Thursday, February 6, 2014

Next Steps for Big Switch and SDN



Doug Murray, Big Switch's new CEO, explains why he joined the company, its strategic direction, the importance of partnerships, the current status of SDN in the market, the open networking initative, and the balance of hardware vs. software for the industry going forward.




What's new on the agenda for this year's Open Networking Summit?




Guru Parulkar, Chair of the Open Networking Summit, previews some of the highlights of this year's ONS agenda.

Date: March 3-5, 2014
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California

Keynotes include: Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures, John Donovan (AT&T), Albert Greenberg (Microsoft), Amin Vahdat (Google) and others.


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Metaswitch Unveils Cloud-based, "Clearwater" IMS Core

Metaswitch Networks introduced Clearwater Core, a software subscription service capable of delivering voice, video and messaging services to millions of users.

The company said its Clearwater Core provides a foundation for complete wireline and wireless IP communications while effectively removing the typical cost barriers to deploying IMS-centric Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communications Services (RCS). This enables network operators to leverage their standard compute resources while incurring a minimal software subscription fee based on the number of virtual CPU cores utilized.  The IMS core implementation, which is fully supported by Metaswitch with custom engineering, bespoke professional services and consultancy, could be run within network functions virtualization (NFV) environments as a virtualized network function (VNF).

“NFV has far-reaching effects in communications networks and this new approach to building networks will provide numerous benefits to network operators, including reductions in both capital and operating costs and the promotion of rapid innovation in the services space,” says Dave Reekie, general manager of Metaswitch’s open source business unit.

"We’re pleased to be easing network operators into the NFV revolution with Clearwater Core, where we can provide individual network operators ongoing support and maintenance of their cloud-based IMS Core on a software subscription basis,” says Reekie. “Like Project Clearwater, the open-source effort that started us down this path, Clearwater Core is completely unique in the industry.”

http://www.metaswitch.com/clearwater
http://www.projectclearwater.org

In May 2013, Project Clearwater, an open-source IMS core initiative for the cloud, launched its website and opened its doors to software developers and systems integrators.


Metaswitch Networks contributed the initial codebase for Project Clearwater and is sponsoring the initiative.

Metaswitch said the goal of Project Clearwater is to deliver critical call and session control functions, along with Telephony Application Server (TAS) capabilities, within any virtualized data center.  Clearwater is being developed for massive scale and "telco-grade" reliability in private or public Cloud environments, together with exceptionally low running costs of around 2 cents per subscriber per year based on Amazon AWS pricing.

Clearwater provides SIP-based call control for voice and video communications and for SIP-based messaging applications.  It is designed for deployment on Amazon Web Services or other private cloud infrastructure.

Windows Azure Media Services Provides NBC Streaming for 2014 Sochi Winter Games

Microsoft's Windows Azure Media Services is being used to publish and stream all 98 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games for NBC Olympics in the United States.

The project is expected to include over 50 live high-definition streams  and over 1,000 hours of on-demand streaming coverage for millions of viewers with different devices and operating systems. Viewers will be able to access live and on-demand content via the NBC Sports Live Extra app available free on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

To meet those demands, Windows Azure will be “leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history,” said Scott Guthrie, acting lead of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, in a press release announcing the partnership with NBC.

Microsoft noted that it is working with Adobe's Primetime TV publishing and monetization platform, including Adobe Primetime Player SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS and other platforms, to ensure full scalability and monetization of video streams across millions of U.S. households. In addition, Microsoft is working with iStreamPlanet and its cloud-based, live video workflow solution Aventus to power live video ingest and multiple bit rate encoding, including ad insertion, for NBC’s streaming coverage of the Olympic Games.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/

Google Chromebox Offers Hangouts Video Conferencing

Google is launching a cloud-based service for business that combines Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage, $999 pre-packaged hardware solution.

