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Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

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 spins off VMware and winds in its $49B debt
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

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.

Comcast makes waves in open source
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

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).

Podcast: Microsoft Azure's Khalidi curates carrier clouds
LRTV Interviews | 4/7/2021

Yousef Khalidi discusses the economic benefits operators can experience by partnering with a cloud provider.

Is Wi-Fi 6 enough? The need for intelligent management
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2021

Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.

Viptela founders launch multicloud management startup with $25M in funding
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Prosimo's AXI service addresses several challenges enterprises face in cloud application delivery, including managing operating costs, meeting application SLAs and 'fragmented security.'

Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

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.

Podcast: MetTel's Ed Fox on extending enterprise IT to home networks
CxO Spotlight | 3/25/2021

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 looks for reformation with $20B plan to build new factories
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

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 may dispense with $10B for Discord in Xbox ploy
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

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.

'No cheating,' Apple tells China's tech giants
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

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?

SmartNICs take center stage
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/19/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from a Heavy Reading and Intel survey show that smartNICs are set to have a big impact on the transition to cloud-native architectures and digital service platforms.

Nokia ties with cloud's big three in private mobile network push
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.

One consultant's plan to fill Ericsson's stand and save MWC21
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.

Asian satellite operators prep for the LEO invasion
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Asia's incumbent satellite operators are confident they can survive the onslaught of low-Earth orbit players, although their approaches vary.

Airspan to go public with $166M in pursuit of open RAN, 5G
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

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.

DZS adds cloud clout with RIFT buy
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

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.

Eurobites: Telia, Ericsson combine on 5G carrier aggregation in Norway
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

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 next-gen network activity didn't slow down in 2020, exec says
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

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.

SpaceX rocket factory's new home: Starbase, Texas
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.

HPE still has a big aaS hole to fill
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

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, Dish Network and Akamai chart the future of edge computing
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

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.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

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 CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

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.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

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.

Dish's 5G construction chief talks network speeds, public clouds and more
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

'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.

India gets new social media, OTT rules
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Indian government issues new regulations for digital media, including Internet firms, OTT platforms and online news.

Elon Musk says Starlink speed doubling to 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

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.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

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.

Twilio Q4 revenue surges 65% on back of SMS revival
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

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.

RingCentral rings in 'outstanding' Q4, but investors want more
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

UCaaS specialist adds Vodafone Business to partner roster and targets Zoom market with Glip and RingCentral Video.

Deutsche Telekom shows Europe has lost the public cloud fight
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

The German operator has urged Europe to stand up to US tech, but its own business appears to have backed down.

News bites: Coherent's third suitor ups the ante
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

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 to use Rakuten's platform for private 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Ligado Networks inked a memorandum of understanding to use the Rakuten Communications Platform, but Rakuten officials wouldn't describe Ligado as an RCP customer.

Pandemic pushes enterprises to hybrid cloud adoption
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Nearly 61% of organizations are currently using or piloting hybrid clouds, according to a new report by NTT.

News bites: Unicorns are everywhere
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

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.

Sigfox brings in Google Cloud for next stage of IoT journey
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

IoT specialist was seeking a 'scalable, long-term solution' to process 'billions of messages each month.'

5G overshadows wireless operators' IoT businesses
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

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.

Rakuten counts 15 international customers for communications platform
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

'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).

Ads spell strongest quarter in years for Alphabet
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

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.

AWS chief Jassy to succeed Bezos as Amazon CEO
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

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.

Cohere CEO: New product, customer names coming this year
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

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.

Harmonic 'CableOS' rollouts rise to 44 customers, 2.6M cable modems
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Vendor says pace of rollouts is picking up, but current deployments represent just 5% of the cable modems served by its initial customers.

Verizon, Google, others form Edison Alliance to tackle digital divide
News Analysis | 1/29/2021

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.

5G cloud gaming proponent Hatch throws in the towel
News Analysis | 1/28/2021

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.

Eurobites: Nokia shifts Ooredoo's Algerian core to the cloud
News Analysis | 1/27/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: terabit interfaces trialed; BT's recruitment drive continues; Wind Tre goes with Amdocs for 5G billing.

DriveNets, a unicorn, finds more funding among the network clouds
News Analysis | 1/27/2021

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.

John Deere wants to help feed the world using 5G, cloud computing
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

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.

2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting
DanoVision | 1/19/2021

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.

GSMA spectrum chief heads to SpaceX
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

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.

