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Telefónica Building NFV Reference Platform With Red Hat & Intel
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

It's part of the company's two-year roadmap for international NFV deployment.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best Telecom Product, Part 2
DOS Attack | 5/30/2014

Check out the second batch of Leading Lights contenders in this category.

Time for Set-Top Makers to Merge – Study
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

A new study by ABI Research concludes that the set-top market is ripe for consolidation now that two sets of large US pay-TV providers are planning to merge.

Beyond RDK: A New TV Turf War
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

Now that the cable industry has blessed the Reference Design Kit, companies are working overtime to sell their own software solutions to sit on top of the RDK stack.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Company of the Year (Private) – Part 1
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

Finalists for Light Reading's Leading Lights award in the category Company of the Year (Private) include cloud vendors, mobile vendors, and a mobile cloud vendor.

Eurobites: SDN's Italian Job
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SoftBank to buy T-Mobile US? Irish merger plan has its critics; Google caters for would-be data-deleters.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best Deal Maker
Que Sera Sarah | 5/30/2014

M&A and partnerships related to SDN, SPIT, security, OTT, and LTE make up this year's hotly contested best deal-maker category.

MobileIron Goes Flat Out for IPO
News Analysis | 5/30/2014

Developer of mobile device and apps management platform sets its IPO price range as it prepares to go public.

Amazon Patents Digital Cash for à la Carte Cloud Computing
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Pay-as-you-go with Bitcoin or another digital currency.

Utility to Go Gigabit in Oklahoma
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Bolt Fiber Optic Services, owned by a utility co-op, will bring fiber-based Internet to 32,000 homes in the northeastern portion of the state.

Alcatel-Lucent Preps New OSS Pitch
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Alcatel-Lucent is believed to be preparing a significant network management/OSS strategy announcement in early June.

NTT Launches NFV-Based Cloud Services
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Building on Virtela's internally developed NFV and SDN platform, NTT launches globally available on-demand cloud services.

Dish Says Yes to Bitcoin
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Dish Network says will start accepting Bitcoin digital currency for payment later this year.

NFV Takes Over Nice
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

TM Forum Live! marks major shift toward addressing the management challenges of virtualization and NFV, in particular.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best Telecom Product (Part 1)
DOS Attack | 5/29/2014

Presenting the first six of 12 finalists for the Leading Lights Best Telecom Product award.

Uber Thumbs a Wireless Ride With AT&T
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

AT&T will be a wireless provider for Uber in the US and pre-load the ride-finding app on Android phones from this summer.

Eurobites: RAD Commits to NFV R&D
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hutchison's Irish deal gets EC green light; Ofcom explores 700MHz possibilities; EE wields its MobileIron.

Marketing Verizon's Double-Wide 4G in NYC
Jonestown | 5/29/2014

As seen on 14th Street...

Cloud Group Aims for Speedy Specs
News Analysis | 5/29/2014

The Cloud Ethernet Forum is attempting to create relevant, targeted specifications at a faster pace than traditional telecom industry bodies.

Apple Confirms Beats Buy for $3B
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

The iPhone maker has made its biggest acquisition ever, spending $3B to buy Beats for its headphones and streaming music business.

Cloud Exchange Gathering Steam
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

GoGrid is the latest cloud provider to hook up with the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Does that signal faster acceptance of this model?

DoCoMo to Offer NFV-Based LTE in 2016
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

NTT DoCoMo expects to deploy a virtualized packet core network for its 4G LTE network by March 2016.

Gigabit Speeds Come to Rock Hill
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Like other small telcos, Comporium is bolstering local redevelopment efforts by bringing fiber-based Gigabit Internet access to downtown.

Rovi Makes Play for World Cup
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Rovi has introduced its 2014 World Cup metadata set and in-guide advertising solution around the global soccer tournament.

Ericsson Plans Big Expansion in Silicon Valley
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

New 400,000-square-foot campus will house 2,000 Ericsson staff focused on R&D for IP, TV and Media, SDN, NFV, and mobile innovation.

BTE Survey: Where's the Growth?
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Take the survey and/or come to BTE, and you'll find out!

Telecable Picks Nagra for TV Everywhere
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Large Mexican MSO selects Nagra's MediaLive solution to deliver multiscreen video services to its subscribers.

