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Facebook Gets Its Drone On
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7/22/2016  |  7 comments
The social media giant's solar-powered Aquila drone, designed to provide Internet access to remote locations, has taken to the skies – but why?
ADVA Has a Growth Spurt but Margins Lag
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7/21/2016  |  1 comment
European vendor's momentum continues into 2016 as it reports impressive sales growth, only some of which comes from its Overture acquisition, but its profitability isn't keeping up.
UFO Brings Hope to FTTH Altnets
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7/21/2016  |  2 comments
A fiber-to-the-home broadband trial in the city of York using CityFibre's network looks likely to lead to more competitive ultra-broadband services across the UK.
Beware the Bottleneck! Why 5G Is Driving an Ultra-Broadband Boom
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7/13/2016  |  3 comments
The notion of 5G most commonly conjures up a vision of incredibly high-speed wireless/mobile broadband connectivity, but right now it's fixed line broadband that is key to operators' 5G plans.
Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside
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6/29/2016  |  14 comments
The UK's decision to quit the European Union has had global reverberations but it's hard to tell exactly how bad the aftershocks will be.
Can US Market Barriers Come Down? Bill Owens Hopes So
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6/10/2016  |  7 comments
CenturyLink Chairman Bill Owens believes the communications industry needs greater collaboration and, to achieve that, the US needs to lower some barriers.
Network Security: Innovation in Isolation?
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6/8/2016  |  3 comments
The need for service provider collaboration on next-generation network security innovation is my key takeaway from a brief visit to the InfoSecurity show in London.
Why I'm Heading to Austin for BCE
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5/20/2016  |  3 comments
I've got my travel coffee-making set already packed for the long trip from London to Austin, Texas: Here's a whole host of reasons why I should see you there.
ADVA Lays Bare Its Virtual Switch
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5/9/2016  |  Post a comment
ADVA has further developed the virtual switch technology it brought on board with the acquisition of Overture and is ready to pitch it into commercial NFV environments following an independent evaluation of the technology.
The Key Steps to NFV Success
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4/20/2016  |  Post a comment
A new report outlines the state of play in the network functions virtualization (NFV) world and provides an eight-step strategy for network operators based on the experiences of the early adopters.
Hall of Fame 2016: Who's in the Running?
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4/13/2016  |  Post a comment
Who deserves to be welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year? Let's take a look – and you can vote for your favorites.
Leading Lights 2016: There's Still Time
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3/29/2016  |  Post a comment
There's still time to enter this year's Leading Lights awards -- here are the details you need.
5G: Rewriting the Comms Rule Book
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3/24/2016  |  7 comments
The impending arrival of 5G will create a whole new generation gap.
White Box Is the 'Big Prize' – AT&T's Donovan
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2/25/2016  |  6 comments
AT&T's John Donovan made it pretty clear this week that white box networking is going to play a massive role in the next-generation networks of telecom operators.
MWC Day 1 Diary: The Extreme Submarine & a Caffeine Hit
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2/22/2016  |  2 comments
Caffeine, the latest virtual acronym, the Extreme Submarine and Barcelona's most atmospheric photo opp all featured on the first morning of this year's MWC.
Putting Virtualized Security to the Test
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2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Our latest independent test report has put Cisco's security systems through their paces.
Your Company's Called What?
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2/19/2016  |  18 comments
Welcome to the wonderful world of corporate branding.
Win a Genuine Telecom Artifact at This Year's Leading Lights Awards
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2/11/2016  |  Post a comment
There's a skeleton in the Leading Lights closet this year…
Juniper Buying BTI: Is That Enough?
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1/28/2016  |  3 comments
Juniper looks like it's on the offensive and defensive with the acquisition of data center interconnect (DCI) specialist BTI Systems but will it need to do more?
Now Nokia Steps Up for VNF Testing
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1/25/2016  |  5 comments
Nokia's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG) are the latest virtual functions to get an independent evaluation.
Hyperoptic Is Apoplectic
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1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
The UK government's conclusion that there is no consensus over the need for FTTP has angered the altnet.
Finn de Siècle for Alcatel-Lucent
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1/14/2016  |  8 comments
Alcatel-Lucent has become part of Nokia, spelling the end for two of the giant brands of the legacy telecom era.
Job Alert! BT Needs a New CTO
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1/11/2016  |  6 comments
Critical appointment for UK incumbent as it once again adds mobile to the mix and takes its first steps towards a virtualized cloud infrastructure.
Twitter's Legal Battle in Turkey Has Wider Implications
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1/8/2016  |  3 comments
Microblogging giant is taking legal action to quash a fine imposed by Turkey's communications watchdog.
Who Might Replace HPE at Telefónica?
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12/24/2015  |  4 comments
Telefónica has dumped Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as its lead virtualization partner -- so who might step into HPE's shoes? Huawei and NEC look best placed of the equipment vendors but an independent integrator might be favored.
