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Mari Silbey Time for an Edge Computing Reckoning
Mari Silbey  
5/23/2018  
Edge computing came up repeatedly at last week's Big Communications Event. Intel VP Dan Rodriguez talked about applying pools of computing resources throughout a network. Speakers on multiple panels talked about new opportunities with edge computing including smart cities and the potential for virtual reality.
Iain Morris ZTE Racks Up Losses of $3B After US Ban Report
Iain Morris  
5/23/2018  
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE reckons the current ban on its purchase of US components will result in losses of about $3 billion, according to a Bloomberg report.
Iain Morris We're Losing AI Fight to Fraudsters, Says BICS Exec
Iain Morris  
5/23/2018  
BICS is struggling to keep up with fraudsters who have taken advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) to exploit vulnerabilities in network systems and make phishing attacks even harder to spot, says a senior executive at the Belgian operator.
Phil Harvey The Light Reading Hall of Fame: The 2018 Inductees
Phil Harvey  
5/23/2018  
The Light Reading Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals, both the famous and the infamous, who have made a notable contribution to the global communications sector.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: UK Chancellor Sets Out Full-Fiber Vision
Paul Rainford  
5/23/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN and Huawei share spectrum in South Africa; big 5G news for little San Marino; Telia Carrier PoPs into Serbia.
Iain Morris French Telcos Gain on M&A Signals From Policy Wonks
Iain Morris  
5/23/2018  
Shares in France's telecom operators have risen after competition authorities yesterday signaled they could drop their opposition to merger activity in the country's telecom market following a network spending spree by operators.
Dan Jones 5G in the USA: A Post-BCE Update
Dan Jones  
5/23/2018   1 Comment
We broke real 5G news at our BCE show in Austin, Texas last week, adding more data on markets, speeds and feeds for the next-generation wireless technology.
Dan Jones Trump Denies ZTE Deal, Faces Senate Backlash
Dan Jones  
5/22/2018   5 comments
President Trump said Tuesday that there is no deal yet to save Chinese telecom vendor ZTE, which has shut up shop after the US blocked component sales to the company, and the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday moved to block any easing of sanctions on ZTE by the president.
Mitch Wagner Are Oracle's Aggressive Sales Tactics Backfiring?
Mitch Wagner  
5/22/2018   2 comments
Oracle's aggressive sales tactics are turning off customers, setting a roadblock in the company's race to catch up with Amazon Web Services in the cloud, according to a report on The Information.
Alan Breznick Here Comes DOCSIS 4.0
Alan Breznick  
5/22/2018   2 comments
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- If you thought that Full Duplex DOCSIS might be the last of the DOCSIS specs, you're in for a surprise. Even as the cable industry rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 en masse and preps for the next-gen Full Duplex spec now in the works, some leading cable technologists are already looking at what comes next.
Gagandeep Kaur RJio Looks to Estonia for Global Expansion
Gagandeep Kaur  
5/22/2018   1 Comment
India's Reliance Jio is planning to set up a global subsidiary in Estonia to support its international expansion, according to press reports.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser WiC Panel: There's No Shame in Self-Promotion
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
5/22/2018  
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event - In American culture, self-promotion is often frowned upon but it's a very useful tool women can leverage in closing the gender gap, according to Verizon's Srilakshmi Valisammagari, speaking on a Women in Comms workshop panel at the Big Communications Event last week.
Steve Saunders Tackling Transition: Q&A With John Chambers
Steve Saunders  
5/22/2018  
I'm on the phone with John Chambers, talking about his new venture fund, JC2 Ventures, and he's telling me that America's innovation engine has stalled.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: HMD Global Dials Up $100M for Nokia-Branded Phones Expansion
Paul Rainford  
5/22/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica improves content experience for roamers; state of French telecom revealed; Swisscom leans on Huawei for IP core; UK government cool with Comcast/Sky merger proposal.
Mari Silbey Comcast, Hippo Offer Home Insurance With IoT-Powered Savings
Mari Silbey  
5/22/2018   1 Comment
Always intent on expanding its broadband-based revenue opportunities, Comcast is introducing a pilot program in Houston that ties together home insurance with Xfinity Home services and devices. The offering is made possible through a deal with insurance broker Hippo. Comcast customers in the region are entitled to an automatic discount when they sign up for Hippo insurance, and they earn access to additional savings when they install an Xfinity Home security system and use products like Xfinity connected smoke detectors.
Mitch Wagner Adobe Gets Creative in the Cloud With $1.68B Magento Purchase
Mitch Wagner  
5/21/2018  
Adobe Systems agreed to buy e-commerce company Magento for $1.68 billion, stepping up competition with the likes of Salesforce and Oracle.
Dan Jones Oh the Humanity! AT&T's Airship Open Infrastructure Project Takes Off
Dan Jones  
5/21/2018  
AT&T is working with Intel and SK Telecom to launch a new "open infrastructure" project, "Airship," which it says will be the foundation of its 5G Core, and help its Artifical Intelligence (AI) project.
Phil Harvey What VeloCloud Cost VMware
Phil Harvey  
5/21/2018   6 comments
VMware paid a lot of money, but less than you might think, for SD-WAN startup VeloCloud. The price wasn't revealed at the time the acquisition was announced, but industry analyst Scott Raynovich, the man behind research firm Futuriom, did some SEC filing sleuthing and reports that price to be $449 million.
Kevin Hu, for Huawei Embracing the Intelligent Era With the Intent-Driven Network
Kevin Hu, for Huawei  
5/21/2018  
In an intelligent world, all things will be connected. Connections have infinite potential value and ultimately deliver a vast new range of user experiences. ICT is the foundation of the fully connected society, and it has to deliver the most universal and reliable connectivity to ensure a premium user experience. This will enable new technologies to spring up, endowing our networks with more vitality. Cutting-edge technologies, such as cloud, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) are already making an impact beyond just the Internet. They are transforming new IT and will go on to revolutionize communications, driving fundamental changes in the communications industry.
James Crawshaw How Colt Built Its On Demand Platform
James Crawshaw  
5/21/2018  
During the past three years, UK-headquartered enterprise carrier Colt has significantly overhauled its infrastructure and systems, extending the high-bandwidth Colt IQ Network to more than 200 cities, 800 data centers and 26,000 directly connected buildings across 29 countries. A key element in its transition from traditional to cloud networking is the concept of on-demand services that empower customers to make real-time changes in the services they consume with a self-service portal -- or directly via APIs -- allowing them to order from a menu of ports, connections and value-added services paid for at a flexible hourly rate.
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