Etisalat and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) are just two of a number of major Middle East operators in talks with Huawei regarding managed services contracts that would see them outsource the running of their fixed line networks to the Chinese vendor, reports Reuters.
Telefonica I+D, the research and development arm of the Spanish carrier giant, has been checking out the potential of multi-layer packet-optical OA&M capabilities with ADVA and Juniper and found the extended automation, faster provisioning times, and reduced operating and capital costs to its liking. (See Telefonica Trials Automated Multi-Layer Network .)
A consortium of seven operators, including KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), Telefonica Digital and VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), have forged an alliance that aims to reduce the complexity and cost of managing international M2M (machine-to-machine) services. At the heart of the alliance's technology efforts is the Jasper Wireless Inc. Control Center. (See M2M's Magnificent Seven.)