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Eurobites: O2 Launches Massive MIMO Trials in London
News Analysis | 11/23/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone tracks drones; TIM's spin-off puts 20,000 jobs at risk, says trade union official; Orange and MTN join forces on mobile money.

WiCipedia: Gen Z Changemakers, MotherCoders & Keeping Women in Tech
WiCipedia | 11/23/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: UK to reach 1 million women in STEM; Gen Z brings change; how to keep women in tech; and more.

Huawei Faces Further Heat From US Administration – Report
News Analysis | 11/23/2018

US government is seeking persuade friendly international countries to shun Huawei communications networking technology, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Exponential-e CEO on Cloud, Security & Coffee
CxO Spotlight | 11/23/2018

Lee Wade, CEO at UK cloud and data network operator Exponential-e, talks cloud and network evolution, automation, security and why he has two baristas at the company's London HQ.

Nokia Mobile Boss Rouanne Is Out in Latest Shake-Up
News Analysis | 11/22/2018

Finnish vendor is merging its mobile and fixed access divisions but has yet to say who will take charge of the new unit.

BT Hopes to Score With 5G Broadcasting Push
News Analysis | 11/22/2018

The UK's biggest telco is prioritizing 5G technology as way to film sports content in remote locations.

Airspan Buys Mimosa to Add More Next-Gen Wireless Chops
News Analysis | 11/22/2018

Magic Box small cell maker Airspan buys fixed wireless vendor Mimosa.

Cisco to Acquire UK Networking Software Specialist
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

Cisco is to acquire small British outfit Ensoft, which develops software that supports routing, switching, carrier Ethernet and much more.

Cable's Move Upmarket With Biz Services Still an Uphill Battle
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

Filled with special challenges, tackling the large enterprise market 'a long, slow slog' for cable operators, analyst says.

BT's McRae: Huawei Is 'the Only True 5G Supplier Right Now'
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

Huawei gets the BT man's praise as he urges the other main mobile network vendors to shake off their legacy telco thinking.

Nan Chen Reveals Secret to MEF's Staying Power
LRTV Interviews | 11/21/2018

MEF President Nan Chen, also its founder, says the organization's staying power is based on an early decision to focus on defining services and not how they are transported.

The Future Could Be Bright for 5G Operators – Northstream CEO
LRTV Interviews | 11/21/2018

Bengt Nordström, CEO and co-founder at industry consultancy Northstream, shares his views on the 5G business case for mobile operators but he warns that expectations need to be tempered.

Comcast Business: Taking New Angles
LRTV Interviews | 11/21/2018

Cable's business services are still growing, but MSOs aren't standing pat as they pursue new areas and lines of business. Jeff Lewis discusses how Comcast is homing in on new opportunities such as SD-WAN, managed security services and the delivery of faster and faster speeds.

Eurobites: Genish Versus Elliott Gets Personal
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Alfa deploys Nokia's 4.5G tech; TalkTalk ups sticks, sets up fiber rollout arm; Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson provide campus network for Osram.

Podcast: CenturyLink's CxO Moves & Do We Really Need RFPs?
The Philter | 11/21/2018

On this podcast, we discussed CenturyLink new CTO, why Dull But Critical (DBC) is our favorite category of telecom infrastructure and how cable companies are warming up to the cloud. We also ask a critical question: Does the telecom industry need RFPs?

FCC OKs SpaceX to Launch 7,518 More Broadband Satellites
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

With the unprecedented number of low-earth orbit satellites on the way, FCC also pursues new rules designed to mitigate a growing space junk problem.

AT&T Says First 5G Sites Are Live in Texas
News Analysis | 11/21/2018

AT&T has its Dallas site live, but no device to sell to consumers yet.

When Will AT&T First Launch 5G?
Jonestown | 11/20/2018

Any day now, according to recent statements by the company's executives. Try not to get too excited!

Swiss Sunrise to Sunset Copper Broadband in Huawei-Led 5G Plan
News Analysis | 11/20/2018

Swiss telco led by Olaf Swantee plans to substitute 5G for copper-based broadband services in suburban and rural areas.

Update – FCC 5G Day 5, Bids Reach $145.1M
News Analysis | 11/20/2018

Auction rounds end at 5PM today, and will restart on Monday.

