Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange's Richard gets four more years; BT uses Genband's knowhow; Telenor in antitrust trouble.

Eurobites: NFV Italian Job for Metaswitch

Paul Rainford
3/27/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange's Richard gets four more years; BT uses Genband's knowhow; Telenor in antitrust trouble.

  • What is it about Italy and Metaswitch Networks ? In January the IP systems vendor announced a deal with Infracom Italia for a broad range of Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems. Now Metaswitch has announced Italian competitive operator Tiscali SpA as a customer for not only its session border controller (SBC) but also the Clearwater Core platform that the vendor has been developing as part of its NFV efforts. Tiscali is to use Clearwater Core, a cloud-based IMS platform, for the delivery of the voice, video, and messaging services that the service provider is offering as part of its Indoona OTT application offering. (See Tiscali Intros NFV With Metaswitch, Metaswitch Unveils Clearwater Core, Metaswitch Gets an Italian Job, Bolder Is Better for IP Transformation and Defining SDN & NFV.)

  • The board of Orange (NYSE: FTE) has voted to renew the four-year mandate of CEO Stephane Richard, reports Reuters, offering the operator some stability at a time of considerable upheaval in the French telecom sector. Richard is still dogged by an investigation into his role in a 2008 arbitration case -- he was a government aide at the time -- that resulted in a large payout to businessman Bernard Tapie. Meanwhile, back at the coalface, Orange Business Services has landed a managed M2M deal with mobile payments firm SIA. Under the terms of the contract, OBS will provide technology that enables remote terminals to automatically transmit data to the SIA network infrastructure. (See Free Disrupts French Mobile Market and Orange Business Services Wins Managed M2M Deal.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has turned to Genband Inc. 's Diameter signaling controller to enhance its Global IP Exchange connectivity. Genband's offering smooths over the cracks between different LTE networks to ensure that roaming subscribers can easily connect when on the move. BT has also said goodbye to one of the chief architects of its BT TV service, Marc Watson. As the unit's CEO, Watson was heavily involved in negotiations for soccer rights as BT sought to establish itself as a credible rival to BSkyB in the premium sports content market. We're sure there's a "transfer request" gag in here somewhere... (See BT Deploys Genband's Diameter Signaling Controller and BT's Got Balls.)

  • Norway's Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) is facing antitrust proceedings initiated by the European Free Trade Association, reports Reuters. The authority alleges that the operator infringed competition rules by placing an illegal "margin squeeze" on its competitors, though it has not specified in which market this is supposed to have happened.

  • Nokia Networks has appointed Farooq Azam as head of its operations in Jordan. Azam has worked extensively for NSN in the Middle East and Africa, and before he joined the Finnish vendor, he held various roles within Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). (See NSN Appoints Country Head of Jordan.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    nasimson
    50%
    50%
    nasimson,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/28/2014 | 10:45:13 PM
    antitrust lawsuit for Telenor
    @ Rainford:

    So what eventually happened of the antitrust lawsuit for Telenor? Are you planning a follow up blog on this?
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/27/2014 | 10:10:41 AM
    Out of the frying pan...
    Back in the 1990s Marc Watson, a barrister by training, was the legal attack dog/right-hand man of Richard Desmond, the cigar-puffing, ass-kicking porn baron turned almost respectable media mogul. After that job, negotiating soccer rights for BT must have seemed like one long picnic.
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/27/2014 | 9:07:15 AM
    Tiscali gets innovative
    Interesting move by Tiscali -- I guess SPs have no idea how their OTT apps will take off and so want as much flexibility in their core as possible to react to uptake and new aplocation potential. And this is a company somewhat on its uppers, as us Brits say, so it's really gambling - good on it!
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Interviews
    CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

    12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


    At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
    LRTV Interviews
    Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

    12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


    Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
    LRTV Documentaries
    EE: The Road to 5G

    12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


    Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

    12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

    12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


    Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

    12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


    US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
    LRTV Interviews
    How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

    12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


    Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

    12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


    Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

    12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


    Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
    LRTV Interviews
    How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

    12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


    Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

    12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


    Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
    LRTV Interviews
    TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

    12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


    TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
    Upcoming Live Events
    February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Hot Topics
    T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
    1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
    Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
    US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
    T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive