Nuage Networks wins enterprise SDN project in China

Nuage Networks wins first SDN-based, large enterprise project in China.

Nuage Networks, the Nokia venture focused on software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, announced a significant addition to its roster of global financial customers with its first SDN-based, large enterprise project win in China with China Pacific Insurance Company (CPIC), the country’s second-largest property insurance company. The private cloud SDN project,won via Nokia Shanghai Bell, will use Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) in two CPIC data centers: one to integrate the dispersed IT systems of 82 branch offices into one unified private cloud platform, and the second to assist in building and testing the company cloud for R&D. As a result, CPIC can achieve improved flexibility, agility and security, all while simplifying network operations and lowering IT costs.

Nuage Networks VSP will enhance CPIC’s efficiency by increasing scale and reducing errors with a centralized policy manager. The solution gives CPIC and other financial institutions greater agility to automate the configuration, management and optimization of virtual networks, including security services for individual applications and workloads.

Openet’s policy solution wins with Iridium

Openet’s policy solution has now been implemented by three satellite operators.

Openet announced that Iridium Communications has implemented its Policy Manager solution. The solution, Openet’s third deployment with a satellite operator, will allow Iridium to drive revenue by imposing real-time controls on data consumption and time usage across its 66 low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites.

With the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation, Iridium provides reliable voice and data services to global enterprises for mission-critical activities. The company therefore required a future-proof, dynamic solution to control and monetize network resources by volume in real-time. Its commercial proposition – providing ubiquitous connectivity through reliable, low-latency communications services – also meant that the high availability of Openet’s Policy Manager played an important role in the partnership for Iridium.

Policy Manager allows Iridium to differentiate its users by class (e.g. prepaid vs. post-paid) or types of data (real time streaming vs. non-real time). Openet’s technology also enables Iridium to intelligently control data consumption and time usage. Aligning with Iridium’s core network roadmap, the solution will expand to include other types of policy controls including time of day or geography.

“Openet came highly recommended by our partner network,” said Hermon Pon, vice president of technology development and network engineering at Iridium. “Openet’s highly technical features meet our requirements, allowing us to drive revenue and remain continuously operational which is a key part of our proposition. The company’s agile approach to policy management also allows us to focus each specific use case for data usage when we need it, making the company a dependable technology partner as we continue to future proof.”

“As demand for satellite services and connectivity grow in emerging areas such as enterprise services and IoT, policy management is required to help satellite operators drive revenue and differentiate against competition including cellular and terrestrial networks,” said Niall Norton, CEO, Openet. “This is our third policy deal with a satellite operator, and we have also deployed the solution with a number of fixed broadband providers. The demand for policy controls outside of traditional telecoms networks is growing, and we’re proud to play a key role in helping Iridium evolve within its market.”

Midco expands with Netcracker

Midco Expands Billing Relationship With Netcracker to Leverage Advanced B2B Billing Capabilities.

Netcracker Technology announced that Midcontinent Communications (Midco) has expanded and extended its billing relationship to enable more complex billing scenarios for its business customers. Midco will leverage Netcracker’s next-generation Revenue Management solution to enhance its ability to offer dynamic pricing options while reducing operational costs.

Midco delivers internet, cable, fixed-line and home automated services to residential and business customers across the Midwestern United States.

Netcracker’s solution will enable Midco to bill for a wide range of B2B services, including data center offerings, labor rates, hosted, security and managed WiFi services, dynamic offers targeted to SMB vertical-specific segments, as well as traditional connectivity services through a single platform. The sophisticated billing and rating platform will also help Midco build stronger connections with its business customers by introducing the ability to tailor service bundles.

“Our team takes the responsibility to meet our business customers’ diverse connectivity and value-added service needs very seriously, and Netcracker’s solution enables us to meet those expectations,” said Gary Shawd, Vice President of Information Systems at Midco. “We look forward to continue working with Netcracker, our trusted billing partner, and leveraging its proven solution and expertise to expand our revenue management capabilities.”

“Today’s evolving digital landscape is giving businesses new opportunities to leverage a wide range of services. This requires service providers to use consolidated, next-generation platforms that support complex billing scenarios,” said Rohit Aggarwal, General Manager of North America at Netcracker. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Midco and give it the capabilities it needs to succeed in an increasingly diverse and sophisticated B2B market.”

RCN and Grande Communications select Netcracker

RCN and Grande Communications Select Netcracker’s Revenue Management Solution to Optimize B2B and B2C Customer Experience.

Netcracker Technology announced that digital TV, phone and internet service provider RCN has selected Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution to improve efficiencies at both RCN and Grande Communications. RCN and Grande will use Netcracker’s platform for standardizing all billing-related processes across its seven offices and plans to use these solutions to deliver the best possible customer experience.

