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Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
News Analysis | 7/31/2015

The NCTA is squabbling with two key Senate Democrats over a new report lambasting the lack of choice and competition in the US pay-TV set-top market.

Verizon Small Cells Ready to Rock in Chicago
Que Sera Sarah | 7/31/2015

Carrier deploys 12 small cells in Chicago's Grant Park to prepare for the more than 124 terrabytes of mobile usage expected at this weekend's Lollapooloza.

Gigabites: Tempe Tees Up for Google Gig
News Analysis | 7/31/2015

Tempe Arizona wants to be one of the next Google Gigabit Cities, but Cox Communications has something to say about those plans.

Proximus Raises Outlook on Strong Q2
News Analysis | 7/31/2015

The Belgian incumbent has lifted its full-year guidance after exceeding its own expectations for underlying sales growth in the second quarter.

Eurobites: Refocused Colt Enjoys Healthy H1
News Analysis | 7/31/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global increases stake in ITV; Orange and SFR get the green light on 1800MHz; 'Top Gear' trio head for Amazon Prime.

The Collaboration Imperative
Que Sera Sarah | 7/31/2015

AT&T, like most network operators today, puts a premium on collaboration as one of the most important skills a potential or current employee can possess.

Predictions Are Hard, Especially About the Future
Wagner’s Ring | 7/31/2015

In the latest installment of Light Reading's science fiction story 'Silence Like Diamonds,' Yaz assess the vast scope of the forces arrayed against them.

'Apprentice' Star & Telecom Entrepreneur Dies
News Analysis | 7/31/2015

Stuart Baggs's Blue Wave Communications business had been on the verge of launching inexpensive wireless broadband to the home before his untimely death.

China's Broadband Squeeze
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Broadband in China continues to lag behind other parts of the world despite some ambitious government plans.

SCTE Sets 1st Cable Energy Standards
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Cable tech group issues initial set of four standards to measure power consumption in the access network, core and edge facilities and network equipment.

Slumping Video Sales Hurt Arris Results
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Big communications equipment vendor sees revenue and income declines on year-over-year basis as both telcos and cable operators cut spending on video gear.

T-Mobile Puts Low-Band to Work
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

CTO Neville Ray wants half of all the smartphones T-Mobile offers to support low-band spectrum this year, and he hopes the next iPhone is one of them.

TWC Earnings: Ups, Downs & Merger Clues
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Time Warner Cable saw both increased revenues and costs in Q2 even as it inched toward a hoped-for regulatory decision on plans to sell out to Charter Communications.

Nokia Networks Enjoys 'Terrific Rebound'
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Finnish vendor receives a boost from improvements at its networks division but warns that pricing conditions remain challenging.

Level 3: Integration Has Us Poised to Grow
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

The integration of tw telecom is complete in North America and that advanced Ethernet platform is spreading globally, to allow more upselling.

FreedomPop Gets a $10M Asian Infusion
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Axiata Group makes a $10M investment in the 'freemium' MVNO.

Eurobites: BT Trumpets Broadband, TV Growth in Fiscal Q1
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT has to hand back taxpayer cash; Telefonica doubles net profits in first half; Telecom Italia does deal with Netflix; profits, revenue down at Russia's MegaFon.

AlcaLu Grows Profits Ahead of Nokia Deal
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

The equipment maker has reported a smaller net loss than in the year-earlier quarter despite a sales squeeze in North America and China.

Telecom Italia Taps Startups for 8,000 Ideas
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Head of TI Labs says the carrier has gotten 8,000 ideas, supported 300 projects and invested $6 million since it opened its startup accelerator in 2009.

Facebook: 2015 Is an Infrastructure Spend Year
News Analysis | 7/30/2015

Company's CFO promises a lot of investment on servers, data centers and networks.

Optical Innovation Puts Focus on DCI, SDN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/29/2015

Metro data center interconnect (DCI) and transport SDN were the key themes of Optical Innovation Forum 2015.

Verizon Snags Broad HBO Now Rights
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

The big US telco strikes deal to offer HBO's standalone OTT service to both broadband and wireless subs as it gears up for its own mobile OTT platform.

Altice Sees Brighter Days in 4-Player France
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

Drahi-owned business expects French market to remain home to four mobile operators but says revenue trends are getting better.

EPB: 10Gbit/s Service Feasible Within a Year
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

EPB in Chattanooga says it will be ready to offer Internet speeds up to 10 Gbit/s within a year.

Eurobites: Streaming Boosts Sky's Full Year
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: profits up 13.5% at Telefonica Deutschland; business services segment depresses KPN results; Danish merger decision delayed.

Ericsson's Tech for Good Could Be US-Bound
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

The vendor's program to connect schools is bringing broadband to 22 countries, and the woman in charge says it could make its way to the US next.

Verizon Converts Energy to a Managed Service
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

Carrier launches a smart grid-as-a-service platform for utilities looking to outsource their network modernization efforts.

Open Source Needs Butts More Than Bucks
News Analysis | 7/29/2015

Open source projects need people working more than financial support, say comms providers at an OpenDaylight Summit panel.

DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

In its latest survey of cable operators, IHS finds that they expect to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 to about a third of their residential broadband subscribers by April 2017.

