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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

With AT&T ECOMP, AT&T Hopes to Help Drive the SDN Ecosystem

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AT&T ECOMP technology is critical to the company’s ambitious software defined network (SDN) plans, which include significantly influencing the SDN ecosystem. The company is hoping the internally developed software will gain wide acceptance throughout the industry. “Think of it as a network operating system for...Learn More

Tybee Island Embraces IT Paradigm Shift, Adopts Network-as-a-Service

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The City of Tybee Island, a popular tourist destination situated on a barrier island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia is making use of a network-as-a-service package that combines enterprise network infrastructure and cloud-managed services. The ProCloud Subscription Service comes from Adtran, which says the...Learn More

Oregon Vineyard, Local Students Benefit from Agricultural IoT Project

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A project in rural Oregon illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things in agriculture, as well as providing an example of how technology can motivate students and support new ways of learning. The agricultural IoT project is a collaborative effort involving IBM, wireless ISP...Learn More

AT&T SDN/NFV Initiatives include Joining Intel’s ‘Super 7+1’

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Network traffic continues to soar as broadband connectivity expands and end users make greater use of a wider variety of connected devices and data-hungry software applications. Growing adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 4K video and Internet of Things only adds to the trend....Learn More

Public Cloud Services Forecast Raised to $195 Billion or More in 2020

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IDC boosted its global public cloud services forecast to reflect a CAR of 20.4% from 2015 to 2020. By 2020, the IDC public cloud services forecast calls for revenues of  more than $195 billion, more than double the $96.5 billion forecast for 2016. According to...Learn More