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March 20, 2013
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  • AT&T adds Microsoft Lync to enterprise UC platform
    AT&T announced it is adding Microsoft's Lync calling service to its suite of enterprise communication products, a sign that the company has opened its mind to alternative IP calling platforms, which it once shunned. The expanded service offerings will enable AT&T enterprise customers to tap the instant messaging and calling features of Lync on-site or as part of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud services, the company said. Bloomberg/Tech Deals blog (3/19), ZDNet (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T exec: Telecoms need more than content to set themselves apart
    AT&T is providing application programming interfaces for its U-verse television service, hoping the company and its technology partners can set themselves apart with innovative apps. "Content is a commodity at the pay-TV level," AT&T's Jeff Weber said Tuesday at a conference in London. " 'The Walking Dead' that you watch on U-verse TV is the same that you can get on DIRECTV; there are very few places where you can get exclusives, so we can't differentiate much around content." Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (3/19), ipTVnews (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google sets plan for first expansion of fiber service
    Google plans to expand its fiber-based, high-speed Internet service to Olathe, Kan., a suburban community outside Kansas City with 125,000 residents. The online giant, which launched its service nationwide last year in the Kansas City area, is eyeing additional locations in the market, according to Rachel Hack, a Google Fiber community manager. The Wall Street Journal (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Economic development grows with more rural broadband, report says
    The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center published a report saying that increased broadband access can improve the economic health of rural communities. Research was conducted by professors at Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas. "Broadband adoption does have an impact on household income and employment," said Sharon Stover of the University of Texas. Telecompetitor.com (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What you need to know about LTE backhaul
    This free webinar (this Thursday), sponsored by Juniper Networks, explains how you can leverage MPLS and other key IP networking technologies for mobile backhaul networks. The webinar also discusses the management functions that should be considered when planning for LTE and beyond. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon, Cablevision have aligned interests in pay-TV bundle fight
    Recent moves by Verizon Communications and Cablevision demonstrate that Verizon's FiOS TV and the cable company share a similar dislike of programmers pushing unwanted channels onto pay-TV companies and their subscribers. Verizon wants to pay networks based on their actual viewership, while Cablevision has sued Viacom for forcing the operator to take lower-rated networks along with more popular ones. Consumer advocates hope the moves lead to full scale a la carte pay-TV pricing, but programmers say such a policy would force many niche services off the air. The Washington Post (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T U-verse subs gain access to Fox's TV Everywhere service
    Fox Broadcasting has added AT&T U-verse to the list of multichannel TV providers whose subscribers can access full-length episodes of some of the broadcast network's shows online and on wireless devices the day following their original airing. AT&T joins Verizon's FiOS TV and four other pay-TV providers as Fox partners. Multichannel News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • ANPI targets rural telecoms with cloud-based UC platform
    Rural telecom cooperative ANPI has released a new turnkey cloud-based unified communications platform designed to support the transition to a bring-your-own-device world with a range of PBX-type services available across multiple device platforms. The offering -- which is based on a platform from Broadsoft and will be hosted in data centers in Chicago and Los Angeles -- includes a suite of IT services such as website development and hosting, as well as offsite data storage and backup. Telecompetitor.com (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HP deploys routers to enable collaborative communications
    HP is expanding its enterprise product family with the launch of new multiservice routers and an Open Architecture Platform that integrates unified communication and virtualization solutions from Microsoft, VMware and Riverbed. The new offerings include an MSR Survivable Branch Communication Module that features routers pre-installed with Microsoft's Lync software as well as a new UC-as-a-service solution that offers a range of hosted connectivity tools. eWeek (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Émile Chartier,
French philosopher and journalist


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