Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SoftBank to buy T-Mobile US? Irish merger plan has its critics; Google caters for would-be data-deleters.

Eurobites: SDN's Italian Job

Paul Rainford
5/30/2014
100%
0%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SoftBank ready to buy T-Mobile US?; Irish merger plan has its critics; Google caters for would-be data-deleters.

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) has teamed up with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and five Italian universities to build a testbed for research into SDN. A blog by Cisco's Erica Schroeder reveals that the consortium in question, Joint Open Lab, began its first six-month research phase earlier this year and could continue its work until 2017. One of the first projects looks into what Cisco calls "network slicing" using OpenFlow, which is intended to allow different teams to experiment on the network without impinging on each other.

  • Has Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) agreed to SoftBank Corp. buying T-Mobile US Inc. ? That's the rumor being aired on Reuters, citing a Japanese news agency. The German giant has so far declined to comment on the matter. In other DT news, Reuters reports that the operator has complained to the European Commission about what it sees as some municipal utilities firms cross-subsidizing the expansion of their broadband networks from their principal energy-related businesses. And, rounding up the DT bulletin, the operator is seeking more partners for its Qivicon smart-home consortium. Its current Qivicon partners are Samsung Corp. , Miele, EnBW, and eQ-3.

  • The European Commission may have given its blessing to Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY)'s proposed acquisition of Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s O2 unit in Ireland, but the country's own regulator and the operator's rivals aren't so sure, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Ireland's Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) said that "competition concerns will not be fully addressed" and warned that "significant negative consequences" might unfold for the Irish consumer should the deal go ahead. Vodafone Ireland , meanwhile, has warned that it may consider using legal options to block the deal.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has responded to the recent Court of Justice "right to be forgotten" ruling by launching a service that allows disgruntled Europeans to ask for personal data they'd rather wasn't visible to the whole of planet Earth to be removed from online search results. According to this BBC report, Google says it will assess each request on its merits in an attempt to balance the "privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information." Sounds like quite a big job, and a job that won't make Google any money.

  • Turkey's highest court has ruled that a block on access to YouTube imposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government two months ago was a violation of rights, reports Reuters, citing local media outlets. The YouTube ban, imposed because the site was being used for criticizing the government, was lifted in April, along with a similar ban on Twitter.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (9)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    6/9/2014 | 2:07:31 AM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    unless what they are doing is judged to be private, then they have the right to claim back that photo.
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    6/8/2014 | 10:53:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    ... not that anyone should want to take my photo. Seriously, that's true for anyone. No one has a right not to be photographed.
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    6/6/2014 | 2:07:47 AM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Glad he can Mitch :)
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    6/5/2014 | 3:46:18 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Kruz - A photographer has every right to take my photo without my consent, if I'm out in public. 
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    6/3/2014 | 6:05:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Because it is made available to the largest possible audience(public) and there is the risk of the info becoming viral/harmful with all the possible moral and financial damage it can trigger. I would compare this to not allowing a camera man taking a photo without your consent. Now this will really need to be judged on case by case: what if the user deliberately posts updates,what happens in this case?
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    6/3/2014 | 5:42:44 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Since when is the "right to be a forgotten" a thing, anway?

    Freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, sure? Right to pursue happiness, heck yeah?

    But why should I be able to demand that factual informaiton about the past be suppressed simply because it makes me uncomfortable to have it known?

     
    thebulk
    50%
    50%
    thebulk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    5/31/2014 | 11:02:59 PM
    SDN Testbed
    I will be interested to see some of the results from the SDN testbed, in the past few years Italian universities have produced some very good journal papers on SDN and network virtulization. 
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    5/30/2014 | 6:46:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Agreed. And this might go in favor of other search engines and help these gain some traffic.
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    5/30/2014 | 11:25:28 AM
    "Right to be forgotten"
    What a disastrous decision. It's going to be exploited by powerful criminals while everyday people won't be able to afford to be able to push legitimate requests through. The first people seeking protection under the EU's right-to-be-forgotten ruling are a pedophile, a corrupt politician, and a doctor who wants protection from negative reviews from his patients.
    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 Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 2

    10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 1

    10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

    10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

    10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Exploring the Future of Cable Access

    10|15|14   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Brett Wingo looks at where cable access architectures are heading, discussing the impact of DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, Remote PHY, SDN, virtualization of cable networks and related technologies.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet
    Stephen Saunders, 10/15/2014
    HBO Will Go OTT in 2015
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/15/2014
    Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
    Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
    CBS Takes OTT Plunge
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed