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What are the 5G candidate technologies?

5G is already a pervasive theme, despite not yet being a defined standard

The LTE ecosystem gathered recently in Amsterdam to discuss the commercialization and future of mobile networks. As expected, 5G was a hot topic of discussion but there is still considerable confusion in the market regarding all of its aspects: technology, commercial opportunity, application in verticals, and many others.

US sets personal cloud privacy precedent

The contents of smartphones are increasingly stored in the cloud

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

Brocade goes after carrier virtualization

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Networking specialist Brocade has unveiled a virtualization platform aimed squarely at the cloud and telecommunications service providers sector. Brocade said that its Vyatta platform is the first phase of a multi-year strategy embracing the requirements outlined within the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ISG, and those set out in open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack, the company said.

AT&T taps into HP cloud

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US carrier AT&T has added HP’s offerings to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem, allowing customers to use their VPN to connect to the HP Helion portfolio of cloud services. AT&T said its NetBond tool creates a highly secure private path between a customer’s AT&T VPN and a cloud service provider, like HP, flexing and scaling network resources dynamically as a company’s cloud computing needs change.

Bell Labs opens up Tel Aviv cloud research centre

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Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D subsidiary Bell Labs said Tuesday it will soon open an office near Tel Aviv, Israel. The office will focus on researching cloud-based networking architectures as a growing number of operators look to virtualise components of their networks.

Ericsson, NTT and Verizon among eight new Cloud Foundry members

Cloud Foundry added eight members to the fledging group including IT heavyweights Accenture and Capgemini, BNY Mellon, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon. The news further cements its position as a leading open source PaaS project

Open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) initiative Cloud Foundry announced the addition of eight new members this week. Ericsson, NTT and Verizon are among those looking to contribute to and benefit from the initiative, which is indicates how seriously telcos are looking at digging deeper into the cloud stack.

Portugal Telecom, Altran Portugal partner on cloud services

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Portugal’s incumbent telco Portugal Telecom announced a partnership with consulting and IT services firm Altran Portugal this week in a deal that will see the companies combine their cloud and datacentre services.

Ericsson restructures Networks unit for virtualization push

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Swedish vendor Ericsson has reorganized its networks division, splitting it into two new business units; Radio and Cloud & IP. The Cloud & IP unit will drive Ericsson’s work on virtualization, an area in which the firm has ground to make up on its competitors. Executive VPJohan Wibergh will continue to lead the Networks segment, although Ericsson has yet to name the heads of the two new business units.

Orange Business Services forms cloud alliance with Accenture

Orange and Accenture have teamed up to help enterprises move their infrastructure to the cloud

Operator group Orange’s enterprise-focused unit has teamed up with management consultancy and technology services provider Accenture to help large enterprises devise their cloud strategies. The two firms will also set out to support enterprises moving their infrastructure and applications to the cloud.

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.

Kontron joins OpenStack, takes open source cloud to telcos

Kontron announced it is joining OpenStack and plans to offer carrier-grade OpenStack-based solutions

Embedded computing developer Kontron has joined the OpenStack foundation as a sponsor and is working to integrate its cloud-based application infrastructure with the open source cloud provisioning and orchestration platform. Kontron said the move is a “significant milestone” in its long-term strategy in the software defined infrastructure space, an area telcos, cloud service providers and vendors are paying more attention to as of late.

The future of cloud – Telstra’s perspective

Nathan Bell, director of product marketing, Telstra Global

The changing human interaction with the cloud and its importance in our day-to-day lives has created a golden opportunity for businesses to use insights to increase customer satisfaction for both corporates and consumers. Organisations across APAC are embracing the IT transformations within cloud, big data and mobile—and learning how to better serve the needs of their customers, says Nathan Bell, global director of products and marketing at Telstra Global.

Microsoft confirms Nadella as CEO

Satya Nadella has been appointed CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will indeed take on the role of chief executive officer at the software company effective immediately. The company’s founder Bill Gates will also be stepping down as chairman to assume a more hands-on role on the board as a technology advisor.

Chinese operators invest in cloud computing parks

China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province

Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Telefónica and Telstra invest in cloud storage provider Box

Telefónica and Telstra were among the investors in the latest round of financing for Box.

Cloud-based storage service provider Box announced a slew of strategic partnerships and new investment Friday worth over $100m. The deals, which include commercial agreements with Australian and Spanish incumbents Telstra and Telefónica Digital, will help fuel the company’s expansion in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Century link acquires cloud player Tier 3

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US multiplay carrier and managed services provider CenturyLink has acquired Tier 3, a small infrastructure as a service and platform as a service provider. The double-play will bolster CenturyLink’s growing arsenal of cloud services, which already includes cloud service provider Savvis and Cloud Foundry-based platform as a service AppFog.

Telstra expands cloud platform to US, Japan

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ollowing its EU and APAC expansion this summer, ICT and backbone network service provider Telstra Global announced Thursday that the company has expanded its cloud and “connected colocation” services to the US and Japan, and is in the process of upgrading existing facilities in Australia.

WeDo to offer roaming and rating solutions through PT cloud

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Portuguese business assurance specialist WeDo Technologies has announced a partnership with incumbent operator Portugal Telecom (PT) that will see the firm’s rating validation and roaming management solutions offered on a SaaS model as part of PT’s new enterprise cloud offering, SmartCloudPT.

“Telcos supply the bridge between customer and cloud”: Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell

Orçun M. Özalp, Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell

Orçun M. Özalp, Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we talk to him about the unique advantages that telcos can bring to the managed cloud services market.

Director, Professional Services, Du, UAE: “SDN promises to enable us to crack expensive proprietary black boxes of network manufacturers”

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE, is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the conference we find out more about how SDN can enable networks to respond to changing demands and how cloud represents a real opportunity for telcos.

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