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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Business Network and IT Services
Date  Report
Jun 20
SD-WAN services have been available in ASEAN offered as an overlay by SIs and VARS. With advantages in underlay network, growing demand, and a maturing ecosystem, there is no reason for the ASEAN carriers not to offer the service in the market.

Jun 20
Telstra’s new strategy Telstra2022 will see major changes to its product offerings, corporate structure, and CX through digital platform. It needs to take cost out, reduce organizational complexity to compete with nimbler challengers.

Jun 14
Rackspace is launching a colocation service marketed as an on-ramp to managed hosting and the cloud. The service lets clients transition compute resources from their own gear running in Rackspace facilities to third-party infrastructure.

Jun 12
Google continues to expand its Cloud Platform capabilities with plans to add a single tenant option to its portfolio. This should appeal to enterprises that for compliance or security reasons can’t run workloads in shared environment.

Jun 12
Huawei’s capability across IoT stacks offers the vendor a unique advantage to drive IoT adoption in Asia-Pacific. However, it has yet to use this advantage outside China, as its mindshare in IoT in the region is still low.

Jun 12
The Optus strategy for being an MSSP is to work with Singtel Group, which is about integrating past acquisitions and partnering with universities, governments, start-ups and even other telcos for global capability. Integration is the Achilles’ heel.

Jun 12
Optus has achieved success in the retail and property segments with a vertical led sales approach and managed Wi-Fi paired with analytics, but like all in the industry data privacy and security remain challenges.

Jun 8
AT&T and Nokia partner to broaden AT&T’s global IoT capabilities through Nokia’s WING platform. While AT&T is already a heavy hitter in IoT in its home turf, the alliance will enhance its ability to serve MNCs abroad and prepare for a 5G future.

Jun 6
Verizon aims to win over a wide spectrum of clients with its enhanced, subscription-based threat intelligence service, which combines Anomali's threat feed with premium options to use Verizon’s remote and on-site analyst support.

Jun 6
DT’s new Data Intelligence Hub illuminates DT’s ambitions to be a neutral data custodian on behalf of enterprises. Excellent security credentials and empowering business customers with data sovereignty plus tools combine to give very strong possibilities.

Jun 6
Singtel’s venture arm, Innov8, launched its annual start-up incubator program focusing on six IoT areas this year, aligned with the carrier’s strategy to reflect the growing IoT demand in the region.

Jun 5
The first NB-IoT roaming trial - between Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom - is an important milestone for the nascent technology. A number of important use cases will span multiple countries and operators, making this a requirement.

Jun 4
PCCW continues its pace in adding software-defined capabilities to its solution. The software-defined interconnect (SDI) platform addresses the dynamic network demands of today.

Jun 4
The webscale players were the early cloud movers and have the mindshare, but there is still opportunity in the Asia-Pacific market. Meanwhile, Chinese giants are actively expanding their footprints to address the gaps and challenge the incumbents.

Jun 1
Avaya, a well-known UC vendor is finally moving to cloud-based offerings, a late move compared to the other UCC players. But there is a huge opportunity in Asia-Pacific due to the low cloud adoption, mainly in the emerging market.

Jun 1
AT&T and Google Cloud are partnering to provide clients with secure connectivity to the latter’s cloud platform. The alliance also makes Google’s G-Suite applications available to AT&T customers through its Collaborate hosted solution.

May 29
Huawei is leveraging its strength in wireless technologies (IoT and 5G) to accelerate growth in enterprise business. However, its IoT references outside China are still limited while 5G is not quite ready yet in this region

May 29
Huawei is quite aggressive in the cloud market, with announcements to become one of the major cloud providers and compete directly with the webscale players. However there is still a gap for Huawei to achieve its goal, mainly in go-to-market.

May 29
Avaya comes back strong with cloud strategy and continuous product enhancement, with Asia Pacific as its key region. However, Avaya needs to have targeted propositions and expand its channel partners in order to win in the diverse region.

May 25
Hexaware delivers value to its customers by emphasizing digital transformation. The systems integrator is placing its bets on solutions that help businesses migrate to cloud-based services, adopt automation, and improve the customer experience.

