Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA bags optical monitoring team; Orange in African energy deal; BT offers link to HP cloud.
While some operators have warmed to Facebook's zero-rating model, others still see it as a threat.
Also in today's 'Black Friday' regional roundup: Turkcell bids for TeliaSonera's stake in Fintur; Polkomtel trials voice-over-WiFi with Nokia; Cosmote achieves 500Mbit/s LTE; Altice lands rights to English Premier League.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS launches 3G in Kiev; Ericsson opens its 5G Garage; OTE looks to raise €350 million on debt market; Israeli big data startup bags $15 million in Series A.
Network traffic shows that Internet service returned to Aleppo, Syria in November.
The partnership between Cisco and Ericsson has divided opinion amongst the Light Reading community.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei joins 5G Exchange project; Bulgaria's Vivacom sold; Cisco snaps up UK teleconferencing firm.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eir in talks to buy Setanta; lawyers smell TalkTalk blood; Deutsche Telekom bans phones for Christmas.
Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TeliaSonera connects cars; Ericsson connects ships; AlcaLu connects Cape Town.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French spectrum auction bids reach €2.7 billion; Cellcom profits plunge; Vodafone Wallet teams up with MasterCard.
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.
Mobily CEO Ahmad Farroukh talks to Steve Saunders about the realities of being a mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.
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.
The planned acquisition of EZchip by Mellanox has resulted in a fractious war of words between EZchip and investors and a delayed shareholder vote.
Gartner's Magic Quadrant still holds the tech industry under its spell but some companies have had enough of what they allege is a flawed process that at least one company describes as a 'pay-to-play' model.
Will Saudi Telecom's experience of running live M2M services over a vEPC persuade it to make a much bigger push into virtualization?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: hack-soiled TalkTalk surprises with dividend; new MTN boss may challenge mega-fine; Google faces EU heat over mapping.
UK-based operator says there is more value in remaining a single organization but hints it is still open to asset-swap talks with Liberty Global.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson forecasts growth; Orange sells Kenyan stake; posh watches get smart.
Many vendors are developing programmable transport network platforms to help operators control dynamic virtualized resources but the industry lacks a unified approach as early adopters move forward.
Cisco and Ericsson have been forced into each other's arms by that other courting couple, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government offers 10 Mbit/s for all; Telenor/VimpelCom latest; 3/O2 deadline pushed back.
IP and wireless networking giants announce strategic relationship that includes joint SDN and NFV developments.
One of the world's biggest operators says the 'five-nines' concept has no place in a virtualized world.
Also in today's EMEA regional rollout: Deutsche Telekom soars in Q3; Cellcom Israel agrees to buy Golan Telecom; Finnish emojis.
On a recent visit to Israel, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders had a chance to speak with Ori Gerstel, CTO of Sedona Systems, about Sedona's multi-layer control solution.
Sckipio plans to use funding from Intel Capital to make G.fast improvements, allowing operators to use the technology over much longer distances.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Volvo boost for Nokia's HERE; TDC's profits down in third quarter; 'blingphone' company sold to Chinese.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone customers exposed in UK; M&A moves in Israel; Nokia's cmWave trial; movie-streaming heaven.
Quotas backed up by KPIs are the best way to level the playing field for women in comms, SAP's SVP says as she provides a global perspective.