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Orange's 5G Plan: Definitely, Maybe
News Analysis  | 
2/12/2018  |  2 comments
France's biggest service provider is preparing to roll out 5G networks despite the uncertainties it faces.
Orange Spain CEO Puts 5G Squeeze on Ericsson, Nokia
News Analysis  | 
2/6/2018  |  1 comment
The head of Orange Spain sees no short-term need to blanket his market with 5G networks and wants to 'break' the business model of Ericsson and Huawei.
TMF Rethinks B/OSS With ODA, but Will Industry Care?
News Analysis  | 
2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
The standards body has come up with a new architectural framework for a more digital and real-time back office.
ZTE Hails Return to Profitability, Ramps 5G Investment
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2/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor manages sales growth in 2017 despite challenging market conditions and plots a boost to its 5G R&D investments.
Nokia Outperforms Ericsson in Mobile but Sees Margin Pressure
News Analysis  | 
2/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor ends 2017 on a relative high note but says conditions will remain tough in 2018 and that margins will be under pressure.
Ericsson Stuck in Loss-Making Rut, Offloads Majority Stake in Media Unit
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1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Shares in Swedish vendor sink after results miss analyst estimates and amid disquiet about strategic backtracking and management changes.
India's RJio Plots Open Source Disruption
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1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
India's aggressive new entrant hopes to position itself as digital service provider, not merely a telco.
Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
Morris Lore  | 
1/30/2018  |  7 comments
Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?
Don't Expect 5G Deals, Orange Tells Usual Suppliers
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1/25/2018  |  Post a comment
French telecom incumbent says existing suppliers should not expect to land all of the 5G business and plays down any likelihood of rapid 5G rollout.
Ericsson Lurches to $1.8B Write-Down
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2018  |  5 comments
Latest financial setback will chew into operating income and could have implications for profitability targets.
Automation: Hot Topics & Groups to Watch
News Analysis  | 
1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Automation is nothing new. So why is it such a big issue for telcos at the start of this year?
MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2018  |  16 comments
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.
Ribbon Cuts Ties With Ray Dolan, Names New CEO
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12/14/2017  |  1 comment
Ribbon, the newly named mash-up of Sonus and Genband, cuts ties with ex-Sonus boss Dolan and names Fritz Hobbs its new president and CEO.
Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018
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12/12/2017  |  4 comments
What does 2018 hold in store for the telecom sector? We asked our own editors and analysts, and gathered up a few third-party forecasts as well.
Orange Capex to Peak at €7.4B in 2018
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12/7/2017  |  1 comment
French telecom incumbent says capital expenditure will reach a peak next year before starting to decline in 2019.
Telecom Industry Falling Short on 5G Architecture Challenges – HR Analyst
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12/6/2017  |  2 comments
Operators may have to look beyond traditional standards bodies and vendors for answers to questions about 5G system architecture.
DT 'Cost Lag' Could Overshadow Transformation Agenda
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11/30/2017  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom says that spending on 'transformation' is impeding its efforts to reduce costs outside the US.
India's Telecom M&A: The Threat to Vendors
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11/29/2017  |  1 comment
Consolidation in India's telecom market over the last year is forcing equipment vendors to adapt.
Ericsson Hypes 5G After Telcos Slam 5G Hype
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11/28/2017  |  11 comments
The latest mobility report from the Swedish equipment supplier predicts there will be 1 billion 5G connections by 2023 but does little to answer the burning telco questions.
Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Morris Lore  | 
11/21/2017  |  18 comments
While vendors continue touting 5G as an opportunity to provide new revenue-generating services, operators are increasingly focused on it as an efficiency tool.
China Mobile to Deploy 10,000 5G Basestations by 2020
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11/17/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese service provider expects to have a commercial 5G network comprising 10,000 basestations in the market in 2020.
DT Is Not Going Radio Gaga About 5G
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11/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom executive says 5G progress so far is largely about radio – and it shouldn't be.
Cisco Boosted by Rosier Outlook
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11/16/2017  |  4 comments
Shares in vendor giant get a boost as the company forecasts sales growth next quarter.
Efficiency Drive by Major Telcos Has Claimed 74K Jobs Since 2015
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11/14/2017  |  7 comments
Research carried out by Light Reading shows the scale of job cuts in the telecom sector during the last two years, as major telcos look to maintain sales with a smaller workforce.
