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.
Discovering what needs to be done is often the easy part. The real challenge is finding out how to do it. This is certainly the case when it comes to searching for new revenue streams – the major preoccupation of most mobile operators following the shift to digital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.