Cloud, Anyone? | Trending Network News | October 8, 2016

This week’s edition of Trending Network News is mostly about the cloud. First up: AT&T. The U.S. carrier announced partnerships with Amazon and VeloCloud, both ostensibly intended to help boost cloud connectivity and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) uptake among enterprises. Meanwhile, Verizon is trying to sell of a lot of its data center assets, and Telefónica partnered with Huawei to expand its public cloud initiative in Latin America. Also: SK Telecom teams up with Qualcomm on a combined licensed and unlicensed spectrum access demo in Korea, and debate continues about the ramifications of splitting up BT into retail and wholesale arms.

AT&T Lines Up Behind Amazon’s Cloud
AT&T and Amazon formed a new strategic relationship focused on integrating networking and cloud capabilities. Planned collaborations include cloud connections, security and threat management, and preconfigured IoT sensors and devices. | Article by Telecom Ramblings.

AT&T SD-WAN efforts boosted by VeloCloud partnership

AT&T, in partnership with VeloCloud, plans to soon deliver SD-WAN services to enterprises migrating form hardware to software networks. | Article by RCR Wireless
Verizon Nearing $3.5B Data Center Sale to Equinix – Report
Verizon looks to be closing in on a deal to sell a significant portion of its data center assets to Equinix, a move intended to help the carrier focus on core service activities. | Article by Light Reading.
Telefónica & Huawei Debut LatAm Public Cloud
In partnership with Huawei, Telefónica is expanding its public cloud and cloud services initiative in Brazil and Mexico, geared toward helping enterprises migrate their servers to the cloud. | Article by Light Reading

Qualcomm, SK Telecom conduct ELAA trial in Korea
Qualcomm and SK Telecom claim to have demoed the over-the-air instance of aggregated, licensed and unlicensed spectrum access, using 2.6 GHz licensed and 5 GHz unlicensed band. The demo was conducted at SK Telecom’s R&D center in Bundang, Korea. | Article by RCR Wireless.  

BT’s Break-Up Could Trigger Euro Panic
Depending on whom you ask, proposals to break up BT into distinct retail and wholesale businesses could improve competition, or quash the company’s appetite for investment. | Article by Light Reading.