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Walker Walks From CenturyLink
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6/14/2019  |  2 comments
Bill Walker, a senior-level executive working on the carrier's cloud, NFV and SDN efforts, has left. No word yet on his next move.
Cybersecurity Expert Sees Opportunity in Internet Growth, Consolidation
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6/14/2019  |  2 comments
The way to defend against DDoS and other attacks is changing, says Nokia's Craig Labovitz. That's because the Internet is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.
Podcast: What We Think We'll Pay for 5G
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6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Mike Dano weighs in on how the major carriers are stacking up with the way they're handling pricing for 5G service (if you can find it).
Podcast: Mentors, Sponsors & Tall Poppies
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6/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of her recent work in the Women in Comms content series. We also have a quick curator's catch-up on all things related to the 5G Exchange.
Podcast: Apple Makes Itself Right at Home
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6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
Podcast: Huawei's Guilty of Something, Right?
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5/29/2019  |  1 comment
Does Huawei's past misdeeds around trade secrets and allegations of the company sidestepping sanctions mean that the Chinese vendor is also a vessel for Chinese spying and cyber attacks on US networks?
Senate Bill Offers Loans for Swapping Chinese Telecom Gear
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5/23/2019  |  2 comments
What's better than a Memorial Day weekend mattress sale? A new bill offers interest-free loans from the Treasury to help carriers with fewer than 6 million customers replace Huawei kit.
Podcast: Taking Aim at Huawei's Smartphone Business
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5/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In this podcast, find out what other Chinese vendors might emerge and profit from Huawei's troubles with the US. Also, Ovum's Daniel Gleeson talks about the device-related concerns service providers have when they go to launch 5G networks.
Podcast: 5G & Hollywood Are the New SVoD Couple
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
In this podcast, Disney takes full control of Hulu and that could pose a bigger threat to traditional pay-TV providers. Also, nearly every single mobile network operator has a different angle on providing video services to consumers.
Marvell Goes Shopping to Sweeten 5G Story
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5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
A couple of years removed from its $6B deal to buy Cavium, Marvell suddenly agrees to buy two companies so far this month. There's still 11 days left in May, folks.
Trump Clears the Way for a Huawei Ban
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5/15/2019  |  5 comments
A new executive order from President Trump allows the US to ban telecom gear from China – and anywhere else it wants.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)
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5/4/2019  |  Post a comment
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
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5/3/2019  |  Post a comment
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 IoT/M2M Strategy
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Nokia, Senet, Sprint & Ericsson and Wind River all stood out as having compelling IoT strategies and approaches to a growing, lucrative market.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy
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4/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Fortinet, ZTE, CUJO AI and Colt all had standout entries for most innovative security strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.
Podcast: Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Madness, Ominous Signs for Omniverse
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeff Baumgartner catches us up on the Omniverse saga and Mike Dano looks at what might happen if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is blocked.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
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4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.
DoJ Staffers Signal Early Checkout for Sprint, T-Mobile Merger
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4/16/2019  |  1 comment
A few Trump hotel stays might not have been enough to help the UnCarrier, according to The Wall Street Journal. T-Mobile's boss puts down the story but offers no details.
Podcast: Into the Omniverse
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Forget Apple. There's no wilder story in the world of pay-TV than the controversy surrounding Omniverse One World Television. In this podcast, we discuss how the company turned up on the cable industry's radar, scrapped with content owners and has what it said is a 100-year contract to distribute pay-TV channels.
Delivering Apple's Promise: A Premium Streaming Service
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3/27/2019  |  2 comments
The launch of Apple TV+ assumes great broadband service, and that buzz may help savvy service providers connect with new customers.
Podcast: Building Smarter Cities
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3/22/2019  |  1 comment
In this podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick interviews US Ignite's Mari Silbey. Silbey, a former Light Reading editor, talks about bringing local governments and tech companies together to share smart city plans, infrastructure needs and new applications.
Podcast: AT&T, 5G & the Mirantis Incident
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
The recently reported deal with Mirantis is another step in AT&T's network evolution as the company continues to carry the flag for open source and a software-defined 5G network.
Podcast: Tacos, Telcos & Trouble
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile is giving its customers a free taco every week. Should it also give them a roll of toilet paper? Also, and completely unrelated, what if Huawei does invent a must-have device for 5G networks – and we can't buy it in the US?
Podcast: Bundle Up, Everyone. Pay-TV Is a Cold, Cold Business
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1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
The world of pay-TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.
Verizon Media Cuts Jobs, Has No Growth Plans to Share
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1/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon Media cuts jobs and leans on the 23-year-old Yahoo brand as the most stable thing in its portfolio. What's next as 5G networks start covering the US? VM is mum about its 'plans for growth and innovation.'
Podcast: What in the 5G World Happened at CES?
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1/16/2019  |  Post a comment
There was a lot to see in Las Vegas last week, but was there anything said that we had never heard before? Phil Harvey and Mike Dano discuss the week's activities and parse each major carrier's 5G progress following CES 2019.
Podcast: Apple Warns Things Might Get Boring
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1/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple isn't selling as many iPhones as it previously expected, but is that a reason to think the company is in big trouble?
