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Key developments related to voice over LTE and Rich Communication Services.
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/18/2015
Initial 5G deployments will look a lot like heterogeneous networks in which many small cells are overlaid on a macro-cell network, based on LTE-Advanced with a higher ...
By Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor, 5/11/2015
While it has already gained traction in other regions, 4G technology is still nascent in India. Bharti Airtel, the country's biggest mobile operator, has launched 4G ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/7/2015
In a bid to increase its focus on real-time communications, Cisco plans to acquire application programming interface (API) vendor Tropo.
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/1/2015
Oracle is in the headlines this week, not for the Evolved Communications Application Server it introduced for the mobile voice market, but for something its co-CEOs ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 4/28/2015
While the big two US wireless operators may be dismissive of Google Fi's competitive threat, partner T-Mobile sees the MVNO as an exciting harbinger of things to come.
By Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/28/2015
Rarely do network players display much excitement about the proliferation of MVNOs. But as the chief executive of BICS, one of Europe's biggest international ...
By Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 4/28/2015
Coming off its eighth consecutive quarter of adding more than 1 million postpaid customers, it's a safe bet that T-Mobile has overtaken Sprint as the third-largest US ...
By Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 4/24/2015
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 adds VoLTE; Telefónica gets all-clear on Canal+ buy; Virgin Media makes its workers stand up for six months!
By Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/23/2015
Ericsson's share price has tumbled in early-morning trading in Stockholm after the equipment vendor revealed it had been hit by a slowdown in North American business ...
By Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor, 4/17/2015
Nokia's recently announced takeover of Alcatel-Lucent could have major repercussions in India, a significant market for both players, should the deal go ahead. (See ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/15/2015
Nokia claims it will become the second-largest provider of networking hardware, software and services to communications service providers globally if its acquisition ...
By Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/13/2015
As expected, the UK gained its first "integrated" WiFi calling service last week courtesy of mobile giant EE. The surprise was that it first became available on a ...
By Denise Culver, 4/13/2015
Service providers will have multiple entry points into network functions virtualization (NFV) over the next 24 months. One growth driver is voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), ...
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Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights ...
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Iain Morris , News Editor , 3/25/2015
When it comes to 4G, Telefónica is prioritizing coverage and quality over dazzle.
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Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

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Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

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CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
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NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

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Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

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Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
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Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

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Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
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Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

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Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
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