News & Views Latest Content View Content By Month
Windstream CEO: We're the largest SD-WAN provider in the country
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Windstream said it now has 3,200 SD-WAN customers representing over 27,000 endpoint locations.

Bruce McClelland resurfaces as CEO of Ribbon Communications
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Former Arris and CommScope exec comes aboard following recent departure of former Ribbon CEO Fritz Hobbs and Ribbon's merger with ECI.

Orange expands uCPE suite with Dell and Ekinops
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Orange's Laurent Perrin says the uCPE is part of Orange's strategy to 'move in a new direction of merging the network and IT world.'

Eurobites: Nancy Pelosi warns Europe off Huawei
News Analysis | 2/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Egypt dons Red Hat for NFV; cable wars in Germany; ETSI launches fixed 5G group.

SD-WAN security: The impact of orchestrated services multiplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/17/2020

Providing open solutions that minimize vendor lock-in are keys to the continued growth of SD-WAN services, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Adtran takes aim at SMBs with new SD-WAN service
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The new cloud-based edge router, built on Intel's x86 architecture, is targeted at small and midsized businesses and distributed enterprises that want to migrate to SD-WAN on an open, virtualized platform.

MWC2020: AT&T, Cisco, Facebook and Sprint are latest to cancel
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.

Eurobites: Trump Blows His Top at Boris Over Huawei – Report
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up; Orange to spend €1.5 billion on retraining exercise; Cellnex boosts coverage at Etihad Stadium.

Podcast: Windstream's managed services moves
Kelsey's Grammar | 2/6/2020

This podcast examines how service providers are revamping their managed services and how Windstream is evolving from a traditional telco to a true managed services provider.

Taking the Operators' Pulse on SD-WANs: Visibility, Security & Simplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2020

Light Reading/Heavy Reading and MEF have teamed up once again to launch a global SD-WAN Strategies Survey focused specifically on the opportunities for managed SD-WAN services offered by network operators to enterprise customers.

Can 128T & SoftBank Spark a Sea Change for SD-WAN?
News Analysis | 1/28/2020

128 Technology, a startup founded by the founders and former officers of Acme Packet, aims to separate from the herd with a novel approach to SD-WAN by utilizing session-based routing.

Podcast: MNJ Technologies EVP Ben Niernberg
The Philter | 1/28/2020

A managed service provider offers thoughts on workplace collaboration and SD-WAN, two hot markets where enterprise spending is up, and the number and type of competitors is proliferating.

Arista Buys SDN Pioneer Big Switch 'For a Song' – Sources
News Analysis | 1/27/2020

Formerly glam SDN startup does the walk of shame.

Podcast: Don't Call Us an SD-WAN Provider – Cato Networks
Wagner’s Ring | 1/24/2020

Cato says simple SD-WAN doesn't cut it anymore for enterprise customers, who need SD-WAN combined with security, mobile and cloud connectivity, delivered over the cloud. It's all about a new industry buzzword: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

VMware Extends Its SD-WAN Tentacles With Nyansa Acquisition
News Analysis | 1/22/2020

VMware will acquire networking startup to extend SD-WAN optimization to the LAN, helping service providers build enterprise business.

CenturyLink Inks $1.6B Networking Deal With US Interior Department
News Analysis | 1/20/2020

SD-WAN, multicloud connectivity and security services are among the technologies CenturyLink will bring to bear for the agency's more than 65,000 employees, 280,000 volunteers and 2,400 operating locations.

flexiWAN Offers Escape From SD-WAN Black Box
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Startup flexiWAN debuts customizable, open source SD-WAN software, to give service providers an alternative to reselling the same SD-WAN services as everybody else.

Masergy Shines a Light on Shadow IT Security Threats
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Masergy's Shadow IT Discovery service tracks 4,300 SaaS applications and provides insight into the risk level these applications present to customers' network security.

SD-WAN: It's Not Just for Scrooges Anymore
News Analysis | 12/31/2019

SD-WAN has emerged as the essential glue connecting services running in the public cloud, as well as emerging 5G and Internet of Things applications.

What's Bright, Shiny & Not GEM?
Column | 12/30/2019

Cable operators are expanding their business services reach well beyond the traditional government, education and medical sectors to take in verticals like hospitality, agribusiness and even e-gaming.

Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar: SD-WAN Crosses the DIY Chasm
CxO Spotlight | 12/26/2019

Podcast: Service providers and their enterprise customers face new opportunities and challenges as SD-WAN moves from DIY to cloud service, says Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nokia's Nuage business unit.

Podcast: Orange's Samir El Rashidy on the MSI Difference
Kelsey's Grammar | 12/17/2019

Samir El Rashidy explains Multisourcing Service Integration (MSI) – Orange's approach to helping companies select and manage the right network services and technology suppliers.

How Cable Will Broaden Its Horizons for Biz Services
LRTV Interviews | 12/13/2019

David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners dives into new research that explores which new verticals, such as e-gaming and hospitality, will keep cable's business services engine humming in the years to come.

Making Virtual Business Services Real
LRTV Interviews | 12/11/2019

Charter Spectrum Enterprise's Satya Parimi discusses the cableco's rollout of SD-WAN and virtualized security services, the lessons learned and the challenges still ahead.

Silver Peak Touts SD-WAN on a Global Scale
News Analysis | 12/10/2019

New Silver Peak automation tools are designed to help enterprises – and the service providers working on their behalf – deploy networks to hundreds of thousands of locations worldwide.

Cable Sizes Up New Business Verticals & Vectors
LRTV Interviews | 12/6/2019

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner look at the future and past of cable business services.

Comcast Business Testing 'GameOn' App in Philly
News Analysis | 12/4/2019

Developed by a startup linked to the Comcast/NBCU Lift Labs incubator, an app running on a verrsion of X1 tailored for bars and restaurants enables patrons to play an interactive game based on making sports predictions.

MEF19: Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin on SD-WAN Adoption
LRTV Interviews | 11/27/2019

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin discusses new SD-WAN research he presented at MEF19 in Los Angeles, and why it's significant that cloud providers aren't part of MEF (yet).

MEF19: Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark on SD-WAN & the Edge
LRTV Interviews | 11/26/2019

Edge computing, 5G and the cloud are drivers of and enablers of multivendor SD-WAN services, said Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark, in a discussion about the progress of SD-WAN standardization.

Should SD-WAN Providers Let Enterprises Drive?
News Analysis | 11/22/2019

Many enterprise customers want to operate their own SD-WAN, but they risk driving into a ditch.

MEF 2019: Vertical Systems Group's Erin Dunne on Standards & Managed Approach to SD-WAN
LRTV Interviews | 11/21/2019

Dunne explains why enterprises are interested in utilizing managed SD-WAN services to simplify deployment and continued management of the service.

MEF19 Day 2: Are Cloudy Times on the Horizon?
LRTV Documentaries | 11/21/2019

On Day 2 of MEF19, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin highlights how MEF's carrier members are early adopters in SD-WAN. Meanwhile, Perrin, along with Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clarke discuss the implications of bringing cloud computing providers into the MEF ecosystem.

How Is Telco Transformation Like Soylent Green?
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

It's all about the people.

Carriers Fly the Flag for SD-WAN Service Specs
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

But if the industry at large supports MEF specifications and commits to certified SD-WAN services, how will service providers and vendors differentiate in an already crowded market?

Microsoft's Ortega: Office 365 Drives SD-WAN Demand
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Microsoft honcho says Office 365 transformed enterprise networks. Bold claim – but partly true.

MEF19: Frost & Sullivan's Roopa Honnachari on Hybrid Cloud & Security Trends for SD-WAN
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2019

The managed SD-WAN market is also predicted to exceed $6.5 billion by 2023 – a massive leap for such a new technology, says Honnachari.

Comcast's Victor: SD-WAN Faces 'Baskin-Robbins Problem'
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Enterprise customers struggle with too many SD-WAN choices, says Robert Victor, Comcast Business SVP of product management.

MEF Heightens SD-WAN Frenzy
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

By defining and certifying services and service providers, MEF aims to build SD-WAN's market momentum.

Aryaka Expands Its SD-WAN Arsenal
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

SD-WAN specialist launches suite of 'SmartServices' and introduces a regional connectivity option to complement its global network.

Eurobites: Nokia's 5G Juggernaut Rolls On
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange turns to Fortinet for secure SD-WAN; ADVA interconnects in Austria; UK gets new 5G working group; BT combines with NHS on blood donation.

MEF19 Preview: SD-WAN – Defined & Certified
LRTV Documentaries | 11/18/2019

Is it a pizza or a pie? Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Phil Harvey muse on fun food analogies, MEF's new SD-WAN certifications and why service providers need standards.

