Telia Carrier Stretches Its California Muscles

Telia Carrier, the newly re-branded international network arm of Teliasonera, is on the move again in North America and specifically out in California.  This morning they announced a metro upgrade and a new low latency longhaul route , both with the help of longtime vendor partner Infinera. … [ visit site to read more ]

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It is Getting Harder to Compare T-Mobile US and AT&T; Business Models are Highly Different

Different business models now showing up in AT&T and T-Mobile US operational results. T-Mobile US touts its success gaining phone accounts. AT&T is growing in other lines of business, including video and Internet of Things. One can compare the mobile net adds, certainly.

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NGN makes 100G available across its core middle mile fiber network

NGN, a middle mile service provider serving the North Georgia market, has added 100G capacity across its core fiber network to support its growing residential,  business and service provider customers.

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"Telecommunications" Will be a Commodity LIke Sugar; Big Changes Necessary

It has been a tough couple of decades for much of what we used to know as the “telecommunications” industry, but it is likely to get much tougher. Several cases in point: With the death of monopoly regulation, profit margin is being wrung out of the business The Internet has become the biggest part of the “ next generation network ” Wi-Fi now is becoming the biggest part of the “access network” Value is migrating up the stack to “application layer” App layer will relatively easily move “down the stack” to vertically integrate experience None of those trends are helpful to traditional “telecom” providers. That, in turn, is why some believe “telecom” industry incumbents should not be more-heavily regulated. The basic thesis: it does not make sense to place more burdens on a declining industry, and that is what legacy “telecommunications” happens to be.

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Is Value of Fixed Networks Higher in Western Europe than in United States?

As has been the case for decades, service provider strategies have been diverging since the end of monopoly regulation. The longer-term strategy in Western Europe seems to be that leading operators will adopt a mobile-plus-fixed approach intended to support quadruple-play services. Comcast in the U.S. market is likely to take the same approach.  More questions surround ultimate strategies to be taken by mobile-only providers such as Sprint and T-Mobile US, or integrated carriers such as AT&T and Verizon. European executives might argue that a “mobile-only” approach cannot succeed in their markets

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FCC Revises "Lifleline" Program to Stimulate High Speed Access

The Federal Communications Commission has refocused its “Lifeline” program to emphasize support for high speed Internet access. For the first time, the Lifeline program will support stand-alone broadband service as well as bundled voice and data service packages. The revised program provides support for stand-alone mobile or fixed broadband Internet access service, as well as bundles including fixed or mobile voice and broadband. Citizens and residents in rural areas already have been opting for mobile Internet access at significant rates.

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Cisco, HP Enterprise top Ethernet switch revenue as market passes $6B in Q4 2015

Driven by strong demand in North America and China, Ethernet switch revenue jumped 5 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2015, surpassing what IHS Research said was $6 billion in quarterly revenue for “the first time ever” and reaching $22.6 billion for the entire year.

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PC Market Still Growing in Latin America, Africa, Middle East; Ultraportables and Chromebooks

The personal computer market still is growing, despite perceptions of demise, according to researchers at ABI Research. In part, that perception is driven by the ways researchers categorize PC sales, now driven by portable units. Also, sales growth also now is driven by buyers in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, so growth might be as visible in Asia, North America or Europe. To be sure, 2016 shipments of laptops wil fall nearly three percent, after a dip of one percent in 2015. But “ultraportable” shipments, which fell three percent in 2015, will grow nearly 11 percent in 2016.

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Telefonica Plans New BRUSA Cable System

Telefonica today revealed plans for a new submarine cable system linking North and South America.  The new cable, called BRUSA, will connect the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza and Rio de Janerio with the Puerto Rican port of San Juan and the Mid-Atlantic city of Virginia Beach. …

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Access Providers Cannot Get Away from Dumb Pipe Function

You know a market is changing when you begin to struggle with definitions. In many markets (Europe and North America), for example, it is less accurate than ever to talk about “telcos” when “cable TV companies” have so much “telecom” market share. Likewise, it is clumsy to refer to cable TV companies that way when they actually are “telcos.” People come up with “catchy” new phrases that capture some of the dynamics, but little of the revenue dynamics.

