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March 6, 2013
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  • Telecoms, OEMs advance packet-core virtualization
    Vendors are beginning to test the boundaries of so-called network functions virtualization, or NFV, and its applications in the 4G wireless world by exploring its suitability in the packet core. Among the early pioneers of evolved packet core virtualization, Intel recently demonstrated a virtualized packet core for Long-Term Evolution and 3G using OpenStack. Still, some telecom companies, including Orange, are asking whether NFV has a place in the wireline world. Light Reading Mobile (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T, News Corp. partner on budget Android tablet
    AT&T has joined forces with a unit of News Corp. to debut a low-cost tablet computer for educational settings. The tablet -- which is the brainchild of News Corp.'s Amplify division -- runs on Android's "Jelly Bean" operating system, features extended battery life and retails for $299. A premium version with 4G access from AT&T costs $349 and includes Google Apps for Education and Amplify's own education software. ZDNet (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Roku 3 features redesigned user interface
    Roku has developed a new user interface for its Roku 3 streaming device and has added a headphone jack for its remote control. The Roku 3 box is priced at $100, with immediate availability on Amazon and the Roku website, and it will show up next month on store shelves. GigaOm (3/5), All Things D (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virgin Media sees more content partnerships in its future
    Liberty Global's proposed $16 billion acquisition of Virgin Media is expected to lead to Virgin's partnering with Netflix and other companies that it previously viewed as competitors. "Our approach is to get every content asset you possibly can on the platform," Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett said Tuesday, adding, "We've got a far greater chance as an industry by embracing over-the-top services." Bloomberg (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Core router market shows decline; Cisco remains top vendor
    Sales of core routers declined for the sixth straight quarter as telecoms continued to pull back on backbone spending and divert more resources to mobile and residential broadband networks, a Dell'Oro Group report finds. According to the firm, Cisco Systems continues to lead the core router market, but the company saw a 20% drop in year-over-year sales in the fourth quarter. Third-place Huawei was the only vendor to realize gains during the quarter -- with core router revenue up 23% over Q4 of 2011. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Regulator: U.K. is competitive with other EU nations in online access
    Compared with Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the U.K. shapes up well in terms of its fixed and mobile broadband access, according to Ofcom, the U.K.'s telecom regulator. "On all measures of coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice, the country ranks between third and first in the EU5," it stated. Ofcom found that 81% of individuals in the U.K. access the Internet at least once a week, higher than levels seen in the four other leading EU nations. TechCrunch (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bay Bridge span becomes enormous LED light sculpture
    The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was illuminated Tuesday night with 25,000 light-emitting diodes -- each addressable via Ethernet, copper wire, and fiber optic network -- as part of an $8 million project called "The Bay Lights." Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Zynga CEO Mark Pincus are among the donors who have privately funded the artistic effort, which will light up the bridge for two years. Creator Leo Villareal developed a software program to run the LED lights. Ars Technica (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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