Articles from Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst, Wireless, Heavy Reading
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Security, privacy and cyber-threat issues are increasing concerns throughout the mobile industry(Read Full Article)
So who's going to buy -- or merge with -- Nokia Siemens Networks ? This question has been out of the headlines for a while, but its eventual answer will have an important bearing on the landscape of the global telecom infrastructure market during the next 10 years.
It'll be a while before this question is answered. NSN has only just started the sort of restructuring of its organization, workforce, pension liabilities and the like that will need to be substantially complete before a sale can be agreed. And the fate of Nokia's huge 2G, 3G and 4G IPR portfolio -- and NSN's access to it -- is also set to feature front and center in deliberations and negotiations.(Read Full Article)
New alliances, feature consolidation and M&A activity are becoming increasingly commonplace in the go-to-market strategies of network security vendors targeting the telco sector, and particularly the mobile operator segment.
I'm not talking so much about conventional OEM hardware partnerships between relatively small security vendors and the relatively large telecom vendors that have established channels into the telcos. These have been in place for a long time – think Ericsson reselling Juniper's SRX; Alcatel-Lucent reselling Fortinet's Fortigate; or NSN reselling Check Point's 61,000.
These traditional channel partnerships will continue to be central to how security vendors sell into the operators, but the market is changing. There is new demand from fixed and mobile operators for increasingly sophisticated security solutions that can be a match for the increasingly daunting efforts of the ever more sophisticated, well organized and increasingly criminally minded attackers out there.
Many operators are unhappy with the increasing assortment of single-purpose security products that is accumulating in the network. They are demanding solutions that work better together, provide a unified view of what's going on in the network and enable them to better tune their security strategies and processes toward the greatest risks in a fast moving threat landscape. Operators and security vendors are also increasingly aware that among the major telecom vendors, some are definitely better than others when it comes to delivering increasingly sophisticated IP-based security solutions.(Read Full Article)
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