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Carol Wilson Nokia, AWS Team Up Strategically
Carol Wilson  
10/20/2017  
The new strategic collaboration between Nokia and Amazon Web Services is expected to make both the AWS and Nokia clouds easier for service providers to use in place of private data centers for both delivering applications and running their back-office functions.
Iain Morris Ericsson CFO: Automation Is Helping Us Cut Jobs
Iain Morris  
10/20/2017  
The introduction of artificial intelligence capabilities looks to be claiming jobs in Ericsson's service delivery units as the Swedish vendor tries to restore profitability through hefty cuts.
Iain Morris Ericsson Sees Networks Progress Despite Mounting Losses
Iain Morris  
10/20/2017  
Ericsson claimed to have seen the green shoots of a recovery at its networks business despite reporting another decline in overall sales and a widening of its net loss for the July-to-September quarter.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: UK Mobile Operators Slammed for Overcharging on Handsets
Paul Rainford  
10/20/2017   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN boss to step down next April; EU gets tough on OTTs and privacy; more UK spectrum auction ructions.
Ian Maclean Open Is the New Black for Mobile Voice Services
Ian Maclean  
10/20/2017  
It's time for some fresh thinking about voice services. Once the dominant source of revenue for mobile operators, voice calls are now a rare form of communication among consumers and barely factor into the top line. But if operators are open minded about their voice infrastructure and new service concepts, they will find that voice services can be much more than old-fashioned phone calls.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser NTT Takes SDN to the Track With Formula 1 Team McLaren-Honda
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
10/20/2017   2 comments
The current hype around connected cars is old hat to Formula 1 racing team McLaren-Honda and technology partner NTT Communications. They are gearing up to handle nearly 100GB of transmitted data from the McLaren race car at the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Gender Editors, Twitter Reform & How to Be Decent
Eryn Leavens  
10/20/2017  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: The New York Times creates a new diversity position; Instagram's COO advises 'get your foot in the door'; sexism scandals rile Hollywood and Sacramento; and more.
Aditya Kishore Eastern Europe: OTT's Final Frontier?
Aditya Kishore  
10/20/2017  
Even as Netflix and Amazon steamroll into new markets around the world, snapping up new subscribers and disrupting established TV markets, there is one region that seems largely unperturbed by the threat from OTT. Unlike most other regions, both operators and broadcasters in central and eastern Europe appear unfazed by the impact of OTT services.
Ken Wieland, for Huawei NFV/SDN: Huawei Looks to the Clouds, Carriers Still On a Journey
Ken Wieland, for Huawei  
10/20/2017  
THE HAGUE -- SDN NFV World Congress -- "Everybody's talking about NFV, NFV, NFV," says Zhang Yu, chief architect of carrier data center solution at Huawei Technologies. "But virtualisation is not enough to describe the industry and what we're doing right now. The Cloud will be the foundation of the future telco world."
Dan Jones Verizon Says Fixed 5G Will Happen in 2018, Less Clear on Mobile
Dan Jones  
10/19/2017   4 comments
Verizon​ ​is​ ​still​ ​promising​ ​to​ ​start​ ​delivering​ ​commercial​ ​fixed​ ​wireless​ ​5G​ ​sometime​ ​in​ ​2018, but​ ​won't​ ​yet​ ​be​ ​drawn​ ​on​ ​the​ ​timing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​arrival​ ​of​ ​its​ ​next-generation​ ​mobile​ ​service.
Gagandeep Kaur Indian Telecom Industry Set for Huge Layoffs
Gagandeep Kaur  
10/19/2017   1 Comment
A recent wave of consolidation in India's telecom market could leave thousands of sector employees without jobs in the coming months.
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Aditya Kishore Nielsen Sizes Up Netflix
Aditya Kishore  
10/19/2017   4 comments
How many people are viewing a particular show on Netflix? We know shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black are massive hits, but the OTT provider offers no information on the actual viewership of each show, or how it measures up to hit shows on linear TV.
Iain Morris ZTE, Telenet Hail Massive MIMO First in Europe
Iain Morris  
10/19/2017  
BRUSSELS -- ZTE Wireless & Services User Congress 2017 -- China's ZTE and Belgian cable operator Telenet are trialing what they claim is Europe's first pre-5G massive MIMO technology compatible with paired spectrum.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Nokia Embraces AWS to Enhance Cloud Offer
Paul Rainford  
10/19/2017  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia sales slide in Q3; Tele2's don't; Swisscom brings cloud giants on board; Telekom Austria buys into e-sports.
Carol Wilson GTT Getting Aggressive on SD-WANs
Carol Wilson  
10/18/2017  
SAN FRANCISCO -- Most conversations with GTT CEO and President Rick Calder start with, "So tell me about your latest acquisition," but this week at Incompas 17, he's focused on his firm's services strategy and what he sees as its unique advantages in delivering SD-WAN services in particular.
Mari Silbey Liberty Has Some Mobile Advice for US Cable
Mari Silbey  
10/18/2017  
DENVER -- SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo -- Liberty Global knows a little something about mobile services. The company runs a mobile business in nine countries in Europe and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. So when CEO Mike Fries took the stage at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo with Comcast Cable President of Technology and Product Tony Werner, he had a few words of advice for his US cable counterpart.
Dan Jones Sprint & T-Mobile Aim to Keep as Much Spectrum as Possible in Merger – Report
Dan Jones  
10/18/2017   1 Comment
Sprint and T-Mobile will reportedly try and hang onto as much spectrum as possible in any forthcoming merger -- targeting a deal without any immediate asset sales -- in anticipation of maintaining as much bandwidth as possible for 5G services in 2019 and beyond.
Kevin Taylor, for Huawei The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
Kevin Taylor, for Huawei  
10/18/2017  
Any event that calls one of its key sessions "Make 5G a Reality" is setting itself a pretty high bar. But then again, Huawei's annual Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) has a lot to live up to and an impressive track record when it comes to delivery.
Iain Morris ZTE Surge Continues With 9-Month Profit up 37%
Iain Morris  
10/18/2017  
China's ZTE has said its net profit is up by more than a third over the first nine months of the year thanks to growth at its carrier networks and consumer divisions and the sale of a stake in a mobile phone subsidiary called Nubia Technology.
Mari Silbey Cisco: Cable Nets Can Backhaul Small Cells
Mari Silbey  
10/18/2017   1 Comment
DENVER -- SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo -- Cable's not done with DOCSIS yet. Beyond mainstream work on DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex DOCSIS, Cisco and CableLabs have now teamed up to see what can be achieved by optimizing DOCSIS-based hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks for wireless services. The goal is to improve latency in order to use HFC infrastructure as backhaul support for 4G and eventually 5G cellular traffic. And while wireless carriers typically look to fiber for backhaul capacity, Cisco and CableLabs believe cable's RF plant can not only serve the same purpose, but potentially bring with it some major financial advantages as well.
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