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OpenDaylight releases second virtualization platform

The OpenDaylight Project has announced the release of its second open source platform to advance Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architecture control. The release, called Helium, will benefit from 11 new features and protocols, which have all been provided by the network infrastructure vendor community. Open source is being increasingly viewed as [...]

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TeliaSonera sets out new capex plan, dividend policy

(Telecompaper) TeliaSonera said on the occasion of its 2014 Capital Markets Day that it is replacing its current dividend policy with a target to distribute an annual dividend of at least SEK 3 per share for the fiscal years 2014 and 2015. It said continuous capital expenditure (capex) in its core operations is expected to be around 15 percent of service revenues in the next two years. TeliaSonera will invest total accumulated capex of up to SEK 6–7 billion in 2015–2016 in two main areas.

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Internet to contribute $300bn to African GDP by 2025

Dr. Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology, has revealed that research has shown that the Internet can contribute up to USD $300bn to Africa’s GDP by 2025. Johnson revealed the details at the 2014 DEMO Africa event, which was held in Lagos this past week. Johnson stated that: “The increase in the number of

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Virgin Mobile launches in Saudi Arabia

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition. As reported by Reuters, VMMEA has launched two brands [...]

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Telkom LTE Advanced details surface for SA

Telkom has revealed that it will begin the roll-out of its LTE Advanced (LTE-A) connectivity platform to over 50 suburbs within South Africa, before the end of 2014. According to the telecom provider, LTE-A can potentially offer speeds of up to 3Gbps. With the upgrade in progress, Telkom is expected to offer its customers peak

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CenturyLink announces expansion into China

The business arm of American telco CenturyLink has announced the expansion of its managed services availability into the Chinese market. The announcement marks a potentially significant step for Western businesses moving into the worlds’ second largest economy. Managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions will be available to customers based in China, via a dedicated [...]

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Tele Columbus plans IPO by year-end

(Telecompaper) Tele Columbus, Germany’s third-largest cable operator, announced plans for an initial public offering by year-end. It plans to raise at least EUR 300 million to help reduce debt and provide cash for expansion. The IPO will be accompanied by a debt refinancing aimed at reducing interest expense and lowering net debt to around 3.5 times adjusted EBITDA. The offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange will include new shares and shares from existing shareholders. Active in east Germany, Tele Columbus has around 1.7 million households connected to its network. Since a propsoed merger with Kabel Deutschland was vetoed by regulators last year, Tele Columbus has been expanding through small acquisitions.  

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Netflix to finance films for theatres

(Telecompaper) Netflix said it will finance movies that will debut simultaneously in theatres and on its streaming video service, starting with a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), Re/Code reported. The film will be produced by the Wein…

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Apple to bring iPhone 6, 6 Plus to China on 17 Oct

(Telecompaper) Apple will bring its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to China on 17 October. The phone will be available on China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. Pre-orders will being on 10 October. Customers can start reserving their devices for in-…

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HP launches 7-inch Windows tablet for USD 100

(Telecompaper) HP has announced two new Windows tablets launching for the year-end holidays. The Stream 7 and Stream 8 are Intel-powered 7- and 8-inch tablets that come with one year of Office 365 Personal and 60 minutes of Skype each month, 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for a year and a full Windows 8.1 experience. The HP Stream 8 tablet includes an optional 200MB of free 4G data each month for the life of the device, offered with T-Mobile US. Customers can personalize their tablet with Start screen, live tiles and a dynamic lock screen, and the tablets provider multi-user support. They also comes with the HP Connected suite of apps for accessing digital content including photos and music across multiple devices. The HP Stream tablets will go on sale in early November in the US, for USD 99.99 for the 7-inch tablet and USD 149.99 for the 8-inch version. HP also launched two notebooks in the Stream range, with 11.6- and 13.3-inch touchscreens.

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