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Huawei has released its plan to evolve 4G network technology to what it considers 4.5G vision at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series. Expected to be launched in 2016, Huawei’s plans for 4.5G will lead mobile communications into the Gigabit era for the first time, and will spearhead the next phase of the revolution for the communications industry to enable people to enjoy an increasingly intelligent lives.
FIME, a trusted provider of consulting services, certification and tools, has published a white paper that asks if the role of the trusted service manager (TSM) will help or hinder the globalisation of near field communication (NFC) services.
Dialogue Group has launched a global A2P (Application-to-Person) SMS initiative to support CSPs to win a share of US $5bn in annual revenues currently being lost to the grey route messaging market.
Spirent Communications has teamed with members of the SDN/OpenFlow ecosystem to validate the scale and performance of an OpenFlow infrastructure. Spirent will be testing the readiness of SDN/OpenFlow topologies to see if they can deliver the scale needed to confidently deploy SDN based services without risking the Quality of Service (QoS) of the network or Quality of Experience (QoE) for end users.
Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a provider of IT infrastructure intelligence software. The vendor says, the deal enhances its ability to help service providers support IT organisations that are struggling to overcome new network complexities introduced by mobility and the cloud.
Amdocs has announced new offerings and enhancements to help service providers transition from today’s physical networks to network cloud service environments, achieving agile and lean operations, while transforming their networks to deliver user-defined services that can be quickly and simply activated. These new offerings leverage Amdocs’ strengths in both the network and IT software domains to provide deployment-ready solutions that support hybrid physical/virtual networks as service providers begin to map out their virtualisation strategies in accordance with ETSI network functions virtualisation (NFV) standards.
Lancope, Inc.  has announces the launch of its global Technology Partner Program to cultivate new and existing partnerships with networking and security industry leaders. By establishing and maintaining tight integration with top technology and security innovators, Lancope enhances its ability to deliver comprehensive, best-of-breed network protection to its hundreds of customers worldwide. Several companies have already signed on to be a part of the Lancope Technology Partner Program, including: Palo Alto Networks, Barracuda Networks, Gigamon and Ziften, just to name a few.
Tufin has announced general availability of Tufin’s Security Policy Orchestration solution for the VMware NSX™ network virtualisation platform. This first-of-its-kind offering enables security managers to visualise and implement a unified security policy across physical and virtual networks. Tufin’s automated and centralised security policy management provides visibility and control over granular security policies, enabling secure and continuously-compliant software-defined data centres. Through interoperability with VMware NSX, Tufin helps ensure network micro-segmentation can be defined and visualised uniformly across physical and virtual network infrastructure, and enforced by firewalls from all leading vendors, including VMware. 
Cellwise has announced that its elastic-SON, Centralised Self Organizing Network solution (C-SON) has been commercially deployed by Telefónica UK to enhance mobile network performance and quality of service for UK subscribers.
As part of Internet.org's mission to bring affordable internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected, Facebook and Ericsson, in conjunction with Indonesian CSP XL Axiata, have created a new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance using simulated Facebook application use cases. Network-wide optimisation implemented through the joint project delivered up to 70%  improvement in app coverage.
VOSS Solutions’ unified communications management framework, VOSS-4-UC, is now included in version 10.1.1 of the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), under the name CUCDM 10.1.1. Cisco has formally announced the availability of the HCS 10.1.1 release to the market and this is a major milestone in the history of cloud communications.
Italtel creates new data centre for the Italian Army Featured
Italtel, in partnership with Cisco, has been awarded a €2.5m contract by the Telematics and Informatics Advanced Technologies Division of the Ministry of Defense to create a new data center for the Italian Army.

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