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AT&T Picks Indy as 7th Mobile 5G City
News Analysis  | 
8/31/2018  |  1 comment
City joins AT&T's rollout plans for Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Raleigh.
California Streamin': State Gets Tough on Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
8/31/2018  |  1 comment
In a 59-18 vote, California takes another step toward overturning the FCC's rollback of network neutrality rules.
Vodafone Idea Is Born, Topples Airtel to Become India's #1 Service Provider
News Analysis  | 
8/31/2018  |  Post a comment
India's giant mobile market of more than 1 billion subscribers has a new market leader.
McBride on Why CenturyLink Delivers 'Home-Brewed' Flavors of NFV & SDN
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
8/31/2018  |  Post a comment
During his keynote at Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver next month, CenturyLink's Kevin McBride plans to address real-world challenges for service providers in monetizing and scaling the deployment of SDN/NFV and cloud technologies.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Sets Out Its 5G Stall as Auction Approaches
News Analysis  | 
8/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT gets into smart-speaker game; Vodafone's Indian merger completes; MTN's Ghanaian IPO falls short.
WiCipedia: Power Suits & the Gig Economy Pay-Gap Surprise
WiCipedia  | 
8/31/2018  |  3 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Diversity vs. inclusion; custom suits raise confidence; female freelancers have a pay gap too; and more.
5G Fixin' to Become 'Largest Existential Threat' to Broadband Providers – Analysts
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  15 comments
5G's combined threat of reach and speed presents risk to cable's dominant position in the US in-home broadband market.
Ciena Eyes More Software M&A
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  2 comments
It's a great big Blue Planet out there and Ciena might do some shopping to shore up its automated management capabilities.
Ciena CEO: We're Killin' It!
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  3 comments
Sales are up 12%, stock is up more than 13% and CEO Gary Smith's excitement level is through the roof.
Are DIY Telco Networks DOA? If True, Great for VMware
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  1 comment
VMware is gearing up to be a leading vendor to service providers, and may be getting a boost from a shift away from DIY networks and toward integrated stacks.
'Volumetric' AR Poised to Ride the 5G Wave
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Jaunt adds volumetric capture capabilities to platform as content category starts to surface as a 'new media type' for mobile devices that will need fast speeds, low latencies, CEO says.
CSPs Brace for Changes in Assurance Wrought by Virtualization, Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/30/2018  |  1 comment
Half of the communications service providers (CSPs) in the Thought Leadership Council say they'll need to supplement their current service assurance tools as they virtualize networks.
Didja Tries to Crack the Code for Streaming Local TV
The Bauminator  | 
8/30/2018  |  1 comment
Startup hopes a 'freemium' business model will entice the Big 4 broadcasters to play ball.
Look Who's Talking Too! Verizon Gives Voice to 4G IoT
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  1 comment
Security systems will be among the first Cat M IoT panels arriving.
Eurobites: MTN's Stock Slumps as Nigeria Demands Return of $8.1B
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's Aussie merger confirmed; Qatar's 'first 5G customer'; Bouygues on the up; UK releases more full-fiber cash.
When Disaster Strikes: A New Opportunity to Build a Fail-Safe Network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/29/2018  |  1 comment
Once a brick, always a brick? In preparation for disasters, users around the world are turning to technologies that use smartphones to create a resilient mesh network layer that underlies the current cellular network.
Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2018  |  2 comments
Amazon said to be sparking up ad-supported video offering for Fire TV devices similar to The Roku Channel.
Unlicensed CBRS 4G Service Coming Q4 2018
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2018  |  Post a comment
But don't hold your breath for a licensed 3.5GHz spectrum auction in 2019.
VMware Sees 'Enormous' Telco Opportunity
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2018  |  Post a comment
SD-WAN is driving deals where VMware partners with telcos to sell to enterprise customers.
Eurobites: Merger Set to Create New Cable Giant in Poland
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor claims mobile broadband speed record; Tele2 announces leadership team as it completes Com Hem acquisition; Vodacom reportedly in talks with Telkom over roaming deal.
Disney's Ben Havey: Collaboration & Content in a 5G World
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/29/2018  |  Post a comment
To help its parent company connect with consumers as a new kind of service provider, The Walt Disney Studios is creating new entertainment experiences, solving tech problems and getting ready for 5G networks.
Altice USA Urges FCC to Deny, Alter T-Mobile/Sprint Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2018  |  5 comments
Ahead of its plans to launch mobile services in 2019, Altice USA claims that T-Mobile has made 'no tangible commitments' to support current MVNO partners.
ZTE Back in the Game, Seeking Trust & 5G Deals
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2018  |  1 comment
But the road ahead looks steep, despite domestic support and opportunities.
OTT Carves Out Bigger Slice of Pay-TV Pie
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Virtual MVPDs tack on 868,000 subs in Q2, expanding their combined total past 6.73 million.
Could Japan Also Bar Huawei, ZTE?
Shades of Ray  | 
8/28/2018  |  2 comments
Or are we into FUD territory?
