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NTT DoCoMo seeks multi-vendor NFV architecture

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has completed an NFV Proof of Concept (PoC) trial in which interoperability of multi-vendor virtual functions was successfully demonstrated. The trial, involving Ericsson and NEC, focussed on the orchestration of the virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC) between multiple vendors.

100Gbps Singapore-Europe submarine cable set for 2016 completion

A new submarine cable will connect Europe to South East Asia

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the work for a new 20,000km-long 100Gbps submarine cable connecting Europe to South East Asia via Middle East is under way. and is expected to complete by 2016.

China Mobile, KDDI and Google among $300m Pacific cable consortium

FASTER is expected to speed things up somewhat

A consortium of six companies has agreed to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system linking Japan with the US. It has an initial design capacity of 60Tb per second and is consequently called ‘FASTER’, despite not apparently being an acronym.

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

SDN is appearing in more and more places

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

NFV is being widely tested

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Fantastic 5

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Poor old Mobistar. The Belgian operator was probably bristling with pride this week after becoming the first in its market to complete a test of LTE Advanced technology. In partnership with Huawei it aggregated 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum to drive throughput of more than 200Mbps. The firm’s chief network officer heralded “the future of high-speed mobile” upon the trial’s completion.

Docomo to begin 5G trials in Japan

DoCoMo is trialling 5G

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.

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.

Telefónica unveils comprehensive virtualization plans

Enrique Blanco, global CTO, Telefónica

Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.

NEC claims first with virtual MVNO platform

NEC is virtualising the MVNO

Japanese vendor NEC this week made available what it claims is the world’s first virtualised Mobile Virtual Network Operator platform (vMVNO), running in a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environment.

HTC warns of quarterly loss

HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13. It said in a statement that operating margin for the forthcoming quarter is expected to be in the range of zero per cent to negative eight per cent.

NEC pulls out of smartphone business

NEC will stop producing and selling smartphones

Japanese vendor NEC is ending its development, manufacture and sale of smartphones. However, it will continue providing maintenance and support services for its existing smartphones and continue developing and producing feature phones and tablet devices.

EU and Japan team up to develop network technologies

The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.

Carrier Cloud: “The most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice”

Cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice

The good news for carriers is that cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice. Not only that, by delivering next generation IT through the next generation network (NGN), carriers could become the leading channel in the cloud computing business, with unique competences and valuable assets.

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN

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Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

NEC builds cloud presence in China

NEC will build a datacentre in China

Japanese equipment vendor NEC this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Chongqing City, one of China’s four national central cities, with a view to forming a strategic partnership in the smart city and cloud service areas.

Kapsch acquires NEC’s railway business

Kapsch has acquired the railway connectivity business of Japan's NEC

System integrator and railway telecoms solutions provider Kapsch CarrierCom has acquired the railway business of NEC Portugal. Under the terms of the deal, Kapsch has also taken over all of NEC’s railway contracts.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu team up to develop LTE smartphone chipsets

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

NEC and Transatel to explore M2M in Europe

3UK has signed a deal with cloud M2M services firm Macheen

Japanese manufacturer NEC has partnered with France-based MVNE Transatel to explore M2M service opportunities in Europe.

Cloud Supplement 2012

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The telecoms cloud sector may be lacking maturity but it is already a hotbed of competition.

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