CenturyLink Announces Plan to Acquire Level 3 | Trending Network News | November 5, 2016

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This week in Trending Network News, we start off with the announcement of a merger between CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications. Then, some insight into the various market threats to telecom companies, the need for carriers to form ecosystem partnerships to succeed with the Internet of Things (IoT), and the business opportunities posed by 5G. Plus: a look at third quarter results for the top four U.S. carriers, and announcement of a new open source approach to dense wave division multiplexing unveiled by Facebook. 

Level 3, CenturyLink on Verge of Merger
CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications announced their plans to merge. The deal would create a company catering to enterprise and government customers, but also with a dominant residential business. | Article by Light Reading

The World’s Telecoms Are Under Threat From All Sides
Old-school communications companies are under threat from streaming internet video services, smartphone makers getting into the mobile service business, and residential internet companies. | Article by Wired.com.  

Carriers can’t do IoT alone; need to build an ecosystem
To succeed in the IoT market, carriers should partner with other companies to create an ecosystem. | Article by RCR Wireless. 

Reality Check: 5G networks create lucrative opportunities for carriers
5G is driving mobile operators away from 'dumb pipes' services and toward lucrative support for new industries like autonomous vehicles. | Article by RCR Wireless

Analyst Angle: Q3 assessment of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint
All of the top four U.S. carriers finished third quarter 2016 with growth across most metrics, with Verizon and T-Mobile showing the most sequential improvement. | Article by RCR Wireless

Facebook, TIP Splash Some Open Sauce on Optical Networking
Facebook unveiled Open Packet DWDM, a new open source approach to dense wave division multiplexing, and said the technology is being contributed to the Telecom Infra Project, as well as forming the basis for a white box transponder and routing solution dubbed Voyager. | Article by Light Reading

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