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December 12, 2012
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  • Analysis: How will telecom infrastructure be affected by SDN?
    Software-defined networking technology "is likely to reshape the telecom industry in new and interesting ways" and could lead to "significant improvements in the manageability and flexibility of the network," Lee Doyle of Doyle Research writes. "This promise includes automated traffic management, improved bandwidth engineering and the ability to tailor the network 'on demand' to customer needs," he notes. Network World (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hopes grow for compromise on U.N. broadband treaty
    The U.S. backed a draft agreement Tuesday that its negotiators hoped would become the basis for a compromise on a new global Internet treaty at the International Telecommunication Union conference in Dubai. The draft, which rejects proposals backed by some countries to allow greater surveillance of Web traffic, was circulated as the U.N. conference faced a Friday deadline to make its first change to the treaty since 1988. The White House warned on Tuesday that it would fight any proposal that offers countries more control over Internet traffic. Reuters (12/11), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint said to be in takeover talks with partner Clearwire
    Sprint Nextel and Clearwire are in deep discussions on a possible Sprint buyout of its wireless services partner, according to various sources, confirming an earlier CNBC story. Sprint is said to be looking to acquire the 49% of Clearwire that it does not hold in order give the No. 3 carrier full control over the WiMAX-powered network that Clearwire is converting to Long-Term Evolution technology. Sprint's merger with Softbank could complicate such a deal, sources say. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11), CNBC (12/11), The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC OKs waiver for DISH on spectrum, with limits
    The Federal Communications Commission adopted a plan Tuesday for DISH Network to put its satellite-based wireless spectrum to work on a cellular network and included provisions that require DISH to exclude parts of the 20 MHz swath of spectrum to prevent interference issues. DISH must also build out 70% of its network by 2018. CNET (12/11), Reuters (12/11), The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple reportedly works with Hon Hai, Sharp on its TV design
    Apple is collaborating with Hon Hai Precision Industry, which does business as Foxconn, on the prospective design of its new television product, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the situation. Hon Hai is reportedly turning to Sharp to provide the TV's display technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said TV is "an area of intense interest" for his company, without elaborating. The Wall Street Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology Trends 
  • Report: Digital data to double every 2 years through 2020
    Updated figures to the Digital Universe study reveal digital data will double every two years for the next eight, surpassing 40 zettabytes, which equals out to 5,200 GB for every child, woman and man on Earth. Machine-made data will account for the lion's share of the total, with research firm IDC predicting at least one-third of data will feature critical information worthy of data analysis attention. Computerworld (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Japanese telecoms pioneer ultra-high-speed fiber transmission
    A coalition of leading Japanese telecom equipment firms is working to advance technology that will support capacities of 24 Tbps by combining 60 wavelengths onto a single strand of fiber. The project, being conducted jointly by Fujitsu, NTT and NEC, is supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and will rely on 16QAM modulation to attain data rates of 400 Gbps per channel by 2014, the companies say. Network World/IDG News Service (12/11), Light Reading (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup gets funding for VoIP conference-call technology
    Speek, a Virginia-based pioneer of VoIP technology, has received $1.2 million in seed capital to advance an enterprise communications platform that can bring as many as 100 participants to a Web-based virtual "conference table." The service, which is designed to simplify conference-call technology, makes it possible to identify each speaker and includes a Dropbox feature that allows participants to share files. TechCrunch (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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