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BT has selected long-time technology partner Cisco as a key vendor for an upgrade to its internet peering platform. BT plans to install Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 5500 series routers, which include 100 gigabit Ethernet ports for internet peering. - The European Commission signed off on Vodafone's $22 billion deal to buy Liberty Global's cable networks in Germany and Central Europe. With Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania in hand, Vodafone will become Europe's biggest mobile, broadband and TV service provider. - Despite some challenges, organizations of all sizes are using containers in more of their initiatives, including AI and machine learning. A recent survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) of IT and business personnel that are in charge of technology purchases found that enterprise container adoption is being driven by three factors: improved security, operational efficiency and the reduction of management costs. - On Monday the FCC announced that it had it authorized more than $563 million in funding to expand rural broadband services in 24 states. Internet service providers in those states will be building out broadband services in the underserved areas states over the next 10 years, according to a story by Ars Technica. - Driven by 200 Gbps wavelength shipments, coherent DWDM revenue will reach $16 billion by 2023, according to a report. Dell'Oro Group's report said that 200 Gbps wavelengths would comprise the highest share of shipments in three years while 800 Gbps wavelength shipments will start to ramp up next year. - On the heels of a cloud announcement with IBM, AT&T announced a broad cloud alliance with Microsoft on Wednesday that includes AI and 5G. As two industry heavyweights, Microsoft and AT&T's partnership will ripple across the telecom industry by benefiting both companies' customer bases and vendor partners. - Windstream Enterprise announced Tuesday that it has integrated office communications platform Slack into its unified communications portfolio. Windstream's business customers are now able to tap into Slack via its Office Suite UC and HD Meeting applications. - In order to boost efficiency and reduce operational costs, CenturyLink has launched a cloud-based managed emergency call handling service. The subscription-based service enables public safety organizations to migrate their call management solutions to the cloud while also allowing them to receive real-time delivery of new features without buying new equipment. - To better compete against telcos' managed SD-WAN services, Cato Networks took the wraps off of its Hands-Free Management offering. Hands-Free Management for Cato Cloud allows Cato's enterprise customers to take a hands-off approach to their Cato SD-WAN deployments by letting Cato or its partners control the network and security configuration, as well as change management. - In an expanded two-way relationship IBM will continue to provide AT&T Business with open source systems, which IBM mostly inherited from its recent acquisition of Red Hat. And AT&T will provide IBM with software-defined networking expertise. - To accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes, IBM today announced the launch of a new open source project called Kabenero. Kabenero is the umbrella open source project that also includes two additional open source efforts named Codewind and Appsody. - Verizon and Ericsson announced a proof-of-concept trial for cloud-native, container technology on Verizon's live evolved packet core. Cloud-native and containers hold promise for faster development and deployment cycles in both 4G and 5G. - Fueled in part by deals in the financial sector, SD-WAN revenues grew 8% sequentially in the first quarter of this year, according to IHS Markit. With the financial vertical, SD-WAN deals increased in size, with one customer reaching 800 sites in North America and 3,000 sites in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. - Futurewei employees work in research labs across the United States, including in California, Texas and Washington. Many of these employees have also been active in open source groups that work on code for telecom and cloud networking. - Microsoft Azure announced on Monday that it has selected Aryaka as one of it first partners for a new managed services provider program. The Microsoft Azure Networking Managed Services Provider (MSP) Program, which launched today, is offering Aryaka's SD-WAN and global managed services to simplify SD-WAN connectivity to Azure. - Now that IBM has closed its deal to buy Red Hat, analyst Lee Doyle takes a look at the ramifications for service providers. The combined organization has a wealth of software and services assets to help service providers improve their IT, back-office and network architectures. - Synacor announced that it's in the process of winding down its deal with AT&T to maintain the consumer portal. The loss of AT&T is a blow to Synacor's bottom line as accounted for $9.3 million of Buffalo, NY-based Synacor's $20.7 million first quarter revenue. - Uniti Group and Windstream Holdings are getting down to the brass tacks of resolving a lease that is crucial to both companies' fortunes. According to a Thursday story by Bloomberg, several options are on the table as the two companies work to resolve the lease that is at the heart of Windstream filing for bankruptcy earlier this year. - State utility regulators in New York have approved an agreement with Charter that allows the company to stay in New York. The ruling, which was announced Thursday, by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) included the provision that Charter pay an additional $12 million to expand its broadband services in New York. - In order to better manage organizations' journeys to the public cloud, Microsoft is partnering with IT services vendor DXC Technology. DXC is expanding is partnership with Microsoft by launching a Microsoft Digital Transformation Practice to accelerate client migration to the Azure public cloud. - In an effort to close the gap on Amazon and Microsoft, Google Cloud has hired its first North American sales head, according to a story by CNBC. Former Red Hat and Microsoft executive Kirsten Kliphouse is now in charge of Google Cloud's North American sales team. - Juniper Networks is tapping into its HTBASE acquisition to help enterprises simplify their management of multi-cloud compute and storage resources. Juniper bought enterprise cloud storage vendor HTBASE, which included HTBASE's multi-cloud Juke container product, for an undisclosed sum in December of last year. - In the second half of 2018, VMware held a slight edge over Cisco for in-use enterprise software-defined networking market revenue. According to a report by IHS Markit, VMware held the top spot with 22% of in-use SDN revenue in the second half of 2018 while Cisco was second with 19%. - Telefónica has extended the reach of its resale internet access service to more than 30 countries across Latin America and Europe. Telefónica’s wholesale business unit, Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS), is offering the service to other carriers that want to deliver their services outside of their traditional footprints. - Cisco's $2.6 billion deal to buy coherent optics company Acacia Communications is both strategic and tactical. With the Acacia acquisition, Cisco will vault into a leadership position in the optical transport market while also turbo charging its router and switches division. -