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Euronews: Power Couple Vows to Take NFV Forward

Paul Rainford

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-SFR , 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

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    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.

    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
    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. 
    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...

    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?
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