Sunday, March 23, 2014

CEO Interview: Radisys' Brian Bronson on Network Transformation

The network equipment market is being transformed by a move to separate hardware from software (such as #NFV), new service capabilities (such as #VoLTE), new architectures (such as Small Cells), open systems (such as #SDN) and a continued shift towards outsourcing.  In this interview, Brian Bronson, Radisys' CEO, discusses these trends and how he is positioning the company for these opportunities.

Topics of discussion include:

0:05 - How do SDN and NFV impact Radisys?
1:23 - Will carriers move to generic servers?
2:04 How does industry outsourcing come into play for Radisys?
3:35 - What traction are you seeing in the market for Small Cells?
4:29 - What traction are you seeing in the market for VoLTE?
5:07 - Will VoLTE leverage NFV?
5:43 - Will these virtualized platforms deliver the same Five Nines reliability?

Cogent Offers to Pay Capital Costs for Interexchange Upgrade

Cogent Communications has offered to pay the capital cost required to upgrade the exchange between its network and major telephone and cable companies (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable). The offer would cover the capital cost of upgrading the interexchange to ensure adequate capacity to exchange Internet traffic, including streaming video traffic like Netflix.

The company hopes its offer will resolve the impasse caused by ISPs would have refused to upgrade traffic exchange capacity. Cogent is not offering to enter into paid peering arrangements with these or any other networks.

"Cogent believes the traditional Internet model in which each party bears its own capital costs to upgrade an interconnection should be the model for these relationships but the reality of the gatekeeper power exercised by these telephone and cable companies requires that Cogent accept these additional costs in order to provide the highest quality Internet service possible," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent.

Rural Cooperative in No. Georgia Offers 1 Gbps FTTH for $99

Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, a non-profit, member-owned cooperative serving Northeast Georgia, began offering a 1 Gbps FTTH service for $99/month. The FTTH footprint currently serves 1,800 customers.

Teradata Supplies Data Warehouse to NTT Docomo

NTT DOCOMO has selected the Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse Appliance with the latest release of the Teradata Database to support its growing consumer credit services business.

The new platform enables marketers at NTT Docomo to gain has access to subscriber information without having to wait for IT data extraction.

NTT DOCOMO started its credit service program using "Osaifu-Keitai,” literally meaning "Wallet Mobile" in 2005 and their unique DCMX™ consumer credit services, NTT DOCOMO's brand and platform for mobile credit cards, and both have grown rapidly to 15 million members today.

We are proud to play a role in the evolution of NTT DOCOMO’s credit card business marketing operations, providing quick visibility into data for more insight and value opportunities across conversation points,” said Scott Sobers, Director, Communications Industry Marketing & Strategy. “Looking ahead, our approach is to help our telecommunications customers evolve beyond traditional analytics to the power of next-generation capabilities. Teradata is actively advising and guiding telecommunications customers forward with the innovation to deliver new products and services, and offer cutting-edge customer services.”

The Teradata system will be operational by the end of this month.