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Demonstrators Disrupt MWC
Shades of Ray  | 
2/24/2014  |  18 comments
Trains halted, attendees stuck as anti-capitalists disrupt transport connections to Mobile World Congress.
HP Attempts NFV Surprise Despite Spoilers
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2014  |  5 comments
HP today introduced OpenNFV, a program designed to help service providers accelerate innovation and launch new services faster and more cheaply.
AT&T LTE Roams to 13 More Countries
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2014  |  5 comments
Carrier has forged LTE data roaming agreements in 15 countries, as well as updating its international travel app.
Qualcomm Chips in on Cisco Small Cells
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2014  |  4 comments
Qualcomm is adding more small cell partners to its roster with announcements from Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and ip.access.
Ericsson Dials Up Operator Support for Radio Dot
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2014  |  5 comments
Vodafone says it will buy Ericsson's Dot Radio, and SoftBank says it will test the small cells, which are expected to go into trials in Q2.
Telefónica Unveils Aggressive NFV Plans
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2014  |  1 comment
Carrier's CTO says the Spanish giant can't wait any longer for the benefits that network functions virtualization (NFV) can bring to its international network.
Juniper Expands Its Virtual World
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2014  |  5 comments
Juniper offers to help carriers become telco 'cloud builders' with an expanded range of network management tools, virtualized functions and router capacity upgrades that build on its SDN story.
Ericsson Steps Up Network Security Push
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2014  |  3 comments
Swedish giant decides it's time to start talking about network security issues and the capabilities it already has in its portfolio.
Google's Phone Prototype: It Takes 3D to Tango
Jonestown  | 
2/22/2014  |  8 comments
Ready for the next level of big-data collection? Say "hi" to Google's 3D mapping "Project Tango" smartphone.
After TWC Miss, Charter Looks Inward
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  11 comments
After losing TW Cable to Comcast, Charter shifts its main focus back to its own operations while retaining interest in "wisely acquiring subs" from other cable operators.
What the [Bleep] Is Fronthaul?
Jonestown  | 
2/21/2014  |  9 comments
If, like me, you were wondering what the hell "fronthaul" is... well, this is the simplest explanation I could pull together.
Aereo Injunction Sets Stage for Supremes
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  16 comments
The Utah federal court ruling against Aereo sets the stage for the Supreme Court to decide whether the streaming video startup is violating copyright law.
Juniper Bows to Investor Pressure, Refocuses
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  6 comments
Juniper Networks unveils a new operating plan that pleases activist investor Elliott Management and brings Kevin DeNuccio on board.
CommScope Suffers Broadband Slump
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  2 comments
Equipment vendor reports steady wireless market gains but declines in both enterprise and broadband segments for fourth quarter.
Verizon Gets Its Freedom From Vodafone
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  4 comments
As of Friday, Verizon is 100% independent of its former UK-based partner.
Euronews: Consumers Freak Out Over Data Security
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  6 comments
Also: Telefónica Digital invests in e-health services startup; parent Telefónica preps mass LTE roaming service at MWC; Astellia buys Ingenia; and Jolla gets ready to take Sailfish global.
Carrier WiFi: The Handoff Tradeoff
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/21/2014  |  9 comments
Seamless handoff is a big issue for carrier WiFi, but the industry isn't coalescing around one way to do it.
MWC Offers Peek at NFV Projects
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  3 comments
Intel, Cyan, RAD and Dell among the vendors either showing off technology used in ETSI NFV proofs of concept or talking about them.
Cisco's Quantum SON Shines on Small Cells
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2014  |  2 comments
Cisco is now testing self-optimizing networks features for macro and small cell networks on 3G and 4G.
NSN to Take Its Flexi Zone to Work
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  Post a comment
NSN will take its distributed small cells approach indoor for businesses, but timing of general availability could still be key.
Momentum Mounts for Cable WiFi
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  4 comments
Cable companies have a lot to gain from the next-generation WiFi standards that will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress next week.
Arris Rides Capex Wave in Q4
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  3 comments
Surging shipments of cable and IPTV set-tops, video gateways, and CCAP devices drive higher than expected sales and earnings for equipment vendor.
NSN Turns Up Pre-MWC Volume
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  3 comments
The vendor has used the weeks ahead of Mobile World Congress to update the market on its mobile infrastructure and service provider IT (SPIT) developments.
Cogent Gearing for Another Peering Battle
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  34 comments
Cogent's Dave Schaeffer says he doesn't like to fight, but he's not backing down from war with Verizon over Netflix traffic.
Verizon Deploys AlcaLu's LTE Small Cells
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  6 comments
Verizon says it's deploying Alcatel-Lucent's small cells in indoor and outdoor locations as part of its HetNet strategy.