ONAP Takes Flak as Telcos Prep for Release 1
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11/6/2017  |  1 comment
While some telcos appear eager to get started with ONAP, others are worried about the unwieldiness of the platform.
Colt: Automation's 'Silent Killer' Is Poor Quality Data
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11/2/2017  |  20 comments
Colt executive draws attention to the pitfalls of automating operations and provides an update on the UK operator's progress so far.
BT Berates Virtualization Vendors for Lack of Conformity
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2017  |  3 comments
The UK operator is training staff to use data modeling languages so that it can address the lack of conformity it sees from virtualization system vendors.
Ericsson CFO: Automation Is Helping Us Cut Jobs
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor is rolling out artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies in its service delivery business, which suffered hefty cuts in the recent third quarter.
Ericsson Sees Networks Progress Despite Mounting Losses
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker draws attention to gains at its networks division but continues to face a huge turnaround challenge.
'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull
Morris Lore  | 
10/18/2017  |  10 comments
As telcos try to emulate their Internet rivals, the industry looks set to set lose many of its current employees.
Verizon Lays Out Virtualization Demands
News Analysis  | 
10/13/2017  |  1 comment
US operator emphasizes the need for progress in key virtualization areas to meet emerging customer demands.
Tribalism Is Rife in Telecom, Too
Morris Lore  | 
10/13/2017  |  6 comments
The last thing the shrinking communications networking industry would seem to need is more working groups or associations, yet new ones are sprouting.
Orange Moves to 'Industrial' NFV Phase, Will Start in Spain
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
French telecom incumbent is ready to embark on a more widespread rollout of NFV using technology from a handful of suppliers.
Facebook's TIP to Launch AI Working Group
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
A new TIP working group will look at using machine learning and AI to improve network management.
China Unicom to Build 'Thousands' of Edge DCs
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese operator is poised to migrate to 'thousands' of edge data centers as it makes preparations for the launch of 5G.
Martiny Cocktail? DT Exec Eyes ONAP & Zero-Touch Merger
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
DT exec Klaus Martiny thinks ONAP and ETSI could be quite a mix.
Complexity Could Derail Automation, Say Telcos
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10/10/2017  |  5 comments
Telcos are increasingly focused on automating their networks, but complexity represents a major challenge, said industry executives in The Hague this week.
DT: Brutal Automation Is Only Way to Succeed
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10/10/2017  |  5 comments
German incumbent says its new goal is to build networks that can be managed without human intervention.
Ericsson Nominates Ronnie Leten as New Chairman
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Nomination comes after former chairman Leif Johansson said he would not seek re-election under apparent shareholder pressure.
UK's Zeetta Eyes £125M in TIP Funding
News Analysis  | 
10/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Bristol-based SDN startup also gets access to BT's labs.
Nokia Lands Non-Telco SDN Deal in China
News Analysis  | 
10/5/2017  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor is to supply its SDN-based virtualized services platform to China's second-largest property insurance company.
Nokia's Leprince Hails Enterprise Growth
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2017  |  1 comment
Nokia's diversification into high-growth enterprise markets is starting to pay off, says the company's global services boss.
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.
Edge Computing Groups Wrestle With Interoperability
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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.
Nokia Job Cuts in France on Hold – Report
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2017  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor will meet with French government officials on October 2 to discuss job plans.
India's Airtel Calls on SKT for Tech Help
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider is looking to South Korean technology expertise to cope with the challenge from Reliance Jio.
With Automation, Openet Aims to Be Lean, Mean BSS Machine
News Analysis  | 
9/8/2017  |  1 comment
Following a DevOps-driven overhaul this year, the Dublin-based software company believes economic and market realities will play into its hands.
SKT Tests Put 4G in Touching Distance of 5G
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2017  |  Post a comment
South Korean mobile operator claims to have cut latency on 4G networks to just two milliseconds, raising questions about the need for 5G.
As Its Roaming Empire Declines, Syniverse Gets Enterprising
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2017  |  Post a comment
With its roaming business in decline, Syniverse hopes investment in new digital offerings will return it to profitability.
ZTE Hires US Official to Deal With US Govt
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor recruits US regulatory official to lead dealings with US government in a market that continues to restrict its activities.
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