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Pai Opposes Title II, FCC Alums Oppose Pai
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1/31/2017  |  10 comments
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his opposition to Title II classification for ISPs today, while others hope to preserve the Open Internet Order.
Fluke Debuts Cat 8 Tester
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Having a tester available is a prerequisite for the use of the new cabling type, likely to be first used to support new 25G and 40G connectivity in data centers.
Amdocs: Expect ECOMP Adoption Boomlet
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  1 comment
Systems integrator partner to AT&T announces its work with Orange Polska and says other operators will soon announce their participation as well.
Comcast Brings Xfinity TV to Roku Boxes
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  3 comments
Giant US MSO debuts beta version of Xfinity TV apps for Roku media streaming devices across the country, with plans for a commercial launch later this year.
Slack Makes Big Enterprise Push
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  14 comments
Slack beefs up its popular chat-based collaboration service with tools for IT.
F5's Going Locoh-Donou
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  1 comment
Ciena exec gets the CEO job at F5.
Sprint's 2.5GHz LTE Spend Will Grow in 2017
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1/31/2017  |  1 comment
Investment in thousands of small cells will drive up Sprint's capex in 2017.
Enterprise Cloud News: A Fresh Perspective on Cloud
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Light Reading is launching Enterprise Cloud News, a new way to look at and think about the cloud computing market.
Global Capacity Ups Its Cloud Connect Game
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Leveraging its One Marketplace SDN platform, company now targets enterprise with flexible Ethernet-based cloud connection service.
What to Expect at MWC 2017
Shades of Ray  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
5G is set to dominate as the key buzz term at this year's Mobile World Congress but there are other pressing 4G matters to address.
Why We Need Diversity Before AI Takes Over
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/31/2017  |  1 comment
Biases from computer programs will seep into the algorithms behind AI, meaning computers of the future could be just as homogenous as today's tech workforce.
Nokia Aims for Big IMPACT in Enterprise IoT
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
The Finnish vendor's evolving IoT platform is absolutely critical to its latest growth strategy.
Eurobites: Telenor Tinkers With Connected Car
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: mixed picture for Telekom Austria; Saudi Telecom buys rival's towers; WhatsApp sued over data privacy; Virgin Mobile arrives in UAE.
Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
With AT&T and Liberty Global on its partner list, Tibit plans to disrupt the access network industry.
Versa: A Lot More Than SD-WAN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Kelly Ahuja, the new CEO of Versa Networks, speaks with Steve Saunders of Light Reading about how Versa offers much more than just SD-WAN, and its plan to grow market adoption in 2017.
Juniper Eases Transition to Hybrid, Public Clouds
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
New Unite architecture is designed to help enterprises that need to manage infrastructure across their own and cloud providers' data centers.
Facebook Gets Physical With Its Security Strategy
LRTV Documentaries  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Facebook has introduced new measures that will enable users to secure access to their accounts using a physical 'key' application.
China Testing Private Funding Models for Telecom
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Chinese authorities are promoting new ownership models to raise capital.
After Raising the Dead, AI Startup Plans Next Step
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1/31/2017  |  4 comments
After creating a chatbot that spoke with the voice of a man who'd died recently, AI startup Luka Inc. is working on an AI friend that lives on your phone. It'll be available in weeks.
SD-WAN Trends Underscore MPLS Woes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
While the SD-WAN market continues to prosper, expect to see more innovations over the next year.
25G Plugfest a Success; 25G Spec Published
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1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
A variety of 25G and 50G devices, switches, cables, interconnect and testers proved largely interoperable. Other companies looking to build 25G/50G product have a stable spec now available.
EdgeConneX Doubles Down in Miami
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1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Data center operator opens its second edge facility, marking the first city in which it has two deployments.
AT&T: Prepping for the 5G World
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/30/2017  |  3 comments
AT&T's Tom Keathley discusses the carrier's evolving plans for developing, testing and deploying 5G wireless services over the next few years.
There's a Reverse Cloud on the Horizon
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  1 comment
So says CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney, who also believes a 'reverse cloud' will be necessary to support future augmented and virtual reality applications.
Eurobites: Nokia & Orange Firm Up 5G Collaboration
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1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange free to sell BT stake; SAP slaps Trump over travel restrictions; game on for TV sports rights.
Keysight Unlocks Ixia Takeover Deal With $1.6B in Cash
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  2 comments
Keysight says the deal will enhance its test and measurement opportunities in 5G, IoT, security, application performance monitoring and network visibility.
