NFV (Network functions virtualization)

Euronews: Telefónica, Unicom team on NFV

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Belgacom thinks it's been hacked again; NSN upgrades in Tanzania; new CEO for CWC.

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has joined forces with China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) to coordinate their efforts in the twin spheres of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). The pair have published a whitepaper outlining their "joint vision" and explaining how they are working together on a range of NFV/SDN use cases, including a scheme for CPE virtualization. (See Telefónica Preps NFV Trial and SDN & NFV to Shake Up Operator OSS Market, Heavy Reading Finds.)

  • Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) suspects that its BICS international wholesale unit has been the victim of another high-level hacking attempt, reports Reuters, just a couple of weeks after it first revealed evidence of what it believed was foreign state-sponsored spying on data being carried on its networks. This time around, it seems some router software has been interfered with. (See Euronews: Who Hacked Belgacom? and Euronews: Belgacom Spy Plot Thickens.)

  • Nokia Networks has upgraded Vodacom Tanzania Ltd. 's GSM and 3G HSPA network, deploying its Single RAN platform and NetAct network management system. More details are available in this press release.

  • Cable & Wireless Communications , which is shortly to up sticks from London and base itself in Miami, has named Phil Bentley, the former managing director of British Gas, as its new CEO, reports the Daily Telegraph. Let's hope he can steer CWC clear of the sort of PR calamity that is currently dogging his former employer.

  • Mobile operator EE has had its knuckles rapped by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority over a "misleading" coverage map it published, reports the BBC. A customer complained to the watchdog after he was promised excellent service which failed to materialized.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is close to winning a major small-cell contract with a French operator, according to a report in The Economic Times. No further details were available.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Sarah Thomas 10/18/2013 | 10:42:52 AM
    Small cell hubris Maybe that'll become the next battleground for small cell vendors -- competing over who is close to nearly winning deals with operators...
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