Light Reading
The telecom sector is transforming – so is Light Reading

Time for a Change

Ray Le Maistre
3/21/2013
50%
50%

When Light Reading was born in early 2000, wireless executives were getting excited about the promise of 3G (an at-the-time mind-blowing 2 Mbit/s downstream, if you tied yourself to the top of a mobile mast), Carrier Ethernet was still in PowerPoint mode, dial-up was hot for Internet residential access, clouds were meteorological phenomena, on-boarding was how folk got on buses/trains, and people still went out and met each other in order to be "social." Oh, and major telcos were (for the most part) complacent beasts that put the interests of shareholders before their customers. Well, nearly all of that has changed.... Apart from the anticipated technological advances (faster, cheaper, more intelligent chipsets and components), OTT Web services giants such as Google and Amazon.com Inc., sophisticated device and app developers such as Apple Inc., game-changing infrastructure vendors such as Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and the accelerating creep of the IT giants into the telecom space has turned the industry on its head. So now it's time for Light Reading to change too. In the coming months it will undergo a major transformation that will change the way Light Reading serves and interacts with the global communications industry community. When those changes happen they won't be hard to spot. Not everything is going to change, though. The goal of the Light Reading editorial team has always been to provide informative, independent and (at times) entertaining coverage of the technology, people, finance and coffee that makes this industry tick. That will continue and of course we'll strive to deliver even better multimedia coverage than ever before, covering hot topics such as Carrier SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV), 1 Tbit/s transport, LTE-Advanced, carrier-grade Wi-Fi, next generation service provider IT (analytics, cloud services enablement, policy control) and Docsis 3.1., among many others. What will change, though, is the way the Light Reading team will be able to engage with you, the reader, and also how the Light Reading community (that's you again) will be able to interact with each other. (But don't worry -- we're not introducing smellovision just yet....) In addition, we'll be looking for incisive, informed, independent contributions to the site's content from (you guessed it) you, the readers! (Did you know you were going to be this busy?) If this is of interest, please get in touch with me at ray.lemaistre@ubm.com. There will also be some changes to the editorial team at Light Reading, so watch out for some new names and faces in the coming months. (See UBM Appoints Ray Le Maistre Editor-in-Chief of Light Reading.) All these changes will become apparent during the coming months to anyone who engages with Light Reading and we look forward to hearing from you -- engaging with you online and in person -- about the revamped strategy. Oh, and in the year 2000, heavy metal band Metallica was suing peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster for copyright infringement. ... One thing that never changes is that lawyers are always kept busy. — Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
mbeattie617
50%
50%
mbeattie617,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/22/2013 | 9:47:25 PM
re: Time for a Change
To be exact, it's one louder.- Hats off to Ray and the LR editorial team.
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/22/2013 | 7:20:44 PM
re: Time for a Change
Ironically, boldface is lost on Disqus. If you bring the kerosene, I'll bring the matches.
JME13
50%
50%
JME13,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/22/2013 | 7:10:27 PM
re: Time for a Change
I've already set my volume to 11... because I know that's louder than 10. Congrats Ray -- and to the entire LR Editorial team and the work you all do (and have done over the years!)
Jonathan Keller
50%
50%
Jonathan Keller,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/22/2013 | 6:29:39 PM
re: Time for a Change
Congratulations Ray!- Exciting times ahead.
Ray Le Maistre
50%
50%
Ray Le Maistre,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/21/2013 | 9:28:45 PM
re: Time for a Change
Note -- "we'll be looking for incisive, informed, independent contributions to the site..."

Those words are bold for good reason. The bar will be set high.
Ray Le Maistre
50%
50%
Ray Le Maistre,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/21/2013 | 9:11:32 PM
re: Time for a Change
we'll just use a picture of whichever actor is the latest in court for a misdemeanour...
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/21/2013 | 8:30:27 PM
re: Time for a Change
Congratulations, Ray -- always good to see another Jersey guy make good (even if it's a different Jersey). Question -- what's the over/under on how long it will take to put your name and image on the house ad for the Salary Report?
More Blogs from EuroBlog
Having taken a breather from its acquisition spree in the US, Zayo could kick-start some infrastructure consolidation action in Europe
Some good news for its Finnish parent – Nokia Siemens Networks is on a margin roll
Telefónica to boost its broadband lines in LatAm with DSL management the from ASSIA
According to the value of Nokia's takeover deal, Nokia Siemens Networks is worth less than $5B
As APAC and North America forge ahead, Europe seems stuck in yesteryear
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
Salary Survey Report 2014
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed