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What Internet of Things (IoT) technology is of most interest to you? Do you currently use any IoT applications or IoT-based products? What challenges do you predict IoT will face? Is your business considering any IoT offerings? You're invited to MetraTech's monthly Twitter chat to discuss these questions and more. As of Tuesday, June 17, MetraTech will host a monthly Twitter chat for individuals interested in machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT topics. During these chats, we'll help keep you current on news, events and happenings within the IoT market, and give you a platform to express your thoughts on the state of the industry and where it's headed. How do you join? Follow @MetraTech on Twitter and join the next conversation on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT using the #IoTuesday hashtag. We'll host these chats on the third Tuesday of every month... (more)

Facebook Plays Short and Long Game with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift | Part 1

When Facebook decided to invest a cool $19 billion ($16 billion upfront) for messaging app WhatsApp the entire world was bound to take notice. Telecommunications types, in particular, were keen to understand how this latest move would impact them as mobile operators have been feeling the heat from over the top (OTT) players like Google and Facebook for years. (To put this $19 billion in perspective, AT&T, one of the world's largest telecom carriers, invests about $20 billion in networks and spectrum in an entire year.) Shortly thereafter, in another surprise move and with the dus... (more)

Facebook and Google: The Race for the Next-Gen Communications Platform

In Part 1, I looked at what could be behind Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and subsequent purchase of Oculus Rift. How are these seemingly different acquisitions related? There is no question that both Facebook and Google are in a race to build the next-generation computing/communications platform (after mobile) and the battle lines are being drawn between the over-the-top (OTT) players and telecommunications companies. After all, both Facebook and Google count on telcos to deliver services to their customer base. How will the WhatsApp and Oculus Rift acquisitions shape Faceb... (more)

Living with “Fast” and “Slow” Internet Lanes: FCC Votes in Favor

The Internet has been buzzing over the recent news of a federal proposal that creates the equivalent of "slow" and "fast" lanes online. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday, May 15, 3-2 in favor of a new proposal that enables the creation of Internet fast lanes, where broadband and cable providers such as Comcast can charge companies like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and other over-the-top (OTT) providers to pay for priority traffic over a fast lane. The original FCC Open Internet Order of 2010 didn't declare that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were common... (more)

Network Virtualization – Who Will Prosper and Who Will Not? | Part 2

In my last blog, I looked at the evolution of technology as we move to virtualization. What will this new development mean for business models, industry developments and industry players? Virtualization means that everything will run on commodity hardware - the same as the rest of the commercial world. No proprietary equipment, just generic devices and servers running software. Who will build the data centers? Probably the same set of companies that build data centers for everyone else. That is, not necessarily network equipment companies or phone companies. Who will write the... (more)