With Comcast and Cablevision leading the way, US cable operators are quickly closing in on 10 million WiFi hotspots by the end of the year.
Huawei demands more investment-friendly ultra-broadband regulation from governments around the world.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone UK boss maps out revival plan; Google faces potential EU fine; Saudi mobile ventures run into sand.
French giant is addressing its power consumption, and improving its customer experience, as its annual power bill trajectory takes it towards $1 billion by 2020, says executive.
Unlike proposed merger partner Comcast, Time Warner Cable has no plans to deploy home hotspots to increase the reach of its WiFi network.
Comcast's Tony Werner believes cable's future lies in DevOps and the cloud.
WiFi and cellular roaming vendor has named former Kineto boss Jeff Brown as its new CEO, as it raises $15 million for Hotspot 2.0 WiFi.
China's needs and regional 4G data traffic growth drive fresh Asian capacity builds.
Vendor to provide the carrier with a slew of upgrades, including LTE-Advanced features, VoLTE handoff, WiFi calling and cell site decommissioning.
Is 2020 a realistic deadline for 5G? Not everyone thinks so...
As promised earlier this month, Verizon is letting businesses turn up network and security services on a per-workload basis.
AT&T and Verizon are both rolling out new services targeting SMBs with faster speeds and symmetric options – can they stop the cable onslaught?
Study claims that communities with gigabit access have per capita GDP that is 1.1% higher than communities that don't.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 1,700 jobs lost at Phones 4u; BT signs solar-power deal; Google goes Dutch.
With MSOs facilitating the digital transition with low-cost DTAs, Rovi says its program guides are now on more than 500,000 of the deployed boxes.
Comcast is looking at Metaio's Augmented Reality technology for possible use in future customer support apps.
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is getting ready to take on OpenFlow, OpenDaylight and more with its own connectivity and orchestration APIs as part of its 'Third Network' strategy.
Industry organizations are defining the requirements for carrier-grade WiFi, which will make managing WiFi networks more like managing cellular ones.
Almost half of our poll respondents opted for fiber as the best medium for mobile backhaul.
The arrival of 5G looks set to disrupt both the services and vendor sectors of the mobile industry, according to industry experts in London.
Exalt Communications has shut up shop after 10 years in the backhaul business, Light Reading has learned.
Optical sector has been unfairly marginalized in the communications and needs to speed up its R&D cycles to keep pace, says Alcatel-Lucent CMO Tim Krause.
Apcera's policy-based solutions give Ericsson another play in the increasingly varied cloud market.
The operator now has nearly 30 million customers signed on for the LTE TDD service it launched last December.
EMC is considering a merger as its CEO steps down and new investor Elliott Management wants to break up the company, the WSJ reports.
The pair complete NFV vPCE tests aimed at simplifying deployment for business users in China.
Launched as an Ethernet exchange, CENX is now tackling service orchestration for SDN and NFV.
Chinese vendor has acquired the UK-based Internet of Things startup to bolster its M2M strategy with Neul's white spaces network.
The open source Vyatta Controller is designed to give network operators the benefits of SDN without vendor lock-in.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad sets T-Mobile US bid deadline; Brocade staffs up for EMEA push; Netflix seeks Belgian partners.
Arris is planning a live DOCSIS 3.1 demo at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo event.
Distributed architecture promises to be one of the hottest topics at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, but not everyone agrees on the right way to carry it out.
Daniel Tang, CTO of Huawei's Fixed Network Product Line, takes a look at the evolution and future outlook of the global 4K industry.
Playing catchup ball, T-Mobile strikes its first US LTE roaming deal with Alaskan cable and telecom provider GCI.
Paul Bunyan Communications commits to deploy gigabit services across a 5,000 square mile territory.
In its first year away from its hometown headquarters of San Diego, Qualcomm's Uplinq tackled everything from the Internet of Things to LTE Broadcast to adorable little robots.
Operators should leverage their network, QoS, billing and big data to compete against OTT players with both consumer and enterprise offers.
