It was the unofficial start to paid time off and summer getaways in the US, but those who remained at work continued to advance the global virtualization cause through a flurry of investments, executive hires and customer engagements.
Cox is making a strategic investment in Unite Private Networks (UPN), a move that gives the cable operator joint ownership along with Ridgemont Equity Partners and UPN's management team. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, gives Cox access to a much broader footprint, since much of UPN's network access is outside Cox Communications Inc. cable. Privately held Cox does not disclose revenue, but Heavy Reading estimates annual commercial services revenue at about $2 billion in 2015. (See: Cox Invests in Fiber Outside the Franchise)
Srini Gopalan of Bharti Airtel will take the helm as Deutsche Telekom's new European chief in 2017. This move will allow Claudia Nemat, currently DT's board member for Europe and technology, to focus on technology and take on a new role, overseeing innovation at Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT). It's part of the operator's plan to launch services on DT's pan-European network, currently under development. (See: Airtel's Gopalan to Head DT's Europe Biz) Today, Gopalan is the consumer director of the Indian business at Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL). (See: Airtel's Gopalan to Head DT's Europe Biz)
Too Important to Fail, EU Style
Members of the European Parliament identified providers of cloud services, search engines and online markets as "operators of essential services."
This week, members of the European parliament (MEPs) approved rules
that describe the security and reporting requirements for so-called "operators of essential services" in areas like energy, transport, health and banking, as well as providers of cloud services, search engines and online markets. EU member states must now identify which organizations fall into these categories, then set up a network of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) to address events and risks, cross-border security issues and coordinated responses, MEPs said. (See: Eurobites: Altice Considers Belgian Sale
) The EU is investing €450 million
($499 million) into a cybersecurity initiative, it said earlier this week. (See: Eurobites: EU Sinks €450M Into Cybersecurity
The global enterprise communication infrastructure market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 16.35% between 2016 and 2020, finds a new report by Research and Markets. But the complexity surrounding multiple competing standards is impacting vendors, service providers and customers' solutions. While some service providers continue to bundle best-of-breed technologies, interoperability issues cause some organizations to forgo bundled solutions; instead, they are "willing to compromise on a few features for smooth interoperability," the report says.
Colt Technology Services more than doubled the size of its Colt PrizmNet footprint when the service provider connected the financial extranet to Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Hong Kong and Singapore. Now, Colt Technology Services Group Ltd (London: COLT) can interconnect with financial exchange centers worldwide and across Asia, the service provider says.
Boingo Wireless unveiled a partnership with Amazon to provide fast, free WiFi to Android users who download Boingo's Wi-Finder app from Amazon Underground. As of July 6, Underground customers get a six-month subscription to Boingo Wi-Fi at no charge. The offer expires on December 31, 2016.
— Alison Diana, Ambassador, The New IP Agency
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