Google, Microsoft see strong growth in 1Q13

Web giant Google racked up a 31 per cent increase in consolidated revenues on a year on year basis for the first quarter of 2013, hitting almost $14bn. Net for the period climbed to $3.35bn, compared to $2.89bn in the first quarter of 2012. Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) for the first quarter totalled $2.96bn, or 25 per cent of advertising revenues.

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Intel outlines SDN ambitions

Chipmaker Intel has launched three “strategic reference architectures” that the firm claims will enable IT and telecom firms to accelerate hardware and software development for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

The two companies are focusing on SMEs

Rackspace unveils white label telco cloud offer

Internet hosting firm Rackspace is positioning itself as a supplier of cloud services to telcos and enterprises alike, as it seeks to integrate its own public cloud with service providers worldwide.

The contents of smartphones are increasingly stored in the cloud

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN

Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

KDDI is investing $270m

NEC builds cloud presence in China

Japanese equipment vendor NEC this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Chongqing City, one of China’s four national central cities, with a view to forming a strategic partnership in the smart city and cloud service areas.

SK Telecom is the latest operator to offer the Joyn service

Most operators to opt for cloud-based RCS

Despite the operator support behind Rich Communications Services (RCS), it will only be the very biggest international players that deploy the technology in their own networks. The rest will look to cloud-based offerings to fulfil their needs, according to business systems firms SAP Mobile Services.

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Open source cloud tools show signs of maturity

Open source cloud computing software CloudStack, which is developed by all-volunteer association the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), has this week graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a top level project. The move signifies the maturity of CloudStack as an open source tool for creating, managing, and deploying infrastructure cloud services.

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Opcos looking to enterprise for cloud revenue

Large enterprise customers remain the focus for mobile operators worldwide when it comes to deploying cloud services, the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey has revealed. Just over 10 per cent of respondents believe that more than 50 per cent of cloud revenue will come from the enterprise segment over the next 24 months. On average, respondents believe that around 33 per cent of cloud revenue will come from this segment.

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A defining moment for SDN

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the latest acronym to save the day, promising more flexible, scalable and intelligent networks. But what does SDN actually mean?

Enterprises ripe for Network as a Service

Four out of five European enterprises describe themselves as very or somewhat interested in adopting Network-as-a-Service (NaaS), reflecting rapidly increasing or spiking bandwidth requirements faced today as well as the need for a more cost-effective connectivity model. The findings were published this week in a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of network specialist Ciena.

The shackles are off as BT removes traffic caps from its packages

BT unshackles broadband packages and adds cloud services

UK incumbent telco BT has announced that, bar its entry-level deals, broadband packages will no longer have any usage limits or traffic management applied. The move applies upwards from its £16 a month upto 16Mbps copper-based ADSL package, and to its 38Mbps and 76Mbps FTTC offerings.

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Cloud expectations sky-high for operators

Cloud services will be one of the key revenue generators for operators over the next 24 months, according to data from the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2013, with over 80 per cent of respondents expecting operators to own their own cloud infrastructure within the next two years. Over 90 per cent expect operators to be selling cloud services within the same time frame.

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Rural Brazil: Healthcare to go

Twenty years ago the Brazilian Government decreed that health services should be available to all of the country’s inhabitants. In Southern Brazil, the wealthier, more developed and heavily populated part of the country, this pledge was comparatively easy to address. In the dense rainforest of the Amazon its fulfilment is altogether more difficult.

KDDI is investing $270m

Telco Big Data and real-time analytics – the penguins start jumping into the sea

The Telco Big Data & Real Time Analytics Summit held in London last week spanned a surprisingly wide range of data management, BI and analytics-related topics and delivered useful insights from operators, vendors and other industry players. However, it was the operator presentations that stood out, as much because we’re now getting to a stage where operators are beginning to dip their toes in the water with projects or launches that include elements of Big Data or real-time analytics.

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Orange Digital moves to Amazon cloud

Citing its previous infrastructure as being expensive to run and time consuming to maintain Orange Digital, which manages the online portals for EE, has moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm claims that by moving to Amazon’s cloud, it is better able to support spikes in traffic and capacity and reduce costs by £2m over a three-year period.

Ericsson is investing in cloud

Cloud service providers need to think small

The African enterprise space may be in the nascent stages of development, but it’s time has certainly come. A new stream, Enterprise ICT Africa, made its appearance at AfricaCom this year, putting a strong focus on the opportunities for cloud services in the region.

Orange and Accenture have teamed up to help enterprises move their infrastructure to the cloud

Telefonica makes cloud more accessible

Ever the innovator, Telefónica Digital is bolstering its global public cloud service with a toolkit that offers users greater control and provisioning of virtual servers.

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