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Verizon Virtual Network Services Quite Similar to AT&T Network Functions on Demand

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Verizon Virtual Network Services, launched today, will give customers “around the globe” the ability to download a range of network functions to generic premises-based hardware, Verizon said. The news came just days after AT&T announced a similar offering, which it calls “Network Functions on Demand.”...Learn More

Report: Two Paths Emerging for Voice Network Virtualization

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It wasn’t so long ago that VoIP and softswitches appeared to be the future for telecom voice networks. But much of that equipment already is due for replacement – and rather than deploying more of the same, service providers increasingly are looking at voice network...Learn More

AT&T Network Functions on Demand Lets Enterprises Download Routers in 76 Countries

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AT&T remains very active on the software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) fronts. And as an announcement Sunday about AT&T Network Functions on Demand illustrates, the company sees strong potential for the technology internationally. AT&T Network Functions on Demand will let the...Learn More

IaaS Revenues Forecast to More than Triple to $43.6 Billion by 2020

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The public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is booming, according to new market research from IDC. Nearly 2/3 of more than 6,000 IT organizations surveyed are already using or planning to use public cloud IaaS by the end of the year, according to the IDC IaaS...Learn More

CenturyLink Launches Location-Based Analytics

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LAS VEGAS, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced the market introduction of CenturyLink Location-Based Analytics, a mobile engagement, analytics and marketing solution for owners and operators of spaces and places where...Learn More

Oak Hill Capital Partners Fiber Strategy Advances with Oxford Networks Acquisition

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Oxford Networks, which provides fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners. The move advances the Oak Hill Capital Partners fiber strategy, which is focused on building a major...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires Active Broadband Network Assets

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MONROE, La., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has acquired certain strategic assets of the company formerly known as Active Broadband Networks, a provider in software-based broadband networking. These assets will help accelerate CenturyLink’s efforts to automate its network,...Learn More

Windstream Launches Cloud Connect

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, is making it easier for companies to access the cloud and use it as a foundational element of their IT strategy with its new Cloud Connect solution....Learn More

SDN Spending to Grow 47% a Year, Reach $132.9 Billion by 2020

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SDN spending is surging higher as carriers and enterprise-scale businesses and governments aim to leverage software defined networking’s prospective benefits. These include gains in network efficiency, flexibility, overall performance and lower capex and opex. SDN also can play a critical role in both 4G and...Learn More

Telco Growth Opportunity: CenturyLink Launches SD-WAN Service

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SD-WAN service is a hot area for enterprise customers. And as CenturyLink’s recent SD-WAN service launch reveals, it could be a substantial telco growth opportunity. Research firm IDC forecasts the SD-WAN service market to reach approximately $6 billion annually by 2020. Nearly 70% of organizations...Learn More

Cloud Spending by Manufacturers Expected to Increase

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Cloud spending by manufacturers is expected to increase dramatically by 2017, according to a manufacturer survey conducted at the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit earlier this year. Spending will see particularly strong growth within manufacturing, engineering and operations units according to the survey. The research was...Learn More

Investors React Positively to $230 Million CSAL Tower Cloud Purchase

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The $230 million CSAL Tower Cloud purchase announced yesterday should enhance CSAL’s focus on dark fiber and on providing backhaul for cellular, and in particular, small cell networks. And the investment community seems to approve, judging by the value of CSAL’s stock since the announcement....Learn More