Eurobites: Swisscom Plans Its Own Google
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange looks to make a change in Africa; TeliaSonera's sub-Arctic fiber; storms hit eircom profits; Iliad under scrutiny from regulator.

Empowering End-Users Through Open SDN
Column | 5/28/2014

SDN offers the promise of networking solutions without vendor lock-in, but how can industry standards be attained?

Amdocs Wants to Be Big in Carrier Big Data
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

Vendor claims to have built the first end-to-end big data platform specifically for operators, but analyst suggests it needs to learn to crawl before it can walk.

Telefónica, Red Hat, Cyan Boost NFV Performance
News Analysis | 5/28/2014

The three companies are working on software designed to allow operators to decide precisely where to run virtualized network functions.

Envivio Swings at 4K Video
News Analysis | 5/27/2014

French broadcaster TDF picks Envivio's 4K compression technology for live streaming of the French Open tennis tournament to Ultra HD TV sets.

Redbox Falls Flat in Streaming Space
News Analysis | 5/27/2014

Redbox is removing its DVD rental kiosks, and its streaming service is struggling for subscribers.

Foxconn Buys Stake in 4G Mobile Operator
News Analysis | 5/27/2014

iPhone maker Foxconn is paying $390M for a stake in Asia Pacific Telecom.

Eurobites: Mobily Shows Faith in NFV
News Analysis | 5/27/2014

Also in today's regional roundup: The 'new' Nokia creates security unit; BT links fast broadband to job creation; and Orange shows off its live mobile video streaming skills.

Cisco Live Pics: The Full Malkovich!
Slide Shows | 5/27/2014

The Cisco community hashed out the latest advances in networking technology in San Francisco. We were there with our cameras.

Poll: Comcast First Choice for OTT Plunge
News Analysis | 5/27/2014

In our latest community poll, readers selected Comcast as the most likely pay-TV provider to go over-the-top first, despite recent OTT moves by AT&T, Verizon, and Dish Network.

TiVo Cable Partnership Pays Off
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

DVR pioneer breaks its own record again by adding 341,000 cable subscribers in Q1, as it climbs above 4.5 million total subs for the first time.

Citrix Architect Heading for NFV Role at Intel
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

Citrix's Mike Bursell revealed at Light Reading's Security Show in London that he is heading to an NFV role at Intel.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

Making complex connections simpler and putting virtualization to work in the network are key attributes for this year's finalists.

Telco Data Centers: Reinvention Starts Here
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/23/2014

Virtualized, SDN-enabled data centers may become telcos' key strategic asset in the next-gen telecom ecosystem.

HP Cuts More Jobs
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

The company said it is cutting up to 16,000 more jobs beyond the 34,000 already announced.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Carrier WiFi Deployment
Que Sera Sarah | 5/23/2014

Hotspot 2.0 and WiFi services dominate this year's shortlist.

Security in a 4G, M2M World
Shades of Ray | 5/23/2014

The technical and strategic considerations for securing today's mobile networks are legion.

Cox Lays Out Gigabit Roadmap
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

Cox will target Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha for its next 1-Gig broadband rollouts as it aims to upgrade all its regions by the end of 2016.

Eurobites: Welcome to IoT City!
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone makes case for better wholesale backhaul access; Com Hem considers IPO; AlcaLu looks to sell cyber-security business to Thales.

Com Hem Preps $829M IPO
News Analysis | 5/23/2014

Swedish cable operator aims to raise 5.5 billion Swedish kronor from Stockholm listing.

AlcaLu in Talks to Sell Security Unit to Thales
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Vendor says a partnership with Thales will strengthen its cyber security play for network operators.

Liberty Global Opens Polish Horizons
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Leading European MSO extends its Horizon TV multiscreen video service to Poland, expanding Horizon's reach to Central and Eastern Europe.

T-Mobile Beats AT&T, Verizon to VoLTE
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Beating AT&T and Verizon to the punch, T-Mobile launches VoLTE on three handsets in the Seattle area.

Lyft Drives Mobile VC Funding to $1.4B in April
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Car-sharing drives investment levels with $250M for Lyft, while Internet of Things startups also earn big in April, according to latest from Rutberg & Co.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Five companies and their respective services made the shortlist this year.