May 24
Exponential-e’s CSOC offering features real-time visibility of compliance status along with incident and event monitoring backed by analysts. Claims of differentiated pricing would be more compelling with at least a few details of the actual model.

May 24
Daisy’s acquisition of TTB’s 80,000 B2B customers is good business, although the nature of the deal means that it may take a while for Daisy to deliver organic growth from its latest example of inorganic growth.

May 23
LPWA rollouts were a big topic in 2017 as mobile operators rolled out NB-IoT and LTE-M networks, hoping for massive numbers of new IoT connections. LPWA World, held this week, may provide a reality check on the monetization of these networks.

May 18
Optus Business has delivered a better set of results compared with the previous financial year, and it has shown growing momentum. The company is aligned with Singtel’s agenda to grow its capabilities in cybersecurity and IoT.

May 17
Telefónica has a new strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services to provide its business customers with AWS professional services. Perhaps just another AWS partnership, but it reflects growth in public cloud demand by traditional enterprises.

May 17
DXC Technology is moving its BPS business forward with APA, which combines a robotic platform and professional services. It is putting together a compelling solution through partners and internal consulting capabilities.

May 16
Rackspace is rolling out a new managed Kubernetes container service. The offer stands out from rival solutions in its promise of platform-agnosticism, but support for containers running on top IaaS platforms is not available immediately.

May 16
NTT Security says it is expanding its managed security services in Asia, but what it means is that it will expand an existing SOC while stepping up marketing investment in places where it sees growth opportunities such as India and the Philippines.

May 15
Spectrum Enterprise receives $1 billion from parent company Charter Communications to deepen network reach and enhance customer service. Execution on these plans will reinforce Spectrum’s ability to challenge entrenched enterprise competitors.

May 15
Bringing end-to-end asset tracking and condition monitoring solutions to the market with other use cases to follow: Can Deutsche Telekom's strategy prove successful in winning business with smaller enterprises and late-to-market customers?

May 15
Vodafone’s FY 2017/18 results suggest a pivot from AMAP towards Europe. Incoming CEO Nick Read will have to deliver growth in markets where Vodafone has not enjoyed consistent success and mindful that AMAP remains an important market for VGE.

May 15
Tieto, along with industry partners, has launched a blockchain-based digital company registration platform. By providing a digital business identity, the platform supports real-time changes to official corporate reporting over a shared network.

May 15
Verizon launched the ThingSpace Ready program, making it easier for OEMs to build IoT devices for its network. By partnering with chipset/SIM/module manufacturers and designers and offering an integrated SDK, Verizon seeks to expand its OEM base.

May 11
Fusion continues its aggressive acquisition strategy with plans to acquire MegaPath for approximately $70 million. The move is mostly opportunistic, adding customers and revenue with little material change to Fusion’s service portfolio.

May 10
BT has posted reduced revenues for all its B2B and Wholesale units reflecting both strategic change and, more significantly, tough market conditions. However, BT is responding to these challenges and remains a threatening and innovative provider.

May 10
Fujitsu is beefing up its global managed security services portfolio in three ways - endpoint protection, Microsoft cloud security, and dark web threat analysis. Each new offer is incremental but together they make for substantial improvement.

May 10
BT has announced that it is beginning a major program of reorganization and cost savings. As well as overall staff reductions, BT is shifting its workforce profile towards provisioning and customer service, a necessary and well-timed move.

May 9
Masergy is rolling out a new managed cloud access security broker service leveraging Bitglass. The new solution expands its MDR offer’s protections to include SaaS security.

May 9
Critical to AWS’ success is the alignment of the APN community to its growth strategy and vision. The execution will be pivotal, given the competitive pressure from newer entrants like Alibaba Cloud and more established competitors such as Azure.

May 9
Vodafone’s proposed deal to acquire Liberty Global’s operations in four markets would give it an imposing European footprint. Vodafone’s new local access network assets are not necessarily enterprise focused, but they are enterprise relevant.

May 8
Windstream is taking another step in its network expansion strategy with a planned long-haul route from LA to Dallas via Phoenix. This new route is a strategic addition for Windstream that closes a coverage gap and connects a growing metro region.

