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ADVA Touts Encryption for 100G Metro Optical Networks
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

ADVA says Layer 1 encryption will help secure 100G metro optical networks.

Consolidated Gains Fiber, Cloud Focus With Enventis
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Consolidated spends $350 million to expand its network reach and give the combined carrier more business services savvy.

Dems Urge FCC Action to Protect Muni Nets
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Eight members of Congress are pushing FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to use agency power to protect the rights of municipalities to build broadband nets.

Guavus Colors in Its Big Data Picture
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Support for Apache Spark and Hadoop Yarn gives Guavus a more complete network picture in its latest big data analytics platform release.

Net Neutrality: Level 3 Sees Peering Progress Soon
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Level 3 hints that major progress may be coming shortly on the pesky peering issues in the network neutrality debate.

Cisco Acquires WebRTC Smarts
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Cisco has purchased cloud startup Assemblage to bring real-time communications to any device, including those in the Internet of Things.

Let's Federate Our NFV Labs – Telefónica
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Telefónica's Diego Lopez says moves are afoot to hook up operator NFV reference labs to validate use cases.

Aereo Presses Pause… for Good?
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Aereo has halted service after last week's US Supreme Court ruling, but CEO Chet Kanojia says, "Our journey is far from done."

Innovation: Are You in the Zone?
LRTV Documentaries | 6/30/2014

The seven members of the Big Telecom Event's Innovation Zone tell us why their product or service is unique, notable, and worthy of being in the zone.

Cracking the Transport SDN Challenge
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

OIF and ONF team up on demo based in carrier labs that uses real-world experience to find out how to move OpenFlow into optical networks.

Wartoad: Telecom Rock Gods
LRTV Documentaries | 6/30/2014

A 'Behind the Music' rockumentary charting the decline and fall of the telco show circuit's biggest, and only, ever band.

Eurobites: Huawei Helps to Debut 450MHz LTE in Finland
News Analysis | 6/30/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT units opt for 'joyn' RCS; Virgin Mobile France sold; dismantling Google.

Verizon Billing System Outage Hits Parts of US
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Verizon says its billing system is down in parts of the Northeast, Midwest, and South and it is working on a fix.

Light Reading's Leading Fights
Shades of Ray | 6/27/2014

Did you see what happened when we mixed booze + balls at this year's Leading Lights awards party?

SCTE Pushes Cable Energy Savings
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Cable tech group launches 'Energy 2020' program to curb industry energy use by 20% and cut power costs by 25% by the end of the decade.

5G Will Give Operators Massive Headaches – Bell Labs
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Planning 5G will likely mean some huge antenna headaches for operators, reckons Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs.

Colorado Gigabit Network Shuns Video, Embraces OTT
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Longmont Power & Communications decides not to develop a video option for its FTTH-based service package, opting to give customers a fat pipe for OTT services instead.

Eurobites: Zayo Completes 100G Upgrade
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Also in today's EMEA-based regional roundup: Google starts forgetting; Vringo takes on ZTE in Romania; EE adds value with mobile security.

Huawei Ups the Metro Ante
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

In a week of bold optical transport announcements, Huawei announces a 200G PIC for metro networks.

China Issues More 4G Licenses
News Analysis | 6/27/2014

Authorities issue FDD LTE licenses to two of the three major operators.

Verizon Responds to German Spying Concerns
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

"Verizon Germany is a German company, and we comply with German law," Verizon says following reports that Germany has canceled contracts with the US telco over spying allegations.

Can Google Get TV Right?
Breznick Unbound | 6/26/2014

In yet another attempt to conquer the TV set, Google is launching its Android TV operating system for the big video screen. But will it succeed where other attempts have failed?

Verizon's German Deal Could Be Just the First to Fall
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

Germany cancels an ISP networking deal with Verizon Germany as part of its post-Snowden overhaul. Are other US deals also in danger?

Standards Road Is Long, Winding... Bumpy
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

As IPv6 process shows, heavy investment in standards doesn't always pay off as expected when deployment takes unexpected turns.

Indoor Market Driving LTE Small Cell Push
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

While the public access market is slowly ramping up, demand is strong for indoor LTE small cells, both residential and enterprise, a BTE panel says.

Huawei Plugs Distributed CCAP
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

Jumping into an already crowded market, Huawei is promoting a Distributed Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) solution that also supports the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec.

Jackson Energy Enhances FTTH Billing
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

A municipal utility in Tennessee upgrades its billing system to integrate all triple-play and utility services.

Bandwidth Brings MMS to Voice App World
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

By adding MMS, plus short-code messaging and toll-free numbers for SMS, Bandwidth hopes to help voice app providers be a true voice alternative.

Eurobites: Vodafone Gets a Yes on ONO
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Carphone Warehouse/Dixons merger wins EC approval; Swisscom picks PlumGrid; an Ofcom rocket up BT's bottom.

Leading Lights 2014 Winners Video
LRTV Documentaries | 6/26/2014

See what the winners of this year's Leading Lights awards had to say when we put them in front of a TV camera immediately after accepting their gongs at our gala dinner.

PCCW Reads Riot Act to Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

Hong Kong operator tells Chinese vendors to play nice.

Swisscom Embraces OpenStack With PlumGrid
News Analysis | 6/26/2014

More support for open source capabilities from a major operator.

Ekinops Entices 100G Metro Market
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

Ekinops has jumped into the metro 100G optical race with new transponder and muxponder modules.

Big Data Saves T-Mobile Big Bucks
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

Moving to Hadoop-based storage and analytics platform from RainStor makes data analytics faster and less expensive.

Supreme Court Halts Aereo's Flight
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

The Supremes ruled that Aereo's business model of transmitting TV signals over the web constitutes a public performance and therefore violates US copyright law.

LTE & EPC Drive ATCA
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/25/2014

The rapid rollout of LTE is driving demand for ATCA-based systems to support the EPC, IMS and many related applications.

Pay-TV Providers Stoke the Impulse Buy
Column | 6/25/2014

Pay-TV providers are in a great position to increase their platform revenue and sales of digital copies through a sustained, proactive consumer education program.

Prepare for a 5G Onslaught
Shades of Ray | 6/25/2014

With 4G just getting into its stride, 5G is already a hot topic. But is it too early? I don't think so.

Comcast/NBCU Hackathon Produces First Winners
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

The five creators of customizable news app Thumbnail took home the prize in the inaugural Comcast/NBCU hackathon for software developers.

Leading Lights Winners: The Pictures
Slide Shows | 6/25/2014

There were 16 Leading Lights awards winners this year -- see who picked up the trophies.

AT&T Offers Muuzii's SMS-Based Translation
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

Carrier offering exclusive subscription access to Muuzii's translation SMS service after the startup worked its way through AT&T's developer program.

Eurobites: Zain KSA Unveils $1.2B Upgrade
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK faces telco data retention legal challenge; Telefónica/E-Plus latest; Tata revamps Telenor network; DT eases parking in Pisa.

Telenor Opts for OSS Transformation
News Analysis | 6/25/2014

Norwegian operator is revamping its fixed line operations to slim down, and is opting for a hosted OSS/BSS approach.

Qualcomm Acquires Black Sand Technologies
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Chipmaker acquires fabless semiconductor company to strengthen its mobile devices.

Intel Wants to Light Up the IoT Market
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Intel is aiming for a summer launch for its Edison module for wearables and other IoT devices.

Open NFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
Rewired | 6/24/2014

The move of NFV management and orchestration to an open source model seems inevitable, but how it happens is as transparent as the World Cup refs' game time calculations.

Swisscom Opts for ThinkAnalytics
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Swisscom is implementing the ThinkAnalytics content search and recommendation engine with its TV 2.0 service in Switzerland.

Pics: Sprint's Day at the Broadcast Museum
Slide Shows | 6/24/2014

Snaps from Sprint's visit to Chicago where it showed off its first 8T8R basestations, launched nationwide HD voice calling, announced a partnership with Under Armour, and more.

Two US MSOs Boost Broadband Speeds
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Suddenlink and Charter both launch higher-speed data tiers in key markets as cable operators seek to counter or preempt 1-Gig rollouts by rival broadband providers.

Analyst Unveils Open Source Model for NFV-SDN Management
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Veteran industry analyst Tom Nolle reveals his new model for managing and orchestrating NFV and SDN implementations via open source protocols.

Eurobites: EE Migrates With Juniper
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria bags cable operator; ThinkAnalytics scores at Swisscom; Google Glass reaches UK.

WhatsUp With mVoIP?
Column | 6/24/2014

Mobile operators need a strategy to deal with the demise of traditional voice and the rise of mobile voice-over-IP (mVoIP), and that includes working with the OTT players.

Sprint's Saw: '5G' Opp Is Moving Signal Closer to Customers
News Analysis | 6/24/2014

5G will ultimately become "personal backhaul for 5G points of presence," Sprint's chief network operator says.

Google's '5G' Buy: Eyeing IPR Ahead?
Jonestown | 6/23/2014

Alpental buy gets Google some radio talent now and helps it hedge bets on a 5G future.

Sprint Goes Live With 8T8R in Chicago
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Sprint is wrapping up field tests of 8T8R antennas, and its first base stations are now live in Chicago.

Enventis Strengthens Its Cloud Position
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

A Minnesota service provider relies on its network strength and local presence to compete in the crowded SMB cloud market.

Dish Delivers New WiFi Set-Tops
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Dish is delivering the first wireless set-tops with 802.11ac WiFi, thanks to the Broadcom BCM4360 chipset.

Skyhigh Nabs $40M More for Cloud Security
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Cloud security startup has raised $66 million in the past two years to help companies secure their employees' use of cloud apps.