TWC Joins Austin Speed Sweepstakes
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

With Austin, Texas the nerve center of 1-Gig broadband rollouts in the US, Time Warner Cable is now boosting its Internet speeds to 300 Mbit/s.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Enterprise Service
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Bandwidth-on-demand options and services steal the category in four of the six final entries.

Accelerating Packet-Optical Convergence
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/22/2014

Operators have shared their perspectives on IP and optical convergence, with network management and planning coming in for close scrutiny.

Eurobites: EE's 4G Frenzy
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels examines Dixons Carphone deal; Spotify reaches milestone; anyone for 4G at the French Open?

Slide Show: Mobile Network Security Strategies London
Slide Shows | 5/22/2014

Following success in New York, the Mobile Network Security Strategies conference debuted to London.

Huawei Handset Man Jumps to Lenovo
News Analysis | 5/22/2014

Colin Giles has left Huawei to join a handset rival.

Why Cisco Is Acquiring ThreatGrid
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

ThreatGrid analyzes files for potential threats before they get on the network.

Huawei Names US Lead, Reminds Us It's Still Here
DOS Attack | 5/21/2014

Huawei names Ming He to lead its US operations, such as they are...

CDNs & Net Neutrality: It's Complicated
Column | 5/21/2014

Comcast is selling a CDN service, and Apple is signing paid interconnection deals with ISPs. Networks aren't neutral.

Cisco to Acquire ThreatGrid Security
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

ThreatGrid provides dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence, both on the premises and in the cloud, Cisco says.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative SMB Service
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Wireless and cloud are the hot topics in this year's competition.

Cable Leaves Telcos in Broadband Dust
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Despite the continued growth of the AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS Internet services, cable operators are still boosting their lead in the US broadband market.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Video Service
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Three finalists stand out in a year when video showed why it's still most popular medium on the planet.

Verizon's Journey to VoLTE, in Videos
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Verizon reminds us it still has VoLTE on the way, and it will be nationwide with several handset options and video calling when it launches.

Telenor Connexion: Securing the Internet of Things
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

M2M-focused operators will need to think how to secure multiple networks as IoT evolves.

Securing EE's 4G Network
LRTV Interviews | 5/21/2014

EE's director of technical security Peter Erceg talks about EE's approach to securing its LTE network, how it can benefit from that, and what vendors need to be doing to help operators.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative 4G Service
Jonestown | 5/21/2014

EE and Sprint's Spark duke it out for the most forward-looking 4G offering of 2014.

Operators Take Network Security Seriously
LRTV Documentaries | 5/21/2014

The major mobile operators are taking network security seriously and even see it as a business opportunity.

Truphone Takes on the World
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Global mobile network operator Truphone expands enterprise offering to 66 countries with shared data, voice, and text.

Eurobites: Netflix Spreads Its Wings
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does VoLTE for Bouygues; LTE in North Africa; UK mobile coverage in the slow lane.

Heavy Reading: Telcos Should Be Vocal on Security
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Carriers need to be more vocal on the mobile security they already provide customers, says Heavy Reading senior analyst Patrick Donegan.

Cisco Aims for '#1' in Hybrid Cloud
News Analysis | 5/21/2014

Cisco believes hybrid clouds provide the speed, scale, economics, and flexibility of the public cloud, along with control, security, and data sovereignty needed in the global economy.

Subsea Surge: Infinera Jumps Into the Water
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

Infinera, Ciena, and others are enjoying a busy time for submarine cable upgrades.

CenturyLink Targets 'Underserved' Twin Cities
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

A new data center for the Minneapolis-St. Paul market will let CenturyLink Tech Solutions deliver more cloud, co-location, and managed/hosted services.

Distributed CCAP Debuts in Europe
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

Taking a leap into cable's future, Casa Systems and Teleste join forces to develop a distributed CCAP/RemotePHY system for boosting broadband speeds.

Despite Efforts, Cable Service Still Sucks
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

Cable companies rank lowest in customer satisfaction for both video and Internet service, so vendors are now trying to help out, and cash in, with new data-driven support solutions.

Can Virtualization Enable the Next Big Bang?
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

Bell Labs is offering a prize to attract innovation of the Big Bang variety and expects SDN and NFV will get it to market faster.

