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Ciena Tapped for KJCN Submarine Upgrade
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4/20/2015  |  Post a comment
Korea-Japan Cable Network, owned by KT, SoftBank and others, will move to 100G by using GeoMesh architecture.
Nokia to Beef Up Indian Presence with AlcaLu Deal
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4/17/2015  |  1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent's wireline strength could help Nokia to address the coveted enterprise space in India.
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.
Nokia Makes €15.6B Bid for Alcatel-Lucent
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4/15/2015  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor to acquire French rival in all-share transaction and create a communications networking giant with annual revenues of $27.7 billion.
How Do Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent Stack Up?
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4/14/2015  |  2 comments
Light Reading takes a closer look at the strengths and recent financial performance of the two vendors as they negotiate a possible merger.
Nokia/AlcaLu: The Key Friction Points
Shades of Ray  | 
4/14/2015  |  4 comments
The potential merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will throw a spotlight on some key decisions that need to be made, particularly related to the wireless portfolio, IP relationships and management of the combined company.
Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent in Merger Talks
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4/14/2015  |  7 comments
Network infrastructure vendors confirm they are in talks about a deal to create a $27 billion giant.
Can WiFi Calling Find Its Voice?
Morris Lore  | 
4/13/2015  |  9 comments
The UK's EE needs to think carefully about how to pitch its newly released WiFi calling service.
Fatbeam Wins Multiple E-Rate Contracts
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4/10/2015  |  Post a comment
Competitive carrier Fatbeam announced two E-rate contracts for schools in Oregon and Washington and will build 58 miles of fiber to connect their wireless services.
5G: Generation Gap
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4/10/2015  |  9 comments
The standards rivalry that drove the development of 3G and 4G technologies is missing from the 5G picture.
Infinera Coming Closer to Mastering the Metro
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4/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Infinera's Transmode acquisition gives it a metro aggregation product family in can leverage now, while planning a longer-term hardware integration.
Small Cell Backhaul Ready for Big Growth, Heavy Reading Finds
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4/9/2015  |  1 comment
As network operators deploy even more small cells, small cell backhaul demand will grow, says Heavy Reading Mobile Networks Insider.
Why 5G Matters – Now!
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4/9/2015  |  3 comments
5G is a technology to take mobile service providers beyond communication, into new modes of business, and now is the time to get with the program.
Bell Labs' Weldon on Infinite Bandwidth
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4/9/2015  |  3 comments
By framing the problem correctly, research lab is focused on making bandwidth seem infinite even it if can't be.
EE Hopes WiFi Calling Will Hit the Spot
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4/7/2015  |  1 comment
The UK's biggest mobile operator beats its network rivals to the launch of a WiFi calling service.
5G: Heavy Reading Weighs In
Que Sera Sarah  | 
4/6/2015  |  2 comments
In a new Prime Reading feature on Light Reading, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown dishes on all things 5G.
Heavy Reading Q&A: Getting to the Heart of 5G
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4/6/2015  |  3 comments
Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown shares his thoughts on 5G's requirements, potential, challenges, leaders and more.
Allied Fiber Names Miller President
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4/3/2015  |  Post a comment
Allied Fiber named industry vet Michael Miller as its new president, to take over running day-to-day operations.
5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
4/1/2015  |  14 comments
It's 5G month at Light Reading, which means we're exploring everything from what 5G entails, what it means for the industry, its challenges, opportunities and progress across the globe.
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Testing Small Cells (Video)
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Small Cell Backhaul Performance Assurance
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Small Cells – Big Impact

There is no doubt we are attached to our mobile devices, to the point where they now outnumber the global human population. Mobile data will increase 1000-fold between 2014 and 2020, with users expecting service quality to keep in step. RF capacity has its limits, and is unable to keep up with demand unless a new radio access model emerges.

Mobile access networks are strained to maintain quality as more subscribers run bandwidth-intensive applications from a variety of devices. With the annual throughput of mobile traffic expected to increase from 58 Exabytes in 2013 to roughly 335 Exabytes by 2020, brute-force over-provisioning of bandwidth is no longer an economically feasible solution. Operators must implement strategies to meet growing quality of experience (QoE) expectations even in the face of finite spectrum.

