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Why Do Content Creators Like OTT So Much?
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3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Ben Watkins, creator and executive producer for the Amazon series Hand of God, says OTT is still the Wild, Wild West, and that's very appealing to a content creator.
Comcast Has a New Timeline After 4K Delay
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3/21/2017  |  Post a comment
There are a lot of reasons Comcast's 4K video service rollout hasn't gone according to plan.
YouTube Packs VR Mesh Key in 4KB Payload
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3/20/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube's new Projection Independent Mesh technology seeks to define how best to render 360-degree video on a rectangular surface.
Cablecos Gain From Era of Telco Transition
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3/17/2017  |  2 comments
The cable industry is benefiting from a tough period of technology transition in telecom.
Incoming! Comcast Eyes SmartOffice Launch
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3/16/2017  |  3 comments
Light Reading has uncovered details about a new Comcast video surveillance service for the business market.
Tivo Takes Wurl for a Whirl
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3/15/2017  |  Post a comment
The Wurl TV streaming network that combines linear and on-demand video is now accessible on Tivo boxes sold at retail stores and leased by pay-TV operators.
NYC Charges Verizon With Fios Fraud
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3/14/2017  |  5 comments
New York City has filed suit against Verizon for failing to live up to its Fios promises.
Comment: Intel Inside - msilbey - 3/13/2017
$100M at Stake in US Wireless RFP
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3/13/2017  |  1 comment
The National Science Foundation has tasked US Ignite and Northeastern University with managing an estimated $100 million in funding set aside for advanced wireless networking research.
Dish's 5G Plans Should Rouse Cablecos
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3/10/2017  |  5 comments
Dish's spectrum could pair well with cable companies' fiber.
Comcast Gets Its IoT On With Icontrol Close
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3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Icontrol is now formally split between Comcast and Alarm.com.
AT&T, Verizon Want to Wholesale IPTV
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3/8/2017  |  Post a comment
It's early days, but AT&T and Verizon are already looking ahead to licensing their IPTV platforms.
Why Is Verizon Offering Prepaid Fios?
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3/6/2017  |  25 comments
A prepaid option may increase Fios penetration rates, but is it worth it for Verizon?
Comcast: Our Network's Ready for 5G
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3/6/2017  |  3 comments
Comcast's Neil Smit says that independent evaluators have reviewed Comcast's network footprint and believe it's well suited for future 5G rollouts.
Comment: Re: Stone age - msilbey - 3/3/2017
Technicolor Table Lamp Runs on AWS
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3/3/2017  |  5 comments
Technicolor shows how the future of the connected home could run through Amazon Web Services.
Comment: Crowded field - msilbey - 3/3/2017
This Is the New Fios TV From Verizon
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3/1/2017  |  3 comments
Timing is still unclear, but Verizon has quietly revealed how its current Fios TV service will transition to all-IPTV.
Comment: Re: Charter... - msilbey - 3/1/2017
US Ignite Unites Telecom With Smart Cities
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2/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Once again, US Ignite is partnering local governments with telecom companies, this time for new funding pursuits.
Is Ruckus Right for Arris?
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2/24/2017  |  5 comments
The Ruckus acquisition is a big bet for Arris. Here's a look at some of the challenges ahead and what CEO Bruce McClelland thinks are the strategic opportunities.
Arris Bags Ruckus Assets in $800M Deal
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2/23/2017  |  3 comments
For $800 million in cash, Arris plans to buy both Ruckus Wireless assets and the ICX Switch business from Brocade.
Dish in 2016: ARPU Up, Video Subs Down
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2017  |  1 comment
Riddle me this: How is Dish increasing ARPU even as its base of cheaper Sling TV subscribers grows?
AT&T Lab Tests DirecTV Now Over 5G
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2/22/2017  |  1 comment
The telco's OTT video service gets its first 5G trial run.
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Layer cake - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2017  |  21 comments
Competitive broadband providers want to take their pole attachment fight to the federal government.
Sen. Schatz: No Big Infrastructure Bill Coming
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2/17/2017  |  1 comment
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) warns the telecom industry not to hitch its wagon to a big infrastructure bill out of Congress.
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Charter Launches 5G Field Trials
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2/16/2017  |  6 comments
In a surprise move, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge used the company's Q4 earnings call to announce new 5G plans.
Comcast Teases X1 With Xfinity Stream
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2/15/2017  |  2 comments
For those Comcast subscribers who can't get X1, there's Xfinity Stream.
Qwilt Opens Up at the Edge
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2/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Qwilt's new Open Edge Cloud is the next evolution of its transparent caching technology for video delivery.
Comment: DAA architecture - msilbey - 2/8/2017
New CableLabs Optical Tech Promises Big Bandwidth Boost
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2/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Early CableLabs tests of coherent optics for the access network are producing speeds above 2 terabits per second.
Comment: Never shy - msilbey - 2/7/2017
Playing Politics at the FCC
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2/7/2017  |  1 comment
Rancor at the FCC isn't fading with new leadership in place.
Nagra, Altice Unlock TV Security Market in US
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2/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable content protection will never be the same.
Cox Picks Arris, Netgear for Next-Gen WiFi
