The Role of Telecom APIs in the CSP Ecosystem

New business models will depend on 3rd-party apps, developed by small companies, relying on APIs

As many in IT know, the term API stands for Application Programming Interface.  An application programming interface (API) is a protocol intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other. What many outside of B2B networking do not know is that APIs enable network operators to capitalize on existing network infrastructure to facilitate third-party creation of a vast array of business opportunities for carriers worldwide.  

Verizon's workers say no strike for now, union talks continue

Company says there is little progress in contract talks, and it is ready for a work stoppage

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired.

Since June, the unions have been in talks with Verizon over the company's plans to cut costs by controlling healthcare and pension-related benefits over a three-year period.

German carmakers buy Nokia maps to fend off digital rivals

HERE is the leading supplier of digital maps for most of the world's top carmakers

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to buy Nokia's maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars.

Germany's three premium carmakers joined forces and will hold equal stakes in the business, known as HERE, clubbing together to keep the assets from falling into the hands of Internet rivals in Silicon Valley or China.

Globalstar location-tracking network vulnerable to hacking

Unlike Globalstar's satellite phone services, data from the devices is not encrypted in transit

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday.

Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.

Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

More than 3 million people have downloaded the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app

Reuters

BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely.

"White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches

Facing intense competition in sector, and soft demand from telecom operators

Reuters

PARIS/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Shares in telecom network gear makers Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent jumped on Thursday after both posted strong second-quarter results, giving a positive signal ahead of their pending merger.

Nokia's 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent announced in mid-April aims to position the company to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei, by forging a strong number two in mobile with a more complete product line.

FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog

Task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, but 5 still lack a computer scientist

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats.

As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed.

T-Mobile raises 2015 subscriber forecast; results top estimates

Company has revamped pricing plans, eliminated service contracts and launched marketing campaigns

Reuters

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc on Thursday posted better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue and raised its 2015 subscriber forecast for the second time this year, boosting shares about 5 percent.

The No. 4 U.S. wireless by revenue now expects to add 3.4 million to 3.9 million postpaid users, or customers who pay on a monthly basis based on usage, in 2015, up from 3.0 million to 3.5 million.

Quarterly revenue jumped 14 percent to $8.18 billion as aggressive promotions helped win customers in the second quarter. This beat analysts' estimate of $7.94 billion.

Why There is a Buzz Over Virtual CPE

As operators embrace NFV, vCPE for business services promises to be a prime use case

Networks that are agile, efficient, and well orchestrated are the first priority if service providers are to meet the challenges of automated, speedy, and ultimately profitable service delivery. The holy grail of programmable networks is driving the acceleration in network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).

AT&T, DirecTV complete merger to form biggest pay-TV company

FCC will require AT&T to establish internal, and independent external, compliance officers

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company on Friday, completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final regulatory approval.

The newly expanded AT&T leapfrogs the biggest U.S. cable company Comcast Corp. The company said it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and more than 19 million in Latin America, making it the world's biggest pay-TV company.

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