May 8
Nokia has acquired SpaceTime Insight, a provider of IoT analytics with customers in transportation, energy, and utilities markets. This adds a roster of major accounts and key capabilities to advance Nokia’s IoT application development aims.

May 4
Telia Carrier is moving into Mexico with the addition of a PoP near Mexico City. The provider has claimed some key wins in Latin America recently; the new PoP will help serve these clients and strengthen Telia Carrier’s ability to win new business.

May 2
While early debates on the proposed merger center on 5G build-outs, lower OpEx, job creation, and benefits to consumers, very little has been said about the B2B side of the business. What might a T-Mobile/Sprint merger mean for the business market?

May 1
T-Mobile and Sprint announced their intention to merge, using 5G leadership as a key justification for regulators. The entire market is now waiting to see what kind of deal – or even package of conditions – the FCC and DOJ will require.

Apr 30
Megaport is rapidly expanding and enhancing its network. Adding Google Partner Interconnect and new cloud partners such as Salesforce and RagingWire enhance its position as a multi-cloud enabler.

Apr 27
Like some vendors before it, Huawei is now positioning itself as a service provider, based on its recent experience in building and operating public clouds for telcos as well as its plans to deliver its broader technology solutions via the cloud.

Apr 27
As Akamai’s traditional market (media delivery, web performance) is maturing, the vendor is expanding its capabilities in other areas such as IoT and security. However, there are areas it needs to address in order to retain its momentum in Asia.

Apr 26
Deutsche Telekom and SAP are showcasing solutions for logistics and asset tracking at HANNOVER MESSE, fleshing out an alliance announced at MWC. These are not just point solutions, as they add insights throughout the manufacturing supply chain.

Apr 26
Telefónica has found a new customer for smart metering. It’s not the first operator to install NB-IoT smart meters with partner Huawei, but Telefónica has a new strategy to sell to the problematic European smart meter and smart city markets.

Apr 25
Atos is partnering with Google Cloud, leveraging its machine learning and AI capabilities to support advanced digital collaboration and modernized IT. While not exclusive, the move could marginalize Atos’s VMware and Cloud Foundry activities.

Apr 24
Bidco’s proposed takeover of CityFibre provides new funding for the FTTP provider, and the involved investment companies have experience raising money for similar projects. However, a significant increase in CityFibre’s ambitions may not follow.

Apr 19
Telefónica has secured a collaborative agreement with Software AG and its robust Cumulocity platform. The partnership will provide the telco with a market-leading platform to offer end-to-end IoT solutions to Spanish businesses out of the box.

Apr 18
Orange Business Services and Siemens partner for industrial IoT, adding the unique features of Siemen’s MindSphere platform to the operator’s services. The alliance focuses on asset tracking and will help customers leverage advanced analytics.

Apr 18
Zayo is adding a new data center near London, improving its position in a key global market. The facility will help it serve a growing base of enterprise, financial services and cloud clients as well as address changing data security requirements.

Apr 17
Aryaka, and its channels, can now target clients that require SD-WAN and Internet connectivity into China through a new partnership with China Mobile International. The move expands Aryaka’s addressable target market in a strategically key region.

Apr 16
Verizon launched VNS Solution Bundles, a catalog of preconfigured, pretested service-chained VNFs. Pre-deployment testing and configuration, along with automation tools, should substantially reduce the cost and time to implement services.

Apr 12
Telefonica is launching a new cybersecurity threat intelligence alliance in partnership with several global telcos, expanding the members’ capabilities through a collective effort to share, analyze, and expand available data and insights.

Apr 11
HPE Pointnext, the global consulting division of HPE, acquired RedPixie, UK-based cloud specialists with expertise in architecting Azure hybrid solutions. HPE has a strong services play, despite spinning off HP Enterprise Services to DXC.

Apr 11
NTT Com and Dimension Data completed transferring the latter’s IaaS assets to the former. Having a single delivery source should streamline development, while both entities will continue to sell the solutions directly and through partners.

Apr 11
Cisco has a strong messaging around its intuitive networking and broad security capabilities to help customers to digitize their business. But it is less clear how Cisco is evolving its channel strategy and supporting a multi-vendor environment.

