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Telefónica Expands Its Global Telco Cloud
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2/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Wholesale arm of Spanish giant has added seven new network functions hubs to enhance its virtualization capabilities.
Comment: Re: Pointless - Ray@LR - 2/16/2018
Will China React to Latest US Huawei, ZTE Slapdown?
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2/16/2018  |  6 comments
With their network infrastructure systems already on the "do not touch" list, the Chinese vendors now find their smartphones labelled as a security risk. But will this lead to reprisals?
Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Shades of Ray  | 
2/15/2018  |  8 comments
The European region, including Russia, has experienced two years of 20%+ growth in FTTH/B connections but many markets still haven't really woken up.
MWC 2018: How AI Is Impacting Telecom
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2/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw looks at the impact artificial intelligence is already having on the telecom sector and how it could drive revenues as well as help reduce costs.
Altice Champions NG-PON2 for 5G Fronthaul
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2/14/2018  |  Post a comment
International operator believes the emerging fiber access broadband technology will be needed to support a disaggregated radio access network once 5G is deployed.
Hudson Deal Helps Atrinet Swim Upstream
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2/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Israeli hybrid network management specialist has a new customer to go with its new strategy – now will it sink or swim?
Atrinet Pivots, Tackles Hybrid Network Headaches
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2/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Network management vendor revamps its strategy to promote itself as a telco cloud transformation project partner that can help operators make the transition from legacy to virtual architectures and manage hybrid networks on the way.
MWC 2018: Ovum IDs the IoT Hotspots
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2/13/2018  |  2 comments
Ovum's Head of IoT, Alexandra Rehak, uncovers the hot IoT topics for MWC, including LPWAN commercialization, use cases for 5G, the use of artificial intelligence in IoT deployments and more.
5G on Las Ramblas
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Oh Barcelona
Your Iberian delights
Add life to 5G
Denmark's TDC Accepts US$6.7B Takeover Bid
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
The Danish national operator has accepted a renewed takeover offer from Macquarie and various pension funds that values it at about US$6.7 billion.
Eurobites: BT, Openreach Separation Back in the Spotlight
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: TDC's planned merger with MTG could unravel; plus news from Open Fiber and Huawei, Scottish ISP Commsworld and Mitel.
MWC 2018: Tackling the SME Market
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Ovum senior analyst Alex Harrowell discusses they key challenges facing SMEs, including security, digital transformation and customer relationship management, that could be addressed by managed services and a more focused offer from network operators.
Huawei: We're Still in Orange's 5G Plans
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2/9/2018  |  1 comment
Head of Huawei's carrier division says the Chinese vendor is involved in Orange's 5G developments despite not being included in the French operator's 5G test plans announced this week.
It's Time to Enter the Leading Lights
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2/9/2018  |  Post a comment
If your company excelled during the past year, you need to be submitting your entry for this year's Leading Lights awards. Get the full details by clicking on this link.
Huawei Commits Up to $20B for Annual R&D, Fleshes Out AI Pitch
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2/8/2018  |  2 comments
Chinese vendor commits to spend between $10 to 20 billion per year on R&D and prepares to launch its cross-portfolio AI-enabled platform.
MWC 2018: Has OpenRAN Come of Age?
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2/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The disaggregation of the radio access network has been on operator agendas for some years, but will 'best of breed' mobile broadband access network models take off in 2018? Or is this just an R&D dream?
MWC 2018: In Search of 'Mobile First' Video
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2/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Ahead of MWC 2018, Ovum analyst Ed Barton discusses the mobile video services sector and the prospects for 'mobile first' video models.
How Radcom's Pricing Model Is Set to Disrupt the Market
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2/7/2018  |  3 comments
Radcom's VNF pricing model looks set to excite network operators and drain the blood from traditional vendor faces.
MWC 2018: Facing the Millennial Challenge
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2/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Ovum analyst Camille Mendler explains why the tech and mobile industries need to focus on delivering enterprise solutions that can be understood and used by anyone as the millennial generation begins to comprise the majority of the workforce.
TCS Plots M&A as It Joins the Vendor Ranks
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Tata Consultancy Services, an important partner to many operators and system vendors, will develop and sell its own products as it reinvents itself as a 'new systems integrator.'
TCS Pivots to Products, Plans M&A
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Systems integration giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is transforming itself into a 'New SI' and becoming a vendor, a strategic shift that requires some M&A activity.
