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Can the 'New' T-Mobile Make America's Networks Great Again?
Jonestown  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
A US 5G lead, more jobs and cheaper services all sound good, if not bigly, but is it all just promises right now?
Verizon Takes a Big Step Towards a Smarter, Simpler Edge
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
The network operator is using Cisco and Juniper boxes, but will decouple the control planes to bring business and consumer services into one edge device.
T-Mobile & Sprint: Marriage Made in Hell
Morris Lore  | 
4/30/2018  |  13 comments
Consumers, industry employees and equipment vendors must all hope that regulators block a T-Mobile merger with Sprint.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia's Genish Sets Record Straight Over Elliott
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German cable operators could face change in network access rules; Jan Frykhammar joins Openet board; Timotheus Höttges on that merger.
Connect & Compute – Balance at the Edge
MariNation  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
How much will it cost to add intelligence to the network edge?
Can AR/VR Make Real Money for SPs?
Breznick Unbound  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
In a Big Communications Event panel, AR and VR experts will examine whether immersive media experiences offer realistic new revenue opportunities for service providers.
T-Mobile to Buy Sprint for $26.5B to Create US 5G Powerhouse
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2018  |  21 comments
But the companies will need every ounce of spectrum to succeed.
What VR Video Needs to Be Real
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
In this interview, SES's Thomas Wrede discusses what the satellite operator has learned from its trials of VR video with SP customers.
Matrixx Founder Creates Her Own Culture
Mentor Monday  | 
4/30/2018  |  1 comment
When Jennifer Kyriakakis didn't like the culture of the large company that acquired the business she was working for, she broke away and created her own with a focus on innovation.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Boingo Wireless and Comcast Business make the shortlist for our NFV deployment strategy award.
Where Charter's Chugging Along... & Where It's Not
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Investors may be worried about the wrong things.
US Ban on Huawei Would Trigger Turmoil in Telecom Industry
Morris Lore  | 
4/27/2018  |  10 comments
US authorities were said this week to be investigating Huawei for violating sanctions against Iran. Treating it like ZTE would trigger turmoil.
T-Mobile, Sprint Close to Merger Deal – Reports
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2018  |  1 comment
US mobile operators are close to reaching agreement on the terms of a deal, according to reports.
Eurobites: Fiber Up or Fade Away, Ofcom Tells BT
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Comings and goings at Telecom Italia; Orange active in Africa; Proximus hits 2.94 Gbit/s in 5G trial; Facebook CTO gets a UK grilling.
We're Sorry If We Set Your Car On Fire – Love, Oracle
Wagner’s Ring  | 
4/27/2018  |  1 comment
In which we receive an alarming email from Oracle.
WiCipedia: Female Founders Find Funding & Automotive Careers for Women
WiCipedia  | 
4/27/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: The NY Times' first female CIO; female founders get funding; women are needed in connected car jobs; and more.
Amazon Cloud Revenue Leaps 49% to $5.44B
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  1 comment
AWS isn't just growing fast; growth is accelerating.
Microsoft Crowds the Cloud With AI, Expansion Focus
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  3 comments
Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud group, which includes server, enterprise products and services, reported that its revenues were up 17% to $7.9 billion.
FCC: High-Band 5G Spectrum Cleared for Take-Off in 2019
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
FCC says agency is ready for 24GHz, 28GHz and 39GHz auctions in 2019, and has plans to open up the 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz band for 5G.
Light Recap: The Light Reading Hall of Fame
The Philter  | 
4/26/2018  |  2 comments
Here, over three nostalgia-soaked pages, are the telecom heroes and villains that have made it into the Light Reading Hall of Fame since its inception in 2010.
AT&T Eyes Higher DirecTV Now Margins
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T CFO John Stephens explains the company's plans to wring greater profits out of its OTT video service by launching new features and cutting capex and opex.
Comcast & the Set-Top Double Bind
MariNation  | 
4/26/2018  |  1 comment
The set-top is Comcast's primary consumer interface, but it's not the best tool for smart home control.
Using Open Source to Drive Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Open source is a product development model that should unleash faster innovation but may require business model changes for many vendors.
AT&T CFO: Business Revenues Bouncing Back
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
John Stephens tells financial analysts there's a positive trend in AT&T's business revenues, even with another quarterly decline.
Huawei, ZTE in the Eye of a Trade Storm
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  21 comments
The increasingly tough US line against Huawei and ZTE form part of the resistance to China's state-driven, quasi-protectionist industry policies.