An Ultra-Broadband Future for Asia/Pac
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/28/2015

Huawei-hosted conference considers ways to achieve ultra-broadband connectivity for Asia/Pacific by 2020.

Videotron Catches Gigabit Fever
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

Large Canadian MSO becomes the latest North American broadband provider to rev up for gigabit speeds in Montreal pilot launch.

NFV & Cloud Top Use Cases for OpenDaylight
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

Telcos and service providers are primary users, but enterprise and research and academia are also strong for the open source SDN controller.

Tencent Goes to 11 With OpenDaylight
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

To support growth, the social network and gaming platform is turning to the open source SDN controller.

Easing the Tech Pains for the Homeless
Rewired | 7/28/2015

When even social service benefits require online access, 365 Data Centers is helping one Bay Area agency keep its clients connected.

Cisco Brings in New Blood for Tech Leadership
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

Two executives who have between them spent time at HP, IBM, Nortel and Salesforce join the company's executive leadership team.

How We Got Into the Science Fiction Game
Wagner’s Ring | 7/28/2015

It all started with Leonard Nimoy.

Orange Touts Q2 Sales Recovery
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

French incumbent sees improvement in major European markets but is still counting on emerging markets for revenue growth.

Eurobites: Vodafone Cuts Jobs in Spain
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon launches Spotify rival in UK; Ericsson's Radio Dot reaches Russia; Pace revenues down, but profits up.

Set-Tops Are Cash Cow in Arris/Pace Deal
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

If Arris succeeds in acquiring Pace, it will earn between 75% and 80% of its revenues from set-tops and other customer premises equipment.

What's Next for the New AT&T?
News Analysis | 7/28/2015

Now that AT&T has finally closed its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV, what will it do with its new satellite TV prize?

Qualcomm Wants FCC to Stay Out of LTE-U Fray
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

Qualcomm, T-Mobile and the CTIA again try to convince naysayers that LTE-U will coexist with WiFi, and that the FCC shouldn't get involved.

CyrusOne Sticks With BTI for DCI
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

As CyrusOne expands, the colocation provider has chosen BTI a second time for further deployment over a growing roster of DCI competitors.

Interoperability: Harmony in the Network
Column | 7/27/2015

Interoperability is the 'glue' that holds communications networks together, and it's as important as ever as new technologies such as G.fast enter the market.

RJio to Launch Its Own 4G Devices Brand
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

India's 4G upstart has unveiled plans to develop its own devices and become a major retailer of other companies' products.

Eurobites: OTT Feel for Sky's New Set-Top
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook promises Internet.org expansion; Orange increases stake in Morocco's Meditel; Altice eyes French broadcaster.

EE Boasts Record Margin in H1
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

Network efficiency measures bolster profits margins for the UK's biggest mobile operator.

Verizon Dubs New OTT Service Go90 – Report
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

According to a leaked website, Verizon's new mobile-first video service will be called Go90 and will include full TV episodes, short-form content and live sports.

Mentor Monday: Ericsson's Elaine Weidman
Que Sera Sarah | 7/27/2015

In what will be a weekly series, Light Reading talks to Ericsson's vice president of sustainability and corporate responsibility about being a woman in comms.

Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs
News Analysis | 7/27/2015

Don't expect a lot of change, aside from Diet Coke consumption.

FWA to the Rescue Down Under
News Analysis | 7/26/2015

Australia's NBN project is seeing impressive results from its investment in TDD fixed wireless technology.

Can RJio Challenge India's Big 3?
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

The new entrant has been making lots of noise about its forthcoming 4G launch, but how do its assets match up to those of its key rivals?

Comcast Plays Down New OTT Service
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

Comcast executives describe Stream as more of an introductory video service and say they don't expect 'meaningful results' for some time.

Gigabites: Wall Street Cheers EPB's Gig
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

EPB's gigabit service in Chattanooga is more than a public relations success story; it's also a money-maker.

BT Split Could Spur Vodafone to Invest in Fiber – Colao
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

Vodafone boss takes aim at BT's G.fast plans as mobile operator's share price rises on service revenue improvements.

Eurobites: Nokia Gets EC Green Light for AlcaLu Acquisition
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: cable consolidation in northern Spain; Telekom Austria's new CEO; Rovi loses appeal against Virgin Media; UK broadband providers may have to fund 'final 5%'.

Light Reading Goes Faster Than Light
Wagner’s Ring | 7/24/2015

"Silence Like Diamonds" is a 10-part science fiction story about the cloud, drones, network security and cats, here on Light Reading, starting Friday.

CEO Chat With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent
Between the CEOs | 7/24/2015

Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.

AT&T U-verse TV Hits the Skids
News Analysis | 7/24/2015

AT&T's fiber-fed platform loses video customers for the first time as the company drops price discounts and focuses more on high-end customers and profitability.

Juniper Looks to NFV for Growth
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Vendor's stocks bounced high in after-hours trading following strong second-quarter results.

AT&T Expects Capex Reductions From SDN
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Capex will remain in the $18 billion range for 2015.

Digital Bridge, PE Firm Snag ExteNet for $1B
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Investment company joins forces with PE firm to buy out ExteNet's existing investors in a deal that will net the DAS and small cell vendor more than $1 billion.

