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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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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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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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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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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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Telstra wraps up Pacnet acquisition

The Telstra/Pacnet acquisition story which broke towards the end of last year has now come to fruition, with the Australian telco today announcing the completed acquisition of the Cloud, managed services and data centre provider. As reported by Telecoms.com in December, the valuation of the deal came in at $697 million.

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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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Alcatel’s Bell Labs launches industry consulting division

Bell Labs, the indusrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has launched what it said is a discrete consultancy providing services and techo-economic modelling tools designed to help the IT and communications networking industries.

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Orange confirms Cloudwatt acquisition

Orange confirmed this week the company has finalised an agreement to acquire all remaining shares of Cloudwatt, the cloud services provider it set up with the French government.

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NXP says industry needs to ensure IoT is both simple and secure

Jeff Fonseca, the Regional Sales Director, Americas at chip vendor NXP has told Telecoms.com the entire telecoms industry needs to focus on ensuring the IoT delivers real value to consumers. Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Fonseca said that while IoT has become an industry buzzword, the security and user simplicity of connected devices should be of paramount importance.

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Huawei signs cloud/IoT partnerships with Deutsche Telekom, SAP

Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Huawei have announced an IT and cloud partnership at the computer expo CeBIT 2015. The two firms said the deal will see Huawei provide its hardware and solutions expertise to combine with DT’s systems integrator arm T-Systems’ cloud experience.

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Industry cool on new NFV group, intentions unclear

Telco Systems, a traditional carrier Ethernet vendor, has announced the formation of the Open Edge Alliance (OEA), a vendor programme specifically targeting the deployment of network functions virtualization and software defined networking at the network edge. The partnership programme has initially received a pretty cool reaction from various members of the NFV community, sources have indicated.

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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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