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Why Gfast Is About to Come of Age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/18/2018  |  Post a comment
The Gfast rollout, which has been stalled while network operators conduct trials and chipset vendors develop new Amendment 3 chipsets, is set to start in 2018 with a ramp-up in 2019.
It's Not Skynet; It's Ambient Intelligence
MariNation  | 
1/18/2018  |  Post a comment
I, for one, welcome our robot overlords. So does Amazon.
Net Neutrality Moves Are as Futile as Trump's Comb-Over
Morris Lore  | 
1/18/2018  |  3 comments
What do Brexit, Trump's hair and net neutrality have in common?
Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Software's Brave New World
CxO Spotlight  | 
1/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The DWDM company has grown into Ethernet networking and now open software architectures. We sat down with CEO Gary Smith to get a fix on Ciena's current identity.
NFV Service Assurance – In Need of Big Data, Small Data or Both?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
NFV is shifting from a technology focus to operations, as CSPs say too much effort has been spent on VNF onboarding and too little on the reality of operations.
WiCipedia: Bots Gone Wild at CES & Another Google Lawsuit
WiCipedia  | 
1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: CES makes waves with keynote additions and scandalous bots; former Google engineer James Damore strikes back; how to buck the brogrammers; and more.
The Coming Fiber Construction Boom
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/10/2018  |  2 comments
The converged fiber access market is set to grow again, especially as copper lines continue to deteriorate.
MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2018  |  16 comments
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.
Rural Broadband: Help or Hoax?
Rewired  | 
1/9/2018  |  1 comment
Better Internet access for rural areas is getting a lot of attention from the Trump administration but the plan of action seems less than solid.
Altice Shifts From M&A to European Recovery
Morris Lore  | 
1/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Altice hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.
Huawei Still Knocking on US Door – but AT&T Deal Thwarted
Shades of Ray  | 
1/9/2018  |  6 comments
Chinese giant was hoping to seal a smartphone distribution deal with AT&T but higher powers are still wary of Huawei, it seems.
5G Experts Pit Reality Against Predictions
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that opportunities abound for 5G vendors as only 15% of TLC service providers have chosen their vendors for the 5G market.
Automation's Advocates in Downsizing Denial
Morris Lore  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the upheaval that automation will create.
Making a Resolution for Resiliency in the Shifting Landscape of Cloud & IoT
Column  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Riverbed's Phil Harris explains how service providers are well positioned to help enterprises discover new business opportunities in IoT and throughout their cloud migration.
WiCipedia: Brotopia Shocks, Revolar Protects & CES Disappoints
WiCipedia  | 
1/5/2018  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: A forthcoming book about Silicon Valley life is more than a bit shocking; CES is lacking in female keynoters; a new gadget keeps women safe on the go; and more.
AT&T's Mobile 5G Plan Leaves as Many Questions as Answers
Jonestown  | 
1/4/2018  |  1 comment
For instance, what spectrum can AT&T even use for 5G?
WiC Radio: Sigma CTO Talks Transformations
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/4/2018  |  1 comment
Join Sigma Systems CTO Catherine Michel on January 11 for an inside look at transforming your network, operations and company culture to compete in the digital era.
Guarded Optimism Over AI for Automation of Telco Security
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/3/2018  |  Post a comment
The ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out complex analysis on high volumes of data very quickly could help automate many telco security activities. But is it smart to cut humans out of the loop?
Analyst Nolle: Open Source More Likely to Solve Telecom's Problems
Rewired  | 
1/3/2018  |  9 comments
Assuming they can get the software architecture right, open source projects represent a faster way to consensus on big issues, he says.
5 Trends to Watch at CES 2018
MariNation  | 
1/1/2018  |  Post a comment
We go to CES so you don't have to.
How CSPs Must Change
Column  | 
12/29/2017  |  Post a comment
With the traditional operator business dying, CSPs must adopt new operating models to deliver digital services.
Protecting the Web-Scale Content User Experience in Real Time
Column  | 
12/28/2017  |  1 comment
Protecting the web-scale content user experience lies in utilizing emerging analytics and automation technologies.
Can AI Make Cable Smarter?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/28/2017  |  11 comments
Cable is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle customer service woes, as well as proactively manage network functions and provide a better customer experience.
The Legacy of Legacy
Rewired  | 
12/27/2017  |  13 comments
Legacy business services aren't that easily shed when customers resist change but service providers need to find a more aggressive path forward.
Cord-Cutting: How Far Will It Go?
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/26/2017  |  13 comments
With video cord-cutting surging again in the third quarter, pay-TV providers are still fighting an uphill battle to stem the tide. How much worse will it get?
