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The New Infinera Is Already on Edge
The Philter | 10/1/2018

Infinera closed its acquisition of Coriant today, creating one of the world's largest optical networking providers with 600 customers around the world. But talk of a major account challenge mounted by Ciena sent the company's stock tumbling more than 15%.

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.

Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight | 8/16/2018

One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive - and a company - that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.

Infinera, Coriant Hear a $430M Siren Song of Synergy
News Analysis | 7/23/2018

Infinera has offered to acquire Coriant for $430 million in cash and stock but the deal is truly complementary, not just a cost-cutting exercise, both companies say.

Ciena CTO: Next Optical Transport Leap Rides on Analytics & Network Intelligence
CxO Spotlight | 6/27/2018

Ciena's Steve Alexander explains Ciena's strategy for injecting analytics and intelligence into the network, why the company acquired Packet Design and why Ciena is setting its sights on the Indian and Asian markets.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative Automation Strategy
News Analysis | 5/9/2018

The shortlist for most innovative automation strategy features six very strong entries from some of the world's biggest operators.

Virtualization Is Kicking Juniper in the Berries
News Analysis | 5/2/2018

The transition to white box networking could be especially painful for Juniper.

Juniper Reports 11% Revenue Drop, but No Surprises
News Analysis | 5/1/2018

As its self-driving network story takes hold, networking vendor Juniper's stock performance earned it a 'sell' rating from at least one big Wall Street analyst.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Communications Technology Vision
News Analysis | 5/1/2018

Apstra, Cohere and Juniper are the shortlisted candidates for the outstanding communications technology vision award.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy
News Analysis | 4/30/2018

Boingo Wireless and Comcast Business make the shortlist for our NFV deployment strategy award.

Nokia Tumbles on Weak Results, Insists Good 5G Times Lie Ahead
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Finnish vendor insists the second half of 2018 will be much better than the first half as customers start to invest in long-awaited 5G networks.

Nokia Seizes Open RAN Initiative as Ericsson Holds Back
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

The Swedish vendor seems to have a bigger problem with openness than its Finnish rival.

SDN Is Hype & NFV a Faux Pas – Telecom Panel
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

A group of telecom executives at this week's Paris tradeshow deliver a critical assessment of SDN and NFV.

Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Results from the Chinese equipment giant show how difficult it will be for Ericsson and Nokia to mount an effective challenge.

Cisco Bows to Carrier Demand for Software Outside the Box
News Analysis | 3/29/2018

In a radical move, the world's biggest maker of Internet switches and routers will start selling its service provider software on a standalone basis.

Telefónica in edge talks with Amazon Greengrass
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

Spanish operator reveals it has been in discussions with Amazon about a new project to automate its central offices and give them more processing capabilities.

3GPP Preps Machine Learning in 5G Core
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

The standards group is working on a function that could help operators to monitor network slicing and application performance.

Telefónica to Hit Gas on Automation With 5G Rollout
News Analysis | 3/21/2018

Spanish operator outlines plans to ramp up investments in artificial intelligence while blasting vendors for continuing to develop 'closed' technologies.

Is vRAN Still Too Hot to Handle?
News Analysis | 3/21/2018

The industry needs to work on persuading operators that virtualizing the radio access network is manageable and beneficial.

Is Orange's New Deputy CEO the NFV Champion It Needs?
News Analysis | 3/6/2018

This week named Orange's deputy CEO, Laurent Paillassot has pioneered the rollout of NFV technology at Orange Spain.

DT Demands Automation, Cloud Tech From Pan-Net Suppliers
News Analysis | 3/6/2018

Automation, interoperability and standardization are among the German operator's demands as it continues to work on its pan-net transformation.

Downsizing Telenor Pins Margin Hopes on Automation
News Analysis | 3/1/2018

The Norwegian telecom incumbent sheds further light on how automation and AI could help it to slash headcount and reduce costs.

Humans Beware: Ericsson Readies Machines to Run the Network
News Analysis | 2/26/2018

Swedish vendor is set to launch a handful of 'machine intelligence' products at this week's MWC and says 15 major operators are interested in its AI goodies.

Orange's 5G Plan: Definitely, Maybe
News Analysis | 2/12/2018

France's biggest service provider is preparing to roll out 5G networks despite the uncertainties it faces.

Orange Spain CEO Puts 5G Squeeze on Ericsson, Nokia
News Analysis | 2/6/2018

The head of Orange Spain sees no short-term need to blanket his market with 5G networks and wants to 'break' the business model of Ericsson and Huawei.

TMF rethinks B/OSS with ODA, but will industry care?
News Analysis | 2/6/2018

The standards body has come up with a new architectural framework for a more digital and real-time back office.

