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ECI CEO: Service providers don't have to throw away hardware to migrate to SDN, NFV

ECI is keen on helping its Tier 1 service provider customers migrate to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but it is advocating an evolutionary approach.

8x8 acquires DXI for $25.3M, strengthens its contact center capabilities

8x8 has signed an agreement to acquire privately held UK-based DXI for $25.3 million, a deal that will enhance its contact center capabilities.

HP enhances NFV portfolio by purchasing ConteXtream

HP has acquired startup ConteXtream, a deal that will enhance its play in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) software space.

Verizon says fewer customers are purchasing battery backup for fiber home voice services

Verizon is finding that as more of its customers migrate over to FiOS or it switches copper customers onto a fiber-based voice connection, more of its customers are increasingly using their cell phones as their voice connection during a power outage.

IHS Infonetics: Global optical hardware spending rises 5% on strong WDM, 100G sales

Global optical network hardware spending rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as EMEA began to show signs of recovery and North American web-based companies continued to enhance their optical networks, according to IHS Infonetics Research.

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