Podcast: Nuage CEO on the Market Impact of MEF's SD-WAN Standards
Kelsey's Grammar | 11/18/2019

Light Reading's podcast features guest Sunil Khandekar, who examines where the SD-WAN market might be headed in 2020, as well as the potential impact of standards on the market.

Survey: Security Tops Benefits of SD-WAN Managed Services
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Over 60% of 121 survey respondents listed 'better security' as a primary driver for managed SD-WAN services.

The MWC Los Angeles Recap 2019 Podcast
The Philter | 11/1/2019

What did our analyst colleagues and fellow editors think of all the big booths, meetings and crowded corridors?

Podcast: Windstream's Layne Levine, SD-WAN Machine
The Philter | 10/25/2019

'This is the next big technology transformation in the communications world and I think it's going to completely upend some companies' business models.'

Orange's Isch on New Enterprise Customer Demands for SD-WAN
LRTV Interviews | 10/24/2019

John Isch says today enterprises are demanding improved application performance and user experience for their SD-WAN services.

Teridion Takes Its SD-WAN Service to China
News Analysis | 10/24/2019

Teridion can now offer its enterprise customers a 'compliant' cloud-based SD-WAN service in mainland China.

Are MEF's SD-WAN Specs Enough?
Column | 10/22/2019

The MEF 70 service attribute standard for the SD-WAN industry is good… but is it enough?

MEF, ONUG Join Hands on Enterprise SD-WAN
News Analysis | 10/7/2019

The groups, representing service providers and enterprises, are teaming on SD-WAN specifications to help telcos satisfy enterprise needs – and make money doing it.

At Vonage, It's Not Just About Technology
LRTV Interviews | 10/4/2019

Sanjay Srinivasan, Vonage VP and chief architect, talks with Light Reading's Mitch Wagner about the company's VoIP strategy and explains why SD-WAN is important to Vonage.

Bigleaf Receives Divine Inspiration for SMB SD-WAN
News Analysis | 10/4/2019

Bigleaf provides cloud-based SD-WAN as a service for small businesses with big connectivity needs, inspired by a conversation with a church IT director.

Frontier's Irwin on the Security Benefits of Managed SD-WAN
LRTV Documentaries | 10/3/2019

DALLAS -- Scott Irwin, senior director of SD-WAN for Frontier Communications, explains how Frontier's customers are increasingly moving to a more centralized managed SD-WAN platform.

Spectrum Enterprise's Gunnar Peters Looks Ahead
LRTV Interviews | 10/3/2019

Gunnar Peters from Spectrum Enterprise discusses how the company listens to customers and decides what services to offer next.

Silver Peak Heats Up SD-WAN Telco Romance
News Analysis | 10/1/2019

The SD-WAN vendor is looking to increase sales through service providers, as enterprises turn to SPs to outsource networking needs.

Orange's John Isch: Crowded SD-WAN Market Challenges Telcos
News Analysis | 9/27/2019

Big vendors' acquisition of SD-WAN specialists mean service provider and vendor interests are often at odds, says Orange Business Services' John Isch.

SD-WAN Shines in a Dark Enterprise Market
News Analysis | 9/25/2019

As the enterprise market stagnates for telcos, SD-WAN promises revenue growth.

Podcast: 5G, Edge Computing Give SDN & NFV New Focus
The Philter | 9/24/2019

As the editors recap Light Reading's event series on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), technologies like 5G and edge computing arrive just in time to hurry the industry along its path to more modern networks and add plenty of drama.

Aryaka Learns to Love SD-WAN Over the Public Internet
News Analysis | 9/24/2019

Aryaka launches SD-WAN service over the public Internet for cases where 'best effort' is good enough for enterprise connectivity, complementing its existing global, private network that offers guaranteed SLAs.

Podcast: The NV & SDN Americas Recap
LRTV Documentaries | 9/24/2019

Light Reading editors Mitch Wagner, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey gathered to empty their notebooks and recap the NV & SDN event at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas.

Masergy's Watson: SD-WAN Is SDN's Killer App
News Analysis | 9/17/2019

Enterprises demand SD-WAN from telcos, and SD-WAN won't work without SDN, says Ray Watson, Masergy's innovation VP.