Huawei Has Shipped 10K 5G Basestations Outside China
News Analysis | 11/20/2018

Chinese equipment vendor is now selling 5G network equipment in Europe, the Middle East and South Korea, says its rotating chairman.

Is 5G Really 'Now' in Europe?
LRTV Interviews | 11/20/2018

If 'now' means it's almost with us, then yes.

The Future of Cable Business Services: Covering the Bases
LRTV Interviews | 11/20/2018

After getting some baseball news out of the way, Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner sum up their findings and observations from the recent 'The Future of Cable Business Services' event in NYC.

MEF SVP Dan Pitt: We're Ready for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 11/20/2018

MEF is already at work on 5G transport and its service enablement capabilities will also help in both fixed and mobile environments, says Dan Pitt, MEF senior vice president.

The 5G Enterprise Conversation
The Philter | 11/20/2018

For enterprises, 5G opens up a new conversation with carriers – not just about what's possible on their new networks, but what they can do now to help businesses beyond providing connectivity.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Africa, Italia, UK & US
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2018

This week, it's an intimate telecom tête-à-tête for two. Let's listen in...

Eurobites: Orange Targets SMEs With XGS-PON in Poland
News Analysis | 11/20/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets industrial with 5G in Oulu; Ovum and Three UK sing praises of 5G fixed wireless; Sky clinches second-tier soccer deal, but some clubs aren't happy.

Cisco Renews Service Provider Focus at Partner Summit 2018
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2018

Light Reading's Mitch Wagner filed this report from Las Vegas, where he spoke to enterprise partners, telco CTOs and Cisco executives about the emergence of IoT, AI and 5G – and how those technologies are reshaping networking.

Podcast: CommScope & Arris Tie the Knot, but Why?
The Philter | 11/19/2018

CommScope and Arris are merging. Though they frame this as a complementary deal, there's some lingering questions about the broader strategic rationale of the deal and if this is, indeed, a marriage made in technology heaven.

LinkNYC Kiosks Could Become a Launch Pad for City 5G
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Link's president gives an indication of a 5G future for the WiFi kiosk company.

Technicolor Eyes Options, Including Sale of Set-Top Biz – Report
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Will only confirm that Technicolor 'regularly reviews and evaluates strategic alternatives for its assets' and that no decisions have been made.

FCC 5G Auction Day 4, Bids Approach $100M – Update
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Updated 4:30PM -- Bids top $94.7M for the 28GHz 5G auction, as the US enters Thanksgiving week.

Operator-Supplied Boxes Still Have Role in Video Streaming Era
The Bauminator | 11/19/2018

AT&T gets ready to test Android TV-powered box with DirecTV Now subs.

Altice One Levels Up
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

2.0 upgrades to Altice USA's tack on cloud DVR capabilities, integration of YouTube Kids app, ability to restart shows from more networks.

ZTE, Samsung Battle for Wireless Market Share
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

As operators start to invest in 5G networks, the Chinese and South Korean equipment vendors are eyeing a much bigger market presence.

Eurobites: Nokia, Telefónica Put 5G to Work on the Assembly Line
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eutelsat does deal with Airbus; Hagberg joins top team at Tele2; CityFibre does Stirling work; UK's cybersecurity strategy slammed.

Telecom Italia Caught in Clash of Clans While Rome Burns
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

The Italian incumbent's fifth boss in the past six years will have one of the hardest jobs in the global telecom industry.

Verizon Acquires Security Tools From Vidder
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Verizon liked Vidder's technology so much it bought the company.

Telecom Italia Appoints New CEO
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

There's another new name at the helm of Telecom Italia (TIM) – the appointment could herald an access network spin-off.

Google: Greene's out as Cloud Boss
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

Greene grew Google Cloud to a top enterprise cloud player. Oracle, meanwhile, is flailing in enterprise cloud, making ex-President Thomas Kurian a puzzling choice as successor.

Can Telecom Business Services Bounce Back?
Rewired | 11/16/2018

There was surprising optimism in the sector at the MEF18 event, but will it be reflected in revenues going forward?

FCC 5G Auction Day 3, Bids Close In on $70M
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

UPDATED 3:18 PM: First few days of 5G 28GHz bidding pulls in nearly $70M.

Italy's Struggling Wind Tre Eyes 5G Rollout in Late 2019
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

The Italian operator says it is halfway through its network modernization and hopes to bring 5G into parts of the country by late 2019.

