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How Startups Can Win as Moore's Law Ends
Column  | 
6/30/2017  |  5 comments
Is there an upside to Moore's Law slowing down? Actually, there are many.
Is Microsoft Planning Reorg Around Cloud?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/30/2017  |  12 comments
To intensify its focus on the cloud, Microsoft plans a global sales reorganization and job cuts, according to reports.
Bright Lights, Smart City: A 'Street Furniture' Exploration
MariNation  | 
6/30/2017  |  8 comments
Street furniture is the new telephone pole.
CenturyLink Joins Streaming Parade
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2017  |  4 comments
Big US telco launches beta version of nearly 50-channel OTT skinny bundle service designed to sell for $45 a month across the country.
Colt's CTO on Connecting the Cloud
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Colt CTO Rajiv Datta talks about the impact of SDN and NFV, how data centers are now at the core of the telecoms ecosystem and how network and services evolution is being built around enterprise demands.
T-Mobile Calls on FCC to Open 3.5GHz for 5G
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2017  |  6 comments
T-Mobile's CTO tells the Trump admin that it could be missing out on 'bilions' if it doesn't change the current shared spectrum plans for 3.5GHz.
Alibaba Eyes Deal for ZTE's Software Biz – Report
Scott Ferguson  | 
6/30/2017  |  2 comments
Alibaba is reportedly in negotiations to buy ZTE's software business as the company looks to expand its public IaaS offerings beyond China.
'New' Kontron Emerges With $1B Sales Target
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Following a difficult year, embedded computing system specialist has agreed a merger with S&T Deutschland, giving it an expanded portfolio and a role in hitting an annual sales target of $1 billion.
Vivendi-Mediaset: Bad Romance Gets Worse
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Mediaset chairman told shareholders yesterday that it had filed a new lawsuit against Vivendi, and would be focusing on bringing its Premium service back into the black.
Startup Platform9 Scores $22M Funding for Cloud Management
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/30/2017  |  2 comments
Four-year-old Platform9 supports OpenStack and Kubernetes enterprise cloud management.
Eurobites: Virgin Cuts Jobs in Wake of Fiber Rollout Ructions
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Technologies appoints new boss; Ukraine hit by fresh cyber attack; Fox/Sky latest; happy birthday 999.
WiCipedia: 'Persona Non Grata' Tech Moms & the Refugee STEM Pilot
WiCipedia  | 
6/30/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A man wears a minidress to work when shorts won't cut it; an inspiring pilot travels alone to spread the word of STEM; tech moms get no respect; and more.
KDDI Finds New Groove With Non-Telco Services
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  1 comment
The Japanese operator is enjoying success outside the connectivity realm.
Charter Dips Into Skinny TV With Stream
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  2 comments
Charter is testing a $20-per-month skinny bundle TV service.
Microsoft's Cloudyn Buy Boosts Multi-Cloud Strategy
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/29/2017  |  2 comments
Microsoft bought Cloudyn, which helps enterprises contain costs of running applications on Microsoft and competitors' clouds.
Cisco Wants to Reconquer Your Network With 'Intuitive' Plan
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco's 'network intuitive' is about the next 30 years, but it's also a return to the old Cisco.
Trump Nominates Pai Ally for Final FCC Slot
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  8 comments
If Brendan Carr is confirmed alongside Jessica Rosenworcel, it would restore the FCC's slate of commissioners to its intended complement of five.
Hold-Up at Orange Bank: Launch Hits Buffers
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
French operator delays launch of its Orange Bank service because tests carried out with employees did not meet the requisite standards.
Catching Up With Colt
Shades of Ray  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
I visited Colt's headquarters in London to catch up with a quartet of execs about developments at the progressive network operator.
Windstream Formally Embraces Open Source
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Move to join ONAP driven in part by its IT team, after a period of informally monitoring multiple open source efforts.
SKT & Samsung Testing Mid-Band 5G
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  2 comments
As expected, SKT is looking at 3.5GHz as a possible band for 'wide-area' 5G applications.
Ethernity Raises £15M From London IPO
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  2 comments
With its eye on the SDN and NFV markets, FPGA-based processor specialist raises £15 million as it joins London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Cisco & Microsoft Are Collaborating: Arista Should Be Worried
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/29/2017  |  3 comments
Cisco and Microsoft are working on standardized APIs that marry the performance and resilience of Cisco switches with the flexibility of white box equipment. And Microsoft is Arista's biggest customer.
Orange Gears Up for Gruelling Tour de France Test
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  2 comments
Covering the 21-stage Tour de France is no small undertaking for Orange.
Inmarsat, DT Launch WiFi-in-the-Sky Service
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  4 comments
Satellite operator and German telco hail the successful launch of the European Aviation Network amid criticism from rival players.
Alibaba Set to Acquire ZTEsoft – Rumor
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Chinese web-scale giant is supposedly closing in on a deal to buy ZTE's software unit in a bid to strengthen its international cloud computing strategy, according to Bloomberg.
