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AT&T Picks Indy as 7th Mobile 5G City
News Analysis | 8/31/2018

City joins AT&T's rollout plans for Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Raleigh.

California Streamin': State Gets Tough on Net Neutrality
News Analysis | 8/31/2018

In a 59-18 vote, California takes another step toward overturning the FCC's rollback of network neutrality rules.

Vodafone Idea Is Born, Topples Airtel to Become India's #1 Service Provider
News Analysis | 8/31/2018

India's giant mobile market of more than 1 billion subscribers has a new market leader.

McBride on Why CenturyLink Delivers 'Home-Brewed' Flavors of NFV & SDN
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/31/2018

During his keynote at Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver next month, CenturyLink's Kevin McBride plans to address real-world challenges for service providers in monetizing and scaling the deployment of SDN/NFV and cloud technologies.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Sets Out Its 5G Stall as Auction Approaches
News Analysis | 8/31/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT gets into smart-speaker game; Vodafone's Indian merger completes; MTN's Ghanaian IPO falls short.

WiCipedia: Power Suits & the Gig Economy Pay-Gap Surprise
WiCipedia | 8/31/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Diversity vs. inclusion; custom suits raise confidence; female freelancers have a pay gap too; and more.

5G Fixin' to Become 'Largest Existential Threat' to Broadband Providers – Analysts
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

5G's combined threat of reach and speed presents risk to cable's dominant position in the US in-home broadband market.

Ciena Eyes More Software M&A
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

It's a great big Blue Planet out there and Ciena might do some shopping to shore up its automated management capabilities.

Ciena CEO: We're Killin' It!
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

Sales are up 12%, stock is up more than 13% and CEO Gary Smith's excitement level is through the roof.

Are DIY Telco Networks DOA? If True, Great for VMware
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

VMware is gearing up to be a leading vendor to service providers, and may be getting a boost from a shift away from DIY networks and toward integrated stacks.

'Volumetric' AR Poised to Ride the 5G Wave
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

Jaunt adds volumetric capture capabilities to platform as content category starts to surface as a 'new media type' for mobile devices that will need fast speeds, low latencies, CEO says.

CSPs Brace for Changes in Assurance Wrought by Virtualization, Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/30/2018

Half of the communications service providers (CSPs) in the Thought Leadership Council say they'll need to supplement their current service assurance tools as they virtualize networks.

Look Who's Talking Too! Verizon Gives Voice to 4G IoT
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

Security systems will be among the first Cat M IoT panels arriving.

Didja Tries to Crack the Code for Streaming Local TV
The Bauminator | 8/30/2018

Startup hopes a 'freemium' business model will entice the Big 4 broadcasters to play ball.

Eurobites: MTN's Stock Slumps as Nigeria Demands Return of $8.1B
News Analysis | 8/30/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's Aussie merger confirmed; Qatar's 'first 5G customer'; Bouygues on the up; UK releases more full-fiber cash.

When Disaster Strikes: A New Opportunity to Build a Fail-Safe Network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/29/2018

Once a brick, always a brick? In preparation for disasters, users around the world are turning to technologies that use smartphones to create a resilient mesh network layer that underlies the current cellular network.

Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars – Report
News Analysis | 8/29/2018

Amazon said to be sparking up ad-supported video offering for Fire TV devices similar to The Roku Channel.

Unlicensed CBRS 4G Service Coming Q4 2018
News Analysis | 8/29/2018

But don't hold your breath for a licensed 3.5GHz spectrum auction in 2019.

VMware Sees 'Enormous' Telco Opportunity
News Analysis | 8/29/2018

SD-WAN is driving deals where VMware partners with telcos to sell to enterprise customers.

Eurobites: Merger Set to Create New Cable Giant in Poland
News Analysis | 8/29/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor claims mobile broadband speed record; Tele2 announces leadership team as it completes Com Hem acquisition; Vodacom reportedly in talks with Telkom over roaming deal.

Disney's Ben Havey: Collaboration & Content in a 5G World
CxO Spotlight | 8/29/2018

To help its parent company connect with consumers as a new kind of service provider, The Walt Disney Studios is creating new entertainment experiences, solving tech problems and getting ready for 5G networks.

Altice USA Urges FCC to Deny, Alter T-Mobile/Sprint Deal
News Analysis | 8/28/2018

Ahead of its plans to launch mobile services in 2019, Altice USA claims that T-Mobile has made 'no tangible commitments' to support current MVNO partners.

ZTE Back in the Game, Seeking Trust & 5G Deals
News Analysis | 8/28/2018

But the road ahead looks steep, despite domestic support and opportunities.

OTT Carves Out Bigger Slice of Pay-TV Pie
News Analysis | 8/28/2018

Virtual MVPDs tack on 868,000 subs in Q2, expanding their combined total past 6.73 million.

Could Japan Also Bar Huawei, ZTE?
Shades of Ray | 8/28/2018

Or are we into FUD territory?

VMware Flies to Public Cloud With CloudHealth Acquisition
News Analysis | 8/28/2018

VMware says CloudHealth will give MSPs visibility into public cloud workloads, complementing VMware's existing insights into private clouds and applications.

Eurobites: Nokia Bags €500M EU Loan for 5G-Focused Research
News Analysis | 8/28/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus invests in transport network upgrade; Vodacom boasts Africa's first 5G service; KPN tweaks its management team; and CyrusOne buys into Europe.