Comcast's Industrial IoT Platform Has Global Potential
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

'We're effectively IoT over the top,' machineQ exec says.

Analyst: SD-WAN Not Yet Zero-Touch
LRTV Interviews | 11/16/2018

Zero-touch provisioning and plug-and-play are still buzzwords where SD-WAN is concerned, but not reality, says VSG's Erin Dunne.

IBM Revs 'Cloud Factory' for Migration Automation
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

IBM is beefing up its automated tools and services for moving applications to multiple clouds.

Orange Pushing Multivendor SD-WAN
LRTV Interviews | 11/16/2018

Orange Business Services is working with several vendors to develop multivendor SD-WAN expertise and counting on MEF application programming interfaces and definitions for SD-WAN to enable a single portal for its SD-WAN offering, says Franck Morales, vice president of marketing of connectivity services for Orange Business Services. In addition, its SD-WAN service will be built on four other pillars: native cloud connectivity, best-of-breed security, global services and future-proof solution.

Eurobites: EE, Virgin Media Fined £13.3M for Early-Exit Excesses
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN, Ericsson carry out 5G trial in South Africa; Orange CFO hints at market consolidation in France; Telia buys IT services outfit.

WiCipedia: Taking Names & How to Avoid 'Hurting Men's Feelings'
WiCipedia | 11/16/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Taking names and tweeting salaries for equality's sake; a satirical guide to being a woman in tech; Google walkout was a long time coming; and more.

Oracle to Buy SD-WAN Pioneer Talari
News Analysis | 11/16/2018

Oracle will integrate the venerable SD-WAN provider into its communications service provider business unit.

Icahn Backs Off Dell Fight
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Activist investor Carl Icahn, who threatened fire and fury against Dell's plan to go public, now says the company's sweetened deal is the best he's going to get.

Nokia Upgrades NFVi for Edge, Containers
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Also, for the first time the vendor is directly sourcing OpenStack from its open source community instead of using RedHat's version.

Having Caught Telcos in Broadband Speeds, Cable Providers Pivot to Apps & Experience
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Now that cable providers can deliver 1 Gbit/s download speeds to business customers on their hybrid fiber coax infrastructure, a panel of experts finds that more is needed to win sales over the long run.

FCC Auction Day 2, Bids Equal $47.8M
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Morning bids in day 2 of the 5G auctions add about $6 million to the results.

Fixed 5G a 'Supplement' to Home Broadband, Altice USA Exec Says
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

But the next-gen technology will help service providers hit hot spots that require more capacity density.

US Cable Set to Rake in $18B in Biz Services Revenues in 2018
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

But rate of revenue growth is slowing, causing MSOs to seek new angles and opportunities.

AT&T: App Focus Driving Enterprises to Managed SD-WAN
LRTV Interviews | 11/15/2018

SD-WAN is changing the way customers think about networking, from just routing packets appropriately to looking at application flows, and determining the best approach for each application, says Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer for AT&T.

Comcast Adds Tubi to X1's OTT Video Blend
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Free, ad-supported video streaming service sports library with about 8,500 titles.

Eurobites: Telefónica Hooks Up With Stratio to Bolster Big Data Offer
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange smartens up electricity network; Ericsson's car pool wants some EU love for C-V2X; GSMA not happy at German 5G spectrum conditions.

CommScope/Arris Deal More About Dollars Than Strategic Sense – Analyst
The Bauminator | 11/15/2018

Investors see marriage as a way for CommScope to buy cash flow, Raymond James analyst suggests.

Cisco Reports Strong Q1, but Service Provider Business Lags Growth
News Analysis | 11/15/2018

Overall revenue was up 8% year-over-year in Q1 2019 and product orders also grew by 8%, but service provider product orders were up just 2% and executives provided little insight as to why that line of business is lagging.

FCC's 28GHz 5G Auction Kicks Off With $36M+ in Bids
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

The first 5G mmWave auction kicks off.

Verizon CFO Reiterates Plans to Pass 30 Million Homes With 5G
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

As Verizon, Motorola and Samsung test 5G mobile module.

Can 5G Spur Biz Where Tax Reform Failed?
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

Enterprises have more cash but still move cautiously on next-gen services, says Verizon CFO, but 5G holds great promises for businesses.

