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Swedish service provider Com Hem AB has laid claim to having the fastest internet connection ever measured by a large group of users. Com Hem provided the 1.6 terabit-per-second connection to a point of presence at this weekend's DreamHack Summer conference in Jönköping, Sweden. - With more than 80 distilleries and plants around the world, Beam Suntory is working with Cisco to keep data breaches and high-proof explosions at bay. Speaking on a panel during Cisco Live last week in Orlando, Florida, Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue spoke about how his company has hardened its network against hackers while also giving remote access to experts to fix problems. - Telefónica and Huawei announced they conducted a successful field trial of quantum cryptography on commercial optical networks by using SDN. The significance of the trial is that quantum cryptography could provide a solution for the vulnerability of current cryptographic key implementations. - Telco Systems has struck a multiyear agreement with Arm for the development of service-ready uCPE boxes and edge devices based on Arm's architecture. Raanan Tzemach, VP for product management at Telco Systems, said the agreement includes the development of products for network functions virtualization, mobile edge computing and IoT. - VMware has upped its game in the telco space with the release of its VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition 3.0 for 5G and multicloud networks. The latest version of vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition, which includes VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition 5.0, delivers improved network performance, networking capabilities and intent-based service assurance for software-defined, open standards-based 5G and multicloud networks. - BT's Jim Sabey has spoken to large multinational companies about their potential use of SD-WAN and he's learned a few things from those discussions. In a previous Q&A with FierceTelecom, Sabey, head of BT Networking and compute sales specialists, talked about five lessons that BT has learned in regards to deploying SD-WAN. - ONAP had a little help from some friends for its second software release, which is called Beijing. And now TM Forum and MEF's collaboration is seeing some tangible results. - ORLANDO, Fla.—Cisco announced at Cisco Live Tuesday that it has expanded its developer program, DevNet, with three new programs. During a keynote presentation at Cisco Live, DevNet CTO and vice president Susie Wee said—to applause from her team members in the audience—that the DevNet program had reached the milestone of 500,000 registered members since its inception in 2014. - Juniper Networks announced a major reboot to its MX routing platform which included new silicon, more programmability and more chassis options. The upgrades mark the fifth generation of the MX platform, which was originally introduced in 2007. - ORLANDO, Fla.—Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins wants everyone to know that while his company is migrating toward more software, hardware is still important. During yesterday's media briefing Q&A at Cisco Live, Robbins was asked if Cisco had completely moved to being a software subscription company. - ORLANDO, Fla.—Cisco Live kicked off this morning with bone-crunching beats and a light show before delving into topics such as Kubernates. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins invited Google Cloud CEO Diane Green onto the stage to discuss the hybrid cloud partnership the two industry giants forged in October of last year. - In this FierceTelecom Q&A, BT's Jim Sabey discussed the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) market in general and the latest addition to the telco's SD-WAN portfolio. Last week, BT announced the global launch of a new SD-WAN managed service using Cisco technology. - As network technologies evolve, communications service providers are exposed to multibillion-dollar opportunities and challenges in the evolving managed business services market. New technologies such as software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) enable new competitors and enhance the ability of commodity internet services to displace traditional business services such as multiprotocol label switching. - While VMware, Aryaka and Silver Peak stood on the podium as the top SD-WAN vendors in the first quarter, Huawei was way out of the running. Overall, SD-WAN revenue reached $162 million in this year's first quarter, which marked a 12% increase over the previous quarter, according to research by IHS Markit. - While artificial intelligence has yet to hit its full stride, Verizon is using it both inside of its network and for business services and applications. Internally, Verizon's Vickie Lonker, vice president, network and security product management, said her company was using AI to further enable automation. - Nokia netted a significant customer win with Vodafone India after the carrier picked Nokia's cloud mobile gateway for its system in Bangalore. Similar to Silicon Valley in the U.S., Bangalore is the high-tech capital of India, and Nokia was faced with the challenge of how to best service Vodafone India's 7.8 million subscribers in the Bangalore area alone. - The run-up to 5G is pushing service providers' move to cloud native-based architectures, and cloud native NFV is playing a key role in that migration. While service providers have kicked the tires on cloud native architectures for a while now, David Bolan, senior analyst at Dell’Oro Group, said 5G was the compelling use case for making it happen. - Verizon Business Markets has launched a new SD-WAN-based service that was designed to help businesses with complex IT management needs. Verizon teamed up with one of its SD-WAN vendors, Versa Networks, for its Software Defined Secure Branch solution. - Telefónica International Wholesale Services is moving its voice traffic to its new IP international network by the end of the month. Service providers have been working toward IP (Internet Protocol) networks for some time, and Telefónica is laying claim to being one of the first big carriers to move completely to IP once the voice migration is completed. - Cisco announced the debut of its cloud-native broadband router, which is a containerized, software reboot of traditional CCAP hardware. The new cloud-native broadband router is notable on several levels, the first being that it's further proof that Cisco has moved beyond its roots as just a vendor of hardware boxes. - In an effort to move its 5G deployments forward, Telia announced it has joined forces with Ericsson and the KTH Royal Institute on a test facility. With Ericsson as the technology partner, Telia will build an "innovation arena" at KTH Royal Institute of Technology's campus in Stockholm that will test and develop 5G networks. - The drive to 5G is fueling the growth of the evolved packet core (EPC) market, which in turn is increasing the adoption of NFV, according to a report. Based on this year's first-quarter results, the EPC market is poised for a year-to-year growth rate of 142%, according to a report by Dell'Oro Group. - Microsoft is throwing its arms around GitHub with its $7.5 billion deal to buy the open source software developers' community. After recent speculation over whether the deal would reach fruition, Microsoft made it official Monday when it announced that it would buy the popular coding platform in an all-stock deal that, pending regulatory approvals, is slated to close later this year. - Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone took Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) on a test run during an international roaming trial in Europe. The trial marked the first time that mobile operators had used licensed NB-IoT for cross-border IoT services. - GTT Chief Marketing Officer Gina Nomellini provides some insight on her company's $2.3 billion acquisition of Interoute Communications. GTT announced its intention to buy Interoute in February and then closed the deal on Thursday, and now GTT can put its full weight behind integrating the two companies' cultures and technology platforms. -

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