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Even without counting Kubernetes, Google is far and away the largest code contributor to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source group. Google accounts for 53% of all code commits to the Linux Foundation's CNCF. - After keeping tabs for several years, CableLabs has identified the top blockchain security threats in a recent blog post. The blog posted earlier this month by CableLabs' Brian Scriber, principal architect for security, is yet another signal flare that the cable industry is starting to gear up on rolling out blockchain solutions. - A recent survey found that 60% of IT professionals had container security incidents over the past year while 47% used suspect containers. The November survey also found that 94% of the respondents acknowledged they had concerns about container security. - IBM announced it has signed a $325 million agreement with Juniper Networks to help Juniper better manage its IT services, infrastructure and cloud. As part of the deal, IBM will also help Juniper with its existing infrastructure and applications. - As a systems integrator, World Wide Technology (WWT) has its finger in just about all of the telecommunications pies due to ongoing work in its lab. It was founded in 1990 as a small product reseller company, but it has grown into a technology solutions provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 5,000 employees. - Orange is executing another page from its multiservice strategy playbook by getting into the home telesurveillance business. Orange announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Groupama to create a jointly owned company that enables Orange to become a player in the security sector in its home country of France. - Nokia plans to cut 350 jobs in its home country of Finland as it works towards a goal of $800 million in savings by 2020. Nokia has about 6,000 employees in Finland, according to a story from Reuters. - Windstream Enterprise announced today the launch of its new "WE Connect" portal for better visibility into its services. The new portal was designed to provide a better user experience across Windstream Enterprise's SD-WAN, Cloud Security and OfficeSuite unified communications services and applications with a "single pane of glass" view. - Managed service provider SDNbucks picked Nuage Networks' SD-WAN 2.0 platform to provision cloud-based sports analytics for SciSports. Nokia-owned Nuage Networks' SD-WAN is being used to interconnect with sports stadiums, team offices, data centers and a cloud-based application engine hosted on Google Cloud Platform. - On Monday, Verizon announced a new addition to its managed services portfolio that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the customer experience for its business customers. Verizon took a two-pronged approach to creating the managed service by combining AI with a human touch. - Telefónica put Wind River's virtualized cloud platform through the paces of its NFV Reference Lab ahead of giving it the official stamp of approval for use in the telco's UNICA project. - Huawei, which has been banned from doing some business in the U.S. and other countries, is facing another hurdle that's related to its U.S.-based R&D subsidiary. According to The Wall Street Journal, Huawei's Futurewei subsidiary in Silicon Valley is blocked from sending some of the technologies it has developed in the U.S. back to China. - While the "edge" has been a prominent buzzword in telecommunications for several years now, EdgeConneX has been living on the edge for some time. Herndon, Virginia-based EdgeConneX bills itself as the preeminent global edge data center provider. - There's no question that hyperscale service providers have an insatiable appetite for data centers, which was borne out in a recent report. According to Synergy Research Group, the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers increased by 11% last year to reach a total of 430. - Colt Technology Services announced on Thursday that it's blending its voice and data networks with Microsoft's suite of products for enterprise customers. - Windstream may not be among the biggest service providers in the U.S., but it does have a retail consulting firm that's a key differentiator. Windstream acquired retail management consulting firm BRP when it bought Earthlink for $1.1 billion early last year. - Software-based networking such as SDN and NFV has enabled significant changes in leading communication service provider networks. As CSP networks become increasingly software-based, here's a look at the key trends for 2019, including MEC, vRAN, uCPE, SD-WAN and the impact of standards. - AT&T is working with Nokia to develop an open source software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) that aligns with the O-RAN Alliance. AT&T and Nokia are co-creating the RIC platform to further spur the development of open source software in the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) sector. - Last year, Kubernetes took center stage in the telecommunications industry as the primary means for managing containers, but there's still work to do. The use of containers is already underway by telcos such as AT&T and BT, and there's no doubt more service providers will use them going forward. - Four companies were selected to take part in Etisalat's "Future Now" scale-up program, which includes access to Etisalat Digital's resources, experts and office space. - The cable industry has kicked off this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by outlining its vision for delivering 10-gigabit data speeds. The NCTA, CableLabs and Cable Europe have joined hands on "10G," which has been trademarked by the NCTA. - Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner introduced a bill on Friday designed to guard against state-sponsored technology threats. The bill seeks to create a White House office, which would be called the Office of Critical Technologies, to coordinate efforts across government agencies by developing a unified strategy. - In its first blog posting of the year, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) detailed the results of its fifth SDN proof-of-concept (POC) trial. The proof of conceptOC trial was hosted by Telefónica in Munich, Germany, this past November. - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai celebrated a failed attempt by Congress Wednesday night to bring back the Obama-led net neutrality rules. Before adjourning for new members and an ensuing Democrat majority, the GOP-led U.S. House of Representatives voted against reinstating the net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015 under the auspices of then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. - AT&T announced that all of its customer contracts, employees supporting the co-location operations, fixed assets, leases and the related facilities have been transferred over to Brookfield. -

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