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Does NFV Have a Packet Processing Problem?
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1/6/2015  |  12 comments
Metaswitch CTO says virtual functions implemented on IT-grade cloud infrastructure require extra engineering help to handle network volumes.
AT&T Touts SDN Push, Seeks Talent
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12/16/2014  |  3 comments
Technology guru John Donovan pledges to make AT&T's network 75% software-defined by 2020.
Gardner's Departure a Cautionary Tale
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12/12/2014  |  11 comments
Board of directors allegedly wanted faster pace of change from one of the telecom industry's change pacesetters.
Colt-KVH: A Hook-Up Bound to Happen
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11/12/2014  |  Post a comment
But what took them so long?
Feeling Edgy? Join the Crowd
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9/25/2014  |  2 comments
There's a lot happening at the network's edge, and it's worth watching.
Verizon Puts Cloud Customers in Control
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9/23/2014  |  2 comments
As promised earlier this month, Verizon is letting businesses turn up network and security services on a per-workload basis.
Rethinking Rackspace as a Cloud Partner
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9/17/2014  |  4 comments
Cloud provider backs off M&A plans, but is that the last word?
Putting Your SDN Knowledge to the Test
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9/16/2014  |  1 comment
The ONF is developing standards that will let you go to school on SDN and then test for certification to prove what you know.
Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
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8/20/2014  |  11 comments
In the mid-80s, there were hot debates about how to power phones over non-copper lines. Guess what? Those debates are back.
Can Level 3 Execute the Perfect Merger?
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8/5/2014  |  5 comments
One early indication of whether the tw telecom deal will bear the hoped-for fruit will be how its dynamic bandwidth capacity is handled.
If Not Muni Networks, Then What?
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7/28/2014  |  14 comments
Incumbents don't want cities and towns to build their own gigabit networks, but what's their alternative plan?
Will Telecom's 'Open' Be Natural or Organic?
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7/15/2014  |  10 comments
It's up to network operators to make sure "open" retains some meaning and doesn't go the way of "natural" foods.
Pervasive Video Could Change Internet Fundamentals
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7/10/2014  |  7 comments
The beauty of the early Internet was that it was distance-insensitive but as video takes over and the cloud grows, is that changing?
Open NFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
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6/24/2014  |  5 comments
The move of NFV management and orchestration to an open source model seems inevitable, but how it happens is as transparent as the World Cup refs' game time calculations.
Level With Me: When Rumors Get Real
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6/16/2014  |  6 comments
tw telecom has been a rumored takeover target for years and Level 3 a rumored suitor. But is there more to this deal than just getting bigger?
Five Key Takeaways From TM Forum Live!
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6/9/2014  |  5 comments
Of course they are all related to virtualization – what else would I write about in Nice?
Can ZOOM See Daylight?
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6/4/2014  |  3 comments
The TM Forum is actively seeking industry input to its ZOOM project to enable NFV orchestration, but what if it went truly open source?
Metaswitch: Telcos Must Get Soft to Survive
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5/13/2014  |  16 comments
Metaswitch CEO urges telcos to transform their business models along with their networks and start behaving like software companies.
Is AT&T-DirecTV Really About Broadband?
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5/5/2014  |  10 comments
PayTV service is not the future for AT&T so there have to be other reasons for buying a satellite TV distribution network.
One Reason Customer Service Sometimes Sucks
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5/2/2014  |  20 comments
Telecom players need to give their CSRs more intelligent tools to address customer issues, or see training and turnover troubles persist.
Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
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4/21/2014  |  37 comments
AT&T's ready, Google's ready, but are the municipalities they want to serve ready to play -- and bring along access rights and other free stuff?
Frontier Buffaloes Social Media
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4/7/2014  |  16 comments
Frank the Buffalo is the popular face of Frontier on Facebook and elsewhere, even if his no-BS promise left some customers cold.
Is Technology to Blame for Rigged Trading?
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3/31/2014  |  15 comments
Wall Street traders are using high-speed services and collocation to their advantage in trading stocks but is their advantage legal – and is it fair?
WOW Cozying Up to OTT With Good Reason
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3/28/2014  |  8 comments
Consumers are already exploring their OTT options and one cable operator sees good business in helping them do that more easily.
How Dirty Is Your Data?
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3/27/2014  |  22 comments
The telecom industry's merger fever has created a morass of old, outdated and mismatching data records for some operators, which could hamper plans for growth.
AT&T's All-IP Tests Won't Answer Key Questions
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2/28/2014  |  14 comments
Dropping circuit-switched voice in a rural Alabama area and a Florida suburb doesn't address competitive interconnection issues
The Dangerous Reaction to Netflix-Comcast
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2/25/2014  |  27 comments
Media response to this deal has been a little too hysterical, given the deal's true nature – but does that reveal a bigger problem?
The Great Peering War Rages Again
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2/19/2014  |  14 comments
This time, it's Netflix crying foul as broadband ISPs refuse to connect directly to its CDN without extracting extra fees.
Better Broadband Isn't Enough for Schools
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1/29/2014  |  37 comments
The technology industry has a history of throwing gizmos, gadgets, and yes, gigabits, at teachers, but they have little effect without purpose and training
Stoking 'Open' Minds
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1/23/2014  |  1 comment
