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Demystifying NFV
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
For most service providers, NFV adoption is going to be a gradual process that will most likely include three phases.
Multicore Processors Step Up to the Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The approach taken by cloud service providers to hyper-scale data centers and virtual networking is driving the latest multicore processor developments.
WiCipedia: Gendered Job Descriptions, Glass Cliffs & Gaslighting
WiCipedia  | 
1/20/2017  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Gendered job descriptions eliminate candidates; The Girls' Lounge uniquely demonstrates equality; being a woman at work should work in your favor; and more.
What Hard Brexit Means for Vodafone, BT
Morris Lore  | 
1/20/2017  |  2 comments
A hard Brexit could equal hard times for UK service providers, and increase the likelihood that Vodafone will move its headquarters outside the UK.
Containers Key to Virtualization
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/18/2017  |  Post a comment
As the march towards virtualization continues, containers will come into their own.
A Women in Comms Glossary
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/18/2017  |  15 comments
A handy rundown of the myriad terms used to describe the challenging circumstances surrounding women in comms, many involving glass.
Cable Has One Thing Verizon Needs
MariNation  | 
1/17/2017  |  7 comments
Verizon buying Comcast or Charter? Preposterous! Except...
Virtual Uncertainty Over Business Processes
Rewired  | 
1/17/2017  |  4 comments
Sometimes it's not technology issues slowing virtualization, it's the buying and selling process, vendors say, and they'd like an industry solution.
3 Qualities of Leaders, Mentors & Mentees
Column  | 
1/17/2017  |  2 comments
IEEE's Nita Patel outlines the specific overlapping and critical elements that you must possess to successfully and simultaneously be a leader, mentor and mentee.
Growing Pains Will Force Telcos to Shape Up
Morris Lore  | 
1/17/2017  |  6 comments
In a no-growth future, service providers will need to focus more keenly on cost savings and efficiency gains.
10 Key Tasks for Ericsson's New CEO
Shades of Ray  | 
1/16/2017  |  3 comments
Börje Ekholm started his new job as the CEO of Ericsson today – here are 10 things I'd like to see in his first 10 weeks at the helm of the Swedish giant.
Verizon CISO Paves Way for Women in Cybersecurity
Mentor Monday  | 
1/16/2017  |  1 comment
Females in cybersecurity are highly underrepresented, so Verizon's Chandra McMahon shares her advice on how other women can follow her lead.
Next Plugfest Gets G.fast Closer to Market
Brianiac  | 
1/13/2017  |  10 comments
The next G.fast plugfest will lead into the certification process for commercial products, which some service providers will start deploying shortly thereafter -- in just a few months' time.
Switching Redefined for the Virtual Network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/13/2017  |  Post a comment
As the industry moves toward virtualized solutions in data centers, developers are creating switches to help with the bandwidth backlog service providers are experiencing. As a result, vendors are putting more switch devices on the market than at any time in the past decade.
MANO: A Key Virtualization Component
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/13/2017  |  Post a comment
The management and orchestration of virtualized networks is one of the toughest challenges facing operators and their technology suppliers, so there are plenty of initiatives and vendors addressing it.
WiCipedia: Badasses, F Bombs & Deodorant
WiCipedia  | 
1/13/2017  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Secret's 'Pitch' commercial advocates for female tech founders; Finnish girls are rejecting STEM; Bad Bitch cards replace your average deck; and more.
It's the End of TV as We Know It
MariNation  | 
1/13/2017  |  3 comments
In 2017, TV is what consumers make it.
What Facebook's Recruiting Woes Tell Us
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/12/2017  |  3 comments
Making recruiters solely responsible for increasing diversity is not effective when there isn't internal buy in, Facebook's struggles to diversify show.
Elastic Visibility Into Your Clouds – Without the Strain
Column  | 
1/10/2017  |  1 comment
As companies virtualize, too many fail to bring anywhere near the same rigor to monitoring their cloud services that they'd applied to their physical networks -- and that's playing with fire.
5G: Another Next-Generation Disappointment?
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2017  |  8 comments
The forthcoming 5G standard sounds impressive, but it seems unlikely to reinvigorate the telco business.
How Cable Plans Symmetrical Gigabit via FDX
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/10/2017  |  1 comment
With cable operators facing challenges in the upstream return path, many are turning to Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) to address the issue. However, FDX likely won't be available until 2019 and will face its own challenges along the way, leaving the industry to make do until relief is available.
How AT&T's FCC End Run Could Backfire
Breznick Unbound  | 
1/10/2017  |  4 comments
The big question is how President-elect Trump will react to the attempt by AT&T and Time Warner to circumvent FCC review of their proposed deal.
CES 2017: WIC's Picks & What Made Us Sick
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/10/2017  |  5 comments
Virtual reality wasn't the only vomit-inducing feature of this year's CES. Booth babes and boys' clubs were still dominant, although there was progress afoot in Vegas.
5G & the Tech Decline of Europe
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2017  |  2 comments
Pre-5G activity in Asia and the US does not mean Europe will lag on actual 5G rollout, but it points to the ebbing of European influence.
WiCipedia: Male Allies, Co-Working Spaces & Automation
WiCipedia  | 
1/6/2017  |  11 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: how men can become allies; automation may steal your job; women hotly recruited to tech boards; and more.
