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US Government Agencies Barred From Buying Huawei, ZTE Tech
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8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Defense Authorization Act 2019 puts Chinese tech on purchasing hit list.
Ericsson Ramps Its 5G Activity in US
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8/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor set to hire at least 380 new tech staff and start manufacturing locally to better support its important US customers, but where will these experts come from?
Layoffs at Ericsson's iconectiv
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8/10/2018  |  1 comment
Industry sources say Ericsson's iconectiv unit, formerly Telcordia Interconnection Solutions, has implemented staff cuts at its number portability team.
Acacia Spies Return of ZTE Revenues
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8/6/2018  |  Post a comment
With the ZTE sales ban now lifted, optical components specialist Acacia is expecting a bump in second half sales and that's given its stock a welcome boost.
ECI Reportedly Planning a London IPO
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7/18/2018  |  Post a comment
After 10 years of private ownership, Israeli media reports suggest optical transport specialist ECI Telecom is planning to list its stock again in a move that would value the company at about $650 million.
Comment: Re: Sounds familiar - Ray@LR - 7/16/2018
Viptela's Kingpins Have a New Stealth Startup
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7/12/2018  |  4 comments
Cisco has lost some key SD-WAN staff that came on board with the Viptela acquisition, as they've left to join their former CEO in a new startup.
Huawei Embroiled in Santa Clara Whistleblower Court Case
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7/12/2018  |  2 comments
A former Huawei employee is suing the Chinese giant over allegations he was sacked for highlighting corporate espionage efforts in which he refused to participate.
Fox Trumps Comcast With $32.5B Bid for Sky
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7/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Analyst says the bidding war looks set to run and run.
Ericsson Rebadges Media Unit, Eyes Smart Cities, M&A
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7/10/2018  |  Post a comment
The media business that Ericsson is relinquishing has a new name and aspirations to consolidate the media networking sector and build a business with smart cities.
ZTE Appoints New CEO – Report
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7/5/2018  |  1 comment
According to unconfirmed reports from South-East Asian media, the vendor's head of telco cloud has been appointed as its new CEO.
Will 5G Trial Action Now Shift to the Core?
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7/4/2018  |  Post a comment
The latest 5G standard included specifications for next-generation core platforms, so expect to hear plenty about service-based architecture in the coming months.
Sprint + T-Mobile = Security Risk?
Shades of Ray  | 
7/4/2018  |  6 comments
What isn't a security risk these days?
Robotic Automation Specialist Raises $250M
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7/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Robotic process automation (RPA) specialist Automation Anywhere, which boasts the likes of AT&T and Comcast among its customers, has raised $250 million in a Series A round that values the company at $1.8 billion.
VEON Sells Wind Tre Stake for €2.45B
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7/3/2018  |  Post a comment
International operator VEON has decided to exit the Italian market and raise some cash to pay down its debts and focus on emerging markets.
India's Reliance Industries Snaps Up Radisys
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7/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Reliance Jio, Reliance Industries' disruptive 4G operator, will get its own in-house telco cloud vendor.
NGON: The Software Tide Creeps Up on Optical
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7/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Quick, someone move those damn sunbeds further away from the water! Ray Le Maistre hits the beach in Nice to wax lyrical on what this year's NGON event has been all about: transport for 5G and the deployment of software in optical networks.
ZTE Unveils New Board in Effort to Appease US Lawmakers
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7/2/2018  |  Post a comment
In line with US demands, ZTE has appointed a new board of directors.
Rubio Responds to Huawei 'Attack'
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6/28/2018  |  12 comments
US Senator Marco Rubio has taken to Twitter to respond to the 'attack' on him by Huawei rotating chairman Eric Xu.
Telia Carrier Embraces Automation
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6/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Automation may be a hot topic, but which manual processes are actually being handed over to the machines? At Telia Carrier, the optical service management team is set to automate a performance management task.
5G Transport: Question Time
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6/26/2018  |  Post a comment
There are very few concrete answers about how optical transport networks should be built out to support 5G, notes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin, but the one thing that's clear is that optics is at the heart of 5G planning activity right now.
