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Eurobites: Mobily Shows Faith in NFV

Ray Le Maistre
5/27/2014
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Also in today's regional roundup: The 'new' Nokia creates security unit; BT links fast broadband to job creation; and Orange shows off its live mobile video streaming skills.

  • Saudi operator Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) has embraced NFV with the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s lightRadio 9771 Wireless Cloud Element Radio Network Controller, a virtualized RNC element that the operator has deployed for centralized management of its base stations. Alcatel-Lucent showed off its mobile-elated NFV elements during this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including a proof of concept with China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL). (See Mobily Deploys Alcatel-Lucent NFV Element , China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent to Demo NFV at MWC14 and Alcatel-Lucent Lays Out Its NFV Plans.)

  • Nokia has created a dedicated network security unit, which officially launches on June 1, to expand its security partner ecosystem and "ensure new products have security baked in, enhance the portfolio of security products and services, and develop business models around telco security." The company, in its former guise as NSN, announced in March its intention to open a Mobile Broadband Security Center in Berlin. Mobile network security is an increasingly important focus area for operators as they roll out their 4G LTE networks. (See NSN Plans Mobile Broadband Security Center in Berlin, Security in a 4G, M2M World, and Nokia Ushers In New Era, Retires NSN Name.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is claiming that its rollout of fiber-based broadband services in the south-west English county of Cornwall has been creating new jobs and helping to protect others. The link between broadband service availability and employment prospects has often been cited but is often tenuous. In this instance, BT is citing a survey of 224 businesses in Cornwall that have been connected to the operator's fiber-based broadband service for 12 months or longer: Of those surveyed, 21% "attributed either a created or safeguarded job to superfast broadband." For further details (and be sure to read the full announcement, including footnotes), see this BT press release. (See BT FTTx Boosts Cornish SMEs and BT Preps 'Landmark' FTTC Investment.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has teamed up with digital services management specialist LoveLive to provide pan-European live video streaming of the upcoming Orange Warsaw Festival (June 13-15). Live video and video-on-demand coverage of the music festival will be made available to Orange customers in eight European countries.

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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    nasimson,
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    5/27/2014 | 10:07:52 AM
    Mobily's NFV
    I heard from a TMobile regional rep that an MVNO is being deployed using Mobily's infrastructure. Does the NFV deployment has anything to do with that?
    Ray@LR
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    Ray@LR,
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    5/27/2014 | 10:05:47 AM
    NFV in the field
    Expect this to be the first of a growing wave of such announcements during the rest of 2014 -- big learning curve here!
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