Monday Bytes: Verizon, Akamai, Telia, Infinera, Huawei

March 4th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

A few items to start the week on:

Verizon has made a quick strategic acquisition of new talent and technology. The telecommunications giant announced this morning the acquisition of ProtectWise. ProtectWise specializes in Network Detection and Response, and its technology will be incorporated into Verizon’s enterprise security portfolio. Verizon is ramping up its organization for the actual rollout of 5G.

Akamai has revealed new enhancements to its edge platform this morning, hoping to better support enterprises migrating to the cloud. The enhancements include a laundry list of security features, adaptive acceleration capabilities, and streamlined APIs and other tools to better enable enterprises’ own processes.

Telia and Infinera have unveiled a successful trial of autonomous intelligent transponder technology.  The project leveraged a 1500km route on Telia’s network connecting Munich, Zurich, Strasbourg, and Frankfurt using a prototype AIT technology developed by Infinera.  The AIT was able to respond in real time to various channel conditions and quality impairments, adapting transmission parameters such as modulation schemes to optimize performance and network cost.

Meanwhile, Huawei is planning to escalate its North American legal battles. The company is supposedly about to sue the US government in the eastern district of Texas, a move that might force the government to make its case against Huawei in a more formal legal sense than it has thus far.  And the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is suing Canada over her arrest there in December. Her lawyers allege that the detention, search, and interrogation violated her rights under the Canadian constitution.  Whether either effort has a chance at victory is not the point.  Rather, the key takeaway Huawei’s recognition that none of this will be settled behind the scenes in the current environment.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Government Regulations · Mergers and Acquisitions · Software · Telecom Equipment

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