Ruckus Virtualizes WLAN Management
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

The WiFi vendor uses NFV to virtualize its control plane and support multi-tenant enterprises.

Bit Parts: Losses, Launches & Expectations
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

New products, market growth and some job losses dominate the components sector in the latest roundup of news tidbits.

Eurobites: Vodafone's 'Project Spring' Spend Hits Profits
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new rules get tough on BT's Openreach; AlcaLu signs 4G overlay agreement with Telenor; UK studies how mobiles affect kids.

Cisco Wants to Tidy Up Desktop Videoconferencing
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

The DX70 and DX80 are designed to do for desktop clutter what smartphones did for proliferating handheld gadgets.

Cisco's Chambers Predicts 'Brutal' Tech Consolidation
News Analysis | 5/20/2014

But Cisco has a plan to bounce back, based on leadership in SDN, cloud, collaboration, and Internet of Everything, company CEO and chairman John Chambers says.

More 4G Muddling: Verizon Brands AWS XLTE
Que Sera Sarah | 5/19/2014

Between 4G, 5G, Sprint Spark, and Verizon's new XLTE campaign, consumers will likely never understand what LTE really is, but does that matter?

Cable Cuts Video Losses in Q1
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

US cable companies lost fewer video subscribers in Q1 than in past quarters, while satellite TV and telecom companies gained fewer subs than before, according to a new LRG report.

Who’s Afraid of OTT?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/19/2014

OTT services are giving service providers sleepless nights, according to the early results of a poll.

Cisco Drops the S-Bomb
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

Cisco talked up how SDN and virtualization can help service providers increase agility and cut costs. An executive also dropped the other S-bomb at an opening keynote.

Sprint Plans More Bundled-Content Offers
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

CFO says the company has done with bundled offers similar to its deal with Spotify as a way to add value to its installment billing plans.

AT&T Gets 'Opportunistic' With 4G Small Cells
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

AT&T Labs is getting involved in finding the best spots for the operator to deploy 3G and 4G small cells on its network.

Cisco's Chambers Urges Obama to Rein in NSA
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

Spying allegations threaten 'our country's global technological leadership,' says Cisco CEO and chairman John Chambers.

Metaswitch Forum in Pictures
Slide Shows | 5/19/2014

Metaswitch held its annual forum for its telecom customers, highlighting its new software-driven focus.

Eurobites: Ericsson Appoints Heads of New Units
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT recruits more engineers; Orange sells Ugandan unit; Ofcom boss cool on net neutrality.

Kemp Launches NFV Operating System
News Analysis | 5/19/2014

Condor OS is designed for multi-tenant managed service providers.

AT&T to Acquire DirecTV for $48.5B
News Analysis | 5/18/2014

Boards of both companies approved AT&T's offer to buy DirecTV for about $95 a share Sunday, a deal that would make AT&T the largest pay TV provider on the planet.

Cisco Intros Automated WAN Management
News Analysis | 5/18/2014

The WAN Automation Engine is designed to reduce costs and increase agility for service providers.

AT&T Working on Home-Grown SDN Controller for Later in 2014
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

The Controller is a keystone of AT&T's eventual plans to let users design their networks.

EarthLink Finds Multi-Site Niche
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

Managed services provider builds national strategy around serving companies with widely distributed small sites, starting with retailers.

Zayo Buys UK Fiber Network Operator
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

Adds to its European assets with the acquisition of Geo, which has a network running through London's sewers… phew!

Cisco Integrates Virtual, Physical Networks
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

Also, Cisco's not trying to crush VMware. Really it's not.

Eurobites: Orange in French M&A Talks
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Numericable may buy Virgin Mobile France; another upgrade for Nokia; EU antitrust chief strikes back; BT's here for the beer.

Live Sports Push Boundaries of Online Delivery
Column | 5/16/2014

Delivering live sports events online can be a nightmare, but help may be on its way for cable operators and other broadband providers.

For Cisco, Is 'SDN' Code for 'Crush VMware?'
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

John Chambers says Cisco is winning back customers it lost to VMware.

FCC Split on Net Neutrality Plans
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Amid heated debate, the FCC passes a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" that could allow ISPs to charge more for priority service.

Radio Revolutions on the Road to 5G
Column | 5/15/2014

Fresh approaches to radio technology from startups are coming to fruition, which may end up helping to power 5G.