DT: Pan-Net Producing Multivendor Apps
LRTV Interviews | 11/14/2018

Almost four years into building its pan-European cloud, DT is 'very close' to finishing the infrastructure and is rolling out cloud-based multivendor apps.

F&S: Survey Shows Enterprises Prefer Managed SD-WAN Services
LRTV Interviews | 11/14/2018

Enterprises are shifting to a carrier-managed version of SD-WAN, with only about a quarter of companies preferring a DIY approach, says Roopa Honnachari, industry director, business services and cloud computing for Frost & Sullivan's ICT practice.

The Acumos AI Project Is On Track but Lacking 'Apps'
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/14/2018

The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project has issued its initial release on schedule but its 'app store' is still rather bare.

SES CEO Plugs Satellite's Role in Global Ecosystem
LRTV Interviews | 11/14/2018

Satellite access will play a key role going forward in reaching distant locations more quickly than fiber can, providing access and wireless backhaul, enabling disaster recovery and backup and connecting mobile sites including cruise and shipping vessels, airplanes and more, says SES CEO John-Paul Hemingway.

CableLabs Erects 'Micronets' Framework for IoT Security
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

Organization says home networks are in need of enterprise-grade protection as IoT devices proliferate and that meeting this challenge will require steps well beyond the boundaries of the cable industry.

Eurobites: Telefónica & IBM Explore the Telco Potential of Blockchain
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson upgrades Telenor's core network; Iliad thrives in Italy but struggles in France; semi-autonomous barges float Nokia's boat.

Ericsson Takes Startup Approach With 'Edge Gravity'
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

Newly named unit has built a global edge cloud platform that connects a core network to dozens of last-mile service provider networks and a unified software stack.

Mobile Broadband Is Main 5G Driver in India, Says Nokia
News Analysis | 11/14/2018

Nokia's Indian head of marketing and corporate affairs hopes India will be in a position to launch 5G services in 2020.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Glotels 2018 Special
LRTV Documentaries | 11/13/2018

The awards party was over but the night was just beginning for telecom chat's pre-fab four.

Colt's Voltolini on Service Automation
LRTV Interviews | 11/13/2018

Mirko Voltolini, global head of Network on Demand at Colt, talks about how the operator has automated the service delivery aspect of its Ethernet services but is still working on the significant challenge of automating the service assurance lifecycle.

5G & the Factory of the Future
Jonestown | 11/13/2018

What's latency got to do with it? Quite a bit actually...

BT to Put 5G at 1,500 Sites in 2019, Beating Vodafone
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

Mobile subsidiary EE plans to launch 5G services across 16 major UK cities next year, promising devices from 'multiple smartphone partners' as well as a home broadband service.

Network Visibility & Data Veracity – the Keys to Operational Simplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/13/2018

Operators need an accurate, up-to-date network and service topology view in order to determine the 'Eulerian path' of service configuration and implementation.

Dish Awarded $90M in Video Piracy Case
The Bauminator | 11/13/2018

SetTV ordered to stop retransmitting Dish's satellite or OTT TV feeds, hand over SetTV-branded set-top boxes.

Cisco Secures & Sweetens SD-WAN
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

Enhances security, performance and programmability of its Cisco SD-WAN service.

Cisco Contemplates Cloud Calling & Claustrophobic Conferencing
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

Cisco wants to give telcos and other communications service providers opportunities to sell cloud voice calling through Webex Teams. And the vendor is also introducing videoconferencing technology for confined spaces.

Eurobites: Nokia Shuffles Its Execs to Sharpen Customer Focus
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN poaches MTN man for new tech role; TIM and Samsung join forces on 5G; Fastweb secures Tiscali's fixed wireless business; Virgin and Versa combine on SD-WAN services.

Telecom Italia Ousts Its CEO
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

Further upheaval at the Italian incumbent as the CEO becomes a victim of the boardroom battle between Vivendi and Elliott.

Vodafone Weighs Towers Sale, Swings to Net Loss for H1
News Analysis | 11/13/2018

UK-based operator has created a separate towers company in Europe and says it is now reviewing options for that business.

PCCW Global: Blockchain Can Automate Inter-Carrier Connections
LRTV Interviews | 11/13/2018

Service interconnection is changing, requiring automation to handle commercial agreements at scale and blockchain can enable that, says Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global.