But content providers are less sure there is a business model for the live broadcasting technology over LTE.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SAP buys Concur; Phones 4u rescue plan fails; Huawei's Spanish signing.
After years of speculation, Infinera finally unveils its market-ready PIC-based metro platform, and adds packet capabilities to its DTN-X platform too.
Smartphones, robots and connected cars are just a few of the device types Qualcomm plans to get its chips in over the next five years.
That figure could double by year's end, with many more operators testing the 4G technology.
New extension of AT&T-IBM relationship lets IaaS users also buy automated VPN connections on an on-demand basis.
In initial results, about half of UPC Hungary cable subscribers watch YouTube through their set-top boxes and many of them keep coming back for more.
In Europe, Spain's the broadband market to watch currently.
Rebranding itself as the 'Internet and Television Expo,' The Cable Show is is inviting digital media, telecom, and satellite TV companies to join the party.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson unplugs its modems division; rescue plan for Phones 4u; BT and TalkTalk row on.
SDN must be open; complexity needs to be tackled at the service layer; automation matters; and more key lessons from Light Reading's NFV & the Data Center conference.
The OIF and ONF list the vendors participating in their long-discussed transport SDN plugfest.
AT&T says Austin businesses can soon get on its cloud and change network services and speeds in near real time.
Cloud provider backs off M&A plans, but is that the last word?
Jumping into the Gigabit Cities fray, the 13th-largest US cable operator has launched 1-Gig service in the greater Miami area.
Cisco snaps up 'OpenStack-as-a-service' startup Metacloud to help it expand its cloud capabilities.
FourthWall Media introduces Precision Diagnostics as a tool for leveraging set-top data in performance management.
The appointment of Dennis Kish to replace Milo Medin as head of Google's gigabit network effort raises questions about the network operations experience of its leadership.
Is it smarter to centralize network intelligence for LTE-Advanced and 5G, or continue the Flat-IP 4G trend of pushing intelligence to the edge?
Deploying NFV in the data center is more eco-friendly than replacing hardware, and it will help telcos comply with regulations, Orange Silicon Valley research scientist says.
Municipal fiber networks in Europe have had mixed success.
As foreseen in the 1998 gross-out comedy, the cloud revolution – along with SDN, NFV and other big networking trends today – aren't linear.
NFV helps NTT America provide specialized network services for enterprises.
Performance, reliability and security considerations change in a virtual networked world.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Jazztel shares spike to be investigated; Uber unbanned in Germany; Berne-Wankdorf latest.
The city turns over operation of its municipal fiber network to a local data center with the caveat that residents will get free gigabit services for the duration of the 10-year deal.
Having integrated its network and cloud operations, the telco is working to make its network as agile as its cloud.
Light Reading's first Women in Telecom Breakfast brought out more than 75 women executives to network and discuss their role in the colliding worlds of IT and telecom.
On her first day at the helm of Ixia, Bethany Mayer joins Sprint and Intel executives at LR's Women in Telecom breakfast to discuss how the industry is changing and how telcos can keep up.
Roku has now shipped 10 million streaming media players since 2008. Where does it go from here?
The ONF is developing standards that will let you go to school on SDN and then test for certification to prove what you know.
Devicescape says a carrier in the US will launch its new adaptive network selection software this fall to help get users onto its massive amenity WiFi network.
Chip vendor moves into the Ethernet switch market with a product set designed for the SDN data center market, issuing a challenge to market leader Broadcom.
With revenues sagging and more softness expected in the fourth quarter, chipmaker hires investment banker to evaluate its 'strategic alternatives' for enhancing shareholder value.
ATIS group carving out 'unique' space in which to define services and create a service catalog for carriers to share NFV services and functions.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spirent buys Mobilethink; Nokia entrenches in Nigeria; Virgin Media digs trenches, skinny-style; Phones 4u fallout.
Most broadband operators are on a collision course with OTT players.
