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Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2015  |  8 comments
The NCTA is squabbling with two key Senate Democrats over a new report lambasting the lack of choice and competition in the US pay-TV set-top market.
Verizon Small Cells Ready to Rock in Chicago
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/31/2015  |  10 comments
Carrier deploys 12 small cells in Chicago's Grant Park to prepare for the more than 124 terrabytes of mobile usage expected at this weekend's Lollapooloza.
Gigabites: Tempe Tees Up for Google Gig
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2015  |  2 comments
Tempe Arizona wants to be one of the next Google Gigabit Cities, but Cox Communications has something to say about those plans.
Proximus Raises Outlook on Strong Q2
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2015  |  2 comments
The Belgian incumbent has lifted its full-year guidance after exceeding its own expectations for underlying sales growth in the second quarter.
Eurobites: Refocused Colt Enjoys Healthy H1
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2015  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global increases stake in ITV; Orange and SFR get the green light on 1800MHz; 'Top Gear' trio head for Amazon Prime.
Predictions Are Hard, Especially About the Future
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/31/2015  |  7 comments
In the latest installment of Light Reading's science fiction story 'Silence Like Diamonds,' Yaz assess the vast scope of the forces arrayed against them.
The Collaboration Imperative
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/31/2015  |  6 comments
AT&T, like most network operators today, puts a premium on collaboration as one of the most important skills a potential or current employee can possess.
'Apprentice' Star & Telecom Entrepreneur Dies
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2015  |  10 comments
Stuart Baggs's Blue Wave Communications business had been on the verge of launching inexpensive wireless broadband to the home before his untimely death.
China's Broadband Squeeze
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  4 comments
Broadband in China continues to lag behind other parts of the world despite some ambitious government plans.
SCTE Sets 1st Cable Energy Standards
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  1 comment
Cable tech group issues initial set of four standards to measure power consumption in the access network, core and edge facilities and network equipment.
Slumping Video Sales Hurt Arris Results
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  7 comments
Big communications equipment vendor sees revenue and income declines on year-over-year basis as both telcos and cable operators cut spending on video gear.
T-Mobile Puts Low-Band to Work
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  9 comments
CTO Neville Ray wants half of all the smartphones T-Mobile offers to support low-band spectrum this year, and he hopes the next iPhone is one of them.
TWC Earnings: Ups, Downs & Merger Clues
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  7 comments
Time Warner Cable saw both increased revenues and costs in Q2 even as it inched toward a hoped-for regulatory decision on plans to sell out to Charter Communications.
Nokia Networks Enjoys 'Terrific Rebound'
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor receives a boost from improvements at its networks division but warns that pricing conditions remain challenging.
Level 3: Integration Has Us Poised to Grow
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  3 comments
The integration of tw telecom is complete in North America and that advanced Ethernet platform is spreading globally, to allow more upselling.
FreedomPop Gets a $10M Asian Infusion
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7/30/2015  |  6 comments
Axiata Group makes a $10M investment in the 'freemium' MVNO.
Eurobites: BT Trumpets Broadband, TV Growth in Fiscal Q1
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7/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT has to hand back taxpayer cash; Telefónica doubles net profits in first half; Telecom Italia does deal with Netflix; profits, revenue down at Russia's MegaFon.
AlcaLu Grows Profits Ahead of Nokia Deal
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7/30/2015  |  Post a comment
The equipment maker has reported a smaller net loss than in the year-earlier quarter despite a sales squeeze in North America and China.
Telecom Italia Taps Startups for 8,000 Ideas
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  4 comments
Head of TI Labs says the carrier has gotten 8,000 ideas, supported 300 projects and invested $6 million since it opened its startup accelerator in 2009.
Facebook: 2015 Is an Infrastructure Spend Year
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2015  |  3 comments
Company's CFO promises a lot of investment on servers, data centers and networks.
Optical Innovation Puts Focus on DCI, SDN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Metro data center interconnect (DCI) and transport SDN were the key themes of Optical Innovation Forum 2015.
Verizon Snags Broad HBO Now Rights
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2015  |  7 comments
The big US telco strikes deal to offer HBO's standalone OTT service to both broadband and wireless subs as it gears up for its own mobile OTT platform.
Altice Sees Brighter Days in 4-Player France
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2015  |  4 comments
Drahi-owned business expects French market to remain home to four mobile operators but says revenue trends are getting better.
EPB: 10Gbit/s Service Feasible Within a Year
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7/29/2015  |  1 comment
EPB in Chattanooga says it will be ready to offer Internet speeds up to 10 Gbit/s within a year.
