Fortnight Review of Telecom Industry | Trending Network News | December 3, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, December 03, 2016 with No comments

After a hiatus for U.S. Thanksgiving, Trending Network News is back this week with a survey of what mobile operators and related players have been up to over the past fortnight. We're trying a new format to include more links and a bit more context... drop a note in the comments to let us know if you prefer this, or the format we typically use. 

Let's start with a look at AT&T's recent activities:

  • Just before Thanksgiving, the carrier announced that it teamed up with ad/PR company WPP, and Dish Network Corp., to acquire INVIDI Technologies, an advertising platforms provider. The acquisition is focused squarely on video ad purchasing and distribution.
  • Also just in time for the holidays, AT&T launched its DirecTV Now mobile video service, a new platform for all the carrier's video products here on out. Starting Nov. 30, service is available in four packages, ranging from $35/month for 60 channels all the way up to $70/month for 120 channels.
  • An RCRWireless News 'Reality Check' opinion piece concluded that the carrier's plan to acquire Time Warner is part of a larger trend in which telcos and service providers are diversifying to stay afloat because they recognize that the era of one channel revenue stream is over. 

Now, on to Comcast, which was in the news recently because it joined the Open Network Laboratory's (ON.Lab) "Open Network Operating System" (ONOS) and "Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter" (CORD) projects. Both are initiatives focused on software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and cloud development, with an end goal to create platforms for deploying new services faster. 

Meanwhile, Telefonica had a two announcements of its own:

Verizon, too, has been busy:

  • Its Enterprise Solutions unit joined forces with WAN optimization solutions company Riverbed to deliver an Amazon Web Services-based bundle for hybrid enterprise architecture deployments. The bundle combines several existing products in a new way, aimed at helping customers connect branch offices and data centers to AWS environments using managed network services.
  • In the wake of a variety of recent and proposed mergers across industries, the carrier warned that M&A activity can create and contribute to enterprise security risks. Verizon's Risk Team director said some data breaches experienced by enterprises in the past few months are because of assets those companies recently acquired but are not yet covered fully by security solutions

And finally, in other telecom-related news:

  • Reliance Jio wants to be an enabler of "digital life" in India. Since its launch of commercial services in September, the newcomer claims to have already signed up about 16 million subscribers.
  • In partnership with China Mobile Research Institute and China Mobile Group Zhejiang, ZTE said it's completed performance verification and deployment of a solution designed to optimize the experience of high-speed rail 4G users in Shanghai-Hangzhou HSR region.
  • In Belarus, Telekom Austria Group plans to acquire operator Atlantl and its subsidiary TeleSet, a move that would give it new assets in the areas of fixed-line broadband, IPTV, cable TV, and video and audio content.