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The Near Future Is Here
Slide Shows  | 
4/28/2017  |  4 comments
Virtual reality, AI, drones and more.
Synchronoss Changes CEOs Again & Gets 3rd CFO of 2017
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2017  |  3 comments
Replacing the top executives with company veterans.
Pai Pleases Broadcasters With Dereg Pledge
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2017  |  1 comment
In a speech at the NAB Show this week, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pledged to eliminate outdated media regulations and revise the media cross-ownership rules.
Thales Splashes $215M on Guavus for Analytics
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2017  |  2 comments
Thales is looking to strengthen its analytics portfolio in aerospace, transport, space, security and defense, but Guavus will still serve its existing customer base of CSPs.
Leading Lights 2017 Finalists: Most Innovative Enterprise/SMB Service
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2017  |  1 comment
In a look at the shortlisted companies for the Most Innovative Enterprise/SMB Service award, check out three very different approaches to helping enterprises and SMBs be more efficient in communicating.
WiCipedia: BT Improves Ratio, Silicon Valley Realities & Girl Power
WiCipedia  | 
4/28/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Russia and Thailand lead the way in women in tech numbers; BT tries to improve its ratio; girl power gets bloody; and more.
Eurobites: Ericsson Lands IoT Core Deal With SoftBank
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2017  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Q3 revenues flat at Ireland's eir; BEREC plan lacks support; old-school taxi firms link arms against Uber and friends.
Intel Eyes an IoT & 5G Future
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
Intel's IoT up 11% as the chipmaker eyes future end-to-end 5G silicon.
HPE Closes the Door on OpenSDN
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  2 comments
The OpenSDN product line from ConteXtream gets end-of-lifed, continuing HPE's struggles in SDN and NFV.
Comcast Reaches for Xfinity & Beyond
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
Comcast preps to launch new smart-home app for Xfinity customers as it once again reports strong customer and revenue growth numbers in Q1.
Nokia Turnaround Gathers Pace, Shares Rise
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor reports margin improvements and stable sales at its mobile business despite difficult market conditions.
India Gets Its First MVNO
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  2 comments
India has just gained its first mobile virtual network operator with the launch of services by Aerovoyce.
Orange Doffs Beret to Spanish Biz for Q1 Growth
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  Post a comment
French operator hails growth in sales and earnings thanks to a strong performance in Spain and less pain at home.
Eurobites: Swisscom Commits to IP Timeline
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and Proximus stay friends in Belgium and Luxembourg; UK government angered by Twitter data block; Sky's OTT service launches in Ireland.
Net Neutrality, Here We Go Again
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
The FCC is reopening the issue of net neutrality, and it looks like Republicans and Democrats are about to face off again.
Grande Goes Gig, Busts Bundle
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
Texas ISPs turn up gigabit Internet service in five markets, offering Internet only to the cord-cutting crowd.
Leading Lights 2017 Finalists: Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The finalists in the Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor category were selected because of their product innovation in next-generation OSS/BSS/analytics/digital commerce systems, proud investors and happy employees.
Verizon: Small Biz in Cybercrooks' Crosshairs
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  3 comments
Annual security report shows 61% of attacks now target companies with fewer than 1000 employees, because they aren't secure.
Huawei Faces US Govt. Probe Into Cuba, Syria & More – Report
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  1 comment
Probe appears similar to the ZTE probe, with the US looking into whether Huawei sold products using American components in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.
Could Trump Tax Cuts Cause a Capex Climb?
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  10 comments
Trump's tax plan cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, just like operators and vendors wanted.
Ericsson, Huawei Incompatibility Threatens NB-IoT – Sources
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  9 comments
Already threatened by a host of rival technologies, NB-IoT also faces an interoperability problem that could hinder its advancement.
Altice USA Preps for Home Hub Rollout
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  1 comment
Speaking at NAB, Altice USA chief Dexter Goei discusses MSO's plans for deploying combination set-top, modem and router boxes in customer homes.
How Diversity Helps Comcast Mirror Its Customer Base
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
4/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Diversity brings innovation, creative ideas and a way to reflect the broad spectrum of your customer base, Comcast Director of Customer Experience Jenelle Champlin says.
AT&T: TW Deal Will Light a Fire Under Video Biz
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  1 comment
Video was not a highlight for AT&T in Q1.
Eurobites: EU Officials Raid Telenor & Tele2 Over Competition Concerns in Sweden
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Q1 revenues slip at KPN; Virgin Media adds channels for expats; Orange agrees wage deal with unions; Netflix et al could face increased European content requirement.
