Maintaining visibility into the network is among the challenges faced as processing and compute creeps toward smaller and more numerous facilities and out to the CPE.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the smell of 5G; augmenting the grim reality of Michael Bublé; Ericsson and Qualcomm claim 28GHz band breakthrough.
Ciena has been riding high in India's optical equipment market, but a wave of consolidation and government steps to bring manufacturing back home could make life difficult in the months ahead.
Updated LED street lighting will be a harbinger of smart cities in the US, says AT&T GM Zeto.
5G is bringing the industry a new mechanism for delivering services, said Jonathan Davidson, Cisco's new service provider boss. In the run-up to 5G, Davidson said Cisco is helping enterprises partner with service providers to deliver application services with just the right level of policy and security. He also updates us on Cisco's role in building out T-Mobile's virtual packet core in preparation for 5G.
To really get the benefits of the applications that are possible in a 5G world, the industry first needs to transition to software-defined testing and assurance solutions that are flexible and efficient.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson takes NB-IoT to the max in Oz; cybersecurity laggards get left behind; is Gavin's potential BT successor gorgeous enough?
Vodafone has finally launched an NB-IoT network in the UK and is carrying out trials with energy provider Scottish Power.
Light Reading's dynamic trio wind down from the NFV & Carrier SDN event by answering the question: Which wines pair with telecom acronyms?
Telefónica's Antonio Elizondo says its common information model and orchestration layer will enable network slicing for 5G.
Telcos are referencing NFV less these days and are talking more about cloud-native functions. But what's the difference, and why are cloud-native applications any better?
At MWCA earlier this month, Ericsson North America CEO Niklas Heuveldop discussed Ericsson's market advantage in securing 5G wins in North America and said the industrial IoT space could open up new opportunities in the enterprise in the coming months.
Ericsson's Keith Shank gives us a quick tour of the vendor's sprawling stand at Mobile World Congress Americas, including a look at new medical device applications, city infrastructure and a holographic 'phone' call.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Mobolize gets mobilized in Europe; Tele2 trumpets new IoT platform; Deutsche Telekom shares cybersecurity know-how with Germany army.
Nokia's head of North America, Rick Corker, gives us an update on the vendor's technical achievements in 5G, its announced wins with carriers and why the North American market is going to be so challenging and competitive as these networks roll out.
AT&T is replacing Ericsson with Nokia and Samsung as it rolls out a 5G network, according to Michael Genovese of MKM Partners.
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.
We took a quick walk around the Nokia stand at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month and enjoyed some virtual reality pitches, lessons in network demand forecasting and a discussion of decomposing network functions (I think).
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia tees up 5G test network in Estonia; Vodafone brings Juniper into its SD-WAN fold; new blood for Ofcom.
Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.
OTT has changed everything and now 5G is on the way. How can cable operators stay ahead?
MetroPCS will become 'Metro by T-Mobile' in October.
Italy's ongoing 5G auction has already raised €2 billion more than its government was expecting. For telcos that had flagged concern about license costs, that is a troubling development.
The 5G Transport event will examine how packet/optical networking, edge data centers and distributed cloud platforms can combine to support the new 5G RAN and core architecture, and the many new service types associated with 5G.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telit seeks new CEO; DT embraces robots; new book sheds light on Nokia woes.
How to solve mobile video's worst problem.
Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.
Demonstrated with gusto at Vodafone's headquarters this week, holographic calling might just be the killer application that 5G craves.
Glenn Lurie, CEO of software platform provider Synchronoss Technologies, has his work cut out for him. He's helping carriers navigate several possible growth opportunities, like IoT, messaging and personal cloud services. Check out this interview where Lurie discusses the company's newest partnership with AT&T and new proof-of-concept with a blockchain-based mobile payments service.
In response to the merger opposition, they claim that the sum of a combined 5G network will be greater than their individual parts.
UK mobile operator plans a 5G launch in cities and rural areas next year and aims to have 1,000 5G sites in operation by 2020.
As Sprint upgrades its network to handle more capacity for LTE, it is deploying massive MIMO antennas that provide the carrier a software-upgradable path to 5G services. Sprint's VP of Technology Ron Marquardt fills us in on the very latest, including a bit about why Sprint can use normal form-factor handsets for its network when 5G arrives.
Now 32 years old, the satellite operator reckons it is poised for lift-off in markets where terrestrial technologies simply do not measure up.
Heavy Reading's Gabe Brown and Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson discuss Boingo's view of CBRS spectrum and why the opportunities are great because a whole ecosystem of companies can participate in shared spectrum offerings.
Distinct strategies amongst carriers are emerging as operators rush to roll out 5G in the US.
Virtual MVPD market is booming, taking industry watchers by surprise.
It's buzzword bingo on the pod this week, so pencils at the ready...
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS majors in multicloud; TE Connectivity sells subsea unit; Telefónica goes 200GigE roaming.
LR checks out Sprint's 5G deployment plans in LA.
Today's close of its merger with Cross River Fiber marks entry into new markets, but that growth is expected to continue, both in buildout and buy scenarios, says the CEO.
Chinese vendor fails to make 5G inroads with SK Telecom, but a reliable source plays down security concerns and points out that Huawei has not previously worked with the South Korean telco.
Vendor launches Contrail Edge Cloud, bringing a multicloud platform to the network's edge for 5G and much more and claiming a performance advantage in a small package.
India's Department of Telecoms has reportedly excluded Chinese vendors from a list of companies invited to participate in the development of 5G use cases.
