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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone Egypt opts for Openwave Mobility video knowhow; Nokia's 5G riposte to Ericsson; Intel sees chance of EU fine reprieve.
Intel CEO Leaves Trump Biz Advisory Board
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had stood with Trump on high-profile initiatives, but left an executive board of business advisors after the President's slow response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
No More Navel-Gazing: CORD Speeds Automation
Heavy Reading takes a look into the open-source Central Office Reimagined as a Data Center project.
Verizon OpenOMCI Passes Interop Test
Trial defines the interface for OLT-to-ONT, and specifically addresses optical network termination management and provisioning.
IBM Leads $15M Funding Round for AI Programming Startup
IBM leads the $15 million funding round and is planning more collaboration with partner Lightbend, which developed the Scala programming language for AI apps.

Telefónica Uses Intel in the Data Center

Description: Telefónica director of technology, Javier Gavilan, discusses how Intel® x86-based technologies in the data center are helping the multinational broadband and telecommunications provider offer customers more flexible and agile networks in this short testimonial video. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Communications Service Providers: The Case for Business Transformation | Intel IT Center

The Network Transformation Video Podcast Series, hosted by Intel’s Jim St. Leger, tackles some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in transforming the network. This episode covers the case for business transformation for Communications Service Providers (Comms SPs), describing how advances in virtualization and cloud technologies are shifting the landscape. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies are transforming communications networks and an ecosystem is being cultivated to ensure successful deployments. This episode also features Steve Saunders, founder of Light Reading, providing his perspective on these exciting changes in the industry.