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Content posted in November 2015
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Sprint, Verizon Face Reorganization, Job Cuts
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2015  |  11 comments
Competition in the US mobile business means cuts to more than just the cost of your data plan.
Google Makes VMware Co-Founder Cloud Boss
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2015  |  1 comment
Diane Greene will head up Google For Work, Cloud Platform and Google Apps.
ViaSat Offering 25 Mbit/s With New Modem
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  3 comments
The company gets back to broadband speeds with a new modem offered only to new customers and only in some markets.
WiC in London: The Highlight Reel
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
11/19/2015  |  1 comment
NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
BT to Unveil New Cloud Partners by Christmas
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  1 comment
UK's biggest operator believes cloud services companies will continue to see the benefits of a partnership approach.
And ON to the Next Merger: Fairchild
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  1 comment
Storied IC manufacturer Fairchild has agreed to be purchased by ON Semiconductor for $2.4 billion in cash. The combination will create a one-stop shop for power ICs.
Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech
LRTV Documentaries  | 
11/19/2015  |  1 comment
Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
Cable Embraces Skinny TV Bundles
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  4 comments
Comcast's Stream TV and Charter's Spectrum TV Stream prove thin is in.
Data Center Interconnects in Desperate Need of SDN – AlcaLu
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  Post a comment
As Alcatel-Lucent's Steve Vogelsang points out, it's the massive workloads that traverse the network between data centers that are driving SDN development.
Eurobites: Telefónica Casts Doubt on Spanish Fiber Rollout
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TeliaSonera connects cars; Ericsson connects ships; AlcaLu connects Cape Town.
Sprint Undercuts Rivals With Half-Price Offers
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  18 comments
And you thought mobile price battles in the US couldn't get more cut-throat.
Fresh Opposition Threatens Charter Deals
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  4 comments
Comments to the FCC highlight concerns over Charter's influence on the programming landscape if it succeeds in acquiring Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
CSP Network Security Becomes White Hot
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
11/18/2015  |  3 comments
Network security is becoming an ever bigger deal for communications service providers and the vendor community is reacting accordingly.
White Box Networking: It's Not About Cost
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  7 comments
White box networking helps service providers achieve flexibility and differentiation.
Routers Are Facing Extinction: Let’s Not Save Them
Column  | 
11/18/2015  |  12 comments
The edge router's days are numbered, argues Scott Sumner.
Vodafone Plots Unlicensed Boost to 4G
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  2 comments
Mobile operator carries out first carrier aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum on a commercial 4G network.
Eurobites: Nokia Enters 'Final Phase' of Alcatel-Lucent Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei creates more R&D jobs in Ireland; French 4G auction closes; Sky bigs up new set-top box.
TiVo CEO Rogers Bows Out at Critical Time
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  3 comments
CEO Tom Rogers is stepping down even as TiVo faces challenges ahead.
'Exploit Kit' Security Threats on the Rise, Warns Infoblox
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  3 comments
An increase in the creation of 'security-threat-in-a-box' kits by skilled hackers is an alarming trend, according to vendor, which has just published its latest DNS Threat Index.
T-Mobile US Sells Off Another 600+ Towers
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  1 comment
T-Mobile lines its coffers and asks the FCC to pull Verizon from 12 markets in the 600MHz auction in 2016.
Integration Key to Building 'White Cloud'
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2015  |  Post a comment
Orange exec Christos Kolias tells Light Reading audience that white boxes hold great promise but there are major integration challenges to address.
AT&T: White Box Networks Transform Procurement
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  1 comment
White box networks disaggregate into software, hardware and maintenance; AT&T procures each separately.
Spirent Tools Verify Mobile Networks, IoT Services
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  1 comment
Spirent tools test network core and the network edge.
Packet Design Gives SDN the MANO Touch
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  Post a comment
New platform creates intelligence layer between SDN controllers and SDN-based applications using real-time route intelligence.
Ericsson Predicts 150M 5G Subs in 2021
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  6 comments
The uptake of 5G will be even faster than 4G, predicts Ericsson's internal market research team – but what exactly is a 5G connection?
Eurobites: Facebook Expands Internet.org in Africa
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French spectrum auction bids reach €2.7 billion; Cellcom profits plunge; Vodafone Wallet teams up with MasterCard.