ZTE Hails Return to Profitability, Ramps 5G Investment
News Analysis | 2/2/2018

Chinese vendor manages sales growth in 2017 despite challenging market conditions and plots a boost to its 5G R&D investments.

Nokia Outperforms Ericsson in Mobile but Sees Margin Pressure
News Analysis | 2/1/2018

Finnish vendor ends 2017 on a relative high note but says conditions will remain tough in 2018 and that margins will be under pressure.

Ericsson Stuck in Loss-Making Rut, Offloads Majority Stake in Media Unit
News Analysis | 1/31/2018

Shares in Swedish vendor sink after results miss analyst estimates and amid disquiet about strategic backtracking and management changes.

India's RJio Plots Open Source Disruption
News Analysis | 1/31/2018

India's aggressive new entrant hopes to position itself as digital service provider, not merely a telco.

Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
Morris Lore | 1/30/2018

Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?

Don't Expect 5G Deals, Orange Tells Usual Suppliers
News Analysis | 1/25/2018

French telecom incumbent says existing suppliers should not expect to land all of the 5G business and plays down any likelihood of rapid 5G rollout.

Ericsson Lurches to $1.8B Write-Down
News Analysis | 1/16/2018

Latest financial setback will chew into operating income and could have implications for profitability targets.

Automation: Hot Topics & Groups to Watch
News Analysis | 1/12/2018

Automation is nothing new. So why is it such a big issue for telcos at the start of this year?

MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore | 1/10/2018

Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.

Ribbon Cuts Ties With Ray Dolan, Names New CEO
News Analysis | 12/14/2017

Ribbon, the newly named mash-up of Sonus and Genband, cuts ties with ex-Sonus boss Dolan and names Fritz Hobbs its new president and CEO.

Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018
News Analysis | 12/12/2017

What does 2018 hold in store for the telecom sector? We asked our own editors and analysts, and gathered up a few third-party forecasts as well.

Orange Capex to Peak at €7.4B in 2018
News Analysis | 12/7/2017

French telecom incumbent says capital expenditure will reach a peak next year before starting to decline in 2019.

Telecom Industry Falling Short on 5G Architecture Challenges – HR Analyst
News Analysis | 12/6/2017

Operators may have to look beyond traditional standards bodies and vendors for answers to questions about 5G system architecture.

DT 'Cost Lag' Could Overshadow Transformation Agenda
News Analysis | 11/30/2017

Deutsche Telekom says that spending on 'transformation' is impeding its efforts to reduce costs outside the US.

India's Telecom M&A: The Threat to Vendors
News Analysis | 11/29/2017

Consolidation in India's telecom market over the last year is forcing equipment vendors to adapt.

Ericsson Hypes 5G After Telcos Slam 5G Hype
News Analysis | 11/28/2017

The latest mobility report from the Swedish equipment supplier predicts there will be 1 billion 5G connections by 2023 but does little to answer the burning telco questions.

Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Morris Lore | 11/21/2017

While vendors continue touting 5G as an opportunity to provide new revenue-generating services, operators are increasingly focused on it as an efficiency tool.

China Mobile to Deploy 10,000 5G Basestations by 2020
News Analysis | 11/17/2017

Chinese service provider expects to have a commercial 5G network comprising 10,000 basestations in the market in 2020.

DT Is Not Going Radio Gaga About 5G
News Analysis | 11/16/2017

Deutsche Telekom executive says 5G progress so far is largely about radio - and it shouldn't be.

Cisco Boosted by Rosier Outlook
News Analysis | 11/16/2017

Shares in vendor giant get a boost as the company forecasts sales growth next quarter.

Efficiency Drive by Major Telcos Has Claimed 74K Jobs Since 2015
News Analysis | 11/14/2017

Research carried out by Light Reading shows the scale of job cuts in the telecom sector during the last two years, as major telcos look to maintain sales with a smaller workforce.

ONAP Takes Flak as Telcos Prep for Release 1
News Analysis | 11/6/2017

While some telcos appear eager to get started with ONAP, others are worried about the unwieldiness of the platform.

Colt: Automation's 'Silent Killer' Is Poor Quality Data
News Analysis | 11/2/2017

Colt executive draws attention to the pitfalls of automating operations and provides an update on the UK operator's progress so far.

BT Berates Virtualization Vendors for Lack of Conformity
News Analysis | 11/1/2017

The UK operator is training staff to use data modeling languages so that it can address the lack of conformity it sees from virtualization system vendors.

Ericsson CFO: Automation Is Helping Us Cut Jobs
News Analysis | 10/20/2017

Swedish vendor is rolling out artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies in its service delivery business, which suffered hefty cuts in the recent third quarter.

