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Honorable Mentions: Feb. 13
Matt's Mentions | 2/13/2012

This week's top telecom stories, as chosen by the readers of Matt's Mentions

Stokin' Up Wi-Fi's Operator Cred
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/13/2012

Stoke unveils a new gateway for mobile operators that can better integrate Wi-Fi into their data service offerings

AlcaLu, NSN Turn Up CEM Volume
EuroBlog | 2/13/2012

6:10 AM Major vendors fight for customer experience management mindshare

Euronews: Vodafone Eyes M&A Opportunity
News Analysis | 2/13/2012

Vodafone mulls acquisition of enterprise services specialist Cable & Wireless Worldwide, C&W Comms feels the squeeze and FT agrees Egypt M&A

MWC Preview: Behind the Network
EuroBlog | 2/13/2012

Smartphones and LTE networks are hot stuff, but don't forget the service provider IT (SPIT) systems that help make them tick

Deploying 100G Transport Networks
Research Analyst Interviews | 2/10/2012

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin and representatives from Reliance Globalcom, Level 3, and XO talk about the benefits and challenges of deploying 100G today

Synacor's Wild Ride
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/10/2012

TV Everywhere firm cuts its IPO price as shares skyrocket in the early going, then settle for a small gain in their first day of trading

Cloud Crowd Gets Down to Business
News Analysis | 2/10/2012

The latest Carrier Cloud Forum is a good barometer of how fast cloud has moved from the talking stage to the walking stage

AlcaLu CEO Unveils New Vision
News Analysis | 2/10/2012

With profits pleasing investors, Ben Verwaayen unveils his three-year growth strategy, and service provider IT (SPIT) is at the heart of it

Broadcast TV-Only Broadband Homes Jump 23%
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/10/2012

Also: Roku jumps the pond; Amazon downplays subscription streaming plans; Arris to halt Moxi retail support; Cablevision chases government deals

African Telecoms Pick the Enterprise to Pick Them Up
Research Rewind | 2/10/2012

This week: Mobile advertising in AME; AME telcos get down to business; Uruguay and Indonesia market forecasts; mobile network security

Cisco's Half-Empty Glass
Craig's A-List | 2/10/2012

6:45 AM Everyone sure sounded happy on Cisco's earnings call, but there's plenty to be worried about

Euronews: AlcaLu Stock Leaps 16%
News Analysis | 2/10/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: Mixed picture for Alcatel-Lucent; EU telcos unite on roaming cuts; Vodafone slips its cash out of Greece

AlcaLu Reports €1.1B Annual Profit
News Analysis | 2/10/2012

Revenues are down but share price soars as Alcatel-Lucent reports a full-year profit, targets more cuts and predicts a healthier 2012

ViaSat to Phase Out WildBlue
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/9/2012

But it's in talks to get DirecTV signed on with Exede, a faster (12Mbit/s) satellite broadband service

Arris Expects a Rosy 2012
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/9/2012

Cable vendor shoots for a 10% top line boost, citing strength from its Docsis menu, Moxi video gateways and some help from BigBand

Can NSN Offload Its Carrier Ethernet Assets?
News Analysis | 2/9/2012

NSN's Carrier Ethernet gear and management system are on its 'for sale' list, with joint venture partner Juniper seen as the most likely suitor

Getting Closer: Huawei Scores 4G Deals in Canada
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/9/2012

Bell Canada and Telus ink deals with Huawei to deploy LTE in Canada as the Chinese vendor gets closer to the US

AT&T, Cloudscaling Open New Cloud Strategy
News Analysis | 2/9/2012

AT&T embraces Amazon's style of cloud, taking advantage of Cloudscaling's new role as an OpenStack-based cloud builder

TiVo: Just Say No to Old Set-Top Sales
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/9/2012

Also: DirecTV goes wide with 'classic' TiVo; Google-Moto deal nears DoJ OK; TW CEO tells MSOs to unblock Roku; Amazon's latest Netflixian move

Euronews: Vodafone Suffers in Southern Europe
News Analysis | 2/9/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: Vodafone feels the heat in Spain and Italy; Apple wants some patents sanity; AlcaLu speeds things up in Luxembourg

Metcalfe to Unveil 'New Ethernet'
News Analysis | 2/9/2012

Bob 'The Father of Ethernet' Metcalfe is to announce 'A New Ethernet' on Feb 23. Could this be a case of the Emperor's New Clothes?

