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Comcast's Cable Boss Snags $5M Bonus
News Analysis  | 
12/31/2014  |  3 comments
Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit secured a $5 million bonus as part of his new five-year employment agreement.
LR's 14 New Year's Resolutions for Telecom
News Analysis  | 
12/31/2014  |  5 comments
Light Reading is ringing in the New Year by offering up some practical resolutions that can help carriers and vendors better compete, make money and plan their strategic moves in 2015.
Some Abbreviated Thoughts on Acronyms
DOS Attack  | 
12/31/2014  |  5 comments
VNF, DevOps, IaaS and FTTdp are among the technology acronyms that came into increasingly common usage in 2014.
Will 2015 Bring IoT Resolution for Operators?
The Gigabot  | 
12/31/2014  |  6 comments
Communications service providers of all types need to figure out what role they will play in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
US Internet Rolls Out 10Gig in Minneapolis
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2014  |  7 comments
ISP demonstrates the capabilities of its fiber network with the launch of a 10 Gbit/s service to select Minneapolis customers.
Survey Says Smart Home Gaining Traction
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2014  |  3 comments
According to the IoTC, consumers are getting smart home info via word-of-mouth referrals and retail recommendations.
Comlink Talks New Apps, Targets Healthcare
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/30/2014  |  1 comment
Comlink COO John Summersett discusses his company's eight-state fiber network from Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit.
Cable's Challenge to Go Green
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/30/2014  |  2 comments
The cable industry is embarking on its most ambitious effort ever to cut its energy consumption and associated costs
Kordia Spies SDN Efficiencies
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/30/2014  |  Post a comment
Drew Gilpin, head of sales and marketing at New Zealand telco Kordia, sees SDN as a way to achieve a more efficient use of capital.
Tales of the Gigabit City, 2014 Edition
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2014  |  3 comments
We take a look back at some of the unique Gigabit Cities stories of 2014 and detail what to look forward to in the coming year.
SK Telecom, Samsung Turn on Tri-Band LTE-A
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2014  |  1 comment
In another world first, the South Korean operator flipped the switch on its tri-band LTE-Advanced network Monday, supported by Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE.
Aereo Heads to Auction
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2014  |  2 comments
The US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan is allowing Aereo to auction off its assets as long as broadcasters agree to the terms of the final sale.
Ciena Seen as Verizon 100G Metro Favorite
DOS Attack  | 
12/29/2014  |  Post a comment
Analysts suggest existing Verizon supplier Ciena is favorite to win a 100G metro spot at Verizon, but several vendors are in the running.
Networks & IT: Now It's Strategic!
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/29/2014  |  Post a comment
AT the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, cloud guru Joe Weinman talks about the strategic advantages that a combination of networks and IT can now deliver.
Who Will Make the SPIT Headlines in 2015?
Shades of Ray  | 
12/29/2014  |  Post a comment
We're expecting major news from the Service Provider IT (SPIT) fraternity next year.
Amdocs Spies Growth In India
Shades of Ray  | 
12/26/2014  |  Post a comment
CEO hopes to announce new telco customers in India in the coming year.
Small Cell Leaders: Where Are they Now?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
12/26/2014  |  1 comment
The past year validated our 2014 small cell movers and shakers list in a lot of ways, but it also saw several executives leave the small cell market, by choice or otherwise.
Top 5 Telecom Fiascos of 2014
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2014  |  16 comments
From the Sprint/T-mobile merger to net neutrality and the Cisco/Arista lawsuit, 2014 saw plenty of blunders for Light Reading's entertainment.
Top 5 Optical Trends for 2015
DOS Attack  | 
12/24/2014  |  2 comments
Software programmability, IP and optical integration, metro 100G and other key trends are worth watching in the transport sector in the coming year.
5 Things Cable Didn't Deliver In 2014
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2014  |  5 comments
It's time to tally up the cable disappointments for 2014.
OPNFV Gaining Traction, But Doesn't Address Orchestration Issues
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/24/2014  |  Post a comment
Network functions virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) is still early in development and will come to market slowly.
Surprise! The Cloud Has Security Advantages
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2014  |  1 comment
Security in the cloud may not be the bugaboo that it's made out to be for mobile carriers.
TDS Telecom Keeps Spreading Gigabit Cheer
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2014  |  1 comment
Carrier continues gigabit network expansion, introducing a 1 Gbit/s service in 19 markets across four states.
Vodafone Teams on Telehealth for Seniors
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2014  |  1 comment
In-home sensors report on seniors' well-being to caregiver remotely, allowing seniors to remain at home and independent longer.
Rockstar Group Unloads Patents for $900M
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2014  |  6 comments
Consortium that bought Nortel's patents, including Apple, Microsoft and Ericsson, has sold them to patent house RPX as its fight against Android comes to an end.
