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AT&T's 'Mobile' 5G: What the Puck?
Jonestown  | 
1/31/2018  |  7 comments
Is a 5G 'Puck' really mobile?
Microsoft's Cloud Bet Keeps Paying Off
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/31/2018  |  13 comments
Azure alone grew at a whopping 98% year-over-year in Microsoft quarterly results reported Wednesday, driving quarterly revenue of $28.9 billion, up 12% year-over-year.
AT&T to Spend Trump Tax Bump on Fiber, 5G 'Foundation'
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
CEO says near-nationwide broadband is the big selling point for 5G.
Shaw Sloughs Off 650 Staffers
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  1 comment
Canada's second-biggest cable and broadband provider offers buyouts to 6,500 employees, aiming to trim its workforce by about 10% as it seeks to restructure its operations and boost profits.
Investors Jumpy Over Juniper Q1 Outlook
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  2 comments
Juniper revenues were down in Q4, and projections for Q1 are not making Wall Street happy.
Amdocs Scoops Up Vubiquity in $224M Deal
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  1 comment
Vubiquity buy creates a new video vertical for operations support giant Amdocs.
Ericsson: Desperately Seeking Profitability
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  3 comments
'Tangible improvements' are expected during 2018 but Swedish giant is still battling significant financial, operational and competitive challenges.
IBM Cloud Taps Into Nvidia GPUs for AI & HPC
Scott Ferguson  | 
1/31/2018  |  9 comments
IBM is now offering access to Nvidia's Tesla V100 GPUs through its cloud offerings to help accelerate AI, HPC and other high-throughput workloads.
Time's Up in Tech: Ending Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Join Women in Comms in Denver on March 22 to discuss how to address and end sexual harassment in the workplace.
Eurobites: EU Regulators Pooh-Pooh Trump's 5G Plan
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor Q4 profits up; KPN hit by drop in international wholesale traffic; Mtel opts for Amdocs for the 'customer journey.'
Ericsson Stuck in Loss-Making Rut, Offloads Majority Stake in Media Unit
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Shares in Swedish vendor sink after results miss analyst estimates and amid disquiet about strategic backtracking and management changes.
Now Cisco Is Getting Into the Kubernetes Racket
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Cisco is looking to extend its infrastructure dominance into container management.
Thanks for the Memory! Samsung Profits Still Driven by Chips
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1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Samsung posts $14 billion profit for Q4 2017.
India's RJio Plots Open Source Disruption
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
India's aggressive new entrant hopes to position itself as digital service provider, not merely a telco.
Cable Closes In on 5-Gig Upstream With FDX
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  1 comment
New milestone gives CableLabs room to begin interoperability test of Full Duplex DOCSIS technology in February.
Red Hat Buys CoreOS for $250M, Building Kubernetes Muscle
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/30/2018  |  6 comments
The acquisition broadens Red Hat's open source toolkit to enable enterprises to deploy applications anywhere in a public, private or hybrid cloud environment.
Atlantic Broadband Bulks Up on Fiber
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
In latest expansion move, midsize US cable overbuilder plans to use newly purchased South Florida fiber network to boost its business services efforts.
Automation Pioneer Blue Prism Grows Its Digital Workforce
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  1 comment
The Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) partner to Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM says it added 300 new customers in 2017 and saw revenue grow 155%.
AT&T's FiberTower Gives Up Many '5G' Spectrum Licenses
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  4 comments
AT&T will also pay $27 million to resolve the FCC's dispute with FiberTower.
Cisco Minds Its Microservices With Cloud Video
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1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Video delivery gets a microservices boost.
Australia Dumps Huawei From Pacific Cable Project
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Citing security concerns about Huawei, Australia's government has indicated it will fund a submarine project instead.
Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
Morris Lore  | 
1/30/2018  |  7 comments
Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?
Verizon Dropping Huawei Plans, Too – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  20 comments
More bad news for Huawei's smartphone ambitions in the US.
Verizon, Calix Roll Out Commercial NG-PON 2
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  6 comments
First-scale deployment is happening in Tampa, Fla., using Calix gear and software.
Eurobites: Telefónica Seeks 'Agility' Through Corporate Restructuring
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1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ireland's Openet scores in the Philippines; say hello to Hoopo; Deutsche Telekom puts the joy into parking.
Cisco Revs Up Network Automation
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/30/2018  |  2 comments
'A good day in IT is when they don't get a call when something is broken,' says Prashanth Shenoy, Cisco VP of enterprise network marketing, as Cisco introduces software to help IT have more good days.
French Toast? Sigfox on Skid Row
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  4 comments
An exodus of senior executives, customer dissatisfaction, the postponement of IPO plans and allegations of 'unethical' dealings with network partners. What went wrong at the French technology champion?
