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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Business Network and IT Services
Date  Report
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.

Dec 21 2017
AWS launched its newest cloud node in Paris, bringing its European total to four and cementing its strength in one of the EU’s largest country markets. Embellishing its increasingly strong European credentials further increases its competitiveness.

Dec 19 2017
Telia is acquiring its second IT services firm in Finland this year with its proposed takeover of Inmics Oy. Telia’s buying spree reflects a pragmatic telco strategy that nevertheless embraces the opportunities of enterprise digital transformation.

Dec 18 2017
Enterprise digital transformation initiatives are driving new collaboration models. Team collaboration tools streamline employee productivity, mobility is table stakes, and technology advances position contact centers as strategic business assets.

Dec 18 2017
GDPR looms over the heads of all businesses with customers in the EU; its imminent implementation means new rules and penalties. Cloud and data center providers must get their own houses in order to protect themselves as well as their clients.

Dec 14 2017
Telefonica’s partnership with Origen Technologies provides it with a new channel for its Open Cloud IaaS platform in Latin America and the U.S. Origen can bundle Telefonica solutions with its SAP portfolio through both packaged and managed services.

Dec 12 2017
AWS rolled out a single sign-on service for AWS accounts and enterprise applications. The service can connect to the enterprise’s Microsoft Active Directory, allowing users to sign in with their corporate passwords.

Dec 12 2017
While 2017 was all about hybrid cloud, 2018 will bring a variety of approaches to multi-cloud management. Expect new innovations from cloud providers in a number of areas including privacy and security, digitalization, and cloud business platforms.

Dec 11 2017
While wearables and smart home apps often make the news, the industrial sector is buying many of the billions of connections that already support the Internet of Things. GlobalData foresees wide-ranging advances in the industrial IoT in 2018.

Dec 11 2017
Orange Belgium has completed country-wide coverage for its mobile IoT offering, based on a combination of LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies. This is an unusual claim, made even stronger by the availability of both indoor and outdoor coverage.

Dec 11 2017
Singtel is stepping up its R&D efforts in key technologies to boost its capability for delivering smart city solutions. This will help Singtel to win projects in Singapore, but it has not fleshed out its strategy to win in other markets.

Dec 8 2017
Equinix announced its new inter-metro connectivity service delivered through its Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). Pay-as-you-go, an API and real-time provision will threaten a traditional segment and force other providers to respond.

Dec 6 2017
Verizon announced ‘Virtual Network Services - One,’ a new feature that supports utility-based pricing and centralized management. The company’s steady positive forward momentum strengthens the overall service wrap.

Dec 6 2017
T-Mobile gets the business of 7,000 U.S. employees of Shell, for a range of domestic and global mobile voice and data services. The ‘Un-carrier’ implies that its services can erode competitors’ arguably stronger position in enterprise mobility.

Dec 1 2017
HPE OneSphere is a usage-based multi-cloud management solution, but its claims of being an “industry first” ignore similar offers now coming to market. The launch, however, strongly complements HPE’s new usage-based infrastructure offering.

Nov 30 2017
Mobile operators have been touting IoT solutions for usage-based insurance for a long time. Vodafone’s new alliance with Admiral in the UK helps cement its credibility in this area and adds advanced services on top of wireless connectivity.

Nov 29 2017
T-Systems is leveraging its extensive experience in multi-cloud service integration to launch Managed Cloud Operating System (MCOS). The solution brings automation to management of various third party services, streamlining user operations.

Nov 28 2017
Zayo’s planned acquisition of Spread Networks is a small but strategic acquisition, bringing a suite of complementary wavelength and dark fiber services, plus a low-latency NYC-Chicago route with plenty of capacity for long-term growth.

Nov 28 2017
HPE is rolling out a series of new pay-per-use IT services aimed at enterprises looking to alleviate upfront costs associated with capital spending. Clients essentially rent the hardware while HPE provides the support services on a metered basis.

Nov 27 2017
Vodafone continues to deliver on its roadmap, and the provider has set out a plan for the next 12 months that will enhance its global telecoms provider credentials. Vodafone is moving toward a smart CapEx model powered by automation and analytics.

Nov 22 2017
AWS continues to push the cloud envelope, opening a new ‘Secret Region’ to support more of the specialized data privacy requirements of intelligence agencies. The IaaS giant can now support government workloads across all classifications.

