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Telefonica is an early mover and adopter when it comes to virtualization. It has worked with the ecosystem through ETSI’s standardization efforts, and in the open source community. But it also has short-term plans for commercial NFV deployments. I talked to Diego Lopez, Head of Technology Exploration at the Network Innovation and Virtualization Directorate at Telefonica, and the Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the NFV ISG at ETSI.

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AT&T has been for a long time a very proactive proponent of SDN and NFV which are the key components of Domain 2.0. Our conversation with Tripps Tripathi, Director New Tech Prod Dev Eng, Services Design and Development, AT&T, gives us an update on AT&T Domain 2.0 and on the learnings from the initial stages of the transition to a virtualized network.

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Hitachi’s focus is squarely on virtualization of the control plane with its recently announced, fully virtualized MME/SGSN that supports the NFVI. It is an evolution of the existing ATCA-based MME/SGSN that was introduced after Hitachi acquired Nortel’s EPC assets.

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...and here is the second interview from London's Small Cell World Summit in June, again with TelecomTV

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Slightly tired by hype around NFV and SDN – and by the fact that everybody has to find some way to add these acronyms to their slide decks – I decided to write a report on the topic to give at least to myself some peace of mind. Is it really worth all the fuss?

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The latest white paper I wrote is on how context, real-time information can be used to manage network growth, both by improving subscriber experience and by increasing the utilization of network resources.

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Our latest white paper, "From bits to context-driven services. The evolution from voice to data digital lifestyle services" sponsored by Allot Communications, discusses a new approach to mobile services that use contextual information to move beyond volume-based pricing.

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Nobody questions Wi-Fi’s role in the current growth of wireless traffic and mobile device adoption. Today, overall Wi-Fi traffic dwarfs cellular traffic and, according to WIK, 74% of the traffic from smartphones and tablet was transported over Wi-Fi in 2013. LTE networks will greatly expand cellular capacity, but Wi-Fi will retain its advantage.

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Next week I will participate in a webinar sponsored by F5 Networks entitled "How to scale network growth to match business goals. The role of context-aware traffic management in service customization" along with Leonid Burakovsky, Senior Director of Strategic Solutions, F5 Networks, and Misbah Mahmoodi, Product Marketing Manager, F5 Networks.

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