BT Hints at More Widespread FTTP Rollout
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1/30/2017  |  1 comment
Thanks to improving economics, FTTP technology could play a bigger role in BT's broadband plans than previously envisaged.
Telefónica Hands Huawei a Key Virtualization Deal
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  6 comments
Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) developments instrumental as Chinese vendor is selected to help Spanish carrier build its next-generation packet core platform in Europe and Latin America.
How Boingo's Dawn Callahan Swallowed Fear & Tasted Success
Mentor Monday  | 
1/30/2017  |  2 comments
Taking risks despite her fear helped Dawn Callahan become the CMO of WiFi provider Boingo, and inspired her to help other women keep moving up in the process.
Vodafone in Merger Talks With India's Idea Cellular
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  1 comment
A merger between India's second- and third-biggest operators would create a new mobile giant.
Tech CEOs Rail Against Trump's Travel Ban
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1/30/2017  |  12 comments
Apple, Google, Microsoft CEOs – and more – speak out against Trump's temporary travel ban.
Google: AI Is Now 'Central' to Our Mission
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1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Google CEO says machine-learning technology was in 350 launches from the company in 2016.
India to Record Surge in Capex This Year
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1/29/2017  |  1 comment
Despite a global slowdown, India's telcos are set to spend even more on their networks this year than in 2016.
Slim Speaks Up on Trump
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Says he will help Mexico in any negotiations over a border wall and threatened tariffs.
Cloud Pumps Up Juniper's Q4
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1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The transition to cloud infrastructure helped Juniper overcome a drop in security sales in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Toshiba to Split Off Memory Chip Ops
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1/27/2017  |  1 comment
Facing a $1B hit from a US acquisition gone awry, Toshiba is looking to set up its memory operation as a standalone unit to raise cash.
Lawmakers Say Lock That Box
MariNation  | 
1/27/2017  |  4 comments
There go the keys to the set-top kingdom.
WiCipedia: Small Talk, Inflated Egos & the Motherboard of Cakes
WiCipedia  | 
1/27/2017  |  7 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Gendered child-rearing can affect perception; small talk pays off; Andela creates opportunities for African developers; and more.
BT Looks to Home Comforts Amid Italian Crisis
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
UK fixed-line incumbent can take some solace in growth at its consumer-facing businesses, but wrongdoings in Italy and an enterprise-sector slowdown are weighing heavily on its financials.
Eurobites: DT Seeks Data Privacy's Little Helper
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1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia's Q4 benefits from Yoigo sale; Nokia offers a 'Siri' for telco engineers; Ericsson/ECI combo does for the Danes.
Microsoft's Looking Cloudy, & That Ain't Bad
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2017  |  1 comment
Microsoft on track to exceed its internal goal of topping $20 billion cloud revenue by next year, with commercial cloud annualized revenue exceeding $14 billion in the quarter ending December 31.
'Troubled' Intel Rakes in the Dough
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1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The chip company reported record quarterly and annual revenue, despite being in the middle of a major transformation it embarked upon in 2016 in response to the slow dissolution of its bread-and-butter enterprise business.
VMware's Hybrid Cloud Plans Pay Off
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
VMware's fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results show the company's focus on hybrid cloud is paying.
Comcast Kicks A$$, Earns $80B in 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  12 comments
It's good to be in cable, especially if you're Comcast.
Rogers Embraces 'Comcast North' Strategy
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  6 comments
After dumping its own IPTV venture, Rogers plans to adopt Comcast's X1 IP-based set-tops, new DOCSIS 3.1 wireless gateways and whole-home networking solution over the next year.
AT&T CEO Hoping for a Trump Bump in 2017
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  10 comments
AT&T is hoping for tax and regulatory reforms from a Trump administration.
Loss-Making Ericsson Still Short on Vision
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  5 comments
New CEO Börje Ekholm says Ericsson must become more profitable if it is to flourish in the long run but admits he is still formulating his strategic vision.
UK Women Take On Discriminatory Dress Codes
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  14 comments
More than 150,000 have petitioned the government to better enforce the Equality Act after Nicola Thorp was sent home from work with no pay for not wearing high heels.
SmartNICs & the Future of Network Virtualization
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Netronome CEO Niel Viljoen talks with Light Reading's Steve Saunders about SmartNICs and the evolution of NFV in carrier and cloud networks.
Introducing the Next-Generation ONT (Optical Network Terminal) From Virtual Gateway Labs
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/26/2017  |  1 comment
Virtual Gateway Labs has developed Next Generation Optical Gateways to offer added smarts and capabilities beyond the traditional ONT (Optical Network Terminal).
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