Nov 21 2017
Having nearly completed its European NB-IoT network, Deutsche Telekom is marrying its network skills with Fraunhofer’s logistics expertise to drum up customer demand for industrial IoT applications.

Nov 20 2017
BT Group’s H1 2017/18 results paint a difficult picture for its Global Services division, even away from turmoil in Italy. However, BT has fleshed out its previously hinted at ‘digital’ vision whilst the EE acquisition continues to deliver growth.

Nov 17 2017
Tata Communications has added new capabilities such as NFV with vCPE, WLAN and bandwidth on demand to its IZO platform. These new services further strengthen IZO’s appeal as the cloud enablement platform.

Nov 17 2017
Technology isn’t a differentiator in the smart city market. Vendors have to do more to address what really stymies projects. With $1 billion of financing available for urban planners, can Cisco smash the biggest barriers for truly smart cities?

Nov 17 2017
Senet seeks to enlarge its market by offering virtual network services, providing access to its U.S. LoRa-based LPWAN network to other operators and system integrators; the aim is to draw partners with which to expand/globalize the LoRa ecosystem.

Nov 16 2017
Spectrum Enterprise entered the SD-WAN marketplace with a service demonstration and the launch of field trials. The operator is well behind competitors in launching a service, but actual uptake is still emerging, making its delay a moot point.

Nov 14 2017
PTC disclosed a strategy to launch ThingWorx-integrated, role-based IoT apps in June; it is keeping its promise with Asset Advisor for service, which provides tools for service managers leveraging IoT to increase uptime of field assets.

Nov 14 2017
Rackspace and HPE are launching a managed cloud service that employs a usage-based pricing model. The OpenStack solution is aimed at customers who want the option to burst workloads but don’t want to tap the public cloud for the extra capacity.

Nov 14 2017
Maximizing potential profits from the IoT requires telcos to have courage, judgment and application. Here’s how to take the first step.

Nov 14 2017
NTT Com and Dimension Data will gain scale by merging their IaaS operations, bringing potential synergies around cloud expertise and operating cost. However, this move removes flexibility for Dimension Data to develop its own flavor of cloud.

Nov 13 2017
VPS makes its Meraki-based Managed SD-WAN solution available to the channel, helping partners gain a foothold in the emerging market for SD-WAN. Verizon was an early mover in SD-WAN, and has the expertise to educate partners on this new solution.

Nov 10 2017
Colt Technology Services extended its Colt IQ Network to North America, and upgraded network capacities to 100 Gbps to more Asia destinations. The expansions increase its addressable target market while globally consistent SD-WAN is compelling.

Nov 10 2017
Vodafone and CityFibre’s announcement comes as a direct challenge to Openreach and would represent one of the UK’s largest fibre rollouts. However, despite the strong rhetoric, surpassing Openreach, or VMB, will not be easy.

Nov 9 2017
Comcast Business is an enterprise market challenger, expanding its high speed network services to support new applications. Comcast’s focus on automation and software, including its new ActiveCore SDN platform, underpin its strategy for growth.

Nov 9 2017
Tata Communications provides enterprise mobility and IoT solutions based on its global MOVE connectivity platform. It has developed a unique combination of direct and indirect channels to court both global MVNOs and multinational enterprises.

Nov 9 2017
Vodafone’s ‘V’ consumer IoT launch aims to add value and stickiness to its mobile voice and data offering, but SME and enterprise LoB bosses will find much to interest them in terms of asset tracking, activity monitoring and video surveillance.

Nov 8 2017
Google and Salesforce are teaming on an extensive, multi-faceted and potentially game-changing deal. In addition to integrating Salesforce’s CRM solution with G Suite and Google Analytics, Salesforce named Google its preferred IaaS provider.

Nov 8 2017
Lack of comprehensive security and privacy for collected data remains one of the primary roadblocks to IoT adoption. An unusual vendor alliance is attempting to solve a major piece of the problem, focusing on developers designing IoT devices.

Nov 8 2017
With hackers increasingly exploiting critical infrastructure like energy systems, now is the time for Siemens and Tenable to simplify and speed up industrial firms’ access to network vulnerability discovery, risk analysis and mitigation procedures.

Nov 7 2017
Singtel has improved its SD-WAN capabilities with Versa Networks. This will appeal to its captive domestic market and SMB accounts in helping to consolidate network and security on a single platform and reduce the number of branch appliances.

