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RJio's Big Small Cells Vision
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2016  |  1 comment
RJio has announced plans for a major investment in small cell technology.
Curing America's China Syndrome
Column  | 
1/29/2016  |  25 comments
It's time for our industry to call BS on the US government's position on Chinese telco manufacturers.
How the FCC's Set-Top Plan Could Work
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  28 comments
Here are a few of the technicalities behind the FCC's set-top proposal, from the people who helped design the technical solution.
Building a Secure DNS Architecture for NFV
Column  | 
1/29/2016  |  Post a comment
There are important considerations for companies to keep in mind when moving Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure to an NFV implementation.
Gigabites: Starry-Eyed Ambition in Boston
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  4 comments
Not content to disrupt the TV industry, Aereo founder Chet Kanojia is back with Starry, a new company that plans to launch gigabit wireless Internet service.
Cisco EVP Development Patel Says Sayonara
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  2 comments
Pankaj Patel, executive vice president and chief executive officer, bids Cisco adieu in the second half of 2016.
Cable Eyes the Enterprise Prize
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/29/2016  |  3 comments
Cable has grown dramatically in the small- and midsized business (SMB) market, hitting the $12 billion mark, and is now heading into the enterprise business market.
WiCipedia: Equality, Fashion & Dads
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/29/2016  |  5 comments
For our inaugural WiC weekly roundup: Facebook's leaders set good examples; the brogammer fashion debate; Intel's Africa outreach; and more.
Google Pays Bounty to Best Bug Finder
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  7 comments
Google's most prolific security researcher found 70 vulnerabilities on Google last year.
TeliaSonera: Timing May be 'Wrong' for Eurasia Sale
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Swedish telecom incumbent recognizes difficulties of selling Eurasian assets in current conditions but says it needs to focus on its Nordic and Baltic operations.
Eurobites: Telefónica Sounds Warning on Internet of Bad Things
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky reveals first-half figures, brings James Murdoch back; Orange offers more APIs; Tele2 bags spectrum in Lithuania.
FCC Still Bemoans Rural Broadband Gap
Rewired  | 
1/29/2016  |  8 comments
Latest broadband deployment report shows more than half of rural Americans can't get the 25 Megs of broadband the feds say they need, even as rural telcos says FCC support is confusing and inconsistent.
ZenFi Brings Dense Dark Fiber to NYC
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2016  |  Post a comment
New kind of edge network will enable content caching and compute processing to bloom at the neighborhood level for greater efficiency.
Why Vodafone India Wants YOU Broadband
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  2 comments
Acquiring ISPs with fiber assets could make sense for India's mobile operators.
Microsoft Buoyed by Cloud, Surface, Burnt by Phones
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  2 comments
Azure revenue up 140%, Surface devices drive $1.35B in sales, but Windows phone revenues are down nearly 50%.
Amazon Soars but Investors Sulk
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  12 comments
Despite growing profits and revenue both overall and in in its AWS business, Amazon failed to hit analyst results and Wall Street punished it.
Are Huawei & ZTE About to Feel a Thaw in the Comms Cold War?
Jonestown  | 
1/28/2016  |  4 comments
A change of administration in Washington could signal fresh opportunities in the US for Huawei and ZTE.
CEO Chat With Mitel's Rich McBee
Between the CEOs  | 
1/28/2016  |  1 comment
Light Reading's Steve Saunders discovers how Mitel CEO Rich McBee has steered his company from olde worlde voice player to convergence pioneer.
TWC Chief Slams FCC STB Proposal
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  1 comment
Speaking on his company's Q4 earnings call, TWC Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus questions need to mandate open set-tops.
Juniper Buying BTI: Is That Enough?
Shades of Ray  | 
1/28/2016  |  3 comments
Juniper looks like it's on the offensive and defensive with the acquisition of data center interconnect (DCI) specialist BTI Systems but will it need to do more?
Qualcomm Profits Sink on Weak Demand
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Struggling chipmaker reports sharp falls in sales and earnings and says device shipments will drop in the current quarter.
MSOs: We're Not Building National Biz Net
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  2 comments
Charter and Cox execs say the efforts to link cable networks for business customers are routine automation efforts for buying and selling access.
Facebook Wins Big in Q4
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  2 comments
Beating analyst estimates again, Facebook reported sky-high earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015.
Eurobites: EE Deal Pays Dividends for DT, Orange
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk's latest security scare; Tele2 profits slip in fourth quarter; Nokia pushes 'pop-up' network.
