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Business Network and IT Services
Date  Report
Oct 19
GTT expands its financial services offer, adding ultra-low latency routes in key global markets and global availability of its Time Synchronization option. The move increases GTT’s visibility and position in a highly competitive market.

Oct 19
GE and Apple are allying to help developers create apps providing visibility into and alerts from IoT-enabled performance monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions. This strong partnership also includes GE’s use of Apple devices internally.

Oct 18
At its customer summit, OVH declared it intends to be a European alternative to US and Chinese public clouds. It also announced the Open Cloud Foundation, a group of cloud market stakeholders establishing a meta-framework to prevent vendor lock-in.

Oct 18
The Nokia-Bosch partnership could provide a complete connectivity solution for enterprises and CSPs. It presently lacks a rich applications suite and go-to-market model, but the threat to existing players is palpable.

Oct 18
Cisco unveiled a portfolio of AI-powered services to enable higher availability and lower maintenance costs. But, many other vendors are ahead of Cisco in implementing AI, and the ‘value’ within the ‘High-value’ branded offering remains murky.

Oct 18
Hurricane Electric has deployed its second PoP in East Africa, and third on the continent, just over a year since entering the market. The company is quickly establishing a foothold in the growing market; a PoP in West Africa may be the next move.

Oct 16
Alibaba aims high to be a technology leader challenging the likes of Amazon and Google. With its $15 billion investment in its R&D academy, Alibaba will be able to deliver more services to businesses globally beyond cloud computing.

Oct 13
DXC Technology is spinning out its public sector business in a three-way deal that merges the unit with Vencore and KeyPoint Solutions, creating a $4.3 billion government solutions company with deep expertise in analytics, cloud, and cybersecurity.

Oct 16
TM ONE is going beyond domestic market with its twin-core data center. Certified with various industry standards and packed with advanced features, is it enough for TM to attract the regional businesses and providers?

Oct 13
Cubic Telecom’s SIM deal with Telstra Wholesale could provide Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics services to some 200,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles in Australia, boosting the Irish software house’s sales by up to EUR20 million over three years.

Oct 12
AT&T Partner Exchange extends AT&T Collaborate and FlexWare offers to the channel, helping partners move to cloud and virtualized services. The move is the latest in AT&T’s consistent focus on enhancing offers, and support tools, to partners.

Oct 12
Google Cloud is teaming up with IT automation and management vendor Puppet to help smooth the enterprise movement to its cloud. The companies have certified that a number of Google services including Compute Engine will work with the Puppet tools.

Oct 12
Vodafone is deploying NB-IoT in Australia with several customer trials underway. However, rivals are, or will soon, roll out their own offerings down under.

Oct 12
Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone have both acted on criticism that Germany has not kept up with fibre rollouts, threatening economic competitiveness, but they risk missing the real point by equating user experience with speed. It’s more complicated.

Oct 11
ER Telecom subsidiary Enforta has chosen the Actility platform for its national LoRa network roll-out, aiming to cover 60 cities, supply chain members, mines and oil and gas customers, following endorsement from Russian President Putin.

Oct 10
T-Systems’ initial focus on new international midsized companies for its ngena-driven SD-WAN offer has been broadened up to existing large multinationals, due to the high response from this customer segment.

Oct 10
IBM’s Genius of Things event laid out its ambitious programs for advancing engineering and operations excellence through the IoT. While its platform is well-regarded, it is also the foundation of a much broader, well-developed service portfolio.

Oct 9
Public announcements in Q3 from the IIoT services ecosystem showed a growing range of suppliers. In addition to news from the usual service providers, several MVNOs, SIs, and cable companies introduced an array of offerings.

Oct 9
Microsoft Teams will eventually replace Skype for Business as the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365; however, without further rationalization, users may struggle to decide which tool is best for collaboration.

Oct 4
Verizon has enhanced One Talk, adding calling features, workforce management options, and flexible pricing models for larger companies. The new features, plus a team collaboration tool, aim to help distributed enterprises simplify communications.

Oct 4
IBM is leading the pack in developing use cases and customer references around AI and machine learning. But it still has a complex internal structure and legacy partners that it needs to transform, to become a strong cognitive business enabler.

Oct 4
Service providers are moving away from reselling, building their own IP and embracing open source. At Vantage 2017, Telstra highlights how these paradigms can apply to security.

Oct 4
OBS is fulfilling its February promise to create an LTE-M ecosystem by launching three tracker devices and conducting live user trials ahead of launching commercial networks in France, Spain and Belgium in 2018.

Oct 4
Aruba remains focused on driving innovation through its partner community and enabling various industry-specific use cases. The launch of its 360 Security Fabric is a crucial move to help enterprises protect their data assets and embrace IoT.

