Cisco to acquire BroadSoft for nearly $1.9 billion to enhance software and cloud services

Cisco has announced that it will acquire cloud calling and contact centre solutions provider BroadSoft for $1.9 billion (£1.43bn) net of cash.

The acquisition of BroadSoft will not only augment Cisco’s commitment to unified communications but also intensify its capacity to address the large number of old TDM (time division multiplexing) lines poised to transition to IP technology and cloud native solutions in the future.

Rowan Trollope, SVP and general manager of the Cisco applications business...

By Telecoms, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Networks.

OpenFog Consortium and ETSI to collaborate on fog-enabled mobile edge applications

The OpenFog Consortium and ETSI will be joining hands to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies, as the two have signed a MoU with an intent to benefit organisations working to develop 5G, mission-critical and data-dense applications through fog computing and networking and thus reduce technical overlap across the multitude of domains.

The Consortium will be working with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG) wherein both organisations will...

By Telecoms, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Networks.

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system, attendees at the stadium would...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Consumers, Small Cells.

Leave your appliances behind: How to overcome challenges in moving to a cloud-centric network

Ecosystems, APIs, open source software, agile development, COTS servers, programmable network; these are some of the attributes of the cloud that service providers plan to leverage by using technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Service providers plan to move from closed appliances to open servers and software components. However, making this move requires a significant change in thinking, acting, and probably choice of suppliers. As a result, some...

By Prayson Pate, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV, SDN.

NFV revenue to reach $38 billion: Assessing the market development

Open source hardware and software projects continue to gain momentum in the global telecom sector. However, after a relatively slow start, the network function virtualization (NFV) market will experience growth through ongoing technology investments by major telecommunication service providers.

According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, North America will lead global growth, accumulating $13 billion in NFV-related investments during 2022. Meanwhile, Europe will experience the highest...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Networks, NFV.

AT&T, BT, Orange and Singtel lead the way for next-gen telecom service in APAC, says IDC

Research firm IDC has identified AT&T, BT, Orange, and Singtel as leaders of the next-generation telecom service providers in Asia Pacific (APAC).

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled IDC Telecom MarketScape for Next-Generation Service Providers 2016-17, argue the four leaders showed a strong regional network presence, comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud and managed ICT service offerings, diverse portfolio of services in areas such as IoT and collaboration in the...

By Telecoms, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Operators, SDN.

Assessing the momentum of the IoT packaged solutions and services market

Nearly all segments of the Internet of Things (IoT) market recorded double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), driving an overall 19.3 percent year-to-year revenue gain to $8.2 billion, according to the latest study by Technology Business Research (TBR).

This market is still evolving. "We expect growth to continue apace as more customers undertake implementations due to the emergence of packaged use cases, standards are adopted and pricing models become more rationalized," said Daniel Callahan, analyst at

By David H. Deans, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT.

Operationalising NFV: A guide to market best practices

It’s now well understood that the entire telecoms industry is technologically and operationally migrating to virtualised network functions utilising network functions virtualisation (NFV) as the architectural framework. Many operators have already deployed NFV and those that haven’t are advanced in their planning. It’s no longer a question of if the telecoms industry will transform to virtualised environments but the questions of how and when are being determined by the unique situations of...

By Honore Labourdette, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV.

Telco cloud to reach critical mass after 2020 – driven by 5G growth

Large scale telco cloud deployments will hit global critical mass after 2020 in parallel with the deployment of 5G, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report, titled ‘Telco Cloud Framework and Deployment Roadmaps’, argues the latest network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need for a...

By Telecoms, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, Research.

Ericsson boosts connectivity for the first car brand launched in the digital age

Ericsson has signed a partnership with car brand newcomer Lynk & Co to boost their vehicles’ connectivity even further.

Lynk & Co is the first car brand to have launched completely in the digital age and brings with it all the connected car technology you would expect. The brand’s owner, Geely, also owns the Volvo brand so potential buyers can have some confidence the company at least has some experience with building automobiles.

"Our cars are built on a number of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity.

Why customer experience is at the core of digital strategy

Digital disruption is a borderless phenomena that has reached all parts of the globe -- including the Asia-Pacific region. According to the latest worldwide study by IDC, digital transformation (DX) is a key growth driver of the services market, requiring business and IT organizations to work together toward shared goals.

Transformation, as a part of an enterprise organization's digital growth journey, is emerging as the top theme requiring significant change across the board; including alteration of legacy...

By David H. Deans, 17 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Networks.

The top 10 predictions for internet industry growth in China in 2017

The largest mobile Internet companies in China will derive over 30 percent of their total revenue from overseas markets. Moreover, Chinese in-country online retail transactions will reach around $1.5 trillion by 2019, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Entering 2017, China's Internet industry formally bids farewell to the fast growth of recent years, making an overall transition from an incremental market to a saturated market," said Xue Yu , senior analyst at

By David H. Deans, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Connectivity, Networks.

Why global mobile markets revenue will reach $1.67 trillion this year

Worldwide mobility revenues are forecast to reach $1.57 trillion in 2017 -- that's an increase of 2.6 percent over 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Purchases of mobile hardware, software, and services will achieve a CAGR of 2.1 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period -- eventually reaching $1.67 trillion in 2020.

Connectivity services will represent the largest category of mobility spending in 2017. Combined, connectivity and hardware will deliver more...

By David H. Deans, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Mobile.

How digital transformation projects are driving new IT investment

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In today's economy, information technology (IT) is the essential foundation for new digital business transformation projects. It's also the open innovation platform that enables an enterprise to harness the collective capabilities of their commercial ecosystem that's online.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. However, this overall global growth rate is down slightly from earlier...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Innovation.

The major disruptions expected in the telecoms industry in 2017

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As a new leadership team moves into Washington in January, big changes appear to be in store for the telecom industry in 2017. At the top of the list will be the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger, which now looks more likely to sail past possible anti-trust and net neutrality concerns.

We see the following topics and trends as important for business customers of the telecom industry in the coming year:

Merger activity on the rise

Expect to see the AT&T/Time Warner...

By Craig Riegelhaupt, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Ericsson launches verified NFV infrastructure services

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Ericsson has announced the launch of its verified network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, known as NFVi, which supports software defined infrastructure, as well as helps provide the building blocks for 5G and IoT infrastructure.

The move will align with various aspects of Ericsson’s current service portfolio, including its hyperscale data centre system, cloud SDN as well as its Cloud Execution Environment and Cloud Manager, as well as other consulting, system...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, Networks, NFV, SDN.

Why SDN revenue will grow by 72% CAGR through to 2020

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The legacy enterprise networking environment within enterprise data centres continues to transition away from proprietary platforms to more open standards-based solutions. Traditional hardware vendors will gradually embrace the trend, as their customers seek to lower networking costs and improve performance.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is approaching adoption by an early majority of enterprises and will compose nearly 40 percent of global enterprise network infrastructure revenue -...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, SDN.

The 5G virtualisation challenge: The next steps

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5G will revolutionise communications by not only offering higher capacity, but also providing new services that service providers will be able to deploy across their network in a very short and simple manner, resulting in faster time-to-market and stronger competition among top service and application providers.

This comes as a result of the fundamental change in the way networks will be designed in the 5G era. Architectures and technologies such as SDN (software defined networking),...

By Dudy Cohen, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Why big data and analytics revenue will hit more than $203bn by 2020

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The data-driven business era is creating demand for new products and services. Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This market is forecast to grow 11.3 percent in 2016 after revenues reached $122 billion worldwide in 2015, and is forecast to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7 percent through...

By David H. Deans, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.