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In Memoriam: Sir Charles Kao
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2018  |  3 comments
The 'father of fiber optics' has passed away at 84.
The Network's Edge Is Being Redefined
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Maintaining visibility into the network is among the challenges faced as processing and compute creeps toward smaller and more numerous facilities and out to the CPE.
Comcast & Prepaid TV – There's an App for That
The Bauminator  | 
9/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Operator's set-top-free, app-based 'Instant' offering is also part of the company's prepaid service portfolio.
Microsoft Ignite Slideshow: Stay Away From the Agony Booth
Slide Shows  | 
9/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Microsoft made Florida even hotter.
WiCipedia: Valley of the Boom & Women in Comms Live
WiCipedia  | 
9/28/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A new series shows the tech boom's consequences; our WiC event was a huge success; a sobering look at women's progress in STEM; and more.
Eurobites: Telenor Takes NB-IoT Nationwide in Norway
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the smell of 5G; augmenting the grim reality of Michael Bublé; Ericsson and Qualcomm claim 28GHz band breakthrough.
Key Takeaways From NFV & Carrier SDN
Rewired  | 
9/28/2018  |  1 comment
Here's a quick snapshot of my impressions from this week's NFV-Carrier SDN: Automation and Monetization event in Denver.
Ciena's CTO on Optical Success in India
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2018  |  1 comment
Ciena has been riding high in India's optical equipment market, but a wave of consolidation and government steps to bring manufacturing back home could make life difficult in the months ahead.
Comcast Eyes 'Scale Deployments' of Remote PHY in 2018
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Pivot to remote PHY and distributed access architectures is paving the way to Full Duplex DOCSIS, engineering exec says.
AT&T's Zeto on Smart Cities: Let There Be Light
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  1 comment
Updated LED street lighting will be a harbinger of smart cities in the US, says AT&T GM Zeto.
Cisco's Jonathan Davidson: 5G's Software & Enterprise Networking Opportunity
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
5G is bringing the industry a new mechanism for delivering services, said Jonathan Davidson, Cisco's new service provider boss. In the run-up to 5G, Davidson said Cisco is helping enterprises partner with service providers to deliver application services with just the right level of policy and security. He also updates us on Cisco's role in building out T-Mobile's virtual packet core in preparation for 5G.
Lifecycle Test, Assurance of 5G Vital to Its Success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2018  |  2 comments
To really get the benefits of the applications that are possible in a 5G world, the industry first needs to transition to software-defined testing and assurance solutions that are flexible and efficient.
DT's Clauberg Urges Cloud-Native Caution
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The telco cloud community is excited about the impending shift towards cloud-native, but Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg has raised a big warning flag.
TiVo Sharpens Its Cord-Cutting Shears
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
With the Bolt OTA, TiVo will try to jolt the market and separate itself from new DVR combo products focused on cord-cutters from Amazon and AirTV.
ONAP: Time to Move On Up?
Shades of Ray  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
ONAP has been a hot topic at the Open Networking Summit Europe event in Amsterdam and it's clear it has a lot of issues as well as a lot of carrier support.
Eurobites: Ooredoo Takes 5G for a Ride in Self-Flying Car. Seriously.
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson takes NB-IoT to the max in Oz; cybersecurity laggards get left behind; is Gavin's potential BT successor gorgeous enough?
Telus: Let's Push to Cloud Native Now
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
NFV isn't where it should be but it's clear that cloud-native approaches offer the promise of automation and scale, says Bryce Mitchell.
Is X by Orange Showing Us the OTT Future for Telcos?
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
With NFV still unable to deliver agility and scale, Orange launches public cloud-based, OTT enterprise services in Spain with Red Hat as its platform partner. Is this the future for SME communications and networking services?
Vodafone Brings NB-IoT to UK, Starts Trial With Scottish Power
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone has finally launched an NB-IoT network in the UK and is carrying out trials with energy provider Scottish Power.
NFV & SDN Event Wines Down in Denver
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2018  |  2 comments
Light Reading's dynamic trio wind down from the NFV & Carrier SDN event by answering the question: Which wines pair with telecom acronyms?
Design Matters – Even for Business Service Providers
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  1 comment
Spectrum Enterprise's Scott Fairchild says business service providers should borrow from the customer experience playbooks of Apple, Tesla and Bose.
Telefónica: OSM Paves the Way for Network Slicing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Telefónica's Antonio Elizondo says its common information model and orchestration layer will enable network slicing for 5G.
Fox to Unload Sky Stake for $15B
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Will sell its 39% holdings in UK pay-TV and media company in light of Comcast's 'premium' offer.
Comcast Business Positions Itself 'Beyond Fast'
Column  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
At analyst event in Philadelphia, Comcast's business unit launches new branding strategy to promote SD-WAN and other services that go beyond high data speeds.
