Italian government to spend $6.3M to build out public Wi-Fi hotspots; Metro cloud emerges as new data center interconnect opportunity

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> Most CIOs and CFOs are concerned about the pace with which their company is progressing with so-called "digital transformation projects,'" according to cloud service provider Canopy. Article

> The Italian government plans to spend around $6.3 million over the next three years to push the deployment of free Wi-Fi hotspots in thousands of public spaces and on public transport to help boost the country's broadband Internet usage. Article

> China says it wants to attract more private investment in key sectors including energy and the telecom industry through policy support and a more flexible investment environment, reports Telecompaper citing Xinhua news agency reports. Article (sub. req.)

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> The top three SVOD services, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, will collectively spend $6.8 billion to acquire already produced, non-original, "off-network" programming next year. Article

Wireless News
> The FCC decided to delay the start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction from mid-2015 to early 2016, marking the second time in less than a year the FCC has pushed back the start date of the auction. Article

> Amazon revealed how much it is losing on its Fire smartphone: at least $170 million to date. Article

And finally… Metro Cloud – a growing opportunity for high speed data center interconnect. Article