Twitter's 'State-Sponsored' Hacking Warning Is Another Wake-Up Call
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12/14/2015  |  2 comments
You're not paranoid -- governments want your data.
NIA Phase 2 Test: VNF Management
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12/10/2015  |  1 comment
With the Phase 1 test completed and a report published, the New IP Agency (NIA) is prepping its Phase 2 NFV test with a focus on VNF management.
Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts
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11/13/2015  |  2 comments
If this week's coverage of 'Ciscosson' left you digitally indigested, as if you'd swallowed a John Chambers-sized meatball, then here's a tasty roundup.
The Threat to Telcos' Future: Malcolm Orr Just Nailed It
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11/13/2015  |  8 comments
If you work at a telco or a vendor that sells to traditional communications service providers, you need to watch this short video interview.
Cisco + Ericsson: Friends With Benefits
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11/9/2015  |  5 comments
Cisco and Ericsson have been forced into each other's arms by that other courting couple, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Cisco NFVi Evaluation: The Full Picture
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11/6/2015  |  Post a comment
The complete story of EANTC's independent test of Cisco's NFV infrastructure (NFVi) is now available as a PDF download.
Mud-Slinging at the SDN Corral
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10/22/2015  |  6 comments
I was at the front line of the SDN/NFV Cold War last week – it was noisy.
Who Should Buy Sckipio? My Money's on Intel
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10/22/2015  |  5 comments
The G.fast chip developer is hot property and looks ripe for acquisition – for me this is a 'no brainer' for Intel.
Cisco's vSwitch Makes the Grade
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10/13/2015  |  2 comments
In an independent test of its NFV infrastructure (NFVi) by respected European lab EANTC, Cisco's virtual switching and routing achieved the throughput and scalability for commercial deployment.
What the Broadband Forum Did Next
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10/9/2015  |  4 comments
The Broadband Forum is adapting its focus to account for the impact that virtualization and programmable networking will have on access network topologies and operator business plans.
The View From Huawei HQ
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10/6/2015  |  Post a comment
Light Reading recently published an exclusive interview with Huawei's deputy chairman Eric Xu in English – now that interview is available in Chinese too.
Kheradpir's Coriant Comeback
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10/5/2015  |  2 comments
Shaygan Kheradpir left Juniper under a cloud (not THE cloud) but has reappeared as CEO of transport vendor Coriant.
Will Google Start a Euro Gigabit Gold Rush?
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10/1/2015  |  4 comments
Some in the broadband industry expect Google to make a gigabit move in Europe – it would be a much-needed catalyst.
Gigabit Broadband: What's the Business Case?
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9/17/2015  |  4 comments
How can network operators get a return in investment from gigabit broadband access network rollouts? Island state network operator JT has some answers.
NFV & the Cold War of Communications
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9/9/2015  |  4 comments
Get ready for some unwelcome internecine struggles that could set back telco cloud developments...
All Change in China?
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8/28/2015  |  7 comments
Management shuffles and a strategic acquisition suggest upheaval in China's service provider sector.
Why OT Is HOT for Telecom Vendors
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8/27/2015  |  1 comment
With vendors needing to diversify, the utility sector's immediate challenges with their operational technology (OT) frameworks offer a great opportunity to win new business.
ZTE's Euro Star Shines Brighter
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8/27/2015  |  1 comment
A global relationship with Telefónica helps its international cause.
XG-PON Is Alive in Europe… for Now
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8/20/2015  |  2 comments
The almost-forgotten optical broadband technology is alive and kicking in Spain, it seems.
Gigabit Europe: Where Beer & Broadband Come Together
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7/16/2015  |  2 comments
Munich will host a classic combination of broadband, business cases and beer during this year's Oktoberfest.
TalkTalk Unveils Cut-Price Gigabit Service
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6/23/2015  |  4 comments
UK operator is set to offer gigabit broadband services at the same price as DSL when its fiber-based service goes live in the fall.
It's Not Just the Telcos: Vendors Are 'Transformers' Too
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6/18/2015  |  2 comments
An exclusive and unique Light Reading survey shows that it's not just network operators that are transforming their businesses and strategies -- the vendors are also changing to meet the evolving needs of their core customer base.
The Five Nines Makeover
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6/3/2015  |  3 comments
The telecom industry needs to rethink the meaning of 'five nines', says Ericsson CTO.
Will Ericsson Join the M&A Arms Race?
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5/29/2015  |  4 comments
Reports suggest Ericsson might respond to the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia with a major deal of its own – but would that make sense?
Making Sense of It All at BTE
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5/28/2015  |  4 comments
Now more than ever, the industry needs to come together to ask and answer the big questions facing the communications networking industry -- and that's going to happen at the upcoming Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago.
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