By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.
CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives – a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors – focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.
Dell bought cloud virtualization star VMware in 2016, and it's booming. But the company is spinning it off to write down a $49 billion debt.
Two projects originally created by Comcast engineers – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – are the first from the operator to be accepted as 'Sandbox' projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
Yousef Khalidi discusses the economic benefits operators can experience by partnering with a cloud provider.
Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.
Prosimo's AXI service addresses several challenges enterprises face in cloud application delivery, including managing operating costs, meeting application SLAs and 'fragmented security.'
As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.
MetTel CTO Ed Fox discusses how the service providers' customers are balancing the use of collaboration applications, SD-WAN, VPNs and SASE to support their employees working on-premises and remotely.
Intel plans to increase the number of its manufacturing facilities in Arizona from four to six, and to sell its chipmaking capabilities under a new business unit.
Microsoft considers paying $10 billion for Discord as it hunts for an Xbox stablemate, while Abu Dhabi sinks $150 million into 'privacy-first' app Telegram.
Apple warns Chinese tech that it will kick apps off the App Store that try to circumvent its new privacy features. But is it brave enough to annoy China?
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Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.
Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.
Asia's incumbent satellite operators are confident they can survive the onslaught of low-Earth orbit players, although their approaches vary.
Airspan Networks said it will gain roughly $166 million in net proceeds via its new transaction, money the company will use in its pursuit of the open RAN and 5G space.
Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR plans job cuts; device maker OPPO sees Europe as land of opportunity; Slovenia's BeeIN eyes M2M.
Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.
Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.
The IT company needs to slash costs and fatten its aaS offerings if it is to keep investors as happy as they are right now.
Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.
Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.
Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.
Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.
Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.
'We're pretty optimistic about open RAN and its ability to do a number of things,' says Dave Mayo, who recently assembled the leadership team for Dish's four network regions.
Indian government issues new regulations for digital media, including Internet firms, OTT platforms and online news.
Elon Musk says Internet-from-orbit serve Starlink will double its speeds this year to 300 Mbit/s, and reach all the earth's services by 2022.
Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.
Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.
Casa Systems, HPE, Mavenir, Microsoft, Athonet and Parallel Wireless are just some of the 5G core network vendors challenging established heavyweights like Huawei and Cisco.
UCaaS specialist adds Vodafone Business to partner roster and targets Zoom market with Glip and RingCentral Video.
The German operator has urged Europe to stand up to US tech, but its own business appears to have backed down.
Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: stats from the Super Bowl of Wi-Fi and Dell'Oro projects growth for the CBRS RAN market.
Ligado Networks inked a memorandum of understanding to use the Rakuten Communications Platform, but Rakuten officials wouldn't describe Ligado as an RCP customer.
Nearly 61% of organizations are currently using or piloting hybrid clouds, according to a new report by NTT.
Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: Calix improves its cloud, Oracle recharges charging, Viasat offers in-flight Wi-Fi over Russia and Charter uses apps to make entertainment more accessible.
IoT specialist was seeking a 'scalable, long-term solution' to process 'billions of messages each month.'
From connected cars to fleet management, US operators have built IoT arsenals to address a variety of vertical markets. But today they aren't making much noise about their progress.
'These are not small customers. Some of them are very, very massive,' Rakuten's mobile networking chief Tareq Amin says of the buyers of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).
Christmas shopping boosted Google's ad revenues by 23%, its best quarter in years, but it still has a way to go to turn a profit out of the cloud.
Bezos says move will let him pour more energy into projects such as the Day 1 Fund, The Washington Post and the space-faring Blue Origin program.
Startup Cohere Technologies was founded in 2011. Today, the company's CEO said it is 'very well funded into the future' and should begin naming operator customers this year.
Vendor says pace of rollouts is picking up, but current deployments represent just 5% of the cable modems served by its initial customers.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will chair the new Edison Alliance, which seeks to eliminate 'connectivity deserts' that hamper access to health, education and economic inclusion.
Hatch made a splash in 2019 with promotional offerings that tied 5G to its new cloud gaming service. The company shut down its services at the end of 2020.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: terabit interfaces trialed; BT's recruitment drive continues; Wind Tre goes with Amdocs for 5G billing.
The startup looking to bring new cloud-like efficiency to service provider networking has raised another $208 million and is eager to grow up fast.
GPS-enabled tractors outfitted with LTE currently help farmers plant more seeds. But 5G could offer even more tools, making it possible to increase food production around the world.
This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.
Brett Tarnutzer was in charge of all of the GSMA's spectrum-related regulatory activities, but is now leaving London for Washington, DC, to join SpaceX.
In part two of this series, Navisite COO Gina Murphy shares how the company is working with customers to assist their move to the cloud and help automate their operations.