VMware Buys CloudHealth for Multicloud Ops
News Analysis | 8/27/2018

CloudHealth provides a unified platform to help managed service providers manage cloud costs, usage, security and performance in one place.

The New Video Playbook: Be Everywhere
The Bauminator | 8/27/2018

Traditional programmers as well as video services conceived in the digital domain are taking any and all routes to the viewer.

VMware Challenges Cisco With AWS & Microsoft Pacts
News Analysis | 8/27/2018

VMware is extending its NSX networking across private clouds, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and partnering with Cisco rival Arista for switch interoperability.

AI Takes On Telecom Customer Service
Column | 8/27/2018

AI-driven solutions are being used in telecommunications to support various elements of the customer experience that most CRM systems just can't handle.

SDN & NFV: Convergence & Divergence Down in Denver
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/27/2018

Since the launch of Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event, the trajectories of SDN and NFV have continued to converge while also diverging and separating more than we expected.

CableLabs to Host First CBRS Alliance Interop
News Analysis | 8/27/2018

Event set for next week will test interoperability between CBRS-based access points and spectrum access systems.

VMware Slashes Costs for vSphere on AWS
News Analysis | 8/26/2018

VMware cut minimum costs in half for enterprises looking to get started moving vSphere to AWS, among several updates to the service.

BMG Scores 'Substantial Settlement' With Cox
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

Cox still faces another similar suit, but settlement could cause other ISPs to tighten up their enforcement policies for digital piracy.

CenturyLink's Simlot: Edge Evolves Based on Customer Experience
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

New head of carrier's virtualization strategy is focused on making services more readily available at whatever edge they best fit.

VMware Wants You – Yes, You! – as a Cloud Provider
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

The company is rolling out upgrades to its Cloud Provider toolset, to help telcos and managed service providers prosper by delivering multicloud services.

WiCipedia: Int'l Telecom, Emerging Industries & Back to School
WiCipedia | 8/24/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Media access in Iran and India; Portland sees high rate of harassment; emerging industries make way for women; and more.

Inventiveness & Pragmatism Pays Off in 5G Test & Measurement
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/24/2018

As the market continues to push toward 5G, test and measurement (T&M) will expand, offering many more opportunities for T&M vendors.

Eurobites: M&A Rumor Links ADVA With ECI
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

Also in today's regional roundup: Gigabit broadband battle in Poland; Russians mull non-domestic Internet company tax; Dutch payment venfor on the tear; IBM's coffee drone.

Cable Industry Advice Led Tibit to Its Tiny OLT
News Analysis | 8/24/2018

New 'MicroPlug' expected to tie into cable's move toward virtualization, distributed access architectures.

AT&T Boosts Akraino With Code, Summit
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Carrier hosted two-day developer summmit for open source edge software project, after it released key seed code for major use case.

Tracking the Top Cable Trends
The Bauminator | 8/23/2018

A discussion about cable's pursuit of next-gen video services, emerging mobile and wireless strategies and other initiatives designed to rev up the industry's growth engine.

Jeff McElfresh Is New Face of 5G at AT&T
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Succeeding Melissa Arnoldi in the role, the AT&T vet is the company's new president of technology and operations and will helm the company's mobile 5G rollout.

Telefónica's Elizondo on UNICA's Promise of Network Automation
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/23/2018

Antonio Elizondo says his keynote at Light Reading's event next month will focus on how Telefonica is using UNICA, its network virtualization program launched in 2014, to automate network services.

Australia Excludes Huawei, ZTE From 5G Rollouts
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Australian government 'undermines 5G future' as it rules out Chinese vendor involvement in the country's 5G plans.

Mirantis: Your Tailor for Bespoke Private Cloud
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

New version of Mirantis Cloud Platform makes it easier to deploy private clouds for network functions virtualization (NFV), high performance computing and other specialized workloads.

NFV Orchestrator Vendors Flock to ONAP
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Most NFV orchestrator vendors have aligned themselves with a significant open source development, with ONAP attracting the most participation - but some vendors have shunned open source completely, finds a new Heavy Reading report.

Red Hat Takes Aim at VMware
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Red Hat will help enterprises move to open virtualization and eventually containers, getting off their expensive "legacy virtualization solutions" -- aka VMware.

AT&T's 5G Figurehead Arnoldi Shifts to Vrio, Ma Bell's LatAm Pay-TV Unit
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Melissa Arnoldi is no longer president of Technology and Operations at AT&T -- now she's head of the operator's Latin American entertainment unit, Vrio.

Vewd aims to give pay-TV ops more command and control of Android TV boxes
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Says stitching Vewd OS to devices running the Android TV Operator Tier platform enables service providers to personalize and customize the UI and pre-load apps from outside the Google Play universe.

Eurobites: Sky Shareholders Spurn Comcast Offer
News Analysis | 8/23/2018

Also in today's regional roundup: Apple set for Shazam M&A approval; CTO leaves Three UK; Sunrise shines in Q2; Swisscom teams with MIT.

Zayo Sets Sales Goals, Reiterates REIT Plans
News Analysis | 8/22/2018

Zayo looking forward to landing bigger deals and to advancing its REIT plans.

