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As the broadband carrier ecosystem turns to the cloud for both their own network efficiency and for new service and product development, gain valuable insight on cloud and managed services news and developments here.

IDC: Cloud Infrastructure Spending to Reach $32 Billion in 2015

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Worldwide spending on cloud IT infrastructure – servers, disk storage and Ethernet switches – will increase 21 percent year-over-year in 2015 to reach $32 billion, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. Spending in the market segment will represent fully one-third...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires Database Company Orchestrate

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MONROE, La. and PORTLAND, Ore., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the acquisition of Orchestrate, a company that offers a fully managed database service for rapid application development. The acquisition enhances the CenturyLink Cloud platform with new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) capabilities...Learn More

CenturyLink 911 Outage Fine: A TDM-to-IP Cautionary Tale

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As we were expecting, the FCC announced today that it has fined CenturyLink for a 911 outage that occurred in April. In addition the FCC fined Intrado, provider of cloud-based 911 software which contributed to the outage according to an FCC investigation. CenturyLink’s fine is...Learn More

FairPoint Wholesale Data Center Services Illustrate Small Telco Opportunities

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Cloud providers are the target market for a new wholesale data center offering from FairPoint Communications announced yesterday. The company also will be offering those services through resellers, including other network and data center operators nationwide that may need data center capabilities in FairPoint’s serving...Learn More

Another Day, Another Streaming OTT Option – Today it’s PlayStation Vue

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Sony took the wraps off its streaming OTT service today, PlayStation Vue, making it available in three markets, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The latest OTT entrant will offer a streaming OTT channel line-up and VOD content for packages ranging from $50 to $70...Learn More

Google Approves Global Capacity as Cloud Interconnect Provider

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Chicago, IL, USA, March 17, 2015 – Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, announced today that its One MarketplaceTM platform has been approved as a Google Cloud Interconnect service provider to provide business customers with direct connectivity to Google Cloud Platform.  Global...Learn More

Cloud Approach Lets Re-Invent Telecom Go Nationwide

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As small telcos seek to expand beyond their traditional business, we’re seeing more and more of them offering cloud-based services outside their traditional serving area. A good example of that comes from Saddleback Communications, an Arizona-based ILEC that has a separate division called Re-Invent Telecom...Learn More

SDN and NFV Are Focus of Open Edge Alliance

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Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are the focus of a new industry alliance spearheaded by equipment manufacturer Telco Systems known as the Open Edge Alliance. Open Edge Alliance, members will be “able to develop apps that become fully certified components of...Learn More

Report: DDoS Attacks on Service Providers are Common

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There’s a large disparity separating the degree to which service providers feel threatened by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) and how prepared they are to prevent or mitigate them, according to a new report from Black Lotus, which specializes in providing security against DDoD threats. In...Learn More

AT&T and Microsoft Partner on Cloud-Based Mobile Workplace

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BARCELONA – March 2, 2015 – AT&T and Microsoft Corp. are making it easier than ever for small and midsized businesses to collaborate by voice, video and web from virtually any mobile device. The new solution, AT&T Mobile Office Suite, helps to improve employee productivity...Learn More

Big Carriers Will Want Small Ones to Support VoLTE Roaming

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As the nation’s largest wireless service providers roll out VoLTE, they’re looking for ubiquitous coverage – and that presents both opportunities and challenges for the nation’s smaller rural wireless operators that rely on roaming agreements with the larger carriers for coverage outside their home turf....Learn More

ABI: North American Mobile Carrier Capex Twice That of European Carriers

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In line with historical trends, North American mobile operators will continue to invest twice as much in long-term assets as their counterparts in other world regions, according to ABI Research. The market research company forecasts North American mobile operators will make $63 in capital expenditures...Learn More