Category: Cloud


Ericsson boosts M2M play with Telenor platform acquisition

Swedish infrastructure and services player Ericsson has struck a deal with machine to machine MVNO Telenor Connexion, which is owned by Norwegian incumbent and international operator Telenor, that will see the vendor acquire Connexion’s M2M service management platform.

Telcordia opens OSS platform up to the cloud

Operational Support Systems (OSS) are one of the most complicated and critical functions an operator will deploy, having as it does, a major effect on the company’s agility. On Thursday software vendor Telcordia unveiled an offering which gives integrator partners cloud-based access to its OSS portfolio.

Amazon takes music to the cloud

Web giant Amazon upped the ante in the cloud services space on Tuesday with the launch of a cloud-based music platform for Android mobile devices as well as desktops and laptops.

Telefonica joins with Microsoft to woo developers

European carrier Telefónica joined forces with Microsoft on Monday, in a bid to make developers feel more love from the carrier camp. José Valles, head of Telefónica’s BlueVia developer programme, openly admitted that operators had not had the best relationship with developers in the past before proclaiming that all that is about to change.

Interoute pushes video calling into the cloud

European backbone network operator Interoute has acquired its own video conferencing operation in the form of Scandinavia’s Visual Conference Group (VCG). The bolt on adds fully managed video conferencing and telepresence services to Interoute’s portfolio.

Heinrich Stuttgen, NEC

Dr Heinrich Stuttgen, Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, talks to telecoms.com about the industry’s appetite for cloud technology and the business models that go with it.

MWC debrief: M2M

Informa analyst Jamie Moss discusses the latest developments in the M2M space – a clear focus point among the operators this year.

T-Mobile kills Danger

T-Mobile USA has said it will launch a new 4G Sidekick device that runs on Android “soon.” The move marks the end of the road for Danger, Microsoft’s client-server platform that features on the device; having continued to support the service following its withdrawal of the handset last year, T-Mobile announced yesterday that it would be switching off its Danger servers by the end of May 2011.

Telefónica Spain debuts cloud services from fonYou

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has launched a cloud-based telephony offering, giving users access to a second number and a range of services, including visual voicemail, call registers and advanced call screening. Spanish cloud player fonYou supplied the Online Mobile Telephony platform on which the services are based.

Cloud formations

Jose Luis Gamo, global cloud services director at Telefónica, talks to James Middleton about the firm’s activities in the space.

Steve French, Newbay

Steve French, VP global marketing at cloud services firm Newbay talks about the deployment of cloud services to end users, and identifies how operators can deliver a lifetime of digital content to their customers.

Motorola, HTC in the hunt to be Android’s answer to iTunes

At a time when speculation that both Google and Apple are preparing to launch cloud-based music services is rife, Motorola Mobility Ventures has announced the investment of an unspecified sum into Catch Media, a cloud-based content delivery service that last year, was rumoured to be part of Google’s plans to take on Apple in the online music space.

WAC closer to commercialisation

On its first anniversary, the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), the alliance designed to build an open platform for delivering applications to all mobile phone users, finally announced its commercial launch. But is the operator-led app store initiative too late to the party?

Ericsson gets on cloud with Akamai

As Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on Monday morning, Ericsson chief Hans Vestberg identified one of the event’s hottest topics – the cloud – announcing a new focus on the technology as the last part of the “connected society”.

A cloudy outlook

Having weathered the economic storm of the last two years, network operators are finally moving into calmer waters, where they are searching eagerly for new revenue opportunities. Leaner and meaner than before, those casting an eye to the horizon will see the cloud coming in.

ALU announces “the end of the base station”

Alcatel Lucent has launched a new range of network technology products that it claims will revolutionise mobile networks, dispensing with the need for traditional base stations and masts.

Diffusion: A New Model on the Cloud Catwalk

Prada did it with Miu Miu; Dolce & Gabbana with D&G. Now Verizon’s $1.4 billion purchase of Terremark applies a business model from the catwalk to cloud computing: The launch of a ‘diffusion’ line.

Blue sky opportunities

Manuel Gallo heads up business development for cloud computing at Japan-based vendor NEC. With Spanish carrier Telefónica onboard as the company’s first big operator client, Gallo runs a cloud computing competence centre out of Madrid, which develops platforms for EMEA and Latin America. Here he speaks to telecoms.com about opportunities that have emerged from the cloud.

Verizon acquires Cloud firm Terremark for $1.4bn

US operator Verizon has announced that it is to acquire cloud services firm Terremark for a total of $1.4bn. The deal reflects a growing enthusiasm among telcos for cloud offerings, and Verizon claimed its purchase would “decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market.”

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