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FCC details second wave of emergency funding for education

To date, the emergency funding has provided 5,420,473 devices and 2,700,834 broadband connections, impacting nearly 8 million students In its recently approved second wave of emergency connectivity funding, the Federal Communications Commission is committing $1,159,681,350.34 for 2,471 schools, 205 libraries and 26 consortia. All those...

CCA: Regional carriers share their pandemic lessons learned

Providing mobile and broadband services in rural America "is not cookie cutter" PHOENIX–In 20 months unlike any others that the telecom industry has dealt with in modern times, small carriers have had to navigate the uncharted waters of a pandemic on a fraction of the...

COVID-19 exposed the urban broadband divide – here’s one way to close it (Reader Forum)

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered numerous truths about everyday life that were previously not given a second thought. An unlikely focal point of the pandemic has been broadband access. When stay-at-home orders were enforced globally, technology came to the rescue — but not for...

Extreme Networks makes plans to acquire Infovista’s SD-WAN business

Extreme Networks announced its intent to acquire Ipanematech SAS, or Ipanema, the SD-WAN division of Infovista for approximately $73 million. The acquisition will expand Extreme’s R&D footprint in Europe, where Ipanema has established partnerships with managed services providers and systems integrators. The purchase will also...

Well, technically… a hybrid workforce maximizes flexibility and productivity: Qualcomm’s Heather Ace (Ep. 46)

https://soundcloud.com/rcrwirelessnews/well-technically-a-hybrid-workforce-maximizes-flexibility-and-productivity-ep-46/s-gI7RkFsorMd Qualcomm's Chief Human Resources Officer Heather Ace describes the company's hybrid approach to in-office work post COVID and the importance of focusing on mental health and workplace equity. She also shares how her own experience onboarding remotely informed how she tackled these challenging topics.

Shifting sands in entertainment and media: Broadband access, VR seeing growth, PwC says

The global pandemic spurred increased connectivity and a 30% increase in data traffic, according to PwC report The media and entertainment industry is seeing major shifts as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with connectivity, mobility and on-demand flexibility emerging as primary consumer desires, according...

Network-as-a-Service explained

Network-as-a-Service can deliver network agility and flexibility for enterprise customers Today, we work and live in an increasingly digital world, which not only gives individuals and businesses the agility and flexibility to create, share and store information virtually but also allows them to access...

FCC kicks off two pandemic relief connectivity programs worth $10 billion

The Federal Communications Commission this week officially launched two pandemic relief programs designed to improve access to and affordability of broadband services. Families across the U.S. can now apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which will make available up to $3.2 billion to...

Hackers shifted to target financial relief and healthcare during the pandemic: Keysight report

The mechanisms of cyber attacks in 2020 were not new -- phishing, ransomware for financial gain and supply chain attacks were the primary trends of concern, according to Keysight Technologies' fourth annual security report. But the tenor of attacks changed, because hackers used the...

Netscout: DDoS attacks hit a record ‘new normal’ as cybercriminals exploit pandemic conditions

Netscout observed a record 10 million dedicated denial of service (DDos) attacks in the second half of 2020, and the lessons it distilled from the resulting data are pretty bleak: Even as the world grappled with the impacts of a global pandemic, cybercriminals were...

How virtualization helped Dell make a pandemic pivot

Danny Cobb, fellow and vice president of engineering for Dell Technologies’ telco systems business, remembers his company cruising into early 2020: Kicking off a new fiscal year with its operating plan in place, supply chain nailed down and factories humming; people coming into the...

The Sunday Brief: Happy days are here again?

Greetings from the farm in Williard, MO, and the lake in Davidson, NC, as we took some time away to celebrate four birthdays over a single weekend (ages 11, 14, 23, and old enough).  The farm is a terrific place to clear your mind...

Extreme Networks supports mass vaccination site with cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions

Extreme Networks provided the site with 19 mobile Wi-Fi access points Extreme Networks was selected by Novant Health to provide its cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions to support a mass COVID-19 vaccination event at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Earlier this week, data collected by the Centers for...

The era of AI: Investments today will begin to yield very real business and operational benefits for service providers (Reader Forum)

Vendors and communication service providers (CSP) have been discussing the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for some time now, but so far it has amounted to little more than talking points. However, with 5G networks coming online around the globe, advanced use cases being...

Kagan: Xfinity, AT&T expansion slows during COVID-19

Over the last year, it looks like everything has flip-flopped, at least temporarily. Thanks to COVID-19, carriers who were expanding beyond their traditional core, who looked like their growth was unlimited, today are being impacted by some of their new acquisitions and are struggling...

COVID-19 sent 2020 cloud infrastructure revenue through the roof

Synergy Research Group Analyst: '2020 ended with a bang for the cloud infrastructure market' Enterprises spent more than $37 billion on cloud infrastructure services in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to data from Synergy Research Group. The results represent a $4 billion increase from...

The global economic value of Wi-Fi will hit $5 trillion by 2025: Report

The Wi-Fi Alliance: 'The value of Wi-Fi will reach $3.3 trillion this year' The Wi-Fi Alliance published a recent report that 2021 will see the current annual global economic value of Wi-Fi will reach $3.3 trillion. The report further suggests that Wi-Fi value will climb...

AT&T Business CEO reflects on 5G’s first year: ‘We sit in a stronger place today’

2021 will see more cell site deployments and the transition to standalone 5G At CES 2021, Dan Littmann from Deloitte Consulting spoke with AT&T Business’ CEO Anne Chow and Qualcomm’s Senior VP of Corporate Engineering Alejandro Holcman about 5G’s first year, as well as what’s...

Ookla: How did the network hold up in 2020?

2020 was a tough year for humans -- and for networks. As daily lives were interrupted and people stayed home rather than travel or gather for work, school or entertainment, there was an accompanying flip-flop in network traffic patterns: Far more reliance on a...

Verizon CEO talks next-level 5G applications in CES keynote

Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg kicked off this year’s (virtual) CES with a keynote that emphasized not only the numerous applications of 5G technology, but also the power of many of these emerging applications to bring experiences into our homes, a notion that has become...

Well, technically… the supply chain is about building relationships, even during COVID-19: Cambium Networks’ Ann Deardorff (Ep. 24)

Cambium Networks' Vice President of Supply Chain Ann Deardorff comes on the podcast to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted the global wireless supply chain. She also looks to the future as we begin a new year.

Well, technically… fixed access broadband has been our lifeline: Nokia’s Sandy Motley (Ep. 23)

Nokia's President of Fixed Networks Sandy Motley discusses the role that fixed access broadband has played during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Nokia and other industry leaders have responded to the crisis. She also shares what her favorite piece of technology is. (Spoiler: It's...

Telecom is weathering the pandemic relatively well: GSMA Intelligence

The telecom sector has not been hit as hard as others by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and mobile operators in some hard-hit countries are even flourishing as demand for network connectivity soars, according to a new report from GSMA Intelligence. "Because of...

Cisco to acquire cloud communications software company IMImobile

Cisco will acquire cloud communications software and service company IMImobile for approximately $730 million, a move that will allow Cisco to provide its business customers with an end-to-end customer interaction management solution. IMImobile’s software and services allow enterprises and organizations to stay constantly connected to...

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