Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone trials 5G in Milan with Nokia; TIM teams up with Cisco for cybersecurity and more; DT and SAP extend partnership.
'Out of this world' deal to be announced this week at Mobile World Congress. Honest!
If European authorities regulate 5G in the same way as 3G and 4G, they will deal a blow to the nascent technology, warns Vodafone boss.
Australian operator is converting local exchanges into mini data centers and introducing multiple automated processes as it prepares to introduce 5G services in 2019, say key executives.
AT&T and Verizon aren't saying much about mobile video ahead of this year at Mobile World Congress.
Ericsson boss takes aim at regulatory authorities, arguing that net neutrality rules could impede the rollout of mission-critical 5G services.
TPx Communications is partnering with Silver Peak to expand its SD-WAN service internationally and to larger enterprises.
Swedish vendor is set to launch a handful of 'machine intelligence' products at this week's MWC and says 15 major operators are interested in its AI goodies.
Spanish telco launches the voice-activated 'cognitive' assistant that it first announced at Mobile World Congress last year.
The German telecom incumbent plans to use software from its wholly owned Silicon Valley subsidiary to support its edge-computing deployment.
An optimized in-house chip has resulted in strong 5G traction with major operators, boasts Nokia's CEO.
AT&T's Network-Based SD-WAN is now available as a VNF on the AT&T FlexWare platform in over 150 countries.
TM9, a standardized transmission mode defined by 3GPP, is the core technology for further improving FDD LTE user throughput.
On your way to Barcelona for you-know-what? Eschew that tired old in-flight movie and listen instead to Telecoms.com's own Fun Boy Three, who bring you their unique take on what's likely to be hot - or not - at MWC.
Indian authorities and operators are keen to play a role in the development of 5G technology.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and KPN claim LoRa breakthrough; digital education in Africa; Nokia's 'Conscious Factory in a Box'; 5G fanfare from DT, Huawei and Intel.
This week in our WiC roundup: Motherhood is on the rise; Damore gets shut down; Hollywood gets something right; and more.
Convenience is at last taking a back seat to security, according to an IBM study.
Shares rise in UK incumbent but it still complains that wholesale price caps will chew into sales and revenues at its Openreach business.
Mobile World Congress remains the must-attend event in the telecom industry, even as concern grows about its sprawl and spin.
Head of CenturyLink's SMB biz says younger customers do more business digitally and require greater automation of back office ordering and more.
Making net neutrality's planned demise official, Commission sets April 23 as the end date for the Obama-era rules with publication of its new deregulatory order in the Federal Register.
Company expanding market reach and product portfolio in the fiber distribution space with Calix passive product line acquisition and new aerial gear.
Users and developers can share code for machine learning, image processing, Internet of Things and general purpose serverless software.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica profit up by a third, extends wholesale FTTH deal with Orange; more 5G action; Nokia memo confirms healthcare U-turn.
German telecom incumbent will increase spending in Germany this year as it starts to prepare for the launch of higher-speed 5G services.
Cloud IoT Core, a managed service to help enterprises connect up millions of Internet of Things devices around the world, has been launched into general availability.
Despite Apple's recent embrace of the new AVI video codec, service and content providers should still place their bets on HEVC now and worry about AVI later.
Releasing its Sling TV sub umbers for the first time, Dish Network reports that its OTT service scaled 2 million subscribers while its core satellite TV service continued to shed customers.
The Broadcom/Qualcomm M&A slap fight rolls on.
Verizon's first-ever Mobile Security Index shows global professionals managing mobile devices for businesses fear their employees the most.
Orange will not initiate any takeover activity in France, says CEO, as company reports domestic sales growth for first time since 2009.
Attackers are launching attacks from the cloud, while enterprises migrating to the cloud are leaving themselves vulnerable by failing to take basic precautions, according to the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report.
Big product announcements arrive from the newly minted Arris subsidiary.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre connects the Granite City; wireless wonders lined up for MWC; Telefonica Deutschland sees losses widen in Q4.
Atlanta, Dallas and Waco will be among the first US cities to get AT&T's mobile 5G in 2018.
Qualcomm is now offering $44 billion for NXP.
Despite an initial 2017 deployment of DOCSIS 3.1, Liberty Global is holding at D3.0 while it brings its HFC networks up to speed.
Even a win in court doesn't mean Tivo will walk away a victor.
Executive responsible for the global rollout of Sigfox technology is the latest senior figure to leave the French company, according to sources.
Company announces new group within Linux Foundation and launches its edge computing test zone in Palo Alto.
Seventeen years after Microsoft's CEO called open source a 'cancer,' here's what the company learned in its open source turnaround.
Cisco Crosswork Network Automation is designed to help service providers innovate faster to meet demand. But are Cisco the guys to deliver on this solution?
