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Verizon Updates 5G Spec, Could Launch Ahead of 3GPP
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  5 comments
Verizon is determined to be first in the US with 5G, and has updated its 5G spec again, as it tests fixed wireless in the field.
Rio Sees Olympian Growth in Mobile Traffic
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  2 comments
Mobile data usage has soared in the six years between the soccer World Cup in South Africa and this year's Olympics in Rio, according to Syniverse.
Comcast & OpenStack by the Numbers
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  2 comments
Just how big is Comcast's OpenStack commitment?
SPs on SDN: This Stuff Ain't Easy
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  2 comments
CenturyLink and Perseus execs share real-world experiences, reminding everyone there are no easy paths to virtualization.
Eurobites: Pressure Grows on Encrypted Messaging Services
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet targets wholesale market; Nokia rolls out 4G in Myanmar for Ooredoo; Opera offers VPN for Android; Inea offers 1Gbit/s Internet in Poland.
Google's Dreaming of VR in September – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  Post a comment
Who needs a widely adopted TV operating system when you can develop the next virtual reality OS?
T&M Enables, Is Changed By, NFV – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  3 comments
Just as the move to NFV is transforming operators, it is transforming T&M vendors, who find themselves having to respond to the challenge of virtualization.
LR Poll: Will Backhaul Be 5G's Bogeyman?
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  4 comments
In our latest poll, backhaul was cited as the most likely cause of 5G bottlenecks.
Cloud, IP Shake Up Media & Broadcast IT
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/23/2016  |  2 comments
Just as telecom is moving toward virtualized data centers and SDN, the broadcast and media services industry are transforming core IT processes and moving to cloud and IP.
The VoIP Dilemma of India's Telcos
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  1 comment
Is VoIP a threat or an opportunity for India's service providers?
Arista Banned From Importing Products – Cisco
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  6 comments
Cisco says Arista can't bring products into the US, as a result of ongoing intellectual property litigation by Cisco against Arista.
Adtran Adds Control & Orchestration to Mosaic
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  2 comments
Adtran's Mosaic Cloud Platform adds control and orchestration capabilities to its Mosaic SD-Access platform so that service providers can orchestrate on-demand provisioning of services, applications and resources across the entire network.
NTT America Rides Channel Down Market
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  3 comments
Company moving down market to offer a wholesale version of services to small to midsized businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies.
CCIA Counter-Attacks on Set-Top Proposal
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  4 comments
Internet and CE companies say the problems of 'Unlock the Box' can be solved with digital certificates, and that the latest MVPD compromise proposal still doesn't do enough to promote competition.
Siris Capital Takes Xura Private in $643M Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  2 comments
Xura, formerly known as Comverse, has been acquired by Siris Capital Group for $643 million.
'Most Wanted' Kobi Comes Home
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  6 comments
Former Comverse CEO and long-time fugitive Kobi Alexander is returning to the US to face charges, according to CNBC.
Vodafone, Idea Exploring Merger – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  1 comment
Vodafone and Idea Cellular are reported to be in talks about a potential merger of their operations.
Eurobites: Elisa, Huawei Claim 4G Breakthrough
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 ups its IoT game with Kombridge acquisition; MegaFon teams up with Mastercard for mobile payment card; Deutsche Telekom adds Qivicon partners.
China Telecom Sees Sales Rise on 4G Take-Up
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  3 comments
Operator flags growth in mobile and fixed broadband businesses but remains a long way behind market leader China Mobile.
Arista Launches Real-Time Telemetry for Cloud Networks
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  2 comments
Joins a field of vendors looking to automate network management in real time.
Kontena Launches Container Platform, Banks Seed Funding
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  Post a comment
The container platform is intended to provide an easier alternative to the likes of Docker, Kubernetes and Heroku.
Changes Ahead for New Charter Markets
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2016  |  4 comments
And customers aren't going to like them all.
The NB-IoT Train Is Coming
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  3 comments
Can LPWA technologies that use unlicensed spectrum withstand the arrival of NB-IoT?
Rovi to Close on TiVo September 7
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  4 comments
Rovi signs patent licensing deal with Dish Network and pinpoints September 7 as the closing date for its acquisition of TiVo.
Eurobites: Telia Carrier Puts Göjeryd in Charge
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight wins in Abu Dhabi; Square staffs up for Europe; Mediaset files suit against Vivendi; Pokémon GOes, but comes back.
Ciena Buoyed by 100G+ Metro Demand – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  1 comment
Optical equipment maker is set for a strong run of results thanks to growing demand from a number of large US operators.