RCN provides digital TV, phone and internet services for residential and business customers in New York, Boston, Chicago, Metro D.C., Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, while its sister company, Grande, delivers internet, TV and phone services to more than 160,000 residential and business customers in Texas. TPG recently acquired RCN and Grande, and has plans to acquire Wave Broadband, combining them to create one of the largest cable service providers in the United States.

Netcracker’s next-generation Revenue Management solution will replace third-party legacy billing systems with a common platform for both service providers’ business lines that will ultimately improve customer experience. The solution will enable both companies to converge across all combinations of network technologies and reduce redundancies while improving efficiencies.

“At RCN, the needs of the customer are top-priority—and our customers need seamless billing and account operations. Netcracker’s Revenue Management platform provides modern and tech-savvy billing services that eliminate hassle for all parties,” said Rob Roeder, EVP and Chief Development Officer at RCN. “By continuing the relationship with Netcracker, we are continuing our superior customer service and exceeding expectations.”

“Service providers see the importance of leveraging future-proof revenue management solutions to meet the digital needs of their customers, allowing them to evolve as technologies around them change,” said Rohit Aggarwal, General Manager of North America at Netcracker. “We look forward to working with RCN and Grande and helping it deliver an unparalleled customer experience as it expands across the country and transforms into a true next-generation digital service provider.”

Bechtle selects Netcracker

Bechtle Selects Netcracker’s Digital Platform for New Cloud-Based Portal and Enterprise Applications.

Netcracker Technology announced that Bechtle AG is leveraging Netcracker’s comprehensive BSS solutions to support its new cloud-based portal and marketplace, which will host a range of digital enterprise applications for its business customers across Europe. The use of Netcracker’s solutions allows Bechtle to support consumption-based business models and open new revenue streams by offering multicloud services. As a digital marketplace, the portal www.bechtle-clouds.com enables users to orchestrate various cloud services, drastically simplifying agreement, deployment and support processes. All services are invoiced transparently based on agreement duration or actual usage.

As one of Europe’s leading IT, infrastructure, hosting and B2B value-added system integrators and service providers, Bechtle offers comprehensive, vendor-neutral IT applications, infrastructure and operations services to more than 70,000 customers across the industrial, trade, financial and public sectors.

Netcracker’s comprehensive BSS capabilities, including cloud billing, will enable Bechtle to open new revenue streams by enabling the selling and billing of new cloud services that leverage consumption- or subscription-based models. In particular, Bechtle’s use of Netcracker’s Cloud Billing and Digital Marketplace solutions support the launch of new network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings, Bechtle’s backup-as-a-service and recovery-as-a-service offerings as well as third-party cloud services.

Bechtle is expanding its application and hosting portfolio of cloud services and infrastructure to provide diversity of choice, delivery, on-site and hosted applications and services to small, medium and large enterprises across Europe.

“Our investment in a new, next-generation cloud platform gives our customers added flexibility when procuring software and IT infrastructure services,” said Michael Guschlbauer, member of the Executive Board responsible for IT System House & Managed Services at Bechtle AG. “Whether they’re looking for a public or on-premises private cloud solution, on-demand services or expert support to realize their complex IT projects, Bechtle is their reliable partner when it comes to modern IT architectures and hybrid clouds.”

“Both large and small businesses want access to their enterprise applications quickly and on demand without burdening themselves with expensive IT overhead of licenses, operational and personnel costs,” said Sanjay Mewada, Chief Strategy Officer at Netcracker. “Netcracker’s cloud-based BSS platform offers innovators like Bechtle to bring the power of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS to their business customers as they move towards digitalization across the entire enterprise value chain. We are excited to be working with Bechtle as it grows its European footprint through its digital transformation.”

Cloudera enables Globe Telecom Machine Learning

Cloudera Enables Globe Telecom to Manage Mobile Data Growth and Boost Customer Experience with Machine Learning.

Cloudera, Inc. announced that Globe Telecom has used the Cloudera platform to successfully enhance customer experience and deliver real-time targeted marketing campaigns and offers to its 60 million customers. Globe Telecom, a leading provider of telecommunication services in the Philippines, is using machine learning with Cloudera to enrich customer experiences across channels and deliver targeted and optimized products and services, while maintaining compliance with the latest industry data regulations.

As expanding numbers of consumers adopt a digital lifestyle, telecommunications companies like Globe Telecom are looking to manage the increased volume of data with technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) to glean real-time insights of consumer behavior.

Globe Telecom’s mobile data traffic grew 85 percent from 151 petabytes (PB) in 2016 to 280 PB this year and mobile data is a growing and significant contributor to total mobile revenues for the first half of 2017 versus the similar period a year ago, according to Globe’s quarterly results announcement.

