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Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Morris Lore  | 
11/21/2017  |  14 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  |  Post a 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  |  1 comment
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  |  6 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.
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
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.
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.
ZTE Bucks Downturn but Enterprise Biz Disappoints
News Analysis  | 
8/25/2017  |  2 comments
The latest figures from China's second-biggest equipment vendor show it gained momentum despite a slowdown in the market for network equipment.
The Automation Taboo: Let's Talk About Jobs
Morris Lore  | 
8/24/2017  |  42 comments
For telcos, automation puts an awkward spotlight on employee value. Investors will be watching.
VEON's Digital Overhaul Much More Than Rebranding
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2017  |  3 comments
The world's seventh-biggest telco by customer numbers has made a new digital platform the very centerpiece of its strategy.
Legislation Frustration Hinders DT's All-IP Migration
News Analysis  | 
8/4/2017  |  1 comment
The difficulty of shifting customers onto new all-IP systems could see the German operator miss a target for broadband revenue growth.
Telefónica Plots Unica Expansion
News Analysis  | 
8/3/2017  |  3 comments
The Spanish telco is opening new data center facilities and taking Unica further into its network operations.
Telefónica Warms to ONAP, Sees Merger With OSM as 'Possibility'
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2017  |  3 comments
Spanish operator says it is working on aligning OSM efforts with those of ONAP and acknowledges the latter has a broader remit.
Nokia: Software Plan Already Boosting Profitability
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2017  |  4 comments
Nokia's plan to develop a standalone software company shows early signs of promise.
Nokia Shames Ericsson on Profits but Sees Trouble Ahead
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2017  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor smashes analyst expectations on profit performance but warns investors that its network sales will decline at a steeper rate than previously expected.
RJio Spurs Indian Interest in NFV
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2017  |  Post a comment
The recent market entry of RJio is putting other operators under pressure to make investments in new software and virtualization technologies.
ZTE Net Profit Up 30% in First Half
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese equipment supplier has recovered strongly from its clash with US authorities.
Brocade, Broadcom Merger in Doubt
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2017  |  4 comments
Merging players have been forced to give regulatory authorities more time to review their deal amid concern about the impact the move could have on competition.
Ericsson Shares Slump on Gloomy Q2 Update
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2017  |  1 comment
Swedish vendor accelerates cost-cutting activities and says conditions will be worse than previously feared as its operating margin turns negative.
T-MANO & Counting: SKT's New NFV Platform
News Analysis  | 
7/12/2017  |  2 comments
South Korean telco has taken the wraps off a new MANO platform, but will it reduce complexity or add to it?
Who's Steering Vodafone's NFV Ship?
News Analysis  | 
7/6/2017  |  Post a comment
With Vodafone's head of network virtualization, David Amzallag, now departed, who's in charge of the operator's Ocean virtualization strategy? An import from Netcracker, Light Reading believes…
DT's Pan-Net Still at Start of the Marathon
News Analysis  | 
7/5/2017  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom's pan-net transformation is slowly moving ahead, even if it still has a long way to go.
Ericsson Denies Ditching the Enterprise Market
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2017  |  1 comment
Ericsson may have scaled back its ambitions for new opportunities outside the telecom market while it works on a turnaround at its main networks business, but it hasn't abandoned them altogether.
Ericsson Seals 4G, 5G Deal With Vodafone UK
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor will upgrade Vodafone's 4G networks in southern England and provide 5G radio technology to the UK telco.
Orange-Backed Athonet Aims to Be Core Rival to Ericsson, Nokia
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2017  |  Post a comment
A startup backed by Orange and Facebook could pose a threat to Ericsson and Nokia in the mobile core.
Can Comcast Beat Customer Hate With a Private Cloud?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
6/15/2017  |  8 comments
Comcast is looking to a private cloud based on Cloud Foundry to turn around record bad customer satisfaction scores.
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