How Some Service Providers Are Using SD-WAN the Wrong Way
News Analysis | 8/22/2018

Most current SD-WAN services are too limited in scope and too defensive in strategy, a veteran analyst warns. That opens the door to cloud providers and MSPs taking over the market.

Cable Ops Preparing to Exempt Some OTT Services From Data Caps
News Analysis | 8/22/2018

OpenVault CEO says some MSOs with broadband data policies are considering plans to 'zero-rate' traffic from select video streaming services to differentiate their broadband services in a way that goes beyond speeds and pricing.

Will 5G Be a Cord-Cutter's Dream?
Jonestown | 8/22/2018

Can 5G be the wireless platform that will spur a massive increase in cord cutting? Maybe so...

Sprint's Marquardt on the 5G Sweet Spot
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/22/2018

Dr. Ron Marquardt, VP of technology for Sprint, will kick off Light Reading's annual breakfast workshop at Mobile World Congress America next month with a keynote focused on Sprint's strategy for deploying 5G.

Australia's Optus to Cut 440 Jobs, Blames Automation – Reports
News Analysis | 8/22/2018

Australia's second-biggest telco has now announced 1,040 job cuts this year, a figure that equals about 12% of its entire workforce.

Eurobites: UK's Vodafone Eyes TPG Merger in Australia – Reports
News Analysis | 8/22/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia's MTS enjoys second-quarter growth; Welsh authorities take flak for broadband delays; Wind Tre makes progress on network overhaul; Cell C reports revenue growth in first half.

Is Open Source More Secure? Maybe Not
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Cloud training expert cautions against assuming open source software is inherently more secure, advising developers to use with caution.

SeaChange Shares Dive 44% on Big Q2 Shortfall
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Cites delayed deals, hesitancy as operators evaluate company's software-as-a-service model.

Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 2: Financial Confusion
Morris Lore | 8/21/2018

Earnings reports and presentations have acquired a language of their own as companies try to put some gloss on their performance.

Dish CTO Hops Over to Liberty Latin America
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Long-time Dish exec Vivek Khemka was key to the development of advanced products such as the 4K-capable, Internet-connected Hopper 3 DVR.

Slack Value Tops $7B With $427M Funding
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Warchest will help Slack beat Microsoft, Cisco and other mighty competitors.

The World of Disney: StudioLAB Innovation, Cisco Collaboration & 5G Anticipation
The Philter | 8/21/2018

With technology partners and an eye toward 5G networks, the StudioLAB is helping Disney-owned content studios solve technical production problems and reach consumers in novel ways.

States Challenge FCC 'Internet Freedom' Order
The Philter | 8/21/2018

Twenty-three attorneys general, representing 22 states and the District of Columbia, are suing to block the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regulations, again bringing up the agency's tendency to preempt state and local laws.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Business as Usual
LRTV Documentaries | 8/21/2018

Scott is back from his challenging summer holiday and just can't wait to hang out with his podcast chums Jamie and Iain once more. They start by talking about T-Mobile US and its distinctly conservative "Un-carrier" event, and ponder what operators can do to make a difference.

Arista Weaves Security Blanket Over Data Center, Campus and Cloud
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Arista is stepping up its war with Cisco, extending its new networking fabric strategy to encompass security.

Behind the Scenes at Disney's StudioLAB
LRTV Documentaries | 8/21/2018

Disney is using tech from Cisco and other partners to reach consumers in new ways. We take you behind-the-scenes at the StudioLAB, where Disney execs explain how 5G networks will unlock new opportunities in storytelling and content distribution.

Eurobites: DT Shutters Virtual Number Startup
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox teams up with Africa's Liquid; Nokia reveals 5G device licensing rates; United Internet buys Austrian web-hosting company; India's Ola motors into Wales.

Pedal to the Mobile: Verizon Completes 5G Drive Test With Nokia
News Analysis | 8/21/2018

But, beyond tests, will Nokia announce 5G deployment deals with Verizon, like Ericsson and Samsung have done?

Airtel to Form New Fiber Firm in India
News Analysis | 8/20/2018

One of india's biggest mobile operators is said to have big fiber ambitions.

The AI-Driven Telecom Network Is Near & Necessary
Column | 8/20/2018

By 2021, telecom networks will see a turning point where AI-driven technologies will be necessary to deploy, run and manage 5G services and leverage comprehensive network automation solutions.

Amazon Cooking Up DVR for Fire TV – Report
News Analysis | 8/20/2018

Move would put more pressure on Tivo's languishing retail business and give Fire TV a new weapon to wield in the hotly contested streaming platform sector.

Why Cable Is Getting Real About NFV & SDN
The Bauminator | 8/20/2018

Find out next month at Light Reading's annual NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver.

China Telecom Beats Rivals but Gets Lost in Translation
Morris Lore | 8/20/2018

China Telecom says it is outperforming China Mobile in the mobile market, but it falls well behind on intelligibility.

Google VP: 'Stubbing Your Toe Shouldn't Be Fatal'
News Analysis | 8/20/2018

Google is working to empower developers to succeed with small steps, says Adam Seligman, developer relations VP.

