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Upgrades & Upheaval at the Service Provider Edge
The Philter  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Cisco announces a stronger, better, faster version of its edge routing platform, the ASR 9000 series and, in doing so, reminds us that there's a lot at stake with the arrival of 5G networks.
Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive – and a company – that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.
Infinera, Coriant Hear a $430M Siren Song of Synergy
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2018  |  11 comments
Infinera has offered to acquire Coriant for $430 million in cash and stock but the deal is truly complementary, not just a cost-cutting exercise, both companies say.
Ciena CTO: Next Optical Transport Leap Rides on Analytics & Network Intelligence
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Ciena's Steve Alexander explains Ciena's strategy for injecting analytics and intelligence into the network, why the company acquired Packet Design and why Ciena is setting its sights on the Indian and Asian markets.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative Automation Strategy
News Analysis  | 
5/9/2018  |  Post a comment
The shortlist for most innovative automation strategy features six very strong entries from some of the world's biggest operators.
Virtualization Is Kicking Juniper in the Berries
News Analysis  | 
5/2/2018  |  3 comments
The transition to white box networking could be especially painful for Juniper.
Juniper Reports 11% Revenue Drop, but No Surprises
News Analysis  | 
5/1/2018  |  Post a comment
As its self-driving network story takes hold, networking vendor Juniper's stock performance earned it a 'sell' rating from at least one big Wall Street analyst.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Communications Technology Vision
News Analysis  | 
5/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Apstra, Cohere and Juniper are the shortlisted candidates for the outstanding communications technology vision award.
Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Boingo Wireless and Comcast Business make the shortlist for our NFV deployment strategy award.
Nokia Tumbles on Weak Results, Insists Good 5G Times Lie Ahead
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2018  |  5 comments
Finnish vendor insists the second half of 2018 will be much better than the first half as customers start to invest in long-awaited 5G networks.
Nokia Seizes Open RAN Initiative as Ericsson Holds Back
News Analysis  | 
4/12/2018  |  2 comments
The Swedish vendor seems to have a bigger problem with openness than its Finnish rival.
SDN Is Hype & NFV a Faux Pas – Telecom Panel
News Analysis  | 
4/12/2018  |  15 comments
A group of telecom executives at this week's Paris tradeshow deliver a critical assessment of SDN and NFV.
Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017
News Analysis  | 
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.
Cisco Bows to Carrier Demand for Software Outside the Box
News Analysis  | 
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.
Telefónica in Edge Talks With Amazon Greengrass
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator reveals it has been in discussions with Amazon about a new project to automate its central offices and give them more processing capabilities.
3GPP Preps Machine Learning in 5G Core
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2018  |  Post a comment
The standards group is working on a function that could help operators to monitor network slicing and application performance.
Telefónica to Hit Gas on Automation With 5G Rollout
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator outlines plans to ramp up investments in artificial intelligence while blasting vendors for continuing to develop 'closed' technologies.
Is vRAN Still Too Hot to Handle?
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2018  |  1 comment
The industry needs to work on persuading operators that virtualizing the radio access network is manageable and beneficial.
Is Orange's New Deputy CEO the NFV Champion It Needs?
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2018  |  Post a comment
This week named Orange's deputy CEO, Laurent Paillassot has pioneered the rollout of NFV technology at Orange Spain.
DT Demands Automation, Cloud Tech From Pan-Net Suppliers
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2018  |  1 comment
Automation, interoperability and standardization are among the German operator's demands as it continues to work on its pan-net transformation.
Downsizing Telenor Pins Margin Hopes on Automation
News Analysis  | 
3/1/2018  |  Post a comment
The Norwegian telecom incumbent sheds further light on how automation and AI could help it to slash headcount and reduce costs.
Humans Beware: Ericsson Readies Machines to Run the Network
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor is set to launch a handful of 'machine intelligence' products at this week's MWC and says 15 major operators are interested in its AI goodies.
Orange's 5G Plan: Definitely, Maybe
News Analysis  | 
2/12/2018  |  3 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
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2018  |  1 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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  |  18 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
11/30/2017  |  Post a 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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  |  20 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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.
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