Some offer predictions and prognostications. Our former cloud analyst steps in with her reactions and reminds us that moving critical telco systems to the public cloud for telcos is a considerable challenge.
How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?
Verizon CTO Kyle Malady tells Light Reading: 'I don't see any reason why the technology can't work, but there will be things carriers need to work out if they do adopt it.'
In this mentor spotlight, Gina Murphy discusses the key to completing a successful acquisition, and the importance of building a company culture that supports new ideas, new technology and diverse teams.
Following troubles with a large, unnamed North American customer that may be Verizon, Nokia named Ed Cholerton as its new North American chief.
Omdia's Chris Nicoll provides an overview of how changes in the core of the mobile network will help 5G networks advance and new services emerge.
Wireless network operators are already moving to cloud-native applications, but experts say the industry will see more automation and re-architecting of services in the coming year.
The industry is moving toward containerized network functions (CNFs), but Omdia says operators are 'not done with VNFs yet.'
Verizon's CTO Kyle Malady said that the operator is working to enhance 5G, and that he currently sees no reason to begin focusing on what's next.
John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'
The EU is readying drafts of sweeping new legislation to crack down on anti-competitive behavior by big tech, but expect two years of wrangling.
Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.
German operator is the latest to move its IT systems into the public cloud, but at what long-term risk?
In 2021, cloud spending will grow seven times faster than overall IT spending, while 5% of doctor visits worldwide will be virtual, says Deloitte.
The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.
MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.
Hundreds of partner apps can now run at the edge with Google Cloud and Anthos, writes Google's Amol Phadke.
Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.
Japan's SoftBank Group grabs a tenth of Sinch, as Facebook and Salesforce also make acquisitions in the booming customer engagement industry.
Alkira's goal is that CBaaS will assist enterprises in connecting their business applications wherever they're housed – connecting sites together such as data centers or branches on a global scale.
Zoom sees 367% year-on-year revenue growth in the third quarter, but a jump in free user numbers causes profit margins to dip 14.7%.
The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.
New Light Reading e-book sponsored by Harmonic highlights some of the early advances made by cable operators and vendors in virtualizing the industry's access networks and expanding their capacity.
Rajesh Mishra, Parallel Wireless' CTO, and Kaitki Agarwal, Parallel's chief product officer, are leaving the company to start A5G Networks, which will focus on open RAN orchestration.
Mavenir is now one of the world's five largest suppliers of mobile core networking technology, which is essentially the brain of a wireless network.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN maps out the way ahead; Vodafone suffers German outage; MTS, Ericsson combine on private network for Russian mine.
Following millions of dollars in investments in 2020, DataBank is planning for more than a dozen data center buildouts next year.
Once the process of bringing 128 into Juniper amps up next year, it will be clearer how this acquisition repositions Juniper in the WAN space, and whether this move can improve Juniper's service provider business.
EdgeQ raised $51 million. Celona banked $30 million. And they're not alone. 'Yes, there is more funding available for 5G startups than in the past,' said Amar Kapadai of startup Aarna Networks.
'O-RAN for me is interesting at this point in time, but there's a host of unanswered questions around IP, around R&D, around system integration,' said T-Mobile's Neville Ray.
This brings total funding to $332 million for the Israel-based secure access service edge (SASE) provider. In addition, Cato claims the company is valued at $1 billion.
Partnership to create Open 5G Lab to support the development of 5G use cases for different vertical sectors.
In addition to the firewalls protecting network traffic at a packet level, Masergy is providing customers with Fortinet's secure web gateway (SWG) service for IP traffic protection at the application level in the cloud and on-premises.
The work of physically installing radios on top of cell towers is often the most expensive part of any wireless network buildout. Dish Network said it will use 20,000 Crown Castle towers for 5G.
The company's second cloud-native acquisition in as many months shows it is looking to add to its development resources for cloud applications and programming.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets its tax back; OBS digitizes Tricolor's contact center; Virgin Media launches basic broadband plan for UK welfare claimants.
US operators like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are exploring replacing China's cheap handset manufacturers with Indian companies, as the trade war continues.
The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.
Chuck Robbins talks up a 'solid start' to the fiscal year as Cisco gains more visibility into its business. Overall revenues slipped in Q1, Cisco expects revenues to be flat or rise 2% in fiscal Q2.
Verizon officials outlined the company's 5G buildout efforts, as well as 5G revenue opportunities spanning 5G smartphones, 5G fixed wireless services and edge computing.
The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.
The Trump administration appears to have forgotten about its November 12 deadline for ByteDance to divest US operations of the TikTok app.
The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.
With eye to NBN sell-off, Telstra embarks on sweeping restructure, breaking into three entities including a tower business, and reveals energy reseller ambitions.
Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'
Predictably solid results are sweetened by an AWS deal expansion, making the cloud giant the preferred provider for Amdocs' internal IT transformation.