Whether it's the emergence of new OTT video players, 4K or the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, it's clear that cable industry manufacturer and services segment is facing a challenging yet innovative period.
Love them or hate them, for cord-shavers and traditional pay-TV subscribers set-top boxes are here to stay for the next few years. So, which STBs are worth a look? And who is competing with these workhorses of the cable industry?
CenturyLink has launched a new multi-cloud automation and orchestration service called Runner to address across hybrid-IT architectures and diverse cloud environments.
Driven by businesses' move to cloud-based services and SIP, the global VoIP service market rose 5 percent year-over-year in 2015 to $73 billion. IHS said that while residential VoIP services from providers like Vonage represent a large part of VoIP services revenue, business services and a diverse supplier ecosystem are driving new growth.
While Verizon boasts how it has deployed LTE Broadcast (LTE-B) technology throughout its LTE footprint, its biggest rival, AT&T, isn't so gung-ho about it.
Juniper saw the effects of a slower telecom spending environment in the first quarter, a factor that cut into its revenues. The company saw mixed results across its routing, switching, and security portfolios.
Infinera reported first quarter revenue was $245 million, up from the $186.9 million in the first quarter of 2015, but a key concern for investors was the vendor's second quarter outlook.
5G has entered full industry hot topic mode. Vendors all want some realistic way to tie their solutions to the next generation of mobile technology. 5G ready and 5G platforms were common product descriptors at Mobile World Congress. Conferences and associations (see 4G World to 5G World and 4G Americas now 5G Americas) want that 5G shine to keep interest high as well. I get it, everybody wants to be relevant and associating with 5G should keep one relevant for the next several years to come. But, here is the thing: nobody is going to be selling much 5G gear until next decade.
The mobile industry loves its acronyms, like a dog loves a bone. We chew on them until they're ragged and shapeless. CRAN is a good example. The original meaning of the term has been lost in a flurry of marketing hype.
Verizon has taken the next step forward in transitioning to NFV by completing an OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its data centers in the United States.