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Keysight Brokers Takeover Talks With Ixia: Reuters
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1/26/2017  |  1 comment
The race to acquire test vendor Ixia is intensifying, with Keysight now engaged in M&A talks, according to Reuters.
Eurobites: Sky Goes Dishless
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT faces shareholder lawsuits in US; restructuring costs send Tele2 into the red; O2 hooks up with BAE Systems on cybersecurity.
Ixia Boasts 400GbE Demo First
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
The test company claims to be the first to demonstrate a particular implementation of 400G technology designed for use in data centers.
AT&T Swears by DirecTV Now
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1/26/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T executives boast of DirecTV Now's early success while large subscriber losses at U-verse TV more than offset DirecTV's satellite TV sub gains.
Qualcomm Pooh-Poohs Apple Lawsuits
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
During Qualcomm's Q1 analyst call, company execs quickly got the particulars of the quarterly report out of the way in order to respond to Apple's legal onslaught against it, which included not one but two new lawsuits filed in China.
Cisco's AppDynamics Deal Goes Beyond Cloud
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1/25/2017  |  Post a comment
By acquiring AppDynamics for $3.7 billion, Cisco is looking beyond building clouds and into managing, analyzing and securing data for its customers.
Asiabites: Samsung Hogs the Headlines
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  Post a comment
There's plenty going on in Asia/Pacific these days, but the past week has been dominated by Samsung's ups and downs.
Muni Broadband Hits New Speed Bumps
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1/25/2017  |  28 comments
Municipal broadband is off to a rough start in 2017 – both financially and in the face of potential new regulations – but supporters aren't backing down.
Calix Virtualizes Pre-Deployment Integration
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1/25/2017  |  2 comments
New AXOS Sandbox makes it easier to do the tough pre-deployment integration to speed up broadband access.
Ciena's Blue Planet Packs Analytics Punch
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  Post a comment
New platform adds capability for analytics to fuel a range of apps including the first one from Ciena, but also third-party and internal options.
Data Scientist, DevOps Engineer Top IT Jobs
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  10 comments
Cloud computing and other parts of the new IT infrastructure are creating opportunities and job openings, according to a report from jobs site Glassdoor.
Eurobites: Vodafone's Kabel Deutschland Wins Retrial in DT Ducts Case
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1/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Finnish providers asked to cap their wholesale prices; FTTH Council Europe counts the cost of fiber; Microsoft quashes Brexit fears.
EE to Report Sales Growth for 'First Time'
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Revenue growth at EE comes as a welcome development for the beleaguered BT.
Cisco Buying AppDynamics for $3.7B
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1/25/2017  |  2 comments
Privately held AppDynamics, which provides cloud application and business performance optimization technology, was due to go public this week.
Sprint Appoints Its First-Ever COO
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  2 comments
Néstor Cano will be expected to further chip away at Sprint's costs and more.
Microsoft Names LinkedIn's Kevin Scott CTO
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1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Scott will sit at CEO Satya Nadella's right hand, a further sign that LinkedIn execs are taking leadership positions at Microsoft.
The Certification Process for G.fast
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1/24/2017  |  2 comments
Interoperability testing and product certification can help accelerate the uptake of G.fast technology.
Critics Not Pai-Eyed About New FCC Chair
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1/24/2017  |  10 comments
Consumer groups, tech companies, Democrats and others fear the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will gut net neutrality, consumer protection, privacy and other rules put in place by his predecessor.
Verizon Uses Fios as Shiny Object in Q4
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1/24/2017  |  9 comments
There was a time when it looked like Verizon might give up on Fios, but the telco is once again touting fiber to the home as a success story.
Verizon Looks Ahead to 5G as 4G Competition Affects Q4
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1/24/2017  |  2 comments
Verizon capex expectations for 2017 are in the flat to down range as CFO predicts 2017 revenue will be consistent with 2016.
HPE Expands Cloud Offerings With Cloud Cruiser Acquisition
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1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
In addition to SimpliVity earlier this month, HPE has also bought Cloud Cruiser, which offers analytics to measure cloud consumption.
BT's Patterson Feels Italian Heat
Morris Lore  | 
1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
An accounting scandal in Italy and a gloomy earnings outlook add to the growing pressure on BT's boss.
Cisco Looks to Take the Pain out of Meetings
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  14 comments
Introduces Spark Board, a 55" flatscreen display designed to bring affordable shared whiteboarding, presentations and video conferencing to meeting rooms.
