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Fast Broadband Must Also Be Good Broadband
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Just as in the video space, service providers must ensure that ultra broadband customers enjoy superior user experiences to stand out in the market.
Google to Weave Fiber to Huntsville, Ala.
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Though Google usually builds its own network, in this case it will sue city-built fiber network to carry data. The network is also open to other providers.
Arris Starts Cutting Heads
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Less than two months after closing its big Pace purchase, Arris is laying off 10% of its workers as it struggles with drooping sales and unfavorable exchange rates.
Investors Question Yahoo's Spinoff Intentions
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  3 comments
Almost everybody involved in Yahoo -- the board, the CEO, and many investors -- has hired consultants to fend each other off.
IBM, Apple Tie-Up Moving Into Cloud
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
IBM says business-apps partnership with Apple is leading to a range of benefits for enterprise customers.
Facebook TIPs Telcos Towards Open Source Networks
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  3 comments
Intel and Nokia will contribute reference designs around access, backhaul and core, and management for operators such as Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom to deploy.
Vodafone CEO: Europe Needs Uniform 5G Rules
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  1 comment
Vittorio Colao says 5G 'will not work' in Europe without action on the standardization and regulatory fronts.
NFV Drives Operators Toward Digital Operations
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
A recent survey confirms a strong link between service providers' interest in digital operations and network functions virtualization (NFV).
DT Plots Pan-Net, 'Answers' B2B OTT Threat
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  3 comments
German incumbent takes big step forward on its rollout of a pan-European network and launches alliance to address OTT challenge in the business communications sector.
Let Business Reality Trump ICT Fantasies
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/22/2016  |  1 comment
We should be careful not to let our visions of the future Industrial Internet of Smart Things (or whatever) get too far ahead of our infrastructure reality.
MWC Day 1 Diary: The Extreme Submarine & a Caffeine Hit
Shades of Ray  | 
2/22/2016  |  2 comments
Caffeine, the latest virtual acronym, the Extreme Submarine and Barcelona's most atmospheric photo opp all featured on the first morning of this year's MWC.
Verizon Bags XO for $1.8B
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  11 comments
Acquisition immediately bulks up Verizon's fiber optic footprint both nationally and in major metro markets and will help densify its wireless network.
AT&T to Test 4G Specs for Unwiring IoT
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
AT&T will test NB-IoT and LTE-M 'within 12 months,' the company's SVP of IoT says.
OpenDaylight Debuts 'Beryllium' Reality-Based SDN
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
The fourth major release of the open source SDN controller focuses on high availability, stability, scale and performance.
Eurobites: Orange, Google Join Forces in Africa, ME
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky falls in on BT's copper-sweating strategy; MasterCard to launch 'selfie pay'; Powa in administration.
SAP CIO Streamlines Internal Diversity
Mentor Monday  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Ingrid-Helen Arnold, SAP's CIO and chief process offer, shares how she's using technology and internal processes to increase diversity at the global company.
Telstra Sets Path to 5G Through 4G Upgrade
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Telstra has set out its plans for both revamping 4G and developing 5G.
Cox Snuffs Out 'Flare' OTT Services
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Cox kills myFlare, FlarePlay and FlareKids OTT services.
Ericsson, Amazon Web Services Get Jiggy
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  2 comments
Swedish vendor forms global alliance with cloud services giant, teams with Quanta to scale up its cloud hardware platform development and joins the Open Compute Project (OCP).
Cisco Struts Virtual Mobile, 5G & Ericsson Partnership at MWC
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  1 comment
The networking giant plans a volume of announcements at Mobile World Congress that would strain the carrying capacity of a battlecruiser.
Saudi Telecom Pins NFV Future on OpenStack
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2016  |  1 comment
The Saudi Arabian incumbent is rolling out public cloud services based on OpenStack through a partnership with Mirantis.
OSM Demos First Steps to Open Source MANO
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2016  |  1 comment
Demonstration will show multivendor VIM and NFVi usage in delivering commercial VNFs in a model-driven approach.
Nokia Snaps Up Nakina
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2016  |  1 comment
Nokia is acquiring experienced telecom software specialist Nakina Systems to bolster its network security story.
