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Light Reading's 41 Most Popular Stories in 2018
The Philter  | 
12/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Everything from enterprise strategies to 5G devices caught our audiences' attention during 2018. At a time when so many changes are bearing down on the telecom world, it's clear that a lot of us still have our heads in the cloud.
DoJ Won't Pursue Comcast-NBCU Merger Probe – Report
News Analysis  | 
12/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Trump had drawn attention to American Cable Association's call for the US DoJ to open antitrust investigation into Comcast's ownership of NBCUniversal.
Light Reading's 22 Most Popular 5G Stories of 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/28/2018  |  1 comment
2018 is the year that the next-generation wireless technology went viral.
5G Will (Almost) Make Smart Cities Possible
Column  | 
12/28/2018  |  Post a comment
The reliability of 5G networks is critical to the success of smart cities applications. This puts network testing back into the communications technology spotlight.
Why SCTE Is Plunging Into Patent Pool
News Analysis  | 
12/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Seeking to expand its role in the cable tech sector, the industry training and standards group is now looking to patent new products in the energy management and system operations areas.
Light Reading's 23 Most Popular TV Stories & Interviews of 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's on-camera coverage during the year spanned a wide range of topics and technologies, from 5G and 4K to HDR, AI, automation, edge computing and more...
SSIMWAVE Makes Waves in Video Quality
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Canadian video tech startup apes human perception to track video quality on any screen.
Trump to Ban Huawei, ZTE in US in January?
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2018  |  9 comments
The Trump administration reportedly could bring an emergency ban on US companies buying Huawei & ZTE equipment in January 2019.
Huawei Expects 2018 Revenues of $108.5B
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2018  |  Post a comment
In its annual message to the industry, a defiant Huawei boasts of an annual sales increase of 21%.
Digital Transformation: Telcos Face the Future
Column  | 
12/27/2018  |  1 comment
How MEF's work impacts telco businesses, SD-WAN and digital transformation, from the perspectives of AT&T, PCCW and Verizon.
Light Reading's 23 Most Popular Cisco Stories in 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Cisco transformed its service provider business, fended off VMware and white box threats and beefed up network automation.
Digital Transformation: Telecom Executives Sound Off
Column  | 
12/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Thought leaders from AT&T, PCCW and Verizon Partner Solutions talk with MEF about their priorities for now and the coming year.
This Olde Website
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Fire up the Flux Capacitor! It's time for another jog down Memory Lane of the Web to visit sites from yesteryear and the sepia-tinged digital storefronts of Apple, AOL, Huawei, Netflix, TiVo... and many more.
Light Reading's 22 Most Popular Huawei Stories in 2018
The Philter  | 
12/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Why have it your way when you can have it Huawei?
Cloud Constellation Banks $100M for Space Laser Cloud Security
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Christmas came early for Cloud Constellation, which scored $100 million in funding toward its dream of building a network of orbiting satellites to secure cloud data.
Vendors Ready Themselves for 5G Capex Influx
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Auctions of 5G-suitable spectrum are now generating billions. Meanwhile, vendors are waiting on a different bounty — the further billions operators will need to spend to finally realize their 5G ambitions.
Huawei Preps 'Security Transparency Center,' Gets Vote of Confidence From 5G Customer
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Huawei is continuing its push-back against its international critics with details of security testing facilities, while one of its customers in Korea talks of its confidence in the embattled vendor.
AT&T's Nighthawk 5G: Potential Download Could Cover a Wide Range of Speeds
Jonestown  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Expect a wide range of download speeds from AT&Ts Nighthawk 5G unit as you use the hotspot in AT&T's initial 5G cities.
Masergy's Ray Watson: Customers Want Security but Pay for Performance
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Ray Watson, VP of Global Technology at Masergy, discusses the challenge of securing virtualized telco infrastructure and weighs in on how to handle corporate hacks as well.
Liberty Global's European Shrinkage
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
The cable giant is selling more European assets – how far might it go? And what might it do with its prime asset, the UK's Virgin Media?
WiCipedia: Israeli Tech Flounders, CIOs Make Change & How to 'Bust Down Those Doors'
WiCipedia  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Israel struggles to find techies; CIOs have diversity sway; the visibility lynchpin; and more.
Eurobites: Liberty Global Offloads East European DTH Ops
News Analysis  | 
12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global sells eastern European satellite TV operations; 5G in Estonia; Vodafone needs a new auditor; taxing times in Finland for freelance Santas.
What Is Comcast Doing With VivaLiveTV?
The Bauminator  | 
12/20/2018  |  2 comments
SEC filings claim that company behind a skinny-bundle, subscription OTT-TV service has notched a content and tech partnership with Comcast Technology Solutions that kicks in January 2019.
Private 5G Networks to Be Enabled in Next Major Release of 3GPP Standard
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Unlicensed 5G NR could open up a world of possibilities for companies wanting their own private 5G networks.
Verizon Invites Independent Filmmakers to Explore 5G Tech
LRTV Documentaries  | 
12/20/2018  |  Post a comment
A cohort of independent filmmakers and storytellers will have access to a working 5G network in their next project thanks to a collaboration between Verizon's RYOT studio and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP).
