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Dan Jones FCC Chief: Keep Spectrum Open for Smaller Carriers
Dan Jones  
4/20/2014   2 comments
FCC head Tom Wheeler wants to keep spectrum open for smaller operators in the upcoming "Incentive Auction" in 2015.
Ari Banerjee Service Assurance Is Critical for NFV & SDN
Ari Banerjee  
4/18/2014   1 Comment
SDN and NFV both promise hardware vendor independence, improved operational efficiency, standardized and open interfaces, and the dynamic chaining of network functions to create new services. Both require centralized orchestration and management. NFV's initial focus is on the virtualization of individual network functions, while SDN's focus is on stitching together network topologies in a programmable way. There is no doubt in the minds of the operators that quality of experience (QoE) will be the critical factor in making SDN and NFV initiatives successful and realize their dream of a programmable network.
Sarah Reedy WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
Sarah Reedy  
4/18/2014   7 comments
As WhatsApp continues to make more noise following its acquisition by Facebook, operators remain relatively silent on their voice-over LTE (VoLTE) deployment plans. Will voice over-the-top of LTE (VOTLTE, anyone?) be the real story of the year?
Carolyn Mathas FTTH in Latin America – Really?
Carolyn Mathas  
4/18/2014   2 comments
A recent industry report claims that competition among triple- and quadruple-play providers is driving the adoption of fixed-line broadband services in Latin America, and recommends that service providers should provide both connectivity and content services.
Alan Breznick TWC & Charter Embrace Next-Gen WiFi
Alan Breznick  
4/18/2014   3 comments
Although they may not exactly be bosom buddies these days, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications are both looking to take their budding WiFi services to a new level. In back-to-back announcements this week, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Charter Communications Inc. revealed they have launched or plan to launch higher-level WiFi services to their broadband customers. Both major US MSOs said they aim to deliver a faster, better WiFi experience to their subscribers as they boost broadband speeds in the home and extend coverage to more hotspots outside.
Dan Jones Juniper Veteran Is New Kumu Networks CEO
Dan Jones  
4/17/2014   7 comments
Former Juniper executive vice president RK Anand is joining Kumu Networks as the rule-breaking radio startup's new CEO.
Mari Silbey Cox Bets on Smart Homes in Vegas
Mari Silbey  
4/17/2014   7 comments
Entering its seventh market with smart home services, Cox has expanded into Las Vegas with offerings for home security and home automation.
Dan Jones Heavy Reading: The Road to Virtual EPC
Dan Jones  
Heavy Reading expects that initial deployments of virtual EPC technology will start this year but is predicting that widespread deployments by the majority of mobile operators will take far longer to play out.
Alan Breznick Lightpath Fiber Lights 7,000 NY Buildings
Alan Breznick  
4/17/2014   4 comments
Even as its revenue growth has slowed down, Lightpath is continuing to add new commercial buildings to its all-fiber network at a record pace.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: EU Bigwig Wants to Relax M&A Rules
Paul Rainford  
4/17/2014   4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russian operator makes a move on Crimea; Duma considers ban on foreign telecom kit; publishing boss turns guns on Google.
Dan O'Shea Ciena Pushing 200G for Subsea
Dan O'Shea  
4/16/2014   1 Comment
While 100G is quickly becoming bandwidth table stakes in the submarine cable sector, Ciena announced today that the Japan-US Cable Network consortium has completed a successful trial of Ciena's 16 QAM 200G technology on a 630 km segment of its network in California. (See Ciena Wraps 200G Japan-US Subsea Test.)
Mari Silbey Nagra Secures Dish's TVE Future
Mari Silbey  
4/16/2014   4 comments
Nagra Kudelski, a division of the Kudelski Group, is ready to take content security into a new age.
Sarah Reedy Volvo: AT&T HSPA+ Can Drive My Car
Sarah Reedy  
4/16/2014   18 comments
AT&T is quickly becoming the carmakers' connectivity provider of choice. The carrier said on Wednesday it has added another carmaker, Volvo, to its roster of connected car partners.
Carol Wilson Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management
Carol Wilson  
4/16/2014   12 comments
Current standards efforts around NFV and SDN are failing to take into account what service providers will need to manage services on an end-to-end basis, once they have begun deploying virtualization, notes a Heavy Reading report out this week.
Mitch Wagner A10 Helps With 100G, IPv6 Transitions
Mitch Wagner  
4/16/2014   1 Comment
Fresh off an IPO last month, A10 Networks today introduced an appliance designed to help carriers make the transition to 100G and IPv6, as well as providing NAT support, security, and load balancing.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Telefónica Bets on Mobile Ads
Paul Rainford  
4/16/2014   3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BSkyB teams up with Twitter; Ericsson in OpenStack deal; Glastonbury latest!
Alon Bar Demythologizing Multi-Play
Alon Bar  
4/16/2014   1 Comment
We've all watched service providers move from offering a single service to bundles, triple play, quad play and now multi-play. Because we've personally witnessed this evolution, many of us consider ourselves multi-play experts, or at least think we have a pretty solid understanding of the concept.
Dan Jones Zebra to Buy Moto's Asset Tracking Business for $3.5B
Dan Jones  
4/15/2014   2 comments
Zebra said Tuesday that it is spending $3.5 billion in cash for Motorola Solutions' enterprise unit to ensure a future at the forefront of the business end of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Sarah Reedy BlackBerry Invests in Healthcare IT Startup
Sarah Reedy  
4/15/2014   22 comments
BlackBerry has invested an undisclosed sum in the healthcare IT startup NantHealth in the hopes that the struggling handset maker can build a future in the medical field.
Alan Breznick TWC Reveals RDK Set-Top Plans
Alan Breznick  
4/15/2014   1 Comment
Playing catchup ball with its two RDK Management partners, Time Warner Cable has finally spilled some of the beans about its first IP set-top box to be equipped with Reference Design Kit (RDK) software.
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