Amdocs CEO Interview
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/23/2014  |  3 comments
Amdocs CEO Eli Gelman talks data analytics, NFV, acquisitions and much more in an exclusive video interview.
What’s in Store for RDK
Column  | 
12/23/2014  |  Post a comment
Next year promises to see more product innovation and more implementations of the cable industry's Reference Design Kit software across the globe
Eurobites: Sky, Telstra Invest in Elemental
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN trials VoLTE; TeliaSonera's 4G takes over; Telefónica's fiber dominance in Spain.
EE Talks Biz Transformation on Road to 5G
LRTV Documentaries  | 
12/23/2014  |  Post a comment
EE's Director of Network Strategy David Salam discusses how data growth on its wireless network is driving business transformation and the move to 5G for the UK-based carrier.
A Drone for the Holidays? The FAA Wants a Word...
Jonestown  | 
12/23/2014  |  1 comment
The FAA has put out a holiday how-to video about the rules surrounding any shiny new drone for you get for Christmas.
AT&T Seeks Help on Culture Change Issues
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2014  |  1 comment
'Disruptive' vendors, open source community and academia all play a role in helping major telecom operator reshape its internal culture, says exec
Telstra Snaps Up Pacnet for $697M
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2014  |  2 comments
Australian operator to acquire subsea network and data center operator to boost its South-East Asia presence.
Google Has Self-Driving Prototype Ready
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  12 comments
Google unveiled its first complete prototype car for fully autonomous driving, shortly after reports suggest it's building a version of Android specifically for cars.
Affirmed & Elephant Talk Build a Virtual EPC
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  Post a comment
Affirmed Networks is lending its NFV cloud to Elephant Talk's SDN software to make a fully virtualized evolved packet core for operators in Europe and the Middle East.
Congress, FCC Prep Net Neutrality, OTT Action
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  3 comments
Congress and the FCC are shoring up their positions on net neutrality and the definition of a TV distributor before 2014 comes to a close.
LTE Small Cells Set to Be Big in 2015
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  3 comments
Deployments of small cells, dominated by single-mode LTE indoor base stations, are set to ramp up in the new year.
Eurobites: EE Shows Off 3-Carrier Aggregation
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swedish M2M specialist being acquired by Sierra Wireless; BT takes its fiber to the basement; and Dutch FTTH operator reaches 2 million homes.
Testing of NFV Requires Industry to Mature
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/22/2014  |  1 comment
New streamlined methodologies for data processing, analysis and storage are needed for testing virtualized network functions.
Thread Connects With UL for IoT Testing
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  3 comments
Internet of Things networking protocol group Thread Group names UL its go-to outfit for IoT product testing.
Paul Bunyan's Giant Gigabit Plans
LRTV Documentaries  | 
12/22/2014  |  Post a comment
The CEO and GM of Minnesota rural operator Paul Bunyan Communications discusses the company's 5,000-square-mile gigabit network rollout.
Verizon Reminds Us That 200G Exists
DOS Attack  | 
12/22/2014  |  4 comments
Verizon quietly rolls out 200G on a single route, meeting its timetable and highlighting the next step beyond 100G.
Telstra Woos Pacnet
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2014  |  3 comments
Acquisition of regional long-distance operator would add to Australian incumbent's international assets and deliver some SDN experience.
T-Mobile to Pay $90M for Cramming Crimes
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  6 comments
There's a whole lotta cramming going on as T-Mobile agrees to pay $90M for unjust billing practices, following AT&T's $105 million settlement and Sprint's ongoing lawsuit.
Google Steering Android Towards Cars – Report
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  28 comments
The Android M release is reportedly aimed at putting a Google OS in every dashboard.
Cox Starts All-Digital Rollout
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  3 comments
Cox launches switch to all-digital service in its first market as it seeks to clear more bandwidth for faster broadband speeds, greater on-demand offerings and more video channels.
Is Google Good for Gigabit?
The Gigabot  | 
12/19/2014  |  5 comments
Google Fiber delays the planned deployment of its gigabit network in its next nine metro targets, as other gigabit hopefuls step up.
HDR: The Next Big Video Thing
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  1 comment
4K TV is so 2014. It's all about High-Dynamic Range (HDR) television for 2015.
OpenDaylight Establishes Security Team
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  2 comments
The open source SDN organization has formed a dedicated team following disclosure of a serious security flaw that remained unaddressed for four months.
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/19/2014  |  Post a comment
At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
Eurobites: AlcaLu & Nokia Merger Talk Resurfaces
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russian operators join forces on LTE; Ob3 satellites lift off; Deutsche Telekom takes extra mobile security measures.
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