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Dan O'Shea Infinera's Big Customer Reveal: Facebook
Dan O'Shea  
3/31/2015   4 comments
Infinera is supplying gear for Facebook's European network, the vendor announced Tuesday in something of a coup. This is believed to be the first time Infinera, or any optical vendor, has confirmed Facebook as a customer, a fact that is likely to overshadow any technical details associated with the success.
Mari Silbey Charter Snatches Bright House
Mari Silbey  
3/31/2015   6 comments
Charter is ready to make it official. Only weeks after rumors of a deal first leaked, Charter, the fourth-largest US cable company, announced today that it intends to acquire Bright House Networks , the sixth-largest US MSO, for $10.4 billion cash and stock. (See Why Charter Fancies Bright House .)
Most recent post: thebulk... @Mitch, No one could have said it better!
Mari Silbey Comcast Commits Cash, CFO to New Company
Mari Silbey  
3/31/2015   6 comments
Not content to sit back while the government reviews its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has dropped another bombshell on the industry. The service provider announced this morning that it has signed an agreement with CFO Michael J. Angelakis to form a new company focused on "investing in and operating growth-oriented companies, both domestically and internationally."
Iain Morris Australia's NBN Launches FTTB Service
Iain Morris  
3/31/2015   1 Comment
Australia's NBN has launched a fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) service as part of its overhaul of the country's broadband infrastructure.
Sarah Thomas Apigee Aims to Provide IoT's Missing Link
Sarah Thomas  
3/31/2015   5 comments
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to receive a lot of attention, a big concern is that device makers are building millions of devices that have no ability to "talk" to each other or the networks they are on.
Robert Clark Huawei Profits Soar on 4G, Smartphone Sales
Robert Clark  
3/31/2015   6 comments
Huawei has powered to yet another sturdy profit on the back of China 4G rollouts and strong demand for its smartphones.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT, Virgin Form Unlikely Alliance
Paul Rainford  
3/31/2015   3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Alcatel-Lucent prepares for submarine unit IPO; EchoStar takes a stake in Kudelski's set-top box arm; Ericsson extends services contract with Telenor Denmark.
Mitch Wagner Open Source 'CloudRouter' Aims to Simplify Cloud Migration
Mitch Wagner  
3/31/2015   1 Comment
Several small networking and software companies are teaming up to introduce CloudRouter, an open source router to simplify cloud migration.
Mitch Wagner Arista Offers Software la Carte
Mitch Wagner  
3/31/2015   6 comments
To help network operators better manage the variable costs of cloud platforms, Arista said Tuesday it will bill customers separately for software licenses and hardware sales. The company also hinted once again that it might offer its EOS networking operating system on white-box hardware.
Sarah Thomas Sprint to Bring 540 Jobs, LTE-A to Chicago
Sarah Thomas  
3/30/2015   7 comments
Sprint is making Chicago its chosen city to showcase its network, investments and civic commitment, as the carrier says that it will deploy LTE-Advanced in Chicago first, as well as add 115 stores and over 540 jobs before the end of the year and commit $250,000 to further the city's digital ambitions.
Dan O'Shea ALU, Verizon Tune In to Wavelength Routing
Dan O'Shea  
3/30/2015   1 Comment
As it continues to build out its long-haul 100G network, Verizon will be able to leverage new software-based wavelength routing capabilities from Alcatel-Lucent that combine existing coherent 100G technology, colorless-directionless-contentionless (CDC) ROADM technology and wavelength monitoring features with a new routing engine, the vendor announced Monday.
Alan Breznick South Korean MSO Taps Alticast for 4K Help
Alan Breznick  
3/30/2015   1 Comment
In a market considered the world's best prepared for the rollout of Ultra HD, or 4K TV, South Korea's largest cable operator is introducing its Ultra HD lineup with the help of a new content security solution from a major South Korean vendor.
Mari Silbey FCC Suffers Content Security's Growing Pains
Mari Silbey  
3/30/2015   1 Comment
The FCC is finding it difficult to recommend an industry-wide downloadable content security strategy at a time when both content and security are rapidly changing.
Sarah Thomas T-Mobile Aims to Close Map Gap on Its Own
Sarah Thomas  
3/30/2015   5 comments
T-Mobile is trying to ditch its reputation of having poor coverage outside of the major cities, and it's launching what it claims is the industry's only crowd-sourced and customer-verified coverage maps to prove it.
Ray Le Maistre Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never!
Ray Le Maistre  
3/30/2015   2 comments
There are plenty of industry awards but very few worth winning. A Leading Lights award from Light Reading is definitely worth winning because it's a true reflection of ability, innovation and success and not a reflection of marketing budget size.
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Iain Morris Eurobites: Interoute Gets Private Equity Boost
Iain Morris  
3/30/2015   2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone fattens up Wallet offering; Sicily gains Internet exchange; Telecom Italia prepares towers listing.
Iain Morris AlcaLu Lands 'Top 3' 4G Deal at China Telecom
Iain Morris  
3/30/2015   1 Comment
Alcatel-Lucent has landed a major 4G contract with China Telecom that will make it one of the operator's top three suppliers of the high-speed mobile broadband access technology. (See Alcatel-Lucent Lands 4G Deal at China Telecom.)
Most recent post: Steve Saunders... Seems like a pretty major deal 
Dan Jones Report: Intel Buying Altera?
Dan Jones  
3/27/2015   5 comments
Intel is reportedly in talks for a $10 billion-plus takeover of basestation chipmaker Altera.
Gagandeep Kaur Idea, Airtel, Vodafone Splash Out on Indian Airwaves
Gagandeep Kaur  
3/27/2015   3 comments
Details of license winners in India's $17.5 billion spectrum sale were released yesterday, showing that India's three biggest mobile operators had managed to cling on to their 900MHz holdings and pick up new airwaves for the rollout of 3G services. (See India's Mega Spectrum Sale Garners $17.5B and India's Spectrum Sale Shatters Records .)
Sarah Thomas Carriers Are Bright Spot in BlackBerry Q4
Sarah Thomas  
3/27/2015   11 comments
The good news for BlackBerry is that it's experiencing the best carrier retail support it's seen in a number of years, helping it pull off a profit in the fourth quarter. The bad news is that it's still struggling to gain traction for both its handsets and its more promising software business.
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