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ZTE Wireline SVP says NFV, SDN will take off in 2015

Chinese kit vendor ZTE’s SVP of Wireline, Jane Chen has said she believes 2015 is the year when network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) will take off and become commercial reality.

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Vodafone UK to launch wifi calling and VoLTE this summer

Vodafone UK has announced it is set to launch wifi calling and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) this summer. According to the telco, wifi calling will be especially helpful for subscribers living in poor coverage areas or where getting an indoor signal is difficult.

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Tele2 to launch as MVNO over T-Mobile Austria

Tele2 has announced its Austrian subsidiary will re-enter the country’s mobile market as a business-to-business MVNO over T-Mobile’s network. The Swedish operator said the move will make Tele2 one of Austria’s most diversified telecoms providers with an offer covering broadband, TV, and fixed and mobile telephony.

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ZTE softens up with SDN, NFV and cloud demos at MWC 2015

Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization took centre stage for ZTE at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, with the vendor making multiple announcements at the show angled towards the emerging networking technologies.

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Huawei looks ahead at MWC 2015 with 5G, green and cloud announcements

Consumer electronics and wearable tech aside, Chinese giant Huawei whipped up a relative storm in the networking world at Mobile World Congress this week by unveiling an array of new mobile broadband and networking services in Barcelona. At the centre of Huawei’s new offerings were 5G and cloud services designed to help operators better manage the explosion of big data.

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Mavenir CEO says 2015 will see VoLTE, RCS take off in US

Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Pardeep Kohli, CEO of Mavenir, which is to be acquired by Mitel, said he believes both VoLTE and rich communications services (RCS) will take off in the US by the end of the year, claiming operators are keen to move on these quickly.

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KT gets busy with IoT, LTE-M and 5G

KT has been busy at Mobile World Congress this week with announcements and demonstrations illustrating the Korean telco’s intentions with making rapid progress in the realms of machine to machine communications and 5G.

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SK Telecom CTO says the operator wants to be the front runner in 5G

Naturally 5G has been one of the most talked about topics of this year’s Mobile World Congress with numerous around the matter been made even before the event from companies including Nokia and Ericsson. While many operators in Europe continue with their LTE roll-outs, South Korea’s SK Telecom has recently shown a lot of push towards the next generation. CTO Alex Jinsung Choi told Telecoms.com why the operator is already so keen on 5G.

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Google’s floating cellular network and MVNO expected

Google’s SVP of Products, Sundar Pichai, confirmed in his speech at MWC that the OTT giant is in advanced testing of its floating cellular network, consisting of inflatable balloons and lightweight solar-powered planes. Projects “Loon” and “Titan”, respectively, are in the early phases of testing, but Pichai believes the two projects will provide a portable “mesh of floating cell towers”. He also confirmed the long-anticipated rumour that Google is looking to launch an MVNO in the US.

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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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