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BT & EE Spur UK Sector Shake-Up
Morris Lore  | 
2/5/2015  |  1 comment
A rough guide to consolidation in the UK telecom market -- part one.
The Leading Lights Awards Are Back!
Shades of Ray  | 
2/5/2015  |  2 comments
Yes, it's that time of the year again! You can now enter your company, products, services and most/least favorite industry figureheads for this year's Leading Lights Awards -- they're even bigger than ever!
Sprint, RadioShack Shack-Up Looks Inevitable
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/5/2015  |  11 comments
Sprint CEO wouldn't comment on the rumor that it plans to buy some of RadioShack's stores, but the move makes sense as the carrier looks to expand its distribution this year.
Is Apple Pursuing OTT Again?
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  Post a comment
Apple TV is reportedly in talks with programmers again about launching yet another new over-the-top video service, somewhat similar to Dish's Sling TV venture.
Sprint Plans to Meld TDD, FDD LTE Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  5 comments
Improving its network remains Sprint's top priority, and it's looking at combining its LTE TDD and LTE FDD spectrum in the near term to help it along.
Eurobites: Vodafone Slows Revenue Decline in Europe
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE becomes Europe's largest 4G operator; TeliaSonera gets clearance on Tele2 Norway acquisition; MTS downgraded.
Brocade Intros New SDN-Enabled 'Spine' Switch
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  1 comment
Unveils new fixed-configuration switch for spine configurations along with support for OpenFlow 1.3, OpenStack and other major software standards.
SeaChange Eyes Timeline for Success
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  Post a comment
New SeaChange CEO Jay Samit tells Light Reading he has big plans for Timeline Labs shortly after closing the acquisition of the social media analytics specialist.
BT Locks Down £12.5B EE Takeover Deal
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  10 comments
Merger between UK's biggest fixed and mobile operators will produce a powerhouse in the market for converged services.
Republic Welcomes More WiFi-First Action
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2015  |  11 comments
A wireless service that relies first on WiFi has worked well for the Sprint MVNO, which is why its CEO is not surprised to hear others want to give the model a try.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
Rewired  | 
2/4/2015  |  20 comments
Response to FCC head Tom Wheeler's expected re-regulation of broadband access lines was predictable, but also maybe irrelevant.
Apigee VP: Mobile Ads Are Ops' Next API Push
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  7 comments
Mobile operators are tapping APIs for internal usage, carrier billing, video and the IoT, but mobile advertising is one area where they see the potential for a big return on API investment.
ACA Gears Up for Title II Fight
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  1 comment
If the FCC moves to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, the group representing small and midsized cable operators is ready to go on the warpath.
Aeris, Tech Mahindra Team to Jumpstart IoT
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  3 comments
Aeris Communications and Tech Mahindra team on addressing service providers' pain points to an expanded role in the IoT.
Eurobites: Vodafone Plans Triple-Play in UK
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM unveils energy-saving chip; Vodacom revenues slip; Sky's half-year report.
KPN to Cut More Jobs After Profits Shrink
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  1 comment
The Dutch incumbent believes further cost cutting will stabilize earnings this year.
4K Live: Just One More Reason to Go IP
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  Post a comment
Imagine Communications has teamed up with Sony to support new technology for streamlining 4K video production.
Spectrum Pricing Provokes Jitters in India
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2015  |  Post a comment
Experts are concerned about the impact that high reserve pricing will have on the forthcoming spectrum auction.
HP Slaps Cisco Over New Software Licensing
Wagner’s Ring  | 
2/4/2015  |  2 comments
Cisco ONE is an attempt to simplify a 'morass of complexity and price maximization' that Cisco created itself, HP says.
Verizon Plotting Tower, Wireline Sale – Report
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  6 comments
Verizon's cell towers could go for $5 billion to help pay for its AWS spectrum buys.
Meet the 5G Alternative: pCell
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/3/2015  |  8 comments
Artemis isn't waiting for 5G standards to work themselves out; it says its technology, pCell, can solve the spectrum crunch right now. But is it too good to be true?
Kirksey Steps In to Lead OPNFV
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  5 comments
Telecom vet from years at AlcaLu and Motive also brings software background and open source work to role.
