Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to test network functions virtualization technologies with a focus on enhancing network performance and efficiencies.
Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica agreed to carry out further tests on network functions virtualisation (NFV) as the operator investigates how it can prepare its mobile network to meet future demands placed on it by the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and increased customer connectivity.
Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefónica are among 13 telecom industry players that teamed up to develop a 5G mobile network architecture as part of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) initiative.
Telecom Italia shareholder Generali sold the bulk of its stake in the operator on the open market around the time that French media group Vivendi confirmed it would become the former incumbent's largest shareholder in place of Telefónica.
France-based Vivendi became the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia after purchasing a total stake of 14.9 per cent, replacing long-term investor Telefónica.
Kumu Networks, a startup that was founded around 2012 by a team of Stanford University professors and Ph.D graduates, is gaining momentum, with operator trials moving from the lab to the field.
German regulator Bundesnetzagentur revealed that bids in the country's auction of frequencies for mobile network operators are nearing €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion billion) so far, easily beating the reserve price placed on the sale.
Telefónica finally completed the 100 per cent acquisition of fixed-line operator GVT from Vivendi, saying it has now become the largest integrated telecommunications company in Brazil in terms of both revenue and customers with over 105 million subscriptions.
Telefónica claims to have launched the "quintuple-play" era in Spain with the announcement of a home security service based on machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that can be added to the company's existing "quad-play" and home broadband plans.
Orange said Spanish market authorities have given it the green light to make an offer for 100 per cent of the shares in Jazztel, meaning that the way is now clear for the France-based company to pursue its proposed €3.4 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of the fixed broadband provider.