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Data Centers Driving Aqua Comms' Expansion
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  1 comment
As hyperscale players grow data center infrastructure globally, subsea cable operator is expanding to meet that connectivity need.
Trump Pulls a Trump on Infrastructure Strategy
MariNation  | 
9/29/2017  |  9 comments
An infrastructure bill without public/private partnerships? Sad!
Can NFV Really Change Carrier Culture?
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  1 comment
The looming culture change that's necessary for NFV does seem to be happening at large carriers, panelists at the NFV & Carrier SDN conference report.
Blockbuster Makes a Comeback in the Nordics
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  6 comments
Danish operator TDC is rolling out a pan-Nordic VoD service under the Blockbuster brand, after acquiring it three years ago.
Eurobites: Ericsson Gets Shipshape on Pre-5G
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS forced to suspend service in Turkmenistan; Vonage has new base in UK; Huawei helps Viva Bahrain on hybrid core.
WiCipedia: Alternative College & Male Separatism
WiCipedia  | 
9/29/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Holberton School takes job training to a new level; Christian white men are feeling discriminated against; cable numbers hold steady; and more.
How Data Science Can Boost Network Operations
Column  | 
9/29/2017  |  3 comments
Data science could bring telcos to new levels of security and could assist operations in areas such as SDN and NFV, argues guest contributor Kiran Inampudi.
Verizon's Oliveira: VNFs Could Use a Rethink
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  1 comment
During his keynote at Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event, Verizon's Fred Oliveira focused on the challenges and opportunities the operator faces around NFV orchestration.
Vivendi Man Genish Formally Named Telecom Italia CEO
News Analysis  | 
9/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Italian telecom incumbent says former Vivendi executive and current general manager will become CEO and announces a joint venture with Vivendi pay-TV business Canal+.
Security Fun: NFV & Supply-Side Attacks
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  2 comments
It hasn't happened yet, but wouldn't it be hilarious to find out your VNFs are spreading malware?
Photo Review: Operations Transformation Forum 2017
Slide Shows  | 
9/28/2017  |  1 comment
The significant shift towards becoming a lean, digital operator was the focus of the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
How CSPs Can Move Up the IoT Value Chain
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Whatever strategy CSPs adopt in the emerging IoT landscape, a critical enabler of their IoT business will be the monetization engine.
Edge Inertia Grips Telcos as Rival Interests Jockey for Position
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  4 comments
Growing interest in the potential of edge computing has yet to be matched by commercial activity on the telco side. In the meantime, the Internet companies are coming.
Amazon Heats Up TV Hardware Battle
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  7 comments
Bigger than a stick and smaller than a set-top, the Amazon 4K Fire TV is a threat to cable.
CenturyLink: Edge Compute Critical, Not Easy
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  2 comments
Distributing content and applications closer to the customer is critical but using existing infrastructure isn't going to be easy.
How immmr Is Innovating in the Voice Comms World
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/29/2017 – immmr, a German startup spun out of Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs, is looking to gain ground in the digital comms market with a multimedia app that offers virtual numbers and lets anyone communicate from any device, explains CEO Judit Andrasi.
Live TV Fragmenting, Not Dying – YouGov
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  3 comments
New research from YouGov shows that UK viewers are still viewing content from TV shows, even though they are doing so on multiple platforms.
Eurobites: Nokia Crosses Jordan With Fiber for Orange
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA in 200G trials with Telefónica Germany; BMW finds room for Alexa; BT maintains complaints quota.
The Strange Case of Gas Pumps & Bluetooth Skimmers
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  14 comments
No, we're not talking about a bird, but a tiny wireless device designed to steal your card info when you use a compromised gas pump. Happy times!
Why TeleSign Takeover Could Be Game-Changer for BICS
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
The Belgian wholesale carrier hopes its $230 million takeover of a Californian software company will take it in a new direction.
Edge Funds: Show Me the Money!
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
At the MEC Congress in Berlin there was plenty of evidence that edge computing is more than just a hot topic, but still too few signs of concrete business cases or investment plans.
AT&T: Is It a Bird? A Plane? No, It's a COW!
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  18 comments
... It's a COW. Sprint isn't the only carrier with airborne cellsites.
Open Source Innovation, 'Holacracy' & Celebrating Failure
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Innovation should get easier now we've got NFV; at least that's the message from today's Service Delivery Innovation Summit in London.
Nokia Takes NFV Cloud-Native
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  1 comment
The company assembles what it calls a cloud-native core, named AirGile, to bring NFV fully into the cloud and to let VNFs be truly stateless.
Intel Aims at Simplifying NFVi Confusion
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Two new programs seek to settle on a smaller set of NFVi configurations so the real innovation can begin.