Google Buys Alpental for Potential 5G Future
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Google has bought a millimeter wave radio startup founded by ex-Clearwire execs that may give it table stakes in the future of 5G.

Verizon Smart Credential Secures Physical, Virtual Assets
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Cloud-based, single-card approach addresses chronic issue of lost passwords and security credentials, which cause two-thirds of data breaches.

Spirent Puts 400GigE to the Test
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Spirent demos a 400G test suite with Huawei and Xilinx.

How to Fight the OTTs
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Service providers should beat back the advance of the OTTs using business support systems that help provide more customized service experiences, said an Oracle keynoter at BTE.

Eurobites: DT in Tie-up Talks With Netflix
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: national watchdogs flex their muscles; TSIC sends for Ciena; UK mobile operators may be forced to share networks.

TeliaSonera Overlays With Ciena
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Ciena lands pan-European transport network deal ahead of incumbent Coriant, and may be joined in further rollouts by key rival Infinera.

T-Mobile Talks Up LTE as Legere Apologizes for Outburst
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

CTO promises LTE network will cover more than 230 million PoPs by the end of the month.

Vasona Wins Cellcom as a Customer
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Cellcom claims a 35% reduction in mobile service latency thanks to Vasona Networks' RAN congestion tech.

Huawei's Ren: Cisco's Chambers Sought Succession Advice
News Analysis | 6/23/2014

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says his friend John Chambers consulted him about the CEO succession situation at Cisco.

Connected TVs Will Rule US by 2017 – Study
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

In a new study, eMarketer predicts that 54% of Americans will use a connected TV to access the Internet at least once a month by 2017.

More Pictures From BTE
Slide Shows | 6/20/2014

More snaps from the Big Telecom Event in Chicago.

Will Carriers Step Up to Open Challenge?
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

New Open Platform for NFV group and purchasing requirements for open NFV are two ways they can show real support for open solutions.

CenturyLink: Customers Will Drive Innovation on Carrier Networks
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

Customers will invent new ways to use networks, going beyond the abilities of service providers to innovate.

MNOs Need to Get in the Driver's Seat
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/20/2014

The market for connected cars is growing rapidly, with an expected CAGR of 41.2% between 2013 and 2018.

Wind River Launches NFV 'App Store'
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

The embedded software vendor launched a certification program for partner products to assure interoperability with its NFV platform.

Eurobites: Major Cuts Ahead for Deutsche Telekom?
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE to introduce WiFi calling service, trial VoLTE; HD video streaming with NFV; M2M's killer app!

Next-Gen BSS Could Create 'Skynet'
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

Industry experts say networks of the future could be highly automated with the help of next-generation BSS systems.

UPC Adds YouTube to Cable Line-Up
News Analysis | 6/20/2014

UPC Hungary is using ActiveVideo's CloudTV StreamCast platform to deliver a YouTube app to cable set-tops for all of its 1.5 million video customers.

Small Telcos Don't Want Your Pity
News Analysis | 6/19/2014

Rural wireless operators say they're in the business because of the Tier 1s' shortcomings, but their main competition is in the cable camp.

Spam in the White City
Que Sera Sarah | 6/19/2014

Tax season brought a huge wave of banking phishing scams to Chicago, Cloudmark says, urging operators to do more to protect against it – and talk more about it.

T-Mobile: You, Seven Nights & the Music
News Analysis | 6/19/2014

"The f*ckers hate you," the T-Mobile Chief proclaimed of his competition as the carrier launches VoLTE and wideband LTE in 15 markets.

Leading Fights: Awards Carnage
LRTV Documentaries | 6/19/2014

Things got a little out of hand at Light Reading's Leading Lights awards in Chicago...

Eurobites: BT Boost From Broadband Price Ruling
News Analysis | 6/19/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appeal against Bouygues' spectrum refarming rejected; ZTE sticks it to Vringo; UK fracas over Freeview's future.

Telus CTO: NFV Investment Must Be Justified
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Deployment plans should include significant improvement in TCO, Gedeon tells the BTE crowd.

Hot Stuff at BTE
Shades of Ray | 6/18/2014

The range and depth of topics discussed at the Big Telecom Event has been almost overwhelming.

Sprint Promises 180Mbit/s 'Peaks' in 2015
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Sprint kicks off Day 2 at BTE by explaining how it plans to get to 180Mbit/s peak download speeds on LTE in 2015.

SDN Enables WebCo Collab: ATIS Members
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Sprint, TWC, Telus, and AlcaLu suggest that SDN, open APIs, and programmable networks will help them collaborate with web companies, a big challenge today.

Verizon: Cloud Security Is Often an Excuse to Avoid Change
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Even very conservative businesses use IT hosting, managed services, and co-location. But it's different when it's called "cloud."

