Verizon found 15% of enterprises have either started to deploy software-defined networking or are conducting tests, a figure the telecom predicts will nearly quadruple by 2020, reveals a company survey. In a blog post, Verizon said most respondents agreed that a solid business case exists for adopting SDN.
Analysts said Verizon offered an optimistic assessment of its pilots for 5G-based networks based on millimeter wave spectrum as the company prepares to introduce service in four cities this year. Verizon praised the band's resiliency and said speeds in 11 trial markets have approached 1 gigabit from up to 3,000 feet.
A Cisco Systems division warned of a widespread infection of routers and storage devices across 54 countries as the FBI said late Wednesday it had broken up the network that could potentially infect about 500,000 devices or launch a major cyberattack. The unit said the code was similar to a previous attack on Ukraine.
Cox Communications' Jeff Finkelstein is among cable technologists already looking beyond DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex to what lies ahead. "DOCSIS 4.0" or "DOCSIS dot Next" would tap into the hybrid fiber coaxial, or HFC, plant's radio frequency spectrum to deliver broadband speeds between 30 and 60 gigabits per second, Finkelstein says.
Sinclair is laying the groundwork to launch a conservative media station that would compete with Fox News. Although a source says the company is interviewing current and former Fox News personalities, Sinclair is holding back from taking action pending the Federal Communications Commission's approval of its acquisition of Tribune Media.
Sports radio ratings were up with a 4.6 total audience share last month, propelled largely by Major League Baseball's Opening Day, per Nielsen data. Flagship radio stations for the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants and other MLB teams saw increased ratings in April, the data show.
St. Thomas radio station WTJX was one of the many affected by the destruction of Hurricane Irma, and the station is still struggling to rebuild months after the storm, which hit in September. The station was back on the air less than two weeks after the storm hit, yet costs for a new production facility alone are expected to exceed $15 million.
NFL owners voted unanimously in favor of a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field when the song is played. Players can stay in the locker room, but anyone who is on the field and does not stand will be fined.
Users took to social media this week to express opposition to Netflix's deal with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. On Twitter, use of the hashtag #BoycottNetflix outnumbered tweets supporting the former first couple.