Carrier SDN will enable customer control but that can happen at different layers of the network and deciding which to do first is a challenge.
Big cable/telco equipment vendor now expects market sluggishness to last longer this year, after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger last week.
Hong Kong's HKBN is thriving by taking an unorthodox approach.
Multi-year agreement will let up to 40 million Sprint handsets automatically connect to WiFi when they travel.
Nokia boss insists there will be no repeat of past merger mistakes as company's stock plummets on disappointing first-quarter results.
Infrastructure company makes latest takeover move in anticipation of soaring demand in the small cells market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Megafon revenue falls; Jazztel's on the up; French government slammed over Dailymotion deal.
Shares in the Finnish equipment maker fell sharply in early-hours trading after its main networks business floundered in the first quarter.
Amdocs says it will get greater reach in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pac and leave Comverse to focus on digital services.
Survey commissioned by French vendor finds a massive disconnect between mobile user and mobile operator customer care expectations.
Fifth-largest US MSO becomes the first pay-TV provider to strike a deal to distribute Hulu to its subscribers.
The new Orange TV Stick, which is now trialing in Romania, is an HDMI adapter powered by Espial.
While Charter clearly still wants Time Warner Cable, TWC still may not want Charter, opening up some intriguing scenarios in US cable land.
South Korean electronics giant reports disappointing results but guides for S6-led improvements next quarter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone/Liberty merger talk resurfaces; Telefónica raises prices in Spain; eCall system becomes a reality.
Who's buying and who's selling as optical sector consolidation takes off?
T-Mobile executives say the partnership with Google will be profitable and will let the two share ideas for new services and offers.
BICS CEO Daniel Kurgan believes the operator can flourish by selling value-added services to new customer segments.
Industry analysts wonder why Verizon seems to be picking fights with ESPN and other major programmers over its new FiOS skinny TV bundle.
With 1.8 million customer additions in Q1, T-Mobile has likely overtaken Sprint in subscribers, and now it's planning on taking down Verizon on its 'best network' claims.
The number of licensees for the cable industry's Reference Design Kit (RDK) IP video software stack has grown by more than 60% over the last year.
Network operator plans to converge its wireless and wireline operations with the aid of AlcaLu, Cisco, Nokia, Ericsson and Juniper.
Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders goes head-to-head with long-time Ciena CEO Gary Smith to discuss the impact of the web-scale players, the New IP and 'white box' networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 4G? Stuff it, says Turkey; Swisscom virtualizes with Netcracker; Google salves its news-content conscience.
French incumbent reports a fall in revenues and profits despite growth in its customer base.
Startup claims its forthcoming self-care service could protect operator margins as device complexity grows.
Partnership with Australian data center company lets US operator expand the reach of its managed IT services into five cities.
Roger Solé will also head up Sprint's new Hispanic business unit and become president of Sprint Puerto Rico.
ADVA looks to ride rising market segments to take advantage of other vendors' straying focus amid consolidation.
Combined company will have 30,000 route miles of fiber in densely populated Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.
Marvell's new Ultra HD chipset is a high-powered SoC that supports Android-based TV services and the cable industry's RDK software stack.
After four years as Group CTIO at European competitive operator Tele2, Joachim Horn is heading to Asia for his next personal challenge.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BlackBerry considers closure of Swedish office; Sky Italia receives rebuff from Mediaset; TeliaSonera updates on its workers in Nepal.
Cox's Jeff Finkelstein explains how moving services to the cloud will let cable deliver services faster and eliminate constant hardware replacements.
UK's biggest mobile operator witnesses declines in customer numbers and revenues despite impressive growth in 4G and fixed broadband.
White box switch vendor adds support for Labeled BGP.
One third of nearly 500 voters in Light Reading's recent poll on 5G suggest that upgrading backhaul to support the influx of data traffic coming to 5G will be the toughest challenge.
In two initiatives, the Metro Ethernet Forum is bringing larger and smaller companies into efforts to make end-to-end Carrier Ethernet ubiquitous.
Access vendor has a slimmed-down GPON product for the virtualized network in R&D.
Ericsson's Hyperscale Datacenter System (HDS) 8000, featuring Intel's Rack Scale Architecture, caused a stir when it was announced at MWC 2015. For more on this revolutionary product, join me on Thursday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m. EST for a Super Webinar event, A New Hardware Paradigm for the Telco Data Center.
