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Mari Silbey FCC Ends Net Neutrality
Mari Silbey  
12/14/2017   2 comments
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission -- The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines today to repeal the Open Internet Order passed in 2015 and replace it with the new Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The new order returns broadband service to its classification as a Title I information service, and removes so-called bright line rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or giving preferential treatment to traffic through paid prioritization.
Ray Le Maistre EnterpriseWeb Onboards a Virtualization Vet
Ray Le Maistre  
12/14/2017  
EnterpriseWeb may not be a new name amongst those in the NFV, telco cloud and OSS communities, but 2018 could be the year when it becomes a much more familiar name across the broader communications networking sector as it gains notoriety for big name customers, new team members and enhanced credibility.
Alan Breznick Arris Charges Into Enterprise Sector
Alan Breznick  
12/14/2017  
Seeking to move aggressively into the enterprise sector, Arris has set up a new division incorporating the Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch businesses that it bought from Brocade and will pursue a wide range of businesses, institutions and public agencies.
Iain Morris Ribbon Cuts Ties With Ray Dolan, Names New CEO
Iain Morris  
12/14/2017   1 Comment
Ribbon, the company created last month from a merger between Sonus and Genband, has named Fritz Hobbs as its new president and CEO following the resignation of Ray Dolan from those roles. (See Sonus Cuts a New Shape as Ribbon Communications.)
Dan Jones Disney Buys Fox for $52.4B
Dan Jones  
12/14/2017  
Walt Disney Co. confirmed Thursday that it is buying most of the assets of 21st Century Fox for a whopping total of $52.4 billion.
Carol Wilson CenturyLink Survey: Bloom Not Yet Off MPLS Rose
Carol Wilson  
12/14/2017  
A new survey of IT professionals, conducted for CenturyLink, shows businesses are still very interested in using MPLS, even as they add software-defined WANs to the mix. In fact, while just over half of those surveyed use MPLS today, the remaining companies polled indicate plans to consider MPLS in the future.
Iain Morris Ericsson Replaces Major Rival as DT Supplier in 5G Deal
Iain Morris  
12/14/2017   1 Comment
In a major blow to one of the world's biggest equipment vendors, Ericsson has replaced either China's Huawei or Finland's Nokia as one of Deutsche Telekom's two main suppliers of radio access network (RAN) equipment in Germany.
James Crawshaw Three UK's Core Network Transformation Requires New Approach to Assurance
James Crawshaw  
12/14/2017  
Back in 2014 the regulatory winds were favorable in European telecoms with consolidation in both the German and Austrian markets taking the number of mobile network operators from four to three. "Market repair" was the buzzword of the day and operators were keen to see if they could achieve similar consolidation in other countries. In the UK, there were four MNOs: EE (itself a merger of Orange and T-Mobile's UK arms), O2 (part of the Telefonica Group, Vodafone and Three UK (part of Asian conglomerate CK Hutchison). With EE being snapped up by BT, Three made an audacious offer for O2 that would have created the largest mobile operator in the UK with over 40% share of mobile subscribers and a strong portfolio of spectrum. However, after a year of deliberations, in May 2016 the deal was blocked by the EU commission on competition grounds, leaving Three UK in a quandary.
Ray Le Maistre ETSI's 'Zero Touch' Group Issues Telco Automation White Paper
Ray Le Maistre  
12/14/2017  
The ETSI group focused on zero-touch networking and automation, which has been in gestation for the past few months, has been officially launched with the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Sprint, NTT, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE amongst its core members.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Gemalto Spurns Atos Bid
Paul Rainford  
12/14/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre expands in Aberdeen; Ericsson sees bright future for microwave in backhaul; broadband over... wet string?
Mari Silbey T-Mobile Buys Layer3 TV, Plans OTT Launch
Mari Silbey  
12/13/2017  
T-Mobile officially jumped into the pay-TV business today with the acquisition of startup company Layer3 TV and the announcement of plans to launch a new over-the-top video service in 2018.
Dan Jones Project AirGig Goes Down to Georgia
Dan Jones  
12/13/2017   12 comments
The devil said: "Son, I'm the fastest download in the land," and when he proved it to us, well, we let him join the band.*
Carol Wilson Masergy Adds App Priorities to SD-WAN
Carol Wilson  
12/13/2017  
Masergy has added application-based routing to its SD-WAN product, enabling customers to use policy to treat business apps differently, making sure resources are used cost-effectively and every app gets the treatment it needs.
Mari Silbey Vapor IO Is Virtualizing the Edge
Mari Silbey  
12/13/2017  
Whether you call it edge computing, fog computing, or something else entirely, the communications industry is now working hard to bring the scale and economics of a centralized cloud architecture out to the network edge. And startup company Vapor IO? It believes it may have gotten there first.
Iain Morris China Mobile Launches UK Mobile Business
Iain Morris  
12/13/2017  
China Mobile has signaled its growing ambition on the international stage with the launch of a mobile service in the UK.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, EWE Form FTTH Joint Venture
Paul Rainford  
12/13/2017  
In today's EMEA regional roundup: FTTH boost for north-west Germany; Orange Digital Ventures invests in mobile marketing automation startup; Bharti Airtel staying put in Africa; Carphone Warehouse profits down.
Dan Jones Intel Capital Invests in Spectrum Efficiency Startup
Dan Jones  
12/13/2017   1 Comment
Intel Capital is among a number of investors pumping $7 million of Series A venture capital into Austin, Texas-based GenXComm, a startup developing a chip for analog cancellation aimed at enabling full duplex communications for 5G wireless, cable systems and more.
Mari Silbey Arris CEO: Software Isn't Everything
Mari Silbey  
12/13/2017  
In a not-so-subtle jab at competitors, Arris CEO Bruce McClelland says that while other companies are trying to reposition themselves as software vendors, Arris is focused on redefining connectivity. And the company's recent acquisition of Ruckus Wireless is one key piece of that effort.
Craig Matsumoto Juniper Turns Contrail Into a Platform for Multicloud
Craig Matsumoto  
12/12/2017   3 comments
SAN FRANCISCO -- NXTWORK 2017 -- Contrail has turned into a lot more than an SDN controller for Juniper. It's becoming a platform that will be the foundation of Juniper's network automation in a multicloud world.
Carol Wilson Bell Canada Pioneers Production ONAP
Carol Wilson  
12/12/2017  
Bell Canada's move to be the first company bringing open-source ONAP code into production is the result of a year-long challenge the company set for itself to make its dev-ops process pay off. But it is also intended as a signal to the broader industry that the massive open-source software platform can be practically deployed, in hopes of attracting more participation and contributions, a BCE executive says.
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