ACA Calls for Comcast Antitrust Investigation & Trump Weighs In
News Analysis | 11/12/2018

Comcast says ACA's call for an antitrust investigation is 'without merit' and 'inappropriate attempt' to gain leverage in the commercial market. The president amplifies the ACA's message.

Intel Says Its 5G Chips Will Be in Commercial Devices in Early 2020
News Analysis | 11/12/2018

Intel trails Qualcomm by about a year for commercial 5G launches using its silicon.

AT&T's Goodell: MEF Moving Faster on API Solutions
LRTV Interviews | 11/12/2018

Josh Goodell, vice president of intelligent edge for AT&T, touts strong growth in SD-WAN deployment with 28,000 end points contracted thus far on a global basis.

Colt Exec Bigs Up Blockchain Benefits
LRTV Interviews | 11/12/2018

Fahim Sabir, Colt's director of architecture and development for Colt on Demand, explains how the use of blockchain can help to automate specific manual processes and save hundreds of working hours.

Three UK to Go Big on 5G for Home Broadband
News Analysis | 11/12/2018

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson aims to hoover up a big chunk of the UK broadband market with his forthcoming 5G service.

Disney Dispenses Details About Its New Streaming Service
The Bauminator | 11/12/2018

Set for a late 2019 debut, Disney+ will feature content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic and take on OTT video giants such as Netflix and Amazon.

SoftBank gets go-ahead for $21B telecom IPO
News Analysis | 11/12/2018

Japanese company takes a big step toward separating its telecom business from its investment activities.

BT Needs a Kick in the Ducts
Morris Lore | 11/12/2018

The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.

Eurobites: TIM, Huawei Combine on SD-WAN Services
News Analysis | 11/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT Global Services plans customer cull; Ooredoo does the business on network upgrades; Orange's Richard to head up GSMA; EU digital tax deal edges nearer.

Podcast: Verizon Restructures, Telcos Chase Enterprise Business & Queen Still Rocks
The Philter | 11/12/2018

5G networks are blurring the lines between what can be done on fixed and mobile networks. And, of course, Verizon and all of the companies building these networks are changing, too. We look a Verizon's recent restructuring and speculate what it might mean for the telco as 5G fever kicks into high gear.

VMs, Containers & the Lumpy Cloud Evolution
Column | 11/12/2018

Network operators will each take their own unique journey to becoming more cloud-native. This heterogeneous, 'lumpy' universe will be with us for quite a while.

'Keep Talkin' Larry' – AWS CEO Trolls Oracle's Ellison, as Amazon Dumps Oracle
News Analysis | 11/11/2018

Amazon is making good progress moving its databases from competitor Oracle's software, and AWS CEO Andy Jassy can't resist tweaking Oracle about it.

Why CommScope Wooed Arris
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

'We certainly weren't out trolling or looking' to be acquired, Arris CEO Bruce McClelland says.

Ericsson's CTO Talks Up 5G Opportunities
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

CTO says Erisson is already an early 5G leader, 'in technical terms.'

OTT-TV Gains Slow to a Crawl in Q3, but Cord-Cutting Does Not – Analyst
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

Losses of 'traditional' US pay-TV subs accelerated to 1.12 million in Q3 2018, widening from 870,000 a year earlier.

Microsoft Scores Another Retail Win, Taking Gap to the Cloud
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

Gap Inc. is moving its 3,100 stores and other channels to the Microsoft cloud, including Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic, as well as mobile and other channels.

Liberty Global's Cloud Network Strategy Explained
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2018

Liberty Global's director of Strategy Roadmap & Innovation, Chris Aspell, explains how the cable giant's network will evolve to a more cloud-based architecture in the coming years.

CenturyLink's Dugan: On-Demand Services Critical to Telco's Future
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2018

CenturyLink is moving to 'as-a-service' model to support enterprise use of multiple cloud platforms, says Andrew Dugan, who is now the carrier's CTO.

Eurobites: Swisscom Bangs Its 5G Cowbell
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor tests 5G in Norway; former Orange man joins Vodafone board; China's Xiaomi enters UK; Telefónica offloads insurance arm.

WiCipedia: All-Female Boards, Google 'Utterly Unprepared' & Insecure Men
WiCipedia | 11/9/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Pro-life hackers; Google under pressure; all-female boards; and more.

