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Verizon Targets OTT Video at 5G Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  1 comment
Unlike AT&T and other major pay-TV providers, Verizon is holding off on introducing a full-fledged OTT video service until it launches residential 5G service later this year.
Google Plugs in New Cloud Connectivity
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Google Partner Interconnect is designed for enterprises requiring cloud connectivity who don't require full 10 Gbit/s of a dedicated circuit.
Incompas Sues to Reinstate Net Neutrality
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4/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Petition to US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC says FCC went against its own previous findings to roll back Obama-era regulations.
Verizon Preps Fixed 5G but Mobile Gigabit-Speed Downloads May Not Arrive Until 2019
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  5 comments
The Verizon CFO isn't sure a standards-based fixed 5G CPE will be ready until 2019.
Verizon Biz Bucks Continue to Slide
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Revenues down about 5% despite investments in fiber and newer services based on virtualization.
Telenor's Cost-Cutting Focus Rattles Investors
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  2 comments
Norwegian incumbent loses 4% of its value in Oslo after analysts question focus on efficiency and accuse it of 'hoarding cash.'
Telco Journey to Cloud-Native: We Want What They've Got
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/24/2018  |  4 comments
Find out what it takes to transition telecom networks to cloud-native architectures at the Big Communications Event in Austin in May!
Eurobites: Investment Group Makes 538M Bid for CityFibre
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus strikes wholesale FTTB deal; Orange turns to Cisco for PoPs project; Ericsson's IoT findings.
Cloud Is a Strategic Imperative for Telcos
Column  | 
4/24/2018  |  Post a comment
With 5G on the horizon, major new innovations in smartphones and the expansion of IoT devices and services, the cloud is more critical than ever in ensuring operators remain relevant.
GSMA Puts eSIM Spec Dev on Hold as Feds Investigate AT&T, Verizon
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  2 comments
Are the big telcos trying to handicap the eSIM and do what they can to lock down users and make it harder for them to leave?
Google Assesses Its Strengths in Its $1B Per Quarter Cloud Business
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Open source and machine learning are strengths as Google Cloud Platform goes up against bigger competitors.
OpenStack Promises More Focused Edge Work
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
New strategic initiatives aimed at filling the technology gaps around specific use cases including NFV and the edge.
Telco Fat Cats: Still Worth It?
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  2 comments
While some of the head honchos in telecom have taken hefty pay cuts in the last few years, they probably aren't yet worried about the price of milk.
Verizon on Drag & Drop Automation
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Verizon's Srilakshmi Valisammagari addresses the operators' efforts to deliver automation to enterprise customers via Verizon Service Designer.
AT&T Rolls Out Faux 5G in 100+ US Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
The '5G Evolution' upgrades will help provide faster 4G connections to backstop initially limited 5G deployments.
How Do You Future-Proof the Last Mile?
MariNation  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Time to gaze into the crystal ball.
The Roadmap to Reaching Zero-Touch Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/23/2018  |  2 comments
At BCE, we'll dive into the topic of Zero-Touch Automation without trying to boil the ocean.
Why Sky TV Digs Virtual Reality
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Sky TV's Richard Mills explains how the British satellite operator is scoring with VR sports, dramas, highlights shows and other short-form programming.
How to Unify Humans & Machines
Column  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
To survive and thrive in the future, CSPs must find ways to prepare their employees for the integration of AI, automation, machine-learning and advanced data analytics in their operations.
Eurobites: London Fiber Challenger Secures 25M for Expansion
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone/Liberty chatter ratchets up a notch; Tele2's Q1 earnings up 7%; Sky sells stake in gaming business; 'Fitbit for cars' company wins funding.
Dell's Software Engine, Pivotal, Climbs 5% on Its IPO
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
The Dell-controlled Cloud Foundry vendor has an implied value of more than $3 billion on its first day of trading as a public company.
Comcast, Charter Hint at New MVNO Deals
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
A new joint operating platform owned by Comcast and Charter will support multiple MNVO partners.
Facebook Hearings Were the TIP of the Data Iceberg
Jonestown  | 
4/20/2018  |  4 comments
Is Facebook a monopoly? Sure it is. Just a 21st-century monopoly, where data is king.
TalkTalk Puts Network & IT Convergence to Work
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK quad-play provider's Colin Whitbread gets closer to the edge, using automation and more.
Ericsson Takes Giant Leap Toward Profitability
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor appears to turn a corner with its best set of quarterly results since the departure of former CEO Hans Vestberg.
ZTE in Existential Crisis as It Slams 'Unfair' US Ban, Considers 'Judicial Measures'
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  1 comment
ZTE hits back at US Dept. of Commerce's 'denial order' that bans US component firms from selling to the Chinese vendor for seven years, raises prospect of 'judicial measures' and questions its own survival.
