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Alaska's Rakuten Preps for 4G Launch
News Analysis | 10/1/2019

Japan's Rakuten isn't the only operator in the world building a new, greenfield wireless network with an open, software-powered architecture: OptimERA is working to do the same in a tiny part of Alaska.

What to Expect From Altice Mobile
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Analysts expect Altice USA to collect 1.7 million mobile customers by 2023, and pay Sprint around $2.50 for each GB those customers consume.

5G Was Rushed to Market – It Shows
DanoVision | 5/9/2019

The global wireless industry rushed a barebones version of the 5G standard out the door so it could get to market more quickly. Today's 5G certainly reflects that haste.

Verizon: Fully Virtualized 5G Core to Launch in 1 to 2 Years
News Analysis | 4/25/2019

Verizon currently uses a 4G LTE IMS core from Nokia for its 5G offerings. But in the next 1 to 2 years, the operator has said it will shift to a standalone, fully virtualized 5G core for its 5G services.

AT&T & Verizon's Battle Over Public Safety Spills Into 5G
News Analysis | 3/8/2019

The public safety market – totaling up to 20 million potential customers – is the setting for an increasingly heated battle between AT&T and Verizon. And 5G looks to be the latest weapon that Verizon plans to wield.

MWC19: A soft embrace for the public cloud
Shades of Ray | 3/5/2019

The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.

Dish Network Aspires to Be America's Rakuten in 5G
DanoVision | 3/5/2019

Despite analyst skepticism, Dish executives continue to argue that the company will be able to make a splash with a new, nationwide 5G network. And Japan's Rakuten appears to offer some evidence to support those claims.

Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
News Analysis | 6/18/2018

Ambitious software-only messaging and mobile core applications specialist targets major equipment vendors as it aims to become a billion-dollar business within four years.

Metaswitch VP Talks IMS & Career Refreshes
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 5/23/2018

Service providers are refreshing their IMS and looking for real cloud native IMS functions, according to Micaela Giuhat, Metaswitch's VP of product management, Cloud Native Core, who shares her thoughts on everything from container-based approach to VNFs to her experiences and advice as a leading woman in comms.

Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...

Verizon Puts UC in Its Wireless Network
News Analysis | 10/4/2017

New One Talk capabilities target midsized and multi-site businesses with collaboration tools built right into the Verizon Wireless network.

5G Pushes Carriers Toward Cloud-Native NFV
Column | 9/14/2017

Mobile edge computing (MEC) and a cloud-native core are necessary ingredients for the future 5G NFV network, argues Ian Maclean of Metaswitch.

Sprint Builds Out Virtualization Plans
News Analysis | 9/5/2017

COO says operator is building towards 5G, adds Metaswitch and Mavenir as virtualization vendors.

Will Messaging Market Leave Telecom Behind?
News Analysis | 8/8/2017

Chatbot and messaging platform entrepreneur warns that telecom network operators are about to be left behind if they don't move quickly on RCS.

IMS: The Faithful Bedfellow of MNOs Everywhere
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/22/2017

IMS hit the top of its hype curve a long time ago and now it's delivering on its promises – but it still needs sophisticated test tools to keep it honest.

OrbTV: EE Talks Emergency Services & 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2017

Tom Bennett, director of network services and devices for EE, talks to Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading's editor-in-chief, about the service provider's approach to emergency services and the move to 5G.

Oracle, Tech Mahindra Deliver VoLTE-aaS
News Analysis | 2/23/2017

Turnkey managed services offering claims to get wireless network operators into the VoLTE business in three to six months.

Metaswitch Eyes VoLTE With OpenCloud Buy
News Analysis | 2/15/2017

Combined company will have pure software VoLTE solution with platform for developing new services including mobile UC.

ZTE Scores NFV Deal at Telefónica
News Analysis | 12/29/2016

Chinese vendor gets chance to prove its worth with a virtual IMS deployment that will cover seven markets in Latin America.

Mitel to Offload Mobile Unit to Xura for $350M+
News Analysis | 12/19/2016

Less than two years after buying its mobile unit, Mitel is selling to Xura, the messaging and UC business owned by Siris Capital.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Repels Malware Attack on Customers' Routers
News Analysis | 11/29/2016

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone counts BT's 'excess profits;' CityFibre targets business parks; Nokia soups up vectoring in Denmark; ship's anchor drags on Jersey's connectivity.

Metaswitch, HPE Seek Integration Inspiration
News Analysis | 10/10/2016

Metaswitch's virtualized IMS is now integrated into HPE's Helion orchestration platform, with the vendors hoping both get a boost.

