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Petty's Grievances: The 5G Hopes & Fears of Vodafone UK's CTO
News Analysis  | 
6/21/2018  |  Post a comment
The dark fiber stink, baseband software hold-ups and a virtualization impasse are just a few of the problems facing Vodafone UK as it prepares to launch 5G.
Xiaomi IPO Will Value Smartphone Firm at Up to $70B
News Analysis  | 
6/21/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese electronics manufacturer has big name anchor investors, including China Mobile and Qualcomm, as it aims to raise more than $6 billion from an IPO that could value the company at up to US$70 billion.
For Cloud-Based Call Centers That Might Kill IVR, Press or Say 2
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2018  |  Post a comment
The short answer is 'no' but they can make the customer service process less painful.
Larry Ellison Laughed at the Cloud, Now the Cloud Is Laughing Back
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2018  |  7 comments
Oracle is showing steady growth, but its competitors are bigger and growing faster. Can Oracle avoid getting flattened?
AT&T Buckles Down to Deploy NB-IoT in 2019
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2018  |  Post a comment
After waffling on the NB-IoT spec in 2017, AT&T now says it will go commercial in the US and Mexico in 2019.
Investors Unmoved by New Telstra 4-Year Plan
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2018  |  4 comments
Telstra's share price falls after the company unveils a new strategic plan and says it will slash a quarter of its workforce.
Matrixx VP Outlines Her Career-Making, Changing Skills
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
6/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Technology can be learned, but critical thinking, decision making and verbal communication are the career-making skills that are transferable and crucial in a digital transformation, says Jennifer Kyriakakis, Matrixx Software's co-founder and VP of marketing.
ETSI's Networked Intelligence Group Starts to Get Real
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/20/2018  |  1 comment
ETSI's wonderfully named Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI) group, which aims to help operators better understand and improve the management of their networks, has sprung to life.
Eurobites: EU Lets the (Non-Personal) Data Flow
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Archos to install blockchain-based browser on its devices; Dialog in talks to buy Synaptics; Eurofins acquires Insite Security.
HPE Aruba Debuts Software-Defined Branch
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Automates cloud-managed SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking with policy enforcement to help enterprises streamline branch connectivity.
Cisco Buys July Systems to Help Track People Indoors
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  2 comments
Cisco is looking to leverage July Systems' technology to help enterprises locate customers, employees and visitors inside facilities.
T-Mobile, Sprint Say 5G-Focused Merger Will Lead to 'Cord Cutting'
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  3 comments
The operators argue that the public will drop 'costly' wired broadband services in favor of one bill to stream it all.
HPE Launches GreenLake Hybrid Cloud Consumption Services
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  Post a comment
HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud professional services are designed to help enterprises manage and optimize on-premises and off-site clouds.
Colt Invests in US Network, Bigs Up Its Global Appeal
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  3 comments
Operator has hooked up 13 North American cities and is pitching itself as the only operator with its own network spanning Asia, Europe and the key markets in the US and Canada, though it may meet some competitive resistance...
South Korea's 5G Auction Raises $3.3B
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  5 comments
All three national operators win concessions during a sale of both mid-band and higher-range spectrum.
ONF Moves Aggressively on the Edge
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  Post a comment
New strategic realignment already generating reference designs for virtualization of key edge access and compute platforms.
Standalone or Non-Standalone? 5G Trials Will Help Orange Decide
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  Post a comment
French service provider is kicking off pan-European 5G trials to figure out whether NSA or SA makes sense.
Eurobites: Nokia, Orange Trial Cloud RAN in Poland
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AI and the creative industries; BT goes deeper into fintech; faster broadband for rural Nottinghamshire; Telenor reshuffles execs in Asia.
ZTE Tumbles Again as US Senate Rejects Rescue Deal
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  1 comment
The Chinese supplier's future is once again on the line after US politicians voted to scrap Trump's rescue deal.
India Puts AI at Top of Tech Agenda
News Analysis  | 
6/19/2018  |  1 comment
India's telcos and its government are prioritizing AI as they look to create new and innovative services for local consumers.
Analyst: Cable Gaining in Enterprise, but CenturyLink, Windstream Also Strong
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
New report from Matt Davis of Independence Research looks at the varying strategies and find key differences are aiding cable and telco.
CableLabs: New Optical Spec Almost Here
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  2 comments
Cable R&D group is prepping its Full Duplex Coherent Optics effort to vastly increase the fiber capacity in the cable access network.
Google Spending $550M on Chinese Partnership
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  1 comment
Google and JD.Com will partner on retail solutions in regions including Southeast Asia, the US and Europe.
AT&T to Deploy Small Cells, Smart City Infrastructure in San Jose
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T initially announced a small cell deployment partnership with San Jose in April, and plans to start deploying 5G in San Jose in the first half of 2019.