Charter/Comcast Tap Willner for Spinoff
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Charter and Comcast announce that Michael Willner will serve as President and CEO of "SpinCo," a proposed new spinoff cable company.

Security Tops Smart Home Wish List
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

A new report by software specialist iControl finds that security is still consumers' number-one smart home priority.

AT&T Confirms VoLTE Launch in 4 States
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Carrier joins NTT DoCoMo and HKT in revealing its VoLTE plans this week, making it the first Tier 1 to launch 4G voice in the US.

EE Makes the Case for 5G
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Having made a flying start with 4G LTE, the UK's largest mobile operator is looking ahead to the evolution to 5G and what it will mean for its business.

SMS Is Far From Dead
Column | 5/15/2014

Application-to-person (A2P) messaging SMS could be the operator opportunity of 2014.

Eurobites: IoT Drives UK Merger
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk TV takes off; SFR numbers heading south; Nokia pays off 5,000 at troublesome Indian plant.

Cisco Earnings Suffer From Carrier Weakness
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Cisco reported third-quarter revenue of $11.5 billion and profits of $2.2 billion -- down from last year but not as much as expected.

Rural Telcos Urged Into 600MHz Auction
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

The CEO of NTCA encourages rural telcos to bid on "the last bid of beachfront property" in the wireless game.

Harmonic Pushes CCAP Into the Network
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Harmonic pursues new "Distributed CCAP" course with debut of NSG Exo product that pushes CMTS and edgeQAM functions out of the cable headend and into the access network.

Isis Adds 600K NFC Wallets in 30 Days
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Operator JV claims 20,000 new mobile wallet activations per day in the past month.

Comcast's Cohen: Define Internet Fast Lanes
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Comcast EVP David Cohen argues that the MSO is following open Internet principles and that Internet 'fast lanes' still need to be defined.

Towerstream Teams With AlcaLu on Small Cells
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

After an initial deal with Verizon, tower company hopes to attract more wireless operators to lease its small cell real estate with the help of the big-name vendors.

Small Telcos Take Different Path to NFV
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Facing the same need to cut costs and introduce new services faster, smaller telcos are looking for a pragmatic path to virtualization.

MBC Deploys Cyan SDN for Backhaul Rollout
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Cyan helps Mid Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) develop backhaul connectivity to a greater number of cell sites for less expense.

Eurobites: SSE Takes On BT in Ethernet
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange chief feeling chipper; Numericable Q1 numbers on the up; 4G for Moscow metro; Etisalat completes Maroc Telecom acquisition.

AT&T Wants to Buy Sprint's WCS Spectrum
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

As expected, AT&T has made a play to add Sprint's WCS spectrum to its own holdings. The deal could earn $130 million or more for Dan Hesse & Co.

Telenet Chooses Casa for CCAP
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

In another big CCAP win, Casa Systems sells its next-gen CMTS solution to the largest cable operator in Belgium.

Metaswitch: Telcos Must Get Soft to Survive
Rewired | 5/13/2014

Metaswitch CEO urges telcos to transform their business models along with their networks and start behaving like software companies.

BlackBerry Wants a Fruitful Future in M2M
Que Sera Sarah | 5/13/2014

CEO John Chen tells the Economic Times that BlackBerry will have a major M2M play in five years.

Wanted: Wisdom of the Crowd (That’s YOU)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/13/2014

We've got the questions, you've got the answers...

Cloud Helps Companies Face Disaster Head-On
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/13/2014

The disaster recovery market is facing challenges with quick IT growth, especially among mobile and other technologies.

Bit Parts: Following the Optical Money
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

The latest roundup of news from the communications components sector.

Comcast Tunes in Turner VoD
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

A sweeping deal between Comcast and Turner Broadcasting will bring new Turner TV shows to Xfinity On Demand customers and open up new dynamically inserted ads for advertisers.

Eurobites: MTS, NSN Take VoLTE Into the Cloud
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei trials small cells with Vodafone; Google must implement 'right to be forgotten'; Moody's upgrades Nokia.

Integra Monitors Its Fiber With Ciena Tool
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

On its recently deployed 100G link between Salt Lake City and Sacramento, Integra is using Ciena's PinPoint solution to monitor fiber loss.