Apr 10
At Atos’ analyst event, IoT was a major theme in keynotes and break-outs. Services, platforms, strategic alliances and enablers such as Digital Twin, AI, Blockchain and analytics fortify Atos’ position as an enabler of digital transformation.

Apr 9
Team collaboration, artificial intelligence, and contact center emerged as key topics at Enterprise Connect 2018. This report discusses main themes and along with service provider announcements at the show.

Apr 4
Q1 2018 announcements from the IIoT services ecosystem included news from mobile operators on topics from technology to new partnerships, services and customers. MWC18 brought out the ecosystem in force, influencing the flow of announcements.

Apr 4
Telefonica and Microsoft are allying to improve the IoT customer experience, using network authentication and identity for zero-touch device provisioning. Azure integration will relieve many Telefonica customers’ deployment and management issues.

Apr 2
Satellites have long been available for mobile IoT deployments in rural coverage areas without cellular access, for maritime and military operations, or in far-flung global locations. New capabilities have emerged to enhance offerings.

Mar 30
Competition continues to grow in the UK public sector space with both Daisy and Exponential-e picking up wins with national agencies. Capita has received some negative headlines recently but can point to multiple high-profile wins.

Mar 30
Wipro communicated its strategy and portfolio in cloud-related integration, application delivery, and managed services at a recent analyst day. With a new dedicated cloud unit, it recognizes it must cannibalize its own business or someone else will.

Mar 29
SD-WAN is not a panacea, but the growing use of the internet within the network services market means that it is an important technology. SD-WAN remains nascent, but the market is taking shape and a new wave of solutions is already approaching.

Mar 29
Colt DCS provided a breakdown on its current strategy and business performance, highlighting rapid growth driven by colocation demand from cloud providers. It has its sights on other segments, too, but hyperscalers are the main focus.

Mar 29
Proximus has acquired ION-IP, a Netherlands-based security technology integrator and managed service provider. It complements last year’s acquisition of Davinsi Labs and should strengthen Promixus’s end-to-end security capabilities.

Mar 28
While Oracle bested Wall Street earnings estimates, revenues fell just short of expectations. The company continues to grow its cloud business, but at a much slower rate than top-tier cloud players like AWS and Salesforce.

Mar 27
NTT DATA Services is partnering with DataFirst to improve diagnostics from imaging data. The new solution integrates the former’s Imaging Insights file classification service with DataFirst’s workflow engine which shares images across platforms.

Mar 27
Tofane Global has reached an agreement with KPN to acquire iBasis. The move gives Tofane immediate credentials as a major scale VoIP provider with additional prospects in IoT, anti-fraud and service analytics.

Mar 23
Exoscale plans to take its public cloud offerings beyond its developer-centric market to reach new user audiences via the A1 Digital brand. Differentiating against global rivals with its EU sovereignty may not be enough.

Mar 23
While 5G is a huge topic in telecom, it will still be awhile before it matters much to the enterprise. U.S. mobile operators are launching services this year, but it will be 2019 before there will be standardized offerings and devices available.

Mar 22
Singtel and Twilio partnership bridges the gap between IoT and carrier legacy services. It enables carriers to differentiate in IoT market from just a pipe provider. It also offers customization to address dynamic requirements across verticals.

Mar 20
Telstra is interconnecting its PSTN with Microsoft Office 365 to deliver a carrier-grade service from the cloud. This improves the overall UC&C proposition. For voice, there are advantages in quality and management.

Mar 19
Cox launched Cox2M, a LoRa-powered LPWAN service, with Cox-owned Manheim Auctions as the first customer, connecting 500,000 cars. Cox sees transportation, cities, campuses, energy/utilities, agriculture, retail, and real estate as key verticals.

Mar 19
Verizon and Colt completed a two-way SDN network orchestration trial between their production networks. As enterprise adoption of SDN-based services grows, the importance of carrier interconnections supporting service flexibility also increases.

Mar 1
Next generation IoT solutions will rely on data from inside and outside the enterprise. InterDigital has launched a data marketplace in use by select UK municipalities to share their Smart City data between public and private sector enterprises.

Mar 15
Telstra Ventures invests in start-ups with innovative technologies. The latest investment in Cape gives Telstra access to a drone application that it can add to its industry solution portfolio for key sectors such as mining and public safety.

