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Cable 5G Backhaul Forecast: Clear as Mud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable is well on the path to meeting 5G backhaul and small cell requirements; however, cable may face competition from mobile network operators (MNOs) and find challenges in technology and regulation limitations.
UCaaS: An Increasingly Important Enterprise Tool
Column  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
The shift to cloud is turning unified communications into the next hot service for enterprises as the UCaaS market continues to expand.
AT&T's Knight on Fostering Resiliency & Diversity
Mentor Monday  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
AT&T's Marachel Knight shares her insight on how she developed resiliency in the face of challenges, and how cohesive teams helped her overcome those obstacles.
Driving Customer & Employee Digital Adoption
Column  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Pay-TV providers should focus on four key areas to bring employees and customers along for the ride.
NFV & SDN: What's Next for Cable?
Breznick Unbound  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Now that CableLabs and ETSI have begun defining standards, interfaces and software-based network elements, how will the industry proceed with virtualizing the cable architecture?
Tribalism Is Rife in Telecom, Too
Morris Lore  | 
10/13/2017  |  4 comments
The last thing the shrinking communications networking industry would seem to need is more working groups or associations, yet new ones are sprouting.
WiCipedia: Int'l Day of the Girl & Sephora Shows the Ropes
WiCipedia  | 
10/13/2017  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: The wearables market brings back convention models; racial inequalities faring worse than gender differences; BBC goes to the Valley; and more.
Managing VMs: Harnessing the Power of Mobility
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/12/2017  |  1 comment
Taking the pulse of NFV and SDN deployments.
CFOs & Finance Find Benefits in the Cloud
Column  | 
10/12/2017  |  1 comment
The shift to cloud computing is changing the way business is done. Now, the CFOs and their finance teams are seeing a benefit in cloud as well.
SD-WAN Questions Linger for CSPs
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Although many service providers have already deployed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology and believe it is an integral part of their business, a clear path to vendor success and long-term revenue isn't yet visible.
Verizon: Delivering Automation in Orchestration
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
10/10/2017  |  Post a comment
Verizon's Fred Oliveira explains how the industry needs to focus more on automation in NFV orchestration and less on managing individual network elements.
The Revolution Will Be Automated
From the Founder  | 
10/10/2017  |  10 comments
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Nokia's Rajeev Suri: On 5G, IoT & the AlcaLu Deal
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
The Nokia CEO tells Craig Matsumoto why telcos need to find new opportunity in 5G and why the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition succeeded.
BT: Aiming for a Virtualization App Store
Rewired  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
New services are taking hold, as businesses overcome their trepidation over virtualization and the technology matures, says Jim Sabey.
Fujitsu's Head of Optical Shares Her Transformation Story
Mentor Monday  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Christine Podraza, VP and head of Fujitsu's Optical Business Unit, shares lessons she's learned over the course of her career as she's gone from learning to earning to returning.
Practical Advice of the Transforming Kind
Rewired  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
CenturyLink's Bill Walker is an IT guy, tasked with helping transform a legacy telco. He shared some very practical ideas about how to do that – notes from the trenches, as it were – in this video interview.
4 Tips for Maintaining Control in the Cloud
Column  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
As enterprises spread applications across multiple clouds, they need ways to maintain visibility and control, Ixia's Jeff Harris argues.
MIMO in 5G Networks: Engineering & Test Challenges
Column  | 
10/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Going deep on how MIMO underpins the development of 5G.
WiCipedia: Twitter Threats, Diversity Hires & Oracle in Hot Seat
WiCipedia  | 
10/6/2017  |  3 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Female founders face Twitter harassment; Amazon needs a new opener; Oracle has lawsuit battle ahead; and more.
Wrestling With the Challenges of Automation
Column  | 
10/6/2017  |  Post a comment
DevOps, AI, NFV and other technologies will help automate the network, but organizations need to start working on that transition right away, Juniper's Sumeet Singh argues.
Q&A: How RIFT.io Takes Automation Carrier-Grade
From the Founder  | 
10/3/2017  |  2 comments
Steve Saunders sits down with RIFT.io CTO Matt Harper to learn how a bunch of telecom veterans are tackling the core issues behind NFV.
CSPs See Slow Going for IoT – Report
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/3/2017  |  1 comment
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, but the lack of standards as well as uncertainty about its revenue potential is a major source of frustration for communications service providers (CSPs).
Trump Pulls a Trump on Infrastructure Strategy
MariNation  | 
9/29/2017  |  9 comments
An infrastructure bill without public/private partnerships? Sad!
WiCipedia: Alternative College & Male Separatism
WiCipedia  | 
9/29/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Holberton School takes job training to a new level; Christian white men are feeling discriminated against; cable numbers hold steady; and more.
How Data Science Can Boost Network Operations
Column  | 
9/29/2017  |  3 comments
Data science could bring telcos to new levels of security and could assist operations in areas such as SDN and NFV, argues guest contributor Kiran Inampudi.
