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02/12/2021

One of my first stories for FierceTelecom was on closed-loop automation. I'm closing my own loop with my last story for FT on the same topic as a I transition to a new job outside of telecommunications next week. A huge thanks to everyone! Mike Robuck

After primarily relying on #Nokia and #Huawei, #Openreach turns up its first live customer using #ADTRAN 's #GPON soluti...
02/11/2021
Openreach connects first fiber customer using Adtran's GPON solution

After primarily relying on #Nokia and #Huawei, #Openreach turns up its first live customer using #ADTRAN 's #GPON solution. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/openreach-connects-first-fiber-customer-using-adtran-s-gpon-solution #SDN

Openreach has turned up its first live subscriber using GPON gear and software from Adtran. Openreach, which is a division of BT Group, had previously provisioned its FTTP deployments by using Nokia and Huawei gear, but last year it named Adtran as a third option.

#Lumentechco is taking a different approach to #RDOF than #CharterCommunications by focusing more on its #FFTH #fiber bu...
02/11/2021
Lumen execs: Fiber builds a bigger bang for the buck than RDOF

#Lumentechco is taking a different approach to #RDOF than #CharterCommunications by focusing more on its #FFTH #fiber build outs. #broadband #digitaldivide

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/lumen-execs-fiber-builds-a-bigger-bang-for-buck-than-rdof

While Lumen reaped the financial rewards from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) II, RDOF is taking a back seat to Lumen's fiber builds. Speaking on Wednesday's fourth quarter earnings call, Lumen CEO Jeff Storey and CFO Neel Dev said they see better returns from its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) inves...

The #OpenVault #Broadband Insights (OVBI) Q4 report finds that #COVID19 drove a 51% increase in broadband traffic last y...
02/10/2021
OpenVault: Covid-19 pandemic drives 51% spike in broadband traffic in 2020

The #OpenVault #Broadband Insights (OVBI) Q4 report finds that #COVID19 drove a 51% increase in broadband traffic last year. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/openvault-covid-19-pandemic-drives-51-spike-broadband-traffic-2020

OpenVault has stuck a fork in the increased broadband usage last year due to the pandemic with its latest report. The OpenVault Broadband Insights (OVBI) report found that Covid-19 drove a 51% increase in broadband traffic last year due in large part to remote learning and remote work.

#Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is cautiously optimistic that #IT spending will increase this year, and says companies are prep...
02/10/2021
Cisco CEO: Work-from-home a struggle mentally for people

#Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is cautiously optimistic that #IT spending will increase this year, and says companies are preparing to send employees back to their office spaces by installing #WiFi 6. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/cisco-ceo-work-from-home-a-struggle-mentally-for-people #telecommnews

The shine on working-from-home has worn off for most people, according to Cisco CEO and President Chuck Robbins. Speaking on Tuesday's second fiscal quarter earnings call, Robbins said based on the uptake that Cisco has seen for its Wi-Fi 6 offerings, companies are planning to send their employees b...

#PacketFabric  extends the reach of its #NaaS offering into Europe by teaming up with #C**t_Technology's On Demand platf...
02/09/2021
PacketFabric's NaaS hitches a ride on C**t's On Demand platform

#PacketFabric extends the reach of its #NaaS offering into Europe by teaming up with #C**t_Technology's On Demand platform. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/packetfabric-s-naas-hitches-a-ride-colt-s-demand-platform

PacketFabric has extended the reach of its network-as-a-service (NaaS) offering by teaming up with C**t Technology Services' On Demand platform. C**t and PacketFabric are meeting up at the "middle mile" via a software-defined interconnection that is provisioned by an API that meets MEF's standards.

#Googlecloud announces on Tuesday that it has signed a 10-year collaboration deal to help fuel #TELUS ' internal digital...
02/09/2021
Google Cloud notches another telco win with Canada's Telus

#Googlecloud announces on Tuesday that it has signed a 10-year collaboration deal to help fuel #TELUS ' internal digital transformation while also jointly developing new products and services. #AI #DigitalTransformation https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/google-cloud-notches-another-telco-win-canada-s-telus

Google Cloud has added another telco to its customer roster with the addition of Canadian service provider Telus. Google Cloud announced on Tuesday that it has signed a 10-year collaboration deal to help fuel Telus' internal digital transformation while also jointly developing new products and servi...

