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AT&T Wants a Mobile 5G Test in Burbank
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3/30/2018  |  4 comments
Ma Bell wants to show off 5G tech at its SHAPE conference this year.
Ticketmaster Network Guy Sings 'The Public Cloud Song' – Really
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3/30/2018  |  8 comments
Network engineers are often musicians, says Ticketmaster principal architect Francis Arigo, and he demonstrated it by opening his keynote at Open Networking Summit with a song about the public cloud.
Watch Out Telcos, There's a New Muni Broadband Wave on the Horizon
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3/30/2018  |  4 comments
And it's all because of smart cities.
Levine on MassComm Acquisition: 'This is Not the Windstream of the Past'
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3/30/2018  |  2 comments
Windstream's Layne Levine addresses the recent $37.5 million acquisition of MassComm, and Windstream's plans for a 'very acquisitive' year.
WiCipedia: Parental Leave Pressure & Canning Cultural Fit
WiCipedia  | 
3/30/2018  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Parental leave is pressurized; the only woman in the room sees all; getting rid of cultural fit; and more.
Startup Zededa Targets Cloud-Native Edge
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3/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Company comes out of stealth mode with prototype compute platform for drones, light posts, gateways and more that promises security.
Ticketmaster: 'Self-Inflicted DDoS' Is Our Business
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3/30/2018  |  1 comment
Ticketmaster looked to hybrid cloud to meet extreme demand bursts brought by its business model, says Ticketmaster principal architect Francis Arigo, who literally sang a song about the subject.
Arris Sees More Gold in Next-Gen Tech
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3/29/2018  |  3 comments
In their annual Investor Day conference, Arris executives extol opportunities in DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, DAA, advanced WiFi, CBRS and other next-gen wireline and wireless gear while playing up more M&A prospects.
VMware Upgrades vRealize for 'Self-Driving' Cloud Operations
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
vRealize update lets cloud operators optimize to meet service-level agreements, maximize performance or save money.
CenturyLink to Open Source NFVi Orchestrator
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Network operator took service logic from ONAP and repackaged it, now preparing to upstream what it developed.
Microsoft Pushes Cloud & AI Even Harder
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3/29/2018  |  5 comments
Top management musical chairs leaves cloud and AI even more ascendant than it was before.
Sigfox Poised to Get €40M Funding Prop – Sources
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Funding could help to keep the French IoT maker afloat as it wrestles with commercial challenges on several fronts.
Docker Co-Founder Hykes Takes a Hike
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3/29/2018  |  5 comments
Solomon Hykes is stepping down to make room for an enterprise-focused CTO, after co-founding the container management company a decade ago.
Cox's Hicks: How Not to Skin Your Shins With Virtualization
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
Cox Communications' David Hicks explains where the MSO has focused its virtualization efforts, and lessons learned along the way.
Plantronics to Buy Polycom in $2B Deal
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
The combination will bring together two unified communications players with a strong presence in the Microsoft ecosystem.
Eurobites: Orange Belgium Eyes Voo Merger
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia connects Poland's rail network; BT cuts prices for landline-only customers; Ericsson under pressure to cut costs faster.
Cisco Bows to Carrier Demand for Software Outside the Box
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
In a radical move, the world's biggest maker of Internet switches and routers will start selling its service provider software on a standalone basis.
VMware Buys E8 for Endpoint Security
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
E8 technology will become part of VMware's Workspace One platform.
Uber: 'Infrastructure as Code' Drives Growth
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Uber depends on its network to stay in business, and uses homegrown software and automation to keep it running optimally, says Justin Dustzadeh, Uber's head of global network and software platform.
Arris Hangs Hat on CBRS
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
But can Arris be sure that FCC will support localized spectrum plans yet?
Open Source Zeroes In on the Edge
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Multiple open source initiatives are looking at what it takes to put clouds at the network edge.
Orchestration Newcomer Inmanta Eyes Funding Round in 2018
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
A Belgium startup with academic roots is starting to make waves in the market for management and network orchestration.
Windstream Buys MASS Communications for $37.5M
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Windstream has acquired CLEC MASS Communications in a $37.5 million all-cash deal.