'Your World Cup Service Sucks,' Aussie PM Tells Optus CEO
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
The big issue of the day that really consumes the attention of Australian politicians is soccer, and why they can't watch it through Optus.
Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  3 comments
Ambitious software-only messaging and mobile core applications specialist targets major equipment vendors as it aims to become a billion-dollar business within four years.
Drunk Brits, Russian Anglers & Telenor's Big Data Gambit
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
How Norway's biggest operator plans on turning its mobile analytics into a new money-spinner.
Atlanta Braves Go to Bat for Transformation
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  1 comment
Technology helped the organization transform itself from a baseball team to landlord of a mixed-use urban development.
Eurobites: Former France Telecom Execs to Stand Trial Over Suicides
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Comcast's Sky bid gets the official EU nod; Virgin bills direct for Netflix; Telia denies break-up fee; Com Hem claims speed record.
Reliance Jio President Mathew Oommen on India's 4G Phenomenon
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Reliance Jio's Mathew Oommen discusses the market reality and motivation behind one of India's most incredible mobile networks.
The Telco Debt Binge May End Badly
Column  | 
6/15/2018  |  6 comments
There is nothing wrong with large amounts of debt if you methodically expand a business, but what are these guys doing?
Falling Fiber Gap Further Supports FCC's BDS Decision
Column  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Market forces are working well in the business data services (BDS) market in the US, argues Bruce Mehlman, co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
ZTE Is Still in the Danger Zone
Morris Lore  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Investors look panicky despite plans for a new line of credit and management changes. It is little wonder.
Vodafone-Idea Merger Enters Last Leg
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
A merger that would create India's biggest telecom operator is nearing the finish line.
Even for Virtualized Networks, Hardware Vendor Choice Matters
Column  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Mobile operators moving to virtualized networking for 5G infrastructure need to carefully consider the motivations behind the move and make the right choices at every step along the way.
Source Packet Routing Gets Real in 2018
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
6/15/2018  |  3 comments
SPRING has sprung in the routing community.
AT&T Closes $84B Time Warner Takeover
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
A media and telecom giant comes into being after US legal authorities said they had no objections earlier this week.
WiCipedia: Diversity Fatigue & 'Unprotected' Minorities at Google
WiCipedia  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Google slams diversity measures at leadership level; fatigue sets in on the Valley; men's careers are nurtured more than women's; and more.
Google Debuts 'App Maker' for Simple Apps
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
The low-code tool is designed to make it simple to build business applications using G Suite.
Eurobites: BT Still Has Work to Do on Openreach Separation
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: faster broadband for Cardiff; Ukrainian billionaire plans 'Netflix of sport'; Sky bags Serie A rights; EU WiFi program a non-starter.
Ciena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/14/2018  |  4 comments
Ciena CTO Steve Alexander explains why some operators are leery of fully autonomous networks, and how Ciena is collaborating with carriers to prepare for 5G deployments with platforms like the Adaptive Network.
ZTE Seeks $11B in Credit, Nominates New Board Members – Report
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor is looking to raise about $11 billion in credit and has nominated new board members in response to US demands.
Is the Sprint & T-Mobile Merger Too Risky?
Column  | 
6/14/2018  |  4 comments
Cheenu Seshadri, the managing partner at Three Horizon Advisors, looks at the market concentration risks of letting T-Mobile and Sprint merge.
3GPP Done With 5G SA Specs. Now the Hard Work Begins
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  2 comments
Standards group locks down standalone specifications, but has it addressed all of the industry's 5G concerns?
Why 5G Needs a 3D Perspective – Ovum
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/14/2018  |  Post a comment
At the 5G World Summit in London, Ovum's Daryl Schoolar explains why the migration from 4G to 5G requires a three-dimensional perspective.
Ericsson Beefs Up With Telefónica Argentina as Huawei Goes Hungry
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  2 comments
Ericsson lands networks deal with Spanish operator's Argentinean subsidiary at Huawei's expense.
BT Aims to Switch Off 3G by 2022
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  Post a comment
UK operator will make do with 2G, 4G and 5G technologies as it refarms spectrum originally awarded for use with 3G services.
Eurobites: Telefónica, Huawei Join the Quantum Party
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and Intel help China Mobile test standalone 5G; Italy's 5G auction will go ahead; Telia announces 5G partner program, and Volvo digs it.
Telco Systems Strong-ARMing uCPE
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2018  |  1 comment
Joint development deal with chipmaker ARM brings RISC-based silicon to the edge computing realm, focused on uCPE and more.
Comcast's Bid for Content, Growth & Whatever Comes Next
The Philter  | 
6/13/2018  |  5 comments
Comcast's desire to roll up more content assets and over-the-top distribution is just a blurring signpost as we rocket through a new media landscape.
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