As artificial intelligence moves into the field of network operations, telcos will face new cultural and technological challenges.
VEON has picked Amdocs over Ericsson as a provider of BSS technology in its biggest market.
Equinix is initially testing virtual router and firewall in the US and Europe, with plans to extend into Asia soon, to help make network connections more agile and responsive for enterprise customers.
While networks alone won't deliver enterprise transformation, robust, software-defined networks are needed for enterprises to transform, says Sorabh Saxena, president, business operations for AT&T business solutions.
The two operators have been working to develop a number of NFV infrastructure (NFVi) configurations to meet the needs of different types of virtual network function (VNF) deployments.
VMware says new NSX-T is 'completely decoupled from vSphere now,' with significantly improved automation, user interface, scalability and security.
By delivering Microsoft Azure cloud services closer to the edge, AT&T aims to reduce latency and improve user experience for enterprise sites.
Telefónica turned to Juniper and Nokia to meet exploding demand in Spain. Upgrade raises network capacity to 10 Tbit/s, with room to grow.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor runs 5G trials in Denmark with Nokia; Deutsche Telekom cozies up to SK Telecom; Orange joins ULE Alliance; Tele2 lands M2M gig with energy firm.
VMWare Essential PKS runs standard, unmodified Kubernetes, complementing VMware's existing Kubernetes on-premises platform and cloud service.
Swedish vendor forced to cough up after scrapping an IT product that VEON had been using.
Vivo's push on AI-powered customer management platform gains traction.
Already AI and cloud bedfellows, the Spanish telco and cloud giant are strengthening their relationship with a strategic partnership and joint developments around AI.
The German operator is keen to show the world at this year's MWC that Europe is not falling behind in the technology stakes.
Edge computing hopeful has plenty to talk about and show off at MWC19, but will it be enough?
The UK operator is overhauling parts of its network in preparation for the launch of 5G services.
After laying off half its staff, the company says it's on the comeback trail. Its AT&T Kubernetes deal is a proof point.
Israel-based Inango claims its cloud/client 'Virtual Services' platform can enable service providers to layer on and sell additional services via memory-starved, in-home devices.
Verizon has hinted at its interest in edge computing, but a comprehensive look at signals from around the company point to the potential for a broad and possibly lucrative deployment of the technology by the operator.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Nokia toot their MWC trumpets; Orange links up with NTT on AI research and more; Russia's MTS sells stake in online portals company.
AT&T's eight-figure deal to build its 5G network on Kubernetes tests the limits of the container management technology.
Alexander Harrowell, Senior Analyst at Ovum Enterprise Services, looks at the development of 5G enterprise services and the need for deeper relationships between the mobile sector and industrial verticals.
With its next-gen network plans, the ecommerce company threatens to have the same impact on Japan's telecom market that Reliance Jio had in India.
Vendor already has Tier 1 traction, a founder with track record of disruption, the backing of Bessemer and has Cisco, Juniper, Huawei and Nokia in its sights.
Local political opposition proved to be too much for Amazon.
Verizon and T-Mobile have hinted at plans to use 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum to add capacity to their services. But others, like Amazon, are hinting at broader plans to use the spectrum for IoT-style services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels busy on digital commerce, copyright laws; Nokia plans AI hubs; the app that tracks Saudi women.
Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.
Everything's looking great, says Cisco. Let's just not talk about the service provider business.
Red Hat's boss on how open source enables innovation and the cloud, disrupts IT, and might make the world better. Also: Will the IBM acquisition threaten Red Hat's unique culture?
The edge computing sector remains in flux: Players aren't interested in locating equipment at the base of every single cell tower anymore, and some (like Vapor IO) have delayed their data center buildout plans.
Sure, Kubernetes and OpenStack provide the platform for a continent-spanning network, but the open source process is a critical part of the equation.
Hiring John Honeycutt, ex-CTO of TV giant Discovery, as Google VP for telecom media and entertainment, reflects sea changes in telecoms.
The deal is a vindication for network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack and Mirantis, all of which have been taking reputation hits recently.
MSO said to be giving serious consideration to open source software stack amid discussions on how to establish a degree of coexistence between Prpl and RDK-B.
As the IoT market shifts further from proofs of concept to real deployments, Ovum's IoT expert Alexandra Rehak talks about the key IoT trends, such as new business models and data management, that she'll be discussing in Barcelona.
Dish has aims to build a national, stand-alone 5G network, but T-Mobile isn't buying it. But some analysts believe T-Mobile's attacks on Dish might tie to concerns over its ability to close its merger with Sprint.
Masergy is launching a managed WiFi service to help enterprises unify and secure WAN and LAN from a single console.
VMware is looking to AetherPal to help telcos and enterprises manage proliferating end-devices, including PCs, mobile and ruggedized equipment in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail and other locations.
Turkcell had bold plans to virtualize 40% of its network by 2019. How's it doing?
Honeycutt is a 15-year veteran at Discovery; his role at Google is VP Telecom, Media & Entertainment but the specifics are mysterious.
In quarterly earnings, Alphabet says Google Cloud is doing great, but it won't provide specifics. And revenue-wise, Google is still an ad company.
Although much of the wireless industry is focused on how 5G might be integrated into phones, some are looking beyond that opportunity to enterprise networks and autonomous cars.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Canadian fund considers KPN bid; Allot lands European Tier 1 deal; TalkTalk profit warning sends share price south.