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Cohere crashes the open RAN party
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Revamps itself as a software vendor offering capacity enhancements for any network and spies increasing interest in open RAN as key opportunity.

Orange expands uCPE suite with Dell and Ekinops
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Orange's Laurent Perrin says the uCPE is part of Orange's strategy to 'move in a new direction of merging the network and IT world.'

Vodafone's Tenorio takes top seat at TIP
News Analysis | 2/18/2020

Vodafone Group's head of network strategy and architecture takes over as chairman of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) from former Deutsche Telekom exec Axel Clauberg.

How to manage IoT data
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2020

In a video interview recorded before the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020, Omdia associate director Liz Cruz talks about the challenge of delivering IoT data from the edge to the cloud.

Dell expands edge computing ambitions in telco space
News Analysis | 2/18/2020

Dell Technologies unveiled a range of new edge computing products for telco operators, a move that could pit Dell against against Nokia, Ericsson and others that sell edge computing hardware.

Verizon doubles down on mmWave 5G with new 60-city deployment goal
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Verizon plans to double the number of cities where it operates an mmWave 5G network, countering concerns that the operator might back away from the daunting task of building a widespread mmWave 5G offering.

MWC2020: Omdia Analyst Highlights Hot IoT Trends
LRTV Interviews | 2/12/2020

Omdia analyst Alexandra Rehak identifies the key trends that will dominate IoT discussions during Mobile World Congress, including enabling technologies such as 5G and LPWAN, adjacent technologies such as blockchain, data enablement tools such as analytics and AI and verticalization.

MWC2020: AT&T, Cisco, Facebook and Sprint are latest to cancel
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.

MWC2020: Omdia analyst highlights Barcelona's smarts
LRTV Documentaries | 2/10/2020

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia's associate director, Liz Cruz, says the smart city of Barcelona is an apt location for a show that's about 5G, IoT, AI and edge computing.

MWC2020: 5G core to star in Barcelona
LRTV Interviews | 2/5/2020

Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia, expects to be hearing a lot about 5G core developments and 'the platform' during this year's Mobile World Congress.

Life on the Edge: AT&T Customers Explore Use Cases for Edge Computing
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

A top AT&T exec dives into exactly how the operator is selling edge computing to enterprises, and what it means by premises-based and network edge compute.

Inside Samsung's 5G Factory for AT&T
News Analysis | 1/30/2020

Top Samsung and AT&T executives lay out the details of their efforts to showcase 5G technology in a factory setting.

Tough UK Limits on Huawei's Role in 5G Threaten Telco Plans
News Analysis | 1/28/2020

The Johnson government has imposed tough restrictions on the Chinese vendor that could force BT and Three into expensive and drawn-out swaps.

Juniper Returns to Growth – No Thanks to Service Providers
News Analysis | 1/28/2020

The service provider business is 'challenged,' but declines 'began to moderate,' says CEO Rami Rahim. So, um, yay?

Vapor IO Nets $90M for Edge Computing Buildout
News Analysis | 1/22/2020

Funding from Berkshire Partners and Crown Castle will go to build mini data centers for edge computing around the US.

MWC2020: Smart Biz Models & Edge in the Spotlight
LRTV Interviews | 1/22/2020

Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw is heading to MWC and expects to be chatting about smart business models, Industry X.0, edge and more in Barcelona.

Podcast: NTT CTO Ettienne Reinecke on the Edge Evolution
CxO Spotlight | 1/16/2020

NTT's CTO Ettienne Reinecke joins the podcast to shine a light on the most disruptive tech trends he sees for enterprises in the coming year. Many of them are closely linked to a surge in computing capacity and tech development at the network's edge.

Verizon, Vodafone, Others Team Up for 'Interoperable' 5G Specs
News Analysis | 1/15/2020

América Móvil, KT, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone announced the formation of the new 5G Future Forum to 'collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications.' Details, though, are scarce.

Equinix Expands to 'Emerging True Edge' With Packet Acquisition
News Analysis | 1/15/2020

Packet will enable Equinix to go beyond its traditional data center footprint to put compute in central offices, tower basestations and other edge locations.

Equinix Acquires Packet for Bare Metal Edge Automation
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Packet provides Equinix with beefed up multicloud and edge services for enterprise customers.

