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Content posted in January 2015
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Optical Transport Month in Review
DOS Attack  | 
1/31/2015  |  1 comment
Optical Transport Month at Light Reading has come to an end, but stay tuned for much more optical coverage.
Brocade's Kelly Herrell on the New IP
From the Founder  | 
1/30/2015  |  5 comments
Brocade's Kelly Herrell and Light Reading's Steve Saunders talk about Brocade's approach to the New IP and the telecom industry's future.
Hey Big Spenders! AT&T, Dish & VZ Splash Cash on Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  26 comments
AT&T is the biggest spender in the massive $45 billion AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Poll: Metro Apps Top of Mind for Optical
DOS Attack  | 
1/30/2015  |  1 comment
Light Reading readers have confirmed the metro is where it's at for optical in 2015.
Cablevision Slaps Verizon With WiFi Suit
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  8 comments
Three days after introducing its new Freewheel WiFi phone service, Cablevision sues Verizon over the telco's "false" and "deceptive" WiFi ads.
US Ops Spend $32.5M to Bring 4G to Chicago's Subways
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  19 comments
T-Mobile teams with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to build new DAS to connect Chicago's entire subway system to 4G LTE.
BT Puts G.fast at Heart of Ultra-Fast Broadband Plans
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  1 comment
Thanks to recent technology improvements, a UK-wide G.fast deployment based largely on FTTC now looks commercially viable.
Eurobites: Vodafone Spain Checks Out 400G With Alcatel-Lucent
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 sales up in Q4; Jay-Z buys Scandinavian streaming service; startups in ice-holes.
How 2 Meta-Trends Will Drive Telecom in 2015
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/30/2015  |  5 comments
This year is expected to be a year of great market evolution across most telecom sectors, specifically in virtualization and Long Term Evolution (LTE).
BT Plots G.fast Rollout, Mobile Launch
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  2 comments
G.fast standard will support the rollout of 500Mbit/s services across most of UK, says incumbent.
Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/29/2015  |  35 comments
Comcast's customer retention department seems unclear on the concept of retaining customers.
FCC's Monster Auction Ends at $45B in Bids
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  15 comments
4G spectrum sure ain't going cheap as the FCC pulls in $44.89B for AWS-3.
Comlink Jumps Into 100G
DOS Attack  | 
1/29/2015  |  3 comments
Michigan operator Comlink explains how and why it just joined the 100G race.
FCC Sets 25/3 as New Broadband Bar
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  3 comments
The FCC has voted to raise the minimum broadband speed threshold from 4 Mbit/s downstream and 1 Mbit/s upstream (4/1) to 25 Mbit/s downstream and 3 Mbit/s upstream.
TWC Roars Back to Life
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Despite falling shy of Wall Street financial targets, the No. 2 US MSO enjoyed a resurgent quarter, adding broadband and voice subs by the bucket while sharply cutting video sub losses.
Citrix to Axe 900 for Renewed Mobile Focus
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Virtualization vendor says it will invest more in mobile, networking, Workspace Cloud and ADC.
Nokia CEO Defends Licensing Outlook
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  3 comments
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri fends off criticism of Technologies business after profits shrink in fourth quarter.
Sony & Dish – Two Sides of a Coin
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  5 comments
An early user report suggests Sony's new PlayStation Vue video service will compete at the high end of the pay-TV market… in direct contrast to the new Sling TV service from Dish.
NTT DoCoMo Takes on Retail Broadband
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  7 comments
NTT DoCoMo adds fiber products to its mobile offerings in challenge to KDDI.
The Granddaddy of Gigabit Gatherings
The Gigabot  | 
1/29/2015  |  2 comments
Light Reading will bring the Gigabit Cities community together in Atlanta May 13 and 14.
Radisys Introduces Load Balancer With Brains
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  1 comment
Combines the functions of a top-of-rack switch, edge router, and conventional load balancer for high-traffic SDN networks.
Eurobites: Sky Goes Mobile With O2
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica buys stake in Indra; ETNO calls for level playing field with OTT crowd; Cinven bids for Telekom Slovenia.
Pain in Spain & Eurasia Hits TeliaSonera
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  1 comment
Scandinavian operator reports first revenue decline in developed-markets region 'for a long time.'