Eurobites: BT Shareholders Warm to Openreach Spin-Off – Report
News Analysis | 8/20/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT looks for TIP startups; UK rural broadband; Deutsche Telekom eyes cloud takeovers; Deutsche Bahn's fiber plan; MBNL extends Ericsson deal.

GigaMonster May Go on M&A Tear
News Analysis | 8/17/2018

Flush with $45M in new funding, MDU-focused broadband startup eyes expansion, more competition for incumbent cable ops and telcos.

RJio to Set Up $142M Data Center in Eastern India
News Analysis | 8/17/2018

A new data center would help the operator to address new opportunities and better comply with Indian rules on data storage.

A Whirling Dervish of Telecom Gibberish
Morris Lore | 8/17/2018

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a worthy opponent of US President Donald Trump.

The US May Yet Catch Its Global Peers in 4G Speeds
Column | 8/17/2018

The US could start a steady climb back up the global rankings if more cities practice intensive spectrum management and make new LTE-Advanced upgrades.

WiCipedia: Boardroom Diversity, Bombastic Mansplaining & Women of Color
WiCipedia | 8/17/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: California revamps boardroom diversity policies; women of color are barely represented in tech; VC survival tips; and more.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Pulls Out of Iran
News Analysis | 8/17/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turk Telekom and Vestel answer Erdogan's call; Swisscom bolsters broadband; MTN linked with Jumia sale; Rovio's revenues fall.

Video Navigation Gets an AI Assist
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Accedo, Amazon Web Services and ITV team on AI/machine learning prototype that takes the guessing game out of picking images that connect and engage with consumers.

Salesforce Open-Sourcing Machine Learning Software Behind Its 'Einstein' AI
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Salesforce's 'TransmogrifAI' helps enterprises build big AI systems based on oceans of data.

Google Applies AI to Recruitment, Call Centers & Recommendations
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Google is looking to knock down barriers to AI adoption by offering enterprises a head start on specific business uses.

Australia Could Open 5G Door to Huawei
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Australia's telcos may be allowed to use Huawei's equipment after all – with caveats.

The Dawn of Mobile 5G: Deployment, Use Cases & Destinations
Jonestown | 8/16/2018

Join Heavy Reading & Light Reading for a breakfast briefing in Los Angeles to talk 5G strategies.

Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight | 8/16/2018

One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive - and a company - that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.

Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/16/2018

This year's NFV & Carrier SDN event will examine the industry's progress in monetizing virtualization efforts, but will also consider the impact of process automation, which is now positioned as a ubiquitous add-on to any technology.

Eurobites: Exponential-e Takes Virgin Atlantic Into the Cloud
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's fixed-line challenge; MegaFon on the march in Q2; O2 sees the light; Virgin's fiber-to-the-crater.

Telstra Profits Pummeled by NBN
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

Australia's largest retail service provider has blamed the government's NBN pricing for a sharp fall in profits.

Is India's Goal of Zero Gear Imports by 2022 Viable?
News Analysis | 8/16/2018

India wants its telecom sector to be entirely self-reliant by 2022, buying all of its products at home.

Cisco: Service Provider Revenues Grow, but the 5G Bonanza Is Yet to Come
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Disappointing shortage of bad news in Cisco's quarterly earnings, with revenues up across the board.

T-Mobile to Play the Customer Care Card With Layer3 TV
The Bauminator | 8/15/2018

New 'Team of Experts' program hints at one way T-Mobile will try to set its new OTT TV apart from the crowd.

T-Mobile Bucks Automation Trend in Customer Service With Latest 'Un-carrier' Move
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

T-Mobile is trying to put a human voice to customer care with new 'Teams of Experts' for subscribers.

Oracle Open Sources GraphPipe for 'Dead Simple' Machine Learning Deployment
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Big Red can't decide whether it loves open source or hates it.

Intel Issues Firmware Fix for Cable Modem Chips
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Security issue exposed modems and gateways to denial-of-service attacks.

Packet Carving New Niche at the Edge
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Industry veteran Ihab Tarazi helps lead company in providing IaaS at the edge of the network, offering bare metal compute as part of a larger edge computing ecosystem.

DT Seeks Fiber Allies to Tackle Germany's Gigabit Lag
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Partnerships with local authorities and private sector investors could help Deutsche Telekom drag Germany into the gigabit age.

Twistlock Scores $33M to Expand Its Cloud Security Empire
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

The cloud-native applications security specialist has now raised $63 million.

Eurobites: 'Get Carter!' Says BT's Board – Report
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom in fiber collaboration talks with United Internet; Hi3G upgrades backhaul with Ericsson; Interxion widens access to Google Cloud Platform.

How VMware Plans to Put the Screws on Cisco
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

VMware plans to marry networking and application intelligence, to put Cisco in the crosshairs.

What's the Plan for Command & Control of 5G Networks?
Column | 8/15/2018

Operators will need full control over network and application performance if 5G services are to thrive.

Automation Makes Network Security a Much Bigger Priority
Column | 8/15/2018

Automation will help companies meet customer demand and stay competitive, but it also makes the security stakes that much higher. Here are some key ingredients for a comprehensive network security approach.

US Government Agencies Barred From Buying Huawei, ZTE Tech
News Analysis | 8/15/2018

Defense Authorization Act 2019 puts Chinese tech on purchasing hit list.