ZTE's New Hire Doesn't Inspire
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1/4/2019  |  5 comments
One of Trump's swamp creatures pledges to help ZTE repair its image problem in the US.
Light Reading's 41 Most Popular Stories in 2018
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12/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Everything from enterprise strategies to 5G devices caught our audiences' attention during 2018. At a time when so many changes are bearing down on the telecom world, it's clear that a lot of us still have our heads in the cloud.
Light Reading's 22 Most Popular Huawei Stories in 2018
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12/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Why have it your way when you can have it Huawei?
Podcast: Ciena CEO Gary Smith Plans for More Growth
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12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
With its competitors stumbling, its largest customers remaining stable and its markets outside of telecom growing, Ciena is enjoying relatively smooth sailing in CEO Smith's 17th year at the helm.
Anti-Huawei Forces Focus on Sprint/T-Mobile Deal
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12/14/2018  |  Post a comment
A new report suggests that the US is using its merger approval process to pressure Sprint and T-Mobile's parent companies to back away from Huawei.
Podcast: The Heat Is on Huawei
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12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
If Huawei catches a 5G cold, how many operators around the world will suddenly feel a little sick and stay in bed? 'Tis the (flu) season for rampant, worldwide speculation on the Light Reading podcast.
Smart Cities Are a Truly Different Kind of Telco Business
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11/28/2018  |  1 comment
Smart cities could be a telco dream come true but for a long-term payoff, they'll need to keep investing in the space and be careful not to overreach.
Podcast: CenturyLink's CxO Moves & Do We Really Need RFPs?
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11/21/2018  |  Post a comment
On this podcast, we discussed CenturyLink new CTO, why Dull But Critical (DBC) is our favorite category of telecom infrastructure and how cable companies are warming up to the cloud. We also ask a critical question: Does the telecom industry need RFPs?
The 5G Enterprise Conversation
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11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
For enterprises, 5G opens up a new conversation with carriers – not just about what's possible on their new networks, but what they can do now to help businesses beyond providing connectivity.
Podcast: CommScope & Arris Tie the Knot, but Why?
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11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
CommScope and Arris are merging. Though they frame this as a complementary deal, there's some lingering questions about the broader strategic rationale of the deal and if this is, indeed, a marriage made in technology heaven.
Podcast: Verizon Restructures, Telcos Chase Enterprise Business & Queen Still Rocks
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
5G networks are blurring the lines between what can be done on fixed and mobile networks. And, of course, Verizon and all of the companies building these networks are changing, too. We look a Verizon's recent restructuring and speculate what it might mean for the telco as 5G fever kicks into high gear.
CenturyLink Switches CTOs
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11/6/2018  |  1 comment
CenturyLink has confirmed that the former Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan will be the carrier's new technology boss. Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink's CTO since 2014, is leaving the company.
Carriers Keep 5G on the Smart Cities Agenda
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10/31/2018  |  4 comments
The need to deploy infrastructure to support 5G services is having an impact on just about every smart cities discussion and plan. Even when 5G isn't on the menu, some cities are asking for multi-decade public-partnerships, a chance for someone to influence the next major tech transition.
Aqsacom's Telecom Cyber-Intelligence Focus Turns to 5G, NFV
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10/9/2018  |  Post a comment
With one of its most important software updates coming up this month, Aqsacom CEO Gilles Blanc discusses his company's background, technology edge and why 5G is so challenging to cyber-intelligence firms.
The New Infinera Is Already on Edge
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10/1/2018  |  1 comment
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%.
The Mobile Network Is Becoming a Cloud Service
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9/18/2018  |  10 comments
Affirmed Networks and others are taking virtualized EPCs and delivering that capability as a service via the public cloud.
Upgrades & Upheaval at the Service Provider Edge
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9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
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.
5G Networks Will Change Computing, Processing for AI
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9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Tractica forecasts a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for edge computing that supports AI applications. But will all that go away when 5G networks arrive?
The World of Disney: StudioLAB Innovation, Cisco Collaboration & 5G Anticipation
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8/21/2018  |  3 comments
With technology partners and an eye toward 5G networks, the StudioLAB is helping Disney-owned content studios solve technical production problems and reach consumers in novel ways.
States Challenge FCC 'Internet Freedom' Order
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8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Twenty-three attorneys general, representing 22 states and the District of Columbia, are suing to block the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regulations, again bringing up the agency's tendency to preempt state and local laws.
Dumb Networks, Not Just Dumb Pipes
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8/9/2018  |  Post a comment
The CEO of one of the largest ISPs in the world isn't so keen to use artificial intelligence to manage its network. He just doesn't need it.
Infinera's Integration Situation Needs More Explanation
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7/25/2018  |  2 comments
Infinera's proposed purchase of Coriant for $430 million sounds like a small price for lots of upside. But the integration will be a challenge – this tasty-sounding deal could go together like mustard and pancakes.
The US DOJ May Be Appealing the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Trial
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7/12/2018  |  4 comments
A court filing suggests that the Justice Department is aiming to appeal the court ruling that allowed the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
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