Showing posts with label Managed Services. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Managed Services. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

Australia's NBN Co extends Ericsson fixed wireless contract to 2020

NBN Co has announced it will continue its fixed wireless and Sky Muster™ managed services partnership with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) through to 2020.

Australia's NBN Co has extended a managed services contract with Ericsson through to 2020. Ericsson will continue to be responsible for nbn fixed wireless network operations, ground systems operations for Sky Muster – the operator's satellite service – as well as customer connections and assurance for both technologies.

NBN Co's fixed wireless and Sky Muster services cover more than 980,000 homes in regional and remote Australia with more than 290,000 homes connected to broadband services via NBN Co's retail service providers.

"As we extend our strategic partnership with NBNCo, we look forward to continuing the delivery of fixed wireless and satellite services to regional and rural Australia. The availability of ubiquitous broadband to homes and businesses across Australia will help to bridge the digital divide and support economic and community growth," stated Emilio Romeo, Managing Director of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.

Ericsson has been NBN Co's managed services provider since 2011, when it was appointed to build and operate a fixed-wireless broadband network based on TD-LTE technology.

In 2014, the partnership was expanded to include operation of the ground component of NBN Co's long-term satellite solution and end user connections and assurance services.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Verizon Launches Exponent Services for Global Carriers

Verizon unveiled Exponent, its new business and technology venture offering a portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy and launch next-generation solutions.

Exponent leverages Verizon's innovation and experience in building its own network to provide the same foundation for other carriers to fuel their digital transformation and expanding their Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Media Services and Internet Services Delivery platforms.

"As carriers around the world seek to compete with new, emerging technology players and OTT service providers, Exponent provides a cost-effective way for them to leverage Verizon's investment and experience to diversify and help grow their revenue streams while relying on our tradition of innovation, reliability and excellence," said Guru Pai, Chief Product Officer at Verizon.

Exponent platforms provide a broad range of business and technical benefits to carriers including:

  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Platform – designed to assist carriers to unlock and monetize their wealth of data through the application of advanced machine learning techniques, deep analytics, and artificial intelligence. This new groundbreaking platform enables service providers to utilize their unique data sets in the marketplace and open new business opportunities.
  • IoT Platform – from silicon to vertical solutions, this platform eliminates many of the limitations carriers have traditionally faced in managing the known complexities of its IoT growth business. By integrating a wide set of capabilities, from managing all end user devices and connections to a developer and customer marketplace, carriers are empowered to accelerate their IoT use cases.
  • Media Services Platform – through cross-platform video and advanced media services across multiple networks with different end point devices, this platform reduces complexity to a simple integrated end-to-end next-generation video technology, handling everything from content ingestion to the final user screen. These solutions allow carriers to easily process at scale any type of video content from linear TV feeds to live streaming, OTT and emerging formats such as 360 video and VR, at a very convenient cost structure, while delivering a rich and customizable user experience.
  • Internet Services Delivery Platform – with the goal of managing the ever-increasing infrastructure demand, this platform provides a powerful and flexible real-time flow-based solution that helps operators launch revenue-generating internet services, create value-based pricing and consumer engagement plans, and deliver dynamic network optimization capabilities through a simple management interface.
  • Cloud Computing and Storage Platform – designed and built with carrier-sized deployments in mind, this container-based architecture allows carriers to rapidly deploy new services with a focus on scale and security, all while optimizing for both performance and cost.


http://www.exponentplatforms.com
http://www.verizon.com

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ericsson Lands Big Managed Services Contract with Turkcell

Turkcell has selected Ericsson to manage and operate its mobile and fiber optic fixed network, which includes microwave links and covers all technologies from 2G to 4G/LTE. Ericsson is now Turkcell's exclusive managed services partner in the Marmara region, which includes Istanbul. The deal extends a long-term partnership between the two companies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it will also introduce tools, processes and refined ways of working to improve performance, predictability, and quality of services as part of the deal.

Gediz Sezgin, Senior Vice President of Network Technologies at Turkcell says: "Our ongoing strategic cooperation with Ericsson extends beyond our requirements as a mobile network operator. At Turkcell, we continue to invest in both our current network and future technologies. We feel that our ideologies regarding the future of ICT are aligned with Ericsson. We see this cooperation as a milestone in order to reach common goals."

