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AT&T says it expects to start deploying its ambitious software-defined cloud project later this year, and doesn't expect capex to shrink right off the bat.

AlcaLu, Fujitsu Help Build AT&T's Cloud Network

Dan Jones
7/23/2014
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AT&T has named two new suppliers for the cloud networking project that the operator expects to help it reduce capital expenditure.

Ahead of its second-quarter earnings Wednesday, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has named Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) as new suppliers for its User-Defined Network Cloud project. (See AT&T's Cloud Future Takes Shape.)

AT&T envisages the project as a multi-service, multi-tenant platform where many more networking functions will be performed in software, allowing the operator to scale services much more easily and quickly. The eventual aim is to let AT&T's customers tailor the network to their own needs themselves, once it has adopted SDN and NFV. (See AT&T Puts SDN/NFV in Driver's Seat.)

"The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015," said Tim Harden, president of AT&T's supply chain, in a statement about the project Tuesday.

AT&T previously said in 2014 that it had selected Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) as suppliers. AT&T now says that AlcaLu, Fujitsu, and Juniper will help it to build the cloud platform.

In February, AT&T said it had selected Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Tail-f Systems , and Metaswitch Networks for further discussions on design and deployment. Startup Affirmed Networks Inc. is working with the operator on virtual evolved packet core (VEPC) for its LTE network. (See The Rise of Virtual EPC.)


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As well as pulling in lots of outside help, AT&T said in May that it is considering building its own SDN controller for the cloud project. (See AT&T Working on Home-Grown SDN Controller for Later in 2014 .)

AT&T says it's not adjusting its capex guidance based on the new vendor additions yet, but it does expect the cloud program to "reflect a downward bias towards capital spending" over the next five years.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones,
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7/25/2014 | 5:14:48 PM
AlcaLu, Fujitsu Help AT&T's Butt Network
This extremely childish Google Chrome plug-in would make this story read quite differently as it replaces the text 'the cloud' with 'my butt', as well as 'cloud' with 'butt' in certain contexts.
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sterlingperrin,
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7/24/2014 | 4:56:07 PM
Re: Cisco out of AT&T's cloud?
Cisco did buy Tail-f, which was one of the first Domain 2.0 supplier named. So Cisco gets in through the back door via Tail-f.

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DanJones,
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7/24/2014 | 3:56:02 PM
Re: Cisco out of AT&T's cloud?
I haven't seen them in the mix yet, maybe that could change though.
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7/24/2014 | 4:34:20 AM
Cisco out of AT&T's cloud?
Hi! I haven't heard anything about Cisco. Does it mean that they are out of AT&T's cloud? Cheers, P
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