The world of virtualization is struggling to wrench itself away from the claws of vendor lock-in, which runs counter to everything that NFV stands for.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets the smart city; more 5G claims; BT sells cable-making business; new boss-in-waiting for Ireland's eir.
ISS wants Qualcomm to take $121 billion Broadcom bid as starting point for talks.
Ain't no sunshine when he's gone, so Ray's back with Scott to talk about full-on fiber and Nokia's tactical withdrawal from the digital health market.
Wholesale arm of Spanish giant has added seven new network functions hubs to enhance its virtualization capabilities.
Many cloud users aren't thinking about optimizing their spending because they are still experimenting with cloud, and enjoying the first flush of savings from moving off-prem.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: using church spires for mobile antennas in the UK; how du will book your vacation for you; Belgian watchdog bites back at Facebook; for DT, the only way is ethics.
Join Light Reading's Tien Chi Fu for a fun trip in India that includes some telecom insights, local street foods and some very heavy traffic.
Amanda Lye, Axiata Digital's 32-year-old associate director of strategy, is breaking the mold in the telecom industry.
Already spending heavily on network extensions and new equipment, especially in the UK, big European MSO aims to boost its capex even higher in 2018.
5G may finally be driving the business case for fixed mobile convergence.
With their network infrastructure systems already on the "do not touch" list, the Chinese vendors now find their smartphones labelled as a security risk. But will this lead to reprisals?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia cuts jobs in Finland; Three Ireland earmarks funds for 5G; Deutsche Telekom extends edge computing R&D.
T-Mobile is deploying Tupl's ACCR tool, which utilizes AI, machine learning and automation, to expedite responses to customer help tickets.
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The shift to application and network virtualization by operators and CSPs requires a new generation of multicore processors that are being introduced by many vendors.
Google is buying the Internet of Things platform from LogMeIn, which bought Xively in 2014 for $12 million.
Despite a blockbuster fourth quarter, Wall Street was unhappy with Arista.
Double the density, double the fun!
IBM alleges Microsoft's hire of its Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre violates its non-compete agreement, but should improving diversity be a proprietary process?
The European region, including Russia, has experienced two years of 20%+ growth in FTTH/B connections but many markets still haven't really woken up.
Zenedge protects against distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and provides Web Application Firewall protection.
Only a month after the acquisition closed, Ruckus was already contributing to Arris's top-line growth.
Glen Post pledges more automated and simplified products, processes and systems in future for a combined CenturyLink-Level 3.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media stands out for Liberty Global; Sigfox accentuates the positive; fiber's socio-economic benefits.
Juniper is looking to weave a smooth networking tapestry from branch, to campus, to data center, to public cloud – essential, the company says, for enterprises in the cloud era.
Cisco's new intent-based networking strategy helps the company break a two-year revenue decline.
Data center/interconnection specialist buys iconic Dallas facility to fuel its expansion in southwestern US.
GCI is deploying a new SD-WAN platform, CloudFlex SD-WAN, to business customers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Although Com Hem isn't Harmonic's first CableOS customer, it is the first one to go on the record as deploying the vendor's virtualized cable access network system known as CableOS.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia addresses virtualization risks; ARM targets machine learning; UK soccer rights auction suffers deflation.
Irish-Russian startup reckons blockchain can solve roaming's core problems of cost and complexity.
Rebranded units will more aggressively target customers, particularly customers of incumbents not changing with the times.
The Series A funding, bringing the total to $28 million, goes to advance SaltStack's mission of automating security patching, updates, provisioning and more.
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw looks at the impact artificial intelligence is already having on the telecom sector and how it could drive revenues as well as help reduce costs.
International operator believes the emerging fiber access broadband technology will be needed to support a disaggregated radio access network once 5G is deployed.
Scott and Jamie are joined by special guest Paul Nolan from PR agency CC Group, who tells us about a bit of research his company commissioned into how operators are going about the macro trend that is digital transformation and what vendors are doing to help them. Spoiler alert – it's complicated.
Net neutrality is the new states' rights debate.
The companies are also said to be meeting on Wednesday.
Oracle launched Enterprise Data Management Cloud to help enterprises track the surprisingly gnarly problem of figuring out how individual groups and business units fit into the organization.
Partnership enables four-year-old fiber-based ISP to expand rapidly in competitive business markets.
Israeli hybrid network management specialist has a new customer to go with its new strategy - now will it sink or swim?
Google released hardware accelerators in beta to speed up machine learning on Google Cloud Platform, as well as boost performance of Kubernetes applications.
US network operator focused on delivering critical services such as UCaaS and SD-WAN over more flexible, customer-driven platforms.
Ovum's Head of IoT, Alexandra Rehak, uncovers the hot IoT topics for MWC, including LPWAN commercialization, use cases for 5G, the use of artificial intelligence in IoT deployments and more.
