Sunday, November 10, 2013

NTT: Accelerating Innovation and Collaboration

NTT published a presentation outlining its ambition to deploy the most advanced Internet access infrastructure in the world by combining wireless (including Wi-Fi) and fiber-based communications.

NTT is forecasting a global network load of 40 zettabytes by 2020 driven by a nation wide migration to ultra high-definition video (4K/8K), multi-angle viewing and multiple devices per person.

To handle these loads,  NTT is looking to dynamic network traffic control where Big Data analysis can be used to guide the massive number of user sessions.  The goal is Software-Defined Everything, where proactively controlled cloud services can avoid backbone congestion.

The shift from hardware-intensive to software-defined network control will also be seen in the wireless domain.  NTT foresees Wi-Fi frequency interference evasion by using dynamic cell-based software controls.  This will create cooperative WLANs.  Data transmission efficiency will also be addressed by better, next-gen, high-compression technology (HEVC) and better multicasting.

The English version of NTT's presentation is posted online (PDF) here:

Telecom Italia's 2014-2016 Strategic Plan: Focus on Domestic Rollouts

As part of a newly announced 2014-16 Strategic Plan, Telecom Italia will sell its subsidiary, Telecom Argentina, will accelerating the rollout of LTE and its next gen, broadband access network in its home market.  An offer for Telecom Argentina has already been received and management is preparing to act on it.

The CEO Marco Patuano stated: "The Plan for the three year period 2014-2016 envisages some extraordinary transactions intended to strengthen the Group. These will allow us to boost development of ultrabroadband and accelerate our converging business strategy, and to achieve greater financial flexibility, preparatory to our achieving metrics over the life of the plan that are coherent with 'investment grade' status."

In Italy, the plan envisages investments of approximately 9 billion euros over three years, of which 3.4 billion euros solely for latest generation:

  • 1.8 billion euros for the development of fixed ultrabroadband using optical fibre for the access segment;
  • 900 million euros for mobile ultrabroadband;
  • approximately 700 million euros for the creation of new data centres dedicated to the development of cloud computing and international fibre connections.

By 2016, Telecom Italia expects its NGN access network to reach 50% of the population, with 12.4 million homes connected.  Telecom Italia's LTE should cover 80% of the population in that time frame.

Regarding the NGN,  the Telecom Italia Board of Directors has approved a voluntary separation of the access network, giving priority to the creation of the "Equivalence of Input " (EoI) model through functional separation, with particular reference to the offer of unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and virtual unbundling local access (VULA) for the new generation networks based on FTTCab and FTTH architectures.

Mexico's TELMEX Launches Enterprise Cloud Service based on Cisco

TELMEX has launched a Private Enterprise Virtual Data Center service under a technology partnership with Cisco.

The new TELMEX service provides clients with access to a whole network, security and computing resources infrastructure that can be used as an extension of their current Data Center, as a new Data Center connected to their private network, or as a backup of their operations.  Customers can manage their own Virtual Data Center resources through a self-provisioning and self-management portal, supported by Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus and Cisco ASA. solution (Adaptive Security Appliance).