Here's a quick rundown on some news from around the world this Tuesday morning:
Nokia and Elisa have deployed a cloud-based VoLTE and VoWiFi offering in Finland. Nokia's IMS core is powering the the new offering, which Elisa hopes will bring a new level of voice quality and functionality across its national network. The Voice over WiFi piece complements the VoLTE by providing better coverage in buildings than one can get with just 4G.
Sparkle and Vodafone have announced a new interconnection agreement. The two international telecommunications providers will be directly connecting up their SMS messaging hubs for both person-to-person and application-to-person meesaging. Sparkle will take messaging traffic headed for TIM Italy, TIM Brazil, and Telecom Personal Argentina, while Vodafone will do the same across its broad global mobile footprint.
Carlos Slim is making a move on additional spectrum down in Mexico. America Movil has done a deal with Grupo MVS to acquire 60Mhz of spectrum in the 2.5Ghz band. They'll be putting it to use for the company's high speed data services, of course. Along with upcoming spectrum auctions by the government, AT&T's move into the market over the last few years and the new wholesale mobile network that a group of investors won a tender to build and operate recently, the Mexican mobile market has been getting rather interesting.
IBM has won a high profile customer for its cloud offerings. American Airlines has selected the IBM Cloud and its application development environment. and will be moving select enterprise applications over to Big Blue's infrastructure. IBM and American Airlines are longtime partners of course, so this will surprise nobody. IBM's cloud infrastructure is built in part on their acquisition of SoftLayer a few years ago.