Oct 4
HPE has distilled its own considerable manufacturing history and wish list into a virtualized plug, click and play manufacturing and production control system with secure access to thousands of third party apps.

Oct 3
U.S. Cellular and Nokia launch ConnectHQ, helping the carrier’s business customers activate and manage IoT devices. While U.S. Cellular gets serious about the enterprise IoT market, its choice of Nokia points to shifts in the platform landscape.

Oct 3
With the addition of SD-WAN, various other VNFs, cloud gateway and vCPE, Telstra is stepping in to help enterprises cope with network challenges. The telco now needs to market its capabilities and engage partners to drive adoption.

Oct 3
Led by a customer, Orange Business Services and Microsoft have found common and complementary ground to help manufacturers improve productivity by switching to IoT-based Industry 4.0 operating principles.

Oct 2
DXC Technology launched a slate of new application and managed hybrid services for Microsoft Azure. The solutions, which run the gamut from dev/test to managed SAP HANA, put DXC in a position to capitalize on demand for Azure support services.

Sep 29
Becoming a business partner for SMEs is an ambition for many of Europe’s SME providers, whether that is through enhanced customer portals or delivering SaaS propositions that include vertical-specific solutions.

Sep 29
The focus in Q2 and Q3 was on regulatory compliance, data center capacity, and managed services for hybrid cloud, including Microsoft Azure Stack. Cloud providers from the U.S. and China joined European players in investing in their cloud ecosystems.

Sep 29
Aeris, once a mid-size U.S.-based MVNO, continues to expand its reach and its service offerings. An alliance with BSNL expands its presence in India, where the Indian operator will leverage Aeris’ integrated connectivity and app enablement platform.

Sep 29
Telstra Liberate frees workers from their desks, allowing mobile devices to be their main communications tools. However, it has to address the issue of BYOD and customers using multiple suppliers for their mobile connections.

Sep 28
Masergy’s MDR solution is getting a boost with a new tool that takes in NetFlow and other traffic data to alert IT of potentially malicious activity. The Network Visibility Tool can also shed light on issues with security controls.

Sep 28
AWS is making a major investment in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, with a new edge network location and cloud region coming online in 2018 and 2019. Somewhat premature, the announcement likely reflects a newly ripe market for public cloud.

Sep 28
NTT Com and Dell EMC have packaged server rental and engineering expertise for application testing on the new Azure Stack platform. It seems a clever way to raise NTT Com’s profile in Europe as a managed cloud service provider.

Sep 27
In November 2016, BT stated that its Agile Connect SD-WAN offering would launch in Q1 2017. Despite being a little late on the final launch, BT’s latest globally available SD-WAN capability gives it strong talking points with its MNC client base.

Sep 26
NTT is bringing security solutions for industrial control systems to market, leveraging the global channels of its enterprise-facing subsidiaries. While timely and relevant for key verticals undergoing digitalization, few details have been provided.

Sep 26
Bosch, Cisco, Gemalto and some big banks have joined up with blockchain developers to standardize how to provide devices with secure cryptographic identities and smart contracts that automate routine tasks like paying for energy or delivery.

Sep 22
BT partners with a Hitachi subsidiary to create asset intelligence and predictive maintenance apps leveraging complementary IoT resources, adding a key partner to its cloud and security assets when courting MNCs seeking operational streamlining.

Sep 22
In increasingly competitive and technologically advanced European SME markets, the battle for market share is driving a number of initiatives aimed at helping SMEs to become ‘more digital.’ However, more traditional service launches continue.

Sep 21
DT launches a global SD-WAN service based on its ngena global network alliance. The alliance concept gives comprehensive global reach, whilst an attention to quality engineering on a mainly Cisco platform gives high reliability and trust.

Sep 20
Mobile World Congress Americas featured new product and service announcements, inspirational keynotes, diverse demos and analyst access to executives. While 5G was a big focus area, mobile suppliers’ current capabilities were also on display.

Sep 20
TPG’s business revenue increased 2% while consumer revenues rose 5% year-over-year in FY 2017. TPG is driving growth through fibre broadband, mainly NBN. Furthermore, TPG increased its debt financing to accommodate mobile network rollouts.

Sep 19
GTT closes its Global Capacity acquisition, improving local access diversity and cloud connectivity. The transaction supports GTT’s SD-WAN and cloud initiatives with new access options, and One Marketplace adds the promise of increased automation.

Sep 20
Software-defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) continue to be headline features for many service providers seeking to score unique selling points for their data connectivity portfolios. This blog looks at the functional advantages of the SD-WAN overlay for enterprise adopters.

