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CableLabs takes aim at network and service convergence
LRTV Interviews | 6/28/2022

In this podcast, Carmela Stuart, director of the future infrastructure group at CableLabs, discusses several projects underway to explore use cases and tech requirements for supporting 5G and DOCSIS at the network edge.

Dr. FAANG and the metaverse of madness
Morris Lore | 6/23/2022

Various Big Tech companies – but no telecom operators – club together to promote an interoperable, open and standards-based metaverse.

Eurobites: Telenor lands Finnish smart meters job
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN unveils 5G target; Ekinops passes the Microsoft audition; Zen and the art of getting a decent Wi-Fi signal.

Global mobile network data traffic doubles in two years, Ericsson finds
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Network equipment vendor Ericsson found that mobile network data traffic globally doubled in absolute numbers during the past two years, thanks to more smartphone users watching lots of video.

Singtel inks 5G/MEC campus deal with Hyundai
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Singtel boldly claims Hyundai 'will have the leading facility for development of a metaverse for the manufacturing industry.'

Nobody has the foggiest about the edge
Morris Lore | 6/16/2022

Does edge computing decentralization make sense? What form should it take? What role is left for network operators? The telecom industry is still seeking answers.

Cellnex outlines neutral host 'edgeco' ambitions
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

The Spanish infrastructure company has emerged as one of Europe's biggest towercos. Now it is targeting the telco edge.

The edge remains a sad story for the telecom world
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Operators have been talking up the edge opportunity for years, but the main beneficiaries seem to lie outside the telecom sector.

Eurobites: Court upholds Swisscom's $73.4M pay-TV fine
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Also in today's EME regional roundup: Sparkle connects Benetton; Three hikes prices for pay-as-you-go customers; Salt savors network success in Switzerland.

Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.

Harmonic ready to teach old Cisco nodes some new tricks
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

Harmonic has released an upgrade kit that enables Cisco GS7000 nodes to support the distributed access architecture and DOCSIS 4.0 as the widely-deployed Cisco equipment nears its end-of-life.

Ciena CEO: Supply chain constraints reach 'most volatile' levels
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

The network equipment vendor managed to grow revenues by 14% in its fiscal second quarter, but strong demand was overshadowed by worsening supply chain constraints that caused its backlog to balloon to more than $4 billion.

Digital infrastructure gamblers begin placing their bets
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Some companies are plowing money into fiber networks. Others are betting on a 5G future. And there's plenty of disagreement about which bet is the one that will provide the biggest and quickest payout.

Rakuten Mobile's hiring freeze is ominous
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

What may be the most automated network on the planet could eventually have a massive cost advantage over its rivals.

Broadcom eyes $50B takeover of VMware – reports
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

Rumors have surfaced months after Dell completed its VMware spinoff and as the public cloud continues to advance.

Eurobites: Nokia extends private networks range
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT teams up with Qio on AI for sustainability; Three UK piggybacks on Currys; Eir sees EBITDA fall 7% in Q1.

Verizon's Miguel Carames: 5G and edge computing could make telecom cool again
News Analysis | 5/18/2022

Carames says telcos experienced a bit of a missed opportunity to participate in the over-the-top economy with 4G, but 5G and edge computing open the door to deliver new services and business value to end users out of the gate.

6G has every chance of screwing the carriers
Morris Lore | 5/17/2022

Another big investment round will net billions for governments and equipment vendors, while forcing operators to dig deep.

Red Hat is a bright spot in the dreary IBM picture
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Big Blue stumped up $34 billion for the open-source pioneer back in 2019, but was the huge outlay worth it?

AT&T's Jason Inskeep on the evolving private wireless landscape
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

'My team's kind of been like a SWAT team, attacking everything from our DoD [Department of Defense] customers to a couple [oil] refinery engagements,' said Inskeep, who works in AT&T's 5G Center of Excellence.

Eurobites: Vodafone moves closer to the edge
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia tackles energy management with SaaS; Telia workers get trained up in the cloud; Tesco Mobile takes the pistachio.

DOCSIS 4.0 revenues a couple years out, Casa CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 5/10/2022

Meanwhile, the supplier is seeing 'high-split' trials and deployments perk up as cable operators seek ways to expand upstream capacity on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

Eurobites: Telefónica Tech boosts IT services credentials with B-terna buy
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA's regional roundup: Orange France chooses Ericsson's 5G charging software; BT class action rumbles on; the African edge.

