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Alan Breznick Cable Preps for DOCSIS 3.1 Debut
Alan Breznick  
As Gigabit Fever continues to sweep the land, CableLabs is scrambling to start certifying new DOCSIS 3.1 equipment for the cable industry's use as early as next spring.
Mari Silbey Is Redbox Instant Shutting Down?
Mari Silbey  
9/30/2014   7 comments
Redbox Instant by Verizon may be rapidly approaching its end.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: EU Gets Tough on Net Neutrality
Paul Rainford  
9/30/2014   5 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Tele Columbus plans IPO; AlcaLu teams up with Accenture; data sonification -- can you dig it?
JOANNE TAAFFE What China Mobile Wants From 5G
9/30/2014   1 Comment
For the world's biggest mobile operator (by subscriber numbers), 4G still offers a lot of mileage.
Michelle Donegan Telco IT Can Unlock OTT Profits – AsiaInfo
Michelle Donegan  
9/30/2014   1 Comment
European network operators are missing a trick when it comes to partnering with over-the-top (OTT) service providers by not making the most of their back-office Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT), a missed opportunity that collectively could be worth hundreds of millions of euros in gross profits each year, according to Chinese software vendor AsiaInfo Inc.
Carol Wilson Open NFV Group Uncloaks Its Platform Plan
Carol Wilson  
9/30/2014   4 comments
The Linux Foundation today made its long-awaited formal announcement of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), promising to deliver a carrier-grade, open source reference architecture as a means of speeding up NFV deployment. The group's initial focus will be on developing the NFV infrastructure and virtualized infrastructure management, two key pieces not already under development, and is promising its initial results in the first half of 2015. (See Linux Foundation Announces Open NFV Group, Exclusive: Leaked 'Inception' Document Fleshes Out Open-Source NFV Plans and Will Carriers Step Up to Open Challenge?)
Carol Wilson CenturyLink Opens Hosting Site in China
Carol Wilson  
9/29/2014   1 Comment
CenturyLink is taking its managed hosting portfolio into China, initially to serve its multinational business customers wanting to do business there, but ultimately looking for new customers in that region as well. (See CenturyLink Expands Managed Hosting into China.)
Iain Morris The Perennial Need for Speed
Iain Morris  
9/29/2014   2 comments
Connection speed has long been the marketing hook that operators have used when fishing for broadband customers, but is it now due for replacement?
Dan O'Shea Bit Parts: Google Invests in Chinese Transceiver Firm
Dan O'Shea  
9/29/2014   2 comments
Here's the latest news in Bit Parts, our semi-frequent, sometimes dramatic, always intriguing roundup of the optical components sector:
Sarah Reedy SoftBank Eyes a DreamWorks Buy – Report
Sarah Reedy  
9/29/2014   7 comments
Its dreams of acquiring T-Mobile dashed, SoftBank's latest acquisition target appears to be US-based movie studio DreamWorks.
Jason Meyers GVTC Beats Gig Giants to San Antonio Area
Jason Meyers  
9/29/2014   3 comments
Telecom co-op GVTC Communications has turned up its gigabit fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the San Antonio area, making it first to market in a region coveted by several larger operators.
Patrick Donegan Backhaul Strategies: Looking to 2015
Patrick Donegan  
9/29/2014   1 Comment
"T1 is like pizza -- you order it, you get it. The problem is, you order it for dinner and you get it for lunch next day, it's cold, there's no topping, and there's only one store you can get it from -- and that's Pizza Hut."
Mari Silbey RGB Opens Up Transcoding Market
Mari Silbey  
In a sign of just how dramatically the video transcoding market has changed, RGB Networks has announced that it is preparing to release an open source version of its current TransAct Transcoder product in the first quarter of next year.
Jennifer Kyriakakis Defining the Digital Service Provider
Jennifer Kyriakakis  
9/29/2014   3 comments
During the past five years there has been a significant change in the way that people communicate and use mobile telecom services. The advent of 3G and 4G/LTE connectivity has had no small part to play in this; it has been a major catalyst in the shift away from traditional telecom services -- voice and SMS -- to a more data-centric mobile phone experience.
Mitch Wagner Cisco Beefs Up Its Intercloud, Adds Telco Partners
Mitch Wagner  
9/29/2014   3 comments
Cisco today announced advances to its Intercloud business, including new technical capabilities, partnerships with major telco and data center players including BT, Deutsche Telekom, Equinix and Portugal Telecom, and $1 billion in available financing for customers and partners through its Cisco Capital subsidiary.
Mitch Wagner OpenDaylight Releases Major 'Helium' Upgrade
Mitch Wagner  
OpenDaylight today introduced Helium, a major upgrade to its open source SDN controller. Helium is focused on building in the security, scalability, and stability needed for production environments.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: EC to Charge Apple With Illegal Tax Deals in Ireland
Paul Rainford  
9/29/2014   4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Trujillo eyes Telecom Italia stake; TeliaSonera's Eurasian troubles; Belgacom streams Netflix.
Ray Le Maistre Telecom Italia Looks Vulnerable
Ray Le Maistre  
9/29/2014   4 comments
Europe's traditional national operators will be keeping a close eye on Italy in the coming months to see if "one of their own" falls victim to a combination of modern-day market pressures and a faltering survival strategy.
Bryan Adamson Bridging the Digital Divide
Bryan Adamson  
9/29/2014   1 Comment
With the current state of the national economy, it is no surprise that there are current, former and would-be cable subscribers that have comparatively low household incomes or poor credit scores. This customer segment has traditionally been under-represented within the cable television and broadband subscriber bases. A big part of the challenge is that cable's traditional business models do not mesh well with the needs of this demographic.
Dan Jones Exalt CEO: Company Lives On Following Management Buyout
Dan Jones  
9/29/2014   3 comments
Microwave backhaul systems vendor Exalt Communications has not shut down, it just shuttered its HQ for a short period while it undertook a management buyout, according to its CEO.
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