Inside Start-Up Chile: Chile's Government-Funded Accelerator
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
SANTIAGO, 9/27/2017 – In this episode we visit Start-Up Chile, the government-funded accelerator program that invites global entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in Santiago. However, a lack of available venture capital means that many companies return home once the program has ended. Part two of three.
Untangling the Operational Complexities of SDN & NFV
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV is the industry's premier forum for the discussion of the impact of SDN and NFV on network operations and OSS.
What Digital Transformation Means for Telcos
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/27/2017 – Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks to Light Reading's Iain Morris at Ovum's Digital Futures event about what digital transformation actually means for telecom network operators.
Facebook Signs Highlights Deal With NFL
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  7 comments
The social media giant is adding to its sports video library at a steady rate.
Eurobites: Telcos' 'Vision' Sees Them Staying Relevant, Tackling Disruptors
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European get a taste for vacation roaming; VeloCloud appoints UK manager; Uber back in court.
Analysts: Dish Is in Dire Straits
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  8 comments
A wireless spectrum sale won't save Dish's video business.
Sprint's 'Magic' Small Cell Takes to the Air
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  10 comments
Flying small cells could provide coverage from the air after emergencies like hurricanes, Sprint suggests.
Edge Computing Groups Wrestle With Interoperability
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The emergence of different groups addressing the edge computing challenge has fueled concern about interoperability and whether a unified approach to edge computing will take shape.
ADVA: Operators Key to Multivendor Virtualization
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  2 comments
Everyone wants vendor-agnostic virtualization, but it's going to require hands-on work from the network operators, says ADVA CTO.
Comcast Reveals Instant TV & the IPTV Future
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  8 comments
Comcast is calling its new Instant TV service the 'tip of the spear.'
ON2020 Readout Identifies New Optical Challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
ON2020 presents its assessment of optical network requirements through 2020 and beyond, identifying new challenges and opportunities for the telecom industry.
US Carriers Place Bets on Cat M & NB-IoT
Jonestown  | 
9/26/2017  |  1 comment
Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon eye NB-IoT in 2018, while AT&T is full-bore on Cat M for now.
Transport SDN's Time Has Come
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Demand calls for another optical transport evolution, this time in the management of optical network resources.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Capital Punishment
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Jamie's back with Scott and Iain from Light Reading to discuss the decision to kick Uber out of London, and much more.
ARM Champions Fog, Not Just Edge Computing, for 5G
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
UK chipmaker believes the distributed cloud, or fog, model will address 5G requirements in a way that edge computing alone cannot.
Ovum's Rehak on IoT Business Cases
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
LONDON, 9/26/2017 – At the recent Digital Futures event in London, Alexandra Rehak, IoT practice head at research house Ovum, talks about the ways in which network operators could generate new revenues from IoT.
European Online Video Ad Spend Up 21%
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  2 comments
A new report from RTL Group ad network Ad Connect estimates that spending on online video advertising is growing rapidly, but is still a small part of total video advertising.
The 'New' Sandvine Has Automation in Its Sights
Shades of Ray  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Following the C$562 million nuptials of Procera and Sandvine, the resulting packet inspection, analytics and policy management specialist is pitching itself to service providers as a key enabler in the shift to automated processes.
Eurobites: BT Climbs Aboard the SD-WAN Bandwagon
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM hovers over Imagination deal; Sparkle banks on SMS growth; Ericsson teams up with Intel on 5G.
US, Europe to Spend $272B on Edge Computing by 2026 – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  3 comments
Spending on edge computing will exceed that on 5G across Europe and the US between now and 2026.
MTS Marketing Boss Eyes $760M in Annual Software Sales
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
The chief marketing officer of Russia's MTS reckons 10% of future revenues could come from software.
Digital Transformation: It's a People Thing
Shades of Ray  | 
9/25/2017  |  Post a comment
HONG KONG, 9/25/2017 – Digital and operations transformation is much more a people challenge than a technology challenge, according to the many service provider executives who shared their experiences at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
Trump Commits $200M to Improving STEM in Schools
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2017  |  1 comment
Daughter Ivanka is leading initiative to give $200 million in annual grant funding to expand STEM and computer science education in schools 'with diversity in mind.'
Edging Closer: ETSI & OpenFog Team on Edge Computing APIs
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Having flirted for some time, the distributed cloud industry groups have agreed to coordinate on the APIs that will connect computing assets at the edge of the wide area network to the applications that need those distributed resources.
Can Fixed Wireless Fix Rural Broadband?
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2017  |  28 comments
There are true believers who think it can.
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