Nokia CEO Must Channel Fighting Spirit
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Nokia watchers offer their views on the 'new' Nokia and the choice of Rajeev Suri as CEO.

AT&T Closing on DirecTV?
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Bloomberg reports that AT&T is now in advanced talks to buy DirecTV for about $50 billion as media merger fever picks up.

China Loosens Grip on Telecom Prices
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

As MVNOs prepare to enter the market, the Chinese authorities introduce further liberalization. But will it make any difference?

AT&T Spotlights Early SDN Efforts
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

In announcing Salesforce.com as part of the AT&T Cloud Ecosystem, the carrier also explains its homegrown, SDN-like way of managing cloud connections.

AT&T Makes GM Cars a Data Plan Add-On
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Owners of select GM cars can get LTE connectivity for only $10 per month as part of AT&T's Mobile Share data plans, as the carrier experiments with connected-car pricing models.

DT Asks for $1B Prenup for Sprint, T-Mobile — WSJ
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

The WSJ reports that Deutsche Telekom is asking for $1 billion in break-up cash from Sprint if it's unable to acquire T-Mobile.

Comcast Offers WiFi to KDDI, Taiwan Mobile Subs
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Comcast is selling wireless hotspot access to subscribers of KDDI and Taiwan Mobile, but WiFi is no substitute for mobile broadband.

Big Changes in Store for CDNs
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/12/2014

Verizon's acquisition of CDN provider EdgeCast is just one of several developments that will shake up the CDN sector.

UTC Telecom 2014: Socket to Me
Slide Shows | 5/12/2014

Who would you find at a Utilities Telecom Council event? A Light Reading editor with a camera, for one...

Cisco's IoT Leader Finds Other Things to Do
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Not even a future $19 trillion market can keep Guido Jouret, Cisco's Internet of Things leader, at the company.

Cable's All-IP Shift Will Drag On
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

In our recent community poll, most readers don't think cable operators will upgrade to all-IP service delivery until at least 2018, if they do so at all.

Verizon Looks to Bridge Amazon
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Verizon hopes enterprise connectivity will help it close Amazon's enormous market lead.

You Either Love SDN, or You Really Don't
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

SDN is gaining popularity fast, but there's also a lot of skepticism about its potential among network engineers and managers, according to a Network Instruments study.

HP Doubles Down on OpenDaylight
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

HP is going from Silver to Platinum membership, increasing its commitment from $20,000 to $500,000 plus 10 full-time equivalent staff.

Eurobites: Qualcomm Eyes WiFi Chip Specialist
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei enables 400G for Broadnet; Ericsson swallows Red Bee; 5G latest; BSkyB's M&A ambitions.

Sprint's Spark: It's Fast but No Multi-Tasker
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Sprint says using a single radio at a time gives battery life and performance benefits for Spark-capable devices.

Apple Buying Beats for $3.2B: Dr. Dre & Tyrese
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Several sources, including Dr. Dre himself, suggest the iPhone maker is splashing down $3.2 billion to acquire Beats for its streaming music service and wearables.

Components Shortages Hit Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

First Nokia now Alcatel-Lucent have reported supply chain issues.

Comcast Cloud DVR Storms Down East Coast
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Comcast cloud DVR services now reach one-third of the MSO's footprint with the launches of the new service in southern Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

UTC Telecom 2014: The Rise of the Utelco?
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Vendors urging utilities to deliver high-speed connections to the underserved.

Eurobites: Telefónica's Q1 Blues
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's IP boost; ZTE wins German patents case; Merkel backs easier M&A; BICS drags Belgacom down.

Getting Your Magenta Kicks
Jonestown | 5/9/2014

The pink sneaker tide rises at T-Mobile.

IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

The vendor cuts its losses and shows strength in key networking equipment sectors in the first quarter, but revenues are static.

SK Telecom Tests WebRTC for the Blind
Que Sera Sarah | 5/9/2014

Choi Jin-ho, manager of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, tells Light Reading about SK Telecom's plans for WebRTC, including a service to help the visually impaired.

Cablevision Plots WiFi Market Disruption
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

The big US MSO views its rapidly growing WiFi network as a way to "disrupt" the wireless data market with potential products.