MWC 2018: The Next Phase of 5G
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown believes this year's MWC in Barcelona will witness a deep dive into 'Phase II' 5G tech developments such as network slicing.
Viavi Splashes $455M on Cobham's T&M Unit
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
With the 5G test market in mind, Viavi has coughed up $455 million to acquire the test and measurement division of Cobham, a move that takes it into other verticals as well.
MWC 2018: Time for a Reality Check
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2/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Ovum analyst Dario Talmesio says MWC 2018 is a great opportunity for a reality check on key technology developments and potential business cases related to AI, IoT, 5G and more.
Vodafone in Talks to Acquire Liberty Global Assets
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2/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Major merger not being discussed but the acquisition by Vodafone of European assets is being considered, the companies admit.
NIA to Tackle NFV's Ball & Chain: Interoperability
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2/1/2018  |  1 comment
One of the major hurdles in the way of NFV deployments is system interoperability – still!! So the New IP Agency (NIA) has launched an NFV interoperability certification program to provide some certainty to frustrated network operators.
Versa Lands SD-WAN Gig at Liberty Global
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2/1/2018  |  1 comment
Another win for Versa and a first step into SD-WAN territory for the cable operator giant, with the UK's Virgin Media spearheading its service launch.
Ericsson: Desperately Seeking Profitability
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1/31/2018  |  4 comments
'Tangible improvements' are expected during 2018 but Swedish giant is still battling significant financial, operational and competitive challenges.
Nokia Adds Extra Bite to Its 5G Pitch
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1/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Unveils ReefShark chipset as part of an end-to-end 5G network offering that covers the bases (geddit?) and preps for future demands on compute as well as network capacity.
Verizon Deployment Will Trigger Bids for Sedona – Analyst
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1/26/2018  |  4 comments
Being deployed in Verizon's production network is a massive endorsement for network controller startup Sedona Systems, and one that will likely start a bidding war for the company.
Time to Enter the 2018 Leading Lights Awards
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1/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Are you a winner? Then get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards – there's a category (or three) for everyone!
Verizon Turns to Sedona for Transport SDN Management & Automation Smarts
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1/23/2018  |  2 comments
Transport network management startup Sedona Networks is deployed and in production in Verizon's network, enabling the operator to introduce automated processes, the companies have confirmed.
Amzallag's Four Horsemen of the Telepocalypse
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1/23/2018  |  1 comment
Vodafone's former virtualization chief highlights four key challenges for the communications networking and services sector in 2018.
Comment: Re: 5G Upturn - Ray@LR - 1/22/2018
ONAP Shocker
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1/17/2018  |  1 comment
ONAP scores big as
Verizon signs up to play.
Did earth freeze over?
Comment: Major coup for ONAP... - Ray@LR - 1/16/2018
ETSI's Zero Touch Group Gains Support, Kickstarts Its Automation Engine
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1/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The industry body's new automation group has more big-name members from the operator and vendor communities and, following its inaugural meeting, an early plan of action.
Comment: Burning bridges? - Ray@LR - 1/11/2018
DT Forms New Edge Computing Unit, Appoints Ex-Ericsson Cloud Guru as CEO
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1/10/2018  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom has formed a new offshoot called MobiledgeX and appointed former Ericsson cloud platform guru Jason Hoffman as its CEO.
Clark Quite the Catch for Troubled Synchronoss
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1/10/2018  |  3 comments
Synchronoss has had something of a nightmare in the past 12 months but has still managed to hire an experienced and well connected CMO – that can only help during what could be a tricky 2018.
DT Forms New Edge Computing Unit
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1/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Former Ericsson cloud platform guru Jason Hoffman appointed CEO.
Huawei Still Knocking on US Door – but AT&T Deal Thwarted
Shades of Ray  | 
1/9/2018  |  6 comments
Chinese giant was hoping to seal a smartphone distribution deal with AT&T but higher powers are still wary of Huawei, it seems.
Comment: Top notch analysis!! - Ray@LR - 1/5/2018
Comment: Combes is heir... - Ray@LR - 1/5/2018
Huawei Hits $92B in 2017 Sales
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1/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Annual New Year message pins 2017 revenues at $92.3 billion, up 15% on the previous year.
