Networked Globe Briefing – 1 April 2014

With the Interop show in Las Vegas kicking off, today’s Networked Globe news is dominated by the announcements coming out the conference. Leading the stories is the launch of the Open Cloud Project along with Ruckus Wireless showing off its SPoT geolocation product and Ericsson’s agreement to rollout mobile services in Myanmar.

Leading industry groups launch the ‘Open Cloud Project’

At the Las Vegas Interop conference the CloudEthernet Forum announced the creation of the CEF ‘Open Cloud Project.’ The Open Cloud Project will be an open test and standards development laboratory based in Silicon Valley for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top (OTT) cloud service providers. Initial work for the project will be focused on three areas: application performance management, cloud security and traffic load balancing. “This is vitally important work if we are to avoid fragmentation of the cloud,” explains James Walker, CEF President and Vice President of Managed Network Services at Tata Communications. “Cloud services rely on the end to end interoperability of so many players – enterprises, network and datacenter equipment vendors, datacenter operators, orchestration layers, management and reporting platforms, security devices, network service providers – the list goes on.”

Ericsson to supply networks and managed services for Myanmar’s Telenor

Ericsson has been awarded a 5-year contract for multivendor managed services to support Telenor’s Mayanmar nationwide network rollout. This follows last year’s agreement between Telenor and Ericsson to supply radio-access network (RAN) and associated services for a significant portion of Telenor’s network in the country. Telenor’s network in Myanmar is expected to cover 90 percent of the country’s population of more than 60 million in five years. It will be a multi-standard network comprising 2G and 3G to provide customers with both voice services and high-speed data connectivity. Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar, says: “We are pleased to add Ericsson to the group of global partners we will be working with as we develop the Telenor Myanmar telecommunications network. This is a historic project for Myanmar and for Telenor, and strong partners like Ericsson will be critical to its success. In 2012, Ericsson commissioned a study to assess the potential economic impact of mobile communications in Myanmar. The study estimates that the total economic impact of the mobile sector in the country will be between 1.5 and 9 percent of GDP over the first three years after licenses are issued.

Ruckus Wireless demonstrates SPoT network at Interop

As part of providing the Wi-Fi network service for the Interop conference, networking vendor Ruckus Wireless also announced they will be demonstrating their SPoT positioning systems. The SPoT the Positioning Engine, that pinpoints a user’s location in indoor environments like convention centers, and the SPoT Location Analytics Dashboard, which delivers information including real-time tracking of device movement and historical analysis of footfall trends. Ruckus’ technology is expected to compete with Apple’s iBeacon as well as a number of other instore location systems being rolled out by other vendors.

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.