SDN could reduce carrier opex by up to $9bn globally by 2017

While the technological benefits of using software defined networking (SDN) to help operators dynamically provision network applications and services have been well publicised, the economic benefits that the technology could bring are now being articulated.

Tellabs bought by Marlin Equity Partners for $891m

Mobile backhaul and optical networking specialist Tellabs has announced that it is to be bought by private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for $891m, or $2.45/share. Tellabs said that it had accepted the offer from Marlin, which in December last year bought NSN’s optical business, after contacting more than 30 potential buyers.

SDN could cut ‘backhaul shortfall’ in half, save ops $5bn

Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Smart networks and smart services can more than double cash return for carriers

Mobile operators can more than double their returns on their cash investments by putting into place smarter networks and subsequently offering smarter services, according to a new report. By building smarter networks and delivering smart services, mobile operators can capitalise on that value and more than double cash returns to 13.3 per cent.

Celeste taps Tellabs for French fibre rollout

Tellabs, the network supplier, has announced that French ISP Celeste has appointed it to deploy an optical fibre transport network. The network expansion by Celeste is in response to demand from its business customers for greater bandwidth. As a result Celeste said it will be extending its fibre optic network to all major cities in France, stretching over 4,000Km in total, taking in Lille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon and Strasbourg.

Russian carriers shift to all IP backhaul

Russia’s mobile operators are moving to IP backhaul to deal with explosive growth in data traffic. Leading Russian carrier MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) said this week that it is expecting 86 per cent growth in Russian data traffic by 2015, forcing a strategic focus on network transport.

Tellabs ‘death clock’ predicts end of profit for MNOs

Mobile operators could be set to reach ‘End of Profit’ in a little over two years, as the costs of building and running their networks exceed the revenues that they are generating, according to a forecast compiled by network solutions vendor Tellabs. North American carriers are most at risk, with the firm suggesting that net income for the region’s carriers could sink below outgoings as early as the first quarter of 2013.


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