The Telecoms.com Podcast: The Man in the Street
LRTV Documentaries  | 
1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Corporate transparency, US-China tensions and Amazon Go all get the treatment this week by the Telecoms.com crew, who are joined by podcast virgin Trystan representing 'the man in the street.'
T-Mobile Joins 100% Renewable Gang
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2018  |  Post a comment
US mobile operator pledges to buy 100% of its electricity from wind farms by 2021.
Trump on 5G: It's a 'Gamechanger'
Jonestown  | 
1/29/2018  |  5 comments
So can we expect the FCC to push ahead with spectrum auction timetable for 5G?
Nationalize 5G in the US? LOL, WTF?!
MariNation  | 
1/29/2018  |  19 comments
As if the telecom industry would ever let that happen.
Nokia Adds Extra Bite to Its 5G Pitch
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Unveils ReefShark chipset as part of an end-to-end 5G network offering that covers the bases (geddit?) and preps for future demands on compute as well as network capacity.
AT&T VP: LTE to 5G & One That Wasn't Meant to Be
Mentor Monday  | 
1/29/2018  |  1 comment
Dr. Alicia Abella, AT&T's vice president of Advanced Technology Realization, shares what technologies she thinks have been the most revolutionary and what she learned from one that wasn't.
Cloud Collaboration: 4 Ways to Make it Work
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2018  |  3 comments
As with infrastructure and applications, enterprises are eager to move their collaboration and UC tools to the cloud. Before starting, here are four factors to consider.
Eurobites: UK Govt Trumpets Broadband Progress
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON joins virtualization group; Vansbro goes Digpro; CK Hutchison enters the Matrixx.
Amazon HQ2: Analytics Predicts the Pick
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/29/2018  |  18 comments
Analytics provider Looker claims that 2015 Census data makes a clear choice where Amazon should locate its second headquarters.
Trump Could Nationalize 5G – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2018  |  9 comments
Trump administration is reportedly looking at the rollout of a government-controlled 5G network to protect the country from Chinese cyber attacks.
CEO Smith Abruptly Exits Equinix
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Company release cites 'poor judgment' in handling an employee matter as the reason for Smith's shocking departure.
Verizon Deployment Will Trigger Bids for Sedona – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  4 comments
Being deployed in Verizon's production network is a massive endorsement for network controller startup Sedona Systems, and one that will likely start a bidding war for the company.
Starry Trots Out New Fixed Wireless Hardware
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  1 comment
The Starry Point Window gets an upgrade as the company plans for more fixed, pre-standard 5G wireless deployments.
AT&T on Cloud Migration: This Petri Dish Breeds Big Data Benefits
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T's David Ohrn explains how businesses' digital transformation will continue to fuel accelerated adoption of cloud in 2018, and how the cloud provides companies with the ability to more effectively manage and utilize big data.
Dell Considering IPO, or Buying All of VMware – Reports
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/26/2018  |  14 comments
Cloud infrastructure leader Dell is considering a return to public markets, and may also scoop up the parts of VMware that it doesn't already own, according to reports.
Telenor Eyes Eastern European Exit
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Norwegian operator says it is evaluating 'unsolicited' interest for assets in the region.
Cisco Turns Up the Heat on Hyperconvergence
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Cisco gave its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure a multicloud boost, adding support for Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, containers including Kubernetes and new management tools.
WiCipedia: Uber Hires New Diversity Exec & AI Comes for Jobs
WiCipedia  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: The second Women's March brought out hundreds of thousands of women and some pretty great signs; Finnish telecom boss puts foot down; the 'u-turn' factor in gender equality; and more.
Eurobites: TIM's Management Turmoil Continues
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Deutsche Telekom merger hopes dashed; Salt demos 5G with Nokia; Deutsche Telekom joins industrial IoT group; KPN invests in healthcare tech.
Telia Flogs Georgia Biz, Cuts More Jobs
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish incumbent divests another of its Eurasian businesses and reports an earnings increase, fueled by efficiency moves, for the final three months of 2017.
Intel Shrugs Off Spectre Worries in Q4
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2018  |  1 comment
Revenue for Q4 2017 was up 4% at $17.05 billion.
Cisco to Buy Skyport Systems for Cloud Security
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/25/2018  |  2 comments
Cisco plans to acquire Skyport, which provides hyperconverged systems that are managed over the cloud for secure infrastructure.
Don't Expect 5G Deals, Orange Tells Usual Suppliers
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2018  |  Post a comment
French telecom incumbent says existing suppliers should not expect to land all of the 5G business and plays down any likelihood of rapid 5G rollout.
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