Quad-Play Cheerleader TalkTalk Falls Further Behind BT
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  1 comment
UK's fourth-biggest broadband operator is prioritizing quad-play, but it continues to lose broadband ground to BT.
MTS Braced for Ruble Trouble
Morris Lore  | 
2/3/2015  |  1 comment
Russia's biggest mobile operator is confident it can pay generous dividends and fund network expansion during the downturn.
Brocade Brings New IP Vision to 2020 Vision Executive Summit
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/3/2015  |  Post a comment
In December 2014, Light Reading gathered telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Brocade's Kelly Herrell shared his company's strategy at the event.
Cisco's VNI Shines Light on Mobile Offload
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  3 comments
Cisco forecasts a major uptick in mobile data offload, but how much traffic will head to WiFi and how much might by carried by LTE-U networks?
Avi Networks Takes ADCs to the Cloud
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  1 comment
Startup Avi says it's ADC software is optimized for today's cloud applications and mobile devices, where traditional ADC falls short.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Mulls European M&A
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: rural broadband rumblings in the UK; smart metering in the Middle East; KPN sells contact center unit.
VMware Looks to Help Carriers Bridge Private, Public Clouds
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2015  |  3 comments
Carriers can simplify connectivity with enterprises and clouds by running the same infrastructure end-to-end – from VMware, of course.
700MHz: Coming Soon to Germany
Morris Lore  | 
2/2/2015  |  1 comment
Germany's second Digital Dividend auction could raise even more than its first.
Chip Developer Tabula Reportedly Teetering
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  2 comments
Despite strong early funding and friends in high places, FPGA semiconductor developer Tabula reportedly is set to close down.
Sprint & T-Mobile CEOs Tweet-Battle Over Super Bowl Ads
Jonestown  | 
2/2/2015  |  7 comments
It's the Claure and Legere show! Sprint and T-Mobile CEOs trade barbs -- or at least retweets -- over rival Super Bowl ads.
CEO Chat With Doug Ranalli, NetNumber
Between the CEOs  | 
2/2/2015  |  8 comments
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Doug Ranalli, the founder of signaling specialist NetNumber.
ISOC Urges Faster Security Standards Adoption
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  4 comments
Event series designed to help ISPs embrace DNSSEC, IPv6, Secure BHCP and more.
Social Media Scores Super Bowl Win
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  2 comments
Super Bowl stat barrage shows this year's game was the most talked about in social media history.
Fretting Over Title II
Breznick Unbound  | 
2/2/2015  |  8 comments
The heads of AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable all warn that the imposition of a common carrier regulatory regime could chill US broadband investment.
Verizon Helps Manage IoT Security
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  1 comment
Verizon turns its IoT attention to helping enterprises address security and authentication for massive deployments of connected devices.
Managing Ethernet/IP in the SDN/NFV Future
Column  | 
2/2/2015  |  Post a comment
Gathering useful information for real-time management of Ethernet and IP networks is a non-trivial issue.
Brocade's Kelly Herrell on the New IP
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/2/2015  |  Post a comment
In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Brocade VP of Software Networking Kelly Herrell at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Brocade's approach to the New IP, the future of the telecom industry, and more.
Telstra Seeks Exit From Online Ads
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  3 comments
The Australian operator is quitting the directories business following a collapse in its value.
Eurobites: Telefónica Rethinks Fiber Plans
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK mobile operators pledge to improve coverage; broadband satellite lifts off; Nokia defends HERE brand.
Intel Targets 'Smart Home' With Lantiq Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  9 comments
Intel is acquiring broadband access and connected home components specialist Lantiq for an undisclosed sum.
Zain Profits Hit by Iraqi Unrest, Forex
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  1 comment
Instability in the Middle East triggered setbacks for Kuwait's biggest operator in 2014.
Airvana DMS Promises Small Cell Nirvana
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  2 comments
New device management system brings self-organizing network properties to Airvana's OneCell LTE enterprise small cells.
OpenDaylight Looks to Get Ahead on Security
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2015  |  2 comments
After setting up a security response team to respond to security flaws in its code, the project is looking to automate tools for keeping security flaws out of the code to begin with.
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