Indy Is Verizon's 4th Fixed 5G City
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Verizon will package Apple TV boxes and YouTube TV service in its residential 5G bundles.

Casa Systems Shares Slide on Slashed Guidance
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Supplier says some cable operators have put off big capacity purchases as they finalize plans for new distributed access architectures.

FCC Gives DoJ a Boost in Appeal Against AT&T-Time Warner Merger
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

FCC says it isn't taking sides in the case, but files brief questioning whether Judge erred.

Altice USA Gears Up for Trio of CBRS Trials
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Cable operator is working with FCC and suppliers such as Nokia, Ericsson and Arris to tee up trials that could ultimately help Altice USA keep its MVNO costs in check.

Pivotal Commware CEO Expects 5G Repeaters in Field in Q1 2019
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Pivotal Commware is currently applying for an FCC license to show and test its 28GHz Echo with carriers and equipment makers over the next year.

Should Orange Buy Vivendi?
Morris Lore | 8/14/2018

As aggregators pile into the market, old-fashioned convergence runs out of steam and US firms eye European assets, a French move reminiscent of AT&T's Time Warner deal could be in the cards.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Scraping the Barrel
LRTV Documentaries | 8/14/2018

The crud on top has been skimmed off to reveal a heady brew, bubbling with insights into Ericsson, Cisco, Samsung, AI and more (it says here...)

Arista Finds Its Campus Mojo
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Recent Mojo acquisition (no, really, that's the company name) extends Arista's network automation strategy from core to campus.

Eurobites: Telenor-Led AI Project Brings in Big Business
News Analysis | 8/14/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange completes Basefarm cloud services buy; EE wins UK coverage gong; Kudelski offloads SmarDTV business.

FCC Might Freeze Fixed-Line Broadband Speed Benchmark
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Agency recommends keeping the 25 Mbit/s downstream definition for 'advanced telecommunications capability,' but one Commissioner asserts that it should be raised to 100 Mbit/s.

Dish's Window to Sell Spectrum Has Closed, Analyst Says
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Top industry analyst downgrades Dish shares to 'sell' and cuts the target price on the stock over concerns about company's network buildout strategy.

Germany's United Internet may bid in 5G auction – report
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

German service provider says it may bid to become a fourth mobile network operator despite opposition from Deutsche Telekom.

Liberty Latin America Rebounds From Hurricanes
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Bouncing back from hurricane-wracked results over the previous year, Liberty Latin America scores strong subscriber gains in second quarter but revenues and income still lag.

Crown Castle Courting Enterprises
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Shared infrastructure play now includes delivering fiber services, lit and unlit, to enterprises in large urban areas across US.

Separating Blockchain Hype From Reality
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/13/2018

Depending on who you listen to, blockchain is either an over-hyped oddity or a milestone in legal and financial innovation comparable to double-entry bookkeeping. But how significant is the opportunity for communications service providers?

Telenor's Svendsen Has Gut Feeling About AI
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

The Norwegian telco wants to base more of its decisions on hard data and not intuition. Investment in AI-based systems could hold the key.

Comcast Plugs Customer Data Holes
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Researcher uncovers vulnerabilities that could expose partial home addresses and Social Security numbers of broadband customers.

Intel pivots to data-centric future
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Can Intel reinvent itself for the post-PC future?

Ahoy! Microsoft Adds Webcams to Undersea Data Center
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

There's something fishy at Microsoft's undersea data center off the coast of Scotland, and they want you take a good look.

Eurobites: Dave & Friends Return to Virgin TV
News Analysis | 8/13/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BSS and blockchain; Drillisch revenue up in H1; Swisscom caught speeding; on-demand video eats Europe.

NBCU Building OTT Lure to Hook Viewers
News Analysis | 8/10/2018

Programmer sets sights on free 'WatchBack' app that will let viewers sample shows for points that can be redeemed for rewards and perks.

Ericsson Ramps Its 5G Activity in US
News Analysis | 8/10/2018

Vendor set to hire at least 380 new tech staff and start manufacturing locally to better support its important US customers, but where will these experts come from?

Layoffs at Ericsson's iconectiv
News Analysis | 8/10/2018

Industry sources say Ericsson's iconectiv unit, formerly Telcordia Interconnection Solutions, has implemented staff cuts at its number portability team.

Eurobites: Ericsson Pumps Up Its US 5G R&D
News Analysis | 8/10/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach reins in Gfast rollout; Fitch returns Nokia to investment-grade status; Huawei powers Fastweb's WiFi; UK smart meter program in crisis.

WiCipedia: AI for Social Good & a Fitbit Fail for Women
WiCipedia | 8/10/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Gender diversity in AI; female entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa; Fitbit fails women with new feature; and more.

Magic Leap Jumps to the 5G Future
The Bauminator | 8/10/2018

AR startup's pricey 'Creator Edition' goes on sale, but Magic Leap still needs to jump a much larger hurdle if it's to forge a connection to the consumer mainstream.

Indian Telcos May Avoid Next Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 8/10/2018

Mountainous debts, a surplus of spectrum and the weak business case for 5G could all compel India's telcos to skip a forthcoming auction.

Cox Business Bulks Up With RapidScale Buy
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Deal gives Cox biz services unit a broader set of managed cloud services targeted to a mix of verticals.

