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Carol Wilson Diversity & SD-WAN Drive GTT-Global Capacity Deal
Carol Wilson  
6/26/2017  
GTT's latest acquisition is designed to make that company a major disruptor in the SD-WAN marketplace, according to its top executive.
Mitch Wagner Apple-Cisco Partnership Opens Enterprise Opportunities
Mitch Wagner  
6/26/2017   1 Comment
Apple has long been a partner for communications service providers in the consumer market. Now, Apple is stepping up its partnership with Cisco, presenting new opportunities for service providers in that realm.
Iain Morris Bagel Downloads & Virtual Cappuccinos
Iain Morris  
6/26/2017   1 Comment
Remember all that dotcom madness at the turn of the millennium? I was in Sweden for a few weeks at the time, working on some monstrous, sleep-depriving bid for a 3G license. But on a rare outing to central Stockholm, I recall stumbling across a ramshackle sports shop with ".com" in its name. The full moniker escapes me, but the ".com" really sticks in my mind -- partly because it was still a bit unusual back then, but mainly because the shop's only web presence came from the eight-legged creatures scurrying across its facade. The owner, it transpired, had simply discovered that having a ".com" in your company name made you seem a lot more exciting.
Alan Breznick Pay-TV Space: More Fragmenting & Facebook
Alan Breznick  
6/26/2017   1 Comment
These are definitely not happy days for legacy pay-TV providers. While they are still the dominant force on the video landscape and will likely remain so for years to come, the traditional pay-TV business is shrinking and will keep shrinking over the next few years as OTT video and other streaming video options keep surging in popularity, according to a new wave of industry studies and forecasts.
Dan Jones T-Mobile on 5G: Starting With 600MHz, Looking at mmWave Future
Dan Jones  
6/26/2017   1 Comment
T-Mobile will focus on low-band 600MHz spectrum for its initial foray into 5G in 2019 but that doesn't mean that high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum is out of the picture for the operator in the future.
Robert Clark Soft Loans, Trade Hardball: ZTE Seeks $11B in Credit Finance
Robert Clark  
6/26/2017  
ZTE is seeking a hefty $11.4 billion in credit financing, threatening to put the issue of Chinese state support for vendors back on the agenda.
Iain Morris DT, Chinese Operators Take NB-IoT to Market
Iain Morris  
6/26/2017   2 comments
Deutsche Telekom has started offering services on its German NB-IoT network, completed the nationwide rollout of an NB-IoT network in the Netherlands and revealed that its T-Mobile US subsidiary will launch NB-IoT in 2018.
Sarah Thomas Empowering Women in Africa – From the US
Sarah Thomas  
6/26/2017   1 Comment
Nneoma Nwankwo was raised in Africa, but after coming to the US to attend university, felt both a disconnect from news about her home country as well as a need to do more to help women there.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Telecom Italia to Offer 4.5G in 11 Cities
Paul Rainford  
6/26/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR and Huawei test 4x4 MIMO; Drillisch wants to go upmarket; Sky takes stake in video compression outfit; ARM backs mmWave startup.
Iain Morris Ericsson Seals 4G, 5G Deal With Vodafone UK
Iain Morris  
6/26/2017  
Ericsson has landed a potentially important network deal with Vodafone's UK business that could prepare the ground for an early launch of 5G technology and cement the existing relationship between the two companies.
Mari Silbey Post IPO, What Does Altice USA Acquire Next?
Mari Silbey  
6/26/2017   3 comments
Part of Altice's strategy in raising $1.9 billion in an IPO for its US division is to shore up new funds for further acquisitions. Unfortunately, the American cable market may not be as ripe for further consolidation as Altice is portraying it to be, at least not at the scale its executives are looking for.
Sterling Perrin Beyond CPRI: Planning for 5G Fronthaul
Sterling Perrin  
6/23/2017  
My last blog focused on physical layer network planning in preparation for 5G. This blog looks above the physical layer at mobile fronthaul protocols. Here the situation becomes far more complex, and currently there are a lot of moving parts that must come together. (See Preparing the Transport Network for 5G: The Future Is Fiber.)
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser AT&T's Hubbard on the Evolution of SD-WAN & Hybrid Networking
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
6/23/2017  
DALLAS -- SD-WAN Strategies for Success -- With the rapid growth of the SD-WAN market in mind, AT&T's Rick Hubbard urged participants at Light Reading's recent event in Dallas to stay focused on the physical network infrastructure as well.
Mari Silbey Have YouTube TV, Will Travel
Mari Silbey  
6/23/2017  
Google is taking YouTube TV to new markets.
Mari Silbey Does AT&T Deserve Time Warner?
Mari Silbey  
6/23/2017   9 comments
One of the questions weighing on my mind as the long regulatory review of AT&T's proposed buyout of Time Warner drags on is whether this year's media mega-merger is different in any substantial way from Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal way back in 2011. If yes, then it should be closely evaluated. But if no, then AT&T should receive the same regulatory treatment that Comcast did when it brought NBCU in house. Right?
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Sigfox Gets Its Teeth Into UK IoT
Paul Rainford  
6/23/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Free not happy with Netflix speed rating; Virgin Media customers put on hack alert; new CEO for Wind Tre.
Derek Peterson The Building Blocks for NFV's Ramp-Up
Derek Peterson  
6/23/2017  
Network functions virtualization (NFV) has emerged as a revolutionary operational and service-building model that has grown into a booming market in a short time. Network by network, venue by venue, we are seeing a significant transformation in the virtualization of communication infrastructures, yet we have only scratched the surface. In fact, by 2021, forecasts show that NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) markets will grow significantly, hitting $158 billion.
Aditya Kishore Brexit to Hit UK-Based Broadcasters – Report
Aditya Kishore  
6/23/2017   4 comments
UK-based broadcasters will face very serious challenges once the UK departs the European Union, according to a new research study from London-based media management consultancy, Expert Media Partners (EMP). It adds that the impact of Brexit will start to be felt by broadcasters as early as this summer.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: The Cool Tech Girl & Rallycross Racing
Eryn Leavens  
6/23/2017  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Collete Davis runs the (startup) world; raising boys and girls differently; stop interrupting me!; and more.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser Dropbox Wants a Fiber Network of Its Own
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
6/23/2017   2 comments
Dropbox is launching a private fiber network to speed service reach internationally, according to a report by Fortune earlier this week.
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