Oracle expects virtualisation tech to pose major challenges

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: The future adoption of virtualisation technology will pose both business and technical challenges, which will need to be addressed “if we are going to see the real benefits of NFV and SDN,” Douglas Suriano, …

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AlcaLu claims industry first with ‘carrier SDN’ platform; scores Asia win

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a new network services platform (NSP) that utilises software-defined networking (SDN) at both the IP and optical layers – an industry first says the supplier – and which holds out the promise of allowing mobile and fixed operators …

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Ciena beefs up SDN/NFV platform with $400M Cyan deal

Network supplier Ciena announced a $400 million cash and stock deal to acquire software specialist Cyan, marking yet another move by traditional hardware vendors to shore up their NFV/SDN credentials as mobile and fixed operators seek to become more agile …

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Facebook moves to optimise mobile video with QuickFire purchase

Facebook has moved to acquire video optimisation specialist, QuickFire Networks, in a bid to upgrade its mobile video hosting capabilities. The San Diego-based startup utilises bandwidth compression technology to reduce the amount of capacity required to host video online.

Telstra $697m acquisition of Pacnet goes ahead

Australian telco giant Telsta has confirmed it is proceeding with the acquisition of trans-Pacific cable and data centre player Pacnet. As ever the $697 million deal is subject to regulatory approval, but assuming it goes through it will give Telstra a foothold in China, a bunch of data centres and services including SDN (software defined networking).

Exclusive: Ericsson CEO Vestberg talks transformation, operators, smartphones, Facebook and SDN

Telecoms.com catches up with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm. Vestberg is keen to focus on the journey Ericsson is on to transform itself into a broad-based ICT company and to detail some of the milestones and challenges that entails.

Nokia set to license brand to other handset makers

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri put a stop to rumours suggesting it might re-enter the handset business. But speaking in London at the vendor’s first capital markets day in five years, Suri confirmed the Nokia brand is to be re-licensed to appear on other smartphone makers’ devices.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes routing in NFV gambit

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the arrival of its virtualized service router (VSR), a virtualised network function capable of being deployed in an NFV environment. The vendor claims that the VSR software is capable of being deployed on general purpose x86 compute platforms, a form of commoditised off the shelf hardware (COTS).

Huawei, China Telecom claim the first optical transport SDN

Huawei, China Telecom Fujian (CTF) and China Telecom Beijing Research Institute (CTBRI) have announced the successful completion of what they claim is the world’s first transport software defined network (T-SDN) deployment.