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

HPE's Services Business to Merge with CSC for Global IT Services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will spin-off its Enterprise Services business and merge the unit with CSC, creating a pure-play, global IT services company with annual revenues of approximately $26 billion, more than 5,000 customers in 70 countries and employees in every major global region.

The companies said the combination will give them greater scale to service global clients migrating to the cloud. The deal is expected to produce first-year cost synergies of approximately $1 billion post-close, with run rate of $1.5 billion by end of year one.

Mike Lawrie, the current head of CSC, will become chairman, president and CEO of the new company, and Meg Whitman will join the Board of Directors. The new company's board will be split 50/50 between directors nominated by HPE and CSC.

After the spin-off, the remaining HPE will still have $33 billion in expected annual revenue. The company says the plan enables it to sharpen its focus on secure, next-generation, software-defined infrastructure built on its portfolio of servers, storage, networking, converged infrastructure, as well as its Helion Cloud platform and software assets.

"The 'spin-merger' of HPE's Enterprise Services unit with CSC is the right next step for HPE and our customers," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "Enterprise Services' customers will benefit from a stronger, more versatile services business, better able to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing technology landscape."

"As a more powerful, versatile and independent global technology services business, this new company will be well positioned to help clients succeed on their digital transformation journeys," said Mike Lawrie, CSC chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Together, CSC and HPE's Enterprise Services will have the scale, foundation and next-generation technologies to innovate, compete and grow in a rapidly changing marketplace. We are excited by the great potential this merger brings to our people, clients, partners and investors, and by the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise."

https://www.hpe.com/
http://www.csc.com/

Monday, February 15, 2016

NTT Com Expands Focus on Managed Services

The NTT Group will transfer its 100% holding of Atlas IT S.A. to NTT Com on April 1 2016.

NTT Com said it intends to develop a strong leadership position in global managed network, infrastructure and applications services to augment its network, data center and cloud services. Atlas IT will change its name to NTT Com Managed Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Com. The new company, which already provides remote infrastructure and application management services to mid-market and enterprise customers in EMEA, North America, Asia and Australia, will be tasked with accelerating this global expansion of managed services.

Shigeru Kitabatake SVP Managed Services commented - “With the financial support of NTT Com we believe the new NTT Com Managed Services business will help us realise our ambition to be a global leader in managed networks, infrastructure and application management.”

Damian Skendrovic, who will take the post of CEO NTT Com Managed Services, added, “After several years of successful growth, I am delighted that Atlas IT has been chosen to lead the global expansion of NTT Com’s managed services business. With the direct backing of NTT Com we are well positioned to realize our global ambitions and better serve our expanding global customer base.”

http://www.ntt.co.jp

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Comcast Business Launches WiFi Pro Service for SMBs

Comcast Business launched its WiFi Pro service featuring cloud-based controls, marketing tools and other advanced capabilities for SMBs and enterprise branch locations.

The managed service provides two high-performance commercial Wi-Fi networks – a private network for employees and a guest network for visitors and patrons – providing additional security, and leverages the latest AC chipset to support the fastest Wi-Fi speeds and expanded range. The equipment and access points for WiFi Pro are installed and managed by professional technicians.

“WiFi Pro offers simple management and features to SMBs and distributed enterprises that were previously only available to headquarters and other large office locations, enabling a better employee experience and customer engagement,” said John Guillaume, vice president of Product Management at Comcast Business. “The additional marketing features allow SMBs and enterprise branches to create a more personalized experience through Wi-Fi to help drive customer retention and revenue growth.”

http://business.comcast.com/wifipro

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BT Deploys Cisco FirePower for Threat-centric Security

BT recently announced a partnership with Cisco to deliver threat-centric security solutions for both its internal network and for customer services.

Specifically, BT is using Cisco's threat-centric technologies, such as ASA with FirePOWER Services, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) to provide a differentiated capability in the market. In a Cisco blog posting, BT said it has experienced a 1,000% increase in threats over the past 13 months.  The trend includes an increasing number of transport-layer threats where network elements are targeted. BT's response involves a consolidation in the network architecture and deployment of Cisco's FirePower next-generation IPS tools along with Advanced Malware Protection.

