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Gagandeep Kaur War of Words Escalates Between India's Jio & Airtel
Gagandeep Kaur  
2/21/2017  
The rivalry between Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio has reached an extraordinary level of intensity. In a relatively recent move, Jio went as far as blaming Airtel for the poor quality of service that its own customers sometimes experience, saying that by not providing enough points of interconnect (POIs) its bigger competitor was responsible for a severe dropped calls rate of 53%.
Gabriel Brown The Global 5G Test Summit at MWC
Gabriel Brown  
2/20/2017  
One thing you can be sure of at next week's Mobile World Congress is a blizzard of 5G marketing visions from drones, to cars, to tele-medicine. The industry has a story to sell and it's going in hard. You can have that insight for free -- you're most welcome -- but, of course, you don't need an analyst to tell you that.
Sandeep Raina Assuring the Telco Cloud
Sandeep Raina  
2/20/2017  
As CSPs undergo a digital transformation -- running their business from a cloud environment, selling digital services and operating like webscale Internet companies -- assuring the telco cloud environment and business processes will take high priority. With networks virtualizing, services digitalizing and IoT looming large, the business risks are much higher than envisaged. Assurance of the telco cloud network and services will be key in assuring the new telco cloud business.
Mitch Wagner Salesforce Says Turn Your Head & Cough
Mitch Wagner  
2/20/2017  
Salesforce has added new capabilities to its Health Cloud service, designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient recruitment, focus on patients with highest risk factors, and segment patient populations for targeted communications.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Extends Smart Home Platform
Paul Rainford  
2/20/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon seeks drone dudes and more in the UK; BT lands Indian broadcast contract; Orange invests in Android-based transaction system; BlackBerry sues Nokia.
Iain Morris SoftBank, DT to Start Talks on Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Report
Iain Morris  
2/20/2017  
Japan's SoftBank may be willing to cede control of Sprint to rival T-Mobile US, itself majority owned by Germany's Deutsche Telekom, if such a move would help to seal a merger between the two US mobile operators, according to a report from Reuters that cites sources close to the matter.
Curtis Franklin RSAC 2017 in 4 Words
Curtis Franklin  
2/17/2017   3 comments
The RSA Conference (RSAC) in San Francisco is one of the year's largest gatherings of security professionals, with a reported attendance of more than 45,000. From three-letter government agencies to startup security vendors taking the first step toward their big cash-out, the exhibit floor is filled with technology and services while enterprise security professionals, CISOs and security researchers of varying levels of respectability roam the aisles and fill conference seats. It's a good place to be if you want to get a feel for the big concerns and issues in the computer security space.
Ray Le Maistre Is the Time Right for a Cisco/Ericsson Wedding?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/17/2017   14 comments
Could "Ciscosson" become a single company rather than an evolving partnership?
Alan Breznick VTR Taps ActiveVideo's Cloud Video Platform
Alan Breznick  
2/17/2017  
Seeking to boost video-on-demand (VOD) usage, Chile's largest MSO has become the latest cable operator to deploy a cloud-based video platform designed to improve user search and navigation on all kinds of digital cable set-tops.
Mari Silbey Sen. Schatz: No Big Infrastructure Bill Coming
Mari Silbey  
2/17/2017  
If there's any common ground between Democrats and Republicans in the US today, it's the agreement that government has a role to play in upgrading outdated American infrastructure. And with talk of a federal infrastructure bill in the works, there have even been hints of a possible bipartisan effort to use investment spending on critical infrastructure as a way to create jobs and build on the country's global competitive advantage.
Rick Boucher A Solid First Step Toward Greater Broadband Deployment
Rick Boucher  
2/17/2017   2 comments
Throughout his career in government, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has made it clear that he cares about broadband deployment -- a lot. Now, in one of his first acts as chairman, he has taken strong action to bring closer the day when fast broadband for every American is a reality.
Scott Ferguson Arista Passes $1B in Sales
Scott Ferguson  
2/17/2017   2 comments
Arista, which is facing fierce competition from rival Cisco, posted solid financial numbers for its fiscal fourth quarter, and the company reported that it passed the $1 billion mark in sales for the year.
Robert Clark HK Operators Slam Regulator Over 5G Spectrum Plans
Robert Clark  
2/17/2017  
Hong Kong operators have confronted the government over its sedate timetable for issuing 5G spectrum, warning the city risks falling behind other markets.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Nokia Demos Drones for Instant LTE
Paul Rainford  
2/17/2017  
Also in today's finely tuned EMEA regional roundup machine: Vodafone avoids corporation tax; will Trump dent the Privacy Shield?; think tank targets BT's dominance; ZTE in German tie-up.
Mitch Wagner Nice to See at Least One CSP Taking My Advice
Mitch Wagner  
2/17/2017   7 comments
It's startling when anybody actually listens to me when I tell them what to do. I'm not used to people listening to me; I'm a husband with several badly behaved pets. So I was quite surprised to read about what Colt is up to.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Fintech Flexibility, Snap Missteps & Women of Wearables
Eryn Leavens  
2/17/2017   4 comments
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Snap Inc. corrects equal pay snafu; fintech offers flexibility; an inspiring Google application; and more.
Dan Jones AT&T Waltzes Towards Massive MIMO
Dan Jones  
2/16/2017  
AT&T says that it has been testing "massive MIMO" with Shentel and startup Blue Danube. (See AT&T, Shentel Test Blue Danube MIMO.)
Dan Jones US Cellular to Spend $327M on 600MHz Spectrum
Dan Jones  
2/16/2017  
US Cellular now says that it will be buying some low-band licenses in the 600MHz auction.
Carol Wilson AT&T Sees Chipsets Tied to Innovation Speed
Carol Wilson  
2/16/2017  
AT&T's new work with Broadcom is all about speed -- as in speeding up the process of hardware innovation to support the software innovation already underway. (See AT&T Teams with Broadcom on Hardware.)
Scott Ferguson Hybrid Cloud Gains in Popularity, Survey Finds
Scott Ferguson  
2/16/2017  
The hybrid model of cloud computing is gaining more popularity in the enterprise, as businesses move more workloads and applications to public cloud infrastructures and away from private deployments.
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