Comcast has officially terminated its bid to acquire Time Warner Cable.
India's second-biggest mobile operator is expanding into rural parts of the country.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 adds VoLTE; Telefónica's Canal+ buy cleared; Virgin Media makes workers stand up for six months!
Search engine giant overcomes the challenge of the strong dollar to report encouraging growth in Q1 earnings.
Amazon divulged the financials for its cloud service for the first time this week. Spoiler alert: It's doing well.
Cost-cutting and cable/cloud customers help vendor exceed analyst expectations despite revenue slide.
Former BT exec now leading CableLabs' NFV and SDN efforts explains key role of open source and updates efforts to virtualize the home network.
Sources tell Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal that Comcast is prepared to walk away from its bid to buy TWC after pressure from the DOJ and threat of an FCC trial.
Arris wants Pace for more than just its set-tops.
Ericsson's CFO rules out any large-scale M&A in response to Nokia's $16.6 bid for Alcatel-Lucent and sees OSS becoming big business for the Swedish vendor.
Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders visited Ericsson's HQ in Kista, Sweden, to discuss industry transformation and the future of communications networks with Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson.
In the second installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about cultural change, network slicing and technology advances.
China's second-biggest mobile operator is hemorrhaging subscribers and grumbling about a new tax regime.
In the first installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the incredible transformation underway in the communications networking industry.
Chipmaker hints that outlook is worsening as Apple and Samsung continue to make strides in the smartphone sector.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading, discuss the virtualization, standardization and the New IP.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN sees data revenue growth; Mobistar Q1 core profits up 6.8%; BT misleads on superfast broadband.
Light Reading outlines 13 groups that are working to influence the development of 5G, including its standards, spectrum and use cases.
Favorable currency movements flatter results as Swedish equipment maker is hit by a fall in business in its biggest regional market.
Amazon plans to break out performance for its AWS cloud platform for the first time.
John Stephens isn't worried about Google's new wireless MVNO as AT&T reports a strong first quarter, owing to strength in tablets and the Internet of Things.
Arris has announced it intends to acquire competitor Pace in a deal worth $2.1 billion in stock and cash.
Vendor confirms it no longer has a role at 'domestic Tier 1 program' as it reports its Q1 numbers.
But it will only be available on the Nexus 6 at launch.
By becoming the anchor tenant, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network is helping spur gigabit networks across Utah.
If Comcast had a role in the decision not to sell Hulu in 2013, it could affect approval of Comcast's current bid to acquire Time Warner Cable.
Austria's incumbent operator managed to burnish its bottom line despite setbacks across most of its markets.
Following its $700 million takeover of Pacnet, Telstra has launched a global NaaS offering that will increase the pressure on its network rivals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone eyes Altice cast-off; Slovakia hopes for $1.1 billion from IPO; Huawei gets Irish FTTH gig.
Avni Software Defined Cloud is designed to let enterprises move applications between private, hybrid and public clouds, and avoid lock-in to cloud providers.
Interest in the commercial drone industry is growing and technology is developing quickly. This is laying the foundation for a range of future drone-based applications, including the use of drones in communications networks.
The optical vendor posts its fifth straight quarter of revenue growth, and has its eye on a sixth.
LTE chipmaker says its LTE-to-WiFi platform, in partnership with middleware provider Expway, has been tested by Verizon and other operators and is commercially ready today.
Comcast is expanding its 2-Gigabit broadband service to parts of southern Florida in May.
The pay-TV provider is prospering in every one of its European markets.
As its LTE traffic continues to grow while the company loses lower-end subscribers, Verizon is expecting more revenue to come from IoT and its planned mobile video offers.
New Rapport platform uses cloud-based software to deliver services or add capabilities to applications as virtualized functions that run on standard hardware.
The telecom industry's move to SDN and white box deployments is driving significant changes in the switch market. These changes will likely lead to lower capex and opex costs for network operators in the market.
The latest addition to the CenturyLink Cloud is Orchestrate, which offers a single API into multiple databases for more rapid app deployment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Altice-Oi deal gets EU approval; gigabits on trains; BT's cloud of clouds; ARM's up.
Swedish operator sticks to its full-year outlook despite economic and competitive challenges in some of its biggest markets.
The Chinese equipment giant has unveiled plans for a public cloud service that could put it in competition with some of its customers.
