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Comcast stays ahead of the COVID-19 traffic curve

by Mike Robuck on March 31, 2020
Comcast provided an update on Monday in regard to how its network is handling the increased usage and traffic related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to reports from AT&T, Verizon and other service providers, Comcast said that while traffic has incre...
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Palo Alto Networks nabs SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix for $420 million

by Mike Robuck on March 31, 2020
After being a security partner for SD-WAN vendors, Palo Alto Networks is now a competitor in the SD-WAN space with its $420 million purchase of CloudGenix. Palo Alto announced the all-cash deal on Tuesday, and it's expected to close in its fiscal fourt...
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SCTE•ISBE launches Explorer program for seven new working groups

by Mike Robuck on March 31, 2020
SCTE announced a new program that was designed to fuel new standards for connectivity and emerging technologies that are key to the cable industry. The Explorer program is launching with seven working groups that are tasked with developing each area in...
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Comcast Business scores $9.3M U.S. government contract for Ethernet

by Mike Robuck on March 30, 2020
Comcast Business has notched a 10-year, $9.3 million contract from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to deploy Ethernet gateways. DISA will use the commercial Ethernet gateways to provision Ethernet connections to its Defense Systems N...
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Windstream’s network withstands the COVID-19 strain

by Mike Robuck on March 30, 2020
Windstream's network is holding up to the increased demand related to employees working from home and students not being in school due to COVID-19. Since mid-March, Windstream has seen a 50% increase in its voice traffic and 30% spike in data traffic.
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WOW CEO Elder hospitalized with COVID-19

by Mike Robuck on March 30, 2020
WOW CEO Teresa Elder was admitted to a Denver hospital on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. Elder, who was named as WOW's CEO in 2017, had been working from home since March 16 as part the cable company's decision to transition all non-essent...
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Cisco’s Wollenweber tracks COVID-19’s impact on networks using peering points

by Mike Robuck on March 27, 2020
Cisco's Kevin Wollenweber has turned into a COVID-19 sleuth of sorts over the past few weeks as he tracks the virus' impact on service provider networks. Overall, Wollenweber said the world's networks are handling the increased traffic related to the c...
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Editor’s Corner— What happens to WFH when the COVID-19 pandemic passes?

by Mike Robuck on March 26, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has led to organizations of all sizes sending their employees home for work, but will they want to return to the office when its over?
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Cisco morphs in face of the coronavirus pandemic

by Mike Robuck on March 26, 2020
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is multi-faceted for Cisco as it works to keep both its employees safe and its customers connected. During a Bloomberg interview Wednesday morning, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins spoke about the impact of COVID-19, which...
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CableLabs sticks a fork into DOCSIS 4.0 specification

by Mike Robuck on March 26, 2020
After years of fine-tuning, the cable industry now has its DOCSIS 4.0 specification in place to help drive faster gigabit speeds going forward. After first starting development four years ago, CableLabs announced the release of the DOCSIS 4.0 specifica...
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