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Cisco-Acacia deal is back on
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Under amended deal, Cisco is set to acquire Acacia for $115 per share, or roughly $4.5 billion, a sweetened deal that handily beats an original offer of $2.6 billion.

Podcast: eero CEO Nick Weaver takes Wi-Fi management for the win
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2021

eero's CEO discusses Wi-Fi 6, pandemic connectivity and how the company is courting service provider broadband partners.

Acacia reports revenue, profit growth as it scraps with Cisco
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The components vendor said its business is growing thanks to bandwidth demands and it stands by its desire to call off its pending acquisition by Cisco.

Telia Carrier leans on pluggable optics for a simpler network
The Philter | 12/17/2020

The wholesale carrier said it will use routing platforms that support 400G pluggable optics to build a faster, more manageable network.

AWS in-house routing tech could blow a hole in Juniper's sales – analyst
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.

Juniper takeover makes Apstra look as agnostic as the Pope
Morris Lore | 12/7/2020

On an acquisition spree in recent months, the maker of routers and switches has just bagged a company whose big selling point was vendor neutrality. Er...

Podcast: Cogent's Dave Schaeffer on building a better backbone
CxO Spotlight | 11/25/2020

Cogent, one of the world's largest ISPs, offers customers and competitors the ability to create their own global network, across its entire footprint, while paying on a per-usage basis.

Podcast: What's the story with satellite broadband?
LRTV Interviews | 11/17/2020

This week: Jeff Baumgartner on the state of satellite broadband and what differentiates existing competitors.

Dish's 5G gets real: Company inks massive Crown Castle tower deal
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

The work of physically installing radios on top of cell towers is often the most expensive part of any wireless network buildout. Dish Network said it will use 20,000 Crown Castle towers for 5G.

Cisco CEO sees positive signs ahead as the company powers through the pandemic
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Chuck Robbins talks up a 'solid start' to the fiscal year as Cisco gains more visibility into its business. Overall revenues slipped in Q1, Cisco expects revenues to be flat or rise 2% in fiscal Q2.

128 Technology's Sue Graham Johnston: Creating a session-aware network
CxO Spotlight | 11/11/2020

128 Technology's President Sue Graham Johnston joins the podcast to explain the company's approach to improving user experience of the network with session-aware routers, and how enterprises can develop security strategies to protect their assets.

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin on network slicing, edge needs for 5G applications
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2020

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin and Light Reading's Phil Harvey recap the recent 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium, and they discuss network slicing in transport networks, how Verizon is handling its 5G traffic and how the increasing importance of edge computing is shaping optical networking technologies and spending.

Podcast: Infinera's Tim Doiron on TIP, open networking and how vendors adapt
LRTV Interviews | 10/30/2020

Infinera's Tim Doiron discusses open networking and Infinera's role in a recent Telecom Infra Project deployment.

Cisco carves away at enterprise WAN complexity with new routers
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Cisco has given its ISR and ASR routers a refresh with the Catalyst 8000 series to provide connectivity and security features in the data center, branch and edge.

Juniper splashes $450M on AI hotshot 128 Technology
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Latest deal comes after moves for Mist Systems and Netrounds and is aimed largely at strengthening Juniper's presence in the SD-WAN market.

COVID-19 sparks fixed wireless rollouts
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Fixed wireless providers in locations ranging from LA to Arkansas are rolling out new services in order to connect students and others to the Internet amid a pandemic.

ExxonMobil heads to the edge with Intel
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

ExxonMobil wants to open up its supply chain, and edge compute solutions are key to the strategy.

Juniper jockeys for position in security space
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

Dell'Oro Group's Mauricio Sanchez says security is still an emerging business area for Juniper but that the company is well positioned there and looking to expand.

Amazon's Eero takes aim at ISPs
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Whole-home Wi-Fi specialist introduces new offering tailored for service providers that features Wi-Fi 6 hardware and a mix of network analytics and security features.

DriveNets confirmed by AT&T for cloud-native core routing project
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

AT&T confirms it deployed its disaggregated core routing platform with technology from Broadcom, DriveNets and UfiSpace.

