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OpenDaylight in Pictures: It Just Got Real
Slide Shows  | 
9/30/2016  |  3 comments
The ODL crowd broke out of Silicon Valley to bring their annual summit to the software mecca of Bellevue, Wash.
AT&T CEO Backs Black Lives Matter
Jonestown  | 
9/30/2016  |  10 comments
Randall Stephenson and John Legere weigh in on the Black Lives Matter movement, with AT&T executive telling employees he wants a company conversation, starting with him.
A Cloud Full of Harleys
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/30/2016  |  Post a comment
Huawei CEO Eric Xu finds inspiration in an unlikely place -- Harley-Davidson's drive to transform itself into a digital enterprise for the 21st century.
Silicon Shake-Up? Qualcomm & NXP Said to Talk $30B M&A
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2016  |  6 comments
Qualcomm is reportedly eyeing the biggest M&A deal in the chip market since SoftBank bought ARM.
From Philly, With Love
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/30/2016  |  5 comments
Join Alan Breznick, cable's answer to the Italian Stallion, as he runs through the highlights of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, lumbers along in Rocky Balboa's footsteps and searches for the perfect Philadelphia cheesesteak.
Gigabites: D3.1 in 'Hundreds' of Homes
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2016  |  2 comments
Early Comcast deployments have put DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit services in 'hundreds of homes,' but the transition to the next-gen technology isn't easy.
Will SD-WANs Buck Past Trends?
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2016  |  7 comments
Service providers are jumping on the SD-WAN bandwagon but are they ready to put MPLS revenues as risk?
Telefónica Scraps Telxius Sale Plans
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2016  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator's efforts to reduce its debt load have taken a further blow.
CenturyLink: SD-WAN Customers Looking for Value Not Cost Savings
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/30/2016  |  Post a comment
CenturyLink's Eric Nowak says customers that launch SD-WAN aren't necessary looking to save money, but instead they are looking for more value from what they're spending.
Welcome to Testapedia!
Brianiac  | 
9/30/2016  |  3 comments
Light Reading is proud to bring you our latest community site, Testapedia, the go-to hub for test and measurement (T&M) professionals and their customers.
Eurobites: BT Italia Suspends Key Execs – Report
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: another day, another automotive-telecom alliance; Salesforce wants EU to probe Microsoft/LinkedIn deal; Brexit doesn't mean Brexit.
WiCipedia: Feminist Fight Club, FinTech Femmes & Feminine Freebies
WiCipedia  | 
9/30/2016  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Feminist Fight Club lands on the shelves; sexual harassment affects all women; FinTech is a female-led field; and more.
5G: Truth or Dare?
Column  | 
9/30/2016  |  1 comment
5G could ride the traditional wireless hype cycle, or – quite possibly – break the chain, suggests Nokia's North American CTO.
Microsoft Bets Big on AI Future
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  4 comments
Launches a 5,000-person business unit focused on AI with Microsoft Research veteran Harry Shunn at the helm.
Vote Delay Sparks Set-Top Fray
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  1 comment
The delay of the FCC's vote on the Set-Top Box Order was a surprise even to some Commissioners.
Nokia Amps Cloud Core for Private LTE
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Nokia anticipates private LTE networks getting bigger with its updated Cloud Packet Core system.
EarthLink Jumps on SD-WAN Trend
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  1 comment
EarthLink is aiming to help business customers optimize their networks and improve customer experience with SD-WAN.
Hey Euro Politicos – Don't Forget Cable!
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  1 comment
Is cable technology being overlooked by fiber-obsessed European regulators?
Level 3 VP: Enterprises Need More for Less
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Andrew Dugan, Level 3 group vice president of global technology and IT, says enterprises need more bandwidth and they need it faster and with greater security, but they want to spend less, if possible. They are looking to carriers to reduce their network complexity and help protect them from cyberattacks as well.
Upskill U on Roadmaps for Gigabit Deployment
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
9/29/2016  |  2 comments
Dr. Robert Howald, Comcast, and Alan Breznick, Light Reading, examine developments in gigabit technology and best practices for future deployments in the Upskill U course, 'Gigabit & the Great Migration.'
Eurobites: Fate of User Data Could Scupper Future M&A
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: IT bosses see the point of open networking; O2 chooses Netcracker for billing; CityFibre finds Manchester partner; Spotify in talks to buy SoundCloud.
Xtera Slashes Headcount as Liquidity Crunch Intensifies, Say Sources
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2016  |  6 comments
Optical vendor's liquidity crisis has forced it to make major cuts in its workforce, according to Light Reading sources.
Powell Kills the Cable Show
MariNation  | 
9/29/2016  |  7 comments
Warning, satire ahead.
Tencent Uses OpenDaylight for Critical Issues
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Chinese cloud giant already leveraging OpenDaylight controllers in multiple ways, including DCI and virtual firewall scaling.
