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AT&T Summit: A Call for Tech-Optimists
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  Post a comment
As new players rapidly disrupt the communications industry, John Donovan says AT&T and its enterprise customers must be willing to take risks and adapt a data-driven mentality to drive innovation.
Verizon Preps NG-PON2 Rollout for Q1
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Verizon unveils NG-PON2 commercial deployment plans.
Apple Trying to Drop Qualcomm – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  7 comments
Can Apple lean on Intel – and maybe MediaTek – to replace key supplier Qualcomm?
Facebook Tries Automating the Optical Network
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  7 comments
It's about building an abstraction layer. But that's easier to do with packet networks than with optical.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: High Fiber Diet
LRTV Documentaries  | 
10/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Scott, Jamie and Iain chat about Broadband World Forum and Amazon brand loyalty.
Eurobites: BT Beefs Up Cloud Offer With AWS
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN talks tough to Turkcell; Orange gets caffeine boost; has the UK reached 'peak phone'?
Masergy Tidies Up UCaaS Collaboration
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2017  |  Post a comment
New Hub option pulls together contextual information from multiple places, including social media, IMs, emails and chats.
Source: Egos 'Cloud' Sprint/T-Mobile Talks
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  10 comments
But that doesn't mean this is the end of the line for M&A negotiations between the third- and fourth-largest US mobile operators.
AT&T's Chow: Work-Life Balance Is Bogus
Mentor Monday  | 
10/30/2017  |  3 comments
AT&T's Anne Chow discusses her leadership philosophy, approach to navigating business transformations and why she thinks more women should pursue the C-suite.
Calix Has a New Smart Home Platform
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  4 comments
The new Calix EXOS operating system lets third-party products and applications onto an on-premises managed network, but also layers in connectivity management, analytics, security and more.
AT&T Launches New AI, Microservice Initiatives
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  3 comments
Operator teams with Tech Mahindra on new open AI framework to be hosted by Linux Foundation, develops own internal microservices supplier platform.
New Event Tackles Critically Important 5G Transport Network
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  1 comment
Join us next week in NYC as Heavy Reading tackles key issues regarding how to connect radios, cell sites, controllers and edge data centers to services, content and applications.
Ericsson in China: Dangerous Liaisons?
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  2 comments
Ericsson has embarked on a 5G land grab in China that could damage its short-term margins. The question is whether it will pay off in the long run.
CenturyLink's $34B Deal for Level 3 to Close This Week
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  Post a comment
CenturyLink got final approval from the FCC on Monday.
Eurobites: Nokia Boosts Zain's 4G Reach With FastMile
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10/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain sees Q3 revenues and net income decline; Intracom virtualizes WiFi services; Ericsson stays friendly in Entel.
Sprint, T-Mobile Tie-Up Would Create Network Powerhouse
Column  | 
10/30/2017  |  Post a comment
A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile could help to address the gap between the US and its global peers on mobile broadband speeds.
Ericsson Cloud Blossoms, as Telstra NFV Goes Live
News Analysis  | 
10/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Ericsson's live NFV deployments at Telstra and Swisscom are a boon to Pluribus, the startup with SDN that powers the Ericsson Cloud.
Cisco WiFi Gets a Dose of the 'Network Intuitive'
News Analysis  | 
10/27/2017  |  1 comment
The Wave 2 APs convert to subscription-based pricing as Cisco spreads intent-based networking to the wireless portfolio.
WiCipedia: #MeToo Hits the Valley & WiC Goes to London
WiCipedia  | 
10/27/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: 02 offers senior-level returnships; meet a 'future me'; and 'Don't make money for a**holes.'
Telstra Goes Hybrid with New Roku-Powered 4K HDR Service
News Analysis  | 
10/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Telstra TV Goes Hybrid with New Roku-Powered 4K HDR Service
GE Digital Will Seek Carrier Partnerships for Predix
News Analysis  | 
10/27/2017  |  1 comment
Some industrial customers want GE to bundle connectivity with its Predix IIoT software.
Mobile Network Transformation: Clearing the 4G/5G Fog
Column  | 
10/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Mobile networks will transform from now through 2020, more than since the inception of 2G. New 4G capabilities will trigger some of that, however, 5G both enables and encourages more fundamental change.
Google Gears to Scale Cloud
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
Convinced of its technical superiority, Google CEO says the only challenge now is scaling up to meet customer demand.