Windstream's Brown on Automation: It Pays to Start Small
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Windstream's Jeff Brown explains how the operator overcame challenges in testing, scaling and deploying its optical wave service, SDNow.
In DOJ Trial, Where Are the Concerns Over AT&T Privacy Practices?
MariNation  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T isn't being scrutinized for privacy concerns in its ongoing trial with the DOJ. Given recent Facebook revelations, maybe it should be.
WiCipedia: A Female-Only Island, Gender Quotas & Twitter's Oprah
WiCipedia  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Are quotas the answer to diversity?; women in tech on Twitter get an influx of new followers; is the tech gender gap akin to the lack of men in ballet?; and more.
I'm Back for the Future of Communications
The Philter  | 
4/20/2018  |  17 comments
Texas mop, KC smoke, Carolina vinegar I like all styles of communications, really.
Eurobites: Telia Hooks Up With Microsoft for IoT
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 flashes its green credentials; Nokia teams up with OSIsoft; media bigwig supports Fox/Sky deal.
Qualcomm Cuts Jobs as It Seeks Chinese Approval for NXP M&A
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  1 comment
Qualcomm says 1,500 job losses are part of a cost-cutting plan announced in January.
The Network Edge: Where Services Go to Thrive
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
A major re-architecting of the network will be needed to deliver future services, as we'll discuss during the upcoming BCE 2018.
AT&T Exec Dishes That He's Not So Hot on Rival-Partner Comcast
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  5 comments
The trial pitting the Department of Justice against AT&T is doing a fair job of airing the pay-TV industry's dirty laundry.
Telecom Italia's AI Tie-Up With Microsoft May Bring Job Cuts
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  4 comments
Telecom Italia turns to Microsoft for AI expertise after previously announcing plans to cut 'human operated interactions' by 30%.
Eurobites: Facebook Backs Out of Ireland as GDPR Jeopardy Looms
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Red Hat, Altran join Spanish 5G R&D initiative; Sky powers on; Orange pals up with Siemens for IoT; DT's Open Telekom goes hybrid.
PCCW's Hughes: Intent-Based Networking Puts the Customer in Control
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
David Hughes, PCCW Global, explains how intent-based networking simplifies network provisioning and "puts the customer in control of the provisioning process."
Can Cable's IoT Dethrone Alexa?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/19/2018  |  1 comment
Cable is moving into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, specifically homing in on home automation, using its advantage of existing connectivity and customers.
Indian Telcos to Ramp Up Network Investment in Next 2 Years
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  Post a comment
India's telcos have announced plans for a dramatic expansion of basestation infrastructure, but the network expansion will not be without challenges.
IBM's Bouncing Back Why the Stock Drop?
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2018  |  2 comments
Even though IBM is turning around its long revenue decline, the stock fell hard on Wednesday.
Alibaba Goes for Cloud Foundry Gold
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
The Chinese cloud giant is supporting Cloud Foundry on its infrastructure and joining its Foundation as a gold member.
Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  6 comments
Verizon executive Vickie Lonker thinks both vendors and network service providers can do a better job to move forward faster.
Pay-for-Play Is a Sticking Point in Congress
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  4 comments
...in the net neutrality debate. Why, what were you thinking?
Orange Hails AI Progress in 5G With IBM, Nokia
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
French service provider unveils details of AI research with Nokia and IBM as part of Europe's 5G-PPP initiative.
AT&T: Skillsets Still a Barrier to IoT Market
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
One of the biggest challenges AT&T's channel partners face in implementing new IoT services for their customers is an internal knowledge gap, said AT&T's Randall Porter.
Huawei's First 5G Smartphones Will Arrive in Q3 2019
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  4 comments
Timed to arrive as the first domestic 5G networks come online.
Women of Wall Street CEO Offers Discrimination Solutions
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Blind hiring, raising awareness, encouraging dialogue and ending binding arbitration agreements are a few ways the industry can thwart gender discrimination, says former Wall Street executive Karen MacFarlane.
Don't Panic: CenturyLink's McBride on Automation's Impact on Operations
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Kevin McBride explains how CenturyLink's operations teams are adapting to the operator's efforts to move toward a data-driven network.
Eurobites: Interoute Lands Major Dark Fiber Deal
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom offers Azure in South Africa; Facebook gets less presumptuous; EU gets tough on data; Elisa Q1 profits up.
Zinc Helps 'Deskless Workers' Find Their Voice
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2018  |  2 comments
Zinc's collaboration service is designed for field service technicians, home healthcare workers, retail workers – people who don't spend their workday staring at screens.
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