After working together for several years, #FogHorn_IoT  joins the #IBM  Edge Ecosystem to offer joint customers #AI -bas...
02/09/2021
IBM hooks up with FogHorn to foster edge-to-hybrid cloud solutions

After working together for several years, #FogHorn_IoT joins the #IBM Edge Ecosystem to offer joint customers #AI -based software and hybrid cloud solutions.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/ibm-hooks-up-foghorn-to-foster-edge-to-hybrid-cloud-solutions

After working together for several years, FogHorn has joined the IBM Edge Ecosystem to offer customers AI-based solutions at the edge. The partnership includes using FogHorn's AI Edge software capabilities in tandem with the IBM Edge Application Manager, the latter of which runs on Red Hat OpenShift...

On Monday, the #FiberBroadbandAssociation and #NTCA took issue with the prospect of #Spacelink meeting its #RDOF deploym...
02/08/2021
NTCA, Fiber Broadband Association diss SpaceX's Starlink's RDOF prospects

On Monday, the #FiberBroadbandAssociation and #NTCA took issue with the prospect of #Spacelink meeting its #RDOF deployment requirements by submitting a technical assessment to the #FCC. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/ntca-fiber-broadband-association-diss-spacex-s-starlink-s-rdof-prospects

Add the Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA to the list of entities that don't think Starlink will be able to live up to its RDOF awards to deploy broadband in unserved areas across the U.S. On Monday, the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association submitted to the F...

#DeutscheTelekom taps #Nokia for its #optical transport network transformation across Germany. https://www.fiercetelecom...
02/08/2021
Nokia gets a boost with optical win with Deutsche Telekom

#DeutscheTelekom taps #Nokia for its #optical transport network transformation across Germany.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/nokia-gets-a-boost-optical-win-deutsche-telekom

Following on the heels of a rocky 2020, which included a new CEO, Nokia has landed an optical deal with Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy Nokia’s optical transport portfolio to deliver a higher-capacity, automated network that meets residential and Industry 4.0 requirements

#IBM and #PalantirTech team up on a new enterprise offering to simplify how businesses build and deploy low code #AI-bas...
02/08/2021
IBM and Palantir join forces on 'low-code' AI data processing for enterprises

#IBM and #PalantirTech team up on a new enterprise offering to simplify how businesses build and deploy low code #AI-based applications. #telecommnews

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/ibm-and-palantir-join-forces-low-cloud-ai-data-processing-for-enterprises

IBM and Palantir have teamed up on a new enterprise offering designed to simplify how businesses build and deploy AI-based applications. The partnership merges AI, via IBM Watson, operational technology, data processing, and hybrid cloud into a new offering called Palantir for IBM Cloud Pak for Data...

One way service providers can avoid becoming dumb pipes is by offering software-defined wide area network managed servic...
02/08/2021
Raynovich: Opportunities abound for carriers' SD-WAN managed services

One way service providers can avoid becoming dumb pipes is by offering software-defined wide area network managed services (SD-WAN MS) to enterprises, according to analyst #scottraynovich.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/raynovich-opportunities-abound-for-carriers-sd-wan-managed-services #SDWAN #serviceproviders

Carriers' software-defined wide area network managed services (SD-WAN MS) hold a unique promise for the enterprise segment of communications services. Providing a virtualized networking platform that can be easily linked to value-added services from the cloud, SD-WAN provides service providers with....

#SaddlebackCommunications completes a #FttH build for residents of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Ph...
02/05/2021
Saddleback Communications wraps up FTTH build for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

#SaddlebackCommunications completes a #FttH build for residents of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Phoenix. #Calix and Inline Communications pitched in on the deployment.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/saddleback-communications-wraps-up-ftth-build-for-salt-river-pima-maricopa-indian-community

Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) are now able to tap into broadband speeds of up to 500 Mbps thanks to a FTTH build. The fiber-to-the-home project, which was 10-years in the making, was built by Saddleback Communications.

