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Dan O'Shea Optical Transport Month in Review
Dan O'Shea  
1/31/2015   1 Comment
I know what you're thinking: It feels like Optical Transport Month here at Light Reading just started, and now it's already over.
Dan Jones Hey Big Spenders! AT&T, Dish & VZ Splash Cash on Spectrum
Dan Jones  
1/30/2015   4 comments
AT&T, Dish and Verizon each bid over $10 billion on licenses for fresh bandwidth in the $45 billion AWS-3 auction, with Ma Bell emerging as the top bidder, the FCC revealed Friday.
Dan O'Shea Poll: Metro Apps Top of Mind for Optical
Dan O'Shea  
1/30/2015   1 Comment
If you scan the headlines of Light Reading's recent optical transport coverage, the transition to metro 100G is getting a lot of attention. It shouldn't come as a surprise then that readers who took our January poll cited data center interconnect and other metro applications as the sector's top priority for 2015.
Alan Breznick Cablevision Slaps Verizon With WiFi Suit
Alan Breznick  
1/30/2015   4 comments
In a clear sign of just how important and competitive a service WiFi has become for broadband providers, Cablevision is taking Verizon to court over the telco's ads that claim Verizon offers the fastest WiFi around.
Sarah Thomas US Ops Spend $32.5M to Bring 4G to Chicago's Subways
Sarah Thomas  
1/30/2015   11 comments
T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are joining forces to bring 4G LTE to Chicago's subway system by the end of the year, a project that will cost them $32.5 million and make Chicago the largest city in North America to have full 4G coverage underground.
Iain Morris BT Puts G.fast at Heart of Ultra-Fast Broadband Plans
Iain Morris  
1/30/2015   1 Comment
UK fixed-line incumbent BT has revealed plans to roll out a nationwide ultra-fast broadband service using the bandwidth-boosting G.fast standard.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Vodafone Spain Checks Out 400G With Alcatel-Lucent
Paul Rainford  
1/30/2015   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 sales up in Q4; Jay-Z buys Scandinavian streaming service; startups in ice-holes.
Danny Dicks How 2 Meta-Trends Will Drive Telecom in 2015
Danny Dicks  
1/30/2015   5 comments
Long Term Evolution (LTE) investment and virtualization/cloudification are the two meta-trends that will drive the telecom industry in 2015. Even wireline networks are being affected by LTE as the access and backhaul networks converge. Tech vendors, service providers and network operators are all having to change the ways they have traditionally done things to ensure they remain agile enough to match competitors that are designing products and services from the ground up as virtualized or cloud-based offers.
Iain Morris BT Plots G.fast Rollout, Mobile Launch
Iain Morris  
1/30/2015   2 comments
BT has announced plans to run large-scale trials of G.fast, the next-generation fixed broadband technology, this summer and said it looked forward to launching converged services following the acquisition of mobile operator EE. The news came early Friday morning as the UK incumbent reported an increase in profit on declining revenues in the October-to-December quarter.
Mitch Wagner Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015   19 comments
Pro-tip for Comcast customer retention: If your customer is quitting, calling the customer a dirty name probably isn't going to change their mind.
Dan Jones FCC's Monster Auction Ends at $45B in Bids
Dan Jones  
1/29/2015   5 comments
The Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) auction closed at $44.89 billion in total bids Thursday. The FCC had set an initial reserve price of $10 billion. At stake was a swathe of nationwide spectrum suitable for high-speed data wireless services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned off 65MHz of spectrum in the 1.7GHz and 2.1GHz bands, including 50MHz of paired channels for LTE uplink and downlink. (See Mid-Band's No Turkey! FCC Auction Tops $38B.)
Dan O'Shea Comlink Jumps Into 100G
Dan O'Shea  
1/29/2015   3 comments
Metro 100G is the talk of the optical sector, and on the roadmaps of every service provider great and small. The smaller network operators might not seem the most obvious candidates for 100G upgrades, but the reality is that bandwidth-chomping large enterprises and data centers are everywhere, and so are wholesale carriers' carrier opportunities. As one of our special features for optical transport month, we checked in with small but rapidly growing regional operator Comlink, which just this week announced the activation of its first 100G circuit. (See Comlink Enters 100G Race and Comlink Turns On 100G With Transmode.)
Mari Silbey FCC Sets 25/3 as New Broadband Bar
Mari Silbey  
1/29/2015   3 comments
As expected, the FCC today boosted the minimum broadband speed threshold from 4 Mbit/s downstream and 1 Mbit/s upstream (4/1) to 25 Mbit/s downstream and 3 Mbit/s upstream (25/3).
Alan Breznick TWC Roars Back to Life
Alan Breznick  
1/29/2015  
Maybe Time Warner Cable doesn't need Comcast so badly after all.
Mitch Wagner Citrix to Axe 900 for Renewed Mobile Focus
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015  
Citrix Systems plans to cut 900 positions -- 700 full-time and 200 contractors -- and will also consolidate some of its less popular products to improve efficiency, the virtualization vendor revealed on its fourth-quarter earnings call.
Iain Morris Nokia CEO Defends Licensing Outlook
Iain Morris  
1/29/2015   2 comments
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has insisted the outlook for intellectual property licensing has not weakened amid investor concern about a sharp fall in operating margins at the Nokia Technologies business during the October-to-December quarter.
Mari Silbey Sony & Dish Two Sides of a Coin
Mari Silbey  
1/29/2015   3 comments
While Dish may be ushering in a new era of skinnier TV bundles with Sling TV, it looks like Sony is headed completely in the opposite direction. (See Sling TV - Like Pay-TV, but Skinnier.)
Robert Clark NTT DoCoMo Takes on Retail Broadband
Robert Clark  
1/29/2015   7 comments
Hard-pressed Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has waded into the retail broadband business.
Jason Meyers The Granddaddy of Gigabit Gatherings
Jason Meyers  
1/29/2015   2 comments
I've been on kind of a whirlwind Gigabit Cities tour since I started reporting on this topic for Light Reading last July. It's so far taken me (both virtually and in person) to the more obvious places on the US gigabit map -- Chattanooga, Kansas City and Austin, to name a few -- and to the far less obvious, like Sebewaing, Mich., Longmont, Colo. and Bemidji, Minn.
Mitch Wagner Radisys Introduces Load Balancer With Brains
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Radisys today introduced an "intelligent load balancer" designed to help carriers scale SDN networks for voice, video, 4G, 5G, Internet of Things and other high-traffic applications.
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