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Vivendi to Launch New Italian TV Offensive With TIM, Canal Plus
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Telecom Italia is set to launch a new premium content channel as well as acquire and produce content in partnership with fellow Vivendi company Canal Plus, according to reports.
KPN Buoyed by Cost Savings, Consumer Growth
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Dutch incumbent struggles in business and wholesale markets but is making good progress on cost savings and at its consumer operation.
AT&T's Tech President Preps Workforce for the Future
Women in Comms Introduction Videos  | 
7/26/2017  |  10 comments
AT&T is focused on the software-defined network of the future and is reskilling its workforce to get ready too, according to AT&T's President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.
AT&T Adds 2.8M Subs Across US & Mexico, Various Connected Devices in Q2
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2017  |  Post a comment
CFO talks TWC, Capex, FirstNet, 5G and more on wide-ranging Q2 call.
Juniper Teases Possible Acquisitions in Cloud Security, SD-WAN
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/25/2017  |  2 comments
The networking vendor is doing well in quarterly earnings, driven by cloud growth.
Telecom Not Big Part of Juniper's Good News
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Vendor posted third straight quarter of solid growth, but attributes that mostly to cloud vertical.
FTTH Pressure Grows on Deutsche Telekom
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  1 comment
Could cable-based rivalry and 5G realities force Deutsche Telekom to give up its FTTH resistance?
Cable Eyes SD-WAN to Boost Business Services
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/25/2017  |  4 comments
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is offering cable multiple system operators (MSOs) a leg up in the market, offering solutions other than fiber, such as DOCSIS 3.1; however, it is not without its challenges.
CenturyLink: Hybrid SD-WANs Ain't No Picnic
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  1 comment
New managed services bundles address enterprise demand for managing traffic over combination of private MPLS services and SD-WANs.
ZoneTV Programs Television Like Pandora
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  3 comments
ZoneTV is turning channels into apps and adding on-the-fly personalization.
Google Launches Fight Club for AI Security
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/25/2017  |  9 comments
A Google competition pits machine learning attackers against machine learning defenders to strengthen security.
NCTC Adds Vue to Line-Up
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  1 comment
Cable co-operative announces deal with OTT service Vue, allowing members to distribute Sony PlayStation's skinny bundle.
Eurobites: Google's Q2 Gouged by EU Mega-Fine
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: online giants pressed on terms of use; Vodafone Germany hails half-gigabit rollout; Arqiva trials FWA with Samsung.
Microsoft Designing Its Own AI Chip
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/25/2017  |  3 comments
Microsoft continues to place big bets on AI, and now Redmond is planning on building its own artificial intelligence chip for HoloLens.
Upskill U With MetTel on NFV & Security
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
7/25/2017  |  1 comment
This week at Upskill U, Ed Fox, VP of Network Services for MetTel, will cover the challenges operators face in furthering their goals for NFV while also meeting security requirements.
India's Telcos Outraged by Plans for Local Gear Tests
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  Post a comment
Indian service providers say government plans for local equipment testing would drive up costs and disrupt business.
WiC Radio: Tune In to Hear the Ovum Outlook
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/25/2017  |  1 comment
Nicole Engelbert, the director of research and analsis for Ovum, will be joining Women in Comms on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 11:00 a.m. EST to talk all things women in tech.
SoftBank Eyeing Major Stake in Uber – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2017  |  4 comments
Having made investments in Uber rivals throughout Asia, Japan's SoftBank is now eyeing a stake in the US company.
Google Growth Driven by Enterprise Cloud & Machine Learning
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/24/2017  |  5 comments
Google claims its drive to diversify beyond ad revenue is paying off, although its Q2 earnings didn't include specifics about growth in cloud or machine learning.
Edge Computing: AT&T's Next Big Play?
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  3 comments
CTO says mobile operators are uniquely positioned to deliver the distributed cloud computing power next-gen apps will require.
Cattaneo Quits as Telecom Italia CEO, Gets €25M
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Departing chief executive will get a total payout of €25 million as Telecom Italia promises to continue pursuing his fiber rollout plan.
100G Growth Fuels Race to 400G & Beyond
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Widespread deployment of 100G connections in data centers and across networks is driving demand for 400G solutions and funding development of 400G components.
Apple Gets 5G Test Approval
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  2 comments
The iPhone vendor will be testing 28GHz and 39Ghz frequencies in California.
NetScout Data to Power Arbor Security
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Two years after the acquisition of Arbor, NetScout's real-time performance data will help power Arbor's advanced threat detection.
What's a Little Throttling Between Friends?
MariNation  | 
7/24/2017  |  7 comments
Verizon capped the speeds on video streaming apps last week, and customers weren't happy.
