Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA revenues up; way cleared for Slim's Austrian takeover; Ericsson shuffles its units; Nokia hangs on to Indian plant.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), in partnership with Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo: 6502), ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) , and the UK's National Physical Laboratory , is trumpeting what it says is the successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology over a live, lit fiber network. The idea of QKD is that it provides another layer of data security by transmitting data encryption "keys" across a network in a quantum state, which means that any attempt to intercept the key can be identified, an increasingly important attribute in the post-Snowden era.
Talking of ADVA, it has just posted its first-quarter results, and revenues are up by 1.4% year-on-year to €78.1 million (US$107.9 million), though profits were halved at €0.4 million ($0.55 million) due to lower gross margins, higher amortization charges, and other factors.
Fresh off its southbound first-quarter results, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has announced a restructuring, with its existing Networks business unit being split into two new units, namely Radio and Cloud & IP. And these two units combined shall henceforth be known as Segment Networks, just to complicate matters. Executive Vice President Johan Wibergh will assume the new role as head of Segment Networks while remaining a member of Ericsson's Executive Leadership Team. (See Ericsson Creates Cloud & IP Unit and Ericsson Looks to Future as Q1 Sales Slump.)
Belgian mobile operator Mobistar SA has had a disappointing first quarter, reports Reuters, with core profits down 36% year-on-year to €64.5 million ($89.1 million) in the face of stiff competition and business-damaging regulatory measures.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.