Nov 2 2017
CenturyLink closes its Level 3 purchase a year and a day after announcing the deal. The move boosts CenturyLink’s competitive position, as it comes to market with a full suite of network services and around 450,000 route-miles of fiber globally.

Nov 2 2017
Google continues its enterprise pursuit, adding four new locations to its existing 35. The provider also struck a deal with Equinix to provide Dedicated Interconnect service where it isn’t offering its private connection option.

Nov 1 2017
GE Aviation and Tableau Software ally to provide visual analytics to aviation companies, leveraging data from GE’s 35,000 aircraft engines. The aim is to help airlines with fuel efficiency, safety, and an improved customer experience.

Oct 31 2017
In Q3 2017, Altice announced plans to refine its market strategy, integrating three brands and standardizing its portfolio across its service area. The result will be a formidable competitor in multisite and regional connectivity deals.

Oct 30 2017
Nokia is enabling digital transformation through its broad networking portfolios as well as its strong partnerships with telcos.

Oct 27 2017
Cisco and Google Cloud inked a deal to bring development and management tools for hybrid cloud environments. The alliance could be a win for both with Cisco enhancing its multi-cloud position and broadening Google’s enterprise appeal.

Oct 27 2017
At Minds and Machines, GE announced software to improve data collection and streaming analytics at the edge, key for IoT environments where connectivity is unreliable or costly. Edge solutions are key to cut latency and empower real time analysis.

Oct 25 2017
Vocus is on track with its strategy execution and it plans to sell its New Zealand business and Australian data centres to improve its balance sheet. The sale of assets will enable Vocus to invest and grow its Australian business.

Oct 24 2017
Cisco’s planned purchase of BroadSoft consolidates leading collaboration vendors with extensive service provider partnerships. The combination holds the promise of innovation; but the service providers’ challenge of differentiation remains.

Oct 24 2017
Swisscom announced IaaS and PaaS offers based on AWS and Azure, including integration and support as well as managed services, positioning itself as a trusted local partner. Hybrid features, the key focus, won’t be unveiled until next year.

Oct 24 2017
Strong performance in cloud, cybersecurity, and analytics helped IBM beat both top and bottom line Q4 2017 earnings estimates. However declining sales from legacy technology and services continued to put a drag on revenues.

Oct 19 2017
GTT expands its financial services offer, adding ultra-low latency routes in key global markets and global availability of its Time Synchronization option. The move increases GTT’s visibility and position in a highly competitive market.

Oct 19 2017
GE and Apple are allying to help developers create apps providing visibility into and alerts from IoT-enabled performance monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions. This strong partnership also includes GE’s use of Apple devices internally.

Oct 18 2017
At its customer summit, OVH declared it intends to be a European alternative to US and Chinese public clouds. It also announced the Open Cloud Foundation, a group of cloud market stakeholders establishing a meta-framework to prevent vendor lock-in.

Oct 18 2017
The Nokia-Bosch partnership could provide a complete connectivity solution for enterprises and CSPs. It presently lacks a rich applications suite and go-to-market model, but the threat to existing players is palpable.

Oct 18 2017
Cisco unveiled a portfolio of AI-powered services to enable higher availability and lower maintenance costs. But, many other vendors are ahead of Cisco in implementing AI, and the ‘value’ within the ‘High-value’ branded offering remains murky.

Oct 18 2017
Hurricane Electric has deployed its second PoP in East Africa, and third on the continent, just over a year since entering the market. The company is quickly establishing a foothold in the growing market; a PoP in West Africa may be the next move.

Oct 16 2017
Alibaba aims high to be a technology leader challenging the likes of Amazon and Google. With its $15 billion investment in its R&D academy, Alibaba will be able to deliver more services to businesses globally beyond cloud computing.

Oct 13 2017
DXC Technology is spinning out its public sector business in a three-way deal that merges the unit with Vencore and KeyPoint Solutions, creating a $4.3 billion government solutions company with deep expertise in analytics, cloud, and cybersecurity.

Oct 16 2017
TM ONE is going beyond domestic market with its twin-core data center. Certified with various industry standards and packed with advanced features, is it enough for TM to attract the regional businesses and providers?

Oct 13 2017
Cubic Telecom’s SIM deal with Telstra Wholesale could provide Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics services to some 200,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles in Australia, boosting the Irish software house’s sales by up to EUR20 million over three years.

