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Can the 'New' T-Mobile Make America's Networks Great Again?
Jonestown | 4/30/2018

A US 5G lead, more jobs and cheaper services all sound good, if not bigly, but is it all just promises right now?

Verizon Takes a Big Step Towards a Smarter, Simpler Edge
News Analysis | 4/30/2018

The network operator is using Cisco and Juniper boxes, but will decouple the control planes to bring business and consumer services into one edge device.

T-Mobile & Sprint: Marriage made in hell
Morris Lore | 4/30/2018

Consumers, industry employees and equipment vendors must all hope that regulators block a T-Mobile merger with Sprint.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia's Genish Sets Record Straight Over Elliott
News Analysis | 4/30/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German cable operators could face change in network access rules; Jan Frykhammar joins Openet board; Timotheus Hottges on that merger.

Connect & Compute – Balance at the Edge
MariNation | 4/30/2018

How much will it cost to add intelligence to the network edge?

Can AR/VR Make Real Money for SPs?
Alantown | 4/30/2018

In a Big Communications Event panel, AR and VR experts will examine whether immersive media experiences offer realistic new revenue opportunities for service providers.

T-Mobile to Buy Sprint for $26.5B to Create US 5G Powerhouse
News Analysis | 4/30/2018

But the companies will need every ounce of spectrum to succeed.

What VR Video Needs to Be Real
LRTV Interviews | 4/30/2018

In this interview, SES's Thomas Wrede discusses what the satellite operator has learned from its trials of VR video with SP customers.

Matrixx Founder Creates Her Own Culture
Mentor Monday | 4/30/2018

When Jennifer Kyriakakis didn't like the culture of the large company that acquired the business she was working for, she broke away and created her own with a focus on innovation.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy
News Analysis | 4/30/2018

Boingo Wireless and Comcast Business make the shortlist for our NFV deployment strategy award.

Where Charter's Chugging Along... & Where It's Not
News Analysis | 4/27/2018

Investors may be worried about the wrong things.

US Ban on Huawei Would Trigger Turmoil in Telecom Industry
Morris Lore | 4/27/2018

US authorities were said this week to be investigating Huawei for violating sanctions against Iran. Treating it like ZTE would trigger turmoil.

T-Mobile, Sprint Close to Merger Deal – Reports
News Analysis | 4/27/2018

US mobile operators are close to reaching agreement on the terms of a deal, according to reports.

Eurobites: Fiber Up or Fade Away, Ofcom Tells BT
News Analysis | 4/27/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Comings and goings at Telecom Italia; Orange active in Africa; Proximus hits 2.94 Gbit/s in 5G trial; Facebook CTO gets a UK grilling.

We're Sorry If We Set Your Car On Fire – Love, Oracle
Wagner’s Ring | 4/27/2018

In which we receive an alarming email from Oracle.

WiCipedia: Female Founders Find Funding & Automotive Careers for Women
WiCipedia | 4/27/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: The NY Times' first female CIO; female founders get funding; women are needed in connected car jobs; and more.

Amazon Cloud Revenue Leaps 49% to $5.44B
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

AWS isn't just growing fast; growth is accelerating.

Microsoft Crowds the Cloud With AI, Expansion Focus
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud group, which includes server, enterprise products and services, reported that its revenues were up 17% to $7.9 billion.

FCC: High-Band 5G Spectrum Cleared for Take-Off in 2019
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

FCC says agency is ready for 24GHz, 28GHz and 39GHz auctions in 2019, and has plans to open up the 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz band for 5G.

Light Recap: The Light Reading Hall of Fame
The Philter | 4/26/2018

Here, over three nostalgia-soaked pages, are the telecom heroes and villains that have made it into the Light Reading Hall of Fame since its inception in 2010.

AT&T Eyes Higher DirecTV Now Margins
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

AT&T CFO John Stephens explains the company's plans to wring greater profits out of its OTT video service by launching new features and cutting capex and opex.

Comcast & the Set-Top Double Bind
MariNation | 4/26/2018

The set-top is Comcast's primary consumer interface, but it's not the best tool for smart home control.

Using Open Source to Drive Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/26/2018

Open source is a product development model that should unleash faster innovation but may require business model changes for many vendors.

AT&T CFO: Business Revenues Bouncing Back
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

John Stephens tells financial analysts there's a positive trend in AT&T's business revenues, even with another quarterly decline.

Huawei, ZTE in the Eye of a Trade Storm
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

The increasingly tough US line against Huawei and ZTE form part of the resistance to China's state-driven, quasi-protectionist industry policies.

Qualcomm Profits Hammered by Licensing Disputes
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Qualcomm blames its legal battles with Apple and another licensee for a fall in profits but managed to grow sales thanks to its chips business.

Eurobites: UK Bets Big on AI
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica, Orange and KPN reveal Q1 earnings; Ericsson lands Italian virtualization job.

