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March 21, 2013
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  • Surge in unicast traffic drives telecoms to invest in capacity
    Producers of online video content are spearheading a mass transition from broadcast to unicast distribution, which is putting pressure on network providers to bolster their infrastructure to handle the expected surge in demand, experts say. According to executives from Telus and Swisscom -- who spoke recently at an industry event -- as much as 30% of video traffic will be unicast within the next five years. Light Reading (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC proposes rules to strengthen 911 systems
    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday issued a rulemaking notice that would require telecoms to take several steps to eliminate outages on 911 systems. The unanimous move came in the wake of a freak 2012 storm that caused widespread outages. Under the proposals, telecoms would be required to beef up maintenance and testing programs, make sure main offices have backup power, and be able to swiftly bring in emergency workers. Reuters (3/20), (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pay-TV providers ended 2012 on a high note for basic video subs
    The number of U.S. multichannel video customers in Q4 edged up by 51,000 to 100.4 million, helping to reverse seasonal subscription losses in the two previous quarters, SNL Kagan is reporting. For the year, cable video rolls fell slightly to 56.4 million, while satellite increased its customer base to 34.1 million and telecoms grew to 9.9 million, according to SNL Kagan estimates. Multichannel News (3/20), The Wall Street Journal (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ONF working group looks to bring OpenFlow to optics
    The Open Networking Foundation is launching a working group tasked with eventually leveraging the OpenFlow protocol -- which was designed with Ethernet switches in mind -- for use in optical transport networks. Details of the working group have yet to be revealed, but observers say it is likely to include members of optical firms such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Ericsson, Huawei and Infinera. Light Reading (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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