Liberty Global: A Tale of Two Companies?
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Despite continuing struggles in its other European markets, Liberty Global boosts subscribers, revenues and operating cash flow in Q2, largely due to Virgin Media's strong performance.

AT&T Tests in Austin: 5G High & Rising
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Ma Bell gets 39GHz mmwave infrastructure and devices tested ahead of its planned mobile 5G commercial launch at the end of the year.

Roku's Free Streams Go Outside the Box
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

OTT company will pump its ad business and extend its reach as Roku's free video offering, The Roku Channel, hits web browsers.

Windstream Claims US SD-WAN Leadership
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

In announcing Q2 earnings, Windstream says its sold more SD-WAN services than anyone else in the US and expects to keep rolling.

China Mobile Sees NB-IoT Boom as Profits Rise
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

China's NB-IoT push has led to a dramatic increase in IoT connections on the network of the country's biggest mobile operator.

Dumb Networks, Not Just Dumb Pipes
The Philter | 8/9/2018

The CEO of one of the largest ISPs in the world isn't so keen to use artificial intelligence to manage its network. He just doesn't need it.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Boosts Liberty Global's Second Quarter
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NTT seeks to offload Italian mobile content specialist; Allot, McAfee and Telefonica Espana team up on SMB cybersecurity; Tele2 blip prompts Dutch security scare.

Intel Reinventing Xeon for AI – but Is It Too Late?
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Intel is late to market with AI-enabled chips, but it's determined to catch up.

Deutsche Telekom Raises Outlook on US Growth
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

German operator's second-quarter results tell a familiar story of rampant growth in the US and an underwhelming performance in Germany and Europe.

Multi-Gig Brings Star Trek Holodeck to Cable
The Bauminator | 8/9/2018

Even relatively small light field display applications require big bit-rates, CableLabs CEO says.

Why Do You Need a 5G Cloud-Native Core?
Column | 8/9/2018

To deliver the new services promised by 5G, your existing 4G core will not be enough.

Tivo Might Sell Off Its Products Business
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

All options still on the table, but interim CEO says there's a 'very strong possibility' that Tivo could seek scale by combining its products biz with another company.

CenturyLink: Faster Integration Driving Brighter Future
News Analysis | 8/9/2018

Execs upgrade the guidance for 2018 saying the integration of Level 3 is going well and will drive major new business opportunities.

Driving Low Latency: VZW Prez Talks 5G Apps & More
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

Verizon Wireless' president starts to unveil a three-year plan for 5G, starting early in 2019.

Cisco's Top Service Provider Exec Jumps Ship
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

Amid sale of Cisco's video software unit, Yvette Kanouff sets her exit to embark on 'third career chapter.'

Net Neutrality Controversies Yield No Clarity
Rewired | 8/8/2018

The FCC lies about getting hacked and net neutrality proponents cheer when Alex Jones is censored, but so what?

NBN Finally Revs Up DOCSIS 3.1 Engine
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

More than two years later than originally planned, Australia's government-backed wholesale broadband operator says it has started deploying the multi-gigabit DOCSIS tech on its HFC network.

Samsung to Pump $22.3B Into AI, 5G, New Tech
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

South Korean equipment maker aims to address shareholder concerns about its future competitiveness with an ambitious new investment plan.

Magyar Telekom's AI Trial Success Baffles Engineers
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

The Hungarian operator is trialing AI tech from startups including Uhana and Anodot, and the results have so far been compelling.

The Cloud Can Prevent Machine-Learning Failures
Column | 8/8/2018

The cloud gives enterprises an express lane to machine learning.

AT&T VP: Using AI to Hyper-Automate Processes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/8/2018

With the use of microservices and AI, AT&T is looking to speed up and change the processes that will ultimately help it transform its network operations and become more efficient.

Eurobites: MTN Manages H1 Growth, Despite Headwinds
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and Vivacom do VoLTE in Bulgaria; Telefonica's Aura gaining users; Brit Internet trends.

Salesforce Now Has 2 Bosses – COO Keith Block Joins Marc Benioff as Co-CEO
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

Block will be responsible for growth strategy, executions and operations, while Benioff continues as chairman, leading vision and innovation.

For AT&T, 5G Is a City Kitty, Not a Residential Fat Pipe
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

AT&T will bring more mid-band spectrum into the 5G picture through next year.

Fox's Sky Offer Doesn't Trump Comcast's, but Could Extend Bidding War
News Analysis | 8/8/2018

Filing of formal offer paperwork sets stage for Fox to unleash a bigger bid in the coming weeks.

AT&T Nabs Control of Otter Media
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Deal gives AT&T full ownership of an over-the-top video portfolio that includes Ellation and Fullscreen and pumps more digital assets into its WarnerMedia unit.

DOJ Says Judge Erred in AT&T-Time Warner Merger Appeal
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

The US Department of Justice claims the judge in the AT&T-Time Warner merger case failed to consider fundamental economics and common sense when approving the deal.

Seven Bidders Register for Italy 5G Auction
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Italy's 5G auction could exceed a government target of raising euro 2.5 billion ($2.9 billion) after attracting interest from companies outside the mobile market.

Tower Companies Brace for an Edge Computing Bonanza
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Cell towers represent a logical location for edge computing and their owners see major opportunity, once they figure out the business model. Two major operators are already on the move.