Is the Cloud Eating the World?
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Panelists at BTE agree that telecom service providers are the strongest purveyors of enterprise cloud services, as long as they attend to issues of customer experience and security.

Google Preps Next-Gen Set-Top
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Google is working on a new, more advanced set-top box for its relatively unnoticed Google Fiber TV service.

AlcaLu: Going With the Flow
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

But "big routers" will stay in the picture, AlcaLu's Basil Alwan insists at BTE.

CenturyLink Offers Managed Services on Tap
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Merging Savvis's managed service capabilities into its new cloud platform puts CenturyLink a bit ahead of the competitive curve.

Eurobites: Was Nokia Held to Ransom Over Symbian?
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's cable operators strategize; UK spooks licensed to spy on Facebook et al; Telefonica's new doubles partner.

NFV 'Irrelevant' in Long Term, ONF Reckons
News Analysis | 6/18/2014

Network functions virtualization provides short-term value, but its tie to hardware means SDN will become more important over time, says a top SDN guy.

BTE Day 1: The Big Pictures
Slide Shows | 6/17/2014

The inaugural Big Telecom Event is underway in Chicago, and the keynotes, show floor, and sessions have been bustling all day.

Carriers Warm Up to Service Innovation
Que Sera Sarah | 6/17/2014

Carriers typically concern themselves with just their network and technology, but they are starting to experiment with new service models and form partnerships with OTT players.

Google to Open Key Network Models for Industry Comment, Standardization
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

The SDN pioneer wants to jump start work on network configuration data and topology models it considers crucial by contributing its work to the IETF.

Telco Systems Plots Transition to SDN/NFV
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

New strategy intended to help network operators make the transition from Carrier Ethernet at the edge to virtualized functions.

Telcos Report From NFV Front Lines
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Today at BTE, three telcos outlined their own progress bringing NFV technology into their networks.

tw telecom Embraces Ethernet Everywhere
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

In his BTE keynote, tw telecom's Mike Rouleau plays up a flexible, dynamic, on-demand Ethernet service delivery model.

For Brocade, Virtualization Is Key to Carrier Networking
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

The networking vendor sees SDN and NFV as key to winning telco H-E-A-R-T-S.

Big Names Dominate BTE
LRTV Documentaries | 6/17/2014

Major names such as Cisco and Deutsche Telekom, and killer topics such as SDN, NFV and M&A, are the talk on Day 1 of the Big Telecom Event (BTE).

What Carriers Can Learn From Shipping
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Carriers are in the business of delivering services, not operating networks, just as shipping companies are in the business of moving cargo rather than operating ships.

Nothing Is Sacred, DT's Clauberg Tells BTE
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Deutsche Telekom executive Axel Clauberg tells a packed BTE keynote audience that networks have to transform, nothing is sacred, and vendors need to embrace 'open.'

Cyan Debuts Planet Orchestrate to Manage Physical & Virtual Network Resources
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

The software is designed to allow carriers to increase revenues by making new services available more quickly.

Amartus Adds OpenStack to Service Orchestration
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Integration of OpenStack lets Amartus Chameleon SDS platform offer real-time orchestration of cloud as well as WAN services.

Cisco to Buy Hot Startup Tail-f for $175M
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Cisco has struck a deal to acquire next-generation network management and orchestration specialist Tail-f, one of the darlings of the SDN world.

Eurobites: Vodafone, NTT in M2M Pact
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone trials GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing with Huawei; Iraq blocks comms channels as militants run amok; shareholders say "ciao" to Telecom Italia.

WebNMS, Omnitron Partner for Net Automation
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Network managers will be able to use NMS software to manage Omnitron network interface devices.

OIF: SDN Lets Carriers Control App Behavior
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Through open interfaces and programmability, carriers can control and tweak the behavior of network apps, OIF's technical lead says.

Is Open Source the New De Facto Standard?
News Analysis | 6/17/2014

Distinguished panel of NFV experts tackle a tricky issue – has the telecom view of open source changed such that it's the new standard?

BTE 2014: ONF Looks at a Year in Advancing Virtualization
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

The ETSI NFV Group, meanwhile, is planning its own "landmark" open-source project.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Five companies have made the Leading Lights shortlist for public company of the year.

Netconf & Yang Go Mainstream
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Two previously little-known elements are moving center stage.

Sprint Adds First 12 LTE Rural Roaming Partners
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

The carrier adds 12 carriers through its partnership with the CCA and NetAmericas to bring LTE to rural America.

SpinCo Gets a CFO
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Time Warner Cable Treasurer Matthew Siegel will become CFO of 'SpinCo,' the new spin-off company that Comcast plans to create after completing the TWC acquisition.

Level With Me: When Rumors Get Real
Rewired | 6/16/2014

tw telecom has been a rumored takeover target for years and Level 3 a rumored suitor. But is there more to this deal than just getting bigger?