Google Searching for 5G Wireless Engineer
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  6 comments
Google is hunting wireless experts to help it integrate WiFi and LTE with its Fiber cities.
The Telco's Dilemma: Building or Outsourcing?
Column  | 
1/29/2015  |  Post a comment
There are three important questions service providers need to address for in-market and out-of-market expansion.
Nokia Ends 2014 on a High
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor ends the year on a high with improving sales across all units and expectations of further growth in 2015.
Is Juniper's Cautious Confidence Justified?
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  2 comments
New CEO expects uptick in second half of 2015 after company reports fourth-quarter loss that wasn't as bad as analysts expected.
CommScope Agrees $3B Takeover of TE Network Assets
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Merger will help CommScope enter new geographical and product markets and generate $150 million in annual cost synergies.
Amdocs Ramps Sales, Adds Customers
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  1 comment
The service provider IT giant reported record quarterly revenues for the final three months of 2014 and announced a diverse set of new customers.
AT&T Highlights Mexican Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  4 comments
CEO says Ma Bell can now build a network covering 400 million across the two countries.
U-verse TV Growth Hits Skids
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  4 comments
AT&T's fiber-fed platform sees its growth slow down markedly in fourth quarter as company shifts focus to higher-end consumers and lower churn rates.
Big Switch Adds Muscle to SDN Fabric
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  1 comment
New monitoring tools and VMware, Dell support for Big Cloud Fabric.
Metro 100G: Get Excited, but Not Too Excited
DOS Attack  | 
1/28/2015  |  3 comments
Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin takes stock of the metro 100G movement percolating in the optical sector.
Eurobites: EU Roaming Charges Demise Delayed?
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Apple revenues 20% up in Europe; Norwegian government cuts stake in Telenor; retailer goes OTT in France.
Huawei Steps Up NFV Game With New Lab
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Huawei NFV lab a testbed for new business model as well as tech.
Mobile Security Should Be Customer-Centric
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Bring your own device (BYOD) is flourishing, creating the need for better security on shared personal/workplace mobile devices.
Bumper iPhone Sales Boost Apple Profits
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  7 comments
iPhone maker reports biggest quarterly profit in corporate history as influence in mobile sector grows.
Sling TV – Like Pay-TV, but Skinnier
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  2 comments
With the soft launch of Sling TV, Dish has introduced a service that's neither a high-end cable competitor nor a low-end Netflix knock-off, but something in between.
AT&T Eyes TVE Blitz With DirecTV
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Carrier aims to bring TV Everywhere service to every device and put content on every wireless handset bought in stores once it closes DirecTV deal.
'Impressive' NSX Drives VMware Growth
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  1 comment
VMware's SDN software isn't just for early adopters anymore, say executives.
Cisco Gives Its Software Licensing a Makeover
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  2 comments
Also introduced expanded Meraki services for managing networks from the cloud.
Kish to Cities: To Get Google, Get Ready
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Google Fiber head Dennis Kish says the cities with the most-prepped infrastructure and processes are most attractive to Google.
Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  24 comments
Google Fiber continues its gigabit quest with announced rollouts in three more cities.
Colt Bigs Up the Benefits of Virtual CPE
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
NFV pioneer has seen significant benefits from introducing virtual CPE to enterprise customers during the past two years, executive tells webinar audience.
Imagine Makes RGB's Exit Dreams Come True
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
Imagine Communications picked up video specialist RGB Networks in its fourth acquisition over the past year.
Ericsson Testing 5G Use Cases, CFO Says
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Vendor is in the early stages of working with partners and customers to understand how they want to use the network going forward so it can build out 5G to meet their needs.
Helping Millimeter Wave Achieve Its Potential
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
Millimeter wave technology holds tremendous potential for delivering ultra-high-speed wireless broadband, but so far the market has been more smoke than fire.
CommScope Eyes $3B Takeover of TE's Networks Unit
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
Merger would create company with more than $6 billion in annual revenues and generate synergies of $50 million next year, say analysts.
Overture Builds on NFV Foundation
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  9 comments
Orchestration and virtual CPE tools are designed to help service providers boost revenue, cut costs, and move fast.
Eurobites: Providers Square Up to Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch regulator issues net neutrality fines; TE Connectivity close to sale of network gear unit; Bell Labs' HetNet boasts.
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