"Chromebox for meetings" runs on an Intel Core i7-based box from Asus that is powered by Chrome OS.  The kit includes a 1080p video camera and an omnidirectional conference table microphone with built-in DSP for speech clarity.  A Google account is used to log-in to online meetings. No more complex dial-in codes, passcodes or leader PINs.  Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting. Integration with Google Apps makes it easy to invite others and add rooms to video meetings, directly from Google Calendar.

Management and support is covered by a $250 per device annual fee to Google.

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/solutions/for-meetings.html?utm_source=0214cfmlaunch&utm_medium=blog

NSN's Predictive Operations Forecasts Network Problems

Nokia Solutions and Networks is introducing a managed service for predicting mobile broadband service degradations up to two days in advance.

NSN's Predictive Operations service uses a self-learning analysis engine proven in other industry sectors and further developed and customized by NSN for a telecom operations environment. The engine evaluates a vast range of data that can include service quality, customer experience and other key performance indicators from the operator’s network, as well as external data such as weather forecasts and social media. When an abnormal pattern is detected, which can be up to 48 hours before subscribers would be affected, the service issues a predictive alert to NSN operations experts. They can then pinpoint the cause of the anomaly and take preventive action.

NSN said these capabilities can boost mobile broadband service quality by 15% for a better customer experience.

“Currently, most networks and service operations are run on a real-time basis. Predictive Operations goes a step further and anticipates potential  problems, down to the network element level, before they affect the subscriber. This capability is in line with a key goal of our Technology Vision 2020 – making networks self-aware,” said Amit Dhingra, head of Managed Services at NSN.

NSN is also introducing an LTE Service Management option that covers the entire lifecycle of mobile broadband services running on an operator’s LTE network, including service design, launch and monitoring. NSN Intelligent LTE service models provide an integrated view of all services across the LTE radio network, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and transport networks. "Our new LTE Service Management offering, on the other hand, helps operators ensure the highest quality for such exacting services as mobile TV, video streaming and online gaming, which are sensitive to even small issues in underlying network performance.”

http://nsn.com/

Ericsson Acquires Azuki Systems for OTT Adaptive Bit Rate Streaming

Ericsson agreed to acquire Azuki Systems, a provider of TV Anywhere delivery platforms for service providers, content owners and broadcasters, for an undisclosed sum.

Azuki, which is based in Acton, Ma., developed a TV Anywhere platform that combines the power of over-the-top video with personalization, content protection, scalability and reliability features. It also enables multiple monetization options, beyond portals and authentication services. Azuki was founded in 2008 and has 49 employees.

Ericsson said Azuki will extend its TV and media portfolio, which includes the recent addition of Mediaroom from Microsoft.  Some of the key capabilities from Azuki include adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies. In addition, the acquisition brings a team of highly skilled software engineers.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said, "We are executing on our TV&Media strategy and Azuki adds key technologies and capabilities to extend our market leadership position. Traditional TV is shifting rapidly towards TV Anywhere. Azuki Systems further positions Ericsson to help customers deliver on the Networked Society's global demand for customized and personalized media experiences that include content on any screen, any time across any network."

Cheng Wu, CEO and co-founder of Azuki Systems, said: "Service providers, content owners and broadcasters face a range of challenges as they race to make content available on any device. Through worldwide deployments of our proven next generation video delivery solution, we have helped accelerate deployment and monetization of TV Anywhere services. Continuing this work as part of Ericsson will ensure that customers globally will have the most advanced support as they aim to deliver the best services for their subscribers."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.azukisystems.com/

In September 2013, Ericsson completed its previously announced acquisition of Microsoft's Mediaroom business and TV solution. The deal, which was first announced in April 2013, makes Ericsson the world's largest, by market share, and the most experienced provider of IPTV middleware technology and solutions.

The Mediaroom IPTV platform holds about a 25% share of the global IPTV market. Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered by nearly 60 of the world's leading operators, delivering services to almost 13 million households, and close to 24 million set top boxes, throughout the world. Customers include AT&T U-verse, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV and Swisscom.

