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February 12, 2013
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  • Analysts: UC gains ground as barriers to adoption disappear
    Advances in computer-based voice calling and efforts to improve the interoperability of disparate technologies are among the trends boosting the adoption of unified communications products among enterprises, analysts say. According to an assessment of the UC industry by Forrester Research, 43% of companies had embraced the technology in 2012, an increase of more than 10 percentage points compared with the prior three years. At the heart of the increase are efforts by rival providers Cisco Systems and Microsoft to support each other's products. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Sprint, ToledoTel discuss broadband adoption
    ToledoTel, a rural telecom in Washington state, shared its strategy on boosting broadband adoption at a recent Federal Communications Commission workshop. Meanwhile, Elaine Divelbliss of Sprint said her company quickly realized it had a hit with Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go service, which she said was popular in rural areas. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • European telecoms show support for EU data-privacy reforms
    An industry group that includes Deutsche Telekom, Eircom Group and Telefonica is throwing its support behind data-privacy reform proposals in the EU. "The data-protection regulation is a major move toward establishing a truly level playing field, allowing all players in the EU to compete on equal footing," said Luigi Gambardella of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association. Bloomberg (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This free webinar on Feb. 21, presented by Acme Packet, discusses how monitoring and optimizing real-time IP communications networks require a new set of software tools to manage voice and video operations, troubleshoot customer experience issues, proactively address network problems, and detect and prevent fraud. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Microsoft in Hollywood: Xbox studio seeks hit programs
    The Xbox Entertainment Studio wants the same kind of original programming that broadcast and cable networks crave, but with interactive elements for subscribers to the Xbox Live service, according to studio head Nancy Tellem. The studio is initially targeting younger Xbox users. "Interactivity is a natural extension of what they do," Tellem said. CNET (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DISH puts Sling-based Hopper on market as Ergen defends move
    DISH Network made its controversial new Hopper DVR available in the U.S. on Monday. The satellite TV service now includes Sling Media's place-shifting technology, which allows subscribers to watch their recorded shows on a number of mobile devices. DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen said Monday at an industry event that he does not want to kill off advertising, adding, "I also don't want to put my head in the sand, and I think the world is changing." Also, Ergen said DISH would not sell its cache of wireless spectrum as long as the company has a viable chance of building a wireless business. PC Magazine (2/11), All Things D (2/11), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Software-development private cloud is touted
    AppGrid, a private-cloud service established by SavvisDirect for building applications, features a two-tiered control system and restricts use with a secure VPN, says Savvis' Martin Capurro. The system gives enterprises needed flexibility, Capurro says. InformationWeek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Doug Sicker, former CTO of the FCC, reveals Broadband Pricing Index research. Dr. Sicker talks about what a broadband pricing index is, how it can be used and shortcomings of the existing Internet index methodology used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click here to watch the video.

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  IP Download 
  • F5 says it will buy LineRate Systems for SDN portfolio
    F5 Networks says it will buy LineRate Systems for its software-defined-networking technology to use in its BIG-IP network appliance. "In order to reap the benefits of software-defined data centers, programmable and scalable network services must be present throughout the entire network stack –- up to the application layer," LineRate's Manish Vachharajani said in a statement. Network World/IDG News Service (2/11), The Register (U.K.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal broadband-access program is under scrutiny
    The Commerce Department has put $594 million in grants in limbo after receiving complaints about widespread waste and duplication in the disbursal of funds from its $4 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, part of President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus plan. The agency's inspector general says the government may not be able to adequately monitor the program. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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