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Comcast, Netflix Experiment with Streaming
News Analysis  | 
12/31/2013  |  10 comments
Comcast and Netflix test out services that either add to or take away from the streaming experience.
Why Cable Needs a Personalization Playbook
Column  | 
12/31/2013  |  3 comments
Just as mobile providers have done, cable operators must find ways to target and serve individuals, rather than entire households.
The Five Surprising Tech Trends of 2013
Rewired  | 
12/31/2013  |  17 comments
Here's one person's view of what didn't go as expected this year.
MKM: Cisco Biggest Loser in AT&T SDN Plans
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2013  |  15 comments
Ciena, Finisar, and F5 Networks cited as potential winners as AT&T pushes vendors to get on board the SDN 'white box' train.
FCC Data: Fixed Broadband Still Growing
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2013  |  21 comments
The latest FCC broadband report showed fixed broadband subscriptions still growing at the end of 2012, while mobile broadband rose rapidly.
Is WiFi the New It Network?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
12/30/2013  |  20 comments
Several WiFi-first MVNOs are relying on WiFi to do the heavy lifting and consumers to accept the trade-offs.
Verizon: Major Apps Move Cloud-ward in 2014
News Analysis  | 
12/29/2013  |  8 comments
Verizon Terremark exec says partnerships with major enterprise app providers will help ease more enterprises into cloud-based offers.
CTIA Site Dispels Mobile Data Mysteries
Que Sera Sarah  | 
12/27/2013  |  17 comments
New KnowMyApp.org tells consumers and developers how much data their favorite apps will consume.
One to Watch: Adara Networks
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2013  |  7 comments
SDN vendor Adara Networks, once the subject of M&A buzz, could be due for big news early in 2014.
Verizon VoLTE Testing Spotted
Jonestown  | 
12/27/2013  |  12 comments
A reader has spotted Verizon testing VoLTE as it prepares for 4G voice services in 2014.
Report: SoftBank Preps $19B Bid for T-Mobile
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2013  |  19 comments
SoftBank is reportedly plotting a $19B bid to take a majority stake in T-Mobile.
Cable's Pay TV Share Slips Again
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2013  |  4 comments
Cable's share of pay TV market revenues slides again in first half of year while telecom and satellite TV providers gain more ground.
Cyan Embraces the Bashful Yeti
Shades of Ray  | 
12/25/2013  |  9 comments
You never can tell how people will react to ape-like cryptids.
China Unicom Calls 4G Tender
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2013  |  1 comment
Unicom has called for 4G equipment bids, but its approach is still very 3G-oriented.
ESPN Hosts Happy Holiday Hackathon
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2013  |  10 comments
The sports programmer holds a 48-hour hackathon for developers to come up with the best new sports app for 2014.
Cisco Maintains Video Dominance
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2013  |  2 comments
Cisco keeps lead in most video infrastructure market segments, but Arris pulls away in client hardware and software, according to new report.
NFV Highlight: EE Provides Reality Check
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2013  |  2 comments
For a senior networking executive at the UK's leading mobile operator EE, functions virtualization is not so appealing at the packet core, while proprietary tech is perfectly acceptable.
Huawei Preps for VoLTE Explosion
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2013  |  6 comments
Head of wireless networks believes 2014 will be a major year for 4G voice deployments.
Verizon Gearing Up for LTE-Advanced Services?
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  10 comments
A TBR analyst says LTE-Advanced service from Verizon will start by yearend. Verizon tells us it is preparing next-gen features for its network, but it is staying mum on the timing.
TW Cable Beams UI to Cloud
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  4 comments
TWC joins Comcast in offering cloud-based program guide to video customers, setting stage for other cloud-based services.
Mobile VC Funding Hits $600M in November
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  9 comments
Mobli, a Mobile photo app startup, leads the mobile funding pack in November, Rutberg & Co reveals.
Apple-China Mobile Deal: A Boost for LTE TDD in 2014
Jonestown  | 
12/23/2013  |  4 comments
Even if Apple sees only modest iPhone sales in China, the move will likely give 4G LTE TDD (a.k.a. TD-LTE) technology a boost in 2014.
Northern Exposure for 1 Gig
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  5 comments
Alaskan cable and telecom provider GCI intends to launch 1 Gbit/s service in the Anchorage area by 2015.
Samsung Gives Smart TVs the Finger
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  4 comments
Consumer electronics giant plans to introduce "finger gesture" controls for its new line of web-connected TV sets.
AAN: A Vision for the Future
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/23/2013  |  2 comments
As numerous changes occur in the network, a shift to application-aware networking (AAN) will be an answer to the rising challenges.