ADVA expands its network security offerings and collects them under the new ConnectGuard brand.
Here are five short-term implications to consider if regulators block Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
UK regulator issues its recommendations on which above-6Ghz spectrum bands make the most sense for mobile operators building 5G networks.
China's biggest mobile operator is sacrificing profitability to grow its 4G customer base as quickly as possible.
Google's project lead for Loon, its plan to use LTE-powered balloons to bring connectivity to underserved regions, says it's ready to start launching thousands of balloons.
Growth at UAE telecom giant Etisalat is fueled by a strong performance at home and takeover activity in Africa.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and Intel collaborate on security; BT helps protect connected cars; O2 Czech Republic spins off infrastructure assets.
In the wake of OTT launches by CBS and HBO, industry experts see most, if not all, major broadcasters and programmers rolling out their own OTT services in the coming year.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator aims to create a major fixed and mobile challenger to incumbent Belgacom.
Håkan Andersson, head of 5G product strategy of the Radio Business Unit at Ericsson, discusses the role of LTE, the US and other industry verticals in building a true 5G ecosystem.
Bloomberg report says Justice attorneys are making a case that the massive merger would harm consumers and adversely affect video streaming competition.
New Verizon FiOS subscription packages will offer customers the flexibility to create skinnier pay-TV bundles.
Alcatel-Lucent's wireline strength could help Nokia to address the coveted enterprise space in India.
Facebook founder and CEO insists Internet.org does not violate net neutrality principles after Indian web companies quit the scheme.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM buys Bluetooth duo; French senate gets onto Google; O2 offers early-access TV.
Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
There is an impressive array of technology that is planned for the transition to 5G that will enable many new possible services.
Product is designed to let apps scale from and between private to public clouds.
Hue platform launched amid speculation that Google could be one of the new MVNE's first customers.
Alcatel-Lucent is close to taking carrier Ethernet switch/router market-share leadership away from Cisco.
In an impassioned speech at NAB Show, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged US broadcasters to back Commission's new net neutrality rules and offer up frequencies for next advanced wireless spectrum auction.
Verizon has signed licensing deals with multiple sports networks for its upcoming mobile video service.
Communications network operators need to formulate an IoT strategy and decide if Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology has a place in those plans.
Data center operator has been succeeding in second-tier markets away from the coastal big cities, but it's hungry for expansion.
A dozen pay-TV providers are now in trials with StormTest Warning Center, the live-network testing system introduced by S3 Group late in 2014.
Italy's telecom incumbent hopes premium content from Sky will help it lure customers from its broadband rivals.
Unlike software vendors, network operators can't directly monetize their open source work, but it's still vital they contribute code, says AT&T.
Chinese vendor claims its pre-5G technologies have delivered a threefold increase in overload radio capacity.
The global launch of Huawei's P8 smartphone was stage-managed within an inch of its life – but it didn't need to be.
Snaps from the global launch of Huawei's rival to the iPhone 6.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google defends Android; GSMA calls for flexibility on use of UHF spectrum; Ericsson connects solar-powered car.
5G won't be a wholesale network changeover, which is a good thing, because 4G does a pretty good job already.
Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
Nuage is a big deal in SDN, with a strong product and significant customers. Will Nokia value the business?
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
NTT Communications announces expansion plans in India in collaboration with managed services subsidiary Netmagic.
Dish is innovating rapidly with the addition of whole-home Netflix access, a new Vevo app, and voice-control features to its pay-TV service.
There's a lot to take in regarding the planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent – here's a quick guide to our coverage.
Several vendors team up for the first live video broadcast of 4K over a cable system as the opportunities and challenges of Ultra HD dominate show talk at NAB convention.
Chipmaker reports flat first-quarter revenues as sales of IoT products offset a slowdown in the computer market.
Nokia elevates itself beyond Huawei to become the second-largest carrier equipment vendor when combined with Alcatel-Lucent.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels goes after Google over Android; Telefónica chooses NEC for cloud support; FTTH in Zimbabwe.
Finnish vendor to acquire French rival in all-share transaction and create a communications networking giant with annual revenues of $27.7 billion.
Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
On the heels of announcing a planned acquisition, Infinera prepares for what will likely be another positive earnings report.
Proof-of-concept trials help with technical implementation and build confidence in NFV.