“To sustain our growth, we are always looking for ways to improve customer experiences across our channels and touchpoints. Our ability to strategically manage and monetize information about our customers will enable us to deliver value-added products and further differentiate ourselves in today’s competitive business landscape,” said Gil Genio, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Globe Telecom.

With Cloudera Enterprise now at the core of Globe Telecom’s data management architecture, the increasing volumes of data are ingested from different sources and channels into a centralized data hub and made available to all employees across the organization with full fidelity and security.

“Telecommunications companies are known for the large amount of consumer data they collect daily, but are challenged to manage and use the data effectively,” said Mark Micallef, regional vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan at Cloudera. “Cloudera’s platform scales to today’s and future data volumes and delivers machine learning and advanced analytics techniques to become data and insight driven. Globe Telecom can now use data to gain valuable insights, make accurate business decisions faster and deliver targeted marketing campaigns and offers to enhance their customer’s experience.”

CSG teams with Arrow Electronics on IoT

CSG Teams with Arrow Electronics to Monetize the Internet of Things.

CSG Systems International announced a new agreement with Arrow Electronics to enable quick launch and monetization of solutions across the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT includes a network of internet-connected objects such as smart home devices, wearables and vehicles that collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. Under a new agreement, CSG will team with Arrow as part of an IoT ecosystem of companies that work together to create, connect and monetize IoT devices and their interactions.

“At Arrow, we support all the building blocks for IoT, from the sensory edge to data connectivity to cloud-based platforms,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president of IoT global solutions at Arrow. “With the deployment of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) optimized for IoT, we are able to support our clients with integrated solutions that move the data they need from deployed products and assets. They can realize the value of their data in efficiency gains, new services and great experiences for their customers. The CSG Ascendon platform allows us to provision our clients’ solution on the network and provide global billing services with a great device management experience.”

Arrow will leverage the Digital BSS (Business Support Systems) capabilities of CSG’s Ascendon digital service platform to quickly launch IoT products and services, and configure and monetize revenue-sharing models among partners in the IoT ecosystem. CSG will deliver Ascendon as a managed service to support Arrow’s large customers with comprehensive settlement capabilities as well as web-based self-care to support on-boarding, product ordering, self-management and role-based security profiles for business customers.

“The IoT includes an increasingly complex web of partners and device ecosystems. Together, CSG and Arrow will provide a simplified way to deliver any IoT business model, and put into place the processes and systems needed to drive revenues from device interactions,” said Ian Watterson, vice president at CSG International. “As the IoT rapidly continues to grow and define itself, Arrow and CSG will deliver the flexibility that businesses need to build successful and profitable IoT business models.”

Altice and Amdocs partner

Altice USA and amdocs enter into multi-year partnership to establish industry-leading Business and Operational Support Systems.

Altice USA, one of the largest broadband communications and video service operators in the U.S. and the provider of Optimum and Suddenlink-branded internet, TV and phone services, and Amdocs announced that they have extended their partnership and entered into a multi-year agreement for key business and operational support systems. The arrangement will help accelerate the migration to a single Altice USA platform, simplify and modernize technology operations and provide a better experience to Altice USA customers.

As Altice USA continues to integrate its Cablevision and Suddenlink legacy business and operating systems and platforms, the industry-leading approach is supported by a hybrid solution combining architecture developed by Altice Labs as well as systems from Amdocs, enabling a simpler, more agile and efficient customer-centric system. The solution enables Altice USA to quickly and flexibly design and launch new innovative offerings and bundles, accelerate order orchestration and fulfillment over its existing fiber infrastructure and next generation fiber network, enable superior omni-channel customer service experience, and future-proof its systems to prepare for next-generation products and services.

Amdocs’ market-leading ability to automate and modernize complex environments, and create intellectual property in operational best practices at scale, met Altice’s demand for a strategic partner to help it innovate and deliver new converged services faster and more efficiently.

“As we focus on the future needs of our customers, having a simple, flexible and efficient support system is a vital part of our strategy. By combining the technological strengths of Altice with the capabilities of Amdocs, we are creating a unique infrastructure that will enhance and unify the customer experience we offer in the U.S. as we launch new, innovative products and services for our customers. Amdocs is a valued, long-standing partner for Altice USA and we look forward to working together to create the backbone that will enable best-in-class connectivity solutions for years to come,” said Hakim Boubazine, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Altice USA.

“Altice USA is a major powerhouse, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to residential and business customers. They are innovative and agile and focused on delivering on the promise of full convergence in this hyper-competitive market. We are delighted to partner with Altice in the U.S. on this industry-leading solution,” said Eric Updyke, group president, Amdocs Services.

Redknee raises Cdn$96 Million

Redknee Solutions Inc. Raises Cdn$96 Million.

