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Sarah Thomas Lines Get Drawn in Road to 5G
Sarah Thomas  
7/1/2015  
There's definite progress being made on the road to 5G, or at least planning for progress still to come, as operators and vendors team up to work out the kinks in their next-generation network plans.
Gagandeep Kaur India Takes Digital Leap
Gagandeep Kaur  
7/1/2015   1 Comment
In a bid to provide a massive push to connectivity and ICT adoption, India's government has formally unveiled an ambitious initiative called Digital India. Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Indian capital of Delhi earlier today, the initiative endeavors to create a digital infrastructure for delivering government services.
Carol Wilson What's a Gigabit Good For?
Carol Wilson  
7/1/2015   7 comments
Eight weeks into being a gigabit Internet service user, I can confidently say that... not a lot has changed. (See Geeking Out Over Gigabit.)
Mari Silbey TWC's LaJoie Leaves Parting Patent Gift
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2015  
Mike LaJoie may have retired as CTO of Time Warner Cable, but his engineering work is still bearing fruit.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: NORMA Joins the 5G Fight
Paul Rainford  
7/1/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Danish joint venture appoints CEO; Interoute throws down the gauntlet; Italian quartet face the music.
Iain Morris Cisco to Buy Security Expert for $635M
Iain Morris  
7/1/2015  
Cisco is to pay $635 million in cash for security business OpenDNS in anticipation of soaring demand for technologies that will protect networks against cyber attacks.
Mari Silbey Interconnection Deals: Parsing the Data
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2015   1 Comment
Many network interconnection arrangements are deliberately kept confidential. On the other hand, some are not.
Alan Breznick Pay-TV STB Revenues Plunge
Alan Breznick  
6/30/2015   1 Comment
The traditional pay-TV set-top box business may finally be starting to show its age.
Sarah Thomas Cisco Preps IoT Platform of Pillars & Products
Sarah Thomas  
6/30/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast and complex ecosystem, but Cisco wants there to be one underlying factor that brings it all together: Cisco.
Ray Le Maistre Calix Enters NG-PON2 Race
Ray Le Maistre  
6/30/2015   1 Comment
Calix is the latest fixed access network equipment vendor to unveil its next-generation, high-capacity fiber broadband technology based on the NG-PON2 standard.
Mari Silbey Icontrol Adds Analytics for Smarter Homes
Mari Silbey  
6/30/2015   2 comments
If the first phase of the smart home is about adding sensors to light bulbs and door locks, the second phase is about collecting and analyzing data to make the smart home even smarter. Icontrol is moving on to the second phase, announcing that it has teamed up with Canadian company mnubo to bring data analytics to its popular smart home platform.
Carol Wilson Masergy's Bold NFV Play Is Customer Driven
Carol Wilson  
6/30/2015   3 comments
Faced with the increasingly common dilemma of trying to support service flexibility for customers with growing end-points scattered around the globe, Masergy Communications is using a virtualized network function platform to let customers add routing and firewall functions by software. The move, formally announced today by Masergy but also highlighted last week by Overture Networks, expands the camp of NFV deployments at the customer premises for increased service flexibility and reduced costs and hassles. (See Masergy Launches NFV Platform, Premises-Based Virtual Router and Overture Announces Pure-Play NFV Deployment .)
Iain Morris Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
Iain Morris  
6/30/2015   9 comments
Colt Technology Services has revealed it will quit the IT services market as part of a restructuring aimed at focusing resources on its core network, voice and data center businesses.
Ray Le Maistre NetScout Preps Post-Acquisition Future
Ray Le Maistre  
6/30/2015   2 comments
NetScout is about to close a massive acquisition that will be the catalyst for a new strategy and broader push into the communications networking sector.
Carol Wilson United Goes All-In on Adtran for Gig Services
Carol Wilson  
6/30/2015   1 Comment
Among the 100 communities served by Adtran's Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives initiative, Nolensville, Chapel Hill, and College Grove, Tennessee stand out in a couple of ways. First, their 70-year-old rural telco was acquired three years ago and renamed United Communications. The new ownership, a partnership between current president and CEO, William Bradford, and MSouth Equity Partners, did the deal with the express intent of pushing fiber deep into the network, including to the home where possible. (See Adtran Adds United, Tallies 100+ Gig Deployments.)
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
Paul Rainford  
6/30/2015   9 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt wants out of IT services; Orange smooths ruffled feathers in Israel; BT joins Wireless IoT Forum.
Iain Morris EU Agrees to Ban Roaming Charges, Enforce Net Neutrality
Iain Morris  
6/30/2015   5 comments
European authorities have finally reached an agreement on rules to ban all roaming charges from June 2017 and prevent operators from blocking or throttling Internet traffic, in disregard of net neutrality principles, from next year.
Mitch Wagner Microsoft Gives Software Networking a Hardware Boost
Mitch Wagner  
6/30/2015   5 comments
While Microsoft relies on SDN to drive agility and cost savings for its Azure cloud service, it also uses customized hardware to give its network the performance it needs.
Mari Silbey DoJ Stalls Arris Plans to Purchase Pace
Mari Silbey  
6/30/2015  
Arris has hit its first speed bump on the road to acquiring set-top rival Pace.
Dan O'Shea Ciena Adds New CPE to Its Agility Matrix
Dan O'Shea  
6/30/2015  
Packet optical vendor Ciena is not known primarily for its customer premises equipment, so it might come as a surprise (well, it surprised us, anyway) that the company has more than 560,000 pieces of CPE deployed in enterprise locations, usually via managed service providers.
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