The Cisco solution leverages its recent acquisitions of SourceFire, ThreatGrid and Cognitive Security (COSE).

BT said the partnership enables it to sell advanced security solution into complex IT infrastructures across the globe. BT has sold the capability to a nation-state.

https://blogs.cisco.com/security/security-insights-with-british-telecom


Cisco Targets "Security Everywhere," Intros Firepower 9300

Cisco is rolling out a "Security Everywhere" initiative aimed at embedding security throughout the extended network – from the data center out to endpoints, branch offices, and the cloud. The goal is pervasive threat visibility and control for enterprises and service provider networks. To get there, Cisco is adding more sensors to increase visibility; more control points to strengthen enforcement; and pervasive, advanced threat protection to reduce time-to-detection and time-to-response, limiting the impact of attacks.

Cisco is launching the following set of solutions across the entire networking portfolio:

• Endpoints: With Cisco AnyConnect Featuring Cisco AMP for Endpoints, customers using the Cisco AnyConnect 4.1 VPN client now can easily deploy and significantly expand their threat
protection to VPN-enabled endpoints to continuously and retrospectively guard against advanced malware.

• Campus and Branch: FirePOWER Services solutions for Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) provides centrally managed Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) at the branch office integrated in the network fabric, where dedicated security appliances may not be feasible.

• Network as a Sensor and Enforcer: Cisco has embedded multiple security technologies into the network infrastructure to provide broad threat visibility to rapidly identify users and devices associated with anomalies, threats and misuse of networks and applications. New capabilities include:

Broader Integration between Identity Services Engine (ISE) and Lancope StealthWatch: Enterprises can go beyond just mapping IP addresses to identifying threat vectors based on ISE’s context of who, what, where, when and how users and devices are connected and access network resources. This provides greater contextual threat visibility with StealthWatch for accelerated identification of threats.

NetFlow on Cisco UCS: Extending Cisco’s network-as-a-sensor capabilities to the physical and virtual servers, customers now have greater visibility into network traffic flow patterns and threat intelligence information in the data center.

Using the new embedded security capabilities, Cisco networks now have the ability to automate and dynamically enforce security policies. Customers can segment applications and users throughout the network – across the extended enterprise to use policy to define which users can get which applications and what traffic can traverse the network then automate security operations.

TrustSec + ISE and StealthWatch Integration: StealthWatch can now block suspicious network devices by initiating segmentation changes, providing rapid response to identified malicious activity. ISE can then modify access policies for Cisco routers, switches, and wireless LAN controllers embedded with TrustSec technology.

Hosted Identity Services provide a secure, 24/7, cloud-delivered service for the Cisco Identity Services Engine, a security policy management platform that unifies and automates secure network access control. The new hosted service speeds time to deployment, supporting business growth and providing role-based, context-aware identity enforcement of users and devices permitted on the network, streamlining enterprise mobility experiences.

• pxGrid Ecosystem: Eleven new partners have joined the pxGrid Ecosystem with the addition of several new ecosystem technology categories, including cloud security and network/application performance management. pxGrid is Cisco’s security context information exchange fabric that enables security platforms to share information to drive better threat detection, mitigation and overall security operations.

Cisco is also expanding advanced threat-centric protection for its Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), which is its open network architecture designed to advance the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Cisco’s new service provider security solutions include the following:

• Cisco Firepower 9300 Integrated Security Platform is a carrier-grade, high-performance, scalable and modular multi-services security platform purpose-built for service providers, that can scale security for increased data flows due to accelerated service demands and carrier class requirements.

• Expanded Advanced Orchestration and Cloud Capabilities enable Cisco’s new security solutions to integrate with the Cisco architecture and third-party SDN/NFV solutions, as well as Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance Virtual (ASAv) with Cisco’s Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) and Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). These orchestration and cloud capabilities also include open APIs for integration with orchestration, Operation Support Systems/Business Support Systems, and Cloud Security-as-a-Service solutions.