VMware Flies to Public Cloud With CloudHealth Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2018  |  1 comment
VMware says CloudHealth will give MSPs visibility into public cloud workloads, complementing VMware's existing insights into private clouds and applications.
Eurobites: Nokia Bags €500M EU Loan for 5G-Focused Research
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus invests in transport network upgrade; Vodacom boasts Africa's first 5G service; KPN tweaks its management team; and CyrusOne buys into Europe.
VMware Buys CloudHealth for Multicloud Ops
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2018  |  Post a comment
CloudHealth provides a unified platform to help managed service providers manage cloud costs, usage, security and performance in one place.
The New Video Playbook: Be Everywhere
The Bauminator  | 
8/27/2018  |  2 comments
Traditional programmers as well as video services conceived in the digital domain are taking any and all routes to the viewer.
VMware Challenges Cisco With AWS & Microsoft Pacts
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2018  |  Post a comment
VMware is extending its NSX networking across private clouds, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and partnering with Cisco rival Arista for switch interoperability.
AI Takes On Telecom Customer Service
Column  | 
8/27/2018  |  1 comment
AI-driven solutions are being used in telecommunications to support various elements of the customer experience that most CRM systems just can't handle.
SDN & NFV: Convergence & Divergence Down in Denver
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Since the launch of Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event, the trajectories of SDN and NFV have continued to converge while also diverging and separating more than we expected.
CableLabs to Host First CBRS Alliance Interop
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Event set for next week will test interoperability between CBRS-based access points and spectrum access systems.
VMware Slashes Costs for vSphere on AWS
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2018  |  Post a comment
VMware cut minimum costs in half for enterprises looking to get started moving vSphere to AWS, among several updates to the service.
BMG Scores 'Substantial Settlement' With Cox
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  1 comment
Cox still faces another similar suit, but settlement could cause other ISPs to tighten up their enforcement policies for digital piracy.
CenturyLink's Simlot: Edge Evolves Based on Customer Experience
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
New head of carrier's virtualization strategy is focused on making services more readily available at whatever edge they best fit.
VMware Wants You – Yes, You! – as a Cloud Provider
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  1 comment
The company is rolling out upgrades to its Cloud Provider toolset, to help telcos and managed service providers prosper by delivering multicloud services.
WiCipedia: Int'l Telecom, Emerging Industries & Back to School
WiCipedia  | 
8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Media access in Iran and India; Portland sees high rate of harassment; emerging industries make way for women; and more.
Inventiveness & Pragmatism Pays Off in 5G Test & Measurement
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
As the market continues to push toward 5G, test and measurement (T&M) will expand, offering many more opportunities for T&M vendors.
Eurobites: M&A Rumor Links ADVA With ECI
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  3 comments
Also in today's regional roundup: Gigabit broadband battle in Poland; Russians mull non-domestic Internet company tax; Dutch payment venfor on the tear; IBM's coffee drone.
Cable Industry Advice Led Tibit to Its Tiny OLT
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
New 'MicroPlug' expected to tie into cable's move toward virtualization, distributed access architectures.
AT&T Boosts Akraino With Code, Summit
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Carrier hosted two-day developer summmit for open source edge software project, after it released key seed code for major use case.
Tracking the Top Cable Trends
The Bauminator  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
A discussion about cable's pursuit of next-gen video services, emerging mobile and wireless strategies and other initiatives designed to rev up the industry's growth engine.
Jeff McElfresh Is New Face of 5G at AT&T
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Succeeding Melissa Arnoldi in the role, the AT&T vet is the company's new president of technology and operations and will helm the company's mobile 5G rollout. 
Telefónica's Elizondo on UNICA's Promise of Network Automation
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
8/23/2018  |  1 comment
Antonio Elizondo says his keynote at Light Reading's event next month will focus on how Telefónica is using UNICA, its network virtualization program launched in 2014, to automate network services.
Australia Excludes Huawei, ZTE From 5G Rollouts
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  2 comments
Australian government 'undermines 5G future' as it rules out Chinese vendor involvement in the country's 5G plans.
Mirantis: Your Tailor for Bespoke Private Cloud
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
New version of Mirantis Cloud Platform makes it easier to deploy private clouds for network functions virtualization (NFV), high performance computing and other specialized workloads.
NFV Orchestrator Vendors Flock to ONAP
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Most NFV orchestrator vendors have aligned themselves with a significant open source development, with ONAP attracting the most participation – but some vendors have shunned open source completely, finds a new Heavy Reading report.
Red Hat Takes Aim at VMware
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  1 comment
Red Hat will help enterprises move to open virtualization and eventually containers, getting off their expensive "legacy virtualization solutions" -- aka VMware.
AT&T's 5G Figurehead Arnoldi Shifts to Vrio, Ma Bell's LatAm Pay-TV Unit
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  2 comments
Melissa Arnoldi is no longer president of Technology and Operations at AT&T -- now she's head of the operator's Latin American entertainment unit, Vrio.
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