Hey, Trump Tech Boosters, What About China Tariffs?
Jonestown  | 
1/6/2017  |  14 comments
A trade war with China could decimate the smartphone market.
4.5G Sets High Bar for 5G
Morris Lore  | 
1/6/2017  |  5 comments
Could the success of 4.5G have a big influence on operators' 5G strategies?
M&A Prospects in T&M 2017
Brianiac  | 
1/5/2017  |  4 comments
Will test and measurement companies get infected with the M&A frenzy we've seen in other sectors?
Welcome, Capex Disclosure Season
Shades of Ray  | 
1/5/2017  |  3 comments
We're about to find out what the major players are planning to spend on their networks in 2017.
Is Huawei in for a Bumpy 2017?
Morris Lore  | 
1/4/2017  |  1 comment
The world's biggest equipment vendor is bracing itself for a more turbulent ride this year.
Fog Computing: The Virtualization Angle
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/3/2017  |  2 comments
As fog computing starts to play a bigger role in networking strategies, the importance of virtualization to the distributed cloud will become increasingly apparent.
The More Things Change...
Rewired  | 
1/3/2017  |  10 comments
The telecom industry is in a period of rapid change, but then that's been true now for decades. The pace may change but the problems and even some of the solutions seem to repeat themselves.
Will Amazon Buy Twitter?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/3/2017  |  7 comments
It would give Amazon an opportunity to expand its technology/media empire – and stick it to Donald Trump. What's not to like?
CES Preview: The Service Provider Edition
MariNation  | 
12/29/2016  |  1 comment
Just because it's a consumer show doesn't mean service providers stay home for the annual CES shindig in Las Vegas.
Top 5 Tech Trump Expectations for 2017
Jonestown  | 
12/28/2016  |  35 comments
Donald Trump's presidency could be the catalyst for significant changes in the US communications market, impacting the FCC, 5G strategies, M&A, autonomous cars and more.
Will 2017 Be Cord-Cutting's Big Year?
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/28/2016  |  6 comments
While 2016 has been a mild year for cord-cutting, the phenomenon could take off next year with the launch of new OTT video services from Hulu, YouTube, Facebook and others.
Unlocking Big Data for Operational Intelligence
Column  | 
12/27/2016  |  Post a comment
How cable operators can use advanced customer-aware data analytics to improve the customer experience, reduce service disruptions and cut both tuck rolls and call center costs.
Sharpen Your Skills With Upskill U in 2017
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
12/27/2016  |  3 comments
Start 2017 on the right foot with a resolution to reskill with Light Reading's Upskill U.
Mentor Monday: Meet the First 65
Mentor Monday  | 
12/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Women may be underrepresented in the next-gen comms industry, but there's no shortage of smart, talented and inspiring ones making a difference. We've profiled 65.
Getting Hotter: Fog, LTE-A Pro, MANO, NB-IoT & SD-WAN
Shades of Ray  | 
12/23/2016  |  2 comments
The first few months of 2017 are likely to feature significant developments around a number of key technologies and industry developments.
WiCipedia: Wrapping Up 2016, Vocal Fry & Pinterest Diversity
WiCipedia  | 
12/22/2016  |  1 comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Looking back on 2016 and forward to 2017; the implications of vocal fry; Pinterest lowers diversity goal; and more.
Getting In on Industry 4.0: Operators Need a Wide (Area) Perspective
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/22/2016  |  2 comments
Manufacturing is going through a period of change as factory owners and operators look to take advantage of technological advances in IoT, AI and big data to improve their competitiveness, which has opened up new opportunities and provided a new platform for manufacturers.
Can 3G Connect the Unconnected?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/21/2016  |  1 comment
There are many initiatives that aim to provide Internet access to the billions of currently 'unconnected' people around the world, but is 3G perhaps an affordable and efficient solution these days?
Virtuapedia Community Hits 10,000
Shades of Ray  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
More than 10,000 industry professionals have now registered with the online database for the virtualization community.
5G in US: Will Spectrum Be the Speed Bump?
Jonestown  | 
12/19/2016  |  7 comments
A 5G rollout in 2020 still seems a ways away, but mmWave high-band spectrum needs to be available a long time before that to ensure a smooth transition to 5G.
SBA Leader: It's Time to Get Women on Board
Mentor Monday  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
Michele Schimpp, associate administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Investment and Innovation, explains why gender parity should start in the boardroom.
Can Telcos Help Fix the Growing Traffic Crisis?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/16/2016  |  Post a comment
The roads are getting busier -- can the introduction of new technologies and applications by communications service providers help solve the problem?
WiCipedia: How to Make Companies Work for Women
WiCipedia  | 
12/16/2016  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: the case for a 'women's situation room' in elections; the future of women in STEAM; what makes a company work for women; and more.
WiC Radio & Intel: Betting Big on Your Career
Que Sera Sarah  | 
12/15/2016  |  1 comment
Join Women in Comms and Intel 5G General Manager Caroline Chan tomorrow at noon EST for a live radio show chat on professional and technological risk taking.
Test & Measurement – A Niche No More
Shades of Ray  | 
12/15/2016  |  Post a comment
With more than 650 companies and industry organizations signed up to the Testapedia database, the test and measurement sector is clearly thriving.
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From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
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Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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Heavy Reading: The Web-Scale View