Spanish network operator pushing telecom industry to agree on open NFV infrastructure and management layer.
State and local government officials band together to attract interest from gigabit network developers.
AT&T plans to bundle DirecTV's satellite TV service with its own fixed wireless broadband service if the proposed merger goes through.
Brocade continues to craft its service provider NFV offerings with the addition of network visibility and analytics tech.
HBO Europe aims to integrate its HBO GO streaming video service with existing pay-TV set-tops by inking a deal with ActiveVideo Networks for cloud-based distribution.
Access and optical vendor says it's going to be part of Deutsche Telekom's software-defined network and has embraced Netconf and Yang for its new OSS.
Google is staffing up its Titan Aerospace operation as it looks to test solar drones in the US.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues signs Netflix deal; TDC buys Norwegian cable operator; UK operators send Scots a warning.
Objects in the rear-view mirror may be farther away than they seem, but autonomous vehicles are part of the future of transportation.
Analysts see the optical vendor's spinouts as likely candidates for consolidation.
Despite its big investment in WiFi, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega doesn't see as big a need for WiFi calling as its competitors.
The news that Apple's new iPhone 6 will now support Voice over LTE kind of a big deal.
Welcome to the weird: some glimpses of CTIA's Super Mobility Week.
Vodafone's Dr. Alan Law talks to Light Reading about virtualization, backhaul, SON and more after being appointed chairman of the Small Cell Forum.
Ericsson is adding to its video delivery capabilities with the acquisition of cloud-based video storage and content delivery specialist Fabrix Systems.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: HBO deploys StreamCast platform; Romania turns magenta; Norway cuts termination rates.
As the big IBC trade show kicks off in Amsterdam, Cisco, Arris, Pace, Ericsson, Alcalu and other major video tech suppliers show off their latest gear and software.
New CEO Marcelo Claure says he crafted new iPhone 6-specific smartphone plans with Apple CEO Tim Cook's help.
Comcast and Liberty Global have signed a WiFi network-sharing agreement that will allow subscribers of each service to access the other's WiFi hotspots for free.
I don't think there's another company like this in the communications industry...
Rovi is debuting a new cloud-based HMTL5 program guide for multiscreen video services at the IBC show in Amsterdam.
CEO Lowell McAdam says the carrier will have a uniquely mobile video service in the first half of 2015 as it works out deals with major content providers.
ActiveVideo is joining the RDK community and extending the reach of cable's standardized IP video software stack into the cloud.
Qualcomm sparks up low-end LTE market with new chipset.
Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
Is your network built on 'the Old IP,' or are you part of 'the New IP' revolution?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Apple Pay heading for Europe; CEO investigated for insider trading; Huawei lands managed services deal with MTN.
While continuing to focus on service providers, Alcatel-Lucent is also looking to expand into new markets.
You remember IMS, right? Well it will help drive the connected car market and more.
Backhaul capacity needs have fuelled the dark fiber market once more.
JDSU will split into two different companies along the line of its current optical and network and service enablement groups.
T-Mobile's seventh 'Un-carrier' industry shakeup was all about WiFi – seamless handoff, a router to prioritize voice, and a partnership with Gogo for free in-flight WiFi texting.
CTIA's Super Mobility Week steps on the gas for day 2.
Keynote panelists at Super Mobility Week agree that safety is the top priority in the fast-developing connected car sector.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are all taking different paths when it comes to billing for services in the connected car.
Virtualization has breathed new life into the IP+optical integration movement.
Adobe Primetime expands its content security coverage to set-top boxes and major web browsers, as well as premium HD and 4K video and RDK deployments.
There are a number of ways Rackspace could be a useful addition to CenturyLink's portfolio, suggests Heavy Reading analyst.
Carriers are being left out of purchases made on mobile phones, but they have the opportunity to get back in the value chain for both physical and virtual buys.
Roku is targeting the service provider market with a new 'Roku Powered' licensing solution.