HEVC Advance Could Hurt 4K TV Advancement
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

New licensing fees proposed by HEVC Advance could hinder deployment plans for Ultra High-Definition TV.

Verizon Builds Driverless Cars Their Own City
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Carrier joins consortium to study how cars can talk to other cars, pedestrians, infrastructure and more in mock city in Michigan.

Comcast Plots First DOCSIS 3.1 Trials
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Comcast plans to test the new cable broadband spec in pilot markets this fall as it places even greater emphasis on broadband products and services.

About the Death of the Set-Top…
MariNation | 7/23/2015

The set-top isn't dead, but it is entering a new phase in its life cycle.

Infinera Wallops Q2 Guesses, Reassures on Transmode Deal
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Infinera clears $207 million in revenue as the metro market builds up and the long-haul market continues to yield opportunities.

Vodacom Revenues up on Smartphone Sales
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

The South African operator has boasted a strong set of results due to customer growth and soaring interest in mobile data devices and offerings.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Plans Layoffs, Says Union
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Commission puts pressure on Sky over 'geo-blocking'; VPNs get round iPlayer viewing restrictions; Nokia helps roll out 3G in Ukraine.

Cisco Sells STB Unit to Technicolor for $604M
News Analysis | 7/23/2015

Networks giant exits CPE business but strikes video, broadband and IoT partnership with Technicolor.

Qualcomm Restructures to Cut $1.4B in Costs
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

Chipmaker announced a strategic realignment plan along with its third quarter earnings as competition and chipset woes forces it to cut costs.

RJio Prepares for Take-Off
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

Plotting its launch of 4G services in December, RJio is busy adding new technology capabilities to its resume.

T-Mobile Launches RCS Messaging
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

Carrier is the first to offer RCS-powered messaging in the US, which it says will be a standard feature of all smartphones in the future.

Amino Scoops Up Set-Top Company Entone
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

UK-based Amino proposes to acquire set-top competitor Entone in the US for $73 million.

Huawei Working Hard for Rural Success
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

Aggressive sales strategy starting to gain traction as world's largest GPON maker focuses on the many hundreds of smaller rural players.

Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone Test TWDM-PON
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky still complaining about BT's acquisition of EE; Nokia tests sub-6GHz 5G; Orange looks to exit Armenia.

Telenor Earnings Boosted by Myanmar
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

A turnaround in India and the launch of a new business in Myanmar have helped Telenor to compensate for the loss of wholesale business in Norway.

The Evolution of Mobile Video Delivery
Column | 7/22/2015

Today's adaptive bitrate video (ABR) video protocol can respond well to changes in video, but still has limitations that operators need to overcome.

Wheeler Blesses AT&T-DirecTV Deal
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is seeking Commission approval of AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion deal to buy DirecTV with several major conditions.

VMware Looks to NFV to Crack SP Market
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

The problems service providers face in implementing virtualization are similar to the challenges VMware has experience with in enterprise, CEO Pat Gelsinger said on an earnings call Tuesday.

Qualcomm Faces Major Job Cuts – Reports
News Analysis | 7/22/2015

The chipmaker could also undertake a strategic review.

Arris Launches Hosted WiFi for Indie Operators
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

Arris has a new hosted solution for managed WiFi services.

How Business Enablement Systems Could Change CSP DNA
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/21/2015

The growth of broadband is exposing the limitations of current OSS/BSS infrastructure and driving a shift to a new paradigm -- the business enablement system (BES).

Tata: Cloud Needs Predictable Internet
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

Adding Salesforce.com to its IZO hybrid cloud platform is one step forward for Tata, but continual investments are making IP more cloud friendly.

Poll: Savings Drive C-RAN Deployments
Que Sera Sarah | 7/21/2015

The capex and opex savings that C-RAN brings are by far the biggest reason to deploy the centralized, virtualized RAN system, the Light Reading community says.

Orange Lauds Attractions of Airtel Africa Deal
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

French operator emphasizes synergy benefits of buying units in West and Central Africa.

FiOS Growth Slows, Verizon 'Custom TV' Soars
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

High demand for Verizon's new Custom TV packages proves the popularity of skinny bundles.

Verizon Trumpets Network Densification Plans
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

While its subscriber growth is still slowing, its churn is the lowest in three years, as Verizon continues to densify its LTE network.

Eurobites: Vodafone Reorganizes in Europe
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amino to buy Entone; Nokia nears HERE sale; Openreach boss vents.

Tele2 Earnings Suffer on Dutch 4G Costs
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

Pan-European operator blames broadband woes and expenditure in the Netherlands for an earnings slide, as sales rise on mobile customer growth.

Introducing LR's Women in Comms Online
Que Sera Sarah | 7/21/2015

Join the conversation on promoting and empowering women in the communications industry on the new WiC site here on Light Reading.

A Global Perspective on Women in Comms
Column | 7/21/2015

The telecom industry could use alternate perspectives to question convention and push the boundaries of innovation, and women hold the key.

DoT Pushes for Net Neutrality in India
News Analysis | 7/21/2015

Indian authorities have tried striking a compromise between telecom and Internet players but appear to have left everyone complaining.

