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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.

Consolidated Communications Launches Cloud Peer Connect

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MATTOON, Ill. – June 13, 2018 – Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, today announced the launch of Cloud Peer Connect, a connectivity solution that provides Consolidated’s business customers direct, private access to major cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft...Learn More

MOBITV Platform Eliminates Headend, STB Requirements for IPTV

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A new offering from MOBIV is designed to provide what amounts to a ‘cloud-based’ headend and eliminates the need for a set-top box to deliver IPTV. The goal is to enable broadband providers to offer pay-TV services without a large capital outlay, explained MOBITV CEO...Learn More

Report: U.S. Data Center Investment Hit $20 Billion in 2017

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Expect demand for data center facilities to grow in 2018, continuing the trend from 2017, predicts independent national commercial real estate valuation, assessment and advisory firm BBG. According to BBG, last year U.S. data center investment reached $20 billion, almost three times the level ($7.78...Learn More

Georgia Cable Provider Going IPTV with Innovative Systems Middleware

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June 12, 2018 — Alma, GA – For ATC Broadband in Alma Georgia, running three video plants is not something you would wish on your worst enemy, but for ease of operation and maintenance IPTV has far and away been the best of the three....Learn More

CenturyLink Helps Connect Customers to Google Cloud Globally

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MONROE, La., June 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced support for Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, a service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere. With Partner Interconnect, customers can now choose CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions to provide connectivity from their...Learn More

Widespread Comcast Voice Outage Illustrates Risks of Automation, Virtualization

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A Comcast voice outage yesterday illustrates the risks of network automation and virtualization and the move to the cloud. Reports of service outages first surfaced yesterday morning, impacting business users in multiple markets nationwide, according to online news website The Verge. The report cites a...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many...Learn More

Three Fiber ISPs Turn to Alianza for Cloud-Based Voice Service

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —June 4, 2018—Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that three fiber broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) have selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform to power new VoIP phone services for their customers. The providers—a cable company and two rural electric cooperatives—are delivering fiber-based broadband...Learn More

Google Cloud Platform Joins AT&T NetBond for Cloud Ecosystem, G Suite Now a Part of AT&T Collaborate

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AT&T and Google are partnering on an expansive cloud networking and productivity services platform for business customers. Google Cloud Platform will join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem. The Google Cloud Platform AT&T NetBond for Cloud deal will enable businesses to use AT&T NetBond for...Learn More

All West Communications Turns to Calix for Managed Wi-Fi

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PETALUMA, CA – May 23, 2018 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced All West Communications (All West), a leading local exchange carrier (LEC), is taking control of the subscriber experience through the powerful combination of Calix Cloud and Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi. Serving subscribers in Northeast Utah and Southwest Wyoming, including destination resort...Learn More

AT&T Airship Fueling Cloud, AI Initiatives, Including 5G Core

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Newly launched, the AT&T Airship open infrastructure project aims to simplify site operation for cloud operators. The company is working with Intel Corporation, the OpenStack Foundation and Korean telecom provider SKT on the initiative. “Simply put, Airship lets you build a cloud easier than ever...Learn More

Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Platform Upgraded

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Windstream Enterprise has upgraded its Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Mitel platform, the company announced today. The platform offers a UC solution that integrates voice, multi-media, unified messaging, mobility and other services onto a single platform.   UCaaS capabilities now exceed those available from premises-based UC solutions,...Learn More

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