Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu and NTT are working together to show off a proof of concept for a new Virtual Network Platform as a Service (VNPaaS). Guy Shemesh, with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team, talked with Wireless Week about how NTT Labs put the focus for the platform on openness customization. The idea is to create an industry initiative as opposed to a single-vendor push while addressing the Japanese market’s demand for customization.
Network function virtualization (NFV) is a CSP-led industry movement intended to help them accelerate the convergence of their IT and network domains. NFV’s promise is in its ability to shorten the development cycle and ultimately help lower capital and operating costs.
The effort to virtualize the networks has moved beyond hype. Carriers have identified the many benefits of moving to an all-IP, software-based network, and vendors are clamoring to meet their needs. Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and Juniper Networks recently announced a partnership that will bring together...
If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.
The opportunity for mobile operators to capture enterprise customers and revenues is tangible; and while consumer services should always be a core offering, mobile operators should remain enterprise-focused as its VoLTE strategy is developed and executed.
In mature wireless markets around the globe, the subsidy model has driven operators’ revenue growth by both attracting new subscribers and enticing them to upgrade their service plans. But today the subsidy model faces challenges. Some operators have experimented with an alternate...
NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung.
Without water there are no clouds. So it seems appropriate that a sprinkler could save water (and money) by leveraging the other type of cloud. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler is a smartphone-controlled sprinkler/timer that uses real-time weather and soil sample data along with a huge plant biology database to decide when, where and how much water to dispense to grass, plants, shrubs and trees.
IBM is renewing its MobileFirst initiative with a whole bunch of enhancements to existing services. The IT giant first launched MobileFirst at Mobile World Congress 2013 and has since seen the rapid shift towards mobile enterprise. Rich Esposito, general manager for mobility services at IBM, said that at the outset of enterprise mobility four or five years ago, the focus was on BYOD and MDM.
To some executives, the idea of crime against merchants and high-volume data breaches might seem like the latest Hollywood action movie. While it is a reality for retailers because those are the companies we see on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, it seems like fiction for everyone else.
As the storage of files and other content in the cloud becomes as commonplace as backing up to a local hard drive, companies like Dropbox find themselves in the middle of an all out war with some major players. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, are among the biggest companies that offer extensive ecosystems...
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.
As the tectonic plates of your mobile workforce shift and swell, you may very well feel like you’re sitting on top of a volcano. While you might think that this is all part of your imagination, it turns out that this sense of impending eruption is well founded.
Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.
When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...