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Telefónica unveils standalone IoT smart buttons

The R&D division of Spanish telco Telefónica – I+D – has launched a new line of ‘smart buttons’ that enable IoT functionality without the need for an accompanying connected device.

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CTOs call for improved industry cooperation over 5G

A CTO Executive Forum at the 2015 International Conference on Communications (ICC) urged the whole telco industry to get better at working together to ensure the 5G standard effectively tackles the many technical challenges it will face.

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Telefónica expands OTT and IoT activity

Spanish telco Telefónica has highlighted further initiatives in its diversification drive, partnering with Mozilla on OTT communication and Samsung on IoT.

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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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Far East leads on VoLTE rollouts

Statistics unveiled by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) have given an update on LTE network rollout globally, as well as some insight into LTE-A and voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments. Unsurprisingly perhaps, operators in the Far East are the dominant success stories for early VoLTE development and live deployments.

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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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Telefónica looks to self-service CEM

Spanish telco Telefónica has turned to self-service based CEM tools for residential European and Latin American customers, in order to ease pressure on OSS being caused by increased data consumption over broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture announced a four year strategic partnership in order to facilitate the transformation of Telefónica’s CEM processes.

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Hutchison and Telefónica confirm O2 acquisition

Consolidation is the new black in the UK mobile market, as Telefónica has confirmed the sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three. The deal, valued at £10.25 billion, is expected to be completed by mid-2016, and will see the formation of the UK’s largest mobile operator.

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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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Telefónica profits take heavy hit from Venezuela currency chaos

Spanish operator giant Telefónica has reported its earnings for 2014 and insisted things are headed in the right direction in spite of an annual drop in net profit of 35%. The blame for this fall was almost entirely placed at the feet of its Venezuelan operations, which recently had to endure a 69% devaluation of the local currency.

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