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Mari Silbey Gigabites: Full Duplex Gets the Hard Sell
Mari Silbey  
12/9/2016   1 Comment
Welcome to Friday. In today's edition of Gigabites, Charter and Comcast remind us of the virtues of Full Duplex DOCSIS, Adtran announces a new 10-gigabit community in Texas, Mediacom promises DOCSIS 3.1 everywhere by the end of the year and more.
Ray Le Maistre 21st Century Fox Bids £18B for Sky
Ray Le Maistre  
12/9/2016   1 Comment
Rupert Murdoch's US media giant 21st Century Fox has tabled a bid worth GB pound 18 billion ($22.6 billion) for European pay-TV and comms services firm Sky plc, in which it already holds a 39.1% stake, the two companies announced Friday.
Mari Silbey Verizon's Boston Smart Cities Pilot Begins
Mari Silbey  
12/9/2016   1 Comment
Eight months after first announcing plans for a "Smart Cities" pilot project in downtown Boston, Verizon is now installing road sensors, cameras and connected lighting at the Beantown intersection of Mass Ave and Beacon Street. It's the start of the first active phase of the Smart Cities trial and comes just as the telco is also launching its first new Fios neighborhoods in the Boston region.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Nokia Helps A1 Hit 500 Mbit/s With Triple CA
Paul Rainford  
12/9/2016   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt upgrades with Cisco; Orange rebrands in Morocco; LinkedIn seeks to unblock itself in Russia; SoftBank's tech fund sets up in London; cybercrime versus old-school crime.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Diversity Awareness & Schooling Brogrammers
Eryn Leavens  
12/9/2016   4 comments
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Lack of diversity awareness widespread in tech; brogrammers get schooled; Afghan girls learn to code; and more.
Ray Le Maistre Altice Considers IPO for Its US Operations
Ray Le Maistre  
12/9/2016   2 comments
Altice says it's "exploring the possibility of an initial public offering (IPO) of a minority interest in its U.S. operations, Altice USA," a move that would help fund its recently announced FTTH rollout plans. (See Altice Plans FTTH for Entire US Footprint.)
Mitch Wagner Microsoft Closes LinkedIn Acquisition. What's Next?
Mitch Wagner  
12/8/2016   1 Comment
Microsoft announced closing of its $26.2 billion LinkedIn acquisition Thursday, and it's wasting no time integrating the two companies' products and services.
Brian Santo Qualcomm Challenges Intel With New ARM Chip
Brian Santo  
12/8/2016  
Qualcomm has begun sampling the ARM-based chip it has been developing to go head-to-head with Intel in the data center market.
Denise Culver IoT Security: The Virtualization Angle
Denise Culver  
12/8/2016   1 Comment
There's little question that IoT security is drawing attention on many fronts. Witness these recent Light Reading posts:
Ray Le Maistre Telecoms Sideswiped by the Digital Market Transition
Ray Le Maistre  
12/8/2016   3 comments
"The number one reason a company fails is that they don't get market transitions." -- John Chambers, then CEO of Cisco Systems, March 2015.
Robert Clark ZTE Burnishes Regional Portfolio Wth $101M Netaş Stake
Robert Clark  
12/8/2016  
ZTE has taken a controlling stake in one of Turkey's largest IT firms in a bid to strengthen its offerings in central and west Asia.
Iain Morris 5G on Track but Fragmentation Still a Concern
Iain Morris  
12/8/2016   1 Comment
ROME -- Executive Summit -- Standardized 5G networks are on course for a proper commercial launch in 2020 thanks largely to a push from pioneering operators like Verizon and South Korea's KT. Yet there are still concerns about the fragmentation that could occur as different players jostle for leadership.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT & Huawei Join Forces on 5G
Paul Rainford  
12/8/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson job-cutting ahead of schedule; Fastweb plans to roll out gigabit service; BBC trials 4K HDR video.
Brian Santo Tiny Switch Has Big Implications for 5G
Brian Santo  
12/8/2016   1 Comment
GE has spun out a company that threatens to reduce 5G network complexity by a freakish amount, with a novel twist on a device that hasn't seen much of a change in at least 50 years: the electrical switch.
Iain Morris Virtualization Confidence Takes Hit in Latest HR Survey
Iain Morris  
12/8/2016   4 comments
The number of telcos saying they are extremely confident about meeting targets for the rollout of "high-priority" virtualized functions has fallen over the last year, according to Heavy Reading 's latest virtualization index.
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Mari Silbey Small Arctic ISP Caches Netflix in New Way
Mari Silbey  
12/7/2016   5 comments
In a geographic area that is closer to Greenland than much of mainland Canada, Meshnet, a service provider in Iqualuit, Nunavut, is announcing a new partnership with Aterlo Networks to give its customers something they've never been able to get before -- quality access to Netflix service.
Iain Morris Orange Flags Barriers to Licensed-Spectrum LoRa
Iain Morris  
12/7/2016   1 Comment
French telco incumbent Orange says technically there is nothing to prevent LoRa technology from being used in licensed spectrum bands but that existing equipment and regulations would not support such a move.
Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director, EANTC 2016 NIA-EANTC NFV Interoperability Test Report
Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director, EANTC  
12/7/2016  
Introduction In the first year of its industry-wide interoperability program, the New IP Agency included 33 commercial solutions from 23 member companies. We conducted three test campaigns focusing on virtualized network functions (VNFs), the NFV infrastructure, VNF managers and NFV orchestrators. The tests identified more than eight general areas of interoperability issues seen today; they helped vendors to improve their solutions and resolve problems in multivendor scenarios not tested before. Vendor members have upstreamed test findings to open source projects such as OpenStack, and to standards-developing organizations such as ETSI.
Iain Morris SD-WAN Boom Coming in Next 2 Years
Iain Morris  
12/7/2016   2 comments
ROME -- Executive Summit -- SD-WAN technology is either critical or important for telecom operators looking to automate their operations and reduce service costs, according to 84% of telco respondents to a new Heavy Reading survey.
Mari Silbey Verizon Hails Boston Fios Launch but Eyes 5G
Mari Silbey  
12/7/2016   3 comments
Verizon has announced the launch of Fios TV, Internet and phone service in new Boston-area neighborhoods, the result of a deal with the city earlier this year to extend fiber and wireless services to the region. However, while the current Fios deployment is based on fiber to the home, Verizon's commitment isn't really to the FTTH model. Instead, the company has made clear that it's planning to "densify" its fiber footprint in the Boston metro and then use that infrastructure to support a variety of revenue-driving services also including wireless broadband, wireless video and smart city applications.
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