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With cloud providers looking to move to the network edge, service providers such as CenturyLink are well positioned to help them. On the sidelines of the MEF19 conference, CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan outlined his company's edge investment and the role the edge will play going forward, including with cloud providers. - AT&T is out of the starter blocks for 400G with an optical connection carrying live traffic between Dallas and Atlanta. AT&T said the 400-gigabit optical connection was the first of its kind in the industry, as most vendors are targeting next year for the release of their 400G networking gear. - It’s now clear from the MEF19 service provider technology conference that SD-WAN has arrived to solve all problems, including world hunger. Well, maybe not real hunger. But world hunger for new telecom revenue. - Vodafone Group has partnered up with Google Cloud to host its cloud platform for data analytics, business intelligence, and machine learning. Vodafone’s Neuron big-data analytics platform, which "act as a brain and driver for AI and business intelligence" for Vodafone’s global business, will be hosted on Google Cloud. - Colt Technology Services is now serving up high-bandwidth internet connectivity provisioned in near-real-time with the launch of its IP Access service. IP Access is provisioned over Colt's software-defined networking-enabled On Demand platform. - Customers want SD-WAN services, but they are confused by the Baskin-Robbins-like number of flavors that are available today, according to a Comcast executive. Bob Victor, senior vice president of product management for Comcast Business, said that vendor assessment was one of major challenges cited by SD-WAN customers. - In order to better serve large enterprises with lower cost white box hardware, Advantech announced on Tuesday that it made a new addition to its portfolio of appliances qualified by Versa Networks. Advantech's FWA-5070, a verified Intel Select Solution for universal customer premises (uCPE), is now supported by Versa FlexVNF for large-scale SD-WAN deployments. - Through a new partnership, Wind River is working with Dell EMC on virtual RAN (vRAN) infrastructure use cases for 5G networks. Wind River is integrating its software-based Wind River Cloud Platform with Dell EMC's PowerEdge server hardware. - Google fired a shot across the bow of VMware Cloud on AWS with its Monday deal to buy CloudSimple, which enables VMware customers to move their workloads to the public cloud. In July, VMware and Google announced Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple using VMware Cloud Foundation running on the Google Cloud Platform, which is similar to VMware Cloud on AWS. - At its MEF19 conference in Los Angeles, MEF announced Tuesday it was moving forward with two of its SD-WAN certification programs. MEF introduced its SD-WAN Certification Program for service providers and vendors as well as the SD-WAN Certified Professional (MEF-SDCP) program for professionals. - Cumulus Networks has released Cumulus Linux 4.0, which is its network OS, and version 2.4 of its NetQ network operations toolset. Cumulus Linux 4.0 and NetQ 2.4 are key elements in the company's ongoing efforts to enable its customers' automation efforts across data centers and campus networks. - Aryaka has expanded its suite of managed SD-WAN offerings, and announced its SD-WAN will be available for regional deployments starting early next year. Aryaka offers its SmartConnect technology as a managed, global SD-WAN service, but now it has added four new as-a-service offerings to its newly branded SmartServices platform. - Cato Networks announced on Monday the launch of a new global partner program that it said speeds up channel partners' on-boarding and ROI. The Cato Partners Program serves up the vendor's cloud-based, SD-WAN platform to its partners including master agents, agents, service providers, VARs (value-added resellers) and distributors. - To the surprise of perhaps no one, AWS has a bone to pick about the Pentagon choosing Microsoft for its $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. According to CNBC, Amazon filed a notice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday that said it planned to contest the Pentagon's decision to give Microsoft the cloud-computing contract. - Mediacom Communications it now has more than 50,000 combined residential and business customers subscribing to its 1 Gigabit service offerings. Mediacom, the fifth-largest U.S. cable operator, started to systematically launch gigabit internet services as part of its three-year, $1 billion capital investment strategy. - As 2019 draws to a close, FierceTelecom is announcing this year's list of top technology disrupters. It's been a busy year of SD-WAN, Kubernetes, edge cloud-native and 5G-announcements, and some of those technologies will find firmer footing next year. - Nokia and VMware have expanded their partnership to include a lab to certify Nokia's VNFs on VMware's vCloud NFV platform. The lab, which is on-site at Nokia and called VMware Ready for NFV Certification Lab, includes performance characterization to help service providers configure their networks for more seamless deployments of VNFs. - Ribbon Communications announced on Thursday that it's merging with ECI Telecom Group, and that CEO Franklin (Fritz) W. Hobbs has departed the company. Ribbon's board of directors appointed Steven Bruny, executive vice president, global sales and services, and kevin Riley, executive vice president and chief technology officer, as interim co-presidents and CEOs. - Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins expects macro economic conditions, such as the trade war with China and unrest in Hong Kong, to curb the company's revenues. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins cited several reasons for the uncertainty on the macro level during Wednesday's conference call with analysts. - Google Cloud announced on Wednesday its Network Intelligence Center, which is an AI-based platform designed to reduce network complexities. Organizations are increasingly adopting multi-cloud implementations and hybrid deployments as a part of their cloud strategy, but this has resulted in a sprawl of premise-based and virtual applications. - Mirantis announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Docker's Enterprise business and team for an undisclosed sum. Docker also announced it has received a $35 million investment from existing investors Benchmark Capital and Insight Partners, and that it has named former chief product officer Scott Johnston as its CEO. - IP Infusion announced on Wednesday that its DANOS-Vyatta software, which is based on AT&T's DANOS software, was ready for customer evaluations. IP Infusion also announced that DANOS-Vyatta software will support the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) initiative - While telcos are, for the most part, embracing the TM Forum's Open APIs, software product vendors' implementations are lagging, according to a study. The results of TM Forum's quarterly survey show that the average maturity level of Open APIs was 26% higher for CSPs than for vendors. - While the over-the-top (OTT) video wars play out across various devices and screens, cord cutters are having a dramatic impact on broadband usage, according to a report. According to a report by broadband analytics vendor OpenVault, the average broadband consumption by cord-cutter subscribers was 520.8 GB per month, an increase of 7% in the third quarter of this year. - A partnership between TIP (Telecom Infra Project) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) goes together like peanut butter and jelly. At this week's TIP Summit in Amsterdam, ONS and Facebook-led TIP announced an expansion of their collaboration into the mobile and fixed broadband domains. -

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