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Arris Gets a Fix on WiFi 6
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
New DOCSIS 3.1 router for cable ops builds in 802.11ax, 'EasyMesh' for whole-home WiFi.
White House to Develop National Spectrum Strategy to Win 'Race to 5G'
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
The White House makes access to more spectrum a priority as 5G looms in the US.
China's ZTE Expects $1B Loss This Year After US Sanctions
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor blames a downbeat full-year forecast on the impact of US sanctions, which have this year included a $1 billion fine and temporary ban on its purchase of US components.
MEF Addressing SD-WAN Challenges to Accelerate Enterprise Digital Transformation
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
MEF is creating an SD-WAN service definition to describe the core, baseline capabilities to help buyers and sellers of SD-WAN services.
Microsoft Woos Reluctant Developers as $7.5B GitHub Acquisition Nears Close
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Developer trust will have to be 'earned and not something that we will inherit because of being owners of GitHub,' CEO Satya Nadella said on an earnings call Wednesday.
Comcast Surpasses 1M Xfinity Mobile Lines
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
MSO also sheds 95K residential video subs as broadband growth remains strong.
Mirantis Takes Kubernetes to the Telco Edge
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
The open source cloud vendor says telco network virtualization is stalled, and it's got the cure.
Eurobites: Worldpay's Jansen Lands BT Top Job
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone second to claim UK 5G first; cost savings boost Orange earnings; Airtel Africa attracts $1.25 billion investment; and ADVA swings to third-quarter profit.
CommScope in Talks to Buy Arris – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  8 comments
Such a deal would bring another massive wave of consolidation to the wireline and wireless infrastructure sector and establish an even larger supplier with a major focus on the cable industry.
Nokia Warns of Job Cuts in €700M Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Latest restructuring plan comes as the Finnish equipment vendor reports an improvement in margins at its networks business for the recent third quarter.
Verizon Names Panama City as Its Fifth 5G Market
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Verizon picks hurricane-buffetted Panama City in Florida as its fifth fixed 5G city.
BT's CTIO on CPE, Blockchain & More
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
On the show floor at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, BT's CTIO Howard Watson talks about integrated CPE developments, process automation and the potential uses of blockchain.
Microsoft Relishes Record Quarter, but Cloud Growth Slows
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
76% year-over-year growth looks laggy when you've been kissing triple digits.
Cable Leaders Hammer 5G 'Hype'
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
In keynote talks at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, NCTA CEO Michael Powell and Cox CTO Kevin Hart belittle 5G's promise and play up cable's 10 Gig broadband potential.
Colt Automates Network Service Delivery With On Demand Portal
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Colt's Mirko Voltolini explains where the operator has seen success with its On Demand service platform, but also addresses why the traditional service delivery model still has staying power.
Ofcom Hypes Beamforming for 5G Fixed Wireless
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  5 comments
UK telecom regulator says beamforming could transform the fixed wireless business case as governments are accused of treating spectrum like a 'cash cow.'
AT&T Promises Initial Mobile 5G Launch in 'Weeks'
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T sticks to $22 billion capex estimation as it continues 5G and 4G deployments.
Open Source Opening New Doors for RDK
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Discussions leading software stack for set-tops and gateways to new regions and service providers that fall outside the cable fold.
CenturyLink Adds Cisco to SD-WAN Options
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  1 comment
CenturyLink is adding a managed SD-WAN service based on Cisco's Viptela technology after launching its service on Versa Networks.
New Zealand's Chorus Proposes Shared 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Government-backed wholesale operator says there would be more 'effective outcomes' if operators shared 5G infrastructure.
Eurobites: UK's CityFibre Announces $2.5B FTTH Investment Plan
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10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN slides in Q3 while Telenor holds steady; TIM tries out Amazon's Alexa; Huawei hopes new lab will win regulators' confidence.
SD-WAN Puts a Doctor in a Backpack
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
The swyMed DOT Telemedicine Backpack brings medical consultation and transmit clinical data from remote locations, using SD-WAN for connectivity.
Cable-Tec Expo 2018: News & Notes
The Bauminator  | 
10/24/2018  |  1 comment
Cisco debuts Full Duplex DOCSIS node, Nokia nets virtual networking deal, Buckeye goes with Harmonic's 'CableOS,' SCTE IDs winners of first Adaptive Power Challenge, and more.
Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.
Cable Seeks the Right Business Case for Virtualization
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Operators are kicking the tires on NFV, but won't make heavy investments unless new technologies and approaches can help MSOs broaden their economic horizons.
Telcos Hand 5G 'Converged Core' Homework to 3GPP
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
The Broadband Forum is handing over recommendations for a converged 5G core network that would address fixed as well as mobile network needs.
