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Advancing the Telco Cloud: Q&A With VMware's Shekar Ayyar
From the Founder  | 
4/13/2018  |  1 comment
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
8 Things We Didn't Know About Telecom Automation Until Last Week
From the Founder  | 
4/10/2018  |  8 comments
Light Reading's recent Automation Everywhere conference provided invaluable guidance and insights for network operators figuring out their automation strategies.
Ngena Fits Network Form to NFV Function
From the Founder  | 
3/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Ngena's global 'network of networks' solves a problem that the telecom vendors promised us would never exist. That doesn't mean its new service isn't a really good idea.
Cisco Goes Back to School With Tetration
From the Founder  | 
3/5/2018  |  1 comment
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders recently visited the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) where Cisco's Tetration application is providing data center analytics, simplifying SDN, helping with cloud migration and overseeing white-list security policy.
Cisco's Tetration at UNCC
LRTV Custom TV  | 
3/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders recently visited the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) to see how Cisco's Tetration application is being used.
21st Century Networking? Welcome to the Lock-In
From the Founder  | 
2/20/2018  |  4 comments
The world of virtualization is struggling to wrench itself away from the claws of vendor lock-in, which runs counter to everything that NFV stands for.
The Anatomy of Automation: Q&A With Cisco's Roland Acra
From the Founder  | 
12/7/2017  |  5 comments
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
The Anatomy of Automation
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12/7/2017  |  Post a comment
LR's Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Comment: Re: Automatonic - Steve Saunders - 10/10/2017
The Revolution Will Be Automated
From the Founder  | 
10/10/2017  |  17 comments
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Comment: Re: Focus - Steve Saunders - 10/4/2017
Q&A: How RIFT.io Takes Automation Carrier-Grade
From the Founder  | 
10/3/2017  |  2 comments
Steve Saunders sits down with RIFT.io CTO Matt Harper to learn how a bunch of telecom veterans are tackling the core issues behind NFV.
RIFT.io Takes Automation Carrier-Grade
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10/3/2017  |  Post a comment
RIFT.io CTO Matt Harper shares how a bunch of telecom veterans are tackling the core issues behind NFV.
Comment: Re: Testify! - Steve Saunders - 9/7/2017
The Autonomous Network Is the Endgame for Telecom
From the Founder  | 
8/31/2017  |  19 comments
The 'gleaming city on a hill,' Steve Saunders calls it. But who is going to take us from today's NFV componentry to the grand future of a self-driving network? Here's a look at the vendors hoping to make it happen.
The Hidden (Human) Cost of Automation
From the Founder  | 
7/26/2017  |  10 comments
NFV's promises of automation and virtualization are intriguing, but what really excites service providers is the massive amount of money they could save.
How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV
Between the CEOs  | 
5/25/2017  |  1 comment
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
Order From Chaos: The Steve Saunders BCE Keynote
From the Founder  | 
5/24/2017  |  1 comment
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Together, We Can Build the Telecom 'App Store'
From the Founder  | 
5/1/2017  |  13 comments
The time has come for a telecom app store to save the industry.
Building the Telecom App Store
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5/1/2017  |  Post a comment
The time has come for a telecom app store to save the industry.
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Time for a Telecom Reboot
From the Founder  | 
4/19/2017  |  45 comments
Either we perform a complete 'factory reset' on the way the telecom industry creates and deploys virtualization, or we face the consequences.
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CEO Chat With Huawei's David Wang
Between the CEOs  | 
4/11/2017  |  1 comment
Huawei's David Wang talks about interoperability, Trump and innovation, and weighs up the key differences between telcos and OTT players.
Making 5G New Radio (NR) a Reality
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
3/16/2017  |  1 comment
Listen to Dr. John Smee, Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, talk about the tremendous progress the industry is making towards making 5G NR – the global 5G standard – a reality. Hear about the latest demonstrations and technologies Qualcomm was showcasing at Mobile World Congress.
CEO Chat With TEOCO's Atul Jain
Between the CEOs  | 
3/14/2017  |  Post a comment
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
Accelerating C-V2X Toward 5G for Autonomous Driving
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
3/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Listen to George Tsirtsis, Senior Director of Technology at Qualcomm, describe the critical role Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) will play in the autonomous car of the future. And hear about the outstanding momentum toward making C-V2X a reality.
