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Now Nokia Steps Up for VNF Testing
Shades of Ray  | 
1/25/2016  |  5 comments
Nokia's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG) are the latest virtual functions to get an independent evaluation.
Spotify Poised to Add to OTT Video Glut – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2016  |  1 comment
Can Spotify stand out from the video crowd?
Liquid Telecom Plots West African Expansion
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2016  |  1 comment
African fiber operator wants to expand its network presence outside its core East African markets.
Bit Miles Won't Balance Net Neutrality Debate
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2016  |  5 comments
A landmark interconnection agreement with Google validates Level 3's bit mile measurement model, but the model won't work everywhere.
Surprise! Sprint Still Has Huawei in Its Network
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2016  |  21 comments
EXCLUSIVE! Sprint still has Huawei equipment in its network, despite telling the US government in 2013 it would rip and replace the Chinese gear.
Eurobites: Sky Invests $10M in Ad Analytics Firm
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR's new grand fromage; taxing times for Google and others in UK; Olive secures funding.
Data Center VP Shares Lessons of Survival
Mentor Monday  | 
1/25/2016  |  1 comment
Lisa Rhodes, a VP at Verne Global and a 25-year telecom veteran, shares her top 10 lessons for women to survive in the industry.
Partnerships Drive Dell's NFV Strategy
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/25/2016  |  Post a comment
Dell looks to provide the platform for NFV while other companies provide the application software.
Ciena Aims Blue Planet at Indian SDN, NFV
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2016  |  1 comment
Optical and Ethernet equipment maker is already piloting SDN and NFV technologies with Indian operators.
BT Monopoly Costs UK $15.7B Annually – Politicians
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2016  |  2 comments
UK's former state-owned monopoly should be carved up to spur broadband competition, say politicians.
Gigabites: The Big Apple Gets Gig WiFi
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2016  |  10 comments
LinkNYC kicked of an ambitious project this week to bring gigabit WiFi to New York City. The first hotspots are now live.
Mobile Ops Investing in Kumu's Full Duplex
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2016  |  Post a comment
New funding round of $25M includes three major operators but isn't a sign the bandwidth doubling technology will be commercial any time soon.
Eurobites: Virgin Media Trims UK Headcount
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2016  |  6 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amazon creates jobs in Europe; Sky clinches Showtime deal; ARCEP warns on removal of roaming charges.
IoT Prospects for Wireless Operators: Good or Bad?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/22/2016  |  11 comments
Although it's still in the early stages, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is changing and beginning to mature. This is leading to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform usage and falling prices.
TeliaSonera, Ericsson Join 5G Early Movers
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2016  |  2 comments
Nordic operator, in partnership with Ericsson, aims to be testing next generation services in 2018, with the 'industrial Internet' one of the key development areas.
Verizon Looks to ONOS for Faster Transformation
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2016  |  Post a comment
Network operator not ruling out other open source involvement as it tries to speed up SDN and NFV deployments.
CEO Chat With Phil McKinney, CableLabs
Between the CEOs  | 
1/22/2016  |  1 comment
At CES in Las Vegas, we met with Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs. Phil provides an update on the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1, his views on the future of open source and how consumer interest in virtual reality could affect network traffic.
Verizon Feels Cord-Cutting Pinch
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  10 comments
Verizon continues to see 'decline in linear video demand.'
EU to Bless Liberty Deal for KPN Belgian Biz – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  Post a comment
European authorities are set to approve Liberty Global's $1.44 billion acquisition of Dutch incumbent KPN's Belgian mobile operation, according to a report.
Adtran Boasts 60 G.fast Trials
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  5 comments
BT is its flagship trial partner but there are many others, according to the access equipment vendor.
Imagine/HPE Deal Joins Media, Enterprise Tech
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  1 comment
New partnership deal between Imagine Communications and Hewlett Packard Enterprise pairs upgraded TV infrastructures with enterprise tech.
MVNO Free Europe: FreedomPop Adds $50M, Thinks Global
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  Post a comment
The MVNO is adding a 'global hotspot' for free European roaming for US and UK users, and plans to expand further worldwide.
Two SDN Startups Join 2016 Funding Parade
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  1 comment
Google joins as an investor for Plexxi, while Cumulus scores a $35 million C round.
Ericsson Shows Off New Video Analytics Tool
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor says new technology will help TV companies derive insights from customer behavior.
Eurobites: Vodafone Launches IPTV in Ireland
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK watchdogs get their teeth into broadband ads; TalkTalk customers WalkWalk; Davos latest.
