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BTE 2015: Virtualization Goes Commercial
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  1 comment
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges sees new network virtualization deployments on the horizon in 2015.
TiVo Scores Cable, Retail Gains
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  2 comments
DVR pioneer racks up robust results for another quarter as it adds subscribers on both the cable and retail fronts, pushing its total customer count near 6 million.
Will Ericsson Join the M&A Arms Race?
Shades of Ray  | 
5/29/2015  |  4 comments
Reports suggest Ericsson might respond to the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia with a major deal of its own – but would that make sense?
Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  1 comment
Find out more about the players that made it on to our awards shortlist for Company of the Year (Public).
Leading Lights Finalists: Most Innovative SDN Deployment (Network/Data Center Operator)
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Finalists in this category showed global ambition.
Interconnect Deals Bear Net Neutrality's Stamp
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  3 comments
ISPs are signing new pacts with edge providers before the FCC's Open Internet rules go into effect in two weeks, but measuring what's fair in an interconnection deal still won't be easy.
Eurobites: Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Germany's spectrum auction heats up; Telefónica closes GVT buy; Jolla sails into Africa.
Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2015  |  1 comment
The three finalists for Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical service know that software now outweighs hardware and raw speed.
Making Sense of It All at BTE
Shades of Ray  | 
5/28/2015  |  4 comments
Now more than ever, the industry needs to come together to ask and answer the big questions facing the communications networking industry -- and that's going to happen at the upcoming Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago.
Gambling on Used Sprint Phones: Are Users Buying a Brick?
Jonestown  | 
5/28/2015  |  5 comments
Consumers have no way of knowing if the aftermarket Sprint phone they're buying will work on the operator's network -- and that's burning Sprint's MVNOs.
Sprint CEO Claims Next-Gen Network Will Be #1
Que Sera Sarah  | 
5/28/2015  |  4 comments
Marcelo Claure had some bold claims to share at the Recode conference, including that its network would be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every single market in the next 18 to 24 months.
Why Netflix Traffic Keeps Soaring
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  5 comments
Interconnection deals between Netflix and ISPs have had a major impact on bandwidth usage in North America.
CEO Chat With Hassan Ahmed, Affirmed Networks
Between the CEOs  | 
5/28/2015  |  2 comments
Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
What Will Avago Do With Broadcom?
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  2 comments
Avago could look at Broadcom in the same way it did LSI, says analyst.
Sprint Policy Change Spells Trouble for MVNOs
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  3 comments
Many bring-your-own-device handsets used by MVNO customers on the Sprint network are failing a new eligibility check.
Avago Seals Deal to Buy Broadcom for $37B
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  1 comment
As expected, Avago is swallowing Broadcom in a deal that will create a $77 billion networking chip giant.
Eurobites: Telefónica Launches 'Quin-Play' Service
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  1 comment
Quad-play is just so 2014. Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox in French IoT deal; Ericsson opens cloud lab in Rome; Huawei and Volkswagen share the ride.
Will Carriers Follow Facebook's Networking Lead?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
5/28/2015  |  7 comments
Facebook designs and builds its own networks, which sparks the question, will carriers want to do the same?
Europe Set to Miss Digital Deadline – Point Topic
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2015  |  4 comments
European Commission's broadband targets for 2020 are already looking out of reach, according to projections from research house Point Topic.
Altice Eyes Next US Cable Prizes
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  1 comment
Altice owner says the company wasn't ready for Time Warner Cable, but it still has some big moves planned.
HP: ConteXtream's Precision Network Configuration Drove Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  2 comments
ConteXtream lets carriers identify and manage flows on a per-subscriber basis, which can be handy.
Broadcom in Buyout Talks With Avago – Report
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Broadcom's stock is soaring on the news.
Fortinet Set to Buy Meru for $44M
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Security firm says enterprise WiFi company will bolster its BYOD strategy and more.
Charter Plans Business Services, Wireless Push
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  6 comments
With its TWC & Bright House deals done, Charter aims to extend its business services and wireless reach to compete for customers in areas beyond its cabled footprint.
BTG Breaks Out Cloud Partner Program
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  2 comments
As the cloud market grows, it also continues to splinter and this time, it's AT&T partner BTG offering its own private cloud partner program.
Cisco VNI Report Shows Set-Top Shift
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  2 comments
Cisco's annual Visual Networking Index report shows traffic from digital media adapters growing to 32% of total global Internet set-top traffic by 2019.