Sep 18
Telefónica launched Clean Pipes 2.0, an NFV-based offer which takes cost out of customer operations while maintaining functionality across various threat protection features. No information was provided on migration from existing CPE-based services.

Sep 15
Cybersecurity and disaster recovery are both hot topics in the public sector following the WannaCry attack on the NHS. There is also more evidence that the UK public sector is moving towards ever more cloud-based, multi-vendor procurement models.

Sep 15
Polycom is focusing on adding value through partnerships with others in the UC space (e.g., Microsoft) while using the cloud and analytics to enable businesses to gain more insights into operations and keep cost low.

Sep 14
Vodafone is partnering with IBM to extend its private cloud, enabling seamless hybrid deployments using VMware across an additional 60 data centers. The move supports easy workload migration with the potential to enable advanced cloud use cases.

Sep 13
Extending its multi-cloud management play, Rackspace is acquiring rival managed services provider Datapipe. Rackspace will pick up data centers, personnel, and clients in key markets including the West Coast, China, Russia and Brazil.

Sep 11
Nokia shifts its attention to Tier 2 MNOs, hoping to establish itself as a platform operator for basic IoT services, and lower barriers to increasing the granularity of vertical market coverage and customization of IoT solutions.

Sep 5
With cloud and people-based service revenues rising and telecoms down, QSC is restructuring its network products to provide clearer accountability and focus for emerging opportunities, but it needs a wireless offer to stay relevant.

Sep 1
BT has launched its Personalised Compute Management System, elevating its cloud services integration platform to a digital ecosystem management environment that allows companies to both supply and consume various digital services.

Aug 31
Accenture and Apple announced a new partnership to boost development of iOS mobile applications, including dedicated practices within a subset of Accenture Digital Studios. Will this tie-up eat into IBM and Apple’s long-standing alliance?

Aug 31
Macquarie Telecom has a conservative growth strategy, but its focus on the government sector, customer services, and hosting services is paying off. The company is also evolving its telecom business through SD-WAN and insourced NOC.

Aug 31
IBM will launch a tightly packaged, Watson IoT-based asset management and maintenance offer to SME manufacturers in H2 2017, opening a relatively easy path for customers (big and small) to cut costs, boost productivity, and find new revenue streams.

Aug 31
DXC Technology and VMware are joining forces for managed hybrid cloud service running on VMware’s platforms. Tapping AWS for the public cloud element adds a completeness to the arrangement that is sometimes lacking in hybrid offers.

Aug 29
CenturyLink is rolling out a private cloud offer using VMware’s Cloud Foundation. While CenturyLink isn’t the only provider to choose VMware’s platform, its enhancements will help differentiate its offer.

Aug 29
Fusion has grown through a series of acquisitions since 2012; a bid for Birch is its biggest move yet. The deal greatly expands Fusion’s base; careful integration and consistent support will be required to preserve customers, and its reputation.

Aug 29
Telekom Austria’s new A1 digital subsidiary has taken a majority stake in the Swiss cloud provider Exoscale. The acquisition will form the basis of new solutions in hybrid cloud in Austria and several other markets.

Aug 28
Orange Business Services met with analysts to share its strategic market messaging on digital transformation. With advances in cloud, IoT, security, analytics, and SD-WAN, it demonstrated how its roadmap aims to join the dots of digital business.

Aug 24
GTT is using its recently acquired Perseus assets to move into the small but growing high frequency trading market in Brazil. The move is the first step in a broader opportunity to increase its role in the global financial services market.

Aug 24
Level 3 is raising its cloud game with a new self-service feature in its secure connectivity solution that lets enterprises add new VLANs to AWS in real-time. The enhancement should encourage clients to migrate more critical workloads to AWS.

Aug 24
FY 2017 was a tough year for Vocus, as it fell short of its financial guidance. The company is now in better shape and its enterprise business in FY 2018 looks positive, depending on its ability to execute its business transformation strategy.

Aug 23
The long-expected launch of IBM’s Blockchain Platform, along with news of a dozen active enterprise blockchain-based networks, brings commercial credibility to a technology once seen as a playground for hackers, thieves and criminals.

Aug 22
Sprint’s MultiLine service provides a solution for business customers offering a BYOD option to their employees. While others offer a second OTT business line, Sprint has added key management features and promises enterprise-grade voice quality.

Aug 22
KPN has acquired Cam IT Solutions, an IT service provider specializing in healthcare and the public sector in the Netherlands. KPN's ambition is to grow in ICT services by targeting these major sectors, where it already has a strong position.

Aug 22
Google’s Chrome Enterprise OS launched today with links to Active Directory and AirWatch and covering Chrome and Android devices. The proposition could disintermediate network operators that offer enterprise mobility, and later IoT, services.