Interconnecting data centers and connecting enterprises to the cloud are two bastions of current CLEC growth and expansion.
There's some degree of agreement between Qualcomm and Nokia on an air interface for 5G, but there are still plenty of proposals on the table.
Arris and Charter are forming a new joint venture with the purpose of acquiring set-top virtualization company ActiveVideo for $135 million.
Light Reading takes a closer look at the strengths and recent financial performance of the two vendors as they negotiate a possible merger.
What do industry analysts think of the news that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent are in merger talks?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Germany upgrades mobile backhaul with Coriant; Swisscom's next-gen teletext; DataSift loses Twitter feed.
The potential merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will throw a spotlight on some key decisions that need to be made, particularly related to the wireless portfolio, IP relationships and management of the combined company.
Cloud vendor adds much-awaited video support to its developer SDK, using WebRTC, SIP and more.
Federal, state and local governments could be doing much more to help competitive access networks, and the CLECs should be pushing them to do it.
Network infrastructure vendors confirm they are in talks about a deal to create a $27 billion giant.
Bill Nelson, ranking Democrat on Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, says a new Title X is needed to replace current FCC ruling.
Amazon joins Netflix in promising High-Dynamic Range (HDR) TV programming.
An activist shareholder called Jana Partners believes Qualcomm's share price would benefit if the company hived off its chips business.
The recent independent test of its cloud and service provider virtualization systems has left Cisco keen for more third-party assessments.
With integration of Megapath's Layer 3 capabilities, Global Capacity now extends MPLS VPNs to 98% of US businesses.
The UK's EE needs to think carefully about how to pitch its newly released WiFi calling service.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia looking to offload HERE business; Spotify raises new finance; MTN eyes Nigerian operator.
The industry faces a learning curve over the next five years. And as NFV and SDN take root in telecom networks, technology suppliers that establish strong partnerships and ecosystems will be in the best position to emerge as NFV/SDN market leaders.
Collaboration of this kind should be more common, Level 3 exec says after his team and Cisco's go beyond identifying the problem to trying to fix it.
Helps test virtualized network functions in a vendor-neutral environment.
Sprint says it will offer free international data roaming, but only at 2G speeds and in 15 countries.
LTE-based public-safety networks are more likely to come about piecemeal.
OSS/BSS transformation key to getting the most out of the move to virtualization, Oracle execs emphasize at their customer event.
Cable industry bigwigs and partners John Malone and John Risley invest personal funds in UXP systems, a young firm specializing in multiscreen video user management.
Bharti Airtel insists zero-rating service will spur Internet adoption in India, but net neutrality supporters are aghast.
While the big vendors most closely follow the ETSI's standards for network functions virtualization (NFV), they may not be the big winners in the market.
The standards rivalry that drove the development of 3G and 4G technologies is missing from the 5G picture.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Transmode Q1 optimism; Slovenia bids expected; One Direction latest.
Also launches tools to streamline the deployment of apps to Amazon's WorkSpaces virtual desktop service.
5G could shape up to be a stunningly expensive fiasco.
Infinera's Transmode acquisition gives it a metro aggregation product family in can leverage now, while planning a longer-term hardware integration.
Google is contributing the LTE patents it gained from Motorola to Via's LTE patent pool to protect its Android device makers building 4G devices.
Network operators will ramp up their deployments of small cells over the next two years.
Embarrassing when you're in the cloud business...
Jinni is introducing a demand-side platform for advertisers, based on the technology already powering its TV search and recommendation engine.
Canadian multiscreen video specialist provides turnkey solution for new HOOQ over-the-top service from Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
5G is a technology to take mobile service providers beyond communication, into new modes of business, and now is the time to get with the program.
Improves authentication, policies, and on-the-wire security.
By framing the problem correctly, research lab is focused on making bandwidth seem infinite even it if can't be.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Telefónica optimize LTE for smart meters; Deutsche Telekom's M2M router demo; Thomson's box of Ultra HD encoding tricks.
Infinera says takeover will help it address entire WDM market and target 100G opportunities from next year onwards.
A group lead by the test and measurement vendor has finalized its "toolbox" for deploying 5G in the above-6Ghz spectrum bands.
FCC says employees at three AT&T call centers sold private customer data to third parties trafficking stolen cellphones.
The $17.5 billion auction could trigger a round of consolidation in India's mobile market.
