data growth to 2017

More than a trillion gigabytes will be transmitted over IP networks each year by 2017.

Global IP traffic is set to grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017, according to research from Cisco. According to the firm’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, more than a trillion gigabytes will be transmitted over IP networks each year by 2017.

Cisco going after everything but macro?

Cisco is making moves in the mobile network infrastructure space

Networking vendor Cisco, cresting the wave of IP integration, has been taking major strides into the telco world in recent weeks through a host of acquisitions, including LTE small-cell specialist Ubiquisys, policy management solutions firm BroadHop and SON software provider Intucell. The 66,000 employee-strong, $8bn per year profit making business is well placed to exploit the opportunity in the telecoms space.

Cisco gets deeper into small cells with Ubiquisys acquisition

Cisco has made a major move into the mobile networking space by announcing its intention to acquire small-cell technologies provider Ubiquisys.

MWC: Size isn’t everything

Consumers complained that they were not warned about possible price rises

OSS/BSS vendors both large and not so large used the opportunity afforded by the 2013 Mobile World Congress to make some very strategic announcements. The majority of these announcements reflected very closely what is about to happen in the sector as demand for greater complexity rises with the roll-out of LTE and the need for a solution to the seemingly eternal problem of software interfacing grows ever more pressing.

Brazil powers past 25mn broadband subs

Brazilian flag

Brazilian appetite for broadband connections shows no signs of waning, according to Cisco’s latest Broadband Barometer, which found that there were 25.5mn fixed broadband connections in Brazil offering speeds of 2 Mbps and over by the end of 2012.

Year of the water snake


At midnight tonight the world’s biggest party will kick off, as more than one billion Chinese people take to the streets to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 2013 is the year of the water snake which is a totem that symbolises wisdom. It’s also the year that tapped into the industry’s wisdom for its first annual industry survey and gathered almost 2,000 responses.

What was striking about the results is just how much the responses from operator personnel (600 individuals from 260 separate opcos) matched those of their peers across the wider industry, even when looking at contentious issues like roaming and regulation. Does this mean the industry has aligned in the face of threat from external players? After all, the snake is an adaptable creature renowned for its ability to sneak into other environments.