• Advanced features such as secure containers to accommodate future security services and applications. Additionally, Cisco ASA firewall and third-party DDoS mitigation from Radware are currently supported, with additional capabilities planned for the second half of 2015.

Cisco Integrates ACI with FirePOWER Intrusion Prevention

Cisco is integrating its FirePOWER Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) into its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture.

The integrated ACI + firePOWER security solution, which will be available in June 2015, offers automated threat protection to combat emerging data center security threats. The idea is fine-grained control (including application level security), visibility and centralized automation all the way from infrastructure to the application level.

Cisco ACI also third-party ecosystem solutions from Check Point Software Technologies, Fortinet, Infoblox, Intel Security, Radware, and Symantec.

Cisco said ACI integration with FirePOWER NGIPS (including Advanced Malware Protection) provides security before, during and after an attack, enabling organizations to dynamically detect and block advanced threats with continuous visibility and control across the full attack continuum. These new security capabilities deliver unprecedented control, visibility and centralized security automation in the data center.

Cisco also announced that independent qualified security assessors have validated ACI for deployment in payment card industry (PCI) compliant networks. Managing and simplifying the scope of compliance can help reduce costs for these organizations.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1628097
http://www.cisco.com

Friday, December 18, 2015

AT&T Transfers Managed App and Hosting Business to IBM

AT&T agreed to transition its managed application and managed hosting services unit to IBM. IBM will then align these managed service capabilities with the IBM Cloud portfolio. IBM will also acquire equipment and access to floor space in AT&T data centers currently supporting the applications and managed hosting operations.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T will continue to provide other managed networking services, including security, cloud networking and mobility offerings.

The companies said the deal builds on their long-term partnership.

“Today’s announcement represents an expansion of our strategic relationship with AT&T and continuing collaboration to deliver new innovative solutions,” said Philip Guido, IBM General Manager of Global Technology Services for North America. “Working with AT&T, we will deliver a robust set of IBM Cloud and managed services that can continuously evolve to meet clients’ business objectives.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/48500.wss
http://about.att.com/story/att_and_ibm_expand_strategic_relationship.html

AT&T and IBM Team Up on Mobile Cloud Security


AT&T and IBM announced a partnership focused on delivering a scalable mobile cloud solution to help protect corporate data and apps. 

The reference architecture includes:
  • IBM MobileFirst Protect: helps organizations manage and control mobile devices, apps and documents.
  • AT&T NetBond: provides a highly secure, scalable network connection to IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer.
  • IBM Cloud: the SoftLayer infrastructure secures public and private clouds for applications and data storage.
  • AT&T Work Platform: enables separate billing of business and personal charges for voice, messaging and data use on an employee's personal handset.
"Balancing employees' need for convenience with security has become a challenge for CISOs and CIOs across the world," said Caleb Barlow, vice president, IBM Security. "To help protect organizations, employees and data, IBM Security and AT&T are delivering a tested and easy to deploy set of complementary tools. We're giving enterprise mobile device users stable, private access to data and apps in the cloud."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

IBM Lands $180 million IT Services & Cloud Contract

IBM announced a five-year IT services agreement including cloud, mobile, analytics and security technologies with Columbia Pipeline Group. The deal is valued at $180 million, Inc. (NYSE: CPGX) supporting the company’s continued growth as an independent energy company.

On July 1, CPG completed the separation of its natural gas pipeline, midstream and storage business from energy infrastructure company NiSource Inc. As a stand-alone, publicly traded company, CPG is rapidly expanding its operations to serve new and existing customers and markets, with net asset investments expected to grow from about $4.6 billion in 2015 to about $13.5 billion by 2020.

