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Content posted in August 2018
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Vewd Aims to Give Pay-TV Ops More Command & Control of Android TV Boxes
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Says stitching Vewd OS to devices running the Android TV Operator Tier platform enables service providers to personalize and customize the UI and pre-load apps from outside the Google Play universe.
Eurobites: Sky Shareholders Spurn Comcast Offer
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Apple set for Shazam M&A approval; CTO leaves Three UK; Sunrise shines in Q2; Swisscom teams with MIT.
Zayo Sets Sales Goals, Reiterates REIT Plans
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Zayo looking forward to landing bigger deals and to advancing its REIT plans.
How Some Service Providers Are Using SD-WAN the Wrong Way
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Most current SD-WAN services are too limited in scope and too defensive in strategy, a veteran analyst warns. That opens the door to cloud providers and MSPs taking over the market.
Cable Ops Preparing to Exempt Some OTT Services From Data Caps
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  1 comment
OpenVault CEO says some MSOs with broadband data policies are considering plans to 'zero-rate' traffic from select video streaming services to differentiate their broadband services in a way that goes beyond speeds and pricing.
Will 5G Be a Cord-Cutter's Dream?
Jonestown  | 
8/22/2018  |  3 comments
Can 5G be the wireless platform that will spur a massive increase in cord cutting? Maybe so...
Sprint's Marquardt on the 5G Sweet Spot
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
8/22/2018  |  2 comments
Dr. Ron Marquardt, VP of technology for Sprint, will kick off Light Reading's annual breakfast workshop at Mobile World Congress America next month with a keynote focused on Sprint's strategy for deploying 5G.
Australia's Optus to Cut 440 Jobs, Blames Automation – Reports
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Australia's second-biggest telco has now announced 1,040 job cuts this year, a figure that equals about 12% of its entire workforce.
Eurobites: UK's Vodafone Eyes TPG Merger in Australia – Reports
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia's MTS enjoys second-quarter growth; Welsh authorities take flak for broadband delays; Wind Tre makes progress on network overhaul; Cell C reports revenue growth in first half.
Is Open Source More Secure? Maybe Not
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  2 comments
Cloud training expert cautions against assuming open source software is inherently more secure, advising developers to use with caution.
SeaChange Shares Dive 44% on Big Q2 Shortfall
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Cites delayed deals, hesitancy as operators evaluate company's software-as-a-service model.
Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 2: Financial Confusion
Morris Lore  | 
8/21/2018  |  1 comment
Earnings reports and presentations have acquired a language of their own as companies try to put some gloss on their performance.
Dish CTO Hops Over to Liberty Latin America
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  3 comments
Long-time Dish exec Vivek Khemka was key to the development of advanced products such as the 4K-capable, Internet-connected Hopper 3 DVR.
Slack Value Tops $7B With $427M Funding
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Warchest will help Slack beat Microsoft, Cisco and other mighty competitors.
The World of Disney: StudioLAB Innovation, Cisco Collaboration & 5G Anticipation
The Philter  | 
8/21/2018  |  3 comments
With technology partners and an eye toward 5G networks, the StudioLAB is helping Disney-owned content studios solve technical production problems and reach consumers in novel ways.
States Challenge FCC 'Internet Freedom' Order
The Philter  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Twenty-three attorneys general, representing 22 states and the District of Columbia, are suing to block the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regulations, again bringing up the agency's tendency to preempt state and local laws.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Business as Usual
LRTV Documentaries  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Scott is back from his challenging summer holiday and just can't wait to hang out with his podcast chums Jamie and Iain once more. They start by talking about T-Mobile US and its distinctly conservative "Un-carrier" event, and ponder what operators can do to make a difference.
Arista Weaves Security Blanket Over Data Center, Campus and Cloud
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  1 comment
Arista is stepping up its war with Cisco, extending its new networking fabric strategy to encompass security.
Behind the Scenes at Disney's StudioLAB
LRTV Documentaries  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Disney is using tech from Cisco and other partners to reach consumers in new ways. We take you behind-the-scenes at the StudioLAB, where Disney execs explain how 5G networks will unlock new opportunities in storytelling and content distribution.
Eurobites: DT Shutters Virtual Number Startup
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox teams up with Africa's Liquid; Nokia reveals 5G device licensing rates; United Internet buys Austrian web-hosting company; India's Ola motors into Wales.
Pedal to the Mobile: Verizon Completes 5G Drive Test With Nokia
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
But, beyond tests, will Nokia announce 5G deployment deals with Verizon, like Ericsson and Samsung have done?
Airtel to Form New Fiber Firm in India
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
One of india's biggest mobile operators is said to have big fiber ambitions.
The AI-Driven Telecom Network Is Near & Necessary
Column  | 
8/20/2018  |  4 comments
By 2021, telecom networks will see a turning point where AI-driven technologies will be necessary to deploy, run and manage 5G services and leverage comprehensive network automation solutions.