India's RCom in Distress as Jio Backs Away From Spectrum Deal
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2018  |  Post a comment
India's Reliance Communications is exposed and its prospects aren't good.
Eurobites: Analyst Upgrades Ericsson as Huawei Backlash Intensifies
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2018  |  1 comment
In today's regional roundup: Huawei's troubles could be good news for Ericsson; Enea lines up another acquisition; Orange Business Services lands smart meter IoT deal; Ciena heads to the UK countryside; and more Ericsson.
T-Mobile Dumps Plan to Debut New OTT-TV Service in 2018 – Report
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  1 comment
Launch delayed to 2019 reportedly due to unforeseen complexities and desire to avoid launching a me-too video offering.
Podcast: Ciena CEO Gary Smith Plans for More Growth
The Philter  | 
12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
With its competitors stumbling, its largest customers remaining stable and its markets outside of telecom growing, Ciena is enjoying relatively smooth sailing in CEO Smith's 17th year at the helm.
Charter Invests in Online Gaming Startup
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  2 comments
MSO forms partnership with Blade, the company behind a cloud-based computer gaming platform called Shadow.
3GPP NR Spec Delay Will Not Affect Initial 5G Launches
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  3 comments
Qualcomm and Samsung tell Light Reading that 3GPP 'late drop' delay won't hold up 5G launches in 2019.
CableLabs Unit Morphs Something Old Into Something New
The Bauminator  | 
12/19/2018  |  1 comment
Kyrio has turned Go2Broadband service locator into a digital, hyperlocal service locator for cable resellers with plans to extend that capability to other service-oriented industries.
Telecom Italia Stands by Huawei as Peers Waver
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Italy's biggest operator says it will continue to work with Huawei unless it is told not to by government authorities.
Eurobites: €1.75B Plan for IoT, Connected Car R&D Gets EC Green Light
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Euro giants to collaborate on multi-billion euro IoT and connected car chip/sensor developments; TIM and Sony Mobile forge 5G pact; Telefónica Germany and Nokia build their joint 'Early 5G Innovation Cluster' in Berlin; Open Fiber lands another broadband rollout tender; G+D Mobile Security boasts of Orange eSIM engagements; Altice and KKR have a Hivory; and more.
SoftBank's Stock Slides After $23.6B IPO
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese mobile operator's shares dipped by more than 14% during the first day of trading on the Tokyo exchange.
Cisco Sees Optics Innovation, Manufacturing Automation in Luxtera
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Why spend more than $600M on a company that makes optical transceivers? It wasn't just one product, but an entire automated manufacturing process that may help Cisco stay ahead of future bandwidth bottlenecks.
Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Passes Major US Security Reviews
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
On track to completion in the first half of 2019.
AT&T's 5G Switches On in 12 US Cities, but Only for 'Early Adopters'
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  5 comments
The service is initially available to select business 'early adopters,' with 5G to become available to the wider public next spring.
Charter to Pay $175M to Settle Broadband Speed Suit
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Settlement stems from 2017 suit claiming that systems formerly run by Time Warner Cable in New York had under-delivered on promised Internet speeds.
Eurobites: CityFibre Secures £1.12B for Fiber Rollout
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  4 comments
In today's regional EMEA roundup: CityFibre celebrates fiber funds; BT revamps its CEO bonus assessment scheme; ETSI launches a blockchain group; and more.
Oracle's Ellison: No 'Normal Person' Would Move From Us to Amazon
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  1 comment
Even Amazon, with all its resources, is having difficulty with the transition, says Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison. Give that man a microphone and he trashes AWS, every time.
How Long Will Oracle Just Tread Water?
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
While Oracle's revenue and cloud growth is nearly flat, despite a booming cloud market, its application growth is 'spectacular' and cloud database is poised to take off, the company says.
Huawei's Hu Hits Back
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor is on the counter-offensive, claiming strong 5G momentum, a clean security record and expected milestone revenues.
FCC 28GHz 5G Auction Hits $688.7M
News Analysis  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
The 28GHz auction continues, as the FCC expects to open up almost 5GHz of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G in 2019 and beyond.
Virtual Reality Gets Real Gimmicky
The Bauminator  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Sling TV, ESPN, Fox bring video streaming apps to the Oculus Go.
Analyst: AT&T Made 'Major Strategic Error' on SVoD Plan
News Analysis  | 
12/17/2018  |  3 comments
Decision to launch a trio of direct-to-consumer services and continue to license content is the wrong move, analyst says.
Google Splashes $1B on New York Expansion
News Analysis  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Google came to New York in 2000 with a one-person sales office operating out of a Starbucks.
DT, Orange Prove Europe Remains Hostage to US, Chinese Tech
Morris Lore  | 
12/17/2018  |  3 comments
Two of Europe's biggest operators are desperate to wean Europeans off US and Chinese technology, but they are uncomfortably reliant on it themselves.
Here's What VMware Paid for Kubernetes Startup Heptio
News Analysis  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
VMware paid a hefty premium over Heptio's funding to advance its open source containers strategy.
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