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Nokia plans to acquire Canadian software firm Nakina Systems for an undisclosed sum, a move that it says will strengthen its position in network security. The acquisition is expected to close in Q1 2016. Nakina specialises in security and

orchestration software for virtual and hybrid networks. The company’s main customers operate some of the world’s most demanding networks and include some of the world’s largest global service providers. The pair previously had a five-year

partnership that allowed Nokia to use Nakina’s software in several customer projects. Now Nokia sees a greater need for this type of application, as customers need to bolster their defences to cope with the increasing demands of hyper connectivity, new regulations and emerging technologies. Nakina would provide Nokia with

unique vendor- and technology- agnostic capabilities that allow operators to administer, control and audit security while simplifying the way insiders access critical network assets. Bhaskar Gorti, president of

applications and analytics at Nokia, said: ‘As seventy per cent of all security breaches originate from privileged insiders, Nakina gives us the ability to address a rapidly increasing threat for our customers.’


Telefónica has created a new company, Telxius, to hold certain infrastructure assets, including 15,000 cell towers in Spain and 31,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable. More assets could be added to the new subsidiary in the coming months, the company said. Telefonica’s move could lead to its

infrastructure business being sold or floated on the stock exchange. The infrastructure business could be worth €6 billion – and possibly as much as €10 billion – if overseas assets are included, according to Reuters. Alberto Horcajo has been

appointed as CEO of Telxius, charged with managing the Telefónica Group’s infrastructure on a global scale with a more focused approach.

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Start-up hub plugs directly into TSICs Internet backbone

Stockholm-based start-up hub, SUP46, has effectively gained unlimited connectivity via a direct connection to the core of the internet. TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), in collaboration with Cisco Systems, has connected the site directly to its global backbone with a staggering 100Gb/s. ‘We wanted to see what happens when you

remove the limits on innovation,’ said Brendan Ives, CEO TeliaSonera International Carrier. Startup hub SUP46 was founded in 2013 to

foster the start-up community in Stockholm though an ecosystem of investors, advisors and mentors. Home to more than 50 start-ups, it works closely with established and emerging internet pioneers, mainly within internet, mobile, media, gaming and the Internet of Things (IoT). Stockholm was chosen because of its start-up

pedigree. The region is second only to Silicon Valley in terms of billion dollar companies per

million inhabitants. These now include household names such as Skype, Spotify, Candy Crush parent King and Minecraft developer Mojang. Using the latest Cisco ASR 903, SUP46 gets

direct access to a 100Gb/s backbone router at the core of TSIC’s global IP network, effectively turning their downtown Stockholm premises into a high-capacity Internet point-of-presence. ‘Anyone in the start-up world knows how

important great connectivity is,’ said Jessica Stark, CEO and co-founder of SUP46. ‘Our members are really excited to be able to work with what is probably one of the fastest workplace connections in the world.’ The move also demonstrates the support that

companies like TeliaSonera International Carrier and Cisco provide for the start-up community at large. ‘They know where the future is coming from,’ said Stark.

Ciena appoints Keri Gilder as EMEA manager

Ciena has appointed company veteran Keri Gilder as vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to guide Ciena’s customers and partners in the region. Gilder will also drive Ciena’s OPn activity in the region, advocating Ciena’s advanced software and networking technologies to facilitate the transformation to open, software-driven networks.

Throughout her career,

Gilder has been heavily involved in facilitating mentoring and career development programmes, most recently helping to establish Women @ Ciena, a global internal networking initiative that aims to encourage diversity within Ciena, through motivating and inspiring women in the company at all levels and across disciplines.

Juniper brings optics in house with BTI acquisition

Juniper Networks, a developer of routing, switching and security systems, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BTI Systems. Juniper did not disclose the terms. Founded in 2000, BTI Systems began life as a

developer of metro optical systems, but has evolved to offer packet-optical equipment and software- defined networking (SDN) capabilities. It is particularly strong in the fast-growing data centre interconnect (DCI) and metro Ethernet markets, claiming more than 380 customers on its website. ‘The combination of BTI Systems’ accomplished

team, innovative and open solutions with Juniper’s longstanding switching, and IP routing expertise, positions the company well to take advantage of the fast growing DCI and metro market,’ said Juniper

executive vice president Jonathan Davidson. Ron Kline, principal analyst intelligent networks at

Ovum, thinks the acquisition is a good move for Juniper, which will bolster the company’s ability to compete directly with rivals Arista and Cisco. Optics has become increasingly important to

switching and routing vendors like Juniper, he points out. In recent years, switch/router vendors have integrated optical transponders on their equipment, while optical vendors have added IP/MPLS features to optical equipment. The emergence of software- defined networking as a means to control both the switching/routing and optical layers brings the two worlds even closer together. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of the year.

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