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Windstream Diverse Connect Wants to Bring Peace of Mind to Cloud Connectivity

Seizing on business customers increasing reliance on the cloud and the critical applications resident there, Windstream is bringing a new business continuity solution to the market, Windstream Diverse Connect. According to the company, Windstream Diverse Connect guarantees end-to-end connectivity and ensures performance of “mission-critical” business...Learn More

Calix Marketing Cloud Aims for Tight Customer Segmentation

A new cloud-based offering from Calix aims to bring sophisticated marketing capabilities to broadband providers by leveraging customer network usage data from Calix equipment, as well as equipment from other manufacturers. Broadband providers will pay for the offering, dubbed Calix Marketing Cloud, through a subscription...Learn More

ABI: Telco Cloud Deployments to Reach Critical Mass Post-2020, Coincide with 5G Rollouts

Large-scale telco cloud deployments will grow to reach critical mass post 2020, coinciding with the roll out of next-generation 5G broadband wireless, according to new market research from ABI. Early telco 5G deployments, which won’t require restructuring of telcos’ core network architecture or platforms, are...Learn More

Windstream Beefs Up Unified Communications Portfolio with Broadview Acquisition

Just on the heels of closing its EarthLink acquisition, Windstream adds even more cloud and unified communications horsepower to its growing business services focus with an announced Broadview acquisition. Windstream has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Rye Brook, N.Y. based provider of unified...Learn More

Comcast, IBM Cloud Ink Direct Connectivity Deal

Comcast said today that it will provide direct connectivity to IBM Cloud, a development that illustrates the growing importance of cable companies in the business market. IBM operates 50 data centers in 19 countries to support the IBM Cloud offering, and the Comcast, IBM Cloud...Learn More

Oak Hill Capital Partners to Use FirstLight Brand for Multiple Acquisitions

Assimilating a string of acquisitions, Oak Hill Capital Partners will use the FirstLight brand for that company as well as Oxford Networks and ION Communications. Oak Hill and FirstLight Fiber have been on an acquisitions spree of late, contributing to the trend of industry consolidation...Learn More

Sling Cloud DVR First Look Will Now Include Android and Roku Devices

Back in November, OTT video services providers Sling TV and Roku said they were planning the December launch of an “invitation only” trial of a joint cloud DVR beta program. Under the Sling Cloud DVR First Look program, the virtual MVPD provider has been steadily ...Learn More

Megapath Offers SD-WAN Uptime Guarantee

April 11, 2017 — PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MegaPath, a leading provider of voice, data, security and cloud services in North America, today announced the availability of MegaPath RED, a premium customer program for businesses that cannot afford downtime and require a premium level of support. Customers...Learn More

Gartner Cuts Global IT Spending Forecast Nearly in Half

A global IT spending forecast from Gartner calls for a 1.4 percent rise year-to-year in 2017 to total $3.5 trillion. Expecting the strong U.S. dollar to take its toll, Gartner revised its 2Q annual 2017 market forecast downwards from the 2.7 percent forecast in 1Q....Learn More

AT&T Wireless, Analytics Supports Smart Military Base, Maybe Improved Morale as Well

AT&T said today that it is providing LTE connectivity and analytics capability for a smart military base pilot at Maxwell Air Force Base. The pilot includes four key elements, explained Rocky Thurston, assistant vice president and client executive – defense for AT&T Global Public Sector,...Learn More

Amazon Aims to Disrupt Customer Contact Centers with Cloud Based Amazon Connect

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is taking its in-house customer contact center platform public – not via an IPO of shares, but by offering a branded, turnkey self-service cloud services platform that companies can set up easily, as well as pay for by the minute. Dubbed...Learn More

Masergy Partners with Cloudpipes for UCaaS Integration

ORLANDO – March 27, 2017 – ENTERPRISE CONNECT – Today at Enterprise Connect, Masergy announced a partnership with Cloudpipes to extend cloud connectivity options for its Global UCaaS solution. As a result, Masergy customers can now connect over 150 cloud and SaaS applications into its...Learn More

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