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Sprint taps Pogoplug for cloud storage and backup

US telco Sprint announced a partnership this week with cloud storage service provider Pogoplug that will see Sprint offer its customers free cloud storage as part of their mobile services package.

Serge Manning

Open Network Foundation taps Huawei exec to lead wireless group

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit dedicated to opening up Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Serge Manning, senior manager for corporate standards at Huawei, as chairman of the ONF Wireless and Mobile Working Group.

Sky is taking control of assets in Italy and Germany

Verizon powers cloud TV offering with Intel Media purchase

Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.

Orange has invested in G-cluster

Orange gets its cloud game on with G-cluster investment

Orange on Thursday acquired a minority stake in Japanese cloud-based gaming specialist G-cluster for an undisclosed sum. The service provider said that cloud gaming represents an important opportunity and will expand upon an existing agreement whereby G-Cluster provides software services to Orange.

Sony is getting into cloud gaming

Sony to tackle cloud-based gaming

Electronics giant Sony this week revealed its plans for cloud gaming company Gaikai, which it acquired in 2012. The technology has been used to build PlayStation Now – a game streaming service that will launch in the US in the summer.

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

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BT, Cisco partner on cloud-based voice and collaboration

UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.

Aaron Levie, founder and chief executive officer of Box

EE and Box ink deal to bring cloud collaboration to small businesses

Cloud-based storage and collaboration provider Box announced a new collaboration with Everything Everywhere (EE) on Wednesday that will see the telco offer Box to its small business customers. Box said the move is part of a broader push into the UK cloud market.

Cloud-to-cloud connectivity can be super fast

Telecity builds vendor neutral cloud services hub

European builder of carrier-neutral datacentres, TelecityGroup, on Monday unveiled a “cloud neutral” hub platform designed to enable users to execute private, hybrid and public cloud deployments through direct connections with cloud and IT service providers.

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Deutsche Telekom becoming a “software defined operator”

Operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”, the firm’s VP for aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Axel Clauberg told Broadband World Forum delegates.

The datacentre currently occupies four floors with 500 square metres of useable whitespace and 160 racks per floor making it the largest data centre in East Africa, the company said.

MTN buys datacentre for Ivory Coast

Pre-fabricated datacentre specialist Flexenclosure said Friday it has received an order from African carrier MTN Côte d’Ivoire to deliver a 336 square meter customised datacentre in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

NFV and SDN will be hot topics at MWC this year.

IBM to acquire The Now Factory in big data telecoms play

IBM on Tuesday announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire The Now Factory, a Dublin-based company providing analytics software that helps communications service providers optimise their networks.

Ericsson’s chief technology officer Ulf Ewaldsson

Ericsson CTO says mobile industry need to invest more in cloud

In order to stay ahead of the curve and enjoy new revenue streams from cloud services the mobile industry will need to invest substantially more than it does today, according to Ericsson’s chief technology officer Ulf Ewaldsson.

The datacentre currently occupies four floors with 500 square metres of useable whitespace and 160 racks per floor making it the largest data centre in East Africa, the company said.

East Africa opens monster datacentre

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

SDN could save operators over $4bn

SDN could cut ‘backhaul shortfall’ in half, save ops $5bn

Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Turkcell is using Big Data to track network problems

Turkcell using Big Data to track faults

Turkcell has rolled out a Big Data application to help it recover from network failures by correlating information from different sources in real time to identify the root cause of failure.

Huawei is working on cloud tech with Unicom

Cloud growth strong but driven by few ‘titan’ firms

Cloud market revenue is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36 per cent, putting the global market just shy of $20bn at the end of 2016, according to research released Tuesday. And size clearly matters with less than a quarter of players generating the lion’s share of the available revenues.

Big Data will be used to merge business insights

Big Data to help increase loyalty, improve CEX in short term

The main long term driver for Big Data adoption will be the generation of new business models, while the short term drivers will be more focused on solving internal challenges such as improving data warehousing, increasing loyalty and customer experience management.

The Navajo Nation will be connected to the internet for the first time

Navajo Nation gets internet, cloud storage

The largest Native American community in the US, the Navajo Nation, this week flipped the switch on an $8m datacentre installation that has been under development since 2009.

Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base

Telefonica strikes OTT partnership with Evernote

In an example of how operators are leveraging OTT partnerships, Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base.

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