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Mari Silbey Yahoo Signing Off in $4.83B Sale to Verizon
Mari Silbey  
7/25/2016   1 Comment
Known as one of the first big brands on the Internet -- and trademarked by its yodeling jingle and the exclamation point at the end of its name -- Yahoo is now under agreement with Verizon to be acquired for approximately $4.83 billion in cash.
Ray Le Maistre Ericsson Ejects CEO Vestberg
Ray Le Maistre  
7/25/2016   6 comments
Hans Vestberg has been replaced as Ericsson CEO following a string of poor financial results and a slide in the company's share price. The CEO role has been handed temporarily to CFO Jan Frykhammar while the Swedish vendor looks for a permanent replacement.
Ray Le Maistre Huawei Reports 40% H1 Sales Growth But Margins Suffer
Ray Le Maistre  
7/25/2016   3 comments
Huawei has once again reported jaw-dropping sales numbers for its latest trading period, reporting a 40% year-on-year increase in sales (in local currency terms) for the first half of 2016. (See Huawei Reports 40% Rise in H1 Revenues.)
Carol Wilson Power Savings Drive CenturyLink's CO Move
Carol Wilson  
7/25/2016  
CenturyLink is consolidating about 50 of its Central Office digital switches, using Nokia professional services to eliminate unused capacity to help save 22,000 megawatt hours of power. (See CenturyLink Consolidates CO Switches to Save Power.)
Mari Silbey Wurl Network Collapses VoD Into Linear TV
Mari Silbey  
7/25/2016  
ORLANDO - The Independent Show -- Years ago when AT&T launched its U-verse IPTV service, the promise of new viewing features and true interactive television bloomed on the horizon. But for all its commitment to IP, AT&T still relied on a broadcast ecosystem that funneled content into a single pre-packaged form, giving it little opportunity to experiment with new features even as the telco delivered the video over IP in the last mile.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: CityFibre Forges Ahead
Paul Rainford  
7/25/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria has a flat first half; Tele2 to put Nokia's Cloud Packet Core to work; BT offers to set up separate board for Openreach.
Sarah Thomas From Ass Kickings in China to Kicking Ass in the Valley
Sarah Thomas  
7/25/2016  
Mellanox's Chloe Ma grew up in a large city in China where men and women were always considered equal, which meant that if "the teachers want to kick your ass (literally), he will do it no matter whether you are a boy or a girl," she says.
Elizabeth Miller Coyne Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8B
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
7/24/2016   1 Comment
Verizon Communications plans to announce Monday that it's acquiring Yahoo for $4.8 billion. Yahoo's board voted Sunday to sell its Internet business and land holdings to the incumbent service provider, according to a Bloomberg report on Sunday.
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Mari Silbey Gigabites: Anchor Institutions Aim High
Mari Silbey  
7/22/2016  
TGIF. In this week's Gigabites, anchor institutions weigh in on gigabit broadband plans, Google Fiber postpones its Portland plans, the NTCA celebrates rural gigabit broadband success stories and more.
Iain Morris Vodafone, 3 Plot UK Fiber Moves Amid Rules Shake-Up
Iain Morris  
7/22/2016   1 Comment
UK mobile operators Vodafone and 3 are eyeing the use of new fiber-network products to boost backhaul connections to mobile towers, with Vodafone also keen to bolster its role in the country's broadband sector.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: UK Dampens Vodafone's Q1
Paul Rainford  
7/22/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bezeq trials G.fast; Telecom Italia, HPE land cloud services contract; Net Insight sees revenues rise.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Facebook's LGBT Stats, Broettes & 'Tiny Lady Hands'
Eryn Leavens  
7/22/2016  
This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Facebook reveals its LGBT employee stats; Microsoft's HoloLens insults through advertising; ladies in tech get a whole new lexicon; and more.
Ray Le Maistre Facebook Gets Its Drone On
Ray Le Maistre  
7/22/2016   7 comments
Is it a bird? Is it.... OK, enough of that. It's Aquila, the giant unmanned high-altitude Facebook drone designed to help provide Internet access to remote areas that has, according to the social media giant, just taken its first major test flight.
Dan Jones AT&T Covers 380M People With LTE in Q2
Dan Jones  
7/22/2016  
AT&T is pumping up its 4G LTE network further this year, even as it moves subscribers off its old 2G network, and anticipates the arrival of 5G in the near-ish future.
Mari Silbey Comcast Prepaid Proves Internet Isn't Cheap
Mari Silbey  
7/21/2016   1 Comment
There was a time about six years ago when I had access to WiMax service over a USB stick for $22.50 per month. WiMax certainly wasn't available everywhere, and the speeds were a bit below today's 4G standards, but the pricing and flexibility were unbeatable. No long-term contract required.
Iain Morris Cellcom Turns to the Cloud for Its Latest CRM Strategy
Iain Morris  
7/21/2016  
Cellcom, Israel's biggest telco, is diversifying its BSS supply line with the addition of relative newcomer Vlocity as its CRM (customer relationship management) system supplier, a decision that appears to have left BSS giant Amdocs flat-footed.
Carol Wilson ONOS, ONF Create Integrated NFV Approach
Carol Wilson  
7/21/2016   1 Comment
The ONOS Project and the Open Networking Foundation have collaborated to create the first open-source leaf-spine fabric, based on the ONOS SDN controller, OpenFlow 1.3 and bare-metal switching hardware, targeting service provider data centers, among other use cases. It is being combined with the ONOS CORD initiative to create an integrated network functions virtualization solution for service providers as well.
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Alan Breznick Is Dish Going Down the Drain?
Alan Breznick  
7/21/2016   6 comments
The subscriber losses just keep mounting at Dish Network as even its still-growing Sling TV OTT service can't make up for the rapid contraction of its core satellite TV business.
Mari Silbey How iPass & 60M Hotspots Could Disrupt the Mobile Industry
Mari Silbey  
7/21/2016   5 comments
As a consumer, you'd be forgiven for not knowing the brand iPass. Unlike WiFi hotspot aggregator Boingo, iPass doesn't do any direct-to-consumer business. But with almost 60 million WiFi hotspots across the globe (roughly half in the US), the company is a serious player in the increasingly heterogeneous wireless networking world.
Ray Le Maistre ADVA Has a Growth Spurt but Margins Lag
Ray Le Maistre  
7/21/2016   1 Comment
ADVA Optical has found its sales groove, it seems. Earlier this year the European optical and Ethernet systems vendor reported a 30% leap in full-year revenues for 2015 to euro 441.9 million. (See ADVA Reports Significant Increase in 2015 Revenues .)
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