CuriosityStream Expands Its OTT Video Model
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

After starting as a pure-play subscription VoD streaming service, CuriosityStream is tweaking its business model to include a cheaper service, sponsorships and a TV-style linear feed.

America Is Losing the 5G Race, Says Deloitte
Morris Lore | 8/7/2018

While US operators are good at talking about 5G, the Chinese are doing are much better job of preparing their country for the potentially game-changing technology, according to compelling new research.

Netflix & Sony Bet That Consumers Will Pay for 4K
LRTV Documentaries | 8/7/2018

At a press event in Manhattan, Sony recently announced a new 4K HDR display with a 'Netflix Calibrated Mode' - a setting that can match the picture settings finalized in a Hollywood post-production facility. But will consumers go for it?

Lessons From the App Store: The Benefits of Standardizing VNF Onboarding
Column | 8/7/2018

The telecom industry can learn from Apple in its efforts to make virtual network function (VNF) deployment quicker and easier.

Cisco Blends Viptela SD-WAN Into Router Stack
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Cisco's goal is to speed up and simplify WAN deployments, with centralized management and improved visibility.

Eurobites: Turin Shrouded in vRAN by TIM, Ericsson
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook to live-stream top-flight European soccer; FTTH = fiber to the Highlands; Telia helps test the Ironmen's mettle.

A 5G Device Timeline for 2018 & Beyond
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

We're now on the runway for a mobile 5G device take-off. Fasten your seatbelts!

SoftBank Eyes $30B IPO – Report
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Japanese telecom and technology giant is planning an IPO of its mobile business that would be the world's biggest-ever listing, according to a report.

Vodafone Idea Is Born, but Can It Thrive?
News Analysis | 8/7/2018

Indian regulators have approved the country's biggest telecom merger, but the new operator will have to combine two very different businesses while competition remains fierce.

CableLabs Connects With Kubernetes
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

CableLabs broadens its work in open source with a stack that eyes product interoperability as cable ops continue to flirt with SDN and NFV access network strategies.

Acacia Spies Return of ZTE Revenues
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

With the ZTE sales ban now lifted, optical components specialist Acacia is expecting a bump in second half sales and that's given its stock a welcome boost.

The Great 5G Spectrum Devaluation
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

Operators are rattled about the payments they make for spectrum, but telco spending on frequency licenses has continued to fall.

Arista Shelling Out $400M to Settle Cisco Litigation
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

Arista will write a big check to dismiss the suit charging that it ripped off Cisco's intellectual property.

Cord-Cutting Pace Slows in Q2
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

With certain OTT TV assumptions factored in, it's possible that the total of live TV subscribers grew for the first time since 2012, analyst says.

Versa's CEO, Kelly Ahuja: Securing & Software-Defining the WAN Edge
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 8/6/2018

Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks, gives his insights into how Versa is #Winning, #Growing and #Innovating. And why the Versa Secure Cloud IP Platform is enabling managed service provider partners and enterprise customers to securely transition to multicloud, transforming the WAN edge into an automated, secure and business intelligent services architecture.

Customers Weigh In on Wholesale Telecom Suppliers
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

But some of the biggest buyers of bandwidth in the world – Google, Spotify, Facebook and others – prefer to keep their opinions quiet.

Eurobites: Ageing VxWorks OS Raises UK Security Concerns Over Huawei – Report
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: cable body slams judgement on VodafoneZiggo; MTS gets into IT outsourcing; new advertising rules force UK ISPs to be more honest about broadband speeds.

Cisco's Multi-Year Buying Binge
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

It may seem like Cisco buys companies the way the rest of us buy smartphone apps – just for the heck of it, when they're bored. But there's actually a plan.

Digital Twins: A New Tool in the Network Management Arsenal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/6/2018

The concept of digital twins could be taken to a much higher level in areas like network planning and design, programmable networks and field service management.

India Takes First Steps Toward Data Protection
News Analysis | 8/6/2018

India's version of Europe's GDPR legislation is badly flawed but still represents a step in the right direction.

Sling TV Sputters in Q2
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Growth at the OTT TV service slows, but Dish shares surge as company loses fewer higher-margin satellite TV subs than expected.

Dish: We Can Meet Wireless Buildout Schedule
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Says it's 'on track' to complete the first phase of a 5G-capable network by March 2020.

Altice USA: 'Wait Till Next Year!'
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Fourth-biggest US MSO is laying the groundwork for a fresh wave of subscriber and revenue growth next year with FTTH buildout, uber set-top rollout, 1-Gig deployments and MVNO deal.

Apple's $1 Trillion Luxury Prison
Morris Lore | 8/3/2018

The iPhone maker has become the world's first public company with a $1 trillion valuation, but is it really justified?

WiCipedia: Jobs That Matter, Fembot Overlords & Tech Aids in Work-Life Balance
WiCipedia | 8/3/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Women need to hold more patents; summer camp opportunities for girls; Scandinavia nails work-life balance; and more.

Eurobites: KPN taps Ericsson for 5G test drive
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hyperoptic raises GB pound 250 million for fiber expansion; Arcep gets tough on 4G; new economics wonk at Ofcom; Amazon's little tax miracle.

Indian Optical Market Will Outpace China – Nokia
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Finnish equipment vendor says India's optical networking market is booming thanks to soaring usage of mobile broadband services.