Evernote CEO: Govt. Surveillance Will Be 'Solved'
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Apparently, suggesting government should respond to the will of the people can get you laughed at nowadays.

Dive Into the Transport SDN Debate at BTE
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

This week's Big Telecom Event will feature panels of SDN in optical networks, and the future of packet optical.

Level 3 to Acquire tw telecom for $5.7B
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Level 3 says it will acquire Ethernet service provider tw telecom for $40.86 per share in a cash and stock deal worth $5.7 billion.

Eurobites: Vodafone Revs Up M2M Strategy
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Commission gets cozy with South Korea on 5G; Telefónica to sell electricity; Swisscom does LTE-Advanced.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Seven companies have been shortlisted for the inaugural Leading Lights award for outstanding telecom test and measurement vendor.

Making Things Simpler
Column | 6/16/2014

How can cable engineers reduce the complexity in both network design and configuration?

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Outstanding OSS/BSS Vendor
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

Seven companies have been shortlisted for the inaugural Leading Lights award for outstanding OSS/BSS vendor.

Lessons From Your Friendly Neighborhood Small Cells
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

AT&T, Orange, and Vodafone discuss challenges and opportunities for outdoor small cells.

Net Neutrality Redux? FCC Probes Peering Problems
News Analysis | 6/16/2014

In a separate but related move to its net neutrality inquiry, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says his agency is now collecting information from both ISPs and content providers about streaming video problems.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best New Product (Mobile)
Jonestown | 6/15/2014

Big data analytics for carriers, self-optimizing networks, business small cells and a little app that could save you big money are among the contenders for the best mobile product of 2014 at Leading Lights.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Outstanding Components Vendor
News Analysis | 6/15/2014

Seven companies have been shortlisted for the inaugural Leading Lights award for outstanding components vendor.

BTE Explores Services in an SDN/NFV Era
News Analysis | 6/13/2014

A BTE panel and demo will spotlight how SDN and NFV can enable new personalized services with a faster time to market.

AT&T GigaPower Wins Two NC Cities
News Analysis | 6/13/2014

AT&T beat out seven other contenders, including Time Warner Cable, to bring gigabit broadband service to Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

China Smartphone Star Eyes US Market
News Analysis | 6/13/2014

Look out, here comes another Chinese smartphone challenger…

Eurobites: DT Details Surveillance Requests
News Analysis | 6/13/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: HERE buys into predictive analytics; Austrian mobile market hots up; that ain't no Starbucks!

Telecom Looks at the Big Picture
Shades of Ray | 6/13/2014

It's time for the telecom sector to take a long hard look at itself, starting at BTE.

WiFi Gets Around
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/13/2014

WiFi roaming isn't just for cellular offload anymore – MSOs and enterprise customers are also moving toward WiFi networks for cost savings across the board, especially for international roaming.

BTE: Service Innovation in the Spotlight
News Analysis | 6/13/2014

There are signs that telcos are delivering more innovative service packages, a trend driven by their marketing teams, says Heavy Reading's chief analyst.

AT&T's Amoroso: Perimeter Security No Longer Enough
News Analysis | 6/12/2014

AT&T's chief security officer explains why a whole new approach to mobile network security is needed in a world of smartphones, the cloud, and virtualization.

Privacy-Protecting 'Blackphone' to Ship in Three Weeks
News Analysis | 6/12/2014

The phone is designed to help users block data from leaking out to criminals, private companies, and governments.

World Cup Kicks Off Live 4K
News Analysis | 6/12/2014

Broadcom has joined with Elemental and Sony in a partnership with Brazilian service provider Globosat to deliver the final three 2014 World Cup games in 4K/Ultra HD video.

Slide Show: Genband's Real-Time Perspectives
Slide Shows | 6/12/2014

Genband's second annual gathering in Orlando was full of snazzy presentations, power points, panels, and other Cheap Tricks.

Eurobites: Orange, DT Collaborate on Startups
News Analysis | 6/12/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei's European innovation push; Bouygues to cut 17% of workforce; beware the 'news echo chamber' effect.

Telco Data Centers Go Virtual at BTE
News Analysis | 6/12/2014

Find out how to get the benefits of SDN and NFV at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event next week.

Glenn Britt Dies From Cancer
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

The longtime Time Warner Cable CEO passes away less than six months after retiring from his post at the No. 2 US MSO.

RDK Hops the Pond
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

The cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for IP video set-tops and gateways adds support for Europe’s Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard.

T-Mobile: 2G's Good Enough for Global Travel
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Fewer than 1% of the carrier's Simple Global Plan customers opt to upgrade their data speeds when abroad, T-Mobile EVP says.

NFV Gets Practical at BTE
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Four vendors combine in a demo of what NFV can do today in enabling managed security services.

AT&T's Ed Amoroso on Mobile Security
LRTV Documentaries | 6/11/2014

AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso outlines his vision for the future of mobile network security and discusses the topic with colleagues from AT&T Labs. This video was produced by AT&T and is available to the Light Reading community courtesy of AT&T.

