Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU court declares Data Retention Directive invalid; OpenCloud scores in Egypt; Deutsche Telekom workers plan strike action.
The Chinese government has given its blessing to the proposed sale of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s devices business to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), making the hoped-for closure of the deal by the end of this month more likely. The sale had originally been scheduled to close in March, but concerns of rival, Asia-based phone makers expressed to Chinese authorities are thought to have put a brake on the progress of the transaction. The deal has so far received regulatory approvals from China, the European Commission, the US Department of Justice, among others. (See Nokia's Devices Sale Gets Approval From China and Euronews: Nokia Handsets Sale Delayed.)
The European Court of Justice has declared that the EU Data Retention Directive, which was introduced in March 2006 and requires telcos to store the communications-related metadata of EU citizens for up to two years, is invalid. The Directive was introduced in the wake of terrorist bomb outrages in Madrid and London, but provoked much controversy, which intensified following the Snowden revelations of widespread data-snooping by intelligence agencies. (See Euronews: Germany Takes Stand on Snoops and Euronews: Prism Prompts EU Data Rethink.)
ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) has completed its acquisition of Oscilloquartz SA, which was part of the Swatch Group. ADVA hopes Oscilloquartz's synchronization capabilities will bolster its presence in the backhaul systems market, and it plans to assimilate Oscilloquartz's technology into its Syncjack offering.
Verdi, the German labor union that represents thousands of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) workers, has called on DT employees to go out on strike today and Wednesday, reports Reuters. Verdi is pushing for a 5.5% pay raise; DT has to date offered 3%.
Privacy and security advocates are tugging in opposite directions. Privacy advocates want records to be destroyed, and security advocates want them retained. I'm skeptical whether retaining the records actually enhances security. For starters, no one has ever asserted that 9/11 happened because the cops had too little information. We've seen the same thing with the Boston Marathon bombing — the cops already knew the culprits were bad guys, but the information got buried in the mass of other data.
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.