Oct 12 2017
AT&T Partner Exchange extends AT&T Collaborate and FlexWare offers to the channel, helping partners move to cloud and virtualized services. The move is the latest in AT&T’s consistent focus on enhancing offers, and support tools, to partners.

Oct 12 2017
Google Cloud is teaming up with IT automation and management vendor Puppet to help smooth the enterprise movement to its cloud. The companies have certified that a number of Google services including Compute Engine will work with the Puppet tools.

Oct 12 2017
Vodafone is deploying NB-IoT in Australia with several customer trials underway. However, rivals are, or will soon, roll out their own offerings down under.

Oct 12 2017
Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone have both acted on criticism that Germany has not kept up with fibre rollouts, threatening economic competitiveness, but they risk missing the real point by equating user experience with speed. It’s more complicated.

Oct 11 2017
ER Telecom subsidiary Enforta has chosen the Actility platform for its national LoRa network roll-out, aiming to cover 60 cities, supply chain members, mines and oil and gas customers, following endorsement from Russian President Putin.

Oct 10 2017
T-Systems’ initial focus on new international midsized companies for its ngena-driven SD-WAN offer has been broadened up to existing large multinationals, due to the high response from this customer segment.

Oct 10 2017
IBM’s Genius of Things event laid out its ambitious programs for advancing engineering and operations excellence through the IoT. While its platform is well-regarded, it is also the foundation of a much broader, well-developed service portfolio.

Oct 9 2017
Public announcements in Q3 from the IIoT services ecosystem showed a growing range of suppliers. In addition to news from the usual service providers, several MVNOs, SIs, and cable companies introduced an array of offerings.

Oct 9 2017
Microsoft Teams will eventually replace Skype for Business as the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365; however, without further rationalization, users may struggle to decide which tool is best for collaboration.

Oct 4 2017
Verizon has enhanced One Talk, adding calling features, workforce management options, and flexible pricing models for larger companies. The new features, plus a team collaboration tool, aim to help distributed enterprises simplify communications.

Oct 4 2017
IBM is leading the pack in developing use cases and customer references around AI and machine learning. But it still has a complex internal structure and legacy partners that it needs to transform, to become a strong cognitive business enabler.

Oct 4 2017
Service providers are moving away from reselling, building their own IP and embracing open source. At Vantage 2017, Telstra highlights how these paradigms can apply to security.

Oct 4 2017
OBS is fulfilling its February promise to create an LTE-M ecosystem by launching three tracker devices and conducting live user trials ahead of launching commercial networks in France, Spain and Belgium in 2018.

Oct 4 2017
Aruba remains focused on driving innovation through its partner community and enabling various industry-specific use cases. The launch of its 360 Security Fabric is a crucial move to help enterprises protect their data assets and embrace IoT.

Oct 4 2017
HPE has distilled its own considerable manufacturing history and wish list into a virtualized plug, click and play manufacturing and production control system with secure access to thousands of third party apps.

Oct 3 2017
U.S. Cellular and Nokia launch ConnectHQ, helping the carrier’s business customers activate and manage IoT devices. While U.S. Cellular gets serious about the enterprise IoT market, its choice of Nokia points to shifts in the platform landscape.

Oct 3 2017
With the addition of SD-WAN, various other VNFs, cloud gateway and vCPE, Telstra is stepping in to help enterprises cope with network challenges. The telco now needs to market its capabilities and engage partners to drive adoption.

Oct 3 2017
Led by a customer, Orange Business Services and Microsoft have found common and complementary ground to help manufacturers improve productivity by switching to IoT-based Industry 4.0 operating principles.

Oct 2 2017
DXC Technology launched a slate of new application and managed hybrid services for Microsoft Azure. The solutions, which run the gamut from dev/test to managed SAP HANA, put DXC in a position to capitalize on demand for Azure support services.

Sep 29 2017
Becoming a business partner for SMEs is an ambition for many of Europe’s SME providers, whether that is through enhanced customer portals or delivering SaaS propositions that include vertical-specific solutions.

Sep 29 2017
The focus in Q2 and Q3 was on regulatory compliance, data center capacity, and managed services for hybrid cloud, including Microsoft Azure Stack. Cloud providers from the U.S. and China joined European players in investing in their cloud ecosystems.