Cisco Developing 'Monica' Digital Assistant
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  19 comments
Monica is a digital assistant like Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa, but built for business.
InfoVista Bulks Up With $45M Acquisition of Ascom's Network Testing Unit
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  2 comments
French network performance assurance specialist is buying Ascom's TEMS unit in a $45 million deal that will nearly double its sales.
What's Up With App Fatigue?
Column  | 
8/22/2016  |  2 comments
How cable operators and other pay-TV providers can differentiate themselves by helping customers find needles in haystacks. More is not always better.
Rocket Fiber Lights Up Detroit With Gigabit
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2016  |  6 comments
Detroit has its problems, for sure, but today 10 Gigabit access is not one of them thanks to a startup service provider called Rocket Fiber.
Intel's Keddy: Move Beyond the 'Comfort Zone'
Mentor Monday  | 
8/22/2016  |  1 comment
Intel's Aska Keddy says the next Women in Comms challenge is moving beyond the comfort zone of surrounding ourselves with people who think and act as we do.
Transit Wireless Accelerates WiFi Deployment in NYC Subway
Jonestown  | 
8/22/2016  |  4 comments
The company is now simply saying that cellular service in the station will arrive 'as soon as possible.'
How We're Energizing Savings With SCTE
Breznick Unbound  | 
8/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Light Reading and SCTE/ISBE are teaming up again to create multimedia content aimed at helping cable operators cut energy use and costs.
Movie Review: Herzog's Lo & Behold Looks at Life in the Connected World
Brianiac  | 
8/19/2016  |  1 comment
Co-produced by NetScout, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is a funny, astute, shambolic and unexpectedly emotional investigation into what it means to be connected.
Gigabites: New Map Pinpoints 500+ Gig Sites
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  3 comments
Viavi's new Gigabit Monitor mapping tool is valuable, but far from complete.
SD-WAN to Catch Up With Pace of Cloud IT
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Commercial launches of SD-WAN services will help better align service provider networks with the changing cloud and hybrid IT needs of enterprise customers.
Rural China Props Up 2Q Smartphone Growth
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Emerging market demand for lower-cost devices fueled second-quarter growth in smartphone shipments, according to GfK.
OPNFV Seeks More CSP Input
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
New advisory group will gather requirements even from non-member companies.
DT, SK Telecom Plot 'Global' 5G Trials
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
German and South Korean operators to launch a 'transcontinental' 5G trial network.
WiCipedia: Richest Women in Tech & Next-Level Hacker Sexism
WiCipedia  | 
8/19/2016  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Forbes releases its Richest Tech Billionaires list; hackers win most sexist in tech award; pilots fight for maternity rights; and more.
AT&T: What Is 'Open Source,' Anyway?
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  3 comments
The company has defined three 'key characteristics' to make sure open source software lives up to the label.
Eurobites: Ericsson Chairman in the Firing Line
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Volvo and Uber team up on self-driving cars; BT tries out long-range VDSL; Virgin Media to raise fees, again.
FCC's 600MHz Auction Hits $10B+ in First Week
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2016  |  3 comments
But will the auction live up to TV broadcasters' expectations?
T-Mobile's Unlimited Plans Aim at the Big Two
Jonestown  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile's CTO talks about how the operator plans to bolster its network for an expected avalanche of new customers.
VoLTE Can Drive 4G Small Cells Adoption
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/18/2016  |  7 comments
Small cells are well past their hype cycle now, and VoLTE looks set to be a game-changer for their adoption over the next three years.
Oh-Oh! 5G Phones Will Lag 5G Networks
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2016  |  4 comments
One of the direct benefits of deploying 5G is supposed to be 5G networks' ability to easily handle that traffic with throughputs of 5 Gbits/s or better. That won't be the case for some time after 5G networks have been deployed, however.
Dish to Mix OTA & OTT in Sling AirTV – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2016  |  1 comment
New AirTV box reportedly set to launch in September.
Virtualization Won't Kill Hardware Test Tools
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/18/2016  |  4 comments
As network functions virtualization (NFV) brings changes and challenges to the market, it is opening up numerous opportunities for test and measurement (T&M) vendors.
US Ignite Sets Stage for Smart Cities
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2016  |  Post a comment
From its Smart Gigabit Communities initiative to the new Advanced Wireless Consortium, US Ignite is in all the right places to make smart city dreams come true.
Verizon Lures SMBs With Mobile-First Plan
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2016  |  Post a comment
New OneTalk service unites wireless and wireline voice in an offer that Verizon claims is more elegant and efficient than current plans.
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