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The Network's Edge Is Being Redefined
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

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.

Eurobites: Telenor Takes NB-IoT Nationwide in Norway
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

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's CTO on Optical Success in India
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

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.

AT&T's Zeto on Smart Cities: Let There Be Light
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Updated LED street lighting will be a harbinger of smart cities in the US, says AT&T GM Zeto.

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson: 5G's Software & Enterprise Networking Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 9/27/2018

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.

Lifecycle Test, Assurance of 5G Vital to Its Success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/27/2018

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.

Eurobites: Ooredoo Takes 5G for a Ride in Self-Flying Car. Seriously.
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

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 Brings NB-IoT to UK, Starts Trial With Scottish Power
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Vodafone has finally launched an NB-IoT network in the UK and is carrying out trials with energy provider Scottish Power.

NFV & SDN Event Wines Down in Denver
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

Light Reading's dynamic trio wind down from the NFV & Carrier SDN event by answering the question: Which wines pair with telecom acronyms?

Telefónica: OSM Paves the Way for Network Slicing
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

Telefónica's Antonio Elizondo says its common information model and orchestration layer will enable network slicing for 5G.

NFV 1.0 Is Passé; Cloud Native Is Coming
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

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?

Ericsson's 5G Success Started by 'Doubling Down' on R&D
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

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.

MWCA 2018: Ericsson Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries | 9/26/2018

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.

Eurobites: Italy's 5G Auction Crosses €5B Mark
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

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.

Is Nokia Ready for 5G in North America?
LRTV Interviews | 9/25/2018

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.

Nokia, Samsung Are Beating Ericsson in 5G Sales to AT&T, Says Analyst
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

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 Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight | 9/25/2018

Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.

MWCA 2018: Nokia Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries | 9/25/2018

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).

Eurobites: TIM, Fastweb Fire Up 5G With Help From Huawei
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

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.

Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/25/2018

Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.

Future State for MSOs: Ready or Not?
Column | 9/25/2018

OTT has changed everything and now 5G is on the way. How can cable operators stay ahead?

T-Mobile Rebrands MetroPCS
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

MetroPCS will become 'Metro by T-Mobile' in October.

Italy 5G Auction Bids Top €4.4B in Worrying Sign for Telcos
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

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.

5G Transport Gets a Reboot in NY
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/24/2018

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.

Eurobites: WIG Raises £220M for Fiber, Small Cells Expansion
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telit seeks new CEO; DT embraces robots; new book sheds light on Nokia woes.

Battling Startup Video Buffering
Column | 9/24/2018

How to solve mobile video's worst problem.

The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
Slide Shows | 9/24/2018

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.

Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?
News Analysis | 9/21/2018

Demonstrated with gusto at Vodafone's headquarters this week, holographic calling might just be the killer application that 5G craves.

Synchronoss CEO Glenn Lurie: Delivering the New Mobile OS
CxO Spotlight | 9/21/2018

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.

T-Mobile, Sprint Vow Deal Will Spur Competition, Sharpen Nation's 5G Edge
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

In response to the merger opposition, they claim that the sum of a combined 5G network will be greater than their individual parts.

Vodafone UK: We'll Be Ready to Launch 5G in Mid-2019
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

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.

Sprint's Ron Marquardt: Massive MIMO & Sprint's 5G Advantage
LRTV Interviews | 9/20/2018

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.

How Viasat Keeps Its Satellites Flying After Others Crashed
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

Now 32 years old, the satellite operator reckons it is poised for lift-off in markets where terrestrial technologies simply do not measure up.

Boingo Wireless CTO: Better Capacity Leads to Better Services
LRTV Interviews | 9/19/2018

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.

5G in the USA: A Post-MWCA Update
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Distinct strategies amongst carriers are emerging as operators rush to roll out 5G in the US.

As Hulu Live Tops 1M Subs, Who Leads the OTT-TV Race?
The Bauminator | 9/19/2018

Virtual MVPD market is booming, taking industry watchers by surprise.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, IoT & Apple iPhone
LRTV Documentaries | 9/18/2018

It's buzzword bingo on the pod this week, so pencils at the ready...

Eurobites: Nationwide 5G Too Costly, Says German Regulator
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS majors in multicloud; TE Connectivity sells subsea unit; Telefónica goes 200GigE roaming.

Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Sprint's 5G 'Split'
Slide Shows | 9/18/2018

LR checks out Sprint's 5G deployment plans in LA.

ZenFi Not Done Expanding Yet
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

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.

No 5G Deal: Huawei Misses Out at SKT
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

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.

Juniper Unveils Major Edge Cloud Push
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

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 Joins US & Australia to Give Huawei, ZTE 5G Cold Shoulder – Reports
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

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.

MWCA Day 2 Recap: '5G' Rolls Out & We Roll On
LRTV Documentaries | 9/14/2018

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.

Who's Doing What in the CBRS Band?
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

FCC filings shed light on mix of initial deployment proposals targeting the emerging, shared 3.5GHz band.

Italy Wraps Up Sale of 700MHz Spectrum for 5G, Raises €2B
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Italy's auction of 700MHz spectrum has raised €2 billion, with Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Iliad picking up the valuable concessions.

Charter Chief Shrugs Off 5G Threat
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

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.

Spirent CEO Eric Hutchinson: Out of the Labs, Into the Boardroom
CxO Spotlight | 9/14/2018

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.

