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Jeff Baumgartner GigaMonster May Go on M&A Tear
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/17/2018  
With $45 million more in the coffers and an acquisition in the books, GigaMonster, a startup focused on broadband services for apartment buildings and other multiple-dwelling units (MDUs), is looking to broaden its US horizons.
Gagandeep Kaur RJio to Set Up $142M Data Center in Eastern India
Gagandeep Kaur  
8/17/2018  
Reliance Jio, India's newest service provider, is planning to invest 10 billion Indian rupees ($142.6 million) to set up a data center in Kolkata in the eastern part of India.
Iain Morris A Whirling Dervish of Telecom Gibberish
Iain Morris  
8/17/2018   1 Comment
Three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared some of his Solomonesque wisdom on telecom, advising Turkey to bypass 4G technology and speed directly toward 5G. "We would waste time with 4G technology and should move to 5G in two years, or else Turkey becomes a garbage dump for 4G technology," he is quoted as saying in April 2015. (See Eurobites: Nokia Quashes Handsets Rumor.)
Kevin Fitchard The US May Yet Catch Its Global Peers in 4G Speeds
Kevin Fitchard  
8/17/2018  
OpenSignal recently published its State of Mobile Networks report for the US, and in it we tracked some significant increases in 4G speed across the country's mobile networks.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Boardroom Diversity, Bombastic Mansplaining & Women of Color
Eryn Leavens  
8/17/2018  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: California revamps boardroom diversity policies; women of color are barely represented in tech; VC survival tips; and more.
Iain Morris Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Pulls Out of Iran
Iain Morris  
8/17/2018   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turk Telekom and Vestel answer Erdogan's call; Swisscom bolsters broadband; MTN linked with Jumia sale; Rovio's revenues fall.
Jeff Baumgartner Video Navigation Gets an AI Assist
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/16/2018   1 Comment
The countdown to connect with viewers begins the moment they open a video streaming app.
Most recent post: James_B_Crawshaw... and you shouldn't choose a movie by its thumbnail. 
Mitch Wagner Salesforce Open-Sourcing Machine Learning Software Behind Its 'Einstein' AI
Mitch Wagner  
8/16/2018  
Salesforce is opening sourcing TransmogrifAI, key software behind Einstein, the AI that's strategic to the company's future in sales, customer services and more.
Mitch Wagner Google Applies AI to Recruitment, Call Centers & Recommendations
Mitch Wagner  
8/16/2018  
Google is looking to smooth over roadblocks to AI adoption, helping businesses to apply the technology to specific needs. To that end, Google is debuting pre-packaged solutions and reference architectures for AI in three different uses: for recruitment, contact center and recommendations, the company said Thursday.
Robert Clark Australia Could Open 5G Door to Huawei
Robert Clark  
8/16/2018   2 comments
To ban or not to ban?
Dan Jones The Dawn of Mobile 5G: Deployment, Use Cases & Destinations
Dan Jones  
8/16/2018  
The US is on the verge of the birth of commercial 5G services, but there's still so much to figure out and understand about how these services and their supporting technologies will be deployed in commercial environments and how they will be managed.
Phil Harvey Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
Phil Harvey  
8/16/2018  
If people rattled when they shook their heads, the hotel ballroom following Dave Schaeffer's presentation at the 1999 OptiCon would have sounded like preschool maraca lessons.
Jim Hodges Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City
Jim Hodges  
8/16/2018  
In a little over a month, Light Reading will be hosting its annual NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Colo., September 24-26. Since its inception five years ago, this event has provided a sounding board for service providers and vendors to speak openly about the state of NFV and SDN implementations. At last year's event, the predominant theme was that while the industry is close to reaching the technology pinnacle, and commercial deployments exist (see video interview below), a mix of business and technical issues were still holding carriers and vendors back.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Exponential-e Takes Virgin Atlantic Into the Cloud
Paul Rainford  
8/16/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's fixed-line challenge; MegaFon on the march in Q2; O2 sees the light; Virgin's fiber-to-the-crater.
Iain Morris Telstra Profits Pummeled by NBN
Iain Morris  
8/16/2018  
Australia's Telstra has blamed the emergence of the NBN, a government-backed wholesale network, for a sharp fall in profits in its most recent fiscal year, emphasizing the need for hefty cutbacks to improve its financial health.
Gagandeep Kaur Is India's Goal of Zero Gear Imports by 2022 Viable?
Gagandeep Kaur  
8/16/2018  
India's telecom regulator believes the country should aim for zero imports of telecom network equipment by 2022. In keeping with the Indian government's "Make in India" policy to support local manufacturing, it has recommended setting up a fund of 10 billion Indian rupees ($142 million) to promote research and innovation in the sector.
Mitch Wagner Cisco: Service Provider Revenues Grow, but the 5G Bonanza Is Yet to Come
Mitch Wagner  
8/15/2018  
Service provider revenue is growing again for Cisco, but look for continued fluctuations, CEO Chuck Robbins said on the company's earnings call Wednesday.
Jeff Baumgartner T-Mobile to Play the Customer Care Card With Layer3 TV
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/15/2018   4 comments
T-Mobile held its latest Un-carrier Next event today and, to the surprise for some people (well, me, anyway), there was no big reveal about how the company will price and package a national OTT TV service fueled by its acquisition of Layer3 TV. (See T-Mobile Stays Vague on OTT TV.)
Dan Jones T-Mobile Bucks Automation Trend in Customer Service With Latest 'Un-carrier' Move
Dan Jones  
8/15/2018   4 comments
"Death to the IVR," was the unofficial catchphrase of the latest T-Mobile US Inc. "Un-carrier" announcement, as President and COO Mike Sievert, along with other execs, said that Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems, bots and automation had helped turn service providers into some of the most hated companies in America.
Mitch Wagner Oracle Open Sources GraphPipe for 'Dead Simple' Machine Learning Deployment
Mitch Wagner  
8/15/2018  
Oracle is releasing GraphPipe, an open source framework for machine learning models, to simplify deployment, optimize performance and serve up standard APIs.
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