As January wraps up, the last week of the month is proving to be a week that didn't disappoint the New IP news desk. From Facebook's Open Compute Project friending major telcoms to Juniper's BTI buy for data center interconnect technology, the week had a definitively New IP feel.
Here's a quick run-down of a few of the highlights.
Turns out the broadband gap isn't closing as fast as it should, according to the 2015 Broadband Progress Report adopted by the FCC today. In fact, the report says that 17% of Americans and 53% of rural Americans still can't get broadband access. The number has only improved 3% over 2014 and the worst place for broadband coverage is on tribal lands. This latest report is already under attack by one think tank in Washington DC, funded by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and the Communications Workers of America, among others, according to Carol Wilson, editor-at-large, Light Reading. Read the full story here: FCC Still Bemoans Rural Broadband Gap.
In other US news, Huawei and ZTE are slowly expanding here, expecting a friendlier environment, according to Dan Jones, mobile editor, Light Reading. Writes Jones: "Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) have been networking pariahs in the US for major operators since October 2012, when both companies were named as a security risk by the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence... Some industry insiders, however, suspect that a Hillary Clinton administration, in particular, could be more friendly to the vendors than the Obama government has been. In addition, Republican congressman Mike Rogers, who chaired the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence committee during the Huawei/ZTE spat -- and was a vocal advocate for restrictions on the vendors in the US -- left government in 2015, and now works for CNN and others." Read more at Are Huawei & ZTE About to Feel a Thaw in the Comms Cold War?
In the M&A news, Telstra Global took a strategic stake in Chinese cloud storage provider Qiniu. This is Telstra's second cloud deal in a week, its third investment this month and the fifth investment in Asia in just over a year. Qiniu, self-described provider of solutions and services for mobile internet, Web 2.0, media ecommerce and games companies was founded in 2011 and has more than 400,000 enterprise and developer users. (See Telstra Picks Up China Cloud Firm Qiniu.)
On the network functions virtualization (NFV) testing front, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is testing some of its key next-generation technology with Light Reading's test partner European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) . So far, the EANTC team has completed performance and scalability tests on two virtualized network functions (VNFs) -- the Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG) -- from the vendor's IP division, which entered the virtual router market in late 2014, according to Ray Le Maistre, editor-in-chief, Light Reading. The results are still being compiled and checked by the EANTC team and will be published here on Light Reading in the coming weeks. (See Now Nokia Steps Up for VNF Testing.)
Finally, want to earn some extra cash? According to Light Reading's Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Google has been paying sweet sums to bug-finders as part of its Vulnerability Reward Program, including one large payment of $37,500 to an Android security researcher. It also set aside $1 million specifically for security research for Google Drive, notes Wagner. Better get busy. (See Google Pays Bounty to Best Bug Finder.)
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.