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October 10, 2012
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  • Verizon looks to Asia for growth opportunities
    Verizon Communications sees Asia as a land of opportunity. "The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing market for our network products and services for enterprise customers," said Verizon Executive Vice President Randall Milch. Milch said Verizon does not use any network equipment from Huawei Technologies and ZTE, two companies that were cited by the House Intelligence Committee this week as presenting national security threats due to their allegedly close ties with the Chinese government. The Wall Street Journal/China Real Time Report blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Analyst: Huawei, ZTE will survive despite U.S. spying charges
    A congressional report issued this week saying Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE are a threat to U.S. security and recommending they be prohibited from acquiring domestic companies is unlikely to have any long-lasting negative impact on the companies, according to an analysis by IHS. One analyst noted that mounting government scrutiny of the companies has already made it difficult for U.S. firms to conduct business with them, and that the House Intelligence Committee report only formalized what had been de facto U.S. policy. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EarthLink to link Memphis, Chicago with new fiber backbone
    EarthLink is adding a new 10GB fiber link between Memphis, Tenn., and Chicago that the company says will encompass major wireless centers and provide "a redundant connection point" between its Northeast and Southeast networks. Construction of the new long-haul route is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Channel Partners (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Ericsson is exploring options for troubled chipmaking unit
    ST-Ericsson -- a maker of wireless chips -- is considering divesting some of its divisions, including those devoted to modems, connectivity, power management systems and software architecture, as it seeks to cut costs in the face of mounting losses, sources say. According to reports, parent companies Ericsson and STMicroelectronics have retained JPMorgan to explore "strategic options" -- which could also include taking on a partner to bolster the division's financial position. Reuters (10/9), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Slingbox debuts a pair of TV Everywhere devices
    Sling Media has unveiled a pair of new devices that can stream 1080p HD content to TVs, desktops, tablets and smartphones. The Slingbox 500, the more expensive of the two models at a list price of $300, also features HDMI connections and dual-band Wi-Fi, while the cheaper 350 version, which will list for $180, is more compact. CNN (10/10), Multichannel News (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Analyst: Cost savings is just the start of cloud benefits
    The true benefits of cloud services go far beyond monetary savings, Gartner analyst Tom Bittman says. "The benefits of self-service, automation behind the self-service interface and metering tied to usage are primarily agility, speed to market, ability to scale to dynamic demand or to go after short windows of opportunity, and ability for a business unit to experiment," Bittman says. Computerworld UK (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Carriers nudge Ethernet customers to migrate to IP
    Carriers are urging their customers to use Internet protocol for their Ethernet services rather than their existing asynchronous transfer mode and frame relay technologies, according to this analysis. Verizon Communications has set a three-year deadline for ATM and frame relay customers to migrate to faster IP services. Vertical Systems Group estimates that the Ethernet services market in the U.S. was worth more than $6 billion last year. Network World (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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