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Pai's FCC Makes Access Regs Flip-Flop
News Analysis | 3/31/2017

Business Data Services are back on the FCC docket but instead of more regulation to promote competition, Pai is pushing fewer rules.

Eurobites: Ofcom Closes In On Openreach
News Analysis | 3/31/2017

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia wins big in Mexico; Sky buys content creator; Microsoft opens machine-learning lab in Munich.

Ericsson Must Hit M&A Trail to Boss B/OSS – Analyst
News Analysis | 3/31/2017

The Swedish vendor must quickly acquire B/OSS capabilities in several key areas if it is to thrive in this market, says a Heavy Reading analyst.

Huawei's Sales Soar but Profit Growth Grinds to a Halt
News Analysis | 3/31/2017

Huawei continues to mop up business with carriers, enterprise customers and consumers, but it runs into a brick wall on profits.

Ekinops Eyes $64M Takeover of OneAccess
News Analysis | 3/30/2017

Optical equipment specialist says the deal will open up virtualization opportunities and give it access to Tier 1 service providers.

Brocade's Other IP Assets Find a Home
News Analysis | 3/30/2017

Rejuvenated Extreme Networks picks up routers and switches that Broadcom is divesting.

Colt Reveals SDN & NFV Next Steps
News Analysis | 3/30/2017

Enterprise-focused network operator says its next Novitas-based service will be an Internet-access-on-demand offering.

Cisco Takes Bold Software Step to Counter White Box Threat – Report
News Analysis | 3/29/2017

Network equipment giant is reportedly set to launch an operating system that it will sell on a standalone basis.

Does Oracle Have the Hots for Accenture?
News Analysis | 3/29/2017

CIOs get nervous following speculation that Oracle is sizing up a potential bid for global systems integrator Accenture.

Ekholm's Vision of Slimmer Ericsson Lacks Detail & Dazzle
Morris Lore | 3/28/2017

Ericsson's new CEO is trimming fat and focusing on core business activities, but does the new strategic plan pack any punch?

Silver Peak Adds Routing, Analytics to SD-WAN
News Analysis | 3/28/2017

Silver Peak Systems' SD-WAN solution now includes SD-WAN, WAN optimization, BGP routing protocols, stateful firewall and analytics.

Ericsson Tightens Focus, Warns of $1.7B Q1 Hit
News Analysis | 3/28/2017

Swedish vendor hints at a likely sale of its media and cloud hardware assets and sets a target of doubling its profit margins.

Eurobites: BT 'Fesses Up to Compensation-Fiddling on Ethernet Services
News Analysis | 3/27/2017

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia has change of heart on IoT; mobile device infections rising; UK minister slams encrypted messaging in wake of Westminster Bridge outrage.

Why Analytics Is the Tech World's Digital Glue
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2017

It was obvious at the massive annual CeBIT enterprise tech trade show that the foundation for tech innovation right now is real-time analytics.

Orange Kicks Off 'Universal CPE' Trials
News Analysis | 3/24/2017

Orange Business Services has taken a step closer to the launch of a universal CPE that could support new service offerings for its enterprise customers.

Virtualization a 'Tough Sell' to Finance Teams, Says PCCW
News Analysis | 3/23/2017

Could finance departments wedded to old-school business models be one of the chief barriers to the rollout of virtualization technologies?

Cloud Boom, Virtualization Benefit Data Center Vendors
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/23/2017

The vendor community is responding to the need for greater innovation both within and beyond the data center.

CenturyLink Delivers DSL Using CORD Platform
News Analysis | 3/22/2017

CenturyLink is transforming its legacy central offices with next-gen virtual functions to speed the delivery of residential and business DSL.

BT: Telco Mindset Could Negate Container Benefits
News Analysis | 3/22/2017

BT's Peter Willis says operators will have to start treating their network functions like expendable cattle, rather than much-loved pets, to benefit from container technology.

ONAP to Release Code to Public Imminently, Says AT&T
News Analysis | 3/22/2017

AT&T executive says open sourcing should ultimately allow operators to onboard VNFs in fewer steps than it takes today.

Tata, Colt Take Vendors to Task on SD-WAN Interoperability
News Analysis | 3/22/2017

Vendor interoperability, a persistent bugbear in the SDN and NFV community, is a particular concern for operators investing in SD-WAN technology.

Voyager Trial 'Very Cool' for Telia Carrier
News Analysis | 3/17/2017

Test of white box optical solution proves open multivendor approach works but it will require internal optical networking expertise.

5G Faces a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Morris Lore | 3/17/2017

Despite growing hype, the rollout of the next-generation network technology is unlikely to happen quickly or have an immediate impact on telco business.

Nokia to Split Mobile Biz, Rejig Management After Mobile Boss Quits
News Analysis | 3/17/2017

Finnish vendor hopes latest restructuring efforts, which include a carve-up of its mobile networks business, will better position it for new growth opportunities.

Leading Lights Awards Deadline Looms
News Analysis | 3/16/2017

Time is running out to get your entries in for the industry's most prestigious awards.

ADVA Commercializes DCI Direct Detect
News Analysis | 3/16/2017

New option on its ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect is direct switch-to-switch DCI, including an open optical line system and an aggregated option.

VNFs Draw Attention to Testing Needs
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/16/2017

As the infrastructure to support the onboarding of virtual network functions (VNFs) emerges, so the need for supporting test tools becomes increasingly apparent.

Orange Adds SD-WAN to Hybrid Net Strategy
News Analysis | 3/15/2017

Orange Business Services taps Riverbed's SteelConnect software as an SD-WAN VNF on its universal CPE, as part of Easy Go Network.