Live (& Linear) in the US, It's Ultra HD!
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Satellite operator SES and Armstrong Cable are collaborating on a trial of live, linear UHD TV.

Light Reading Presents: Women in Comms
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 7/20/2015

Thank you for joining us as we launch Light Reading's online presence for its Women in Comms initiative to promote and empower women in the communications industry.

The Six Million Dollar Business Man
LRTV Documentaries | 7/20/2015

Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.

Orange in Talks to Buy Africa Ops From Airtel
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

French incumbent enters exclusive negotiations with India's Bharti Airtel with a view to beefing up its presence in West and Central Africa.

Analytics: Out of the Hype Cycle
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2015

Big data and analytics has been a hot topic for some time, but the value proposition is only now emerging from the hype cycle fully formed, with a mandate for commercialization.

Arista's CloudVision
From the Founder | 7/20/2015

Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.

FilmOn Verdict a Prelude to OTT War
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Verdict in FilmOn case sets the stage for an FCC ruling this fall that is expected to classify some OTT companies as pay-TV providers.

Cisco to Axe Half of Ubiquisys Staff – Rumor
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Cisco apparently plans to lay off more than half of the 150 staff it acquired through Ubiquisys as it restructures its small cell focus, Light Reading has learned.

Eurobites: Telefónica Offloads Towers to DT
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boss threatens legal action over proposed Openreach split; BT's G.fast trials; Tele2 does broadband deal with KPN.

SeaChange Changes Chairman, Loses CTO
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Video technology specialist replaces Tom Olson with Comcast veteran Steve Craddock as board chairman, while Shiva Patibanda departs as CTO.

CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus
Between the CEOs | 7/20/2015

Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.

India's Startups: No Longer a Man's World
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

Slowly but surely, female technology entrepreneurs are beginning to make their presence felt in the Indian startup space.

Huawei's H1 Sales Grow 30% to $28.3B
News Analysis | 7/20/2015

When it comes to revenue growth, China's biggest equipment maker remains the envy of its Western peers.

SDN Goes Down Under With Virtutel
News Analysis | 7/19/2015

Network automation and customer self-service are driving the Australian network wholesaler to SDN.

Avago Looking to Acquire Marvell – Rumor
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

Light Reading has learned that Avago is looking to acquire Marvell, fresh off the semiconductor vendor's other acquisitions of Broadcom, Emulex and LSI.

OPNFV Director Opens Up on Women in Tech
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 7/17/2015

Heather Kirksey, the director of the OPNFV, gets real about the gender disparity in open source and standards and discusses how we can change both the conversation and the gender dynamics.

Study Sees OTT Revenues Soaring
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

In a new report commissioned by Ooyala and Vindicia, MTM Research predicts that annual revenues for 'premium' US OTT services will more than double to well over $8 billion by 2018.

BT Unveils UHD TV Prices in Challenge to Sky
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

The UK telecom incumbent hopes to lure customers from Sky with a competitively priced UHD TV service it claims is Europe's first.

I Ate Soylent for a Day: 'Food' Special
Wagner’s Ring | 7/17/2015

Is 'beige' a flavor?

Eurobites: Patent Litigants' Wings Clipped
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: outlook flat for Telekom Austria; TeliaSonera's problems in Eurasia; mobiles made in Congo.

Awaiting Deal Closure, Infinera Aims for $200M Q2
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

Analysts expect yet another strong quarterly earnings report from Infinera as its Transmode acquisition moves toward closure.

Ericsson's Stock Rises on Q2 Margin Improvements
News Analysis | 7/17/2015

The Swedish vendor says restructuring remains on track but continues to depend on non-US business and favorable currency effects for sales growth.

Marshall: Ready to Rock Your Pocket?
Jonestown | 7/17/2015

One from our WTF department! Marshall -- the amp maker -- intros an Android smartphone.

It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's C-RAN!
Slide Shows | 7/17/2015

C-RAN is a complicated topic, and all these technical terms can get pretty confusing. We're bringing it back to the literal for Cloud-RAN month.

SoftBank & Ericsson Plot 5G Trials in Japan
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Ericsson will bring its high-frequency MIMO know-how on 5G to Tokyo with SoftBank.

IoT, Data Centers Prop Up Intel's Q2
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

The semiconductor giant has beaten expectations for second-quarter earnings despite difficulties at its main computing business.

CenturyLink Adds Bare Metal to Its Cloud
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Physical server capacity becomes an on-demand item, integrated into single control user interface, along with integrated AppFog Cloud Foundry.

NetScout: We Won't Be a House of Brands
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Now that it has closed its acquisition of Danaher's communication businesses, the service assurance vendor is looking to integrate all the various technologies, not run them separately.

Gigabit Europe: Where Beer & Broadband Come Together
Shades of Ray | 7/16/2015

Munich will host a classic combination of broadband, business cases and beer during this year's Oktoberfest.

Metro Traffic Makes Way for 200G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/16/2015

By 2017, metro traffic is expected to increase dramatically. 16QAM modulation that provides 200G over 100G lines will be a significant market presence with potential substantial adoption.

5G Phone
LRTV Documentaries | 7/16/2015

A man has an opportunity to purchase the world's first working 5G phone. Imagine the possibilities...

