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By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 1/9/2015
Following a bountiful holiday season that included a contract win from an existing customer and new debt funding, Cyan this week raised its outlook for fourth-quarter ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 1/7/2015
Consolidation in the US competitive carrier space is so common, it sometimes escapes notice when a merger is about more than just the consolidation of two businesses.
By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 12/29/2014
Metro 100G data center interconnection deployments are expected to be the talk of the optical sector in 2015, but the rumor mill is getting a little bit of a head start.
By Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/26/2014
This year saw the usual parade of folly, with corporate executives and government officials in clown shoes stumbling from one error to the next.
By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 12/24/2014
A year ago, the optical sector -- for better or worse -- seemed relatively free of the hype surrounding SDN and NFV. The primary owners of optical infrastructure were ...
By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 12/22/2014
Verizon has made good on its previously stated plan to use 200G optical wavelengths in its network before the end of 2014.
By Robert Clark, 12/22/2014
Telstra has emerged as the latest potential savior for Hong Kong-based regional network operator Pacnet, with Australian incumbent having confirmed a Bloomberg report ...
By Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/19/2014
The OpenDaylight Project Technical Steering Committee has set up an official security response team following disclosure of a serious vulnerability in the open source ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 12/12/2014
The abrupt change of leadership at the top of Windstream appears to be a response to the recent financial struggles of a company that seemed determined to innovate ...
By Robert Clark, 12/12/2014
Japanese enterprise services specialist KVH has expanded its Ethernet-based data center interconnect service to other APAC markets in an effort to attract customers ...
By Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/11/2014
Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal has torn into rival Cisco, calling an intellectual property lawsuit against Arista a "smear campaign" but conceding one accusation.
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Private Cloud: Dead or Alive?
Elizabeth Miller Coyne , Editor , 1/19/2015
Private cloud is either dead or alive, depending on who you talk to. While public ...
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Changes Abound for CTOs
Elizabeth Miller Coyne , Editor , 1/16/2015
As the physical networks of today evolve to the software-defined, virtualized ...
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ZTE Doubles Profit but Falls Further Behind Huawei
Iain Morris, , 1/19/2015
Judging by the fall in the Chinese company's share price, investors had been ...
AsiaInfo Lands New Euro Deal
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 1/19/2015
Chinese vendor expands its relationship with Telenor by landing a back office ...
T-Systems Looks to Restructuring for Recovery
Iain Morris, , 1/20/2015
Deutsche Telekom's IT business has named the heads of three new divisions charged ...
Ericsson Starts Over With MediaFirst
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/20/2015
Ericsson stripped Mediaroom 'down to bare metal' before starting over with the ...
India Targets $10.3B From Spectrum Auctions
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 1/7/2015
The Indian government expects to raise at least $10.3 billion from the sale of ...
Amdocs Spies Growth In India
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 12/26/2014
CEO hopes to announce new telco customers in India in the coming year.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
EdgeConneX Chooses Zayo for Connectivity
Monday, January 19, 2015
Juniper Taps Jonathan Davidson to Head Development
Friday, January 16, 2015
Infinera Announces New Sales Execs
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Integra Creates New Business Units
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Windstream Taps Cyan for 100G Upgrade
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Prime Reading
Who Does What: SDN Controllers
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 12/5/2014
SDN is one of the technologies that all the vendors are talking about, but which ...
Telco Data Centers: 6 Reasons Carriers Shouldn't Run Their Own Facilities
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 10/9/2014
Carriers lacking the size and resources to do it right are best outsourcing.
Colt Pulls the Trigger on Data Center Virtualization
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 8/7/2014
Colt was implementing SDN and NFV in its data centers before those terms had even ...
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Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
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Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

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Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

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CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
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NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

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Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

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Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
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Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

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Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
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Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

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Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
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