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2G to 5G: Wireless Becomes the Fourth Utility
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4/17/2015  |  2 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  |  11 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?
Carriers Need to Rejoin Digital Value Chain
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9/10/2014  |  5 comments
Carriers are being left out of purchases made on mobile phones, but they have the opportunity to get back in the value chain for both physical and virtual buys.
SDN: Secret Sauce to the Internet of Things
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9/4/2014  |  4 comments
The Internet of Things (IoT) will provide a major challenge for network operators, but SDN and NFV can help.
What's the Real Cost of Network Downtime?
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9/3/2014  |  1 comment
With the high cost of achieving carrier-grade networks, is high availability good enough?
Be Open to the Freedom of Openness
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8/29/2014  |  9 comments
Open is possible, definable and important, because an environment of freedom is a superior construct.
Tracing Technology Changes in the Smart Home
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8/27/2014  |  3 comments
Every component of the smart home ecosystem is changing, creating new opportunities – and challenges – for service providers.
Take Time to Give Time
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8/18/2014  |  2 comments
Don't let new technologies and whizz-bang gadgets keep you from respecting those speaking to you and giving them the full attention they deserve.
Lifting the Cloud Over SDN
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7/21/2014  |  5 comments
Defining SDN realistically will help carriers cut through the hype, says Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks.
Have IBM & Apple Partnered Their Way to Cloud Leadership?
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7/18/2014  |  14 comments
They can go from also-rans to leaders -- if they don't mess up.
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Cox Eyes Cloud-Based Home Networks

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Cox's Jeff Finkelstein explains how moving services to the cloud will let cable deliver services faster and eliminate constant hardware replacements.
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CableLabs' Clarke Updates Cable Virtualization

4|23|15   |   05:41   |   (1) comment


Former BT exec now leading CableLabs' NFV and SDN efforts explains key role of open source and updates efforts to virtualize the home network.
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Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. II

4|23|15   |   08:19   |   (1) comment


In the second installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about cultural change, network slicing and technology advances.
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Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. I

4|23|15   |   09:27   |   (3) comments


In the first installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the incredible transformation underway in the communications networking industry.
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LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution

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Håkan Andersson, head of 5G product strategy of the Radio Business Unit at Ericsson, discusses the role of LTE, the US and other industry verticals in building a true 5G ecosystem.
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The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

4|17|15   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
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AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

4|16|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
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AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

4|15|15   |   2:42   |   (4) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
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Huawei's Data Center Power Play

4|15|15   |   6:22   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities for its indoor and outdoor data center solutions, explains Dr. Fang Liangzhou, vice president of Huawei's Network Energy product Line.
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Huawei’s Routers, Switches Get the Green Mark

4|15|15   |   2:02   |   (0) comments


TUV Rheinland's Frank Dudley explains how Huawei's routers and switches have been successfully tested by energy efficiency experts and have gained Green Mark Certification.
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A Finn, a Frenchman & a Guy From New Jersey Walk Into a Merger...

4|15|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
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Accounting for Better Solutions

4|10|15   |   02:31   |   (1) comment


Murad Yousuf, CTO at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Zakat & Income Tax), talks about the benefits of deploying router technology from Huawei.
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