Artificial intelligence and automation will become more integral to the enterprise, and 90% of all apps will have integrated AI capabilities by 2020, according to Oracle CEO Mark Hurd.
Trump's infrastructure bill promises little in the way of federal funding for broadband deployments.
Oracle expands autonomy capabilities from its cloud database to its entire cloud platform, as well as opening new regions and broadening service level agreements.
Citrix is looking help enterprises and cloud providers speed cloud application performance.
The Danish national operator has accepted a renewed takeover offer from Macquarie and various pension funds that values it at about US$6.7 billion.
France's biggest service provider is preparing to roll out 5G networks despite the uncertainties it faces.
Also in today's regional roundup: TDC's planned merger with MTG could unravel; plus news from Open Fiber and Huawei, Scottish ISP Commsworld and Mitel.
Russia's biggest mobile network operator says latest takeovers form part of its digital diversification strategy.
Suppliers like Cato Networks are among a growing group of competitors to telcos in the SD-WAN space.
In the wake of a damaging cyber attack in 2015, Philip Clayson was tasked with creating a cyber breach remediation plan for over 600 applications across TalkTalk's consumer and enterprise divisions and to deal with the operator's 'tech debt.'
Ovum senior analyst Alex Harrowell discusses they key challenges facing SMEs, including security, digital transformation and customer relationship management, that could be addressed by managed services and a more focused offer from network operators.
Hopes for a recovery in pricing are evaporating following further price cuts by India's most aggressive player.
How pay-TV operators can unleash the power of AI and deep learning to compete in the rapidly changing video market.
The shot clock has started. Tick, tick, tick... boom!
Accurate real-time visibility into next-generation networks and clouds is essential for operators' digital transformation and 5G strategies.
But Qualcomm is offering to meet with Broadcom to discuss the bid.
Head of Huawei's carrier division says the Chinese vendor is involved in Orange's 5G developments despite not being included in the French operator's 5G test plans announced this week.
The notion that China has opened up a 5G gap with the US looks mistaken.
It's still hard to say whether carrier SDN is really a success or a failure, but the needle is moving on SDN commercialization – albeit not as quickly as some might hope.
Ericsson confirmed as the replacement for Nokia in Deutsche Telekom's German radio access network.
This week in our WiC roundup: SheHacks hosts largest female hackathon in world; the birth of diversity data; wear your geek on your sleeve; and more.
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Berkeley, Calif. is exploring the launch of an initial coin offering; Louis Dreyfus Co. uses blockchain to trade soybeans; and more blockchain developments.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German operators sign up for 'secure' login system; Keymile's new boss; irritation with notifications; satellite rivals team up on FCC proposal.
Google has learned a lesson or two about delivering broadband.
Network operator investing heavily in renewable energy joins other US corporations in wind-buying alliance.
Chinese vendor commits to spend between $10 to 20 billion per year on R&D and prepares to launch its cross-portfolio AI-enabled platform.
T-Mobile can switch on 5G in some urban areas as compatible smartphones become available in 2019.
The disaggregation of the radio access network has been on operator agendas for some years, but will 'best of breed' mobile broadband access network models take off in 2018? Or is this just an R&D dream?
Chinese vendor will have put the frighteners on its European rivals with an update on its 5G and broader R&D plans.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: state investment firm sells off shares in Telia; TDC rejects takeover bid; Ericsson's on the 5G radio.
TCS is looking to add products to its traditional service offerings to help both enterprises and service providers make the transition to network virtualization and the cloud.
Ahead of MWC 2018, Ovum analyst Ed Barton discusses the mobile video services sector and the prospects for 'mobile first' video models.
The future is rosy for Android TV.
Orange announces Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and Samsung as key partners on 5G trials. Where does that leave Huawei?
Second-biggest US cable and broadband provider plans to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 and offer 1-Gig service across its 50-million-home footprint by year's end.
Intent-based – or outcome-driven – networking attempts to automatically provision networks based on our ability to define our intent or outcome, but is IBN the right approach to advancing network automation?
The two vendors launch competing technologies for protecting workloads and applications spanning multiple clouds.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Elisa tests virtual reality and more on pre-standard 5G; VodafoneZiggo upgrades core with Ericsson; Com Hem gets 1.2Gbit/s symmetrical over fiber coax.
Hint: Don't expect much action before the final three months of this year.
Ovum analyst Camille Mendler explains why the tech and mobile industries need to focus on delivering enterprise solutions that can be understood and used by anyone as the millennial generation begins to comprise the majority of the workforce.
Microsoft will let some users of Box, Dropbox or Google use OneDrive free until their contract with the competition runs out.
Tata Consultancy Services, an important partner to many operators and system vendors, will develop and sell its own products as it reinvents itself as a 'new systems integrator.'
Easy come, easy go.