Juniper buys Netrounds to hammer networks into shape
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Acquisition of Swedish network testing and monitoring company will strengthen its line-up of automated WAN products, it says.

Leading Lights 2020: The Winners
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Find out which companies our editors have selected as winners in the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

Leading Lights 2020: The Awards
LRTV Documentaries | 8/21/2020

Light Reading's editors congratulate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

COVID-19 hasn't infected operators' capex plans
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Operators typically buy around 20% to 30% additional capacity per year to keep pace with traffic growth. Due to the pandemic, that rose to between 30% and 50%.

Cisco plans hefty cuts as virus pain deepens
News Analysis | 8/14/2020

As sales fall, the equipment giant is trying to juggle a desire to invest in growth areas with the need to cut costs.

Windstream's new optical network runs on Ciena
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

A national network upgrade for Windstream will include photonics, coherent optical tech and software platforms from Ciena.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecom Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
The Philter | 8/6/2020

Seven companies, with six offerings – AT&T and Colt Technology Services; Cisco, Ericsson, Infinera, Microchip and RtBrick – made the cut in a highly competitive category.

Is edge computing the cure to videoconferencing's latency woes?
DanoVision | 7/29/2020

Executives at companies ranging from EdgeMicro to Deutsche Telekom have suggested that videoconferencing could be improved by edge computing. But others offer a decidedly less rosy view of the notion.

Eurobites: Italy considers independent 'broadband champion'
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google hooks up to UK and Spain; Eir EXFOliates; Prysmian files cable patent lawsuit.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)
The Philter | 7/23/2020

Six companies – Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Cohere Technologies, DriveNets, World Wide Technology and ZenFi Networks – made the cut in the Company of the Year (Private) category.

Verizon outlines 800G fiber intentions
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Verizon said it successfully tested an 800Gbit/s connection with vendor Infinera. However, economics will continue to govern whether operators deploy 800G or 400G.

Eyeing $12B market, Nokia lands Apple deal for new data center switch
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The Finnish vendor has today added a new switching line to its portfolio of optical and routing products, promising features that have not previously been available.

US officials reject subsea connection to Hong Kong over security worries
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

Team Telecom – a government committed formed by President Trump in April – recommended against forging a direct Internet connection between the US and Hong Kong.

T-Mobile's 'significant capacity issues' led to network outage
The Philter | 6/16/2020

While misinformation rocketed around the Internet, T-Mobile said an issue in its network core was to blame for a multi-hour outage on Monday.

Fiber remains plentiful as Akamai builds private network backbone
News Analysis | 6/8/2020

Akamai began construction of a private fiber backbone three years ago. Today the effort stretches across North America, Europe and parts of Asia.

Cisco takes a coronavirus beating as profits fall
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

The Internet equipment giant is suffering as supply chains are disrupted and business customers cancel projects.

COVID-19 rages on, but service provider networks are still holding up well
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Even though traffic patterns changed, new apps became necessities, and a year's worth of network growth happened in less than a week, the Nokia Deepfield team said the world's service providers were ready.

Wall Street traders fight over milliseconds in mmWave transmission battle
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

A new cell tower transmitting in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has sparked a disagreement among Wall Street traders looking to shave a few extra milliseconds off their transactions.

What did the world do during quarantine? Watch more YouTube
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

A new report from Sandvine offers a cohesive look at how global lockdowns affected Internet traffic, essentially funneling it through fixed consumer broadband networks.

As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering
Morris Lore | 5/4/2020

The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.

Microsoft's 5G, edge computing and private wireless ambitions come into focus
News Analysis | 4/30/2020

Microsoft spent a reported $1.35 billion to buy Affirmed Networks. Now, its plans for the company, Azure, edge computing, 5G and private wireless networks are becoming clearer.

Juniper is heading for another sales dip this year
News Analysis | 4/29/2020

Supply chain constraints and weaker demand from enterprise customers will make the equipment maker increasingly reliant on its cloud business in 2020.

