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Telecom Italia's AI Tie-Up With Microsoft May Bring Job Cuts
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4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Telecom Italia turns to Microsoft for AI expertise after previously announcing plans to cut 'human operated interactions' by 30%.
Eurobites: Facebook Backs Out of Ireland as GDPR Jeopardy Looms
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4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Red Hat, Altran join Spanish 5G R&D initiative; Sky powers on; Orange pals up with Siemens for IoT; DT's Open Telekom goes hybrid.
PCCW's Hughes: Intent-Based Networking Puts the Customer in Control
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4/19/2018  |  1 comment
David Hughes, PCCW Global, explains how intent-based networking simplifies network provisioning and "puts the customer in control of the provisioning process."
Orange Hails AI Progress in 5G With IBM, Nokia
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4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
French service provider unveils details of AI research with Nokia and IBM as part of Europe's 5G-PPP initiative.
Eurobites: Interoute Lands Major Dark Fiber Deal
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4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom offers Azure in South Africa; Facebook gets less presumptuous; EU gets tough on data; Elisa Q1 profits up.
BT Merges Business & Wholesale Arms, Hints at Future Layoffs
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4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
UK incumbent bids farewell to Business and Public Sector CEO Graham Sutherland as it embarks on its latest restructuring.
UK Dinosaurs Decide AI Does Not Threaten Extinction
Morris Lore  | 
4/17/2018  |  Post a comment
UK authorities are not even considering the possibility that artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment. That is deeply worrying.
Eurobites: Google's Nest Eyes Nokia's Withings
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4/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lycamobile strikes WiFi deal; French government trials home-grown WhatsApp; Com Hem profits down.
ZTE Labeled Security Risk by UK Government
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4/17/2018  |  Post a comment
A UK warning that ZTE could pose a security risk in service provider networks comes at the same time US authorities ban the sale of components by US firms to the Chinese vendor.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Mind Your Language
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4/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Legislation, automation, defamation – it's a ball of conversational confusion on this week's Telecoms.com podcast.
Eurobites: Italy's Open Fiber Secures €3.5B Loan for Mega-Rollout
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4/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia signs movie deal; Nokia brings LTE to connected car trial in Japan; UK and AI; Vodafone board change.
Google Preps Machine-Learning-as-a-Service for Networks
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4/16/2018  |  1 comment
Internet giant says it will be 'humanly impossible' to manage networks at scale and hints at ML-based service offering.
Eurobites: KPN to Test 5G With Drones, Cars, Boats & More
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4/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fon buys XCellAir; Telegram app blocked in Russia; Deutsche Telekom upgrades "nearshore" areas.
KDDI Europe Sides Wth Silver Peak on SD-WAN
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4/12/2018  |  Post a comment
KDDI Europe, the UK-based subsidiary of KDDI, launched a new SD-WAN service offering for its 500 enterprise customers with SD-WAN supplier Silver Peak.
Top 4 GDPR Misconceptions
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4/12/2018  |  2 comments
Don't get tripped up by these myths about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Leading Lights 2018: A Bumper Crop of Finalists
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4/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Hundreds of entries were judged and now the shortlists for this year's Light Reading awards have been revealed.
Nokia Seizes Open RAN Initiative as Ericsson Holds Back
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4/12/2018  |  2 comments
The Swedish vendor seems to have a bigger problem with openness than its Finnish rival.
Eurobites: Telefónica, Etisalat Form Security Alliance With Asian Giants
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4/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google helps cut data use in Africa; Deutsche Telekom invests in Israeli IoT startup; Nokia and Telia put the 5G into Industry 4.0.
Huawei Can Help Cut 90% of Networks Operations Jobs, Says Senior Exec
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4/12/2018  |  10 comments
The Chinese vendor says its automation tools and services will support major workforce reductions in network operations.
SDN Is Hype & NFV a Faux Pas – Telecom Panel
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4/12/2018  |  13 comments
A group of telecom executives at this week's Paris tradeshow deliver a critical assessment of SDN and NFV.
Google Has Intent to Cut Humans Out of Network
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4/11/2018  |  2 comments
Search engine giant is building an intent-driven tool to stop human employees from stressing out the network, says one of its chief engineers.
Eurobites: Telefónica Boards the 5G Bus
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4/11/2018  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU officials raid Fox's London office; Nokia in talks with Google over airplane broadband sale; Orange Luxembourg goes with Comarch for BSS.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Plans to Thwart Elliott Plot
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4/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Sweden CEO resigns; new boss at Liquid Telecom; Viavi displays the Cobham effect; smart city developments.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Who Will Pay the Price for Overvalued 5G Spectrum?
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4/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Scott and Jamie fight post-holiday lethargy to discuss the UK's 5G spectrum auction, 'Facebookgate' and more.
Telekom Austria Has $1B War Chest for Takeovers – Report
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4/9/2018  |  5 comments
Austrian incumbent plans to expand its presence through takeover activity, says CEO.
