VdSA partnered with Microsoft on its Direct Charge to Bill (DCB) facility.
Telefónica talks-up connected home capabilities with new apps from partners, but with limited reach. ‘Home‑as‑a‑computer’ a technological focus for the Group, although commercial demand unproven, and early gloomy indications of Movistar Home performance. Latest announcement bolsters Microsoft position as key AI partner for Telefónica.
US and Finnish suppliers club together on cloud and SD-WAN. Azure‑Nuage combo could provide a more compelling alternative to Cisco in the BT Dynamic Network Services portfolio. BT Global wheels out IXOM as customer of the integrated solution.
Germany’s move for shared European cloud infrastructure backed. CEO laments lack of European rivals to tech giants from America, Asia. TDE announces upcoming campus network products. NatCo signs strategic partnership with Teradata. T-Sys unveils new public and private cloud propositions.
T‑Mobile US (TMUS) revealed it was working with Microsoft on the software giant’s beta release (or “preview”) of Project xCloud, an Xbox games-streaming service for smartphones and tablets.
Leadership love-bombs Nadella, seeking a replenished, “forward-looking” relationship after German cloud tie-up demise. Mix of opportunities seen in old ground (cloud and IoT) and new (voice interfaces).
Latest people movements include: Matthieu Fersing, Lukas Skocek, Heinz Zechner, Dimitrios Georgoutsos, Vasiliki Kouforizou, Panagiotis Skevofylax, Vasilios Vassalos.
Microsoft was reported to have ended a commercial relationship with Magyar Telekom’s (MT) soon-to-be-offloaded enterprise business T-Systems Hungary (T-Sys HU), in a move seemingly wrapped up with the unit’s impending sale (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #85).
Telefónica provided insights into its AURA strategy, including more market launches. Microsoft’s position as a partner remains a core element of the project. Commitment reiterated to overcoming the challenge of combining local services with a central unified vision.
5G expectations have been raised, and now need to be met: lots of talk of potential, but monetisation not clear cut. Scepticism over network readiness for advanced, challenging applications, such as in gaming and sport. Supplier establishment again chided for dragging feet on harmonisation and cloud-ification; operators stuck in ...