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2/3/2017  |  1 comment
Cox isn't licensing the new Comcast digital home solution to power its premium Panoramic WiFi service. At least not yet.
Facebook's Video Future Still Hazy
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2/2/2017  |  4 comments
What does Facebook want to be when it grows up?
NY State Sues Charter for Broadband Fraud
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2/1/2017  |  Post a comment
New York AG claims Charter isn't providing the broadband speeds that subscribers are paying for.
Comment: Fee is coming - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Comment: Re: Shifting sands - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Pai Opposes Title II, FCC Alums Oppose Pai
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1/31/2017  |  10 comments
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his opposition to Title II classification for ISPs today, while others hope to preserve the Open Internet Order.
Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
With AT&T and Liberty Global on its partner list, Tibit plans to disrupt the access network industry.
There's a Reverse Cloud on the Horizon
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1/30/2017  |  1 comment
So says CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney, who also believes a 'reverse cloud' will be necessary to support future augmented and virtual reality applications.
Comment: Re: Maybe not so bad - msilbey - 1/27/2017
Lawmakers Say Lock That Box
MariNation  | 
1/27/2017  |  4 comments
There go the keys to the set-top kingdom.
Comment: Time Warner deal - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comment: Re: Comcast Kicks A$$ - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comcast Kicks A$$, Earns $80B in 2016
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1/26/2017  |  12 comments
It's good to be in cable, especially if you're Comcast.
Comment: Customers? - msilbey - 1/25/2017
Muni Broadband Hits New Speed Bumps
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1/25/2017  |  28 comments
Municipal broadband is off to a rough start in 2017 – both financially and in the face of potential new regulations – but supporters aren't backing down.
Verizon Uses Fios as Shiny Object in Q4
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1/24/2017  |  9 comments
There was a time when it looked like Verizon might give up on Fios, but the telco is once again touting fiber to the home as a success story.
Comment: Show me the $$ - msilbey - 1/23/2017
Comment: LPWA deployments - msilbey - 1/23/2017
FCC: Comcast Unparalleled in TV Distribution
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1/23/2017  |  2 comments
Comcast occupies a unique position among television distributors, according to the FCC's latest report on competition in the market for video programming delivery.
Is Pai Filling FCC Role?
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1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
There are only three FCC Commissioners today, and rumor has it that one of them could soon be the new Chairman.
TVkey Promises TV Service Sans Set-Top
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1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Big security for 4K video in a tiny little package.
Comment: Timeline? - msilbey - 1/19/2017
Comment: Re: DVD service - msilbey - 1/19/2017
Netflix Lands in Nearly Half of US Households
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1/19/2017  |  6 comments
Another solid quarterly performance puts Netflix in nearly 50 million US households, and in 93.8 million households around the world.
Comment: Counting subs - msilbey - 1/18/2017
Comment: Re: Oh my - msilbey - 1/18/2017
Operators Gird Loins for Trumpageddon
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2017  |  5 comments
As the hordes descend on DC, AT&T and Comcast plan a wireless access boost.
Cable One Bids $735M for NewWave
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1/18/2017  |  1 comment
Cable One aims for around $1 billion in annual revenue with the acquisition of NewWave Communications.
Cable Has One Thing Verizon Needs
MariNation  | 
1/17/2017  |  7 comments
Verizon buying Comcast or Charter? Preposterous! Except...
Comment: Re: VR in 4K - msilbey - 1/17/2017
Comment: VR in 4K - msilbey - 1/17/2017
TV's Paradox: No HDR Without 4K
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1/17/2017  |  8 comments
The pay-TV industry can't unbundle HDR technology from 4K Ultra HD TV, even though maybe it should.
Comment: Other OTA mash-ups - msilbey - 1/13/2017
It's the End of TV as We Know It
MariNation  | 
1/13/2017  |  3 comments
In 2017, TV is what consumers make it.
Comment: Growth rate - msilbey - 1/12/2017
Who Needs a Gig? Verizon's Got 750 Mbit/s
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1/12/2017  |  5 comments
Verizon's new Fios Instant Internet service promises symmetrical broadband speeds of 750 Mbit/s, but the cost is more than most ISPs charge for full gigabit service.
Ericsson: 5G Heralds 'New' New Economy
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1/12/2017  |  12 comments
Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson suggests that what 5G promises today is just a glimpse of what it will enable tomorrow.
Comcast Shows Off Gig Gateway at CES
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1/11/2017  |  1 comment
Light Reading's Mari Silbey gets a demo of Comcast's new gigabit gateway and WiFi management platform at CES 2017.
Verizon Proves NG-PON2 Interoperability
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1/11/2017  |  Post a comment
An interop test conducted by Verizon demonstrates the possibility of using multiple vendors in concert for NG-PON2 deployments. It's an important step for NG-PON2's viability as an upgrade to current PON technology.
Cisco's Cloud Video Platform Grows Up
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1/10/2017  |  Post a comment
This is what happens when Cisco's Videoscape portfolio matures into the Infinite Video Platform.
Comment: Re: Times a changin? - msilbey - 1/9/2017
A Photo Tour of CES 2017
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1/9/2017  |  3 comments
Virtual reality, drones and power rangers: the big reveals at CES 2017.
Tivo's Big Consumer News Isn't at CES
News Analysis  | 
1/6/2017  |  3 comments
Here's what Tivo's not saying (publicly) at CES.
TimeSync Links WiFi Devices in Time
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1/5/2017  |  2 comments
The Wi-Fi Alliance brings precision time synchronization to wireless devices.
ZipKey Tech Promises Auto-WiFi Set-Up
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1/5/2017  |  1 comment
Cirrent offers the latest in secure automatic WiFi provisioning with ZipKey.

