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Iain Morris BT in Talks With Worldpay's Jansen About CEO Job Reports
Iain Morris  
9/24/2018  
BT is trying to persuade Worldpay boss Philip Jansen to become its next CEO, replacing Gavin Patterson at the helm of the embattled UK phone incumbent, according to reports originating with Sky News.
Iain Morris Agents Down: Vodafone's Chatbot & the Jobs Threat
Iain Morris  
9/24/2018  
Will there still be a need for customer service agents in a world of chatbots? Yes, Vodafone insists. "Some calls will always need the human touch," says Neil Blagden, Vodafone UK's director of digital and commercial operations. But the human touch will certainly be less common in future.
Dan Jones New iPhones Have Intel Inside
Dan Jones  
9/24/2018  
The new Apple iPhones have Intel modems inside, an initial teardown reveals.
Jeff Baumgartner Comcast Outbids Fox for Sky With Offer of 17.28 Per Share
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/22/2018   2 comments
Comcast has reached for -- and grabbed -- Sky.
Jeff Baumgartner Amazon Gives Cord-Cutters Another Tool With Fire TV Recast DVR
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/21/2018   3 comments
Joining what's become a crowded product area while also taking another jab at the struggling pay-TV sector, Amazon has introduced a subscription-free DVR sidecar device for cord-cutters that enables them to watch and record free over-the-air TV programming whether they are at home or on the go.
Iain Morris Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?
Iain Morris  
9/21/2018   2 comments
A small girl wearing a soccer T-shirt climbs on stage. Standing next to her, football tucked under one arm, is Steph Houghton, captain of Manchester City and the England women's national team. Iris, the star-struck child, asks for a display of kick-ups, and Houghton duly obliges. This would be like any heart-warming encounter between a girl and her sports hero, except that Houghton is not really there. She is nearly 200 miles away, at a studio in Manchester. The person Iris can see and talk to is actually a holographic image, beamed onto the stage by Vodafone over a 5G connection.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Lack of Diversity Creates Blind Spots & Twitch Leads by Example
Eryn Leavens  
9/21/2018  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: A majority female C-suite; avoiding another financial crisis; charitable donation allocation; and more.
Mitch Wagner Microsoft HoloLens: Virtual Reality That an Adult Would Actually Want to Use
Mitch Wagner  
9/21/2018  
Virtual reality to date has been about hype and kid stuff rather than practical applications. But Microsoft this week launched two new applications that put its "mixed reality" HoloLens technology to work, for field service technicians as well as helping to design commercial spaces such as factory floors and retail storefronts.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: ECI Unveils IPO Plans
Paul Rainford  
9/21/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica reboots its startup incubator; Inmarsat strikes in-flight WiFi deal with Panasonic; UK considers Internet regulator.
Mitch Wagner Nokia's Nuage Takes On Cisco & VMware With 'SD-WAN 2.0'
Mitch Wagner  
9/21/2018  
Nokia's Nuage business unit is updating its Virtualized Network Services platform to provide enterprises with connectivity across branches, data center and multiple public clouds.
Jeff Baumgartner T-Mobile, Sprint Vow Deal Will Spur Competition, Sharpen Nation's 5G Edge
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/20/2018  
As they try to curry favor for their proposed merger, T-Mobile and Sprint are doubling down on the message that any concerns about their pairing is outweighed by the combined company's ability to deploy a high-capacity, nationwide 5G network.
Ray Le Maistre MobiledgeX Revs Up & Shifts Into Gear
Ray Le Maistre  
9/20/2018  
BERLIN -- Edge Computing Congress 2018 -- Only nine months after it was formed, startup MobiledgeX has unveiled its suite of edge computing software tools designed to bring third-party application developers on board next-generation networks, outlined its open source plans and ramped up its network operator charm offensive in an effort to get the entire carrier community on board by Mobile World Congress 2019.
Iain Morris Vodafone UK: We'll Be Ready to Launch 5G in Mid-2019
Iain Morris  
9/20/2018  
Mobile operator Vodafone is gearing up for a full commercial launch of 5G services in mid-2019 in cities and rural parts of the UK and expects to have about 1,000 5G mobile sites in service by 2020.
Serge Melle Will Coherent DSP Control Reshape the Optical Vendor Landscape?
Serge Melle  
9/20/2018   10 comments
The advent of coherent transmission revolutionized the scaling paradigm for optical transmission speeds, ushering in electronic Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) as the key enabler for increasing the capacity in both metro and long-haul WDM networks.
Jeff Baumgartner Former WOW Exec Named COO of Evolution Digital
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/20/2018  
Done with some R&R following his exit from WideOpenWest in April, cable industry vet Cash Hagen has resurfaced as the first COO of Evolution Digital, the Colorado-based company that's been focused on next-gen video platforms for smaller, independent cable operators.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Auction to Settle Sky Takeover Tussle
Paul Rainford  
9/20/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia considers Brazilian acquisition; Deutsche Telekom and Aricent edge nearer; Nokia helps the trains run on time.
Iain Morris How Viasat Keeps Its Satellites Flying After Others Crashed
Iain Morris  
9/20/2018  
Few industry executives fit the description of veteran as well as Mark Dankberg. He co-founded satellite company Viasat way back in the landline days of 1986, and has been its chairman and CEO ever since. In that 32-year period, the industry has seen the ascent and collapse of some of the most famous satellite companies of all time. Viasat has endured through it all.
Mitch Wagner IBM Debuts Tools to Make AI More Fair
Mitch Wagner  
9/19/2018  
Bias and transparency can be big problems for artificial intelligence.
Jeff Baumgartner Liberty Global Packs 4K, Cloud DVR, Voice Into 'Horizon 4'
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/19/2018  
Looking to re-energize its video platform across Europe, Liberty Global has introduced the Horizon 4, a next-gen multiscreen offering that will support 4K, cloud DVR recordings and voice navigation, and weave in OTT apps such as Netflix.
Dan Jones 5G in the USA: A Post-MWCA Update
Dan Jones  
9/19/2018   4 comments
Following Mobile World Congress Americas last week, a clearer picture of how early 5G in the US will evolve has emerged, especially now that Verizon's fixed "5G Home" service is due this October.
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