Kontron Capitalizes on Security Jitters
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  Post a comment
Security concerns are changing procurement strategies, claims ATCA platform vendor.
Euronews: NSN Mulls Juniper Merger – Report
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE nears 2 million on 4G; Belgacom rolls out VDSL2; Telecom Italia invests in startups.
MWC 2014: Single-Mode 4G Small Cells Ahoy?
Jonestown  | 
2/20/2014  |  3 comments
Single-mode public access LTE small cells are easier to produce and deploy but, as ever, don't expect them to arrive on the market at any great speed.
Understanding the Market for Network Virtualization
Column  | 
2/20/2014  |  3 comments
Network virtualization is emerging as a potentially key carrier datacenter trend, but what's it all about?
Cavium Powers an LTE Pixie
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  Post a comment
More small cell SoC (system-on-a-chip) vendors show off their wares in Barcelona.
DT Backs Jibe's Cross-Carrier RCS
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2014  |  1 comment
The European operator will be the first to connect to Jibe Mobile's RCS Hub, promising interoperable, advanced communications – once others join on as well.
Google Fiber Shifts Into High Gear
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  55 comments
Google unit explores expanding its 1Gbit/s service to nine major US markets, extending its reach nationwide.
Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $16B
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  24 comments
The social network will get WhatsApp's 450 million deep customer base to the tune of $19 billion in cash and stock.
BlackBerry's Chen Lashes Out at T-Mobile Offer
Jonestown  | 
2/19/2014  |  8 comments
BlackBerry CEO is "outraged" at T-Mobile offer to tempt BB users onto its network with the promise of an iPhone.
Vendors Catch NFV Fever
Shades of Ray  | 
2/19/2014  |  2 comments
Only days before Mobile World Congress, NFV is a hotter industry term than LTE.
Take the 4G Train: More Wireless in NYC Subways
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  11 comments
Eleven more stations in Manhattan and the borough of Queens to get 3G, 4G, and WiFi underground as all of the big 4 US carriers get onboard with the subway DAS project.
IPoDWDM the Star of Ericsson-Ciena Show
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  5 comments
A joint development between Ericsson and Ciena suggests a new day for IPoDWDM, courtesy of SDN's multi-vendor management capabilities.
Cisco Cloud DVR Emerges
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  4 comments
Cisco's new Evolved Services Platform promises to deliver a slate of new virtualized services, including cloud DVR.
Accedian Steps Up Cable Business Drive
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  2 comments
Vendor introduces new NFV-powered module for delivering Ethernet service over DOCSIS coaxial cable networks without need for a plant upgrade.
The Great Peering War Rages Again
Rewired  | 
2/19/2014  |  14 comments
This time, it's Netflix crying foul as broadband ISPs refuse to connect directly to its CDN without extracting extra fees.
ADVA Adds Fronthaul for Mobile Versatility
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  Post a comment
New AnyCell system designed to future-proof fiber-to-the-tower deployments by wireless operators or mobile backhaul providers.
UNVEILED! California's Hottest SDN Startup, Versa Networks
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  9 comments
Led by engineering talent formerly of Juniper Networks, the company is working to bridge enterprise LANs with service provider cloud networks.
Allot: Bandwidth Out of Sync With Mobile Video
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  11 comments
Latest mobile trends reports finds that bandwidth isn't being allocated based on a video's demands, which causes a degraded viewing experience for mobile users.
Euronews: EC to Thwart Telefónica's German M&A Plan?
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom helps make Pisa a smarter city; tough times in Portugal; EE brings jobs home.
Alcatel-Lucent Lays Out Its NFV Plans
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2014  |  3 comments
Alcatel-Lucent's transition from boxes to the cloud is designed to help providers offer more scalable networks to customers, with flexible pricing and greater innovation.
Where Are We With NFV?
LRTV Documentaries  | 
2/19/2014  |  1 comment
With NFV set to be a major topic at this year's Mobile World Congress, Heavy Reading chief analyst Graham Finnie says it's a case of when, not if, carriers virtualize their network functions.
Comcast-TWC Deal Stalls Netflix Cable Push
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2014  |  4 comments
Talks between Time Warner Cable and Netflix have stalled in the face of Comcast's plans to take over the No. 2 US cable operator.
AT&T Deploys Small Cells & More at Disney
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2014  |  13 comments
Operator reveals that it has deployed more than 350 small cells, distributed antennas, and repeats at Disney resorts and hotels.
AT&T, IBM Adopt an Analytical Approach to M2M
Que Sera Sarah  | 
2/18/2014  |  10 comments
Partnership bringing together AT&T's network and M2M connections with IBM's analytics software and security mean big-data insights on small-data connections.
Ericsson's Ciena Tieup: It's a Migration Thing
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2014  |  3 comments
Telecom network operators are just now developing their migration strategies, and two partners say they're poised to lead the way.
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