Carphone Warehouse, which is in the throes of a £3.8 billion (€4.7 billion/$6.38 billion) merger with Dixons Retail in the UK, is reportedly on the verge of launching a mobile virtual network operator in Ireland to take advantage of new MVNO rules in this market.
Though the Open Networking Forum (ONF) is still in the early days of specifying requirements for wireless transport through its Wireless and Mobile Working Group, which was announced in January, early virtualized backhaul solutions could be ready for trials in 2015 with production products arriving in the 2016-2017 time frame, according to Ran Avital, vice president of strategic and product marketing at wireless hauling specialist Ceragon Networks.
Cisco Systems is betting on the shift to Software-Defined Networking and is buying startup networking vendor Tail-f Systems for $175 million. The deal comes amid the start of a major shift in network design to SDN and Network Function Virtualization.
Cisco has added another element to its virtualization and cloud service portfolio by reaching a deal to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, a developer of network service orchestration products for traditional and virtualized networks, for $175 million.
In the cloud infrastructure market, Cisco continues to cling onto its No. 1 position, marginally increasing the gap between second-ranked HP, according to first-quarter data from Synergy Research Group.
Japan's KDDI has employed Epsilon's eConnect solution to extend its local access network reach to accommodate enterprise customers in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Sprint is working with 12 rural and regional operators to expand their LTE footprint by offering them low-cost access to Sprint's LTE network and helping them get access to devices with 700 MHz Band 12 capabilities.
Level 3 Communications finally broke its purchasing silence this week, announcing its intent to acquire tw telecom for $5.7 billion, a deal that will immediately enhance its ability to serve an even larger group of U.S. and multinational enterprise customers.
AT&T is bringing its U-verse data, voice and video product suite to the Greater Montgomery, Ala., area, a deployment made possible by its Project Velocity IP (VIP) initiative.
Exclusive rights to sporting events isn't going to help cable companies hold on to increasingly frustrated subscribers, a pay-TV consulting firm says. That may be even more apparent as World Cup fans find workarounds to ESPN's hold on the U.S. broadcast of the event via a growing number of online services that help viewers mask or spoof their location.