Aug 18
Verizon will build a dedicated public safety mobile core network, with priority access and preemption for call reliability. The move reinforces Verizon’s role with agencies considering FirstNet, but interoperability conditions may be a challenge.

Aug 18
Telstra revenue growth was flat in FY2017, with bright spots coming from NAS. Telstra continues to invest in network and digitization to drive growth and productivity, but a new capital allocation plan has caused shareholder confidence to wane.

Aug 17
Oracle is now allowing customers to run its Exadata high-performance database platform on bare metal servers in its cloud. This will make it easier for clients to move legacy apps to the cloud, but it will still have to be Oracle’s cloud.

Aug 16
AWS is introducing a new tool to classify, monitor, and protect sensitive data. Leveraging machine learning to spot potentially dangerous anomalies, the service is the latest in a series of enhancements designed to win over reticent enterprises.

Aug 16
Macquarie Telecom has launched an SD-WAN capability with the intention of raising its game in Australia, improving coverage, offering a roadmap and having a platform that delivers a transport-agnostic overlay.

Aug 15
Verizon is expanding its virtual on-demand networking services to the AWS Cloud. Enterprises will be able to deploy and manage virtual security, WAN optimization and SD-WAN functionality from the enterprise edge into the cloud.

Aug 11
DXC Technology posted its first earnings results as a combined entity. While the company’s revenues declined, earnings rose as DXC implemented cost cutting members and reported strong growth in key areas including cloud.

Aug 11
Deutsche Telekom offers new customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland a cloud-enhanced, Salesforce-based business process management system with full support at attractive prices and optional third-party systems integration.

Aug 8
Masergy is extending its managed detection and response capabilities to include endpoint protection. The solution addresses business’ need for active response at a pragmatic price point.

Aug 8
Windstream launches a UCaaS and SD-WAN solution for SMBs and distributed enterprises, with a full complement of features and an intuitive portal. The promise of broadband service access with a 100% uptime SLA should be attractive to this segment.

Aug 4
Sierra Wireless, a leading pure-play IoT wireless module vendor and service provider, will acquire Numerex, a company once focused on MVNO access with a strong vertical solutions portfolio. An eclectic combo will result, with expanded market clout.

Aug 3
VHA grew revenue by 3% and EBITDA by 16% year-over-year in H1 2017, by growing MVNO customers. However, VHA remains negative in terms of profit. VHA announced plans for new postpaid products for SMBs and consumers and NB-IoT for the enterprise.

Aug 2
Sprint’s return to profitability is a sign of positive customer momentum, but stringent cost reductions of $370 million in the quarter and $4 billion over two years contributed even more to the bottom line.

Aug 2
Windstream has enhanced its SD-WAN with a fully managed ‘Concierge’ tier and new management tools.

Aug 2
Samsung’s launch of a relatively painless way for device makers to connect their products with apps and storage clouds and monetize the results could chill telcos’ ability to profit from the IoT by reducing them to carrier-only status.

Jul 31
Hughes Network Systems has a strong track record developing its own technology to optimize traffic across disparate broadband links. Hughes’ move into managed SD-WAN is an evolutionary step building on the operator’s established skill set.

Jul 28
NTT Communications has updated its SD-WAN strategy, and though it leads with Viptela, it promotes multivendor support, its own CloudWAN variants and lots of its own ‘IP’ in areas to stay a step ahead of out-of-the-box vendor solutions.

Jul 27
Microsoft has made container instances available in Azure, leveraging Kubernetes’ open source orchestration capabilities. Now a platinum sponsor of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, it gains influence on the technology’s ongoing development.

Jul 26
Level 3 launches Amazon Chime Delivered by Level 3, giving enterprises a cost-effective collaboration option. Amazon is new to the collaboration market; enterprises will have pre- and post-deployment support from Level 3 for a smooth transition.

Jul 26
CenturyLink is expanding its SD-WAN with ‘Managed Hybrid SD-WAN’ offerings. The main positive aspect of the company’s messaging is helping clients with complexity and with delivering strong app performance cost-effectively in a multitenant cloud.

Jul 26
‘Elite’ IBM X-Force Red teams will test backend processes, apps, and physical hardware controlling access and management as part of systems’ lifecycles to ensure security is designed in from the start of connected car and other IoT projects.

Jul 21
Comcast is expanding its LoRaWAN IoT service, machineQ, to 12 more markets. As a cableco and a LoRa provider, both of which are unique in the U.S. IoT services market, Comcast has a lot to prove, but possibly some differentiation to offer.

Jul 20
With solid growth in both its carrier and enterprise business, there is still a huge opportunity for Huawei to grab in these markets. What is Huawei doing to maintain its growth pace and what will be the implications?