Hitron Intros Handheld Spectrum Analyzer
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
DOCSIS CPE specialist Hitron Americans Technologies has introduced a handheld spectrum analysis meter for cable network installers and technicians.
Harmonic's New Comcast Deal Oozes Subtext
MariNation  | 
9/28/2016  |  2 comments
Harmonic's warrant agreement with Comcast has significant technological and business implications.
Telcos Need App Partners to Make Edge Profitable
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  3 comments
A leading professor from Carnegie Mellon University thinks telcos could lose an infrastructure battle with web-scale players unless they can attract app developers to edge computing.
Telstra Sees Quadrupled Data Capacity by 2020
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  5 comments
Company's modeling shows it will need 80% more network capacity for data than it has today, enterprise exec tells ODL Summit.
The Evolution of Big Data & Analytics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/28/2016  |  2 comments
The ability to holistically analyze, in real time, any network data impacting customer experience is one reason why big data and analytics (BDA) will become a key network element in the near future.
Eurobites: Germany Gets Tough on Facebook's Data Grab
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arqiva revenues up; Nokia helps French UBB program; Ericsson updates analytics; Vodafone UK tops mobile complaints table.
CenturyLink: SDN/NFV Pose New Interconnection Possibilities
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Network operators should develop new APIs and business processes for reselling virtual assets to each other, says Bill Walker.
TiVo's Got 4K for Cable & More
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
TiVo's software is giving pay-TV providers a lot of hardware options.
Level 3: Overcoming Terror of Being Supplier, Integrator & Developer
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
Travis Ewert of Level 3 Communications says there is terror in becoming supplier, integrator and developer, but it can be overcome and be cost effective.
Sonus Snaps Up Taqua for $20M
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  2 comments
Sonus adds to its IP voice technology capabilities and enhances its NFV plans with the acquisition of Taqua, but will stop short of renaming itself Staqua.
ODL: Open Source Hastens Software Usability
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  Post a comment
Advocates claim open source process is bringing users and developers closer together and that interaction speeds usability for software.
In the Cloud Era, It’s About Connectivity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2016  |  Post a comment
Operators still fear the 'dumb pipe' label, but they must realize that their unique role in the future marketplace is in providing ultra-broadband connectivity between users and content.
AT&T's Rice: Stamp Out NFV 'Snowflakes'
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  2 comments
VNFs cannot be unique, they need to be more like – you guessed it – Lego blocks, AT&T Labs exec tells ODL Summit.
New Acronym Alert! Meet SDRAN
Jonestown  | 
9/27/2016  |  2 comments
Software-defined radio access networks are coming up on the virtualization menu at some point in the near future.
India Key to Ciena's Growth Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  2 comments
Ciena CEO Gary Smith is planning on doubling the size of its India workforce to address new demands.
AT&T: Reusable Functions Next NFV Key
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/27/2016  |  Post a comment
The next generation of NFV has to break functions down into reusable software chunks, making everything much more cloud-like.
Eurobites: Nokia & Friends Rev 5G Engines
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange invests in Israeli security startup; ETNO reaffirms support of ICANN proposals; 3 pushes for BT/Openreach separation.
Masergy on Security: Attackers Gaining Upper Hand
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/27/2016  |  3 comments
Masergy's Ray Watson says attackers are gaining the upper hand in security because of the growth of virtualization.
Comcast Moves Toward Hybrid Pay-TV Apps
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  1 comment
As the TV app era begins, operators have to consider the merits of HTML5 and native app platforms. Comcast is developing its own hybrid approach.
ARM Intros New Coherent Backplane
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  1 comment
ARM has introduced its third-generation backplane in support of its ARMv8 architecture, designed to provide the performance demanded by next-generation applications, including virtual reality and autonomous vehicles.
Orange Business Services Adds Muscle to the New IP Agency
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2016  |  Post a comment
The service provider adds enterprise services muscle to NIA's mission of providing real-world testing for network virtualization.
Google, Facebook Gaining Network Equipment Clout
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/26/2016  |  8 comments
Landmark Heavy Reading report explores the rise of web-scale Internet companies as networking powerhouses, and what it means for network equipment vendors.
Mellanox, Intel & the Data Center Bottleneck
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2016  |  1 comment
Intel and Mellanox are both making gradual progress in their race to unclog a bottleneck that arises when scaling computer networks up to massive numbers of nodes or processors.
Open Source Getting on My Nerves
Rewired  | 
9/26/2016  |  5 comments
Don't worry, they say, the code will work it out. There's apparently nothing open source can't tackle.
Verizon Takes Next Step on Biz Virtualization Journey
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2016  |  2 comments
Victoria Lonker, director of Product and New Business Innovation at Verizon, talks about where Verizon is with delivering virtualized services to business customers.
Upskill U Kicks Off Gigabit Courses With Orange
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
9/26/2016  |  3 comments
This week Upskill U launches a new series on Gigabit with lecturers from Orange, Comcast and US Ignite.
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