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October 06, 2014

ITEM: A collective of telecoms operators and vendors (mainly the latter) has banded together with the Linux Foundation to develop an open-source platform to speed up development of NFV.

It’s called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), it's billed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, and it aims to develop a “carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform” that operators and vendors can use to ensure consistency and interoperability between various open source components.

According to a statement from the group, an open platform that provides...

September 25, 2014

One apparent side effect of the growing ubiquity of LTE is that Wi-Fi is becoming less essential as an offload platform to cope with soaring data traffic.

Kuan Moon Yuen, CEO of consumer Singapore at SingTel, remarked during a keynote speech at LTE Asia 2014 that 73% of SingTel customers use Wi-Fi to stream video, which creates an opportunity to bring them onto LTE, as Wi-Fi is actually a slower and best-effort experience compared to LTE.

“With the right incentives, consumers will switch to LTE for video streaming, and that gives us an opportunity to monetize that demand...

September 23, 2014

ITEM: The Metro Ethernet Forum is getting into the network virtualization game with a new “network as a service (NaaS)” initiative that will complement – or possibly challenge – efforts to develop SDN and NFV by putting a focus on connectivity services.

Billed as “a Third Network vision for Agile, Assured, and Orchestrated Network as a Service worldwide”, the initiative promises to bridge the gap between VPNs based on CE 2.0 (which provide assured performance and security, but take anywhere from days to months to set up across multiple service provider environments) and the public...

September 12, 2014

For my money, the biggest story from Apple this week wasn’t the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch or even Apple Pay – it was the new U2 album Songs Of Innocence dropping in every iCloud account on the planet.

Okay, I’m kidding. It's probably Apple Pay. But that ground has been covered well enough by Mr Tony Poulos that I’m going to let that one sit for now.

The reason I’m interested in the U2 iCloud angle is because the reaction to it is providing a lot of useful real-time information for cloud service providers everywhere who might be considering a business model that involves...

September 04, 2014

Mobile is often touted as a tool for socioeconomic development in developing markets, especially outside of the urban centers. Even something as simple as SMS can be a valuable tool for farmers seeking information on market prices, weather forecasts, etc.

There’s one key barrier: illiteracy. SMS-based services aren’t much help if you can’t read them, even if phones support the local language (which they sometimes don’t). And while literacy rates are overall going up, 774 million adults worldwide (approximately 12% of the global population) are still functionally illiterate,...