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The Three Steps to Digital Dominance
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5/27/2015  |  Post a comment
What are the main steps that CSPs need to take in order to compete on the digital playing field?
An Inflection Point in Telecom: The 5G Vector
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5/20/2015  |  1 comment
The industry is at an inflection point, and one of the looming disruptors is 5G.
Choosing a Technology Supplier? Consider Changing Your Selection Criteria
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5/18/2015  |  15 comments
Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
INTX Verdict: Still a Cable Show
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5/8/2015  |  7 comments
Cable companies still dominate the scene at INTX, the event formerly known as The Cable Show.
The Case For Pure Play Virtualization
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5/8/2015  |  6 comments
What is the best way to support both layer 2 and layer 3 services at the edge of the network that incorporates virtual network functions?
The Need for Speed
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5/8/2015  |  2 comments
How fast is too fast in terms of communication? Unless our lives and actions start being measured in seconds, do we really need a 43 Tbps connection to fulfill our everyday tasks?
SDN: It's All About the Apps
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5/5/2015  |  3 comments
There's more to SDN than decoupling network control from the forwarding plane, argues the executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
OTT Apps: Time To Beat 'Em or Join 'Em
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5/1/2015  |  1 comment
CSPs have to devise a strategy either to monetize third-party OTT services or develop and deliver their own OTT-telco service offering.
2G to 5G: Wireless Becomes the Fourth Utility
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4/17/2015  |  3 comments
There is an impressive array of technology that is planned for the transition to 5G that will enable many new possible services.
5G: Just an Expensive New Interface?
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4/10/2015  |  4 comments
5G could shape up to be a stunningly expensive fiasco.
My Ericsson Epiphany
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4/2/2015  |  13 comments
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
WiFi Fuels the Social-Local-Mobile Movement
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3/27/2015  |  8 comments
Wi-Fi Alliance members have created Wi-Fi Aware technology to bring local experiences to life -- without requiring access to the Internet or GPS.
Open Networking Acronym Soup
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3/20/2015  |  5 comments
Bamboozled by the flood of abbreviations and acronyms that SDN and NFV have inspired? Here's a guide to some of the key standards bodies whose initials you will need to know.
Think Outside the White Box
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3/16/2015  |  15 comments
Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
SDN Migration: Ensuring a Smooth Flight
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3/10/2015  |  Post a comment
There are a number of key questions to consider before any SDN migration plans are put into action.
New IP: Bigger, Better
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2/23/2015  |  2 comments
Bigger. And Better. But definitely bigger.
Can't Succeed Without Failing
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2/17/2015  |  Post a comment
When trying to develop innovative technologies, engineers must be willing to take risks, make mistakes and move ahead incrementally without having all the data.
Unearthing Opportunities for Operators in IoT
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2/9/2015  |  5 comments
Mobile network operators have the network and a business model that makes them well suited to lead the charge as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off.
Managing Ethernet/IP in the SDN/NFV Future
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2/2/2015  |  Post a comment
Gathering useful information for real-time management of Ethernet and IP networks is a non-trivial issue.
The Telco's Dilemma: Building or Outsourcing?
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1/29/2015  |  Post a comment
There are three important questions service providers need to address for in-market and out-of-market expansion.
Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
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1/26/2015  |  10 comments
Cablevision's new Freewheel WiFi service will offer 'unlimited data, talk and text' plus access to Cablevision hotspots for a smallish monthly fee, but is hotspot access worth the price?
Communicating With a Twist of Light
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1/22/2015  |  3 comments
Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) technologies could help relieve future bottlenecks in communications networks.
Maximizing Spectrum ROI With Small Cells
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1/20/2015  |  3 comments
Small cells with advanced C-RAN capabilities create a new opportunity to meet wireless demand more economically and deliver the best possible user experience to subscribers.
Location Awareness Key to Mobile Intelligence
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1/12/2015  |  3 comments
To get real customer visibility and to consistently deliver a higher quality experience, MNOs must have access to real-time location awareness.
What’s in Store for RDK
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12/23/2014  |  Post a comment
Next year promises to see more product innovation and more implementations of the cable industry's Reference Design Kit software across the globe
SDN's Role in Carrier WiFi
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12/4/2014  |  3 comments
SDN can play a significant role in helping operators offload data traffic via WiFi.
