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Colt's Voltolini on Service Automation
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Mirko Voltolini, global head of Network on Demand at Colt, talks about how the operator has automated the service delivery aspect of its Ethernet services but is still working on the significant challenge of automating the service assurance lifecycle.
Telecom Italia Ousts Its CEO
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2018  |  2 comments
Further upheaval at the Italian incumbent as the CEO becomes a victim of the boardroom battle between Vivendi and Elliott.
Colt Exec Bigs Up Blockchain Benefits
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Fahim Sabir, Colt's director of architecture and development for Colt on Demand, explains how the use of blockchain can help to automate specific manual processes and save hundreds of working hours.
Entering the Era of Cloud TV
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Midia Research's Paolo Pescatore talks about the advent of cloud TV services and assesses the impact of 5G's arrival on the cable operator community. And drinks beer.
Vodafone's Sanches on Cloud TV
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's group head of fixed development, Nuno Sanches, explains how the operator has adopted an OTT, cloud-based approach to its TV services strategy.
What's Hot in Software-Defined Operations?
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw highlights the key debate topics from the Software Defined Operations & the Autonomous Network event in London, including the data analytics challenge in a 5G world and how service assurance appears to still be an afterthought in virtualization strategies.
BT's McRae: Vendors Need to Support Automation or They're Out
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendors that want to get their technology deployed in BT's network will need to prove to the operator's chief architect that they can support his automation plans, he tells the Light Reading event audience.
CityFibre's CEO Courts Cable
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11/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Greg Mesch, founder and CEO at CityFibre, explains why wholesale fiber networks are relevant to cable operators, offering them a new network asset option outside their existing coverage areas.
How Red Hat Could Give IBM's Telco Strategy a New Lease of Life
News Analysis  | 
11/5/2018  |  1 comment
With telco cloud and open source developments playing a key role in network operator strategies, Red Hat's acquisition could bolster IBM's opportunities with communications service provider customers.
Nokia Builds Apps for Optical Network Monetization
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10/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor's new WaveSuite applications are designed to help network operators make more money from their optical assets.
Mobileum Snaps Up Mobile Security Specialist
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10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Roaming solutions specialist Mobileum has acquired hosted signalling firewall vendor Evolved Intelligence, a move that begs a number of questions says seasoned industry analyst.
Comment: Name change? - Ray@LR - 10/29/2018
BT's CTIO on CPE, Blockchain & More
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
On the show floor at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, BT's CTIO Howard Watson talks about integrated CPE developments, process automation and the potential uses of blockchain.
Ericsson CTO Talks 5G, Edge Computing & Machine Learning
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10/23/2018  |  2 comments
Ericsson's Group CTO Erik Ekudden discusses 5G partnerships, the growing importance of edge computing and the use of machine learning (ML) tools.
Deutsche Telekom to Swap Startup Investments With SK Telecom
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
DT's edge computing startup MobiledgeX and SKT's quantum cryptography specialist ID Quantique to be the grateful recipients.
BT Offers CEO Job to Worldpay's Boss – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
An offer has been made, according to Bloomberg, but BT is still waiting to hear if Philip Jansen wants the job.
Comment: Re: what about - Ray@LR - 10/19/2018
Comment: Re: Good Questions - Ray@LR - 10/17/2018
TIP Forms New Edge Computing Unit
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2018  |  2 comments
Deutsche Telekom, Intel and MobiledgeX to lead a new Telecom Infra Project (TIP) group focused on APIs that will enable developers to write apps able to run on edge computing resources.
Open Source MANO Needs a Reality Check
Shades of Ray  | 
10/16/2018  |  3 comments
There's friction and a fair amount of hot air in the open source NFV MANO world and it's not doing anyone any favors.
Colt Ready for Major NFV Push
News Analysis  | 
10/12/2018  |  Post a comment
After years of developments and incremental advances, Colt is set for a major three-stage telco cloud deployment that will be a big step in its migration from a legacy hardware architecture to virtualized functions.
Cable Shifts Up a Gear on Cloud, Virtualization
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
CableLabs is developing a cloud, edge and virtualization framework that MSOs can use to provide a consistent message to the vendor community.
Netcracker Launches Telco Cloud-as-a-Service
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10/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor offers an enterprise services software stack that can run on any cloud platform and already has Mexico's Telefónica Movistar as a reference customer.
Comment: Re: SSDD - Ray@LR - 10/3/2018
Huawei Hasn't Given Up on US Market, Pitches the FCC
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  9 comments
Huawei has been telling the FCC why operators and consumers will suffer if it's not allowed to trade in the US as part of the universal service fund (USF) program.
Orange Issues Telco Cloud Rallying Cry
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
'It's a standard, Jim, but not as we know it.' Orange pleads for operator consensus around NFV infrastructure, orchestration and automation requirements, but will that be enough to create scale and meet developer needs?
Starhome Mach, Telarix Merger Built on Interconnect, Roaming Data
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Vista Equity acquires roaming platform specialist Starhome Mach to merge it with existing portfolio company Telarix, which specializes in interconnect billing, rating and fraud management.