Archrivals Cisco, Arista Beef Up Cloud Support
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  3 comments
Cisco is enhancing its router operating system, while Arista adds router capabilities to its leaf and spine switches.
SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
11/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
A Few Minutes With Intel's Sandra Rivera
Wagner’s Ring  | 
11/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Intel is looking to comms networking to drive future growth, as its PC business flattens.
Liberty Global to Buy CWC in $5.3B Deal
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  1 comment
Move will bolster the cable operator's presence in the Caribbean and Latin America and could support further takeover moves in future.
AT&T Tests Data-Divulging Discounts for Digital Life
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2015  |  7 comments
Executive director of AT&T's Digital Life says trials on offering discounts to those home owners that opt in to share their data were well received and likely will be an option going forward.
Mobile Encryption Under Scrutiny After Paris Attacks
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  29 comments
Law enforcement officials fear that it is harder to monitor terror communications with encryption on mobile devices and apps.
IBM, Xilinx Team Up to Knock Intel Down a Notch
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  1 comment
No one has yet been able to loosen Intel's stranglehold on the data center processor business, but IBM has been feverishly positioning Power as a legitimate option, especially at the high end. A strategic partnership with Xilinx announced today will help.
Telcos Beware: New Comcast WiFi Product Close to Launch
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  12 comments
Light Reading gets the scoop on new Comcast WiFi Pro product launching soon.
RJio Delays 4G Launch Yet Again
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  1 comment
A delay to the launch of 4G services by India's RJio could be an opportunity for its rivals.
Global Capacity Signals App Aspirations
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  1 comment
Connectivity deal goes beyond the usual to offer an application delivery service.
What's the Deal Behind 'Ciscosson'?
From the Founder  | 
11/16/2015  |  2 comments
Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders analyzes the reasons behind, and impact of, the new strategic relationship between Cisco and Ericsson.
DT Eyes Gigabit G.fast in Germany
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  2 comments
Deutsche Telekom has recently warmed to G.fast, but could recent technology developments persuade it to make a firmer commitment?
Ericsson CMO: Diversity Is Critical to Transformation
Que Sera Sarah  | 
11/16/2015  |  8 comments
Everything is changing in the comms space and Helena Norrman, Ericsson's CMO, says that having a diverse workforce is one way to ensure companies can transform and thrive.
Eurobites: Openreach CEO to Step Down
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson denies Cisco M&A rumors; Vivendi wants bodies on Telecom Italia board; Yandex takes Google case to EU.
Gigabites: 10-Gig Is the New Gigabit
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2015  |  7 comments
Rocket Fiber in Detroit is beta testing a new residential broadband service with speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.
Mobily on Bringing Innovation to Saudi Arabia
Between the CEOs  | 
11/13/2015  |  3 comments
Mobily CEO Ahmad Farroukh talks to Steve Saunders about the realities of being a mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.
Fueling the Distributed CCAP Debate
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
11/13/2015  |  1 comment
Even as MSOs roll out integrated CCAP systems, cable engineers are heating up the debate over next-gen approaches that would shift at least part of the CCAP gear and functions from the headend to the network.
Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts
Shades of Ray  | 
11/13/2015  |  2 comments
If this week's coverage of 'Ciscosson' left you digitally indigested, as if you'd swallowed a John Chambers-sized meatball, then here's a tasty roundup.
Can Telecom Unite on Info Models for NFV?
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2015  |  2 comments
The debate over whether to create a common information model for virtualization management is pushing some standards development organizations (SDOs) to come together and some vendors/SPs to try something else.
Eurobites: More Places Set at NokAlu Top Table
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu spreads the cloud in west Africa; Bouygues returns to revenue growth; former competition boss favors Openreach spin-off.
Sedona Systems: Multi-Layer Applications Platform
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
11/13/2015  |  Post a comment
Ori Gerstel, CTO of Sedona Systems, on Sedona's multi-layer control solution.
'Community First' Drives Open Source Success
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2015  |  Post a comment
Successful open source communities cultivate people.
Mellanox Gets the Jitters Over EZchip Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2015  |  3 comments
The planned acquisition of EZchip by Mellanox has resulted in a fractious war of words between EZchip and investors and a delayed shareholder vote.
The Threat to Telcos' Future: Malcolm Orr Just Nailed It
Shades of Ray  | 
11/13/2015  |  8 comments
If you work at a telco or a vendor that sells to traditional communications service providers, you need to watch this short video interview.
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