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February 8, 2013
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  • Alcatel, Orange push the envelope with 400 Gbps optical link
    Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom-Orange have inaugurated an operational long-distance 400 Gbps optical link connecting the cities of Paris and Lyon, France. The terrestrial backbone -- which is being tested by French educational and research network Renater -- supports aggregate capacity of 17.6 terabits per second over 44 wavelengths and will likely be used to support next-generation telepresence products. GigaOm (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hesse: Sprint will keep unlimited data plans
    Sprint Nextel will retain its unlimited data packages, at least for the foreseeable future, CEO Dan Hesse told analysts Thursday after the carrier reported earnings. Hesse also gave an update on the telecom's "Network Vision" rebuilding efforts, describing mixed results. "We are behind our original objectives with Network Vision," he conceded, citing the effects of vendor delays and Hurricane Sandy. Executives said Sprint appears to be ahead of schedule in deploying Long-Term Evolution service on its iDEN network's 800 MHz range as the carrier moves its Nextel customers off the spectrum. Light Reading (2/7), News Service (2/7), CNET (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alcatel faces daunting task in finding new CEO
    Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen's decision against renewing his contract after it expires in May has left the gear-maker's board scrambling to find a replacement after months of informal inquiries failed to turn up viable candidates, according to a published report. The company is reportedly searching for an American or European with industry experience, but Alcatel's needs, along with Verwaayen's struggles, have kept qualified executives at arm's length, Marie Mawad writes. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Aereo's CEO: We're playing a high-stakes game with stations
    Chet Kanojia, the man behind Aereo, explains why he decided to take on the broadcast TV industry in launching a service that offers local station signals to online users in certain cities. The service has elicited a wave of lawsuits from broadcast industry players who claim copyright infringement because they are not being paid. Kanojia says TV stations have no right to ask for more money from distributors, because they already sell advertising against their use of public spectrum. Aereo, which launched a trial in New York City in 2012, is preparing to expand to 22 additional markets. GigaOm (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are studios ignoring illegally uploaded YouTube movies?
    Hundreds of feature-length movies from Walt Disney Co., Columbia, Warner Bros., TriStar Studios and others have been posted to YouTube over past 12 months, despite the availability of the Content ID tool to block such content. None of the studios involved would comment, although Disney did block some content after being asked about it by The Wall Street Journal. According to YouTube, more than 4,000 media companies are using Content ID to protect their content. The Wall Street Journal (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Report: NSN partners have stepped up talks to disband venture
    Nokia and Siemens have re-energized efforts to end their 6-year-old joint venture, according to a media report that says Alcatel-Lucent has held exploratory talks with Nokia to combine on a takeover of Siemens' 50% ownership. Talks to disband Nokia Siemens Networks are said to have accelerated because of the resignation of Alcatel CEO Ben Verwaayen and the April expiration of an NSN shareholder agreement. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cisco, Juniper follow divergent paths to SDN
    Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks are both betting on software-defined networking for their emerging enterprise platforms, but while their solutions are similar, they rely on different strategies to bring their offerings to market, analysts observe. Cisco places a strong emphasis on hardware and is advancing its products across multiple fronts. Juniper is dedicated to a software-centric approach and has limited its commercial push to data centers. Network World (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over."
--Alfred E. Perlman,
American businessman

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