MWC Metro Mayhem: Taxi!
EuroBlog | 2/9/2012

5:15 AM Planned public transport strike will be a kick in the cojones for Mobile World Congress attendees

Cisco Reaches a Happy Place
News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Q3 revenues might actually be less than Q2's, but Cisco is still claiming victory

Boxee, Cable Spar Over Video Encryption
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Boxee wants TV tiers to stay in the clear so it can cater to "cord shavers." MSOs say encryption will reduce truck rolls, service theft

Cisco Earnings Shine in Q2
News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Earnings per share beat the consensus by $0.04, but investors might be more interested in what happens next quarter

Wireless Capex to Grow 13% in 2012
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Sprint expects to spend $6B on its network next year, which is good for its equipment partners, but potentially troublesome for its finances

Sprint's iPhone Q4 Ouch!
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Sprint spends its way to a $1.3B loss on iPhone and Network Vision upgrade costs in Q4

The Super Bowl of Streaming
The Bauminator | 2/8/2012

10:35 AM The first live stream of the Super Bowl attracted 2.1 million unique viewers, and a bunch of whiners

Virgin Media Wants Netflix Content
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Also: TiVo seeks takeover bids; live TV is absent on upgraded U-Verse iPad app; Telus taps in to Cisco's Videoscape

OpenFlow Doesn't Always Mean Commodity
Craig's A-List | 2/8/2012

9:15 AM That's what premium chipmakers are going to argue, and they might have a point

VoLTE Is Near
Research Analyst Interviews | 2/8/2012

Gabriel Brown of Heavy Reading gives his industry expert view on the timeline and challenges of voice over LTE

Euronews: Nokia Shifts Device Assembly to Asia
News Analysis | 2/8/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: Nokia cuts 4,000 more jobs; Bouygues Telecom goes with Ericsson; Telenor numbers down, with good reason

Nokia Cuts 4,000 More Jobs
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Nokia will axe 4,000 jobs at smartphone factories in Finland, Hungary and Mexico, and shift mobile device assembly ops to Asia

Mobile Upstart Charges Into New Data Plans
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/8/2012

Spanish mobile operator challenger Yoigo will offer a shared data plan for multiple devices with a little help from its DPI supplier

Photos: MPLS & Ethernet World Forum
Slide Shows | 2/8/2012

We got snap-happy at the packet network love-in -- see who posed for our pics

Mobile World Congress Preview
LRTV Soundbites | 2/8/2012

It's a 4G World
iBraue | 2/7/2012

5:30 PM Joe's reasons why UBM TechWeb is buying 4G World from Yankee Group

Dish: This Year's LightSquared?
Jonestown | 2/7/2012

5:15 PM Canada likes Dish's outer-space LTE plan, but AT&T wants a faster deployment roadmap for LTE

Sprint Q4: What We Already Know
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/7/2012

We've already heard lots about Sprint's status in regards to iPhones, WiMax, iDEN and LightSquared, so can we sleep in?

RIM Sprouts BlackBerry Apps
Que Sera Sarah | 2/7/2012

2:15 PM RIM claims to out-download Apple and outsell Android on apps

Verizon's Prelude to All-Out War
The Bauminator | 2/7/2012

1:00 PM Verizon's Redbox partnership could the pave the way to a virtual MSO and force cable to pursue much grander OTT video plays

Has Juniper Missed the Backhaul Boat?
News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Juniper's access box with mobile backhaul synchronization might be the right product at the wrong time, reckons industry analyst

Chinese Capex to Hit How Much?
AsiaBlog | 2/7/2012

10:15 AM Fixed broadband and 3G set for big bucks investment in China – but just how much is another matter

ACE: Selling Old Set-Tops Won't Derail Retail
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Also: Grist for the Apple iTV rumor mill; Brightcove prices its IPO; cable VoD ads get real; TW Cable ad highlights Netflix

Is Backhaul Bottlenecking Verizon's LTE?
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Backhaul could be a reason for LTE performance differences between AT&T and Verizon in Houston, finds Signals Research Group