Alcatel-Lucent Reports Operational Improvements, Sale of Enterprise Division

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q4 2013 revenues of Euro 3,930 million, flat year-on-year at constant exchange rate, along with a significant improvement in operating profitability and segment operating cash flow in Q4 and for 2013 as a whole.  The company cited a drop in its fixed costs, renegotiated managed services contracts and portfolio rationalization as contributing factors to the improved performance.

Revenues for the Core Networking and Access segments were up 0.4% year-on-year at constant exchange rates. Sequentially, at constant exchange rates, Group revenues increased by 8.8% and by 8.9% for Core Networking and Access segments, reflecting notably a strong performance in IP Platforms, IP Transport and Wireless.

Alcatel-Lucent also announced a binding offer from China Huaxin, a technology investment company, for the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise for Euro 268 million on an enterprise value basis (cash-free / debt-free).  The deal values Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise at an estimated Euro 237 million on an equity value basis, for 100%. Alcatel-Lucent will retain a minority stake of 15%.

A few highlights:

  • Revenues for the IP Routing division were Euro 555 million in Q4 2013, down 5.2% from a record Q4 2012, and down 2.6% sequentially, at constant exchange rates.
  • Revenues for the IP Transport division, which includes terrestrial and submarine optics, reached Euro 618 million in Q4 2013, up 0.3% year-on-year and 14.2% sequentially at constant exchange rates. 
  • Revenues for the IP Platforms division declined 5.8% at constant exchange rates to Euro 543 million in Q4 2013, off a high base in Q4 2012.
  • WDM revenues are stabilizing and 100G adoption rate is accelerating
  • ALU scored a key win for its 1830 Photonic Service Switch with Verizon and with SFR (France)
  • ALU is now shipping more vectoring than non-vectoring VDSL lines
  • ALU says 125+ million subscribers now supported on its IMS platform
  • ALU now has 45 million LTE devices under management
  • ALU had 65 Small Cell contracts at the end of 2013
  • ALU's LTE revenues grew 70%+ in 2013
  • In Managed Services, ALU restructured 15 contracts last year, leading to near break-even financial performance in Q4.


http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Interoute Opens Madrid Data Center

Interoute opened a state-of-the-art data center in Madrid, Spain that is tied into its pan-European network, adding a new physical location to Interoute’s unified ICT platform.


Interoute is promoting the ability for customers to build or buy as-a-service data center architectures – be they physical, virtual or hybrid. These can be distributed and connected across countries via fiber.

The new facility in Madrid is integrated with Interoute’s other data centers in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Geneva, Ghent, Stockholm, Munich and Zurich.  The Madrid data center covers 4,500m2 and offers up to 32 kW per rack. The building has a modular design consisting of 13 independent data center rooms, which can accommodate changing customer demands for space and the latest technological infrastructure. A key differentiator is in the modular and decentralised UPS and cooling distribution.

http://www.interoute.com/

Huawei Signs ASI for North America Channel Distribution

Huawei announced a major distribution agreement with ASI, a leading distributor of IT products and services in North America.

ASI will work through its resellers to bring Huawei Enterprise’s extensive portfolio of IP network infrastructure, unified communications and collaboration, and storage solutions to enterprise and SMB customers throughout the United States. The deal covers Huawei Enterprise’s portfolio, including networking, server, storage, and telepresence solutions and services, to meet the IT demands of SMBs and large enterprises.

“We are truly excited to add Huawei’s industry-leading enterprise products and solutions to our networking and storage portfolio,” said Cathy Wang, vice president of Product Management, ASI. “Huawei has a strong history of technical achievement and providing end value to the customer.  This strategic partnership not only expands our enterprise offerings, but also allows us to bring Huawei Enterprise’s innovations to the SMB market.”
 
“Huawei is proud to partner with ASI to bring our innovative and highly competitive enterprise solutions to ASI’s extensive reseller network,” said Jane Li, Chief Operating Officer, Huawei Enterprise USA. “This partnership not only expands our U.S. presence, but also cements our commitment to the largest IT market in the world.”

