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AT&T Trades Pay-TV Dollars for OTT Dimes
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  3 comments
Remember when telco TV was a good business?
Google Enlists Cisco to the Hybrid Cloud Cause
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Google, seeking enterprise cloud cred, lands a major ally.
Google Teams With Cisco for Hybrid Cloud
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  2 comments
Eager to gain enterprise momentum, Google Cloud Platform latches on to Cisco and its massive installed base.
Sprint Narrows Loss, Avoids T-Mobile Questions
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  1 comment
Sprint didn't hold a Q2 earnings call, thus dodging questions about a T-Mobile merger and the potential loss of 20,000 jobs.
Microsoft Launches Kubernetes as a Managed Service
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Also upgrading Azure Container Registry to allow users to scale containers across Azure's global footprint.
SugarCRM Sweetens Cloud Strategy
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
With customers shifting to the cloud, SugarCRM is looking to move updates faster through its cloud product, although it will continue to support the on-premises version into the foreseeable future.
Workday Looks to OpenStack to Power Growth
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/25/2017  |  Post a comment
As the company expands its customer base, it's looking to the open source cloud platform to keep up with demand without having to add new hardware.
Cloud Can Deliver a Broadband Boost, Says Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2017  |  1 comment
Cloud-based services can help to improve the broadband experience for consumers, says Huawei.
AT&T Q3: Taxes, FirstNet & '5G Evolution'
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  7 comments
Q3 results mildly miss, and AT&T's CFO preaches for a 'once in a generation' chance at tax reform.
Juniper's Cloud Woes Likely to Continue Into Q4
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Juniper Networks reported third-quarter financial numbers that were in-line with analysts' expectations, but the company's cloud concerns, especially around switches, is likely to continue.
5 Reasons to Ignore Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/24/2017  |  20 comments
Heavy Reading has just released a report on the coming automation age and how it will affect telecom industry ecosystems.
Vendors, Get Used to Life Under Open Source
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T thinks open source software is here to stay, and that means some vendors will have to reinvent their business models.
FCC's Latest 3.5GHz Vote Favors the Big 4
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  1 comment
A new proposed rule would tilt 5G's 3.5GHz spectrum allocation in a way the major US carriers have favored, much to Google's chagrin.
What Color Is That Optical White Box?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/24/2017  |  3 comments
The future of 'optical white box' was a topic of discussion, debate and some confusion at Light Reading's recent NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver.
Qwilt Takes Limelight to the Edge
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Caching vendor Qwilt and CDN Limelight today announced an integrated solution to bring content closer to the end-user and improve QoE.
Tivo Tips New Bolt Boxes
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
Tivo's not giving up on retail hardware yet.
Windstream Joins DDoS Mitigation Effort
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
As DDoS attacks get bigger and badder, carriers like Windstream have begun offering mitigation services in the cloud.
Orange Polska: Fiber Plan Supports 5G Strategy
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Polish operator and other service providers highlight the need for more advanced fixed-line infrastructure as they start to plan for the launch of 5G services.
Ericsson Pumps Up 5G Trials With US Cellular to 28GHz
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Ericsson works with US Cellular on 28GHz 5G trials in rural and suburban Wisconson.
Verizon & Vodafone Challenge NG-PON2 Vendors on Price
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
Some of the world's largest service providers have complained that equipment costs for the emerging NG-PON2 standard remain far too high.
KDDI Embraces Versa's SD-WAN
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Software-based approach enables cloud deployment and rapid scaling of SD-WAN services for enterprise customers.
Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adopts 2 Security Projects
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
Best known as the home of Kubernetes, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is also adopting two open source security projects designed to protect containers.
AppDynamics Founder Launches 'Harness' for Continuous App Delivery
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Jyoti Bansal's new startup provides automated testing designed to reduce application deployment times from weeks to hours.
OPNFV's Euphrates Sails Toward Cloud-Native Shores
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Fifth software release from OPNFV integrates Kubernetes, cloud-based OpenStack and continuous integration.
Microsoft, Cray Bringing Supercomputer Power to Azure
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Microsoft is looking to bring Cray's supercomputing abilities to its Azure public cloud to assist with scientific research and other developments including AI and analytics.
Cisco Announces $1.9B Deal for BroadSoft
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Takeover would solidify Cisco's position as a leader in the market for unified communications services.
