NFV isn't just another network technology upgrade. Network functions virtualisation (NFV) is an elegant concept that understandably has gained a lot of CSP attention. The idea of decoupling the function of network equipment from the hardware itself to enable one piece of hardware to perform multiple, virtualised functions is of great appeal because it will eliminate sub-optimal use of capacity and remove the need for CSPs to deploy specific equipment to perform specific functions.
Italtel, has announced it has been selected by Proximus to decommission its legacy fixed switched network and migrate it to a next generation network.
Anritsu has announced that the GCF, the certification body for the mobile phone industry, has validated its LTE eMBMS Band 4 and Band 13 RF conformance test cases. Anritsu is the test equipment supplier to gain validation for these Band4 and Band 13 RF conformance test cases.
MTN Uganda has deployed the Ericsson Converged Wallet platform, enabling the CSP to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services offerings for seven million MTN Uganda mobile wallet users and 50,000 agents.
Newfield Wireless, which was acquired by Tektronix Communications last year, has completed the first deployment of an integrated radio access system from the combined companies.
Amdocs has announced CES 9.2, the company’s latest portfolio release. Spanning business support systems (BSS), operational support systems (OSS), and network control and optimisation, Amdocs CES 9.2 has been developed to help CSPs to succeed in the hyper-connected world by maximising their network assets and relationship with their customers.
DataCore, has announced that the latest generation of FUJITSU PRIMERGY BX, and CX servers, are all certified as DataCore Ready Software-Defined Storage (SDS) servers. Also, the FUJITSU ETERNUS® DX series of storage systems has achieved DataCore Ready Certification, providing an additional pathway to expand and meet storage needs. Together, these new cost-effective solutions, powered by Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY servers and software from DataCore, deliver enterprise-class performance and scaling capabilities. Likewise, with DataCore’s new performance optimised software release and Fujitsu’s latest servers, the scale and performance has effectively doubled over that of the previous generation.
A new report from Juniper Research has found that with annual mobile operator expenditures now in excess of $800 billion, CSPs now face the possibility of costs exceeding revenues by the end of the decade unless remedial action is taken.
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is expanding fast. Declining costs, improved coverage, more capable radio technologies, regulatory mandates and a growing range of successful applications and business models are all key drivers. And operators now have the opportunity to apply their operations and business support system experience.
Radisys® Corporation, has announced that Mahindra Comviva, has selected Radisys’ T-40 Series Ultra Platform to deliver its Mobile Data Platform (MDP), consisting of Policy Control Enforcement Function (PCEF), Policy Charging & Rules Function (PCRF) and Mobile Internet Gateway (MIG), for its customer, a Tier1 Middle Eastern service provider. Radisys’ T-40 standards-based, telecom-grade platform delivers increased reliability and high availability that enables Mahindra Comviva to collocate the entire MDP with PCEF, PCRF and MIG onto a single system, thereby reducing the cost, power and footprint. Mahindra Comviva will roll out the T-40 Ultra in Q4 2014.
InfoVista has announced the release of Mentum Planet 5.8, a new version of its software that enables mobile operators to automatically use live mobile network data to make well-informed, cost-efficient network planning and optimisation decisions.
EXFO has announced an enhanced FTTA test portfolio for its FTB-700G and FTB-800 NetBlazer Series to validate the fibre and underlying Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) communication integrity between the base station and remote radio head with speeds of up to 9.8 Gbit/s.