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The Building Blocks for NFV's Ramp-Up
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6/23/2017  |  Post a comment
As the industry looks to aggressively ramp up NFV efforts, it becomes critical for strong and interoperable industry standards to eliminate vendor lock-ins and create a marketplace for best-in-breed services.
Don't Be the Next DDoS Headline: How Virtualization Can Bolster Service Provider Security
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6/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Today's telcos and communication service providers are more vulnerable to large-scale DDoS attacks than ever.
Smart Cities Could Be Gold Mine for Telcos
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6/8/2017  |  6 comments
But this story will take years to write.
Busting a Few Myths About Microservices
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6/8/2017  |  Post a comment
A few myths have emerged about microservices that need to be addressed, says Ciena's Abel Tong.
Network Visibility Architectures: One Size Does Not Fit All
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5/15/2017  |  Post a comment
New and exciting methods of automation – whether virtualization, the cloud, IoT or even best practices like network segmentation – tend to emphasize innovation over visibility. As such, networks develop blind spots that mask network problems and even faulty devices.
3GPP Starts Study on 5G NR Spectrum Sharing
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5/5/2017  |  2 comments
Unlicensed spectrum will help the 3GPP's 5G specification proliferate.
First AWS, Now Microsoft Cloud; Who's Next?
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5/4/2017  |  3 comments
Outages are inevitable, but how can we deal with them better?
Service Management for the Telco Cloud
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5/2/2017  |  2 comments
The arrival of NFV and IoT is driving a greater need for Service Quality Management (SQM) capabilities, argues Sandeep Raina.
Readying the Cloud for 5G
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5/1/2017  |  Post a comment
An updated architecture, new approach to software and the ability to launch new services will give telcos a successful path to 5G within the next few years.
Cable-Powered Wireless Faces Tech Hurdles
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4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The technical challenges of going wireless aren't small.
Three Ways for CSPs to Upgrade OSS/BSS
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4/19/2017  |  Post a comment
As new ambitions demand next-gen support, IBB has identified three primary ways that CSPs can upgrade their OSS/BSS systems to deliver that support.
Why Isn't Virtualization Working?
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4/14/2017  |  4 comments
To succeed at virtualization, operators need to realize that standards bodies, open source initiatives and vendor ecosystems aren't going to help.
New IP Agency Plans Test for NFV Interoperability
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4/11/2017  |  Post a comment
MANO in the NFV space will be put through its paces at Light Reading's fourth annual Big Communications Event in Austin next month.
Breaking Through Bias in Next-Gen Comms
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4/6/2017  |  1 comment
Take control of your career and confront stereotypes, overcome biases and achieve the full measure of success to which your talent, hard work and ambition entitle you.
Tackling NFV's Interoperability Challenges
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4/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Ken Presti explains why the work of New IP Agency (NIA) is more important than ever – and why he feels privileged to be its new director.
Manage Your Career Pace to Ensure Impact
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3/29/2017  |  2 comments
Time is your biggest asset if you use it to get you where you want to go.
Drones Drive New Revenue Streams for Mobile Ecosystem
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3/27/2017  |  1 comment
The use of drone technology is changing the game for wireless operators, argues AUVSI's Brian Wynne.
Why Being a Person in Tech Comes First
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3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Sometimes your day job has to come before championing the women in tech cause, but that can be equally as beneficial, inspirational and productive.
March Madness: Redefining a 'Live' Event
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3/15/2017  |  1 comment
As a month-long, multi-city, 12-hour/day, multi-time zone, multi-device extravaganza, the NCAA basketball tournament poses unique streaming video challenges.
The How, What & Why of Accelerating 5G NR
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3/10/2017  |  Post a comment
As the 3GPP agrees on plan to accelerate 5G NR -- the global 5G standard -- for 2019 deployments, a Qualcomm VP walks us through the reasons why.
Pushing Your Products to the Brink
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3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
There is no substitute for testing under the most realistic conditions if you want to minimize the chances of network downtime.
The Digital Economy & GDPR
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3/9/2017  |  3 comments
Stephen Cameron and Chris Pinnock examine the implications of the impending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is due to come into force in May 2018 and which will affect every organization that uses the data of European citizens.
Assuring the Telco Cloud
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2/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The systems and processes used for assuring networks services and business models will need to be updated to support telco cloud and virtualization strategies.
A Solid First Step Toward Greater Broadband Deployment
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2/17/2017  |  2 comments
Private investment is essential if the US is to reach its broadband goals, particularly for connecting rural America, writes former Congressman Rick Boucher.
Cloudifying the Communications Network
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2/16/2017  |  4 comments
Operators want to take advantage of cloudification, but the communications network is not the data center so they need to bridge the gap between the network and the cloud.
Time to Invest in Virtual Reality?
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2/13/2017  |  9 comments
Is the current virtual reality customer experience equivalent to the significant investment?
Getting Up to Speed on Microservices
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2/9/2017  |  3 comments
With flexibility and speed becoming increasingly important in service development, microservice capabilities are attracting increasing attention.
5 Technologies Making 5G NR a Reality
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2/2/2017  |  1 comment
Qualcomm runs down some of the technologies that will evolve into the 5G radio standard.
Nokia's Efforts to Lead in Security
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2/2/2017  |  1 comment
Nokia is maintaining its strategic emphasis on network security and may have some plausible claims to be ahead of its major vendor rivals – but it still has a lot of questions to answer.
The Certification Process for G.fast
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1/24/2017  |  2 comments
Interoperability testing and product certification can help accelerate the uptake of G.fast technology.
3 Qualities of Leaders, Mentors & Mentees
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1/17/2017  |  2 comments