CommScope CEO expects little uplift from Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Charter's 'not that big of a client for us at this point,' says CommScope CEO Chuck Treadway. Yet CommScope remains a key supplier of X1 and Flex boxes powered by Comcast's software platform.

Supply chain constraints cloud Casa's vision
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Fresh off a big 5G core deal with Verizon, the cable and wireless supplier is forced to suspend 2022 guidance as visibility is being obstructed by persistent component shortages and general supply chain issues.

MobiledgeX is dead. Long live Google Cloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

The platform once touted as a future telco standard has succumbed like so many industry initiatives to Big Tech's advance.

MEF's TAB to buoy vendor voices in strategic work
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

CTO Pascal Menezes says the new advisory board will give technology supplier members more of a voice in MEF's strategic vision around cybersecurity, business automation, SD-WAN, underlay connectivity and edge computing.

Standardized 'GAP' node makes appearance at CableLabs 10G event
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Charter, a champion of the 'Generic Access Platform' initiative, showed off a standards-based node capable of supporting DOCSIS, PON and even wireless service modules. Deployments could get underway in 2023.

Harmonic sees 'fiber islands' surface among cable ops
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Harmonic's cable access revenues almost doubled in Q1 as CableOS deployments grew to 6.1 million, with 77 operators signed up to their virtualized access network platform.

Eurobites: CityFibre signs up Giganet across UK footprint
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom investigates Shell Energy; Nokia sells edge routers in Denmark; Spotify loses podcast tech supremo.

A critical piece of Comcast's DOCSIS 4.0 puzzle begins to fall into place
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

Comcast expects to have an FDX Amplifier prototype in its labs by July. If the product works as advertised, it will vastly broaden Comcast's ability to roll out Full Duplex DOCSIS on its HFC networks.

Comcast, Charter take DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G' a step toward commercial reality
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

At the CableLabs '10G Showcase,' Charter and Comcast showed progress in the form of DOCSIS 4.0 demos powered by a blend of commercially-ready products and prototype technologies.

Google Cloud acquires MobiledgeX, will make it open source
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

MobiledgeX was founded by Germany's Deutsche Telekom in 2018. The company boasted work with 26 operators in total, including Telefonica, Orange, BT and Deutsche Telekom.

Digital dongle extends bridge to ATSC 3.0
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Mediathand's small box can be attached to a broadband router to capture, convert and distribute ATSC 3.0 signals to TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs.

Verana's investors bet on a 5G return to mmWave
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

Verana Networks announced a $28 million Series B venture capital funding round. DC Investment Partners (DCIP) led the round. The cash brings Verana's total fundraising efforts since it was founded to $43 million.

Omdia sees enterprise edge services market soaring to $214 billion by 2026
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Enterprises want service providers to define business cases, run pilot projects and scope out approaches to edge computing use cases, explains the research group.

MEF's Universal SD-WAN Edge: Now is the time
Guest Perspectives | 4/20/2022

The MEF's work on a universal SD-WAN edge standard is good for equipment vendors and service providers. But does it go far enough?

Verizon to grab 9.9% stake in Casa Systems
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Verizon and Casa also forged a six-year purchase and development agreement at up to $140 million that will have Casa supply 5G core software to power Verizon's Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) service.

5G transport: Supporting the cloud RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2022

Heavy Reading survey research shows that - like centralized RAN (C-RAN) architectures - cloud RAN architectures are gaining momentum globally. Beneath the virtualization layer, the transport network plays a crucial role. #sponsored

How GCI is laying the foundation for DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G'
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Tied into its plans to upgrade the HFC network so it will eventually support 10-Gig speeds, the Alaskan operator is preparing to reclaim gobs of valuable spectrum by phasing out its legacy QAM video services.

Network sharing deal between AT&T, Dish is unlikely, but possible – analysts
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

'In terms of good, old-fashioned network sharing between Dish and AT&T ... that still seems unlikely," wrote analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Comcast pitches smart solutions for clever cities
The Philter | 4/11/2022

Service providers won't stop believing in smart cities. The latest, Comcast, is keen to explain how its new business unit will monitor streetlights, people.

New report underscores the amplified role of the hyperscalers in carrier edge deployments
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/11/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's survey results show that CSPs have unquestionably decided to partner with hyperscalers in their multi-access edge computing (MEC) services.