Smaller Cable Operators Dial Up Alianza
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Three independent US cable providers sign deals with Alianza to deploy its cloud-based VoIP platform.

TDD Heads for Prime Time
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

The lesser-known 4G technology looks set to become a much bigger deal following developments at this week's Mobile World Congress Shanghai tradeshow.

SoftBank Pumps $20M Into Ad Analytics Startup
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Cinarra will deploy its mobile advertising and analytics platform in SoftBank's network to build better ads for its mobile customers.

Eurobites: Qualcomm Probed by EC Over Sales Tactics
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: some call them TIM; CityFibre makes progress in Aberdeen; BT accused of phone-box neglect.

Tele Columbus Bulks Up With $775M Acquisition
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

Germany's third-largest cable operator buys the number four player, PrimaCom, to gain scale and help ward off unwelcome bids.

Ofcom Could Still Make BT Do Splits
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

The UK's regulator has indicated that it is still pondering a break-up of BT in order to improve conditions in the broadband sector.

FCC Delays Incentive Auction Vote
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

The 600MHz TV spectrum auction in the US hits another bump in the road.

Cisco Hits Setback in Arista Suit
News Analysis | 7/16/2015

US District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman rules against Cisco in two parts of its patent infringement suit against Arista. But there's more to come.

Netflix Backs Charter-TWC Deal
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Online video king agrees to support Charter's proposed purchase of TWC in return for free carriage on Charter's broadband network through the end of 2018.

NFV-Enabled Services Gaining Traction: NTT Comms
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Study commissioned by NTT Communications finds that enterprise customers are warming to NFV-enabled services, with the Americas leading the way in terms of adoption.

Follow the Open Source Road
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/15/2015

Open source does not obviate all company secrets. It does, however, make it possible for companies to devote more of their precious resources on areas where they can truly differentiate and add value.

Synacor & Siemens Team Up for OTT
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Seeking to expand into the over-the-top video space, Synacor strikes deal with Siemens to offer integrated OTT solution to video service and content providers.

NFV Promises Cost Savings of Nearly 70% – Study
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

New research paints a compelling picture of the cost savings and service-agility benefits associated with virtualization technology.

MTN Adjusts African Approach to IoT
Column | 7/15/2015

MTN's new IoT platform provides a more flexible way of addressing the sector.

Nuage Networks on Operationalizing SDN
From the Founder | 7/15/2015

Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar talks to Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about the need for management tools that correlate the SDN overlays and IP fabric underlays to improve the operation of SDN.

Vodafone Survey Finds M2M ROI on the Rise
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Vodafone Americas says that 93% of companies deploying M2M in the Americas are seeing an ROI on M2M, within six months if they are also attaching it to the cloud and analytics.

Accedian Builds APAC Bridgehead at SK Telecom
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

South Korean's deployment of Accedian's performance monitoring technology as part of an integrated mobile network assurance strategy is set to further raise the vendor's profile in Asia.

Eurobites: DT, Cisco, Intel Back IoT Startups
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT does data curation; MegaFon borrows to buy from Nokia; Finnish startups.

Digital Realty to Buy Telx in $1.9B Deal
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Move will more than double Digital Realty's colocation footprint and provide other opportunities for future growth, says the company.

Comcast Plays Games With X1
News Analysis | 7/15/2015

Comcast finally launches the long-awaited beta trial of a video game service with EA that streams to the MSO's X1 IP video set-tops.

TWC Maxxing Out 2 More Markets
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

Time Warner Cable extends its network upgrade program to two more North Carolina metro areas as it continues to roll out all-digital and faster broadband services.

Foxconn Plugs Into India's Manufacturing Dreams
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

The world's biggest contract electronics manufacturer is reported to have big plans for India.

Cable's Cloud-Based UI Makeover
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/14/2015

Cable providers are rolling out cloud-based user interface (UI) platforms that offer better TV guides, richer graphics, search features and branded experiences for video content.

Study Backs Title II's Negative Impact
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

Georgetown Center publishes what it calls an empirical look at the impact of regulation on broadband investment and concludes Title II rules will hurt.

AT&T Creates Internal Software-Defined Storage
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

New cloud-based storage lets AT&T's product and service developers turn up on-demand storage that meets their exact needs and saves money.

AlcaLu Deal Makes Us 'More Complete' Than Ericsson, Says Nokia CTO
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

Hossein Moiin calls Ericsson's IP capabilities into question in advance of Nokia's $17.3 billion takeover of Alcatel-Lucent.

Plexxi Poised for Big SP SDN Deployment
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

SDN vendor also claims it will hit 10x revenue growth this year. Near term, it's launching a new switch.

Eurobites: Ericsson Opens German Cloud Lab
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson collaborates with Turkcell on 5G; Com Hem has a healthy second quarter; Apple Pay arrives in UK.

First Silicon Certified for Wi-Fi Aware
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

Wi-Fi Aware will give devices a way to communicate information to each other in close proximity without the need for an Internet connection.

Light Reading Goes to Comic-Con 2015!
Slide Shows | 7/14/2015

Slacker Batman, a cross-dressing Han and Leia and one authentic superhero were the stars of Comic-Con 2015. Light Reading was there.

