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October 12, 2012
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  News of the Day 
  • Who is Softbank, and what does it want with Sprint? The Wall Street Journal and Network World aim to answer the question for the U.S. public: Who is Softbank, the Japanese mobile carrier and Internet giant in negotiations to buy part or all of Sprint Nextel? Industry observers speculate on how Sprint fits into Softbank's wireless strategy. Network World/IDG News Service (10/11), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • U.K. to take a closer look at Huawei over infrastructure security
    The U.K. government is more closely scrutinizing Huawei Technologies, a significant supplier of networking equipment to BT Group for the past seven years, after the Chinese company was cited by a congressional committee in the U.S. as a potential threat to U.S. national security. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reducing debt, Telefonica will divest call center in deal with Bain
    Telefonica has agreed to sell its Atento call-center business to Bain Capital Partners as part of its corporate program to reduce its debt of more than $75 billion through asset sales. The proposed transaction, valued at more than $1.3 billion, is expected to close by the end of 2012. Atento will continue to provide services to Telefonica for nine years under the deal. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
USTelecom Spotlight

  • Free webinar: Internet 3.0
    This free webinar, presented by Juniper Networks, discusses how to capitalize on the mobile and OTT momentum by leveraging the customer experience. By focusing on emerging cloud-based applications, network service providers can drive service innovation and profits. See why wired operators are in a tremendous position to capitalize on the mobile and OTT shift. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Ericsson looks to boost efficiency of ABR with innovative technique
    Ericsson AB has developed an approach for delivering video to mobile devices that seeks to overcome the limitations of adaptive bit rate streaming, which has a tendency to inefficiently allocate capacity. In its place, Ericsson is injecting a data packet scheduling technology known as Weighted Fair Queuing into ABR streams that it says could ultimately let customers decide how to prioritize bandwidth. Light Reading Cable (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Despite recent growth, FTTH is still second to DSL among telecoms
    More than 20 million U.S. homes now have access to high-speed Internet via fiber-to-the-home technology, according to the FTTH Council, but advances in DSL technology will ensure copper-based broadband will continue to be a dominant force in the telecom sector. The group attributes much of the growth in FTTH to a surge in activity over the past few years after the introduction of a $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Arista exec pans ASICs in Moore's Law talk
    Continued reliance on specialized chips known as Application-Specific Integrated Circuits, or ASICs, is hampering the evolution of networking, according to a co-founder of Arista Networks, who says the transition to 10 Gbps networks would have happened faster if equipment-makers had chosen alternative components. The effect ASICs have had on Moore's Law was among several topics Andy Bechtolsheim addressed in a recent talk before a gathering of telecom executives that focused on high-speed networking. Light Reading (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Chipmakers help bring Ethernet data networking to vehicles
    Marvell Technology Group and Micrel have developed semiconductors that will enable the use of Ethernet-based data networks in automotive electronics, Wayne Cunningham writes in this blog post. While Ethernet chips could be an economical answer for networking in vehicles, the 1394 Trade Association is also pushing its IEEE FireWire standard for automotive networking, he notes. CNET/Car Tech blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people."
--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright

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