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Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes WANs and routers

Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks SDN venture has broadened its product line to tackle enterprise WANs, an increasingly vital market for the technology. Nuage’s Virtualized Networks Services (VNS) product is designed to help enterprises simplify the provisioning of secure network services to remote locations. It is intended to extend policy-driven network automation to branch locations to speed the deployment of new sites, and reduce operational expenditures.

GSMA specification for M2M and Internet of Things will 'accelerate' market says Beecham Research

The recently launched GSMA eUICC Embedded SIM Specification will "accelerate and help transform" the M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, according to a report from analyst Beecham Research.

The report was launched in association with the GSMA to coincide with an announcement that leading mobile operators, along with SIM and module manufacturers, have all launched solutions compliant with the new specification.

New rules aim to prevent IoT devices from taking down mobile networks

The dream of an Internet of things could turn into a nightmare for mobile operators, if sloppily written apps or chatty smartmeters were to overload their networks with signaling traffic. To avert such a scenario, a number of operators are backing a new set of network usage guidelines for device manufacturers and app developers.

Extreme Networks gets Lync qualified

Extreme Networks announced the availability of an integrated solution for Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform, Lync. The announcement is well timed, as there is no hotter UC platform today than Lync. Over the past few years, Microsoft has been aggressively getting Lync into its customers’ hands. However, the majority of customers have been using Lync for its desktop features, such as chat, presence, and web conferencing. Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been much more aggressive in getting its customers to adopt Lync voice and video.

Vodafone, Huawei link LTE and GSM networks

In the hunt for more spectrum to speed up mobile networks, Vodafone and Huawei Technologies have successfully tested a technology that lets LTE and GSM share the same frequencies. The speed of future mobile networks will depend on the amount of spectrum mobile operators can get their hands on. The more they get, the wider the roads they can build. One thing they can do to get more space is to reuse frequencies that are currently used for older technologies such as GSM and 3G.

Enterprise and service provider networking port revenues reached $39B in 2013.

Routers, switches and other networking gear became a $39 billion market in 2013, as 40G took hold in the data center and 100G became the new standard for service providers, according to the latest research from Infonetics.

Enterprise port revenue rose 5% relative to 2012, while service providers spent an additional 4%, the researchers said. Although 1G connections remained the most common, and 10G the biggest revenue driver, most of the new spending originates in the 40G and 100G sectors.

Alcatel-Lucent ups the ante in unified access

At Interop this week, Alcatel-Lucent updated its wired/wireless unified access portfolio with a new access switch, and SDN and application analytics extensions.

The enhancements build upon Alcatel-Lucent's unified access strategy announced last fall. The strategy competes with those from Cisco, HP, Brocade and Extreme Networks.

Vodafone agrees to buy Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion

Vodafone Group continues to strengthen its fixed network holdings by acquiring Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion.

Vodafone has money to spend after the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless, and the acquisition of Ono comes as Vodafone last week said it would begin the integration of Kabel Deutschland on April 1. Vodafone bought the German cable operator for approximately €7.7 billion last year.

France: Skype refuse de se déclarer comme opérateur télécoms

Malgré les injonctions de l’ARCEP, Skype refuse de se déclarer comme opérateur télécoms en France en vertu du CPCE. Une enquête préliminaire est ouverte.

Mobile data growth helps Deutsche Telekom, Orange offset competitive pressures

Telecom operators Deutsche Telekom and Orange's latest results were negatively impacted by tough competition on fixed as well as mobile networks, but cost cuts and mobile data partly helped of offset that.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange both reported their fourth quarter and full year results, ending Dec. 31, on Thursday.

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