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.
Ericsson continues to build up its services business, agreeing to acquire Toronto-based consulting company Telcocell, which specializes in business support systems, Amdocs platforms, custom development and software as a service.
Windstream is now offering its Advanced Application Reporting product for enterprise business customers throughout its entire U.S. network footprint, giving enterprises near real-time visibility into their WAN traffic.
Ericsson said that its share of the overall network equipment market slumped from 27 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent in 2012, based upon preliminary company data.
Billing system vendor Amdocs today launched a product suite that cable operators and satellite TV providers may be able to use to sell online video services to subscribers.
Ericsson surprised analysts by reporting fourth-quarter sales figures above estimates helped by North American orders rising sharply to €1.97 billion the fourth quarter, a 51 per cent increase. overall net sales grew 5 per cent year-over-year to €7.77 billion.
Infinera on Friday completed Ericsson's Operations Systems Modification for the Integration of Network Elements (OSMINE) Services process for its DTN-X and DTN platforms, a designation that will help it gain further appeal with RBOCs.
This has been a crazy busy week for Nokia Siemens Networks, with a unit's closure and two divestitures dominating the news. But ultimately it appears the company is on the right track when it comes to ridding itself of non-core assets and ensuring its continued existence.