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Walker Walks From CenturyLink
The Philter  | 
6/14/2019  |  1 comment
Bill Walker, a senior-level executive working on the carrier's cloud, NFV and SDN efforts, has left. No word yet on his next move.
Cybersecurity Expert Sees Opportunity in Internet Growth, Consolidation
The Philter  | 
6/14/2019  |  2 comments
The way to defend against DDoS and other attacks is changing, says Nokia's Craig Labovitz. That's because the Internet is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.
WiCipedia: How Disruption Will Affect Women & Int'l Tech Liberation Has Issues
WiCipedia  | 
6/14/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Girls in Tech makes biggest fundraising effort yet; Microsoft takes its Women in Cloud initiative on the road; women in developing countries pay the price for tech; and more.
The Rise of Network-as-a-Service
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/14/2019  |  Post a comment
NaaS growth stems from the belief that by leveraging the programmability of the cloud, CSPs can create customizable VNF-based services for anybody who requires a full scope of services and does not want to deploy their own infrastructure.
CSPs Driving Transformation via the Distributed Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The telco distributed cloud model is gaining support among service providers, even ahead of extensive 5G rollouts.
Podcast: What We Think We'll Pay for 5G
The Philter  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Mike Dano weighs in on how the major carriers are stacking up with the way they're handling pricing for 5G service (if you can find it).
AT&T Caps 5G Speeds at 2 Gbit/s Huh?
DanoVision  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T said that '5G+ speeds, where available, will be capped at 2Gbps.' Why? Because "it helps provide a consistent experience" and "doesn't limit" its future options. Or something like that.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Sinks Into the Political Mud
DanoVision  | 
6/12/2019  |  Post a comment
The arguments around the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile are increasingly plunging into the political morass but that might be part of John Legere's ultimate plan.
3 Rivers Cuts the TV Cord
The Bauminator  | 
6/12/2019  |  1 comment
Small service provider in Montana is dumping its pay-TV product to instead focus on broadband services that can pipe in OTT video services.
Charting the Timeline for 5G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/12/2019  |  2 comments
To gain a realistic understanding of operators' views and plans for transport, Heavy Reading launched its first-ever 5G Transport Market Leadership Study with support from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper and VIAVI Solutions.
5G Rush Has Tripped Up the Industry
Morris Lore  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?
Would a 5G Delay Really Be So Terrible for CSPs?
Column  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
A delay to the launch of 5G networks might be just what telcos need.
Podcast: Mentors, Sponsors & Tall Poppies
The Philter  | 
6/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of her recent work in the Women in Comms content series. We also have a quick curator's catch-up on all things related to the 5G Exchange.
Cutting Opex Through Network Simplification
Partner Perspectives  | 
6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei's vision of driving down opex through simpler open networks.
AT&T Exec Said Telco's Ideas Will 'Radically Reshape' TV
The Bauminator  | 
6/6/2019  |  1 comment
The OTT-delivered 'thin-client' version of DirecTV will debut in Q3, but AT&T's John Donovan side-stepped questions on how the new offering will disrupt a market full of streaming competitors.
The 4 Pillars of Service Edge Transformation
Partner Perspectives  | 
6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
The choices you make now to evolve your edge networks will dictate the applications you can support and the ways you can build and differentiate your services.
Huawei SingleFAN Pro Full-Fiber Access Network Reshapes Premium UHD & Cloud VR Service Experience
Partner Perspectives  | 
6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
At ANGA COM 2019, Huawei launches the SingleFAN Pro solution for the access network facing the new era.
What's Next for Neophotonics?
Shades of Ray  | 
6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?
Do Mobile Network Operators Really Need a 5G Standalone (SA) Architecture?
Partner Perspectives  | 
6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The path that mobile network operators (MNOs) follow to 5G will depend a lot on how they plan to pay for that journey.
Podcast: Apple Makes Itself Right at Home
The Philter  | 
6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
CenturyLink's No Sweat Approach to AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/4/2019  |  1 comment
US operator is moving toward a more proactive and predictive operational model as it uses AI tools to extract greater value from its data, but there are hurdles to overcome.
What Would Amazon Want With Assets From the 'New' T-Mobile?
DanoVision  | 
5/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon is reportedly interested in purchasing the assets that might be divested from the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. But what exactly does the Internet giant want to do with those assets?
WiCipedia: Fembots Create Gender Divide & Snap Tackles Culture Issues
WiCipedia  | 
5/31/2019  |  5 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Nokia commits to pay equality; female AI assistants promote sexism; Snap's culture gets put in its place; and more.
Understanding the IETF's Control Plane Roadmap
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Automated control of optical is set to move from labs and single-vendor deployments into the mainstream in the coming years with 5G as a driver.
What Is Security in a Service Provider Network?
Partner Perspectives  | 
5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Service providers have always recognized the vital importance of security in their network infrastructure.
Top 10 Takeaways After 19 Years as a Telecom Industry Analyst
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/30/2019  |  9 comments
Reflections and predictions from a career in the telecom industry.
'AI for IT & Network Operations (AIOps)' Catalyst at TM Forum DTW
Partner Perspectives  | 
5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
AIOps (AI for IT & Network Operations) Catalyst proof-of-concept project enables CSPs to provide better and richer services whilst managing the growing complexity of their business and infrastructure needs.
