Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic The Evil Dead on Netflix. But it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.
As businesses continue to consolidate their data centers and adopt virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing, the use of next-gen firewalls is rising, says a new ABI Research report.
It appears that NTT DoCoMo's sphere of vendors capable of supplying network functions virtualization is getting bigger. The Japanese service provider announced it has completed proof-of-concept trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
Cisco has created an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware vendor TCL to establish a foothold in the country's cloud services market.
Last week the U.S. economy marked a major milestone: The official unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent, the first time it has been below 6 percent since the summer of 2008. Indeed, some companies in the wireless industry that shed thousands of jobs in recent years are now on the mend. But, despite those improvements, continued shifts in the mobile market have forced thousands of workers out of their jobs this year. Here is a list of the biggest job cuts so far this year:
As more service providers deploy 100G optical across their networks, it is driving up optical transport network (OTN) and packet optical transport system (P-OTS) revenues for Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera, the industry segment's key suppliers.
Cisco's ongoing reorganization of its routing and switching business into two larger teams could affect up to 25,000 workers, reports Business Insider.
Cisco is making a serious bet on the cloud market, announcing that it will invest $1 billion over the next two years to expand its Intercloud offering, while linking to over 30 partner cloud providers' data centers.
One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.