EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

Brussels and Washington locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the U.S.

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.

Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law.

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

New surveillance measures may become law following the November 2016 presidential elections

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.

Is Your Network Ready for the Cyber Monday Rush?

CIOs counting on the Cloud to come to their rescue may be in for a rude awakening on Tuesday morning

This year, more holiday shoppers are expected to shop online, beginning before Black Friday through to the pinnacle of online commerce, Cyber Monday. While an increase in online shopping is good news for anyone looking to avoid the holiday rush, CIOs are rightly worried that their networks may get trampled in the online aftermath. The effect of millions of customers hitting your website at the same time can have a crippling effect on network performance, resulting in unplanned downtime, sales delays and other system hiccups at the most critical and costly time of year.

Nokia CEO says Alcatel buy will increase its 5G firepower

Deal expected to close in January coincides with a industry investment cycle develop next gen 5G

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nokia's planned takeover of rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will give it far greater scope to invest in new technologies like 5G mobile equipment while cutting costs, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Rajeev Suri also told Reuters in an interview that the Finnish company was making rapid progress toward closing the acquisition, originally valued at 15.6 billion euro ($16.62 billion).

Nokia remains bullish about Africa business despite economic slowdown

A growing wave of consolidation in the sector is forcing mobile operators to step up investment

Reuters

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Finnish network equipment maker Nokia remains upbeat about its growth prospects in Africa despite a slowdown in many of the continent's fastest-growing economies, a senior company executive said on Thursday.

Nokia, which sold its once-dominant mobile handset business to Microsoft in 2014, deals in Africa mostly with telecommunications operators and governments, both of which have been hit by weaker currencies and slower economic growth.

Cisco, Ericsson reveal bigger ambitions for revenues in new partnership

Deal calls for each company to resell the other's products, expand services, merge mobile and fixed-line networks

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The $1 billion in added revenue Cisco and Ericsson each expect to see by 2018 from their new partnership to build next-generation networks is just the beginning, top executives said on Wednesday.

Executives at both Cisco and Ericsson said in an on-stage interview that they expected "at least" $1 billion a-piece during the first phase of the partnership announced this week, but that they had bigger ambitions for the years to come.

Cisco second-quarter forecast misses on order slowdown

Shifting focus to enterprise and wireless security businesses to counter lower spending by telecom carriers

Reuters

(Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc's forecast adjusted profit and revenue growth for the second quarter below analysts' estimates, citing a slowdown in order growth and weakness in its enterprise business outside the United States.

Shares of Cisco, considered a bellwether for the performance of the broader network gear industry, fell 5 percent to $26.41 in extended trading on Thursday.

Vodafone says decided against spinning off emerging markets unit

Operator says it meanwhile has started preparations to separately list its Vodafone India subsidiary

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Mobile networks operator Vodafone has looked at spinning off its entire emerging markets unit, which includes its interests in India, Africa, New Zealand, Qatar and Turkey, but decided the synergies it gives justified keeping the group together, Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said on Wednesday.

The size and scope of Vodafone's worldwide operations were in the spotlight this summer when it was in talks with European cable operator Liberty Global about an unspecified exchange of assets.

Ten Times The Speed: MEF Unveils First Six 100G CE 2.0 Certified Vendors In The World

100G CE 2.0 Certified Solutions Enable Service Providers To Address Performance & Scalability Requirements Of Demanding Applications

GEN15 Event Coverage

Dallas, 18 November 2015: Standards-based Carrier Ethernet 2.0-based networks are getting faster by an order of magnitude as the MEF today announced the first 6 vendors to offer 100G CE 2.0 certified products – supporting the future of high-speed interconnects in the Internet and in the Cloud. The vendors are Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Huawei, and Infinera.
 

PCCW Global Selects CENX to Orchestrate Self-Serve On-Demand VPN and Cloud Services

Service Orchestrator accelerates end-to-end operations of advanced data services by automating workflow orchestration and service assurance

GEN15 Event Coverage

18 November 2015— Dallas, USA —CENX, the global leader of orchestrated service management and assurance solutions for physical and virtualized networks, today announced that PCCW Global has selected CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator to enhance elements in its VPN and cloud offerings that will facilitate self-serve, on-demand connectivity. Using an on-line portal, integrated to PCCW Global’s OSS and BSS environments, customers can dynamically scale their bandwidth connectivity and cloud data center resources.

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