Sep 29 2017
Aeris, once a mid-size U.S.-based MVNO, continues to expand its reach and its service offerings. An alliance with BSNL expands its presence in India, where the Indian operator will leverage Aeris’ integrated connectivity and app enablement platform.

Sep 29 2017
Telstra Liberate frees workers from their desks, allowing mobile devices to be their main communications tools. However, it has to address the issue of BYOD and customers using multiple suppliers for their mobile connections.

Sep 28 2017
Masergy’s MDR solution is getting a boost with a new tool that takes in NetFlow and other traffic data to alert IT of potentially malicious activity. The Network Visibility Tool can also shed light on issues with security controls.

Sep 28 2017
AWS is making a major investment in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, with a new edge network location and cloud region coming online in 2018 and 2019. Somewhat premature, the announcement likely reflects a newly ripe market for public cloud.

Sep 28 2017
NTT Com and Dell EMC have packaged server rental and engineering expertise for application testing on the new Azure Stack platform. It seems a clever way to raise NTT Com’s profile in Europe as a managed cloud service provider.

Sep 27 2017
In November 2016, BT stated that its Agile Connect SD-WAN offering would launch in Q1 2017. Despite being a little late on the final launch, BT’s latest globally available SD-WAN capability gives it strong talking points with its MNC client base.

Sep 26 2017
NTT is bringing security solutions for industrial control systems to market, leveraging the global channels of its enterprise-facing subsidiaries. While timely and relevant for key verticals undergoing digitalization, few details have been provided.

Sep 26 2017
Bosch, Cisco, Gemalto and some big banks have joined up with blockchain developers to standardize how to provide devices with secure cryptographic identities and smart contracts that automate routine tasks like paying for energy or delivery.

Sep 22 2017
BT partners with a Hitachi subsidiary to create asset intelligence and predictive maintenance apps leveraging complementary IoT resources, adding a key partner to its cloud and security assets when courting MNCs seeking operational streamlining.

Sep 22 2017
In increasingly competitive and technologically advanced European SME markets, the battle for market share is driving a number of initiatives aimed at helping SMEs to become ‘more digital.’ However, more traditional service launches continue.

Sep 21 2017
DT launches a global SD-WAN service based on its ngena global network alliance. The alliance concept gives comprehensive global reach, whilst an attention to quality engineering on a mainly Cisco platform gives high reliability and trust.

Sep 20 2017
Mobile World Congress Americas featured new product and service announcements, inspirational keynotes, diverse demos and analyst access to executives. While 5G was a big focus area, mobile suppliers’ current capabilities were also on display.

Sep 20 2017
TPG’s business revenue increased 2% while consumer revenues rose 5% year-over-year in FY 2017. TPG is driving growth through fibre broadband, mainly NBN. Furthermore, TPG increased its debt financing to accommodate mobile network rollouts.

Sep 19 2017
GTT closes its Global Capacity acquisition, improving local access diversity and cloud connectivity. The transaction supports GTT’s SD-WAN and cloud initiatives with new access options, and One Marketplace adds the promise of increased automation.

Sep 20 2017
Software-defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) continue to be headline features for many service providers seeking to score unique selling points for their data connectivity portfolios. This blog looks at the functional advantages of the SD-WAN overlay for enterprise adopters.

Sep 18 2017
Telefónica launched Clean Pipes 2.0, an NFV-based offer which takes cost out of customer operations while maintaining functionality across various threat protection features. No information was provided on migration from existing CPE-based services.

Sep 15 2017
Cybersecurity and disaster recovery are both hot topics in the public sector following the WannaCry attack on the NHS. There is also more evidence that the UK public sector is moving towards ever more cloud-based, multi-vendor procurement models.

Sep 15 2017
Polycom is focusing on adding value through partnerships with others in the UC space (e.g., Microsoft) while using the cloud and analytics to enable businesses to gain more insights into operations and keep cost low.

Sep 14 2017
Vodafone is partnering with IBM to extend its private cloud, enabling seamless hybrid deployments using VMware across an additional 60 data centers. The move supports easy workload migration with the potential to enable advanced cloud use cases.

Sep 13 2017
Extending its multi-cloud management play, Rackspace is acquiring rival managed services provider Datapipe. Rackspace will pick up data centers, personnel, and clients in key markets including the West Coast, China, Russia and Brazil.

