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#CharterCommunications boots up a wireless backup offering for its small to medium-sized business customers. https://www...
10/02/2020
Charter serves up backup wireless service for SMBs

#CharterCommunications boots up a wireless backup offering for its small to medium-sized business customers.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/charter-serves-up-backup-wireless-service-for-smbs

Charter Communications is keeping small to medium-sized businesses connected with its Wireless Internet Backup for Spectrum Business customers. In the event of a broadband or power outage, the system automatically kicks over to a redundant LTE connection with unlimited usage and no overage fees.

#ATT waives data caps for its #ATTFiber and AT&T Internet subscribers through the end of this year. AT&T also lowered th...
10/01/2020
AT&T Fiber debuts new pricing across three tiers, offers unlimited data for fiber customers

#ATT waives data caps for its #ATTFiber and AT&T Internet subscribers through the end of this year. AT&T also lowered the prices on its AT&T Fiber tiers.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/at-t-fiber-debuts-new-pricing-across-three-tiers-offers-unlimited-data-for-fiber-customers

AT&T threw down the broadband gauntlet on Thursday by rolling out three new price points for its AT&T Fiber tiers. AT&T also announced that all new and existing AT&T Fiber Internet 100, Internet 300 and Internet 1000 subscribers would enjoy unlimited data without additional charges.

#Cisco buys #PortShift  to boost its security efforts across containers and #Kubernetes. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/t...
10/01/2020
Cisco buys DevOp and Kubernetes security vendor PortShift

#Cisco buys #PortShift to boost its security efforts across containers and #Kubernetes. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/cisco-buys-devop-and-kubernetes-security-vendor-portshift

Cisco is boosting its security solutions with a deal to buy Israeli startup PortShift. While Cisco didn't announce the financial terms of the deal, which is slated to close in the first half of Cisco's fiscal 2021, Globes reported that Cisco is paying around $100 million for PortShift.

Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) turned up its first customer this month on one of its edge nodes. Lumen also m...
09/30/2020
Lumen snags its first edge compute customer, deepens partnership with VMware

Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) turned up its first customer this month on one of its edge nodes. Lumen also made several announcements with #VMware for its edge compute platform. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/lumen-snags-its-first-edge-compute-customer-deepens-partnership-vmware

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/lumen-snags-its-first-edge-compute-customer-deepens-partnership-vmware

After announcing its edge compute strategy last year, Lumen (formerly CenturyLink) turned up its first customer this month on one of its edge nodes. While Lumen previously announced more than 100 edge compute nodes across the U.S., it's in the process of adding 150 more around the globe.

Speaking at the Open Networking and Edge Summit (ONES) this week, A&T Chief Technology Officer of Network Services Andre...
09/30/2020
AT&T’s Fuetsch talks about Airship and the telco cloud

Speaking at the Open Networking and Edge Summit (ONES) this week, A&T Chief Technology Officer of Network Services Andre Fuetsch outlined the telco's use of #Airship. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/operators/at-t-s-fuetsch-talks-about-airship-and-telco-cloud

Speaking at the Open Networking and Edge Summit (ONES) this week, AT&T Chief Technology Officer of Network Services Andre Fuetsch said that AT&T has deployed its Network Cloud 315 times to date.

According to a survey by #Comcast Business, almost 80% of the SBMs owners feel they are more prepared for a second wave ...
09/29/2020
Comcast Business survey: SMBs are bouncing back from Covid-19

According to a survey by #Comcast Business, almost 80% of the SBMs owners feel they are more prepared for a second wave of Covid-19.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/comcast-business-survey-smbs-are-bouncing-back-from-covid-19

Small and medium-sized businesses have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis, but they're more prepared for a second wave, according to a report. Comcast Business conducted a survey in August to take the pulse of SMBs as the coronavirus flares and subsides across the U.S.

#ZayoGroup sells off its zColo data center assets to #DataBank_Ltd for an undisclosed sum. https://www.fiercetelecom.com...
09/29/2020
DataBank to buy zColo data centers from Zayo

#ZayoGroup sells off its zColo data center assets to #DataBank_Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/databank-to-buy-zcolo-data-centers-from-zayo

DataBank announced on Tuesday that it has a definitive agreement in place to buy Zayo Holding's zColo data centers. The zColo data centers would bring 44 additional data centers into the DataBank portfolio, including 13 key interconnect facilities across 23 markets in Europe and the U.S.

