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Stick a fork in the rumor that Amazon Web Services was planning to sell its own white box switches to its customers. Amazon's top cloud computing executive denied that it was working on selling its own brand of white box switches to businesses, according to MarketWatch. - OpenVault is working to help cable operators place their broadband subscribers in the correct tiers in order to further monetize their services. OpenVault collects subscribers' usage behaviors and puts them into data sets that provide cable operators with tools to right-size their broadband subscriber services. - Deutsche Telekom has doubled down on its commitment to using open source by signing up as a platinum member of Linux Foundation Networking. Earlier this year, the Linux Foundation put some of its open source communities, including the Open Network Automation Platform, under the Linux Foundation Networking brand in order to foster cross-project collaboration. - Epsilon is firing on all cylinders in regards to deploying and using intercarrier services and software-defined networking. Epsilon Chief Executive Officer Jerzy Szlosarek provided some details on the wholesale carrier's product and networking plans in this Q&A with FierceTelecom, including the launch of a cross-carrier service with DCConnect. - Oracle customers can now access their data and business applications across North America and Europe thanks to a new deal with CenturyLink. CenturyLink is now offering dedicated and private access services to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. - AT&T is giving its business customers more virtualization choices by adding Cisco's 500 Series Enterprise Edge Compute System (ENCS) to its edge solutions, noting that it does more with virtual functions. - Walmart and Microsoft announced Tuesday they have forged a strategic partnership that will help both of them battle Amazon. Although Walmart and Microsoft aren't exactly shrinking violets when it comes to market size, the five-year deal, which includes cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning elements, will help both companies combat Amazon on several fronts. - Aryaka CMO Gary Sevounts sees further consolidation in the SD-WAN space and a growing gap between the top SD-WAN vendors and the rest of the field. Sevounts told FierceTelecom the SD-WAN market is splitting into two sectors: SD-WAN appliance vendors and SD-WAN-as-a-service companies. - Amazon Web Services may throw its considerable weight into the white box ring, which could have large implications for Cisco and other vendors. Amazon is currently testing white box switches that connect directly to its cloud services, such as servers and storage, according to an article posted Friday by The Information. - Colt and Verizon are set to go live later this year with an intercarrier service using their respective SDN-based networks. Using a programmatic API-to-API interface between their separate SDN architectures, the two carriers will use automation to provision a Carrier Ethernet service across their production networks. - Accenture has added some some weight to its artificial intelligence and big data capabilities with its purchase of Schaumberg, Illinois-based Kogentix. The deal will bolster Accenture's Applied Intelligence data engineering business. - David Prescott, president of Latham, New York-based Integra Optics, said his company started automating its production systems late last year in order to speed up the production of its fiber-optic components, which includes meters and transceivers. - A new report found that mobile operators were more trustworthy with their subscribers' data than social media sites such as Facebook. A study released today by Openet found that 53% of consumers were less likely to share personal data with digital services companies such as Facebook, Skype and Spotify. - Colt Technology Services is close to launching a new universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) platform that's the first flavor of its new on-demand platforms. Colt has spent the past few years overhauling its network infrastructure and systems in order to offer cloud-based, on-demand services to its business customers. - AT&T has locked down a five-year deal with Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy to continue providing network capabilities to the high-end retailer. AT&T has worked with the group for the past 13 years. - Frontier Communications is now offering its customers a cloud-based unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) to help them migrate their voice services to the cloud. AnyWare UCaaS allows small- to medium-sized business and enterprise customers to lease phones and equipment without having to worry about stranding investments in outdated gear. - Windstream has learned a thing or two—including that customers like a managed approach—about its SD-WAN service since launching it in early 2017. Mike Frane, vice president of product development and portal at Windstream Enterprise, recently spoke to FierceTelecom about the lessons his company has learned from customers about its SD-WAN service. - Nokia has signed a $1.17 billion deal to provide China Mobile with a range of telecommunications gear and operational support. In the one-year deal, Nokia will continue to provide China Mobile with mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical routing and customer experience management technologies. - AT&T announced Tuesday that it has a deal in place to buy cybersecurity company AlienVault, but financial terms weren't available. AlienVault offers tools that identify and manage cyberattacks through its Unified Security Management platform. - Ericsson teamed up with Turkcell to boost capacity in a sports arena with the vendor's elastic radio access network (E-RAN) offering. The Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul, which hosts sporting events and concerts, saw uplink user throughput increases of up to 20% during events. - Amazon Web Services could be facing stiffer competition in Europe. Bloomberg reported Monday that BT was in talks with e-commerce giant Alibaba's cloud division in regard to a partnership in Europe that would challenge not only AWS' dominance but also boost BT's cloud computing and big data capabilities. - Although some service providers are still on the fence when it comes to using open source, Windstream Enterprise's Arthur Nichols, vice president, network architecture and technology, and Mike Frane, vice president, product development and portal, are believers. - A telecom carrier consortium for blockchain announced it doubled its membership from six to 12 and is working on global remittances. The newest members of the Carrier Blockchain Study Group are Axiata, PLDT, Telin, Turkcell, Viettel and Zain. - Nokia ended the week on a high note with Friday's news that it signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile to create a new lab that will focus on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to optimize future networks and enable the delivery of edge cloud and 5G services. - Telenor is coordinating the EU's 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure project, which was designed to grease the wheels of 5G uptake by providing an end-to-end facility to validate the performance of new 5G technologies. -

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