Euronews: AlcaLu Goes Large on CEM
News Analysis | 2/7/2012

In today's regional roundup: AlcaLu launches Motive CEM; RIM's CEO hails the EMEA market; Tele2 has a fulfilling fourth quarter

Juniper Takes MPLS Into Mobile Access
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Juniper says its ACX line of routers will provide a capacity boost and push more traffic engineering to mobile access networks

AlcaLu Gets Motivated About CEM
News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Alcatel-Lucent uses its Motive subsidiary as the launchpad for its customer experience management push

Operators Get an iCloud Competitor
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/7/2012

Security vendor F-Secure wants to help mobile operators get into the game of syncing, storing and streaming digital content

RAD Brews MPLS-TP Storm
EuroBlog | 2/6/2012

RAD Data CTO Yaakov Stein set to detail how Ethernet trumps MPLS-TP in the access network

It's Open Season for OpenFlow
Craig's A-List | 2/6/2012

Tired of hearing about software-defined networking? Too bad

Carrier Capex Could Rebound Quickly
News Analysis | 2/6/2012

Amid a season of weak forecasts, one analyst thinks carrier spending isn't going to be so awful

Sprint Details iDEN's Death March
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/6/2012

A new Sprint site reveals when and where it will remove its iDEN towers, offering a hint at the company's initial LTE launch plans

Google Calls KC Fiber-Ready
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/6/2012

Google is ready to begin stringing fiber, getting it an important step closer to connecting live customers to its 1-Gig network

Verizon Finds New Path Into Health Segment
News Analysis | 2/6/2012

Business unit teams up with health care investment group to spur technlogy adoption by medical ecosystem

HTC: LTE Handsets Disappoint
Que Sera Sarah | 2/6/2012

12:30 PM Taiwanese handset maker is predicting a weak first quarter as it struggles to differentiate Android and attract interest in 4G

Mobile Network Security Becomes Key Issue
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2012

Mobile operators are realizing they must take more steps to secure their networks against malicious acts

Verizon & Redbox Target Netflix
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/6/2012

Also: Time Warner plows cash into Conviva; Cisco exec heads to Comcast; Entropic checks into hospitality

Consolidated to Buy SureWest for $340.9M
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/6/2012

Consolidated believes the combined company can save $25 million in annual operations costs and as much as $10 million in capex

Optical Industry Adjusting After Thai Floods
News Analysis | 2/6/2012

It's looking like the disaster's impact on optical production has been kept under control so far

Honorable Mentions: Feb. 6
Matt's Mentions | 2/6/2012

This week's top telecom stories, as chosen by the readers of Matt's Mentions

Unsettling Times at NSN
EuroBlog | 2/6/2012

8:00 AM Although denied, speculation that one of NSN's parents has been looking for the next CEO of NSN will create uncertainty

What's Your Mobile Lifestyle?
Que Sera Sarah | 2/6/2012

7:00 AM Take Light Reading's survey on your own mobile life and learn how the rest of the industry uses mobility

Euronews: NSN Denies 'New CEO' Report
News Analysis | 2/6/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: NSN says that it's not looking for a replacement for Rajeev Suri; Huawei opens Hungarian optical-gear unit

Cox Cuts Staff Amid Wireless Shutdown
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/3/2012

As the wireless service reaches an end, Cox reportedly gets set for the expected layoffs

Ting: Bad Name, Great Idea
Que Sera Sarah | 2/3/2012

4:20 PM We'll forgive the new Sprint reseller for its dumb name, because its data-sharing strategy is really quite smart

Rogers to Kill Its Broadband Throttle
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/3/2012

MSO grudgingly agrees to reconfigure its Cisco traffic manager so all P2P traffic sidesteps traffic management

DirecTV Cuts WildBlue From Its Broadband Future
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/3/2012

Satellite TV giant is seeking out new broadband partners to aid its OTT video offerings, and WildBlue apparently won't be among them

OS Watch: Windows Phone 8 Specs Revealed
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/3/2012

Also: Android cracks down on malware; patent drama in Germany; iOS and Android take over; Facebook mulls mobile ads

