VNFs (Virtual Network Functions)

Eurobites: Nokia Looks to Tame VNFs With CloudBand 'Templating'

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK cybersecurity company set to float; traffic management in Germany; net neutrality naughtiness in Hungary.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has introduced a "templating system" for its CloudBand Application Manager, the former Alcatel-Lucent product which the vendor says automates the lifecycle management of virtual network functions. The open templating system is intended to allow service providers to integrate more VNFs more quickly while reducing the cost and time required to manage VNFs in the cloud. (See Nokia Counts on CloudBand Boost and CEO Chat With Nokia's Ron Haberman.)

  • UK cybersecurity company ECSC is to float on London's junior market, according to a Daily Telegraph report. The company hopes to raise around £5 million (US$6.3 million) from the IPO, which will give it a market capitalization of £15 million ($19 million). Cybersecurity is a massive issue for Europe's telcos, with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s routers becoming the latest victims of major hackery. (See Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Repels Malware Attack on Customers' Routers and Eurobites: 3 UK Suffers Major Data Breach.)

  • Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Motionlogic has teamed up with software specialist PTV Group to tackle urban traffic planning in a pilot in Karsruhe, Germany, which saw "swarm data" from Deutsche Telekom's mobile network being used to optimize traffic flows. The data provided hard fact on commuters' movements, rather than relying on commuters' responses to traffic surveys. Motionlogic has its origins in Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Deutsche Telekom's R&D arm.

  • Hungary's Magyar Telekom plc has fallen foul of net neutrality rules, Broadband TV News reports. The operator has been ordered by the country's regulator to ensure an interference-free Internet service and ditch its current traffic management measures.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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