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CEO Chat With Jerry Guo, Casa Systems
Between the CEOs  | 
6/25/2015  |  4 comments
Steve Saunders met up with Casa Systems' President and CEO Jerry Guo, who talked about his ambitions for the company, which, it turns out, include an IPO...
Sierra Wireless Buying IoT-Focused MVNO
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2015  |  1 comment
Sierra Wireless makes a move into the mobile network virtual operator market.
The Digital Service Provider
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/24/2015  |  Post a comment
To thrive in the Internet age, operators must transform themselves from 'communications service providers' into 'digital service providers.'
T-Mobile Takes Spectrum Fight to the People
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  5 comments
Carrier petitions the FCC to block AT&T's attempt to acquire spectrum in three rural markets, as well as posts videos urging US consumers to speak out about the upcoming auction.
thePlatform Strives for Video Unity
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  2 comments
Comcast-owned online video publishing unit launches Unified Ingest Service to centralize all video and metadata files for legacy QAM set-top boxes and IP video devices.
No Heroes in the Battle for the Net
MariNation  | 
6/24/2015  |  4 comments
Who's at fault when Internet delivery goes bad?
Redknee Snaps Up Troubled BSS Vendor
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  8 comments
Redknee strikes another bargain deal and adds further to its BSS assets with the acquisition of Orga Systems, which had hit hard times, for just €38 million.
Eurobites: Orange Tells Govt to Back Off
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TeliaSonera, Telenor fight their corner; carrier aggregation in the Middle East; Telefónica's IoT buttons.
FCC Starts Reviewing Charter Deals
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  1 comment
The FCC has officially opened the docket for review of Charter Communication's proposed acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
Cisco Beefs Up Network Automation Portfolio
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Providing equipment and software for SDN, traditional and DevOps networks.
Bouygues Says 'Non' to Altice
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2015  |  4 comments
Bouygues directors insist their business can flourish on its own in France's mobile market.
First Net Neutrality Complaint Hits TWC
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  9 comments
Commercial Network Services has filed a complaint alleging that Time Warner Cable has violated net neutrality rules by rejecting a settlement-free peering arrangement.
Sprint CTO Goes Bye-Bye
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  6 comments
Sprint CTO Stephen Bye is the latest exec to leave the operator.
WiFi Calling Catches on Globally
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  18 comments
WiFi voice enabler Taqua has signed deals with resellers in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America as voice-over WiFi gains traction across the globe.
Loss-Making BlackBerry Flags Software Gains
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  9 comments
The troubled handset manufacturer is desperate to boost software sales with its hardware business in decline.
Infinera Ups DCI to 100 Gigabit Ethernet
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  Post a comment
Infinera's 100 Gigabit Ethernet version of its Cloud Xpress data center interconnection product reflects growing 100GE market demand.
TalkTalk Unveils Cut-Price Gigabit Service
Shades of Ray  | 
6/23/2015  |  4 comments
UK operator is set to offer gigabit broadband services at the same price as DSL when its fiber-based service goes live in the fall.
Verizon Closes AOL, Hints at Summer Launch
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  14 comments
Verizon has closed its acquisition of AOL and is sharing new details on its upcoming mobile-first video service.
BT Preps UHD TV Channel With Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  8 comments
BT hopes to steal a march on Sky by launching the UK's first UHD channel with the help of Ericsson.
Eurobites: Bouygues Deal Decision Imminent
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC sets date for 'Nokalu' decision; Ericsson does LTE FDD/TDD carrier aggregation in Portugal; Glastonbury latest.
CEO Chat With Cedrik Neike, Cisco
Between the CEOs  | 
6/23/2015  |  2 comments
Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
OTT & the Net New Effect
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  1 comment
New evidence suggests that à la carte OTT services aren't cutting into programmer profits, but are instead creating new revenue.
Vodafone: What's Good for Moms Is Good for Business
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/23/2015  |  3 comments
Megan Doberneck, the general counsel for Vodafone Americas, discusses her company's progressive maternity policy and explains why promoting women in tech is good business.
NFV: Ready for Prime Time
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/23/2015  |  1 comment
At BTE 2015, Vip mobile CTO Dejan Kastelic talks about how NFV is ready for the real world and how Telekom Austria is introducing centralized resources for its group operations.
Payments: A Third Pillar of Carrier Revenue?
Column  | 
6/23/2015  |  6 comments
As carriers are partnering with a growing amount of third-party service providers, payments are the next logical step in growing these partnerships.
Arista Launches Network-Wide Cloud Automation
News Analysis  | 
6/23/2015  |  Post a comment
EOS CloudVision allows network operators to aggregate all their Arista switches and manage them as one.