Time to Enter the Leading Lights Awards 2020!
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Never mind the Oscars! The awards season is now properly underway with the launch of the Leading Lights 2020 program, so get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you get swallowed up by MWC madness.

5G Networks in 2020: Show Me, Don't Tell Me
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/8/2020

It's time for the industry to walk the 5G walk.

Axel Clauberg Quits DT to Join AWS
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Prominent next-generation networking executive leaves Deutsche Telekom to join Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Hyperclouds Muscle in on Telco Cloud
News Analysis | 12/26/2019

Hyperclouds such as Amazon and Microsoft are partnering with Verizon, AT&T and other telcos, seeking big opportunities on the edge and elsewhere. Look for that trend to accelerate in the new year.

Cisco Acquires Exablaze for Ultra-Low-Latency Networking Boost
News Analysis | 12/16/2019

Cisco buys Exablaze, a maker of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, potentially useful in 5G and edge applications, though Cisco says the primary market now is high-speed financial trading.

Work on the Next Big 5G Tech Spec Update Now Underway
News Analysis | 12/16/2019

5G is set to gain a wide range of new features and functions, including better mixed reality support, walkie-talkie style services and more. But users probably won't see these updates anytime soon.

Cisco: Service Providers Are Getting Squeezed & We've Got the Cure
News Analysis | 12/12/2019

Cisco claims it can help service providers break the trap of increasing bandwidth demands and declining revenue per user. Cisco's solution: a new networking architecture spanning silicon to software and services.

AT&T Exec Hints That '5G Evolution' Is Faster Than T-Mobile's 5G
News Analysis | 12/12/2019

An AT&T executive hinted that forthcoming speed tests will find that AT&T's '5G E' branded connections are faster than T-Mobile's recently launched 5G service in its 600MHz spectrum.

Telecom Industry Rift Widens Over Key 5G Security Issue
News Analysis | 12/12/2019

Some of Europe's biggest operators are distinguishing between the core and the RAN as they build their 5G networks, but the region's biggest 5G vendor says the boundary is disappearing.

Cisco Wants to 'Build a New Internet' for 5G
News Analysis | 12/11/2019

Cisco unveiled new silicon, optics and network operating system software that it says will carry the Internet through the next decade – with its products forming the backbone.

Vienna views: Pics from the 2020 Vision executive summit
Slide Shows | 12/11/2019

Senior executives gathered in the Austrian capital for the latest Light Reading 2020 Vision Executive Summit to discuss what's right, what's wrong and what's next for the telecom sector.

2019: The Year Telecom Went Doolally About 5G
Morris Lore | 12/10/2019

2019 will be remembered in telecom as the year when 5G arrived and industry hype went into overdrive.

Silver Peak Touts SD-WAN on a Global Scale
News Analysis | 12/10/2019

New Silver Peak automation tools are designed to help enterprises – and the service providers working on their behalf – deploy networks to hundreds of thousands of locations worldwide.

Energy Giant Shell Is Not Sold on Private Networks
News Analysis | 12/9/2019

One of the world's biggest energy companies is prioritizing 4G and public networks over 5G and private ones.

Telcos Let FAANGs Into the Edge at Their Peril
Morris Lore | 12/9/2019

Given the relative loss of value in the telecom industry, the recent edge deals involving AWS are risky moves for the operators involved.

Ovum's Evan Kirchheimer: Enterprises & the 5G Market Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 12/6/2019

What's the real opportunity for carriers selling 5G to enterprises? Ovum's enterprise services research director helps us sift through the areas where carriers can expect new revenue, and not just replace existing services.

Eurobites: Cellnex Buys 1,500 Tower Sites From Orange Spain
News Analysis | 12/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS connects Mars employees; broadcasting at the edge; Vodafone tunes into AWS Wavelength; more ETNO grumbling.

Orange Targets €1B in Savings & Bigger Enterprise Role
News Analysis | 12/4/2019

The French operator has prioritized growth in enterprise, Africa and financial services under its latest five-year plan.

Google Names Juniper CTO Koley as Networking Boss
News Analysis | 12/4/2019

It's a homecoming for Bikash Koley, who joined Juniper in 2017 from Google. Ex-Googler Raj Yavatkar will join Juniper as CTO, taking Koley's job.

