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MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

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Mitel agrees deal to acquire Mavenir, targets IP comms growth

Enterprise communications solutions provider Mitel has confirmed it plans to acquire communications network software vendor Mavenir, after entering a definitive merger agreement. The agreement will see Mitel acquire all outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $560 million.

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75% of operators looking to video for LTE revenue – exclusive report

Operators see video content streaming as one of the most lucrative LTE services, according to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual Industry Survey 2015. However, the report results also showed telcos still see OTT service providers as a significant competitive concern.

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Three UK reports flat 2014 sales growth

Three UK has published its 2014 annual results showing flat revenue growth of 1% to £2.05 billion, however EBITDA increased by 31% year-on-year, while net customer service revenue was up 6% compared to 2013.

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Huawei unveils technology strategy underpinned by 4.5G ahead of MWC 2015

Huawei has made a host of announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015, offering a peek at its LTE-connected smartband and unveiling plans for a commercialised 4.5G technology next year. These were unveiled as part of the firm’s digital transformation strategy dubbed ROADS (real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social) at an event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

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Lycamobile CEO hints at upcoming OTT communications app

Lycamobile, the international low-cost calling MVNO, said it will soon be releasing a communications app for its growing international customer base. Speaking to telecoms.com, CEO Chris Tooley hinted the app will be in the same vein as global OTT communications services like Whatsapp and Viber.

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Nokia announces 5G for IoT agenda ahead of MWC 2015

Nokia has announced it will be demonstrating ‘future’ 5G technologies for the IoT at Mobile World Congress 2015. The first expected commercial deployments of the yet-to-be-standardised technology may be five years from now but the Finnish kit maker was keen to emphasise its 5G and IoT agenda.

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Ofcom launches consultation on spectrum licence fee changes

Ofcom has launched a consultation to determine whether the recently agreed extended mobile coverage obligations should affect operators’ annual spectrum licence fees. Under the new rules, which shifted Ofcom’s historical focus from population to geographical coverage, operators are obliged to reach 90% of UK landmass each by the end of 2017.

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4G coverage to surpass third of global population this year – report

4G networks will cover over a third of the world’s population by the end of this year, according to data published by the GSMA. The industry association said it has calculated that 4G availability will rise from 27% of the global population last year to 35% by December 2015.

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Nokia unveils Radio Cloud architecture

Nokia has announced additional features to its telco cloud portfolio to create what the vendor said will be a known as radio cloud. The Finnish firm said it will help operators allocate processing capacity from almost anywhere in the network to where it is needed the most.

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Nokia, Coriant claim first mobile backhaul SON solution

Finnish kit vendor and optical networking specialist Coriant have announced what they claimed is the first ever solution brining self-organising network (SON) technology to mobile backhaul. Nokia claimed the solution’s proof of concept shows the same level of functionality but with 20% less transport infrastructure than in current networks.

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Ericsson demonstrates live LAA for Verizon, SK Telecom, T-Mobile US

Ericsson has conducted live License Assisted Access (LAA) tests at its labs in Canada and Sweden, claiming to have demonstrated to operators Verizon, SK Telecom and T-Mobile US a peak rate of 450 Mbps. The LTE technology, which is also known as LTE-U, gives users mobile access to unlicensed frequencies, often used by wifi, to enhance coverage.

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Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

The network functions virtualization (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken a step towards mass real-world roll-out, with the news that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualization technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support the development of IoT.

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ZTE claims MIMO trial strengthens its 5G leadership

Chinese networking vendor ZTE has conducted what it said is the world’s first pre-commercial field trial of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive input-multiple multiple-output (MIMO) base station. The firm claimed the test has strengthened its leadership in 5G.

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SK Telecom, Nokia in 5G cooperation deal

SK Telecom has announced it has entered into an agreement with Nokia to collaborate on developing 5G network technologies. The pact was sealed with a memorandum of understanding, a second such agreement between the Korean telco and the Finnish kit vendor.

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Ofcom launches consultation on bands above 6GHz for 5G

Ofcom has launched a consultation seeking industry input on spectrum bands above 6GHz that might be suitable for 5G. The UK regulator said that while it is not yet known what exactly 5G will be, it wants to build an understanding of future spectrum needs.

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Vodafone nabs Ericsson’s network head to replace outgoing CTO

Vodafone’s chief technology officer, Steve Pusey, has announced his intention to retire at the end of July this year. The telco has moved to appoint Ericsson’s executive vice president and the head of its networks business, Johan Wibergh, to replace Pusey in the role of CTO.

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Virgin, Qualcomm in joint satellite connectivity venture OneWeb

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has joined forces with mobile chip vendor Qualcomm to create what they claimed will be the largest ever satellite network. The joint venture, OneWeb, will build, launch and operate the satellite constellation aimed at providing internet access and telephony to some of the world’s currently unconnected parts.

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