Jul 19
CEO John Horn’s departure from Ingenu signals a necessary strategy change for the LPWAN service provider. What does it also imply about the larger LPWAN market?

Jul 18
PTC partners with Tech Mahindra to extend IIoT reach into the fast-industrializing Indian sub-continent while also setting up a showcase and production house for global vertical apps.

Jul 18
Fujitsu is also doubling down the digital transformation path by co-creating solutions with customers and partners using technologies such as IoT, AI, cloud and mobility. It is speeding up innovation with a dedicated digital business unit.

Jul 13
T-Mobile tests out NB-IoT in Las Vegas and announces Las Vegas pilots for flood abatement, smart lighting and environmental monitoring. While a bit late to the game, it is good to see it trialing LPWANs and kick-starting a smart city deployment.

Jul 11
Optus bases its strategy around ‘connect, trust and engage,’ but the goal is to shift towards integration and delivering solutions tailored to different industries. The vision is sound but the ability to execute is key.

Jul 7
DXC Technology has acquired 748-person Microsoft Dynamics integrator Tribridge and its affiliate managed cloud business, Concerto Cloud Services. The deal should help DXC further its position as one of the larger Dynamics integrators.

Jul 7
The IIoT services market continued to evolve in Q2. More LPWAN rollouts, operator alliances, VoLTE trials and diverse customer wins in smart city, logistics, fleet tracking and aviation are evidence of a dynamic market.

Jul 6
After for more than a decade, cloud is no longer ‘the’ technology. Conversations have changed from ‘moving to cloud’ to ‘cloud as enabler for digital transformation’. However this is not really the case in AP. Why? What is the market situation?

Jul 5
Chinese operators are leading in IoT connections. Now, they are aligning with other operators, launching LPWAN networks, and announcing technology enhancements to go to the next level of ‘beyond connectivity’ solutions. Should customers rejoice?

Jul 3
Google is making a clear play for the enterprise that eludes its Cloud Platform reach with its new tie-up with Nutanix. This deal will make it possible for clients to manage their on-premises and Google workloads as one unified service.

Jun 30
Ensono made its second acquisition of a managed cloud provider in the UK in less than a year, acquiring Microsoft cloud specialist Inframon. Still, the company has a way to go in the European market, where its brand is little known.

Jun 30
AWS took the wraps off a VDI bundle that delivers high performance elements that are likely to appeal to developers and data analysts. However, users should expect to pay a high price for that premium performance.

Jun 30
IBM’s security business is very active in the European market, where it is succeeding in demonstrating innovation to solve current problems. As a U.S.-based supplier, however, it has had to work around cultural and regulatory challenges.

Jun 30
GDPR will go live in May 2018 and with potential fines of EUR 20 million enterprises are nervous about its implications. This blog will look at some of the factors that enterprises should consider and questions they should ask their ICT providers.

Jun 30
DXC Technology is a stronger competitor combining the strengths of HP Enterprise Services, CSC, and UXC. However, the integration is still in progress and it needs to ensure that employees and customers stay happy while making major changes.

Jun 29
Box seeks to expand its customer base by pairing up with Microsoft to host and co-sell its flagship file sharing service. The arrangement should bear fruit for both but there also may be some conflicts ahead between the sometime rivals.

Jun 29
Telstra acquired Company85, giving it a stronger foothold in Europe when it comes to services thatgo beyond network connectivity. With plans to let the IT services boutique operate relatively independently, it can consolidate its current success.

Jun 28
GTT’s acquisition of Global Capacity makes sense in terms of joint wholesale and retail consolidation as well as high level market-building. Global Capacity’s One Marketplace portal could be a gem; its legacy colocations are a mixed blessing.

Jun 28
Fujitsu’s MSSP business is expanding, leveraging technology and integration strengths as well as an outsourcing heritage. A dedicated EMEA unit provides strategic focus, but maintaining rapid growth in a fragmented market will be a challenge.

Jun 28
Google is simplifying identity management for its Cloud Platform. The free SSO solution will help secure developer access to assets running in the Google Cloud – and help Google catch up with its rivals.

Jun 28
Cisco Jasper enhances Control Center to support large-scale or complex IoT deployments, with a focus on security and traffic segmentation. It also adds support for more LPWANs, and upgrades its infrastructure to support higher connection volumes.

Jun 27
Deutsche Telekom’s new public cloud features make for a more flexible, nuanced, and application-specific platform. New storage, processing, and support options add compelling capabilities to fit services to each use case.

Jun 27
The addition of Sydney to the GCP footprint will help Google in winning deals from enterprise customers. Google will differentiate with its management tools and services such as data analytics and machine learning to beat other cloud rivals.

