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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.

CenturyLink Enlists Adaptive Threat Intelligence to Fight Cybercrime, Monitors 1.3 Billion Security Events Daily

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CenturyLink cybercrime initiatives have expanded as the company moves past the integration of Level 3 and consolidates technology across its now larger footprint. The company now monitors more than 114 million NetFlow sessions and 1.3 billion security events daily. It mitigates approximately 120 distributed denial...Learn More

Windstream MASS Communications Acquisition Valued at $37.5 Million

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Windstream announced today it has acquired MASS Communications, a privately held New York-based company that Windstream referred to as a “telecommunications network management company.” The Windstream MASS Communications acquisition is valued at approximately $37.5 million in an all-cash transaction, or less than 4x trailing 12-month...Learn More

AT&T to Deploy 60,000 White Boxes to Support 5G Plans

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AT&T said this week that it will deploy 60,000 white boxes over “the next several years” to support its 5G next-generation wireless plans. The AT&T white boxes will provide router functionality and support edge computing which will be critical to low-latency services, the company said....Learn More

Four Small Wireless Carriers Choose Ericsson Cloud-Based Network Management Platform

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The agreement by four small wireless carriers to use Ericsson’s cloud-based network management services suggests that a growing number of smaller operators see the cloud as viable option for managing their network end-to-end. Network Management as a Service, as Ericsson calls it, is the latest...Learn More

Report: SD-WAN Success Factors Include Simplicity and Cloud Integration

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SD-WAN will grow 200% year-over-year, according to a new report from SD-WAN provider Cato Networks. Additionally, identified SD-WAN success factors include simplification for connectivity, security, and the cloud, all of which are major themes for WAN transformation in 2018. The need for network simplicity is...Learn More

Bluebird Network Underground Data Center to Expand

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Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, said today that it has begun an expansion of an underground data center, a project that will go to bid in late May. The data center is located in an underground mine in Springfield, Mo. Bluebird Network, headquartered in...Learn More

RingCentral Announces Integration with New Google Hangouts Chat

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March 01, 2018 — BELMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today announced its integration with Hangouts Chat, a secure collaboration tool within G Suite designed to bring teams together. As one of the inaugural partners of the...Learn More

Nokia, Intel and Verizon Collaborate on New Virtualized RAN Architectures on Path to Commercialization

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26 February 2018 — Espoo, Finland – Nokia, Intel and Verizon are collaborating on new groundbreaking Cloud RAN architectures to provide the flexibility needed for the operator’s future services and requirements for 4G, 5G and IoT in the cloud. The first milestone in developing Verizon’s vRAN...Learn More

GCI Revamps Managed Services Delivery with Juniper Networks’ SD-WAN

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 22, 2018 – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, has deployed Juniper’s Contrail SD-WAN to rapidly create innovative new service offerings and expand into new markets with...Learn More

AT&T SD-WAN International Availability Expanded

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AT&T is greatly expanding the availability of the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering it introduced last year in the United States. The AT&T SD-WAN international expansion will make the technology available in more than 150 countries and territories, the company said. “Managing connectivity should...Learn More

NorthState Technology Solutions Introduces Cisco Meraki as a Service (MaaS)

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthState Technology Solutions, a secure cloud and IT solutions provider, has added Cisco Meraki as a Service (MaaS) to its line of business offerings. Cisco Meraki is a cloud-managed solution that allows businesses and other organizations to streamline...Learn More

TDS-Owned OneNeck Patents Data Center Sensors That Pinpoint Server Hotspots

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OneNeck’s new vertically sweeping roaming robotic-sensor, designed to move up and down a closed server cabinet has been awarded a U.S. patent, the TDS data center subsidiary announced. During each vertical sweep, the OneNeck data center sensor assembly records the heat and humidity then generates...Learn More

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