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What Does It Mean to Be '5G Ready'?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/29/2016  |  6 comments
Operators want to prepare to rapidly launch 5G as soon as the spectrum, standards and technology are ready. How can they prepare today?
Gigabites: 'No Boundary' on Verizon Fiber Expansion
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2016  |  12 comments
Long live Fios!
Eurobites: Vodafone Bolsters Top Team
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU governments could face universal service bill for broadband; Proximus tightens belt in Q2; the joy of switching.
WiCipedia: Datanauts, Dudes & Deals
WiCipedia  | 
7/29/2016  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Marissa Mayer and the $55M payout; men hog the boardroom limelight; when did tech get trendy?; and more.
Rovi Reports Mixed Q2 Ahead of TiVo Buy
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Rovi will double its size in Q3 assuming the acquisition of TiVo goes according to plan.
Qualcomm Pays $19.5M to Settle Gender-Bias Lawsuit
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2016  |  1 comment
Light Reading and Level 3's Mary McGrath will discuss the importance of mentoring and leadership training programs to promote fairness in hiring and promotions.
Telecom Carriers Reassess What Is Core... Again
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/28/2016  |  1 comment
Many of the largest public cloud providers dominate the data center sector but are now looking to outsource that business in an increasingly competitive market.
Arris Picks Up Pace in Q2
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2016  |  Post a comment
With the integration of its big Pace purchase proceeding smoothly and several big cable mergers now approved, Arris racks up its best quarter and sees even better times ahead.
Light Reading Beyond
From the Founder  | 
7/28/2016  |  34 comments
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Are IP/Optical Integration Initiatives Moving to Silos?
Column  | 
7/28/2016  |  17 comments
The integration of IP and optical is supposed to help operators be more efficient but there's a chance that it might lead to further silos being developed, believes Faisal Khan.
Eurobites: BT Shrugs Off Troubles in Q1
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica has flat second quarter; SFR to shed jobs, say unions; Sky full-year profits up 12%.
Telstra COO Exits After Spate of Network Crashes
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Under-investment may be to blame for a spate of network problems at Telstra.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Pokémon Go Fan
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  1 comment
It's not just a game -- it's part of the future of sharing, and of Facebook, Zuckerberg says.
Versa Adds RCN Business to Customer Roster
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  Post a comment
On the heels of announcing its first Tier 1 customer, CenturyLink, Versa Networks has announced that RCN Business is deploying its software-defined managed security and monitoring solutions to business customers already using its fiber-based services.
AT&T & Dish Mix 4K Into Olympics Coverage
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  Post a comment
AT&T through DirecTV, Dish and now Comcast are the first to confirm they will offer some 4K coverage from the Olympics in Rio, but additional operators may also be getting ready to do the same.
Comcast: X1 Strong, No Need to Go OTT Today
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  1 comment
In a strong second quarter, Comcast emphasized that its successful strategy of bundling services around its network footprint means it has no need to launch a national OTT video product.
Adtran Pieces Together a Software-Defined Access Mosaic
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  Post a comment
New platform brings cloud service delivery model to access networks, eliminating single vendor deployments and offering app-based models.
Eurobites: T Italia, Fastweb Form FTTH JV
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone trials '4.5G'; ARM Q2 revenues up; 5G time in Greenwich; the connected bikini.
Upskill U on the Data Center Evolution With Equinix
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
7/27/2016  |  1 comment
Equinix's Rodney Elder examines the changing face of the data center world at Upskill U.
Fujitsu Sales Leader Shares Lessons Learned
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
7/27/2016  |  1 comment
As Fujitsu's only female sales leader, Annie Bogue knows the importance of asking for what you want, being flexible and keeping a meticulous calendar.
Verizon Cleared for Take-Off on Fixed 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  5 comments
FCC approves leasing agreement that will allow Verizon to move ahead with larger 5G tests and deployments.
Frontier Calls In WiFi Fix With AirTies Mesh
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2016  |  Post a comment
Frontier is hoping to differentiate itself with new services like the AirTies in-home WiFi mesh solution.
ADI Buys Linear Tech for $14B
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Analog Devices announced it will acquire Linear Technology for $14.8 billion in a deal motivated largely by a desire to create a bigger supplier of analog circuitry.
AT&T Taps Amdocs as ECOMP Integration Partner
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  2 comments
Companies have been working together for seven months on developing integration plan for platform as it is released into open source.
Vestberg's Seeds May Yet Bear Fruit for Next Ericsson CEO – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
While his IP and M&A strategy may have been flawed, the track record of the now former Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg was in many ways tied to market trends and he may well have laid the foundations for growth, says Heavy Reading analyst.
