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Pay-TV STB Revenues Plunge
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  1 comment
IHS reports that global shipments of pay-TV set-tops generated lower revenues last year for the first time in a dozen years despite a slight rise in unit volume.
Cisco Preps IoT Platform of Pillars & Products
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  3 comments
Cisco completes its IoT story with a six-pronged platform and 15 new products as it gets serious about cashing in on the huge connected devices opportunity.
Calix Enters NG-PON2 Race
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  1 comment
Calix has thrown its hat into the NG-PON2 ring as the next generation of fiber broadband looms into view.
Icontrol Adds Analytics for Smarter Homes
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  3 comments
Icontrol is partnering with mnubo to bring data analytics to the smart home.
Masergy's Bold NFV Play Is Customer Driven
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  3 comments
Competitive carrier meeting enterprise demand for easier way to connect remote sites globally using fewer boxes, but maintaining performance.
Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  10 comments
The operator says it would not be able to compete profitably in the IT services market without making considerable investments.
NetScout Preps Post-Acquisition Future
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  2 comments
NetScout will soon close its monster $2.6 billion acquisition of Danaher's network monitoring and security business, a move that will reshape its business and strategy.
United Goes All-In on Adtran for Gig Services
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  1 comment
Tennessee-based ILEC rolling out FTTH and VDSL to offer higher-speed services to Nashville suburbs and rural communities alike.
Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  9 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt wants out of IT services; Orange smooths ruffled feathers in Israel; BT joins Wireless IoT Forum.
EU Agrees to Ban Roaming Charges, Enforce Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  6 comments
European authorities agree to ban roaming surcharges by 2017 and enforce net neutrality from next year while operators urge progress in other areas.
IoT in Action
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/30/2015  |  8 comments
Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
Microsoft Gives Software Networking a Hardware Boost
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  5 comments
'SuperNICs' offload networking processing from hosts, driving Azure cloud performance.
DoJ Stalls Arris Plans to Purchase Pace
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  Post a comment
The Department of Justice has asked Arris and Pace for further information as it reviews the planned merger of the two companies.
Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/30/2015  |  1 comment
Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
Ciena Adds New CPE to Its Agility Matrix
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Ciena has extended its Agility Matrix strategy to include CPE supporting virtual network functions.
Sprint Tweaks Unlimited Data Rules in Best Buy Plan
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  7 comments
New unlimited data plan with Best Buy includes an update to its terms and conditions that limits video streaming speeds and off-network roaming usage.
Sanctions Bite Orascom in North Korea
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  13 comments
Egypt's Orascom faces some big financial and operational obstacles in the pariah state.
Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  16 comments
LinkNYC will bring thousands of free public WiFi hotspots to the Big Apple, but who will provide the underlying fiber network?
BT Guilty of 'Under-Investment,' Says Sky
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  1 comment
Satellite TV company accuses BT of parsimony and renews calls for incumbent to be carved up.
Eurobites: Telefónica, China Unicom Double Up on Devices
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Infinera enhances bid for Sweden's Transmode; Huawei claims LTE breakthrough on French trains; charging mobiles though movement.
Digicel Plans IPO to Fuel Growth
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  2 comments
Operator owned by Ireland's Denis O'Brien says proceeds will be used for expansion activities and paying off debts.
OpenDaylight Ships 'Lithium,' Updated SDN Controller
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  2 comments
Third major version of the SDN controller focuses on improved performance and changes to reflect changing community needs.
Sprint Accelerates Entrepreneurial Efforts
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2015  |  7 comments
The startup culture being cultivated at Sprint's Accelerator program is rubbing off on the carrier, as CEO Marcelo Claure takes a top-down approach to innovation.
Bell Canada Unveils Big Gig Plans
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  4 comments
Canada's largest phone company and broadband provider announces intent to roll out 1 Gig service throughout the eastern half of the country, starting this summer.
Shaw Licenses X1, Proves Comcast's Influence
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  Post a comment
Shaw has dropped development of its own IPTV service and will license Comcast's X1 platform instead.
Altice Restructures to Support Takeover Moves
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6/26/2015  |  2 comments
Owner Patrick Drahi keen to close more deals before interest rates go up, says financial analyst.
Redknee CEO: More M&A on the Way
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6/26/2015  |  2 comments
BSS vendor CEO is planning even larger M&A deals to get his company closer to a $1 billion turnover.