OrbTV: AT&T CMO & the 'Digital Mindset'
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/14/2017  |  Post a comment
AT&T Business Solutions' chief marketing officer, Steve McGaw, sat down with Light Reading's CEO, Steve Saunders, at Mobile World Congress to talk about how CSPs need to get into the "digital mindset" in order to succeed in a cloud-based future.
OrbTV: AT&T's CMO Details $40B Spend
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/13/2017  |  Post a comment
Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer of AT&T Business Solutions, details out the 2016 and 2017 $40 billion capex outlay in part one of an interview with Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, at Mobile World Congress.
OrbTV: NetScout's CTO on the 'Journey to the Cloud'
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/10/2017  |  Post a comment
Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, sat down with Bruce Kelley, senior vice president and CTO of service provider at NetScout, and Jim McNiel, CMO of NetScout, to talk about the challenges service providers are facing on their journey to the cloud.
OrbTV: Orange & the 'Human' Side of IoT
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Orange Business Services' Olivier Ondet talks to Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Steve Bell of Heavy Reading about privacy, security and monetization issues around IoT.
Qualcomm's CTO on 5G Developments
Between the CEOs  | 
3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
OrbTV: DT on Cyber Defense
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Max Röttgermann, product manager of IP Transit and DDoS Defense Live at Deutsche Telekom, talks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, about security breaches and technologies that service providers can implement to protect against attacks.
OrbTV: EY on Demand for New Biz Models
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Holger Forst, global telecom assurance practice leader at EY, tells Light Reading's Steve Saunders that operators are not far enough along in their transformation journey and new business models are required to find and secure their position in the rapidly evolving ecosystem.
How RJio Tore Up the 4G Rule Book
Between the CEOs  | 
3/7/2017  |  17 comments
At MWC 2017, Reliance Jio's President of Network, Global Strategy and Service Development, Mathew Oommen, tells Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders how ruthless execution of its plans helped the Indian greenfield 4G operator attract more than 100 million subscribers in its first 170 days of commercial operation.
CEO Chat With Cisco's Chuck Robbins
Between the CEOs  | 
3/1/2017  |  Post a comment
By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet. In this MWC 2017 interview with Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins provides an update on his company's vision, the exponential growth of the Jasper IoT network and service providers' disillusionment with virtualization technologies.
Nominum's Craig Sprosts on DNS & Cybersecurity Trends
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
2/7/2017  |  Post a comment
Nominum's Craig Sprosts talks about the fast-changing landscape of cybersecurity with Steve Saunders of Light Reading. Sprosts touches on the trend of the rise of ransomwares, rivals of IoT base attacks, and mobile network security. He also discusses the realization of the importance of IoT security after a recent cyber attack that paralyzed several major Internet sites.
SmartNICs & the Future of Network Virtualization
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Netronome CEO Niel Viljoen talks with Light Reading's Steve Saunders about SmartNICs and the evolution of NFV in carrier and cloud networks.
Introducing the Next-Generation ONT (Optical Network Terminal) From Virtual Gateway Labs
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/26/2017  |  1 comment
Virtual Gateway Labs has developed Next Generation Optical Gateways to offer added smarts and capabilities beyond the traditional ONT (Optical Network Terminal).
Cisco's Clemson on Mobile Cloud Video
From the Founder  | 
1/9/2017  |  2 comments
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
CEO Chat: Sportlogiq's Craig Buntin
Between the CEOs  | 
1/3/2017  |  1 comment
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
A10 Networks on Service Providers' Industry Needs
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
10/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Steve Saunders hears how A10 enables service providers to accelerate, secure and optimize their application delivery to drive down costs, enhance service availability, and better respond to customer requirements, so they can improve customer satisfaction, monetize their network, and grow revenues.
UXP's Gemini Waghmare
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
8/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
Comment: Re: Congrats - Steve Saunders - 8/8/2016
Light Reading Beyond
From the Founder  | 
7/28/2016  |  34 comments
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
So What's Twitter Worth?
Haiku  | 
7/25/2016  |  6 comments
Twitter's true value
Is exactly the same as
Yahoo's price today
The Russo Report: Driving Disruption
From the Founder  | 
7/25/2016  |  2 comments
In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
Versa Networks' Kumar Mehta on SD-WAN Managed Services
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
7/19/2016  |  Post a comment
In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Versa's Kumar Mehta for an interview focused on why service providers are building SD-WAN managed services, and how Versa's telco customers are innovating.
Juniper Networks & The Evolution of NFV
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7/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Senior Juniper Networks executives talk to Light Reading Founder & CEO Steve Saunders about NFV developments and the recent independent evaluation by test lab EANTC of Juniper's Cloud CPE solution.