Jun 26
Level 3 launches its SD-WAN service in the U.S., with internationalization to follow shortly. How much strength can a fiber-centric operator have in broadband Internet access bundles? Plenty, based on the provider’s pervasive Internet backbone.

Jun 23
Laser focus on the “things” in the Internet of Things is paying off for GE as it recasts itself as a digital company to solve its own issues and in passing provides the industrial world with cost-saving new ways to hone one’s competitive edge.

Jun 22
The SMB market is gaining interest from both domestic players as well as global cloud providers. Adoption of cloud-based services is growing rapidly, but the rising concerns around security and data protection may slow down the pace.

Jun 22
After for more than a decade, cloud is no longer ‘the’ technology. Yet, looking at the Asia-Pacific market, there is still a lot of things going on with cloud. The technology is still exciting in the region. But, why? Where is the opportunity?

Jun 21
GTT has acquired Perseus, its eighth acquisition since 2011. The deal is small but strategic, expanding GTT’s financial services expertise and giving the provider new sales and service reach into markets in Latin America, India and South Africa.

Jun 21
Deutsche Telekom boasted about security solution upgrades for consumers, SMEs, and large enterprises. Key messages included a new ‘dual-vendor’ focus, a shift toward IBM QRadar in SIEM, and plans for Internet Protect 2.0 upgrades in Q3 2017.

Jun 21
Once again, the specter of a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is looming. It looks real this time, but what does it mean for the enterprise? Will it impinge on AT&T and Verizon’s strong market positions in enterprise mobility and IoT services?

Jun 21
Global enterprise mobility services remains a growth area for service providers. While there were few new service announcements this period, there was service evolution; mobility is increasingly positioned as key to digital transformation.

Jun 21
With the government increasing their spending on cloud-based services, Optus is stepping up to target government agencies through the partnership with CDC. Optus will be promoting cloud alongside its security capabilities to win deals in Canberra.

Jun 20
Vocus announced a strategy based on backend transformation, enterprise/wholesale product development and CapEx rationalisation aimed at improving EBITDA margins and regaining investor confidence following a down year and a low-ball buyout offer.

Jun 20
Verizon has long had a compute environment colocated with its Secure Cloud Interconnect WAN/cloud connectivity offer. The provider now formally supports customer-facing functions served up from the cloud for its Virtual Network Services.

Jun 19
Fujitsu has gone with a third party, ImageWare, to augment its internally-developed biometric security solutions. Additional authentication methods include fingerprint, face, and voice recognition, available on premise or delivered from the cloud.

Jun 16
Key to Aryaka’s success has been its ability to let customers test drive, realize performance benefits and adopt its WAN services non-disruptively. With its new SmartACCESS solution, Aryaka brings that same easy on-boarding to remote access.

Jun 16
ITW 2017 took place in Chicago May 15-17. Last year’s event centered on the reinvention of telcos. This year investment appetite in networks is strong, but security breaches raise concerns across fixed and mobile, and the cloud and Internet.

Jun 15
CenturyLink touts its Managed Enterprise with Cisco Meraki as a migration path for distributed enterprises, with diverse business services and flexible management options. Meraki is becoming popular, but may not be the first choice for everyone.

Jun 15
So far Cisco has done well with its $1.4 billion investment in the Jasper IoT connectivity platform, so one wonders why it’s betting a couple of million on Actility, the specialist LoRaWAN platform maker.

Jun 15
IBM is expanding its identity-as-a-service solution to secure access to applications wherever they are running. The single sign-on (SSO) offer should help protect critical apps in increasingly distributed and virtualized enterprises.

Jun 15
NTT Com’s new offer can simplify API management, smoothing the path for new digital businesses and microservices that leverage enterprise data and third-party applications, but it did not name specific use cases or beta customers.

Jun 14
BT launched InfoVista-as-a-Service, served from its own cloud infrastructure and now available worldwide. The service, based on Ipanema, subtly expands BT’s portfolio with pay-as-you-go pricing and will work on other service providers’ networks.

Jun 14
Senet plans a turnkey solution for CSPs that want to deploy LoRaWANs. Its portfolio of managed network services, security, carrier-grade scalability, application onboarding, an OSS/BSS platform, and branding options are part of the package.

Jun 13
Tata Consultancy Services and Intel are collaborating on new reference architectures and regional Centers of Excellence to showcase innovations in digital transformation. Few details were revealed, but competitors and clients will take note.

Jun 13
Sprint held an event led by Jan Geldmacher and other Sprint Business executives, to talk about its strategy and services for businesses. Product roadmap discussions disclosed a number of upcoming solutions from wireline, wireless, and IoT groups.

Jun 13
Nokia is well known as a network infrastructure provider to carriers. Seeing the need to go beyond, Nokia has decided to leverage its strengths in network solutions to enter the challenging enterprise services market.