Redknee Solutions Inc. announced that it has closed its previously announced rights offering to holders of its subordinate voting shares (the “Rights Offering”). Under the Rights Offering, an aggregate of 108,519,936 subordinate voting shares were issued at a subscription price of Cdn$0.63 per share for gross proceeds to the Company of approximately Cdn$68 million. The net proceeds of the Rights Offering will be used to fund a restructuring of the business in furtherance of the previously announced strategic plan (the “Strategic Plan”).

The Rights Offering was over-subscribed prior to ESW Capital, LLC (“ESW”) exercising its additional rights and, as such, Wave Systems Corp. was not required to fulfill its obligations under the standby purchase agreement. ESW exercised all of its rights received as a shareholder under the basic subscription privilege as well as all of the rights to which it was entitled under the additional subscription privilege.

Pursuant to the right previously granted to ESW to maintain its pro rata interest in the Company, ESW has agreed to subscribe for an additional 44,604,981 subordinate voting shares at a price of Cdn$0.63 per share for additional aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of approximately Cdn$28 million (the “Subsequent ESW Issuance”). The Subsequent ESW Issuance is scheduled to close on or about September 12, 2017.

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Rostelecom demonstrates first multivendor transport SDN PoC

Rostelecom Demonstrates On-Demand Transport Services With the First Multivendor Transport SDN PoC in Russia.

Rostelecom PJSC announced that is has successfully completed the first proof of concept (PoC) compatibility test for transport software-defined networking (SDN) in Russia.

Optical networking equipment from Huawei, NEC and Netcracker and Nokia was included in the PoC, as well as their corresponding domain SDN controllers were managed by an umbrella transport SDN controller provided by NEC/Netcracker. The new hierarchical approach to the transport systems based on SDN ensures an end-to-end control and entire visibility as well as fully automated operations across three separate optical multivendor domains.

Cloud applications and IoT services are driving rapid bandwidth growth, and networks are scaling up more dynamically as a result. This growing trend is also driving the demand for faster creation, deployment of services and a quicker restoration. Rostelecom recognizes the opportunity to meet this need through transport SDN. It is also using this opportunity to test the system’s multivendor capabilities.

The PoC was designed to test a number of scenarios. The multivendor aspect was addressed by selecting the largest producers of optical equipment including Huawei, NEC/Netcracker and Nokia. The umbrella transport SDN controller was provided by NEC/Netcracker through a uniform multidomain view to increase network agility, ensure transparency, particularly when it comes to the rapid development of the systems and its restoration capabilities.

With these elements in place, Rostelecom clients have access to brand-new, on-demand transport services that are automatically provisioned and dynamically optimized in accordance with bandwidth and network performance requirements.

The PoC also demonstrated that the service ordering time, configuration and activation process had been significantly reduced, thereby decreasing the time to enter the market from months to just few hours. Furthermore, the system produced fewer errors and it simplifies the configuration process.

“Together with equipment vendors Huawei, NEC/Netcracker and Nokia, Rostelecom proves transport SDN‘s ability to reduce costs and improve network automation,” said Alexey Sapunov, Rostelecom Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure. “By using NEC/Netcracker’s multidomain transport SDN controller, which managed multiple underlying domain controllers, Rostelecom was able to eliminate vendor lock-in and lay the foundation for a true multivendor infrastructure.”

“Networks need to undergo a significant transformation and we are excited that the demonstration results showed our Multilayer SDN Controller’s ability to simplify and automate complex networks,” said Aloke Tusnial, Chief Technology Officer of SDN/NFV Business at Netcracker. “By proving interoperability across multiple optical vendors, NEC/Netcracker is helping service providers like Rostelecom to fundamentally rethink their network design and level of automation.”

“Huawei TSDN provides automatic discovery of resources, automatic service provisioning and recovery, and RESTful NBI to 3rd party orchestrator to achieve multi-domain network unified control. This PoC test proved Huawei Transport SDN service automation and NBI openness,” said Jin Yuzhi, President of Huawei Transmission Network Product Line. “Beyond that Huawei has been developing the NCE (Network Cloud Engine) to streamline the end-to-end operation process on the network planning, management, control and analysis functionalities which will provide significant OPEX reduction.”

“NEC is proud to complete successfully the first multivendor transport SDN PoC in Russia. It proves the maximum performance to service providers across all transport layers with this multidomain, multilayer and multivendor transport SDN solution that optimizes network traffic and automates configuration,” said Akihiro Sakurai, Managing Director of JSC “NEC Neva Communications Systems,” NEC Corporation’s subsidiary in Russian Federation. “This proof of concept proved the ability to provide end-to-end network automation and control.”

“The PoC proves once again that networks based on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform are open to automated Optical Service creation and operation even in multi-vendor environments by using the Open Abstract SDN APIs of the Network Services Platform (NSP),” said Demetrio Russo, Vice President of the East Europe Market at Nokia. “The NSP platform, our flagship SDN controller, provides world-leading service providers like Rostelecom with a unified and more efficient way to automate, optimize and assure network services across multiple network layers, physical/virtual infrastructure, as well as networks from multiple vendors.”

