Dish Network and Softbank compete for Sprint

Dish Network has made a $25.5bn counter offer for US mobile operator Sprint. Dish’s bid is $5.5bn more than Softbank’s offer, which creates a significant dilemma for Sprint. Whatever the outcome, Sprint is likely to suffer as negotiations continue over the coming months. The significant strategic initiatives and investment decisions that Sprint is currently in the midst of addressing will be stuck in limbo as the company looks to overcome the intense competition that it faces in a rapidly changing mobile...

By Ovum Research, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

Why fiber outperforms copper in telco networks and LANs

Ask a telecom service provider’s CTO, “Would you prefer to operate network infrastructure based on fiber optics or a copper-based network?” These CTOs snap back in a second, “Fiber!”

Now ask a CIO or IT manager, “Would you prefer a local area network (LAN) based on fiber optics or copper?” and you may hear 100 questions.

How did telecom network operators reach the conclusion that fiber is better? It’s smaller, lighter, stronger, higher bandwidth, longer reach...

By Tellabs, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks.

Huawei snaffles major LTE deal with Wind

Huawei, the major Chinese operator, has been picked by Italian mobile operator Wind to lead the charge for a €1bn (£854.1m) network based on LTE.

As reported by Bloomberg, Wind expects to build the infrastructure, with Huawei and network engineering firm Sirti, for the network over five years. The move could be seen as something of a coup for both players, given that Wind is currently the third largest mobile operator in Italy.

Wind competes with Vodafone Italy and Telecom Italia, having been the...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Startling number of European businesses unsatisfied with network service quality

By Mervyn Kelly, Marketing Director EMEA at CienaA survey of over 400 senior IT decision makers amongst enterprises in Western Europe has revealed a startling lack of satisfaction with their connectivity services, as well as what I feel is an opportunity for service providers to directly address their enterprise customer pain points with tailored services.

The findings from this...

By Ciena, 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks, Wireless.

SAS aims to paint a clearer analytics picture

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information Management

SAS’s data visualization solution Visual Analytics took center stage at SAS’s recent analyst summit in Colorado. With Visual Analytics, SAS is striving to stay competitive in a market that wants fast yet intuitive front-end products that can help non-technical business users make better-informed decisions. But it is an increasingly crowded space that presents both opportunities and challenges for SAS, which has traditionally catered to highly...

By Ovum Research, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Mobile, Networks.

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.

Optical LAN vs. copper-based LAN: Which performs better?

Network users need more and more bandwidth. At the same time, your CFO wants to reduce IT spending. How can you address both needs with your local area network (LAN)?

With Tellabs Optical LAN, you can gain bandwidth and lower costs at the same time. Optical LAN offers these advantages for enterprises and government agencies:

  • Seamless migration to IP. It’s easy to migrate from plain old telephone service (POTS) to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), and from RF (radio frequency) video to IP video.
  • Higher throughput. We deliver up to 1G to the...

By Tellabs, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Networks.

FTTH network sharing goes mainstream in Spain

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Industry, Communications, and BroadbandVodafone and Orange have announced plans to jointly build a nationwide FTTH network in Spain in an effort to strengthen their positions in the converged services space and compete with Telefonica in the Spanish FTTH market. The plan involves the two partners using the same technical specifications to independently deploy street-level fiber in complementary areas. These complementary networks will then be combined to create a single network, with each...

By Ovum Research, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Fiber Optic, 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.

Carriers pinpoint speed and software as vital to monetizing their networks

How do carriers squeeze more value out of their networks? This issue was the focus of the first panel at OFC/NFOEC’s Service Provider Summit, Monetizing the Network: Achieving Value out of the Infrastructure, on Wednesday March 20. Monetization is a top concern of operators as many OTT players become profitable household names while paying nothing for the network. Unfortunately it’s a concern without an easy solution. Yet two of the speakers at the summit identified a common issue where they really need help: more...

By Ovum Research, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators.