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Swiss telcos form net neutrality agreement

Net neutrality is a hotly debated and controversial issue

The four leading Swiss service providers, as well as the country’s cable operator association Swisscable, have joined forces to formulate an official code of conduct on net neutrality. Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom and Orange, as well as Swisscable, are working to keep the internet open in Switzerland, according to an official statement from Swisscom.

Verizon aims legal threat at FCC over net neutrality

Verizon warns FCC against imposing more red tape

Verizon has aimed the threat of litigation against the FCC if it fails to correctly position its next move in the perennial debate of net neutrality. On its policy blog page, Randal Milch, Verizon’s General Counsel said: “whatever the FCC decides about new Net Neutrality rules, the whole thing is headed for another round in court.”

US carriers unite for VoLTE interoperability, cooperation key

US carriers working on VoLTE interoperability

Engineers from US giants Verizon and AT&T say they have identified the requirements for an interoperable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, and have begun extensive testing in lab environments. Interoperability field trials are expected to take place before live services launch in 2015.

HP split could lead to increased telco focus

HP business split could see greater emphasis on telco solutions

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is reportedly close to dividing into two separate companies, with an official announcement thought to be in the offing. The split is likely to produce companies focusing on PCs and printers, and corporate computing, respectively.

OIF, ONF link up to test transport SDN

The OIF and ONF are working on SDN in the transport layer

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, has announced a collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which will see the organisations work together with leading telcos and research institutions to test software defined networking (SDN) in the transport layer.

Verizon beefs up content delivery network

Verizon is building on its EdgeCast acquisition

Following its acquisition of content delivery network provider EdgeCast, Verizon Digital Media Services has started adding direct local connectivity to many of the world’s largest broadband providers, streamlining delivery and distribution of content to ensure high-quality user experiences and handle traffic spikes as connected devices, user bases and file sizes continue to grow.

Verizon appoints Francis Yip to Lead Asia-Pacific business

Francis has held other leadership positions in Verizon’s Asia Pacific business as well as Dimension Data and Equant (now OBS)

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the cloud computing and enterprise IT-focused division of American operator Verizon has appointed Francis Yip to group vice president of Verizon Asia Pacific, where he will lead all of the business’ strategic initiatives.

Sprint deal with T-Mobile USA nearing completion

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A widely expected deal that will see US operator Sprint acquire its competitor T-Mobile USA is nearing completion, according to a number of reports citing inside sources. News agency Bloomberg said that an agreement on the price, capital structure and termination fee is close and that the deal would value T-Mobile at $40/share, or roughly $31bn.

Major US carriers unveil VoLTE plans

VoLTE announcements are coming thick and fast

The evolution of voice continues apace as US carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA reveal plans to launch Voice over LTE, with AT&T expected to follow suit on Friday.

Vodafone profits surge on Verizon exit but challenges remain

Vodafone nears CWW deal

Vodafone has announced a huge leap in profits for the financial year to end March 2014, thanks largely to the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless, completed earlier this year. Profit for the year stood at £59.42bn, up from £673m for the previous financial year. However, group revenues were down 1.9 per cent to £46.62bn, while service revenue was down 2.4 per cent to £39.53bn.

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.

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The Informer once spent a month in Costa Rica. What a beautiful place it is; spectacular jungles, intricate river networks, active volcanoes, perfect, deserted beaches. Admittedly the presence of MASSIVE spiders everywhere made for a holiday that wasn’t unequivocally relaxing. More than once the sights and sounds of the Informer high-stepping at full tilt like an NFL wide receiver, while shrieking like a B-movie scream-queen, disturbed the tranquility of the forest.

Verizon posts 15% increase in operating profit

Verizon Wireless has posted a 4.8 year on year increase in revenue for 1Q14, as well as a 15.1 per cent increase in operating income

US operator Verizon Wireless has posted a 4.8 year on year increase in revenue for 1Q14, as well as a 15.1 per cent increase in operating income.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

Dark fibre to inspire more confidence in cloud, says Verizon

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American telco Verizon announced the launch of a Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, using private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together, beginning initially with Microsoft Azure. Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon said linking cloud platforms with private links will help inspire confidence in cloud service once again, which has waxed and waned over the past year.

Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

Verizon powers cloud TV offering with Intel Media purchase

Verizon is buying Intel Media

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.

Isis mobile wallet goes nationwide in US

The latest version of the Isis mobile wallet service has been launched across the US, following 18 months of testing in Texas and Utah by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.

AT&T strikes tower deal with Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns or operates more than 30,000 sites in the US.

US operator AT&T is to sell approximately 600 of its wireless towers to independent infrastructure management firm Crown Castle, and lease the rights to another 9,100 towers, for a combined up-front payment of $4.85bn. AT&T will lease capacity back from Crown Castle, for a minimum of ten years, for $1,900 per month per site, with annual rent increases of two per cent.

Nokia and Verizon deals bad for Europe, says GSMA Chairman

Franco Bernabè, chairman at the GSMA

Recent merger and acquisition activity has illustrated how Europe’s telecoms sector is becoming weaker, according to top executives at operator trade association the GSMA. Speaking at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 event in Brussels, chairman Franco Bernabè, who is also CEO at Telecom Italia, said that deals such as Vodafone’s sale of its Verizon stake and Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia suggests that Europe is no longer a leading region in the telecoms sector.

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