VMware scores ‘Huge Win’ with Vodafone for NFV

VMware Scores ‘Huge Win’ with Vodafone for NFV” according to SDxCentral.com.

VMware scored a “huge win” with Vodafone as a new network functions virtualization (NFV) customer, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said yesterday.

“We have seen a strong start to Q3; we just signed our largest-ever telco deal with Vodafone,” Gelsinger said on VMware’s second quarter fiscal year 2018 earnings conference call. He called the Vodafone deal “a huge step forward in our NFV initiative,” adding that the company has more than 90 NFV wins and is seeing an uptick in deployments.

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Cisco to acquire Springpath

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Springpath.

Cisco announced its intent to acquire Springpath, Inc, a Sunnyvale-based leader in hyperconvergence software. This acquisition [reportedly for $320M] will allow Cisco to continue to deliver next-generation data center innovation to its customers. Springpath has developed a distributed file system purpose-built for hyperconvergence that enables server-based storage systems.

The acquisition is the culmination of a long-standing strategic relationship between Cisco and Springpath. The companies have worked together since early 2016 to launch HyperFlex, the industry’s first fully integrated hyperconvergence infrastructure system. Since then, they have fully aligned on product development and go-to-market strategies. This acquisition will allow Cisco to continue to grow its computing business, enabling more customers to realize the benefits of simple and economic software-defined infrastructure.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is projected to be a $6 billion opportunity by 2020 according to IDC, and is the fastest growing segment in the data center space. HyperFlex has already seen significant customer traction over the last year, garnering more than 1800 customers and establishing a tremendous quality record.
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CSG extends with DISH

CSG Extends Long-Term Relationship with DISH.

CSG Systems International announced that it will extend its agreement with Pay-TV company, DISH, through December 31, 2021.

Under a four-year extended agreement, CSG will continue to provide revenue management and customer care support for DISH’s residential video subscribers.

“As a trusted partner, CSG has helped DISH evolve our customer experience over the years,” said John Swieringa, executive vice president of Operations at DISH. “We’re committed to tuning in to our customers to continue this evolution, and we look forward to working with CSG to seamlessly connect our customers to the content they love.”

DISH will also expand its use of CSG’s digital services platform, Ascendon, to enhance its ability to price, promote, market and sell digital services. Ascendon will complement DISH’s robust, mobile and personalized digital consumer experience across devices.

“DISH has been a valued CSG customer for over 30 years while they continue to bring innovative video, over-the-top and business services to their customers,” said Brian Shepherd, executive vice president of CSG International. “This extended agreement reinforces our mutual commitment to helping DISH successfully execute on its long-term business plan.”

Netcracker to offer multivendor 5G-ready platform

NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker Collaborates With Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to Offer End-to-End Multivendor 5G-Ready Platform for Service Providers and Enterprises.

NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Netcracker Technology announced their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform for service providers and enterprises in Malaysia.

The partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV (Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) solution provider that is capable of designing and deploying a network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect or chain together to create communication services.

At the SDN/NFV Solution and Partnership launch today, Mr. Chong Kai Wooi, Managing Director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia said, “Around the world we are seeing service providers in the US, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey, Japan and China upgrading their network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services which are imminent. Commercializing such services, including the massive connectivity of people, transportation, objects and cities, is expected to take off in the next two to three years.”

“To stay competitive in a global economy, service providers and enterprises in Malaysia will eventually have the need to adapt to 5G technologies. With our SDN/NFV 5G-ready solution, companies will be able to speed up the time-to-market for their potential communications services and/or any applications that run on 5G technology, improve cost efficiency and have the ability to offer new, revenue generating-services.”

A 2017 study conducted by the European Communications on behalf of Netcracker, which surveyed individuals representing 56 different service providers in the communications industry from around the world, discovered that the top four benefits expected from SDN/NFV solutions include reduced time-to-market, improved network efficiency, capex savings and the opportunity to create and innovate new services, including over-the-top services.

Today, service providers and enterprises need six to twelve months to introduce a new service. With the full-service SDN/NFV solution in place, leveraging on the Ecosystem 2.0 Program, the time to launch new enterprise services can be reduced by up to 70 percent, according to a research by Netcracker.

The 5G-ready virtualization platform from NEC/Netcracker comprises Netcracker’s Hybrid Operations Management offering, Business Enablement applications, and NEC/Netcracker’s Virtualization Development and Operations Center and Multilayer SDN Controller.