T-Mobile Sunsets Last of MetroPCS's CDMA
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  1 comment
The carrier shut down the last remaining MetroPCS markets -- New York, Dallas and Miami -- booting the 190,000 remaining customers off of CDMA.
Coriant Trials New Flexi-Rate Software With TSIC
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  2 comments
Coriant is set to unveil new optical layer software suite Tuesday that was used in a field trial with TSIC, Light Reading has learned.
Altice's Bouygues Bid Creates 700MHz Confusion
Morris Lore  | 
6/22/2015  |  1 comment
A possible merger between France's second- and third-biggest mobile operators raises questions about the country's forthcoming 700MHz auction.
Tykes Talk Tech
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/22/2015  |  9 comments
What does optical fiber look like? When will 5G arrive? What's the WiFi password at Ikea? Light Reading sat down with three 8-year-olds to answer some of the communications industry's most burning questions...
Cloud Lifts Video Infrastructure Market
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  Post a comment
New report shows cloud services are driving network infrastructure growth faster than client-side growth in the video market.
AT&T Looks Ahead & Abroad for Digital Life
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  1 comment
With Digital Life updates expected this summer, the service could be in up to 90 markets in the US by year's end.
Eurobites: Vivendi to Up Stake in Telecom Italia
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia does carrier aggregation in Saudi Arabia; ECI's new hybrid OTN/packet switch, re-living the chicken kiev years.
Virgin Media Kickstarts $4.75B UK Upgrade
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  2 comments
Manchester will this week become the first UK city to start benefiting from the cable operator's rollout of 152Mbit/s services to new premises.
Altice Confirms Bid for Bouygues Telecom
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2015  |  2 comments
Combination with Numericable-SFR would produce France's biggest mobile operator and leave country with just three mobile networks.
Remembering Comcast's Ralph Roberts
Breznick Unbound  | 
6/19/2015  |  2 comments
Comcast co-founder and longtime CEO Ralph Roberts leaves behind a lasting legacy of business success and integrity after passing away Thursday night at the age of 95.
Cox Business Pursues $5B Market
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/19/2015  |  Post a comment
In this LRTV interview, Cox Business SVP Steve Rowley discusses how his unit aims to capture more of the commercial market in its territories.
Analysts Predict Smart Home Slow Down
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  26 comments
Consumer demand for smart home products is waning and a market shake-up is likely on the way.
Introducing the New IP Agency (NIA)
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/19/2015  |  3 comments
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks to EANTC managing director Carsten Rossenhövel about the formation and aims of the New IP Agency (NIA).
The Wild Side of Telecom: Fun Times at BTE
Slide Shows  | 
6/19/2015  |  6 comments
Light Reading's Big Telecom Event was full of keynotes and demos, but we also managed to fit in a concert, ping pong tournaments and drones. And you thought we were all work and no play.
Vodafone Big Spender in $5.8B German Auction
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  1 comment
Germany's second-biggest mobile operator has eaten into spectrum territory previously occupied by Telefónica.
Telcos vs. Amazon: The 'Third Network' Race
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  7 comments
Amazon and other hyperscale companies may soon compete with telcos to deliver virtualized network services.
CEO Chat With Dror Bin, RAD
Between the CEOs  | 
6/19/2015  |  Post a comment
RAD Data CEO Dror Bin talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the communications networking industry and how RAD Data has evolved to meet the market's new demands.
Eurobites: Ametsreiter Heads to Vodafone
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia signals return to devices; MTS plans tech-neutral LTE; Ofcom simplifies switching.
NTT Comms' New Chief Likes the Fast Lane
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  Post a comment
Tetsuya Shoji has taken the helm at global cloud and connectivity services giant NTT Communications and he's promising a thrilling ride.
EE Revs Mobile Edge Computing Efforts
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2015  |  3 comments
UK operator EE likes life on the edge – the mobile network edge, that is.
Mellanox CEO: Dealing With the Data Storm
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/18/2015  |  Post a comment
Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman talks about his company's push into the 100GigE switch market at a special launch event in New York City.
Comcast Tees Up More Gigabit Markets
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2015  |  1 comment
Giant US MSO plans to offer symmetrical 2 Gig service to more than 2.1 million homes in Indiana and Michigan, starting later this summer.
It's Not Just the Telcos: Vendors Are 'Transformers' Too
Shades of Ray  | 
6/18/2015  |  2 comments
An exclusive and unique Light Reading survey shows that it's not just network operators that are transforming their businesses and strategies -- the vendors are also changing to meet the evolving needs of their core customer base.
Airtel 4G Gathers Momentum in India
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2015  |  Post a comment
Bharti Airtel launches 4G trial for its customers in National Capital Region.
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