Returning to a Cloudy Software World
News Analysis | 3/14/2017

After a few years away, I'm back at Light Reading – and I've returned to a strange new world of clouds and software.

Real-Time Analytics Serves Multiple Functions
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/14/2017

Analytics capabilities are enabling companies to expand beyond their traditional market boundaries.

China's ZTE Gets New Chairman – Report
News Analysis | 3/14/2017

The roles of chairman, president and executive director will no longer be held by a single individual as ZTE looks to burnish its corporate image.

Nominate Your WiC Leading Lights NOW!
News Analysis | 3/14/2017

There's only a few days left to nominate a new class of worthy women for 2017's most inspiring woman in comms, female tech pioneer of the year and female-led startup to watch.

OrbTV: AT&T CMO & the 'Digital Mindset'
LRTV Interviews | 3/14/2017

AT&T Business Solutions' chief marketing officer, Steve McGaw, sat down with Light Reading's CEO, Steve Saunders, at Mobile World Congress to talk about how CSPs need to get into the "digital mindset" in order to succeed in a cloud-based future.

LR Exclusive: Cisco's Davidson Talks Turkey
News Analysis | 3/13/2017

Newly returned from Juniper to run Cisco's service provider business, Jonathan Davidson says transformation isn't changing basic business principles.

OrbTV: AT&T's CMO Details $40B Spend
LRTV Interviews | 3/13/2017

Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer of AT&T Business Solutions, details out the 2016 and 2017 $40 billion capex outlay in part one of an interview with Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, at Mobile World Congress.

OrbTV: NetScout's CTO on the 'Journey to the Cloud'
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2017

Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, sat down with Bruce Kelley, senior vice president and CTO of service provider at NetScout, and Jim McNiel, CMO of NetScout, to talk about the challenges service providers are facing on their journey to the cloud.

SD-WAN Trends Underscore Need for Testing
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/10/2017

As SD-WAN grows in popularity with enterprise users, the need for testing and monitoring these services will be paramount

Pushing Your Products to the Brink
Column | 3/9/2017

There is no substitute for testing under the most realistic conditions if you want to minimize the chances of network downtime.

NIA Preps NFV Certification Program
News Analysis | 3/9/2017

The New IP Agency (NIA), which already undertakes NFV interoperability testing, is adding a certification program to its 2017 plans, explains board member Axel Clauberg.

OrbTV: It's an MWC17 Wrap!
LRTV Interviews | 3/9/2017

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Enterprise Cloud News editor Scott Ferguson discuss some of the trends from this year's Mobile World Congress and attempt a spoof of the Oscars.

OrbTV: DT Updates on NFV Progress
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2017

Axel Clauberg, vice president at Deutsche Telekom, gives Light Reading's Liz Coyne an update on the operator's NFV deployment, service launch dates and Pan-European Network.

Ciena's Q1 Growth Not Good Enough for Wall Street
News Analysis | 3/8/2017

Revenue growth neared 10% but Wall Street was still disappointed.

AT&T CFO: We're the Capacity Kings
News Analysis | 3/8/2017

Stephens tells investment conference AT&T didn't want an unlimited data battle but is uniquely positioned to win one.

ZTE Suffers $340M Net Loss on US Fine
News Analysis | 3/8/2017

Chinese equipment maker turns loss-making in 2016 but may have cause to feel more optimistic about its prospects this year.

Avaya Offloads Its Networks Biz to Extreme for $100M
News Analysis | 3/8/2017

Extreme reckons Avaya's networks business will generate $200 million in annual revenues and open up new sales opportunities.

How RJio Tore Up the 4G Rule Book
Between the CEOs | 3/7/2017

At MWC 2017, Reliance Jio's President of Network, Global Strategy and Service Development, Mathew Oommen, tells Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders how ruthless execution of its plans helped the Indian greenfield 4G operator attract more than 100 million subscribers in its first 170 days of commercial operation.

Have You Entered the Leading Lights?
Shades of Ray | 3/6/2017

Time is running out to get your entries in for the industry's most prestigious awards.

SKT Airs 28GHz Concerns, Eyes Mid-Band 5G
News Analysis | 3/6/2017

South Korean telco is keeping its spectrum options open as it looks at various ways of reducing the 5G spending bill.

Technicolor Table Lamp Runs on AWS
News Analysis | 3/3/2017

Technicolor shows how the future of the connected home could run through Amazon Web Services.

Orange Also Objects to 5G NR Acceleration
News Analysis | 3/1/2017

Technical strategy director at French incumbent says 5G is not just about new radio specifications.

Amdocs CMO: We're Gonna Mint It in MANO
News Analysis | 3/1/2017

Amdocs is very bullish about its revenue prospects from a productized version of the recently created open source management and orchestration (MANO) system ONAP.

VimpelCom to Pioneer 'Multivendor' NFV; Downbeat on 5G
News Analysis | 3/1/2017

Emerging markets player wants to be at the forefront of developments in SDN and NFV but dismisses 5G talk as 'hype.'

The Social Network: An Update on Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2017

Liz Coyne interviews Jay Parikh, Facebook's Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, about the Telecom Infra Project, an initiative to reimagine the traditional approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.

CEO Chat With Cisco's Chuck Robbins
Between the CEOs | 3/1/2017

By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet. In this MWC 2017 interview with Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins provides an update on his company's vision, the exponential growth of the Jasper IoT network and service providers' disillusionment with virtualization technologies.

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