Arista Acquires Metamako to Boost Low-Latency Networking
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Metamako deal brings FPGA networking technology and with founders who have backgrounds in ultra-low latency hardware, software and algorithmic trading.

T-Mobile, Tele2 Merger in Netherlands Hits EC Opposition
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

Deutsche Telekom lashes out at regulatory objections to the proposed deal and says the combined entity would bring 5G to the Netherlands much faster.

MWCA Day 1 Recap: 5G Is Here…?
LRTV Documentaries | 9/13/2018

Phil Harvey, Gabriel Brown and Mitch Wagner bring you the truth about 5G from downtown LA.

Verizon's Stone Says Initial Fixed 5G Will Need Truck Rolls
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

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.

Eurobites: UK Vows to Keep EU Roaming Free Post Brexit
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

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.

Verizon's Bill Stone: 5G Is Really Coming Home
LRTV Interviews | 9/12/2018

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.

Hmmm, Where Have We Heard the Term 'Ultra Wideband' Before?
Jonestown | 9/12/2018

UWB has a long history as a wireless term.

Sprint's Claure: US 5G Leadership Depends on T-Mobile Merger
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

The US will lose 5G leadership if the Sprint-T-Mobile merger fails, says Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure. Everybody panic!

Congress Must Act on Network Neutrality, AT&T CEO Says
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

Need for federal rules is 'pressing,' particularly around privacy laws, as individual states continue to plow ahead with their own rules, Randall Stephenson says.

Going Solo Won't Cut It in 5G
Shades of Ray | 9/12/2018

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.

Video Playing 'Supporting Role' as Comcast Focuses on Connectivity
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

Comcast CEO talks up 'Broadband 2.0' initiative that focuses on capacity, coverage and service management.

Eurobites: Vodafone Goes Large on NB-IoT
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

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.

5G – Don’t Put It Off Till Tomorrow
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/12/2018

When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.

FCC Halts Sprint/T-Mobile M&A Review
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

FCC says it needs more time to check the pair's updated networking plans.

Verizon to Launch Fixed 5G Service on Oct. 1
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

'5G Home' will deliver fixed 300Mbit/s residential broadband service in parts of four markets this year, using Verizon's home-brewed 5G spec.

Ericsson Lands $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile Weeks After Nokia Did Same
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.

Italian Operators Bid €2.5B in 5G Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

The initial round of bidding hits the government target for auction proceeds, with operators able to increase their offers on September 13.

Eurobites: EE Preps for 5G With Spectrum Conversion
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Puzzling Times
LRTV Documentaries | 9/11/2018

This week: M&A action; the 5G jigsaw puzzle; and Huaweiphobia.

Packet Lands $25M 'B' Round Funding
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

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

Upgrades & Upheaval at the Service Provider Edge
The Philter | 9/11/2018

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 Adds New 5G Cities, Names Infrastructure Vendors
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

AT&T names all 12 5G cities for 2018, reveals vendors, and plots 5G for 2019.

Acumos Much More Than a Telcom-Focused AI Project
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

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.

Armstrong Quits Verizon as It Breaks Oath ⎼ Report
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

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.

5G Networks Will Change Computing, Processing for AI
The Philter | 9/10/2018

Tractica forecasts a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for edge computing that supports AI applications. But will all that go away when 5G networks arrive?

AT&T's Gilbert: AI Critical to 5G Infrastructure
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

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.

The Operational Challenges of 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/7/2018

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.

Eurobites: Vendors Vie for 5G Laurels Ahead of MWC Americas
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

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.

5G Speeds Can't Match DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Says
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

But exec sees some 'edge use cases' where 5G will make more sense than wired connections.

5G Is Shifting the Packet/Optical Tectonic Plates
Shades of Ray | 9/6/2018

Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.

Could 5G Revitalize the Thin Client Market?
Jonestown | 9/6/2018

Boring ol' terminals are ready to make the leap into the next generation.

Eurobites: Telia Fires Up 5G in Helsinki
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

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.

Unicom, Telecom Merger: A 5G Bull in a China Shop
Morris Lore | 9/5/2018

While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.

5G – Gee Whiz or G-Force?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/5/2018

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.

Turkcell Boss Sets Out Winning Digital Playbook
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Do not fear the data flood, was the message from Turkcell boss Kaan Terzioglu at Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum in Munich this week.

Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

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.

Sprint & Ericsson to Develop Global IoT Core, OS Platform
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Ambitious project promises global core and operating system that will support IoT on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G.

T-Mobile Forming 'Wireless First' TV Strategy
The Bauminator | 9/4/2018

Claims its 5G network, aided by Sprint merger, will also enable T-Mobile to pitch an in-home TV/broadband bundle.

Feger: F5 Seeks a Bigger Service Provider Play
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Returning to its roots as a software company, F5 aims to aid service providers with virtualization and delivering enterprise applications anywhere.

Ericsson Adds Automation Smarts With CENX Acquisition
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

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.

Orange Plans '5G Plus Automation' RFP This Year
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

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.

Operations at the Edge: More Locations, More Problems
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2018

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.

Iliad 'Disappointed' by H1 Customer Losses
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

French operator turns its attention to more lucrative segments of the market as rivals fight back on low-cost deals.

Eurobites: Svendsen Quits Telenor Norway, Prompts Reshuffle
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

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 Shows the Shape of 5G to Come
News Analysis | 9/3/2018

Verizon gives Light Reading a taste of some upcoming 5G apps.

Huawei's OTF 2018: Time to Go Digital
Slide Shows | 9/3/2018

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.

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