Service providers ended summer on a sunny note, signing contracts with New IP Agency vendors like Huawei, Juniper and Nokia to enhance and future-proof networks for the delivery of more agile, flexible services and digital disruption.
Let's take a quick spin around the globe to catch up with some of these new partnerships, along with other news from NIA vendors and service providers making headlines over the past few days.
Telecom operators Telefonica and WOW signed on with
Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) this week for two different partnerships.
In the case of
Telefónica , the CSP chose Juniper Networks' SRX Series Services Gateways to deliver its global network security and will rely on Juniper's Professional Services to enhance its overall safeguards, according to a press release. The cloud-based network architecture with integrated security will improve network performance and enable Telefonica to scale, automate and simplify business operations, it said. And Telefonica now is situated to embrace a software-defined secure network (SDSN), said Javier Gavilan, planning and technology director and global CTO at Telefonica.
In the second agreement, broadband service provider WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is testing Juniper's Cloud CPE as a platform for new services delivery to business customers. WOW currently is evaluating how to enhance existing business services to include an agile, cloud-based platform that will allow it to leverage automated, efficient delivery of value-added services to customers, according to a statement. "Field testing Juniper's SDN and NFV technology is helping us quickly evaluate new business opportunities that allow us to provide the innovative and forward-thinking services that our customers demand," says Eric Fligel, vice president of Network Engineering at
WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) .
For its part,
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. too scored some significant contracts in the last few days. Korea Telecom, for example, selected Huawei's 100G multi-service optical transport (MS-OTN) for its metro packet-optical transport network (POTN). Using this solution, Korea Telecom will deliver an array of services such as home video, mobile broadband and VIP leased lines to its customers across South Korea, and is preparing for 5G, ultra-HD video and other New IP digital services.
On an in international scale, Spain's Telefonica Business Solutions and Huawei partnered to offer Open Cloud and Cloud Server services in Chile, Brazil and Mexico. Open Cloud is an OpenStack-based public cloud hosted in Telefonica's data centers; Huawei provides hardware, software and technical support, as well as its cloud operating system FusionSphere. "With this release, which represents Telefonica's commitment to an open and secure cloud, we are moving towards our goal of providing the best products for Cloud services, while driving our customers’ digital transformation," said José Luis Gamo, B2B Products and Solutions director at Telefonica Business Solutions, in a statement. "Huawei are a strategic technology partner for Telefonica that enables us to provide a better Cloud solution in the market with the best features at the best price and with the latest technology."
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) shared a number of service provider agreements this week, including its work with Thailand's converged fixed and mobile operator True Group, which deployed the vendor's IP/MPLS routing technology to upgrade its broadband infrastructure. True is using Nokia's IP routing technology to provide customers with 4G LTE and 3G coverage, and prepare itself for the evolution of dynamic, agile services powered by SDN and NFV, according to Nokia.
China Unicom expanded a pact with Nokia, granting a three-year exclusive contract for its 7950 XRS core router to address surging Internet traffic and its national broadband initiative. The Nokia 7950 XRS is part of a more flexible, intelligent network that offers the scalability and capacity to meet future traffic demands, Nokia says. The XRS supports open interfaces that SDN WAN controllers can use to program the network through mechanisms such as OpenFlow, PCE-P and BGP/LS. The router is part of the nation's Broadband China initiative, which intends to reduce the digital divide and enhance network speed and capacity throughout the country. says
China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU)
Over in France, Telecom SudParis partnered with Nokia to develop applications designed to create smart cities and provide ultra-broadband access to all homes in the nation by 2020. Under the "Plan Très Haut Débit" – or THD platform – Nokia provides SudParis with fiber access solutions which the CSP will use to demonstrate equipment and architectures for telemedicine, high-definition videoconferencing, network security and other applications, such as Internet of Things.
Canadian telecom carrier
Iristel Inc. is teaming up with NetNumber Inc. to enhance the wireless services of sister company ICE Wireless in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Northern Quebec. The CSP is implementing NetNumber's Titan platform with applications such as Home Subscriber Server and Home Location Register to improve signaling and routing of calls and data. Future installations will include Diameter Signaling Controller, Equipment Identity Register and Policy and Charging Rules Function, to transition the CSP from 3G to LTE Advanced services such as high-definition video, according to NetNumber.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2017, Walter Goldenits will take over as Director of Technology at
Telekom Deutschland GmbH . Goldenits, currently chief technology and IT officer at DT's Hungarian subsidiary
Magyar Telekom plc , also will take on a leading management position in Telekom Deutschland's newly established Board of Directors area, Technology and Innovation, to be led by Claudia Nemat.
Looking to further strengthen telecommunications,
ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) launched a quantum encryption transport solution based on an optical transport network (OTN), one that attained shared-fibre transmission of quantum and traditional paths. After the successful launch of the Mozi quantum satellite (also known as QUESS) in August, more CSPs and vendors are interested in quantum telecom technology, ZTE says. The vendor "implements the shared-fibre transparent transmission of quantum paths and traditional paths on OTN equipment and provides a quantum encryption function when not occupying a new fibre resource," ZTE says. It uses standard quantum key service interfaces, creating an open quantum telecommunication architecture and incorporates the technology's added security without altering an organization's existing network service system, according to the vendor.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Sept. 29 denied a motion by
Genband Inc. for a permanent injunction against
Metaswitch Networks , a patent litigation action stemming from patent litigation that began when Genband filed the motion in February 2016.