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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.

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

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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

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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 Telecoms.com 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.

Changing times: Oracle, Cisco move deeper into telco sector

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If a clear indication was needed that IT and networking firms are looking to extend their reach beyond mere IP specialisation and get deeper into the telco vertical, it came this week when Acme Packet said it had agreed to be acquired by Oracle.

IP Video: The Big Picture

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In December 2012 we carried out a survey of over 200 industry profesionals into the experiences of providers and potential providers of IP Video services. This report presents the results of the survey and builds a picture we’ve built of what is actually happening in the world of video services and you’ll gain an understanding of the range and scope of IP video services and the business models underpinning them.

Netgear buys Aircard as Belkin acquires rival Linksys

Sierra Wireless has sold Aircard to Netgear and Cisco has sold Linksys to Belkin

Mobile internet solutions provider Sierra Wireless has sold its mobile broadband device business, Aircard, to networking vendor Netgear for €138m in cash. Meanwhile, home networking and cable provider Belkin has taken Netgear’s rival Linksys off Cisco’s hands for an undisclosed fee.

Cisco reveals service management strategy with statement of intent to buy Broadhop

Consolidation continues apace in the worlds of service and traffic management with the news that Cisco intends to acquire its long-time partner Broadhop. The acquisition would be a significant development for Cisco which has something of a history in network management, but has until now been a relative bit-part player in service management, working mainly through partnerships with the likes of Broadhop and others.

Keeping Cloud moving

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It’s been a year for serious cloud investments and networking specialist Cisco has closed out 2012 with a $1.2bn outlay on privately held cloud management company Meraki.

Cisco to buy networking specialist Cariden for $141m

US telecoms equipment vendor Cisco has confirmed its intention to acquire privately-held Californian firm Cariden Technologies, a supplier of network planning, design and traffic management solutions, for around $141m in cash and retention-based incentives.

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