AT&T / Time Warner Cable Merger Shakes Up Telecom | Trending Network News | October 29, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, October 29, 2016 with No comments

In this edition of Trending Network News, let's start off with some perspectives on AT&T's "game changing" $85 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, announced officially last weekend. The merger has resulted in some hang-wringing about monopolies, but it's also possibly just how this industry works

Depending on who you ask, this merger means:

Only time will tell which of these turn out to be true. Meanwhile, it gives the pundits lots to discuss!

Now, on to "regular" news, which also includes a couple of items about AT&T: the carrier's recently announced internet video streaming service, and its plans to test 400G Ethernet speeds next year. Also: Verizon makes an acquisition focused on video, Bharti Airtel revamps its IT infrastructure, Orange makes its Datavenue Internet of Things (IoT) solution available globally, and TIM completes field trials of its 4.5G technology in Turin, Italy. 

AT&T Undercuts Cable TV With $35 Internet Streaming Service
AT&T said its DirecTV Now service, when made available, will include more than 100 channels for $35 per month. | Article by
AT&T to Test 400G in 2017
In early 2017, AT&T plans to launch trials of its 400 Gigabit Ethernet data speeds for businesses. | Article by Light Reading.

Verizon Buys Vessel for Video Expertise
Verizon signed an agreement to acquire technology and software underlying Vessel's online video subscription service. | Article by Light Reading

Airtel Transforms IT to Meet Digitization Challenge
The roll-out of 5G in India led Airtel to rethink its IT infrastructure and processes, including a revamp of its My Airtel Apps. | Article by Light Reading

Orange Business Services rolls out its Datavenue IoT solution globally
Orange Business Services first launched its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution in France in 2015. Now, it's available globally. | Article by TelecomTV

TIM completes field trial of 4.5G technology in Turin
In Turin, Italy, mobile operator TIM completed a field trial of its 4.5G technology, featuring download speeds of more than 500 megabits per second on a single data connection on a live LTE network. | Article by RCR Wireless.

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