M&A Train Reaches Tier 2 Cable Vendors
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/3/2012

Also: Ex-SeaChange pres has non-compete; DirecTV halts WildBlue broadband sales; shady sports streamers put on ice; PPV goes 3-D

Cable Ad Standards Get Star Treatment
Technically Speaking With SCTE | 2/3/2012

10:30 AM Move aside, entertainers – it's the SCTE's turn to share the Emmy spotlight

India in Shock as 122 Licenses Canceled
News Analysis | 2/3/2012

Supreme Court rules that 122 mobile licenses must be revoked, causing market chaos, plus other news from India's turbulent telecom sector

Carrier Bug Bypasses Infinera, Bites Acme Packet
News Analysis | 2/3/2012

One equipment vendor after another is predicting weak carrier spending, but there's a way to get around that

Euronews: Sales Down, Profits Up at BT
News Analysis | 2/3/2012

Operating margin improvement at BT, the sale of Orange Austria and Mobistar's customer experience focus feature in today's news potpourri

Sprint Gives LightSquared 'Til Mid-March
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/2/2012

LightSquared gets another month and change to sort out GPS issues from LTE partner Sprint

HP Takes OpenFlow Commercial
News Analysis | 2/2/2012

It's not the first vendor to do this, but the it's first switch vendor to go this big with the technology

Light at the End of the Pipe
EuroBlog | 2/2/2012

2:30 PM At last, signs of a more compelling ROI case for Europe's network owners

Is Google Fueling BTI's Growth?
News Analysis | 2/2/2012

Transport system vendor BTI Systems is in growth mode and has secured new funding. Is Google helping to fuel its top line?

JDSU's Ready for Gridless ROADMs
News Analysis | 2/2/2012

Finisar's been there for a while, but JDSU says it's sampling gridless-ROADM devices now, prepping for 400G and terabit

Qualcomm Makes First VoLTE-to-3G Hand-Off
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/2/2012

In an important milestone for VoLTE, Qualcomm does a voice-call hand-off on an Ericsson network

TW Cable's $3B Insight Buy Gets FCC OK
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/2/2012

Also: Comcast exec to keynote SCTE shindig; Amdocs scores a big re-up; Cisco vet hops to Clearleap; Comcast home security is a Mile High

SMEs in Latin America Are Dancing to the Telco Beat
Research Rewind | 2/2/2012

This week: The telecom landscape in Kenya, Slovakia and Russia; SMEs and ICT in Latin America; the next-gen ROADM opportunity

Now SeaChange Loses Its President
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/2/2012

With the loss of another key executive, the video software vendor is living up to its name

Euronews: FT Goes Full-Tilt on FTTH
News Analysis | 2/2/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: FT CEO says he will double fiber access spend in 2012; Etisalat hit by Indian 'scam' backwash; PacketFront's CPE sale

Netflix Battles Bandwidth Caps
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/1/2012

Netflix taps encoding startup EYE IO to boost bandwidth efficiency by up to 50% and keep consumption caps and broadband meters in check

US Cellular to Play LTE Catch-Up in March
LR Mobile News Analysis | 2/1/2012

Sixth-largest US carrier plans to cover 25% of its sub base with LTE next month, and offer them a Samsung tablet and smartphone

Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/1/2012

A hearing on cable's co-marketing deals and AWS spectrum sales to Verizon Wireless is said to be on its way

Comcast, VZ Wireless Bundle Up in the Bay
LR Cable News Analysis | 2/1/2012

Also: SeaChange cuts headcount; Comcast beefs up Internet Essentials; DTAs pay for Technicolor; SlingPlayer's on Fire

A New Battle Brews About Old Set-Tops
The Bauminator | 2/1/2012

The CEA objects to a plan that would let MSOs sell old set-tops, including HD-DVRs, and it might win a round for a change

Euronews: EC Probes Samsung on Patents
News Analysis | 2/1/2012

In today's EMEA roundup: Brussels thinks Samsung may have 'distorted' markets through patents abuse; Euro roaming fees to go even lower?

Cisco Pitches MPLS Alternative
News Analysis | 2/1/2012

But it's only for certain enterprise cases, so don't go thinking MPLS's No. 1 fan has gone off the deep end

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