Alcatel-Lucent CEO: We Can Go It Alone
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Just over a year after taking the helm, what's on the mind of Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes? Plenty of things, but being part of the next mega-merger isn't one of them.

UTC Telecom 2014: More Power to You
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Utility companies face many of the same network transformation issues as telecom players but their needs are also unique to the power sector.

AT&T Jumps On Board With Jinni
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

AT&T has selected Jinni's video search and recommendation engine to power content discovery and recommendation features on the U-verse TV platform.

AT&T to Turn Down Muve's Music?
Que Sera Sarah | 5/8/2014

Cricket confirms AT&T is exploring 'alternative music options to Muve,' a decision that shows it's tone deaf to its prepaid customer base.

Orange France Hacked
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Customer data stolen in security breach that could lead to phishing attacks on subscribers.

DoCoMo Unveils 5G Trial Plans
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

The innovative Japanese operator is soliciting help from six wireless equipment vendors to conduct next-generation mobile broadband experiments.

Brocade Hires IBM Exec to Beef Up SDN Team
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Colin Dixon is reportedly part of SDN brain drain at IBM.

tw telecom Changes CoS Dynamics
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

tw telecom enables dynamic Class of Service changes to go along with its existing dynamic bandwidth capabilities.

Voxbone Tweaks Its Network for WebRTC
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Global VoIP provider adds support for WebRTC, so its enterprise and service provider customers can offer click-to-call with no network.

Eurobites: Soccer Surge for BT's Fiscal Q4
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom profits hit by US push; Telekom Austria challenged in Q1; bring on the smartphone orchestra!

Google Buys Cloud Monitoring Startup
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Google picks up Stackdriver for AWS monitoring and analytics know-how.

New Cox Guide Boosts Viewing
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Cox reports that video subscribers using its new Contour program guide and interface watch more channels and more on-demand content than those without it.

Does M2M Need LTE?
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Altair Semiconductor is betting it does, with an LTE-only modem coming for the smart sensors and other gizmos that make up The Internet of Things.

Arris Starts Off Year Strong
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Surging shipments of cable and IPTV set-tops, video gateways, CCAP devices, and cable modems drive higher than expected sales and earnings for equipment vendor.

Bumper Year for the Leading Lights Awards
Shades of Ray | 5/7/2014

There are more than 80 finalists in 16 categories for this year's Leading Lights awards, and it's an impressive bunch.

Microsoft, VMware Team on Virtualization Standard
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

The proposed Geneve protocol would improve interoperability for virtualized networks.

Eurobites: Telefónica to Buy Pay-TV Player
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GSMA man wants merging made easier; Vodafone, SFR renew enterprise collaboration; Deutsche Telekom enables mobile payments.

Nearly 500 Operators Make the 4G Pledge
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

There are now 288 live LTE networks in 104 countries, with 497 operators making a firm commitment to deploying 4G, according to the GSA's latest numbers.

Netflix Cracks Top 10 MSO
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Netflix swings carriage deal with Suddenlink Communications, the seventh largest US MSO, after breaking the ice with three midsized cable operators last month.

BTE: Kind of a Big Deal
LRTV Documentaries | 5/6/2014

The Big Telecom Event, or BTE, is a big deal for the whole industry, as well as for Light Reading.

ATIS Works to Avert Web Control Battle
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

A new group, Open Web Alliance, will try to bring Internet giants into collaborative process with telecom network operators over proxies.

Citrix Upgrades Its ADC for Mobile Apps
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Citrix upgrades its application delivery controller in an effort to improve performance and user experience for mobile apps.

Comcast Commits to RDK-B
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Comcast is ready to bring the RDK concept to broadband gear, creating an underlying and open software stack for cable broadband modems, routers, and gateways.

Cyan's Blue Planet Now in KVH's Orbit
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Japanese network and data center operator makes SDN platform centerpiece of its new on-demand burstable Ethernet service suite.

Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent's Shares Rise on Nokia Bid Rumor
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson trials LTE Broadcast; Etisalat sells West African operations to Maroc Telecom; Virgin goes quad-play; Iraq gets 3G.

Ciena, Brocade Take a Dynamic View of WAN
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Ciena and Brocade co-develop a dynamic resource provisioning solution for the inter-data center WAN.

Comcast/EA Close to X1 Deal
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Comcast and EA may be close to a deal to stream popular video games – including Madden titles – to X1 set-tops.

