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Alaska's Rakuten Preps for 4G Launch

Japan's Rakuten isn't the only operator in the world building a new, greenfield wireless network with an open, software-powered architecture: OptimERA is working to do the same in a tiny part of Alaska.

What to Expect From Altice Mobile

Analysts expect Altice USA to collect 1.7 million mobile customers by 2023, and pay Sprint around $2.50 for each GB those customers consume.

5G Was Rushed to Market – It Shows

The global wireless industry rushed a barebones version of the 5G standard out the door so it could get to market more quickly. Today's 5G certainly reflects that haste.

Verizon: Fully Virtualized 5G Core to Launch in 1 to 2 Years

Verizon currently uses a 4G LTE IMS core from Nokia for its 5G offerings. But in the next 1 to 2 years, the operator has said it will shift to a standalone, fully virtualized 5G core for its 5G services.

AT&T & Verizon's Battle Over Public Safety Spills Into 5G

The public safety market – totaling up to 20 million potential customers – is the setting for an increasingly heated battle between AT&T and Verizon. And 5G looks to be the latest weapon that Verizon plans to wield.

MWC19: A soft embrace for the public cloud

The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.

Dish Network Aspires to Be America's Rakuten in 5G

Despite analyst skepticism, Dish executives continue to argue that the company will be able to make a splash with a new, nationwide 5G network. And Japan's Rakuten appears to offer some evidence to support those claims.

Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint

Ambitious software-only messaging and mobile core applications specialist targets major equipment vendors as it aims to become a billion-dollar business within four years.

Metaswitch VP Talks IMS & Career Refreshes

Service providers are refreshing their IMS and looking for real cloud native IMS functions, according to Micaela Giuhat, Metaswitch's VP of product management, Cloud Native Core, who shares her thoughts on everything from container-based approach to VNFs to her experiences and advice as a leading woman in comms.

Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!

Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...

Verizon Puts UC in Its Wireless Network

New One Talk capabilities target midsized and multi-site businesses with collaboration tools built right into the Verizon Wireless network.

5G Pushes Carriers Toward Cloud-Native NFV

Mobile edge computing (MEC) and a cloud-native core are necessary ingredients for the future 5G NFV network, argues Ian Maclean of Metaswitch.

Sprint Builds Out Virtualization Plans

COO says operator is building towards 5G, adds Metaswitch and Mavenir as virtualization vendors.

Will Messaging Market Leave Telecom Behind?

Chatbot and messaging platform entrepreneur warns that telecom network operators are about to be left behind if they don't move quickly on RCS.

IMS: The Faithful Bedfellow of MNOs Everywhere

IMS hit the top of its hype curve a long time ago and now it's delivering on its promises – but it still needs sophisticated test tools to keep it honest.

OrbTV: EE Talks Emergency Services & 5G

Tom Bennett, director of network services and devices for EE, talks to Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading's editor-in-chief, about the service provider's approach to emergency services and the move to 5G.

Oracle, Tech Mahindra Deliver VoLTE-aaS

Turnkey managed services offering claims to get wireless network operators into the VoLTE business in three to six months.

Metaswitch Eyes VoLTE With OpenCloud Buy

Combined company will have pure software VoLTE solution with platform for developing new services including mobile UC.

ZTE Scores NFV Deal at Telefónica

Chinese vendor gets chance to prove its worth with a virtual IMS deployment that will cover seven markets in Latin America.

Mitel to Offload Mobile Unit to Xura for $350M+

Less than two years after buying its mobile unit, Mitel is selling to Xura, the messaging and UC business owned by Siris Capital.

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