Ericsson Sees Networks Progress Despite Mounting Losses
News Analysis | 10/20/2017

Swedish equipment maker draws attention to gains at its networks division but continues to face a huge turnaround challenge.

'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull
Morris Lore | 10/18/2017

As telcos try to emulate their Internet rivals, the industry looks set to set lose many of its current employees.

Verizon Lays Out Virtualization Demands
News Analysis | 10/13/2017

US operator emphasizes the need for progress in key virtualization areas to meet emerging customer demands.

Tribalism Is Rife in Telecom, Too
Morris Lore | 10/13/2017

The last thing the shrinking communications networking industry would seem to need is more working groups or associations, yet new ones are sprouting.

Orange Moves to 'Industrial' NFV Phase, Will Start in Spain
News Analysis | 10/11/2017

French telecom incumbent is ready to embark on a more widespread rollout of NFV using technology from a handful of suppliers.

Facebook's TIP to Launch AI Working Group
News Analysis | 10/11/2017

A new TIP working group will look at using machine learning and AI to improve network management.

China Unicom to Build 'Thousands' of Edge DCs
News Analysis | 10/11/2017

Chinese operator is poised to migrate to 'thousands' of edge data centers as it makes preparations for the launch of 5G.

Martiny Cocktail? DT Exec Eyes ONAP & Zero-Touch Merger
News Analysis | 10/11/2017

DT exec Klaus Martiny thinks ONAP and ETSI could be quite a mix.

Complexity Could Derail Automation, Say Telcos
News Analysis | 10/10/2017

Telcos are increasingly focused on automating their networks, but complexity represents a major challenge, said industry executives in The Hague this week.

DT: Brutal Automation Is Only Way to Succeed
News Analysis | 10/10/2017

German incumbent says its new goal is to build networks that can be managed without human intervention.

Ericsson Nominates Ronnie Leten as New Chairman
News Analysis | 10/9/2017

Nomination comes after former chairman Leif Johansson said he would not seek re-election under apparent shareholder pressure.

UK's Zeetta Eyes £125M in TIP Funding
News Analysis | 10/6/2017

Bristol-based SDN startup also gets access to BT's labs.

Nokia Lands Non-Telco SDN Deal in China
News Analysis | 10/5/2017

Finnish vendor is to supply its SDN-based virtualized services platform to China's second-largest property insurance company.

Nokia's Leprince Hails Enterprise Growth
News Analysis | 10/3/2017

Nokia's diversification into high-growth enterprise markets is starting to pay off, says the company's global services boss.

Edge Inertia Grips Telcos as Rival Interests Jockey for Position
News Analysis | 9/28/2017

Growing interest in the potential of edge computing has yet to be matched by commercial activity on the telco side. In the meantime, the Internet companies are coming.

Edge Computing Groups Wrestle With Interoperability
News Analysis | 9/27/2017

The emergence of different groups addressing the edge computing challenge has fueled concern about interoperability and whether a unified approach to edge computing will take shape.

Nokia Job Cuts in France on Hold – Report
News Analysis | 9/19/2017

Finnish vendor will meet with French government officials on October 2 to discuss job plans.

India's Airtel Calls on SKT for Tech Help
News Analysis | 9/14/2017

India's biggest service provider is looking to South Korean technology expertise to cope with the challenge from Reliance Jio.

With Automation, Openet Aims to Be Lean, Mean BSS Machine
News Analysis | 9/8/2017

Following a DevOps-driven overhaul this year, the Dublin-based software company believes economic and market realities will play into its hands.

SKT Tests Put 4G in Touching Distance of 5G
News Analysis | 9/4/2017

South Korean mobile operator claims to have cut latency on 4G networks to just two milliseconds, raising questions about the need for 5G.

As Its Roaming Empire Declines, Syniverse Gets Enterprising
News Analysis | 8/30/2017

With its roaming business in decline, Syniverse hopes investment in new digital offerings will return it to profitability.

ZTE Hires US Official to Deal With US Govt
News Analysis | 8/29/2017

Chinese vendor recruits US regulatory official to lead dealings with US government in a market that continues to restrict its activities.

ZTE Bucks Downturn but Enterprise Biz Disappoints
News Analysis | 8/25/2017

The latest figures from China's second-biggest equipment vendor show it gained momentum despite a slowdown in the market for network equipment.

The Automation Taboo: Let's Talk About Jobs
Morris Lore | 8/24/2017

For telcos, automation puts an awkward spotlight on employee value. Investors will be watching.

VEON's Digital Overhaul Much More Than Rebranding
News Analysis | 8/7/2017

The world's seventh-biggest telco by customer numbers has made a new digital platform the very centerpiece of its strategy.

