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Content posted in August 2014
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Ixia Hands Reins to NFV Star Mayer
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  3 comments
HP loses its NFV leader, Bethany Mayer, to Ixia, where she becomes president and CEO.
AT&T GigaPower Adds Cupertino, Jacksonville
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  7 comments
AT&T has announced expansion plans for its high-speed GigaPower Internet service to Cupertino, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla., but details are limited.
Eurobites: Opera Gets Call From Microsoft
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands Irish RAN contract; Rocket fires up IPO; Mail.ru feels the heat in Russia.
T-Mobile: Small Cells? We're Dense Already
Jonestown  | 
8/22/2014  |  17 comments
CFO Carter Braxton says that T-Mobile's network was 'much more dense' from the buildout.
Brocade: Revenue Up Despite Soft Carrier Demand
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2014  |  3 comments
Important products were delayed, and carriers are waiting.
Sprint Drops Prices, But Also Speeds?
Que Sera Sarah  | 
8/21/2014  |  14 comments
The fine print on Sprint's new $60 plan suggests it can prioritize other plans' traffic first – a letdown, and maybe even a net neutrality violation.
Comcast Streams Back to School
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2014  |  20 comments
Comcast has officially launched Xfinity on Campus, a free streaming TV service for colleges and universities.
Eurobites: Ukraine Crisis Hits MTS Hard
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rostelecom profits down by a third; Kudelski gets Nagra H1 boost; mapping unit strife at Nokia.
Level 3 Does Big Data Differently
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2014  |  17 comments
Unlike other telecom operators, the carrier isn't leveraging its data center infrastructure to offer its own cloud services... yet.
CenturyLink Offers Private Clouds in Hybrid Management
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2014  |  Post a comment
New capability uses software and network management stack from acquisition Tier 3 scaled over CL's 57 data centers.
Verizon Beefing Up Network for VoLTE, Multicast Video
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  6 comments
Verizon CFO expects continuing capex spend on adding small cells & DAS, in part to support VoLTE handoffs with network density.
Apple Eyes VoLTE as 4G Voice Gets Real
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  7 comments
Apple is advertising for more voice-over-LTE help as Apple and Verizon finally get into launch mode with 4G voice services.
Netflix, TWC Sign Pay-to-Peer Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  2 comments
Netflix has signed a paid peering agreement with Time Warner Cable, to go along with direct interconnection deals already completed with AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.
A New Verizon App Store? Say It Ain't So
Que Sera Sarah  | 
8/20/2014  |  11 comments
Verizon is reportedly working with an industry consortium to launch its own app store, but past efforts suggest it's not a smart move for the operator.
Cincinnati Bell Preps for 1-Gig
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  Post a comment
Independent telco takes dead aim at local MSO rival Time Warner Cable with plans to launch Gigabit service early next month.
Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
Rewired  | 
8/20/2014  |  11 comments
In the mid-80s, there were hot debates about how to power phones over non-copper lines. Guess what? Those debates are back.
Could Google, Microsoft Help Iliad Win Over T-Mobile?
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  5 comments
Reports suggest Iliad is now asking Google and Microsoft to provide capital to make its bid for T-Mobile more appealing, while Cox takes its name out of the ring.
ZTE Rides China 4G Rollout to Higher Profits
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  Post a comment
Despite falling handset sales, ZTE results rise due to massive 4G spending by the Chinese.
Testing Performance Is Key to Cloud Success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/20/2014  |  2 comments
As more and more applications move into the cloud, enterprises must ensure that those clouds are rigorously tested for performance.
Eurobites: Telenor Admits Child Labor Link
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2014  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's HERE unit seeks new CEO; TeliaSonera network-shares in Finland; Kate Bush latest.
Telefónica Proves Brocade Router Performs for NFV
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2014  |  8 comments
Testing in Telefónica's lab shows Brocade Vyatta vRouter delivers 80Gbit/s performance, well suited to carrier NFV needs.
Spectrum Spats: Chatty Cars, Busy Broadcast Airwaves
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2014  |  9 comments
Wireless spectrum is a precious commodity, which is why the FCC and NAB are butting heads, and automakers and cable operators have the potential to, as well.
Simple.TV Lights Up DVR Guest Passes
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2014  |  Post a comment
Simple.TV has introduced a new feature for its OTA TV digital video recorder that allows users to share recorded shows with up to five additional viewers.
Breakfast With... Pica8's Steve Garrison
Wagner’s Ring  | 
8/19/2014  |  4 comments
Hard times are going to start around Christmas for many SDN startups.
Analyst: Ericsson, Oracle Top Shrinking SDP World
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2014  |  8 comments
Some vendors are departing the service delivery platform space and others are defining it in different ways, notes a new Infonetics report.