Also in today's regional roundup: Ericsson at IBC; Nokia Networks unveils telco cloud and OSS news; iPhone 6 heads for Europe; and more.
Small cells aren't just for extending wireless networks indoors -- they're revolutionary, says Alcatel-Lucent CTO.
Can the CTIA re-boot with Super Mobility Week? Let's take a first look.
Company continues its expansion from connectivity provider to application enabler with the launch of its Application Marketplace.
Kris Rinne on AT&T's VoLTE upgrades, the future of multicast, and what she's hoping to do next.
The new iPhone 6 and big-screen iPhone 6+ will include VoLTE, VoWiFi and NFC, as well as the most LTE bands of any smartphone on the market.
Lowell McAdam says at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress that autonomous cars could be on the roads in three to five years, with help from cities and the government.
Cloud-based video specialist teams with new Intel technology to offer proposed virtual STB framework for as low as $1 per subscriber in capex.
Carrier files suit alleging that the Chinese vendor and former T-Mobile supplier stole technology from smartphone testing robot in its headquarters.
Broadcom is introducing hybrid chipsets with High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) compression technology and support for MoCA 2.0.
The show was more exciting than it sounds, with cars that can measure your aggression level and carrier battles for M2M dominance.
Cloud asset M&A makes sense for telcos, but while it might make sense for Rackspace to be bought by an operator, does it have what CenturyLink really needs?
Vendor upgrades Z-Series platform and adds new SDN APIs in a bid for metro packet optical differentiation.
Also in today's regional roundup: EC won't let Google off the hook; Nokia Networks adds to its news pile; the Amazon Fire smartphone heads to Europe; and more.
Telefonica plots trial in either Madrid or London.
The arrival of Google Fiber has shaken up the US fixed broadband market and lit a fire under AT&T.
Ericsson joins Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Networks in announcing small cell plans, promising a multimode enterprise picocell with carrier aggregation shipping in Q1.
Global Capacity's parent company Pivotal Group pays $300 million to acquire MegaPath's network assets and operations personnel.
The semiconductor giant makes a big move to position its processors for data center gear, including network equipment.
Light Reading interviews new Gainspeed CEO Krishnan Padmanabhan on the company's success to date and where it's headed next.
It looks like there's a battle on for 4G small cell attention this week as Nokia Networks joins Alcatel-Lucent in the clamor for mobile operator attention.
Vendors have 3G, 4G and WiFi enterprise and residential small cells in trials, with plans to officially launch in January.
Digital Realty is connecting its data centers worldwide, part of an ongoing transition from providing buildings and power to delivering connectivity.
Take a look at a couple of the company's Western US facilities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT under pressure over access to fiber assets; UK 'national roaming' plan pooh-poohed; Ericsson opens first Global ICT Centre.
Vodafone plans to double Kabel Deutschland's maximum broadband speeds to 200 Mbit/s this fall and introduce Ultra HD set-top boxes next year.
Africa is starting to see the knock-on effects of having greater international connectivity via multiple subsea cables.
The carrier wants to provide everything from connectivity to cloud services to security in the connected car space, so it's trying its hand at mobile-centric car rentals.
The proliferation of gigabit networks has implications that extend far beyond high-speed home networks.
Broadcast networks ask affiliates for money, and affiliates turn around and increase retransmission fees for pay-TV operators. Comcast sits on both sides of the table, and costs continue to rise.
A new Heavy Reading report says the Web 2.0/content/media vertical market represents the most dynamic Ethernet segment.
In his latest speech, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said US consumers need more broadband choices and spelled out four policy goals for achieving that aim.
Carrier's new head of cloud and connected solutions says key is integration of cloud with network, security and applications – especially IoT.
Videoconferencing and phones-on-your-wrist are two of the predictions in videos promoting phone innovations from 1993 and 1955.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom launches hybrid DSL/LTE router; Swedes give finger sensor to Huawei; French broadband update.