Juniper: Packet-Optical Convergence Driving BTI Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  1 comment
Juniper isn't looking to build a big optical business but rather to take advantage of the DCI and metro market, said CEO Rami Rahim on an earnings call Wednesday.
Google on the Verge of Mobile AI Devices
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  13 comments
The company's AI operation licensed Movidius's light-spectrum vision ICs, auguring devices that can 'see' and react to the environments in which they find themselves.
Sony Buys 4G IoT Chip Specialist Altair
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Israeli LTE chip firm is being acquired for $212 million by Sony, which is planning to expand its IoT components portfolio.
Employers Not Inspiring Loyalty in Millennial Women
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/28/2016  |  12 comments
Deloitte's survey of 7,700 Millennials suggests that their motivations and priorities are different from those of their older colleagues, as is their sense of loyalty to their employer.
TDC Targets Enterprise Market With Its Gigabit Upgrade
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2016  |  1 comment
Business services growth is just one of the benefits the Danish incumbent operator is expecting from the upgrade of its cable network to DOCSIS 3.1.
AT&T Claims North American LTE Crown
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  Post a comment
AT&T has increased its 4G girth by expanding into Mexico.
STM Backing Out of Set-Top IC Biz
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  4 comments
Exhausted by flagging business for semiconductors for advanced set-top boxes, the company will cease developing new products and reassign hundreds of employees to other units.
Sprint Setting Up New Entity to Fund Network
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  1 comment
Sprint will put up spectrum and more to get $3B-plus to fund network buildout.
FCC Ready to Rule on Set-Top Overhaul: Report
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  3 comments
A setback on set-tops for the pay-TV industry.
Major Telcos Join Facebook's Open Compute Project
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  3 comments
AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, and Verizon are among those joining the new Open Compute Project Telco Project launched today.
Beating Netflix: The Pay-TV Market in 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  7 comments
Light Reading has a new report on video innovation in the pay-TV market.
AT&T Eyes TV Everywhere Gold
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  1 comment
Six months after gobbling up DirecTV, AT&T plots launch of several 'mobile-centric' TVE services designed to reach all video devices.
Metro Connect Bubbles With Optimism
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  Post a comment
Competitive fiber players are excited about major new opportunities from data centers to edge computing, as well as continued cell tower backhaul.
Equinix Expects Explosive Enterprise Growth
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  3 comments
Interconnect giant is going aggressively after enterprise market, promising to make hybrid clouds and outsourced data centers easier.
Telstra Picks Up China Cloud Firm Qiniu
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  2 comments
Telstra has been on the acquisition trail in Asia once again.
Eurobites: TDC Goes Gigabit With Huawei
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia shoots, SCOREs; eir rises in second quarter; Orange forms biometrics partnership; Lycamobile in UK tax trouble.
Ericsson Shares Tumble Despite Profit Growth
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  9 comments
Profitability improvements at Ericsson do not appear to have assuaged investor concern about its emerging-market and IP networking prospects.
VMware Announces 800 Layoffs, Executive Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2016  |  1 comment
As part of the decline in its on-premises computing business and shift to cloud and networking, the company is laying off 800 employees.
Juniper Flies Into DCI With BTI Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Juniper is jumping into the data center interconnect (DCI) market and adding to its cloud portfolio with its acquisition of BTI Systems.
Anadigics Weighs New Bid From Chinese Suitor
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  4 comments
The bidding war for Anadigics grinds on, with a revised offer from an unidentified Chinese suitor exceeding a bid from II-VI Inc.
Walmart Puts Cloud Platform in Open Source
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  2 comments
The OneOps cloud and app management platform is now available for three cloud platforms as open source software for general use.
Ciena Joins the Optical Encryption Club
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  5 comments
With optical layer encryption set to be a hot network security topic in 2016, Ciena has unveiled its metro and long-haul solution, and already tried out its tech with Telstra.
Comcast WiFi for Business Goes Live
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  2 comments
New managed WiFi offering shows how serious Comcast is about the business services market.
BT Enters SD-WAN Fray With Cisco
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  1 comment
UK's telecom incumbent takes wraps off SD-WAN service and unveils Walgreens Boots Alliance as its first customer.
Eurobites: Iliad Eyes UK Market
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 400G in Cape Town; Orange to sell secure smartphone; Dixons Carphone makes hay in the holidays.
AirTies Boosts WiFi for Next-Gen Sky Set-Top
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2016  |  1 comment
Sky is using AirTies mesh technology for better in-home video streaming.
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