Eurobites: Nokia Buys SON Specialist
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets Spanish green light for Jazztel buy; Ericsson takes 5G down the mines; Drahi explains TWC pullout.
The Three Steps to Digital Dominance
Column  | 
5/27/2015  |  Post a comment
What are the main steps that CSPs need to take in order to compete on the digital playing field?
BTE 2015: IoT Driving SDN, NFV Business Case
Que Sera Sarah  | 
5/27/2015  |  1 comment
Heavy Reading analyst Steve Bell explains how IoT deployments are driving operators to invest in SDN and NFV, but some are still waiting on LTE-M.
Leading Lights Finalists: Best Deal Maker
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2015  |  1 comment
Strategic acquisitions and partnerships helped five companies get shortlisted to be 2015's best deal maker.
HP Acquiring ConteXtream for Carrier SDN
News Analysis  | 
5/26/2015  |  4 comments
The pioneering SDN player will help HP build a foundation for its NFV programs.
A Tale of 2 Genbands
News Analysis  | 
5/26/2015  |  3 comments
The networking vendor says its legacy business is dwindling as it positions itself as a partner to telcos both in transforming their networks to IP and in building a future comms strategy.
Charter Seals Deals for TWC, Bright House
News Analysis  | 
5/26/2015  |  12 comments
Charter plans to spend about $56 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable and another $10.4 billion to purchase Bright House Networks.
Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses
LRTV Documentaries  | 
5/26/2015  |  1 comment
CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
News Analysis  | 
5/26/2015  |  Post a comment
The trend to hybrid clouds and more focused cloud service options is well represented in our four finalists.
100G: Ready for Prime Time
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/26/2015  |  2 comments
Most telecom and network equipment manufacturers are now shipping products with 100G ports.
Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Trials 400G in Czech Republic
News Analysis  | 
5/26/2015  |  10 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone shareholders like the sound of a merger with Liberty; German spectrum auction imminent; TeliaSonera makes IoT investment.
Charter Nears Deal for TWC – Reports
News Analysis  | 
5/25/2015  |  1 comment
Charter is closing in on a $55.1 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable, with the generous help of Liberty Broadband, according to multiple press reports Monday.
Bidding War for TWC Looks Likelier
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  21 comments
Altice head Patrick Drahi reportedly meets with TWC CEO Rob Marcus in New York while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler clarifies his position on cable deals.
TiVo Secures 2-Year Set-Top Waiver
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  5 comments
The FCC has awarded TiVo a temporary waiver so that it can continue to sell set-tops that don't comply with the DLNA's home networking standard to its cable operator customers.
Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  4 comments
Find out more about the broadband network operators that made it onto our awards shortlist for most innovative gigabit service.
Eurobites: Vodafone Shines in FTSE 100
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia tests 5G in Oulu; French minister makes plea for market stability; BT boss minted.
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling
LRTV Documentaries  | 
5/22/2015  |  Post a comment
For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
10 Alternate Uses for Tablets
Slide Shows  | 
5/22/2015  |  63 comments
Not sure what to do with your not-so-popular tablet anymore? We have some ideas for you...
Potholes Lurk in Indian Smart City Project
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  10 comments
India's recently launched smart cities project faces huge challenges even though vendors are enthused by the business opportunity.
Wave Raises $130M for Gigabit Expansion
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  1 comment
Wave plans to bulk up on fiber in Washington, Oregon and California after raising $130 million in a corporate bond sale.
Brocade: IP Networking Up, But Storage Down
News Analysis  | 
5/22/2015  |  Post a comment
Service provider and US federal customers drove increased year-over-year IP sales, Brocade says.
Carmakers Closing In on Nokia HERE – Report
News Analysis  | 
5/21/2015  |  4 comments
Reuters reports that Mercedes, Audi, BMW and General Atlantic are getting closer to making a bid for Nokia's HERE mapping division, but they'll have competition.
Accedian Touts 7 Service Provider vCPE Wins
News Analysis  | 
5/21/2015  |  1 comment
Accedian vCPE has been deployed by carriers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, likely including Cox and T-Mobile.
OIF Releases Transport SDN Framework
News Analysis  | 
5/21/2015  |  Post a comment
The Optical Internetworking Forum delivers a white paper based on last year's transport SDN demonstration and gears up for next steps.
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