US agencies take aim at China Telecom
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Several government agencies ask the FCC to 'revoke and terminate' China Telecom's licenses in the US, citing foreign ownership and imminent security threats.

Podcast: Carrier voice traffic stays over-the-top
The Philter | 4/3/2020

TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years.

Top telcos take TIP specs to optical hopefuls
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Specifications developed by TIP's Phoenix project, which is focused on optical transponders for disaggregated systems, are to be included in an RFI from major operators.

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

Network operators brace for COVID-19 traffic spikes
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Fortnite, Netflix, Call of Duty, videoconferencing and other online services are growing in popularity amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Are network operators ready for a digital deluge?

Rakuten Mobile to use an optical mesh network for backhaul
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Rakuten's deployment is unique because it's the first time a reconfigurable optical network will be used for mobile backhaul, according to Nokia.

OFC management: 500 sponsors and exhibitors are planning to attend
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The annual optical networking confab said that cancellation lists don't tell the full story of what's set to happen in San Diego next week.

Disruptive router vendor DriveNets shifts up a gear
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

Preps live demo of the distributed disaggregated chassis system favoured by AT&T and teams up with systems integrator KPGCo as operators consider their next-gen routing options.

Vodafone, DT drive new TIP open RAN program
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Tier 1 operators and a host of specialist vendors, including Mavenir and Parallel Wireless, lead effort to develop remote radio units for open RAN deployments.

Not MWC: Huawei bolsters its 5G network portfolio
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

What was Huawei going to show off in Barcelona? Here are some of the highlights.

Huawei accused of 'racketeering' in latest US attack
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Chinese vendor stole intellectual property from six US technology companies and used this for commercial advantage, alleges the Department of Justice.

Cisco CEO says customers are waiting but the catalysts are there
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The waiting is the hardest part. Cisco CEO highlights the opportunities ahead while the networking vendor guides revenue down for next quarter.

Meet My Small Cell
DanoVision | 2/7/2020

Small cells are rolling out in neighborhoods all over the US. I decided to go find mine.

5G & 400GE to Boost SP Router Market – Report
News Analysis | 2/4/2020

Dell'Oro Group suggests telecoms and cloud operators will spend more than $75 billion on IP gear in the next five years.

Is It Finally Time for Free-Space Optics to Shine?
News Analysis | 1/29/2020

Free space optics is currently being touted as a backhaul solution for 5G. But this isn't the first time it's been positioned as a backhaul savior.

Can 128T & SoftBank Spark a Sea Change for SD-WAN?
News Analysis | 1/28/2020

128 Technology, a startup founded by the founders and former officers of Acme Packet, aims to separate from the herd with a novel approach to SD-WAN by utilizing session-based routing.

Ciena Gets Ready to Leap Into 2020
The Philter | 12/24/2019

The optical networking leader is pounding the table for webscale providers and telcos to move straight to 800G in the coming year, minimizing the competitive momentum of several vendors in the 600G space.

Podcast: The Big Cisco Silicon One Recap
The Philter | 12/13/2019

Mitch Wagner brings us coverage of the Cisco Silicon One announcement from San Francisco, where the company announced a single technology platform to serve all its networking customers.

Cisco Bets Its Business on 'Internet for the Future' Strategy
LRTV Documentaries | 12/12/2019

Cisco's audacious new "Internet for the Future" strategy, which comprises completely new silicon, operating system software and a new business model, is either going to drive Cisco's domination of Internet infrastructure for a generation to come -- or flop spectacularly. With a strategy as ambitious as Cisco's, there's no middle ground, says Light Reading's Mitch Wagner.

Ray Mota on Cisco's Network Vision
LRTV Interviews | 12/12/2019

Ray Mota, CEO and principal analyst for ACG Research, dives into Cisco's 'Internet for the Future' strategy, noting that the key focus is on helping service providers boost capacity as they roll out 5G and other new services while keeping costs in line. That's important because customers are using more bandwidth but aren't paying more for it, notes Mota.

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.

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