AT&T may have set an aggressive path to virtualize its network, but being a global player, the service provider said what will help drive adoption across the service provider community will be an accelerated standards effort.
SFR reportedly plans to cut about a third of its workforce once a freeze on layoffs at the France-based operator ends in 2017.
Vodafone Group appointed Vivek Badrinath, a former rising star at Orange, as its new regional CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMAP) with effect from Oct. 15.
Orange reported a slight drop in revenue from its France-based operations for the second quarter of 2016, an indication that the price war on the French mobile telecoms market is not yet over.
AT&T and Verizon may be grabbing a lot of headlines for their network virtualization plans, but European service providers like Orange and Vodafone are being no less aggressive with their NFV and SDN migrations.
Operators all over the globe have been grappling for some time with the challenges that network virtualisation brings. As part of this process, network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) have emerged as key strategies for Tier 1 and Tier 2 telcos that want to fundamentally transform the infrastructure they use to deliver services.
SFR revealed further progress in the rollout of its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks as the France-based operator readies itself for the end of a 4G-network sharing and roaming agreement with Bouygues Telecom.
AT&T and Orange are joining hands in a new agreement to collaborate on new open source activities related to SDN and NFV, aiming at developing new standards carriers can follow as they implement virtualization in their networks.
Orange released a flurry of announcements this week involving the appointment of a new CEO at its Belgian unit, the completion of the Airtel acquisition in Sierra Leone and an investment in a smartphone financing venture.
Orange announced it is set to acquire Moldova's Sun Communications, the major cable operator in the country. The acquisition will enable Orange to move further towards its goal of becoming a pan-European quad play operator, with mobile and fixed line voice services, broadband and pay TV.