Verizon, Vodafone Embrace Amazon's AWS for Edge Computing With 5G
News Analysis | 12/3/2019

Amazon announced its new AWS Wavelength 5G edge computing platform, with Verizon, Vodafone, SK Telecom and KDDI promising to support it. However, details on a US rollout remain foggy.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Demos 5G-Powered Remote Surgery
News Analysis | 11/29/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G's Bastille day; T-Systems gets edgy; O2 does security deal with Sophos; Macron won't pick on Huawei.

Telefónica Unveils Major New Strategy, Identifies €2B in New Revenues
News Analysis | 11/27/2019

Spanish giant has unveiled a new five-point plan that includes spinning off much of its Latin American assets and a go-to-market strategy that the operator believes can generate €2 billion in new revenues by 2022.

AT&T, Verizon Begin Land Grabbing for Flashy 5G Partnerships
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Verizon grabbed Snapchat this week, while AT&T grabbed Purdue University and The Washington Post. But does this make 5G innovation inevitable or is it a sign of a technology in search of an application?

Top 5G Takeaways From Verizon's Analyst Day
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Verizon executives said they are pleased with the company's 5G progress, and promised Verizon would continue on the course it set earlier this year.

Vodafone Puts Its Faith in Google Cloud for Big Data Analytics
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

The web giant's AI, analytics and cloud deal with Vodafone continues a trend of operators turning to the major cloud platform players for scale and flexibility.

Changing the Game: Edge Computing Slashes Latency in 'Far Cry 5' Test
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

A new test from edge computing startup Edgegap helps highlight the potential of the technology to dramatically improve the multi-billion dollar video game space.

Inside the Hunt for New 5G Revenues (Hint: Forget Phones)
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Companies, analysts and associations continue to try to suss out the revenue opportunities in 5G beyond phones. There are plenty of ideas but not much cohesion.

What Is the Biggest Threat to Today's Major Telecom Equipment Vendors?
Shades of Ray | 11/19/2019

This is just one of the key questions the Light Reading team is pondering as we head into 2020.

China Mobile Goes Big on 5G Cloud
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

The Chinese telco has revealed further details of its 5G enterprise strategy, and there is heavy emphasis on the cloud.

AT&T, Verizon Hope 5G & Edge Computing Save VR
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

5G and edge computing could untether today's VR goggles and make them less bulky. Already AT&T and Verizon are making serious investments in this space.

Eurobites: Orange Eyes Towers Spin-Off – Report
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia expands with VMware; TalkTalk boost profits; BT lands sports rights.

5G Industrial Automation Isn't Right Around the Corner
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

With manufacturers like Audi and Bosch testing 5G in an industrial setting, the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is hoping to supercharge the space. But some are cautioning patience.

Eurobites: Germany's Big 3 Enter Network-Sharing Agreement to Tackle 'Dead Spots'
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm team up on spectrum sharing; Telkom SA announcement prompts takeover talk; Telecom Italia's edge cloud takes flight.

Telecom Italia Targets €1B in Cloud Sales With Google Tie-Up
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Can the ageing Italian operator and young American Internet giant find success at the edge of the network?

Telecom Italia Strikes Edge Alliance With Google as Sales Slide
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

The Italian phone incumbent announced a strategic alliance with Google on the development of edge computing services as it reported a further dip in sales.

Edge Computing Mini Data Centers Are Rolling Out for Real. What's Next?
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Companies including EdgeMicro and Vapor IO have are building real, live, commercial mini data centers for edge computing. But what happens next is anyone's guess.

Digital Realty Defies Data Gravity
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Digital Realty is launching a global data center architecture to help enterprises move data anywhere in the world.

VMware Unveils 'Project Maestro' to Speed Network Virtualization
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

VMware wants to help telcos launch services faster in multi-cloud environments.

CenturyLink's McBride on Developing Edge Computing Service Alongside Customers
LRTV Interviews | 11/4/2019

Kevin McBride explains advancements the service provider has made in its automation, back office and orchestration systems.

Startup Volterra Takes On VMware, Red Hat With Its Multi-Cloud Pitch
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Volterra has $50 million funding in its pocket and a platform designed to enable operators and enterprises to deploy applications and network services across multi-cloud environments.

Making the Case for 5G
News Analysis | 10/23/2019

5G business models are emerging – including some pleasant surprises – even though the technology is still in its infancy.