The Reality of VR Video @ 2018 NAB Show
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Join Light Reading on April 9 at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas for a FREE VR Video breakfast workshop, where we address the state of VR video, the technology opportunities/challenges and the path ahead.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Sets Fixed-Line Spin-Off in Motion
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky strikes fiber deal in Italy; Ofcom rules on ducts, poles and more; roaming subscriptions in the EU; Orange news.
Google Debuts App Performance Optimization for Microservices
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3/28/2018  |  2 comments
Google debuts Stackdriver tools for application performance optimization, while reminding everyone that it pioneered hypercloud and microservices and invented Kubernetes, like Google was ever going to let us forget that.
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.
Small Cell Forum CEO: Women on Boards Set the Tone
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Female representation on company boards can set the tone for company culture and help companies perform better, says Small Cell Forum CEO.
Verizon Talks Up Private Core as AT&T Launches FirstNet
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3/28/2018  |  1 comment
Verizon thinks it can get public safety business even as 50 states have opted in to FirstNet.
Can Automation Fix Oracle's Cloud Mojo?
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Oracle releases the next iteration of its autonomous cloud database as cloud revenue growth slows (but it's still growing fast).
LF Networking Gets Ambitious About Open Harmonization
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Expansion into AI, network operating systems for white box and edge computing are built into efforts to collaborate more across industry groups.
DANOS Fuels AT&T's White Box Binge
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Operator announces 60,000 white boxes will be deployed using DANOS, a new open source OS built on AT&T seed code.
LFN: Open Source $11B Vendor Opportunity
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
A white paper, funded by Linux Foundation, finds major opportunities for vendors in orchestration and edge technologies over next five years.
Progress, Opportunities Still Abound in Tech
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
It's easy to get caught up in the negative side of the tech sector, but don't forget we're making some progress with equality as well.
Is Atlanta the Next 5G Market for Verizon?
Jonestown  | 
3/27/2018  |  2 comments
Verizon is undertaking more fixed wireless 5G tests in Atlanta and Sacramento.
Why You Need to Join Me in Austin for BCE
Shades of Ray  | 
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.
Looking to the Future With ON2020: An OFC Perspective
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The ON2020 panel at this year's OFC provided insight into the challenges faced by network operators and the technologies that will be required in future optical networks.
Eurobites: Proximus Snaps Up Managed Security Specialist
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes large on FTTH; Hrvatski Telekom gets symmetrical in Croatia; Facebook faces European flak.
DT, Facebook Back German Startups to Disrupt Networks Biz
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
Three German startups have been asked to join a new German facility backed by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook and TIP.
Kinetic Edge Powers Flying Robots
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
It's a bird, it's a plane...
Why Shaw's BlueSky TV Didn't 'Wipe Out'
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Shaw's Carol Santerre explains the challenges and lessons learned in deploying the MSO's new BlueSky TV service.
Sistema Bids for RCom's Remaining Assets – Report
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Russia's Sistema has reportedly emerged as the leading bidder for what remains of Reliance Communications.
Enterprise Workflow Automation Provider Smartsheet Joins IPO Parade
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Looking to raise up to $100 million to automate enterprise workflows and team collaborations.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Information Overload
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
This week: Cambridge Analytica, 5G and Vodafone. Oh, and Star Wars.
VEON CEO Quits Amid Investor Gloom
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Chairwoman Ursula Burns will step into the CEO role until a permanent replacement for Jean-Yves Charlier can be found.
AT&T's Anschutz: ONF Shift Is More About Culture Than Technology
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T exec encourages ONF Vision Summit attendees to focus on changing the process and making operators more responsible for what happens.
AT&T Preps White Box Routers for 5G
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
AT&T looks to expand its white box router approach to macro sites and small cells for 5G.
Facebook: The Sick Man of Silicon Valley
Morris Lore  | 
3/27/2018  |  9 comments
The Cambridge Analytica scandal caps a bad period for the social network. Bouncing back will not be straightforward.
OpenStack & NFV Help Drive Red Hat Growth
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3/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Red Hat topped a $3 billion annual run rate in its fourth fiscal quarter, driven by cloud and digital transformation, the company says.
Graphene: The Future of the Telecommunications Industry?
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/26/2018  |  2 comments
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in an hexagonal lattice. Its unique properties make it the most exciting tech material of the future. At MWC 2018, Light Reading went for a tour of the Graphene pavilion, looking at the wonder material and its applications for the telecommunication industry.
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