Eurobites: BT's Italian Trials Not Over Yet
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT bolsters UC with Cisco Spark; Nokia goes on Chinese expedition, closes Comptel deal; Telegram app does as its told in Russia.
Nutanix Buddies With Google, Tackles Hybrid Cloud
Scott Ferguson  | 
6/29/2017  |  5 comments
Nutanix is looking to take its hyperconverged offering to the next level with an emphasis on hybrid cloud. The company also struck a deal with Google that will deliver its management software as a service.
Calix: Russo's Not-So-Overnight Success?
Rewired  | 
6/28/2017  |  9 comments
Russo, the man who cashed in pretty quickly on his first major success, Cerent, is leading a much longer-term effort to bring software-defined networking to the access realm at Calix.
Vodafone UK Turns Mobile Network Guns on BT/EE
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
The UK mobile operator is trying to quash the perception that it lags BT/EE on mobile network performance.
Europe Lagging US, China in UHD Purchases
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  6 comments
Sales of 4K UHD TVs are growing steadily in Europe, according to new research, but European adoption lags China and the US.
China Telecom Deploys Tiered Managed SD-WAN Services
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
China Telecom and Silver Peak have combined to deliver managed SD-WAN services to multinationals.
Microsoft & Box: Frenemies Look to Alter Cloud Storage
Scott Ferguson  | 
6/28/2017  |  16 comments
Microsoft and Box have a new agreement, and the sometime rivals and sometime partners are looking to alter the cloud storage game.
Masergy: It's Time for SD-WAN Options
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Paul Ruelas, director of network products for Masergy, explains how adding SD-WAN has changed the service mix for his company's customers.
Eurobites: Telefónica Is Still OK With UK
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom gets its 5G freak on; Dixons Carphone profits up 10%; Telia gets smart with buses; Nokia demos 4.9G in Shanghai.
Cisco Makes 'Intuitive' Bet to Reconquer Networks
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/28/2017  |  4 comments
With its 'network intuitive' strategy, Cisco is looking to take control of enterprise networks in exchange for delivering security and massive business value.
Cisco, Microsoft, in 'Major,' Mysterious Cloud Deal
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/28/2017  |  5 comments
Microsoft and Cisco are in a deal involving Nexus switches on Azure. We don't know a whole lot more.
Smart Cities See Fog Rolling In
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  1 comment
From cloud to edge to fog, new networking strategies are starting to emerge in the smart cities sector.
Intel Ushers in the Revolutionary 5G Era
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
6/28/2017  |  1 comment
5G will bring job opportunities for women in telco and IT, as well as a whole new era of communications for consumers and industries of all kinds, says Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division at Intel.
India's State-Run BSNL Gears Up for RJio Battle
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2017  |  Post a comment
The government-backed telco is getting ready for a fight against India's newest operator in the fixed-line broadband market.
AT&T & Ericsson Stream 5G in Austin
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T, Ericsson and Intel get busy in second 5G Austin test.
Ericsson Denies Ditching the Enterprise Market
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  1 comment
Ericsson may have scaled back its ambitions for new opportunities outside the telecom market while it works on a turnaround at its main networks business, but it hasn't abandoned them altogether.
Cisco Spent $2M to Close Minor Pay Gaps
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  4 comments
Improvements in analytics have allowed Cisco to granularly understand its employees' pay and rectify any gaps after an upfront investment of $2 million.
Cisco & Ericsson Hone Their Partnership
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  Post a comment
As Ericsson scales back its enterprise plans, the partnership with Cisco gets more focused on specific product combinations.
US Operators Get Cracking on Unlicensed-LTE
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  2 comments
As expected, US mobile is pushing on with unlicensed plans, with T-Mobile launching LTE-U in six cities and both the Un-carrier and AT&T testing LAA at blazing download speeds of over 600 Mbit/s.
Hulu Is Greatest Threat to Pay-TV Providers – Study
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  14 comments
Research from M Science suggests that cord-cutting is highest among Hulu subscribers, as opposed to Netflix or Amazon.
Charter, Comcast Eye Sprint Tie-Up – Report
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  2 comments
2007 called and it wants its Sprint mobile deal back.
Eurobites: EU Fines Google $2.7B Over Shopping Shenanigans
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia strikes deal with Eurosport; luxury handset maker in a spot of bother; shares in MTS arrested; Orange goes to the movies.
IBM, Oracle Tout Cloud Customer Wins
Scott Ferguson  | 
6/27/2017  |  6 comments
IBM and Oracle each announced significant new cloud customers this week. Oracle is supplying Bank of America with ERP, and IBM is moving portions of American Airlines onto its public cloud.
Cal Poly 'Leapfrogs' Into the Future With Cloud
Scott Ferguson  | 
6/27/2017  |  19 comments
California Polytechnic State University is going all in on public cloud and using AWS for its IaaS needs. The university's CIO explains why.
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