Sep 11 2017
Nokia shifts its attention to Tier 2 MNOs, hoping to establish itself as a platform operator for basic IoT services, and lower barriers to increasing the granularity of vertical market coverage and customization of IoT solutions.

Sep 5 2017
With cloud and people-based service revenues rising and telecoms down, QSC is restructuring its network products to provide clearer accountability and focus for emerging opportunities, but it needs a wireless offer to stay relevant.

Sep 1 2017
BT has launched its Personalised Compute Management System, elevating its cloud services integration platform to a digital ecosystem management environment that allows companies to both supply and consume various digital services.

Aug 31 2017
Accenture and Apple announced a new partnership to boost development of iOS mobile applications, including dedicated practices within a subset of Accenture Digital Studios. Will this tie-up eat into IBM and Apple’s long-standing alliance?

Aug 31 2017
Macquarie Telecom has a conservative growth strategy, but its focus on the government sector, customer services, and hosting services is paying off. The company is also evolving its telecom business through SD-WAN and insourced NOC.

Aug 31 2017
IBM will launch a tightly packaged, Watson IoT-based asset management and maintenance offer to SME manufacturers in H2 2017, opening a relatively easy path for customers (big and small) to cut costs, boost productivity, and find new revenue streams.

Aug 31 2017
DXC Technology and VMware are joining forces for managed hybrid cloud service running on VMware’s platforms. Tapping AWS for the public cloud element adds a completeness to the arrangement that is sometimes lacking in hybrid offers.

Aug 29 2017
CenturyLink is rolling out a private cloud offer using VMware’s Cloud Foundation. While CenturyLink isn’t the only provider to choose VMware’s platform, its enhancements will help differentiate its offer.

Aug 29 2017
Fusion has grown through a series of acquisitions since 2012; a bid for Birch is its biggest move yet. The deal greatly expands Fusion’s base; careful integration and consistent support will be required to preserve customers, and its reputation.

Aug 29 2017
Telekom Austria’s new A1 digital subsidiary has taken a majority stake in the Swiss cloud provider Exoscale. The acquisition will form the basis of new solutions in hybrid cloud in Austria and several other markets.

Aug 28 2017
Orange Business Services met with analysts to share its strategic market messaging on digital transformation. With advances in cloud, IoT, security, analytics, and SD-WAN, it demonstrated how its roadmap aims to join the dots of digital business.

Aug 24 2017
GTT is using its recently acquired Perseus assets to move into the small but growing high frequency trading market in Brazil. The move is the first step in a broader opportunity to increase its role in the global financial services market.

Aug 24 2017
Level 3 is raising its cloud game with a new self-service feature in its secure connectivity solution that lets enterprises add new VLANs to AWS in real-time. The enhancement should encourage clients to migrate more critical workloads to AWS.

Aug 24 2017
FY 2017 was a tough year for Vocus, as it fell short of its financial guidance. The company is now in better shape and its enterprise business in FY 2018 looks positive, depending on its ability to execute its business transformation strategy.

Aug 23 2017
The long-expected launch of IBM’s Blockchain Platform, along with news of a dozen active enterprise blockchain-based networks, brings commercial credibility to a technology once seen as a playground for hackers, thieves and criminals.

Aug 22 2017
Sprint’s MultiLine service provides a solution for business customers offering a BYOD option to their employees. While others offer a second OTT business line, Sprint has added key management features and promises enterprise-grade voice quality.

Aug 22 2017
KPN has acquired Cam IT Solutions, an IT service provider specializing in healthcare and the public sector in the Netherlands. KPN's ambition is to grow in ICT services by targeting these major sectors, where it already has a strong position.

Aug 22 2017
Google’s Chrome Enterprise OS launched today with links to Active Directory and AirWatch and covering Chrome and Android devices. The proposition could disintermediate network operators that offer enterprise mobility, and later IoT, services.

Aug 18 2017
Verizon will build a dedicated public safety mobile core network, with priority access and preemption for call reliability. The move reinforces Verizon’s role with agencies considering FirstNet, but interoperability conditions may be a challenge.

Aug 18 2017
Telstra revenue growth was flat in FY2017, with bright spots coming from NAS. Telstra continues to invest in network and digitization to drive growth and productivity, but a new capital allocation plan has caused shareholder confidence to wane.

