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Have YouTube TV, Will Travel
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2017  |  Post a comment
YouTube TV hits the road.
Does AT&T Deserve Time Warner?
MariNation  | 
6/23/2017  |  2 comments
'Deserve' is such a strong word...
Verizon Takes 'One Fiber' to More Cities
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2017  |  3 comments
Details on what Verizon gives and what it gains in a new agreement with the city of Sacramento.
Charter M&A Mishap May Mean $13M Fee
News Analysis  | 
6/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Charter blames pole attachment problems for a delay in delivering broadband service to more New York homes following the company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable
Comment: Single CDN? - msilbey - 6/21/2017
Verizon, Comcast Prep for TV Ad Tech Wars
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2017  |  2 comments
With content and connectivity in their arsenals, Verizon and Comcast are putting new resources into advanced advertising tech.
Comcast Opens Up on Smart Cities & machineQ
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2017  |  2 comments
Comcast has big IoT plans for Philly, and every other city in its customer footprint.
Apple: 1000x Bitten, Never Shy
News Analysis  | 
6/16/2017  |  4 comments
Once more unto the breach.
Comment: Re: Alameda! - msilbey - 6/15/2017
ISP Startup Targets Disruption in US Suburbs
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2017  |  10 comments
Former Square employees have launched Common Networks, an ISP startup that combines point-to-point wireless service with software defined networking.
Tracking TiVo's Ups & Downs
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Who will take over the reins as TiVo CEO?
Ruckus Lines Up Assets Ahead of Arris Sale
News Analysis  | 
6/13/2017  |  1 comment
Brocade is teeing up Ruckus Wireless and ICX switching technology products for sale to Arris with a combined wired/wireless network solution, but the Arris acquisition still has to wait until Broadcom closes its own deal for Brocade.
Why You Can't Quit Cable TV
MariNation  | 
6/12/2017  |  22 comments
Cord-cutting is fast losing its price advantage.
Verizon: OTT on Tap as Yahoo Deal Nears Close
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6/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Verizon's Marni Walden confirms OTT plans once the company has closed on its deal to acquire Yahoo; a transaction which is now expected to be completed on June 13.
Comment: Re: Smart Cities - msilbey - 6/8/2017
Smart Cities Could Be Gold Mine for Telcos
Column  | 
6/8/2017  |  6 comments
But this story will take years to write.
Verizon Beta Tests IPTV, Stays Mum on Launch
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6/7/2017  |  3 comments
As new beta tests of Verizon's long-awaited IPTV service begin, rumor surfaces that a commercial launch has been postponed until at least September.
Amazon Joins Protest Supporting Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
6/6/2017  |  4 comments
A planned online protest in support of net neutrality is getting a high-profile backer in Amazon.
Arris Has Designs on a Smarter Cable Edge
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6/2/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable network nodes are in for a major intelligence boost.
What's at the End of the CORD?
News Analysis  | 
5/31/2017  |  1 comment
Tales from the trenches: What's happening in the next-generation telco central office and cable headend.
Cisco Demos Full Duplex
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5/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco's Full Duplex tech is a preliminary step toward delivering symmetrical 10-gigabit broadband speeds over legacy HFC networks.
The Cable DAA Vendor Race Begins
News Analysis  | 
5/30/2017  |  5 comments
Cable Remote PHY deployments have begun, and it's just the start of a massive transformation process in the access network.
Tech Pipeline & Where the Women Aren't
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5/29/2017  |  1 comment
Panel discusses what to do about the pipeline problem for women in emerging technology fields.
Frontier Fast Tracks Gig Plans With G.Fast
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5/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Frontier is partnering with Nokia to take G.fast to the MDU and provide gigabit broadband speeds.
Data Is Currency in OTT Wars
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5/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Data will have a big role to play in OTT deals.
Comment: Re: Two observations - msilbey - 5/23/2017
Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2017  |  20 comments
Who governs broadband in the smart city?
When Gig Speeds Alone Aren't Enough
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2017  |  5 comments
Bursty OTT traffic can cause a traffic bottleneck.
Comment: Re: Good scoop! - msilbey - 5/22/2017
Comcast Appears to Soft Launch First 4K DVR
News Analysis  | 
5/19/2017  |  4 comments
It looks like Comcast is rolling out its first 4K/HDR set-top from Arris.
Net Neutrality: Before the Vote
News Analysis  | 
5/18/2017  |  2 comments
Three things to know.
Verizon on M&A: Who Needs a Cableco?
News Analysis  | 
5/17/2017  |  11 comments
These are not the fiber strands you're looking for.
Comcast Woos the Enterprise With SD-WAN
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5/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast gets the enterprise cloud services bug.
Charter Cited in Skinny Bundle Talks – Report
News Analysis  | 
5/15/2017  |  1 comment
A recent content deal with AMC may be the precursor to a new skinny-bundle streaming service from Charter.
Broadcasters Are the New TV Bundlers
News Analysis  | 
5/12/2017  |  5 comments
If content is king, content aggregation is a powerful queen.
CableLabs Takes On Network Virtualization