Qualcomm: The First 5G Smartphone on Display?
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  2 comments
Qualcomm employee tweets pic of 'first 5G smartphone.'
Charter Touts Gig Plans as Earnings Slide
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
Charter will launch gigabit services with DOCSIS 3.1 in the next couple of months.
Open Source Upheaval Could Finish Off 'Traditional' Vendors
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
The adoption of open source technologies by the industry's telcos could spell the demise of its equipment suppliers in their current role.
Comcast Not Immune to Pay-TV Declines
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  8 comments
And that's why it's betting so heavily on broadband.
Can Carriers Make Money on CPaaS?
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Twilio and the like are cleaning up selling communications platform as-a-service offerings – two vendors say CSPs can as well.
Income Drives Cord-Cutting, Not Age: Report
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  9 comments
New research from Mintel appears to contradict conventional wisdom, saying that cord-cutting is driven by income rather than by age or OTT services.
GE Snaps Together Industrial IoT Pieces, Adds Azure
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
After a brief 'time out' for Predix, GE gets back on track fleshing out its IoT platform and reaching out to the clouds.
India's RCom to Shutter Operations – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Press reports suggest that India's sixth-biggest operator will shut down most of its business in a further indication of the turmoil that grips the market.
Gfast Still Sizzlin': BBWF 2017 Update
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
It's been a hot topic in the fixed access sector for a number of years already, but Gfast is still making waves at this year's Broadband World Forum. Plus other broadband news.
Nokia Share Price Tanks on Networks Gloom
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor records sharp growth in net income thanks to a licensing deal but forecasts another decline in the networks market in 2018.
Heavy Reading: It's Simple – Automate or Die
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  11 comments
A new 40-page report co-authored by seven analysts shows why network operators have to get on with automation or see themselves become irrelevant.
Ericsson Is Building a DOCSIS Small Cell
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
The era of cable small cells is about to arrive.
Australia's NBN Seeks More Govt Cash to Cover Loss-Making Rollout
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Australia's NBN has come under attack from the country's prime minister as it struggles to make a return.
Building the 5G Transport Network
Heavy Reading Blog  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Next-gen wireless will require next-gen wireline fronthaul and backhaul solutions that must be put in place within the next 2 years.
Netflix's Busy Week: Debt, Data & Video Monogamy
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  15 comments
A summary of Netflix-related news from the past week.
AT&T Trades Pay-TV Dollars for OTT Dimes
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  3 comments
Remember when telco TV was a good business?
Google Enlists Cisco to the Hybrid Cloud Cause
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Google, seeking enterprise cloud cred, lands a major ally.
Sprint Narrows Loss, Avoids T-Mobile Questions
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  1 comment
Sprint didn't hold a Q2 earnings call, thus dodging questions about a T-Mobile merger and the potential loss of 20,000 jobs.
Cloud Can Deliver a Broadband Boost, Says Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  1 comment
Cloud-based services can help to improve the broadband experience for consumers, says Huawei.
AT&T Q3: Taxes, FirstNet & '5G Evolution'
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  7 comments
Q3 results mildly miss, and AT&T's CFO preaches for a 'once in a generation' chance at tax reform.
5 Reasons to Ignore Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/24/2017  |  20 comments
Heavy Reading has just released a report on the coming automation age and how it will affect telecom industry ecosystems.
Vendors, Get Used to Life Under Open Source
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T thinks open source software is here to stay, and that means some vendors will have to reinvent their business models.
FCC's Latest 3.5GHz Vote Favors the Big 4
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  1 comment
A new proposed rule would tilt 5G's 3.5GHz spectrum allocation in a way the major US carriers have favored, much to Google's chagrin.
What Color Is That Optical White Box?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/24/2017  |  3 comments
The future of 'optical white box' was a topic of discussion, debate and some confusion at Light Reading's recent NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver.
Qwilt Takes Limelight to the Edge
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Caching vendor Qwilt and CDN Limelight today announced an integrated solution to bring content closer to the end-user and improve QoE.
Tivo Tips New Bolt Boxes
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
Tivo's not giving up on retail hardware yet.
Windstream Joins DDoS Mitigation Effort
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
As DDoS attacks get bigger and badder, carriers like Windstream have begun offering mitigation services in the cloud.
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