Skills gap threatens future of 5G and open RAN, Eightfold AI reports
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Eightfold AI explains that the skills gap is an immediate issue that telecom companies need to address - within the next two years - to prepare for trends such as 5G and IoT, cloud and edge computing, big data and AI, SDN and SASE, and open RAN.

Baltimore investigators discover hundreds of slipshod small cell installations
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

'It was determined there are multiple small cell tower site restorations involving concrete or asphalt work ... that do not adhere to city code requirements,' according to a report.

Comcast starts to put Wi-Fi 6E to work
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

The cable operator has begun to deploy a new DOCSIS 3.1 gateway that supports the 6GHz band to broadband customers on its two fastest speed tiers.

Akamai CTO: All access is remote access
CxO Spotlight | 4/5/2022

Robert Blumofe, EVP and CTO at Akamai, discusses his company's recent acquisition of Linode and how his company stays flexible enough to deal with the changes in enterprise computing.

When will DOCSIS 4.0 be ready for prime time?
News Analysis | 3/29/2022

Estimates vary as networks are prepared for the new platform, but cable industry experts expect to see deployments underway by 2025.

The edge computing challenge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/29/2022

SPONSORED: A new Heavy Reading survey indicates that CSPs face a variety of hurdles to overcome when deploying MEC platforms.

NASA asks satcom players to cooperate, interoperate
LRTV Interviews | 3/25/2022

NASA is putting together a new kind of public-private partnership that seeks global connectivity and cooperation from satellite communications (satcom) providers.

Remote OLT sales activity spotlights cable's growing focus on fiber
News Analysis | 3/24/2022

Revenues for remote OLTs surged to $10 million in 2021, compared to just $300,000 in 2020, and are poised to more than double in 2022, according to Dell'Oro Group.

Telstra talks about its ground game in a decade-long deal with OneWeb
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2022

Vish Vishwanathan, vice president, wholesale and satellite, Telstra America, talks about the size and scope of the telco's deal with OneWeb and how telcos and satellite firms are helping one another with market expansion.

Charter goes big at the edge
News Analysis | 3/22/2022

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise unit is putting more emphasis on the higher end of the market with Enterprise Network Edge, a platform that features advanced security and SD-WAN capabilities.

Swisscom to shutter 3G network in 2025
News Analysis | 3/22/2022

Swiss operator set to redeploy frequencies for 4G and 5G networks.

CableLabs pushes case for coherent PON
News Analysis | 3/21/2022

CableLabs' Curtis Knittle says the 100-Gig capabilities supported by emerging C-PON systems will help cable operators reclaim optical spectrum and add capacity as network needs exceed what legacy tech can deliver.

Private equity circling Vantage Towers – report
News Analysis | 3/18/2022

Unnamed sources tell Reuters that global infrastructure funds have approached Vodafone about acquiring a majority stake in Vantage Towers.

New report highlights MEC performance challenges and how perception changes after production deployment
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/16/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's survey results indicate that the deployment of edge computing introduces issues of scale and complexity, and CSPs are most concerned with overall network performance and security.

How Comcast is paving the road to 10G
News Analysis | 3/16/2022

Elad Nafshi, Comcast's chief network officer, details how the operator will roll out DOCSIS 4.0 over a virtualized platform that will also support targeted deployments of FTTP.

DOCSIS 3.1 has lots of gas left in the tank
News Analysis | 3/16/2022

Industry experts believe DOCSIS 3.1 can keep pace with today's fiber competition by pairing a 1.2GHz upgrade with an upstream-expanding 'high-split.' But emergence of new PON technologies could limit the role of DOCSIS 4.0.

Eurobites: VEON sees credit ratings slide as Ukraine carnage hits home
News Analysis | 3/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica pals up with Pente for enterprise cloud services; Nokia goes underground in Chile; companies get ready for the hybrid working era.

AWS opens the curtain on its 5G strategy for Dish
News Analysis | 3/14/2022

'By utilizing the AWS Cloud, Dish was able to architect, design, build and deliver a complete cloud-native 5G network with full operations and network deployment automation,' AWS engineers wrote.