CSPs See ROI From Virtualization Despite Continued Frustrations
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/3/2018

More than 60% of communication service providers (CSPs) in this focus group are not sure how they will automate the orchestration of services that include both physical and virtual resources.

Technetix taps Arris vet for Americas push
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Sandy Howe takes reins of America's division as company targets opportunities fueled by cable's migration to distributed access network architectures.

Verizon's First 5G Mobile Device? It's a Snap!
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Verizon says Moto's 5G module will support its gigabit-speed mobile 5G, which is coming in 2019.

Cisco Takes Security Beyond the Enterprise Network With $2.35B Duo Buy
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Cisco is looking to make it less scary for enterprises to live in the world of public clouds, BYO devices and end users who aren't employees.

Nokia, Samsung Miss Out as Three UK Gives 5G Job to Huawei
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Three UK has picked Huawei over existing radio access network suppliers Nokia and Samsung to build its 5G network.

Rudderless VEON Keeps Digital on Down-Low
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

The emerging-markets operator is focusing on the humdrum business of connectivity and keeping quiet about some of its ill-fated 'digitalization' efforts.

Amazon Prime Video to Stream to Comcast's X1 Boxes
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Deal expands on similar set-top integrations Comcast has implemented with Netflix and YouTube.

T-Mobile Promises 'A Lot of Firsts' for New OTT TV Service
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

But company remains vague on how it intends to change the pay-TV game almost eight months after acquiring Layer3 TV.

Evernote: The Cloud Gets You Closer to Customers
Wagner’s Ring | 8/2/2018

Moving to the cloud lets engineers get close to customer problems, rather than struggling with infrastructure, says Evernote Chief of Staff Ben McCormack.

Arris Financials Clipped by Component Shortages
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Arris misses its Q2 numbers and cuts financial guidance for 2018 as a component crisis continues to put stress on its key CPE business.

Eurobites: Altice Europe Pays the Price of Growth in Q2
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three makes progress in Q2; Brits love smartphones, but not for talking into; telcos and e-sports.

Mirantis & Fujitsu Building 4-Petaflop Supercomputer & Research Cloud in Japan
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

The research cloud will run OpenStack, an example of that software's future in specialized cloud settings, including high-performance computing, says Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski.

Spirent Making Big New Promises
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Veteran test and measurement firm seeks more strategic role in service assurance, 5G rollouts and cybersecurity.

Nutanix Acquiring Frame, for Desktop-as-a-Service
News Analysis | 8/2/2018

Nutanix is climbing the cloud stack by acquiring Mainframe2, aka "Frame," which delivers cloud-based Windows desktops and applications.

T-Mobile: 5G Lets Us Take Broadband Across America
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

T-Mobile plans to take on the cablecos and others with a massive 5G push to bring broadband and video to the home.

Charter's 'Inside-Out' Wireless Plan Starts to Take Shape
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Cable op introduces 802.11ax router alongside plans for a more advanced in-home small cell that will also sport LTE and IoT antennas.

Amazon Ditching Oracle by 2020 – Report
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Larry Ellison loves to insult AWS, but Amazon isn't going to put up with it much longer.

Sprint's Massive MIMO 'Lynchpin' for 5G
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Sprint says it has a few massive MIMO arrays live in market, which is key to Sprint's mid-band mobile 5G push in 2019.

ZTE ban and Iliad entry blow Wind Tre of course
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Italy's second-largest operator blames competition and US measures against its Chinese supplier for earnings setbacks in the first six months.

New Video Options Emerge for Indie Cable Ops
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Creating a new IP-delivered, multiscreen pay-TV service or bundling in an existing OTT TV service are among the alternatives that smaller cable ops are weighing as they grapple with the growing cord-cutting trend.

AT&T, Policy Leaders Tout National Cybersecurity Protections
LRTV Documentaries | 8/1/2018

The DHS National Cybersecurity Summit brought together a wide range of stakeholders across government, industry and academia to discuss collective efforts to battle cyber attacks. AT&T, in particular, stood out as it fretted about losing the 5G technology lead to Europe and China.

Google VP: Small Failures Drive Big Success
Wagner’s Ring | 8/1/2018

Developers need tools that let them make fast, incremental changes to cloud applications, says Google's Adam Seligman, VP of developer relations.

Amdocs Hits $1B Sales Mark in Q3, Names New CEO
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

OSS company hits revenue targets and says global business boss Shuky Sheffer will succeed Eli Gelman as CEO later this year.

Eurobites: Activist Investor Elliott Stirs Things Up at Vodafone
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: big business wants an earlier copper switch-off in UK; Deutsche Telekom's pre-paid IoT offer; KPN invests in cybersecurity startup.

Kontron Scoops Up Open Source Software Provider Inocybe
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Kontron will combine its white box hardware with Inocybe's open source software, including its open source SDN controller and other software.

BT's Next CEO: Odds Lengthen on Garfield, Swantee New Favorite
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Former EE boss our favorite to succeed Patterson as BT boss as odds lengthen on Garfield and internal candidates.

Ericsson vs. Nokia: Who's Ahead in 5G Right Now?
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Market reaction suggests Ericsson is now racing ahead of Nokia, but the contest between them is finely balanced.

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