Forget Bitcoin, Data Is Currency of the Future
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11/24/2014  |  14 comments
CSPs armed with real-time operational intelligence are uniquely positioned to realize the true monetary value of the new data economy.
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
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11/21/2014  |  15 comments
Share your views on the next five years and find out what your peers think too.
IaaS: The Telco Tool for Business Growth
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11/20/2014  |  5 comments
The complexity of cloud service sourcing will boost demand for infrastructure-as-a-service.
It's Groundhog Day! Security Lessons From the Bill Murray Movie
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11/18/2014  |  1 comment
Automation saves you from repeating the same things over and over again.
Terabit in Action at SC14
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11/17/2014  |  Post a comment
Terabit Demonstrator Project to be unveiled at SC14 in New Orleans.
Applying 5 Simple 'Rules' to SDN & NFV
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11/11/2014  |  Post a comment
We can take these five rules and apply them to SDN and NFV to see if these two technologies make sense for cable, starting with Rule 1 in this post.
The New Voice of Customers Online
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11/11/2014  |  3 comments
The digital world is changing how telcos receive customer feedback, requiring new tools for listening, understanding and responding.
Sifting Through the Data
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11/10/2014  |  3 comments
Analytics can help communications service providers better understand their customers and develop revenue-generating services.
Managing OTT Traffic in the SDN/NFV Future
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11/10/2014  |  Post a comment
Network operators need to adopt a new way of thinking in order to benefit from SDN and NFV.
SDN: A Leveler for CSPs
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11/5/2014  |  3 comments
SDN will enable Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers to compete more effectively with the current incumbents.
Building the Embedded Hardware Standard for the 2020s
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10/30/2014  |  Post a comment
PICMG, which develops open modular standards for embedded computing, looks ahead to the next decade.
Let's Not Kill SDN & NFV With Silos
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10/28/2014  |  12 comments
As it embraces SDN and NFV, the networking industry needs to ensure it doesn't create new silos and repeat the innovation-stifling mistakes of its past.
An IP Traveler in the Land of Optics
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10/27/2014  |  1 comment
Give it up for the optical specialists who are more than mere 'plumbers.'
A Legacy Worth Saving
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10/22/2014  |  2 comments
Operators can cut the cost and complexity of extending legacy services to all-IP environments.
The Human Gain of the Smart Home
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10/20/2014  |  8 comments
Norway's Lyse Smart is showing how broadband-enabled applications can improve the lives of elderly people and provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional care home services.
Why SDN & NFV Matter to Cable
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10/13/2014  |  4 comments
If we can build complex systems from simple components with precise functionality, we can more easily change those systems as new technologies arise.
Should Your City Be a Broadband Provider?
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10/3/2014  |  7 comments
A list of 10 considerations for municipalities pondering building their own broadband networks.
Defining the Digital Service Provider
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9/29/2014  |  6 comments
Communications service providers need to become digital service providers, but what exactly does that entail?
Bridging the Digital Divide
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9/29/2014  |  1 comment
Here are some ideas for how cable operators can help low-income households connect to pay-TV and broadband services.
Managing & Securing SDN & NFV
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9/26/2014  |  5 comments
Once SDN and NFV are added to already complex wide area networks, management and security become even greater challenges for operators.
Operators: Leverage Advantages Over OTTs
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9/19/2014  |  Post a comment
Operators should leverage their network, QoS, billing and big data to compete against OTT players with both consumer and enterprise offers.
Clouding the Edge for LTE-A and Beyond
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9/17/2014  |  2 comments
Is it smarter to centralize network intelligence for LTE-Advanced and 5G, or continue the Flat-IP 4G trend of pushing intelligence to the edge?
Introducing 'The New IP'
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9/11/2014  |  32 comments
Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
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Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
Between the CEOs
Affirmed Networks CEO: Digging Into NFV

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Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
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Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses

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CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
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Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
On May 29th 10 AM ET, Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, will be drilling into the "pains and gains" of NFV with Saar Gillai, SVP & GM for NFV at Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) (HP). He has defined a four-step NFV model describing a sequence of technology innovation. It's a must-read doc for any network architect looking to get to grips with their NFV migration strategy. Join us for the interview, and the chance to ask Saar your NFV questions directly!
Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
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