Telco IoT in 2018: Firework or Flop?
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4/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Long heralded as a growth opportunity for telcos, IoT has continued to underwhelm. Could 2018 mark the turning point?
Eurobites: Orange Slams UK Spectrum Auction
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4/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brexit twist in Facebook data shenanigans; Telefónica chooses ASSIA for WiFi management; Nokia gets China Mobile gig; Deutsche Telekom rethinks media-buying operations.
Telecom Italia Molders as Shareholders Feud
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
A shareholder battle that now includes the Italian government threatens to distract Telecom Italia from the difficult job of digital transformation.
Eurobites: Orange Signs Satellite Broadband Deal
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt expands Inbound Voice Services; Deutsche Telekom rolls out fiber in Mansfeld-Südharz; Facebook faces flak.
Eurobites: Ofcom Investigates VoIP Operator Vonage
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4/5/2018  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TI Sparkle appoints key execs; Etisalat goes with Netcracker's NFV knowhow; Russian cable news.
UK's £1.4B '5G' Auction Looks Bad for Industry
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4/5/2018  |  6 comments
The results could leave operators short of cash to invest in 5G networks, warns a leading analyst, while the UK's spectrum imbalance persists.
Telefónica Leverages Analytics for Data-Driven Operations
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4/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Telefónica's 'fourth platform' uses artificial intelligence to analyze data from underlying platforms in order to better serve customers.
Automation Is About Job Cuts – LR Poll
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4/4/2018  |  4 comments
A desire to reduce headcount emerged as the most popular option when Light Reading's audience was recently asked why operators are automating network operations.
Eurobites: Spotify's IPO Is a Hit
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4/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fox proposes Sky News sell-off; poles not towers for MTN Nigeria; MTS offers VoLTE and WiFi calling.
Why Telstra's COO Thinks Diversity of Thought Matters Most
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4/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Diversity of thought may be the most important in an industry that depends on innovation, according to Telstra COO Robyn Denholm.
Can Europe Cope With Unlimited Mobile Data?
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4/3/2018  |  Post a comment
How well-equipped are European operators to handle a surge in mobile data traffic on their 4G networks?
Eurobites: BT Openreach Introduces 'Virtual' Dark Fiber
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4/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: BT launches WiFi calling and VoLTE; Telefónica, Microsoft partner on IoT; VEON scraps GTH move; Telia sells Spotify stake.
Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017
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4/3/2018  |  12 comments
Results from the Chinese equipment giant show how difficult it will be for Ericsson and Nokia to mount an effective challenge.
Come to BCE 2018: It's a Smart Move
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4/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Among the many great reasons to join us at BCE 2018 in Austin, Texas, are the educational workshops and panels. To find out more about Light Reading's Big Communications Event (BCE), click here.
Optical on the Up: OFC 2018
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4/2/2018  |  2 comments
The optical community was buzzing at this year's OFC event, fueled in part by 5G expectations and developments from the likes of Ciena, Coriant, Infinera, Nokia and NeoPhotonics.
Sigfox Poised to Get €40M Funding Prop – Sources
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3/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Funding could help to keep the French IoT maker afloat as it wrestles with commercial challenges on several fronts.
Eurobites: Orange Belgium Eyes Voo Merger
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia connects Poland's rail network; BT cuts prices for landline-only customers; Ericsson under pressure to cut costs faster.
Cisco Bows to Carrier Demand for Software Outside the Box
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3/29/2018  |  1 comment
In a radical move, the world's biggest maker of Internet switches and routers will start selling its service provider software on a standalone basis.
Orchestration Newcomer Inmanta Eyes Funding Round in 2018
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
A Belgium startup with academic roots is starting to make waves in the market for management and network orchestration.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Sets Fixed-Line Spin-Off in Motion
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky strikes fiber deal in Italy; Ofcom rules on ducts, poles and more; roaming subscriptions in the EU; Orange news.
Small Cell Forum CEO: Women on Boards Set the Tone
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Female representation on company boards can set the tone for company culture and help companies perform better, says Small Cell Forum CEO.
Progress, Opportunities Still Abound in Tech
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
It's easy to get caught up in the negative side of the tech sector, but don't forget we're making some progress with equality as well.
Why You Need to Join Me in Austin for BCE
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Austin, Texas, is the place to be May 14-16 when Light Reading will host BCE 2018 and dig deep into automation, security, machine learning, the impact of open source, intent-based networking, 'the edge', SD-WAN, IoT and more... Join me at the Big Communications Event (BCE) -- for more information, click here.
Eurobites: Proximus Snaps Up Managed Security Specialist
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes large on FTTH; Hrvatski Telekom gets symmetrical in Croatia; Facebook faces European flak.
DT, Facebook Back German Startups to Disrupt Networks Biz
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3/27/2018  |  1 comment
Three German startups have been asked to join a new German facility backed by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook and TIP.
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