Mar 14
Carriers, software vendors and system integrators were all touting end-to-end IoT solutions at MWC. But did anyone actually stand out from the crowd?

Mar 13
T-Systems’ annual security conference was larger than ever in 2018, elevating its platform in the German market as the leader in cybersecurity services for business. Taking its position to the next level in Europe will be much more challenging.

Mar 8
NTT Com-Netmagic and Nuage Networks are teaming up with the expectation that their flexible service offering will drive SD-WAN adoption in India.

Mar 8
RingCentral combines contact center and team messaging as the Collaborative Contact Center. Persistent communications across agents, enterprise experts, and customers streamline issue resolution, while monitoring tools add real-time visibility.

Mar 7
Verizon rebranded its telematics business, combining its fleet management and mobile workforce solutions that include the Telogis and Fleetmatics businesses acquired in 2016. The new Verizon Connect branding should resonate more with enterprises.

Mar 6
Looking to gain a stronger foothold in the healthcare industry, Google introduced its new Cloud Healthcare API at HIMMS. While Google has stiff competition in the sector, it also brings an edge in expertise managing data on the largest scale.

Mar 5
VHA grew revenue by 3.4% and EBITDA by 6.5% year-over-year in FY 2017, thanks to its growing MVNO customers and roaming revenue. VHA launched NB-IoT and NBN products in FY 2017, but did not announce customer wins or business-grade plans.

Mar 2
Atos reported strong annual results for 2017, with its recent acquisitions, its internal transformation strategy, and the digital transformation story being delivered to the market all contributing to the effort.

Mar 2
Carriers want to be end-to-end IoT providers, as connectivity is only a small part of the value chain. By using blockchain to integrate a carmaker’s supply chain sensor data, is Telefónica proving itself to be a next-generation IoT provider?

Mar 2
Deutsche Telekom and SAP are partnering to create IoT service packages, interfaces between platforms, and packaged applications. The alliance combines their skills and technology sets, including SAP’s insights and business process expertise.

Mar 2
Macquarie Telecom is ahead of guidance based on its half-year financial results, with strong growth coming from its hosting business. Its SD-WAN solution is gaining traction, which will boost its network business and win new logos going forward.

Mar 1
Vodafone and China Mobile have entered a reciprocal reseller agreement to provide mobile connectivity for global IoT engagements. The deal expands market opportunities for two of the largest providers of IoT services.

Mar 1
Optus Business has launched GO, a suite of ICT solutions intended to give organisations of all sizes access to connectivity, collaboration and cloud solutions, in an effort toward more effectively penetrating the SMB segment from 200 seats onwards.

Feb 28
GTT makes its most ambitious move yet, plotting a EUR1.9 billion acquisition of Interoute. The move meshes with GTT’s strategy of building a global network for cloud and virtualized services, and is another step in creating a formidable competitor.

Feb 27
MWC has just begun, with IoT a major area of focus. AT&T has already announced an alliance for smart cities, fleet management solutions, new IoT professional services, a deal with Caterpillar, solutions for car dealers, and IoT device management.

Feb 26
AT&T has followed through on plans to launch network-hosted SD-WAN. The new access-agnostic offer can be delivered as a network-based service or via VNF to on-premises CPE, giving AT&T flexibility in meeting enterprise virtualization needs.

Feb 26
VGE is on track to grow its business and presence in Asia through its outcome-based and globally aligned strategy as well as its focus on customer experience. Continuous innovation in IoT and SD-WAN differentiates the provider in the market.

Feb 22
Verizon put out a report disclosing disturbing survey results that reflect the lack of mobile security practices in use by today’s businesses. The likelihood of serious breaches is high if enterprises don’t change their ways.

Feb 22
UKCloud’s credentials for delivering a secure cloud portfolio to the UK public sector that meets strict compliance was already established. The new offering means its customers can leverage the Azure platform under the same conditions.

Feb 21
Vocus is gaining traction in the enterprise segment and its transformation is well underway to improve its bottom line in the longer term. However, the headwinds in the SMB and consumer segments are pulling down the overall financial performance.