It also comprises Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that is designed to enable telcos to create modern infrastructure; Juniper’s NFV networking services platform which seamlessly integrates physical and virtual elements, enabling enterprises the flexibility to deploy scalable, secure and high-performing networks with a simple and open architecture; Dell EMC NFV solution engineered on its industry-leading PowerEdge platform as well as NEC/Netcracker’s Ecosystem 2.0 Program that takes out the pain of operating multivendor SDN/NFV services, reducing time-to-market and enabling rapid service innovation.

“As the industry moves quickly towards 5G technology, getting the management and orchestration environment right is critical to enable new IoT use cases requiring dynamic network slicing,” said Aloke Tusnial, CTO of SDN/NFV, Netcracker. “This is a key focus for us at Netcracker and we are delighted to be part of this strong collaboration to bring 5G virtualization to market faster.”

“?Since 2015, we have been working with NEC on NFV system integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and now we are excited to extend this alliance to Malaysia. NEC’s NFV system integrated with Red Hat OpenStack Platform is designed to deliver mobile packet core virtualization helping communications service providers (CSPs) to accelerate operations to achieve carrier-grade and carrier-scale systems,” said Damien Wong, vice president and general manager of ASEAN, Red Hat.

Mitch Lewis, vice president, APAC Partners and Alliances, Juniper Networks noted, “The industry is at a crucial transition, in which the gradual adoption of SDN/NFV infrastructure brings alongside with it tremendous opportunity in the transformative 5G economy. We greatly look forward to a close, continued partnership alongside our key alliance partners such as NEC as we drive networking innovation and help future-proof the networks for businesses across Malaysia and the world.”

The sentiment was echoed by Erwin Meyer, regional director – Asia Pacific South, OEM Solutions, Dell EMC. He said, “It is a time of unprecedented change globally in how service providers build and operate networks and services, and the focus on enabling businesses to realize the benefits of this new digital era is a top priority for Dell EMC. We are delighted to be part of an industry-leading collaboration that will equip Malaysian service providers and enterprises with the right solutions needed to accelerate the cycle of innovation, create competitive differentiation and ultimately – deliver the best possible customer experience for their customers.”

With 5G, public services can be enhanced further to offer next level of services where federal and state governments to connect people, transportation, objects and cities at higher speed and with fewer delays.

Smart cities or smart communities will also be closer to reality. As technology affects nearly all aspects of life, many governments are committed to staying current with technological developments and innovation to improve the lives of their citizens and continue to evolve in the global economy.

By offering a multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform, NEC Corporation of Malaysia is optimistic that it can contribute significantly to its revenues in Malaysia.

Currently, 50 percent of its revenues are derived from carrier solutions, and the other 50 percent from enterprise and public safety solutions.

“As service providers and 5G technology services take center stage in the near future, we foresee our SDN/NFV solution to contribute 10 percent to our carrier solutions revenues for the first year and 30 percent for the next three years,” noted Chong.

Grupo Gtd selects Netcracker

Grupo Gtd Selects Netcracker’s Comprehensive BSS, OSS and Virtualization Suite as the Foundation for Digital Transformation.

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology announced that Grupo Gtd has selected the Netcracker 12 suite, comprised of next-generation BSS/OSS and virtualization capabilities, to enable its large-scale IT consolidation, transformation and network virtualization program. As the foundational platform, Netcracker 12 will help Grupo Gtd to consolidate systems, standardize operations and deliver innovative services over cloud-based and virtualized infrastructure.

Grupo Gtd is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable telecommunications and IT solutions and services across Chile, Peru and Colombia. Netcracker 12’s suite will be used for a transformation program across Gtd Teleductos, the national B2B arm of the company; Gtd Manquehue, serving residential and business customers in Chile’s capital, Santiago; and Telefónica del Sur, which delivers residential and business services across southern Chile.

Grupo Gtd will use Netcracker 12’s comprehensive BSS including Digital Customer and Business Enablement domains, which encompass Customer & Partner Management, Customer Channel Management, Product Management, Sales & Marketing Management, Revenue Management, and Cloud Online Charging System, as well as Netcracker’s sophisticated Business Agility Layer. This will enable Grupo Gtd to seamlessly integrate multiple channels, enable converged billing for multiplay services, rationalize products and bring new digital services to market. It will lay the foundation for enhanced digital customer experience and accelerate time-to-market for personalized offerings to its diverse customer base.

On the operations and virtualization side of the transformation, Grupo Gtd will leverage Netcracker 12’s Digital Operations Enablement and Infrastructure Virtualization domains, comprising Hybrid Service Management, including Orchestration, and Hybrid Resource Management, to deploy new services faster and configure offerings on the fly across both physical and virtual infrastructure. The new capabilities will help Grupo Gtd improve network utilization and active inventory management and enable more efficient reconciliation processes through the use of up-to-date network information.

