If the cars of the future are self-driving, they'll most likely reach autonomy by using 5G networks and nearly ubiquitous edge computing.
Despite the hype, it looks like cellular bands below 6GHz will be the spectrum of choice for most automated driving applications.
5G networks could advance autonomous driving, but mobile operators, automakers and app providers have lots of issues to address along the way.
There is a sudden urgency in service provider calls for more open and virtualized networks, and it could spell trouble for the big kit vendors.
Never mind the hype, how does this next-generation network actually perform in the UK capital's cluttered cityscape?
Are telcos solving NFVs big problems or making them worse? Critics say a GSMA-hosted effort to simplify NFV fails to address what's really wrong with the virtualization technology.
Everyone's talking about 5G services, but do they measure up to the hype? We tested EE's early 5G mobile broadband service in London to find out.
Years of consolidation have left the global mobile network market largely in the hands of three giant equipment makers that may have the power to make or break 5G-based economies. The backlash has started.
Europe's path to 5G is littered with regulatory and financial obstacles. But falling far behind China and the US in the 5G race could have dire consequences.
As both a licensor and licensee of cellular technology, Huawei has more at stake in the patents business than its main rivals.
Virtual dodgeball will not happen unless operators cut mobile latency, but that could require an unprecedented overhaul of the entire network. Does it make sense?
Accusations that big kit vendors tried to throttle developments show open RAN technologies will have to overcome a variety of competing interests to thrive.
Open source doesn't just change software: It changes how IT does its job.
Enterprises are still mostly open source consumers rather than contributors to the community.
Without open source, you don't get the cloud.
Organizations transitioning to open source need to learn both self-sufficiency and how to work with open source communities. And to grow a thick skin against criticism.
China's ZTE is working hard to patch up its customer relationships after US sanctions nearly drove it out of business. But its future still hangs in the balance.
Deutsche Telekom's once-ballyhooed Terastream initiative, which turned seven this year, has changed the IP and optical game for the German telco. It has yet to do the same for cloud services and automation.
For network operators, the evolution to a 5G architecture requires a strategy that focuses on so much more than just a souped-up radio access network and the availability of whizzy new devices – there's a broad range of technologies and processes that need to be addressed and missing just one could be disastrous.
NFV has failed to live up to the original expectations five years after it was first conceived. How can the industry ward off further technology disappointment?
Light Reading is thrilled to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 14th year.
Telcos performing routine chores will be ripe for AI-based automation. But whose AI will triumph?
Network management vendor revamps its strategy to promote itself as a telco cloud transformation project partner that can help operators make the transition from legacy to virtual architectures and manage hybrid networks on the way.
Radcom's VNF pricing model looks set to excite network operators and drain the blood from traditional vendor faces.
Systems integration giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is transforming itself into a 'New SI' and becoming a vendor, a strategic shift that requires some M&A activity.
The results are in from Light Reading's first-of-its-kind survey, taking the pulse of the good, the bad and the ugly of being a woman in today's next-gen comms industry.
The poor availability of fiber for mobile backhaul spells trouble for some of Europe's biggest markets.
Nordic carrier is undergoing a business and cultural transformation as it grows its connected car services unit and prepares to launch in a third market, says executive.
With the cybersecurity threat landscape shifting quickly and continuously, BT's security chief reckons the best form of defense is attack – that is, to attack his own defense…
TIP members big and small are assessing what open source technology means for them.
Having invested big bucks to become a software company, Calix seems poised for a major payday and a chance to box with the big boys in access networking.
Now seen as an unstoppable force across much of the telecom industry, open source still has high-profile detractors as it up-ends traditional roles.
Network operators need guidance on what to do about the MANO (management and orchestration) and NFV infrastructure (NFVi) segments of the overall NFV architecture – but where should they turn?
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 13th year.
Can Russia's biggest operator turn its connectivity eggs into service omelets?
The hype surrounding 5G reached fever pitch at the recent Mobile World Congress, but the rollout of the next-generation network technology looks set to be drawn-out and painful.
Light Reading spent face-to-face time with Huawei CEO Eric Xu at Mobile World Congress to discuss the company's growth, the challenges that brings, its evolving role in communications industry and more.
Just a few weeks into power, Donald Trump already seems to have had a big impact on the US technology sector.
WiC has been profiling female movers and shakers in the next-gen comms industry for over a year now. Here are the first 65 to inspire, educate and encourage you.
Technological progress will vastly improve the capability of G.fast technology during the next 12 months, but will that be enough?
ETSI's mobile edge computing (MEC) specifications group wants to be the 'center of gravity' as fog computing spreads across the communications sector, but it could get sidelined.
Interest is growing in the potential of mobile edge computing. But will it live up to its promise?
Vendor forecasts suggest capex spending in the telecom sector is still headed up, up and away.
Retired AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso is publishing a free three-volume guide to enterprise cybersecurity, hoping to ward off the next big attack.
The structural separation of BT would not have propelled the UK up international broadband charts: To achieve that, regulators need to look at fresh ways of bolstering infrastructure-based competition.
A number of assumptions and myths have sprung up around NFV during the past few years, all of which are worth unpicking.
Light Reading commissioned independent test lab EANTC to evaluate Juniper's Cloud CPE solution and found it to be ready for commercial NFV deployment.
Deutsche Telekom is preparing to open the first of three data centers that will support services across all of its European markets in future.
CityFibre might be small but its efforts to create an infrastructure rival to BT are beginning to bear fruit.
Ingenu is making a bold case for its RPMA technology in an increasingly competitive LPWA networks market.
Independent test lab EANTC has put ADVA's Ensemble Connector virtual switch through its paces – find out what happened.
