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Eurobites: Orange in French M&A Talks
News Analysis | 5/16/2014

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Numericable may buy Virgin Mobile France; another upgrade for Nokia; EU antitrust chief strikes back; BT's here for the beer.

Live Sports Push Boundaries of Online Delivery
Column | 5/16/2014

Delivering live sports events online can be a nightmare, but help may be on its way for cable operators and other broadband providers.

For Cisco, Is 'SDN' Code for 'Crush VMware?'
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

John Chambers says Cisco is winning back customers it lost to VMware.

FCC Split on Net Neutrality Plans
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Amid heated debate, the FCC passes a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" that could allow ISPs to charge more for priority service.

Radio Revolutions on the Road to 5G
Column | 5/15/2014

Fresh approaches to radio technology from startups are coming to fruition, which may end up helping to power 5G.

Charter/Comcast Tap Willner for Spinoff
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Charter and Comcast announce that Michael Willner will serve as President and CEO of "SpinCo," a proposed new spinoff cable company.

Security Tops Smart Home Wish List
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

A new report by software specialist iControl finds that security is still consumers' number-one smart home priority.

AT&T Confirms VoLTE Launch in 4 States
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Carrier joins NTT DoCoMo and HKT in revealing its VoLTE plans this week, making it the first Tier 1 to launch 4G voice in the US.

EE Makes the Case for 5G
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Having made a flying start with 4G LTE, the UK's largest mobile operator is looking ahead to the evolution to 5G and what it will mean for its business.

SMS Is Far From Dead
Column | 5/15/2014

Application-to-person (A2P) messaging SMS could be the operator opportunity of 2014.

Eurobites: IoT Drives UK Merger
News Analysis | 5/15/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk TV takes off; SFR numbers heading south; Nokia pays off 5,000 at troublesome Indian plant.

Cisco Earnings Suffer From Carrier Weakness
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Cisco reported third-quarter revenue of $11.5 billion and profits of $2.2 billion -- down from last year but not as much as expected.

Rural Telcos Urged Into 600MHz Auction
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

The CEO of NTCA encourages rural telcos to bid on "the last bid of beachfront property" in the wireless game.

Harmonic Pushes CCAP Into the Network
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Harmonic pursues new "Distributed CCAP" course with debut of NSG Exo product that pushes CMTS and edgeQAM functions out of the cable headend and into the access network.

Isis Adds 600K NFC Wallets in 30 Days
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Operator JV claims 20,000 new mobile wallet activations per day in the past month.

Comcast's Cohen: Define Internet Fast Lanes
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Comcast EVP David Cohen argues that the MSO is following open Internet principles and that Internet 'fast lanes' still need to be defined.

Towerstream Teams With AlcaLu on Small Cells
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

After an initial deal with Verizon, tower company hopes to attract more wireless operators to lease its small cell real estate with the help of the big-name vendors.

Small Telcos Take Different Path to NFV
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Facing the same need to cut costs and introduce new services faster, smaller telcos are looking for a pragmatic path to virtualization.

MBC Deploys Cyan SDN for Backhaul Rollout
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Cyan helps Mid Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) develop backhaul connectivity to a greater number of cell sites for less expense.

Eurobites: SSE Takes On BT in Ethernet
News Analysis | 5/14/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange chief feeling chipper; Numericable Q1 numbers on the up; 4G for Moscow metro; Etisalat completes Maroc Telecom acquisition.

AT&T Wants to Buy Sprint's WCS Spectrum
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

As expected, AT&T has made a play to add Sprint's WCS spectrum to its own holdings. The deal could earn $130 million or more for Dan Hesse & Co.

Telenet Chooses Casa for CCAP
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

In another big CCAP win, Casa Systems sells its next-gen CMTS solution to the largest cable operator in Belgium.

Metaswitch: Telcos Must Get Soft to Survive
Rewired | 5/13/2014

Metaswitch CEO urges telcos to transform their business models along with their networks and start behaving like software companies.

BlackBerry Wants a Fruitful Future in M2M
Que Sera Sarah | 5/13/2014

CEO John Chen tells the Economic Times that BlackBerry will have a major M2M play in five years.

Wanted: Wisdom of the Crowd (That’s YOU)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/13/2014

We've got the questions, you've got the answers...

Cloud Helps Companies Face Disaster Head-On
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/13/2014

The disaster recovery market is facing challenges with quick IT growth, especially among mobile and other technologies.

Bit Parts: Following the Optical Money
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

The latest roundup of news from the communications components sector.

