Microsoft's Azure for Operators business now provides worldwide routing and traffic transport to companies running 5G wireless networks. The software giant's undersea cable systems and lit fiber networks, which Azure for Operators uses, cover 175,000 miles and serve 200 points of presence.
The 2021 Marconi Radio Awards and National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith's yearly "State of the Industry" speech will be available for viewers to watch virtually via the NAB Amplify platform on November 10. Smith's address will focus on his 12-year tenure as NAB chief as he prepares to step down from the role at the end of this year.
A Comcast Business unit has acquired Defined Technologies in a bid to further pursue contracts from the federal government's General Services Administration under its $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions framework. Defined will remain the EIS contractor of record, and neither company disclosed terms of the deal.
Cable companies have a better chance of generating long-term profits from their broadband business than telecoms despite their flurry of investments in new fiber builds, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says in a new research note. He maintains that telecom spending will have only a modest effect on the market compared to cable investments.
Lionsgate and Redbox have signed a multi-year deal under which Lionsgate will distribute Redbox Entertainment movies and take charge of licensing agreements with streaming services, while Redbox will stream 17,000 Lionsgate television and film titles. Redbox is planning 36 original films per year.
Discovery+ is airing "Carole Baskin's Cage Fight," a show documenting Baskin's investigation of animal abuse in roadside zoos, starting Nov. 13. The series will include Baskin and the niece of Joseph Maldonado-Passage pursuing evidence that he mistreated the big cats he exhibited as "Joe Exotic."
Comcast announced that it has successfully linked its virtual cable modem termination system to DOCSIS 4.0 modems in Full Duplex DOCSIS mode and gotten 10-gigabits-per-second data transfer speeds. The successful test shows how cable can "deliver multi-gig upload and download speeds" via DOCSIS FDX software upgrades, Comcast's Elad Nafshi told the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
Officials at a 32-nation summit hosted by the White House pledged to take a series of steps to combat the rising tide of global ransomware while pointing to inconsistent cryptocurrency standards as an obstacle to their effort. The group issued a statement outlining measures like sharing more data, making networks more secure and attacking the financial underpinnings of hacker groups.
The Federal Communications Commission needs full staff and a permanent chair to make meaningful progress toward universal broadband, say various advocacy group and think tank members. Former FCC Chief of Staff Blair Levin notes that a permanent leader provides greater motivation to the FCC's employees.
Verizon announced that it reached 711 megabits per second on an uploading trial using 5G millimeter-wave frequencies and carrier aggregation technology. High-speed uplinks, which could enable augmented reality, security and manufacturing applications, have historically been a more challenging form of 5G than downlinks.
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