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Making Cloud-Native Service Assurance the 'IZE' of the Virtualized Network
Partner Perspectives  | 
2/21/2018  |  Post a comment
As operators start the migration to NFV through a hybrid transition to a fully virtualized network, operators must make sure they are keeping their eyes firmly on the service they deliver end-to-end.
Stakes Run High for Tivo in Comcast Suit
MariNation  | 
2/20/2018  |  1 comment
Even a win in court doesn't mean Tivo will walk away a victor.
21st Century Networking? Welcome to the Lock-In
From the Founder  | 
2/20/2018  |  3 comments
The world of virtualization is struggling to wrench itself away from the claws of vendor lock-in, which runs counter to everything that NFV stands for.
T-Mobile Fixes Broadband in the Czech Republic
Partner Perspectives  | 
2/20/2018  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile's Fixed Wireless Access service is providing superfast broadband to more than just 'hard to reach by wire' locations in the Czech Republic. And the 5G-like nature of the service opens up potentially lucrative future new revenue opportunities for the originally mobile-only carrier.
Axiata Digital Services' Lye: Find the Right Leader to Follow
Mentor Monday  | 
2/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Amanda Lye, Axiata Digital's 32-year-old associate director of strategy, is breaking the mold in the telecom industry.
WiCipedia: Terrible People, #MeToo Venting & Magic Mike, Here We Come!
WiCipedia  | 
2/16/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Another tech conference, another inappropriate after-party; views on math affect performance; equal pay schmequal pay; and more.
Competition Heats Up for SDN/NFV Processing
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The shift to application and network virtualization by operators and CSPs requires a new generation of multicore processors that are being introduced by many vendors.
5G: The Density Question
Jonestown  | 
2/15/2018  |  6 comments
Double the density, double the fun!
IBM, Microsoft Duke It Out Over Chief Diversity Hire
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/15/2018  |  5 comments
IBM alleges Microsoft's hire of its Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre violates its non-compete agreement, but should improving diversity be a proprietary process?
Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Shades of Ray  | 
2/15/2018  |  8 comments
The European region, including Russia, has experienced two years of 20%+ growth in FTTH/B connections but many markets still haven't really woken up.
Hudson Deal Helps Atrinet Swim Upstream
Shades of Ray  | 
2/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Israeli hybrid network management specialist has a new customer to go with its new strategy – now will it sink or swim?
TalkTalk's 'Tech Debt' Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/12/2018  |  1 comment
In the wake of a damaging cyber attack in 2015, Philip Clayson was tasked with creating a cyber breach remediation plan for over 600 applications across TalkTalk's consumer and enterprise divisions and to deal with the operator's 'tech debt.'
Beating Netflix at Its Own Game
Column  | 
2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
How pay-TV operators can unleash the power of AI and deep learning to compete in the rapidly changing video market.
Warning: US Cablecos Will Go National
MariNation  | 
2/9/2018  |  9 comments
The shot clock has started. Tick, tick, tick... boom!
Monitoring the Mobile Cloud Is Essential for Digitalization
Column  | 
2/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Accurate real-time visibility into next-generation networks and clouds is essential for operators' digital transformation and 5G strategies.
Measuring Progress in Carrier SDN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/9/2018  |  Post a comment
It's still hard to say whether carrier SDN is really a success or a failure, but the needle is moving on SDN commercialization – albeit not as quickly as some might hope.
WiCipedia: Social Skills Boost Opportunity & the Emergence of Diversity Data
WiCipedia  | 
2/9/2018  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: SheHacks hosts largest female hackathon in world; the birth of diversity data; wear your geek on your sleeve; and more.
Is Intent-Based Networking Too Inflexible for Network Automation?
Column  | 
2/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Intent-based – or outcome-driven – networking attempts to automatically provision networks based on our ability to define our intent or outcome, but is IBN the right approach to advancing network automation?
Operators Adopt Bolder Strategies for Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/5/2018  |  1 comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that although most communications service providers (CSPs) prefer to have a solid plan in place before moving on a new market trend, it's not looking to be the same for automation, as most CSPs surveyed say they are moving forward without solid plans.
Data Security in a Multicloud World
Column  | 
2/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Managing the multicloud environment means addressing security challenges such as protecting access, ensuring data encryption and achieving consistency with data security across diverse cloud platforms.
Telstra Malaysia Director: Time to Raise the Bar for Women
Mentor Monday  | 
2/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Now is the time for senior female executives in comms to help the new entrants carve a niche for themselves in the industry, according to Telstra Malaysia's Yuni Lee Heathcote.
WiCipedia: 'Perceived Gender Bias' & Google/YouTube CEOs on Diversity
WiCipedia  | 
2/2/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Federal IT needs women; CEOs under spotlight for views on diversity; 'perceived gender bias' in schools; and more.
Cable SD-WAN: A Generational Moment
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the primary focus for cable in 2018, with fierce competition across the market.
AT&T's 'Mobile' 5G: What the Puck?
Jonestown  | 
1/31/2018  |  7 comments
Is a 5G 'Puck' really mobile?
