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Ericsson Tightens Focus, Warns of $1.7B Q1 Hit
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Swedish vendor hints at a likely sale of its media and cloud hardware assets and sets a target of doubling its profit margins.
The ABC of OTT
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, Ben Watkins, creator of Amazon Prime's Hand of God show, explained how producing content for an OTT platform differs from producing content for traditional TV.
Unlocking China's $194B Telecom Market
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  9 comments
It is time to tear down China's telecom wall.
Masergy Unclogs Pipes to Cloud Apps
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
New partnership makes it easier to tie together UCaaS and cloud-based apps, knitting up smarter services to support business needs.
Google Fiber's Video Growth Drops
Breznick Unbound  | 
3/27/2017  |  2 comments
In a sign that Google Fiber has all but abandoned ship even in its existing markets, the Alphabet unit reports notably slower video subscriber growth in the second half of 2016.
Cable's DAA Moment Is Here
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco is rolling out its Remote PHY product in volume this month, an indicator of the momentum behind distributed access architectures in the cable industry.
The NB-IoT Train Is Delayed
Morris Lore  | 
3/27/2017  |  1 comment
NB-IoT was supposed to take the industry by storm and sound the death knell for LPWAN rivals, but it has not quite gone according to expectations.
Eurobites: BT 'Fesses Up to Compensation-Fiddling on Ethernet Services
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia has change of heart on IoT; mobile device infections rising; UK minister slams encrypted messaging in wake of Westminster Bridge outrage.
Drones Drive New Revenue Streams for Mobile Ecosystem
Column  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The use of drone technology is changing the game for wireless operators, argues AUVSI's Brian Wynne.
Digital Transformation: Why IT Culture Matters
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  8 comments
In a world of cloud computing and Agile development, companies need to change their IT culture to make a digital transformation work.
Security, Cloud & the SBC
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Despite all the current hype surrounding 5G at the moment, it's cloud and security technologies that are fundamentally driving business growth opportunities for communications service providers.
What Drives Intel's Connected Car GM
Mentor Monday  | 
3/27/2017  |  1 comment
Kathy Winter has always wanted to stay on the cutting-edge of technology, even when it means letting the car itself take the wheel.
Data Centers Go Power Crazy
Lightreading Videos  | 
3/27/2017  |  3 comments
One of the more interesting areas of development around data center technology is the innovation underway in the way power is sourced, used and even re-used to help reduce carbon emissions.
Why Analytics Is the Tech World's Digital Glue
Shades of Ray  | 
3/27/2017  |  2 comments
It was obvious at the massive annual CeBIT enterprise tech trade show that the foundation for tech innovation right now is real-time analytics.
SAS Warns Enterprises to Be Careful of Open Source – It's Satan's Playground
Wagner’s Ring  | 
3/27/2017  |  4 comments
SAS warns that a little open source is OK but too much will send you straight to the bad place.
Hutchison Bids for Global IoT Role With Cisco Deal
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Operator teams up with Cisco to provide IoT services for enterprises active in its European and Asian markets.
Metaswitch Thinks NFV With UC, Contact Center
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Metaswitch had NFV in mind when it added new features to its UC and contact center platforms.
Cloud Is Taking Budget Away From IT
Scott Ferguson  | 
3/24/2017  |  5 comments
The advent of cloud computing, combined with other technologies, is giving other parts of the enterprise the ability to buy technologies. At the same time, IT has less control over its budget.
Comcast Stacks Up National TV Rights – Report
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast is reportedly working to extend its video distribution rights nationally, though the company says it's still not planning on offering an OTT service.
Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
Rewired  | 
3/24/2017  |  3 comments
The Senate's vote to cut privacy rules for ISPs just means there's no longer confusion on Internet privacy protection because there isn't any.
Orange Kicks Off 'Universal CPE' Trials
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  1 comment
Orange Business Services has taken a step closer to the launch of a universal CPE that could support new service offerings for its enterprise customers.
Eurobites: Brits In Line for Cashback Over Fixed-Line Fails
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and SoftBank trial 28GHz 5G; Proximus rolls trucks on fiber program; EU treads carefully in Google case; Deutsche Telekom monkeys around with 4G and VR.
SD-WAN Market Soaring to Nearly $3B, Report Finds
Scott Ferguson  | 
3/24/2017  |  7 comments
The market for SD-WAN is growing, with a new report finding that it will hit $2.9 billion by 2021.
WiCipedia: Supergirls, No More Excuses & Media Monitoring
WiCipedia  | 
3/24/2017  |  4 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: A Down Under competition celebrates superhero girls; tips for how to find female execs; Motorola celebrates women in engineering; and more.
