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SiriusXM Gets Serious About Streaming With Pandora Deal
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
In-car satellite radio specialist puts up $3.5 billion for Pandora in all-stock deal.
Will Comcast's Pricey Play for Sky Pay Off?
The Bauminator  | 
9/24/2018  |  2 comments
Craig Moffett fears that deal for Sky could become an 'albatross' for Comcast, questions the potential to use acquisition to create a global OTT juggernaut.
Italy 5G Auction Bids Top €4.4B in Worrying Sign for Telcos
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  1 comment
Italy's ongoing 5G auction has already raised €2 billion more than its government was expecting. For telcos that had flagged concern about license costs, that is a troubling development.
5G Transport Gets a Reboot in NY
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
The 5G Transport event will examine how packet/optical networking, edge data centers and distributed cloud platforms can combine to support the new 5G RAN and core architecture, and the many new service types associated with 5G.
CenturyLink Goes Global With SD-WAN
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Taking SD-WAN service beyond the US to 36 additional nations.
Roku Tries to Make 4K Affordable for the Masses
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Roku reaches below the sub-$40 threshold with the new 4K/HDR-capable Premiere streaming player.
Microsoft: Now You Don't Need a %$#! Password
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Bad news if you like making up and memorizing nonsense words.
Microsoft Flexes Muscles on AI, IoT & Security
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Microsoft kicked off its Microsoft Ignite customer and analyst conference by punching all the hot buttons on enterprise cloud.
Microsoft Goes Captain America, Launches 'Defending Democracy' Program
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  2 comments
Microsoft is launching programs to protect the electoral process and use artificial intelligence to provide humanitarian aid.
Eurobites: WIG Raises £220M for Fiber, Small Cells Expansion
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telit seeks new CEO; DT embraces robots; new book sheds light on Nokia woes.
Battling Startup Video Buffering
Column  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
How to solve mobile video's worst problem.
BT in Talks With Worldpay's Jansen About CEO Job – Reports
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Worldpay's Philip Jansen could succeed Gavin Patterson to become the next CEO of the UK's phone incumbent.
Agents Down: Vodafone's Chatbot & the Jobs Threat
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's UK business is offering customer service agents the chance to retrain as coders, as an increasingly sophisticated chatbot takes over their jobs.
The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
Slide Shows  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.
New iPhones Have Intel Inside
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
iFixit teardown finds that Intel is sole modem provider for new Apple iPhone models.
Comcast Outbids Fox for Sky With Offer of £17.28 Per Share
News Analysis  | 
9/22/2018  |  1 comment
Comcast's bid tops Fox's offer of £15.67 per share, putting Comcast in position to acquire control of the UK-based video giant.
Amazon Gives Cord-Cutters Another Tool With Fire TV Recast DVR
The Bauminator  | 
9/21/2018  |  2 comments
Administering another dose of angst to the pay-TV sector, Amazon's new subscription-free companion device lets consumers watch and record over-the-air TV at home or on the go.
Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2018  |  2 comments
Demonstrated with gusto at Vodafone's headquarters this week, holographic calling might just be the killer application that 5G craves.
Wirelessly Connected Cars Could Lead to Safer Roads
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm, Panasonic and Ford recently demonstrated 'cellular vehicle-to-everything' or C-V2X, which allows vehicles to remain in real-time communication with their environment. Light Reading's younger, frumpier sister site, TU-Automotive, took a ride to see the technology up close. Some say this new tech has the potential to reduce motor vehicles accidents by 80%.
WiCipedia: Lack of Diversity Creates Blind Spots & Twitch Leads by Example
WiCipedia  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A majority female C-suite; avoiding another financial crisis; charitable donation allocation; and more.
Microsoft HoloLens: Virtual Reality That an Adult Would Actually Want to Use
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Microsoft has actually found a practical purpose for the most overly hyped and silliest technology of the decade.
Eurobites: ECI Unveils IPO Plans
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica reboots its startup incubator; Inmarsat strikes in-flight WiFi deal with Panasonic; UK considers Internet regulator.
Nokia's Nuage Takes On Cisco & VMware With 'SD-WAN 2.0'
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Offers a single network and management interface unifying branch, data center and public clouds.
Synchronoss CEO Glenn Lurie: Delivering the New Mobile OS
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Glenn Lurie, CEO of software platform provider Synchronoss Technologies, has his work cut out for him. He's helping carriers navigate several possible growth opportunities, like IoT, messaging and personal cloud services. Check out this interview where Lurie discusses the company's newest partnership with AT&T and new proof-of-concept with a blockchain-based mobile payments service.
T-Mobile, Sprint Vow Deal Will Spur Competition, Sharpen Nation's 5G Edge
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
In response to the merger opposition, they claim that the sum of a combined 5G network will be greater than their individual parts.
