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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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T-Mobile Austria virtualizes BSS, targets new data tariffs

T-Mobile Austria has announced that it will be implementing a virtualized charging system solution as part of a wider virtualized BSS strategy. The solution, provided by BSS specialist Openet, will be responsible for creating personalised offers to T-Mobile Austria’s pay-as-you-go, contract, consumer and enterprise subscribers.

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Ericsson, Eindhoven University drive connected car capabilities

Swedish infrastructure giant Ericsson has announced a new partnership with Eindhoven University of Technology, which is focussed on advancing the intelligent capabilities of automotive vehicles, starting with a solar-powered connected car.

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Boards approve €15.6bn Nokia deal for Alcatel-Lucent

Upheaval is in the air in the network infrastructure industry as the rumoured acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, acknowledged yesterday by the former, was officially announced by the latter this morning. The transaction places a value of around €15.6 billion on Alcatel-Lucent, which Nokia will acquire in full.

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Fujitsu and Microsoft collaborate on industrial IoT

Fujitsu and Microsoft have announced a collaborative effort to bring operational excellence and standardisation to the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), according to a statement released by the Japanese tech vendor.

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Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia merge could form infrastructure powerhouse – Ovum

Speculation has intensified this week over a potential move by Nokia to acquire rival network kit maker Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in what could be a serious shake up of the telecoms infrastructure market. This morning, ALU released a statement confirming that the two parties are currently in talks.

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Ericsson and Orange Poland partner on OSS transformation

Ericsson has announced that it will be partnering with Orange Polska, the French telco’s Polish subsidiary, to help deliver an upgrade of its operation support systems (OSS) over the next six years. The agreement between the two parties will see Ericsson help to drive the transformation and optimization of processes and information systems for the telco.

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Nokia downsizing set to continue with rumoured sale of HERE

Nokia Oyj is apparently looking into flogging one of its three remaining business arms, as its focus on the continued growth of its networking arm increases further, according to reports from Bloomberg. The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, reckons the mapping arm of Nokia, HERE, is being touted to various global parties.

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Ericsson, Telefónica demonstrate LTE smart meter optimisation

Ericsson has teamed up with Telefónica Germany and E.ON Research Center at RWTH Aachen University to demonstrate the use of LTE networks in smart meters for the energy sector. The Swedish infrastructure firm said plans for smart meter roll-outs and LTE deployments are presenting new opportunities for utility companies to take advantage of.

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InfoVista acquires Ipanema in enterprise network assurance move

Network optimization and service assurance outfit InfoVista has snapped up French WAN optimization company Ipanema to strengthen its enterprise offering. Ipanema’s portfolio is designed to guarantee application performance across enterprise networks.

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Infinera bids to acquire Transmode in optical power play

Optical networking vendor Infinera has announced its recommended public offering to acquire all shares of Transmode AB. Transmode, a Swedish firm, specialise in metro packet optical infrastructure, which Infinera is targeting in order to flesh out its holistic optical networking portfolio of products.

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Nokia claims 10Gbps demo realistically shows future 5G capabilities

Finnish kit maker Nokia and US-based industrial test equipment vendor National Instruments (NI) demonstrated what they described as a 5G speed of 10Gbps peak rate over the air at the 73GHz band (millimetre-wave). Nokia claimed the real-life like conditions of the demo set it apart from other similar ones recently by other players.

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