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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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New One Talk capabilities target midsized and multi-site businesses with collaboration tools built right into the Verizon Wireless network.
Mobile edge computing (MEC) and a cloud-native core are necessary ingredients for the future 5G NFV network, argues Ian Maclean of Metaswitch.
COO says operator is building towards 5G, adds Metaswitch and Mavenir as virtualization vendors.
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 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.
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.
Turnkey managed services offering claims to get wireless network operators into the VoLTE business in three to six months.
Combined company will have pure software VoLTE solution with platform for developing new services including mobile UC.
Chinese vendor gets chance to prove its worth with a virtual IMS deployment that will cover seven markets in Latin America.
Less than two years after buying its mobile unit, Mitel is selling to Xura, the messaging and UC business owned by Siris Capital.
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's virtualized IMS is now integrated into HPE's Helion orchestration platform, with the vendors hoping both get a boost.
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.
Xura, formerly known as Comverse, has been acquired by Siris Capital Group for $643 million.
Apple is now searching for an engineer familiar with the 5G standardization process.
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
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.
In the second of a three-part series, OpenCloud's Jeff Gordon delves deeper into the driving forces for adopting a converged service layer.
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.
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.
With more and more businesses seeking mobility solutions, cable operators have the chance to carve out an even larger share of the commercial market.
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The IP technology middleweights are going head-to-head in an intellectual property punch-up and Genband just won Round 1 on points.
Research shows CSPs haven't got an operations strategy for NFV yet, even as more of them say they are deploying.
Carrier has added video calling to its RCS suite, including LTE to WiFi handoff, on compatible handsets.
A global relationship with Telefónica helps its international cause.
Virtual phone number specialist Voxbone sells majority stake to a private equity firm and prepares for accelerated expansion, including M&A.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The trend to hybrid clouds and more focused cloud service options is well represented in our four finalists.
BlueLight, a new company with a new smartphone app, is using Bandwidth.com's intelligent network platform to enable a campus security service.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Eric Pratt, the CEO of Taqua.
New Rapport platform uses cloud-based software to deliver services or add capabilities to applications as virtualized functions that run on standard hardware.
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.
Order fallout prompts slashing of revenue projections by 33% and trading is halted as Sonus shares tumble.
The deadline for the 2015 Leading Lights awards is March 27, so get your skates on if you think you could be a winner!
To transform a legacy telco into an 'agile' IT services organization, Hussain is demolishing silos and creating a horizontal company structure.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Nokia team up for telco cloud; eircom revenues fall 4% in second quarter.
Jibe will be demonstrating RCS interoperability with DT, KPN, Vodafone, Sprint and Telefonica, as RCS slowly starts to get deployed across the globe.
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 subsidiary Vip Mobile trials a virtual 4G service delivery stack for VoLTE services using technology from multiple specialist vendors.
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.
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.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Doug Ranalli, the founder of signaling specialist NetNumber.
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?
Longtime Oracle Communications executive Bhaskar Gorti has joined Alcatel-Lucent as the head of IP Platforms and takes responsibility for NFV.
Metaswitch CTO says virtual functions implemented on IT-grade cloud infrastructure require extra engineering help to handle network volumes.
The rise of virtualization shifts value from hardware to software but the business models for pricing that are far from clear.
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.
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.
When might operators put their NFV strategies into action in the mobile core? And what's in it for them?
Operators can cut the cost and complexity of extending legacy services to all-IP environments.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone develops 5G in Dresden; Serbian operator dips a toe in Clearwater; YouView bags Cisco brains.
Performance, reliability and security considerations change in a virtual networked world.
SPIT giant acquires Spanish rich communications and WebRTC gateway specialist Solaiemes.
The rapid rollout of LTE is driving demand for ATCA-based systems to support the EPC, IMS and many related applications.
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.
Analyst George Notter says that AT&T slowed its capital spending this spring.
TM Forum Live! marks major shift toward addressing the management challenges of virtualization and NFV, in particular.
Presenting the first six of 12 finalists for the Leading Lights Best Telecom Product award.
Huawei names Ming He to lead its US operations, such as they are...
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.
The vendor cuts its losses and shows strength in key networking equipment sectors in the first quarter, but revenues are static.
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.
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.
New Heavy Reading report says end-to-end service management needed for hybrid networks and current efforts focus only on virtualized services.
A veteran consultant and former CloudNFV chief architect is working on new open architecture for the orchestration and management of next-gen networks.
The deadline for submissions is now Monday April 7.
The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) has emerged as one of the leading candidates for network functions virtualization (NFV).
Time is running out to be a part of this year's Leading Lights, the annual awards program run by Light Reading.
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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.
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.
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.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Heavy Reading chief analyst Graham Finnie discusses one of the key challenges facing mobile network operators today – service innovation.
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.
After a brief hiatus, Light Reading has a West Coast Bureau again -- meet one man and his dog…
Meet the team of Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts who will be out at MWC in full force.
The enterprise market provides operators with a launch pad for VoLTE services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's 4G bods on the move; "private" smartphone announced; UK banks back Zapp.
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 execs are getting ready for 4G voice over LTE in 2014, and they expect initial markets to be announced early this year.
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.
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.
Operator CSL has turned on its 4G voice capabilities – now it just needs some VoLTE-friendly devices.
The chip company announced a third-generation processing platform as part of an effort to get its products into more telecom networking gear.