DT's Access 4.0 Team Loses Its Cherry & Hits the Eggnog
News Analysis | 10/21/2019

The German operator has a long list of vendors identified for its software-enabled broadband access project. What could possibly go wrong?

CenturyLink's Anil Simlot: Evolving the Service Provider Edge
LRTV Interviews | 10/21/2019

CenturyLink's Anil Simlot discusses how the carrier is evolving its edge computing platform from housing virtualized network functions to hosting larger, more dynamic IT workloads.

EdgePresence Joins Rush to Build Mini Data Centers for Tower Companies
News Analysis | 10/21/2019

EdgePresence is joining a number of other data center providers in looking to build mini data centers in locations around the country.

Crown Castle: No Plans for Edge Data Centers
News Analysis | 10/18/2019

Crown Castle's CEO said he doesn't see edge computing data centers 'playing a significant role in our long-term strategy.' Crown Castle's main rivals, American Tower and SBA Communications, are taking a different path.

Juniper CTO Talks About the Company's 5G Aspirations
CxO Spotlight | 10/16/2019

Juniper's CTO hails from Google, and is now working to steer the vendor through topics ranging from 5G to edge computing.

M&A Creeps Up on Edge Computing Players
News Analysis | 10/16/2019

While edge computing in the mobile and 5G space remains a nascent area, companies such as Intel, EQT, SBA and EdgeConneX are all linked to deals or merger-and-acquisition chatter in this burgeoning sector.

The Evolution of Mobile Backhaul, Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews | 10/16/2019

Heavy Reading principal analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the latest trends in backhaul connectivity to support 5G strategies and the emerging importance of edge computing to mobile operators.

Telefónica's OnLife Is Growing Long in the Tooth
News Analysis | 10/15/2019

The Spanish operator's ambitious OnLife project is now in field trials with residential and enterprise customers – and several use cases already look compelling.

Key Takeaways From 5G Transport & the Edge
LRTV Interviews | 10/11/2019

What were some of the key takeaways from Light Reading's 5G Transport & the Edge event in New York City? Two sober (just) editors chew the fat...

Podcast: Pizza & the Potential of 5G & Edge Computing
Kelsey's Grammar | 10/7/2019

Mike Dano explains how Verizon and other service providers speaking at the 5G Transport & the Edge event are well positioned to talk about edge computing, transport and traffic routing.

Facebook's TIP Is Desperate to Add Friends
News Analysis | 10/3/2019

Three and a half years after its birth, the Telecom Infra Project is trying to be more collaborative than confrontational.

Inside T-Mobile's New 'Home Internet' Business
DanoVision | 10/2/2019

A deep dive into T-Mobile's fixed wireless service over LTE – complete with detailed commentary from a current customer – offers some interesting insights into what it means for Internet service in the future.

Silver Peak Heats Up SD-WAN Telco Romance
News Analysis | 10/1/2019

The SD-WAN vendor is looking to increase sales through service providers, as enterprises turn to SPs to outsource networking needs.

Edge Cloud Deployments – Operator Proof Points
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/30/2019

There's early evidence that network operators are getting to grips with the opportunities associated with 5G edge cloud architectures.

Tower Visionary Marc Ganzi on 5G, Small Cells & Edge Computing
CxO Spotlight | 9/30/2019

Marc Ganzi is described as a 'leading visionary and entrepreneur' in his company's biography, and given his recent investments its easy to see why. Here's what he has to say about hot topics like 5G, build to relocate, small cells and edge computing.

T-Mobile to Test Microsoft's 'Project xCloud' Game Streaming on Mobile in US
News Analysis | 9/24/2019

Microsoft is opening its Project xCloud game streaming service to commercial testing, and T-Mobile has signed on as a supporting mobile network partner. But it's unclear whether telecom networks are ready for video game streams.

After Pan-Net Blunders, DT Embarks on Journey to 5G Core
News Analysis | 9/24/2019

The German operator must be careful to avoid making a mess as it builds a 5G core network based heavily on microservices and open source technology.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Automotive, Edge & Huawei Smartphones
LRTV Documentaries | 9/24/2019

Paul Myles, editor of TU-Automotive, joins the pod this week to talk connected cars, edge computing and de-Googled Huawei smartphones.