The agreement calls for IBM to move CPG’s IT infrastructure and business applications -- including human resources, billing and finance, pipeline operations and IT management -- from NiSource’s data centers into a private cloud in an IBM data center in Columbus, Ohio. IBM also will separate CPG’s networks from NiSource and manage CPG’s integrated IT environment going forward. The solution includes the core data center and IBM Cloud infrastructure, network services, help desk, end user services, intelligent security platforms, mobile device management, and operational analytics.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47284.wss


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ericsson Acquires China's Sunrise Technology for IT Services

Ericsson agreed to acquire the telecom business of Sunrise Technology, a provider of IT services in the operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) domain. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sunrise Technology, which is headquartered in Guangzhou, integrates complex IT solutions for leading operators in China. Areas of expertise include IT consulting, systems integration for charging and billing systems, customer relationship management and business intelligence/analytics solutions, and application development and maintenance. About 1,00 employees will join Ericsson's Global Services business, which employs 65,000 employees in 180 countries.

Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson, says: "China is the world's biggest mobile market in terms of number of subscriptions, with 1.285 billion. Most of the country's telecom operators are at the beginning of their IT transformation journeys, and will soon replace their legacy IT systems with next-generation solutions that will enable them to launch digital offerings. The acquisition of Sunrise Technology's telecom business will boost our ability to serve mobile operators' IT transformation needs in China, and is aligned with our strategy of becoming a global ICT leader."

http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ericsson to manage TeliaSonera Field Operations in Sweden

TeliaSonera has decided to outsource certain field operations in parts of Sweden to Ericsson.

The companies announced a five-year-agreement that expands Ericsson Managed Services footprint for fixed and mobile networks. The new deal builds on an outsourcing contract initially signed back in 2010.

Increased network complexity and performance expectations puts high demands on the operators to run their operations in a cost-efficient manner while providing world-class experience to their customers.

Charlotta Sund, President Region Northern Europe and Central Asia, Ericsson, said; "Increased network complexity and performance expectations puts high demands on the operators to run their operations in a cost-efficient manner while providing world-class experience to their customers. Ericsson has invested more than USD 1 billion in tools, methods and processes in order to help its customers increase network efficiency. We are committed to ensure that our best capabilities and global expertise are available to TeliaSonera so that its subscribers could enjoy even better quality and speed".

http://www.ericsson.com

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ericsson Signs 7-Year Nationwide Manage Services Deal with India's Reliance

Ericsson has signed a seven-year deal Reliance Communications to operate and manage their wireline and wireless networks across India. Ericsson will also take over responsibility for the field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications' 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Reliance Communications' infrastructure covers over 150,000 km of fiber, 2G/3G/CDMA mobile network, wireline access and enterprise network in 22 telecom circles, across India and includes 21,000 towns and 400,000 villages to which it offers converged services including voice, data and video.

Ericsson said the agreement extends its managed services footprint nationwide across all the 22 circles in India. This is the first pan-Indian managed services deal for Ericsson.

Ericsson will streamline Reliance Communication's operations by bringing all aspects of fiber, mobile networks and wireline access networks to Reliance Communications' wireless and Global Enterprise Business, across differentiated product lines.

"We are happy to announce our partnership with Ericsson to manage our wireline and wireless network on a pan-Indian basis.  Given the complexity of networks and the growing performance expectations from customers, we are banking on the experience, innovation and technical expertise of Ericsson to improve the productivity of our network and ensure customer satisfaction and retention by delivering superior network performance and service quality at optimized costs," stated Suresh Rangachar, Head of Commercial, Reliance Communications.

Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, said; "We are excited to partner with Reliance Communications for this strategic multi-technology managed services deal. We have been managing their networks in north and west and are now pleased to extend this support to all 22 Circles.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1877570

  • In February 2013, Reliance Communications awarded an eight-year, managed services contract to Ericsson valued at US$1 billion to operate and manage wireline and wireless networks in the Northern and Western states of India.  Under this deal, Ericsson will manage the day to day operations across wireline and wireless networks and will take over responsibility for field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks.
  • In July 2014, Ericsson opened a Global Network Operations Center in Kolkata, India -- its fourth such facility in the nation.  It also operates NOCs in Noida, Gurgaon and Bangalore.  The new Global Network Operations Center provides managed services that help operators in 49 countries around the world reduce capital expenditure, improve network performance and promote end-user loyalty. The managed services provided include service and resource fulfillment, proactive and reactive maintenance, alarm and network fault handling, restoration and repair of network faults, problem management and change management, customer problem management, help desks, network planning, design and optimization, application development and support, and operations management.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tech Mahindra Expands in Network Services with LCC Acquisition

Tech Mahindra has agreed to acquire Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC), a leading provider of network engineering services, for approximately US$240 million. The acquisition expands Tech Mahindra's presence in network services globally.