Verizon Sports Big Plans for Yahoo
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  21 comments
Now that the big US telco has bagged Yahoo, it aims to become the third big player in the online media market, competing with Google and Facebook.
AT&T to Advise Upskill U on Curriculum
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
7/26/2016  |  3 comments
Upskill U welcomes AT&T's Chris Rice of AT&T Labs as Curriculum Advisor.
Eurobites: Probe Uncovers Nokia Pay Discrimination
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange reports flat first-half revenues, but fiber progress; O2 data for sale on dark net; Sky buys Chinese soccer, launches Ultra HD in Germany.
BT Clings On to Openreach – Just
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  1 comment
UK regulator Ofcom rules that BT's access network division Openreach must have its own board and staff but will remain part of the UK national operator, falling short of structural separation.
Required DDoS Counter-Measure Needs Counter-Counter-Measure
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Other companies doing business with the same cloud provider can be potential security vulnerabilities.
Sprint Plots Ramped-Up LTE
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Sprint plans 3CA LTE upgrade in the next few months.
Can Lyf Bring Bundling to India?
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  1 comment
The popularity of Lyf could persuade other Indian operators to look afresh at how devices and services are sold.
MEF Shows Off First Open Connectivity Service
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  Post a comment
Cisco and Amartus are leading the first use case for MEF's OpenCS initiative, focused on Packet WAN services.
By the Numbers: Google's Cloud Advantage
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  2 comments
Customers of any cloud should cheer any new installation, but for companies that prize consistent cloud latency performance throughout the day, Google's intent to establish almost a dozen new 'cloud regions' should be especially welcome.
Ericsson Board Has Been Asleep at the Wheel – Consultant
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  7 comments
Former Ericsson staffer and current industry consultant believes Ericsson's board and management team need to be more proactive than reactive if the vendor is to turn around its fortunes.
VeEX Test & Measurement Solutions
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
7/25/2016  |  Post a comment
Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX Inc., talks test and measurement with Light Reading’s Steve Saunders at BCE 2016.
Yahoo Signing Off in $4.83B Sale to Verizon
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  8 comments
Less of an exclamation at Yahoo's end, more of a whimper.
The Russo Report: Driving Disruption
From the Founder  | 
7/25/2016  |  2 comments
In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
Ericsson Ejects CEO Vestberg
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  7 comments
Pressure tells as Ericsson's board ousts Hans Vestberg following the latest financial disappointments.
Huawei Reports 40% H1 Sales Growth But Margins Suffer
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  3 comments
While much of the rest of the communications technology sector hunts in vain for improving revenues, Huawei shifts up another gear but its margins dip.
Wurl Network Collapses VoD Into Linear TV
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  1 comment
New IP streaming network combines lean-back TV with IP video on demand.
Power Savings Drive CenturyLink's CO Move
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  Post a comment
The need for power savings is driving a consolidation of CO digital switches by CenturyLink.
Eurobites: CityFibre Forges Ahead
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria has a flat first half; Tele2 to put Nokia's Cloud Packet Core to work; BT offers to set up separate board for Openreach.
From Ass Kickings in China to Kicking Ass in the Valley
Mentor Monday  | 
7/25/2016  |  Post a comment
Mellanox Senior Director of Marketing Chloe Ma shares the story of her upbringing in China to her career in the Valley.
Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8B
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2016  |  1 comment
Verizon Communications plans to announce Monday that it's acquiring Yahoo for $4.8 billion.
CSPs Face Voice Service Dilemma
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2016  |  Post a comment
As TDM switches and early softswitches reach their end-of-life, telecom and cable companies have to decide whether to build again or outsource.
Gigabites: Anchor Institutions Aim High
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2016  |  Post a comment
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) has put policy recommendations behind an effort to bring gigabit-plus speeds to all US anchor institutions by the year 2020.
Vodafone, 3 Plot UK Fiber Moves Amid Rules Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2016  |  1 comment
Forthcoming regulations and growing competition could provide the UK's mobile operators with snazzier alternatives to BT's traditional wholesale offerings.
Eurobites: UK Dampens Vodafone's Q1
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bezeq trials G.fast; Telecom Italia, HPE land cloud services contract; Net Insight sees revenues rise.
WiCipedia: Facebook's LGBT Stats, Broettes & 'Tiny Lady Hands'
WiCipedia  | 
7/22/2016  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Facebook reveals its LGBT employee stats; Microsoft's HoloLens insults through advertising; ladies in tech get a whole new lexicon; and more.
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