Rakuten's Amin targets 25% of RAN market in bid to unseat giants
News Analysis | 3/14/2022

The Japanese vendor's Symphony business is championing openness as it goes after a market still dominated by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

OFC 2022: Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin coherently talks about pluggables
LRTV Interviews | 3/11/2022

As OFC 2022 wraps up, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin weighs in on IP-over-DWDM and why it's really working this time. We also discuss market components upstart EFFECT Photonics and its noteworthy deal with Viasat.

The 5G takeaways from AT&T's investor day
News Analysis | 3/11/2022

Among those takeaways: AT&T's midband 5G buildout trails those of Verizon and T-Mobile. AT&T did not mention millimeter wave 5G. And AT&T remains uninterested in fixed wireless.

PMC CEO David Somo: MEMs the word
CxO Spotlight | 3/10/2022

Preciseley Microtechnology Corporation (PMC) President and CEO David Somo took a moment to talk about his company's optical components and which end markets are hot right now.

OFC 2022: Omdia analysts size up the PON market
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2022

Omdia analysts Julie Kunstler and Jaimie Lenderman discuss the growth of fiber access, new operator concerns about power consumption and the glut of fiber funding that's just around the corner.

Infinera's Rob Shore: Optical engine revving at OFC
LRTV Interviews | 3/9/2022

Rob Shore, Infinera's SVP of marketing, discusses three announcements covering Infinera's most recent technology and market moves in optical transport, pluggable optics and a partnership that will unlock private networking and edge computing deployments for a major US service provider.

Eurobites: Cellnex targets automotive market with Segula tie-up
News Analysis | 3/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lumen pulls the plug on Russia; Vodafone brings HBO Max to more European markets; Proximus does Belgium proud by Ukrainian refugees.

Verizon to build a new 200,000-square-foot data center north of Dallas
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

The service provider's decision to build a new data center comes just a few years after divesting nearly 30 data centers to Equinix for $3.6 billion.

Verizon's 5G opportunities: First FWA, then edge, then the metaverse
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Verizon said it expects 4-5 million FWA customers by 2025, slightly below T-Mobile's goal of gaining 7-8 million FWA customers during roughly the same time.

5G transport: Meeting capacity demand
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2022

SPONSORED: New survey includes network operator views on transport deployment issues and timelines, fronthaul networks and RAN centralization, routing and synchronization and 5G edge connectivity.

Verizon's Sowmyanarayan on how FWA supports edge computing, private wireless
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

'We are seeing good coverage exactly where we thought,' Verizon's Sampath Sowmyanarayan said of the company's C-band 5G network. And he said that's helping sales of edge computing and private wireless.

CommScope alters course on DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Sources say CommScope has halted a plan to develop a DOCSIS 4.0 chipset and architecture for network gear in partnership with MaxLinear and Xilinx. The decision could cede the network side of the D4.0 market to Broadcom.

The next telco worry is paying for the metaverse
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

As Facebook demands network improvements, operators gathered at MWC weigh the impact of the metaverse and call for new business models.

Why 5G is uniquely ill-equipped to support the metaverse
DanoVision | 3/1/2022

According to Meta, the 5G industry needs to support reductions in network latency, symmetrical bandwidth and a 'common framework' for data sharing. Good luck with that.

Why Verizon sees a future in robotics
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2022

Rima Qureshi, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon, joins Iain Morris on the show floor to discuss a demo of the company's work in advanced 5G and robotics.

MWC22 Day 2: To the metaverse and beyond
LRTV Documentaries | 3/1/2022

It's day two at Mobile World Congress Barcelona, and Light Reading's Fiona Graham is back with another update. Ukraine, cyberdogs, the metaverse, rollable phones and more - find out what's been going on from the show floor.

Casa CEO: No cable revenue growth in 2022
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

CEO Jerry Guo said supply chain issues are holding the company back. He billed 2022 as a 'transition year' as Casa focuses on cloud software and scales back lower-margin hardware products.

Eurobites: Orange names suppliers for 5G standalone rollout in Europe
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes a-slicing; Huawei turns Giga Green; telecom does its bit for Ukraine.

MWC22: Telecom industry comes back for MWC in Barcelona
LRTV Documentaries | 2/28/2022

Light Reading's Fiona Graham hits the showfloor for an update as Mobile World Congress 2022 kicks off in Barcelona.

The time I visited a Dish 5G cell site
DanoVision | 2/25/2022

On Wednesday morning I got a surprise call from a Dish representative: Did I want to take a tour of a Dish 5G cell site in the next 15 minutes? I dropped everything and did. Here's what I learned.