Putting Machine Learning & AI to Work
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12/22/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/6/2017 – Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Steve Bell provides some insights into the use of machine learning and AI by communications service providers.
The Future of the Wireless Access Networks
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12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/7/2017 – At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Prague, Boingo CTO Derek Peterson talks about the impact of NFV and IoT on the planning and management of all types of wireless access networks.
5G Is Official: First 3GPP Specs Approved
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12/21/2017  |  1 comment
In what could herald an even more intense marketing land-grab, the first official 'early drop' non-standalone 5G NR specifications are approved at the 3GPP's RAN 78 meeting in Lisbon.
Optical White Box? Fuggedaboutit!
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12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
If you're going to talk to Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin about optical disaggregation, be sure to light his touch paper by throwing in a reference to the optical white box phenomenon.
Iliad's Owner Swoops on Ireland's eir
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12/20/2017  |  5 comments
Xavier Niel uses his French operator Iliad and his private holding company NJJ to take a majority stake in eir, Ireland's national operator.
EnterpriseWeb Onboards a Virtualization Vet
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12/14/2017  |  Post a comment
As the VNF onboarding specialist adds to its executive team with a Silicon Valley appointment, 2018 is looking like a breakthrough year for the not-so-young startup.
ETSI's 'Zero Touch' Group Issues Telco Automation White Paper
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12/14/2017  |  Post a comment
ETSI gives birth to its Zero Touch Network and Service Management group and issues a telco-authored white paper on 'the necessity and benefit of automating network and service operation in next-generation networks.'
A 5G Reality Check
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12/13/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/13/2017 – Following his 5G-focused presentation at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Prague, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown gives a down-to-earth overview on where the industry is right now in terms of bringing early 5G technology and services to market.
Cryptocurrency Startup Courts Telcos, Launches ICO
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2017  |  2 comments
Telcoin is hoping to raise funds from an initial coin offering as it seeks telco partners that will use its cryptocurrency as part of their mobile money services.
Juniper Scouts for Multicloud Cybersecurity M&A Targets
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12/7/2017  |  1 comment
Multicloud cybersecurity is a key market for Juniper and it plans to evolve organically or with M&A to be in the vanguard, says the vendor's CEO Rami Rahim.
Automation Opportunities a 'Top 5' Topic for BT, Says Tech Chief
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12/5/2017  |  Post a comment
Howard Watson, the CEO of BT's Technology, Service and Operations division, says automation is very high on BT's 'to do' list but the operator knows it can't just do away with manual processes immediately.
Broadcom Aims to Strong-Arm Qualcomm
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12/5/2017  |  Post a comment
With no sign of 'constructive dialogue' from its takeover target Qualcomm, Broadcom has turned tough.
Comment: A prime asset - Ray@LR - 12/4/2017
So Who's Going to Buy Interoute?
Shades of Ray  | 
12/3/2017  |  1 comment
European fiber network operator and cloud service provider is up for sale, but who's got the money and the will for such a deal? You might want to look east...
BT Heads to Bristol As It Weighs 5G Plans, Costs
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11/29/2017  |  Post a comment
UK's first 'live' 5G trial in March 2018 in the progressive and tech-savvy UK city of Bristol will provide the UK operator with key insights into how to plan, run and cost a 5G network, says chief architect Neil McRae.
Broadcom Mulls Bigger Bid for Qualcomm – Report
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11/23/2017  |  2 comments
Broadcom is considering an increased takeover bid for Qualcomm by offering more stock to the wireless chip firm's shareholders.
IoT Specialist Wellness Telecom Banks Series A
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11/17/2017  |  Post a comment
IoT, smart city and energy efficiency expert lands Series A investment round from India's Enzen Group.
Huawei Set for 'Intensive' AI Investment
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11/15/2017  |  Post a comment
As it aims to develop fully automated 'intelligent' networks, Huawei is set to significantly ramp up its investments in in-house artificial intelligence R&D, says CEO.
Monetizing ONAP, the Amdocs Way
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11/13/2017  |  Post a comment
Amdocs always planned to build a business case around its work with AT&T and now it's starting to show how.
Automation Workshop: Key Takeaways From Colt & Others
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11/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Industry experts from Light Reading's Automation & the New Carrier Network workshop shed some light on the event's key insights.
