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Alan Breznick CCAP Shipments Surge for Cable Vendors
Alan Breznick  
8/29/2014   1 Comment
The cable industry's much-anticipated CCAP transition is now well underway.
Kelly Herrell Be Open to the Freedom of Openness
Kelly Herrell  
8/29/2014   1 Comment
"Open." In the history of networking no single word has ever invoked such a jangling of the architectural senses. The word invites visceral attacks and defenses. Is "open" possible? What does it even mean? Sure, it sounds good, but as Thoreau penned, "Be not simply good; be good for something."
Roz Roseboro NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution – Nokia
Roz Roseboro  
8/29/2014   1 Comment
Virtualization has been making its way through the telco data center for years, with network functions the next in line to be virtualized.
Sarah Reedy Nokia's Maps Land on Samsung Devices
Sarah Reedy  
8/29/2014   3 comments
Nokia's quest to find new smartphone partners now that it's shed its handset division and Samsung's struggle to create an identity unique from Android have made the pair unlikely allies. Nokia's HERE unit said on Friday that Samsung would use its maps and location services on both its Tizen-powered smart devices and on its Android Gear line of devices.
Ray Le Maistre Telenet to Invest €500M in Gigabit Network
Ray Le Maistre  
8/29/2014   1 Comment
Belgian cable operator Telenet has unveiled plans to invest euro 500 million (US$830 million) over the next five years in a massive network upgrade that will enable it to offer broadband services of 1 Gbit/s or even faster.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Names Its Price for T-Mobile US
Paul Rainford  
8/29/2014   3 comments
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica prevails in Brazilian battle; NFV project issues specs document; Nokia navigates with Samsung.
Carol Wilson UC Another Piece of New MegaPath Puzzle
Carol Wilson  
8/29/2014   2 comments
MegaPath's move into a broader set of unified communications (UC) services, announced earlier this week, marks a major move to bring more functionality to its hosted voice offering. But it's also the beginning of MegaPath's delivery of more diverse offerings that combine its voice and data capabilities in new ways. (See MegaPath Launches Managed UC Services.)
Jason Meyers GVTC Takes Gigabit to School
Jason Meyers  
8/29/2014   2 comments
GVTC Communications is extending its optical network to a tech-savvy Texas school district, and in doing so demonstrating an important community application of gigabit networks.
Dan Jones Verizon Pushes 4G LTE for M2M
Dan Jones  
8/29/2014  
Verizon is expecting more machine-to-machine (M2M) communications to move onto LTE networks and off 2G and 3G, and is helping the process along with a 4G modem module.
Dan Jones Now Google Planning Drones-to-Go
Dan Jones  
8/29/2014   1 Comment
Google has developed prototypes of self-flying delivery drones in a long-term project to deliver goods to consumers faster.
Mari Silbey Tablet TV to Debut With a Twist in San Fran
Mari Silbey  
8/28/2014  
In an interesting twist on mobile television, Tablet TV -- a joint venture between Granite Broadcasting and UK company Motive Television -- is ready to bring over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels and DVR service to mobile devices without a subscription, starting in San Francisco in September.
Ray Le Maistre Who Has Done the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2014   3 comments
The "Ice Bucket Challenge" craze has been sweeping social media for the past few weeks, raising awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) -- also known as motor neurone disease (MND) -- and raising money for associated charities.
Iain Morris Vectoring: Some Va-Va-Voom for VDSL
Iain Morris  
8/28/2014   1 Comment
Faced with the choice between investing huge sums in new fiber-to-the-home infrastructure, and trying to squeeze even more capability out of their old copper lines, a growing number of European operators are turning to a technology called vectoring to prolong the life of their existing access networks.
Ray Le Maistre Eurobites: BT Adds Ciena to Ethernet Roster
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2014   1 Comment
Also in today's regional roundup: MTN tests Transport SDN; 2.4 Tbit/s WDM with Huawei; Bluetooth chip specialist CSR rejects takeover bid; and more. - Openreach , the access network division of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), is deploying a range of Carrier Ethernet switches and OSS tools from Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) to support the expansion of its Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services. The operator will use Ciena's 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches, as well as its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System for testing, reporting, provisioning and service management. Openreach has, to date, built out its EAD service capabilities using equipment from ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) . (See BT's Openreach Deploys Ciena Gear and BT's Openreach Reaches Ethernet Access Milestone .)
Sarah Reedy Music to My Mobile
Sarah Reedy  
8/28/2014   14 comments
Wireless operators may be busy beefing up their networks to support video, but music is clearly the service that is catching their eye (ear?) the most in the US.
Mitch Wagner Facebook in Production Testing of Open 'Wedge' Switch
Mitch Wagner  
8/28/2014   1 Comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Hot Interconnects -- Facebook is in production testing of its open Wedge switch design, and is on track to contribute the design and software to the Open Compute Project.
Ray Le Maistre Telefónica, Telecom Italia in $9B Battle to Buy Brazil's GVT
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2014   1 Comment
Telefonica and Telecom Italia are engaging in a bidding battle to buy Brazilian broadband operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) from French media giant Vivendi, with both operators having tabled bids in excess of US$9 billion for the broadband and pay TV services provider.
Alan Breznick Netflix to FCC: Kill Comcast-TWC Deal
Alan Breznick  
8/28/2014   8 comments
Formally joining the chorus of critics to Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, Netflix is loudly calling on the FCC to reject the deal out of hand.
Tom Kerber Tracing Technology Changes in the Smart Home
Tom Kerber  
8/27/2014   2 comments
Multiple players, from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to service providers, are now competing in the smart home, each attempting to grow and shape the market.
Alan Breznick TiVo Continues Cable Run
Alan Breznick  
8/27/2014   2 comments
Romping its way through the cable TV fields again, TiVo racked up another strong quarter of MSO subscriber gains, and expects the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.
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