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Iain Morris Orange to Be All-IP by 2020, Says AMEA Boss
Iain Morris  
7/3/2015   1 Comment
Orange is planning to shut down PSTN networks across its entire footprint and run every service over all-IP technology by 2020, according to Marc Rennard, the operator's senior executive vice president in charge of international operations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia (AMEA).
Alan Breznick A&E Launches Lifetime OTT Service
Alan Breznick  
7/3/2015   3 comments
A&E Networks has become the latest major US TV programmer to join the over-the-top (OTT) video parade, launching an online video streaming service styled after its Lifetime cable network.
Ray Le Maistre AlcaLu Lands $1B+ Deals in China
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2015   1 Comment
Alcatel-Lucent has struck "frame agreements" with two of China's major operators for a range of fixed, mobile, IP, optical and carrier cloud/virtualization technologies that are collectively valued at up to 8.12 billion Chinese yuan renminbi (US$1.3 billion).
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Orange Cleared of 'State Aid' Charge
Paul Rainford  
7/3/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bharti Airtel sells towers in Africa; EE hit by ₤1 million Ofcom fine; France and China get it on.
Sarah Thomas US Earns Top Score for Women Entrepreneurs
Sarah Thomas  
7/3/2015   3 comments
This weekend as Americans eat hot dogs, drink US-brewed beers and watch fireworks, they can be proud to be Americans for another reason -- it's the best country in the world for women entrepreneurs.
Alan Breznick AT&T-DirecTV Deal Nearing Approval
Alan Breznick  
7/2/2015   1 Comment
It looks like AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion deal to buy DirecTV will sail through its regulatory review shortly, unlike Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable that collapsed after stiff regulatory opposition just over two months ago.
Iain Morris Orange Aims for 20% Sales Growth in Africa
Iain Morris  
7/2/2015   3 comments
French telecom incumbent Orange has unveiled an ambitious plan to increase revenues across its African and Middle Eastern markets by 20% between now and 2018.
Ray Le Maistre NTT Comms Plans More M&A, Preps Next-Gen Cloud Platform
Ray Le Maistre  
7/2/2015  
LONDON -- NTT Communications is set to continue its international expansion with the acquisition of a "large data center operator" in Indonesia in the coming months, the recently appointed CEO Tetsuya Shoji announced during a media briefing here in London Thursday.
Carol Wilson Level 3 Elevates Security With Black Lotus
Carol Wilson  
7/2/2015  
Level 3 Communications' acquisition of DDoS mitigation company Black Lotus not only will let the company speed up its upgrade plans for its own DDoS mitigation service, but will also help it develop the ability to predict and thwart network attacks and data breaches quicker, says Chris Richter, senior vice president of managed security services at Level 3. (See Level 3 Buys DDoS Mitigation Firm Black Lotus.)
Dan O'Shea Gemalto Game for Growing Encryption Demand
Dan O'Shea  
7/2/2015  
Following on its recent acquisition of SafeNet, security specialist Gemalto has announced a multi-link, high-speed Layer 2 encryption solution designed to better protect data traveling on the networks of telcos, data center operators, cloud service providers and enterprises.
Mari Silbey FCC Chairman Talks Up SDN/NFV
Mari Silbey  
7/2/2015   8 comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes the impact of railroad and telegraph networks in the 19th century still outweighs that of the Internet in today's society. However, he also believes that's about to change.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Online Viewing Hurts BBC, Prompts Job Cuts
Paul Rainford  
7/2/2015   2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei and UAE operator du work on mobile broadband; Dixons Carphone to run stores for Sprint; "father of SMS" dies.
Dan Jones SoftBank Deploys Procera for Better LTE Experience
Dan Jones  
7/2/2015  
SoftBank is deploying Procera's analytics system on its LTE network in Japan in a bid to get a deeper dive into the data on wireless broadband performance as more subscribers add smartphones and tablets to their plans.
Sarah Thomas Lines Get Drawn in Road to 5G
Sarah Thomas  
7/1/2015   1 Comment
There's definite progress being made on the road to 5G, or at least planning for progress still to come, as operators and vendors team up to work out the kinks in their next-generation network plans.
Gagandeep Kaur India Takes Digital Leap
Gagandeep Kaur  
7/1/2015   1 Comment
In a bid to provide a massive push to connectivity and ICT adoption, India's government has formally unveiled an ambitious initiative called Digital India. Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Indian capital of Delhi earlier today, the initiative endeavors to create a digital infrastructure for delivering government services.
Carol Wilson What's a Gigabit Good For?
Carol Wilson  
7/1/2015   10 comments
Eight weeks into being a gigabit Internet service user, I can confidently say that... not a lot has changed. (See Geeking Out Over Gigabit.)
Mari Silbey TWC's LaJoie Leaves Parting Patent Gift
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2015  
Mike LaJoie may have retired as CTO of Time Warner Cable, but his engineering work is still bearing fruit.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: NORMA Joins the 5G Fight
Paul Rainford  
7/1/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Danish joint venture appoints CEO; Interoute throws down the gauntlet; Italian quartet face the music.
Iain Morris Cisco to Buy Security Expert for $635M
Iain Morris  
7/1/2015   2 comments
Cisco is to pay $635 million in cash for security business OpenDNS in anticipation of soaring demand for technologies that will protect networks against cyber attacks.
Mari Silbey Interconnection Deals: Parsing the Data
Mari Silbey  
7/1/2015   1 Comment
Many network interconnection arrangements are deliberately kept confidential. On the other hand, some are not.
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