Small cells are the answer to dramatic mobile traffic growth, but new challenges in the backhaul accompany them. Small cells allow operators to spatially share precious spectrum, operating inside the macro cell footprint and effectively bringing the network closer to the majority of users indoors and in highly dense urban areas. Unlicensed spectrum, including WiFi, also relieves licensed-band saturation, and small cells typically employ multiple technologies to scale their capacity.

The solution is as effective as it is necessary. Mobile operators will deploy 5 million small cells annually by 2017, where over half of mobile traffic will be carried by more than 62 million small cells worldwide. ABI Research forecasts 125% year-on-year growth of units shipped in roughly the same timeframe for a $3.6 billion market.

SkyLIGHT(TM) VCX Controller
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3/31/2015  | 

SkyLIGHT™ VCX Controller is the industry’s first performance assurance controller employing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to bring advanced monitoring capabilities network-wide, without the need for expensive, high-end test equipment.

This radically more efficient approach to network performance monitoring combines all the benefits of virtualization without compromising test speed or precision. By eliminating key cost, scalability, and coverage barriers to network performance visibility, service providers can now more cost-effectively ensure a better quality of experience (QoE) for users.

The VCX Controller works together with Accedian’s Nano smart SFP (optical transponder) and compact gigabit Ethernet Modules to deliver multi-flow traffic generation and ability to monitor the performance of thousands of flows. The Modules are easy to install and cost up to 90% less than existing solutions, enabling service providers to realize the significant capital and operational efficiencies promised by an NFV architecture, while their customers benefit from a fully assured network.

Designed to fit seamlessly into a service provider’s existing infrastructure and operational practices and procedures, the VCX Controller uses the same interfaces as Accedian standalone solutions to interoperate openly with standards-based network elements, management platforms, analytics platforms, and more.

The result combines centralized control with distributed firepower. This approach is unique in its scalability, and its ability to openly interface network-wide intelligence with existing infrastructure, management, and control platforms.

VoLTE Performance Assurance
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3/31/2015  | 

As operators roll out VoLTE, QoS issues can quickly degrade, interrupt or prevent calls and roaming.

In a world where “5-bars” performance is expected anytime & anywhere, anything less impacts customer loyalty and revenue. VoLTE MOS & R-Value, Latency, delay variation, availability, and packet loss are just a few key metrics that must meet demanding specs for successful VoLTE services.

A real-time view of network performance lets operators respond quickly to QoS threats - and offer the best possible VoLTE experience to their customers.