Kubernetes & the Grand Google Conspiracy
Craig's A-List  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
If there isn't a master plan behind Google's creation of Kubernetes, maybe there ought to be.
3, 2, 1... Rocket Fiber Readies Pay-TV Launch
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  3 comments
10-Gig ISP Rocket Fiber talks about why it's getting into the pay-TV business and how.
T-Mobile Ducks Q3 Call to Dodge Sprint M&A Questions
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  4 comments
Sprint follows suit shortly afterwards on Monday morning.
Cisco Targets Cloud-Based UC With $1.9B BroadSoft Deal
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/23/2017  |  6 comments
Cisco is looking to expand its reach into cloud-based UC thanks to a $1.9 billion deal for BroadSoft.
What If Kubernetes Is One Big Google Conspiracy?
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  2 comments
Google's latest effort at world domination includes Kubernetes, at least according to one theory.
Cloud Computing Skills Gap: How You Can Cash In
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  13 comments
A growing concern in IT is what skills are needed as infrastructure shifts to the cloud? There are no specific 'cloud courses,' but there are ways to take existing skills within IT and get your projects done.
VentureLabs' Balcom Brings Marketing Strategy to Startups
Mentor Monday  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
As Executive in Residence for VentureLabs, Virginia Balcom helps startups hone their marketing strategy – a critical, but often overlooked step in product and market validation.
Verizon's IPTV Plans Flounder Further
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  6 comments
Even Verizon's updated Fios TV product appears to be in trouble.
People in Comms, This WiC Event Is For You!
Que Sera Sarah  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Join Women in Comms on Nov. 1 in London for a luncheon geared towards men and how they can be important allies for women in the workplace.
Eurobites: Russia's MTS to Spend €400M on Ericsson 5G-Ready Gear
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson lands media deal with Fox; Telecom Italia approves Canal+ deal; Arqiva plots flotation.
Nokia, AWS Team Up Strategically
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
New collaboration will focus on helping service providers migrate their IT operations to the AWS cloud along with edge computing and IoT.
HPE Steps Back From Hypercloud
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/20/2017  |  2 comments
HPE says it's no longer selling custom servers for hypercloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft – eight big companies in all.
SCTE Slide Show: Arris & Cisco Play Nice!
Slide Shows  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
DAA forced Arris and Cisco into each other's booths at the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo... and other tales of cable fun.
Ericsson CFO: Automation Is Helping Us Cut Jobs
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor is rolling out artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies in its service delivery business, which suffered hefty cuts in the recent third quarter.
A 3-Layer Network & the 'Last 10 Meters' – Light Reading Reports from UBBF China
LRTV Documentaries  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The Ultra-Broadband Forum is an annual event organized by the UN Broadband Commission and Huawei.
MongoDB IPO Shows Upside of Cloud, Open Source
Scott Ferguson  | 
10/20/2017  |  7 comments
With a strong debut, MongoDB shows how powerful the combination of cloud, open source and digital transformation is.
Ericsson Sees Networks Progress Despite Mounting Losses
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker draws attention to gains at its networks division but continues to face a huge turnaround challenge.
Eurobites: UK Mobile Operators Slammed for Overcharging on Handsets
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN boss to step down next April; EU gets tough on OTTs and privacy; more UK spectrum auction ructions.
Open Is the New Black for Mobile Voice Services
Column  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The definition of voice services is widening beyond phone calls, even into IoT. That calls for a more open approach to product development, Ian Maclean of Metaswitch argues.
NTT Takes SDN to the Track With Formula 1 Team McLaren-Honda
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  2 comments
NTT and Formula 1 team McLaren-Honda are taking their technology partnership to the track at this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin.
WiCipedia: Gender Editors, Twitter Reform & How to Be Decent
WiCipedia  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: The New York Times creates a new diversity position; Instagram's COO advises 'get your foot in the door'; sexism scandals rile Hollywood and Sacramento; and more.
Eastern Europe: OTT's Final Frontier?
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Operators and broadcasters in central and eastern Europe remain sanguine about the threat from OTT services.
Cloud Security: Beware the 'Treacherous 12'
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/20/2017  |  2 comments
The cloud presents security threats that are different from on-premises IT.
Cisco Racks 200th Acquisition, Nabs Perspica for App Performance
Wagner’s Ring  | 
10/19/2017  |  Post a comment
Perspica will join AppDynamics, which Cisco acquired earlier this year, to help enterprises improve application performance in real time.
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