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Content posted in December 2017
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Top Stories: 7 Grand Obsessions of 2017
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2017  |  1 comment
5G, IoT, NFV – Light Reading's readers had acronyms on the mind in 2017, but their biggest obsession was an eight-letter word.
Infrastructure Automation Will Heat Up in 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2017  |  4 comments
After years of being locked into proprietary hardware and software, a new openness is pushing enterprise to add layers of automation into their networks. With the addition of machine learning and AI, more and more of the networking process can be trusted to machines.
How CSPs Must Change
Column  | 
12/29/2017  |  Post a comment
With the traditional operator business dying, CSPs must adopt new operating models to deliver digital services.
10 Cloud Stories That Mattered in 2017
Slide Shows  | 
12/28/2017  |  8 comments
As 2017 comes to an end, Enterprise Cloud News takes a look back at the last 12 months to get a sense of which cloud stories best captured the spirit of this growing market.
Protecting the Web-Scale Content User Experience in Real Time
Column  | 
12/28/2017  |  1 comment
Protecting the web-scale content user experience lies in utilizing emerging analytics and automation technologies.
Can AI Make Cable Smarter?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/28/2017  |  11 comments
Cable is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle customer service woes, as well as proactively manage network functions and provide a better customer experience.
Why Video Is at the Heart of Operator Strategies
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/28/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/7/2017 – At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Prague, 'Three Wise Men' – Heavy Reading's Adi Kishore, Light Reading's Iain Morris and Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com – discuss the ins and outs of service provider video strategies.
Smart Cities, IoT Pave Way for Cashless Society
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2017  |  29 comments
A combination of IoT technologies, cloud computing and analytics is helping smart cities create a cashless society. It's also creating new opportunities for businesses.
NTT's View of the Enterprise Multicloud
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2017  |  2 comments
NTT Communication's Len Padilla reflects on enterprise cloud trends and shares advice for enterprises in varying stages of their cloud migration.
The Legacy of Legacy
Rewired  | 
12/27/2017  |  13 comments
Legacy business services aren't that easily shed when customers resist change but service providers need to find a more aggressive path forward.
Hyperscale Data Centers Continued to Grow in 2017
Scott Ferguson  | 
12/26/2017  |  5 comments
A report finds that the number of hyperscale data centers scattered across the globe continued to grow in 2017. By the end of the year, there were nearly 400 of these facilities worldwide.
3 Digital Transformation Predictions for 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2017  |  6 comments
Former CIO Larry Bonfante dusts off his crystal ball at the end of 2017 to make some predictions for CIOs and cloud computing in 2018.
Mobile Workforce & IT Driving Hosted VoIP Adoption – CenturyLink Survey
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2017  |  Post a comment
As more companies migrate to the cloud, CenturyLink's Eric Nowak says businesses are deploying VoIP to enable the use of more collaborative applications such as Skype, Spark and other integrated applications.
Is Cable Taking Care of Business?
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/26/2017  |  3 comments
NEW YORK, 11/30/2017 – In this interview, Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss reveals the results of an exclusive survey of cable business execs that he conducted for Light Reading.
Cord-Cutting: How Far Will It Go?
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/26/2017  |  13 comments
With video cord-cutting surging again in the third quarter, pay-TV providers are still fighting an uphill battle to stem the tide. How much worse will it get?
Will Google Replace Cloud Boss Diane Greene?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
12/22/2017  |  13 comments
Google is disappointed with cloud sales and will replace CEO Diane Greene, according to prediction at The Information.
Nokia Routers Take a Step Toward 'Petabit' Age
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2017  |  1 comment
Routers based on the highly touted FP4 chip start shipping, setting up a race to win the hearts of web-scale players – a race that credibly includes merchant silicon and white boxes.
Five 5G Milestones for 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2017  |  1 comment
2018 will be a year when crucial groundwork is laid for 5G.
Pics: Carolers Photobomb Amazon re:Invent
Slide Shows  | 
12/22/2017  |  19 comments
Stranger things happening in Las Vegas, as Amazon goes to the Upside Down.
WiCipedia: Edtech Wins, Bitcoin Bros & Looking Towards 2018
WiCipedia  | 
12/22/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women reign in edtech; harassment repercussion laws shift; high hopes for 2018; and more.
LPWA Use Cases Are as Gritty as They Come
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Early applications for the low-power networks are a bean-counter's dream. But why so much trash pickup?
Eurobites: DT to Buy Liberty Global's Austrian Unit in €1.9B Deal
News Analysis  | 
12/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson raises $272 million for 5G research; KPN rolls out LTE-M; O2 UK authenticates with Danal.
Putting Machine Learning & AI to Work
LRTV Interviews  | 
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.
Ex-Google Boss Eric Schmidt Exits as Alphabet Executive Chairman
Wagner’s Ring  | 
12/21/2017  |  8 comments
Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet, continuing on as a technical advisor.