Comment: Re: Ante up, big boys - Ray@LR - 6/25/2018
In Search of 5G's Rationale
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6/22/2018  |  4 comments
Research lab is taking a different approach to 5G – it's focusing on specific use cases, not the enabling technology, and has a new partner to help tackle industrial IoT needs.
5G Transport – Where Do We Start?
Shades of Ray  | 
6/21/2018  |  8 comments
There's a helluva lot to talk about in terms of the key role that transport networks will play in a 5G world, says Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.
Xiaomi IPO Will Value Smartphone Firm at Up to $70B
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6/21/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese electronics manufacturer has big name anchor investors, including China Mobile and Qualcomm, as it aims to raise more than $6 billion from an IPO that could value the company at up to US$70 billion.
Colt Invests in US Network, Bigs Up Its Global Appeal
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6/19/2018  |  3 comments
Operator has hooked up 13 North American cities and is pitching itself as the only operator with its own network spanning Asia, Europe and the key markets in the US and Canada, though it may meet some competitive resistance...
Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
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6/18/2018  |  3 comments
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.
Why 5G Needs a 3D Perspective – Ovum
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6/14/2018  |  Post a comment
At the 5G World Summit in London, Ovum's Daryl Schoolar explains why the migration from 4G to 5G requires a three-dimensional perspective.
Inmarsat Rejects Lowball Takeover Bid by EchoStar
News Analysis  | 
6/10/2018  |  1 comment
Satellite comms player says preliminary offer undervalues its prospects, leaving Charlie Ergen's EchoStar 28 days to make a firm bid or back off.
Verizon Names Vestberg as New CEO
News Analysis  | 
6/8/2018  |  12 comments
Holy fandango! Former head of Ericsson and the operator's current CTO will replace Lowell McAdam on August 1 and lead the operator into the 5G era.
Telefónica Joins the MobiledgeX Fan Club
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6/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator is latest to team up with Deutsche Telekom's edge computing offshoot.
Facebook Back in Firing Line
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6/6/2018  |  18 comments
Social media giant cranks the hysteria volume to 11 with confirmation that it's shared data with Chinese firms, including Huawei.
UK Ruling Sparks Bidding War for Sky
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6/5/2018  |  2 comments
The UK government has given the go signal to both Comcast and Fox for their respective bids for UK pay-TV giant Sky, paving the way for a bidding war.
Acacia, Oclaro in Optical Module Land Grab
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6/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Module vendors team up to develop interoperable coherent 100G and 200G modules that, they hope, will help them corner the lion's share of the telco metro optical market.
BCE 2018 Panel: Why Vendors Won't Get Paid Per Box Anymore
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6/4/2018  |  Post a comment
A BCE keynote panel comprising speakers from Colt, Windstream and Wind River, plus industry strategic advisor David Amzallag, discuss the evolution of business models and procurement relationships as more and more functions are developed and monetized in software rather than hardware.
Eurobites: Can GTT Build on Interoute Acquisition?
News Analysis  | 
6/1/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's regional roundup: Can GTT get the best out of Interoute?; Orange Spain claims optical backbone milestone; KPN to close its OTT TV service; and other end-of-week stuff.
Ciena Snaps Up Automation Expert Packet Design, Suffers Margins Glitch
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5/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Ciena announces disappointing fiscal second quarter margins and the proposed acquisition of automated IP network optimization and analytics specialist Packet Design.
Eurobites: Nokia Offloads Digital Health Unit, Exec Departs
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5/31/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's regional roundup: Nokia completes unit sale, ushers out senior exec; Ericsson lands 5G R&D loan; Orange and Google team up to co-invest in hot startups; and CityFibre wins government-funded fiber build deal.
Eurobites: MTN Heads for IPO in Ghana
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5/30/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN has started the IPO process for its operation in Ghana; Apax snaffles Expereo; Qualcomm likes Gemalto's eSIM; HERE and Sigfox get jiggy with IoT (geddit?); and anyone for Holotennis?
