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Cable Will Keep Ruling US Broadband
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2016  |  22 comments
Despite more gigabit rollouts by rivals, cable operators continue to extend their dominance of the US broadband market and will likely keep doing so in 2017.
T-Mobile: We'll Beat US Rivals to Gigabit LTE Launch
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2016  |  24 comments
T-Mobile is pushing ahead with tests of three-carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM technology as it aims to be the first US operator to offer Gigabit LTE services.
Another Bumper Year: Huawei Sales Soar 32% to $74.8B
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2016  |  11 comments
Huawei expects to report revenues of 520 billion yuan, a 32% year-on-year increase, for the full year 2016.
Slideshow: Not Complaining in Barcelona
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2016  |  14 comments
Seen in Barcelona: Skate park, friendly dogs, excellent graffiti and street art and OpenStack Summit.
Arris D3.1 Modem Launch Slips Into 2017: Report
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2016  |  1 comment
Gigabit-friendly DOCSIS 3.1 modem launch misses vendor's initial 2016 launch target.
CES Preview: The Service Provider Edition
MariNation  | 
12/29/2016  |  1 comment
Just because it's a consumer show doesn't mean service providers stay home for the annual CES shindig in Las Vegas.
Qualcomm to Appeal $865M Fine by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2016  |  6 comments
Qualcomm says imposition of $865 million fine by the Korea Fair Trade Commission is an 'unprecedented and insupportable decision.'
ZTE Scores NFV Deal at Telefónica
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor gets chance to prove its worth with a virtual IMS deployment that will cover seven markets in Latin America.
The 8 Best Moments for WiC in 2016
Slide Shows  | 
12/28/2016  |  2 comments
2016 has been a crazy year for women in tech, but we're so done picking apart what went wrong. Here are our 8 best moments of a very strange year.
Top 5 Tech Trump Expectations for 2017
Jonestown  | 
12/28/2016  |  35 comments
Donald Trump's presidency could be the catalyst for significant changes in the US communications market, impacting the FCC, 5G strategies, M&A, autonomous cars and more.
Will 2017 Be Cord-Cutting's Big Year?
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/28/2016  |  6 comments
While 2016 has been a mild year for cord-cutting, the phenomenon could take off next year with the launch of new OTT video services from Hulu, YouTube, Facebook and others.
Unlocking Big Data for Operational Intelligence
Column  | 
12/27/2016  |  Post a comment
How cable operators can use advanced customer-aware data analytics to improve the customer experience, reduce service disruptions and cut both tuck rolls and call center costs.
Memory Chips in Data Centers: Something's Gotta Give
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2016  |  2 comments
One of the last frontiers for eking out performance improvements in data centers is memory chips. New memory ICs are on the way, but will they make it on time? Maybe not.
Sharpen Your Skills With Upskill U in 2017
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
12/27/2016  |  3 comments
Start 2017 on the right foot with a resolution to reskill with Light Reading's Upskill U.
Ooredoo Targets Rural Market in 4G Expansion
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2016  |  1 comment
Myanmar's Ooredoo is plotting a major expansion of its 4G services into rural parts of the country.
OTT Went Big in 2016, Aims Higher in 2017
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2016  |  1 comment
A roundup of OTT news in 2016 and a look at what's coming in the New Year.
Mentor Monday: Meet the First 65
Mentor Monday  | 
12/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Women may be underrepresented in the next-gen comms industry, but there's no shortage of smart, talented and inspiring ones making a difference. We've profiled 65.
Getting Hotter: Fog, LTE-A Pro, MANO, NB-IoT & SD-WAN
Shades of Ray  | 
12/23/2016  |  2 comments
The first few months of 2017 are likely to feature significant developments around a number of key technologies and industry developments.
WiCipedia: Wrapping Up 2016, Vocal Fry & Pinterest Diversity
WiCipedia  | 
12/22/2016  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Looking back on 2016 and forward to 2017; the implications of vocal fry; Pinterest lowers diversity goal; and more.
Getting In on Industry 4.0: Operators Need a Wide (Area) Perspective
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/22/2016  |  2 comments
Manufacturing is going through a period of change as factory owners and operators look to take advantage of technological advances in IoT, AI and big data to improve their competitiveness, which has opened up new opportunities and provided a new platform for manufacturers.
Atlanta Shares Smart City Plans for 2017
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/22/2016  |  6 comments
At the recent Smart Cities Summit in Boston, Light Reading caught up with Torri Martin from the Atlanta Information Management Department to hear about the government's smart city plans.
Eurobites: Vodafone & Nokia Team on NB-IoT R&D
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2016  |  2 comments
Also in today's regional roundup: Nokia's stock slumps; Telenet snaps up 'BeLux' cable assets; FTTH hits Africa; and the UK government manipulates broadband investment numbers.
The NFVi Stumbling Block
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/22/2016  |  1 comment
CSPs will be pushing hard to solve NFVi version control, interop and MANO issues in 2017.
