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Ray Le Maistre Broadcom Mulls Bigger Bid for Qualcomm – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
11/23/2017  
With its initial $105 billion acquisition offer for Qualcomm already rejected, Broadcom is considering a revised offer that would include more of its stock, according to a Reuters report.
Iain Morris Eurobites: Altice to Flog Dominican Business – Report
Iain Morris  
11/23/2017  
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Altice starts offloading non-core assets; Deutsche Telekom gets busy with fiber; Elisa and Nokia demo 5G in Espoo; Telecom Italia CEO emphasizes need for 'gigabit' networks. - European cable group Altice is reportedly planning to sell its business in the Dominican Republic in an effort to reduce debts, after its share price halved this month because of investor concern about its financial situation. According to a report from the Financial Times (subscription required), which cites sources familiar with the plans, the company hopes to sell the Dominican business during an auction process. It acquired that asset from France's Orange (NYSE: FTE) in 2013 for euro 1.1 billion ($1.3 billion). The news comes after Altice last week said it would refrain from further costly deal-making and look at disposing of non-core assets. It has already started a process to sell its mobile masts in Europe. Altice's debts now equal about 5.5 times the company's annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization. (See Altice Moves to Stem Investor Panic.)
Gabriel Brown 5G Core & the Service-Based Architecture
Gabriel Brown  
11/23/2017  
5G is under development and coming soon(ish) to a network near you. To meet the needs of the range of services envisioned for 5G, with diverse performance requirements, across a wide variety of industries, the networking industry needs to develop a new 5G system architecture (5GS), including 5G New Radio (NR) access and a new 5G core network (5GC).
Dan Jones Top 5 Tech Turkeys 2017
Dan Jones  
11/22/2017   5 comments
It's time, once again, to pick out the turkeys that have put the tryptophan in technology this year. There were plenty of options to pick from this year, from the failure of noted mega-mergers to Gigabit (not!) 4G.
Iain Morris UK Govt Finds More Pocket Change for 5G
Iain Morris  
11/22/2017  
Whoah, slow down, Philip. The UK's dull-as-dishwater finance minister, Philip Hammond (pompously known as Chancellor of the Exchequer, in official parlance), has delved into his GB pound 31 billion ($41.2 billion) National Productivity Investment Fund and found GB pound 160 million ($213 million) for spending on 5G infrastructure.
Aditya Kishore TalkTalk TV Wants to Go Places
Aditya Kishore  
11/22/2017  
The fourth-largest broadband provider in the UK, TalkTalk, announced the launch of a new TV platform with multiscreen capabilities yesterday.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Ericsson Upgrades Airtel's Core in Nigeria
Paul Rainford  
11/22/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson cuts jobs in Finland; Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Netflix; Swisscom addresses online customer security; the smart ski resort.
Dan Joe Barry NFV Gets Inspiration From the Cloud (Again)
Dan Joe Barry  
11/22/2017  
What a difference a year makes! At last year's SDN and OpenFlow World Congress in The Hague, there were a number of presentations highlighting the fact that NFV was in the doldrums or trough of disillusionment, including my own presentation.
Mari Silbey Fed Watch: AT&T, Net Neutrality & More
Mari Silbey  
11/21/2017   2 comments
Three major regulatory moves this week are throwing the media and telecom world into collective hysteria.
Craig Matsumoto Meg Whitman Stepping Down as HPE CEO
Craig Matsumoto  
11/21/2017   2 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today that chief executive Meg Whitman will step down as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Antonio Neri, currently HPE's president.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser SD-WAN Provider Talari Hires SonicWall VP as New CEO
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
11/21/2017  
SD-WAN supplier Talari Networks has hired former SonicWall executive Patrick Sweeney as CEO, replacing former CEO Mark Masur.
Iain Morris When Will 6G Arrive? Hopefully Never, Says BT's McRae
Iain Morris  
11/21/2017   16 comments
If there is one thing the telecom industry has been able to count on, it's that every few years a new generation of mobile technology is unleashed on the market. But what if this all comes to an abrupt end with 5G, the standard that some operators expect to begin rolling out commercially in 2019?
Barry D. Umansky Curing Communications Policy Myopia
Barry D. Umansky  
11/21/2017  
Several years ago some politicians sparred over whether American entrepreneurs really "built" their companies by themselves, or if their success was due in part to government assistance or the aid of someone else who helped the entrepreneur along the way. Though a hot political potato at the time, the reality is that government public policy can indeed be a significant contributor, or significant detractor, to the growth of companies, the enhancement of competition, the adoption of technological advance stimulating economic growth and the consumer benefits of lower prices and better products through such competition and innovation.
Mari Silbey Charter Plans In-Home Small Cell Gateway
Mari Silbey  
11/21/2017  
There's an old horror movie where the victim is repeatedly terrorized over the phone only to discover her stalker is calling from inside the house. Now, in a less fantastical spin on that pre-cell-phone-age story, Charter is working on small cell technology to move certain mobile phone activity from an outside cellular network to its own in-home wireless infrastructure. Not only can the call come from inside the house, it will also run from device to device locally without ever dumping traffic back on the cellular network outside.
Iain Morris Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Iain Morris  
11/21/2017   14 comments
Rarely has the division between a pushy supplier and a down-at-heel telco been laid so bare.
Aditya Kishore Telefónica Creates AI Aura Around Pay-TV
Aditya Kishore  
11/21/2017  
Movistar will be getting smarter next year, according to Telefonica. The company announced that its pay-TV service will be incorporating the Aura Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform next year, allowing for more intuitive management of their digital experience by customers.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Liberty Global Looks to Get In On UK IT Services Action
Paul Rainford  
11/21/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovak Telekom goes with Netcracker for billing; DT teams up with Fraunhofer for IoT; Intracom backhauls video in Warsaw.
Dan Jones Casa Finally Gets Ready for $150M IPO
Dan Jones  
11/20/2017  
Cable hardware provider Casa Systems is finally preparing for a $150 million initial public offering, after first talking to Light Reading about the possibility of listing its stock in 2015.
Alan Breznick DoJ Sues to Block AT&T/Time Warner
Alan Breznick  
11/20/2017   1 Comment
AT&T's proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner has now run into a brick wall, with the US Department of Justice suing this evening to block the merger.
Craig Matsumoto LR Podcast: MEF's Grand Plans, Africa's Telecom Future
Craig Matsumoto  
11/20/2017  
This week, the LR Podcast looks at the next wave of carrier services and the stunning variety of Africa's telecom markets.
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