Eurobites: Iliad Crashes Italian Market With Cut-Rate Deal
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5/29/2018  |  1 comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad takes its disruptive undercutting tactics to Italy; Spain kickstarts 5G spectrum auction process; UK retailer Dixons Carphone feels the squeeze; Telia revamps its top team; and much more.
Telefónica Edges Closer to a Distributed Telco Cloud
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5/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator is moving ahead with its software-defined edge network plans that will ultimately see 1,000 central offices become mini data centers.
ETSI's Open Source MANO Gets a Makeover
News Analysis  | 
5/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Latest release of Telefónica-backed management and orchestration system boasts multiple enhancements, and a 'lessons learned' paper, that highlight 'real progress,' notes industry analyst. But not everyone's convinced.
Middle East Operators Battle for 5G Bragging Rights
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5/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Four operators in the Middle East say they have launched their 5G networks, but will anyone notice?
Leading Lights 2018: The Winners
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5/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Find out which companies have landed the 2018 Leading Lights Awards.
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2018
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5/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Find out who's been welcomed into the Light Reading Hall of Fame this year.
Trump Tweets on ZTE… & Gives the Chinese Vendor a Lifeline!
News Analysis  | 
5/13/2018  |  5 comments
US President cites loss of Chinese jobs as key reason for a reprieve... but US jobs were at risk too.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
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5/12/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor category features ten impressive contenders.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
Shades of Ray  | 
5/10/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Company of the Year (Public) category features eight impressive contenders.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
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5/9/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor category features nine outstanding contenders.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy
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5/9/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy category features 12 impressive contenders.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Components Vendor
Shades of Ray  | 
5/9/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Outstanding Components Vendor category features five strong contenders.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecoms Product
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5/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for the Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH) category features 12 impressive contenders.
Will Liberty & Vodafone Strike a Deal? What Will It Mean for Headcount?
News Analysis  | 
5/4/2018  |  Post a comment
The rumor mill is still hot with talk of a European M&A deal of some sort between Liberty Global and Vodafone, and the implications for employment can't be ignored.
Open Source: What Is It Good For?
News Analysis  | 
5/2/2018  |  Post a comment
The role of open source in the telecoms sector still divides opinion – and that's why we're debating it at BCE in Austin.
Cisco Dumps Video Software Biz, Ends NDS Era
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5/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Private equity firm Permira is acquiring Cisco's Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS), formerly NDS, seemingly for a fraction of the $5 billion Cisco paid for it in 2012.
ZTE in Existential Crisis as It Slams 'Unfair' US Ban, Considers 'Judicial Measures'
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4/20/2018  |  1 comment
ZTE hits back at US Dept. of Commerce's 'denial order' that bans US component firms from selling to the Chinese vendor for seven years, raises prospect of 'judicial measures' and questions its own survival.
Acacia Hit Worst by ZTE Components Ban
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4/17/2018  |  1 comment
Optical components specialist Acacia suffered a 36% share price dip following news of the ban on US companies selling components to Chinese systems vendor ZTE.
Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad
Shades of Ray  | 
4/13/2018  |  11 comments
Local branch of Australian service provider causes s**tstorm with advert stating preference for white staff.
Leading Lights 2018: A Bumper Crop of Finalists
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4/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Hundreds of entries were judged and now the shortlists for this year's Light Reading awards have been revealed.
Leading Lights 2018: The Finalists
Prime Reading  | 
4/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Light Reading is thrilled to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 14th year.
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Critical Thinking at BCE 2018
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2018  |  Post a comment
The communications networking industry is at a crossroads -- the insights available at the upcoming BCE event in Austin, Texas, can help identify the right course of action for all players in the ecosystem.
Come to BCE 2018: It's a Smart Move
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4/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Among the many great reasons to join us at BCE 2018 in Austin, Texas, are the educational workshops and panels. To find out more about Light Reading's Big Communications Event (BCE), click here.
Optical on the Up: OFC 2018
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2018  |  2 comments
The optical community was buzzing at this year's OFC event, fueled in part by 5G expectations and developments from the likes of Ciena, Coriant, Infinera, Nokia and NeoPhotonics.