Sprint to Bring 540 Jobs, LTE-A to Chicago
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3/30/2015  |  7 comments
The Windy City will be Sprint's starting point for network upgrades as it plans to deploy LTE-Advanced in Chicago, as well as add 115 stores and 540 jobs in the city in 2015.
Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE
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3/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
T-Mobile Aims to Close Map Gap on Its Own
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3/30/2015  |  8 comments
T-Mobile is providing potential customers with its own coverage maps, including crowd-sourced subscriber data and third-party data to provide a more dynamic view of its network.
Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never!
Shades of Ray  | 
3/30/2015  |  2 comments
Deadline extension means there are still a few more days to submit those winning entries, but don't delay -- April 10 is the final deadline and then the judging begins.
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience
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3/26/2015  |  Post a comment
Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
BT Backs G.fast for Backhaul
Shades of Ray  | 
3/25/2015  |  1 comment
British carrier really wants to sweat that copper plant and sees a real opportunity to use that asset for high-speed backhaul.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
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3/25/2015  |  1 comment
India's third-largest operator is slowly and steadily closing the gap with its bigger rivals.
BT Threatens Price War With New 4G Offer
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3/25/2015  |  2 comments
The UK fixed-line incumbent has marked its entry into mobile with the launch of a cut-price 4G service.
Euro Project Probes G.fast Role in Backhaul Networks
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3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
New Celtic-Plus project explores the potential to use copper lines powered by G.fast for High-speed backhaul applications.
Cohere Technologies Raises $35M
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3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Cohere Technologies, which specializes in modulation techniques that unlock wireless network capacity, has raised $35 million in a C round of funding from investors including Australian operator Telstra.
Startup Cohere Raises $35M for 5G Modulation
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3/24/2015  |  5 comments
Australian operator Telstra will be among the first to test the company's OTFS technology that it says will help them add capacity for a 5G future.
TE Connectivity Unveils, Demos FullAXS
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3/23/2015  |  Post a comment
Vendor announces and demonstrates new FullAXS Mini connector and cable assembly system and next-generation MXC optical connector.
CityFibre Sees Backhaul Interest From O2, Vodafone
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3/23/2015  |  1 comment
The fiber network operator believes a merger between BT and EE will drive the UK's other mobile players into its backhaul embrace.
Leading Lights Awards: Only Days Left to Enter!
Shades of Ray  | 
3/19/2015  |  1 comment
The deadline for the 2015 Leading Lights awards is March 27, so get your skates on if you think you could be a winner!
Microsemi Snaps Up Vitesse for $389M
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3/18/2015  |  4 comments
It's more M&A for the semiconductor space as Microsemi acquires Vitesse to expand its growth in emerging markets.
RAD Launches vCPE Platform for Hosting VNFs
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
The ETX-2i is designed for L2 and L3 business, mobile backhaul and wholesale services.
Fastback & Sub10 Merge for Millimeter Future
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3/17/2015  |  2 comments
Fastback and Sub10 look to create a high-frequency radio backhaul system for a 5G future.
Alcatel-Lucent Adds Depth to Its Metro Lineup
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3/12/2015  |  3 comments
Vendor inserts metro edge box in platform family covering metro needs from core to access.
Verizon Scales Up Small Cells, AT&T Cuts Back
Que Sera Sarah  | 
3/10/2015  |  4 comments
Verizon reiterates plans to use small cells in markets where it didn't acquire AWS spectrum, while AT&T has reportedly scaled back plans to deploy 40,000 small cells this year.
SoftBank Choose Coriant for Metro
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3/3/2015  |  Post a comment
Japan's Softbank BB Corp. picks Coriant's 7100 Nano platform for high-speed metro network needs.
5G Use Cases, Pre-Standards Groups Proliferate
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3/3/2015  |  2 comments
Everyone wants to have a say in how 5G will develop, with many different groups outlining their visions of 5G and vowing to play nice with the other groups.
5G Visions Dazzle at MWC
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3/3/2015  |  2 comments
5G promises to improve your life, not just speed your mobile Internet connection.
Rural Rounds Out Small Cell Forum's Releases
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3/3/2015  |  3 comments
With its use cases wrapped up, the Forum is tackling LTE-U, virtualization, 5G and other technology trends affecting the mini-RANs.
AT&T Connects Cars & Trash Cans
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3/2/2015  |  3 comments
AT&T isn't afraid of getting its hands dirty when it comes to the Internet of Things.
Q&A: The Castle in T-Mobile's LTE Network
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3/2/2015  |  2 comments
Grant Castle, T-Mobile VP of engineering services and QA, talks to Light Reading about the carrier's spectrum position, plans for LTE-U, RCS, small cells and more.
Poll: NFV/SDN, 5G & IoT to Dominate MWC
Que Sera Sarah  | 
3/1/2015  |  2 comments
According to Light Reading's poll of 900 readers, NFV and SDN, followed by 5G and the IoT, will dominate headlines at this year's mobile extravaganza in Barcelona.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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

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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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What's in Store for Huawei & DataCore?

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At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, George Teixeira, CEO of software-defined storage (SDS) specialist DataCore Software, explains why he has just signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.
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Du Puts Its Faith in Huawei's Routers

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Adnan Masood, director of Enterprise MS Solutions Marketing at du, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator also known as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, explains why his company chose to use Huawei's multifunctional AR routers as part of its managed enterprise services.
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Huawei Gets Active in the Data Center

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With enterprise users looking to maximize the use of their data center assets, Huawei’s Chief Architect & Technical Director of IT Data Center Solutions, Bruce Su, explains how the company's six-layer active-active data center solution is eradicating the need to deploy passive, redundant data center assets.
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Blue Consult & Huawei for a Better Solution

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Martin Rott, CEO, and Marc Metzler, head of sales virtualization, from Germany's Blue Consult discuss their collaboration with Huawei and TrendMicro to develop a secure, scalable IT platform that can meet the needs of the most demanding enterprise users.
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