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Netflix, Facebook, Google Drive Bandwidth Consumption in Americas

“Network traffic in the Americas seems to be getting increasingly concentrated,” said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine. Although most will not be surprised that Netflix is the single application representing the greatest bandwidth consumption, and continues to rise as a percent of North American fixed network traffic, Facebook apps come in second. In Latin America, Facebook (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp) and Google (YouTube, Google Play) represent more than 60 percent of mobile network traffic , Sandvine says. source: Sandvine

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App Developers Aren’t in it for the Money

Developers often are quite different from Internet service provider or telecom executives, and that has implications for how ISPs work with developers. Only about 34 percent of survey respondents say “money” is the primary motivation for developing. Non-material motivation accounts for fully 66 percent of the primary motivations for developing.

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Level 3 promotes Pang to lead North America, Asia-Pacific operations

Level 3 Communications has named company veteran Laurinda Pang as its new regional president for North America and Asia Pacific, replacing John Blount, the former COO and president of tw telecom who retired at the end of 2015.

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Syntonic Sponsored Data Platform Launches Across Southeast Asia

“Freeway,” the sponsored data app produced by Syntonic, is launching across Southeast Asia in the first quarter of 2016. The market expansion will enable leading mobile operators the opportunity to offer subscribers in the region with free mobile access to Clash of Clans and an inaugural list of popular messaging and social media applications. WhatsApp, BBM, WeChat, and Twitter also will be part of the program. This catalog of sponsored data offers will only be available in Southeast Asia. Sponsored data will become a US$6b market opportunity in Asia and a US$23b opportunity worldwide by 2019, Syntonic argues.

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Rapid SMB Cloud SaaS Adoption Since 2011

How has small and medium-sized business adoption of cloud services changed over the last several years? By some estimates, the answer is rapid adoption, with annual adoption rates as high as 40 percent. In 2011, a Spiceworks survey of cloud adoption among SMBs found that smaller SMBs were more aggressive when it comes to cloud adoption than their larger SMB counterparts. At least in terms of expectations, 38 percent of SMBs with fewer than 20 employees used or planned to use cloud solutions within six months. Some 17 percent of organizations with between 20 and 99 and 22 percent of organizations with more than 100 employees planned to use cloud services over the same time period.

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Public Cloud Services Market Will Grow 19% in Middle East, North Africa in 2016

The public cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to grow to 19.3 percent in 2016 to total $ 880 million, up from an estimated $737 million in 2015, according to Gartner analysts. Business Process as a Service (BPaaS), the largest segment of the cloud services market in MENA, is expected to grow 7.3 percent year over year  in 2016 to reach $266.2 million. The fastest-growing market, cloud management and security services, is projected to grow 29.3 percent in 2016, year over year. Gartner predicts that in 2019, total public cloud services spending in the MENA region will rise to $1.45 billion, with Software as a Service accounting for 22.6 percent of the market.

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In Emerging Markets, Mobile IS Internet Access, Says GSMA

With low fixed network Internet access availability in most emerging markets, mobile is increasingly becoming the key method for Internet access, the GSMA reports. Coverage levels of 3G and 4G networks in emerging markets are expected to increase to 84 percent and 65 percent of the population respectively by 2020. Given the increased availability of high-speed internet and the growing supply of sub-$50 smartphones, smartphone adoption will increase significantly to 2020, to account for 60 percent of total connections or more than 4.5 billion connections.By 2020, mobile Internet access will reach 100 percent in East Asia, 106 percent in South America and 131 percent in Central and Eastern Europe. By 2020, mobile Internet access will have climbed from the 2014 level of 24 percent in the Middle East and North Africa to 71 percent. In Sub-Saharan Africa mobile Internet access will grow from 13 percent to 53 percent

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Frontier, Duke Energy ask FCC to dismiss pole attachment suit

Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.

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Fish Where the Fish Are

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Michael Quinn, Hayley Hughes & Natalie Czyzowicz of Q Advisors Despite the soaring North American hosted unified communications (“UC”) market that is projected to exceed revenues of $9 billion by 2020, there might be an even better place for U.S. managed and cloud services providers to focus their efforts. The small, but growing hosted UC market in Europe may be that opportunity. Driven by rapid adoption and little competition, the European hosted UC market is anticipated to …

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More Green Power For Equinix

Equinix made another move to turn its energy profile green this morning. The have signed agreements with NextEra Energy Resources and Invenergy for a combined 225MW of renewable energy capacity. That will cover their entire North American energy budget, and bring their global renewable energy levels up to 82% of total.  … [ visit site to read more ]

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