Europe curtails frivolous patent wrangling

The European Union’s Court of Justice has set limits and procedures on how competitors in any given market are able to challenge each other on patent infringement grounds.

Cisco bolsters telecoms strategy with $139m MaintenanceNet buy

Cisco is looking to buy data analytics and business process automation specialist MaintenanceNet for $139m, the company announced this week. The networking giant said the move will help its partners capture more revenue from contract renewals, and may help strengthen its telecoms strategy, writes Business Cloud News.

Redknee acquires Orga to boost billing offering

Canadian BSS company Redknee Solutions has announced it will be acquiring German converged billing specialist Orga Systems for €38 million to enhance its real-time monetization and subscriber management platform.

Support for G.fast broadband gathers momentum

Industry support for the broadband access standard G.fast has gathered further momentum as Alcatel-Lucent and industry association the Broadband Forum announce strides in the adoption of the technology being made.

Mycom OSI demonstrates solution that marries NFV and QoS

Network quality assurance outfit Mycom OSI has demonstrated a new solution that applies its quality of service (QoS) expertise to NFV implementations, claiming to automatically direct NFC orchestrations based on service assurance factors.

Alcatel-Lucent launches major new SDN platform

French networking company Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled its Network Services Platform (NSP), a unified, SDN-based carrier solution designed to unify service automation and network optimization.

Open IoT platform launched by Samsung

Samsung has announced the launch of a platform for the Internet of Things, “ARTIK”, which it claims is completely open and serves the entire software and hardware requirements of IoT.

Ciena in $400m Cyan acquisition to grow virtualization portfolio

Optical network infrastructure specialist Ciena has announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Cyan Inc, a rival optical provider and software platform specialist. The terms of the agreement see an approximate $400 million value slapped on Cyan.

Amdocs acquires Comverse BSS business for $272m

Amdocs has announced the acquisition of Comverse’s BSS business units for $272 million in cash. Amdocs is positioning the deal as a consolidation and customer acquisition play, while Comverse says it wants to focus on digital services.

Verizon announces SDN overhaul plans

Verizon has confirmed publicly its plans to develop and implement a software defined networking infrastructure, working alongside Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia Networks, among others.

Huawei and HKT claim 440Mbps LTE-A live test

HKT, the mobile subsidiary of telco PCCW, has announced the successful live testing of LTE-A carrier aggregation (CA) alongside Huawei. The telco claims to have achieved peak download rate speeds of 440Mbps.

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