Sonus Snaps Up Taqua for $20M
News Analysis | 9/28/2016

Sonus adds to its IP voice technology capabilities and enhances its NFV plans with the acquisition of Taqua, but will stop short of renaming itself Staqua.

Siris Capital Takes Xura Private in $643M Deal
News Analysis | 8/23/2016

Xura, formerly known as Comverse, has been acquired by Siris Capital Group for $643 million.

Apple Seeks 5G Interoperability Know-How
News Analysis | 8/3/2016

Apple is now searching for an engineer familiar with the 5G standardization process.

Light Reading Beyond
From the Founder | 7/28/2016

Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.

Vodafone Demands More From NFV Vendors
News Analysis | 5/27/2016

Industry alignment is needed on pricing models and VNF onboarding, notes Vodafone's Head of SDN and NFV David Amzallag in his BCE keynote presentation.

Expected Evolution of the Modern Telecom Service Layer
Column | 5/25/2016

In the second of a three-part series, OpenCloud's Jeff Gordon delves deeper into the driving forces for adopting a converged service layer.

Convergence of the Service Layers
Column | 5/6/2016

The conclusions of a new survey, commissioned by OpenCloud and conducted by Heavy Reading, suggests that the move towards converged service layers is now well underway.

LRTV Report: Mobile Core Innovation
LRTV Documentaries | 4/28/2016

Hear from multiple industry experts from Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, Heavy Reading, Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, NEC and many more about developments in the mobile core as operators virtualize their IMS and evolved packet core systems and prepare for a 5G world.

Cable's Mobile Enterprise Opportunity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/25/2016

With more and more businesses seeking mobility solutions, cable operators have the chance to carve out an even larger share of the commercial market.

Leading Lights 2016: There's Still Time
Shades of Ray | 3/29/2016

There's still time to enter this year's Leading Lights awards -- here are the details you need.

Leading Lights Awards 2016 - Open for Business
News Analysis | 2/10/2016

Was 2015 a standout year for your company? Then you should enter the industry's most prestigious awards program –- it really does have something for everyone!

Genband Wins Round 1 in Court Clash With Metaswitch
News Analysis | 1/20/2016

The IP technology middleweights are going head-to-head in an intellectual property punch-up and Genband just won Round 1 on points.

Telecoms Pushing NFV, Even Lacking OSS
News Analysis | 11/4/2015

Research shows CSPs haven't got an operations strategy for NFV yet, even as more of them say they are deploying.

T-Mobile Adds Video Calling to RCS Line Up
News Analysis | 9/3/2015

Carrier has added video calling to its RCS suite, including LTE to WiFi handoff, on compatible handsets.

ZTE's Euro Star Shines Brighter
Shades of Ray | 8/27/2015

A global relationship with Telefónica helps its international cause.

Private Equity Firm Bites on Voxbone
News Analysis | 8/19/2015

Virtual phone number specialist Voxbone sells majority stake to a private equity firm and prepares for accelerated expansion, including M&A.

NetScout: We Won't Be a House of Brands
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Now that it has closed its acquisition of Danaher's communication businesses, the service assurance vendor is looking to integrate all the various technologies, not run them separately.

Does BT Lag European Peers on All-IP?
Morris Lore | 7/8/2015

BT made some progress towards its all-IP ambitions with the 21CN project, but it has a long way to go before the PSTN is finally a thing of the past.

NetScout Preps Post-Acquisition Future
News Analysis | 6/30/2015

NetScout will soon close its monster $2.6 billion acquisition of Danaher's network monitoring and security business, a move that will reshape its business and strategy.

NFV: Ready for Prime Time
LRTV Interviews | 6/23/2015

At BTE 2015, Vip mobile CTO Dejan Kastelic talks about how NFV is ready for the real world and how Telekom Austria is introducing centralized resources for its group operations.

A Tale of 2 Genbands
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

The networking vendor says its legacy business is dwindling as it positions itself as a partner to telcos both in transforming their networks to IP and in building a future comms strategy.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

The trend to hybrid clouds and more focused cloud service options is well represented in our four finalists.

Can an App Make Campuses Safer?
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

BlueLight, a new company with a new smartphone app, is using Bandwidth.com's intelligent network platform to enable a campus security service.

CEO Chat With Eric Pratt, Taqua
Between the CEOs | 5/11/2015

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Eric Pratt, the CEO of Taqua.

AlcaLu Takes Virtual UC to the Cloud
News Analysis | 4/21/2015

New Rapport platform uses cloud-based software to deliver services or add capabilities to applications as virtualized functions that run on standard hardware.

Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never!
Shades of Ray | 3/30/2015

Deadline extension means there are still a few more days to submit those winning entries, but don't delay -- April 10 is the final deadline and then the judging begins.