Join Tier 1 Experts at Automation Everywhere
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Want to know how major players such as Verizon, CenturyLink, Telstra, Windstream, PCCW Global and EdgeConneX are advancing their process automation strategies? Then get yourself to the Automation Everywhere event in Dallas on April 4.
Comment: FTTH - Ray@LR - 3/27/2018
Why You Need to Join Me in Austin for BCE
Shades of Ray  | 
3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Austin, Texas, is the place to be May 14-16 when Light Reading will host BCE 2018 and dig deep into automation, security, machine learning, the impact of open source, intent-based networking, 'the edge', SD-WAN, IoT and more... Join me at the Big Communications Event (BCE) -- for more information, click here.
You Need Another 48 Hours to Enter the Leading Lights Awards? OK Then...
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Stress ye not… The deadline for Leading Lights submissions has been edged out another two working days to Tuesday, March 27.
Telenor Offloads Its CEE Unit for €2.8B
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3/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Telenor retreats from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with the sale of operations in four markets to private equity firm PPF, which already has telecom assets in the region.
EY Leader Talks Customer Centricity, Culture & Comfort
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3/21/2018  |  1 comment
Technology is the easy part of transformation, Ernst & Young Partner Janet Balis tells Light Reading. Coexistence, culture, diversity, inclusion and a sense of purpose also play a critical role.
Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...
#OFC2018: The Holy Grail of Ethernet
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3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
At OFC 2018, Ethernet Alliance Chairman John D'Ambrosia explains why he's brought not one, but two holy grails to the show, and what heroic deeds must be completed in order to obtain them.
#OFC2018 Recap: 600G & Beyond
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3/16/2018  |  Post a comment
As one of the optical industry's key jamborees drew to a close, Heavy Reading senior analyst and optical networking industry celebrity Sterling Perrin discussed developments in 600G transport, probabilistic constellation shaping and other key trends from this year's OFC.
China Telecom Eyes 2M+ Basestations for 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese operator believes it will need to deploy more than 2 million basestations to provide its 5G coverage as it appeals to the optical community for more innovation that can help support the expected 5G and cloud traffic loads.
OrbTV: Rain Extends Internet Access Across South Africa
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3/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Pieter Welgemoed, CIO of Rain South Africa, explains how the startup is building and running its own LTE Advanced network. Welgemoed discusses the operator's focus on simplifying Internet and mobile data access for customers in South Africa.
Lumentum Sweeps Up Oclaro in $1.8B Deal
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3/12/2018  |  Post a comment
It was the PIC of the bunch! Lumentum sends the OFC crowds into a frenzy with a $1.8B optical components marriage.
Infinera Shifts Up a Gear With Its Latest Optical Engine
News Analysis  | 
3/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor unveils the latest iteration of its Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) and ramps up its R&D cycle.
Comment: Re: Baffled - Ray@LR - 3/9/2018
Cisco on the Packet-Optical Prowl – Rumor
News Analysis  | 
3/8/2018  |  5 comments
There's talk swirling the optical transport sector that Cisco is window-shopping for a packet-optical transport systems specialist.
EXFO Eyes Mobile Growth With Its Astellia Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
3/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Test vendor EXFO has completed the acquisition of French network monitoring and analytics specialist Astellia, giving it a foothold in the mobile operator market, especially in Europe.
Time's Running Out: Enter the Leading Lights Awards Now!
News Analysis  | 
3/7/2018  |  Post a comment
There are only a few weeks left to enter this year's Leading Lights awards, so don't delay!
Nokia Pushes Optical to the Limit
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2018  |  Post a comment
The Shannon limit, that is, claiming its Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset takes optical channels close to the maximum theoretical capacity.
Spirent Passes the Coffee Test
Shades of Ray  | 
2/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Great coffee is essential when at Mobile World Congress and, once again, Spirent has delivered.
GTT Snaps Up Interoute for $2.3B
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2018  |  1 comment
There was significant interest in acquiring Interoute but the winning bid for the cloud-savvy network operator came from GTT.
Comment: Not behind the back - Ray@LR - 2/26/2018


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