ASI, which is based in Fremont, California, supplies over 20,000 VARs throughout North America.

http://www.huawei.com

Citrix and Palo Alto Networks Team on Multi-tenant Network Security

Palo Alto Networks' VM-Series next-gen virtualized firewall and threat prevention offering is now available on the Citrix NetScaler SDX service delivery networking platform.

The Citrix NetScaler SDX ADC cloud service platform is a multi-tenant appliance providing application availability, application acceleration and application security needed in the mobile and cloud world.

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series runs the same PAN-OSTM software as Palo Alto Networks physical enterprise security platforms, bringing next-generation firewall and threat prevention capabilities to virtual data centers. The application-specific protections provided by NetScaler AppFirewall™ complement the next-generation firewall protections provided by the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series.
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The VM-Series integrated with NetScaler SDX serves as a multi-tenant platform capable of delivering dedicated advanced delivery controller (ADC) and next-generation firewall instances tailored to the specific needs of individual, "tenant" applications.

The companies also highlighted the use of Netscaler-enabled firewalls for delivering Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop®virtual application and desktop virtualization solutions.

http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/feb-2014/citrix-and-palo-alto-networks-team-to-deliver-consolidated--mult.html

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cisco: Mobile Data Traffic Growth Forecast at 61% CAGR

From 2013 to 2018, global mobile traffic growth will outpace global fixed traffic growth by a factor of three, according to Cisco's newly released Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Forecast, 2013-2018, reaching a worldwide load of 15.9 exabytes per month or 190 exabytes annually in 2018.

The study combines independent analyst forecasts, real-world mobile data usage, and Cisco’s own estimates for mobile application adoption, minutes of use, and transmission speeds.

Some highlights:

Growth Factors

  • By 2018, there will be 4.9 billion mobile users, up from 4.1 billion in 2013.
  • By 2018, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices/connections—including eight billion personal mobile devices and two billion M2M connections, up from seven billion total mobile-ready devices and M2M connections in 2013.
  • Average global mobile network speeds will nearly double from 1.4 Mbps in 2013 to 2.5 Mbps by 2018.
  • By 2018, mobile video will represent 69 percent of global mobile data traffic, up from 53 percent in 2013.

Global Shift to Smarter Devices

  • Globally, 54 percent of mobile connections will be “smart” connections by 2018, up from 21 percent in 2013. Smart devices and connections have advanced computing/multi-media capabilities and a minimum of 3G connectivity.
  • Smartphones, laptops, and tablets will drive about 94 percent of global mobile data traffic by 2018. M2M traffic will represent five percent of 2018 global mobile data traffic while basic handsets will account for 1 percent of global mobile data traffic by 2018. Other portables will account for 0.1 percent.
  • Mobile cloud traffic will grow 12-fold from 2013 to 2018, a 64 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

Impact of Machine-to-Machine Connections (and Wearable Devices)

  • In 2013, M2M connections represented nearly five percent of mobile-connected devices in use and generated more than one percent of total mobile data traffic
  • By 2018, M2M connections will represent nearly 20 percent of mobile-connected devices in use and generate almost six percent of total mobile data traffic.
  • In 2013, there were 21.7 million global wearable devices. By 2018, there will be 176.9 million global wearable devices or a 52 percent CAGR.

4G Mobile Adoption and Traffic Growth

  • By 2018, 4G connections will support 15 percent of all connections, up from 2.9 percent in 2013.
  • By 2018, 4G connections will support 51 percent, or 8 exabytes per month, of total mobile data traffic, up from 30 percent, or 448 petabytes per month, in 2013.
  • 4G traffic will grow 18-fold from 2013 to 2018, a 78 percent CAGR.

Wi-Fi Offload Traffic Surpasses Cellular Traffic

  • More mobile data traffic will be offloaded onto Wi-Fi from mobile-connected devices (17.3 exabytes per month) than will remain on mobile networks by 2018 (15.9 exabytes per month).
  • By 2018, 52 percent of global mobile traffic will be offloaded onto Wi-Fi/small cell networks, up from 45 percent in 2013.

