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Well, technically… carriers need to plan, plan again and then plan some more: Clearfield’s Cheri Beranek (Ep. 79)

Clearfield's CEO Cheri Beranek discusses how ongoing supply-chain constraints are impacting the fiber industry and explores to what extent federal funding will help address this and other challenges related to building out fiber assets and closing the digital divide.

Well, technically… smart city data is exciting, but it’s also risky: Ubicquia’s Heather Ritchie (Ep. 76)

On this episode, Heather Ritchie, the chief marketing officer at Ubicquia, uses specific smart city projects around the world as examples of the benefits, and the considerations, such initiatives can bring. She also discusses how recent developments, like COVID-19 and 5G, have finally gotten many smart city efforts out of "project purgatory."

We discovered the potential of livestreaming services during the pandemic, and it looks like they’re here to stay (Reader Forum)

The various restrictions on both travel and social contact due to the outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in technology playing a pivotal role in keeping people connected over the last couple of years. Livestreaming and video calling services allowed loved ones to share cherished milestone...

Verizon boosts investment in Florida to address ‘skyrocketing demands’

Verizon is allocating an additional $149 million to Florida and will build more than 3,500 new network solutions According to The Palm Beach Post, more than 547,000 people have traded their out-of-state driver’s licenses during 2021 for one from Florida. This, the news outlet...

Well, technically… it’s the most exciting time to be in telecom: Fujitsu Network Communications’ Rhonda Holloway (Ep. 66)

Rhonda Holloway, Fujitsu Network Communications' director of Network Automation Solutions Marketing comes on the podcast to reveal how enterprise and business digitalization has changed and accelerated in the COVID era.

Well, technically… the answer is somewhere in the middle (Ep. 65): Dell’Oro Group’s Tam Dell’Oro

Founder and CEO of Dell’Oro Group Tam Dell’Oro provides insight into the ongoing supply-chain constraints impacting the entire technology industry and weighs in on when we can expect things to go back to normal.

How COVID-19 accelerated digitalization opportunities and challenges (Reader Forum)

It is said that the world’s adoption of everything digital leapfrogged several years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A hotelier was forced to go out of business during lockdowns before he found fresh air in cloud kitchens and app-based home deliveries. An entrepreneur running...

What is the impact of the current semiconductors supply chain on the 5G agenda?

Constraints on the supply chain are disproportionately impacting the non-advanced chipset market, signaling a particular challenge for 5G Global supply-chain constraints, driven mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic, are continuing to impact nearly every industry, even as much of the world is returning to pre-pandemic life....

Most businesses don’t have a strategy for hybrid work, AT&T survey finds

A new survey from AT&T, Dubber and Incisiv shows that hybrid work, or a mix of in-person and remote work, is expected to become the "standard operating model across industries" within two years, rather than being viewed as an employee perk. More than 80%...

‘Hybrid work doesn’t work without the network’: Cisco announces new Wi-Fi 6E, 5G solutions

Cisco released Wi-Fi 6E access points and a private 5G managed service designed specifically for the hybrid work environment Cisco clearly believes that work from home is here to stay, at least to a certain extent. The company has introduced Wi-Fi 6E and private 5G...

The rising importance of location in a mobile world (Reader Forum)

In a mobile world, we’re now realizing that one of the absolute must-haves in most devices is positioning. Some applications are already commonplace: navigation in our phones and cars, finding wherever we parked the car or keeping track of our kids. Growing even faster...

Cradlepoint, Verizon hit wireless WAN milestone, cite need for agility during COVID

There are now 1 million Cradlepoint routers deployed at the edge of the Verizon network Cradlepoint and Verizon see 5G as a driver behind the accelerated adoption of wireless WAN currently taking place across several industries. As evidence of this acceleration, the companies have pointed...

The three key components of preparing enterprise networks for the hybrid workforce (Reader Forum)

As enterprise IT leaders plan for 2022, the hybrid model blending remote and in-office work is likely to be the new normal. According to research from IDC, more than half of workers are planning to continue to work remotely or arrange a hybrid approach...

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)

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...

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