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.

Cisco targets small to mid-market with cloud networking acquisition

Cisco plans to boost its cloud networking capabilities with the acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, gives Cisco access to a host of wireless networking tools and, perhaps more importantly, a route into the rapidly growing small to mid-sized market that Cisco has so far struggled to grab a share of.

Meraki, a Google-backed company founded in 2006, employs around 330 people. It provides Wi-Fi,...

By Matt Henkes, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Wireless.

How is mobility integration a major challenge for IT?

By Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Organisations are moving beyond the traditional means of connecting with existing and potential customers. Similarly, they are exploring different avenues to fulfill the ever-increasing needs for reductions in the cost of IT, greater productivity, and better employee engagement.

As a result, in most organisations, there is a rapid proliferation of disparate applications deployed across different environments.

Mobility integration is a multi-faceted problem: in...

By Ovum Research, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Mobile.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

Are new EU roaming charge limits an opportunity for carriers?

The recently announced changes to EU roaming charges bring a sense of fairness for consumers, many of whom in the past have unwittingly run up excessive charges abroad (and suffered from the subsequent bill shock a month later). After European ministers agreed to regulate and cap mobile data charges within the EU, operators are keen to adopt network sharing models in order to drive cost efficiencies that help offset the associated fall in revenues. To do so, they'll need to adopt a new business model that...

By Rob Smith, 29 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Operators.

Communications Service Providers struggle to live up to SLA expectations

At a time of transition in the telecoms landscape, as cloud and 4G services come to the fore, communications service providers (CSPs) are still struggling to deliver on pre-defined service level agreements (SLAs) according to MDS research.

The survey, conducted amongst 205 IT and telecoms decision-makers, found that 93% of respondents continue to experience problems with the SLAs they hold with CSPs.

While SLAs remain...

By Rob Smith, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Mobile cloud services sustain revenue and growth in new LTE networks

By Stuart Benington, Director of Portfolio Strategy

As mobile operators invest heavily to migrate to LTE networks, they face a major financial challenge in the near-term. The number of LTE-based services — and the profits they bring in — will require a long-term horizon to achieve a return on investment (ROI).

To speed up their ROI, operators can support an LTE business model with revenues from other services using the same technologies and...

By Tellabs, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

What is the upside for speech recognition in mobile devices?

Get used to the idea of talking to all your consumer electronics (CE) devices as a primary means of interaction, for this is the future of human interface design, particularly with mobile communication devices. As mobile speech recognition technologies continue to improve in their efficacy, the vendors of the speech technology platforms are making concerted efforts to enable the long tail of mobile application developers with speech recognition capabilities. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the efforts of...

By David H. Deans, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Mobile, Research.

EMC’s deal with Lenovo is about China, not Cisco

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure, Ovum

EMC has struck a deal with Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo. The most important elements of the deal are that Lenovo will resell EMC storage products in China, and EMC will provide Lenovo with technical help developing Lenovo’s x86 servers. The arrangement is likely to provide EMC with improved access to the Chinese market, and has parallels with EMC’s formerly successful resale arrangement with Dell.

It does not pose an immediate threat...

By Ovum Research, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Industry.

LG announces 3D-enabled game apps for Smart TV

The Korean electronics giant LG has announced that its Cinema 3D Smart TVs are to get a series of 3D game apps.

This has been described as an industry first, as until then these games were only available on 2D on smartphones and tablets via Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

Five popular games have been launched initially, with more becoming available during August.

The five games are Air Penguin, Burn the City, Diversion, Downhill Bowling 2 and Frisbee Forever. The service will be available in all...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Asia, Cloud, IPTV, Smart TV.

Telco IT spend to decline as a percentage of revenues by 2016

By Shagun Bali, Analyst, Telecom IT, Ovum

Ovum publishes analysis of telco IT spending forecast

As market forces continue to drive substantial change in telecommunications, the industry’s IT spending will respond accordingly. Faced with limited prospects for revenue growth, telecoms service providers are keeping capital expenditure budgets in check. They are also reducing costs by outsourcing certain operations to leverage vendors’ economies of scale and expertise.

The market is witnessing rapid...

By Ovum Research, 23 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

Microsoft snaps up cloud collaboration tool Yammer

Microsoft has further vindicated the idea of online social networking as a business tool by purchasing the enterprise collaboration firm Yammer for an estimated $1.2bn.

Yammer, which has often been called the ‘Facebook of business’, claims to bring “the power of social networking to the enterprise”. It allows co-workers to communicate and share information almost instantaneously using Facebook-style newsfeeds.

The move comes as Microsoft tries to expand upon its complementary cloud...

By Matt Henkes, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Industry.

China Telecom aligns with Ubitus for cloud gaming on smart TVs

China Telecom, the third largest telecoms provider in China, has today announced a partnership with cloud software provider Ubitus to create a cloud gaming service on connected TVs.

The Ubitus GameCloud will render processing-heavy games on the cloud into streaming videos, and will be compatible with connected TVs and set-top boxes enabling users to play games without the need for a console.

GameCloud is expected to be rolled out on October 1, with connected TVs expected to be in 53 million households by the end of 2013....

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Smart TV.

Are EU privacy rules to blame for European cloud struggle?

The EU’s regulation on privacy is one of the reasons why European cloud adoption is “at least two years” behind the US, according to analsyts Gartner.

Analysts Gartner, who specialise in cloud computing research, stated in their report that, whilst interest in cloud was very high, the diversity of the European states would be the key factor in “slow” cloud adoption.

Gartner sounded out four “inhibitors” for cloud growth...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Europe.