Monetising cloud/OTT services – agility still top priority for CSPs

There was a familiar topic at the centre of discussion at the recent Telco Cloud World Forum in London; arguably one that has yet to be fully addressed.

Alongside the widespread acceptance that the IT and telecoms industries are rapidly converging "in equal parts a challenge and an opportunity for both" there has been continued discussion on how CSPs must quickly adapt to offer a wider set of services beyond traditional communications.

The reason for this convergence is relatively straightforward –...

By Rob Smith, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Infographic.

What does it take to survive ‘in the cloud’?

Most enterprises are familiar with this scenario: they purchase expensive software applications for installation on-site. They deal with a cumbersome and time-consuming installation process. Have a substantial IT department to deal with rollouts, support and maintenance of such applications. Know that the product is limited to the features inherent upon purchase. And, of course, face the challenge of ever-growing demand for storage capabilities. Storage limitations that slow down the application and take away from the...

By Allot Communications, 17 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure.

The Oracle juggernaut keeps rolling, picks up Tekelec

Dana Cooperson, Practice Leader, Network InfrastructureCommunications service providers (CSPs) are simultaneously looking for ways to improve service efficiency and customer experience while opening new revenue veins through mining of network assets. These efforts are particularly crucial in spectrum-constrained mobile networks. Oracle’s pending acquisition of Tekelec furthers its ambitions to provide leadership and a one-stop shop for CSPs looking to build more efficient, intelligent networks while tapping new revenue sources. CSPs...

By Ovum Research, 09 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, LTE, Networks.

Oracle snaps up Tekelec in an enhanced telecoms play

Larry Ellison’s company may be best known for its cloud portfolio, but Oracle has recently been looking to make a serious push towards telecoms, enhanced by the acquisition of Tekelec announced yesterday.

Tekelec, formed in 1971, is used by over 300 service providers worldwide and deals in network signalling, policy control and subscriber data management, giving providers the opportunity to monetise cloud, OTT and personalised services with the huge increase in data traffic.

This appears to fit right into the Silicon...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, LTE, Networks.

Among peers, Wipro uses verticalisation and SAP in “nexus” strategy

Margaret Goldberg, Associate Analyst, IT Services

Ovum analysts attended Nasscom in February and had the opportunity to discuss many of the leading Indian providers’ strategies for 2013 and beyond. The “nexus” of mobility, cloud, analytics, and social media, and the rush to develop strategies around it, came to the fore throughout the event and continues to be a common topic in vendor discussions. As we noted in our StraightTalk opinion immediately following the conference (Nasscom needs to redefine remit to reflect...

By Ovum Research, 14 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile.

Ericsson furthers M2M and video commitment

Ericsson added to its flurry of recent announcements at this morning’s press conference at MWC 2013. Today’s announcements follow similar themes to the others (M2M and video) and fit neatly with Ericsson’s vision for the “networked society”. However, they are more than just theory or a new product, with Ericsson revealing that operators are already using the services. In the case of M2M, we question whether there could be greater opportunities...

By Ovum Research, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, M2M.

Network monetisation: Build the business of your network

This is the first in a series of blog posts on Network Monetization, a new suite of services and programs that Ciena has unveiled to help service providers accelerate revenue growth. Chuck Kaplan is Ciena’s VP of Portfolio Solutions, and leads the Industry Marketing team that helped develop Ciena’s Network Monetization program.“How much?” and “When?”   For a vast majority of network equipment...

By Ciena, 21 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks.

Unify your communications and live happily ever after

By Adrian Thirkill, Easynet UK MD

What’s not to love about unified communications? Read any article on it and the words invoke a warm fuzziness rarely experienced in the world of telecoms: cohesiveness, sharing, working together and collaboration.

Research shows that the number of businesses rolling out a unified communications platform is accelerating at a rate of knots. Indeed ABI Research forecast that the global market for unified communications will reach $2.3 billion by 2016.

Interest in the cloud...

By Easynet G.S., 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry.

Government cloud: Agencies need shopping skills, not just cloud stores

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

Many governments are implementing cloud services portals – “cloud stores” – to encourage cloud services adoption and provide “trusted” shopping experiences for agencies. The decision by the US government to close its apps.gov portal raises interesting questions about the usefulness of these portals. Ovum’s view is that the focus of government cloud strategy should be on encouraging organizational learning in...

By Ovum Research, 24 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Outsourcing.

Orange fights back with latest announcements… intelligently!

Over the years I’ve been fairly critical of Orange both in the way they captured the next generation access (NGA) market and contributed to its slowing down in France and in the way they took a quasi-systematic anti-net neutral stance, even against their own best interests.

Their latest service announcements, however, show a change of tracks, and one that I find interesting and mostly compliant with Net Neutrality. That’s not to say they’re not pushing the envelope, but at least they seem to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.