Microsoft adds support for over-the-air TV channels to the Xbox One game console in the US and Canada.
Singaporean telecom incumbent says takeover will help it to become a global cyber security player.
HBO content will land on Sling TV this week, just slightly after the launch of HBO Now on Apple devices and bundled with Cablevision Optimum Internet service.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC probes Danish merger; Slovakian government to list its telco stake; HERE comes the new Jaguar.
In a new Heavy Reading study, service providers see both deployment and adoption of multiscreen video growing and expect to start monetizing service shortly.
One-click net neutrality.
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
Elemental Technologies is powering the Comcast X1 cloud DVR service with its software-defined video processing platform.
Cisco's top optical executive gets 'defensive' when people say they didn't know the company has an optical business.
Price rises may be inevitable following India's $17.5 billion airwaves auction.
As broadcasters, video programmers, pay-TV distributors and others get set to convene for the NAB Show in Las Vegas, OTT video, 4K TV and multiscreen video hog the agenda.
Switched Ethernet now available as Network on Demand service in 100 cities across the AT&T 21-state footprint.
The UK's biggest mobile operator beats its network rivals to the launch of a WiFi calling service.
Towers company could raise as much as $1.9 billion from listing, according to press reports.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu/Accenture tie-up bags Telefónica contract; Free Mobile OK on 3G; enter the DragonWave at STC.
Brings the software-defined interconnect company to 150 points of presence worldwide.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Colin Doherty, the CEO of data center interconnect specialist BTI Systems.
Citing video-fueled Internet traffic explosion, colo provider announces new Internet exchange to eliminate need to backhaul traffic.
Google may be trying to create a global network through partnership deals that would give users a simple price for mobile wherever they are in the world.
Carrier tells the FCC it is not able to support voice roaming to 2G CDMA networks until it has VoLTE deployed and it isn't sure if it can support SMS while roaming on LTE data only.
Comments have streamed in from all sides in the debate over whether the FCC should classify some over-the-top video providers as multichannel video programming distributors.
Commercial drone startups that matter in 2015.
Founding companies slash their membership to SDN organization.
In our latest community poll, Light Reading readers pick DOCSIS 3.1 as the top next-gen technology priority for the cable industry by a wide margin.
In a new Prime Reading feature on Light Reading, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown dishes on all things 5G.
Facebook's considerable sphere of influence is growing to include the optical networking sector.
Video technology specialist reports lower revenues and heavier losses for both its fiscal fourth quarter and the full year, missing Wall Street's targets once again.
Alliance with Deloitte creates one-stop shop of cyberattack mitigation by adding governance, risk management and compliance consulting.
The emergence of 5G around 2020 will bring new tech inventions galore, from flying cars to talking animals to holographic phone calls. Not to mention faster download speeds.
New ONOS Blackbird release focuses on performance, scale and availability.
Raises concerns Arista faces too many distractions.
This year's Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference and Exposition took place in the welcome heat of Los Angeles -- check out our pics from the show.
Comcast will start rolling out a symmetrical 2Gbit/s residential broadband service in Atlanta next month over a fiber-to-the-home network.
TV Everywhere is gaining momentum, with apps available from nearly every major programming group and ever-growing viewer numbers.
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
On the show floor at OFC, optical tech specialist Emcore was showing off its DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgacom offers cloud service for SMBs; Swisscom takes stake in banking software specialist; BT/EE latest.
Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders visits Ericsson's labs in Stockholm to find out about the vendor's 5G device prototype from the leader of the vendor's 5G product strategy, Håkan Andersson.
Embrane makes lifecycle management software for virtual network appliances. They're snappy dressers too.
Charter stands poised to gain TWC-like scale, prime cable systems, access to key metro markets, WiFi assets and business services heft if its proposed $10.4 billion buyout of Bright House goes through.
Here are a few of the top broadband-flavored April Fools' Day headlines from around the web today.
It's 5G month at Light Reading, which means we're exploring everything from what 5G entails, what it means for the industry, its challenges, opportunities and progress across the globe.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Anite completes on Setcom buy; fiber link for South Sudan; Wales becomes 'Net Neutrality Nation.'
IT giant puts its cloud, analytics and systems integration foot forward and plants a flag in the IoT market.
Canadian mobile giant says new technology will confer benefits over older voice systems used by rivals.
White boxes run the company, says administrator.