Comcast Tunes in Turner VoD
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

A sweeping deal between Comcast and Turner Broadcasting will bring new Turner TV shows to Xfinity On Demand customers and open up new dynamically inserted ads for advertisers.

Eurobites: MTS, NSN Take VoLTE Into the Cloud
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei trials small cells with Vodafone; Google must implement 'right to be forgotten'; Moody's upgrades Nokia.

Integra Monitors Its Fiber With Ciena Tool
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

On its recently deployed 100G link between Salt Lake City and Sacramento, Integra is using Ciena's PinPoint solution to monitor fiber loss.

Nokia CEO Must Channel Fighting Spirit
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Nokia watchers offer their views on the 'new' Nokia and the choice of Rajeev Suri as CEO.

AT&T Closing on DirecTV?
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

Bloomberg reports that AT&T is now in advanced talks to buy DirecTV for about $50 billion as media merger fever picks up.

China Loosens Grip on Telecom Prices
News Analysis | 5/13/2014

As MVNOs prepare to enter the market, the Chinese authorities introduce further liberalization. But will it make any difference?

AT&T Spotlights Early SDN Efforts
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

In announcing Salesforce.com as part of the AT&T Cloud Ecosystem, the carrier also explains its homegrown, SDN-like way of managing cloud connections.

AT&T Makes GM Cars a Data Plan Add-On
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Owners of select GM cars can get LTE connectivity for only $10 per month as part of AT&T's Mobile Share data plans, as the carrier experiments with connected-car pricing models.

DT Asks for $1B Prenup for Sprint, T-Mobile — WSJ
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

The WSJ reports that Deutsche Telekom is asking for $1 billion in break-up cash from Sprint if it's unable to acquire T-Mobile.

Comcast Offers WiFi to KDDI, Taiwan Mobile Subs
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Comcast is selling wireless hotspot access to subscribers of KDDI and Taiwan Mobile, but WiFi is no substitute for mobile broadband.

Big Changes in Store for CDNs
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/12/2014

Verizon's acquisition of CDN provider EdgeCast is just one of several developments that will shake up the CDN sector.

UTC Telecom 2014: Socket to Me
Slide Shows | 5/12/2014

Who would you find at a Utilities Telecom Council event? A Light Reading editor with a camera, for one...

Cisco's IoT Leader Finds Other Things to Do
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Not even a future $19 trillion market can keep Guido Jouret, Cisco's Internet of Things leader, at the company.

Cable's All-IP Shift Will Drag On
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

In our recent community poll, most readers don't think cable operators will upgrade to all-IP service delivery until at least 2018, if they do so at all.

Verizon Looks to Bridge Amazon
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Verizon hopes enterprise connectivity will help it close Amazon's enormous market lead.

You Either Love SDN, or You Really Don't
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

SDN is gaining popularity fast, but there's also a lot of skepticism about its potential among network engineers and managers, according to a Network Instruments study.

HP Doubles Down on OpenDaylight
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

HP is going from Silver to Platinum membership, increasing its commitment from $20,000 to $500,000 plus 10 full-time equivalent staff.

Eurobites: Qualcomm Eyes WiFi Chip Specialist
News Analysis | 5/12/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei enables 400G for Broadnet; Ericsson swallows Red Bee; 5G latest; BSkyB's M&A ambitions.

Sprint's Spark: It's Fast but No Multi-Tasker
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Sprint says using a single radio at a time gives battery life and performance benefits for Spark-capable devices.

Apple Buying Beats for $3.2B: Dr. Dre & Tyrese
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Several sources, including Dr. Dre himself, suggest the iPhone maker is splashing down $3.2 billion to acquire Beats for its streaming music service and wearables.

Components Shortages Hit Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

First Nokia now Alcatel-Lucent have reported supply chain issues.

Comcast Cloud DVR Storms Down East Coast
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Comcast cloud DVR services now reach one-third of the MSO's footprint with the launches of the new service in southern Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

UTC Telecom 2014: The Rise of the Utelco?
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Vendors urging utilities to deliver high-speed connections to the underserved.

Eurobites: Telefónica's Q1 Blues
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's IP boost; ZTE wins German patents case; Merkel backs easier M&A; BICS drags Belgacom down.

Getting Your Magenta Kicks
Jonestown | 5/9/2014

The pink sneaker tide rises at T-Mobile.

IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1
News Analysis | 5/9/2014

The vendor cuts its losses and shows strength in key networking equipment sectors in the first quarter, but revenues are static.

