Amazon Wants to Bring Alexa to the Boardroom

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) unveiled Alexa for Business last week, a new AWS service that provides business customers with an intelligent assistant. In the press release announcing the service, AWS said that Alexa for Business can help automate tasks including starting conference calls, controlling conference room...Learn More

MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to...Learn More

MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment

Service provider software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed...Learn More

Software Defined Capacity Aims to Make Optical Networks More Flexible

Manufacturers continue to find novel ways of helping carriers operate their networks more efficiently, as news today from Infinera illustrates. The optical networking company launched what it is calling Infinera Instant Network, which as Infinera executive Mark Showalter explained, gives carriers the ability to “activate...Learn More

Report Compares Three Smart City Strategies

A new study from Nokia and Machina Research released Jan. 30 explores real-life experiences in 22 smart cities around the world.  Offering insights regarding three different smart city strategies, the research partners aim to help identify and establish standard industry best practices. More than half...Learn More

MEF 16: CenturyLink NFV Demo Highlights Hybrid Open Source Approach

As carriers get serious about implementing network functions virtualization (NFV), they are also looking at streamlining service activation with the goal of enabling activation to occur on demand with little or no manual intervention on the part of the service provider. A CenturyLink NFV service...Learn More

AT&T Brings On-Demand Ethernet Qualification to Wholesale Customers

Dallas, Texas — Aug. 2, 2016 — AT&T* is helping wholesale customers move faster with the launch of our new tool to qualify Ethernet-based services. Automating a previously manual process, service providers using the tool can check the availability and speed of select Ethernet-based services by...Learn More

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