Feb 21
VGE is on track to grow its business and presence in Asia through its outcome-based and globally aligned strategy as well as a focus on customer experience. Its co-created solutions move VGE up the value chain and away from being a ‘reseller.’

Feb 21
Vodafone develops much-needed air traffic control technology to help ensure drone safety. The system uses 4G LTE IoT to prevent accidents, curb malicious usage, and provide geo-fencing and “beyond line-of sight” tracking for commercial drones.

Feb 20
Cisco is rolling out endpoint security solutions specially packaged for MSSPs to add to their solution sets. Since they are delivered via the cloud, MSSPs can scale up quickly without requiring additional infrastructure.

Feb 20
Deutsche Telekom held an IoT analyst conference in January 2018. The carrier is a provider of choice for local, regional and, increasingly, global IoT business. DT can expand sales by advancing its flexible toolkits and custom capabilities.

Feb 20
Telstra saw margins decline in H1 FY2018, as competition increases and nbn rollout accelerates. However, Telstra continues to invest in network and digitisation to drive growth, and continues to grow revenue in new areas like cloud and IoT.

Feb 15
Accenture opens an innovation center in Modena, Italy as part of its $1.4 billion investment in digital industry transformation. The center offers IIoT design workshops, experience areas to showcase technology; and access to regional ecosystems.

Feb 14
AT&T is tapping Accenture to help develop microservices for an internal ordering system. The aim of the joint work ultimately is to expedite and improve service delivery to the end customer by creating a more agile ordering system.

Feb 13
Defense contractor General Dynamics is swooping in to snap up public sector IT services specialist CSRA. The deal, which includes the assumption of $2.8 billion in CSRA debt, makes the shipbuilder a new force in government IT services.

Feb 12
Amazon’s healthcare tie-up with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase lit the Internet rumor mill on fire. Though the alliance probably won’t approach the speculated-upon broad market impact, expect Amazon to find a role to play in healthcare.

Feb 9
Sprint is doubling down on the public sector, with a new leader and a set of offerings across mobility, wireline, security, IoT, and cloud services, plus parent SoftBank’s assets in chips and satellite technologies.

Feb 8
Optus Business is Having a Bumpy Ride - Financial Results Alert
Optus Business is in the red again due to the timing of ICT projects. Overall revenue for the first nine months was flat but it continued to report robust growth in mobile services with more subscribers added.

Feb 8
As businesses plan to spend more on security point products and managed services, BT and other telcos are stepping up to share intelligence for the common good.

Feb 7
Fuze expands partner options with the addition of a ‘reseller’ option for select channel partners. Resellers can help Fuze reach new clients and markets, but success will require a strong channel organization to support and advocate for partners.

Feb 7
GDPR is looming over the heads of any business with customers in the European Union, because its imminent implementation means new rules and penalties. Cloud, IT and security service providers, meanwhile, are struggling to offer silver bullets.

Feb 6
Orange Business Services is acquiring Enovacom, a French e-health software vendor with a focus on secure health information exchange. The deal gives Orange access to a large number of healthcare clients for which it can propose integrated solutions.

Feb 5
Orange Cyberdefense partners with Check Point to offer Mobile Threat Protection. A managed service that can integrate with Orange EMM solutions, this will help reassure businesses that their mobile devices are protected from security breaches.

Feb 1
Optus Puts IoT High on the Agenda - Intelligence Report
Optus puts IoT as a strategic priority for 2018 and looks to expand on early client wins in the retail, real estate and education sectors. The company now needs to expand its capabilities in Australia to ramp up its IoT business.

Jan 31
Google Cloud is teaming with MobileIron to open a new digital marketplace for cloud apps. The IaaS provider is playing a bit of a game of catch up to the established app stores of chief rivals Microsoft and AWS.

Jan 30
Enter’s new SD-WAN is a product launch milestone for the company. OpenStack network automation and the platform’s availability to SD-WAN reseller partners provide considerably expanded market opportunities.

Jan 26
Verizon makes another move in its virtualization strategy, launching Virtual Network Services-SBCaaS. Tiered service levels and pay-as-you-go pricing support flexibility, and service chaining with other Verizon VNFs enable an integrated solution.