Smokey & the NFV Bandit
Column | 9/6/2019

NFV has many naysayers, but it's alive, kicking and thriving, with SD-WAN as a significant catalyst.

Podcast: What's Changing in the Competitive World of SD-WAN
The Philter | 8/26/2019

Our series on the state of the SD-WAN market continues with a discussion on what's holding back some companies in the space and how standards and new technologies are advancing the cause of SD-WAN.

MEF Seeks to End SD-WAN Confusion
News Analysis | 8/21/2019

The MEF 70 standard looks to clarify the definition of SD-WAN and pave the way for carrier interoperability, certification and faster deployment times for SD-WAN services.

Podcast: SES Networks Takes ONAP Sky-High
Wagner’s Ring | 8/20/2019

The satellite network operator is looking to the Open Networking Automaton Platform (ONAP) to automate connecting its space-based network with terrestrial operators.

Orange's Isch on Keeping SD-WAN Secure & Simple
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/15/2019

In a recent podcast with Light Reading, John Isch discusses how Orange 'co-innovates' with SD-WAN customers, and shares several case studies on what this process looks like by describing collaborations with its SD-WAN customers Siemens and Sony.

Bell Canada's Ely: Market Demands Scalable, Co-Managed SD-WAN
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/7/2019

As 5G takes off, service providers must plan ahead for its impact on SD-WAN. In addition, Ely says growing demand for 'co-managed' SD-WAN services creates challenges around scalability.

SES Takes ONAP to the Final Frontier
News Analysis | 8/6/2019

SES Networks is using Amdocs to implement the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) on Microsoft Azure, to allow its telco customers to seamlessly extend to SES's satellite service.

Podcast: The Fast-Moving World of SD-WAN
The Philter | 7/30/2019

Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the world of SD-WAN, why there are so many vendors and whether enterprise 'white glove' services are handled by butlers.

AT&T's Chokshi: Why Carriers Need Disaggregation at the Edge
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/29/2019

AT&T's Rupesh Chokshi says the case for disaggregated routers at the edge goes beyond the usual examples of increased business agility, network visibility and performance.

QOS Networks Secures SD-WAN Contract With the Golden State
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

QOS Networks' contract with the State of California is its first foray into the government space for SD-WAN.

Cato Debuts 'Hands-Free' SD-WAN
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

Cato offers self-service, co-managed and now fully managed options for its cloud SD-WAN service.

Microsoft Teams With MSPs to Hook Enterprises Into Azure
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Microsoft is partnering with eight managed service providers, including SD-WAN startup Aryaka, to connect enterprises with applications in the Azure cloud.

Will Standards Lessen SD-WAN's Growing Pains?
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/11/2019

Ovum and Heavy Reading explain how MEF has stepped in to create SD-WAN specifications to provide clarity in the market, and how this service definition could impact the industry.

Epsilon Revamps Its Back Office to Support Pivot to Enterprise Services
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/10/2019

International wholesale operator wants to play a bigger role with enterprise customers but adding services such as data center interconnect and SD-WAN requires additional operational and business support tools.

SD-WAN Update: 5G Impact Still to Come, as the Market Consolidates
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/2/2019

In addition to kicking around the idea of 5G's impact on SD-WAN, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin shares insights on how the SD-WAN market might evolve this year.

BT Leverages Open Source for Fifth Generation of Network Monitoring
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/2/2019

Telcos need new ways to monitor their services and networks and some are turning to the open source community for inspiration.

NTT Revamps to Form Single Giant Global Service Provider
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Japanese operator pulls together multiple units to form a single international ICT service provider with annual revenues of $11 billion.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins Answers All the Questions
CxO Spotlight | 6/18/2019

During Cisco's recent corporate trade event, Cisco Live, the company's CEO Chuck Robbins devoted roughly half an hour to a Q&A session with reporters, covering everything from Cisco's position on the world's geopolitical stage to the company's latest networking products.

Cisco's SP Chief Eyes the 5G Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2019

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson is the chief executive of the company's service provider business. During the company's Cisco Live event, he offered some commentary on how Cisco is looking at the nascent but potentially explosive 5G opportunity, and how that might play into Cisco's business, including its SD-WAN activities.

From 5G to Huawei to SD-WAN: A Tour of Cisco Live
LRTV Documentaries | 6/14/2019

Light Reading attended the recent Cisco Live event, where 28,000 people descended on San Diego's convention center to learn everything they could about Cisco's products and business strategy.