#Twitter and #GoogleGloud ink a multi-year partnership that includes using Google's #ML  to convert Twitter's data into ...
02/05/2021
Twitter broadens its partnership with Google Cloud to improve data analytics

#Twitter and #GoogleGloud ink a multi-year partnership that includes using Google's #ML to convert Twitter's data into actionable results. Twitter announced partnership with #AWS late last year.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/operators/twitter-broadens-its-partnership-google-cloud-to-improve-data-analytics

Twitter and Google Cloud announced they have inked a multi-year partnership that includes using Google's machine learning to improve Twitter's data insights. Twitter is moving its offline analytics, data processing and machine learning (ML) workloads over to Google's Data Cloud as part of its cloud....

#Cisco and other vendors are working with the #TelecomInfraP 's Phoenix initiative to drive #disaggregation across the o...
02/05/2021
Cisco, other vendors TIP into disaggregation across optical vendor ecosystem

#Cisco and other vendors are working with the #TelecomInfraP 's Phoenix initiative to drive #disaggregation across the optical sector. #DellOroGroup #telecomnews

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/cisco-other-vendors-tip-into-disaggregation-across-optical-vendor-ecosystem

Cisco is among the vendors that have tossed their hats into the ring for the Telecom Infra Project's Phoenix project. The Phoenix project is working to create open disaggregated hardware and software solutions by forging an ecosystem of hardware and software vendors.

In his first blog for FierceTelecom, Zeus Kerravala writes that shifting to #SDWAN must be part of every manufacturing o...
02/04/2021
Industry Voices—Kerravala: How SD-WAN is transforming manufacturing operations

In his first blog for FierceTelecom, Zeus Kerravala writes that shifting to #SDWAN must be part of every manufacturing organization's digital transformation plan. @zkerravala #AryakaNetworks https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/industry-voices-kerravala-how-sd-wan-transforming-manufacturing-operations

Shifting to SD-WAN must be part of every manufacturing organization's digital transformation plan. Although there are many SD-WAN solutions out there, manufacturers should look for a provider that has experience in manufacturing and can meet the industry’s unique network requirements.

In order to prep for president and COO John Bickham's retirement at the end of next year, #CharterCommunications re-shuf...
02/04/2021
Charter President and COO Bickham to retire at the end of 2022

In order to prep for president and COO John Bickham's retirement at the end of next year, #CharterCommunications re-shuffles the duties of some of its top executives. Bickham was one of the execs that followed Tom Rutledge over to Charter from Cablevision. #executivepositions

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/charter-president-and-coo-bickham-to-retire-at-end-2022

Charter Communications President and COO John Bickham will ride off into the sunset when he retires at the end of 2022. To date, Bickham has spent 35 years in the cable industry with additional stops at Time Warner Cable and Cablevision before the latter was bought by Altice USA.

"The #edge is like a continuum, and everyone is washing their problems with the edge these days," said #C**tTechnology's...
02/04/2021
C**t tees up proof-of-concept trials on new network edge nodes

"The #edge is like a continuum, and everyone is washing their problems with the edge these days," said #C**tTechnology's #PeterCoppens. "The way we define edge is that we have two types of edge. We have the network edge, and the customer edge." https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/colt-tees-up-proof-concept-trials-new-network-edge-nodes

C**t Technology Services has booted up network edge nodes across five cities in order to kick the tires on next-gen applications and services. The network edge nodes in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore—the Singapore build is being finalized—provide the infrastructure for C**t's ...

"The #edge is like a continuum, and everyone is washing their problems with the edge these days," said #C**tTechnology's...
02/04/2021
C**t tees up proof-of-concept trials on new network edge nodes

"The #edge is like a continuum, and everyone is washing their problems with the edge these days," said #C**tTechnology's #PeterCoppens. "The way we define edge is that we have two types of edge. We have the network edge, and the customer edge." https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/colt-tees-up-proof-concept-trials-new-network-edge-nodes

C**t Technology Services has booted up network edge nodes across five cities in order to kick the tires on next-gen applications and services. The network edge nodes in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore—the Singapore build is being finalized—provide the infrastructure for C**t's ...