The Future of the Wireless Access Networks
LRTV Interviews  | 
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.
What Cable's Ethernet Gains Mean
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
NEW YORK, 11/30/2017 – Vertical Systems Research Director Erin Dunne examines the impact of cable's continuing share gains in the Ethernet services market and entrance into the SD-WAN market.
Charter Gives the Gift of Gigabit
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Just in time for the New Year.
5G Is Official: First 3GPP Specs Approved
News Analysis  | 
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.
India's Long Road to 5G
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2017  |  1 comment
Financial problems and merger concerns mean India is unlikely to forge ahead quickly in 5G.
Another First on the Path to 5G NR Commercialization
Column  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Achieving the world's first interoperable 5G New Radio (NR) data connections at 3.5GHz and 28GHz.
The New Network: How Far Does It Extend?
Column  | 
12/21/2017  |  1 comment
As networks extend into the cloud, security and monitoring need to step up their games accordingly, writes Jeff Harris of Ixia.
AWS, Azure Lead $35B+ Public Cloud Market
Scott Ferguson  | 
12/21/2017  |  11 comments
A report from financial analyst firm Jefferies finds that the combined IaaS and PaaS markets were worth more than$35 billion in the third quarter, with AWS and Azure leading the way. SaaS revenues stood at an additional $33 billion.
Flixbus Rides the Cloud to Make Buses Sexy
Wagner’s Ring  | 
12/21/2017  |  27 comments
Flixbus is using the cloud to connect 250 regional bus companies to provide long-haul service in Europe.
Cloud Offers Business-Smart Operators a New Lease of Life
Partner Perspectives  | 
12/21/2017  |  Post a comment
As enterprises increasingly move services to the cloud, providing smart, flexible leased-line bandwidth could be a growth opportunity for operators.
RuralStar – A New Horizon for Rural Mobile Users
Partner Perspectives  | 
12/21/2017  |  1 comment
How RuralStar helped bring mobile coverage to a remote part of Ghana.
Eurobites: Nokia, Huawei Strike Patent Deal
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2017  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange's Richard to stand trial for embezzlement; OBS provides cloud services for Copernicus project data; EU bodies co-ordinate on cybersecurity.
ONAP Beijing Shifts Focus to Platform, Functions
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Amdocs exec who heads use-case development says next software release will extract functions from use cases and develop the functions.
5 Missing Headlines in 2017
MariNation  | 
12/20/2017  |  5 comments
Twelve days to go...
Optical White Box? Fuggedaboutit!
LRTV Interviews  | 
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.
HbbTV to Virtualize Set-Top Functions
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The HbbTV Association has published its Operator Applications Specification, developed to enable set-top box functionality via an app.
Moffett: Business Market Price Wars Coming
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
In this interview, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett warns that cable operators may soon feel the effects of price deflation in the commercial services market.
Red Hat Speeds Toward $3B in Revenue Thanks to Cloud
Scott Ferguson  | 
12/20/2017  |  5 comments
It was only a few years ago that Red Hat cracked the $1 billion mark in annual revenue. Now, with help from the cloud, the company is eyeing $3 billion.
Adobe Taps Avi for Microsoft Azure App Delivery
Wagner’s Ring  | 
12/20/2017  |  2 comments
The app delivery vendor pulled back the curtain the teensiest bit on how Adobe is running its application suite on Microsoft Azure.
EXFO: Next-Level Assurance Solutions & Automation
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Claudio Mazzuca, Vice President of Systems & Analytics for EXFO, breaks down EXFO's three-part assurance solution for SD-WAN -- Cloud enabled EXFO Worx, real-time performance analytics engine EXFO Xtract, and recent acquisition, Ontology, which boasts a broad, real-time network topology view to help predict and react to anomalies before they impact services.
Iliad's Owner Swoops on Ireland's eir
News Analysis  | 
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.
Eurobites: BT's Rural Broadband Offer Spurned
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone tests standalone 5G with Ericsson; Iliad's owner invests in eir; Uber is a transport company; Swisscom's gigabit rollout rolls on.
Boingo & Sprint: Take Challenges Head-On
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE -- Lauren de la Fuente, vice president of marketing and communications at Boingo Wireless, and Terri Reintjes, director of architecture strategy at Sprint, reflect on how their experience as women in the telecom industry has changed over the last 30 years and where there's still room for improvement.
How Airtel Fought Back Against RJio
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest operator has done a reasonable job of countering the challenge from the country's aggressive new entrant.
AT&T Offers Up White Box Operating System
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2017  |  2 comments
Latest initiative aimed at speeding up white box deployment by creating an architecture that encompasses entire ecosystem.
Broadcom Ups Its Game in Ethernet Switching
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2017  |  3 comments
The new Tomahawk 3 sports 128 100G ports, aiming to please hyperscale data center operators.
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