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BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, has provided its complete product range of voice and roaming services for Unitel’s newly launched operator in São Tome and Principe, improving international connectivity for residents and visitors to the island in the Gulf of Guinea.
Continuing developments in network functions virtualisation are encouraging mobile network operators to look hard at the technology as a means of cutting their hardware investments. NFV is not just a technological challenge for network operators though, it is impacting on vendors anxious to show their skills, as Jeremy Cowan finds.
CSG Systems International has announced that Comcast has launched the Xfinity On Campus offering using CSG Content Direct as the content monetisation and management platform.
Ericsson has announced an agreement with SAP SE to securely deliver network-enabled cloud solutions, which will provide users with secure access to their business apps and content on mobile devices. For the growing Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market which is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2016 (Radicati Group), this joint offering will help businesses across all industries to better manage and secure organisational effectiveness and employee productivity. Ericsson will offer SAP® Mobile Secure, a set of cloud-based solutions, combined with an IT managed service offering, expanding its portfolio of services available for its 400+ mobile network operators.
The number of global biometrics smartphone users is expected to reach 471.11 million in 2017 from 43.23 million in 2013. During this period, the user base would have transitioned from the early adopter phase to the early maturity phase, giving biometrics technology the opportunity to outstrip existing technologies such as two factor authentication (2FA). By 2019, biometrics will be a mature technology and would have naturally migrated to mobile devices.
QoE testing and monitoring company, Witbe, has announced that Liberty Global, the international cable company, has deployed Witbe's monitoring solution for interactive services on its digital TV platforms.
Nokia Networks is launching Operations Support System (OSS) as a Service, enabling operators to shift capital expenditure to operational expenditure for more predictable as well as lower cost. Two OSS tools are being offered as a service: Nokia Performance Manager to help CSPs manage the performance and capacity of 2G, 3G and LTE networks, and Nokia Service Quality Manager which gives CSPs an accurate real-time view of service quality across mobile broadband and IT networks.
Roland Kirch has been chief financial officer of Orga Systems. Kirch succeeds Johannes Nussbickel who decided to leave the company for personal reasons after having managed the finance and administration functions of the company over the past three years.
Detroit & San Fransisco, USA / Atlanta, USA & Bangalore, India -- Thoma Bravo has agreed to acquire the IT and applications performance management specialist Compuware for approximately US$2.5 billion. Meanwhile, as Jeremy Cowan reports, Equifax, Inc. has just completed the acquisition of India-based NettPositive Business Analytics Pvt. Ltd, begun in 2012.  
Ericsson has inaugurated its first Global ICT Centre in Linköping, Sweden. This is part of Ericsson's plan, announced in September last year, to build three new Global ICT Centres. Two will be located in Sweden; one in Quebec, Canada.
Toronto, Canada. September 4, 2014 -- News from Redknee Solutions Inc. (TSX: RKN) that a global group operator has placed orders worth $7 million dollars for software and services, has now been followed by a $6 million order from a Tier 1 communications service provider (CSP) in Asia Pacific. The second deal is an additional software expansion order to support the growth in subscribers and data usage on its 4G/LTE network.  
Cerillion Technologies has launched its order management solution at GO, a Maltese CSP. Implemented as a module within Cerillion’s pre-integrated CRM & Billing solution, the order management component has improved GO’s market responsiveness and enabled the provider to quickly launch innovative new multi-play bundles and grow market share.

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