Proximity-Based Services May Be Closer Than You Think
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/14/2015

Long Term Evolution Device-to-Device (LTE D2D) technology is opening up exciting opportunities to operators. These opportunities may just lead to insane growth, possibly billions of dollars in revenue across the market.

Thread Group Launches IoT Spec
News Analysis | 7/14/2015

The Internet of Things is getting a new networking protocol, and product certifications by the Thread Group will begin this fall.

Nokia Seeks Handset Licensing Partner in 2016
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Don't expect new Nokia smartphones before Q4 of 2016 as Microsoft's beleaguered partner looks for a new brand licensing partner to do its heavy lifting.

Competify Campaign Hopes to Cure Broadband Blues
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Group including BT, Level 3, Sprint and XO launches campaign to encourage the FCC to adopt rules that would protect smaller broadband competitors against "huge Internet gatekeepers."

Farewell to Longtime Tellabs Chief Birck
DOS Attack | 7/13/2015

Mike Birck guided Tellabs for more than 30 years over a span of five decades.

ip.access Looking for a Buyer?
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Small cell pioneer is rumored to be looking for a buyer.

Juniper CEO Spies White Box Opportunity
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

In an exclusive interview with Light Reading, Juniper's CEO Rami Rahim says the white box revolution is a business opportunity for his company.

Huawei Advances LTE-M for IoT in China
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Vendor is teaming with China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute to deploy IoT on what it's calling a "4.5G" M2M network in Shanghai.

Arris Hits Still More Headwinds
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Big cable/telco equipment supplier lowers Q2 financial guidance, warning of stronger than anticipated "headwinds" from industry M&A deals and stronger US dollar.

Comcast trots out Gigabit Pro… at a price
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Comcast debuts testing of its new multi-gigabit service in a number of markets around the US but prices service much higher than rivals.

Nuage Signs China Mobile for Developer SDN
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

The Chinese operator will use Nuage's SDN technology for a private cloud DevOps architecture for internal apps.

Huawei Buys Rump of Irish SDN, NFV Specialist
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Huawei has bought the next-generation management and orchestration technology assets of Amartus to boost its SDN and NFV capabilities, and is taking on board the Irish software specialist's senior team.

Comcast 'Stream' Joins OTT Flood
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Cable giant latest to announce an OTT streaming service for live TV, to launch later this summer.

Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Claims 300G Record
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Mobily announces new CEO; Huawei's 5G push in Europe; Telefonica bags La Liga matches.

CEO Chat With Rami Rahim, Juniper
Between the CEOs | 7/13/2015

Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the importance of automation and orchestration in cloud architectures and Juniper's role as a challenger.

BSNL Looks to WiFi for Revival
News Analysis | 7/13/2015

India's state-backed mobile operator is hoping WiFi technology will help it to overcome cellular-related difficulties.

Moving WebRTC From Asterisk to Headline
Column | 7/13/2015

By removing a few roadblocks and working with wireless operators, WebRTC can become as easy as WebGL or any other Web API and, more importantly, become just as popular.

Mellanox & the 100GigE Revolution
From the Founder | 7/13/2015

Mellanox has shaken up the data center market with a new range of Ethernet switching products that are ready to meet customers' open source needs.

Suddenlink Goes Full Blast
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

Suddenlink launches new 1 Gig service in its first four markets, rolling out service in sections of Missouri, North Carolina and Texas as part of Operation GigaSpeed.

Zayo's IaaS Enhances 'Triple Threat' Status
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

Zayo's infrastructure-as-a-service offering shows its ability to leverage its M&A moves into new services.

O2 to Launch VoLTE in 2016 After Q4 Trials
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

Lagging its rivals, the UK's second-biggest mobile operator has finally revealed plans for the launch of VoLTE services.

Eurobites: Proximus to Roll Out IoT Network
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone does deal with Mediaset on pay-TV content; Sky offers fiber for free (for a year).

BT Demands Action on Sky's Pay-TV Dominance
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

UK incumbent responds to calls for its break-up by asking Ofcom to investigate Sky's grip on the pay-TV market.

GCI: Measuring Growth Factors in the Digital Economy
Column | 7/10/2015

The Global Connectivity Index (GCI), which ranks countries based on a wide range of financial and technology criteria, has identified a strong link between high GCI scores and GDP per capita.

Xalam: What's in a Name?
Column | 7/10/2015

What makes AME digital infrastructure markets tick? And why are they so important? Xalam Analytics, a research initiative being launched in partnership with Light Reading and Heavy Reading, is here to explain and inform.

Gigabites: Google Fiber Forges On
News Analysis | 7/10/2015

In today's roundup of gigabit gobbets: Construction is underway for Google Fiber in several new towns, while smaller ISPs are taking up the gigabit gauntlet in regions ranging from Detroit to Brentwood, California.

Is Netflix Really Cannibalizing Pay-TV?
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

New TDG Research study concludes that Netflix is actually not driving cord-cutting to any great extent, despite the rapid growth of the leading OTT service.

T-Mobile Stomps on AT&T's North American Footprint
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

Carrier announces partnerships with Mexico and Canada operators to make North America one territory and pre-announces customer additions of 2.1 million in the second quarter.