Jun 8
RingCentral has restructured Connect Platform Partner Program, adding tiers and new benefits. The revamped program aims to help RingCentral work with key partners more efficiently, fostering continued expansion of its integration portfolio.

Jun 6
Colt’s new ultra low-latency route between Chicago and Tokyo gives financial services customers a new option for high-speed transactions. Colt offers lower latency than its main rivals, but its claim may be brief as competitors meet the challenge.

Jun 6
Oracle’s new enhancements to its cloud security portfolio leverage investments in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and contextual awareness. The vendor is positioning itself to add security wallet share to its addressable SaaS market.

Jun 2
IPsoft’s Amelia continues to improve the characteristics that make the cognitive agent intelligent: being able to ingest information efficiently, interact with humans in natural language and learn from successful interactions.

Jun 1
Cisco and IBM are teaming up in a security effort centered on threat intelligence. The tie-up, which involves both technology integration and research cooperation, looks good on paper, but success depends on effective collaboration.

May 30
GlobalData’s latest survey of businesses deploying IoT projects disclosed what enterprises want from suppliers and which kinds of vendors they choose to provide key IoT advisory, management, and integration functions. There were a few surprises.

May 30
IBM is adding new features to its Resilient Incident Response suite to help customers comply with the upcoming EU data privacy regulations. Enhancements include tools that help customers prep to meet the new rules.

May 26
At its annual LiveWorx event, PTC announced a major new revision of its ThingWorx platform, with role-based applications, more cloud support options and new services. The upgrade was a centerpiece of the event, a showcase for the IIoT industry.

May 25
PTC’s annual event in Boston, LiveWorx, never fails to feed IoT momentum, with 5,000 attendees and an impressive array of presentations about all aspects of IoT. But, was the excitement muted over recent stats from Cisco on IoT project failures?

May 25
Since CenturyLink’s close of its Level 3 acquisition is looming, the network is currently the provider’s center of attention. Surrounding that center is a full scope of services, evolving go-to-market strategies and operational improvements.

May 25
Windstream launches SDNow, an optical wavelength service delivered over its SDN-enabled network, targeting cloud and applications services providers with a flexible, on-demand service. SDNow is the first in a series of planned SDN-based offers.

May 25
AT&T has expanded its FlexWare NFV service to all corners of the globe, serving 200+ countries. As some of the countries are off-net, it now supports four virtual firewall vendors to provide enterprises with a range of security options.

May 25
Masergy now has two SD-WAN service platforms: The company draws on a third-party CPE vendor platform augmented with its own service intelligence, to build a turnkey router, firewall and SD-WAN capability that complements its existing SD-WAN offer.

May 22
Verizon launched Visual Interactive Calling, to support secure voice calls and agent interactions through a mobile app. VIC allows agents to work with users more directly, but enterprises may need to understand VIC’s value to the bottom line.

May 22
For Comcast, SD-WAN represents not just a new service; the company is taking the first steps in a broader strategy into IP WAN services through software-enabled options, without having to vie directly against the established base of IP/MPLS.

May 22
Costs still outweigh benefits for firms that have given up on the IoT, but for all the hype, operators aren’t making serious money either. What gives?

May 22
UKCloud, a specialist public sector cloud service provider in the UK, has cut pricing on existing services and rolled out new ones via the G-Cloud portal, demonstrating continuing go-to-market momentum.

May 19
It’s not all roses, but there is progress in Latin America. Operators and regulators in Mexico and Brazil are moving forward. Telecom Argentina seems to have weathered the downturn, and new national/regional ventures seek (and find) funding.

May 19
BT’s ‘challenging’ year marks the culmination of a number of long term problems in the UK and the presentation of new ones abroad. However, BT is responding to these challenges; through EE and a new strategy it is creating pathways to growth.

May 18
Optus Business’ revenue declined 2.9% in FY2017 due to faster decline of legacy services and a stagnating ICT business. EBITDA declined 15.8% as Optus grappled with pricing pressures and the need to invest in new capabilities such as security.

May 17
Google, backed by some big-name hardware partners, launched its latest effort to capture IoT hearts, minds and markets. But, it doesn’t have plug-and-play connectivity or apps, which – given the competition – seems like an oversight.

May 17
VMware is hedging its public cloud bets with a new deal to deliver its Horizon DaaS offer on the Azure cloud. This tie-up follows on the heels of a 2016 pact with AWS in which the IaaS juggernaut was declared VMware’s primary public cloud partner.

May 17
Sprint has been noticeably quiet about IoT in recent months, so the announcement that it will be deploying Cat 1, Cat M1, and eventually Cat NB1 (NB-IoT) brings it into line with competitor operators, while not providing any real differentiation.

