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CenturyLink Sharpens Up Its Ethernet Portfolio

CenturyLink broadens its Ethernet service portfolio as it tidies up loose ends from its Level 3 acquisition.

Ciena: We'll Stop 95% of Network Outages

Ciena's Proactive Network Operations is a closed-loop automation platform that service providers can use to predict and prevent service disruptions.

Nvidia Buying Mellanox for $6.9B

Intel and Xilinx had also been linked with bids for the Ethernet and InfiniBand switching components giant.

Cato Networks Raises $55M, Dances on NFV's Grave

Cato Networks, which bills itself as a 'cloud-native carrier,' scores $55 million funding for its vision of delivering on network agility, where traditional carriers have so far failed with their NFV efforts.

MEF CTO Sees Key Role in Automation

Pascal Menezes says defining key APIs between carriers and setting SD-WAN standards is MEF's way of helping drive automation and digital transformation process.

Cisco to Acquire UK Networking Software Specialist

Cisco is to acquire small British outfit Ensoft, which develops software that supports routing, switching, carrier Ethernet and much more.

Nan Chen Reveals Secret to MEF's Staying Power

MEF President Nan Chen, also its founder, says the organization's staying power is based on an early decision to focus on defining services and not how they are transported.

MEF SVP Dan Pitt: We're Ready for 5G

MEF is already at work on 5G transport and its service enablement capabilities will also help in both fixed and mobile environments, says Dan Pitt, MEF senior vice president.

Analyst: SD-WAN Not Yet Zero-Touch

Zero-touch provisioning and plug-and-play are still buzzwords where SD-WAN is concerned, but not reality, says VSG's Erin Dunne.

Orange Pushing Multivendor SD-WAN

Orange Business Services is working with several vendors to develop multivendor SD-WAN expertise and counting on MEF application programming interfaces and definitions for SD-WAN to enable a single portal for its SD-WAN offering, says Franck Morales, vice president of marketing of connectivity services for Orange Business Services. In addition, its SD-WAN service will be built on four other pillars: native cloud connectivity, best-of-breed security, global services and future-proof solution.

DT: Pan-Net Producing Multivendor Apps

Almost four years into building its pan-European cloud, DT is 'very close' to finishing the infrastructure and is rolling out cloud-based multivendor apps.

SES CEO Plugs Satellite's Role in Global Ecosystem

Satellite access will play a key role going forward in reaching distant locations more quickly than fiber can, providing access and wireless backhaul, enabling disaster recovery and backup and connecting mobile sites including cruise and shipping vessels, airplanes and more, says SES CEO John-Paul Hemingway.

MEF18 Preview: APIs, Blockchain & More

Light Reading's Carol Wilson and Mitch Wagner tell you what they're looking forward to at MEF18 in Los Angeles.

Telia Carrier Vies to Be Prime Cloud Connector

Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.

Eurobites: Nationwide 5G Too Costly, Says German Regulator

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS majors in multicloud; TE Connectivity sells subsea unit; Telefónica goes 200GigE roaming.

Ericsson Adds Automation Smarts With CENX Acquisition

Ericsson acquired a minority stake in automation expert CENX in 2012 and now will add the vendor-neutral service assurance specialist's technology to its own network automation and orchestration efforts.

Dumb Networks, Not Just Dumb Pipes

The CEO of one of the largest ISPs in the world isn't so keen to use artificial intelligence to manage its network. He just doesn't need it.

AT&T: Flexware-Based SD-WAN to Marry Network, Edge Smarts

Flexware, AT&T's virtual CPE platform, evolves to support SD-WAN in early 2018, in a marriage of AT&T's Intelligent Edge approach and its intelligent network.

CenturyLink: Wholesale Business Processes Are Changing

Eric Bozick, vice president of wholesale product and marketing for CenturyLink, says new standards and technology are important for wholesale connections, but so are new business processes.

Verizon: MEF 3.0 Reflects Real-World Needs

ORLANDO, 11/27/2017 – Verizon's Shawn Hakl says MEF 3.0 is focused on what carriers need to interconnect in a virtual world.

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