Grupo Gtd will also utilize Netcracker’s Professional Services, including End-to-End Implementation, Product Rationalization, Consulting and Data Migration expertise, to consolidate its diverse IT and network systems spread across multiple businesses, streamline operations, reduce costs and ensure that its business groups are aligned and utilize standardized processes and tools for overall business agility.

“We are moving aggressively to put in place the foundational infrastructure and platforms required to continue upgrading our digital capabilities. As such, we needed a partner like Netcracker, whose sophisticated BSS/OSS are enabling us to improve business and operational agility,” said Alberto Bezanilla, CEO of Grupo Gtd. “The reason we chose Netcracker was because we were looking for a strategic partner that could deliver all of the key components—innovative cloud-based applications, comprehensive virtualization capabilities and a proven delivery track record—that would enable a diverse telecommunications and IT services company like Gtd to transform and achieve our strategic business objectives.”

“Gtd’s diverse customers expect the most innovative offerings delivered with outstanding customer experience,” said Fabio Gatto, General Manager of LATAM at Netcracker. “We are excited to partner with Gtd, bringing the innovation of Netcracker 12 and our wide experience in enabling the digital transformation Gtd needs in order to keep building closer, deeper relationships with its customers.”

SaskTel transforms

SaskTel transforms for the future with next generation Order Management, Inventory, Assignment and Provisioning Solution.

SaskTel International announced the successful implementation of their next generation Order Management, Inventory, Assignment and Provisioning solution, Optius, into SaskTel’s business operations.

SaskTel is a leading communications service provider in Canada with over 1.4 million customer connections and $1.2 billion in annual revenue. In order to continue to evolve the company and adapt to changing business and market conditions, SaskTel recognized the need to transform their order management, plant inventory, assignment and provisioning capabilities. Delivering the variety of services that SaskTel’s clients require in a timely, flexible and accurate manner is of paramount importance.

“We’re very excited about this major achievement we have reached with SaskTel International,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel Acting President and CEO. “The transition to Optius has positioned SaskTel for future growth as the industry continues to evolve and our customers continue to demand more personalized and advanced services. With Optius managing the inventory and provisioning of our network and services across both our copper and fiber facilities, we will see significant operational efficiencies, cost savings and improved customer experience.”

“We are incredibly happy with the success of SaskTel’s upgrade to Optius,” said Curtis Adair, President of SaskTel International. “SaskTel has always strived to have the greatest network, to offer the best services and to provide an unparalleled customer experience. Optius will help them continue to do so amid an incredibly competitive communications market by offering them the ability to deliver new and existing services faster through zero-touch automation, while improving business processes and reducing operational costs.”

Leveraging the latest technologies and standards, Optius will allow SaskTel to centralize and consolidate their full network inventory and to optimize their network and service order fulfillment process to achieve full flow-through provisioning of services. This optimization will reduce SaskTel’s time-to-market for new services and quickly meet new and changing market demands. Optius will provide SaskTel with the flexibility to customize and orchestrate service offerings based on individual needs, allowing them to enhance customer choice and satisfaction. SaskTel will be able to deliver its multi-play service offering, including customizable voice, broadband and video services over its copper and fiber networks within one solution.

SaskTel International’s world class solutions allow wireless and fixed line communications service providers within the telecom and cable industries to look to one partner to provide fully integrated, proven, flow through network and service provisioning over a broad spectrum of technologies.

Cisco completes Viptela acquisition

Cisco Completes Viptela Acquisition.

Cisco announced the close of its acquisition of Viptela [for $610M], a privately held company based in San Jose, CA that delivers a cloud-first, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution.

In June, Cisco announced it is rewriting the enterprise networking blueprint with a new generation of intent-based networking solutions. Viptela’s software-driven, cloud-first architecture for the WAN fits well with Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building on its automation, virtualization and analytics capabilities. Viptela’s offering complements Cisco’s on-premises routing platform with a cloud-centric approach to control management and orchestration, making it easy for our customers to deploy and manage the WAN. Viptela also supports Cisco’s strategic transition toward cloud and software-centric solutions that deliver predictable recurring revenue.

Cisco will commit significant engineering resources to bring next-generation SD-WAN solutions to market. For customers and partners that require pure play enterprise grade SD-WAN, cloud networking and WAN network-as-a-service functionality, Cisco’s SD-WAN solution based on Viptela will be the preferred solution.

Oracle’s new Monetization Cloud service

New service complements Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite to provide monetization across the customer journey.

Oracle announced Oracle Monetization Cloud. The new cloud service accelerates time to market for digital and subscription-based products and services by enabling the full life cycle of customer on-boarding, offer creation, robust rating and discounting, billing, customized invoicing and reporting.

Enterprises are increasingly focused on generating recurring revenues and developing lasting customer relationships by extending from one-time purchases to recurring business models. Agile billing capabilities are required to help digital service providers monetize new offerings and differentiate their services in competitive markets. Oracle Monetization Cloud combines the power of scalable monetization capabilities with the simplicity, agility, and security of Oracle Cloud to accelerate time to market for digital services.