May 17
Fujitsu announced new technology which detects cyberattacks on endpoints much more quickly than other systems available today. The high-speed forensic technology developed by Fujitsu is being made available through managed security services.

May 17
Vodafone’s India-related losses and the merger of its Indian unit with Idea Cellular have grabbed headlines, but performance in Europe, AMAP, and its enterprise division have all been positive. However, Vodafone’s spending spree seems to be over.

May 17
Equinix and Eastern Light plan a subsea fiber route between IBX data centers in Stockholm and Helsinki. Eastern Light’s cable adds diversity and flexible infrastructure deployment options on a route that has seen little change since early 2000.

May 16
Sprint becomes the latest U.S. provider to add SD-WAN support, and vendor VeloCloud adds another partner to its burgeoning service provider list. There’s not much to differentiate Sprint from others; for now just having SD-WAN is probably enough.

May 16
Verizon Virtual Network Services launched with hardware CPE support using Juniper and Cisco. It now adds its first ‘generic’ open hardware, for customers interested in stepping off the big name-brand hardware vendor path entirely.

May 15
Verizon’s Exponent, a set of offers with platforms, services and applications for IoT and big data, is offered to global operators in an innovative wholesale model that aims to help them compete more effectively in a highly competitive market.

May 11
Verizon outbids AT&T and gets the prize of Straight Path spectrum to fuel its 5G aspirations for a cool $3.1 billion.

May 11
Rackspace and Dell EMC are promoting their new joint private cloud venture as a low cost option for the masses. Built around Dell EMC compute and storage technology, the solution will tap Rackspace’s professional services capabilities.

May 8
BICS’ acquisition of TeleSign strengthens BICS’ authentication and mobile ID play. TeleSign’s knowledge, product range, and customer base combined with BICS’ share of the mobile market and global coverage is a powerful blend.

May 5
Verizon launched a service that aims to protect enterprise resources from hackers by providing authenticated access to assets via a secure virtual tunnel. The SaaS solution has multiple potential use cases including application and IoT security.

May 5
Verizon withdrew from the hosting business this week with the announced sale of its hosting and cloud services to IBM. The agreement comes the same week the provider closed its data center divestiture deal with Equinix.

May 3
Q1 saw the commercial launch of long-planned service offerings, along with new container solutions and a handful of new infrastructure plans. Cloud providers continued to develop their services ecosystems with strategic and channel partnerships.

May 3
T-Mobile declared it is the first U.S. carrier with plans for a 2020 nationwide 5G network. But the 5G standard isn’t finished, the device ecosystem is unknown and rivals have a leg up in assuring business customers a high-quality network experience.

May 3
Vocus has lowered its financial forecast for FY2017 due to issues related to the integration of acquired businesses. Vocus’ share price suffered another fall and it could be an acquisition target, resulting in uncertainty for the company.

May 1
Rackspace is extending its AWS support to include architecture design, migration, and automation support. The newest professional services correspond to the company’s increasing emphasis on playing a consultative role for third-party clouds.

Apr 27
AT&T and Verizon barely made a showing at the latest sub-1 GHz spectrum auction. Their attention is on millimeter wave spectrum, where they are angling to pick up some major, if not well-known, 20-year-old license holders.

Apr 27
Proximus and Vodafone seek to capitalize on connected vehicles and increasing workforce mobility with a renewed partnership, offering insights to manage the costs of connecting, but limiting closer ties between Vodafone and Liberty Global.

Apr 26
In April 2017, AT&T rolled out the first of its commercial fixed wireless broadband services: Not to compete with other broadband providers, but to bring the service to its underserved and remote in-footprint areas with few viable alternatives.

Apr 26
Amazon Web Services announced its early compliance with the EU’s GDPR, the privacy and security regulation that will govern digital services from next year. For U.S.-based providers operating in Europe, strict—and early—compliance is essential.

Apr 25
As software takes over the Internet of Things, users can no longer blithely sign unchecked licence agreements, unless they want to hand the keys to their kingdoms to third parties.

Apr 25
Straight Path Communications is playing coy about just who cut in on AT&T’s all-stock $1.25 billion bid for its nationwide spectrum. But, the alternative all-stock bid ups the stakes to $1.31 billion. Will AT&T respond?

Apr 25
Cisco Jasper launches a platform to help operators let enterprise customers automate mobility management while improving visibility, policy compliance, and enhancing self-serve options, with benefits on both sides.

Apr 25
Bundling fixed Internet with mobile SIMs and IP voice remains, unsurprisingly, the mainstay of the SME market for most telcos, but many providers now also recognise that there is an opportunity in helping SMEs to find and do business with new customers.


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