Telecom Evolution

The view from a front row seat

As someone who's been in and around the telecom industry for a long time, you can appreciate the kinds of changes I’ve seen over the years. At its basic level, we've gone from a world of monopoly fixed line service providers, to a de-regulated one where CLECs temporarily roamed, to the fragmented mobile-centric/Internet-centric business of today, where players like Amazon and Google and innovative device companies like Apple and RIM lead the way.

Update: Smart Metering in Europe

As of 2010, European Smart Metering is at a crossroads

The EU has mandated that member states introduce smart metering in homes and businesses by 2020, to understand and monitor energy consumption with the aim of reducing usage, and ensuring reliability of supply.

MPLS works wonders for Texas-based industrial supplier

When you literally need to keep the pipes flowing on a global scale, you need a network that’s there, in real time

Flowserve Corporation, a Texas-based provider of flow control products and services for pipelines and infrastructure, recently launched and an end-to-end, global MPLS network with Orange Business Services.

Mike Wald, vice president of operations for Flowserve Corporation’s information technology department and VP of IT for the Flow Control Division, said the network is paying dividends already. Its value is not just in the number connections and bandwidth throughput, but in Flowserve’s ability to monitor the performance of the network's constituents.

Everything New is New Again

CSPs know they are so far from the days when voice was king

If you’ve been reading my columns with any regularity, you’ll know that even though I’ve been in the communications business longer than I might care to admit, I’d like to think I’m still pretty connected when it comes to new technologies, new services and new ways of doing business.

From iPad to bandwidth crunch

CSPs face big challenges as data-hungry devices flood market

With bated breath, the world waited on pins and needles at the end of January for the latest and greatest invention from Apple. Speculation was high that Steve Jobs would roll out a tablet computer, but once he unveiled the iPad and people finished oohing and aahing over the thin form factor, big screen and compatibility with iTunes and the App Store, the real scrutiny began.

New decade, new horizons for the communications industry

New concepts bring great opportunities

So here we are in a brand new decade; in many ways, escaping from the “Noughties” won’t be all bad for the communications industry. After all, we weathered the telecom freeze in the early 2000s, which decimated the ranks of telecom equipment makers, forced consolidation among some carriers and increased regulatory actions in many parts of the world.

IBM unveils smart cloud services and technologies for the enterprise

IBM last week announced new cloud services and technology offerings for clients moving key enterprise business processes into production cloud environments. IBM is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, a solution for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices. 

As part of this announcement, IBM is demonstrating a next-generation, enterprise cloud service delivery platform currently piloting with key clients and available later this year.

Level 3 to acquire Global Crossing

Level 3 Communications, Inc. and Global Crossing Limited Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Level 3 will acquire Global Crossing in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. The combined company will operate a global services platform anchored by fiber optic networks on three continents, connected by extensive undersea facilities. The combined network will serve a worldwide customer set with owned network in more than 50 countries and connections to more than 70 countries.

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