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Nokia Networks joins NFV party

Nokia has joined World+Dog, pitching a Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) platform and announcing that it will be going live with a “major operator” by the end of 2014. In particular, the incredible shrinking Finn is touting its “telco cloud” solution's support for voice-over-LTE, which it reckons will help carriers automate …
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Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again unloaded on his predecessors in government, saying the swift planing process for the National Broadband Network made it “the riskiest and most complex project the Australian Government has ever attempted to carry out. In a speech delivered yesterday to the Corporate …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014

Best Start Schools 'superhead' quits amid probe into tech contracts

The man dubbed a "superhead" in charge of five London schools has resigned months after being suspended as Hackney Council continues to probe the distribution of tech contracts. This comes after Hackney Learning Trust voiced "concerns" about the computer contracts in the schools as well as Best Start Schools federation chief …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2013

For-sale sign erected outside UK reseller titan Kelway's HQ

Venture capitalists and prospective trade buyers will get the chance to take a look under the hood of London-based mega reseller Kelway this week – when investment bankers metaphorically drive the biz onto the forecourt. US finance house William Blair is in charge of selling off Kelway. Our sources close to the company expect a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014
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European networks giants have adjusted to life with Huawei at last

The wireless infrastructure vendors were uncharacteristically upbeat in their second quarter results announcements. The impact of Huawei and ZTE has overshadowed them for so long that it seemed like a permanent fixture, but to a great extent, the western suppliers, and their shareholders, have now adjusted to the reality of …
Wireless Watch, 04 Aug 2014

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer. As The Channel previously noted, Kelway has swelled to a £500m sales biz, which appears to restrict potential trade buyers in UK reseller land to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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UK reseller titan Kelway's valuation heading north of £200m, say insiders

The first round of Kelway's sales process is understood to be over and the buy price has drifted north of £200m, or so say our insiders. Interested venture capitalists are still believed to be at the negotiating table, as are some trade buyers, with investment banker William Blair, appointed in January, overseeing the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014
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Kelway gulps down Microsoft reseller, plots march on Europe

Serial acquirer Kelway has swallowed Irish corporate and public sector reseller Business & Scientific Services (BSS) Ltd for an undisclosed sum, bagging Microsoft top-tier certification in the process. Founded in 1985, BSS – which Kelway claims is Microsoft's largest large account reseller (LAR) in Ireland – has offices in …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

IBM in A$200M broadband network win

Australia's NBN Co chief Mike Quigley has announced that IBM will be the prime systems integrator for its business support systems / operational support systems (BSS / OSS) project. Since most of the A$43 billion project is civil engineering such as trench-digging and cable-laying, the BSS / OSS decision has been keenly watched …
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Dixons Retail flogs Equanet to serial swallower Kelway

Dixons Retail has offloaded mid-market and public sector reselling outfit Equanet to hungry channel player Kelway. It is nearly eight years since Dixons acquired the company, considered to be one of the stronger mid-market players in the UK, but its reputation has since waned. It was the subject of serious cost-cutting by its …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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Brit reseller Kelway chops off some heads to shed costs

UK IT reseller Kelway is getting its house in order to remove duplication across the business, following a growth spurt during the last seven years that involved as many acquisitions. The Channel can reveal that Kelway has put its vendor marketing team based in Basingstoke at risk of redundancy and that vendor and alliances …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2013
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Inspur's K1 marks China's high-end server debut

Little-known Chinese vendor Inspur has finally unveiled what it claims is the country’s first fully home-grown, high-end server. The Inspur Tiansuo K1, which was actually showcased at IDF Beijing last year, has taken four years and 750 million yuan (£76m) to develop, according to Xinhua. Its development was part of the “863 …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2013
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Kelway Holdings sales shoot up despite recession

Kelway Holdings sales shot up in fiscal year ended 31 March - no mean feat in he dire economy - but the acquisition of ISC caused costs to swell and working capital ratios were hit. The parent of acquisitive London-based Kelway UK grew turnover 34 per cent to £350.7m including a full year's worth of trade from ISC Networks, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2012
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Alca-Lu dumped by Singapore NBN

Chinese vendor ZTE has gazumped Alcatel-Lucent in the pivotal OSS and BSS contract for Singapore's next-generation nationwide broadband network (NBN). Alcatel-Lucent was dumped from the Singapore NBN project after months of speculation over missed deadlines and alleged failure to deliver on contractual obligations. The move …
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Hungry reseller bags HMRC big cheese as COO

Kelway has poached HMRC bigwig Steve Lamey to take on the role of chief operating officer to oversee services transformation at the acquisitive London-based reseller. Lamey joined HMRC as CIO in early summer of 2004 and was made COO a little over three years later. Most recently he was director general for benefits and credits …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2012
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Ericsson flashes wallet, beds hot Wi-Fi and billing bizes

Ericsson, freed from Sony and getting in its retaliation first, used a Mobile World Congress pre-event briefing to set out its Far East battle plans - which included mobile wallet payments and buying billing biz Telcordia and carrier-cosy Wi-Fi company BelAir Networks. There was a time when the mobile infrastructure companies …
Simon Rockman, 22 Feb 2012
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MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

I go to Mobile World Congress every year and come home bemused. A few observations to explain. I don't get marketing As you walk around the booths of Barcelona you read names, marketing slogans and brief descriptions of services offered. Mainly you leave none the wiser, even after repeating the process over several days. What's …
Ed Moore, 01 Mar 2012
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MI5 bumps off ambitious IT plan

The British Security Service (BSS) got itself into such a pickle with its IT modernisation that it has been forced to scrap one of its key projects. The service was supposed to get a new document and records management system in 2004, but last April the Intelligence and Security Committee reported that the project had been …
Mark Ballard, 04 Jul 2006
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Nikon Coolpix S630

Some products remind you of certain things, and in the case of the Nikon Coolpix S630, it’s a banana. You can’t help but notice the curvature of the camera body, which sweeps gently towards the right. But although the Coolpix S630 comes in a variety of colours, yellow isn’t one of them. Nikon Coolpix S630 Nikon's Coolpix S630 …
George Cole, 03 Jul 2009
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Cisco snaffles P-Cube

Summer used to be the time of year when business slowed down from its usual frenetic pace and a degree of calm settled over organisations. This year has been somewhat different and a few days ago Cisco, one of the most widely recognised IT suppliers, agreed to splash out some $200m to acquire P-Cube. P-Cube Inc. is a privately …
Tony Lock, 27 Aug 2004
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IPTV/VoD: The open fourth platform

Just when you thought the days of the digital TV "walled garden" were over, this week Sky released its new Sky Net platform, which is almost as imaginatively titled as the new service to be released by the start-up Aggregator this year. It seems the world is taking a giant leap backward to the days of web portals and brand …
Alex Cameron, 05 May 2006
The Register breaking news

What are those words that trigger Echelon?

According to various UK media sources today, the buzzwords said to trigger the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand spying mechanism Echelon have been "posted on the Internet". We haven't found the file and it hasn't popped up on the authoritative site for these sorts of things, Cryptome.org, so we'd not put too much weight behind it. …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 May 2001