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Developing and deploying the enterprise cloud

The Telecom Cloud Services Summit takes place in Berlin in early May. Telecoms.com caught up with speaker Jorge Caraphina, Engineer at PT Inovação, a research and development company under Portugal Telecom Group, to talk about the challenges of scaling, reliability and security while meeting the opportunities that cloud provides in the enterprise customer segment.

From ‘the cloud’ to ‘my cloud’

Ahead of the Telecom Cloud Services Summit in Berlin in early May, telecoms.com caught up with Eduardo Mendez Polo, global services and cloud computing manager at Spanish carrier Telefónica, to talk about cloud as a technology and a business.

The Late Terminal Effect

The technology might be new, but the problems are all too familiar. Danish incumbent TDC has its LTE network deployed in six cities in the country, but is currently restricted to a small scale friendly trial because of a lack of user equipment. It’s a frustrating situation for Bernd Reul, vice president of service platforms for TDC.

LTE on the Gulf course

Marwan Zawaydeh, chief technology and information officer for UAE carrier Etisalat, is looking to position his firm as the LTE pioneer of the Gulf region. Zawaydeh, who will be presenting a deployment case study at the forthcoming LTE World Summit, speaks to Pamela Weaver about Etisalat’s plans for the technology.

Reaping the dividend

Denis Gautheret, vice president for NGMN introduction at Deutsche Telekom’s domestic operation, talks to Mike Hibberd about the deployment of LTE in Germany, where carriers are required to provide coverage to rural areas before they’re allowed to roll out in the more lucrative cities. The strength of the ecosystem is all-important, he says, and much progress has been made since the first days of UMTS ten years ago.

New World Operator

It’s not every day that you come across a new carrier staffed by senior executives who are promising to “reset the industry”. But this is the bold claim made for US newcomer Lightsquared by the firm’s executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite systems, Martin Harriman. Lightsquared aims to redefine the operator business model altogether, as Harriman will be explaining during his presentation at this year’s LTE World Summit in May.

Heinrich Stuttgen, NEC

Dr Heinrich Stuttgen, Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, talks to telecoms.com about the industry’s appetite for cloud technology and the business models that go with it.

The fountain of youth – Aircel and Blyk

Indian carrier Aircel teamed with youth media firm Blyk to launch a content and advertising service in November 2010. It represented the first deployment for Blyk outside of Europe, the firm having switched its model from ad-funded virtual operator to carrier partner after its MVNO play failed to gain the necessary traction. Blyk co-founder Antti Öhrling and Aircel COO Gurdeep Singh spoke to Mike Hibberd about the drivers behind this latest partnership, and the firms’ plans for the future

Håkan Eriksson – Part 1

In the first of three instalments, Ericsson CTO Håkan Eriksson talks to Telecoms.com about the firm’s strategic priorities and the state of the industry. Covering the ‘HetNet’, the evolving role of the operator and Ericsson’s favoured theme of the Internet of Things, the interview was filmed in the Ericsson Hall at Mobile World Congress 2011.

Cloud formations

Jose Luis Gamo, global cloud services director at Telefónica, talks to James Middleton about the firm’s activities in the space.

Ken Denman, Openwave

Ken Denman, Chief Executive Officer of global software firm Openwave Systems talks about the better management of bandwidth and how operators can better monetise the network information they have available. The company also announced a partnership with Juniper Networks, which will see Openwave technology integrated into Juniper hardware.

Renaud Duverne, Agilent

Renaud Duverne, head of marketing for the signal analysers & sources unit at Agilent, talks about LTE Advanced and the obstacles operators face in deploying next generation wireless. Due to the complexity of LTE as a technology, testing times have increased but Duverne highlights developments that have made testing more affordable.

Erik Norup, President, Napatech

Erik Norup, President of Napatech, talks about the monitoring and security of network data, using adapters able to capture data at 20Gbps. Norup describes how data capture and analysis can enable operators to build their networks out in an intelligent manner.

Fernando Núñez-Mendoza, fonYou

Fernando Núñez-Mendoza, CEO and co-founder of fonYou Telecom, talks to telecoms.com about the rise of over the top services (OTT) and how operators can get a share of those revenues. The company’s first customer is CellC in South Africa, and Núñez-Mendoza discusses this early deployment.

Steve French, Newbay

Steve French, VP global marketing at cloud services firm Newbay talks about the deployment of cloud services to end users, and identifies how operators can deliver a lifetime of digital content to their customers.

Craig Miller, VP Business Development, Sequans

Craig Miller, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Sequans talks about the uptake and demand for 4G technologies including growing support for TD-LTE. According to Miller, migration, dual mode and handover technologies are all at the forefront of the operators’ minds.

Piotr Piatosa, Vice President, Comarch

Piotr Piatosa, vice president of BSS and OSS specialist Comarch, talks to telecoms.com about the problems operators face in the BSS space and how optimisation and self service can help add customer value.

David Nowicki, Alcatel-Lucent Ventures

David Nowicki, General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, talks about a technology called mobile smartloading the unit is currently incubating.

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