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2013 Leading Lights Finalists: Best New Product (Mobile)
Jonestown  | 
9/30/2013  |  Post a comment
Whittling down the field was a tall order in the mobile product category this year.
2013 Leading Lights Finalists: Best New Product (Telecom)
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  Post a comment
As shortlists go this is a long one but that reflects the very high standard of the entries in this year's best new telecom product category.
Bye-Bye, CableCARDs?
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  10 comments
The US CableCARD mandate may be on the ropes, thanks to a new bill seeking to end the ban on embedded set-top security.
HP's Building an SDN App Store
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  4 comments
HP's looking to foster a SDN ecosystem and take the smartphone model into enterprise software-defined networking with a developers' kit and an app store. But is this an idea ahead of its time?
5 ESDN Sessions You Won't Want to Miss
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  4 comments
If you can't go to each and every Ethernet & SDN Expo (ESDN) conference session, here are five you really shouldn't miss.
Business Services Grab Spotlight at ESDN
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  2 comments
Conference sessions focus on business and wholesale services as commercial Ethernet market continues double-digit growth.
2013 Leading Lights Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  3 comments
Five companies made this shortlist – here's why.
Open-Data: A No-Brainer for All
Column  | 
9/30/2013  |  6 comments
Telcos are well positioned to take advantage of the real opportunity in open-data: the creation of a thriving open-data ecosystem with a platform play.
Mobile Services Are Next Uber Trend
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/30/2013  |  8 comments
Services like Uber are redefining how we use mobile technologies to transform our everyday lives.
Euronews: Telecom Italia Boss on the Brink
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2013  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA lineup: BT to hike its prices; consortium acquires Ireland's e|net; Maroc Telecom bid deadline extended.
US Broadband Take Rate Surges
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2013  |  6 comments
More than three-quarters of US homes now have broadband, even though the Internet penetration rate has flattened out.
Things Are Looking Up, Sort Of
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2013  |  8 comments
The telecom industry is doing OK, but, then again…
Euronews: Orange Bolsters 4G LTE Roaming
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2013  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Government may protect Telecom Italia network; eircom sales decline; Mexican wrestling -- it's Branson v Slim.
The CIO's Investment Challenge
Column  | 
9/27/2013  |  3 comments
Spending on cutting-edge technology doesn't guarantee a return on investment.
Ericsson's Radio Dot Receives Mixed Reception
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2013  |  16 comments
Ericsson's new small cell plan already has the support of Verizon, but one rival say it's just a me-too play and redesign of its current DAS radio head.
The Top 10 Telecom Movies
Slide Shows  | 
9/27/2013  |  18 comments
Telecom isn't boring and neither are these movies inspired by, or heavily involving, technology from this fascinating industry.
Will BlackBerry Remain a Rockstar?
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2013  |  4 comments
BlackBerry's fate in the smartphone business is pretty much sealed, but what is its future in the Rockstar patent group?
Comcast TVE Unit Hugs Cloud
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2013  |  1 comment
Comcast's thePlatform video publishing unit launches cloud-based "Virtual TV Framework" for multi-screen video services.
A Question of Ethernet & SDN
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2013  |  3 comments
What questions would you like asked at the upcoming Ethernet & SDN Expo (ESDN)?
OTT: Learn From Telco's Past to Shape Future
Column  | 
9/26/2013  |  3 comments
Telcos have a few lessons to impart about their networks, service quality and customer experience that OTT players should heed.
Get Ready for the Big Telecom Event
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2013  |  9 comments
If 'Specs & Plugs & Rock & Roll' are your thing, then Light Reading's Big Telecom Event is the show for you.
Samsung STB Hits Amazon
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2013  |  2 comments
New $200 Samsung retail set-top box with CableCARD looks to ship to stores this fall.
Comptel: The Contrarian View
Rewired  | 
9/26/2013  |  10 comments
Think the telecom industry is in lock-step on major trends? Think again, my friend.
WiFi Wars: San Fran Trumps NYC
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2013  |  9 comments
Data from WiFi curator Devicescape suggests that the West coast is better when it comes to the availability and openness of WiFi in businesses.
ALU + NSN: A Reality Check
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2013  |  19 comments
It might look good on paper, but a merger of Alcatel-Lucent and NSN would be a match made in a madhouse.
Euronews: Alcatel-Lucent/NSN Merger Rumor
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2013  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: BT accused of monopolizing UK rural broadband rollout; Elop plays the divorce card; NSN heads towards 5G.
