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CCAP Shipments Surge for Cable Vendors
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  2 comments
Shipments of Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) gear jumped worldwide in the second quarter as more cable operators embraced the next-gen headend equipment.
Be Open to the Freedom of Openness
Column  | 
8/29/2014  |  9 comments
Open is possible, definable and important, because an environment of freedom is a superior construct.
NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution – Nokia
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/29/2014  |  5 comments
Network functions virtualization is the key catalyst underpinning telco data center transformation, believes Nokia Networks.
Nokia's Maps Land on Samsung Devices
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  31 comments
Nokia HERE will be the exclusive navigation provider for Samsung Gear devices with both an Android app and a new Tizen app.
Telenet to Invest €500M in Gigabit Network
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  1 comment
Belgian cable operator plans major network upgrade to deliver 1Gbit/s broadband services.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Names Its Price for T-Mobile US
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  6 comments
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica prevails in Brazilian battle; NFV project issues specs document; Nokia navigates with Samsung.
UC Another Piece of New MegaPath Puzzle
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  5 comments
Robust UC offering intended to give MegaPath a competitive advantage, but it's just the latest in a series of changes and upgrades.
GVTC Takes Gigabit to School
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  3 comments
The Texas carrier, which is also building a gigabit FTTH network, is equipping Boerne Independent School District to be able to integrate technology into its curriculum.
Verizon Pushes 4G LTE for M2M
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  2 comments
Verizon is expecting more M2M communications to move onto LTE networks and off 2G and 3G, and is helping the process along with a 4G modem module.
Now Google Planning Drones-to-Go
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2014  |  27 comments
Google unveils 'Project Wing' delivery drone prototype.
Tablet TV to Debut With a Twist in San Fran
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2014  |  3 comments
Tablet TV will launch in beta in San Francisco in September, allowing users to watch and record broadcast shows on their tablets without a subscription.
Who Has Done the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Shades of Ray  | 
8/28/2014  |  8 comments
The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' has been sweeping the world -- so who in the telecom sector has done it?
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future
Wagner’s Ring  | 
8/28/2014  |  2 comments
Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
Vectoring: Some Va-Va-Voom for VDSL
UBB Forum News  | 
8/28/2014  |  5 comments
There are plenty of ways for operators to squeeze even more life out of their existing copper access networks, including vectoring.
Eurobites: BT Adds Ciena to Ethernet Roster
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's regional roundup: MTN tests Transport SDN; 2.4Tbit/s WDM with Huawei; Bluetooth chip specialist CSR rejects takeover bid; and more.
Music to My Mobile
Que Sera Sarah  | 
8/28/2014  |  14 comments
Wireless operators are jumping on the mobile music bandwagon, a move that sounds good for many reasons.
Facebook in Production Testing of Open 'Wedge' Switch
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2014  |  3 comments
Facebook's Cisco-killer is nearing reality.
Telefónica, Telecom Italia in $9B Battle to Buy Brazil's GVT
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2014  |  1 comment
European operators are fighting over Brazilian operator GVT, currently owned by French media giant Vivendi.
Netflix to FCC: Kill Comcast-TWC Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2014  |  8 comments
In a 99-page filing, Netflix argues that the Commission should reject the proposed merger because of the power that the combined company would have over the US broadband market.
Tracing Technology Changes in the Smart Home
Column  | 
8/27/2014  |  3 comments
Every component of the smart home ecosystem is changing, creating new opportunities – and challenges – for service providers.
TiVo Continues Cable Run
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  2 comments
DVR pioneer racks up strong MSO subscriber gains again in its fiscal Q2, as it also pursues new ways to boost both its pay-TV partner and retail hardware sales.
MRV Dismisses & Replaces CFO After Financial Error
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  1 comment
Stephen Garcia out, Mark Bonney in as MRV CFO, following bill-and-hold revenue reporting mistakes.
GSA: 16 Operators Trial LTE Multicast
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  1 comment
Trials and deployments of simultaneously broadcasting live video over LTE networks to multiple users are taking off, but roadblocks remain to widespread adoption.
TWC Internet Outage Follows $1.1M Fine
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  3 comments
A major Time Warner Cable Internet outage affecting 12 million broadband subs follows on the heels of a $1.1 million fine by the FCC for failure to report similar problems last year.
FirstLight Expands Enterprise Play With G4 Buy
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  Post a comment
The acquisition of G4 gives the carrier a fourth New England data center and an entree into enterprise sectors.
WDM Gets Edgy
UBB Forum News  | 
8/27/2014  |  2 comments
The ultra-broadband era is driving fiber and WDM to the edge of the network.