New verification process intended to make commercialization simpler and faster.
Enterprise division of French telecom incumbent says it will be able to deploy the Cisco SD-WAN offering in minutes at remote enterprise sites.
Virtual Skybox VR demo imported 4K feeds and interactive extras into an app streamed live over Verizon's pre-5G test network.
An ex-Intel exec takes on her former employers in server chips, while another startup looks to provide AI hardware based on new 'nano-photonics' technology.
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown believes this year's MWC in Barcelona will witness a deep dive into 'Phase II' 5G tech developments such as network slicing.
The head of Orange Spain sees no short-term need to blanket his market with 5G networks and wants to 'break' the business model of Ericsson and Huawei.
Q4 and more in this week's edition of our go-to gabfest.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica and Huawei test 5G-V2X; Nokia tries out LPWA tech for French power giant; Orange turns to Check Point for device protection.
India's most aggressive operator is preparing to expand into new market areas.
With the 5G test market in mind, Viavi has coughed up $455 million to acquire the test and measurement division of Cobham, a move that takes it into other verticals as well.
The standards body has come up with a new architectural framework for a more digital and real-time back office.
Top security exec says the combination gives a better end-to-end view of customer network traffic, with both network and on-prem visibility.
Second-biggest US cable and broadband provider says its heavy capital spending will start to ebb a bit this year even as it carries out more all-digital and DOCSIS 3.1 system upgrades.
Scale is everything.
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that although most communications service providers (CSPs) prefer to have a solid plan in place before moving on a new market trend, it's not looking to be the same for automation, as most CSPs surveyed say they are moving forward without solid plans.
Managing the multicloud environment means addressing security challenges such as protecting access, ensuring data encryption and achieving consistency with data security across diverse cloud platforms.
Broadcom says this is its final offer for Qualcomm.
The cloud migration is driving traffic to the data center, and data centers are booming as a result, according to the annual Cisco Global Cloud Index.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT sanguine over Premier League soccer rights; new faces at MVNO Europe; another deal for Digpro.
Now is the time for senior female executives in comms to help the new entrants carve a niche for themselves in the industry, according to Telstra Malaysia's Yuni Lee Heathcote.
The top cloud providers, previously numbering four, need to find room for another chair at the table.
Ovum analyst Dario Talmesio says MWC 2018 is a great opportunity for a reality check on key technology developments and potential business cases related to AI, IoT, 5G and more.
Sprint ups its capex as it gets into its 5G stride.
Maybe cry instead.
Major merger not being discussed but the acquisition by Vodafone of European assets is being considered, the companies admit.
Google Cloud now has a run rate of more than $4 billion annually.
Yup, we're thinking about it, Dell says in an SEC filing, adding that it might do something else or just continue business as usual.
Chinese vendor manages sales growth in 2017 despite challenging market conditions and plots a boost to its 5G R&D investments.
New open source group may not be as dependent on AT&T-produced code, says top exec.
Orange is acquiring healthcare software company Enovacom; 1,500 healthcare institutions use Enovacom's software for the secure management and sharing of healthcare data.
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Deutsche Telekom get industrial with 5G in Hamburg; eir revenue falls in Q2; Tele2's busy year.
UK operator records first decline at consumer business in five years and loses TV customers, while sales slump at the troubled global services outfit.
It's part of Liberty's drive to build its business services portfolio for big enterprise and government customers.
On the fisal Q1 2018 earnings call, execs said they had around $163 billion to spend on acquisitions or dividends due to US corporate tax reform.
Following T-Mobile, Verizon says it will go nationwide with NB-IoT in 2018.
Amazon Web Services is becoming a bigger part of the company business.
5G is big with Qualcomm on its latest earnings call.
Proceeds from an auction of 5G spectrum are unlikely to go far in helping Germany to realize its gigabit ambitions.
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the primary focus for cable in 2018, with fierce competition across the market.
Creating a smart city means redefining network infrastructure.
US operator spells out plans for new 'home-centric' streaming device for its DirecTV Now OTT service as it remains 'very bullish' on video despite heavy satellite TV and U-verse TV sub losses.
One of the major hurdles in the way of NFV deployments is system interoperability – still!! So the New IP Agency (NIA) has launched an NFV interoperability certification program to provide some certainty to frustrated network operators.
Another win for Versa and a first step into SD-WAN territory for the cable operator giant, with the UK's Virgin Media spearheading its service launch.
Changing demands by cloud providers are driving down revenues for Juniper, and at least one analyst thinks the problem isn't going away anytime soon.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone going steady; Nokia's reasons to be cheerful; eir pulls out of Ireland's National Broadband Plan.
Managed security service providers are joining enterprises in looking to cloud access security broker software as a critical addition.
Finnish vendor ends 2017 on a relative high note but says conditions will remain tough in 2018 and that margins will be under pressure.