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Cable Preps for DOCSIS 3.1 Debut
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  3 comments
CableLabs is gearing up for certification testing of new D3.1 cable modems and broadband gateways next spring, while Comcast is eyeing service trials in the second half of 2015.
Is Redbox Instant Shutting Down?
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  28 comments
Redbox Instant by Verizon isn't signing up any new customers, and rumor has it the service will shut down entirely on October 1.
Eurobites: EU Gets Tough on Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Tele Columbus plans IPO; AlcaLu teams up with Accenture; data sonification -- can you dig it?
What China Mobile Wants From 5G
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  3 comments
With 4G still to deliver so much, the world's largest mobile operator wants more than just another industry standard when it comes to 5G.
Telco IT Can Unlock OTT Profits – AsiaInfo
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  1 comment
Europe's operators are leaving massive potential profits on the table because they're not using their IT systems effectively to partner with OTT players, reckons vendor AsiaInfo.
Open NFV Group Uncloaks Its Platform Plan
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2014  |  8 comments
Months after it was first publicly discussed, the Open Platform for NFV project unveils its plans for an open source NFV infrastructure.
CenturyLink Opens Hosting Site in China
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  1 comment
Working through partners, US carrier creates hosting presence in Shanghai data center, inside China's firewall.
The Perennial Need for Speed
UBB Forum News  | 
9/29/2014  |  16 comments
Will connection speed always be the key metric used to measure the attractiveness of a broadband service?
Bit Parts: Google Invests in Chinese Transceiver Firm
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  2 comments
Google puts money into InnoLight; Rockley is hiring; Oplink shareholders still aren't happy.
SoftBank Eyes a DreamWorks Buy – Report
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  8 comments
With its dream of a T-Mobile buy squashed, Sprint's owner is reportedly mulling an acquisition of movie studio DreamWorks instead.
GVTC Beats Gig Giants to San Antonio Area
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  6 comments
The Texas co-op turns up a gigabit-ready network that passes 43,000 potential customers.
Backhaul Strategies: Looking to 2015
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/29/2014  |  2 comments
The challenges associated with small cell deployments, the impact of virtualization, and the demand for dark fiber are just some of the topics to be debated at the upcoming Backhaul Strategies conference in New York City.
RGB Opens Up Transcoding Market
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  Post a comment
RGB Networks is announcing the RipCode Transcoder – an open source transcoding initiative – and inviting cable operators and other vendors to join in the effort.
Defining the Digital Service Provider
Column  | 
9/29/2014  |  6 comments
Communications service providers need to become digital service providers, but what exactly does that entail?
Cisco Beefs Up Its Intercloud, Adds Telco Partners
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  3 comments
As it aims to create a 'cloud of clouds,' Cisco teams up with service providers and offers additional tools, services, and financing options.
OpenDaylight Releases Major 'Helium' Upgrade
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  Post a comment
Designed for developers and users who want to start testing and managing SDN in production environments.
Eurobites: EC to Charge Apple With Illegal Tax Deals in Ireland
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Trujillo eyes Telecom Italia stake; TeliaSonera's Eurasian troubles; Belgacom streams Netflix.
Telecom Italia Looks Vulnerable
Shades of Ray  | 
9/29/2014  |  4 comments
European telco primed for unsolicited bids as its strategy falters.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Column  | 
9/29/2014  |  1 comment
Here are some ideas for how cable operators can help low-income households connect to pay-TV and broadband services.
Exalt CEO: Company Lives On Following Management Buyout
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2014  |  4 comments
Exalt's CEO explains that the company's HQ was shut down for a short time as management bought out the company from its VC backers.
Swisscom's Fiber Feast
UBB Forum News  | 
9/26/2014  |  1 comment
Competitive pressures have forced the Swiss incumbent to develop a broader menu of fiber-based broadband services than most other telcos.
