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Zayo provides a key element to the project – a backbone fiber network that will link multiple rural markets. - The company is launching its first fiber connectors that are specifically designed to work with 5G small cells. - Veego Software, an Israel-based startup that uses AI to detect and fix problems in connected homes, announced its Home Scoring solution on Thursday. The Home Scoring platform grades every home's quality of experience (QoE) at every moment in order to help internet service providers (ISPs) get a clear view of the overall service level. - IDC has put a several numbers behind the impact of the coronavirus on China's ICT market, but the effect will largely be limited to Q1. IDC said the coronavirus will have a greater impact on China's ICT market, compared to the Chinese economy overall. - Nokia is using machine learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) to identify potential issues at railroad crossings in real time. Japan's Odakyu Electric Railway is conducting trials of Nokia’s SpaceTime scene analytics in order to identify methods for improving rail crossing safety. - Tech Data has teamed up with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendor nOps to improve cloud support on Amazon Web Services. The agreement helps companies optimize end-customer AWS environments while building next-generation managed service provider practices. - Nokia announced on Wednesday that it's buying privately held optical networking company Elenion Technologies, but didn't say how much it was paying. New York City-based Elenion makes integrated, low-cost silicon photonics technologies for short-reach and high-performance optical interfaces. - Orange Business Services' universal customer premises (uCPE) platform has taken a step up the evolutionary ladder. The company announced on Tuesday that it has picked Dell Technologies and Ekinops as its partners for a new uCPE solution. - Dell has struck a deal to sell RSA Security to private equity firm STG Partners. Dell announced Tuesday that it's selling RSA Security to STG in an all-cash deal for $2.075 billion, subject to certain adjustments. - AT&T, Singtel and Telefónica are bolstering their threat detection abilities by sharing their threat intelligence information. The collaborative effort falls under the auspices of the Telco Security Alliance, which all three are members of. - Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told a Goldman Sachs tech conference audience that customers are "just tapping the brakes" on spending and that signs for hope abound. - Besides 5G, there are plenty of other network developments (and vendors) worth our attention, including software-based routing, containerization of NFV, distributed multi-cloud and enabling edge computing. - A judge issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily block Microsoft from working on the $10 billion JEDI contract after Amazon filed a protest. - BT has added Dell's universal customer premises equipment to its Dynamic Network Services roster in order to offer business customers more choices. BT will offer its multinational customers Dell's Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) platform of networking-specific uCPE as a converged networking, IoT and IT application platform. - CenturyLink CEO Jeff Storey said his company's transformation plan for last year and the continued deployment of fiber have paid off for the telco. During Wednesday's fourth quarter and full year earnings call, Storey said CenturyLink expanded its addressable market by pushing fiber to an additional 18,000 buildings, bringing its total for 2019 to around 170,000 fiber-fed on-net locations. - Cisco shares are falling hard after the company reported lackluster growth across nearly all of its product segments except for cybersecurity. The less-than-stellar quarter comes at a time when Cisco is undergoing some big transformations, including the absorption of acquisitions of optical suppliers, as well as the launch of a new chip business through its Silicon One. - Adtran has added to its portfolio of SD-WAN services for small and medium-sized businesses with the addition of its 934 SD-WAN edge platform. Adtran, which first announced it was entering the SD-WAN sector in October, said the on-premise 934 edge platform works in conjunction with its cloud-based SD-WAN solution. - Siris Capital Group announced on Wednesday that it has completed its purchase of UCaaS and managed services company TPx Communications. As part of the deal, which was first announced last August, TPx Chairman and CEO Richard Jalkut announced his retirement. - Colt Technology Services is now providing dedicated, private and on-demand access to Oracle Cloud via Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. With enterprises moving more applications, such as Office 365, and workloads to the cloud, FastConnect provides a flexible way for companies in the UK to connect their data centers to Oracle Cloud with high bandwidth and low latency. - LF Edge celebrated its one-year birthday by announcing that colocation and data center leader Equinix has joined as a "premier member." In addition to its membership, Equinix Chief Technology Offer Justin Dustzadeh also became the newest member of LF Edge's governing board. - Driven by faster speeds, the median monthly usage by broadband customers in 2020 is on pace to surpass 250 gigabytes (GB) for the first time. According to the fourth quarter 2019 OpenVault Broadband Industry (OVBI) report, the median usage of 250 GB would mark a 25% increase over 2019's median usage of 190.7 GB. - Investment firms EQT Infrastructures and OMERS bought fiber-to-the-home company (FTTH) Deutsche Glasfaser from another investment company. According to Reuters, EQT and OMERS paid KKR about $2.74 billion plus debt for Deutsche Glasfaser. - Worldwide IT spending will increase by 5% this year, but with a few caveats, according to a report by International Data Center (IDC) In regard to IT spending, the coronavirus is front and center this year as businesses keep a tight grip on short-term investments. - Edge colocation company EdgeMicro has entered into a customer agreement with Cloudflare that puts Cloudflare's cloud services in 30 EdgeMicro markets. With the agreement announced on Monday, Cloudflare is now an anchor tenant in EdgeMicro's existing Austin, Raleigh, N.C. and Tampa Bay, Fla. facilities, along with the additional 30 U.S. sites. - Amazon is ratcheting up its dispute with the Pentagon over the decision to award the 10-year, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to allow it to depose President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, former Defense Secretary John Mattis and Pentagon chief information officer Dana Deasy. -

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