Taking a Different Path to 1 Gigabit
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

UC2B, a non-profit group in the Urbana-Champaign region of Illinois, has handed over control of its gigabit fiber network to a private company, iTV-3.

Cisco VNI: Make Way for HD & 4K Video
Breznick Unbound | 6/11/2014

In the latest edition of its Visual Networking Index (VNI) study, Cisco forecasts that HD and Ultra HD video will account for nearly two-thirds of all IP video traffic by 2018.

ZTE Has New Tune, But Song Remains the Same
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Chinese vendor announces a revamped strategy but its focus remains on network operators.

Eurobites: Huawei Lands 400G Deal in Egypt
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica fosters innovation with China Unicom; Bouygues job cuts look likely; revenge of the cabbies.

Genband Entices Devs With WebRTC Kandy
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Genband's 'kloud-platform-as-a-service' lets enterprises and developers quickly embed real-time communications in their apps and websites.

Let's Get Radical!
LRTV Interviews | 6/11/2014

The telco sector needs to get radical and embrace a software-oriented approach to business, believes Redknee CEO Lucas Skoczkowski.

Is Cisco's Chambers Retiring in the Fall?
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Cisco CEO John Chambers may be planning to announce his retirement soon, effective in the fall.

Urban Jungle Is Still Too Wild for Small Cells
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

Operator CTOs remind the industry why they're not yet ready for the mass deployment of public access small cells.

Overture Adds Hardware to Its NFV Pitch
News Analysis | 6/11/2014

The 65 Virtual Service Edge is designed to combine the benefits of NFV with hardware located on the customer premises.

BT's Wireless Re-Entry Starts With Small Cells
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

The service provider's wireless plans include small cells in the home and enterprise, an MVNO relationship, and a new LTE core using recently acquired spectrum.

Verizon Worried About SDN, NFV Impacts
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Verizon has plans to employ SDN and NFV in its network, but one exec says it is behind in working through some of the associated operational challenges.

Airvana Is Back With a 'Cloud RAN' 4G Biz Cell
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Airvana has developed a distributed LTE controller and radio node system for enterprises that takes on SpiderCloud and Ericsson's Radio Dot.

Small Cell Forum Tackles Urban, Virtualization
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Forum's latest release focuses on urban deployment challenges, but its members are focused on understanding virtualization's role in their small cell networks.

Comcast Tests Personal Media Sharing
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Comcast is testing a new personal media sharing service for X1, which now uses the subscriber's cellphone number to unlock the beta features.

Ciena Stirs Up the Metro Market
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Ciena unveils a new platform leveraging its skills in programmable optical networking to target inter-data center connectivity, but has it done enough to excite the market?

Google Exec: Internet of Things Requires 'Brand New Network'
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

The Internet is currently designed for expensive, high-bandwidth connections such as video. The Internet of Things doesn't need much bandwidth but needs to be inexpensive.

AT&T Turns to DOCSIS for Small Cell Backhaul
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Carrier's AVP of small cells says it working with cable companies to lease their backhaul, and is already in deployment in some enterprise use cases.

Microsoft Planning 7-Day Phone Batteries
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Software profiling and offloading computational processes can help devices last up to a week between charges – say hello to the software-defined battery.

Eurobites: Danish Snack on Alcatel-Lucent's Small Cells
News Analysis | 6/10/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cinven acquires Spanish fiber unit; Telefónica teams up with Dolby; Dailymotion talks stall; yet more Sky sport.

HP Debuts SDN Management Software, Switches
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

The software is designed to manage physical and virtual networks.

Uber Drives Mobile App Bubble With $1.2B VC Round
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Uber scores a $1.2 billion round and could close it out at $1.4 billion with more money from strategic investors.

Apigee: APIs Enable the Hybrid Cloud
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

The combination of APIs plus analytics is an important enabler of the hybrid cloud and is missing in today's networks, new Apigee exec says.

Five Key Takeaways From TM Forum Live!
Rewired | 6/9/2014

Of course they are all related to virtualization – what else would I write about in Nice?

Arris Signs Austrian CCAP Deal
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Arris has announced a new CCAP customer win with Austrian cable operator Liwest Kabelmedien GmbH.

Netflix Takes Toll on Pay-TV
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Nearly half of all non-pay-TV subscribers in the US now get Netflix, while the number of Netflix customers who also subscribe to pay-TV services is falling steadily.

Genband Starts NFV Push With Distributed SBC
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Vendor says it's moving towards a full-blown NFV architecture, starting with distributed SBC trials in the third quarter.

OTN Innovation Boosts Metro 100G
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Advances in OTN switching are helping carriers deploy flexible and viable 100G metro transport networks.

Yang's Magnetic Force
LRTV Interviews | 6/9/2014

The attraction to Netconf and Yang as tools for telco network management are growing stronger.