“Subscriptions, demand-based price models, pay-per-use, and increasingly complex agreements with a litany of unique entitlements are now the norm,” said Andrew Dailey, Managing Director of MGI Research.

Across industries and in scenarios ranging from cloud hosting to digital media to the Internet of Things, enterprises and digital service providers are looking to quickly launch new business models to compete in the digital economy. Whether these digital service providers are monetizing connected cars, using sensors to aggregate and monetize data, or transitioning to offering their software as a service, they are undergoing a digital transformation that requires flexible new pricing, billing, revenue management, and real-time subscriber management capabilities.

Hyperledger Adds Cisco as a Premier Member

Hyperledger Adds Cisco as a Premier Member.

Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, announced today that Cisco has upgraded its General membership to Premier. As a Premier member, Ram Jagadeesan, Cisco Distinguished Engineer and Blockchain CTO, will join the Hyperledger Governing Board. Cisco joins other Premier members: Accenture, Airbus, American Express, Change Healthcare, CME Group, Deutsche Borse Group, Daimler, Digital Asset, DTCC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, NEC, r3., SAP, and Wanda FFan Technology. Hyperledger Premier and General members cut across a wide vertical of industries.

“Blockchain technology represents the next generation of the Internet — the internet of value and trusted transactions which will drive extensive industry transformation. It is ever more important to come together and build open and interoperable solutions which will enable widespread adoption and allow companies to harness blockchain’s disruptive power,” said Jagadeesan. “We are excited to promote Hyperledger’s longevity and growth across multiple use cases and industries.”

Hyperledger aims to create common distributed ledger technology that enables organizations to build and run robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions. Since the beginning of 2016, Hyperledger has grown to more than 145 members that span various industries, including finance, healthcare, the Internet of Things and aeronautics, among several others.

“Cisco is a technology leader with expertise building secure, scalable and Internet scale critical infrastructure; We are thrilled they’re taking a leadership role within Hyperledger’s Governing Board,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “Cisco has been an active member of Hyperledger and we highly value its contributions to date.”

About Hyperledger
Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

Telus and Nuage Networks launch new SD-WAN platform

Telus and Nuage Networks launch new SD-WAN platform.

Telus, a Canadian telecommunications company, announced it is teaming up with Nuage Networks, a Nokia venture, to initiate Telus Network as a Service (NaaS), software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) platform.

SD-WAN is an emerging network architecture that decouples network control and forwarding functions. The technology enables businesses to create, manage and optimize WAN connections. Telus joined forces with Nuage Networks to address challenges regarding the amount of time it takes to turn up and connect websites.

Nuage Networks SD-WAN solution provides a single platform to connect internet sites both big and small. A customer can log into a portal, order connectivity for a site and go back to the portal to spin up a virtual function on a CPE, explained Hussein Khazaal, vice president of marketing and partnerships at Nuage Networks. With Nuage Networks SD-WAN, the amount of time it takes to bring up a site can be reduced by 80 %. Moreover, it minimizes costs, boosts business agility and provides the scalability needed to meet cloud-driven requirements

The roots of WAN technology trace back to the 90s. With the rise of the cloud, big data, the internet of things (IoT), and software as a service (SaaS), the SD-WAN market has undergone an exponential boom. According to a survey conducted by the market research firm IDC, approximately 70% of customers said they would review or use SD-WAN by the end of the year; and more than 40% of enterprise respondents said they intend to implement integrated SD-WAN solutions acquired by communications service providers.

What makes Nuage Networks SD-WAN unique is everything can be done through a single application program interface (API). Users can define a template, make an API request and let the platform do the rest. Nuage Networks SD-WAN is a new way of abstracting the network complexity from what the user wants. The platform has built-in capabilities, which can be optimized to add customers to the TELUS network swiftly and capture new customers outside the TELUS network.

Telus isn’t the only telecommunications network to collaborate with Nuage Networks for its SDN solutions. Several global providers seeking to automate and advance their WAN connections have contracted with Nuage Networks, including BT, China Telecom, Telefonica and Telia. “Nuage Networks has become a leader in helping service providers deliver fully automated and self-service SD-WAN solutions to enterprise customers who are looking to connect their users quickly and securely to applications in private and public clouds,” said Sunil Khandekar, CEO and founder of Nuage Networks.

“Our platform is present in the world’s largest carrier-grade networks and is being deployed as a complete overlay that can serve as a natural extension of customers’ existing L2 and L3 MPLS VPN and other WAN service offerings to remote sites. We are the only vendor that offers a single SDN automation platform for the datacenter, WAN and public cloud – providing operational simplification, agility and significant cost savings across the multiple cloud-based services currently offered by these providers,” he added.