NFV 1.0 Is Passé; Cloud Native Is Coming
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  1 comment
Telcos are referencing NFV less these days and are talking more about cloud-native functions. But what's the difference, and why are cloud-native applications any better?
Ericsson's 5G Success Started by 'Doubling Down' on R&D
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
At MWCA earlier this month, Ericsson North America CEO Niklas Heuveldop discussed Ericsson's market advantage in securing 5G wins in North America and said the industrial IoT space could open up new opportunities in the enterprise in the coming months.
MWCA 2018: Ericsson Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson's Keith Shank gives us a quick tour of the vendor's sprawling stand at Mobile World Congress Americas, including a look at new medical device applications, city infrastructure and a holographic 'phone' call.
Qualcomm: Apple Stole Our Software & Gave It to Intel – Reports
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm has accused Apple of pinching its software and providing this to Intel.
Eurobites: Italy's 5G Auction Crosses €5B Mark
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Mobolize gets mobilized in Europe; Tele2 trumpets new IoT platform; Deutsche Telekom shares cybersecurity know-how with Germany army.
Mercy Makes Service Provider Transformation
Wagner’s Ring  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Scott Richert, Mercy Technology Services chief technology officer, describes the organization's transformation from the IT shop of Mercy healthcare system into a service provider for multiple healthcare organizations. (See Mercy Fills Virtualization Prescription.)
CenturyLink's McBride: NFV 'Introduces a New Kind of Cloud'
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Says thousands of on-net buildings can be used to distribute network functions virtualization closer to the edge.
Huawei & Industry Partners Announce Global 4K UHD Video Industry Cooperation Initiative
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Huawei joined hands with leading parties in the UHD industry to form a new collaboration initiative.
Huawei Releases the Cloud VR Solution White Paper
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
At the fifth Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2018), Huawei released the Cloud VR Solution White Paper, providing an overview of the architecture and detailing the solution from the perspectives of the cloud, pipe, and terminal ecosystems.
Huawei NE9000 Routers Help Idea Cellular Deploy Future-Oriented & Sustainable Ultra-Broadband Networks
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
India's telecom service provider Idea Cellular and Huawei recently announced that they had successfully built converged, efficient, future-oriented and sustainable ultra-broadband networks.
IETF Releases 2 ACTN RFCs to Build an Open Northbound Interface Solution
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) recently announced the official release of the RFC 8453 Framework for Abstraction and Control of TE Networks (ACTN) and RFC 8454 Information Model for ACTN.
Telefonica's Elizondo: OSM Offers Best Information Model for Service Orchestration
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
ETSI open source organization will also have single point of entry to manage network services and network slices with release later this year.
Verizon Outsources IT, Offers Sweetened Buyout
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  4 comments
Moves seen as major effort to cut employee rolls, particularly US-based jobs as management is among the targets.
Is Nokia Ready for 5G in North America?
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Nokia's head of North America, Rick Corker, gives us an update on the vendor's technical achievements in 5G, its announced wins with carriers and why the North American market is going to be so challenging and competitive as these networks roll out.
Nokia, Samsung Are Beating Ericsson in 5G Sales to AT&T, Says Analyst
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  2 comments
AT&T is replacing Ericsson with Nokia and Samsung as it rolls out a 5G network, according to Michael Genovese of MKM Partners.
Vodafone's Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: AI, UIs & WTF
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
At the Ovum Digital Futures summit, the pod-squadders talk media consumption, artificial intelligence and voice activation. And they upset a security guard.
MWCA 2018: Nokia Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
We took a quick walk around the Nokia stand at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month and enjoyed some virtual reality pitches, lessons in network demand forecasting and a discussion of decomposing network functions (I think).
Liberty Global Ready to Lock Horns With Comcast
The Bauminator  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
CEO Mike Fries says he's 'excited for the competition' in wake of the Comcast-Sky deal.
Eurobites: TIM, Fastweb Fire Up 5G With Help From Huawei
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia tees up 5G test network in Estonia; Vodafone brings Juniper into its SD-WAN fold; new blood for Ofcom.
Microsoft: We're Not Bullies Anymore! We're Nice!
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
CEO Satya Nadella gives the side-eye to Amazon Web Services, saying Microsoft won't compete with its enterprise customers.
Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.
Future State for MSOs: Ready or Not?
Column  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
OTT has changed everything and now 5G is on the way. How can cable operators stay ahead?
Vodafone & China Mobile Lead New Charge Towards Automated, Cross-Domain VPNs
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
With a contribution into ONAP that also involved Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile take the lead on defining service orchestration and automation across carrier network borders. But they're not the first to do so.
T-Mobile Rebrands MetroPCS
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
MetroPCS will become 'Metro by T-Mobile' in October.
SiriusXM Gets Serious About Streaming With Pandora Deal
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
In-car satellite radio specialist puts up $3.5 billion for Pandora in all-stock deal.
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