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Mitch Wagner VMware: Cloud Eliminating IT? That's 'Crazy'
Mitch Wagner  
8/30/2016  
LAS VEGAS -- VMworld 2016 -- While applications are moving to the cloud at breakneck speed, they still require the same values of security, reliability, manageability and compliance that enterprise apps have always demanded. And the IT people are the ones who deliver those values, VMware executives said.
Mari Silbey Comcast Streams More... But Only for Students
Mari Silbey  
8/30/2016  
With the back-to-school season well underway, Comcast says that its multiscreen TV service known as Xfinity on Campus is now available at more than 60 colleges and universities. But its corresponding Xfinity Stream TV offering for non-students is still largely missing in action.
Iain Morris Cisco Snaps Up ContainerX
Iain Morris  
8/30/2016   1 Comment
The ever-acquisitive Cisco has snapped up ContainerX for an undisclosed sum amid fast-growing interest in the potential use of container technology by enterprise users and even communications service providers.
Mari Silbey New Licensing Fix Could Speed the Road to 4K
Mari Silbey  
8/30/2016  
After all the fuss around HEVC licensing -- the multiple patent pools and arguments over rate schedules -- one industry player is introducing a new proposal that he hopes will bring everyone back to the negotiating table and lead quickly to widespread adoption of the video compression technology.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Russian Billionaire Pumps $50M Into FreedomPop
Paul Rainford  
8/30/2016   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU wants Ireland to wrestle $13 billion in back taxes off Apple; Iliad in talks with Vivendi over Canal+ deal; 4G in Egypt.
Gagandeep Kaur Is 700MHz Too Costly for India's Telcos?
Gagandeep Kaur  
8/30/2016  
Like most spectrum auctions in India, the forthcoming sale of airwaves across a number of different bands has been mired in controversy. But perhaps the most contentious aspect of the whole affair is the valuation of spectrum in the 700MHz range, which Indian authorities are to auction for the first time ever. (See India Preps for Mega Spectrum Auction in September and India Operators Lash Out at 700MHz Plans.)
Mitch Wagner VMware & Dell CEOs See Massive NFV Opportunity
Mitch Wagner  
8/29/2016  
LAS VEGAS -- VMworld 2016 -- Michael Dell and VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger took the stage together Monday and said NFV, and the service provider market in general, will be huge opportunities when Dell takes a controlling interest in VMware.
Dan Jones 600MHz Auction Climbs Over $22B
Dan Jones  
8/29/2016   1 Comment
The bids in the 600MHz spectrum auction are up over $22 billion this Monday afternoon
Dan Jones Verizon 4G Is Now 50% Faster in 461 Cities
Dan Jones  
8/29/2016   3 comments
Verizon rolled out a major update to its 4G network Monday, launching LTE-Advanced across 461 cities in the US, which could mean data downloads up to 50% faster for customers with compatible smartphones.
Carol Wilson SDN + AI: A Powerful Combo for Better Networks
Carol Wilson  
8/29/2016   2 comments
The combination of software-defined networking and machine learning/artificial intelligence is becoming a powerful tool for making networks more reliable and secure.
Mari Silbey Hurdles Ahead for 4K, HDR
Mari Silbey  
8/29/2016  
Momentum continues to build behind 4K Ultra HD TV, but the path hasn't been as smooth as many had hoped.
Mitch Wagner VMware Seeks Cloud Dominance by Building Bridges
Mitch Wagner  
8/29/2016   1 Comment
LAS VEGAS -- VMworld 2016 -- Judging by recent news, Pokemon Go and multi-cloud connectivity are the hottest substances in the universe. And, VMware has become the latest player to jump into the game (multi-cloud connectivity -- not Pokemon Go) with a new platform and orchestration tools designed to let enterprises and service providers deploy a common operating environment spanning private, hybrid and public clouds, including IBM, Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
David Fraser The Return of Offload: Sticking Plaster or Preventative Medicine?
David Fraser  
8/29/2016  
Mobile communications is a forward-looking industry, one which takes pride in a philosophy that the job is never done. No sooner is one network technology deployed than out pop vendors' R&D press releases, announcing they've already got started on the next addition, enhancement or generation.
Elizabeth Miller Coyne Making Mentoring a Priority
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
8/29/2016   2 comments
Mentoring has always been a priority for Keri Gilder, VP and General Manager, EMEA at Ciena, especially as she was building out and executing an aggressive career plan because it gave her the "visibility and guidance" she needed to "reach each level."
Mitch Wagner Rackspace Sale Speeds Pivot to Cloud Support
Mitch Wagner  
8/26/2016   2 comments
Rackspace is going private in a $4.3 billion deal with a group of investors led by Apollo Global Management. The transition will give the company breathing room to focus on a long-term strategy providing services to help enterprises launch IT infrastructures on multiple clouds and managed services.
Mari Silbey Gigabites: Survey Says Gig Service Is a Moneymaker
Mari Silbey  
8/26/2016   3 comments
Welcome to Gigabites. In this week's edition, new survey results from Adtran on what gigabit services are delivering, a possibly-accidental leak from Comcast on its next gigabit market launch, further expansion by Google Fiber and more.
Iain Morris Is There No Stopping Huawei?
Iain Morris  
8/26/2016   7 comments
Sore losers about finishing third for Olympic golds, the Chinese have put together their own medals table, based on overall awards, to suggest this ignominy never occurred. But no such chicanery is necessary when it comes to measuring success in the global market for network equipment and services. Appraising the results of its rivals over the first six months, Huawei must have felt like Jamaica's sprint relay team, crossing the finish line far ahead of the chasing pack.
Carol Wilson Google Fiber Can't Be Called a Failure
Carol Wilson  
8/26/2016   19 comments
When Google first announced ambitious plans to build its own gigabit fiber access networks, I was among the many skeptics. The search giant's announced goal was to bring the same economies of scale and innovation to the Internet access business that it had been able to deliver in compute storage realm. In the process, Google wanted to speed up the pace at which gigabit networks were being built in the US, to get faster Internet access to more people.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Ericsson Eases Estonia's Public Sector Into the Cloud
Paul Rainford  
8/26/2016   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE does deal with Apple Music; Vivendi looks to cut costs at pay-TV unit; catch-up TV content rights shake-up in the offing across EU?
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Should Men Be Included? & Olympians Face Discrimination
Eryn Leavens  
8/26/2016   11 comments
This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Should men attend women's conferences?; women still minority in finance and advertising; sexism at Rio Olympics; and more.
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