Cisco & Amazon Bring Public Cloud On-Prem
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

Cisco has deals with all the major cloud providers now, building its multicloud vision for enterprises.

Loss-Making Telecom Italia Casts Doubt Over Debt Target
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

Italian telecom incumbent swings to a net loss after conditions worsen in Italy and indicates that its debt-reduction targets look doubtful.

Breznick Digs Into Europe's Cable Trends
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2018

LR's Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick explains how Europe and North America are not in sync when it comes to DOCSIS 3.1 and Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) developments and looks at how 5G is shaping MSO mindsets.

VMware Swings to Kubernetes
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

With the acquisition of Kubernetes startup Heptio, VMware takes a careful step navigating the delicate transition to cloud and open source without alienating its existing customers.

Is Arris the Answer to CommScope's Pain?
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Arris deal presented 'best path' after CommScope analyzed how to rejuvenate its business and shore up its positioning for the 5G era, CEO says.

Comcast Vetting Video Streaming Box for Broadband-Only Subs
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Tests centered on X1-powered device with voice remote capability will integrate Netflix and other OTT content, provide customers an upgrade path to Comcast's pay-TV bundles.

Entering the Era of Cloud TV
LRTV Interviews | 11/8/2018

Midia Research's Paolo Pescatore talks about the advent of cloud TV services and assesses the impact of 5G's arrival on the cable operator community. And drinks beer.

Faster Mobile Will Not Justify €2.4B 5G Spectrum Fee, Says Telecom Italia Exec
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Despite his high-speed name, Telecom Italia's Giuseppe Ferraris is concerned about any 5G business case based entirely on providing faster mobile connectivity to consumers.

Spectrum: SD-WAN Is Coming Soon, but It's Complicated
LRTV Interviews | 11/8/2018

Satya Parimi of Spectrum Enterprise, says managed SD-WAN services are coming shortly following trials that revealed the complexity of deploying this new service.

Telefónica's 'Pre-Crime' Unit Is Fighting Hurricanes & Sloppy Workmen
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

The Spanish operator is using data and sophisticated algorithms to predict when hurricanes and careless roadworkers could strike.

CommScope Puts Up $7.4B for Arris
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

They expect the merger, valuing Arris at $31.75 per share with an eye fixed on the 5G era, to produce annual cost synergies of more than $150 million within three years.

Eurobites: US Unit Continues to Power Deutsche Telekom Growth
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON blown off course by currency fluctuations; Orange launches LTE-M network in France; Virgin Media adds units; O2 goes driverless; smart speakers don't speak Finnish.

Microsoft Beats Amazon & Google for Network Reliability – Research
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Microsoft Azure tops Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services in providing predicable latency, packet loss and jitter, according to network monitoring company ThousandEyes.

Vodafone's Sanches on Cloud TV
LRTV Interviews | 11/8/2018

Vodafone's group head of fixed development, Nuno Sanches, explains how the operator has adopted an OTT, cloud-based approach to its TV services strategy.

Emboldened Ericsson Lifts Sales Target
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Swedish equipment vendor raises sales targets in expectation of market share gains, improved conditions in the networks industry and a push into non-telecom sectors.

The Cloud Sets Clear Vision for Vodafone's TV Strategy
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Vodafone's Nuno Sanches says focus on a cloud-powered, OTT-centric approach to pay-TV bridges Vodafone's disparate fixed networks in Europe and establishes the foundation for a scalable, feature-rich service.

Apple Isn't Talking Settlement Over Qualcomm Case – Report
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

The iPhone licensing battle between Apple and former modem supplier Qualcomm rolls on.

New Website Promotes Automation, Announces First Partnership
Column | 11/7/2018

Recognizing that service providers are heeding the hue and cry to automate or die, Light Reading has created a new online marketplace, Automation Exchange.

Public Safety Agencies Exhorted to Embrace Cloud
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Public safety expert tells conference there's no reason agencies can't be 'mobile-first' and consume as-a-service apps immediately to save more lives.

What's Hot in Software-Defined Operations?
LRTV Interviews | 11/7/2018

Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw highlights the key debate topics from the Software Defined Operations & the Autonomous Network event in London, including the data analytics challenge in a 5G world and how service assurance appears to still be an afterthought in virtualization strategies.

BT's McRae: Vendors Need to Support Automation or They're Out
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Vendors that want to get their technology deployed in BT's network will need to prove to the operator's chief architect that they can support his automation plans, he tells the Light Reading event audience.