Ad Industry Eyes Shift From Ratings to Impressions
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

IP and multiscreen video delivery are paving the way for a shift from ratings-based TV advertising to an impressions-based model.

Cable Providers Boost Broadband Speeds
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Cox, Mediacom, and TW Cable all boost broadband speeds to compete with Google Fiber, AT&T, and CenturyLink I Gig rollouts.

The Three Faces of SDN
Column | 5/5/2014

Vendors are vying to define SDN in ways that advantage their own products. Meanwhile, the threat from cloud providers looms like a zombie army in the distance.

Is AT&T-DirecTV Really About Broadband?
Rewired | 5/5/2014

PayTV service is not the future for AT&T so there have to be other reasons for buying a satellite TV distribution network.

Bit Parts: Cisco Funding Up for Grabs
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

The latest roundup from the world of comms components features funding news from Cisco.

Nokia Pumps $100M into Connected Cars
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Nokia Growth Partners has set up a $100 million Connected Car fund to integrate its mapping and location services into more cars.

Virtualization to Transform CPE
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/5/2014

Customer premises equipment (CPE) is set to change dramatically in the coming years through virtualization, a process that will change business models for telcos, helping them to reduce capex and opex.

Why Some Operators Think LTE-U Is Rude
Que Sera Sarah | 5/5/2014

The 3GPP is in heated discussions about LTE in unlicensed spectrum, with operators split between those that want to take advantage and those worried about their WiFi investments.

Cox Goes for a Gigabit
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Cox will roll out a gigabit broadband service tier to all residential subscribers starting in 2014.

Is This the Real M2M?
Jonestown | 5/2/2014

It is suspected that a machine could be posting thousands of short repetitive videos of tones and colored shapes to the web, but why it's happening is still a mystery.

Amdocs Flexes Its Back Office Muscles
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

SPIT giant unveils a slew of major carrier deals as it announces record quarterly revenues.

One Reason Customer Service Sometimes Sucks
Rewired | 5/2/2014

Telecom players need to give their CSRs more intelligent tools to address customer issues, or see training and turnover troubles persist.

Capex Trend Points to Less Seasonality – Analysts
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Research from Raymond James & Assoc. points toward increased capex by AT&T and Verizon in the first quarter and a possible long-term shift away from seasonal spending patterns.

Consortium Develops Virtual IT Platform for NFV
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

A consortium of Japanese companies including NTT has developed a distributed server platform designed for network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments.

Eurobites: Telefónica Sweetens E-Plus Deal
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new exec line-up at TeliaSonera; BT's man in sub-Saharan Africa; BSkyB does deal with Paramount.

AT&T to Gain 4G Voice May 23?
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The carrier reportedly plans to launch VoLTE in Chicago and Minneapolis at the end of the month.

Tablets Grow Like 'OMG' in Q1
Que Sera Sarah | 5/1/2014

Verizon and AT&T managed to sell nearly 1M tablets between them, while T-Mobile says its push into connected tablets is just beginning.

Capex Slowdown Slams JDSU
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Share price takes a hammering as slow carrier spending in US and a delay in revenues from China's 4G rollouts hit vendor's numbers.

AT&T Eyeing a Bid for DirecTV?
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that an AT&T buyout could value the satellite TV provider at $40 billion.

The IP Transition's Real-World Impact
Column | 5/1/2014

A look at what the transition to IP means to you, me, and other people who use a phone for business and personal communications.

CenturyLink Cuts Cloud Prices, Touts Power
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Five months after announcing the Tier 3 purchase, CenturyLink unveils new cloud strategy built on cheaper prices and enterprise-scale power.

T-Mobile Sacrifices Costs for Customers
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The 'uncarrier' manages to add 2.4 million total customers, but lost $151M in the first quarter.

China Operators Mull Tower Spin-off
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

China's major operators are considering the creation of a mobile tower joint venture.

Comcast Whips Up More WiFi
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Biggest US MSO now plans to roll out 8 million WiFi hotspots by the end of the year, after reaching the 1 million hotspot milestone less than a month ago.

Eurobites: Elop's Golden Parachute Inflates
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BSkyB's profits slip; Virgin considers slow-speed sell-off; Orange not happy about network-sharing deal.

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