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At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Heavy Reading's former chief analyst Patrick Donegan shared insight from the recent web-scale operators report, which featured research on how web-scale operators view the market, the best web-scale companies to ...
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Cisco's Cloud Scale Networking: Automation, Virtualization & Simplification

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Cisco's Sanjeev Mervana outlines the latest innovations in networking technology at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
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ADVA Talks Innovation & the Future of Networking

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Ray Le Maistre and Christoph Glingener, CTO of ADVA Optical Networking, discuss the current state of the industry, cooperation and collaboration, open innovation and the future of networking.
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Cisco's Infinite Video Platform

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Cisco's Infinite Video Platform allows service providers to deliver broadcast-quality video over IP networks. Infinite video supports many devices, from 4K TVs to tablets to game consoles. Join Cisco's Rajeev Raman for a brief tour and live demo.
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Masergy: Ability to Adapt Key for NFV

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Speaking at Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Masergy's VP, Global Technology, Ray Watson, said agility is key to providing the mix and match NFV-based services that are driving business for the managed service provider today.
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Equinix: The Data Explosion

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At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Eric Schwartz, president of EMEA, Equinix, talked about how Equinix is helping its customers manage the influx of data today, and how it's preparing for a future filled with millions of connected IoT devices.
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Heavy Reading: The Changing Data Center Landscape

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At Light Reading's 2020 Vision event in Rome, Heavy Reading's Senior Analyst Roz Roseboro talks about how virtualization is impacting data center evolution and how that evolution is affecting the relationship between service providers, data center operators and public cloud providers.
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Boingo: Prepping for Millions of Devices

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At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Boingo's CTO Derek Peterson discusses how wireless operators will address the needs of low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth apps at the same time, the need for more MHz, the impact of IoT and more.
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Comcast Shows Off Gig Gateway at CES

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With its largest presence at CES in years, Comcast took the wraps off its long-awaited gigabit gateway and a new platform for managing the home WiFi network. Light Reading Senior Editor Mari Silbey sat down with EVP Chris Satchell to discuss the latest Comcast advance, and met with VP of Product Strategy and Development Andrea Peiro to walk through a demo of the ...
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Colt: End-to-End Key for 2017

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At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Nico Fischbach of Colt said having a multi-carrier, end-to-end service proposition is going to be key for 2017 -- and SD-WAN is instrumental in making it happen.
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Cisco's Clemson on Mobile Cloud Video

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Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators. "If you think about where we're going… whether it's a mobile application, or a video ...
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VMware Telco NFV Solutions – Preparing for 5G & IOT

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Shekar Ayyar, EVP & Corporate Strategy/General Manager of Telco for VMware, discusses VMware's Telco NFV solutions role and foundation for the Imminent Arrival of 5G & IOT.
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Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.