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Ray Le Maistre Vodafone Demands More From NFV Vendors
Ray Le Maistre  
5/27/2016   2 comments
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- Vodafone is making significant progress towards the implementation of its Ocean virtualization strategy but is still encountering some significant challenges as it works with the vendor community on its plans.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Leading Ladies & VC Disparities
Eryn Leavens  
5/27/2016   1 Comment
This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Our very own Women in Comms lunch and speaker panel; turning the tables on gender stereotypes; female-run startups lagging in funding; and more.
Iain Morris Opex Gloom Grows in New NFV Survey
Iain Morris  
5/27/2016   2 comments
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event 2016 -- A growing number of service providers do not expect virtualization to reduce operating costs, while planning for NFV has suffered setbacks during the past six months, according to new data published by Heavy Reading.
Brian Santo Nothing's Going to Stop 4K
Brian Santo  
5/27/2016  
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- Every TV technology transition arrives with the same set of circumstances that suppress the initial rate of adoption: Sales of the requisite new displays remain low as long as content remains lacking, but the incentive for alleviating that lack remains low as long as the new displays aren't selling in big numbers.
Mitch Wagner Microsoft, Facebook Building Transatlantic Cable
Mitch Wagner  
5/27/2016   1 Comment
Microsoft and Facebook plan to build a subsea transatlantic cable designed to support cloud apps, with construction starting in August and finishing up 14 months later, in October 2017.
Mari Silbey Dish's HopperGO Is a Go
Mari Silbey  
5/26/2016  
Only a couple of months past its targeted release date, Dish has now officially launched the HopperGO, a 64 GB storage solution for Dish subscribers that makes DVR content portable and shareable, even without an Internet connection.
Mari Silbey West Coast Gets Its First 10-Gig City
Mari Silbey  
5/26/2016   3 comments
What started out as an education-based initiative in Dayton, Oregon, has evolved into a program offering 10-gigabit-per-second broadband services to local businesses and residential customers alike.
Mitch Wagner Salesforce Inks Strategic Cloud Deal With Amazon
Mitch Wagner  
5/26/2016  
Salesforce has named Amazon as its "preferred public cloud infrastructure provider" in a four-year deal believed to be worth $400 million.
Iain Morris Cisco's Patel Hails 'Microculture' Successes
Iain Morris  
5/26/2016   8 comments
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event (BCE) -- A move to create small teams focused on individual projects is helping Cisco to speed up service development and gain traction with customers, according to Pankaj Patel, the equipment giant's departing chief development officer.
Carol Wilson AT&T: OPNFV Can Bring Open Source Sanity
Carol Wilson  
5/26/2016  
AUSTIN -- The Big Communications Event -- It will be up to one open source group, the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), to provide a "fair playing field" to sort the multiple industry open source initiatives around orchestration, an AT&T executive said here Wednesday.
Mitch Wagner Cisco Looks to Open Source for 'Badder Ass' Internet
Mitch Wagner  
5/26/2016   1 Comment
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- Cisco needs open source to build a "badder ass" Internet -- a network with sufficient performance, reliability and security for major business applications, a company executive said.
Most recent post: Kelsey Ziser... Looking forward to a drama-free, bad-ass network!
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT, Huawei Hit 2 Tbits/s
Paul Rainford  
5/26/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Member states approve 700MHz proposals; 3 to trial ad-blocking technology; Ireland's privacy watchdog bares teeth at Facebook.
Brian Santo Smart Cities: Rapidly Developing Like Molasses
Brian Santo  
5/25/2016   1 Comment
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event (BCE) -- The "smart cities" trend has led to the development of one of the bigger markets in the Internet of things (IoT), but the term might lead to the misimpression that there's anything coherent about the market.
Mari Silbey FCC: We'll Show You the Money, If...
Mari Silbey  
5/25/2016  
Last year, the top telcos in the nation signed on to accept more than $9 billion in funding over six years from the FCC to support rural broadband deployments. But the results of that effort still left too many regions underserved. So this year, the FCC is doling out an additional $2 billion as part of the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II initiative to expand rural broadband access.
Ray Le Maistre AT&T's Margaret Chiosi Retires
Ray Le Maistre  
5/25/2016   6 comments
Margaret Chiosi, AT&T's well-known and outspoken Distinguished Network Architect who has been one of the lead individuals in the virtualization community, has retired from the Tier 1 US operator, Light Reading believes.
Ray Le Maistre AT&T Eyes Yahoo Too Reports
Ray Le Maistre  
5/25/2016  
AT&T may get involved in a bidding war with rival Verizon to acquire Yahoo, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Iain Morris Mitel Faces Competition in $1.96B Polycom Bid
Iain Morris  
5/25/2016  
Mitel's $1.96 billion bid for Polycom is facing competition from a private equity company called Siris Capital Group, according to a report from Bloomberg, which cites sources familiar with the matter.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser Rogers Upskills on Adapting to Mobile Video Demand
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
5/25/2016  
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event (BCE) -- Video consumption is rapidly changing on a global level, forcing both operators and OTT content providers to rapidly rethink their approach to mobile video delivery.
Mari Silbey Cable Is Eyeing Its Retail Options
Mari Silbey  
5/25/2016   6 comments
The cable industry is once again flirting with retail prospects. Both Comcast, the largest US cable operator, and Arris, the largest cable set-top manufacturer, are ramping up their rhetoric with hints, allusions and speculative statements about direct-to-consumer opportunities.
Jeff Gordon Expected Evolution of the Modern Telecom Service Layer
Jeff Gordon  
5/25/2016  
As reported in my previous column in Light Reading, the telecom service layer has a significant role to play in the strategies of nine out of every ten telecom operators. This is according to a recent survey by Heavy Reading, commissioned by OpenCloud. The survey shows that interest is swinging towards a converged service layer (CSL) architecture that can serve multiple legacy and new access networks, with 76% of respondents expecting to have launched a CSL within 24 months. (See Convergence of the Service Layers.)
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