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June 22, 2016

We hear a lot these days about artificial intelligence (AI) these days, but in the telecoms world, the term is thrown about rather casually, as though it’s simply a really advanced algorithm tool to make Siri more useful.

AI is typically discussed in the context of big data, the IoT and augmented/virtual reality apps. At the upcoming ITU Telecom World in Bangkok, the Leadership Summit and Forum – which features a digital economy theme – lumps AI in with other topics such as smart sustainable cities, the role of taxation in driving connectivity, fostering SMEs and digital financial... MORE

June 16, 2016

ITEM: Good news for cellcos that have installed Ericsson radio equipment in the last year – Ericsson has announced its first batch of software upgrades to get cellcos started on the road to 5G.

Ericsson’s “5G Plug-Ins” are “software-based innovations” for the Ericsson Radio System product line that are specifically focused on capabilities that operators can leverage within current networks to facilitate 5G evolution. Cellcos can use the plug-ins to trial and implement 5G technology as early as this year, and evolve to 5G at their own pace.

The first five new plug-ins,... MORE

June 09, 2016

There are many conversations to be had about network virtualization in general, and SDN in particular. One conversation we don’t always hear about is the human factor – which is to say resistance from telecoms department heads who see SDN as a challenge to their livelihoods, either through consolidating networking departments or automating resources to the point of making employees redundant.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Adam Saenger, Vice President of Product Development & Management, Level 3 Communications.

TW Telecom – which Level 3 bought in 2014 – began... MORE

June 06, 2016

File under recommended reading: this in-depth Bloomberg piece from last week about Uber’s car-leasing business.

Since July last year, Uber subsidiary Xchange has been helping the transportation firm recruit people who want to drive for Uber but don’t have a car. Goldman Sachs is impressed enough that it reportedly gave Xchange received a $1 billion credit facility to fund new car leases.

Here’s how the Xchange model works, Bloomberg reports:

Drivers pay a $250 upfront deposit and then make weekly payments to Uber over the course of the three-year life of the lease... MORE

April 27, 2016

ITEM: The Indonesia FTTH Association (IFA) welcomed 17 new members on Wednesday and committed itself to lead development of Indonesia's FTTH infrastructure, boost digital service transformation and enhance cooperation across the industry value chain in support of the government’s “Digital Economy Agenda”.

At the first-ever Indonesia FTTH Association Summit, the IFA – which operates under MASTEL (Indonesia ICT Society) – pledged to boost development of a fixed broadband ecosystem that includes not just fiber deployments, but also development of Smart City and government initiatives... MORE

April 25, 2016

ITEM: Malaysian networking and telecommunication solution provider Sunway Digital Wave (SDW) has – or rather, had – a problem with bandwidth hogs, and was in search of a solution that could not only ensure fair usage of bandwidth, but work with the SDN architecture that SDW is currently deploying. In short, SDW’s network planners and operations staff needed targeted, real-time analysis of traffic and bandwidth usage.

And they got it – via specialized flow-control technology that provides real-time fair usage and greater network visibility, analytics, control and security.

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April 14, 2016

ITEM: Over half of the world’s online users think that so-called “hacktivists” are criminals who should be stopped AND heroes who hold crooked companies and government agencies accountable for their actions.

A survey across 24 countries conducted by research company Ipsos and commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) found that close to two-thirds of online users think groups like Anomymous who hack into the servers of corporations and government agencies for various reasons (politics, social justice, whistleblowing, doxing, blackmail, etc) are... MORE

April 13, 2016

ITEM: There’s a new global OTT player in town, and it wants to share revenues with everyone.

Malaysia-based MyFed Asia announced the global launch of its “Klix” OTT video platform at the Broadband TV Connect Asia conference in Jakarta Tuesday. Klix comprises a global IP broadcasting hub that features compression cloud video processing and content delivery, and an Asian OTT TV Federation service accessible via an OTT box.

Norman Donald Price IV – advisor of MyFed Asia and the founding partner of consulting company UCN – admits that Klix is hardly the first OTT box to hit the... MORE