Sonus Stock Crashes on Lost Orders
News Analysis | 3/24/2015

Order fallout prompts slashing of revenue projections by 33% and trading is halted as Sonus shares tumble.

Leading Lights Awards: Only Days Left to Enter!
Shades of Ray | 3/19/2015

The deadline for the 2015 Leading Lights awards is March 27, so get your skates on if you think you could be a winner!

New CenturyLink CTO in Major Overhaul
News Analysis | 3/4/2015

To transform a legacy telco into an 'agile' IT services organization, Hussain is demolishing silos and creating a horizontal company structure.

Eurobites: Ericsson Bites Apple Over Patents
News Analysis | 2/27/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Nokia team up for telco cloud; eircom revenues fall 4% in second quarter.

Jibe Hub, Fring Alliance & More RCS Action at MWC
News Analysis | 2/26/2015

Jibe will be demonstrating RCS interoperability with DT, KPN, Vodafone, Sprint and Telefonica, as RCS slowly starts to get deployed across the globe.

BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better
LRTV Documentaries | 2/25/2015

This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.

Telekom Austria Builds Multi-Vendor NFV 4G Core
News Analysis | 2/23/2015

Telekom Austria subsidiary Vip Mobile trials a virtual 4G service delivery stack for VoLTE services using technology from multiple specialist vendors.

Ericsson Revamps Its RAN With RBS 6000 Successor
News Analysis | 2/19/2015

As part of its pre-MWC news blast, Ericsson announces the successor to its highly successful base station and talks small cells, analytics, backhaul and more.

Nokia Offers Virtual OSS, VNF Service
News Analysis | 2/17/2015

Vendor's pre-MWC media blitz includes cloud-ready OSS and BSS, an NFV assessment service and enhancements to its Radio Cloud proposition, including Ethernet-based fronthaul.

CEO Chat With Doug Ranalli, NetNumber
Between the CEOs | 2/2/2015

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Doug Ranalli, the founder of signaling specialist NetNumber.

Gorti to Pull the NFV Strings at Alcatel-Lucent
News Analysis | 1/14/2015

Alcatel-Lucent's incoming President IP Platforms, Bhaskar Gorti, will have overall control of the vendor's NFV strategy, including CloudBand, but is he the right person for that role?

AlcaLu Hires Oracle Big Hitter
News Analysis | 1/13/2015

Longtime Oracle Communications executive Bhaskar Gorti has joined Alcatel-Lucent as the head of IP Platforms and takes responsibility for NFV.

Does NFV Have a Packet Processing Problem?
Rewired | 1/6/2015

Metaswitch CTO says virtual functions implemented on IT-grade cloud infrastructure require extra engineering help to handle network volumes.

Telecom Faces Virtualization Pricing Issue
News Analysis | 12/15/2014

The rise of virtualization shifts value from hardware to software but the business models for pricing that are far from clear.

Mavenir's Stoke Buy: Cheap at Twice the Price?
News Analysis | 11/18/2014

Mavenir is shelling out just less than $5 million in cash and debt for Stoke, a company that grabbed $92M in VC funding in under a decade.

Pics From OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV
Slide Shows | 11/7/2014

We told you OSS was hot!! Pics of the crowds and speakers at the Light Reading OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV event in London.

Virtual Mobile Core – Why? And When?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/24/2014

When might operators put their NFV strategies into action in the mobile core? And what's in it for them?

A Legacy Worth Saving
Column | 10/22/2014

Operators can cut the cost and complexity of extending legacy services to all-IP environments.

Eurobites: BT Opens Next-Gen Broadband Lab
News Analysis | 9/25/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone develops 5G in Dresden; Serbian operator dips a toe in Clearwater; YouView bags Cisco brains.

How Virtualization Transforms Network Needs
News Analysis | 9/17/2014

Performance, reliability and security considerations change in a virtual networked world.

Comverse Buys Some WebRTC Smarts
News Analysis | 8/5/2014

SPIT giant acquires Spanish rich communications and WebRTC gateway specialist Solaiemes.

LTE & EPC Drive ATCA
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/25/2014

The rapid rollout of LTE is driving demand for ATCA-based systems to support the EPC, IMS and many related applications.

Eurobites: Was Nokia Held to Ransom Over Symbian?
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's cable operators strategize; UK spooks licensed to spy on Facebook et al; Telefonica's new doubles partner.

What's With AT&T's Capex Dip?
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Analyst George Notter says that AT&T slowed its capital spending this spring.

NFV Takes Over Nice
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

TM Forum Live! marks major shift toward addressing the management challenges of virtualization and NFV, in particular.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best Telecom Product (Part 1)
DOS Attack | 5/29/2014

Presenting the first six of 12 finalists for the Leading Lights Best Telecom Product award.

