70% of IT departments will be IPv6-ready by 2013; Akamai says global average Internet speed now 2.1 Mbps

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> A Network World survey of over 200 IT professionals revealed that over 70 percent of IT departments plan to upgrade their websites to support IPv6 in the next two years. Article

> Merriman Capital is serving as a sell-side financial advisor to Endwave Corp., which is being acquired by GigOptix. Release

> Fox will let Dish Network satellite customers stream new TV episodes online one day after they air on prime time TV thanks to an agreement between the two. Subscribers to other MSOs will have to wait for eight days. Article

> artelis, an alternative communications provider in Luxembourg and Saarland, Germany, is leveraging ADVA's Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform to combine its separate networks onto one flexible core. Release

> AT&T and Blue Ridge Communications will soon offer Starz' 3D video-on-demand package, which is currently offered by Comcast and Verizon. Article

And finally ... Global average Internet speed is now 2.1 Mbps, according to Akamai's State of the Internet report for Q1 2011. Article