Eurobites: Streaming Boosts Sky's Full Year
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7/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: profits up 13.5% at Telefónica Deutschland; business services segment depresses KPN results; Danish merger decision delayed.
Ericsson's Tech for Good Could Be US-Bound
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2015  |  2 comments
The vendor's program to connect schools is bringing broadband to 22 countries, and the woman in charge says it could make its way to the US next.
Verizon Converts Energy to a Managed Service
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2015  |  3 comments
Carrier launches a smart grid-as-a-service platform for utilities looking to outsource their network modernization efforts.
Open Source Needs Butts More Than Bucks
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2015  |  5 comments
Open source projects need people working more than financial support, say comms providers at an OpenDaylight Summit panel.
DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  1 comment
In its latest survey of cable operators, IHS finds that they expect to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 to about a third of their residential broadband subscribers by April 2017.
An Ultra-Broadband Future for Asia/Pac
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/28/2015  |  1 comment
Huawei-hosted conference considers ways to achieve ultra-broadband connectivity for Asia/Pacific by 2020.
Videotron Catches Gigabit Fever
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Large Canadian MSO becomes the latest North American broadband provider to rev up for gigabit speeds in Montreal pilot launch.
NFV & Cloud Top Use Cases for OpenDaylight
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Telcos and service providers are primary users, but enterprise and research and academia are also strong for the open source SDN controller.
Tencent Goes to 11 With OpenDaylight
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  Post a comment
To support growth, the social network and gaming platform is turning to the open source SDN controller.
Easing the Tech Pains for the Homeless
Rewired  | 
7/28/2015  |  6 comments
When even social service benefits require online access, 365 Data Centers is helping one Bay Area agency keep its clients connected.
Cisco Brings in New Blood for Tech Leadership
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Two executives who have between them spent time at HP, IBM, Nortel and Salesforce join the company's executive leadership team.
How We Got Into the Science Fiction Game
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/28/2015  |  2 comments
It all started with Leonard Nimoy.
Orange Touts Q2 Sales Recovery
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  Post a comment
French incumbent sees improvement in major European markets but is still counting on emerging markets for revenue growth.
Eurobites: Vodafone Cuts Jobs in Spain
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7/28/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon launches Spotify rival in UK; Ericsson's Radio Dot reaches Russia; Pace revenues down, but profits up.
Set-Tops Are Cash Cow in Arris/Pace Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  1 comment
If Arris succeeds in acquiring Pace, it will earn between 75% and 80% of its revenues from set-tops and other customer premises equipment.
What's Next for the New AT&T?
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2015  |  1 comment
Now that AT&T has finally closed its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV, what will it do with its new satellite TV prize?
Qualcomm Wants FCC to Stay Out of LTE-U Fray
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  7 comments
Qualcomm, T-Mobile and the CTIA again try to convince naysayers that LTE-U will coexist with WiFi, and that the FCC shouldn't get involved.
CyrusOne Sticks With BTI for DCI
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  1 comment
As CyrusOne expands, the colocation provider has chosen BTI a second time for further deployment over a growing roster of DCI competitors.
Interoperability: Harmony in the Network
Column  | 
7/27/2015  |  1 comment
Interoperability is the 'glue' that holds communications networks together, and it's as important as ever as new technologies such as G.fast enter the market.
RJio to Launch Its Own 4G Devices Brand
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  9 comments
India's 4G upstart has unveiled plans to develop its own devices and become a major retailer of other companies' products.
Eurobites: OTT Feel for Sky's New Set-Top
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook promises Internet.org expansion; Orange increases stake in Morocco's Méditel; Altice eyes French broadcaster.
EE Boasts Record Margin in H1
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  1 comment
Network efficiency measures bolster profits margins for the UK's biggest mobile operator.
Verizon Dubs New OTT Service Go90 – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  3 comments
According to a leaked website, Verizon's new mobile-first video service will be called Go90 and will include full TV episodes, short-form content and live sports.
Mentor Monday: Ericsson's Elaine Weidman
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/27/2015  |  3 comments
In what will be a weekly series, Light Reading talks to Ericsson's vice president of sustainability and corporate responsibility about being a woman in comms.
Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2015  |  12 comments
Don't expect a lot of change, aside from Diet Coke consumption.
FWA to the Rescue Down Under
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2015  |  Post a comment
Australia's NBN project is seeing impressive results from its investment in TDD fixed wireless technology.
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