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Iain Morris ItsOn Scorns OSS/BSS Rivals as It Snags STC
Iain Morris  
5/4/2016  
ItsOn has claimed another victory over the likes of Amdocs, Ericsson and Huawei by landing Saudi Telecom as the latest customer of its cloud-based IT platform.
Ray Le Maistre BCE 2016: Vodafone to Make Waves With Its 'Ocean' Virtualization Strategy
Ray Le Maistre  
5/3/2016   2 comments
With its GB pound 19 billion (US$27.6 billion) Project Spring network investment project now complete, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has made its virtualization strategy, codenamed "Ocean," its top priority, according to the operator's head of SDN and NFV David Amzallag, who will update the industry on how Ocean has made waves within the company during the past year during his keynote presentation at the Big Communications Event (BCE) on May 24. (See Light Reading to Host 3rd Annual Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas.)
Dan Jones Sprint CEO: Our Spectrum Is for 5G
Dan Jones  
5/3/2016   9 comments
Sprint's CEO is pushing the notion that the carrier already has the lower frequency bandwidth available that is suitable for 5G, as the operator continues to build out its 4G network.
Carol Wilson Showdown at the OpenStack Corral
Carol Wilson  
5/3/2016   4 comments
Conventional wisdom says telecom network operators hesitate when it comes to deploying OpenStack as their cloud platform for virtualization. On panel discussions, including many I've moderated, they openly wince at its mention, worried that it simply isn't carrier-grade stuff.
Mari Silbey What's Next for Rovi & TiVo?
Mari Silbey  
5/3/2016   4 comments
Assuming everything goes according to plan, Rovi will close on its $1.1 billion acquisition of TiVo later this year. And, given the threat of a potential $36.6 million break-up fee, there is every incentive to keep the transaction on track. The bigger question, however, is not whether the deal will go through, but what happens after the deal gets done.
Iain Morris EC to Stop Hutchison Buying Telefónica UK – Report
Iain Morris  
5/3/2016   3 comments
European Union regulatory authorities will tomorrow block Hutchison Whampoa's proposed GB pound 10.25 billion ($15 billion) takeover of Telefonica's UK business, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Swisscom Stagnates in Q1
Paul Rainford  
5/3/2016   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia upgrades Qatar network; Kudeski buys US security firm; Zain Kuwait buys Sudanese operator.
Brian Santo Dissident Investor Takes Marvell Board Chair
Brian Santo  
5/3/2016   2 comments
A month after Marvell's CEO and its president -- husband and wife team Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai, respectively -- left their jobs, the new power at the company was revealed. Richard S. Hill was elected chairman of the company's board. (See Troubled Marvell's CEO, President Both Sidelined.)
Iain Morris Bell Canada Buys Manitoba Telecom in $3.1B Deal
Iain Morris  
5/3/2016   1 Comment
Canadian telecom giant Bell Canada (BCE) is to acquire regional carrier Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) in a C$3.9 billion (US$3.1 billion) deal that will give it mobile market leadership in a province home to about 1.3 million people.
Carol Wilson CenturyLink Runner Automates Hybrid IT
Carol Wilson  
5/2/2016  
CenturyLink today is introducing an automated infrastructure orchestration capability in a cloud-based service called Runner that it says will let enterprises and smaller businesses more effectively manage and use their cloud and data center infrastructure in a hybrid environment.
Mari Silbey Hulu Eyes Cable-Like Bundle – Report
Mari Silbey  
5/2/2016   1 Comment
The answer to the break-up of the cable bundle is... another bundle!
Sarah Thomas Nokia's Motley: Confidence Paves Career Paths
Sarah Thomas  
5/2/2016   5 comments
Nokia's Sandy Motley's more than 30-year career in the communications industry has seen her make a number of shifts from technology roles to business to sales, but one thing has tended to remain the same -- the general lack of women working with her.
Ray Le Maistre Intel Kills Off Its Smartphone Chip Lines
Ray Le Maistre  
4/30/2016   4 comments
As part of its latest strategic revamp, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) has called time on its 3G and 4G system-on-a-chip (SoC) lines of business and will instead focus its wireless connectivity attention on Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G developments.
Dan Jones Sprint Bags Another $3.1B in Financing
Dan Jones  
4/29/2016   2 comments
Sprint announced another infusion of more than $3 billion Friday as the operator tries to remake itself as a lean competitor against larger rivals in the US mobile market over the next year and more.
Mari Silbey Gigabites: Google Gigs Out in Nashville
Mari Silbey  
4/29/2016   1 Comment
TGIF. In Gigabites this week, Google Fiber hits the streets of Nashville and moves a step closer to deployment in Louisville. Plus, citizens of York County in Pennsylvania are fighting the gigabit fight, and Comcast plans a broadband data cap upgrade.
Mitch Wagner Amazon & Other 'Big 4' Cloud Providers Crushing Competitors
Mitch Wagner  
4/29/2016   8 comments
Microsoft, IBM and Google are starting to close the cloud infrastructure gap, but Amazon is still light-years ahead of everybody else in terms of market share, according to recent research.
Alan Breznick TWC Sees IP Video Progress
Alan Breznick  
4/29/2016   5 comments
As it prepares to exit stage right, Time Warner Cable is hoping to leave behind one last technical achievement -- the development of an IP-only TV service.
Sarah Thomas WiCipedia: Woman Cards & Bitch Switches
Sarah Thomas  
4/29/2016   13 comments
This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Cell C's CEO comes under fire for radio show comments; Clinton plays the woman card; Intel discusses diversity backlash; and more.
Iain Morris Asia's Answer to Netflix Courts Telco Partners
Iain Morris  
4/29/2016   5 comments
HONG KONG -- Ultra-Broadband Summit -- A fast-growing digital startup in Southeast Asia is aiming to be the Netflix of emerging markets, and it sees partnerships with telcos as fundamental to its success.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Q1 Core Profits Down at Telefónica
Paul Rainford  
4/29/2016   2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica upgrades metro networks with Huawei; Telenor execs cleared over Uzbekgate; MTS offers towers for rent.
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