IEEE's Nita Patel outlines the specific overlapping and critical elements that you must possess to successfully and simultaneously be a leader, mentor and mentee.
Elastic Visibility Into Your Clouds – Without the Strain
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1/10/2017  |  1 comment
As companies virtualize, too many fail to bring anywhere near the same rigor to monitoring their cloud services that they'd applied to their physical networks -- and that's playing with fire.
Unlocking Big Data for Operational Intelligence
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12/27/2016  |  Post a comment
How cable operators can use advanced customer-aware data analytics to improve the customer experience, reduce service disruptions and cut both tuck rolls and call center costs.
5G Spectrum Sharing Brings Innovations
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12/2/2016  |  Post a comment
Spectrum sharing is becoming a bigger issue as the 5G radio specification evolves.
Mobile Edge Computing: Building a Bridge to 5G
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10/27/2016  |  Post a comment
Addressing current and future app demands while laying the foundation for mobile's next big network transition.
Stop Pulling Sports Fans & Start Chasing Them
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10/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Broadcasters can no longer rely on pulling audiences to the TV screen; they need to pursue their audiences on digital, wherever they are.
If Content Is King, Then Data Is Heir to Throne
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10/25/2016  |  2 comments
Why advanced data analytics are the future for streaming video services.
5G: Truth or Dare?
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9/30/2016  |  1 comment
5G could ride the traditional wireless hype cycle, or – quite possibly – break the chain, suggests Nokia's North American CTO.
Is NFV in the Doldrums?
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9/12/2016  |  6 comments
NFV feels like it's going nowhere fast, suggests Napatech's Dan Joe Barry.
NG-PON2 Accelerates Past XGS-PON at 88 MPH
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9/9/2016  |  Post a comment
The NG-PON2 standard is the key to the future of ultra-broadband, believes Calix's Alan DiCicco.
It's Not Just mmWave! 5G Will Go Low to Innovate Too
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9/7/2016  |  7 comments
Amazing new 5G innovations are coming below 6GHz -- it's not just about mmWave.
High Band Spectrum & 5G: What's Next & What to Expect
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9/5/2016  |  Post a comment
5G is about more than just faster mobile broadband, notes Tom Sawanobori, SVP and chief technology officer at the CTIA.
Lessons From Rio on Net Performance
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9/2/2016  |  1 comment
What companies should glean from network traffic patterns during the Olympic Games in Rio.
The Return of Offload: Sticking Plaster or Preventative Medicine?
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8/29/2016  |  Post a comment
'WiFi offload' became something of a dirty term for a while, but Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser thinks 4G service providers are having to re-think their position.
What's Up With App Fatigue?
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8/22/2016  |  2 comments
How cable operators and other pay-TV providers can differentiate themselves by helping customers find needles in haystacks. More is not always better.
Network Security in the New Service Provider Reality
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8/18/2016  |  2 comments
A new way of thinking as well as new technologies and procedures are needed for those devising network security strategies, argues Fortinet's Matthew Pley.
How Will the FCC Spectrum Decision Help Mobilize mmWave for 5G?
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8/17/2016  |  5 comments
High-frequency is on the 5G agenda after the FCC mmWave decision.
How CSPs Are Competing in Rio
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8/15/2016  |  2 comments
With the Summer Olympics now halfway over in Brazil, CSPs and other tech providers are competing fiercely for their own gold, silver and bronze medals.
NB-IoT: Setting the Pace in the Race to 5G
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8/9/2016  |  1 comment
LTE is evolving to support the Internet of Things as we head towards a massively connected 5G world.
Not So Fast on Streaming
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8/8/2016  |  6 comments
The transition from broadcast TV to online isn't just about developing the right technology; it's about crafting the right business models.
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Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
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Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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The Overall Objective Is to Win the Game

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SCTE•ISBE's Chris Bastian discusses Energy 2020's success to date and the importance of a flexible approach that allows for changes in specific strategies in order to reach significant milestones.
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CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

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Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
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Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

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Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
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SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

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Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
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Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

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At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
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Putting Power on a Pedestal

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ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
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Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

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A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
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Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

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As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
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IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

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IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
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Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

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Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
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Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

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Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
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AT&T's Hubbard on Intersection of SD-WAN & MPLS

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Rick Hubbard, SVP of Network Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses how AT&T's approach to SD-WAN fits in with its overall virtualization strategy, explains how SD-WAN can improve enterprise customers' use of the cloud and addresses the intersection of SD-WAN and MPLS.
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