What's Next for White Boxes in a Post-Chambers World?
DOS Attack  | 
6/26/2015  |  2 comments
Pica8 and others keep pressing the argument for white box deployment.
Technicolor 'Magic' Brings HDR 1 Step Closer
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  1 comment
New solution from Technicolor makes it possible to deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streams to both legacy and next-generation TVs.
Casa Systems Lines Up an IPO
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  4 comments
CEO of growing, profitable cable broadband vendor is gearing up to take the company public.
Arista Scoops $50M AT&T Contract – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  3 comments
SDN player is said to have landed its first major deal with a Tier 1 service provider.
Altice Queries Bouygues' Motives in Rejecting €10B Bid
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  2 comments
Cable company defends its €10 billion bid for France's third-biggest mobile operator after being rejected earlier this week.
OneWeb's Satellite Plans Attract $500M From Big Names
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  3 comments
Qualcomm, Virgin, Intelsat, Bharti, Coca-Cola and more have all put funds behind ambitious low-earth-orbit satellite network.
Eurobites: Jazztel Shareholders Say Yes to Orange Bid
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intelsat invests in OneWeb; CityFibre claims progress in Peterborough; Virgin Media buys in euro-soccer.
What's in Your Office-in-a-Bag?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/26/2015  |  11 comments
Let us know what you need to bring with you when you're on the road. Use the hashtag #LROfficeInABag
ADVA Adds NFV to Demarcation Devices
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2015  |  Post a comment
New equipment combines demarcation of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP services in one network element.
Average US Speeds Don't Qualify as Broadband
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  7 comments
Akamai's State of the Internet Report puts the average Internet speed in the US at 11.9 Mbits/s, far below the FCC's broadband threshold of 25 Mbit/s.
AT&T Commits $3B More to Mexico
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  2 comments
The carrier is adding an additional $3 billion to its investment in Mexico as it accelerates plans to build out a North American Mobile Service area.
FCC Auction Proposal Dings Dish, T-Mobile
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  3 comments
Chairman Wheeler proposes not to increase the size of the spectrum reserve for small carriers and to close a loophole that allowed Dish to get a big discount at the last spectrum auction.
Vodafone Hires NFV Specialist to Develop Group Virtualization Strategy
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  Post a comment
Vodafone has hired a former Amdocs and Alcatel-Lucent executive to develop a global SDN, NFV and cloud strategy in an effort to unify its next-generation network plans.
Comcast Nears Gaming Launch With EA
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  4 comments
A new on-demand service with EA game titles is headed to Comcast's X1 set-tops.
T-Mobile Tweaks JUMP Phone Upgrade Plan
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  6 comments
As part of a series of planned uncarrier updates, T-Mobile is doing away with its $10 monthly fee on JUMP plans and letting its customers upgrade up to three times per year.
The New Face(book) of Carrier Class?
Column  | 
6/25/2015  |  7 comments
The web services giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Google might be defining the next generation of 'carrier class' networking technology.
Staying Productive With My Office-in-a-Bag
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/25/2015  |  23 comments
Covering the communications industry means plenty of travel and being prepared to work from any location – and that requires a certain type of tech baggage.
Indian Data Towers Market to Soar – Deloitte
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  1 comment
Growth in usage of data services will spur a dramatic increase in the number of dedicated mobile towers, according to new research.
Snail Sets Pace for China's MVNOs
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  4 comments
Despite its name, Snail is blazing a trail in China's MVNO market.
Masergy to Launch Global Enterprise NFV Service
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  Post a comment
Replacing several on-premises customer devices with a single server, for added agility and reduced footprint.
Eurobites: Proximus, Huawei in 1Tbit/s Trial
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARCEP investigates Orange/Iliad roaming deal; TeliaSonera's management shake-up; Vivendi ups stake in Telecom Italia.
Vodafone UK Strikes MVNE Deal With Digitalk
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  1 comment
UK's third-biggest mobile operator hopes to spruce up its MVNE business through the use of cloud technologies.
OPNFV Director Opens Up on Women in Tech
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/25/2015  |  Post a comment
Heather Kirksey, the director of the OPNFV, gets real about the gender disparity in open source and standards and discusses how we can change both the conversation and the gender dynamics.
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