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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!
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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)
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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
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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?
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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?
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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
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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  |  1 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
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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.
Comment: Robot bus conductor? - Ray@LR - 4/11/2018
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Critical Thinking at BCE 2018
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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
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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
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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...
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
Cisco Lands One on Ericsson With Open vRAN Initiative
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2018  |  4 comments
Ciscosson relationship is in tatters as Cisco spearheads radio access network initiative that competes against Ericsson.
MWC 2018: Ericsson CEO Interview
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson's CEO Börje Ekholm talks to Light Reading about 5G investments, automation, business models and more at Mobile World Congress 2018.
Fly Me to the Moon: Nokia & Vodafone Team Up for Lunar Expedition
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2/26/2018  |  1 comment
'Out of this world' deal to be announced this week at Mobile World Congress. Honest!
Telstra Automates, Builds Out Distributed Cloud to Support 5G
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Australian operator is converting local exchanges into mini data centers and introducing multiple automated processes as it prepares to introduce 5G services in 2019, say key executives.
Nokia Makes 5G Waves With Its ReefShark Chip
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2/25/2018  |  Post a comment
An optimized in-house chip has resulted in strong 5G traction with major operators, boasts Nokia's CEO.
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?
News Analysis  | 
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  |  9 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
Shades of Ray  | 
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  |  3 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
Shades of Ray  | 
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  |  4 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2018  |  3 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
Haiku  | 
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

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