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December 21, 2012
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  • Change is good, Sidera Networks execs say
    Executives of Sidera Networks foresee 2013 as a year of challenging yet exciting changes for their business, Carol Wilson writes. In addition to serving companies in financial services, Sidera wants to expand its customer base to include cloud service providers, content companies, mobile operators and retailers. Light Reading/Rewired blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Asian telecoms jump into software-defined networking
    Telecom operators in Japan, South Korea and China are pushing forward with software-defined networking projects in an effort to stay ahead of a growing industry trend. NTT Communications, China Mobile and SK Telecom have each deployed SDN technology or are engaged in research to do so, hoping to lower costs, boost efficiency and add flexibility to network functions. Light Reading (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S&P lowers Alcatel unsecured debt rating to CCC+
    Standard & Poor's added to the bad news at equipment-maker Alcatel-Lucent today after lowering its rating on unsecured debt to CCC+ from B, saying that debt holders had only a "negligible" chance of recovering their investment if a default occurred. The rating agency warned of a continued slide in Alcatel's cash reserves unless the vendor could dispose of some valuable assets and monetize its patent portfolio. Forbes (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Holiday greetings from USTelecom
    Best wishes to you and yours for a joyous and prosperous holiday season and a happy New Year. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bell Labs: OTT, VOD are pushing broadband networks to their limits
    By 2020, Americans will be watching Internet videos for an average of seven hours a day, compared with 4.8 hours this year, according to Bell Labs. More of that viewing will be done on tablet computers, it adds. That increased demand for video consumption "will push the wired broadband networks that carry this traffic to their absolute limits over the next decade," the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent predicts. Telecompetitor.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will Hulu focus on pay offerings or free content?
    Hulu chief executive Jason Kilar reportedly wants to double his budget for acquiring programming and expanding into global markets to $200 million. The request must be approved by two of the three owners of the site -- News Corp. and the Walt Disney Co. The third owner, Comcast, doesn't get to vote for regulatory reasons. The need for additional funding for the unprofitable site could bring to light differences between News Corp., which sees Hulu's future as a subscription-only service, and Disney, which wants to focus on its free, ad-driven offerings. The Wall Street Journal (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix users inch closer to sharing watched info on Facebook
    The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would allow American subscribers to Netflix's video services to share what they're watching on Facebook. Already passed by the House of Representatives, the bill now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama, Catherine Shu writes in this blog post. TechCrunch (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IP Download 
  • Cisco tackles network virtualization with LISP routing protocol
    Enterprises that rely on virtual private networks are benefiting from a Cisco Systems routing protocol designed to more efficiently split traffic among multiple carriers. The Location/Identifier Separation Protocol, which Cisco authored in 2009, is being used by the New Jersey academic and research consortium NJEDge.Net and is included in Cisco's ISR and ASR 1000 routers. The company plans to integrate LISP with its ASR 9000 service provider edge router by the end of the year. Network World (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I do not want to live in paradise; this world is enough, so broken and so full of promise."
--Pam Durban,
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