Ericsson CTO on the Changing Telecom Market
Between the CEOs  | 
1/21/2016  |  Post a comment
At CES 2016, CTO of Ericsson, Ulf Ewaldsson, sits down with CEO of Light Reading, Steve Saunders, to discuss the changing telecom market, the new partnership with Cisco and the future of the telecom industry.
Ireland's Data Dream
LRTV Interviews  | 
1/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Host In Ireland president Gary Connolly tells Light Reading's Steve Saunders about the role Ireland is playing in hosting data for the world's largest organizations.
Acacia Looks to Profit From Lonely IPO
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  1 comment
Acacia is swimming treacherous waters with its $125 million IPO, but having one of the few offerings out there might work in its favor.
Intel Hired 43% Women, Minorities in 2015
Que Sera Sarah  | 
1/20/2016  |  2 comments
Company increases its commitment to hiring and retaining more women and underrepresented minorities, as well as to improving the pipeline for the entire industry.
What's Next for CableLabs
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  4 comments
CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney reveals plans to hire at least 18 new staffers for his organization's innovation push after laying off 27 employees last Friday.
Cox's Fledging OTT Service Flares Out
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  8 comments
Cox's Flare MeTV OTT service has quickly disappeared. Is it because the company is now heavily invested in Comcast's X1 platform?
US Spying Fuels Demand for DT's Cloud Biz
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom says demand for its data center offerings is soaring amid concern about the security of data stored with US technology players.
Genband Wins Round 1 in Court Clash With Metaswitch
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The IP technology middleweights are going head-to-head in an intellectual property punch-up and Genband just won Round 1 on points.
SAP Deal Highlights Hybrid Cloud Competition
Rewired  | 
1/20/2016  |  15 comments
Enterprise software company chooses CenturyLink as one of its IaaS partners for key cloud enablement of its core product.
Achieving the Right Price Point for vCPE
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/20/2016  |  1 comment
Containerization is at last enabling CSPs to cost-effectively serve smaller customers with individualized network features – as early NFV supporters envisaged more than three years ago.
Debunking the Open Access Myths
Column  | 
1/20/2016  |  37 comments
The lies, damned lies and statistics of real open access network operations.
Dell Sets Stage for Software-Defined Data Center
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Dell announced Linux-based Operating System 10, facilitating unified networking, compute and storage.
Eurobites: BT Mobile Gets Agile With Openet
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels approves proposals to end geo-blocking; ARM's 4K chip; Swisscom pushes ID-by-video service for banks.
Netflix Aces Q4
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2016  |  2 comments
Netflix beats the street as it goes for global reach.
Nexius: The Strategy & Science of Data Analytics
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Nexius VP of Software Solutions and Strategy Johnny Ghibril discusses how an efficient data analytics program helps network operators translate the voice of the customer into meaningful action for improved business results.
Apple Votes Down Diversity Proposal
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  11 comments
The iPhone maker says its own efforts are sufficient, although its workforce diversity only just barely improved over the past year.
Layer3 TV Preps for 'Umio TV' Launch
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  5 comments
New reports suggest how Layer3 TV will offer something both like and unlike traditional cable service.
Eurobites: BT Fills Technology Hotseat
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes on KCOM deal; HBO goes OTT in Spain; Viber gets chatty in Africa and Middle East.
Telstra Rolls Out New SDN Services
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Operator's international business adds new on-demand capabilities to the PEN offering it has developed since acquiring Pacnet last year.
SDN Startup Big Switch Lands $48.5M Funding
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Plans to put the money toward international expansion and R&D.
Hyperoptic Is Apoplectic
Shades of Ray  | 
1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
The UK government's conclusion that there is no consensus over the need for FTTP has angered the altnet.
Arista Improves EOS Visibility for Cloud Deployments
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Improving performance and manageability in big, hybrid clouds.
Ericsson Scoops Up US TV-Data Business
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2016  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment maker announces intention to acquire FYI Television as part of its strategic push into the broadcasting sector.
CableLabs Shifts Focus, Cuts Staff
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2016  |  12 comments
Cable industry's R&D group is reportedly laying off at least 30 workers as it switches its emphasis to longer-term, 'game-changing' innovation projects.
Telefónica Preps Bid for AT&T's LatAm TV Unit – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2016  |  1 comment
Spanish giant is reported to be interested in a $10 billion acquisition of the Latin American assets that AT&T brought on board when it acquired DirecTV.
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