#MediacomCable's recent demo of its 10G Smart Home shows that cable operators are embracing new applications and service...
09/29/2020
Industry Voices—Heynen: Mediacom’s 10G smart home shows future speeds aren’t so far away

#MediacomCable's recent demo of its 10G Smart Home shows that cable operators are embracing new applications and services by implementing faster 10G broadband speeds, according to analyst Jeff Heynen

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/industry-voices-heynen-mediacom-s-10g-smart-home-shows-future-speeds-aren-t-so-far-away

Mediacom's 10G Smart Home demo showed that cable operators are poised to offer new services and applications that tap into faster broadband speeds. Mediacom’s announcement of its 10G Smart Home was a bit of a surprise as cable operators have generally shied away from public demonstrations of forwa...

#microsoftazure  announces #Azure for Operators, which includes a developer ecosystem, cloud platform and edge compute c...
09/28/2020
Microsoft draws a bead on telcos with Azure for Operators

#microsoftazure announces #Azure for Operators, which includes a developer ecosystem, cloud platform and edge compute capabilities. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/microsoft-draws-a-bead-telcos-azure-for-operators

Microsoft is taking direct aim at telcos by announcing Azure for Operators, which includes a carrier-grade cloud platform and edge compute capabilities as well as a developer ecosystem. While Microsoft has announced telco partnerships before, Azure for Operators will support operators as they evolve...

#DriveNets puts its Network Cloud software-based disaggregated router through its paces with a Tier 1 European operator ...
09/25/2020
DriveNets tunes in DDC in a live TV test with European Tier 1 service provider

#DriveNets puts its Network Cloud software-based disaggregated router through its paces with a Tier 1 European operator during a live-TV trial.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/drivenets-tunes-ddc-a-live-tv-test-european-tier-1-service-provider

DriveNets put its Network Cloud oftware-based disaggregated router through its paces during performance testing with a Tier 1 European service provider. DriveNets' Network Cloud software-based disaggregated router was deployed in a proof-of-concept trial for multicast and unicast TV with live viewer...

#RogersCommunications is wooing Quebec with offers of more jobs and 5G services if #Cogeco agrees to Rogers and Altice U...
09/25/2020
Rogers pledges $3B investment in Quebec to pressure Cogeco to sell

#RogersCommunications is wooing Quebec with offers of more jobs and 5G services if #Cogeco agrees to Rogers and Altice USA's takeover bid.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/rogers-pledges-3b-investment-quebec-to-pressure-cogeco-to-sell

Rogers Communications really, really wants get its hands on Cogeco, despite being told there's no interest to sell from Cogeco. On Friday, Rogers ratcheted up the pressure on Cogeco by announcing it will invest $3 billion (Canadian) in Quebec's telecom networks if its attempt to take over Cogeco is....

Intelligent Fiber Network  partners with #nuagenetworks for an SD-WAN service outside of its fiber footprint. https://ww...
09/24/2020
Intelligent Fiber Network stages SD-WAN deployment with Nuage Networks

Intelligent Fiber Network partners with #nuagenetworks for an SD-WAN service outside of its fiber footprint. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/intelligent-fiber-network-stages-sd-wan-deployment-nuage-networks

Intelligent Fiber Network (IFN) is teeing-up an SD-WAN offering by working with Nuage Networks.The SD-WAN service, which is slated to go live by the end of this year, gives IFN the ability to serve customers that are outside of its 5,000-mile fiber footprint.

#Windstream CEO #TonyThomas discusses his company's wins and culture in this FierceTelecom story, including how he celeb...
09/24/2020
Windstream CEO Tony Thomas talks mowing grass and his company's accomplishments during Chapter 11 and Covid-19

#Windstream CEO #TonyThomas discusses his company's wins and culture in this FierceTelecom story, including how he celebrated Windstream's exit from Chapter 11.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/windstream-ceo-tony-thomas-talks-mowing-grass-about-and-his-company-accomplishments-during

After 18 months of operating under the shadow of Chapter 11 and Covid-19, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas talks about his company's accomplishments.