Twilight Star Authors AI Paper
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1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Actress Kristen Stewart, best known for starring in the Twilight movies, has co-authored an academic paper on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in a short film she has directed.
Apple, Qualcomm Lock Horns Over Licensing
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1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Industry giants clash over licensing fees.
Multi-Terabit DDoS Attacks Likely, Arbor Says
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  3 comments
Annual network security analysis shows a combo of IoT-based botnets and reflection amplification is likely to produce crippling high-volume assaults.
Do Women-Only Co-Working Spaces Work for Women?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/24/2017  |  30 comments
Female-only co-working spaces are popping up all over the place, but is cutting men out the best way to level the playing field in the tech industry?
Eurobites: BT's Italian Bother Claims Sciolla's Scalp
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN invests in healthcare startup; Nokia upgrades in Camboda; Orange expands mobile money service in Africa.
'Teflon' Samsung Defies Odds to Boost Profits
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1/24/2017  |  1 comment
The South Korean electronics giant has held up remarkably well in the face of exploding phablets and a bribery scandal.
Dodgy Italian Job Savages BT Earnings, Share Price Tanks
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  1 comment
BT's share price goes into freefall after the operator says an accounting scandal in Italy will cost it dearly.
The Breaches Kept Coming in 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
2016 was great for the digital bad guys.
Zuckerberg Initiative Makes AI Acquisition
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1/24/2017  |  Post a comment
One step toward the ambitious goal of wiping out disease.
S/W Test Startup Hits Vencap Jackpot
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1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Tricentis, which specializes in automating software test in DevOps environments, pulls in $165 million in its Series B round.
Former GE CIO Bets $50M on Cloud Startup Turbonomic
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Gary Reiner joins the board of the company, which provides performance optimization for cloud apps.
Microsoft, Oracle Layoffs Loom as Companies Pursue Cloud Plans
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
The cloud is disrupting business at traditional software vendors as Microsoft and Oracle plan for more layoffs.
Actress Kristen 'Twilight' Stewart Co-Authors AI Paper
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
It's a sign that the once-esoteric technology has become mainstream.
SD-WAN Startup Aryaka Raises $45M From DT, Others
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Latest injection of funding comes amid expectations of an SD-WAN boom and speculation that merger activity lies ahead.
FCC: Comcast Unparalleled in TV Distribution
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1/23/2017  |  2 comments
Comcast occupies a unique position among television distributors, according to the FCC's latest report on competition in the market for video programming delivery.
Vodafone Kicks Off NB-IoT Fiesta in Spain
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  1 comment
Operator flags launch of NB-IoT services in two of Spain's biggest cities and says the technology will be available in other parts of the country by the end of March.
Eurobites: UK PM Promises Big Bucks for 5G
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  4 comments
Also in today's guaranteed alternative-fact-free edition of the EMEA regional roundup: Infinera does DWDM in western Europe; Nokia and SKT get mission-critical in Poland; Sky focuses on original content; UK fiber moves.
Microsoft Office 365 Tops Pops for Cloud Apps
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  1 comment
Newcomers such as Zoom videoconferencing and Slack messaging are gaining popularity, but Microsoft Office 365 hangs on to the top spot.
Qualcomm, Apple Trade Blows Over Licensing
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  3 comments
Apple is suing Qualcomm for $1 billion in what appears to be the first instance of a legal clash between the chipmaker and one of its big customers.
Google's AI Software Beats Humans at Writing AI Software
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1/23/2017  |  3 comments
Not content with jeopardizing other people's jobs, AI researchers are targeting their own.
AT&T Issues $1B Profit Warning for Q4 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  1 comment
But shares rise on news that it has added 200,000 subscribers to its new DirecTV now mobile video service.
Demystifying NFV
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
For most service providers, NFV adoption is going to be a gradual process that will most likely include three phases.
Is Pai Filling FCC Role?
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
There are only three FCC Commissioners today, and rumor has it that one of them could soon be the new Chairman.
Is Cable One Beefing Up for Slaughter?
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2017  |  15 comments
Analyst muses whether NewWave deal is part of Cable One's strategy to be ultimately acquired by an even larger MSO.
Multicore Processors Step Up to the Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The approach taken by cloud service providers to hyper-scale data centers and virtual networking is driving the latest multicore processor developments.
TVkey Promises TV Service Sans Set-Top
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Big security for 4K video in a tiny little package.
Ailing Avaya Takes Cover From Bankruptcy
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Unified comms specialist says filing for Chapter 11 protection will help it restructure and better position it for life as a software and services player.
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