Aug 17 2017
Oracle is now allowing customers to run its Exadata high-performance database platform on bare metal servers in its cloud. This will make it easier for clients to move legacy apps to the cloud, but it will still have to be Oracle’s cloud.

Aug 16 2017
AWS is introducing a new tool to classify, monitor, and protect sensitive data. Leveraging machine learning to spot potentially dangerous anomalies, the service is the latest in a series of enhancements designed to win over reticent enterprises.

Aug 16 2017
Macquarie Telecom has launched an SD-WAN capability with the intention of raising its game in Australia, improving coverage, offering a roadmap and having a platform that delivers a transport-agnostic overlay.

Aug 15 2017
Verizon is expanding its virtual on-demand networking services to the AWS Cloud. Enterprises will be able to deploy and manage virtual security, WAN optimization and SD-WAN functionality from the enterprise edge into the cloud.

Aug 11 2017
DXC Technology posted its first earnings results as a combined entity. While the company’s revenues declined, earnings rose as DXC implemented cost cutting members and reported strong growth in key areas including cloud.

Aug 11 2017
Deutsche Telekom offers new customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland a cloud-enhanced, Salesforce-based business process management system with full support at attractive prices and optional third-party systems integration.

Aug 8 2017
Masergy is extending its managed detection and response capabilities to include endpoint protection. The solution addresses business’ need for active response at a pragmatic price point.

Aug 8 2017
Windstream launches a UCaaS and SD-WAN solution for SMBs and distributed enterprises, with a full complement of features and an intuitive portal. The promise of broadband service access with a 100% uptime SLA should be attractive to this segment.

Aug 4 2017
Sierra Wireless, a leading pure-play IoT wireless module vendor and service provider, will acquire Numerex, a company once focused on MVNO access with a strong vertical solutions portfolio. An eclectic combo will result, with expanded market clout.

Aug 3 2017
VHA grew revenue by 3% and EBITDA by 16% year-over-year in H1 2017, by growing MVNO customers. However, VHA remains negative in terms of profit. VHA announced plans for new postpaid products for SMBs and consumers and NB-IoT for the enterprise.

Aug 2 2017
Sprint’s return to profitability is a sign of positive customer momentum, but stringent cost reductions of $370 million in the quarter and $4 billion over two years contributed even more to the bottom line.

Aug 2 2017
Windstream has enhanced its SD-WAN with a fully managed ‘Concierge’ tier and new management tools.

Aug 2 2017
Samsung’s launch of a relatively painless way for device makers to connect their products with apps and storage clouds and monetize the results could chill telcos’ ability to profit from the IoT by reducing them to carrier-only status.

Jul 31 2017
Hughes Network Systems has a strong track record developing its own technology to optimize traffic across disparate broadband links. Hughes’ move into managed SD-WAN is an evolutionary step building on the operator’s established skill set.

Jul 28 2017
NTT Communications has updated its SD-WAN strategy, and though it leads with Viptela, it promotes multivendor support, its own CloudWAN variants and lots of its own ‘IP’ in areas to stay a step ahead of out-of-the-box vendor solutions.

Jul 27 2017
Microsoft has made container instances available in Azure, leveraging Kubernetes’ open source orchestration capabilities. Now a platinum sponsor of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, it gains influence on the technology’s ongoing development.

Jul 26 2017
Level 3 launches Amazon Chime Delivered by Level 3, giving enterprises a cost-effective collaboration option. Amazon is new to the collaboration market; enterprises will have pre- and post-deployment support from Level 3 for a smooth transition.

Jul 26 2017
CenturyLink is expanding its SD-WAN with ‘Managed Hybrid SD-WAN’ offerings. The main positive aspect of the company’s messaging is helping clients with complexity and with delivering strong app performance cost-effectively in a multitenant cloud.

Jul 26 2017
‘Elite’ IBM X-Force Red teams will test backend processes, apps, and physical hardware controlling access and management as part of systems’ lifecycles to ensure security is designed in from the start of connected car and other IoT projects.

Jul 21 2017
Comcast is expanding its LoRaWAN IoT service, machineQ, to 12 more markets. As a cableco and a LoRa provider, both of which are unique in the U.S. IoT services market, Comcast has a lot to prove, but possibly some differentiation to offer.

Jul 20 2017
With solid growth in both its carrier and enterprise business, there is still a huge opportunity for Huawei to grab in these markets. What is Huawei doing to maintain its growth pace and what will be the implications?


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