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Paul Rainford Eurobites: Swisscom Claims G.fast First
Paul Rainford  
5/5/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Allot revenues up 4.4%; EU takes its time over Apple/Amazon tax probe; Abertis lists masts business.
Mitch Wagner Chambers's Legacy: A Resurgent Cisco
Mitch Wagner  
5/5/2015  
John Chambers has picked a good time to step down as CEO of Cisco: He hasn't overstayed his welcome. (See Cisco's Robbins to Replace Chambers as CEO.)
Mari Silbey Cable Cozies Up to TiVo & OTT
Mari Silbey  
5/5/2015  
CHICAGO - INTX -- What a difference a few years makes. Former upstart TiVo was shunned by the cable industry for the better part of a decade, and Netflix has often ranked as enemy number one both for producing scads of Internet traffic, and for offering a competitive service to cable's video-on-demand (VoD).
Alan Breznick A Cable Show By Any Other Name?
Alan Breznick  
5/5/2015  
CHICAGO -- INTX -- With talk of further industry consolidation very much in the air, cable leaders will open their signature Cable Show here Tuesday with a new name, look, feel and, they hope, energy.
Mari Silbey Amdocs: Pay-TV Can Play With OTT
Mari Silbey  
5/5/2015  
CHICAGO -- INTX -- Over-the-top services are slowly chipping away at traditional pay-TV subscriptions. But, according to a new study, there's a fairly simple way for pay-TV providers to hold on to their revenue.
Mitch Wagner Equinix Plugs In to Microsoft Office 365
Mitch Wagner  
5/4/2015   1 Comment
Equinix is climbing the cloud stack. After years offering enterprises direct connections to IaaS cloud providers, Equinix has signed up with its first SaaS platform. The company announced today that it's offering enterprises direct connections to Microsoft Office 365, and plans other SaaS provider connections in the future.
Mari Silbey Cablevision Talks Up Internet in Q1 Earnings
Mari Silbey  
5/4/2015  
As its number of video subscribers continues to slide, Cablevision wants to make it clear that broadband is the future of its business. Combined with new over-the-top partnerships and flexible video packages, Cablevision believes Internet connectivity is the key to financial growth.
Carol Wilson Level 3's SDN Play Focused on Hybrid Clouds
Carol Wilson  
5/4/2015  
Level 3 Communications is moving rapidly to incorporate the on-demand bandwidth capabilities it acquired as part of last year's tw telecom buy, and will be rolling that out across its North American network by the end of this month. The driving force is the need to offer flexible Ethernet connections to both public and private clouds in a hybrid approach, and today's announcement with Microsoft is one example of such a connection. (See Level 3 Leverages SDN for Automated Azure Access.)
Dan O'Shea Ciena's Cyan Buy: It's All About the Software
Dan O'Shea  
5/4/2015   5 comments
Ciena's bid to acquire Cyan pushes the packet-optical vendor deeper into the SDN/NFV software market, giving Ciena the keys to Cyan's Blue Planet ecosystem just as that software platform is starting to gain real traction with service providers. Announced this morning, the $400 million deal comes as traditional network hardware vendors like Ciena are looking to stake a claim in the SDN/NFV race. Cyan, one of the smaller players in the optical networking market, has pursued SDN/NFV orchestration for service provider networks more aggressively than most, and recently announced a long-awaited contract with CenturyLink for its Blue Planet orchestration software. (See Ciena to Acquire Cyan for $400M and Cyan's CenturyLink Win Built on Experience, Flexibility.)
Sarah Thomas Cisco's Robbins to Replace Chambers as CEO
Sarah Thomas  
5/4/2015   7 comments
John Chambers's 20-year reign as Cisco CEO will soon come to an end, with the networking giant announcing Chuck Robbins as his successor, effective July 26.
Mari Silbey INTX: A Viewing Guide to Cable's New Show
Mari Silbey  
5/4/2015  
When Comcast CEO Brian Roberts takes the stage at the Internet & Television Expo (INTX, formerly The Cable Show) in Chicago this week, you can bet that every person in the room will be wondering how his speech might have differed if US regulators had approved the company's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Now that the merger is off the table, the agenda for the rest of 2015 changes dramatically -- not only for Comcast and TWC, but for much of the cable industry.
Alan Breznick Charter Explores OTT Options
Alan Breznick  
5/1/2015   1 Comment
Seeking fresh ways to attract new video subscribers, Charter Communications is studying how to craft skinnier, cheaper TV bundles that feature popular Internet video services.
Carol Wilson Oracle Watch: New Server, New Rumors
Carol Wilson  
5/1/2015   6 comments
Oracle is in the headlines this week, not for the Evolved Communications Application Server it introduced for the mobile voice market, but for something its co-CEOs say it's not doing: buying Salesforce.com.
Alan Breznick Bright House May Be Kingmaker
Alan Breznick  
5/1/2015   1 Comment
Despite its relatively small size, Bright House Networks may hold the fate of both Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications in its hands.
Gagandeep Kaur Tata Teleservices on Hunt for WiFi Partners
Gagandeep Kaur  
5/1/2015   2 comments
Indian mobile operator Tata Teleservices has revealed it is in talks about forming partnerships with other WiFi players in the country.
Iain Morris Market Woes Drag Vendors Down
Iain Morris  
5/1/2015   3 comments
What price to be a fly on the wall in some of the telecom vendor community's most influential boardrooms today after a brutal end to the first quarter of 2015?
Paul Rainford Eurobites: KVH Props Up Colt's Q1
Paul Rainford  
5/1/2015   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt hires former Pacnet man; Sky invests in mobile advertising, extends deal with Viacom. - Pan-European service provider Colt Group SA delivered slightly lower revenues but slightly better margins for the first three months of 2015 but the headline numbers hid the tale of Colt's ongoing business evolution. Revenues were down 1.3% year-on-year to euro 394.6 million (US$444.8 million) while EBITDA improved by 3.1% to euro 76.4 million ($86.1 million). Those revenues were propped up by the first full quarter of contributions of euro 40 million ($45 million) from Asia-Pacific data center operator KVH, which Colt acquired late in 2014, while revenues from voice services decreased 35.8% to euro 95.7 million ($107.8 million), mostly due to Colt's decision to exit the low-margin carrier voice trading market last year: That move is one of the factors helping Colt's earnings to edge upwards. (See Colt Group Reports Q1, Colt-KVH: A Hook-Up Bound to Happen and Eurobites: Colt Cuts Back on Carrier Voice Deals.)
Steve Koppman Public-Private Partnerships & the Gigabit City
Steve Koppman  
5/1/2015   3 comments
In the effort to build so-called Gigabit Cities that more widely diffuse very-high-broadband access speeds across US metropolitan areas, public-private partnerships will play an important and growing role, spreading risk and clearing obstacles for both public and private partners. The newest Heavy Reading Insider, "Gigabit Cities Public-Private Initiatives: Four Case Studies," offers a view of such partnerships in developing Gigabit Cities, illustrating some of the problems and potentials of these arrangements at various stages.
Alan Breznick TWC Enjoys Victory Lap in Quarterly Results
Alan Breznick  
5/1/2015   2 comments
So who needs either Comcast or Charter right now?
Ravi Kumar Palepu OTT Apps: Time To Beat 'Em or Join 'Em
Ravi Kumar Palepu  
5/1/2015   1 Comment
Mobile communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide are facing a rising threat to their business model with the advent of disruptive technologies and applications. The rise of over-the-top (OTT) players like Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat and Viber are having adverse impact on voice and SMS traffic, revenues, customer mindshare and brand image. CSPs are facing a constant decline in their ARPU and experiencing customer churn.
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