How Orange Business Services Is Pursuing the SD-WAN/5G Intersection
LRTV Interviews | 6/13/2019

John Isch of Orange Business Services said the company is talking about SD-WAN with virtually all of its multinational clientele. However, he said the 5G part of that conversation is still at a very early stage.

Eurobites: Telefónica Hops on Google's Cloud
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and Fortinet combine on Virtual Firewall service; Telia offers comfort to Swedish bus passengers; Orange connects Russian shipping fleet.

Vodafone UK Gears Up for 5G, SD-WAN Push
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

A visit to Vodafone UK's headquarters in Newbury reveals what's on the operator's mind – and it's not keen on the prospect of 6G...

Eurobites: Nokia Exercises Its 5G Bragging Rights
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei launches ad campaign as Trump tightens the UK's security thumbscrews; Scottish QoE specialist Ciqual acquired; Kinnevik divests shareholding in Millicom.

What Is an SD-WAN, Anyway? Ask MEF
News Analysis | 5/28/2019

MEF creates a definition for SD-WAN and its attributes, so enterprises know what they're buying and service provides know what they should be selling.

Eurobites: EE Gets to 5G First, Drops Huawei 5G Phones
News Analysis | 5/22/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's honeypots highlight hacker horrorshow; Ericsson sets up 5G hub in Moscow.

Cloud Bursts: Oracle Touts Telco Triumphs, Microsoft Proclaims Partnerships & More
News Analysis | 5/17/2019

Oracle sells to Asian telco Circles.Life; Microsoft partners with Sony on gaming; VMware acquires Bitnami for multicloud, and more telco cloud news this week.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)
The Philter | 5/4/2019

Several privately held companies – including Versa Networks, CUJO AI, Synamedia and Pluribus Networks – have grown their businesses and set themselves up for success in the last 12 months.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Best Deal Maker
The Philter | 5/3/2019

Oracle, Momentum Telecom and Lumentum all made interesting, well-timed acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and other deals in the past 12 months.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)
News Analysis | 5/3/2019

Find out which vendors devised the most innovative SD-WAN product or platform during the past year.

Aryaka Racks $50M Funding for Global SD-WAN Expansion
News Analysis | 5/1/2019

Aryaka's war chest now totals $184 million for its SD-WAN service, which runs on its own private network.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
News Analysis | 4/24/2019

With momentum running strong in the SD-WAN market, the Leading Lights award for the 'Most Innovative SD-WAN Service' received a flood of entries.

SD-WAN Startup CloudGenix Scores $65M Funding – but the Market Is Brutal
News Analysis | 4/17/2019

CloudGenix says it provides an alternative to NFV for telcos and communications service providers looking for a platform to deploy services over the cloud.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, BMW Try to Steer German Govt Away From Connected-Car WiFi
News Analysis | 4/16/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German auction latest; US takes 'softer' approach on Huawei front; how the Notre-Dame fire confused YouTube's algorithm.

Juniper Bridges WAN, LAN & WiFi for Cloud SD-WAN
News Analysis | 4/9/2019

Juniper extends into a crowded market, but claims greater scalability and breadth than its competitors.

Orange's Duriez: 5G Will Multiply Opportunities for SD-WAN
News Analysis | 3/21/2019

In addition to potentially increasing SD-WAN adoption, 5G could enable new use cases such as a network slice dedicated to SD-WAN.

Infovista Fights to Be Heard in SD-WAN Crowd
News Analysis | 3/20/2019

Infovista refreshes its Ipanema SD-WAN. But can the underdog defeat giant incumbents like VMware and Cisco?

Next Stop for Versa Networks – Europe
News Analysis | 3/19/2019

The SD-WAN specialist has a healthy bed of customers and partners but has yet to make a significant impact in Europe. It's looking to change that.

Windstream Puts Broadband Back in the Black
News Analysis | 3/18/2019

Aided by speed upgrades, the troubled company added 14,000 broadband subs in 2018, reversing the 45,000 losses it absorbed in the previous year.

AT&T's Pacewicz: 'We See the Cloud Fragmenting Again'
News Analysis | 3/14/2019

AT&T Business Chief Product Officer Roman Pacewicz describes how edge computing, 5G and network virtualization are required for next-generation applications that can deliver new business opportunities for the operator.