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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Japanese manufacturer NEC has partnered with France-based MVNE Transatel to explore M2M service opportunities in Europe.
Japanese manufacturer NEC has announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs and is expecting to record a loss of 100bn yen ($1.3bn) for 2011. Some 3,000 positions will be lost outside its home country.
Japanese vendor NEC has announced that Spanish incumbent operator Telefónica has launched cloud services in the Argentinian market using the NEC cloud platform. The two companies announced a strategic partnership in February this year to promote cloud computing in Latin America.
In the run up to the Asia LTE conference in September, we speak to Dr Shahram G Niri, director of global LTE/SAE strategy & solution at NEC Europe and visiting professor at the University of Surrey.