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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.

Bluetooth IP Standard Targets Smart Home

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Developing network gateways and interfaces that enable cloud services platforms to communicate with the fast-growing number and diversity of connected ¨smart¨ home sensors and devices is a focal point for industry participants. The trend serves as an indicator for the evolution of IoT technology, and...Learn More

ViaSat-3 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Planned for 2019 Delivery

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With promised 100 Mbps satellite broadband capability, ViaSat expects to deliver a major boost in broadband performance from its next generation of satellites, scheduled for “integration and delivery” in 2019. The satellites are targeted to provide residential service at speeds of 100 Mbps or higher...Learn More

Telecom Digital Transformation: 52% of Providers Say They’re Mostly There

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Telecom digital transformation is examined in new market research conducted for business support and services provider CSG International, revealing the ways in which communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide are retooling to better support digital services. The majority of CSPs surveyed by CSG and Pipeline Market...Learn More

Comcast Xfinity Home EcoSaver Energy Management is Cloud-Based

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Comcast and Earth Networks are bringing ¨Big Data¨ analytics into U.S. homes via the cable MSO’s Xfinity Home platform. Aiming to help consumers save money by cutting down on electricity use, the partners announced that Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home software-as-a-service (SaaS) will provide the data...Learn More

Telecom Forecast to be One of the Highest IT Spending Industries

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Telecom will be one of three highest IT spending industries between now and 2019, according to new research from IDC. The other big spenders will be banking and discrete manufacturing. IT spending in each of the three industries will account for more than 8% of...Learn More

SDN Market Forecast to Reach Nearly $12.5 Billion by 2020

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The software defined networking (SDN) market will expand at a 53.9% CAGR through 2020, by which time it will be valued at nearly $12.5 billion annually, according to a new IDC SDN market forecast. IDC’s definition of the SDN market encompasses physical network infrastructure, virtualization/control...Learn More

IDC: 40% See Growth in Healthcare IT Spending

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Healthcare IT spending for healthcare providers continues to rise as they shift from carrying out organization-wide electronic health record (EHR) initiatives to supplementing EHR systems with analytics and care management functionality, according to a new IDC Health Insights report. Supporting the assertion, 40% of healthcare...Learn More

Google Testing Home Phone Service Called Google Fiber Phone

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When Google launched Google Fiber several years ago, phone service was noticeably absent from their double play offer of broadband and video. That may change, with testing of Google Fiber Phone. The Washington Post managed to get a copy of a notice Google sent out...Learn More

Public Cloud Revenue Forecast to Hit $141 Billion by 2019

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Global public cloud spending will grow at a rate nearly six-times that for the IT sector overall, rising at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015-2019, IDC forecasts. Market revenues will rise from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion...Learn More

Digital Economy: Accenture Sees Potential $368 Billion Boost to U.S. GDP

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The digital economy accounts for more than 20% of the combined GDP of 11 industrialized nations, according to Accenture Strategy’s ¨Digital Disruption: the Growth Multiplier¨ report. Maximizing use of digital skills and technologies could add another $2 trillion worth of economic activity to the global...Learn More

CenturyLink Partners With SAP for Cloud Services

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MONROE, La., Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that it has signed a global premium supplier partnership agreement with SAP to offer premium supplier services for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud.  Through this agreement, CenturyLink’s infrastructure and IT services capabilities will...Learn More

Zayo Provides High-Performance Connectivity to Microsoft Office 365

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December 22, 2015 — BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), is now providing dedicated, high-performance connectivity to Office 365 through Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. As an Azure ExpressRoute partner, Zayo enables dedicated bandwidth up to 10G to ExpressRoute ports, with direct connections to...Learn More