CEO Chat With Alexander Haväng, Procera
Between the CEOs | 7/9/2015

Alexander Havang, CTO of Procera Networks, talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the evolution of customer experience management and service metrics using advanced analytics.

Waiting for Buhari: Can New Government Transform Nigeria Into Digital Economy?
Column | 7/9/2015

Guy Zibi, managing director and chief analyst at Xalam Analytics, looks at the prospects for Nigeria under a new president.

Vodafone: NYC, Are You Experienced?
Slide Shows | 7/9/2015

Vodafone opens a customer experience center in NYC and talks IoT, PoPs and more.

Eurobites: French 700MHz Auction Kicks Off
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German carmakers and Nokia in HERE stand-off; Salo gets help as Microsoft layoffs loom; Ericsson champions 5G work.

TSIC Plots a Flexible Future for Transport
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

TeliaSonera International Carrier intends to deploy flexi-rate optical transport software, but doesn't see the demand just yet.

Desperately Seeking a CableCARD Replacement
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

The FCC-appointed Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC) is closing in on a deadline to offer recommendations for a CableCARD replacement, but there's no consensus in sight.

EE on Track to Launch VoLTE in Summer
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

The UK's biggest mobile operator has confirmed it will launch a VoLTE service in the next few weeks.

French Exchange Sees Classic SDN Benefits
Wagner’s Ring | 7/9/2015

Innovation, stability, manageability, new business models and vendor independence are common to SDN installments of any size.

FCC Sets Up Review Team for Charter Deals
News Analysis | 7/9/2015

The FCC and DOJ are working together to review Charter's proposed buyouts of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Showtime Launches, AMC Tests OTT Services
News Analysis | 7/8/2015

The programmer OTT stampede continues with Showtime introducing its online video service several days early and AMC Networks gearing up to do the same.

Microsoft Restructures Amidst Nokia Flop
News Analysis | 7/8/2015

Company says it will cut 7,800 positions from its phone business and write off $7.6 billion over its acquisition of Nokia.

Does BT Lag European Peers on All-IP?
Morris Lore | 7/8/2015

BT made some progress towards its all-IP ambitions with the 21CN project, but it has a long way to go before the PSTN is finally a thing of the past.

Sequans Teams With Gemalto for IoT LTE
News Analysis | 7/8/2015

Chipmaker plans to introduce Cat 1 LTE modems with Gemalto this year.

Eurobites: Telefónica Signs NFV Pact With Alcatel-Lucent
News Analysis | 7/8/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre trumpets sales progress; Jolla restructures; WeDo throws a SHAPE.

Hey New Charter Subs, You're Getting a Worldbox!
News Analysis | 7/8/2015

Charter is offering its brand new Worldbox set-top and a host of other promises to new customers if regulators approve its deal to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Nuage Networks on Operationalizing SDN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/8/2015

Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar talks to Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about the need for management tools that correlate the SDN overlays and IP fabric underlays to improve the operation of SDN

Facebook Opening Wind-Powered Data Center
News Analysis | 7/7/2015

The Fort Worth data center will be Facebook's fifth, powered by a renewable energy partnership.

Business Value Trumps Moving Bits for Virtual Networks
Wagner’s Ring | 7/7/2015

At the recent Open Networking Summit, carriers described how they're focused on increasing revenue rather than just improving technology. This requires cultural changes, which can be more difficult than technology changes.

AT&T Goes Extra Broadband Mile
News Analysis | 7/7/2015

Seeking to clinch FCC approval of its DirecTV purchase, AT&T promises to deliver both gigabit and low-cost broadband service to more US homes.

C-RAN Small Cell Notches a Stadium Win
News Analysis | 7/7/2015

Regional carrier Nex-Tech Wireless replaced its DAS system at a Fort Hays stadium with Airvana's C-RAN small cell system for more affordable LTE coverage.

DOCSIS 3.1 Enables Rapid Deployment of Gigabit Broadband
Column | 7/7/2015

Broadcom SVP Rich Nelson offers a primer on DOCSIS 3.1.

Eurobites: Nokia & Du Send in the Drones
News Analysis | 7/7/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN acquires IS Group; MTN CEO resigns; Deutsche Telekom wants women on its boards.

The Service-Oriented Mobile Core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/7/2015

To unlock the virtual core opportunity, mobile operators need new service models, with associated revenue, to drive the business case.

CEO Chat With Prodip Sen, HP
Between the CEOs | 7/7/2015

Prodip Sen, CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business unit at HP, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the four stages of the NFV journey.

Sprint Spend Slowing Ahead of Next Network Push – Analysts
News Analysis | 7/7/2015

Sprint slows spending but is expected to ramp up again later in the year.

Leading Lights 2015 Winners' Video
LRTV Documentaries | 7/7/2015

Hear what the Leading Lights 2015 winners had to say after they picked up their awards in Chicago.

What the Helio? MVNO Is Back After First Flop
Que Sera Sarah | 7/6/2015

Well funded South Korean MVNO that went under in 2008 has quietly relaunched to try again with its low-cost wireless service on Sprint's network in the US.

IBM Sows Seed for New Telco Unit, Plans NFV/SDN Push
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

IBM is building the foundations of a new business unit to focus on communications service providers, according to senior executives, and is set to unleash its SDN and NFV proposition.

