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SMBs demand cloud services from comms providers
Optimisation to breathe new life into 3G networks

Almost 70 per cent of SMBs worldwide are more likely to select a primary communications service provider that offers cloud-based services over one that does not. Furthermore, 44 per cent of SMBs would switch providers to one that bundled cloud services with traditional services, according to research released this week.

America Movil bids to take control of Telekom Austria
America Movil intends to acquire all outstanding shares in European operator group Telekom Austria

Latin American operator group America Movil has announced its intention to acquire all outstanding shares in European operator group Telekom Austria.

Ericsson restructures Networks unit for virtualization push

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.

CTIA appoints Meredith Baker CEO and President

Industry trade body the CTIA has appointed former commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Meredith Attwell Baker as its president and CEO. Baker will take on the role from June 2nd 2014.

Apple impresses with quarterly performance

Device manufacturer Apple continued with an impressive financial performance for the quarter to end-March, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the period, as well as net profit of $10.2bn.

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.

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Opinion
Cameron’s filtering folly
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UK government proposals would force UK ISPs to block access to adult material unless the bill payer opts in to receive it. The “think of the children” rhetoric is convincing and the sentiment is in the right place. But the solution – content filtering – is all wrong.

The Netflix breaking point – the disruption of traditional internet peering model
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Having already blown a hole in the pay-TV market with its cut-price streaming services, US video streaming player Netflix is now tearing down the long-standing telecom wholesale model because of the huge traffic volumes its services are generating.

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