Eurobites: Qualcomm May Face EU Antitrust Probe
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global close to green light on Ziggo deal; BT accused of 'football tax'; Isle of Wight latest.
Testing Will Further Boost Mobile Market
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/27/2014  |  Post a comment
The growth of the smartphone market is creating a new testing ground for vendors that must find a way to keep ahead of the game.
China Mobile to Form Content JV
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  Post a comment
Planned spin-off is another sign of change in the Chinese telecom industry.
OIF/ONF Efforts Could Speed Transport SDN
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2014  |  Post a comment
Prototype tests across four carriers' labs will advance work on specifications to enable deployments.
AT&T's Lurie Promoted to CEO of Mobility
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  2 comments
Former M2M boss is now the new CEO of AT&T Mobility, with Ralph de la Vega taking on the carrier's newly formed Mobile and Business Solutions Group.
Google's Andromeda Relieves Cloud Strain
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  8 comments
Google's Andromeda infrastructure is designed to provide bare-metal performance and low latency to customers worldwide.
Rogers, Shaw Take Aim at Netflix
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  25 comments
In a joint venture operation, Canadian MSOs Rogers and Shaw are teaming up to launch a subscription video-on-demand service that will compete with Netflix in Canada.
Utilities to Pump $11.2B Into Smart Grid – Study
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  30 comments
A study from Navigant Research predicts that utilities will spend $11.2 billion on smart grid managed services by 2023.
Charter Internet Outages Blamed on DNS Problems
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  12 comments
Charter Communications experienced major Internet outages in several US markets over the weekend, based on what appears to have been a domain name server issue.
Verizon to Launch HD VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  16 comments
The wait is over – Big Red says it will have VoLTE available across its footprint in the coming weeks, bringing video calls and HD voice to compatible handsets.
IoT Startup Banking on WiFi Connectivity
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  10 comments
Electric Imp aims to connect devices in the home and industrial environments via WiFi radios to its own cloud for more customization and control.
Verizon Launches QR Code Security Solution
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  17 comments
New approach lets consumers register and then download QR code app that will more securely connect them to e-commerce and business sites.
Eurobites: Transmode to Cut Jobs
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AT&T/Vodafone rumor returns; Swisscom offers WiFi option for mobile; Huawei's small cells in Iceland.
VMware Laughs at Container & OpenStack Threats
Wagner’s Ring  | 
8/26/2014  |  1 comment
Containers, OpenStack and networking hardware are competitive threats to VMware, which is embracing all three.
Optical Vendors Optimistic Despite Shrinking Market
DOS Attack  | 
8/26/2014  |  1 comment
Optical transport vendors are finding growing business opportunities with web content firms even as their overall market shrinks.
M2M's In Fashion: Wearables Play the US Open
Que Sera Sarah  | 
8/25/2014  |  15 comments
The worlds of tennis, fashion and wearables collide as Ralph Lauren and OMsignal turn a polo into a sensor to track your every movement.
5G Hype: An Early Inflation
Jonestown  | 
8/25/2014  |  16 comments
Will 5G become a worthless term before the communications standard is even defined?
Frontier Sees WiFi as SMB Differentiator
News Analysis  | 
8/25/2014  |  13 comments
Based on initial deployment in North Carolina, Frontier sees a new role for WiFi as part of an SMB service bundle that can be monetized.
Scripps Takes Longer Clearleap for Multiscreen
News Analysis  | 
8/25/2014  |  Post a comment
Scripps has renewed its contract with Clearleap, in a multi-year deal to provide multiscreen video processing and delivery services.
VMware Upgrades NSX, Beefs Up OpenStack Support
News Analysis  | 
8/25/2014  |  1 comment
VMware kicked off its VMworld user conference by announcing partnerships with vendors including Dell, as part of its effort to challenge Cisco.
Fiber Revival at Deutsche Telekom
UBB Forum News  | 
8/25/2014  |  18 comments
Investment in fiber broadband access has helped the German incumbent's domestic operation turn a corner.
Comcast, Level 3 Flex Ethernet Muscles
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  1 comment
Both service providers gain Ethernet-port market share in the latest US rankings by Vertical Systems Group, climbing to sixth place and eighth place, respectively.
OSS Changes Vital to Sprint's Network Vision
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  6 comments
Even as it builds out two new networks, Sprint is trying to move to a single inventory management system and leaning on NetCracker for help.
NTT DoCoMo, Huawei Prove LTE-U Works
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  4 comments
Joint trial shows that running LTE in unlicensed spectrum is an effective offload option for wireless operators, but will it supplant operators' existing WiFi strategies?
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