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Scale Out Provider Cloudscaling Raises $10M With Investment From Juniper And Seagate, Networking Takes Center Stage (Original)

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Cloudscaling has raised $10 million from Trinity Ventures, Juniper Networks, and Seagate Technologies in a deal that shows how software defined networking has become a focal issue for companies building out their own clouds.

Cloudscaling delivers an OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure system for enterprises, SaaS providers and cloud service providers. The company foreshadowed a deal with Juniper when it announced the company would provide Cloudscaling with its virtualized networking controller. That deal was precipitated by Juniper’s acquisition of Contrail Systems. The startup raised $10 million last July from Khosla Ventures. By December, Juniper had snatched up the company for $176 million.

Network controllers have become a hot topic as more cloud projects get underway. The importance stems from the need to scale out networks in an affordable manner. Adding more hardware just gets too expensive. Virtualizing the controller means that the data flowing through the pipes can be managed in a granular way, optimized through software so the network can be used efficiently without lots of spillover costs for additional hardware.

Contrail points to how Cloudscaling has positioned itself with a focus on providing networking for its customers building out enterprise and SaaS clouds. It puts the company in the same space as VMware-owned Nicira and BigSwitch.…

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Cloud critical to telcos’ success (Original)

Redknee CEO Lucas Skoczkowski says cloud-based capabilities key to experimenting and avoiding complete overhaul of systems.
 

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BT sees sport as key to television success (Original)

BT increased the combined installed base for BT Vision and its YouView offering by 40,000 in the last quarter, which is 10,000 more than Sky. Yet BT television services have reached only 810,000 homes after six years and added fewer homes in the year YouView launched than in either of the preceding two years with BT Vision. So will its attempt to break into the big league by offering its sports channels free to its broadband customers make any significant impact?

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Telenet trials voice-over-IP mobile phone service (Original)

Belgian cable operator Telenet has launched a trial of its Triiing app, which enables users to make mobile phone calls using WiFi, with billing to their fixed line accounts.

Triiing enables Telenet customers to use WiFi to make calls at home or abroad via any WiFi network, free of charge in off-peak hours

According to the company, the app is the fist step in offering a range of mobile voice-over-IP services. Triiing is currently available for iOS phones with other operating systems set to follow later. Users need a a Telenet fixed line in order to use Triiing. They can phone all Belgian numbers and European landlines free-of-charge on weekdays after 16:00 at weekends and on public holidays.

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Alcatel-Lucent pushes forward in cloud (Original)

 

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Orange sees strong take-up for Livebox Play (Original)

Orange Livebox PlayOrange France saw a boost from its Livebox Play combined set-top and gateway offering in the first quarter, with over 300,000 subscriber signing up in the first two months. 

The service, which launched on February 7, priced from €39.90 a month as part of a new multi-play package, includes a range of new features, such as the ability to browse the internet and access multiple application stores, and interact on social networks direct from their TVs.

Orange France saw its TV customer base grow 14.3% year-on-year to the end of March to 5.208 million. The company reported 5.067 million TV subs at the end of last year.

Orange’s French fixed broadband customer base rose 2.7% year on year to 9.934 million subscribers at the end of the quarter. The company now has 206,000 fibre subscribers.

In Poland, Orange’s TV subscriber base grew by 5.4% year-on-year but fell quarter-on-quarter to 699,000 customers, while the broadband base remained stable year-on-year with 2.333 million subscribers. Orange Poland reported 706,000 TV customers at the end of December.

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Reliance Communications Partners With Twitter To Offer Free, Unlimited Access To The Service In India (Original)

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For those in the United States and other locations that are lucky enough to be able to purchase huge data packages for their smartphones, thinking about deciding to “tweet or not to tweet” based on the cost that it could incur is a foreign concept, pun intended. For cell customers in India, it’s a very real situation, and Reliance Communications has partnered with Twitter to bring free, unlimited access to the social network to its prepaid GSM subscribers.

This is yet another example of how important Twitter has become in our daily lives and how integral the communication platform is to locations all over the world. The service will be bundled with live cricket match updates, the most popular sport in the country.

A customized version of the Twitter app has been created, reminding customers that they’re getting free access thanks to Reliance Mobile. If someone taps a link to an outside site, they will be reminded that doing so might incur extra charges.

Reliance is the first operator to partner with Twitter in India, and its Chief Revenue Officer of Wireless, Nilanjan Mukherjee, had this to share:

We are delighted to be the first operator to partner with Twitter in India on Twitter Access and offer the first of its kind unlimited Twitter access on our superior network.

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Turn privacy regs into cloud VAS revenues (Original)

Data privacy laws are an opportunity for cloud service differentiation: lawyer

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Flat Planet taps Telstra Global for cloud contact center (Original)

The Cloud-based VCC service will support the virtual talent company’s global expansion

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Is the ‘Uncarrier’ working? T-Mobile gains subscribers for the first time in four years (Original)

Is the Uncarrier for real or is it just a marketing ploy? While we're not entirely sure just yet, T-Mobile is posting a growth for the first time in four years.…

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