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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:01

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Brocade SAN sales butchered by hyper-converged upstarts
Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:44

It was a double whammy. Brocade saw hyper-converged infrastructure eat into its SAN networking sales as Broadcom acquisition-caused uncertainty drove IP Networking sales downwards too.

Revenues were $581m in Brocade’s first fiscal 2017 quarter , up by a sliver from the $574m reported a year ago but down 12 per cent from the final FY2016 quarter.

GAAP profits collapsed to a $6m loss – they were $94m a year ago and $67m a quarter ago. What screwed things up?

Brocade says both SAN and IP revenues went down. In the SAN (Fibre Channel) area, product revenue of $307m was down

BT, Ericsson square up to Arqiva, Samsung over 5G arms race
Friday, 24 February 2017 22:06

Hot on the heels of Arqiva revealing plans for a 5G trial with Samsung this morning, Ericsson and BT have also announced a partnership to develop 5G projects.

Mobile phone and broadcasting towers biz Arqiva is best known for infrastructure broadcasting. Simon Beresford-Wylie, Arqiva chief exec, said the business has been "watching the development of 5G very closely".

"5G will be a crucial pillar of the UK's economy in the 2020s," he added. "It will provide higher speeds: 1Gbps and significantly reduced latency (delay), along with super high reliability for mission critical applications."

Culture secretary Karen Bradley welcomed the Arqiva

For telcos and enterprise vendors, MWC 2017 will be an Edge/Fog/SDN/NFV-fest
Friday, 24 February 2017 16:58

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and, as ever, is two shows in one. Gadget-lovers get to go “squee!” about new handsets and the fun they'll have with them. And in the fun and important part of the conference, telco wonks discuss the plumbing that makes the “squee!” possible.

And this year the fun and important part of the conference looks like having a lot to say about Edge computing, fog computing, software-defined networking and network function virtualization.

It's a good time for the show to consider those matters, because serious momentum is gathering around standards and

London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak
Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:02

Members of LINX, the London Internet Exchange – the UK's largest net peering point – have rejected proposals that would reshape the company’s constitution and could block members from being consulted about government tapping instructions.

The vote, on Tuesday, followed a Reg report revealing that members had been given less than two weeks notice of a proposed change which would allow LINX’s chairman to “override” directors’ wishes and prevent members learning about controversial actions, including, according to LINX, “secret orders from the government”

Directors of the company had urged the 740 members of LINX, mostly Internet providers from overseas, to

EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:27

EE has revealed plans to launch balloon and drone "air masts" to connect remote parts of the UK in the wake of disasters such as major flooding, in its yet-to-be-patented technology unveiled today.

For those who can't bear to enjoy the solitude of nature without being able to instantly post to Facebook, chief exec of EE Marc Allera said customers could request to have a drone hovering over their heads in remote areas. The mini sites, including a basestation and antenna, can provide an "on demand coverage" service, he said.

"We are obsessed about having customers connected all the time."

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