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Berkshire Partners to Acquire Masergy

Boston, Massachusetts – October 24, 2016 — Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Masergy Communications, Inc. (“Masergy”). Masergy is a leading global service provider offering innovative hybrid networking, managed security and cloud...Learn More

FairPoint Communications Now Offers Cloud Contact Center Application

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2016) – FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England, today announced the launch of its Cloud Contact Center application. This advanced call center management solution leverages Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to...Learn More

WOW! Brings Gigabit To Alabama Markets

Denver, Colo. – October 11, 2016 – WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, one of the nation’s leading broadband providers, today announced the availability of broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) in two local Alabama markets: Auburn and Huntsville. WOW! will now provide...Learn More

Calix Announces Compass Cloud Reaches Service Provider Milestone

PETALUMA, CA–(Marketwired – October 05, 2016) – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in subscriber driven access, today announced its award-winning Calix Compass cloud services are driving business transformation at over 400 service providers around the world. The first company to securely harness the...Learn More

Juniper Exec Shares Details of WOW! Cloud CPE

Offering business customers cost-saving options for customer premises equipment (CPE) using advanced software technology need not be the exclusive domain of the nation’s largest business service providers, as recent news from tier two cable operator WOW! illustrates. A WOW! cloud CPE offering based on a...Learn More

TM Forum: Amazon-Style Platform Business Model May Be Answer for Telco Video

Some major telecom service providers hope to use an Amazon-style platform to support a new approach to offering video content to end users, said Barry Graham, senior director of agile business and IT for technology association TM Forum, in an interview. Graham used the term...Learn More

Survey Finds Strong Interest in Citizen Engagement Technology

A new study found strong interest in citizen engagement technology on the part of government respondents. Enhancing the capacity of citizen contact centers by making use of multi-modal cloud services applications and information systems is a focal point for many of the 129 U.S. government...Learn More

New Blackfoot Brand Unifies Company Under Single Brand

A new Blackfoot brand from the Montana based regional carrier will unify multiple brands under one identity. Blackfoot has expanded through acquisition and other means into neighboring states, while also expanding its product portfolio beyond its incumbent local phone company focus. This move integrates acquired...Learn More

FairPoint Managed Wireless LAN Service Offers Redundancy

FairPoint Communications is the latest service provider to launch a managed Wi-Fi offering, positioning itself to capitalize on what is becoming an important growth area for telecom service providers.  The offering, dubbed FairPoint Managed Wireless LAN, is cloud-based and delivered from two separate data centers...Learn More

FCC Set-Top Box Order Would Exempt Small Video Providers

A proposed FCC set-top box order circulating within the commission would not apply to video service providers with fewer than 400,000 customers, but those providers could adopt the technology if they choose to, said FCC senior officials on a conference call with reporters yesterday. The...Learn More

How to Thrive in the Impending Data Usage Explosion: Artificial Intelligence, Partnerships?

Ninety percent of all of the data that human beings have created was generated in the last two years, according to Thomas Saueressig, chief information officer for SAP, addressing attendees at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China last week. And with 9 billion mobile devices forecast...Learn More

Industrial IoT Success Stories Include Jet Engines, Elevators, HVAC

Jet engine parts that send an alert when they should be replaced. Elevators that can be inspected remotely. Office heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that adjust their temperature settings based on what occupants want. These are a few IIoT or Industrial IoT success...Learn More