SK Telecom Tests WebRTC for the Blind
Que Sera Sarah | 5/9/2014

Choi Jin-ho, manager of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, tells Light Reading about SK Telecom's plans for WebRTC, including a service to help the visually impaired.

Cablevision Plots WiFi Market Disruption
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

The big US MSO views its rapidly growing WiFi network as a way to "disrupt" the wireless data market with potential products.

Alcatel-Lucent CEO: We Can Go It Alone
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Just over a year after taking the helm, what's on the mind of Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes? Plenty of things, but being part of the next mega-merger isn't one of them.

UTC Telecom 2014: More Power to You
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Utility companies face many of the same network transformation issues as telecom players but their needs are also unique to the power sector.

AT&T Jumps On Board With Jinni
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

AT&T has selected Jinni's video search and recommendation engine to power content discovery and recommendation features on the U-verse TV platform.

AT&T to Turn Down Muve's Music?
Que Sera Sarah | 5/8/2014

Cricket confirms AT&T is exploring 'alternative music options to Muve,' a decision that shows it's tone deaf to its prepaid customer base.

Orange France Hacked
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Customer data stolen in security breach that could lead to phishing attacks on subscribers.

DoCoMo Unveils 5G Trial Plans
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

The innovative Japanese operator is soliciting help from six wireless equipment vendors to conduct next-generation mobile broadband experiments.

Brocade Hires IBM Exec to Beef Up SDN Team
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Colin Dixon is reportedly part of SDN brain drain at IBM.

tw telecom Changes CoS Dynamics
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

tw telecom enables dynamic Class of Service changes to go along with its existing dynamic bandwidth capabilities.

Voxbone Tweaks Its Network for WebRTC
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Global VoIP provider adds support for WebRTC, so its enterprise and service provider customers can offer click-to-call with no network.

Eurobites: Soccer Surge for BT's Fiscal Q4
News Analysis | 5/8/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom profits hit by US push; Telekom Austria challenged in Q1; bring on the smartphone orchestra!

Google Buys Cloud Monitoring Startup
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Google picks up Stackdriver for AWS monitoring and analytics know-how.

New Cox Guide Boosts Viewing
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Cox reports that video subscribers using its new Contour program guide and interface watch more channels and more on-demand content than those without it.

Does M2M Need LTE?
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Altair Semiconductor is betting it does, with an LTE-only modem coming for the smart sensors and other gizmos that make up The Internet of Things.

Arris Starts Off Year Strong
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Surging shipments of cable and IPTV set-tops, video gateways, CCAP devices, and cable modems drive higher than expected sales and earnings for equipment vendor.

Bumper Year for the Leading Lights Awards
Shades of Ray | 5/7/2014

There are more than 80 finalists in 16 categories for this year's Leading Lights awards, and it's an impressive bunch.

Microsoft, VMware Team on Virtualization Standard
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

The proposed Geneve protocol would improve interoperability for virtualized networks.

Eurobites: Telefónica to Buy Pay-TV Player
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GSMA man wants merging made easier; Vodafone, SFR renew enterprise collaboration; Deutsche Telekom enables mobile payments.

Nearly 500 Operators Make the 4G Pledge
News Analysis | 5/7/2014

There are now 288 live LTE networks in 104 countries, with 497 operators making a firm commitment to deploying 4G, according to the GSA's latest numbers.

Netflix Cracks Top 10 MSO
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Netflix swings carriage deal with Suddenlink Communications, the seventh largest US MSO, after breaking the ice with three midsized cable operators last month.

BTE: Kind of a Big Deal
LRTV Documentaries | 5/6/2014

The Big Telecom Event, or BTE, is a big deal for the whole industry, as well as for Light Reading.

ATIS Works to Avert Web Control Battle
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

A new group, Open Web Alliance, will try to bring Internet giants into collaborative process with telecom network operators over proxies.

Citrix Upgrades Its ADC for Mobile Apps
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Citrix upgrades its application delivery controller in an effort to improve performance and user experience for mobile apps.

Comcast Commits to RDK-B
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Comcast is ready to bring the RDK concept to broadband gear, creating an underlying and open software stack for cable broadband modems, routers, and gateways.

Cyan's Blue Planet Now in KVH's Orbit
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Japanese network and data center operator makes SDN platform centerpiece of its new on-demand burstable Ethernet service suite.

Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent's Shares Rise on Nokia Bid Rumor
News Analysis | 5/6/2014

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson trials LTE Broadcast; Etisalat sells West African operations to Maroc Telecom; Virgin goes quad-play; Iraq gets 3G.

