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Brian Santo Averna Acquires US-Based Nexjen Systems
Brian Santo  
7/1/2016  
Averna has purchased Nexjen Systems from Jenkins Electric, a regional supplier of industrial systems and services based in Charlotte, NC. Neither company provided a price.
Mari Silbey Gigabites: Santa Cruz Revs Up Wireless Gig
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2016  
TGIF. In today's edition of Gigabites, millimeter wave technology powers wireless gigabit service in Santa Cruz, Calif.; Columbus considers new gigabit wireless kiosks; the pole attachment fight rages on in Louisville, Ky.; and more.
Craig Leddy Cable Exploring New Mobility Plays
Craig Leddy  
7/1/2016  
As cable providers continue to deploy WiFi hotspots, their attention is turning to creating mobile services capable of capitalizing on the increasing amount of data, voice and video that is traveling wirelessly. Cable's legacy in mobile is marked by partnerships and plans that crashed and burned, but new technologies, market conditions and business dynamics are giving rise to potential mobile plays.
Dan Jones Trouble at Ericsson: Can the CEO Survive July?
Dan Jones  
7/1/2016   1 Comment
July could be a make-or-break month for Ericsson's CEO as consecutive quarters of disappointing results and an ongoing corruption scandal for the Swedish vendor are putting pressure on Hans Vestberg's position at the top, according to sources.
Iain Morris DT Preps $5.6B Sale of German Towers – Report
Iain Morris  
7/1/2016   2 comments
Deutsche Telekom is hoping to raise up to euro 5 billion ($5.6 billion) from the sale of its German mobile towers in a bid to raise funds it can invest in other parts of its network, according to a report from Reuters.
Carol Wilson CenturyLink's ABN Buy Is Software Harbinger
Carol Wilson  
7/1/2016   1 Comment
CenturyLink's acquisition of Active Broadband's software assets for deploying SDN and NFV at the broadband edge is a clear indication of the key role software development resources are playing in the virtualization era. For an undisclosed sum, the network operator is acquiring software resources and the 13-engineer development team that created them, to help hit its announced target of 100% virtualization of its IP network by 2018. (See CenturyLink Sees 100% Virtual IP Net by 2018 and CenturyLink Buys Assets of Active Broadband.)
Mari Silbey Disney Deals $3.5B for MLBAM Stake – Report
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2016   6 comments
Major League Baseball was an early adopter of streaming media, with the league's 30 team owners backing MLB.com and funding the start of MLB's Advanced Media (MLBAM) business back in the year 2000.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: UK Fiber Challengers Join Forces
Paul Rainford  
7/1/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italy's national broadband plan gets EU approval; DE-CIX chooses Interoute in Spain; fiber expansion in South Africa.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser Upskill U: Cisco on OpenStack's Approach to Video Delivery
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
7/1/2016  
The state of video content and delivery are worlds different from even a year ago due to the rising demand for video available anywhere, anytime and on any screen -- and service providers are taking many different approaches on the networking side to meet that demand.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Big Names Band Together & #NoWomanEver
Eryn Leavens  
7/1/2016  
This week in our Women in Comms roundup: tech companies lobby for diversity; Clinton crusades for techies; #nowomanever makes waves; and more.
Iain Morris DT Hires Europe Boss From Outside Group
Iain Morris  
7/1/2016  
Deutsche Telekom is set to appoint a new board member for Europe, with Claudia Nemat vacating that position to focus on technology and innovation, as it transforms its collection of European operations into a single network.
Dan Jones Clinton Tech Plan Draws Sharp Contrast to Trump's Thinking
Dan Jones  
6/30/2016   5 comments
Seeking the high-tech community's support, Hillary Clinton has come out with an activist federal technology policy that focuses on 5G, diversity, broadband and much more. The wide-ranging document from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is in sharp contrast to the so-far limited pronouncements made on tech-related issues by her presumptive Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
Brian Santo Avaya, Inocybe Take Giant Stride in IoT Scaling
Brian Santo  
6/30/2016  
Avaya Inc. and Inocybe Technologies have demonstrated a system that promises to support as many as 168,000 connected devices. The two companies believe this would be the largest number of devices, by a wide margin, ever supported on an open, standards-based SDN architecture.
Ray Le Maistre Juniper's Cloud CPE Makes the Grade
Ray Le Maistre  
6/30/2016  
Juniper Networks is the latest company to put its virtualization technology up for an independent evaluation with Light Reading and our test partner EANTC and the resulting report is good news for network operators, enterprise users and the industry in general.
Carol Wilson Radware Research Highlights Serious Security Gap
Carol Wilson  
6/30/2016  
Enterprise executives are hardly naive about network security issues these days but a Radware survey says there is still a dangerous knowledge gap and the need for more education on security ahead of IT decision-making at most companies. Among the new issues for concern: the rising use of wearable technology among workers, which could represent new attack points.
Steve Saunders Juniper & vCPE – Keeping It Simple
Steve Saunders  
6/30/2016  
For all of its undeniable promise, today's NFV technology comes with a serious downside: It's really complicated. Not just Taylor Swift's love life complicated, mind you. No, we're talking about a level of byzantine intricacy up there with the European Union legislative process.
Mari Silbey Arris Ends Dream of Set-Top Software Riches
Mari Silbey  
6/30/2016   1 Comment
It turns out that building a successful TV software business is hard, and as a general rule, cable set-top companies just aren't any good at it.
Robert Clark China Mobile Stamps Intentions on 5G
Robert Clark  
6/30/2016   2 comments
SHANGHAI -- Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWCS) 2016 -- China Mobile has stamped its intentions on 5G, announcing one of the first 5G prototypes and affirming plans for a 2020 commercial launch. The operator says it has built with Huawei a prototype that supports 3Gbit/s throughput in the 3.5GHz band -- the first of its kind in that spectrum. It is working with Huawei on a new prototype that would deliver 10 Gbit/s.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: 5G Goes Transcontinental
Paul Rainford  
6/30/2016  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom prototypes NB-IoT; Orange makes Moldovan acquisition; Google bags Norway's wind power.
Iain Morris Brexit Batters Telefónica's O2 Sale Plans
Iain Morris  
6/30/2016   5 comments
Spain's Telefonica appears to have scrapped plans for a short-term sale of its O2-branded UK subsidiary in the wake of the country's momentous referendum on membership of the European Union (EU), which saw a narrow majority of voters opt for a British exit -- or Brexit. (See Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside and 'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone.)
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