Global Mobile Application Analysis: Video Remains on Top

  • Mobile video traffic will increase 14-fold from 2013 to 2018 and will have the highest growth rate of any mobile application category.
  • By 2018, mobile video will be 69 percent of global mobile traffic, up from 53 percent in 2013.
  • By 2018, web and other data applications will be 17 percent of global mobile traffic, down from 28 percent in 2013.
  • By 2018, streaming audio will be 11 percent of global mobile traffic, down from 14 percent in 2013.
  • By 2018, file sharing will be three percent of global mobile traffic, down from four percent in 2013.

Regional Growth Projections

  • The Middle East and Africa will have a 70 percent CAGR and 14-fold growth;
  • Central and Eastern Europe will have a 68 percent CAGR and 13-fold growth;
  • Asia-Pacific will have a 67 percent CAGR and 13-fold growth;
  • Latin America will have a 66 percent CAGR and 13-fold growth;
  • North America will have a 50 percent CAGR and eight-fold growth; and
  • Western Europe will have a 50 percent CAGR and seven-fold growth.

 http://newsroom.cisco.com/release/1340551

NSN and Sprint Hit 2.6 Gbps with TD-LTE

Sprint demonstrated 2.6 Gbps TD-LTE throughput over a single sector using NSN's commercially available Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. The previous record was 1.6 Gbps.

The tests, which were conducted at NSN’s Mountain View facility in California, aggregated 120 MHz of Sprint’s TDD spectrum to achieve an unprecedented speed of 2.6 Gbps.

NSN said its plans include a high-capacity Flexi Multiradio System Module for TD-LTE that can deliver up to 5 Gbps of peak throughput from a single site. The company said this enhanced Flexi Multiradio System Module is the industry’s highest capacity TD-LTE baseband, enabling operators to roll out TD-LTE networks with fewer base stations and fewer sites, saving up to 50 percent in capital expenses and operational costs. The module features integrated transport technology, removing the need for additional hardware for connecting to transport networks. IPsec security is also built in, providing a secure tunnel between the base station and core network to protect traffic from eavesdropping, unauthorized access or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

"Sprint is excited to partner with NSN to enable Sprint Spark and lead the way globally in enabling future mobile broadband innovation,” said Stephen Bye, chief technology officer at Sprint. “Combining our unique spectrum assets with TD-LTE-Advanced features and NSN’s next generation TD-LTE base station has allowed us to achieve the world’s first 2.6 Gbps throughput over TD-LTE.”

"With demand for high-speed mobile broadband services growing rapidly around the world, NSN and Sprint are showing how operators can unlock the highest capacity from their TDD spectrum,” said Zhang Qi, vice president for TD-LTE at NSN. “At Mobile World Congress, we will demonstrate how the record speed was achieved, proving that TD-LTE technology and the ecosystem are ready for global roll out by any operator with TDD spectrum. With our help, the operators can meet and exceed the expectations of mobile broadband customers.”

http://www.sprint.com
http://www.nsn.com

NSN Extends LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation to 3 Carriers

Nokia Solutions and Networks is enhancing its Carrier Aggregation software to be able to support 3 carriers. This should allow for individual users’ downlink data rates of up to 450 Mbps for operators having a total bandwidth of up to 60 MHz in up to 3 bands.

NSN is also implementing dynamic, load-balancing enhanced Inter Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) to enable highly efficient, capacity-focused LTE small cell deployments. eICIC solution manages interference while balancing the subscriber load across the small cell and macro layers. NSN said its solution works with upcoming LTE-Advanced devices as well as with the LTE devices available today.

Both enhancements are software upgrades to NSN’s Flexi Multiradio 10 and Flexi Zone Micro/Pico base stations. NSN will present these innovations at Mobile World Congress 2014.

“As the development of LTE and TD-LTE smartphones progresses towards higher aggregated bandwidth, operators continue to evolve their LTE network capacity adding further frequency allocations. With our software-based evolution of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, we combine the advantages of both these trends,” said Tero Peltola, vice president of FDD LTE at NSN.

