Tipping point: Four indicators your ageing network needs a makeover
Ian Pepper is Ciena’s Senior Director for Regional Professionals Services, and leads Ciena’s Network Transformation Solutions efforts in EMEA.
Today’s service provider model is being squeezed from all sides. Providers are seeing rising costs in areas such as energy and rack space, customers are rapidly shifting to evermore bandwidth-hungry services, and the current unprecedented global economic...
Social messaging is catching up with SMS
In 2012 WhatsApp recorded a 600% growth in traffic, and the numbers suggest that social...
Huawei’s stock goes up and up as 2013 begins
End of year message from acting CEO reveals 2012 sales revenue in excess of $35bn (£21.8bn) and a net profit of approximately $2.4bn (£1.5bn)
It’s been an eventful 12 months for Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei.
From becoming the largest worldwide vendor ahead of Ericsson in July, to being hauled in front of a US House Intelligence Committee for the potential use of spying codes in company equipment
ITU talks end in failure as US, UK refuse to sign treaty
The two week International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference has ended with talks collapsing over the effective future governance of the Internet.
Having been hosted in Dubai for nearly 2000 delegates worldwide, the UN’s ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) attempted to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, not amended since 1988. These regulations are, as one would expect, somewhat...
Evolution of the internet model does not need ITU intervention at this time
James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy, OvumDuring December 2012, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) member states are meeting to debate the future regulation of the Internet. Members are discussing proposals by the ITU to amend the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which have provided rules for global telecoms for over two decades.
The ITU feels that the existing regulatory framework is ill-equipped to deal with the challenges stemming from increasing data volumes and...
The emerging M2M ecosystem will reach $35bn by 2016
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...
Big benefits from combining small cells and Wi-Fi
Small cells and Wi-Fi off-load are proven to be the most powerful tools that mobile network operators have to increase data communication capacity for their subscribers. These technologies enable them to meet the demand from a growing number of customers who use smartphones and tablets that are generating rapidly increasing mobile network traffic loads -- due largely to video content consumption. According to the latest market study by Senza Fili, mobile network operators that deploy small cells and Wi-Fi concurrently can reduce their wireless data per-bit costs up to...
A state-owned operator enters the 3G market in Argentina
Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum
The Argentinean government has cancelled an auction of 42.5MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands it had designed in 2011, and assigned all the frequencies up for grabs to the state-owned operator Arsat.
The move comes as quite a surprise, despite the delays to the initial schedule set out by the government. The award was initially expected to occur by the end of 2011, but was deferred first to 2Q12 and then to 3Q12, with five operators presenting...