Sonus Cuts a New Shape as Ribbon Communications
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11/3/2017  |  6 comments
With the Genband merger process over, Sonus has decided it's time for a new name. Say hello to Ribbon Communications.
Debating the Common Information Model
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11/3/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 11/3/2017 – At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event in London, Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre talk common information models and automation.
Sprint & MSOs Drawn to ETSI's Automation Group, Says DT's Martiny
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11/2/2017  |  Post a comment
New industry group focused on automated processes and zero touch networking is attracting potential new members, including Sprint, and prepping for an initial meeting in January, says DT exec Klaus Martiny.
Gfast Still Sizzlin': BBWF 2017 Update
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10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
It's been a hot topic in the fixed access sector for a number of years already, but Gfast is still making waves at this year's Broadband World Forum. Plus other broadband news.
What Does Automation Mean to You?
Shades of Ray  | 
10/17/2017  |  4 comments
What does automation mean for the carrier community? We need to talk about this...
Colt Preps AI-Enabled Network Management
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10/11/2017  |  Post a comment
The international operator has plans to automate its network management and unify its NFV architecture in 2018.
Vodafone: Virtualization Vendors Must Put Up or Shut Up
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10/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's new head of virtualization is already fed up with vendors refusing to play ball and act like grown-up cloud community players.
Automation Gets Its Own ETSI Group
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10/10/2017  |  1 comment
Wait, what? Another ETSI group?? Major vendors and operators collaborate to form a 'zero-touch' networking group at ETSI, but not everyone thinks that's a good move.
Comment: Re: Paid content? - Ray@LR - 10/3/2017
Photo Review: Operations Transformation Forum 2017
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9/28/2017  |  1 comment
The significant shift towards becoming a lean, digital operator was the focus of the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
How immmr Is Innovating in the Voice Comms World
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9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/29/2017 – immmr, a German startup spun out of Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs, is looking to gain ground in the digital comms market with a multimedia app that offers virtual numbers and lets anyone communicate from any device, explains CEO Judit Andrasi.
Edge Funds: Show Me the Money!
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9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
At the MEC Congress in Berlin there was plenty of evidence that edge computing is more than just a hot topic, but still too few signs of concrete business cases or investment plans.
Ovum's Rehak on IoT Business Cases
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9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/26/2017 – At the recent Digital Futures event in London, Alexandra Rehak, IoT practice head at research house Ovum, talks about the ways in which network operators could generate new revenues from IoT.
The 'New' Sandvine Has Automation in Its Sights
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Following the C$562 million nuptials of Procera and Sandvine, the resulting packet inspection, analytics and policy management specialist is pitching itself to service providers as a key enabler in the shift to automated processes.
Digital Transformation: It's a People Thing
Shades of Ray  | 
9/25/2017  |  Post a comment
HONG KONG, 9/25/2017 – Digital and operations transformation is much more a people challenge than a technology challenge, according to the many service provider executives who shared their experiences at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
Edging Closer: ETSI & OpenFog Team on Edge Computing APIs
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9/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Having flirted for some time, the distributed cloud industry groups have agreed to coordinate on the APIs that will connect computing assets at the edge of the wide area network to the applications that need those distributed resources.
SAP on New Telco Revenue Streams
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9/25/2017  |  1 comment
LONDON, 9/25/2017 – At Ovum's recent Digital Futures event in London, Stephan Gatien, general manager for telecommunications business at SAP, discusses some of the prime focus areas for telecom operators that are driving new revenues 'beyond connectivity.'
How Cisco Works With UK Startups
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9/21/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/21/2017 – At Ovum's Digital Futures conference, Scot Gardner, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland, explains how the networking giant is working with UK scale-ups.
Flirting With Automation
Shades of Ray  | 
9/20/2017  |  1 comment
Automated back office operations is becoming a hot topic amongst major operators, including many of those at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
Photo Highlights: Operations Transformation Forum 2017
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9/17/2017  |  3 comments
Highlights from Huawei's annual event that focuses on how network operators are transforming their operations and corporate processes.
Why the Cloud Will Be Distributed
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9/14/2017  |  Post a comment
At Ovum's Digital Futures event in London, Marcus Weldon, corporate CTO at Nokia and president of Nokia Bell Labs, explains why, in order to enable the bandwidth-hungry and low latency-demanding services of the future, a distributed cloud architecture will be essential.

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