#Windstream Holdings CEO Tony Thomas said his company has developed a game-changing platform for its customers that uses...
09/24/2020
Exclusive: Windstream turns up Big Insights for customers using machine learning, open source and its own expertise

#Windstream Holdings CEO Tony Thomas said his company has developed a game-changing platform for its customers that uses #MachineLearning, graph data base technology and open source. Big Insights was developed internally by Windstream.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/exclusive-windstream-turns-up-big-insights-for-customers-using-machine-learning-open-source

Using open source, machine learning and its internal expertise, Windstream has developed a new big data analytics platform for its customers. Windstream Holdings CEO Tony Thomas said the platform is called "Big Insights."

While #NFV has been a thorn in some service providers' sides, #MEF is taking on #LeanNFV as a standards project in order...
09/23/2020
MEF throws its weight behind Lean NFV

While #NFV has been a thorn in some service providers' sides, #MEF is taking on #LeanNFV as a standards project in order to ease the onboarding of virtual network functions.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/mef-throws-its-weight-behind-lean-nfv

While some would argue that NFV doesn't deserve a third, fourth or fifth chance, MEF has thrown its support behind Lean NFV. MEF agreed to take on Lean NFV as a standards project in July of this year.

With #SliverPeak in hand, #hewlettpackardenterprise is well equipped to take on #Cisco and #VMware in the #SDWAN sector....
09/22/2020
As it takes on Cisco and VMware, HPE wraps up $925M deal to buy SD-WAN vendor Silver Peak

With #SliverPeak in hand, #hewlettpackardenterprise is well equipped to take on #Cisco and #VMware in the #SDWAN sector.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/as-it-takes-cisco-and-vmware-hpe-wraps-up-925m-deal-to-buy-sd-wan-vendor-silver-peak

HPE has put the finishing touches on its $925 million deal to buy SD-WAN vendor Silver Peak, which narrowed the gap on rivals such as Cisco and VMware. As one of the leading SD-WAN vendors, Silver Peak was long rumored to be an acquisition target before HPE pulled the trigger in July.

Now that #Nvidia has pivoted into the networking and mobile chip market with its acquisitions, large networking incumben...
09/21/2020
Industry Voices—Raynovich: Nvidia is now a network behemoth; incumbents should be nervous

Now that #Nvidia has pivoted into the networking and mobile chip market with its acquisitions, large networking incumbents should be very nervous. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/industry-voices-raynovich-nvidia-now-a-network-behemoth-incumbents-should-be-nervous

Now that Nvidia has pivoted into the networking and mobile chip market with its acquisitions, large networking incumbents should be very nervous. If one tracks the newly acquired assets, it follows a pattern of Nvidia using chips and processing power to add value in the cloud

It's the dawning of a new era as #Windstream emerges from Chapter 11 as a privately-held company. Windstream has success...
09/21/2020
Windstream shakes free from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It's the dawning of a new era as #Windstream emerges from Chapter 11 as a privately-held company. Windstream has successfully shed more than $4 billion in debt and has approximately $2 billion in hand to fuel new growth.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/windstream-shakes-free-from-chapter-11-bankruptcy

Windstream Holdings announced on Monday that it's now free from the shackles of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Windstream has successfully shed more than $4 billion in debt and has approximately $2 billion in hand to fuel new growth as a privately-held company.

The FierceTelecom editorial team is proud to announce our second annual Rising Stars series, in which we’re profiling up...
09/21/2020
2020 FierceTelecom Rising Star – Orange's Samir El Rashidy

The FierceTelecom editorial team is proud to announce our second annual Rising Stars series, in which we’re profiling up-and-coming executives in the telecom industry. Presenting 2020 FierceTelecom Rising Star — #Orange 's Samir El Rashidy.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/2020-rising-star-winner-orange-s-samir-el-rashidy

Samir El Rashidy is senior director of pre-sales at Orange Business Services in North America, where he leads a team that helps companies capitalize on technology.

By working with #Allot and #McAfee_Labs, #Telefonica  doubles up the capacity and infrastructure to support its cybersec...
09/21/2020
Telefónica fortifies SME cybersecurity with McAfee and Allot

By working with #Allot and #McAfee_Labs, #Telefonica doubles up the capacity and infrastructure to support its cybersecurity service for SMEs in Spain. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/telefonica-fortifies-sme-cybersecurity-mcafee-and-allot

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/telefonica-fortifies-sme-cybersecurity-mcafee-and-allot

Telefónica has doubled down on its cybersecurity platform for small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) by adding new features from McAfee and Allot. With the new features and capabilities from Allot and MacAfee, Telefónica said it has doubled the infrastructure and resources in its cybersecurity serv...

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