Huawei Names US Lead, Reminds Us It's Still Here
DOS Attack | 5/21/2014

Huawei names Ming He to lead its US operations, such as they are...

AT&T Confirms VoLTE Launch in 4 States
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Carrier joins NTT DoCoMo and HKT in revealing its VoLTE plans this week, making it the first Tier 1 to launch 4G voice in the US.

IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

The vendor cuts its losses and shows strength in key networking equipment sectors in the first quarter, but revenues are static.

Capex Trend Points to Less Seasonality – Analysts
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Research from Raymond James & Assoc. points toward increased capex by AT&T and Verizon in the first quarter and a possible long-term shift away from seasonal spending patterns.

Eurobites: M&A Speculation Circles Colt
News Analysis | 4/23/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson reports Q1; Orange lines up man from the ministry; Spirent profits up; Russia's Zuckerberg does a runner.

Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management
News Analysis | 4/16/2014

New Heavy Reading report says end-to-end service management needed for hybrid networks and current efforts focus only on virtualized services.

Analyst: Transformation Must Be Top-Down
News Analysis | 3/31/2014

A veteran consultant and former CloudNFV chief architect is working on new open architecture for the orchestration and management of next-gen networks.

Leading Lights Awards Deadline Extended
Shades of Ray | 3/31/2014

The deadline for submissions is now Monday April 7.

The Rise of Virtual EPC
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/26/2014

The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) has emerged as one of the leading candidates for network functions virtualization (NFV).

Enter the Leading Lights Awards… NOW!
Shades of Ray | 3/26/2014

Time is running out to be a part of this year's Leading Lights, the annual awards program run by Light Reading.

Leading Lights Awards: Could You Win?
Shades of Ray | 3/6/2014

Is it really that time again already? It sure is…

MWC14: Analytics Holds the Key
LRTV Documentaries | 3/4/2014

Mobile operators can deploy all the cutting-edge technologies going, but they'll be wasting their investments if they can't extract and analyze data from their networks, devices, and OSS/BSS systems.

Telefónica Unveils Aggressive NFV Plans
News Analysis | 2/23/2014

Carrier's CTO says the Spanish giant can't wait any longer for the benefits that network functions virtualization (NFV) can bring to its international network.

NSN Turns Up Pre-MWC Volume
News Analysis | 2/20/2014

The vendor has used the weeks ahead of Mobile World Congress to update the market on its mobile infrastructure and service provider IT (SPIT) developments.

Service Innovation: Crucial for Mobile Operators
LRTV Documentaries | 2/10/2014

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Heavy Reading chief analyst Graham Finnie discusses one of the key challenges facing mobile network operators today – service innovation.

Alcatel-Lucent Shifts Up a Gear to End 2013
News Analysis | 2/6/2014

Margins and share price are up, costs are down and a buyer for the Enterprise division has been found as the Shift Plan kicks in.

Light Reading's Back in California
Shades of Ray | 2/4/2014

After a brief hiatus, Light Reading has a West Coast Bureau again -- meet one man and his dog…

Mobile World Congress: Our Key Players
Que Sera Sarah | 2/3/2014

Meet the team of Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts who will be out at MWC in full force.

Building a Business Case for VoLTE
Column | 1/17/2014

The enterprise market provides operators with a launch pad for VoLTE services.

Euronews: Tieto Buys Siemens IMS Assets
News Analysis | 1/15/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's 4G bods on the move; "private" smartphone announced; UK banks back Zapp.

China Mobile, ZTE Kick Off VoLTE Rollout
News Analysis | 1/9/2014

LTE TDD operator successfully trials video over LTE and launches VoLTE with ZTE's eSRVCC and IMS platforms for handoff between 4G and 2G.

AT&T Hears Call of VoLTE in 2014
News Analysis | 1/6/2014

AT&T execs are getting ready for 4G voice over LTE in 2014, and they expect initial markets to be announced early this year.

NFV Highlight: EE Provides Reality Check
News Analysis | 12/24/2013

For a senior networking executive at the UK's leading mobile operator EE, functions virtualization is not so appealing at the packet core, while proprietary tech is perfectly acceptable.

Can Virtualization Succeed Where IMS Didn't?
Rewired | 12/20/2013

Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie looks at how IMS and virtualization are similar -- and different -- in his LR University session on policy and SDN/NFV.

VoLTE Hits Hong Kong
News Analysis | 12/5/2013

Operator CSL has turned on its 4G voice capabilities – now it just needs some VoLTE-friendly devices.

Intel Targets Networking Gear
News Analysis | 12/4/2013

The chip company announced a third-generation processing platform as part of an effort to get its products into more telecom networking gear.

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