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MTN kickstarts IoT in Africa with ZTE

African operator MTN has announced the launch of an IoT platform alongside Chinese kit vendor ZTE. The platform is already live in South Africa, with plans to extend it through the continent under way.

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OpenDaylight SDN platform announces third release

The OpenDaylight project has released the third version of its open source software-defined networking (SDN) platform, Lithium, as the organisation launches an advisory tasked with feeding technical insights learned through deployment back into the developer community, reports Business Cloud News.

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4x cellular IoT connection growth forecasted by 2019

IT analyst firm 451 Research has forecasted the growth of cellular network-based connections for IoT-devices as anticipation surrounding the tech continues to grow. It also reckons wearable tech as a major enterprise tool will become reality in the next 12 months.

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Ericsson opens lab to help operators with NFV and SDN

Ericsson has opened a lab in Italy which will coordinate research among telecoms operators on deploying software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) in their datacentres, writes Business Cloud News.

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Huawei launches SDN-based IoT platform

Chinese networking giant Huawei has unveiled its ‘Agile Internet of Things Solution’, which it says is based on software defined networking, at its Network Congress show in Shanghai.

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SAP launches IoT cloud platform

SAP this week pulled the curtain back on a version of its HANA cloud platform tailored specifically to Internet of Things applications, reports Business Cloud News.

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HP launches pre-integrated NFV platform

US computing giant HP has launched HP NFV System, which is a pre-integrated platform designed to speed up the NFV deployment process for CSPs.

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Telefónica mulls challenges of cloud migration

Telefónica is working to roll out a wide range of internally and customer-focused cloud services on both its own UNICA and OpenStack platforms, but the company’s global cloud director Juan Manuel Moreno said the challenges of shifting such a large company aren’t purely technical, reports Business Cloud News.

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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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Cisco enhances NFV offering with Embrane acquisition

Networking giant Cisco announced its intent to acquire network function virtualisation (NFV) and Cisco tech specialist Embrane for an undisclosed sum this week, a move intended to bolster the company’s networking automation capabilities, reports Business Cloud News.

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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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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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