Eurobites: DT Next to Lift Lid on Surveillance Requests
News Analysis | 6/9/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Megafon buys big from Huawei; Europe gets tough on data privacy; EE may exit the Carphone Warehouse.

Ciena Hints at Big Product Announcement
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Comments from company officials, one analyst's speculation, and other recent moves by Ciena suggest an imminent product announcement.

Arista up 32% on IPO
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

The pricing values the company at nearly $3B, and it's likely based on strong financials, despite a weird legal dispute with a co-founder.

Verizon Threatens to Sue Netflix
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Verizon has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix after the online streaming company laid the blame for service slowdowns directly at the telco's feet.

Sprint & T-Mobile: A Tale of Two Maps
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Sprint and T-Mobile's coverage overlaps, while the spectrum doesn't, meaning there will be a lot of work to do if the acquisition does go through.

Cox Joins Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Club
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Cox Business becomes the third major US MSO business services unit to receive Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum, joining Comcast and TWC.

TMF Live! Pics Pt II: Soft on the Inside
Slide Shows | 6/6/2014

More pictures from the TM Forum's event in Nice, France.

NFV Dominates in Nice
LRTV Documentaries | 6/6/2014

The management of networks that incorporate virtualized functions dominated discussion at this year's TM Forum event in Nice.

Ciena Soars on Strong Demand
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Stock leaps more than 18% as vendor exceeds expectations and forecasts even better times ahead from a broadening customer base.

Eurobites: Vodafone Opens Window on Wire-tapping
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BBC screens World Cup in 4K; STC joins Bridge Alliance; BA in Internet talks with Inmarsat… and donkey news!

How NFV Can Power the Digital Marketplace
News Analysis | 6/6/2014

Using a catalog-driven approach to pulling resources from multiple partners in an automated fashion will make it easier to sell virtualized functions.

Nokia Buys RF Smarts to Shrink Basestations
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Nokia is buying RF filter specialist Mesaplexx to help reduce the size of its basestations.

Comcast Filings Show Merger Confidence
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

The merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is still under regulatory review, but that hasn't stopped Comcast from filing for license transfers with the FCC ahead of the deal's approval.

Sprint, T-Mobile Settle on $32B Price
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

News reports indicate that two carriers have agreed on broad terms of $32 billion acquisition of T-Mobile US by Sprint despite US regulatory concerns.

Eurobites: Orange Eyes Bouygues, EE IPO
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Com Hem IPO takes off; PCCW launches LTE TDD broadband service in London; mobile subscriber numbers fall in Russia.

Is NetBoss About to Open Its Wallet?
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Talk of an analytics acquisition fits in with the OSS firm's new strategy.

Ericsson Unveils Carrier-Grade Server Strategy
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Swedish vendor is working on a carrier-grade server that could hit the market later this year.

No Need to Rush Into Virtualization – Orange
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Service providers and vendors that don't commit to NFV right now won't miss out, says Orange executive.

Skype's Big Data Transformation
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

Director of engineering at Skype Business Operations, Patrick Hilt, has introduced a 'culture of data' at the multimedia services firm.

SoftBank Launches $2K Personal Robot That Feels Emotions, Evolves
News Analysis | 6/5/2014

The waist-high Pepper household robot will go on sale in February, but start working in stores in Japan Friday.

Cisco CCAP Gets NOS Nod
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

The Portuguese MSO NOS becomes the second European company to announce deployment of Cisco's modular CCAP solution as the next-gen CCAP market continues to heat up.

Liability Issues Increase in Virtual World
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Who's responsible when something goes wrong in a world of virtual functions running on commercial hardware?

Verizon: Telematics Needs Software, Standards
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Verizon Telematic's director of enterprise architecture says that the software industry is not keeping up with the M2M space, which is also in need of more standardization.

Samsung, Espial Team Up on RDK
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Samsung and Espial have announced a joint cable solution combining Samsung's set-top and gateway products with Espial's RDK software.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Company of the Year (Private) – Part 2
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Finalists in the Leading Lights category for Company of the Year (Private) show healthy growth.

Eurobites: BT's Gone With the Wind Power
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica in German negotiations; Ericsson appoints regional heads; Vodafone partners with Rogers.

TMF Live! Pics: Have a Nice Day
Slide Shows | 6/4/2014

There's a telecom show in Nice, France, but the best pics are to be had away from the booths...

Can ZOOM See Daylight?
Rewired | 6/4/2014

The TM Forum is actively seeking industry input to its ZOOM project to enable NFV orchestration, but what if it went truly open source?

SpiderCloud Shipping LTE Biz Small Cells
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Dual-band LTE trials coming later this summer.

NFV Not a Panacea, Carrier Execs Admit
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Just virtualizing things doesn't solve the basic problem of getting services to market at Internet speeds.