LCC, which is based in McLean, Virginia, is the largest independent network services company worldwide and has played a key role in the engineering of over 350 networks.  The company has designed more than 350,000 cell sites for over 400 customers and has worked with all major access technologies (LTE, WiMAX, HSPA, EV-DO, CDMA, EDGE and GSM). LCC claims annual revenues of over $400 million and has some 5,000 employees in 50 countries.

Tech Mahindra is a US$3.4 billion company with 95,300+ professionals across 51 countries. It has deep expertise in software, consulting, integration and operations services.  The company, has been a leading provider of IT services to telecom operators since its founding, said this acquisition brings it new opportunities in network engineering at a time when many networks are going through significant transformation.  Tech Mahindra is aligned with major network equipment suppliers.

“This acquisition is a defining moment for Tech Mahindra and the network services sector. We will now be the largest and most comprehensive provider of technology services to Communications Service Providers. Our 25 years of rich experience in delivering technology solutions to enterprises and communications service providers globally will be significantly strengthened by this acquisition,” stated CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra.

“This partnership is another significant step towards the globalization of Tech Mahindra as we welcome a diverse workforce of over 5,000 network professionals across five continents and more than 50 countries. We expect network services to be a major growth engine for our organization,” stated Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra.

“Over three decades, LCC has grown to become the largest independent provider of wireless engineering services. Bringing LCC into Tech Mahindra will create the industry’s largest network engineering, deployment, and managed services organization,” said Kenneth Young, CEO of LCC. “Having Tech Mahindra’s breadth of services to provide advanced managed network services coupled with its size and scale, will help us increase the performance of our customers’ ever-evolving networks,” he added.

http://www.techmahindra.com
http://www.lcc.com/

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dimension Data Standardizes its Managed Services Globally

Dimension Data, the ICT solutions division of the NTT Group, is standardizing its Managed Services for Data Centres on a global basis.

Dimension Data manages server, storage and networks for on-premise, cloud and hybrid data centers using a state-of-the-art Managed Services Automation Platform.

The company said the launch of this suite of managed services is the next step in a set of strategic initiatives to expand the group’s capability to consistently support domestic and multinational clients’ data center transformation requirements.  The company aims to quadruple the size of its data center business to US$4 billion by 2018.

“We’re seeing a shift away from clients owning and managing their own data centre to outsourcing the entire infrastructure, or the
management of the environment. With Managed Services for Data Centres, clients maintain technology flexibility, while we automate
routine transactional and knowledge work across the network, server, and storage for on-premise and cloud environments," stated Steve Joubert, Dimension Data’s Group Executive for Data Centres.

http://www.dimensiondata.com/Global/Services/Managed-Services/Pages/Data-centres.aspx

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MTN Picks Huawei for Managed Services in African Markets

South Africa-base MTN  awarded a five-year managed services contract to Huawei covering the six countries in which the group operates globally, including Ghana, Cameroon, Guinea and Benin.  The contract encompasses a range of services such as managed network operations, network performance management and spare parts management.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

MTN has been a long-term partner of Huawei in managed services.  In the next five years, Huawei will continue to operate, optimize, transform and improve MTN’s operations and services with Huawei’s Managed Services Unified Platform (MSUP) and support from its global expertise in MAI (Measure, Analyze, Improve), to ensure greater efficiency and business value can be achieved at MTN.

http://www.huawei.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ericsson to Offer SAP Mobile Secure for Enterprises

Ericsson and SAP are collaborating to securely deliver network-enabled cloud solutions, which will provide users with secure access to their business apps and content on mobile devices.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will offer SAP Mobile Secure, a set of cloud-based solutions, combined with an IT managed service offering, expanding its portfolio of services available for its 400+ mobile network operators.

The companies said the partnership will bring together SAP Mobile Secure with the stability and scalability offered by Ericsson IT managed services and service delivery capabilities.  Worldwide, Ericsson manages networks that serve 600 million subscribers and additionally provides managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers.