Key Takeaways From Cable Next-Gen Europe
LRTV Interviews | 11/7/2018

Light Reading cable guru Jeff Baumgartner highlights some of the key takeaways from the inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe, noting how the region's operators are taking different routes with their network strategies and digging into the impact that 5G will have on the sector.

Banning Huawei From UK Could Drive Up Consumer Prices, Warns Three CEO
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Having chosen Huawei to supply its 5G radio access network, Three would be hard hit by a UK government ban on the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: EU Makes Life Awkward for OTT Video Crew
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU approves Disney-Fox deal; Nokia helps create private LTE network for BMW in China, gets cozy with Infosys; Hyperoptic attracts Middle Eastern money; Three UK trumpets 5G progress.

Nokia Reveals Future X Network Project
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Nokia and Bell Labs have big plans for the future of IoT.

CommScope, Arris Nearing $5.6B Deal – Report
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

A deal would value Arris at more than $31 per share, CNBC says.

Nokia Pockets €2B From China 5G Deals
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

Deals with China's big three operators should buoy investor spirits as the Finnish equipment vendor looks to end 2018 on a high.

CenturyLink Switches CTOs
The Philter | 11/6/2018

CenturyLink has confirmed that the former Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan will be the carrier's new technology boss. Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink's CTO since 2014, is leaving the company.

Sierra Wireless Has First CBRS Module Approved by FCC
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Sierra Wireless gets first CBRS module approved by FCC, paving the way for private LTE networks.

CityFibre's CEO Courts Cable
LRTV Interviews | 11/6/2018

Greg Mesch, founder and CEO at CityFibre, explains why wholesale fiber networks are relevant to cable operators, offering them a new network asset option outside their existing coverage areas.

Consumer Broadband Focus Shifts From Big Billboard Speeds to a Broader, Whole-Home Experience
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Whole-home device and software setups have become a critical, new weapon in broadband service arsenals.

CityFibre Model Heading to US, Says CEO
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Investors in the US are queuing up to fund wholesale fiber specialists with nationwide plans, according to CityFibre boss Greg Mesch.

Podcast: Agile IT & the Rush Toward Digital Transformation - Sponsored by SAP
Scott Ferguson | 11/6/2018

For the last several years, CIOs and IT professionals have been wrestling with two specific issues as they work toward a cloud-centric future: Agile IT and the rush toward digital transformation. While enterprises want to keep innovating, finding a starting point and knowing which projects to tackle first remain a major obstacle.

To get a better handle on Agile IT and digital transformation, Light Reading Managing Editor Scott Ferguson recently spoke to two experts in these fields: Dan Kearnan, senior director of marketing for cloud at SAP, and Roy Illsley, a distinguished analyst with Ovum.

Budgets Lag Despite CSP Concern Over Network Security
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/6/2018

Most communications service providers (CSPs) surveyed for this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) report feel they are on track with network security planning, but more than 80% of respondents worry about future technology being used to launch complex attack vectors.

Will Hong Kong Make the 5G Deadline?
LRTV Documentaries | 11/6/2018

Tien Fu, senior creative video producer at Light Reading, travels to Hong Kong to talk about 5G, take stock of its awesome telecom achievements, ask whether Hong Kong is as 5G-ready as it could be, and take a look at the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world.

UK Govt Warns Telcos on Choice of 5G Vendors
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

UK government review and letter stoke concern about reliance on China's Huawei in the country's telecom networks, according to a Financial Times report.

Eurobites: KPN lubricates Shell's industrial processes with a squirt of 5G
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia clears out of Kazakhstan; Openreach brings fiber to Nottingham and Belfast; EU divided over digital services tax.

Microsoft & Walmart Heat Up Amazon War
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

The two companies are collaborating in a 'cloud factory' in Austin, Texas, to migrate thousands of Walmart apps to the Microsoft Azure cloud. And that's just the beginning.

Altice USA Downplays Verizon's 5G Broadband Threat
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Cable op doesn't view 5G as a credible substitution of its own fixed-line broadband product, CEO Dexter Goei says.

US Supremes Won't Hear Appeal of FCC's 2015 Net Neutrality Order
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

Ajit Pai-led FCC rolled back the Tom Wheeler-era 2015 rules with the more recent Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which took effect in June.