Telia's Sweden Cost Problem Threatens 2017 Targets
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish telco insists it will overcome its cost problems in subsequent quarters and sticks to its earnings guidance for the full year.
AT&T's Gig Economy Driven by Spectrum Obsession in 2017
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T focuses on spectrum growth as it misses Q1 revenue expectations.
Juniper Q1: Cloud Rises, Security Sags
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Telecom and enterprise grew in Juniper's Q1, but cloud outshone them all, while security continued to underperform.
Surprise! AT&T Markets 4G Advances as '5G Evolution'
Jonestown  | 
4/25/2017  |  29 comments
Meet the new G, same as the old G!
Netflix Set to Enter China
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  10 comments
Through a licensing deal with iQIYI in China, Netflix appears set to gain access to nearly 500 million potential new customers.
Did Verizon Outbid AT&T for Straight Path?
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  12 comments
Verizon appears to want to lock AT&T out of the 5G spectrum grab with possible $1.8B bid for Straight Path.
Eurobites: BICS Bags TeleSign for $230M
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 IPO rumor resurfaces; Orange teams up with Facebook on accelerator program; Telekom Austria's Q1; CityFibre's full year.
Cisco Jasper Eyes Mobile Management
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco Jasper is working with service providers to roll out a new mobile management platform called Control Center for Mobile Enterprise.
T-Mobile Says 600MHz Takes It Head-to-Head With 'Duopoly'
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile wants to cover 321 million people with 4G by year's end to whack AT&T & Verizon, and is already slaughtering Big Red in Q1 on subscriber adds.
Ericsson's Q1 Even Worse Than Feared
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  3 comments
Swedish vendor racks up massive loss and says new profitability criteria in the managed services area will wipe 4% off revenues in 2019.
Utility Poles Pose Problems for 5G & More
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
New ideas surfaced at the FCC's first Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee meeting for solving the industry's pole attachment problem and accelerating broadband deployments.
First Year TIPs the Scale Toward Success
The Pediatrician  | 
4/24/2017  |  6 comments
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has had a successful first year, and its members are making their presence felt in Light Reading's Virtuapedia.
WiC Leading Lights Finalists 2017: Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year
Que Sera Sarah  | 
4/24/2017  |  1 comment
This year's finalist list includes female founders, CEOs and women deeply entrenched in the technologies that are defining the future of communications.
Eurobites: BT Claims Victimhood in Italian Accounting Case
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's six steps to the smart city; eir in TV sport play to mobile users; 3 has a bad weekend; more scary stuff about cybercrime.
New TV Standard Turns on Broadcasters
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
A new survey highlights the optimism among US broadcasters about the next-gen TV transmission standard, as well as their lack of knowledge and concerns about the new tech standard.
Tele2's Shares Soar on Strong Q1
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish operator reports impressive growth in sales and profits thanks partly to takeover activity.
China's Telcos Eye Life After 4G
News Analysis  | 
4/21/2017  |  1 comment
China's operators are thriving in the consumer market for 4G services. Can they carry that success into new areas as 4G growth slows?
Cable-Powered Wireless Faces Tech Hurdles
Column  | 
4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The technical challenges of going wireless aren't small.
Eurobites: T-Mobile Gets All-Clear on 'Data-Free' Music Streaming
News Analysis  | 
4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify renews deal with indie labels; Orange Belgium's Q1; Virgin gives it some Voom; Finland's epic coffee fail.
Orange to Bring Virtual LiveBox to France in 2018
News Analysis  | 
4/21/2017  |  1 comment
Shifting intelligence deeper into the network and using dumber boxes will lead to service benefits for customers, says Orange CEO.
WiCipedia: Pinkification of Tech & Australia's Diversity Endeavor
WiCipedia  | 
4/21/2017  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Australia focuses on diversity needs; pinkification of tech discourages girls; Women in Comms' biggest event of the year is just around the corner; and more.
IHG Hack Hit Hospitality Guests in the Wallet
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  4 comments
Malware on IHG servers sent credit card info to stay with thieves.
Pai Picks Up Deregulatory Pace
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  4 comments
Under the leadership of its new Republican chairman, the FCC has approved broad deregulation of the business data market and effectively loosened limits on TV station ownership.
Verizon Ekes Out Fios Revenue Gains
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  1 comment
Despite the loss of 13,000 video subscribers, the big US telco sees overall Fios revenues climb 4.7% on a year-over-year basis in Q1.
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