From iPad to bandwidth crunch

CSPs face big challenges as data-hungry devices flood market

With bated breath, the world waited on pins and needles at the end of January for the latest and greatest invention from Apple. Speculation was high that Steve Jobs would roll out a tablet computer, but once he unveiled the iPad and people finished oohing and aahing over the thin form factor, big screen and compatibility with iTunes and the App Store, the real scrutiny began.

New decade, new horizons for the communications industry

New concepts bring great opportunities

So here we are in a brand new decade; in many ways, escaping from the “Noughties” won’t be all bad for the communications industry. After all, we weathered the telecom freeze in the early 2000s, which decimated the ranks of telecom equipment makers, forced consolidation among some carriers and increased regulatory actions in many parts of the world.

IBM unveils smart cloud services and technologies for the enterprise

IBM last week announced new cloud services and technology offerings for clients moving key enterprise business processes into production cloud environments. IBM is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, a solution for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices. 

As part of this announcement, IBM is demonstrating a next-generation, enterprise cloud service delivery platform currently piloting with key clients and available later this year.

Level 3 to acquire Global Crossing

Level 3 Communications, Inc. and Global Crossing Limited Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Level 3 will acquire Global Crossing in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. The combined company will operate a global services platform anchored by fiber optic networks on three continents, connected by extensive undersea facilities. The combined network will serve a worldwide customer set with owned network in more than 50 countries and connections to more than 70 countries.

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