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.
A collaboration of industry vendors took form on Tuesday with the inauguration of a consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).
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.
Chipmaker Intel is pushing on with its focus on wearable devices with the acquisition of Basis Science, a specialist in wearable device technologies for health and wellness applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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.
Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.
Chip maker Intel has showcased designs for wearable devices at the CES consumer trade show in Las Vegas. The firm also demonstrated Edison, a dual core PC with built-in wireless capabilities in an SD card form factor.
Telcos and content providers should look to collaborate in a similar fashion to PC hardware and software vendors, in order to grow both business sectors, according to Huawei’s CTO for its fixed network business unit, Daniel Tang.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has teamed up with chip vendor Intel to cooperate on the development of a virtualised base station (vRAN) that can load and reconfigure all software functions in a general purpose server.
Hardware manufacturers Nokia Siemens Networks and Intel are to collaborate on common objectives around NSN’s Liquid Applications initiative, to help operators develop new revenue and differentiation opportunities.
Chip maker Intel has named COO Brian Krzanich as the successor to CEO Paul Otellini. Krzanich will assume his new role on May 16, 2013. In addition, Renée James has been appointed president of Intel and will assume her role on the same day.
Telefónic, Intel and Samsung’s investment units have each made a decision to invest undisclosed amounts in San Francisco start-up Expect Labs. The start-up is developing a platform to power a “new generation of intelligent digital assistants”, and has already benefitted from investments from Google and venture capital firm Greylock.
Chipmaker Intel has launched three “strategic reference architectures” that the firm claims will enable IT and telecom firms to accelerate hardware and software development for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).
With just five weeks to go until the winners of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards are announced, we preview the shortlisted entries for the category Best Broadband Access (Wireless).
At an event in London, Google’s recently-acquired handset business Motorola Mobility unveiled the first product of its partnership with processor manufacturer Intel, the Razr i. The firms are teaming up in a bid to displace the iPhone brand as the best-selling smartphone model on the market with aluminium-cased device with a 4.3in super AMOLED screen running the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS and powered by an Intel Atom 2GH processor.
Vodafone has launched its own £70 smartphone in a bid to appeal to consumers who are currently missing out on the “smartphone revolution”. The Vodafone Smart II handset runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and has a Broadcom 21552 CPU with an 832MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
An Intel executive has admitted that the company’s historical inability to win a share of the mobile space stemmed from its failure to properly understand the operator community. Herbert Weber, EMEA marketing director for mobile and communications at Intel, told Telecoms.com that the firm has since taken the time to understand the nuances between the PC and mobile business models and has adjusted its offerings and features accordingly to appeal to operators and consumers alike.
At Mobile World Congress in February, chip firm Intel marked its foray into the mobile devices space, with an Atom-powered handset co-developed with Orange.
Intel has used consumer gadget show CES as a platform to declare its arrival to the smartphone market, announcing a multi-year deal with handset maker Motorola Mobility and unveiling a Lenovo handset based on its new Atom processor platform. However, disrupting the current state of the market could prove to be a struggle for the firm, suggests one analyst.
A swathe of devices such as tablets and netbooks based on the x86 architecture are set to run Android 4 (Ice cream sandwich) from 2012, after developers successfully ported the operating system to the processor architecture.