Ciena, Brocade Take a Dynamic View of WAN
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Ciena and Brocade co-develop a dynamic resource provisioning solution for the inter-data center WAN.

Comcast/EA Close to X1 Deal
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Comcast and EA may be close to a deal to stream popular video games – including Madden titles – to X1 set-tops.

Ad Industry Eyes Shift From Ratings to Impressions
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

IP and multiscreen video delivery are paving the way for a shift from ratings-based TV advertising to an impressions-based model.

Cable Providers Boost Broadband Speeds
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Cox, Mediacom, and TW Cable all boost broadband speeds to compete with Google Fiber, AT&T, and CenturyLink I Gig rollouts.

The Three Faces of SDN
Column | 5/5/2014

Vendors are vying to define SDN in ways that advantage their own products. Meanwhile, the threat from cloud providers looms like a zombie army in the distance.

Is AT&T-DirecTV Really About Broadband?
Rewired | 5/5/2014

PayTV service is not the future for AT&T so there have to be other reasons for buying a satellite TV distribution network.

Bit Parts: Cisco Funding Up for Grabs
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

The latest roundup from the world of comms components features funding news from Cisco.

Nokia Pumps $100M into Connected Cars
News Analysis | 5/5/2014

Nokia Growth Partners has set up a $100 million Connected Car fund to integrate its mapping and location services into more cars.

Virtualization to Transform CPE
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/5/2014

Customer premises equipment (CPE) is set to change dramatically in the coming years through virtualization, a process that will change business models for telcos, helping them to reduce capex and opex.

Why Some Operators Think LTE-U Is Rude
Que Sera Sarah | 5/5/2014

The 3GPP is in heated discussions about LTE in unlicensed spectrum, with operators split between those that want to take advantage and those worried about their WiFi investments.

Cox Goes for a Gigabit
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Cox will roll out a gigabit broadband service tier to all residential subscribers starting in 2014.

Is This the Real M2M?
Jonestown | 5/2/2014

It is suspected that a machine could be posting thousands of short repetitive videos of tones and colored shapes to the web, but why it's happening is still a mystery.

Amdocs Flexes Its Back Office Muscles
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

SPIT giant unveils a slew of major carrier deals as it announces record quarterly revenues.

One Reason Customer Service Sometimes Sucks
Rewired | 5/2/2014

Telecom players need to give their CSRs more intelligent tools to address customer issues, or see training and turnover troubles persist.

Capex Trend Points to Less Seasonality – Analysts
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Research from Raymond James & Assoc. points toward increased capex by AT&T and Verizon in the first quarter and a possible long-term shift away from seasonal spending patterns.

Consortium Develops Virtual IT Platform for NFV
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

A consortium of Japanese companies including NTT has developed a distributed server platform designed for network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments.

Eurobites: Telefónica Sweetens E-Plus Deal
News Analysis | 5/2/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new exec line-up at TeliaSonera; BT's man in sub-Saharan Africa; BSkyB does deal with Paramount.

AT&T to Gain 4G Voice May 23?
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The carrier reportedly plans to launch VoLTE in Chicago and Minneapolis at the end of the month.

Tablets Grow Like 'OMG' in Q1
Que Sera Sarah | 5/1/2014

Verizon and AT&T managed to sell nearly 1M tablets between them, while T-Mobile says its push into connected tablets is just beginning.

Capex Slowdown Slams JDSU
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Share price takes a hammering as slow carrier spending in US and a delay in revenues from China's 4G rollouts hit vendor's numbers.

AT&T Eyeing a Bid for DirecTV?
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that an AT&T buyout could value the satellite TV provider at $40 billion.

The IP Transition's Real-World Impact
Column | 5/1/2014

A look at what the transition to IP means to you, me, and other people who use a phone for business and personal communications.

CenturyLink Cuts Cloud Prices, Touts Power
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Five months after announcing the Tier 3 purchase, CenturyLink unveils new cloud strategy built on cheaper prices and enterprise-scale power.

T-Mobile Sacrifices Costs for Customers
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

The 'uncarrier' manages to add 2.4 million total customers, but lost $151M in the first quarter.

China Operators Mull Tower Spin-off
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

China's major operators are considering the creation of a mobile tower joint venture.

Comcast Whips Up More WiFi
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Biggest US MSO now plans to roll out 8 million WiFi hotspots by the end of the year, after reaching the 1 million hotspot milestone less than a month ago.

Eurobites: Elop's Golden Parachute Inflates
News Analysis | 5/1/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BSkyB's profits slip; Virgin considers slow-speed sell-off; Orange not happy about network-sharing deal.

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