In order to prep for president and COO John Bickham's retirement at the end of next year, #CharterCommunications re-shuf...
02/03/2021
Charter President and COO Bickham to retire at the end of 2022

In order to prep for president and COO John Bickham's retirement at the end of next year, #CharterCommunications re-shuffles the duties of some of its top executives.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/charter-president-and-coo-bickham-to-retire-at-end-2022 #telecommnews

Charter Communications President and COO John Bickham will ride off into the sunset when he retires at the end of 2022. To date, Bickham has spent 35 years in the cable industry with additional stops at Time Warner Cable and Cablevision before the latter was bought by Altice USA.

After 27 years, #Amazon's Jeff Bezos is stepping away from his CEO role this summer with #AWS CEO Andy Jassy taking over...
02/03/2021
AWS' Jassy to helm Amazon as Bezos steps aside from CEO role

After 27 years, #Amazon's Jeff Bezos is stepping away from his CEO role this summer with #AWS CEO Andy Jassy taking over as Amazon's new CEO. Amazon hasn't said who will replace Jassy as AWS' CEO. #telecommnews

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/aws-jassy-to-helm-amazon-as-bezos-steps-aside-from-ceo-role

After 27 years of leading Amazon, founder Jeff Bezos will step away as CEO of the company on July 1 to be replaced AWS CEO Andy Jassy. The move, which is slated for Amazon's fiscal third quarter, will also include Bezos becoming executive vice chairman.

#Alphabet is pouring billions into boosting #googlecloud as it works to close the gap on #AWS and #MicrosoftAzure, but t...
02/03/2021
Google Cloud's revenue continues to grow, but losses mount

#Alphabet is pouring billions into boosting #googlecloud as it works to close the gap on #AWS and #MicrosoftAzure, but the results have been mixed. #telecommnews

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/google-cloud-s-revenue-continues-to-grow-but-losses-mount

Alphabet is pouring billions into boosting Google Cloud as it works to close the gap on AWS and Microsoft Azure, but the results have been mixed. After reporting the cost and operating profit of Google Cloud for the first time on Tuesday, Google Cloud's revenue grew 47% year-over-year to $3.84 billi...

#lumentechco  and #VMware  deepen their partnership with a new innovation lab that focuses on #EdgeComputing , #wfh work...
02/03/2021
Lumen, VMware team up on innovation lab to drive edge computing, security and SASE

#lumentechco and #VMware deepen their partnership with a new innovation lab that focuses on #EdgeComputing , #wfh work-from-anywhere solutions, and #security.
https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/lumen-vmware-team-up-innovation-lab-to-drive-edge-computing-security-and-sase

In order to accelerate the use of edge computing, remote work and security capabilities, Lumen and VMware are forming a Joint Innovation Lab. The Joint Innovation Lab stitches together the two companies' architecture and design, marketing and sales resources in order to help customers adopt new serv...

#SpectrumEntUS is now offering enterprises a new, modular managed network solution that's based on #Cisco's #Meraki clou...
02/03/2021
Spectrum Enterprise taps Cisco Meraki's cloud platform for new Managed Network Edge offering

#SpectrumEntUS is now offering enterprises a new, modular managed network solution that's based on #Cisco's #Meraki cloud-based platform.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/spectrum-enterprise-taps-cisco-meraki-s-cloud-platform-for-new-managed-network-edge

Spectrum Enterprise is out of the starter blocks with a new managed network solution that's based on Cisco's Meraki cloud-based platform. Spectrum Enterprise's Managed Network Edge (MNE) was designed to provide mid-market and large enterprises nationwide network connectivity options, modular add-ons...

In order for businesses to better connect their remote workers, #ComcastBusiness adds #Cisco #Meraki into its Teleworker...
02/02/2021
Comcast Business broadens reach of Teleworker VPN with Cisco Meraki

In order for businesses to better connect their remote workers, #ComcastBusiness adds #Cisco #Meraki into its Teleworker #VPN portfolio. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/comcast-business-broadens-reach-teleworker-vpn-cisco-meraki

In order to better connect enterprise customers with their remote workers, Comcast Business has added Cisco Meraki into its Teleworker VPN portfolio. With the security perimeter extending beyond office spaces due to Covid-19, companies large and small have ramped up their remote work offerings.

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