Time's Up in Tech: Ending Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Join Women in Comms in Denver on March 22 to discuss how to address and end sexual harassment in the workplace.
Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
Morris Lore  | 
1/30/2018  |  7 comments
Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?
Trump on 5G: It's a 'Gamechanger'
Jonestown  | 
1/29/2018  |  5 comments
So can we expect the FCC to push ahead with spectrum auction timetable for 5G?
Nationalize 5G in the US? LOL, WTF?!
MariNation  | 
1/29/2018  |  20 comments
As if the telecom industry would ever let that happen.
AT&T VP: LTE to 5G & One That Wasn't Meant to Be
Mentor Monday  | 
1/29/2018  |  1 comment
Dr. Alicia Abella, AT&T's vice president of Advanced Technology Realization, shares what technologies she thinks have been the most revolutionary and what she learned from one that wasn't.
WiCipedia: Uber Hires New Diversity Exec & AI Comes for Jobs
WiCipedia  | 
1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: The second Women's March brought out hundreds of thousands of women and some pretty great signs; Finnish telecom boss puts foot down; the 'u-turn' factor in gender equality; and more.
Can Congress Crack Net Neutrality? No Way!
Rewired  | 
1/24/2018  |  12 comments
New ads call for Internet Bill of Rights that applies to ISPs and content giants, but what are the chances Congress can get this done?
Tech Still Lacks Diversity, but Don't Blame the Pipeline
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/23/2018  |  1 comment
Tech and media companies are still worst performers in diversity at the executive level, and their female representation is far below what the pipeline suggests it could be, McKinsey finds in its latest diversity report.
What Lies Ahead for CSPs
Column  | 
1/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Here are some predictions about what communication service providers face in the coming year.
AT&T's Sports Boss Shares Her Playbook
Mentor Monday  | 
1/22/2018  |  1 comment
Catherine González Pack, who leads the team responsible for NFL Mobile Ticket, talks about her journey from the military to mobile and how she takes risks, asks the right questions and doesn't take no for an answer.
WiCipedia: Best Places to Work & Restroom Lines Tell All
WiCipedia  | 
1/19/2018  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: VC sees a slow influx of women; new tech hubs offer jobs but no minority takers; the best companies to work for in 2018; and more.
Why Gfast Is About to Come of Age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/18/2018  |  3 comments
The Gfast rollout, which has been stalled while network operators conduct trials and chipset vendors develop new Amendment 3 chipsets, is set to start in 2018 with a ramp-up in 2019.
It's Not Skynet; It's Ambient Intelligence
MariNation  | 
1/18/2018  |  2 comments
I, for one, welcome our robot overlords. So does Amazon.
Net Neutrality Moves Are as Futile as Trump's Comb-Over
Morris Lore  | 
1/18/2018  |  8 comments
What do Brexit, Trump's hair and net neutrality have in common?
Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Software's Brave New World
CxO Spotlight  | 
1/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The DWDM company has grown into Ethernet networking and now open software architectures. We sat down with CEO Gary Smith to get a fix on Ciena's current identity.
NFV Service Assurance – In Need of Big Data, Small Data or Both?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
NFV is shifting from a technology focus to operations, as CSPs say too much effort has been spent on VNF onboarding and too little on the reality of operations.
WiCipedia: Bots Gone Wild at CES & Another Google Lawsuit
WiCipedia  | 
1/12/2018  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: CES makes waves with keynote additions and scandalous bots; former Google engineer James Damore strikes back; how to buck the brogrammers; and more.
The Coming Fiber Construction Boom
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/10/2018  |  2 comments
The converged fiber access market is set to grow again, especially as copper lines continue to deteriorate.
MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2018  |  16 comments
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.
Rural Broadband: Help or Hoax?
Rewired  | 
1/9/2018  |  1 comment
Better Internet access for rural areas is getting a lot of attention from the Trump administration but the plan of action seems less than solid.
Altice Shifts From M&A to European Recovery
Morris Lore  | 
1/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Altice hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.
Huawei Still Knocking on US Door – but AT&T Deal Thwarted
Shades of Ray  | 
1/9/2018  |  6 comments
Chinese giant was hoping to seal a smartphone distribution deal with AT&T but higher powers are still wary of Huawei, it seems.
5G Experts Pit Reality Against Predictions
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that opportunities abound for 5G vendors as only 15% of TLC service providers have chosen their vendors for the 5G market.
Automation's Advocates in Downsizing Denial
Morris Lore  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the upheaval that automation will create.
Making a Resolution for Resiliency in the Shifting Landscape of Cloud & IoT
Column  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Riverbed's Phil Harris explains how service providers are well positioned to help enterprises discover new business opportunities in IoT and throughout their cloud migration.
WiCipedia: Brotopia Shocks, Revolar Protects & CES Disappoints
WiCipedia  | 
1/5/2018  |  3 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: A forthcoming book about Silicon Valley life is more than a bit shocking; CES is lacking in female keynoters; a new gadget keeps women safe on the go; and more.
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