With the shadow of Apple's upcoming announcement hanging over them, mobile device vendors such as Samsung, Microsoft, Huawei and Motorola have been unveiling new devices.
Eastern Europe has some of the most advanced fiber broadband markets in the world. But why?
Motorola Mobility is very much back in the mobile devices fray with its latest launches, and the focus is consumer choice.
New cyber threats are coming, but technology alone is not the answer.
Motorola Mobility takes reporters behind the scenes as it launches two new smartphones, a Bluetooth and 'modern timepiece,' aka smart watch.
Organizations will need "fast IT" to accommodate new business technology needs.
CEO remains convinced Ciena is well-positioned for the software-centric network transition -- now if only Wall Street would calm down.
On September 10, the nonprofit organization Fight for the Future is kicking off a day of online protest over net neutrality.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's 5G test network; Switzerland's secure mobile login solution; towers joint venture for South Africa.
The vendor's new GigaCenter platforms use advanced WiFi technology to help carriers better leverage and control gigabit speeds inside customers' homes.
Seventh-largest US MSO launches home automation service for broadband subscribers, three weeks after announcing gigabit network plans.
Fiscal third-quarter revenues of $603.6 million are up 12% from a year ago, but it warns of stickier Q4.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will provide a major challenge for network operators, but SDN and NFV can help.
Taqua provides the mobile core while Kineto provides the device client for WiFi calling, making them well-suited to offer services to operators as one company.
New blade and modular servers are designed for an emerging category of apps that Cisco calls 'edge-scale computing.'
Nokia is making its first virtualized network function commercially available in the form of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
As it said it would in July, mobile wallet venture Isis has rebranded as Softcard.
Ciena is due to report fiscal third-quarter earnings before markets open Thursday.
Smart cities, smart washers and a gratuitous pizza shot from Verizon's East Coast Innovation Center.
Poll results suggest vectoring will play a significant role in some broadband markets in the coming years.
In its latest report, Leichtman Research Group finds that US pay-TV penetration has slipped from its peak four years ago, slipping to 84% of households.
Networking vendor contributes an undisclosed sum in ItsOn's Series C funding as the OSS/BSS company updates its Smart Services platform.
Partners open apps innovation center in UK, where EE will test the Liquid Apps platform.
The maker of software for home automation and security partners with a crowdfunding site to lend more credibility to startups creating connected apps and devices.
As the FCC takes a closer look at net neutrality and peering relationships, Cedexis will present a data model to the agency later this month for monitoring how traffic is directed across the Internet.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Networks gets busy for the fall; chip vendors fined euro 138 million by European Commission for cartel; AlcaLu does 100G in Spain.
With the high cost of achieving carrier-grade networks, is high availability good enough?
UC company ties together its cloud, OTT, WebRTC and network gateway offers in a bid to market itself as a mobile-centric vendor.
Rinne will retire at the end of November, to be replaced by Tom Keathley.
The service provider adds Mississippi's capital to its statewide roster of cities targeted for service on its gigabit fiber-to-the-home network.
Ericsson's evolution of the Mediaroom IPTV system it acquired from Microsoft has caused uncertainty in the market, and has already resulted in the defection of a major European operator customer.
Infrastructure vendor is set to announce a series of portfolio enhancements as it builds up to Super Mobility Week, starting with an automated customer experience management system.
The appearance of a new Verizon home automation gateway, developed with Greenwave Systems, signals the imminent launch of a new smart home service.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica prepares to exit Telecom Italia; Nokia's in collaborative mood; eircom IPO latest.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad first-half revenues up, plus fresh T-Mobile bid speculation; Liberty Global sniffs around UK broadcaster; Vodafone protests net neutrality proposals.
Small and midsized firms both rate Verizon highest for overall service quality, while Cox takes the crown with large enterprises in the latest annual J.D. Power study.
AT&T takes the cable operator to court over unlicensed use of eight IP voice and quality management patents.
Beyond vectoring, there's yet further opportunity to squeeze more broadband life out of copper lines.