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Ciena Agrees to Buy Centina, Keeps Kicking OSS

Ciena's latest acquisition is another piece of a larger back office puzzle for carriers, but the vendor said it's not aiming to become the new OSS stack.

Podcast: Where 5G May Be in 5 Years

Ovum Chief Analyst Ed Barton talks to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about the services and opportunities 5G unlocks for consumers – and what new capabilities are just around the corner.

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.

Is There a Payoff for Free Wireless?

Several wireless providers, including Sprint, T-Mobile and FreedomPop, have toyed with 'free' service offerings. However, the freemium business model appears tricky to implement.

Guavus Takes Jio's Big Data Challenge

Jio's competitive market, fast growth and expanding customer base present some interesting machine learning and analytics challenges for Guavus, its newly announced analytics partner.

How Airtel Sri Lanka Revamped Its BSS

For any operator, revamping an entire business support system (BSS) architecture in just six months and cutting IT opex by 80% as a result is a notable achievement.

Podcast: ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin Knows Where Your Data Is

Ellen Rubin joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss edge computing and the new need for data management in more places as the world goes from static storage to mobile, multicloud madness.

MobiTV's Bill Routt: Amazon to Stoke Pay-TV Partnerships With Fire TV

MobiTV's president and COO says Amazon is 'really engaging' with plans to optimize and customize its streaming platform for the pay-TV operator market.

Why CSG Is Betting on Blockchain

New lab backed by CSG to focus on how blockchain tech can streamline global roaming deals, inter-carrier agreements and possibly settlements between pay-TV and OTT services.

Eurobites: Ireland's eir Plows €500M Into Fixed-Line Network

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM collaborates with Corning; Tele2's Q4; prepaid mobile in developing economies; Kudelski forges IoT partnership.

Unified Office CEO: Would You Like Extra Services With That VoIP?

CEO Ray Pasquale isn't in the VoIP business to lower the price of phone calls. He wants to give small businesses everything they need to know – from network analytics to pizza topping preferences – on one screen.

Fade to Black: UltraViolet to Shut Its Digital Locker on July 31

New options and 'market factors' lead to decision to shut down UltraViolet as studio-backed Movies Anywhere service gains traction with digital retailers and pay-TV operators.

Verizon Quietly Builds a Completely Cloud-Based Wireless Service

There's a customer-facing story to Verizon's Visible efforts. But on the backend, the story is perhaps even more interesting.

Why CenturyLink's Network Suffered a Christmas Hangover

A 'bonkers' network management card had too much eggnog and caused a wave of service outages, including 9-1-1 service, in several states for several days during the last week of 2018.

CableLabs Unit Morphs Something Old Into Something New

Kyrio has turned Go2Broadband service locator into a digital, hyperlocal service locator for cable resellers with plans to extend that capability to other service-oriented industries.

Altice USA's 'Full' MVNO Puts It in SIM City

Operating the core network and owning the SIM card will lead to lower churn, pave the path to more control of the service and offer other benefits, CEO says.

Vewd Aims to Give Pay-TV Ops More Command & Control of Android TV Boxes

Says stitching Vewd OS to devices running the Android TV Operator Tier platform enables service providers to personalize and customize the UI and pre-load apps from outside the Google Play universe.

Spirent Making Big New Promises

Veteran test and measurement firm seeks more strategic role in service assurance, 5G rollouts and cybersecurity.

NetScout Data to Power IBM CEM

Service assurance software company to provide continuous network data and analytics for smarter IBM analytics to CSPs.

Matrixx VP Outlines Her Career-Making, Changing Skills

Technology can be learned, but critical thinking, decision making and verbal communication are the career-making skills that are transferable and crucial in a digital transformation, says Jennifer Kyriakakis, Matrixx Software's co-founder and VP of marketing.

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