CBNL: 5G Backhaul Pain Can Be Microwave's Gain
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
The arrival of 5G services will add to the pressure on backhaul networks. Could the poor availability of low-cost fiber be an opportunity for a small UK microwave player?
New Arris Boxes Bring OTT to Tier 2 Market
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  2 comments
Arris is unveiling new set-tops for smaller cable companies that are powered by Tivo and offer access to apps like Netflix and YouTube.
Microsoft's Azure Stack Is Useful but Not for Everyone
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  1 comment
Microsoft is about to release its Azure Stack, which can help enterprises create hybrid clouds. However, the technology is not for everyone.
Enterprises Look to Bake Security Into DevOps – Study
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/24/2017  |  2 comments
While DevOps remains a relatively new feature of the enterprise, security is one concept everyone can agree on. Now, many IT leaders are trying to combine the two.
Eurobites: Cattaneo Hopes for €30M Kiss-Off
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Maroc Telecom's revenues down; ex-Xerox exec to supervise VEON; Nokia reclassifies its financials.
NFV, SDN, Big Data – It's All About Automation
Craig's A-List  | 
7/21/2017  |  9 comments
The network must be automated. And Light Reading must write about it.
Telecom Italia CEO to Quit Next Week – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  1 comment
Cattaneo to step down on July 27, according to reports, after clashing with shareholder Vivendi.
RJio Disrupts Again With Low-Cost 4G Phone
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  2 comments
India's disruptive new entrant has launched a low-cost 4G phone that could further shake up the sector.
Rogers Pencils In X1 Launch for 2018
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  1 comment
Rogers reports strong Q2 earnings and further details on its launch of the Comcast X1 video platform.
Arista Switch Ban Stays in Place for Now
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/21/2017  |  9 comments
The International Trade Commission has ruled that a ban against Arista's networking switches will stay in place for now.
Eurobites: ETNO's Most Excellent US Adventure
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia's MTS downgraded; Net Insight Q2 sales down by nearly a third year-on-year; Deutsche Telekom joins ONF.
BBC Head: We Must Reinvent Broadcasting for a New Generation
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  6 comments
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says BBC must respond to younger viewers consuming content in different ways in the British public broadcaster's annual report.
AWS Considering Kubernetes for Container Management – Report
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/21/2017  |  2 comments
Amazon Web Services is reportedly considering using Google-backed Kubernetes for container orchestration management, although no firm decision has been made yet.
WiCipedia: From New Zealand to the Silicon Prairie & Beyond
WiCipedia  | 
7/21/2017  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women in tech make a timely departure; Smartphones put safety first; Silicon Prairie makes a statement; and more.
Brexit, India Weigh on Vodafone Sales
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2017  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operator reports modest growth in service revenues but is under pressure from Brexit at home and aggressive competition in India.
India's Airtel Accuses RJio of Trying to Kill Competition
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
The issue of interconnection fees has become the latest battleground between Airtel and RJio.
Discussing 5G Spectrum on Capitol Hill
Column  | 
7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Status and next steps on spectrum policy for Gigabit LTE and 5G in the US and beyond.
Microsoft's Azure, Other Cloud Offerings Driving Solid Growth
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/20/2017  |  5 comments
Robust cloud growth, especially within Azure, helps Microsoft close out its fiscal 2017 on a high note.
On Broadband, FCC Talks Carrots, Not Sticks
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2017  |  4 comments
The FCC has clarified that it won't override the authority of cities and states when it comes to new guidelines for telecom pole attachments and other broadband deployment issues.
Deloitte Does Away With Diversity-Focused ERGs
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/20/2017  |  2 comments
Consulting firm will build 'inclusion councils' with white men in the mix instead of employee resource groups for women and minorities alone.
Google Cloud Platform Gets Speed Boost
Scott Ferguson  | 
7/20/2017  |  5 comments
Google is planning to use the same congestion control algorithm it uses with search and YouTube to give the company's cloud platform a speed boost.
ADVA Takes a Haircut as It Warns of Tough H2
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
ADVA's share price takes a 15% hit following an earnings report that cited 'turbulent times' and a 'subdued' sales outlook but there won't be any job cuts, the CEO says.
Qualcomm Takes Q3 Pummeling From Apple
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2017  |  5 comments
Chipmaker's sales and earnings headed south because of disputes with Apple and other parties.
Get Ready for Direct Detect 100G for Metro DCI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Challenging the dominance of coherent detection, direct detection modulation has re-emerged as an economically viable option in metro data center interconnection (DCI).
Apple's SSO Picked Up by Indy Operators
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Ten operators affiliated with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) launched Apple's single sign-on facility within their TV Everywhere apps.
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