Verizon Restructures in Bid for 5G Growth
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

US telco giant has gone in for some organizational slicing as it tries to position itself for growth opportunities in the 5G market.

What's Cable's Tech Game Plan in Europe?
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

Bracing for 5G, network upgrades and enhancements, and pay-TV's next chapter will be among the themes and topics for Tuesday's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in London.

How Red Hat Could Give IBM's Telco Strategy a New Lease of Life
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

With telco cloud and open source developments playing a key role in network operator strategies, Red Hat's acquisition could bolster IBM's opportunities with communications service provider customers.

BT's Jansen: We Need to Talk About Openreach
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

Figuring out what to do about the access infrastructure part of BT may be the biggest challenge that faces its next CEO.

China Mobile Takes Global Broadband Crown
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

The world's biggest mobile operator is now also its biggest provider of broadband services.

Eurobites: US lawsuit alleges corruption at Iraq's Korek Telecom
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hyperoptic extends Thurrock network; Synamedia appoints new CFO; streaming VoD turns into a torrent.

How CSPs Can Thrive in the 'Digital Darwinism' Era
Column | 11/5/2018

Why CSPs should adopt an omni-channel approach to improve the customer experience and regain their competitive advantage

Making Smart Cities Smarter
LRTV Documentaries | 11/5/2018

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta last week, Arris and its partners demonstrated how fast broadband links can enable a growing array of smart-city applications.

Dish-HBO Carriage Spat Could Have Big Carryover
News Analysis | 11/2/2018

HBO's first-ever blackout with a pay-TV distributor surfaces as DoJ tries to block AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Zoom: 'Almost 100%' of Product Line Hit by Tariffs
News Analysis | 11/2/2018

With a tariff increase on the horizon, the Boston-based maker of cable modems and gateways looks to move production out of China, raise product prices.

Apple's Planned Cover-Up Meets Backlash
News Analysis | 11/2/2018

The Cupertino King has been increasing prices to offset a slowdown in unit sales. But it doesn't want you to know about it.

Eurobites: Ofcom Starts Work on Opening Up BT's Poles & Ducts
News Analysis | 11/2/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Safaricom comes on strong; Sweden approves Tele2/Com Hem deal; Spotify shares slump on margin-shaving plans; inventor of web says 'careful now.'

WiCipedia: Doubling Down on Diversity & Google's Payoff Scandal
WiCipedia | 11/2/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Latinx women lag in VC funding; Google pays off its bad boys; glass cliffs are the new glass ceilings; and more.

Verizon Bundles Amazon Prime to Pump 1-Gig Fios
The Bauminator | 11/1/2018

OTT video-focused promotion enters fray as Verizon sees an increase in broadband-only subs in the Fios services mix.

RAD: uCPE Is Gateway to IT Service Revenues
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

Service providers need to broaden their view of what uCPE can offer to include not just VNFs but virtual functions that support basic IT.

You Suck, Ofcom CTO Tells WiFi Industry
Morris Lore | 11/1/2018

Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.

Former Time Warner Cable Exec Joins T-Mobile's Home & Entertainment Unit
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

Chris Cholas, also late of Intel, named VP of hardware, firmware and special projects.

Comcast's O'Toole: SDN Stands Up to the 'Tyranny of the Boxes'
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

Moving from legacy technologies like MPLS won't happen overnight, and operators need to find a way for legacy and new technologies to coexist in a hybrid WAN environment, said Comcast's Kevin O'Toole.

Eurobites: Ericsson Taps WNC for 5G Hotspot Devices
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three UK uses carrier aggregation; Swisscom struggles on home turf; Nordic bigwigs get serious about sustainability; US slams UK tax plan.

HPE's 'Spaceborne' Computer Gets Down to Business in Earth Orbit
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

The International Space Station's onboard computer will start chewing on real scientific data, after a year running test suites and benchmarks.

The Open Source Revolution Is Over – the Revolutionaries Won
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

Microsoft's $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition and IBM's $34 billion purchase of Red Hat mark the final end of open source's outlaw period. Light Reading looks at how open source went mainstream, and what the revolution means for business.

BT Cuts 2K Jobs to Boost Profits as Sales Dip
News Analysis | 11/1/2018

UK telecom incumbent says job cuts are starting to support growth in earnings, but its sales performance remains dire outside the consumer business.

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