Telekom Austria to Announce All-IP Milestone
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

The Austrian incumbent is due to announce that another of its eastern European subsidiaries has become an all-IP player.

Comcast Opens Up Set-Top Testing
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

Comcast has released an Open Cable Automated Test Solution, allowing licensees to test set-top features in a simulated real-world environment.

Far EasTone Linked With $2.3B Move for Taiwan Cable Co
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

The Taiwanese operator is reported to be involved in a consortium looking to pay $2.3 billion for control of China Network Systems.

Eurobites: Cisco Aids French Digital Startups
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Allot disappoints; Proximus dismisses KPN takeover talk; UPC buys Irish broadcaster.

PSA: The Perils of a Hyper-Connected Society
LRTV Documentaries | 7/6/2015

A public service announcement calling attention to the perils of a hyper-connected society.

Guavus Takes Analytics on the Road
LRTV Interviews | 7/6/2015

Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina tells Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders how the analytics tools developed for telcos are applicable to the transportation industry.

India's Operators Plan 3G Push
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

In a bid to retain customers, incumbents are expanding their 3G networks before RJio launches 4G services in December.

AT&T Describes Next Steps for Network Virtualization
News Analysis | 7/6/2015

With wireless traffic growing a staggering 100,000% 2007-14, AT&T has to adapt.

Mellanox's New 25/50/100Gb/s Ethernet Products
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/6/2015

Mellanox offers a complete 10/25/40/50/56/100Gbit/s solution that delivers industry-leading performance, scalability, reliability and efficiency for optimal application performance and data center ROI.

Arista's CloudVision
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/6/2015

Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.

Orange to Be All-IP by 2020, Says AMEA Boss
News Analysis | 7/3/2015

The French incumbent has an ambitious target for the shutdown of its global PSTN networks.

A&E Launches Lifetime OTT Service
News Analysis | 7/3/2015

Following the leads of CBS, HBO, Showtime and others, A&E Networks has become the latest major programmer to launch its own online video service, Lifetime Movie Club.

AlcaLu Lands $1B+ Deals in China
News Analysis | 7/3/2015

Alcatel-Lucent has struck frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom for fixed, mobile, IP, optical and NFV and SDN technology valued at up to US$1.3 billion.

Eurobites: Orange Cleared of 'State Aid' Charge
News Analysis | 7/3/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bharti Airtel sells towers in Africa; EE hit by ₤1 million Ofcom fine; France and China get it on.

US Earns Top Score for Women Entrepreneurs
Que Sera Sarah | 7/3/2015

But the bar it has set is really, really low, according to a recent Dell study.

AT&T-DirecTV Deal Nearing Approval
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

Bloomberg reports that the US Justice Dept. is ready to sign off on AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV with no conditions, leaving just the FCC to act.

Orange Aims for 20% Sales Growth in Africa
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

The French incumbent has announced some ambitious growth targets and virtualization moves in Africa and the Middle East.

NTT Comms Plans More M&A, Preps Next-Gen Cloud Platform
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

As part of its global carrier cloud expansion strategy NTT Communications is set to acquire a data center operator in Indonesia and is looking at adding to its assets in Europe.

Level 3 Elevates Security With Black Lotus
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

Black Lotus buy will increase pace at which Level 3's DDoS mitigation services develop and help network operator move to predicting problems.

Gemalto Game for Growing Encryption Demand
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

Gemalto adds a new product to its SafeNet family to address growing high-speed encryption needs in networking.

FCC Chairman Talks Up SDN/NFV
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sees network virtualization as a tipping point that will make the impact of the Internet as great as that of railroad and telegraph networks of the 19th century.

Eurobites: Online Viewing Hurts BBC, Prompts Job Cuts
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei and UAE operator du work on mobile broadband; Dixons Carphone to run stores for Sprint; 'father of SMS' dies.

SoftBank Deploys Procera for Better LTE Experience
News Analysis | 7/2/2015

Procera delivers new data perspectives on SoftBank's LTE network in Japan.

Lines Get Drawn in Road to 5G
Que Sera Sarah | 7/1/2015

The steady drumbeat of progress continues on as new groups are formed, R&D centers opened, timelines presented and strategies refined for making 5G a reality by 2020.

India Takes Digital Leap
News Analysis | 7/1/2015

India's government launches an ambitious Digital India initiative aimed at digitally empowering Indian citizens.

What's a Gigabit Good For?
Rewired | 7/1/2015

Eight weeks in to getting gigabit Internet service over fiber-to-the-home, I still can't answer that question.

TWC's LaJoie Leaves Parting Patent Gift
News Analysis | 7/1/2015

Time Warner Cable wins patent for targeted video advertising technology.

Eurobites: NORMA Joins the 5G Fight
News Analysis | 7/1/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Danish joint venture appoints CEO; Interoute throws down the gauntlet; Italian quartet face the music.

Cisco to Buy Security Expert for $635M
News Analysis | 7/1/2015

Takeover to help Cisco address growing security threats as more devices become Internet-enabled.

Interconnection Deals: Parsing the Data
MariNation | 7/1/2015

Cries of foul play in network interconnection arrangements aren't always as simple as they seem.

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