AT&T conducts disaster recovery demo in Paris, France; Cox Business looks for opportunities outside the SMB market

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> Orange Business Services has opened a new office in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, which will support the company's growing base of oil & gas and other downstream industrial customers in the country's Eastern Province. Article

‏> @vXchnge: New #datacenter thinking takes server failure as a given. Article

> SDN AND NFV Performance in the 100G Era, Part 1. Article

> AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) organization will conduct a demonstration of recovery equipment on Dec. 9-10 in Paris, France, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Release

Cable News
> After culminating weeks of tense negotiations with a brief blackout, CBS Corp. announced in the wee hours Saturday morning that it had reached a new wide-reaching program licensing deal with Dish Network. Article

> As it aggressively seeks to grow its carrier-grade Wi-Fi footprint by building in a separate SSID signal into the modems of its residential subscribers, Comcast has purportedly offered its customers the ability to opt out of the program. Article

Online Video News
> Being able to produce video and distribute it online for one's company may be an essential skill for many employees in the near future, if the results of a new survey by Kaltura are any indication. Article

Wireless News
> The FCC changed how it is conducting the AWS-3 spectrum auction to give bidding entities less time to react between rounds and speed up the bidding, hastening the end of the auction. Article

> Sprint is still committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform despite the fact that its website does not show any Windows Phones for sale. Article

And finally… @Light_Reading:Cox Biz Looks Beyond SMBs - Larger businesses and carrier services, including small cell backhaul. Article