14 Dec Fixed 5G, The Prequel: Starring AT&T And Verizon Wireless

I’m a Star Wars nerd and this week brings the release of the latest installment to the franchise, The Last Jedi. Before Disney took the helm, George Lucas kept us all confused with prequels and sequels. When it comes to 5G, one thing is certain—“fixed” 5G is the prequel to mobile broadband 5G network rollouts, […]

04 Dec Ericsson Vs Huawei: Who’s Winning The 5G Race?

There are many players in the wireless infrastructure space, all battling it out for their stake in future 5G networks. However, two of particularly significant scale and market presence are Ericssonand Huawei . Will one conquer overall? Today I wanted to dive a little deeper into that question. Does financial endurance to invest in 5G […]

30 Nov Amazon AWS And Xilinx: A Progress Report

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Amazon.com has built a formidable position in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2), and it is hoping to extend that position to applications that benefit from acceleration using GPUs and FPGAs. FPGAs are relatively difficult to program, and the cloud leader is laying the foundation to simplify […]

16 Nov Could Quantum Networking Be The Next Big (IT) Thing?

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Quantum networking In the past, I’ve written about intent-based networking and its capability to ensure a higher level of security through artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analysis, automation and orchestration. You can find the article here, if interested. I recently had the opportunity to visit the AT&T Foundry innovation lab located in the heart of Silicon […]

02 Nov VMware Goes Deeper Into Networking With VeloCloud Acquisition

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VeloCloud corporate logo Today, VMware announced its intent to acquire start-up VeloCloud Networks. Founded in 2012 in Mountain View, CA , VeloCloud, has raised a significant amount of venture capital over the past five years due mostly to the company’s success in the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) space. The start-up would bring nearly 1,000 […]

27 Oct Would A T-Mobile/Sprint Marriage Be A Match Made In Heaven?

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Over the past month, the rumor mill has been grinding again about a possible merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation. The plot thickened this week as both companies reported strong earnings but did not hold their typical investor calls. I wanted to dive a little deeper into the speculation and offer my take. A tale […]

19 Oct The AT&T Foundry Is On A Mission: Business Transformation

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  AT&T company logo Most dictionaries define a foundry as a place that facilitates the act, process, or art of casting molten metal. It’s an interesting name choice for AT&T ’s innovation labs, but I get the analogy. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the first AT&T  Foundry facility, which was opened in Plano, […]

06 Oct Can Intent-Based Networking Solve The Data Breach Pandemic?

These days, it seems like there’s news of a new data breach almost daily. Has the move from on-premise to disaggregated computing and cloudification accelerated the problem? Are IT staff simply ill-equipped and over their heads when it comes to managing network security? I’ve written about intent-based networking in the past, which you can read […]

28 Sep There’s No Easy Button For Wireless Telco Digital Transformation

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Easy button I’ve been in the technology industry for nearly thirty years. It’s been an interesting ride—one that has taken me from personal computing, wireless infrastructure, semiconductors to software and more. Much of that path has been paved with buzz words and semi-cryptic terminology that often requires a decoder ring. The same goes for the […]

12 Sep The World’s Largest Telco Brand You Might Not Know

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Huawei Connect 2017 I had the opportunity to attend Huawei Connect in Shanghai last week. The iconic Chinese company (pronounced “wa-weigh,” by the way—many mispronounce the company’s name) established its roots in the southern city of Shenzhen in 1987, with a modest investment of 21,000 RMB (or $3,400 USD). Incubated in the first of five […]

30 Aug Intent-Based Networking And Why You Should Care

There is a lot of buzz these days around intent-based or driven networking:  a “smart” topology that possesses the capability to monitor overall network performance, identify issues, and solve problems automatically without manual intervention. The question is, is it real or just a pie-in-the sky reference architecture that is years away from reality? What are […]

18 Aug Fargo And The Slippery Slope Between Content And Over-The-Top Pure Play Services

“Don’t cha know-?” I’m a fan of the movie Fargo and an even bigger fan of the television adaptations on FX. Subsequently, I was excited to find all three seasons of the small screen anthology on my new SlingTV service last weekend. I had watched the first two seasons some time ago, so I kicked […]

09 Aug M&A Is In The Air And As AT&T Looks To Close Time Warner; Sprint And Charter Rumors Abound

It seems lately that the fastest path of transformation to carrier “smart pipes” is merger and acquisition.  As AT&T shuffles its executive management team in anticipation of the Time Warner close, new rumors are circulating around a Softbank, Sprint and Charter combination.  Can these different corporate cultures blend?  Can these organizations come together smoothly and […]

28 Jul Net Neutrality And Smart Pipes: The Game Is Changing For Verizon Wireless, O2 And Others

Net neutrality, we’ve all heard of it but do we understand the intricacies? Did Al Gore invent it? Fundamentally, net neutrality advocates for an unbiased treatment of data regardless of content, source, application or mode of delivery. As wireless broadband carriers transition what was once referred to as “dumb pipes” to a richer content delivery […]

19 Jul The Shape Of Things To Come? AT&T Rolls Out The Red Carpet In Hollywood

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I had the opportunity to spend two days with AT&T at its Shape Tech & Entertainment Expo. Over 10,000 attendees got a glimpse into the back lots of Warner Bros. Studios and what AT&T has in store as its acquisition of Time Warner is expected to close in the fall around Labor Day. (Source: Will […]

14 Jul Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

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As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service […]

05 Jul Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

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Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless […]

21 Jun Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has […]

13 Jun Verizon Closes Yahoo, Many Changes Ahead For Its Consolidated Media Services Subsidiary

Verizon Communications  announced today that it closed its acquisition of Yahoo for nearly $4.5B. It also closed the door on Marissa Mayer as she departs from the beleaguered internet company that she led since mid-2012. Two storied brands come together With the addition of Yahoo, Verizon is planning to consolidate its other holding of AOL […]

08 Jun Could Sprint Be The Comeback Kid?

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I have to admit, Paul the bespeckled “can you hear me now” guy always annoyed me when he hawked the Verizon service years ago on television. Now as the world all knows he’s moved to Sprint, as well as the actual actor I recently learned. I had the opportunity to learn more about Paul and […]