Is COVID-19 a catalyst for enterprise cloud growth?
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/15/2021

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.

Breaking down the 2021 cloud, automation and virtualization predictions
The Wizard of Roz | 1/15/2021

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.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

Verizon CTO on open RAN: 'We're 100% behind the idea'
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

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.'

Navisite COO on creating a successful M&A playbook
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/11/2021

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.

Nokia replaces Ricky Corker with Ed Cholerton as US chief
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Following troubles with a large, unnamed North American customer that may be Verizon, Nokia named Ed Cholerton as its new North American chief.

5G trends to watch in 2021
Column | 12/30/2020

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.

Cloud-native networking will move from trials to reality in 2021
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

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.

Carriers 'must continue to invest in network software'
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The industry is moving toward containerized network functions (CNFs), but Omdia says operators are 'not done with VNFs yet.'

Verizon's CTO: 'I don't know what the hell 6G is'
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

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.

Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

EU readies sweeping new tech 'rules of the road'
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

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.

After Google outage, telcos should think twice about public cloud
Morris Lore | 12/15/2020

Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.

Deutsche Telekom becomes Microsoft tenant in bid for IT savings
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

German operator is the latest to move its IT systems into the public cloud, but at what long-term risk?

Cloud spend to rocket in 2021, says Deloitte
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

In 2021, cloud spending will grow seven times faster than overall IT spending, while 5% of doctor visits worldwide will be virtual, says Deloitte.

AWS in-house routing tech could blow a hole in Juniper's sales – analyst
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.

Dish turns to Taiwanese supplier for more 5G radios
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.

Google Cloud brings partners, applications to the edge
Guest Perspectives | 12/8/2020

Hundreds of partner apps can now run at the edge with Google Cloud and Anthos, writes Google's Amol Phadke.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon
DanoVision | 12/3/2020

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.

SoftBank's $690M Sinch stake a customer service bet
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Japan's SoftBank Group grabs a tenth of Sinch, as Facebook and Salesforce also make acquisitions in the booming customer engagement industry.

Will Alkira's CBaaS shine in a sea of SASE suppliers?
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

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 booms, but share price gloom looms
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

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%.

Telcos, vendors back new TMF test platform for interoperable IT
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.

Going the virtual CMTS route
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/25/2020

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.

Two Parallel Wireless founders exit to start A5G Networks
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

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's mobile core business hits the big time
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

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.

Eurobites: Orange cozies up to AWS cloud
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

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.

DataBank primps for 5G operators' edge needs
News Analysis | 11/23/2020

Following millions of dollars in investments in 2020, DataBank is planning for more than a dozen data center buildouts next year.

Juniper and 128 Technology: WAN big happy family?
Kelsey's Grammar | 11/23/2020

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.

Purse strings loosen for 5G startups
News Analysis | 11/18/2020

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.

T-Mobile's network chief pours cool, but not cold, water on O-RAN
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

'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.

Cato Captures $130M in VC funding
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

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.

Bouygues Telecom taps IBM to boost enterprise 5G biz
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

Partnership to create Open 5G Lab to support the development of 5G use cases for different vertical sectors.

Masergy beefs up SD-WAN security with Fortinet cloud firewalls
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

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.

Dish's 5G gets real: Company inks massive Crown Castle tower deal
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

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.

Cisco announces intent to acquire Hungary's Banzai Cloud
Guest Perspectives | 11/16/2020

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.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia builds cloud platform with Atos
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

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 telcos engage with Indian vendors for low-end devices
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

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.

Rakuten prioritizes private over public cloud in RCP push
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.

Cisco CEO sees positive signs ahead as the company powers through the pandemic
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

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 explains exactly how it will make money from 5G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

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.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

US-TikTok clock ticks as Trump forgets deadline
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The Trump administration appears to have forgotten about its November 12 deadline for ByteDance to divest US operations of the TikTok app.

Rakuten plots capex splurge with subs at just 1.6M
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.

Telstra restructures into service, tower and fixed businesses
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

With eye to NBN sell-off, Telstra embarks on sweeping restructure, breaking into three entities including a tower business, and reveals energy reseller ambitions.

Singtel underlying profit down 36% as COVID-19 still bites
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'

Openet acquisition, customer cloud migrations boost revenue for Amdocs
Column | 11/11/2020

Predictably solid results are sweetened by an AWS deal expansion, making the cloud giant the preferred provider for Amdocs' internal IT transformation.

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