OFC & Hyperscale: A Good Mix?
Craig's A-List  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.
Cable Sees Wireless Opps in Partners, Smart Services
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  3 comments
Cable companies are already wireless providers with in-home WiFi but they have the opportunity to partner with wireless operators to build an inside-out model of service.
A BSNL-MTNL Merger: The Pros & Cons
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
A merger between India's government-owned telcos would hold lots of attractions, but it also faces many hurdles.
With ROADMs in Place, Next Step Is Software
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Big achievements in ROADM hardware are here. Now we need software and automation to help run these newly complex networks.
Virtualization a 'Tough Sell' to Finance Teams, Says PCCW
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  1 comment
Could finance departments wedded to old-school business models be one of the chief barriers to the rollout of virtualization technologies?
IBM's Watson Tracking IoT, Fighting Twitter Trolls
Wagner’s Ring  | 
3/23/2017  |  14 comments
IBM makes a deal with AT&T to use Watson for Internet of Things analytics, and Twitter describes how it's using Watson to combat abuse.
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  8 comments
Skills shortage just one of the gating factors making it likely cable selectively uses home-run fiber to combat competitive challenges.
Microsoft Using Patents to Gain Edge in Connected Cars
Scott Ferguson  | 
3/23/2017  |  6 comments
Microsoft is planning to use its wide array of patents to muscle its way into the connected car space. Toyota is the first to sign up.
Is Google's Big Enterprise Bet Paying Off?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
3/23/2017  |  4 comments
Is Google on track to hit its self-proclaimed goal of cloud revenue exceeding ad revenue by 2020? Enterprise Cloud News looks at the chances in a special report.
LR Readers Trash Trump Travel Ban
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  2 comments
In our latest community poll, Light Reading readers strongly oppose US President Trump's (mainly) Muslim travel ban as both unconstitutional and bad for the comms and tech sector.
Cloud Boom, Virtualization Benefit Data Center Vendors
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
The vendor community is responding to the need for greater innovation both within and beyond the data center.
Airtel Acquires Tikona to Fill 4G Gaps
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
India's biggest service provider plugs gaps in its 4G footprint with another takeover deal.
Chinese Telco Capex to Fall 13% This Year
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Update from the country's biggest mobile operator confirms that total capex investment levels will dip this year.
Eurobites: 3 UK Threatens Lawsuit Over 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU scrutinizes Facebook's response to charges over WhatsApp deal; Dusseldorf trials digital health system with ZTE; Onecom boss cleared of manslaughter charges.
Is Oracle Right? Is Security in the Cloud a Solved Problem?
Wagner’s Ring  | 
3/23/2017  |  13 comments
Oracle says its cloud is more secure than enterprise on-premises infrastructure. Are they just blowing smoke?
WiC: Beware the Glass Wall
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  2 comments
Some jobs into which women can be pigeon-holed will not lead to the executive-level positions they want.
Why Do Content Creators Like OTT So Much?
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Ben Watkins, creator and executive producer for the Amazon series Hand of God, says OTT is still the Wild, Wild West, and that's very appealing to a content creator.
China Set for Optical Rebound – Analysts
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Good news for the optical components community – there's talk that China's optical market is set for an upturn.
AT&T Could Cover 98% of US Pop. With FiberTower '5G' Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  16 comments
Although questions about how much 39GHz bandwidth it could muster in specific markets remain up in the air.
How Optical & Wireless Could Build the 'Internet of Skills'
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
In an OFC keynote, Professor Mischa Dohler discusses what it would take to let the Internet transmit surgery or piano-playing skills.
CenturyLink Delivers DSL Using CORD Platform
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  3 comments
CenturyLink is transforming its legacy central offices with next-gen virtual functions to speed the delivery of residential and business DSL.
BT: Telco Mindset Could Negate Container Benefits
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  1 comment
BT's Peter Willis says operators will have to start treating their network functions like expendable cattle, rather than much-loved pets, to benefit from container technology.
Security Takes the Stage at Oracle Industry Connect
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Security is a supporting player at Oracle Industry Connect. Is it hero or villain to the assembled customers and partners?
No Regrets: Cox's Finkelstein on Fiber & More
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
At the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein examines the cable capex conundrum.
ONAP to Release Code to Public Imminently, Says AT&T
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  1 comment
AT&T executive says open sourcing should ultimately allow operators to onboard VNFs in fewer steps than it takes today.
Cable Next-Gen: The 'Mile High' View From Denver
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Alan Breznick kicks off the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, casting his thousand-yard stare over cable's current competitive landscape.
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