Qualcomm Profits Hammered by Licensing Disputes
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  4 comments
Qualcomm blames its legal battles with Apple and another licensee for a fall in profits but managed to grow sales thanks to its chips business.
Eurobites: UK Bets Big on AI
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica, Orange and KPN reveal Q1 earnings; Ericsson lands Italian virtualization job.
Nokia Tumbles on Weak Results, Insists Good 5G Times Lie Ahead
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  5 comments
Finnish vendor insists the second half of 2018 will be much better than the first half as customers start to invest in long-awaited 5G networks.
WiC Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Female-Led Startup to Watch
Que Sera Sarah  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Libelium and Movandi and their founders are pioneering new technologies that are already changing the game for IoT and 5G, respectively, making them startups you want to keep an eye on in 2018 and beyond.
Nimble Small Cell Vendors Find Another Market to Exploit
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
LTE and future 5G networks are evolving in a way that overcomes previous barriers to the use of standardized public-network technologies for private applications, and there is better support for features needed in mission-critical use cases.
Always Hungry: Feeding Data Center Bandwidth Demands in the Cloud Era
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Cloud applications have an insatiable appetite for east-west bandwidth inside the data center, as well as between data centers. What can service providers do about that?
AT&T on Track With 5G, Starts FirstNet Build
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Market punishes AT&T for miss, but Ma Bell lauds 5G progress.
Six Key Takeaways From Facebook's Q1 Earnings Call
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  1 comment
Facebook is doubling down on its ad business, and using AI to moderate hate speech and other inappropriate content.
Google Partners Compete on Ease of Cloud Connections
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Network operators take different approaches to using new Google Partner Interconnect.
New Data on Pole Prices Power 5G Debate
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
The cost of 5G deployments depends in part on the cost of pole attachment fees.
US Investigating Huawei for Sanctions Violations – Report
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  6 comments
The WSJ reports that Huawei is in the Justice Department's crosshairs for its activities related to selling goods and services to Iran.
ACG Survey: Security Top Automation Worry
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Automation takes human error out of the equation but adds the ability to screw things up much faster.
Comcast Romps With Subs Gains, Sky Bid
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Despite growing video subscriber losses, Comcast racks up big overall customer and revenue gains as it formalizes its $31 billion bid for Sky in the UK.
Vodafone-Liberty Merger Doubtful in Germany, Says Analyst
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  1 comment
For all the banker excitement about a possible tie-up between Vodafone and Liberty, any deal in Germany seems highly unlikely.
Swisscom: Quick off the Blocks With 5G
Partner Perspectives  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Major players like Swisscom can't rely on yesterday's successes.
SAIL the Atlantic With CAMTEL
Partner Perspectives  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) is an ambitious 6,000km submarine cable system that will connect Kribi, Cameroon with Fortaleza, Brazil.
It's Miller Time: Light Reading's Hall of Fame Poll Is Now Open
The Philter  | 
4/25/2018  |  8 comments
The giants of cloud computing and the divergent minds of our regulatory body politic are well behind a PR entrepreneur who filled in her own nomination. How 2018 is that?
Eurobites: Comcast Formalizes £22B Sky Bid
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Apple starts paying Irish back-taxes; Nokia gets edgy; Atos hooks up with Google for AI; Elisa trumpets NB-IoT network.
Telstra's Programmable Network Sidesteps a Slippery Slope
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Telstra's Jim Fagan explains how service providers can apply lessons learned about automation in the cloud to delivering more automation in their networks.
No Containers Yet? No Worries
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Containers seemed poised to take over the Earth, but they've proven slow to implement. Find out how people are implementing containers on real-world service provider networks at the Big Communications Event in Austin next month!
Hollywood Producer Talks Cosby, Caution & Cable
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Executive Producer Janet Leahy shares her story with WiC, offers advice for the cable industry to better support women and gives us a sneak preview of what she's working on next.
Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers Merge to Form $14.6B Giant
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Indian operators merge their infrastructure assets to form the world's second-biggest towers company.
Fierce Competition Batters Airtel Profits Again
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Competition and adverse regulatory measures continue to squeeze the Indian operator's profits.
Google Launching G Suite 'Confidential Mode,' Including Self-Destructing Email
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2018  |  1 comment
The new G Suite and Gmail security capabilities aren't bulletproof, but they add an extra layer of control.
Alphabet Splashes $7.7B on Capex Spree
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  1 comment
The Google parent is spending hard to catch up on with Amazon in the home and cloud, and driving its businesses forward, including YouTube, hardware and Waymo self-driving cars.
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