Casa Systems Demos 'Industry First' Virtualized Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution

Built to deliver optimal performance and flexible deployment of core and edge access functions

ANDOVER, Mass., February 6, 2017 – Casa Systems, a worldwide leader in next-generation fixed, wireless and Wi-Fi access, today announced it will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind virtualized fixed mobile convergence solution that enables cable service providers to offer a full complement of robust mobile services in addition to fixed offerings to subscribers. 
 

mmWave Guru & Industry Visionary on 5G Future

Key voice in 5G R&D on anticipated applications and flexible spectrum use - Q&A with NYU's Rappaport

Professor Theodore Rappaport, Founding Director, NYU WIRELESSOn July 14, 2016 the FCC adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations above 24 GHz, making the U.S. the first country to make this spectrum available and leapfrogging other nations in the race for 5G mmWave technology.

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.

Kuwait telco Zain eyes technology investments: CEO

Shows interest in 'smart city' initiatives, online advertising and TV services

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait's Zain will investment more in technology firms in parallel industries and is considering buying into two digital advertising companies, the telecom operator's chief executive said on Monday.

Zain, like many Gulf telecoms operators, has suffered as subscriber growth stagnated and replacement services such as instant messaging and Internet-based calls replaced higher-margin text messages and conventional phone calls.

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.

Dish, T-Mobile US talk merger, wireless spectrum a key factor

Speculation causing waves across the industry; deal could spell trouble for Sprint

Reuters

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just four months ago, T-Mobile US Inc Chief Executive John Legere warned consumers that results of a U.S. airwaves auction "should scare the hell out of you" because winning bids by Dish Network Corp and bigger phone companies threatened competition.

Now Legere is in talks to merge T-Mobile US Inc and Dish Network Corp, said a source familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss the confidential negotiations. A decisive factor is how the partners would use the spectrum Dish has been buying up over the years.

Vodafone in talks with Liberty Global on asset swap, not merger

After weeks of speculation, Vodafone released a statement on Friday saying it was not in merger talks

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second biggest mobile company, said it is in early talks about exchanging selected assets with Europe's largest cable operator Liberty Global, which could enable each to better compete with rivals.

Analysts and sector bankers said the two most important countries for both firms where they overlap were Britain and Germany. They also both operate in Ireland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

Converging Technologies and Big Data in Telecom

Third-party Applications equal Big Opportunities for Mobile Network Operators

Big Data represents a major inflection point for the ICT and Telecom sectors as it will transform business asset utility and value forever more. It isn’t a revolution or a replacement for the current technologies, but it is rather a valued extension of business assets.

Enel offers to help build Italy's fibre broadband network

Move could bring utility company into conflict with Telecom Italia

Reuters

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - Italian power utility Enel has written to the Italian communications regulator offering to help with building a nationwide ultrafast broadband telecoms network, a move that could bring it into conflict with Telecom Italia.

Enel, which is controlled by the Italian government, wrote a letter to the regulator on April 14 saying its domestic network could be used to help install fibre optic cables more cheaply.

Arris to buy British set-top box maker Pace in $2.1 billion deal

Deal comes as OTT disrupts traditional video service industry

Reuters

(Reuters) - Network gear maker Arris Group Inc said it would buy British set-top box maker Pace Plc in a $2.1 billion cash-and-stock deal to expand its operations outside North America.

The deal, which involves the creation of a new company that will be incorporated in the UK, will help Arris reduce corporate taxes.

Arris said the deal will reduce its non-GAAP tax rate to about 26-28 percent. The company's tax rate was 36.8 percent in 2014.

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