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5/11/2017  |  Post a comment
The cable association is eyeing the development of new interfaces in a virtualized cable access network.
FCC Net Neutrality Backlash Begins
News Analysis  | 
5/10/2017  |  15 comments
It doesn't match the uproar over, say, the president firing the head of the FBI, but the FCC is getting its share of criticism and activist response over changes to the telecom regulatory regime.
Comcast & Charter Seal Wireless Pact
News Analysis  | 
5/8/2017  |  1 comment
The quiet period is over.
Comcast 'X1 of the Internet' Arrives
News Analysis  | 
5/8/2017  |  1 comment
Xfinity xFi is a managed home WiFi experience, bringing with it the industry's first DOCSIS 3.1 gateway with integrated WiFi.
The Cable Show That Wasn't
MariNation  | 
5/5/2017  |  5 comments
The 'Near Future' is a little disheartening.
Arris Soft, but Still Strong in Q1
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5/4/2017  |  1 comment
Arris shared some interesting tidbits on the future of its cable products as the company beat analyst expectations for both revenue and earnings in Q1.
Comment: Re: odd choices - msilbey - 5/3/2017
Hulu Live Launches in Beta
News Analysis  | 
5/3/2017  |  3 comments
But will it make money?
Verizon Ditches Enterprise Cloud in IBM Deal
News Analysis  | 
5/2/2017  |  4 comments
Verizon sees no blue skies ahead for its enterprise cloud business, sells the unit off to IBM.
Charter Remains Cautious as Earnings Lag
News Analysis  | 
5/2/2017  |  2 comments
Charter is still feeling the pinch from integrating Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, but it's not planning any drastic changes in strategy.
Dish's Satellite TV Business Is Crumbling
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5/1/2017  |  14 comments
Can Dish make money from its wireless spectrum before its satellite TV business collapses?
The Title II Capex Argument Is Ridiculous
MariNation  | 
5/1/2017  |  6 comments
Network investment spending continues to rise.
Title II Capex Ridiculousness
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5/1/2017  |  Post a comment
Network investment spending continues to rise.
The Near Future Is Here
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4/28/2017  |  5 comments
Virtual reality, AI, drones and more.
Net Neutrality, Here We Go Again
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
The FCC is reopening the issue of net neutrality, and it looks like Republicans and Democrats are about to face off again.
AT&T: TW Deal Will Light a Fire Under Video Biz
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  2 comments
Video was not a highlight for AT&T in Q1.
Netflix Set to Enter China
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  10 comments
Through a licensing deal with iQIYI in China, Netflix appears set to gain access to nearly 500 million potential new customers.
Utility Poles Pose Problems for 5G & More
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4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
New ideas surfaced at the FCC's first Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee meeting for solving the industry's pole attachment problem and accelerating broadband deployments.
Comment: Re: Overshadowed - msilbey - 4/24/2017
Cable-Powered Wireless Faces Tech Hurdles
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4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The technical challenges of going wireless aren't small.
Cable, Telecoms Spend Millions to Fete Trump
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  2 comments
And AT&T tops the list.
Comment: Re: Routine? - msilbey - 4/19/2017
Verizon's Fiber Spend Won't End With Corning
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2017  |  3 comments
Verizon needs a lot of fiber for future 5G rollouts, which leads to the age-old question: build it or buy it?
Comcast Ready for Clash With Hulu
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2017  |  8 comments
Untangling the tangled web of Comcast and Hulu.
Comcast Wins Spectrum – What's Next?
News Analysis  | 
4/14/2017  |  1 comment
A peek at what Comcast could do with its new wireless spectrum assets.
Cable Clashes With DOT Over Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
4/13/2017  |  1 comment
There's only so much wireless spectrum to go around.
Survey Says Future's Bright for Android TV
News Analysis  | 
4/12/2017  |  2 comments
Ovum reports clear skies for Android, surprising success with RDK and ominous signs for Roku.
YouTube Rains on Cloud DVR Parade
News Analysis  | 
4/11/2017  |  5 comments
There's a reason cloud DVR is so hard to get right.
FCC Broadband Panel Starts on Shaky Ground
MariNation  | 
4/10/2017  |  6 comments
The first meeting of the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee is scheduled for next week, and I'm not optimistic.
Comment: Who? - msilbey - 4/7/2017
Xfinity Mobile Isn't a WiFi Phone Service
News Analysis  | 
4/6/2017  |  6 comments
Comcast's new mobile service may be WiFi-first, but that only applies to data usage at launch, not traditional voice calls.
Verizon Adds Smarts to Digital Media Services
News Analysis  | 
4/6/2017  |  2 comments
Verizon is calling it a content intelligence system, or the Verizon Media Xperience Studio.
YouTube TV Is Here... in 5 Markets
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4/5/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube is the latest to launch an online TV service, starting in five markets.
Google, Amazon & the Video CDN Revolution
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4/5/2017  |  Post a comment
At first glance, two recent announcements by Google and Amazon have little to do with each other, and yet there is a connection.
Malone Cable Empire Expands to Alaska
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4/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Another complicated financial transaction is putting new cable assets into the hands of cable kingpin John Malone.
New Comcast Wireless Details Drop This Week
