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China Telecom deploys SDN in datacentre

China Telecom has deployed what it claims is the world’s first wholesale software defined network

The solution, deployed by Huawei, comprises components including the smart network controller (SNC), which is powered by a carrier-grade SDN control algorithm, and the NetMatrix orchestrator, which optimises traffic for datacentre nodes.

Colt joins Metro2C alliance adding 22 country-wide network to the group

Colt has joined the Metro2C alliance, a group of connectivity providers, internet interchanges and datacentre operators sharing resources to improve cross-border networks

IT and telecommunication services company Colt said Wednesday that it has joined the Metro2C alliance, a collaboration between some of Europe’s largest connectivity providers, datacentre operators and internet exchanges.

ItsOn raises $12.5m to grow cloud-based platform for telcos

Zact is the customer-facing component pf ItsOn's backend mobile operator BSS / OSS solution

Cloud-based mobile services provider ItsOn announced Wednesday that it has secured $12.5m in a series C funding round. The company said the funds will be used to accelerate its go-to-market strategy and grow its mobile operator revenues.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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One of the most vigorous operators within the NFV ISG is Spanish incumbent Telefónica and, true to the message of accelerated change that the paper sought to communicate, it has not been sitting idly by. The firm marked the opening of MWC 2014 by setting out aggressive plans for the virtualization of its network functions, including detailed timelines relating to different network elements. The project has been dubbed ‘Unica’ and has as its headline aim the virtualization of 30 per cent of all new infrastructure by 2016.

Yahoo Japan to acquire operator eAccess

Yahoo Japan has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn (US$3.17bn).

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

Cloud Team Alliance extends EU footprint with PT, KPN

The addition of Portugal Telecom and KPN will see that Alliance extended to Portugal and the Netherlands.

The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.

Cisco to operate global cloud platform within Telstra datacentre

Telstra announced that it is deploying Cisco's cloud infrastructure within a local Australian datacentre, the first of Cisco's partners to do so

The move could be the start of a trend that sees Cisco become an operator within an operator, moving out of its core role of providing routers, servers and switches, to both selling and handling the management of the infrastructure – something more akin to how companies like Ericsson operate in the telco space.

Verizon appoints Siki Giunta as global cloud head

Siki Giunta, head of global cloud business, Verizon Communications

US telco Verizon announced Friday that the company has appointed former CSC cloud head Siki Giunta to lead Verizon’s global cloud business. The appointment arrives just months after the company completely re-architected its cloud platform, and eyes consolidating multiple PaaSs on its platform.

AT&T reveals strategic rethink; cloud to feature big

T-Systems said standardising all of its cloud services on one cloud platform will improve security, flexibility and automation

US carrier AT&T jumped well and truly onto the Cloud bandwagon this week, announcing a future network vision dubbed the “user defined network cloud”. Despite the clunky name, the initiative is designed to transform AT&T from a slow-moving behemoth into a technology innovator, according to analysts.

Telefónica unveils comprehensive virtualization plans

Enrique Blanco, global CTO, Telefónica

Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.

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