Verizon CFO Expects Mobile 5G Service 'Sometime' in 2019
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
But 4G wireless bolsters Verizon's numbers, as Oath unit expected to miss 2020 targets.
Oracle Takes On a Blockchain Skeptic
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
As Oracle debuts new blockchain solutions, Light Reading wonders what, if anything, blockchain is good for.
Telefónica Deutschland Plots 5G Challenge to Broadband Incumbents
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Mobile operator thinks 5G technology could be used to provide high-speed connectivity for a quarter of German properties.
Sprint's Nolan Buzzes About Automation at the 'Hive'
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
DENVER -- Tracy Nolan, president of national sales, strategy and operations for Sprint, says companies need to support women in the shift to network automation to lessen the potential jobs impact.
Eurobites: Telefónica Cries Foul Over Vodafone-Unitymedia Deal in Germany
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sparkle and Amartus air their SD-WAN concept; Nokia boosts Netia's network capacity in Poland; Orange seals satellite-based military deal.
Arista Promises New 400G Switches for These Cloudy Times
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Before the end of this year, Arista said it will be shipping at least one new 400G switch aimed at helping cloud and data center providers handle the growth and sheer number of enterprise workloads.
Qualcomm & Samsung to Work on 5G Small Cells
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
The chipset, however, won't start sampling until 2020, pushing 5G small cells further out commercially.
Ericsson CTO Talks 5G, Edge Computing & Machine Learning
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson's Group CTO Erik Ekudden discusses 5G partnerships, the growing importance of edge computing and the use of machine learning (ML) tools.
Arris CTO: What's Next for DOCSIS?
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Arris is researching new technologies and techniques using expanded spectrum and a new generation of amplifiers that could serve as an alternative to Full Duplex DOCSIS and extend the life of HFC networks.
Deutsche Telekom to Swap Startup Investments With SK Telecom
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
DT's edge computing startup MobiledgeX and SKT's quantum cryptography specialist ID Quantique to be the grateful recipients.
Using a Lego Approach to Cable Node Upgrades
The Bauminator  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
A proposed standard aims to allow upgrades to legacy technologies like DOCSIS, or new capabilities, such as 5G or PON, to be snapped into a generic (and modular) node housing.
Is Virtualization a DIY Deal for Telcos?
Rewired  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Many larger network operators are bringing software development in-house, developing their own orchestrators and other tools, and using more open source to get the results they want, without vendor dependence.
New Oracle Service Takes Aim at Salesforce
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Oracle's new CX Unity service is designed to go beyond the linear 'customer journey' to help serve today's 'fickle and nomadic' customers, the company says.
BT's McRae on Operator-Led Innovation, Telemetry & Curiosity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
The BT executive shares his views on NFV, automation, in-house development, what he wants from his team and more.
CableLabs: DOCSIS Has Lots of Gas Left in the Tank
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  1 comment
Engineers offer updates on new specs and technologies that will take cable's widely deployed HFC network to the next level, economically and at scale.
Cable Nearly a No-Show in mmWave Auction
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Indicates MSO concern about limitations of millimeter wave spectrum versus mid-band for 5G, analyst says.
Eurobites: We Need 'British Netflix' Now, Says UK Broadcast Boss
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WiFi in the driving seat; European Commission approves Microsoft's GitHub acquisition; Apelo finds a berth in the Balkans.

Cable Makes Play for 5.9GHz Band
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
NCTA urges FCC to take a 'fresh look' at the band and reassign a substantial portion of it for WiFi, arguing that the spectrum is grossly underutilized today as a connected car safety technology.
Facebook Picks Nick Clegg to Clean Up Its Image – Sad Face
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK's former deputy prime minister is ditching his Westminster suit and heading for the chinos-and-sneakers culture of Silicon Valley.
RJio Snaps Up Broadband Assets in Spending Spree
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  5 comments
RJio's latest acquisitions point to big ambitions in the broadband and transportation sectors.
BT Offers CEO Job to Worldpay's Boss – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
An offer has been made, according to Bloomberg, but BT is still waiting to hear if Philip Jansen wants the job.
Q&A: SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban on Cable-Tec Expo & the Road Ahead
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Dzuban discusses what topics will be buzzing as the cable industry goes down to Georgia next week for the annual Cable-Tec Expo, and how ongoing industry consolidation is causing SCTE to evolve as an organization.
WiCipedia: Diversity in Product Dev & Israeli Entrepreneurs Protest Sexism
WiCipedia  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Keeping smart home products safe for all; Merkel finds sexism in Israeli tech community; girls have limited access to mobile phones worldwide; and more.
Telia Steps Up Savings Effort on Swedish Gloom
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Scandinavian telco is on track to realize cost-saving targets this year despite disappointment at its main Swedish operation.
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