DT's Clauberg Urges Cloud-Native Caution
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The telco cloud community is excited about the impending shift towards cloud-native, but Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg has raised a big warning flag.
ONAP: Time to Move On Up?
Shades of Ray  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
ONAP has been a hot topic at the Open Networking Summit Europe event in Amsterdam and it's clear it has a lot of issues as well as a lot of carrier support.
Is X by Orange Showing Us the OTT Future for Telcos?
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  1 comment
With NFV still unable to deliver agility and scale, Orange launches public cloud-based, OTT enterprise services in Spain with Red Hat as its platform partner. Is this the future for SME communications and networking services?
Vodafone's Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.
Vodafone & China Mobile Lead New Charge Towards Automated, Cross-Domain VPNs
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
With a contribution into ONAP that also involved Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile take the lead on defining service orchestration and automation across carrier network borders. But they're not the first to do so.
The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.
MobiledgeX Revs Up & Shifts Into Gear
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
In its quest for the edge computing holy grail, Deutsche Telekom-backed startup MobiledgeX has developed a set of middleware tools that it will offer up as royalty-free open source code as it plans world domination by MWC 2019...
IBC2018: The Video Platform Profitability Conundrum
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  2 comments
If video is so important to communications network operators, why are all the major vendors offloading their video assets?
Synamedia Plots Its First Steps Around Streaming
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
New company built around the acquisition of Cisco's video software unit will have strong revenues, thousands of staff and a focus on developing new products for streaming media management.
IBC2018: What MediaKind Did Next
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
The (nearly) former Ericsson media business is doubling down on platform innovation, including the use of blockchain, as it preps for independence. But will that be enough?
Going Solo Won't Cut It in 5G
Shades of Ray  | 
9/12/2018  |  Post a comment
The challenge facing network operators with long-term 5G ambitions is enormous from a technology, skills and financial perspective – sharing the load will be essential.
Piecing Together the 5G Big Picture
Prime Reading  | 
9/10/2018  |  3 comments
For network operators, the evolution to a 5G architecture requires a strategy that focuses on so much more than just a souped-up radio access network and the availability of whizzy new devices – there's a broad range of technologies and processes that need to be addressed and missing just one could be disastrous.
Why Tier 2/3 CSPs Are Being Sidelined
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9/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The evolution of the communications service provider (CSP) sector is creating a schism between the large, resource-heavy Tier 1 operators and the smaller Tier 2/3 players, says TM Forum Chief Analyst Mark Newman.
The Operational Challenges of 5G
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9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about some of the challenges, such as power management, that will arise as 5G networks are deployed, and suggests that AI and analytics tools will be needed to help automate an increasing number of operational processes in a 5G world.
5G Is Shifting the Packet/Optical Tectonic Plates
Shades of Ray  | 
9/6/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.
Ciena Bolsters Blue Planet With OSS Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Ciena is adding to its network management automation capabilities with the acquisition of inventory specialist DonRiver.
Colt Ramps Its Blockchain Efforts, Explores SDN Federation Use Case
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Network operator sees multiple opportunities to improve inter-carrier settlement management, SDN interoperability and more using blockchain technology.
Huawei's OTF 2018: Time to Go Digital
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9/3/2018  |  9 comments
At the Operations Transformation Forum 2018, operators and industry experts explained how the shift to digital platforms and new operations processes are essential for 5G.
Comment: Re: ECI Telecom - Ray@LR - 8/31/2018
Ciena Eyes More Software M&A
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  2 comments
It's a great big Blue Planet out there and Ciena might do some shopping to shore up its automated management capabilities.
Ciena CEO: We're Killin' It!
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  3 comments
Sales are up 12%, stock is up more than 13% and CEO Gary Smith's excitement level is through the roof.
Could Japan Also Bar Huawei, ZTE?
Shades of Ray  | 
8/28/2018  |  2 comments
Or are we into FUD territory?
Eurobites: M&A Rumor Links ADVA With ECI
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  3 comments
Also in today's regional roundup: Gigabit broadband battle in Poland; Russians mull non-domestic Internet company tax; Dutch payment venfor on the tear; IBM's coffee drone.
NFV Orchestrator Vendors Flock to ONAP
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Most NFV orchestrator vendors have aligned themselves with a significant open source development, with ONAP attracting the most participation – but some vendors have shunned open source completely, finds a new Heavy Reading report.
Eurobites: Sky Shareholders Spurn Comcast Offer
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Apple set for Shazam M&A approval; CTO leaves Three UK; Sunrise shines in Q2; Swisscom teams with MIT.
US Government Agencies Barred From Buying Huawei, ZTE Tech
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Defense Authorization Act 2019 puts Chinese tech on purchasing hit list.
Ericsson Ramps Its 5G Activity in US
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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?
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
LRTV Documentaries  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
7/2/2018  |  Post a comment
In line with US demands, ZTE has appointed a new board of directors.
Rubio Responds to Huawei 'Attack'
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
LRTV Interviews  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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  |  9 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
LRTV Interviews  | 
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.

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