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 Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis

    10|31|14   |   2:12   |   (0) comments


    At the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, Rick Talbot shared his positive feedback about the holistic and open approach that Huawei adopts for SDN and NFV. He also found the open sharing at the event valuable as it features different perspectives from Huawei experts, telecom operators, industry analysts as well as security experts.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With David Snow, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis

    10|31|14   |   2:24   |   (0) comments


    David Snow talked about his understanding of Huawei and its SoftCOM strategy at the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, saying that Huawei's wide approach combining IT and CT expertise, introducing big data and analytics into solutions and contributing to the OpenStack community particularly resonate with him and make the company stand out in the industry.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

    10|31|14   |   3:13   |   (0) comments


    Roz Roseboro commented on Huawei's data center capabilities and NFV solutions at the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, saying that in addition to covering all three key domains of compute, storage and networking, the company also emphasizes the importance of management capabilities and professional services, which are essential in making NFV a reality.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Michael Howard, Co-founder & Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research

    10|31|14   |   5:25   |   (0) comments


    Michael Howard talked about SDN, NFV, and OpenStack adoption at Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014. Particularly, he pointed out that Virtual Enterprise CPE is the top NFV use case that operators plan to invest in over 2014 and 2015 to deliver new enterprise services through virtualized functions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Jerry Caron, Senior Vice President, Current Analysis

    10|31|14   |   3:11   |   (0) comments


    At Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, Jerry Caron from Current Analysis said that orchestration and management are key to realizing SDN and NFV for global carriers, and the approach that Huawei is taking, with its FusionSphere Cloud OS at the core, is in the right direction to address the challenges.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Broadband Battles

    10|31|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


    This year's Broadband World Forum featured a number of show floor battles focused on access gear, components and coffee.
    Jonestown
    Mobile Backhaul: Going to the Dark Side?

    10|30|14   |   2:26   |   (1) comment


    Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan shares his view on a dark trend that bubbled up at Light Reading's annual backhaul conference in NYC.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With CEO of SwitchCom

    10|30|14   |   4:13   |   (0) comments


    SwitchCom, an IT company based in Angola, recommends a variety of Huawei solutions and hardware to their customers in the energy industry.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy

    10|30|14   |   4:08   |   (0) comments


    Gosaye Mengistie of Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy discusses the collaboration with Huawei in that country.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview with Dongfang Electronics Corporation

    10|30|14   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


    Dongfang Electronics Corporation, headquartered in Chengdu, China, is one of China's largest manufacturers of power generators and contractors of power station projects.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview with Zimbabwe's Customers

    10|30|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    Representatives of Zimbabwe's Ministry of Power and Development discuss the energy needs of their country as well as new areas of improvement due to enhanced ICT capabilities.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With Colbún Chile

    10|30|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


    In Chile, an aging energy infrastructure was in dire need of a modern update. Claudio Valenzuela of Colbún discusses how Huawei's ICT solutions continue to provide crucial information to improve the grid and how an in-country engineer is a cricial asset.
    Upcoming Live Events
    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
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 30, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    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
    Microsoft's Skype Embraces WebRTC on IE
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 10/27/2014
    FTC Slaps AT&T With Throttling Lawsuit
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 10/28/2014
    Wheeler Gets Down With OTT
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/29/2014
    China's MVNOs Hit the Wall
    Robert Clark, 10/27/2014
    Let's Not Kill SDN & NFV With Silos
    Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior VP, Global Products Group, Ciena, 10/28/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed