A managed service provider offers thoughts on workplace collaboration and SD-WAN, two hot markets where enterprise spending is up, and the number and type of competitors is proliferating.
A Monday mystery emerges from the Comcast media kit.
The US government's push to invest in open radio access networks is part of a broader effort – and multiple $1B proposals – to beat the Chinese telecom industrial complex.
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner has another #CES2020 update. In this episode, we get a Quibi keynote recap, more info on next-gen TV and where we might see 8K in action.
At #CES2020, Jeff Baumgartner reports on streaming video deals that include broadband service providers as key distribution partners. Maybe this is the silver lining as traditional pay-TV keeps losing subscribers.
We discuss HBO Max, Peacock and more as the week of #CES2020 gets under way and service providers continue to stake their claims in the consumer subscription video business.
The optical networking leader is pounding the table for webscale providers and telcos to move straight to 800G in the coming year, minimizing the competitive momentum of several vendors in the 600G space.
Mitch Wagner brings us coverage of the Cisco Silicon One announcement from San Francisco, where the company announced a single technology platform to serve all its networking customers.
Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser interview Juniper CEO Rami Rahim about his thoughts on 400G, where AI will matter in the enterprise and what it will mean for service providers.
What did our analyst colleagues and fellow editors think of all the big booths, meetings and crowded corridors?
Videophone zombies. Disappearing phones. Moaning mobile services. Glass that makes your skin crawl. Don't be afraid. It's the Light Reading Podcast Halloween Special!
'This is the next big technology transformation in the communications world and I think it's going to completely upend some companies' business models.'
Smart cities are taking shape in small ways, as the technology develops and makes its way to market. Orange Silicon Valley's Will Barkis discusses some of the newer tech he's seeing, where it might be used and privacy concerns that come up.
Ciena's latest acquisition is another piece of a larger back office puzzle for carriers, but the vendor said it's not aiming to become the new OSS stack.
States still have the option of enacting their own net neutrality regulations following today's DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the FCC rollback of net neutrality rules.
Ovum Chief Analyst Ed Barton talks to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about the services and opportunities 5G unlocks for consumers – and what new capabilities are just around the corner.
The vendor's new XR Optics technology could cut carrier opex and capex in service providers' metro networks. But can the company get everyone else to buy into coherent optical sub-carrier aggregation?
As the editors recap Light Reading's event series on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), technologies like 5G and edge computing arrive just in time to hurry the industry along its path to more modern networks and add plenty of drama.
Our series on the state of the SD-WAN market continues with a discussion on what's holding back some companies in the space and how standards and new technologies are advancing the cause of SD-WAN.
Jio's competitive market, fast growth and expanding customer base present some interesting machine learning and analytics challenges for Guavus, its newly announced analytics partner.
It's going to take some televisionary moves for pay-TV providers and big studio owners like AT&T to sort out what consumers want, how to package it and what to call it.
Machine learning is primed to help service providers run more efficient and effective networks, but first the good ideas have to make their way from the lab to the real world – and that's a big challenge, according to the University of Chicago's Nick Feamster.
Light Reading's editors discuss Dish Network, its pioneering past, a few hilarious missteps and why the company seems just as likely as anyone to be the next big player in 5G networks.
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the world of SD-WAN, why there are so many vendors and whether enterprise 'white glove' services are handled by butlers.
The pay-TV feature set has finally met its match and, even if you don't cut the cord for budget reasons, you should give some other options a try.
AT&T once pushed its U-verse products really hard, then backed away. It did the same with DirecTV. Will HBO or AT&T Fiber be any different?
The US has given mixed signals with regards to Huawei and the US-China trade war in general, policy experts say. Huawei, meanwhile, said it would favor any trade deal that gets the US talking again.
This mini episode of the Light Reading podcast features Ray Le Maistre and Dario Talmesio discussing the big trends shaping the 5G market worldwide, now that so many major operators have launched 5G services.
US Ignite's Mari Silbey provides commentary on a few topics related to smart cities, including how research universities are helping cities slice up IoT and sensor data into bite-sized morsels.
Business disruption, telco transformation and big-league bowling. Crack open a cold one and listen to our podcast chat with former CenturyLink explainer-of-things Bill Walker.
Building edge computing resources for advanced applications is going to be a big challenge to telcos in terms of how and where to invest, as well as when and where to partner with cloud providers, vendors and others.
Bill Walker, a senior-level executive working on the carrier's cloud, NFV and SDN efforts, has left. No word yet on his next move.
The way to defend against DDoS and other attacks is changing, says Nokia's Craig Labovitz. That's because the Internet is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.
Light Reading's Mike Dano weighs in on how the major carriers are stacking up with the way they're handling pricing for 5G service (if you can find it).
Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of her recent work in the Women in Comms content series. We also have a quick curator's catch-up on all things related to the 5G Exchange.
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
Does Huawei's past misdeeds around trade secrets and allegations of the company sidestepping sanctions mean that the Chinese vendor is also a vessel for Chinese spying and cyber attacks on US networks?
What's better than a Memorial Day weekend mattress sale? A new bill offers interest-free loans from the Treasury to help carriers with fewer than 6 million customers replace Huawei kit.
In this podcast, find out what other Chinese vendors might emerge and profit from Huawei's troubles with the US. Also, Ovum's Daniel Gleeson talks about the device-related concerns service providers have when they go to launch 5G networks.
In this podcast, Disney takes full control of Hulu and that could pose a bigger threat to traditional pay-TV providers. Also, nearly every single mobile network operator has a different angle on providing video services to consumers.
A couple of years removed from its $6B deal to buy Cavium, Marvell suddenly agrees to buy two companies so far this month. There's still 11 days left in May, folks.
A new executive order from President Trump allows the US to ban telecom gear from China – and anywhere else it wants.
Several privately held companies – including Versa Networks, CUJO AI, Synamedia and Pluribus Networks – have grown their businesses and set themselves up for success in the last 12 months.
Oracle, Momentum Telecom and Lumentum all made interesting, well-timed acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and other deals in the past 12 months.
Nokia, Senet, Sprint & Ericsson and Wind River all stood out as having compelling IoT strategies and approaches to a growing, lucrative market.
Fortinet, ZTE, CUJO AI and Colt all had standout entries for most innovative security strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.
Jeff Baumgartner catches us up on the Omniverse saga and Mike Dano looks at what might happen if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is blocked.
Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.
A few Trump hotel stays might not have been enough to help the UnCarrier, according to The Wall Street Journal. T-Mobile's boss puts down the story but offers no details.
Forget Apple. There's no wilder story in the world of pay-TV than the controversy surrounding Omniverse One World Television. In this podcast, we discuss how the company turned up on the cable industry's radar, scrapped with content owners and has what it said is a 100-year contract to distribute pay-TV channels.
The launch of Apple TV+ assumes great broadband service, and that buzz may help savvy service providers connect with new customers.
In this podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick interviews US Ignite's Mari Silbey. Silbey, a former Light Reading editor, talks about bringing local governments and tech companies together to share smart city plans, infrastructure needs and new applications.
The recently reported deal with Mirantis is another step in AT&T's network evolution as the company continues to carry the flag for open source and a software-defined 5G network.
T-Mobile is giving its customers a free taco every week. Should it also give them a roll of toilet paper? Also, and completely unrelated, what if Huawei does invent a must-have device for 5G networks – and we can't buy it in the US?
The world of pay-TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.
Verizon Media cuts jobs and leans on the 23-year-old Yahoo brand as the most stable thing in its portfolio. What's next as 5G networks start covering the US? VM is mum about its 'plans for growth and innovation.'
There was a lot to see in Las Vegas last week, but was there anything said that we had never heard before? Phil Harvey and Mike Dano discuss the week's activities and parse each major carrier's 5G progress following CES 2019.
Apple isn't selling as many iPhones as it previously expected, but is that a reason to think the company is in big trouble?
One of Trump's swamp creatures pledges to help ZTE repair its image problem in the US.
Everything from enterprise strategies to 5G devices caught our audiences' attention during 2018. At a time when so many changes are bearing down on the telecom world, it's clear that a lot of us still have our heads in the cloud.
Why have it your way when you can have it Huawei?
With its competitors stumbling, its largest customers remaining stable and its markets outside of telecom growing, Ciena is enjoying relatively smooth sailing in CEO Smith's 17th year at the helm.
A new report suggests that the US is using its merger approval process to pressure Sprint and T-Mobile's parent companies to back away from Huawei.
If Huawei catches a 5G cold, how many operators around the world will suddenly feel a little sick and stay in bed? 'Tis the (flu) season for rampant, worldwide speculation on the Light Reading podcast.
Smart cities could be a telco dream come true but for a long-term payoff, they'll need to keep investing in the space and be careful not to overreach.
