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Ericsson Takes Giant Leap Toward Profitability
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4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor appears to turn a corner with its best set of quarterly results since the departure of former CEO Hans Vestberg.
ZTE in Existential Crisis as It Slams 'Unfair' US Ban, Considers 'Judicial Measures'
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4/20/2018  |  1 comment
ZTE hits back at US Dept. of Commerce's 'denial order' that bans US component firms from selling to the Chinese vendor for seven years, raises prospect of 'judicial measures' and questions its own survival.
Qualcomm Cuts Jobs as It Seeks Chinese Approval for NXP M&A
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4/19/2018  |  1 comment
Qualcomm says 1,500 job losses are part of a cost-cutting plan announced in January.
Indian Telcos to Ramp Up Network Investment in Next 2 Years
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4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
India's telcos have announced plans for a dramatic expansion of basestation infrastructure, but the network expansion will not be without challenges.
Alibaba Goes for Cloud Foundry Gold
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4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
The Chinese cloud giant is supporting Cloud Foundry on its infrastructure and joining its Foundation as a gold member.
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.
Huawei's First 5G Smartphones Will Arrive in Q3 2019
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4/18/2018  |  2 comments
Timed to arrive as the first domestic 5G networks come online.
Acacia Hit Worst by ZTE Components Ban
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4/17/2018  |  1 comment
Optical components specialist Acacia suffered a 36% share price dip following news of the ban on US companies selling components to Chinese systems vendor ZTE.
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.
5G Won't Solve Everything, Warns Huawei Boss
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4/17/2018  |  2 comments
Chinese vendor's chairman downplays 5G technology, saying it is not materially different from 4G.
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.
Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad
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4/13/2018  |  11 comments
Local branch of Australian service provider causes s**tstorm with advert stating preference for white staff.
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.
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.
Telstra: Automating From the Network Up
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4/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Without having a full automated network, you're not going to realize the potential of digital transformation, explains Telstra's director of Global Platforms, Jim Fagan, at Light Reading's Automation Everywhere conference in Dallas.
8 Things We Didn't Know About Telecom Automation Until Last Week
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4/10/2018  |  8 comments
Light Reading's recent Automation Everywhere conference provided invaluable guidance and insights for network operators figuring out their automation strategies.
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?
Google & Alibaba Cloud Gaining Fast in Public Cloud – but AWS Still Rules
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4/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Google and Alibaba have a long way to go to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft, but if they can keep up the triple-digit growth they'll get there.
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.
Samsung Expects Boost in Sales, Profits for Q1
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
South Korean company is flourishing thanks largely to demand for its memory chip products.
Telstra's Fagan: Network Automation Demands Disruption
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Jim Fagan, director of Global Platforms for Telstra, delivered a keynote on the operator's Programmable Network and how it has set the stage for Telstra's journey toward network automation.
Telco Content War Heats Up in India
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4/6/2018  |  Post a comment
India's operators are taking their fight into the content arena.
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.
Aryaka Tackles New China SD-WAN Regulations With Partner China Mobile
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4/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Aryaka has partnered with China Mobile to be the first fully compliant global SD-WAN service for Chinese and international companies.
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.
Google Spins Subsea Cable Web to Australia & Southeast Asia
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4/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Google is investing in a subsea cable connecting the two continents, casting its subsea web wider.
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?
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.
Celcom SVP: Focus on Performance, Forget Gender
Mentor Monday  | 
4/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Noora Mat Rifin, SVP of Customer Life Cycle Management at Celcom Axiata Berhad, advises women to follow their passion and seize opportunities in comms, despite the challenges.
Join Tier 1 Experts at Automation Everywhere
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3/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Want to know how major players such as Verizon, CenturyLink, Telstra, Windstream, PCCW Global and EdgeConneX are advancing their process automation strategies? Then get yourself to the Automation Everywhere event in Dallas on April 4.
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.
Looking to the Future With ON2020: An OFC Perspective
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The ON2020 panel at this year's OFC provided insight into the challenges faced by network operators and the technologies that will be required in future optical networks.
Sistema Bids for RCom's Remaining Assets – Report
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Russia's Sistema has reportedly emerged as the leading bidder for what remains of Reliance Communications.
VEON CEO Quits Amid Investor Gloom
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3/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Chairwoman Ursula Burns will step into the CEO role until a permanent replacement for Jean-Yves Charlier can be found.
FCC Eyes USF Funds Ban for Chinese Vendors
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3/26/2018  |  6 comments
Huawei and ZTE potentially face further network national security concens in the US.
Beginning With the End In Mind
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3/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Huawei has sets its sights on delivering a Quality Broadband experience and its focus is not just on the last mile, but also on the last few metres - in the offices, in the homes, and even in the bars.
You Need Another 48 Hours to Enter the Leading Lights Awards? OK Then...
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3/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Stress ye not… The deadline for Leading Lights submissions has been edged out another two working days to Tuesday, March 27.
Is vRAN Still Too Hot to Handle?
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3/21/2018  |  1 comment
The industry needs to work on persuading operators that virtualizing the radio access network is manageable and beneficial.
Telenor Offloads Its CEE Unit for €2.8B
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3/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Telenor retreats from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with the sale of operations in four markets to private equity firm PPF, which already has telecom assets in the region.
Ngena Fits Network Form to NFV Function
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3/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Ngena's global 'network of networks' solves a problem that the telecom vendors promised us would never exist. That doesn't mean its new service isn't a really good idea.
India's Predatory Pricing Rules Trigger Telco Slugfest
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3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
India's regulatory authorities continue to side with aggressive new player Reliance Jio, say the country's longer-established players.
Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
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3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...
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