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Paul Rainford Eurobites: KPN Buys Into Healthcare Sector
Paul Rainford  
8/16/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: western Europe still taking the tablets; Scottish parliament under cyber attack; Uber makes partial withdrawal from Finland; Accedo boosts Channel 4's catch-up service.
Carol Wilson CenturyLink Touting New MVP
Carol Wilson  
8/15/2017  
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- When CenturyLink rolled out its SD-WAN product last fall, the company used its relatively new minimum viable product or MVP network strategy, enabling its customers to co-develop the service, and use their feedback to improve it in later iterations, Executive Vice President and CTO Aamir Hussain said here today.
Mari Silbey Why Disney Could End Up Streaming for AT&T
Mari Silbey  
8/15/2017   1 Comment
It's a strange, strange modern media world.
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Alan Breznick WOW Eyes Edge for Expansion
Alan Breznick  
8/15/2017  
Despite running into unexpected hiccups from a rate hike and fiercer competition in the second quarter, WOW is aggressively pursuing growth again by pushing its hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) network deeper into its existing markets.
Dan Jones Intel CEO Leaves Trump Biz Advisory Board
Dan Jones  
8/15/2017   10 comments
Intel's Brian Krzanich is the latest CEO to walk off President Trump's American Manufacturing Council advisory board, following the events of the weekend in Charlottesville, N.C. and Trump's slow response in condemning white nationalist violence.
Aditya Kishore Engagement, Brand Perception Depend on Video QoE – Akamai
Aditya Kishore  
8/15/2017   1 Comment
A new study from Akamai released today offers more insight into the importance of video quality on viewer engagement and brand perception. The study also found that the business model used by the streaming provider influenced the extent to which quality influenced perception of the video experience. Titled "Bit Rate and Business Model," the study used new technologies to evaluate viewers' reactions to video streams at different QoE levels.
Carol Wilson Orchestration Startup UBiqube Pivots Away From NFV
Carol Wilson  
8/15/2017   5 comments
Five years into the NFV/SDN transformation process, as the telecom industry continues to debate issues around interoperability and automation, two companies that developed early virtualization solutions are reaching a crossroads -- and the paths they are taking distinctly diverge.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Share Mobily Moolah
Paul Rainford  
8/15/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT demos FTTdp-based Gfast tech; Openet lands Orange Poland BSS contract; Clavister sees revenues rise in Q2; Norway set for supersized data center in Arctic Circle; BT culls its booths.
Sarah Thomas IBM: Wait Is Over for Deep Learning
Sarah Thomas  
8/14/2017   1 Comment
Deep learning is one of the most exciting elements of artificial intelligence, but it's also one of the slowest moving. IBM Fellow Hillery Hunter calls deep learning, which enables computers to extract meaning from images and sounds with no human intervention, a "rarified thing, off in an ivory tower," but a recent breakthrough by the company promises to make it more accessible -- and a lot faster too.
Ray Le Maistre Unicom's Profit Soars as Private Investors Are Lined Up
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2017  
China Unicom is set to announce a near 69% increase in net profit for the first half of the year following the introduction of tighter cost controls at the network operator.
Lorenzo Casaccia Demystifying the 3GPP
Lorenzo Casaccia  
8/14/2017  
The smartphone has become indispensable to our everyday lives. The average consumer spends almost three hours a day on his or her smartphone streaming, sharing, communicating, searching and so much more, according to consumer behavior measurement firm comScore.
Alan Breznick Are Cord-Cutting's Days Numbered?
Alan Breznick  
8/14/2017   14 comments
Just how bad will cord-cutting get?
Mari Silbey Verizon Video Woes Pile On
Mari Silbey  
8/14/2017   5 comments
Verizon pioneered its Fios telco TV service more than a decade ago and rapidly rose through the ranks of pay-TV providers. But fast forward to 2017, and the company's direct-to-consumer video efforts don't look so promising.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Telefónica Considers OTT Route to Exploit Own Content
Paul Rainford  
8/14/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: investor calls for new BT boss; Altice moves towards full buyout of SFR; European Commission approves use of VULA products in Germany.
Carol Wilson Analyst Nolle: Fundamental Errors Plague NFV
Carol Wilson  
8/11/2017   7 comments
It isn't hard to find folks who'll say telecom's adoption of NFV isn't going all that well, but few speak with the authority -- and specificity -- of veteran industry analyst Tom Nolle.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser No More Navel-Gazing: CORD Speeds Automation
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
8/11/2017   2 comments
Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (CORD) increasingly appeals to carriers ready to quit "navel-gazing" about virtualization, and instead adopt a clear, comprehensive path to deploy and integrate major virtualization elements in their central offices, according to a Heavy Reading report released this week. By implementing CORD, service providers can more effectively compete with web-scale operators while speeding network automation and innovation.
Alan Breznick Liberty Global Claims UK Turnaround
Alan Breznick  
8/11/2017  
Despite losing gobs of money and shedding video customers overall in the second quarter, Liberty Global Group posted strong next-gen video subscriber gains across most of Europe during the spring, especially in the UK.
Sarah Thomas Uber Investor Sues to Kick Kalanick Off Board
Sarah Thomas  
8/11/2017   2 comments
Benchmark Capital has filed a lawsuit to remove ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick from the company's Board of Advisors, alleging fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in a suit filed in Delaware on Thursday.
Aditya Kishore Snapchat Misses Estimates, Eyes Reality Shows
Aditya Kishore  
8/11/2017   6 comments
Here's a message that, ironically, might linger in Wall Street minds for a while: Snap Inc., parent company of the popular Snapchat social media app, has missed financial analyst expectations for the second quarter in a row, heralding a 13% decline in its share price to $11.93.
Robert Clark PCCW Sells $110M Stake in Its OTT Unit
Robert Clark  
8/11/2017  
PCCW's growing OTT business has received a vote of confidence with the planned sale of a stake to blue-chip Asian strategic investors.
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