MobiledgeX Revs Up & Shifts Into Gear
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
In its quest for the edge computing holy grail, Deutsche Telekom-backed startup MobiledgeX has developed a set of middleware tools that it will offer up as royalty-free open source code as it plans world domination by MWC 2019...
Vodafone UK: We'll Be Ready to Launch 5G in Mid-2019
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operator plans a 5G launch in cities and rural areas next year and aims to have 1,000 5G sites in operation by 2020.
Will Coherent DSP Control Reshape the Optical Vendor Landscape?
Column  | 
9/20/2018  |  11 comments
Coherent DSPs for 400Gbit/s and beyond could be the catalyst for a re-shaping of the optical vendor landscape, believes Serge Melle.
Former WOW Exec Named COO of Evolution Digital
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Cash Hagen says video-focused company will soon expand into new broadband-focused product areas aimed at helping cable partners boost the experience in a way that goes beyond speeds and feeds.
Eurobites: Auction to Settle Sky Takeover Tussle
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia considers Brazilian acquisition; Deutsche Telekom and Aricent edge nearer; Nokia helps the trains run on time.
Sprint's Ron Marquardt: Massive MIMO & Sprint's 5G Advantage
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
As Sprint upgrades its network to handle more capacity for LTE, it is deploying massive MIMO antennas that provide the carrier a software-upgradable path to 5G services. Sprint's VP of Technology Ron Marquardt fills us in on the very latest, including a bit about why Sprint can use normal form-factor handsets for its network when 5G arrives.
How Viasat Keeps Its Satellites Flying After Others Crashed
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Now 32 years old, the satellite operator reckons it is poised for lift-off in markets where terrestrial technologies simply do not measure up.
Boingo Wireless CTO: Better Capacity Leads to Better Services
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/19/2018  |  1 comment
Heavy Reading's Gabe Brown and Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson discuss Boingo's view of CBRS spectrum and why the opportunities are great because a whole ecosystem of companies can participate in shared spectrum offerings.
IBM Debuts Tools to Make AI More Fair
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Big Blue is introducing a cloud service and open source toolkit to help reduce bias from AI decisions, and make those decisions more explainable.
Liberty Global Packs 4K, Cloud DVR, Voice Into 'Horizon 4'
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Cable op to start rolling out new multiscreen video platform to 'selected' customers in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium later this year.
5G in the USA: A Post-MWCA Update
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  1 comment
Distinct strategies amongst carriers are emerging as operators rush to roll out 5G in the US.
IBC2018: The Video Platform Profitability Conundrum
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  2 comments
If video is so important to communications network operators, why are all the major vendors offloading their video assets?
Eurobites: Apple Stumps Up €14.3B in Unpaid Taxes to Ireland (But Doesn't Really Mean It)
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage trumpets 'SD-WAN 2.0'; Wind Tre uses Open Fiber's FTTH network in Matera; Sky bundles in Netflix; UK mobile operators carry on charging.
As Hulu Live Tops 1M Subs, Who Leads the OTT-TV Race?
The Bauminator  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Virtual MVPD market is booming, taking industry watchers by surprise.
Microsoft Takes Aim at Salesforce With Dynamics AI
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Microsoft is looking to make automated sales, marketing and customer service smarter, challenging Salesforce's strategy.
Orange Business Services Targets Cloud Leadership as Telco Rivals Flounder
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange Business Services looks in much better shape than its European telco rivals, but can it now become an 'Internet of enterprises' market leader?
The Mobile Network Is Becoming a Cloud Service
The Philter  | 
9/18/2018  |  10 comments
Affirmed Networks and others are taking virtualized EPCs and delivering that capability as a service via the public cloud.
What's Next for European Cable?
Breznick Unbound  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Light Reading will tackle the big technology and business changes buffeting the European cable industry at our inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe conference in London on Nov. 6.
TAG Cyber Annual: Automation, Analytics & Cloud Driving Improved Security Picture
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Organization led by former AT&T security chief Ed Amoroso updates third volume of annual reports tracking cybersecurity trends and sees a brighter picture for those who automate well using machine learning.
Windstream Adds PCI Compliance to SD-WAN
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Service provider says the independent compliance is important not just to its retail segment customers but also many other market segments.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, IoT & Apple iPhone
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
It's buzzword bingo on the pod this week, so pencils at the ready...
Eurobites: Nationwide 5G Too Costly, Says German Regulator
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS majors in multicloud; TE Connectivity sells subsea unit; Telefónica goes 200GigE roaming.
Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Sprint's 5G 'Split'
Slide Shows  | 
9/18/2018  |  21 comments
LR checks out Sprint's 5G deployment plans in LA.
Twitter Moves 300 Petabytes to Google Cloud – That's a Lot of Covfefe
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Twitter says it made a long-term bet that Google is investing more in big data than Twitter can.
RDK Management Clears Path for Apps on Set-Top Boxes
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
App framework, SDK aims to make it easier for pay-TV providers to integrate Netflix and other premium apps with their OTT-capable boxes.
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