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2017  |  4 comments
Besides its MVNO agreement with Verizon, what role will spectrum play in Comcast's upcoming mobile launch?
Pai's FCC Makes Access Regs Flip-Flop
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  9 comments
Business Data Services are back on the FCC docket but instead of more regulation to promote competition, Pai is pushing fewer rules.
Verizon Takes IoT Network Nationwide
News Analysis  | 
3/30/2017  |  1 comment
The big question: Is Verizon's new 4G LTE Category M1 network for IoT applications cost-competitive?
About That Broadband Privacy Vote
MariNation  | 
3/29/2017  |  12 comments
Warning: opinion piece ahead.
Comcast May Go All IP by End of Year – Rumor
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3/29/2017  |  1 comment
Speaking on stage at the ACA Summit, NCTC CEO and President Rich Fickle reported that he's heard Comcast will be delivering all-IP video service to all new customers by the end of the year.
The Skinny on Comcast's Skinny Bundle
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Don't call it OTT.
Comment: Video failure - msilbey - 3/28/2017
WOW Makes Its Case for IPO
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3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
WOW is looking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.
Cable's DAA Moment Is Here
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3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco is rolling out its Remote PHY product in volume this month, an indicator of the momentum behind distributed access architectures in the cable industry.
Comcast Stacks Up National TV Rights – Report
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3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast is reportedly working to extend its video distribution rights nationally, though the company says it's still not planning on offering an OTT service.
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
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  3 comments
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2017  |  7 comments
The cable industry is benefiting from a tough period of technology transition in telecom.
Incoming! Comcast Eyes SmartOffice Launch
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2017  |  5 comments
Light Reading has uncovered details about a new Comcast video surveillance service for the business market.
Tivo Takes Wurl for a Whirl
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  1 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
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2017  |  6 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
News Analysis  | 
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.

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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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CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

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Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
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Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

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Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
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SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

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Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
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Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

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At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
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Putting Power on a Pedestal

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ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
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Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

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A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
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Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

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As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
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IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

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IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
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Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

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Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
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Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

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Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
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AT&T's Hubbard on Intersection of SD-WAN & MPLS

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Rick Hubbard, SVP of Network Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses how AT&T's approach to SD-WAN fits in with its overall virtualization strategy, explains how SD-WAN can improve enterprise customers' use of the cloud and addresses the intersection of SD-WAN and MPLS.
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Keep Connected IoT Devices Under Control With Allot

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Allot AVP of International Pre-Sales, Daniel Keidar, explains how communications service providers can protect infrastructure and service availability from flooding attacks caused by malfunctioning or bot-infected devices connected to their network.
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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.
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