CEO Chat With Huawei's Dr. Wen Tong
Between the CEOs  | 
7/14/2016  |  1 comment
Light Reading's Steve Saunders sits down with Dr. Wen Tong, Wireless CTO at Huawei, to hear his views on the state of the 5G project – and what may lie beyond...
CEO Chat With CenturyLink's Bill Owens
Between the CEOs  | 
7/12/2016  |  9 comments
Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders sits down with CenturyLink's Non-Executive Chairman Bill Owens for a candid exchange of views about the current and future state of telecom, career choices and international waters.
CEO Chat With Nokia's Ron Haberman
Between the CEOs  | 
7/5/2016  |  2 comments
Steve Saunders speaks with Ron Haberman, Nokia's Vice President and GM for CloudBand, Applications and Analytics. In this interview, they discuss the state of NFV interoperability, the importance of open source and service providers' progress towards a DevOps model.
Juniper & vCPE – Keeping It Simple
From the Founder  | 
6/30/2016  |  1 comment
The more things change, the more they stay the same for Juniper's next-gen comms solutions, and that's a good thing.
CEO Chat: Cisco's Yvette Kanouff
Between the CEOs  | 
6/28/2016  |  Post a comment
In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Cisco's Yvette Kanouff for an exclusive in-depth interview.
CEO Chat With ECI's Darryl Edwards
Between the CEOs  | 
6/14/2016  |  Post a comment
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
CEO Chat With SCTE/ISBE's Mark Dzuban
Between the CEOs  | 
6/14/2016  |  2 comments
Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE/ISBE, sits down with Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York office to discuss the society's Energy 2020 campaign, including its mission to benefit the environment, enable economic benefits and the key challenges facing cable operators wanting to reduce energy consumption.
TCTS CEO on the Transformation Trend
Between the CEOs  | 
6/7/2016  |  Post a comment
Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS) CEO Sandeep Bhatnagar sits down at BCE 2016 to discuss digital transformation with Light Reading Founder & CEO Steve Saunders.
BCE 2016: The New Comms World Order
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/2/2016  |  Post a comment
Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders outlines the growing importance of the communications industry's transformation to the world's broader industrial and social development.
The Life & Times of Pankaj Patel
Between the CEOs  | 
6/1/2016  |  Post a comment
Pankaj Patel, Cisco's departing Chief Development Officer, visits the Big Communications Event (BCE) and talks about his 20 years at the networking giant and how John Chambers instilled a customer-centric culture at the company.
Leading Lights 2016 Highlights
LRTV Documentaries  | 
5/25/2016  |  1 comment
Some of the high points from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.
Nokia Nails Our NFV Performance Tests
From the Founder  | 
5/16/2016  |  7 comments
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
CEO Chat: Deepfield's Craig Labovitz
Between the CEOs  | 
4/21/2016  |  1 comment
In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
NFV: Coming, Ready or Not!
From the Founder  | 
4/19/2016  |  5 comments
Download our complete guide to de-risking NFV deployment in 2016, including:
  • An eight-step strategy to deploying NFV safely, based on input from the companies that have already started virtualizing their production networks.
  • Interviews with leading executives at Colt, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Nokia, ZTE, Ericsson and Heavy Reading.
  • CEO Chat: Grant Van Rooyen of Cologix
    Between the CEOs  | 
    4/18/2016  |  Post a comment
    Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
    Comment: Re: Nowadays - Steve Saunders - 4/9/2016
    CEO Chat: Nokia's Steve Vogelsang
    Between the CEOs  | 
    4/7/2016  |  4 comments
    Steve Vogelsang, the CTO of IP and Optical Networks at Nokia and President of the New IP Agency, talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
    CEO Chat With Netrounds
    Between the CEOs  | 
    4/7/2016  |  Post a comment
    At MWC 2016, Mats Nordlund, Co-Founder and CEO of Netrounds, speaks with Steve Saunders of Light Reading about the company's history, service delivery and the progression of the telecom industry on the service level.
    CEO Chat With Cisco’s Pankaj Patel
    Between the CEOs  | 
    3/31/2016  |  Post a comment
    Pankaj Patel, Executive Vice President of Cisco, sits down with Steve Saunders, Founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the midst of MWC 2016 to discuss Cisco's success, the future of telecom and the big technology shift to virtualization and the cloud.


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