Still weary from walking in LA, Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Dan Jones look straight into 5G and offer an artistic interpretation of carrier deployment strategies.
FCC filings shed light on mix of initial deployment proposals targeting the emerging, shared 3.5GHz band.
Italy's auction of 700MHz spectrum has raised €2 billion, with Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Iliad picking up the valuable concessions.
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs media conference, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge says 5G fixed-wireless networks won't be able to match cable's planned 10-Gig symmetrical speeds or economics.
New initiative at test system specialist aims at making company more of strategic partner, while promising to make 5G rollouts more cost-effective and faster.
Metamako deal brings FPGA networking technology and with founders who have backgrounds in ultra-low latency hardware, software and algorithmic trading.
Deutsche Telekom lashes out at regulatory objections to the proposed deal and says the combined entity would bring 5G to the Netherlands much faster.
Phil Harvey, Gabriel Brown and Mitch Wagner bring you the truth about 5G from downtown LA.
Users initially won't be able to install fixed 5G services themselves, but despite the additional cost to Verizon of professional installation, the move makes sense.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia shows off 8K UHD streaming over 5G; BT gives container port added backbone; 5G goes into the woods.
Bill Stone, Verizon's VP of Technology Development & Planning, said the carrier's 5G Home launch is a huge step forward for the industry as it shows 5G's potential – and Verizon's advantage in having fiber, wireless and mass market service experience.
UWB has a long history as a wireless term.
The US will lose 5G leadership if the Sprint-T-Mobile merger fails, says Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure. Everybody panic!
Need for federal rules is 'pressing,' particularly around privacy laws, as individual states continue to plow ahead with their own rules, Randall Stephenson says.
The challenge facing network operators with long-term 5G ambitions is enormous from a technology, skills and financial perspective – sharing the load will be essential.
Comcast CEO talks up 'Broadband 2.0' initiative that focuses on capacity, coverage and service management.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's 'Gigafast' broadband is switched on in Milton Keynes; Orange and Huawei trial 5G in Poland; Ofcom nabs BT boffin.
When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.
FCC says it needs more time to check the pair's updated networking plans.
'5G Home' will deliver fixed 300Mbit/s residential broadband service in parts of four markets this year, using Verizon's home-brewed 5G spec.
US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.
The initial round of bidding hits the government target for auction proceeds, with operators able to increase their offers on September 13.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France-IX partners up for cybersecurity; Sky invests in content management startup; Nokia demos 5G NR with Sprint.
This week: M&A action; the 5G jigsaw puzzle; and Huaweiphobia.
Round led by new investor, Third Point Ventures, includes other newbies such as Battery Ventures and Samsung NEXT, and existing funders Softbank and Dell Technologies Capital
Cisco announces a stronger, better, faster version of its edge routing platform, the ASR 9000 series and, in doing so, reminds us that there's a lot at stake with the arrival of 5G networks.
AT&T names all 12 5G cities for 2018, reveals vendors, and plots 5G for 2019.
As part of Linux Foundation's new Deep Learning Foundation, it's casting a broader net and has greater ambitions to create an AI platform and a distributed marketplace of apps.
Boss of Verizon's Oath division is quitting after the operator decides to integrate it with the telecom business instead of running it as a standalone unit, according to reports.
Tractica forecasts a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for edge computing that supports AI applications. But will all that go away when 5G networks arrive?
AI and machine learning are essential to scaling the deployment and configuration of the exploding numbers of cellsites needed for 5G, says Mazin Gilbert in the first of a two-part series.
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about some of the challenges, such as power management, that will arise as 5G networks are deployed, and suggests that AI and analytics tools will be needed to help automate an increasing number of operational processes in a 5G world.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU approves Apple's acquisition of Shazam; Deutsche Telekom's data fortress; streaming piracy plagues soccer World Cup.
But exec sees some 'edge use cases' where 5G will make more sense than wired connections.
Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.
Boring ol' terminals are ready to make the leap into the next generation.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vivendi slams Elliott's management of Telecom Italia; CityFibre goes with Calix for SDN bells and whistles; Deutsche Telekom gets biometric.
While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.
5G looks to be much more than just a way to deliver faster wireless access… it could lead to a new way of designing, deploying and operating communication networks.
Do not fear the data flood, was the message from Turkcell boss Kaan Terzioglu at Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum in Munich this week.
Swedish equipment vendor prefers the alternatives to a couple of long-standing partners in a 5G setting, and adds new features to its '5G-ready' baseband platform.
Ambitious project promises global core and operating system that will support IoT on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G.
Claims its 5G network, aided by Sprint merger, will also enable T-Mobile to pitch an in-home TV/broadband bundle.
Returning to its roots as a software company, F5 aims to aid service providers with virtualization and delivering enterprise applications anywhere.
Ericsson acquired a minority stake in automation expert CENX in 2012 and now will add the vendor-neutral service assurance specialist's technology to its own network automation and orchestration efforts.
French telco will issue a request for proposal for 5G equipment before the year is through, and says ONAP support and automation will be key requirements.
While more locations – perhaps orders of magnitude more – presumably mean better service performance, it also means more devices that someone needs to install, monitor, maintain and troubleshoot.
French operator turns its attention to more lucrative segments of the market as rivals fight back on low-cost deals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fever sweeps Switzerland, Italy and the UK; Elisa spies Chinese TV opportunity; Agama targets OTT providers.
Verizon gives Light Reading a taste of some upcoming 5G apps.
At the Operations Transformation Forum 2018, operators and industry experts explained how the shift to digital platforms and new operations processes are essential for 5G.