Last week, as the world in solemn stillness lay, the communications sector was anything but still on the New IP front. Over the last two weeks, suppliers and service providers have been making moves to get set for what promises to be an action-packed 2016.
Here's a run-down of the latest New IP news:
In network functions virtualization (NFV) news, just ahead of the Christmas holiday,
Telefónica revealed that it has cancelled its contract with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and intends to start the selection process again. According to Mitch Wagner, West Coast bureau chief, Light Reading, "Telefónica wants a lead integrator that can bring IT and telecoms expertise, integration know-how, work with other suppliers to develop an interoperable, virtualized infrastructure and even supply some of its own New IP technology. (See Telefónica Ditches HPE as Virtualization Lead.)
In other NFV news, Axel Clauberg, VP of Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access at
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), told Light Reading's Iain Morris about the operator's ongoing migration to an all-IP network architecture and the introduction of SDN and NFV capabilities across multiple territories. In addition, Clauberg told Morris that vendor-independent testing is a very important task for The New IP Agency (NIA). (See DT's Journey to a New IP World and DT Has High Hopes for the NIA.)
Speaking of NFV labs, HPE, in collaboration with
China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA) Beijing Research Institute, announced the opening of a joint NFV lab in Beijing. The joint lab will help China Telecom, the country's second largest telecommunications operator, plan for implementing NFV technologies and accelerate innovation of new offerings to its customers. (See China Telecom, HPE, Open Joint NFV Lab.)
Also in security,
Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) has filed for an IPO of its SecureWorks Corp. subsidiary, which provides managed security services and consulting to more than 4,100 companies in 61 countries. The S-1 filing cites a nominal $100 million as the amount of capital that could be raised from the IPO but no pricing or volume details were included. The proceeds of the IPO will be used for "working capital and other general corporate purposes," according to Light Reading's Le Maistre. (See Dell Security Unit Files for IPO.)
In the IoT run-down, it seems that two of my favorite things have been combined into one in the new iKettle, or the "world's first WiFi kettle." Writes Dan Jones, mobile editor, Light Reading: "The kettle can be controlled via an Android or iPhone app in the home or office. It can also be set up to start boiling when you wake up, or walk in the door of your otherwise depressing domicile. You can also add other people to your network so they can brew up too." (See Tea's Up: The IoT Is Boiling!)
Finally, don't miss my first Tune in Tuesday radio show of 2016 on Jan. 5 at Noon Eastern. On the show, Tom Homer, Head of EMEA, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, will talk about how the rise in digital partnerships and connectivity between companies across industries and geographies. And as with all Tune in Tuesday radio shows, don’t miss the chance to ask Homer your questions in a 15-minute post-show web chat. (Register here: Strategic Partnerships for the Digital Age and synchronize your iKettles for January 5 at 12:00 p.m. ET.)
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.