ETSI's Reznik Updates on Edge Specs
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2019

At the Edge Computing Congress in London, Alex Reznik, chair of the ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG), talks about how the group can help the telco edge market develop and the link to 5G.

Telefónica Highlights Edge Vendor Shortcomings, Picks Holes in ETSI's Specs
News Analysis | 9/20/2019

The Spanish operator does not sound happy with the results of a request for information and says ETSI's edge group must improve its deliverables.

Key Takeaways From the Edge Computing Congress
Shades of Ray | 9/20/2019

There was a lot to take away from the Edge Computing Congress in London this week – not least the encouraging signs associated with funding and deployments.

The Complexity of Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews | 9/20/2019

There are many tough questions for telcos looking to build out edge computing resources, including what they should deploy in terms of IT hardware from day one, notes Heavy Reading Analyst Simon Stanley.

Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
News Analysis | 9/19/2019

Make a mess of automation and telcos will destroy the business case for edge computing, says ETSI. But telcos desperately need standards to crystalize before they can move ahead.

Telcos Should Invest in Edge App Developers – Academic
LRTV Interviews | 9/19/2019

Creating an investment fund to fuel edge computing developments would be a good move for the telco community, argues Carnegie Mellon University's Professor Mahadev 'Satya' Satyanarayanan.

Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
News Analysis | 9/18/2019

Following the lead of American Tower, SBA Communications has acquired a Chicago data center. CEO Jeffrey Stoops says the purchase will help SBA learn about edge computing.

AT&T Puts Intelligence in the Middle of the Edge
News Analysis | 9/18/2019

AT&T is focused on building virtualization and intelligence into the customer edge and network edge for 5G applications.

FUD Still Weighs on Telco Edge Computing
News Analysis | 9/18/2019

While some operators have embraced edge computing, it seems that fear, uncertainty and doubt still weigh heavy on the edge computing strategic thinking of many service providers.

Sprint Tears Up the Rulebook on the Edge
News Analysis | 9/18/2019

The US operator says it cannot approach the edge in the same way it has served the mainstream consumer market.

Many Operators Still Daunted by Edge Computing – Ovum
LRTV Interviews | 9/18/2019

Many network operators are still unsure about the role edge computing might play in their future strategies, says Julian Bright, senior analyst, Intelligent Networks at Ovum.

How Sprint's Edge Strategy Breaks With Tradition
LRTV Interviews | 9/18/2019

Sprint's edge strategy includes a progressive take (for a telco, at least) on opening up its platform for use by third parties, explains Light Reading's Iain Morris.

Verizon Eyes Intersection of Private Networks, CBRS, 5G & Edge Computing
News Analysis | 9/16/2019

As Verizon's initial 3.5GHz CBRS deployments get going, the operator is looking toward a future that would combine private networks, CBRS, 5G and edge computing.

5G Asia: Intel's Chan on Edge Opportunities
LRTV Interviews | 9/16/2019

At the 5G Asia event in Singapore, Intel's Caroline Chan talks to Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw about the link between edge computing and 5G, potential enterprise use cases, and the increasingly hot topic of private networks.

China Mobile Eyes Network Slicing Market in 2020
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

China's biggest service provider is investing in edge computing and network slicing capabilities as it extends its 5G network reach.

Smokey & the NFV Bandit
Column | 9/6/2019

NFV has many naysayers, but it's alive, kicking and thriving, with SD-WAN as a significant catalyst.

The Edge Is Coming but Are Networks Ready?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

Edge computing brings high-performance storage, compute and network resources closer to users and devices than ever before.

For VMware, It's All About the Edge
News Analysis | 9/2/2019

VMware is looking to the edge to seize its 5G opportunity.

Another CDN Company Jumps Into Edge Computing Market
News Analysis | 8/30/2019

CDNetworks joined the likes of Akamai and Limelight in hoping to translate its CDN efforts into a broader edge computing strategy.

VMware Rejects False Choice of Kubernetes vs. Virtual Machines
News Analysis | 8/27/2019

VMware plans to embed Kubernetes support into its vSphere virtual server software, part of VMware Tanzu, a Kubernetes portfolio.

Podcast: What's Changing in the Competitive World of SD-WAN
The Philter | 8/26/2019

Our series on the state of the SD-WAN market continues with a discussion on what's holding back some companies in the space and how standards and new technologies are advancing the cause of SD-WAN.