Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: what Vodafone does next; Numericable's plans for SFR; privatizations that might and might not happen.

Euronews: Power Couple Vows to Take NFV Forward

Paul Rainford
3/18/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: what Vodafone does next; Numericable's plans for SFR; privatizations that might and might not happen.

  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has partnered with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to further the development of specifications for NFV. According to a statement issued from the ETSI general assembly meeting in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France, the twosome will explore how SDN can "enable forwarding-plane support for some of the most important NFV use cases." In tandem with this agreement, the ONF is also releasing the OpenFlow-enabled SDN and NFV "solution brief," which sets out to show how operators are combining NFV and SDN to achieve greater network agility. (See Defining SDN & NFV, NFV Group Preps Its Afterlife and Addressing the Needs of Mobile & Wireless Networks Through SDN.)

  • Following Monday's news that Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO , there is much speculation about what Vodafone will do next with its cash pile. Bloomberg suggests that the logical next step will take it to Italy, where a deal involving Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB) might be on the cards. The Guardian cites Paul Marsch, an analyst at German bank Berenberg, who runs the idea of Vodafone buying BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) up the flagpole. The Daily Telegraph sums up current thinking neatly: "With billions still burning a hole in his pockets, ONO is unlikely to be Mr Colao's last big deal." (See ONO Says Yes to Vodafone.)

  • Meanwhile, away from the M&A action, Vodafone has announced a global partnership with pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca to use "mHealth" services to improve outcomes for patients with cardiovascular conditions.

  • There's also a fair bit of follow-up on the takeover of Vivendi 's SFR by Numericable , which was agreed late Friday. Reuters reports that Numericable, which saw off the government-favored bid from Bouygues Telecom , expects to achieve more than €1 billion (US$1.39 billion) in savings through the "synergies" of the €11.75 billion ($16.36 billion) deal. (See Vivendi Favors Altice Bid for SFR and Euronews: Iliad Shares Soar in Wake of Bouygues Pact.)

  • The privatization of Telekom Slovenia by the end of the year looks likely, according to a Reuters report. The operator has a market capitalization of €860 million ($1.19 billion). In contrast, the proposed privatization of Russia's Rostelecom may be postponed due to the ongoing ructions in Ukraine.

  • CoSwitched , a startup that has developed a managed machine-to-machine (M2M) service based on GSM connections and a centralized management and monitoring platform, has launched its offering in Europe. CoSwitched has offices in Portugal, France, and the UK. (See CoSwitched Launches M2M Service in Europe.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading


    Want to learn more about SDN and NFV? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.


    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    t.bogataj
    50%
    50%
    t.bogataj,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/19/2014 | 8:55:42 AM
    Re: ONF + ETSI NFV ISG =...
    ONF + ETSI ...= OETZI

    The original was better looking anyway.

    T.
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/19/2014 | 5:16:09 AM
    Re: ONF + ETSI NFV ISG =...
    ONFETSINFVISG - a compelling new word? Dunno, but it could make a cracking new Scandi-drama. There's a psycho on the loose in Malmo - call for the on-the-spectrum cops!
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    3/18/2014 | 6:26:45 PM
    Re: ONF + ETSI NFV ISG =...
    Call the collaboration team OMGLOLWTFROFL!!

    The exclamation marks would be part of the name. 
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/18/2014 | 2:50:14 PM
    Crazy suggestions emerging for Vodafone M&A
    So now there are some pretty daft suggestions emerging for what Vodafone should buy next... including UK TV broadcasters.... that's crazy talk.

    But then there's some other, not so crazy talk...

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/17/vodafone-purchase-spain-ono-uk-acquisition-next

     
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/18/2014 | 2:46:10 PM
    ONF + ETSI NFV ISG =...
    ONF + ETSI NFV ISG = a combination that cooud help identify some of the major pain points for telcos as they figure out how to address the introduction of SDN and NFV. Both parties have the desire to make this work and are groups/orgs set up/created with a specific purpose.

    BUT.... what do you call the collaboration team? Can the letters ONFETSINFVISG make a compelling new word?
    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 Huawei Video Resource Center
    Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

    1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

    1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


    In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Rise of Virtual CPE

    1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (5) comments


    As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Optical Is Hot in 2015

    1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


    Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Policy Control in the Fast Lane

    1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


    What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
    LRTV Documentaries
    Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

    1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


    In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

    1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


    At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

    1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

    1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Pay-TV's Networked Future

    1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

    1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
    LRTV Interviews
    Cisco Talks Transformation

    1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


    In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
    Upcoming Live Events
    February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
    February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/27/2015
    Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/29/2015
    Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/26/2015
    Overture Builds on NFV Foundation
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/27/2015
    Bumper iPhone Sales Boost Apple Profits
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 1/28/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Weekly Executive Interview
    Join us live for Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he has to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.