Data traffic on metro access and aggregation networks is set to grow by as much as 560% by 2017, according to new research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, driven by demand for ultra-broadband access, video and cloud services.
The research also indicates that by 2017 more than 75% of this traffic will stay in metro networks, up from just 57% today.
Meanwhile, traffic from video services will grow by 720% over the forecast period, with data-center traffic increasing by 440%.
The heads of two U.S. Senate committees overseeing national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over a recent network supply deal between China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Washington ally South Korea.
South Korea, which hosts some 28,000 U.S. soldiers to deter potential provocation from North Korea, said Huawei's (Shenzhen, China) deal to supply mobile network equipment does raise security concerns, but it had no immediate plan to look into the issue. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to visit Seoul later this week as part of a broader Asia trip.
Privately held Cox Communications is considering bidding for Time Warner Cable either on its own or as part of a joint bid, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.
Recent media reports suggest Time Warner Cable (New York City, NY, USA) is currently being circled by Charter Communications (Stamford, CT, USA) and top cable provider Comcast (Philadelphia, PA, USA) could jump into the fray with a joint bid for Time Warner Cable along with Charter.
Cisco Systems Inc and Huawei Technologies Co, two of the world's largest communications equipment makers, have been slugging it out for a decade now - in court, in emerging markets, in the lobbies of government and even on blogs.
The past year suggests they've ground to an expensive stalemate, raising questions about their futures on each other's lucrative home turf.
Earlier this month Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) CEO John Chambers admitted in an earnings call that political dynamics were stymieing his company's long march into Huawei's backyard.
German software giant SAP has announced plans to expand its strategic partnership with China Telecom into the field of cloud computing.
Under the agreement, China Datacom – a joint venture between SAP and China Telecom subsidiary China Communication Services (CCS) – will offer SAP’s cloud services to businesses in China.
According to SAP’s statement, CCS will also become the first local customer of SAP’s cloud services.
Operator spending on optical network equipment has fallen over the July-September period, despite an increase in spending on WDM equipment, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
“In the third quarter of 2013, sales of WDM optical equipment are up 4% from a year ago and remain at elevated levels reached earlier in the year, but overall optical spending is down on a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year basis,” said Andrew Schmitt, a principal analyst at Infonetics.
U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines Corp and Microsoft Corp may face new challenges selling their goods and services in China as fallout from the U.S. spying scandal starts to take a toll.
Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) shares tumbled 11 percent on Thursday, a day after it warned that revenue could drop as much as 10 percent this quarter, and continue to contract through the middle of next year, in part due to a backlash in China after revelations about U.S. government surveillance programs.
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Network equipment maker Juniper Networks says Barclays executive Shaygan Kheradpir will take over from Kevin Johnson as chief executive at the start of 2014.
Johnson had announced plans to retire in July, having led the company since 2008, when he joined from software giant Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA).
Kheradpir is currently chief operations and technology officer at financial services provider Barclays (London, UK), and before that he worked as executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications (New York City, NY, USA).