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January 4, 2013
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  News of the Day 
  • Stage is set for market showdown on SDN
    The growing need for more intuitive networks will drive a surge in demand for software-defined networking solutions, according to IDC, which predicts the sector will experience annual revenue growth in the triple digits over the next three years. Analysts say the proliferation of SDN products will present a challenge to legacy providers such as Cisco, which will find itself competing with a string of pioneering startups for a piece of what is expected to be a $3.7 billion market by 2016. Network World/The Cisco Connection blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • 2013 forecast: What telecoms can expect this year
    The slowing rate of economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to continue in 2013, presenting a challenging business environment for telecoms, according to industry analysts at Ovum. Capital intensity "will remain flat and operating expenses will continue to come under pressure," they write. "Key challenges for [telecoms] will be how to monetize new business models, leverage customer data by investing in analytics and define their response to over-the-top players." RCR Wireless News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NSN reorganizes Middle East business to include Africa
    The new year has seen Nokia Siemens Networks add responsibility for business in Africa to its existing Middle East unit. Igor Leprince is in charge of the new Middle East & Africa regional organization. MEA is part of the new Asia, Middle East & Africa cluster, which includes China, India and Japan. Telecom Lead (India) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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USTelecom Spotlight

  • What do you know about LTE?
    This free webinar, presented by best-selling author Annabel Z. Dodd, provides a valuable overview of LTE technology, services, opportunities and issues. Plan now to attend this webinar Jan. 17 to learn how LTE differs from earlier generations of mobile services and how these differences make LTE a powerful means of improving capacity on mobile networks. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Sources: Sony is negotiating content deals for MSO service
    Sony is in negotiations with two or more companies about licensing content that could be used for a multichannel television service that would be introduced in the U.S. this year, Variety reports, citing sources. The effort is similar to what Intel is attempting with its TV service, the trade paper noted. A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the report. Variety (subscription required) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • YouTube offers alternative to AirPlay with remote playback feature
    The latest version of Google TV includes the YouTube for TV user interface, enabling users to beam video content from their mobile devices to television sets, this blog post notes. The feature, similar to Apple's AirPlay software, will be demonstrated on various products at the 2013 International CES. GigaOm (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Report: LTE users rely less on Wi-Fi, are data hungry
    Early adopters of Long-Term Evolution services tend to rely less on Wi-Fi networks, according to a report from the Mobidia carrier software firm, which studied 4G users' habits in the U.S., Japan and South Korea. LTE users consumed significantly more data, but only up to a certain point -- saturation sets in at 3.2 gigabytes per month in the U.S. and 4.5 GB in the other countries. VentureBeat (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wi-Fi Alliance, WiGig to unite for certifying devices
    The Wi-Fi Alliance has signed a memo of understanding with the WiGig Alliance to combine their operations and jointly certify devices equipped with the emerging ultra-high-speed technologies by the end of 2013, they said Thursday. The group will work under the Wi-Fi Alliance name, and WiGig will effectively operate as a division within the merged unit. WiGig is an extremely short-range technology that links appliances and peripherals at speeds up to 6 gigabits per second. GigaOm (1/3), CNET (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IP Download 
  • Facebook readies VoIP trial in Canadian market
    Facebook said Thursday that it would begin testing an Internet-based voice feature within iOS Messenger that will let users make peer-to-peer calls without using voice minutes -- although it will gobble up data allowances. The move is part of a universal upgrade of Facebook's Messenger application that will allow Android and iOS users to deliver short voice messages to one another. Facebook is testing the VoIP service only in Canada over the next few weeks. Post (1/3), (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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