Drones a Growing Threat to Network Security
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  4 comments
There are already drones on the market that can find unsecured networks, and it's easy to set up an unauthorized WiFi access point nearly anywhere.
Gigabites: Altice Goes Gigabit in the USA
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  1 comment
While Altice is known for cost-cutting, the French operator has promised to follow through on planned gigabit service rollouts in the Suddenlink footprint it recently acquired.
Putting Virtualized Security to the Test
Shades of Ray  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Our latest independent test report has put Cisco's security systems through their paces.
WiCipedia: From Virtual Reality to Virtually No Black Women
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/19/2016  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: virtual solutions to real hiring problems; the dearth of black female startup founders; the top tech companies for women; and more.
Arris Nabs 4 Out of 5 Comcast D3.1 Markets
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  1 comment
The Arris E6000 CCAP platform will power four out of five of Comcast's first DOCSIS 3.1 markets.
Triggering an Industrie 4.0 Revolution
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Germany's Fraunhofer Institute is working to address the concerns of German enterprises about investing in Industrie 4.0 technologies.
SDN & NFV: Advancing the Network to 2020
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
SDN and NFV are shaping up to drive major transformations in how telecom operators build and manage their networks by 2020.
Eurobites: 'Uzbekgate' Costs VimpelCom $795M
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN shares plummet on results warning; 3 looks to block mobile ads; new wearables spec wins widespread support.
HPE Lands NFV, PCRF Deals
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Swisscom is deploying NFV for vCPE, while Telecom Personal in Argentina is using HPE's policy and subscriber management capabilities.
Your Company's Called What?
Shades of Ray  | 
2/19/2016  |  18 comments
Welcome to the wonderful world of corporate branding.
Relax! We've Hit the Peak of Western Civilization Already
Jonestown  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Don't believe it? Well click on here and don't ever question me again.
Juniper & Affirmed Target Virtual Core
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Juniper and Affirmed are down with vEPC.
Arista Writing Alternative EOS – Just in Case
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
The alternative version of Arista's flagship operating system would be deployed if Arista loses its intellectual property lawsuit with Cisco, which Arista has no intention of doing.
Arista: Cloud Drove 'Spectacular' Year
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Arista's revenue and earnings were lifted up by demand for cloud from enterprise and hypercloud networks.
Let's Split! Ericsson's New Adventures in Radio
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  1 comment
Ericsson to talk up split radio architecture at MWC.
Dish Mutating Into a Broadband Company
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  1 comment
The company signed up 2.7 million new accounts in the quarter, primarily subscribers to Sling TV, which represents a significant shift for the satellite broadcaster.
DT's Pan-Net Plans Need a Pick-Me-Up
Morris Lore  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom is expected to provide an update on its pan-net strategy at MWC. It needs to be good.
'Unlock the Box' Vote Is Just the Beginning
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  1 comment
The FCC voted along party lines to pass Chairman Tom Wheeler's Unlock the Box proposal.
MWC's Millions: Hot-for-Profit in Barcelona
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  11 comments
The giant Mobile World Congress show is a real money-spinner for the GSMA, generating tens of millions in profits.
Is Video Going Viral, or What?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Forget about TV Everywhere; Video Everywhere is about a lot more than streaming entertainment programming to portable video devices.
Valley Startup Luminate Adds Google, Qualcomm to Investor List
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  2 comments
Mobile cloud startup Luminate Wireless adds Google, Qualcomm, Hewlett Packard Ventures and others to its list of investors.
Eurobites: Nokia Burnishes Cloud Credentials
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: mo' better MU-MIMO 5G; think-tank weighs into BT/Openreach debate; new GPON kit.
Verizon Taps Viptela to Beef Up SD-WANs
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
New partnership, which is exclusive in the US, goes beyond flexible bandwidth to add centralized management, new features and cloud integration.
The Culture of Digital Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Customer-first operations is as much about culture as technology.
HKBN Snaps Up Rival New World Telephone for $84M
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
HKBN has added some enterprise muscle with the takeover of New World Telephone.
Before the FCC Vote: Set-Top Fight Redux
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Sometimes a set-top isn't just a set-top.
ADVA's Ensemble Is All About the Revenue
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2016  |  Post a comment
New unit emphasizing how NFV technology can be deployed today to generate new revenues and create new business opportunities.
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