Mediacom Caches OTT With Qwilt
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  5 comments
A young video caching specialist sews up its first deployment deal with a major US MSO.
Top 5 Drinks to Keep Telecom Employees Awake at Their Computers
Slide Shows  | 
9/25/2013  |  17 comments
Caffeine is mandatory for most telecom employees, whether in the field or at their desks. Here are some creative options for a daily fix.
Verizon Takes LTE Home
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  10 comments
But its new LTE home router will only appeal to the lightest of data users.
Comptel a Sunny Spot This Fall
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  2 comments
Cloudy Orlando was brightened this week by the smiles at Comptel, where competitive carriers say business is looking much better.
Ericsson Boasts Small Cell Breakthrough
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  10 comments
Swedish vendor unveils 'unique' Radio Dot System as its prime pitch for indoor cellular coverage. But how unique is it?
Small Cells Mean Big Backhaul Challenges
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/25/2013  |  5 comments
Operators are making big bets on small cells, but first they have to work through the mobile backhaul challenges, which will be discussed at next week's Ethernet & SDN Expo in New York City.
Home Automation Wars Heat Up
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  5 comments
iControl partners with EcoFactor and Zonoff powers new Staples Connect offering as cablecos and retailers compete for smart home customers.
Security Threat Intensifies for Service Providers
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  4 comments
Comptel Plus panel warns that threats are more targeted and intelligent, meaning service providers need to get their heads out of the sand and be more vigilant.
Euronews: AT&T Hints at Mobile M&A Action
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Kabel Deutschland abandons bid to acquire rival; Elop's payoff atypical, admits Nokia chairman; Ericsson wins in Bahrain.
China Offers Hope to Foreign Telcos
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2013  |  5 comments
Shanghai free trade zone looks set to open up to overseas service providers, according to reports. But will anything really change?
Adobe Boosts TVE Platform
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  3 comments
The digital media specialist adds new video analytics features and cloud DRM services and signs up Turner Broadcasting.
Top 10 Reasons to Attend Ethernet & SDN Expo
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  6 comments
There are plenty more, but here are 10 key reasons the Ethernet & SDN Expo Oct. 2-3 in New York is a must-attend event.
Sprint CEO Hesse to Stay On Through 2018
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  7 comments
SoftBank put Hesse's contract on a five-year cycle, rather than reviewing it every year.
Ensequence Preps ITV Ad System
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  11 comments
Interactive TV vendor plans to launch national ad platform for US cable, telco, and satellite TV providers, as well as connected TVs.
Let's Get Open, Urges Ciena's CTO
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  4 comments
'It's time to open up the network,' says Ciena's Steve Alexander.
AT&T Strikes WiFi Deal With Fon
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  13 comments
Reciprocal deal gives Fon's international community of WiFi-sharing users access to AT&T's 30,000 hotspots and gives AT&T an international network of Wifi access points.
ANPI Takes Unified Comms to the Masses
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  Post a comment
New hosted unified communications (UC) options enable smaller telcos to get into enhanced services more quickly, without requiring CLEC status.
Cisco Unveils Carrier SDN Network Fabric
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  19 comments
Cisco converges recent NFV and SDN developments into its new Network Convergence System to help communications service providers move towards a programmable network.
AT&T Puts SDN/NFV in Driver's Seat
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  3 comments
The new Supplier Domain 2.0 initiative requires new vendors to incorporate virtualization and cloud-based solutions to help AT&T reduce its capex.
OSS Gets Sexy at ESDN
Rewired  | 
9/24/2013  |  10 comments
Operations issues are a major challenge for the SDN/NFV evolution, and they'll be a hot topic at the upcoming Ethernet & SDN Expo in New York City.
Euronews: Telefónica Ups Stake in Telecom Italia
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2013  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson's new CIO; Transmode wins in Slovenia; and the power of the bacon sandwich.
Level 3 Nears 100G Decision
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2013  |  3 comments
Level 3 Communications is likely to move toward 100G deployment in its network within six months.
Vendors Prep for ESDN Showcase
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2013  |  2 comments
A strong line-up of vendors, including Ciena, Overture, RAD, and others, outline their plans for next week's Ethernet & SDN Expo.
BlackBerry Inks Deal to Go Private
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2013  |  14 comments
A consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered to buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion.
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