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Ray Le Maistre Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
Ray Le Maistre  
6/18/2018  
LONDON -- 5G World Summit -- With a hefty portion of the communications sector's messaging system market already under its belt, Mavenir is seeking to build its business with the world's mobile operators by providing a broad range of software-based core and access technologies that, it hopes, will double the size of its business.
Iain Morris Drunk Brits, Russian Anglers & Telenor's Big Data Gambit
Iain Morris  
6/18/2018  
The frosty landscape of northern Norway typically attracts two types of tourist in the winter, according to Berit Svendsen, the CEO of Telenor Norway. "There are people going ice fishing, who come from Russia, and there are people heading for the closest bar," she joked at the AI Summit in London last week. "They are from Great Britain, of course."
Mitch Wagner Atlanta Braves Go to Bat for Transformation
Mitch Wagner  
6/18/2018  
The Atlanta Braves was the oldest continuously operated professional sports franchise in the US until last year. Now, it's also the landlord of a large-scale, mixed-use urban development. It accomplished the transformation using technology to drive change, according to Greg Gatti, Atlanta Braves VP of IT and CIO.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Former France Telecom Execs to Stand Trial Over Suicides
Paul Rainford  
6/18/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Comcast's Sky bid gets the official EU nod; Virgin bills direct for Netflix; Telia denies break-up fee; Com Hem claims speed record.
Scott Raynovich The Telco Debt Binge May End Badly
Scott Raynovich  
6/15/2018  
After the US government this week approved the AT&T and Time-Warner merger, it's a good time to look at why AT&T is pursuing this merger and the broader landscape of where the two largest North American operators are going -- and what it means for their financial position.
Bruce Mehlman Falling Fiber Gap Further Supports FCC's BDS Decision
Bruce Mehlman  
6/15/2018  
Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reformed how it regulates the business data services (BDS, formerly known as "special access") market to better reflect the real competition that now exists in that sector. Opponents appealed that decision, and that challenge is now percolating up to a federal appeals court.
Iain Morris ZTE Is Still in the Danger Zone
Iain Morris  
6/15/2018  
ZTE just cannot catch a break. Despite yesterday's news of plans for a $10.7 billion line of credit, and its nomination of board members untarnished by past wrongdoing, the Chinese vendor watched its share price close down 11.5% in Hong Kong today. That fall came after the more precipitous 42% drop on Wednesday, when ZTE resumed trading after a two-month hiatus. Valued at HK$31 in late January, each share is now worth just $13.1. (See ZTE Seeks $11B in Credit, Nominates New Board Members - Report and ZTE Tanks on Trading Resumption, Ejects Entire Management Team .)
Gagandeep Kaur Vodafone-Idea Merger Enters Last Leg
Gagandeep Kaur  
6/15/2018  
The long-anticipated merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular is nearing completion, with the operators putting the final touches to the deal and clearing regulatory barriers.
Mike Yang Even for Virtualized Networks, Hardware Vendor Choice Matters
Mike Yang  
6/15/2018  
Fifth-generation (5G) cellular promises gigabit speeds, single-digit-millisecond latencies and mission-critical reliability. To deliver on those promises, mobile operators and the companies that serve them need to take a fundamentally different approach to infrastructure.
Sterling Perrin Source Packet Routing Gets Real in 2018
Sterling Perrin  
6/15/2018   3 comments
Source packet routing in networking, or SPRING, is a standards-based approach to segment routing that is gaining a lot of traction among service providers and cloud operators as they consider new technologies and architectures to efficiently handle their market demands.
Iain Morris AT&T Closes $84B Time Warner Takeover
Iain Morris  
6/15/2018  
AT&T has closed its $84 billion takeover of Time Warner after a US judge approved the deal with no restrictions earlier this week. (See AT&T Wins Big, Gets Bigger: Judge Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger.)
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Diversity Fatigue & 'Unprotected' Minorities at Google
Eryn Leavens  
6/15/2018  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Google slams diversity measures at the leadership level; fatigue sets in on the Valley; men's careers are nurtured more than women's; and more.
Mitch Wagner Google Debuts 'App Maker' for Simple Apps
Mitch Wagner  
6/15/2018  
Google is launching App Maker, a low-code tool designed to let anyone -- even line-of-business users -- build business applications using G Suite.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT Still Has Work to Do on Openreach Separation
Paul Rainford  
6/15/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: faster broadband for Cardiff; Ukrainian billionaire plans "Netflix of sport"; Sky bags Serie A rights; EU WiFi program a non-starter.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser Ciena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
6/14/2018   3 comments
OTTAWA -- The telecom industry is moving toward autonomous networks, but Ciena says it is taking a different approach. As a supplier of optical, packet and software automation technologies, Ciena is eager to promote the "Adaptive Network" as a means to enable the network to react to unanticipated changes in traffic, connectivity and services.
Iain Morris ZTE Seeks $11B in Credit, Nominates New Board Members – Report
Iain Morris  
6/14/2018  
Following its resumption of trading yesterday, ZTE is looking to raise about $10.7 billion in financing as it tries to get its business back on track, according to press reports.
Cheenu Seshadri Is the Sprint & T-Mobile Merger Too Risky?
Cheenu Seshadri  
6/14/2018   1 Comment
With the announcement of the biggest telecom news of 2018, the merger agreement between T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), we wanted to handicap the odds of US regulators approving the deal. The lack of an antitrust break-up fee in the agreement makes it clear that Sprint is eager to consummate this deal. Unlike previous merger attempts, this also indicates that Softbank, Sprint's majority owner is unlikely to walk away from the deal should regulators oppose it. There are three regulatory agencies that hold a potential veto in this matter -- the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) , U.S. Department of Justice and CFIUS. The standards each uses to evaluate a deal are different and so are the risks of a challenge.
Iain Morris 3GPP Done With 5G SA Specs. Now the Hard Work Begins
Iain Morris  
6/14/2018   1 Comment
The 3GPP has finalized specifications for the "standalone" (SA) variant of 5G technology, paving the way for the rollout of 5G networks that are fully independent of 4G systems.
Iain Morris Ericsson Beefs Up With Telefónica Argentina as Huawei Goes Hungry
Iain Morris  
6/14/2018   2 comments
Ericsson has tucked into a bigger helping of networks business with Telefonica Argentina, leaving Huawei's plate much emptier, Light Reading has learned.
Iain Morris BT Aims to Switch Off 3G by 2022
Iain Morris  
6/14/2018  
LONDON -- 5G World Summit 2018 -- BT plans to switch off its UK 3G network by 2022, relying on a mixture of 2G, 4G and 5G technologies to serve mobile customers, and continues to work toward a 2025 target for the shutdown of its public switched telephony network (PSTN).
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