Some news from different corners of the industry to start the week:
Accenture has added to its telecommunications expertise this morning. They announced the acquisition of Northstream, a consultancy based in Stockholm, Sweden that focuses on network service providers and vendors. The deal gives Accenture additional talent based in northern Europe just in time to help out with 5G, IoT, and the rest of the industry’s ongoing rollouts.
Amdocs has lined up a high profile customer for its NFV capabilities, and by high I mean altitude. The satellite operator SES has selected the company’s NFV orchestration solution to power network services from its MEO and GEO satellites. They have also teamed up with Microsoft to tighten up its integration with Azure and its broader ecosystem.
MEF has a new slate of directors coming in after recent elections at the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia. Five new high profile members from the global service provider community will be joining the board: CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan, Sparkle VP Daniele Mancuso, Comcast SVP Robert Victor, Bell Canada SVP Jeremy Wubs, and Orange Business Services VP Franck Morales. MEF has been busy this summer transitioning MEF 3.0 from talk to action.
And Huawei is suggesting that its competitors at Ericsson and Nokia should be subject to greater security scrutiny as well. The company’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy went into some detail on that and the company’s thoughts on the US/China trade war in an interesting interview on Bloomberg recently. The idea is that Scandinavian vendors have deep ties to China as well, although I rather doubt that argument is going to sway any political minds at the moment.
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