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European Hosted IP Telephony And UCaaS Market Prepares To Stave Off Competition From Aggressive US Players

European telecom carriers’ initiatives to discontinue integrated services digital network (ISDN) services are driving carrier and customer migration to Internet protocol (IP) connectivity services. The move is also fuelling adoption of next-generation business communication solutions, such as hosted private branch exchange (PBX) and unified communications as a service (UCaaS). Increasing availability of compelling cloud communications offerings and expanding feature sets,…

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Orange faces EUR 2.7 bln claim from B2B rivals

According to l’Express, Orange France faces compensation claims totalling EUR 2.7 billion in court cases heard by the Paris commercial court for abuse of dominant position in the enterprise market. SFR, Verizon and BT are reportedly seeking damages of EUR 2.4 billion, EUR 215 million and EUR 150 million, respectively, for anti-competitive practices recognised by the French Competition Authority in…

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Verizon launches Software-Defined Perimeter service to help enterprises proactively prevent cyberattacks

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched a new Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) service that enables enterprise customers to proactively identify and block cyberattacks by creating a virtual boundary around their network. Verizon’s SDP service, a scalable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, provides pre-authenticated, context-aware, secure access to enterprise applications. The service works by isolating communications between enterprise applications and end-user devices, enabling rapid identification…

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T-mobile doubles network speed attempting to get some of 307k lost Verizon users

Verizon lost 307,000 postpaid customers in 1Q17 Verizon weakening postpaid performance indicates the bulk of consumers no longer view the quality and coverage of Verizon’s LTE network as a strong enough differentiator to warrant a premium price tag. Verizon faces a predicament in 2017 as the carrier will need to discount its unlimited data plans to compete with T-Mobile One…

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Telco Cloud to Reach Critical Mass After 2020, Driven by 5G

ABI Research predicts that large-scale telco cloud deployments will reach global critical mass after 2020, in parallel with the deployment for 5G. This network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need…

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Best US International Phone Plans: What Travelers Need to Know

Taking a trip around the world is an exciting adventure, but before you depart, you should know exactly which services your wireless carrier provides when you’re out of the country. Here’s a look at the travel policies and perks for each of the four major U.S. carriers, to help you determine which one will make the best travel companion. Verizon…

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First international live 5G hologram chat held by Verizon and Korean Telecom

South Korea’s KT Corp. said on Monday it and U.S. partner Verizon successfully demonstrated an international video call using 3-D holograms over the next generation of wireless network or 5G. The demonstration was made over a 28GHz 5G network connected to each company headquartered in Seoul and New Jersey. The two has worked on standards for 5G wireless connection since…

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Verizon chooses datamena for Middle East expansion

Verizon has chosen datamena, the carrier-neutral data center and connectivity platform, as a new regional transit hub to serve Verizon customers across the Middle East. Verizon has deployed a new Private IP node in datamena’s free-zone datacenter in Dubai, giving its customers in the UAE a direct, secure, high-performance connectivity to the company’s expansive global IP network. In addition, Verizon…

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Top 500 Telecom brands: AT&T first!

The Telecoms 500, published annually by Brand Finance, Brand Finance, is unveiled at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. AT&T saw its brand value grow 45% this year to US$87 billion, overtaking Verizon as the most valuable telecoms brand. Its acquisitive growth in South America and Mexico follows its 2015 takeover of DirecTV, resulting in continued growth in brand value and an increase in market share….

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Samsung and Verizon Announce First 5G Customer Trials Set to Begin in Q2 2017

Both companies will start delivering end-to-end 5G fixed wireless service to pilot customers in five cities Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Verizon today announced they have completed deployment of 5G systems in five U.S. cities in preparation to begin customer trials of 5G technology. The customer trials, planned to begin in April, will deliver fixed wireless access to customers through…

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