WiCipedia: Edtech Wins, Bitcoin Bros & Looking Towards 2018
WiCipedia  | 
12/22/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women reign in edtech; harassment repercussion laws shift; high hopes for 2018; and more.
Another First on the Path to 5G NR Commercialization
Column  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Achieving the world's first interoperable 5G New Radio (NR) data connections at 3.5GHz and 28GHz.
The New Network: How Far Does It Extend?
Column  | 
12/21/2017  |  1 comment
As networks extend into the cloud, security and monitoring need to step up their games accordingly, writes Jeff Harris of Ixia.
Cloud Offers Business-Smart Operators a New Lease of Life
Partner Perspectives  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
As enterprises increasingly move services to the cloud, providing smart, flexible leased-line bandwidth could be a growth opportunity for operators.
RuralStar – A New Horizon for Rural Mobile Users
Partner Perspectives  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
How RuralStar helped bring mobile coverage to a remote part of Ghana.
5 Missing Headlines in 2017
MariNation  | 
12/20/2017  |  5 comments
Twelve days to go...
How to Make AI Smarter
Column  | 
12/18/2017  |  3 comments
To make the most effective use of artificial intelligence, the CMO and CIO must get hitched.
WiCipedia: Cryptocurrency & a Sexism Code Word
WiCipedia  | 
12/15/2017  |  4 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Where are the women in cryptocurrency?; female CEOs tell tales of being pushed out of tech; international telecom companies make big moves for women; and more.
Three UK's Core Network Transformation Requires New Approach to Assurance
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Three UK needed a more scalable technology and it needed to distribute it more widely across the country, so it turned to a combination of Nokia, MYCOM OSI and Astellia.
Fixed Wireless: Ready for NLoS Deployment?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
(Sponsored.) Even in non-line-of-sight conditions, fixed wireless access can provide reliable high-speed broadband, as tests have now shown.
Qualcomm's Hayashi on Re-Imagining the AI Revolution
Mentor Monday  | 
12/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm's Kathy Herring Hayashi addresses advancements in AI and its impact on job opportunities, how women in communications can both identify and become mentors, and offers her advice for young women considering a career in STEM.
Here's Pai in Your Eye
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/11/2017  |  15 comments
Could the FCC Chairman be taking such a radical position on net neutrality just to force Congress's hand and broker a compromise?
How Taxing Will OTT Be?
Column  | 
12/11/2017  |  2 comments
As content and service providers turn more to streaming video, they should weigh the tax implications of their new services.
What If Disney & Comcast Split for Fox?
MariNation  | 
12/8/2017  |  4 comments
Why Comcast would still come out a winner even if it split a deal for Fox with Disney.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Digital Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Gluttony. Lust. And five others. What's not to like?
WiCipedia: Fashionable Coding & Netflix/SAS Lead Innovation Race
WiCipedia  | 
12/8/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Big names in fashion take over coding programs; Netflix leads race for innovation; how #metoo scandals affect tech and telecom; and more.
You Can't Fix OTT Streaming Problems If You Can't See Them
Column  | 
12/8/2017  |  5 comments
When classic deep packet inspection isn't enough.
The Anatomy of Automation: Q&A With Cisco's Roland Acra
From the Founder  | 
12/7/2017  |  6 comments
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
B/OSS Transformation Defies IT Budget Cuts
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/7/2017  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that business/operations support system (B/OSS) transformation will be an important focus for service providers in the coming years.
BT's Bogeyman: A Soccer-Mad Amazon
Morris Lore  | 
12/4/2017  |  2 comments
A shimmy into the UK's soccer market by Amazon could hasten the need for a strategy rethink at BT.
Net Neutrality Is Not a Rational Debate
Morris Lore  | 
12/4/2017  |  16 comments
Irrational scaremongering about net neutrality is rife, and the real problems are being ignored.
So Who's Going to Buy Interoute?
Shades of Ray  | 
12/3/2017  |  1 comment
European fiber network operator and cloud service provider is up for sale, but who's got the money and the will for such a deal? You might want to look east...
Arris Reels in Ruckus – Why I Like This Deal
MariNation  | 
12/1/2017  |  Post a comment
Hello convergence.
WiCipedia: Apple's Diversity Dilemma & Women Have Tech Edge, Study Finds
WiCipedia  | 
12/1/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Watch your words to avoid the chopping block; Valley-ites expand to less tech-centric locales; LinkedIn works to close the STEM gap early; and more.
America's First 5G? So Far: So Blah!
Jonestown  | 
12/1/2017  |  2 comments
Fixed 5G will be good for Verizon and friends, but it surely doesn't appear to be anything like a wireless revolution. Yet!
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