Comcast Turns Off Streampix
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2014  |  8 comments
Citing minimal interest from its pay-TV customers, Comcast is discontinuing its Streampix OTT wannabe video service.
BT Takes a Step Closer to G.fast
UBB Forum News  | 
9/26/2014  |  3 comments
BT has undertaken further trials of G.fast and is opening up a new R&D lab to focus on such developments.
Managing & Securing SDN & NFV
Column  | 
9/26/2014  |  5 comments
Once SDN and NFV are added to already complex wide area networks, management and security become even greater challenges for operators.
A Cultural Shift for an OTT World
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/26/2014  |  3 comments
Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
Intel Invests $1.5B to Boost Its Mobile Assets
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2014  |  3 comments
Chip giant continues its wireless M&A push with a $1.5 billion investment in China.
Eurobites: Telefónica, Huawei Get Closer
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA roundup: VoLTE in Poland; Orange's network-sharing complaint rejected; cloud concerns.
New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/26/2014  |  1 comment
As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2014  |  1 comment
As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
Go With The Flow, Says Arpanet Founder
UBB Forum News  | 
9/25/2014  |  6 comments
One of the 'fathers' of the Internet says the global IP network's transport layer needs an overhaul.
Spectrum Muddle at the 5G Huddle
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  1 comment
Everyone agrees 5G needs new spectrum – but which bands should be used? And how?
Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  26 comments
The social network wants to use operators' LTE spectrum to create personalized, localized mobile services for their user base.
Feeling Edgy? Join the Crowd
Rewired  | 
9/25/2014  |  2 comments
There's a lot happening at the network's edge, and it's worth watching.
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/25/2014  |  11 comments
Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  10 comments
Non-profit forges collaboration between network operators and technology developers to showcase the necessity of gigabit nets.
Brocade CEO: Hybrid Public-Private Cloud Makes Sense for Businesses
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  1 comment
People who claim the major consumer cloud players will swallow all enterprise data too 'don't have passports,' says Brocode CEO.
Eurobites: BT Opens Next-Gen Broadband Lab
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone develops 5G in Dresden; Serbian operator dips a toe in Clearwater; YouView bags Cisco brains.
HP Launches SDN App Store
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2014  |  1 comment
The IT giant is working with partners on apps for security, management, and network optimization.
SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/25/2014  |  1 comment
XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
The OTT Conundrum
UBB Forum News  | 
9/24/2014  |  2 comments
What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
Putting Broadband to Work
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/24/2014  |  Post a comment
High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/24/2014  |  4 comments
Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
Comcast Plans RDK-for-Broadband Gateway Trials in Q4
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  Post a comment
Comcast and Arris are collaborating on a new open source software stack for broadband modems and gateways as part of an RDK-for-broadband initiative.
Brocade Claims 50 NFV Trials Worldwide
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  2 comments
CEO expects SDN/NFV revenue in FY2016, as Brocade exec tells investors that the company will be to OpenDaylight what Red Hat is to Linux.
5G: So Where's the US?
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  12 comments
At an event in London, the Europeans were wondering what role the US will play in the development of 5G.
Monetizing Ultra-Broadband
UBB Forum News  | 
9/24/2014  |  7 comments
Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
BlackBerry's Passport to Success Is Services
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/24/2014  |  8 comments
Despite the launch of its new Passport smartphone, BlackBerry needs to embrace a future that's in M2M, messaging and enterprise services.
MEF: New Initiatives Tied to Existing Standards Groups
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  6 comments
Its Third Network effort will build on close collaboration with the organizations developing NFV and SDN standards.
NFV Can Enable the Smart Home – Telecom Italia
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  1 comment
Network functions virtualization can make remote management of the smart home a reality for communications service providers, says Telecom Italia executive.
Saisei Boldly Claims to Double Net Capacity
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2014  |  3 comments
Saisei claims it can increase network usage from 50% to 95% and eliminate user complaints. We looked up 'chutzpah' in the dictionary and it said 'See: Saisei.'
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