Eurobites: Nokia, Atos double up on private networks
News Analysis | 2/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and friends trial 5G interactive calling; Swisscom remains (climate) neutral; Telefonica and Amazon go to market.

Charter sharpens its business services edge
News Analysis | 2/22/2022

Spectrum Enterprise, Charter's business services unit, is using Cisco's Meraki platform to tack on critical support for remote workers and teleworkers and for secure connections to AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

Intel's growth plan is a big roll of the dice
News Analysis | 2/18/2022

The US chipmaker predicts annual revenues will be nearly $30 billion higher by 2026, but investors should be wary.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom and friends seek common cloud ground
News Analysis | 2/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt touts 800G tech; Ericsson expands RAN, edge prouct ranges; Proximus sees Q4 earnings fall.

Cox sets path to '10G'
News Analysis | 2/17/2022

Operator says it will splash out a multi-billion-dollar annual investment over the coming years to offer symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds over a mix of DOCSIS 4.0 and FTTP networks.

Equinix to enter West African data center market in $320M deal
News Analysis | 2/17/2022

Equinix announced plans to expand in Africa with an agreement to acquire MainOne, a West African provider of data center and connectivity solutions.

CommScope delays Home Networks spin-off as supply chain constraints linger
News Analysis | 2/17/2022

Company is also reorganizing its remaining 'core' business into four divisions, including a new Access Network Solutions unit led by cable industry vet Guy Sucharczuk.

Eurobites: Nokia and Kyndryl combine on LTE, 5G private networks
News Analysis | 2/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA advances its 400G credentials; BT spreads the green love; Deutsche Telekom tries some colors that aren't magenta.

Smartphones top Comcast's Wi-Fi consumption list
News Analysis | 2/16/2022

Study suggests Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service could offload a significant amount traffic on Wi-Fi and sidestep MVNO fees paid to Verizon.

GCI taps Harmonic's 'CableOS' amid 2-Gig push
News Analysis | 2/15/2022

Alaskan operator is also deploying a distributed access architecture as GCI presses ahead with a plan to bring 2-Gig speeds to 77% of the state in 2022.

Eurobites: Vodafone turns to Oracle for 5G policy management
News Analysis | 2/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia signs LTE450 deal; Telefonica Tech uses drones for maintenance; Openreach automates testing with Viavi.

Regulating Big Tech and the metaverse: What the experts think
News Analysis | 2/14/2022

The biggest risk to Meta's metaverse plans is regulators with Zuckerberg's company in their crosshairs. We ask experts how new regulations might look.

Verizon's Frontline team suits up for Super Bowl LVI
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2022

Cory Davis provides an on-site video tour of Verizon's network-monitoring command center in SoFi Stadium at Super Bowl LVI.

Vecima rides record revenues but grapples with the supply chain
News Analysis | 2/10/2022

Revenues related to the distributed access architecture, a prerequisite for DOCSIS 4.0, stayed solid, but growth was constricted by ongoing supply chain issues.

Vecima tucks DAA controller into the AWS cloud
News Analysis | 2/8/2022

Proof-of-concept test with Bluepeak tapped the AWS cloud in Ohio to control a Vecima remote MACPHY node located about 1,000 miles away in South Dakota.

T-Mobile: FWA is 'ready for its primetime moment'
News Analysis | 2/2/2022

'We're half the price of cable companies,' said Dow Draper, the T-Mobile executive in charge of the operator's FWA offering, during T-Mobile's quarterly conference call.

Lumen's Chris McReynolds on edge computing
LRTV Interviews | 2/2/2022

In addition to building out edge computing locations to 'cover 95% of enterprises in North America,' Lumen has invested in its network and compute layers and 'automated a lot of the network over the past three or four years for an SDN-enabled network,' said Lumen's Chris McReynolds.

Inango takes a run at low latency on DOCSIS
News Analysis | 1/26/2022

Company claims its software, when tightly integrated with the modem or gateway, provides a fresh way to support app-targeted, low-latency capabilities on DOCSIS networks while still being compatible with the CableLabs specs.

Ericsson sets course for the enterprise in latest profit mission
News Analysis | 1/25/2022

Swedish equipment vendor is guiding for a sharp increase in profitability as it aims to grow its market share and corner the enterprise sector.

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