SKT Appoints Park Jung-ho as New CEO
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Park replaces Dong-Hyun Jang as CEO, who started as SKT boss in March 2015.
Versa Grabs Global SD-WAN Win With Tata
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2016  |  1 comment
Versa has snagged its largest SD-WAN deal to date with Tata Communications.
Nokia Sues Apple Over 32 Patents
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  14 comments
Nokia says the iPhone maker is infringing on its large patent portfolio and has filed suit in the US and Germany.
Colt Goes Greenfield With Its OSS
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  1 comment
As it introduces virtualization capabilities, Colt is taking the opportunity to 'go greenfield' with a lot of its supporting management systems, says networks director.
Robocall Solutions Hot for 2017
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  6 comments
Multiple vendors are offering carriers options for intelligent blocking of annoying robocalls, and some network operators are already onboard.
AirTV Promises Best of OTA & OTT
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  Post a comment
New AirTV looks to combine over-the-top TV with Sling TV and other online video apps.
US Cellular Tests Fixed 5G With Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Claims 9-Gbit/s peak speeds but at a distance of 787 feet.
Eurobites: Is Huawei About to Buy a Security Vendor?
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: UK's Snooper's Charter shot down by Euro court; Altiostar's virtual RAN surfaces in Italy; and more.
Can 3G Connect the Unconnected?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/21/2016  |  1 comment
There are many initiatives that aim to provide Internet access to the billions of currently 'unconnected' people around the world, but is 3G perhaps an affordable and efficient solution these days?
DT's Clauberg: TIP, TeraStream & NFV
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg discusses the impact of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) on network technology R&D, the latest update on the German operator's TeraStream next-gen pan-European network initiative and the challenges of NFV deployment.
Evernote Wrapping Up Google Cloud Migration, Looking Ahead to Machine Learning
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  6 comments
The company is moving from its own data centers to Google Cloud Platform, and planning to implement machine learning to make the service more useful.
NeoPhotonics Sells 10G Line to APAT
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The optical component vendor is selling off its lagging 10G lines to focus on the next generation of faster networking products, even as the company is experiencing lower yields on those new products.
Virtuapedia Community Hits 10,000
Shades of Ray  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
More than 10,000 industry professionals have now registered with the online database for the virtualization community.
Deepfield Buy Goes Beyond Telco Opportunities, Says Nokia Exec
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The ability of Deepfield's technology to gain deep visibility into all sorts of network traffic will offer opportunities beyond the telco sector once Nokia has completed its acquisition, says Steve Vogelsang.
Nielsen Scoops Up Gracenote for $560M
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  1 comment
Gracenote trades owners again in a metadata merry-go-round.
NIA Report: The State of NFV Interop
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Carol Wilson and Ray Le Maistre discuss the findings of the latest New IP Agency (NIA) NFV interoperability report and dig into why OpenStack is still a sticking point.
Eurobites: MTS Claims LTE-A Pro World First
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: Ericsson strikes 5G NR partnership; Vivendi gives Mediaset's stock a boost; ECI lands Dutch optical deal; and Reynolds joins eir's board.
TM Forum Crowdsourcing Open APIs
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  Post a comment
New approach enables more rapid delivery of APIs that service providers want and maintains interoperability as well.
VMware Buys SDN Startup PLUMGrid's Assets
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  3 comments
VMware is grabbing the five-year-old company's intellectual property and employees.
Sigfox in the City: 100+ Markets up in the US
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
LPWAN network market for IoT will remain competitive in 2017.
Xura Bets High on 5G With Acquisitions: Is the Timing Right?
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
Xura is buying Mitel Mobility and Ranzure -- essentially reconstituting parts of Mavenir Systems -- in a bid to become a 5G player.
Altice Spins Out Technical Workforce in US
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
New spinout company will focus on fiber-to-the home deployments. According to Altice, the move will not impact the company's commitment to avoid layoffs in New York over the next four years.
5G in US: Will Spectrum Be the Speed Bump?
Jonestown  | 
12/19/2016  |  7 comments
A 5G rollout in 2020 still seems a ways away, but mmWave high-band spectrum needs to be available a long time before that to ensure a smooth transition to 5G.
Mitel to Offload Mobile Unit to Xura for $350M+
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  2 comments
Less than two years after buying its mobile unit, Mitel is selling to Xura, the messaging and UC business owned by Siris Capital.
SBA Leader: It's Time to Get Women on Board
Mentor Monday  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
Michele Schimpp, associate administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Investment and Innovation, explains why gender parity should start in the boardroom.
Eurobites: Vodafone Vies for Drone Dollars
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: ZTE in line for €1 billion-plus Italian job?; TIM decides to produce its own premium content for broadband customers; Europe's cable market grows 5.7%.
Mid-Market Will Be Cloud's Next Wave
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
All indications point to much more aggressive cloud implementation by mid-market companies, and collaboration between customers and CSPs is essential to meet their needs.
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