"With its heritage in mobile security, SAP is known for its ability to develop flexible offerings that can be tailored to the needs of any enterprise," said said Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson. "With the increased focus of mobile workforce productivity, this solution will enable fast deployment using the software-as-a-service delivery model.  By using this model, we can serve both small enterprises that might not have expertise in IT security as well as the Fortune 100 companies with complex needs that require more customization."

"As mobile network operators (MNOs) strive to support the changing mobile needs for enterprises, the planned EMM solution from Ericsson and SAP will allow them to better address these needs with faster time to market and minimal infrastructure cost," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president and general manager, SAP Mobile Solutions. "While demand for mobile traffic is increasing, controlling the costs of their network and driving innovation will be the keys to success for mobile network operators. Through Ericsson's long-term relationships with every major telecom operator worldwide and SAP's proven ability to deliver the most complete and scalable cloud-based mobile security solution, this collaboration will provide MNOs with new service offerings, new revenue streams and stronger ties with their customers."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1855103

Ericsson Intros Cloud-enabled Media Mgt Services

Ericsson introduced new end-to-end, cloud-enabled media management services under its Broadcast and Media Services portfolio.

The company said broadcasters can use the power of public or private cloud resources to better manage secure contribution, archiving and media processing. Cloud services promise better security, agility, and efficiency while reducing upfront costs often associated with hardware and infrastructure.

Ericsson's Cloud Functionality will include:

  • File receipt gateway: Mechanisms used to send files for processing, including connectivity, accelerators and content encryption
  • Verification: Services that verify content is received as expected and compliant with specified standards
  • Transformation: Services that prepare content for multiple platforms and territories
  • Delivery: Services for the packaging and delivery of video content to its final destination


http://www.ericsson.com/news/1855184

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ericsson Lands 5-Year Managed Service Deal with Hrvatski Telekom

Ericsson has signed a five-year managed services contract with lea
ding Croatian operator Hrvatski Telekom, a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group.

The five-year contract for construction and maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure includes planning and construction of fixed and mobile networks, maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure, telecom network monitoring, as well as field maintenance of active access and passive networks. A total of 640 employees will be transferred to Ericsson.

Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services, Ericsson, says: "While extending our relationship with Hrvatski Telekom and the Deutsche Telekom Group, we will use our expertise gained from more than 15 years in telecom managed services to improve end-user experience and optimize network operating costs. By saving time and resources, Hrvatski Telekom will be able to increase its investments in innovation, sales and customer management."

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ericsson Opens its Fourth Network Operations Center in India

Ericsson opened a Global Network Operations Center in Kolkata, India -- its fourth such facility in the nation.  It also operates NOCs in Noida, Gurgaon and Bangalore.

The new Global Network Operations Center provides managed services that help operators in 49 countries around the world reduce capital expenditure, improve network performance and promote end-user loyalty. The managed services provided include service and resource fulfillment, proactive and reactive maintenance, alarm and network fault handling, restoration and repair of network faults, problem management and change management, customer problem management, help desks, network planning, design and optimization, application development and support, and operations management.

Amitabh Ray, Managing Director of Ericsson India Global Services, says: "India’s large ICT talent pool and fast-growing economy makes it the ideal place to base a Global Network Operations Center to serve Ericsson’s customers. Kolkata’s standing as a center of commercial and educational excellence makes it a great location for Ericsson’s newest Global Network Operations Center site."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/140708-ericsson-opens-fourth-global-network-operations-center-site-in-india_244099436_c

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ericsson Lands 7-Year Managed Services Deal in Romania

Ericsson signed a seven-year managed services agreement with leading Romanian operators Romtelecom and Cosmote, both subsidiaries of OTE, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Group of companies.

Under the deal, Ericsson will manage the operators' wireline and wireless networks in Romania. Ericsson will assume responsibility for network operations and maintenance of wireline and wireless access, transmission, core and IP domains, as well as network operations for operations support systems, for Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania. Ericsson will add about 730 employees from the carriers to its Global Services division.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1808570

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