Just what does 'open' mean in the telecom world? I asked six carriers.
Moving & Shaking Ain't What It Used to Be
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1/8/2014  |  4 comments
Today's carriers want to keep their progress under wraps -- NFV and virtualization in general are the exception to that rule.
NFV to Trigger Cisco Buying Binge?
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1/2/2014  |  25 comments
MKM report predicts Cisco and Juniper may acquire optical networking companies Infinera and/or Ciena to prepare for virtualization.
The Five Surprising Tech Trends of 2013
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12/31/2013  |  17 comments
Here's one person's view of what didn't go as expected this year.
Can Virtualization Succeed Where IMS Didn't?
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12/20/2013  |  5 comments
Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie looks at how IMS and virtualization are similar -- and different -- in his LR University session on policy and SDN/NFV.
The Big Telecom Event: Have Your Say
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12/19/2013  |  3 comments
We're already months into planning our 'Specs & Plugs & Rock & Roll' show, but there's still plenty of time to tell us what you'd like to see at The Big Telecom Event (BTE) in June 2014.
AT&T-Frontier Deal: A Sign of Things to Come?
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12/17/2013  |  15 comments
Sale allows AT&T to exit from a wireline footprint that no longer fits in with its long-term business ambitions.
Could Cable, Telco Unite on Gig Services?
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12/12/2013  |  31 comments
A cable exec admits he's never considered partnering with neighboring telcos on gigabit networks – should he?
Building NFV on the Best Thinking
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12/2/2013  |  2 comments
CloudNFV is being open about drawing on work of existing and new standards bodies -- are others building NFV this way?
Bolder Is Better for IP Transformation
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11/21/2013  |  18 comments
Metaswitch says every carrier is different, but the ones that go big do better than those that take baby steps.
CenturyLink Shows Cloud Is Still Critical
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11/20/2013  |  5 comments
Like Verizon, CenturyLink makes a significant upgrade to its cloud approach, but in a very different way.
Business Market Rediscovers Its Voice
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11/11/2013  |  8 comments
Hosted voice, converged voice, unified communications - whatever you call it, it's back on the business agenda
Nimble? The FCC?
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11/6/2013  |  12 comments
New FCC head Wheeler is promising fast action, but can he deliver on new rules for the IP era?
Will TM Forum Disclose Role in SDN/NFV?
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10/28/2013  |  12 comments
This week's event in San Jose will be the perfect place for the forum to explain what it's doing and how it might extend Frameworx.
When Size Matters
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10/18/2013  |  6 comments
Dramatically larger DDoS attacks call for a serious change in how service providers prepare for network threats.
Hate Passwords? You'll LOVE This!
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10/15/2013  |  12 comments
Verizon wants everyone to adopt a second layer of security but admits it's a hard sell in a password-weary world
NSA Humor Tops Congressional Hubris
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10/10/2013  |  5 comments
TIA keynote session features a congresswoman and an NSA chief -- one is nice, the other a little too nasty.
Why Verizon Needed a Cloud Reboot
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10/8/2013  |  5 comments
Verizon needed to rethink its cloud strategy to counter Amazon's enduring appeal.
ESDN: OSS Implosion
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10/4/2013  |  11 comments
Oh, the humanity... or, in this case, the humans who operate today's legacy OSSs and are facing massive change and possible job loss.
Comptel: The Contrarian View
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9/26/2013  |  10 comments
Think the telecom industry is in lock-step on major trends? Think again, my friend.
OSS Gets Sexy at ESDN
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9/24/2013  |  10 comments
Operations issues are a major challenge for the SDN/NFV evolution, and they'll be a hot topic at the upcoming Ethernet & SDN Expo in New York City.
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Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

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Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
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Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

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In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
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The Rise of Virtual CPE

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As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
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Optical Is Hot in 2015

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Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
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Policy Control in the Fast Lane

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What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
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Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

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In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
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Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

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At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
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Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

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At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
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Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

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At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
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Pay-TV's Networked Future

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At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
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Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

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At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
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Cisco Talks Transformation

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In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
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