Eurobites: EU Warns Google Over 'Right to Be Forgotten' Opportunism
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2014  |  7 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's Croatian deal; Telefonica's Brazilian maneuver; EE tops UK study.
Sprint's New Family Plans Double Down on Data
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2014  |  7 comments
New family share plans undercut AT&T and Verizon on price and T-Mobile on data as Sprint promises more bold moves to come.
Take Time to Give Time
Column  | 
8/18/2014  |  2 comments
Don't let new technologies and whizz-bang gadgets keep you from respecting those speaking to you and giving them the full attention they deserve.
Icontrol Powers Smart Homes for Best Buy
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2014  |  1 comment
Best Buy's new PEQ home automation solution is powered by Icontrol, the same platform company behind numerous cable operators' smart home services.
For Cable, Broadband Is the New Video
Breznick Unbound  | 
8/18/2014  |  2 comments
As expected, US cable broadband subscribers pass cable video subs for the first time in latest report from Leichtman Research Group.
Intel ARMs Itself for IoT, SDN Opportunities
DOS Attack  | 
8/18/2014  |  1 comment
Intel buys ARM processor assets to make it better equipped for the future of mobile equipment and SDN-enabled data center gear.
SDN at Heart of Telstra-Ericsson Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2014  |  1 comment
New optical pact includes Ciena's packet-optical equipment with focus on building optical network that can deliver new services faster.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Stalks Cable Prey
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: mobile moves in Norway; Telecom Italia prepares Brazilian bid; paying homage to Simon.
Live Chat: NFV & the Data Center
Que Sera Sarah  | 
8/18/2014  |  2 comments
Join us Thursday at 12:00 p.m. EST for a live chat with Heavy Reading's Roz Roseboro about how NFV is changing data center requirements and operations.
Bit Parts: Investors Hound Oplink
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2014  |  Post a comment
Activist investors hound Oplink, while Alliance Fiber Optics Products critics worry about too much revenue coming from just one source.
IoT Alert: Samsung Snaps Up SmartThings
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2014  |  22 comments
Samsung has purchased smart home company SmartThings for an estimated $200 million.
US Pay-TV Subs Renew Plunge
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2014  |  11 comments
In its latest report, Leichtman Research Group finds that US pay-TV providers lost another 300,000 video subscribers in the traditionally weak second quarter.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Eyes Brazil Merger
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE causes a stir with queue-jumping service; Huawei and Rostelecom box clever; soccer bosses clamp down on bootleg goal videos.
PEG Brings 100G Backhaul to Rural Markets
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  1 comment
The backhaul network operator has built a 100G route from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., to provide more capacity for all kinds of rural service providers.
Comcast, FX Blend Binging & Live TV
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  1 comment
A recent Comcast/FX trial allowed viewers to watch the next episode of The Bridge on demand, immediately after the previous episode finished airing.
Sprint CEO: Price Cuts First, Best Network Next
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  25 comments
New CEO Marcelo Claure addresses Sprint employees in a town hall call and promises the carrier will become a disruptor, beginning next week with new, more competitive price plans.
Cisco Takes Another Video Hit
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  6 comments
Cisco posts a 10% drop in service provider video revenues for the latest quarter and expects continued softness for at least two more quarters.
Adtran Offers G.Fast Crosstalk Cure
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  4 comments
Frequency Division Vectoring enables VDSL2 and G.fast to co-exist, and is intended to speed up deployment and reduce cost of G.fast.
Eurobites: Orange Plans Spanish Antennas Sell-Off
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson wins smart meters deal in Finland; Fon targets SMEs; Huawei cozies up to SAP.
Who's Doing Best in LTE-A?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/14/2014  |  Post a comment
As LTE-Advanced networks begin to reach commercial deployment, technology suppliers are scrambling to establish market leadership positions.
Pics: DAS in the Deep Sea (Aquarium)
Slide Shows  | 
8/14/2014  |  11 comments
Fish with antennas? Scary! Relax – it's just Connectivity Wireless Solutions making the case for DAS.
AT&T: LTE-A Devices Go Mainstream in 2015
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2014  |  4 comments
Carrier's chief strategy officer says the first LTE-Advanced devices using carrier aggregation will make their debut in late 2014, depending on how fast operators need to update their antennas.
Cisco to Ax Up to 6,000 Jobs, But It's Excited About SDN
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2014  |  4 comments
Cisco announced up to 6,000 layoffs as it barely stopped its quarterly revenue decline. But the SDN business is looking good.
Cisco Halts Revenue Decline – Barely
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2014  |  8 comments
But revenue for 2014 was $47.1 billion, down 3%.
T-Mobile CFO Eyes Dish, Growth Opportunities
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2014  |  1 comment
It would be easy for T-Mobile to deploy in Dish spectrum, according to CFO Braxton Carter.
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