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China Mobile, KDDI and Google among $300m Pacific cable consortium

A consortium of six companies has agreed to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system linking Japan with the US. It has an initial design capacity of 60Tb per second and is consequently called ‘FASTER’, despite not apparently being an acronym.

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Docomo to begin 5G trials in Japan

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.

Telefónica unveils comprehensive virtualization plans

Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.

NEC claims first with virtual MVNO platform

Japanese vendor NEC this week made available what it claims is the world’s first virtualised Mobile Virtual Network Operator platform (vMVNO), running in a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environment.

HTC warns of quarterly loss

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13. It said in a statement that operating margin for the forthcoming quarter is expected to be in the range of zero per cent to negative eight per cent.

NEC pulls out of smartphone business

Japanese vendor NEC is ending its development, manufacture and sale of smartphones. However, it will continue providing maintenance and support services for its existing smartphones and continue developing and producing feature phones and tablet devices.

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN

Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

NEC builds cloud presence in China

Japanese equipment vendor NEC this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Chongqing City, one of China’s four national central cities, with a view to forming a strategic partnership in the smart city and cloud service areas.

Kapsch acquires NEC’s railway business

System integrator and railway telecoms solutions provider Kapsch CarrierCom has acquired the railway business of NEC Portugal. Under the terms of the deal, Kapsch has also taken over all of NEC’s railway contracts.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

NEC to cut 10,000 jobs

Japanese manufacturer NEC has announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs and is expecting to record a loss of 100bn yen ($1.3bn) for 2011. Some 3,000 positions will be lost outside its home country.

Telefónica and NEC launch cloud services in Argentina

Japanese vendor NEC has announced that Spanish incumbent operator Telefónica has launched cloud services in the Argentinian market using the NEC cloud platform. The two companies announced a strategic partnership in February this year to promote cloud computing in Latin America.

KDDI taps Motorola, NEC for LTE rollout

Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.

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