Legislation Frustration Hinders DT's All-IP Migration
News Analysis | 8/4/2017

The difficulty of shifting customers onto new all-IP systems could see the German operator miss a target for broadband revenue growth.

Telefónica Plots Unica Expansion
News Analysis | 8/3/2017

The Spanish telco is opening new data center facilities and taking Unica further into its network operations.

Telefónica Warms to ONAP, Sees Merger With OSM as 'Possibility'
News Analysis | 8/2/2017

Spanish operator says it is working on aligning OSM efforts with those of ONAP and acknowledges the latter has a broader remit.

Nokia: Software Plan Already Boosting Profitability
News Analysis | 8/1/2017

Nokia's plan to develop a standalone software company shows early signs of promise.

Nokia Shames Ericsson on Profits but Sees Trouble Ahead
News Analysis | 7/27/2017

Finnish vendor smashes analyst expectations on profit performance but warns investors that its network sales will decline at a steeper rate than previously expected.

RJio Spurs Indian Interest in NFV
News Analysis | 7/19/2017

The recent market entry of RJio is putting other operators under pressure to make investments in new software and virtualization technologies.

ZTE Net Profit Up 30% in First Half
News Analysis | 7/19/2017

Chinese equipment supplier has recovered strongly from its clash with US authorities.

Brocade, Broadcom Merger in Doubt
News Analysis | 7/19/2017

Merging players have been forced to give regulatory authorities more time to review their deal amid concern about the impact the move could have on competition.

Ericsson Shares Slump on Gloomy Q2 Update
News Analysis | 7/18/2017

Swedish vendor accelerates cost-cutting activities and says conditions will be worse than previously feared as its operating margin turns negative.

T-MANO & Counting: SKT's New NFV Platform
News Analysis | 7/12/2017

South Korean telco has taken the wraps off a new MANO platform, but will it reduce complexity or add to it?

Who's Steering Vodafone's NFV Ship?
News Analysis | 7/6/2017

With Vodafone's head of network virtualization, David Amzallag, now departed, who's in charge of the operator's Ocean virtualization strategy? An import from Netcracker, Light Reading believes...

DT's Pan-Net Still at Start of the Marathon
News Analysis | 7/5/2017

Deutsche Telekom's pan-net transformation is slowly moving ahead, even if it still has a long way to go.

Ericsson Denies Ditching the Enterprise Market
News Analysis | 6/27/2017

Ericsson may have scaled back its ambitions for new opportunities outside the telecom market while it works on a turnaround at its main networks business, but it hasn't abandoned them altogether.

Ericsson Seals 4G, 5G Deal With Vodafone UK
News Analysis | 6/26/2017

Swedish vendor will upgrade Vodafone's 4G networks in southern England and provide 5G radio technology to the UK telco.

Orange-Backed Athonet Aims to Be Core Rival to Ericsson, Nokia
News Analysis | 6/20/2017

A startup backed by Orange and Facebook could pose a threat to Ericsson and Nokia in the mobile core.

Can Comcast Beat Customer Hate With a Private Cloud?
Wagner’s Ring | 6/15/2017

Comcast is looking to a private cloud based on Cloud Foundry to turn around record bad customer satisfaction scores.

How Much Will 5G Cost? No One Has a Clue
Morris Lore | 6/15/2017

Operators want 5G and they want it now, but they don't know how much it will cost or whether it will make them any money.

Nokia heralds fastest network processor ever
News Analysis | 6/14/2017

The FP4 chip and a new routing platform target big telcos and web-scale giants.

DT: 5G Network Slicing Lacks Clear Definition
News Analysis | 6/14/2017

Uwe Janssen urges operators and their customers to address confusion surrounding the definition of network slicing and gives short shrift to equipment incumbents.

Facebook's TIP Seizes vRAN Initiative From 3GPP
News Analysis | 6/13/2017

Thanks largely to a startup called Phluido, a new working group within Facebook's TIP is looking to standardize the virtualization of the radio access network.

Nokia CTO 'Not Optimistic' About 5G in Europe
News Analysis | 6/12/2017

Hossein Moiin becomes the latest industry executive to air concern about Europe's 5G lag.

Startup Could Replace Ericsson, Says Orange
News Analysis | 6/9/2017

An 11-employee startup could displace Ericsson in the RAN, says France's biggest telco.

Facebook Takes TIP in New Direction as Investors Doubt Open Source Payback
News Analysis | 6/8/2017

Social networking giant faces a backlash on its open source commitment and says it will start a new group with a RAND licensing model.

Big Names Board the ONAP Express
News Analysis | 6/8/2017

PCCW, VEON, Juniper, Red Hat and Accenture are among ONAP's new members, but it still doesn't have as many supporters as the Open Source MANO initiative.

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