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Google Acquires Jibe to Bring RCS to Android
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  5 comments
Google acquires the RCS company to accelerate deployment of the IMS-based standard on Android devices with wireless operators across the globe.
Microsoft Aims to Create Azure IoT Ecosystem
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  1 comment
The company has conscripted several key partners in the embedded systems market, including TI, Intel and Freescale.
How to Monetize WiFi (Part 1)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Now that cable operators have invested heavily in WiFi, the big question is how they can optimize and monetize their wireless networks most effectively.
Digicel First to Deploy Shine's Ad Blocker
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  3 comments
Shine, the startup that wants to block mobile ads to force companies to pay the wireless operators for use of their network, has its first announced customer.
TiVo Takes Aim With Bolt
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  5 comments
The new TiVo Bolt makes commercial skipping sexy again.
Mirantis Woos Comms With Cloud, NFV Synergy
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  1 comment
Follows NFV vendor partnerships with a new version of its OpenStack distro, aimed at resilience at scale.
EE to Pilot 1Gbit/s 4G Service
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  Post a comment
The UK's mobile giant has unveiled plans for a pilot of 1Gbit/s 4G services but says it is not looking to compete against fixed-line broadband players.
Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Gets Polish NBN Gig
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: du reaches 400G with Huawei; French rivals get 700MHz bids in; harvesting ambient energy.
Industry Rallies to NFV Interoperability Effort
From the Founder  | 
9/30/2015  |  1 comment
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Gigabit Europe in Pics
Slide Shows  | 
9/30/2015  |  2 comments
Beer, broadband and supersized snacks: Photos from Light Reading's first Gigabit Europe event and Oktoberfest
Good News for NFV Interoperability
Column  | 
9/29/2015  |  6 comments
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Google Gives Huawei a US Device Boost
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  18 comments
Huawei reveals the 6P, a new Google Nexus flagship smartphone, as the search giant unveils two new phones, a tablet and new Chromecast dongles.
ECOC: It's All About the Network Upgrades
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  2 comments
Innovation? Yeah, yeah, okay. Look, can you just help me get to 100G? Cheap?
Comcast's Watchable: Like YouTube… Sorta
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  1 comment
Comcast launches its online, ad-supported video service, Watchable.
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/29/2015  |  6 comments
Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
Following the Bouncing Capex Ball
Rewired  | 
9/29/2015  |  8 comments
AT&T has invested more in the US than any other firm in the past four years, but is its capex shrinking? Yes, no, maybe, for many reasons.
BT Gets G.fast Confidence Boost From Trials
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  Post a comment
The UK's fixed-line incumbent has lauded the early results of G.fast trials in the UK and believes the technology's potential is growing.
Gigabit in Europe
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/29/2015  |  Post a comment
At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
SCTE's Power Play Is Software-Driven
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  1 comment
The cable industry is moving closer to a time when power delivery in the network will be matched up with power demand.
UK Needs Fiber Infrastructure Rivalry – CityFibre
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  1 comment
CityFibre strategy chief Mark Collins says the UK risks being left behind in the gigabit stakes without more infrastructure-based competition.
Analytics Holds the Key to Cable's Future
Column  | 
9/29/2015  |  6 comments
Data analytics and revenue assurance are growing in strategic importance for the cable industry.
Eurobites: Virgin Ups the Broadband Ante
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  1 comment
Also on today's EMEA regional roundup: investors eye Orange's Kenyan real estate; Tele2 takes its partners for the IoT; UK promises tax concession for tech startups.
Telefónica Takes NFV Tu Go
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Carrier looks to network virtualization to fuel expansion of a mobile offering that allows customers to access GSM services over WiFi.
India's Uninor Adopts Telenor Branding
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Telenor's Indian subsidiary has taken its parent company's branding and is examining ways of expanding its presence in the country's mobile market.
Aus NBN Sparks $2.1B Vocus, M2 Merger
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Australia's NBN is not built yet but it is already reshaping the country's telecom market.
Sprint Says It Will Sit Out Incentive Auction
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  1 comment
As previously hinted at, Sprint has confirmed it plans to sit the FCC's 600MHz auction, noting that it already has enough spectrum on hand.