“The small cell deployment focus is definitely moving beyond simply filling coverage gaps to improving subscriber experience with added capacity. Even though it is possible to deploy LTE small cells without interference management, NSN’s dynamic, load-balancing eICIC solution boosts capacity by up to 30 percent with coordinated macro and small cell interference management techniques,” continued Peltola. “For effective capacity growth with HetNets, resource management must be optimized for all users, regardless of their LTE device’s capabilities or whether they are connected on the small cell or macro layer. With our solution, operators can ensure every user enjoys a performance boost following the small cell deployments.”

http://www.nsn.com

NSN: Big Gains from Coordinated Multi-cell Scheduling

Using coordinated multi-cell scheduling to reduce interference between adjacent base stations can deliver up to 30 percent faster downlink speeds at the cell edge, according to Nokia Solutions and Networks.

Coordinated scheduling is implemented as software within the base stations, avoiding the need for any additional hardware.

NSN is introducing a software upgrade that adds coordinated scheduling to its Smart Scheduler for Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations.

"Mobile broadband users will experience superior performance everywhere, not just when they’re at the center of a cell,” said Zhang Qi, vice president for TD-LTE at NSN. “Furthermore, NSN’s solution eliminates the need for any additional hardware. Our coordinated scheduling is a simple software upgrade in the base station because we want to keep the LTE network architecture lean and reduce unnecessary complexity.”

http://www.nsn.com

Cisco and Samsung Sign Patent Cross-License

Cisco and Samsung Electronics Co. signed a patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies.

The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies' existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.

"Innovation is stifled all too often in today's overly-litigious environment," said Dan Lang, Cisco's Vice President of Intellectual Property.  "By cross-licensing our patent portfolios, Cisco and Samsung are taking important steps to reverse the trend and advance innovation and freedom of operation."

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.samsung.com

Syringa Upgrades to 100G with ADVA's FSP 3000

Syringa Networks, which serves areas within Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Utah, has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 to scale the capacity of its network.  The ADVA FSP 3000 is pre-configured for 100G.  ADVA has been a long-term supplier to Syringa.

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20140205.aspx


Dell'Oro: Service Provider Edge Router Market Forecast

The demand for routers in mobile backhaul networks is expected to propel the worldwide Service Provider Router market to almost $9 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

“As LTE networks are being deployed in China and across Europe, router demand in mobile backhaul networks is taking off, with service providers expanding capacity to handle data traffic generated by LTE users,” said Alam Tamboli, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “In North America, we witnessed a rapid deployment cycle, whereas in the case of Europe, we expect the cycle to be longer due to differences in the competitive landscape and a larger population size,” added Tamboli.

http://www.delloro.com

Sierra Wireless Launches LTE modules based on Intel

Sierra Wireless introduced two new AirPrime embedded LTE modules based on Intel chipsets and designed for integration into notebook computers and tablets. The AirPrime EM7340 supporting LTE in Japan and the AirPrime EM7345 supporting LTE networks in the rest of the world.

“Intel’s LTE platform is a very good fit for the requirements of the PC OEM by offering the largest number of bands supported in the new M.2 form factor,” said Horst Pratsch, head of the Product Line Modems & Modules at Intel Mobile Communication. “Collaborating with Sierra Wireless to provide connectivity to our joint customers was a logical next step for us and we are excited to see these products launch.”

Samples of the AirPrime EM7340 and EM7345 are available now for testing and certification purposes. Commercial shipments are expected to begin within this quarter.

http://www.sierrawireless.com

Saudi Telecom Renews Managed Services Deal with NSN

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Solutions and Networks to further improve operational efficiency, network performance and the quality of services.

Through the renewed contract, NSN continues to provide its comprehensive managed services including network planning and optimization, network and service operations as well as care services including hardware and software services for STC’s Al Jawal Network. The contract covers GSM, 3G and LTE network of STC within NSN’s footprint.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.nsn.com