On this podcast, we discussed CenturyLink new CTO, why Dull But Critical (DBC) is our favorite category of telecom infrastructure and how cable companies are warming up to the cloud. We also ask a critical question: Does the telecom industry need RFPs?
For enterprises, 5G opens up a new conversation with carriers – not just about what's possible on their new networks, but what they can do now to help businesses beyond providing connectivity.
CommScope and Arris are merging. Though they frame this as a complementary deal, there's some lingering questions about the broader strategic rationale of the deal and if this is, indeed, a marriage made in technology heaven.
5G networks are blurring the lines between what can be done on fixed and mobile networks. And, of course, Verizon and all of the companies building these networks are changing, too. We look a Verizon's recent restructuring and speculate what it might mean for the telco as 5G fever kicks into high gear.
CenturyLink has confirmed that the former Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan will be the carrier's new technology boss. Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink's CTO since 2014, is leaving the company.
The need to deploy infrastructure to support 5G services is having an impact on just about every smart cities discussion and plan. Even when 5G isn't on the menu, some cities are asking for multi-decade public-partnerships, a chance for someone to influence the next major tech transition.
With one of its most important software updates coming up this month, Aqsacom CEO Gilles Blanc discusses his company's background, technology edge and why 5G is so challenging to cyber-intelligence firms.
Infinera closed its acquisition of Coriant today, creating one of the world's largest optical networking providers with 600 customers around the world. But talk of a major account challenge mounted by Ciena sent the company's stock tumbling more than 15%.
Affirmed Networks and others are taking virtualized EPCs and delivering that capability as a service via the public cloud.
Cisco announces a stronger, better, faster version of its edge routing platform, the ASR 9000 series and, in doing so, reminds us that there's a lot at stake with the arrival of 5G networks.
Tractica forecasts a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for edge computing that supports AI applications. But will all that go away when 5G networks arrive?
With technology partners and an eye toward 5G networks, the StudioLAB is helping Disney-owned content studios solve technical production problems and reach consumers in novel ways.
Twenty-three attorneys general, representing 22 states and the District of Columbia, are suing to block the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regulations, again bringing up the agency's tendency to preempt state and local laws.
The CEO of one of the largest ISPs in the world isn't so keen to use artificial intelligence to manage its network. He just doesn't need it.
Infinera's proposed purchase of Coriant for $430 million sounds like a small price for lots of upside. But the integration will be a challenge – this tasty-sounding deal could go together like mustard and pancakes.
A court filing suggests that the Justice Department is aiming to appeal the court ruling that allowed the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
There are political games a-plenty as carriers put all their 5G expansion cards on the table without showing their hand.
Comcast's desire to roll up more content assets and over-the-top distribution is just a blurring signpost as we rocket through a new media landscape.
A dive into some SEC filings shows that the SD-WAN startup VeloCloud wasn't really a unicorn. It's still a lovely show pony, though. Giddy up!
Ciena has cut some staff from its support unit, but the company said it already warned of a multi-year transformation in that group.
Here, over three nostalgia-soaked pages, are the telecom heroes and villains that have made it into the Light Reading Hall of Fame since its inception in 2010.
The giants of cloud computing and the divergent minds of our regulatory body politic are well behind a PR entrepreneur who filled in her own nomination. How 2018 is that?
Texas mop, KC smoke, Carolina vinegar – I like all styles of communications, really.
There's an interesting tension between how much SDN can benefit service providers and how it could threaten their established businesses
Stanford's Nick McKeown says SDN won't take hold until networking equipment vendors give up some control
OneAPI may provide developers a reason to build apps and content for networks, not just mobile operating systems
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg defends his company's managed services deals and says he'd rather invest in R&D than make expensive acquisitions
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Intel- and Deutsche Telekom-backed tech startup doesn't need a network to make smart, wireless proximity applications
AT&T is opening up network APIs and allowing partners to take more control as it looks to expand its reach in the enterprise
New packet optical platform gets the switching closer to customers so they can handle bigger volumes of Ethernet traffic
Genband launches a new cloud-based unified communications service and a marketing message to modernize its boxy brand
While the Northeast tucks in for a winter storm, we wonder what challenges CSPs face when digging out of a heavy snowfall
The nation's third largest telco says it has a better commodity cloud offering than Earth's largest online store
Sonus Networks, often tossed around in M&A rumors, is likely not a target for Cisco, says one analyst