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Int’l Roundup: NTT, KPN, Interoute, Vodafone

Here’s a quick rundown of news from around the world worth a quick look: … [visit site to read more]

New Canadians Spend Twice as Much Time on Mobile than Native Residents

Canada is a very diverse, multicultural country. As of 2011, one in five Canadians were foreign born, the highest proportion of any G8 country. Also, it is estimated that 250,000 new immigrants come to Canada each year, raising the question of their digital acculturation in an era of digital revolution. Yahoo Canada decided to put [...]

Nvidia Netflix-style Game Service Points to Future of Streaming Mobile Productivity Tools

Although it was an announcement that likely appeals mostly to gamers, popular graphics processor manufacturer Nvidia’s Netflix-like streaming game service for its Shield mobile products may have altered the entire course of the mobile landscape, changing the way we use our mobile devices and what we use them for. Last week Nvidia announced its GRID [...]

Nokia Plans to Licence its Brand to Third-Party Device Manufacturers

A lot has changed during the past 12 months since Microsoft took over Nokia. One of the most noteworthy changes is that the new owner is killing the Nokia brand, at least starting from the next-generation Lumia smartphones. To save the brand name, Nokia took a page from Polaroid: the manufacturer has plans to licence [...]

FCC Bringing High-Speed Internet to Schools across the Country

As confirmation that the Federal Communications Commission does more than just anger broadband carriers with its controversial Net Neutrality restrictions, the often pointless bureaucratic entity is undertaking another worthy cause: connecting schools and libraries to better, faster Internet access. Show More Summary

Apple Pay Already Hugely Popular at Participating Retailers after Only Three Weeks

Apple may have found the secret recipe for making a longtime dream of tech companies come true: people are ditching their wallets and paying for goods with their smartphone. This has happened in less than a month since the release of Apple Pay, the iPhone maker’s mobile payment platform. Apple Pay comes at a time [...]

FCC Requests Info on AT&T’s Plans to “Pause” its Fiber Upgrade

Last week AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson voiced his intent to stall his company’s planned fiber broadband network upgrades because of President Obama’s disturbing course for Net Neutrality rules, noting that it was “prudent to pause” when the future of network management, regulations, and maybe even the Internet itself is standing in the balance. Such talk [...]

US Justice Department “Spy from the Sky” Program Revealed

The US Justice Department is collecting data – thousands of cellphone identification numbers – from Americans by using fake communication towers. In addition, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this spy program has been operational since 2007, and that the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. [...]

Tuesday Roundup: NTT, Equinix, EdgeCast, BTI Systems

I’m on the road this week, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the news out there: … [visit site to read more]

Mitel Backs Off, Shoretel Shrugs

A week after taking another swing at buying ShoreTel, Mitel has backed off — at least for now — and has publicly withdrawn the offer.  ShoreTel seems happy with that. They had raised their earlier bid up to $8.50 per share, but ShoreTel’s board continued to be unimpressed and had described the offer as ‘highly […]

Lightower Polishes Off New Virginia Network

The northeastern fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks is now not properly called northeastern, having brought fiber to a piece of Dixie. Lightower has completed its 1,100 route mile fiber buildout throughout Virginia and now reaching down into North Carolina. … [visit site to read more]

Level 3 Taps Debt Markets For Another Refinancing Move

After every acquisition, Level 3 goes to work on that complicated balance sheet, and this morning they are doing so again.  Although actually this one was probably in the works regardless.  … [visit site to read more]

FCC to AT&T: Err, What Fiber Roll-out Are You Pausing?

On Friday, the FCC took AT&T’s show of displeasure toward President Obama’s net neutrality stance and turned it around. After AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson publicly pulled the emergency brake on its fiber network rollouts, the FCC wants to know just what it is they are pausing. … [visit site to read more]

Smart cities to be driven from the bottom up: report

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on Smart cities start with smart citizens, but many of those same citizens will expect the city, not operators, to provide smart-city services. … [visit site to read more]

Ramblings Jobs: Southern Telecom

This week we got a new listing to look at on the Ramblings Jobs board to look at from down south to go with an existing one from up north. … [visit site to read more]

Friday Bytes: CityFibre, TelePacific, Zayo, Viawest

Here’s a quick Friday rundown of the news ending the week: … [visit site to read more]

Friday Poll: What form should Net Neutrality take?

Ok, yesterday’s poll wasn’t terribly seriously composed of course, and was designed to express exasperation in its many forms.  This one is about the actual issue.  After six years of debate, where do you all come down on network neutrality?   … [visit site to read more]

Optical gear spending drops 5% as traditional providers tighten spending strings

Spending on optical networking equipment has dipped 5 percent year-over-year as Tier 1 telcos become cautious about spending capital on new network builds, according to Infonetics' third-quarter 2014 Optical Network Hardware report.

Telus serves up cloud-based collaboration, contact services

Telus is enhancing its movement into the cloud services segment by offering its Canadian business customers two new cloud-based services focused on contact center and collaboration applications.

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