From The Founder
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.
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Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 3

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Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting on the application of technologies and key business verticals such as transportation, smart city, manufacturing, media and finance.
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No Regrets: Cox's Finkelstein on Fiber & More

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At the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein examines the cable capex conundrum.
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Cable Next-Gen: The 'Mile High' View From Denver

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Alan Breznick kicks off the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, casting his thousand-yard stare over cable's current competitive landscape.
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Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 2

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Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting digital transformation solutions around IoT, smart data centers, OpenCloud ecosystem and its newly announced storage-as-a-service solution.
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Driving Better Mobile Customer Experience While Transforming the Mobile Network

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The Citrix NetScaler mobile gateway is an intelligent traffic management solution which can markedly improve the customer experience provided by mobile operators, even when traffic is encrypted. Critical network services can be consolidated and virtualized using NetScaler. Because of the unique architecture, NetScaler can be deployed on any hypervisor, on a ...
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Mastercard: What's Next for Mobile Payments?

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2017 marks the fifth consecutive year for Mastercard at Mobile World Congress and it was a great time to reflect on the amazing advances the payments industry has made as well as discuss "What's Next' in the digital commerce future. We spoke to James Anderson, executive vice president of digital payments at MasterCard, about digital wallets to tokenization to ...
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Mastercard: 2 Billion Adults 'Trapped' in Cash Economy

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Despite advances made in the last several years, two billion adults around the world are trapped in a cash economy and lack what we take for granted -- a safe way to receive, save and use money. Shamina Singh, executive vice president of sustainability and president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, chats about how Mastercard is developing new ways to ...
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Mastercard: Payment From Every Device

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A world where everything and everyone is connected creates new points of interaction for commerce. These digital experiences cannot be developed in isolation and instead require an ecosystem to drive mass consumer and enterprise adoption and create better consumer engagement. Predicting when that growth will happen is difficult, but always keeping the end user in ...
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InterDigital's Role in the 5G, IoT Era

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Alan Carlton, managing director and VP for Europe at InterDigital, talks about the company's role in 5G projects in Europe and the prospects for the company in the IoT market.
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Lessons Learned From Digital Transformation

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Ravi Palepu, global head of Telco Solutions at Virtusa, talks about some key takeaways from telco digital transformation experiences during the past couple of years.
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NetNumber's CMO Shares Her Diversity Do's

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The telecom industry is transforming the world, and diversity plays a critical role in driving the innovation behind it. NetNumber CMO Kim Gibbons shares why diversity and being authentic is a do amidst all the don'ts women in comms often hear.
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Software-Driven Architecture for 5G & IOT

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We present Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges's report from Mobile World Congress -- where operators and vendors are working to bring a variety of technologies together to make virtualization a reality in the era of 5G and IoT.
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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.
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