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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/9/2017 11:55:29 AM
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Bridging legacy systems always seems to cause problems and take long. CL is smart in getting into the software development business. This could also create jobs.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/9/2017 11:14:05 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I wouldn't expect a problem with the Level3 deal going through based on regulatory approval -- given how the current administration says it wants to let businesses do whatever they want. CL will definitely become an interesting player in the CSP market.

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
2/9/2017 10:13:15 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I agree. The move to buy Active Broadband really signaled CL's intentions here. Carol wrote about how CL is creating smaller pieces of software to cut down its abstraction layer and get necassary info without "major IT time and expense." If the deal to buy Level 3 goes through, I'll be intersted to see how they mesh NFV/SDN, etc. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/9/2017 12:30:04 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I think CenturyLink's history as a CLEC has given it the survival skills to know that it's safer to build out their own services as demand grows organically.

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DHagar
DHagar
2/8/2017 10:36:04 PM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
@mhhf1ve - great thoughts!   Rewriting a new design will enable them to focus and get the best results using these extended capabilities - vs. add-ons.

Your recommendation for telecos is a great one as well.  If they would "configure" to their demands they would be able to deliver better vaue.

CenturyLink is definitely on the right road!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/8/2017 7:09:03 PM
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A better strategy than some...
> "...taking an internal approach to its next NFV/SDN phase by writing its own software."

I think this sounds like a way better strategy than the path of merely partnering with other software firms and relying on outside expertise to get things done. It seems like a particularly good idea for telcos to get into the software development game -- or risk losing its lunch to faster and more nimble companies that do have software development chops.

I think we've seen the weaker strategy from DT on this site before:

http://www.telcotransformation.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=66404&piddl_msgid=236846#msg_236846

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clrmoney
clrmoney
2/8/2017 2:38:41 PM
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Less for Century Link
They said they want to reduce SDN and NFV and maybe that is a good idea idea that virtualization is almost everwhere and as well software related technologies.

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