Telcos 'Sample Their DNA' Around SDN
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Network operators are taking a good look at their own operations and culture as they figure out how SDN and NFV will figure in their future, says ONF executive director and BTE keynote speaker Dan Pitt.

ONF, OIF Deep-Dive Into NFV, SDN
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

NFV, SDN and the changing role of standards will trigger the debate at two pre-BTE (Big Telecom Event) workshops.

Asia Takes On Android
News Analysis | 6/4/2014

Android's phenomenal market penetration has prompted alternative smartphone OS developments from Samsung and China.

Comcast, TWC Boost Business WiFi
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Two largest US MSOs expand their commercial WiFi offerings in twin but separate moves to win more business customers and stimulate greater wireless use.

AT&T Investing in LTE Video Despite Capex 'Freeze'?
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

MKM Partners says that AT&T is working on a "Project Stream" broadcast LTE update for its network.

Apple Launches Evil Plan to Steal Carriers' Customers
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Tighter integration across the Mac, iPhone, and iPad potentially makes carriers less important.

AetherPal's Device Diagnostics Spawn New Uses
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Remote device diagnostics and support is sparking plans for other connected devices and use cases for the device data.

Apple Joins Home Automation Wars
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

With its new HomeKit home automation platform, Apple is ready to compete with both cable and telecom companies and retail smart home players.

Eurobites: Vodafone Xones Out of Silicon Valley
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica closes pay-TV acquisition; Riedel hooks up to Viatel; Liquid Applications flow in Saudi.

Have You Made Your Customers Smile Today?
Que Sera Sarah | 6/3/2014

Is T-Mobile the master of smile moments? Two industry figures' tips on customer-centricity sound a lot like the Magenta carrier's recent 'uncarrier' moves.

Summer: Cloudy With a Chance of Tech IPOs
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Arista Networks, MobileIron, and more could show whether the tech IPO market has got its mojo back this summer.

Google Plans Web of Satellites – Report
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Google explores yet another method of getting Internet access into the hands of more of the world's population.

Telcos Pay Lip Service to Open Source
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Operators agree on value of open source, but take different approaches to how it's going to be used.

Asia's Telcos Still Figuring Out Their Cloud Moves
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Cloud services are in demand in Asia/Pacific, but the telcos are still finding their feet in the market.

Guavus Analytics Reverb in the RAN
News Analysis | 6/3/2014

Combining Reverb Network's centralized SON with Guavus' big data analytics platform gives operators deeper insights into the core of their network.

T-Mobile Jazzed With WiFi Calling on New Apple iOS
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Carrier wastes no time in talking up WiFi calling on new Apple OS update.

Apple Launches Biggest Changes Since iPhone
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Apple is diving into the Internet of Things, making another attempt to jump-start its cloud strategy, and tightening integration between Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

What's With AT&T's Capex Dip?
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Analyst George Notter says that AT&T slowed its capital spending this spring.

ZTE Shows Off Its Soft Side
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Chinese vendor has a sizeable OSS/BSS presence and has been bolstering its software platform in an effort to attract new standalone business.

Meet Tom Wheeler, Net Neutrality Procrastinator-in-Chief
Column | 6/2/2014

Even after all these years and all this talking, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler thinks this Net Neutrality thing hasn't been discussed enough.

ThinkAnalytics Nabs Nordic Win
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Viaplay has deployed the ThinkAnalytics cloud-based content search and recommendation engine with customers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best New Cable Product
Breznick Unbound | 6/2/2014

Seven new cable products take the stage this year, covering a wide range of the technology spectrum.

BT’s NFV Guru Joins CableLabs
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Don Clarke, one of the leading NFV figures at BT, has jumped ship to help develop next-gen technologies for cable operators.

Comcast Claims $100M Savings In Being 'Agile'
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

MSO says a one-year implementation of a 'lean and agile' framework is on its way to bringing in more than $100 million in savings.

T-Mobile Swaps Out Amdocs BSS for Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Ericsson will completely replace the carrier's legacy systems with its Service Agility suite for billing and IT.

MSOs Pumped About Business Services Growth
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

At the TM Forum Live! In Nice, cable operators see a real opportunity to generate more revenues from small and midsized business users.

Eurobites: ADVA Targets Inter-Data Center Connectivity
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom closes GTS deal; AlcaLu offers €1 billion in bonds.

WebRTC in the Wild
Que Sera Sarah | 6/2/2014

Companies are starting to offer WebRTC-enabled services, and the network operators are – and should be – taking note.

Telcos Face 'Dramatic Disruption' – TMF Exec
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

The changes ahead will rip apart the current telecom operator culture and carriers need to be prepared.

Does SDN Mean 'Slowing Down Networking'?
News Analysis | 6/2/2014

Global service provider routers and switch revenue increased only 2% year-over-year, according to research from Infonetics, which attributes the slowdown to caution in the face of technology transformation.

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