YouTube Advertises Ad-Free Service – Report
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  3 comments
YouTube has told content partners that it's getting ready to launch an ad-free version of its service.
Are Sports Next for Netflix?
MariNation  | 
9/28/2015  |  14 comments
Reed Hastings knows sports is moving online, so why not bring it to Netflix?
Wireless Companies Unite to Ward Off LTE-U Regulation
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  4 comments
Qualcomm, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and others join forces to stop the threat of FCC regulation around LTE-U as commercial deployments draw closer.
Holy Moly! Pope's Visit Pops Data Caps
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  5 comments
The papal visit to the US elevated network usage way above normal levels for AT&T and Verizon, and blasted through terabytes of mobile data.
AT&T's Band of Women
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
9/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Mentor Monday: Nokia's Jane Rygaard
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/28/2015  |  2 comments
Talk not about technology, but about what technology can do for you if you want to get more women interested in comms, Nokia's head of partner marketing says.
Eurobites: EU, China Strike 5G Accord
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica strikes data center deal with China Unicom; CityFibre turnover up 115%; DT's full-duplex 5G trial.
Vodafone, Liberty Call Off Asset-Swap Talks
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2015  |  Post a comment
The failure of discussions about an exchange of assets leaves both service providers in dire need of alternatives.
Gigabites: Let's Make a Movie!
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2015  |  4 comments
A contest between Chattanooga and Kansas City shows what moviemakers can accomplish with a gigabit network.
SDN, NFV Pose Security Risk – Level 3 CMO
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2015  |  4 comments
Level 3 says NFV-based security offerings are firmly on its roadmap but admits there are still security concerns about SDN and NFV technologies.
Facebook Targets India's Hinterland
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2015  |  13 comments
The social networking giant is looking to become a connectivity player.
Facebook: IPv6 Is a Real-World Big Deal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/25/2015  |  5 comments
Facebook software engineer Paul Saab revealed that IPv6 now accounts for almost 50% of Facebook's 4G smartphone traffic in the US – and that's just the start of it.
Eurobites: BT Sets Out IPv6 Timeline
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2015  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange to play a key role in 'Smartseille'; OBS connects shipping crews; Huawei wins big in France.
Marvell to Exit Smartphone Biz
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2015  |  1 comment
The company announced a major restructuring that will include layoffs and a refocusing on the automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
9/25/2015  |  Post a comment
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
A Jaded Journalist Views IPv4 News
Rewired  | 
9/24/2015  |  16 comments
So North America is out of IPv4 addresses – that's incredibly anti-climactic. Unless it isn't, in which case you're in trouble.
Comcast Debuts CDN as Video Eats the World
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  1 comment
Comcast may be new to the commercial CDN game, but it brings some unique elements to the market.
EE: Spectrum Fees Hike May Hit Customers
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  6 comments
UK mobile operators lash out after Ofcom decides to more than treble the fees they pay to use 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum.
A Vast Valley: Tech's Inexcusable Gender Gap
Que Sera Sarah  | 
9/24/2015  |  49 comments
Tech companies are admitting they have a gender problem that they say they want to fix, but more needs to be done – and faster. No more excuses.
DOCSIS 3.1 Is Right on Schedule
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  6 comments
The unexpected popularity of 1Gbit/s broadband from Google and the biggest telcos is making cable operators keen to get D3.1 deployed so they can compete with their own gigabit services.
Eurobites: Vodafone & EE Miss VoLTE Boat
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Level 3 SOCs it to London; Interoute expands in Amsterdam; Virtual CPE in Norway.
Transit Wireless Preps for Pope With Own WiFi
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  1 comment
Transit Wireless is expecting heavy use of its subway network Friday, and is now handling its own WiFi business!
Startup XCellAir Eyes $18B WiFi Market
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Market research suggests WiFi neglect is coming at a huge cost to operators in the world's biggest financial centers.
HEVC Gets Its Groove Back
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2015  |  3 comments
Addressing fears that high fees could slow deployment of Ultra HD video, HEVC Advance has agreed to adjust its rate structure for licensing of patented HEVC technologies.
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