Amazon Cooking Up DVR for Fire TV – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2018  |  2 comments
Move would put more pressure on Tivo's languishing retail business and give Fire TV a new weapon to wield in the hotly contested streaming platform sector.
Why Cable Is Getting Real About NFV & SDN
The Bauminator  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Find out next month at Light Reading's annual NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver.
China Telecom Beats Rivals but Gets Lost in Translation
Morris Lore  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
China Telecom says it is outperforming China Mobile in the mobile market, but it falls well behind on intelligibility.
Google VP: 'Stubbing Your Toe Shouldn't Be Fatal'
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2018  |  3 comments
Google is working to empower developers to succeed with small steps, says Adam Seligman, developer relations VP.
Eurobites: BT Shareholders Warm to Openreach Spin-Off – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT looks for TIP startups; UK rural broadband; Deutsche Telekom eyes cloud takeovers; Deutsche Bahn's fiber plan; MBNL extends Ericsson deal.
GigaMonster May Go on M&A Tear
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Flush with $45M in new funding, MDU-focused broadband startup eyes expansion, more competition for incumbent cable ops and telcos.
RJio to Set Up $142M Data Center in Eastern India
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2018  |  Post a comment
A new data center would help the operator to address new opportunities and better comply with Indian rules on data storage.
A Whirling Dervish of Telecom Gibberish
Morris Lore  | 
8/17/2018  |  2 comments
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a worthy opponent of US President Donald Trump.
The US May Yet Catch Its Global Peers in 4G Speeds
Column  | 
8/17/2018  |  2 comments
The US could start a steady climb back up the global rankings if more cities practice intensive spectrum management and make new LTE-Advanced upgrades.
WiCipedia: Boardroom Diversity, Bombastic Mansplaining & Women of Color
WiCipedia  | 
8/17/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: California revamps boardroom diversity policies; women of color are barely represented in tech; VC survival tips; and more.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Pulls Out of Iran
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2018  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turk Telekom and Vestel answer Erdogan's call; Swisscom bolsters broadband; MTN linked with Jumia sale; Rovio's revenues fall.
Video Navigation Gets an AI Assist
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  2 comments
Accedo, Amazon Web Services and ITV team on AI/machine learning prototype that takes the guessing game out of picking images that connect and engage with consumers.
Salesforce Open-Sourcing Machine Learning Software Behind Its 'Einstein' AI
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Salesforce's 'TransmogrifAI' helps enterprises build big AI systems based on oceans of data.
Google Applies AI to Recruitment, Call Centers & Recommendations
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Google is looking to knock down barriers to AI adoption by offering enterprises a head start on specific business uses.
Australia Could Open 5G Door to Huawei
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  3 comments
Australia's telcos may be allowed to use Huawei's equipment after all – with caveats.
The Dawn of Mobile 5G: Deployment, Use Cases & Destinations
Jonestown  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Join Heavy Reading & Light Reading for a breakfast briefing in Los Angeles to talk 5G strategies.
Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive – and a company – that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.
Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
This year's NFV & Carrier SDN event will examine the industry's progress in monetizing virtualization efforts, but will also consider the impact of process automation, which is now positioned as a ubiquitous add-on to any technology.
Eurobites: Exponential-e Takes Virgin Atlantic Into the Cloud
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's fixed-line challenge; MegaFon on the march in Q2; O2 sees the light; Virgin's fiber-to-the-crater.
Telstra Profits Pummeled by NBN
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Australia's largest retail service provider has blamed the government's NBN pricing for a sharp fall in profits.
Is India's Goal of Zero Gear Imports by 2022 Viable?
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
India wants its telecom sector to be entirely self-reliant by 2022, buying all of its products at home.
Cisco: Service Provider Revenues Grow, but the 5G Bonanza Is Yet to Come
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Disappointing shortage of bad news in Cisco's quarterly earnings, with revenues up across the board.
T-Mobile to Play the Customer Care Card With Layer3 TV
The Bauminator  | 
8/15/2018  |  3 comments
New 'Team of Experts' program hints at one way T-Mobile will try to set its new OTT TV apart from the crowd.
T-Mobile Bucks Automation Trend in Customer Service With Latest 'Un-carrier' Move
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  5 comments
T-Mobile is trying to put a human voice to customer care with new 'Teams of Experts' for subscribers.
Oracle Open Sources GraphPipe for 'Dead Simple' Machine Learning Deployment
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Big Red can't decide whether it loves open source or hates it.
Intel Issues Firmware Fix for Cable Modem Chips
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  1 comment
Security issue exposed modems and gateways to denial-of-service attacks.
Packet Carving New Niche at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  1 comment
Industry veteran Ihab Tarazi helps lead company in providing IaaS at the edge of the network, offering bare metal compute as part of a larger edge computing ecosystem.
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