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By Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/27/2015
In what's become a standard refrain from Cisco's annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, IP traffic continues to accelerate, mobile usage is up and online ...
By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 5/27/2015
Plenty of communications service providers (CSPs) are talking about making the transition to offer digital services. However, there's a spectrum of different ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/27/2015
If operators haven't yet determined a business case to deploy SDN and NFV in their networks, they may find one in the billions of small sensors that are already ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/27/2015
Savvy deal makers form strategic partnerships, make aggressive bets on future technologies and acquire companies that go beyond taking out a competitor, but help them ...
By Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/26/2015
HP said Tuesday it plans to acquire Comcast- and Verizon-backed SDN vendor ConteXtream, to accelerate open standard networking for service providers and boost HP's ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/26/2015
If there was one word that Genband wanted to leave with attendees of its recent customer and partner conference, it would be "transformation."
By Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/26/2015
In a highly anticipated move, Charter has finally sealed a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $56 billion cash-and-stock agreement that, including debt, values ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/26/2015
CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/26/2015
The predominant trend in the cloud space has been the shift to hybrid clouds as enterprises seek to easily connect to multiple specific cloud offerings that meet ...
By Simon Stanley, 5/26/2015
User demand and the introduction of the latest 100G optical modules and related physical layer (PHY) devices have positioned 100G for significant growth through ...
By Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 5/26/2015
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone shareholders like the sound of a merger with Liberty; German spectrum auction imminent; TeliaSonera makes IoT investment.
By Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 5/25/2015
The two-year quest by Charter Communications to capture Time Warner Cable may finally be realized.
By Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 5/22/2015
It increasingly looks like there could be one heck of a bidding war for Time Warner Cable.
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The New IP
EPC & the Virtualization Impact
Joe Stanganelli, Principal, Beacon Hill Law, 5/26/2015
In the service provider world, applying cloud-based virtualization to existing ...
The 5G Challenge
Paul Beastall, Consulting Director, Cambridge Consultants, 5/22/2015
5G is being positioned as 'the next big thing' in mobile technology but the need, ...
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Heavy Reading
100G Components User Survey: Market Outlook
Vol. 11, No. 2, May 2015
This report analyzes current and projected use of 100G optical modules and PHY semiconductor components by equipment vendors, based on an exclusive worldwide survey. These devices are critical components in many types of networking equipment, from long haul to the access edge, data center and core of the network.
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The Telecom Industry Rates Its Standards & Trade Groups
Vol. 15, No. 5, May 2015
This report presents and analyzes the results of the survey, including demographic data on survey participants, as well as results and commentary for several key survey questions. Further, the report includes FIIRP scores and comparative ratings for all 17 organizations included in the survey, as well as summary conclusions.
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Gigabit Cities Public-Private Initiatives: Four Case Studies
Vol. 15, No. 4, May 2015
This report presents four case studies of public-private partnerships for U.S. Gigabit Cities. It discusses the concerns that led to partnership proposals, how these were addressed, and the projects' results at their various stages, derived from documentation and recent interviews with nine representatives of cities and operators of various kinds.
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Facebook Reinvents Data Center Networking
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 5/26/2015
The social network is leading the drive to bring open source to networking ...
Q&A: SK Telecom Talks All Things 5G
Sarah Thomas , Editorial Operations Director , 5/15/2015
Two senior managers of SK Telecom's 5G Tech Lab and Corporate R&D Center share ...
Leading Lights 2015: The Finalists
Ray Le Maistre , Editor-in-chief , 5/7/2015
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights ...
EANTC & Cisco: A New Era of Testing
Ray Le Maistre , Editor-in-chief , 5/6/2015
Industry test specialists at EANTC explain why their visit to Cisco's labs to ...
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BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
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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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LRTV Documentaries
Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses

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CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
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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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The network is changing at a more rapid pace than ever before. The proliferation of wireless devices and the need for connectivity anywhere and everywhere has forced network evolution into warp speed. This evolution has brought forth not only the need, but the demand for Gigabit services and beyond. We will examine where the network is today, what lies ahead and how a systems approach will enable us to meet demand like never before.