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Mitch Wagner Pica8 Boosts Data Center Interconnectivity
Mitch Wagner  
4/24/2015   1 Comment
Pica8 this week added support for the Labeled BGP protocol to its white box SDN switch operating system, providing a standardized means of connecting data centers across different domains using tunneling across WANs.
Sarah Thomas Poll: Backhaul Presents 5G's Biggest Challenge
Sarah Thomas  
4/24/2015   2 comments
When it comes to 5G, there are no shortage of potential challenges, but -- according to one third of those who voted in a recent Light Reading poll -- upgrading backhaul to support the enormous amount of traffic coming to 5G is the biggest challenge the industry will face.
Carol Wilson MEF Unites Carriers on Ethernet Interconnect
Carol Wilson  
4/24/2015   2 comments
In an effort to make interconnection of Ethernet services ubiquitous, the Metro Ethernet Forum has organized large Carrier Ethernet providers in an initiative to streamline interconnection services through active prototyping and testing.
Ray Le Maistre Adtran Is Developing White Box GPON Tech
Ray Le Maistre  
4/24/2015   9 comments
Broadband access infrastructure vendor Adtran may have had a setback at AT&T this week but it has a new access product in development that, in the future, might open new doors at the Tier 1 operator. (See Adtran Loses Out at AT&T.)
Mari Silbey Comcast Formally Ends Its Bid for TWC
Mari Silbey  
4/24/2015   14 comments
Fourteen months after it all began, Comcast has officially withdrawn its $45 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable. The deal, which would have combined the two largest cable companies in the US, came under intense scrutiny by regulators, and was the subject of much debate over how much broadband and pay-TV market share one company should have.
Gagandeep Kaur Vodafone Ramps up Network, Distribution in India
Gagandeep Kaur  
4/24/2015   1 Comment
Vodafone India is hoping its expansion of network and retail facilities will help it to fend off its mobile rivals. The operator has recently published data revealing how much it spent in several circles on infrastructure improvements. So far, these investments appear to be paying off. Vodafone's market share rose from 18.1% in February 2014 to 18.9% in February this year, according to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Metroweb Spurns Telecom Italia Advances
Paul Rainford  
4/24/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 adds VoLTE; Telefonica gets all-clear on Canal+ buy; Virgin Media makes its workers stand up for six months!
Iain Morris Google Says Mobile Drove Q1 Earnings Growth
Iain Morris  
4/24/2015   1 Comment
Google has seen off the challenge posed by the strong dollar to report a healthy jump in sales and profits for the first three months of the year.
Mitch Wagner Amazon Web Services: $5B & 'Growing Fast'
Mitch Wagner  
4/23/2015  
Wall Street didn't get the email that it was supposed to punish Amazon if its cloud business turned out to be too successful.
Carol Wilson Juniper Sees Second-Half Optimism
Carol Wilson  
4/23/2015  
Juniper Networks today reported a downturn in revenue, based in part on weak spending by North American service providers, but still managed to beat analyst expectations. The vendor offered a brighter view of the second half of 2015 and saw its stock lifted in trading afterward. (See Juniper Q1 Sales, Profits Exceed Expectations.)
Sarah Thomas Comcast Reportedly Dropping $45B TWC Bid
Sarah Thomas  
4/23/2015   7 comments
Comcast is reportedly planning to abandon its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable amidst pressure from the Department of Justice and FCC for an administrative hearing.
Mari Silbey Arris & Pace: More Than Just a Set-Top Deal
Mari Silbey  
4/23/2015  
If Arris succeeds in acquiring Pace, it will control by far the largest share of the traditional pay-TV set-top market. That's a huge advantage in a sector where scale and price are paramount.
Sarah Thomas Ericsson Not Planning Big M&A Response to Nokia/AlcaLu
Sarah Thomas  
4/23/2015   5 comments
Don't expect big M&A from Ericsson in response to Nokia's bid for Alcatel-Lucent. The vendor's CFO says the merger doesn't change its strategy of organic development and small services acquisitions.
Steve Saunders Talking Transformation With Ericsson's CTO
Steve Saunders  
4/23/2015  
Many leading communications companies can claim to have undergone significant periods of reinvention during their histories, but none have been through more major transitions than Ericsson.
Iain Morris China Unicom Loses 4 Million Customers
Iain Morris  
4/23/2015   3 comments
China Unicom has blamed a new value-added tax for a fall in sales and profits during the first three months of the year while losing more than 4 million customers during the quarter.
Iain Morris Qualcomm Slashes Revenue Forecast by $1B
Iain Morris  
4/23/2015   3 comments
US chipmaker Qualcomm has lowered its full-year revenue forecast by $1 billion after losing business with South Korea's Samsung and amid surging sales of Apple's iPhone devices, which do not use its chips.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Big 3 Push for German Spectrum
Paul Rainford  
4/23/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN sees data revenue growth; Mobistar Q1 core profits up 6.8%; BT misleads on superfast broadband.
Sarah Thomas The 5G Clubs
Sarah Thomas  
4/23/2015   2 comments
5G should also mean 5X the number of industry associations, consortiums, research institutes and other groups tackling the formidable challenge of defining the use cases, spectrum and standards associated with the next-generation network.
Iain Morris Ericsson Sinks on North American Slowdown
Iain Morris  
4/23/2015  
Ericsson's share price has tumbled in early-morning trading in Stockholm after the equipment vendor revealed it had been hit by a slowdown in North American business and a sharp rise in expenses during the first three months of the year.
Mitch Wagner Amazon Earnings: What to Watch For
Mitch Wagner  
4/23/2015   5 comments
The trick for Amazon in its earnings report Thursday will be to look good -- but not too good.
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