Nokia Solutions and Networks said it has virtualized the latest version of its NetAct operations support system to provide off-the-shelf management of network functions virtualization.
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.
Three of the world's biggest network equipment vendors--and bitter rivals--announced they will create interoperability among their OSS systems through their new "OSSii" initiative.
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.
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.
Ericsson said it expects to see more growth in the telecommunications network services market than in pure network gear sales in the years ahead as carriers look to add more services to their IP networks.
AT&T on Tuesday signed an agreement with Fiserv to expand its CheckFreePay walk-in bill payment for its wireline and wireless customers.