A Blueprint for the Digital Telco 2025
Partner Perspectives  | 
5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Concrete use cases developed by Whale Cloud could help the telcos of today to transform into the digital orchestrators of tomorrow.
Podcast: Huawei's Guilty of Something, Right?
The Philter  | 
5/29/2019  |  1 comment
Does Huawei's past misdeeds around trade secrets and allegations of the company sidestepping sanctions mean that the Chinese vendor is also a vessel for Chinese spying and cyber attacks on US networks?
In Nationwide 5G, It Will Be AT&T's 700MHz vs. T-Mobile's 600MHz
DanoVision  | 
5/28/2019  |  2 comments
AT&T has promised to offer 5G nationwide by 2020, but how exactly the operator might do that has remained a mystery. One industry analyst has a solid theory: AT&T will use 700MHz to take 5G nationwide.
Comcast Sunsetting VoD Support on TiVo Retail Boxes
The Bauminator  | 
5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's working with Comcast to bring a 'more modern Xfinity application' to TiVo's retail device customers.
Its Not the Technologies, Its What You Can Do With Them
Partner Perspectives  | 
5/27/2019  |  1 comment
Instead of focusing on the technology properties of 5G, the telecom companies need to be better at showing the consumers and customers what they can get out of the technologies in real life.
WiCipedia: Recruitment Gender Bias, VC Cash Stash & Making Better Decisions
WiCipedia  | 
5/24/2019  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Gender bias still an issue during recruitment; VC cash reserves for female-founded companies; hot job market draws in women; and more.
Senate Bill Offers Loans for Swapping Chinese Telecom Gear
The Philter  | 
5/23/2019  |  2 comments
What's better than a Memorial Day weekend mattress sale? A new bill offers interest-free loans from the Treasury to help carriers with fewer than 6 million customers replace Huawei kit.
Podcast: Taking Aim at Huawei's Smartphone Business
The Philter  | 
5/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In this podcast, find out what other Chinese vendors might emerge and profit from Huawei's troubles with the US. Also, Ovum's Daniel Gleeson talks about the device-related concerns service providers have when they go to launch 5G networks.
Intelligent Control, Simplified Management ZTE Intelligent OTN Solution
Partner Perspectives  | 
5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
With the advent of 5G mobile Internet era, transport network operation is facing greater challenges and pressure in cost reduction, resource utilization improvement and fast service provisioning.
Terabyte Broadband Homes Continue to Climb
The Bauminator  | 
5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
OpenVault report finds that consumers in that 'power user' group doubled in Q1 2019, a growth rate that could cause some cable operators and other ISPs to consider upping their monthly data ceilings.
Mentor Spotlight: Glo Gordon Shines a Light on Boardroom Diversity
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Matrixx Software board member Glo Gordon addresses initiatives and legislation that will support more diversity in corporate boardrooms.
Podcast: 5G & Hollywood Are the New SVoD Couple
The Philter  | 
5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
In this podcast, Disney takes full control of Hulu and that could pose a bigger threat to traditional pay-TV providers. Also, nearly every single mobile network operator has a different angle on providing video services to consumers.
Supersizing the C-Band
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/21/2019  |  1 comment
The Super C-band development from Huawei adds an additional 50% to a standard C-band implementation.
Who Will Buy Sprint's Boost? And Will It Even Matter?
DanoVision  | 
5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile took a big step forward with support from the chairman of the FCC, but plenty of questions remain, including whether a Boost divestiture would create competition in the US market and whether anyone would buy it.
Marvell Goes Shopping to Sweeten 5G Story
The Philter  | 
5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
A couple of years removed from its $6B deal to buy Cavium, Marvell suddenly agrees to buy two companies so far this month. There's still 11 days left in May, folks.
Can Huawei Survive Trump?
Morris Lore  | 
5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese vendor's survival as an international force is now at stake following the latest moves by the US administration and tech companies.
Service Providers Can Take Control of IoT Security
Column  | 
5/17/2019  |  Post a comment
As 5G networks begin to roll out, it is worth looking at how service providers can deliver high-value, high-margin security services in a way that no one else in the IoT ecosystem can match.
WiCipedia: Egg Freezing, Hormone Lunches & Back to Work With Babies... Oh My!
WiCipedia  | 
5/17/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women in Comms steals the show in Denver; moms in tech hog the headlines; women are talked over in meetings (duh); and more!
5G Car Crash Looms for Telecom Industry
Morris Lore  | 
5/16/2019  |  3 comments
Failure to transform their businesses, highlighted at this week's Digital Transformation World event in Nice, is fast catching up with the telcos.
Trump Clears the Way for a Huawei Ban
The Philter  | 
5/15/2019  |  5 comments
A new executive order from President Trump allows the US to ban telecom gear from China and anywhere else it wants.
WOW & Philo Bundle Up
The Bauminator  | 
5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Continuing a growing trend, WOW has become the latest cable operator to combine its broadband service with a skinny bundle OTT-TV offering.
Tracking Telco Progress in Open Networking
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
My musings and observations on OpenStack, the open source community, what's working and what could work better.
STEM Is Root of Success for Women in Comms
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
5/13/2019  |  Post a comment
STEM can help women self-correct the gender gap, but girls lose interest in STEM early on. That needs to change.
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