VimpelCom entered into a $1 billion (€887 million) software partnership with Ericsson that the infrastructure company said would radically transform the operator's global IT infrastructure.
Telefónica Germany beefed up its BSS capabilities with a deal to deploy an upgraded revenue management system from Netcracker Technology.
BT deployed a virtualised real-time BSS charging platform from Openet to help monetise its BT Mobile MVNO service in the UK.
CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to merge some or all of its ILEC operating companies to reduce the number of Study Areas in each state it serves.
As Frontier moves forward with its acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, the service provider is getting its back office infrastructure in order by implementing Ericsson's next-gen Agility Suite OSS architecture.
T-Mobile US signed a long-term managed services agreement with Ericsson, which will supply the operator with its Service Agility package, including unified charging, billing, order management, product catalog and customer relationship management (CRM). The update will cover all branded T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers.
AT&T Mobility has developed an application-aware system designed to restrict customers from engaging in "non-permissible" bandwidth-intensive activities such as file sharing or movie downloading.
Wireless operators and vendors are lining up to virtualize the network via software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). The latest examples of this trend arrived this week with separate announcements from carrier AT&T and vendor Cisco Systems.
The Global M2M Association (GMA)--a partnership between Deutsche Telekom, Orange and TeliaSonera--has initiated its newest member, Telecom Italia. As the GMA continues to grow, it becomes more apparent that having each company use a different M2M connectivity platform adds complexity and cost to multinational, multi-carrier M2M implementations.
Telecom infrastructure heavyweight Ericsson has acquired Canada-based Telcocell, which specializes in system integration and business support systems. The company said it will add about 200 employees and consultants in Canada and the U.S.