How CSPs Can Move Up the IoT Value Chain
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Whatever strategy CSPs adopt in the emerging IoT landscape, a critical enabler of their IoT business will be the monetization engine.
Open Source Innovation, 'Holacracy' & Celebrating Failure
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Innovation should get easier now we've got NFV; at least that's the message from today's Service Delivery Innovation Summit in London.
Untangling the Operational Complexities of SDN & NFV
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV is the industry's premier forum for the discussion of the impact of SDN and NFV on network operations and OSS.
ON2020 Readout Identifies New Optical Challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
ON2020 presents its assessment of optical network requirements through 2020 and beyond, identifying new challenges and opportunities for the telecom industry.
US Carriers Place Bets on Cat M & NB-IoT
Jonestown  | 
9/26/2017  |  1 comment
Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon eye NB-IoT in 2018, while AT&T is full-bore on Cat M for now.
Transport SDN's Time Has Come
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Demand calls for another optical transport evolution, this time in the management of optical network resources.
The 'New' Sandvine Has Automation in Its Sights
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Following the C$562 million nuptials of Procera and Sandvine, the resulting packet inspection, analytics and policy management specialist is pitching itself to service providers as a key enabler in the shift to automated processes.
Laying the Tech Foundation for Digital Transformation
Column  | 
9/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Pay-TV providers should follow four basic steps to carry out the digital transformation process
Why Amazon May Be Cable's Biggest Threat
MariNation  | 
9/22/2017  |  14 comments
It's not just because Amazon has a lot of cash.
The Importance of BBU Emulation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Whether building out distributed RANs or new centralized RANs, BBU emulation is a critical step of the process to help mobile operators avoid lengthy and costly delays.
WiCipedia: Endangered Species, 'the Pao Effect' & Bad Actors
WiCipedia  | 
9/22/2017  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Recruiting in a time of upheaval; how Ellen Pao's Reset affects Asian women; and advice from female founders.
Intent-Based Networking: Marketing Hype or a Magic Bullet for Automation?
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
9/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Intent-based networking is making a resurgence as a potentially promising way for telcos to advance self-configuration and automation in the network.
Charting the Course to Cloud-Native
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/20/2017  |  Post a comment
During the "Getting to 'Cloud Native' " panel at our NFV & Carrier SDN event, we will debate what it will take to enable telcos to execute their cloud transformations, and what the supplier community's responsibilities are in the process.
What Comes After SD-WANs?
Rewired  | 
9/18/2017  |  Post a comment
Software-defined WANs were the hot topic a year ago at Light Reading's NFV-SDN event, and a lot has happened since. What grabs the spotlight this year?
The John Chambers Era Is Ending at Cisco
Craig's A-List  | 
9/18/2017  |  2 comments
Already replaced as CEO, John Chambers is fully detaching as he plans to step down as Cisco chairman, truly ending his time as the face and voice of the company.
Survey Says: Women in Comms Tell All
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/18/2017  |  1 comment
The results of Women in Comms' first survey are in, and they show that the more things change, the more they stay the same (among many other things!).
WiCipedia: Google Sued Over Gender Pay Disparity
WiCipedia  | 
9/15/2017  |  4 comments
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: The pay gap is real at Google; are blondes taken seriously?; Apple event has no gender balance; and more.
5G Pushes Carriers Toward Cloud-Native NFV
Column  | 
9/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Mobile edge computing (MEC) and a cloud-native core are necessary ingredients for the future 5G NFV network, argues Ian Maclean of Metaswitch.
Overpriced & Underwhelming, Apple's New iPhone Lacks X Factor
Morris Lore  | 
9/13/2017  |  12 comments
In terms of innovation, Apple's latest device is not exactly a garbage-fueled flying car.
Fall Is a TV (Industry) Lover's Delight
MariNation  | 
9/12/2017  |  5 comments
Forget back to school. Let's get back to TV with a rush of fall industry updates.
WiC in Denver: What's the Matter With Tech?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/12/2017  |  1 comment
Join WiC for its fourth networking breakfast in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 28, where we'll come together to discuss why the future is brighter than ever for women in tech.
Kickstarting Digital Transformation
Column  | 
9/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Once pay-TV providers embrace the idea, they must take a comprehensive, company-wide approach to carry out such fundamental changes.
Boom! Hulu Just Blew Up the TV Bundle
MariNation  | 
9/8/2017  |  8 comments
Maybe TV doesn't have to be just TV anymore.
Enterprise Services Market Is the Telcos' to Lose
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/8/2017  |  Post a comment
To succeed in the enterprise market telcos need to play to their strengths.
WiCipedia: Tech in Africa, Female CEOs & Bingeworthy TV
WiCipedia  | 
9/8/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: why you may want to consider a move to Africa; C-level women come out of retirement; encouraging your daughters to pursue STEM; and more.
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