Jan 25
The surprise launch of Chronicle, Alphabet's new cybersecurity spinout, proves the huge innovation opportunity in security analytics and threat detection. Can the vendor audaciously find a solution to a problem that has eluded an entire industry?

Jan 25
FiberLight is deepening its fiber reach in Ashburn, VA to meet demand for cloud and data center services from retail and wholesale clients. Expansion details are not disclosed, but there is no downside to increasing capacity in a strategic market.

Jan 24
Q4 saw the role of AWS in European markets expand further, while challengers and telcos alike launched new offers in IaaS – including acceleration and application performance, multi-cloud management, and data center capacity expansions.

Jan 24
A recent spate of announcements from IoT mobile virtual network operators about providing embedded SIMs and connections for tablets or laptops adds to the theory that IoT and enterprise mobility are converging, but a few semantic problems emerge.

Jan 24
CenturyLink is adding a feature for businesses that want to provide secure connectivity for remote and mobile users. The solution provides a number of options through which users can securely access their corporate network via a mobile device.

Jan 23
Deutsche Telekom is expanding IoT services to Brazil as an MVNO through Embratel, using its own connectivity management portal. Brazil has sizeable market potential for IoT, especially for automotive, smart city, and agricultural use cases.

Jan 22
In our first blog, we introduced the concept of moving up the WAN value chain with SD-WAN. In this second final blog, we’ll share our own research to set the scene for SD-WAN uptake, and describe some examples of real implementations.

Jan 19
AWS is introducing unified automatic scaling across multiple cloud services. The feature makes it easier for developers to dynamically add or decommission cloud resources as capacity needs change.

Jan 17
Google is continuing its quest to disrupt the IaaS landscape with big investments in infrastructure. The hope is the move will add scale and reach that will give top-tier providers a run for their money.

Jan 17
CenturyLink closed its acquisition of Level 3 in Q4 2017, creating an even more formidable competitor. With a deeper network footprint and more on-net buildings, the provider further bolsters its position in the small and mid-sized business market.

Jan 17
Sprint launched an upgrade for its ‘gold standard’ push-to-talk solution, along with partner Kodiak, now owned by Motorola. While some features have improved, other operators have similar products and pricing, and PTT is a relatively static market.

Jan 9
T-Mobile offers a $6 a year data plan promo for 12 MB of data per device on its new NB-IoT network. While clearly it can’t make much money at this price, the Un-carrier gets attention with value-pricing and shows it’s a player in the LPWAN game.

Jan 9
Our 2018 predictions tackle enterprise services challenges and opportunities for service providers and their customers, from emerging services such as SD-WAN to data center, cloud, managed security, unified communications, and the industrial IoT.

Jan 9
Telstra sees great opportunities in 5G, big data and IoT, and uses AI to improve its operations and services. Internationally, Telstra needs to look at acquiring a company (similar to Company85 in the UK) to strengthen its position in the US.

Jan 5
Google is launching a beta of its GPUs with preemptible VMs. This lower-cost alternative to using GPUs with on-demand compute is a good option for high-throughput, fault-tolerant workloads like machine learning and scientific applications.

Jan 5
SD-WAN gives operators opportunities to move up the value chain beyond connectivity. This first part in a two-part blog series explores market disruption and introduces the idea of how a transformed WAN drives better customer experience.

Jan 4
Public announcements in Q4 from the IIoT services ecosystem included news from mobile operators but also from a range of ecosystem participants from IIoT PaaS providers, to IT service providers, LPWAN pure-plays, and infrastructure providers.

Jan 4
In a move to broaden its appeal to clients with large scale cloud storage needs, Microsoft is buying file system vendor Avere Systems. Avere Systems brings with it a marquee client list that is particularly robust in media and entertainment.

Jan 4
Zayo launched SD-WAN, adding access options to its fiber-based network service portfolio. The move supports Zayo’s plans to focus on strategic enterprise verticals, but it must overcome market perceptions as a high-capacity infrastructure player.

Dec 29 2017
2017 presented the enterprise with a host of costly IT security risks. Facing an ever-escalating threat environment, organizations can anticipate more challenges ahead, but also MSSP innovation in automation, orchestration, and cognitive security.


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