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 12th year.
The Light Reading team has deliberated over this year's Hall of Fame candidates, consulted our friend Jack Daniels and come up with a mixed bag of names. See who's in the running...
Having previously tested and validated Nokia's IP Routing and Mobile Gateway VNFs, independent test lab EANTC evaluated the vendor's virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) and Application Assurance (AA) network functions -- here's what happened.
The Chinese government has tapped the telcos for some industrial IoT (IIoT) plans to help transform the country's economy.
As carriers open their networks to standardized components and virtualization, VMware sees an opportunity for new business. But it faces stiff rivalry from competitors with similar strategies and an uncertain future under Dell.
Standardization efforts on 5G are getting ahead of a business case for the technology.
After a year of tough lessons, the Tier 1 operator is moving forward with its SDN and NFV plans and has earmarked Germany as the first market for a broad deployment of virtualized functions.
Independent test lab EANTC evaluated a range of Cisco security products – find out what happened.
German industry needs a digitalization makeover. Can the Industrie 4.0 initiative deliver?
Two of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) have been put through their paces by independent test lab EANTC – here are the results.
AT&T and Verizon are taking different approaches to the Industrial Internet of Things, but both want to play a pivotal role in what's expected to be a multi-billion dollar industry.
A snapshot of the pay-TV market in early 2016.
The tech company, the genius and the improbable movie... NetScout persuaded legendary film director Werner Herzog to direct a documentary about the power of the Internet. What were they thinking?
Dell is looking to provide the infrastructure to run NFV.
NFV featured strongly in the roll call of the most read Light Reading stories of 2015.
Get your hands on the results of the first New IP Agency (NIA) NFV Interoperability Evaluation, focused on multivendor NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and Virtual Network Functions (VNF) interoperability.
African telcos can no longer depend on subscriber growth and voice services for their prosperity. So now they need a much greater focus on data services and that shift may force them to change beyond recognition.
The Swedish giant's head of strategy, Rima Qureshi, is always looking for new M&A and investment opportunities and it seems there are a couple on the horizon.
Hong Kong's PCCW has taken its video strategy into the OTT realm with the launch of its Viu service. PCCW Media Managing Director Janice Lee talks to Light Reading.
With the proliferation of fiber-optic broadband technologies for FTTH and FTTB deployments, operators face tough decisions when upgrading their networks to meet future needs.
Open source projects have their own dynamic, and even well-meaning participants can drive them off the rails.
The 'Ciscosson' strategic partnership has sent shock waves across the industry. So what do various industry observers have to say?
On this day 90 years ago...
The second instalment of a two-part report into what test specialists EANTC found out when they went to Cisco's labs to perform an independent evaluation of the IP networking vendor's NFV infrastructure (NFVi).
Some of Europe's biggest service providers are basing their broadband futures around the continued use of copper.
Test specialists EANTC went to Cisco's labs to perform an independent evaluation of the IP networking vendor's NFV infrastructure (NFVi) – here's the first instalment of what happened and EANTC's findings.
Europe remains a letdown for the bandwidth guzzlers of broadband, but change may be afoot.
Real-world challenges come with the territory as NFV starts to see practical implementations.
Telecom vendors are taking an increasing interest in the utility industry's efforts to migrate to IP and secure critical infrastructure.
2014 was a lucrative year for the top dogs at telecom vendors, who were paid big bucks for driving turnarounds, M&A, continued relevancy or brand revivals.
Cable operators and media companies paid their executives well in 2014, up to $156 million in the case of one lucky CEO.
The chief executive of Sprint received more in total compensation last year than any other operator in Light Reading's study, with Telefónica's Cesar Alierta the highest earner in Europe.
Heather Kirksey knows both well, as a key player in developing the TR-69 standard and now as head of OPNFV, and she offers insights into why open source works better and faster in today's move to virtualization.
We've added five more notable industry figures into the Light Reading Hall of Fame – find out who they are!
It's not only communications service providers that are transforming – vendors need a new set of capabilities, skills, support services and engagements to stay relevant in today's telco landscape.
The social network is leading the drive to bring open source to networking software -- and even hardware.
Two senior managers of SK Telecom's 5G Tech Lab and Corporate R&D Center share their thoughts on what 5G will entail, how small cells, WiFi, SDN and NFV factor in and more.
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards, which is now in its 11th year.
Industry test specialists at EANTC explain why their visit to Cisco's labs to test some of the vendor's service provider virtualization solutions opened up a new chapter for them and the market.
French network monitoring and analytics specialist is on a mission to help mobile operators improve their customer care and customer satisfaction ratings.
Self-styled 'challenger' Tele2 moved early to integrate its networks and IT teams and that's paying off for the pan-European operator as it embraces NFV.
A primer on the numerous organizations – some standards-oriented, some regional and some research-oriented – that have formed to tackle deploying 5G networks by 2020.
After being bought by Shaw Communications last year, regional data center operator ViaWest is continuing to expand, confident that demand will follow.
Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown shares his thoughts on 5G's requirements, potential, challenges, leaders and more.
When it comes to 4G, Telefónica is prioritizing coverage and quality over dazzle.
Following a frantic acquisition spree, MACOM has broadened its semiconductor offerings for the optical sector.
How independent test lab EANTC and Light Reading put Cisco's programmable service provider network through its paces in order to create and deliver business VPN services.
Grant Castle, T-Mobile VP of engineering services and QA, talks to Light Reading about the carrier's spectrum position, plans for LTE-U, RCS, small cells and more.
As head of Communications Services and Product Innovation, Ian Small is inventing the future at Telefónica.