NFV, SDN Changing Operators' Policy Picks
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  2 comments
New Heavy Reading report finds that the move towards virtualization means vendors have stricter requirements for DPI and analytics.
Huawei Aims to Double LTE Sales in 2014
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2013  |  4 comments
Chinese vendor says it's on course to meet its 2013 wireless infrastructure sales objectives and sets out its targets for 2014.
App Aware? Networks Aren't There Yet
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2013  |  1 comment
A Heavy Reading Insider report on application-aware networking finds the concept taking baby steps into carrier networks.
Light Reading's Top 10 Mobile Regifting Ideas
Slide Shows  | 
12/20/2013  |  23 comments
We run down the gently used wireless gear you just can't wait to pass along with holiday cheer this year.
Can Virtualization Succeed Where IMS Didn't?
Rewired  | 
12/20/2013  |  5 comments
Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie looks at how IMS and virtualization are similar -- and different -- in his LR University session on policy and SDN/NFV.
Carrier WiFi: The Key People
Que Sera Sarah  | 
12/20/2013  |  Post a comment
We highlight the service provider and vendor executives that are taking WiFi to the next level for communications service providers.
CSL Sale Sparks Hong Kong Speculation
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2013  |  1 comment
HKT becomes the biggest mobile player in Hong Kong with a $2.43 billion deal to buy CSL from Telstra – will further M&A follow?
Cable's Search for Advanced Advertising Treasure
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/20/2013  |  5 comments
Dynamic advertising insertion (DAI) is available in 30 million homes and expected to be in 40 million homes by the end of 2014.
Euronews: Huawei Boasts 400G Breakthrough
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2013  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu sells government-focused unit; French say oui to more data-snooping; Telefónica/E-Plus deal under scrutiny.
AlcaLu Sells US Unit for $200M
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2013  |  4 comments
Another piece of the Shift Plan puzzle is put in place as Alcatel-Lucent agrees the sale of US federal-focused subsidiary.
MobiTV Takes Aim at the… TV
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2013  |  8 comments
That company aims to join the pay TV market by powering a service that would easily transfer online content to the TV set.
Hulu Flexes Fresh Muscles
Breznick Unbound  | 
12/19/2013  |  8 comments
Hulu reveals new financial and customer figures indicating that it has become another major force in the quickly evolving pay TV market.
TW Cable Says: Just Keep Streaming
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2013  |  3 comments
Second largest US MSO extends TV Everywhere reach to Amazon Kindle Fire tablets while also streaming more fare to Roku and Xbox 360 boxes and Samsung Smart TVs.
DukeNet Takes SDN to Demo Phase
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2013  |  1 comment
Using Cyan's Blue Planet SDN platform, regional carrier shows it can turn up virtual network resources along with virtual machines in datacenter.
The Big Telecom Event: Have Your Say
Rewired  | 
12/19/2013  |  3 comments
We're already months into planning our 'Specs & Plugs & Rock & Roll' show, but there's still plenty of time to tell us what you'd like to see at The Big Telecom Event (BTE) in June 2014.
Startup Automates TV Apps for Devices
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2013  |  1 comment
1 Mainstream seeks to make impact in pay-TV market by automating app creation, video streaming, and more.
Mobile Voice is Dead. Long Live Mobile Voice!
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/19/2013  |  2 comments
Better mobile call quality has shown to drive longer call time.
Euronews: Krause Is AlcaLu CMO – Again!
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2013  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT security guru exits; Telecom Italia board on tenterhooks; Swiss SPIT; Austrian LTE roaming.
2014: Intel's Year of Living Wirelessly?
Jonestown  | 
12/19/2013  |  6 comments
Mindspeed is just one aspect of Intel's wireless push in the coming year.
NTT Aims Innovation Efforts at US Enterprises
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2013  |  2 comments
A new innovation center announced last April in Silicon Valley intends to both serve and capitalize on US companies, particularly in the cloud.
Gigamon Steps Up Traffic Intelligence
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2013  |  2 comments
Gigamon enhances its network visibility fabric to offer greater traffic intelligence for increasingly complex physical and virtual network environments.
Ensequence Lands First ITV Ad Partners
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2013  |  1 comment
Interactive TV vendor signs up Samsung, AMC Networks, and ReelzChannel for new national interactive TV ad platform.
AT&T Adds 12 LTE Cities as 4G Goes Global
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2013  |  10 comments
The GSA says that 251 LTE networks have been launched around the world, with nearly half going live in 2013.
APAC Fuels 4G Action
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2013  |  3 comments
China, Japan, and Taiwan are the latest markets to further 4G's momentum.
Data Growth Spurs Policy Management Evolution
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/18/2013  |  3 comments
Communications service providers (CSPs) are pursuing new monetization strategies in the policy management market.
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