Nokia Tumbles on Weak Results, Insists Good 5G Times Lie Ahead
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Finnish vendor insists the second half of 2018 will be much better than the first half as customers start to invest in long-awaited 5G networks.

WiC Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Female-Led Startup to Watch
Que Sera Sarah | 4/26/2018

Libelium and Movandi and their founders are pioneering new technologies that are already changing the game for IoT and 5G, respectively, making them startups you want to keep an eye on in 2018 and beyond.

Nimble Small Cell Vendors Find Another Market to Exploit
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/26/2018

LTE and future 5G networks are evolving in a way that overcomes previous barriers to the use of standardized public-network technologies for private applications, and there is better support for features needed in mission-critical use cases.

Always Hungry: Feeding Data Center Bandwidth Demands in the Cloud Era
News Analysis | 4/26/2018

Cloud applications have an insatiable appetite for east-west bandwidth inside the data center, as well as between data centers. What can service providers do about that?

AT&T on Track With 5G, Starts FirstNet Build
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Market punishes AT&T for miss, but Ma Bell lauds 5G progress.

Six Key Takeaways From Facebook's Q1 Earnings Call
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Facebook is doubling down on its ad business, and using AI to moderate hate speech and other inappropriate content.

Google Partners Compete on Ease of Cloud Connections
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Network operators take different approaches to using new Google Partner Interconnect.

New Data on Pole Prices Power 5G Debate
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

The cost of 5G deployments depends in part on the cost of pole attachment fees.

US Investigating Huawei for Sanctions Violations – Report
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

The WSJ reports that Huawei is in the Justice Department's crosshairs for its activities related to selling goods and services to Iran.

ACG Survey: Security Top Automation Worry
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Automation takes human error out of the equation but adds the ability to screw things up much faster.

Comcast Romps With Subs Gains, Sky Bid
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Despite growing video subscriber losses, Comcast racks up big overall customer and revenue gains as it formalizes its $31 billion bid for Sky in the UK.

Vodafone-Liberty Merger Doubtful in Germany, Says Analyst
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

For all the banker excitement about a possible tie-up between Vodafone and Liberty, any deal in Germany seems highly unlikely.

It's Miller Time: Light Reading's Hall of Fame Poll Is Now Open
The Philter | 4/25/2018

The giants of cloud computing and the divergent minds of our regulatory body politic are well behind a PR entrepreneur who filled in her own nomination. How 2018 is that?

Eurobites: Comcast Formalizes £22B Sky Bid
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Apple starts paying Irish back-taxes; Nokia gets edgy; Atos hooks up with Google for AI; Elisa trumpets NB-IoT network.

Telstra's Programmable Network Sidesteps a Slippery Slope
LRTV Documentaries | 4/25/2018

Telstra's Jim Fagan explains how service providers can apply lessons learned about automation in the cloud to delivering more automation in their networks.

No Containers Yet? No Worries
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/25/2018

Containers seemed poised to take over the Earth, but they've proven slow to implement. Find out how people are implementing containers on real-world service provider networks at the Big Communications Event in Austin next month!

Hollywood Producer Talks Cosby, Caution & Cable
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 4/25/2018

Executive Producer Janet Leahy shares her story with WiC, offers advice for the cable industry to better support women and gives us a sneak preview of what she's working on next.

Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers Merge to Form $14.6B Giant
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Indian operators merge their infrastructure assets to form the world's second-biggest towers company.

Fierce Competition Batters Airtel Profits Again
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

Competition and adverse regulatory measures continue to squeeze the Indian operator's profits.

Google Launching G Suite 'Confidential Mode,' Including Self-Destructing Email
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

The new G Suite and Gmail security capabilities aren't bulletproof, but they add an extra layer of control.

Alphabet Splashes $7.7B on Capex Spree
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

The Google parent is spending hard to catch up on with Amazon in the home and cloud, and driving its businesses forward, including YouTube, hardware and Waymo self-driving cars.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Come Together?
LRTV Documentaries | 4/24/2018

Is convergence a sound business strategy? Or is it best to stick with what you know? Also: Who'd be a Chinese vendor? Discuss. And they do.

How Will SPs Adapt to SD-WAN 3.0?
Kelsey's Grammar | 4/24/2018

At BCE, panelists will discuss changing consumption models for SD-WAN, new approaches that vendors and carriers are taking in deploying SD-WAN, standards efforts and interoperability challenges and more.

Verizon Targets OTT Video at 5G Markets
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Unlike AT&T and other major pay-TV providers, Verizon is holding off on introducing a full-fledged OTT video service until it launches residential 5G service later this year.

Google Plugs in New Cloud Connectivity
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Google Partner Interconnect is designed for enterprises requiring cloud connectivity who don't require full 10 Gbit/s of a dedicated circuit.

Incompas Sues to Reinstate Net Neutrality
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Petition to US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC says FCC went against its own previous findings to roll back Obama-era regulations.

Verizon Preps Fixed 5G but Mobile Gigabit-Speed Downloads May Not Arrive Until 2019
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

The Verizon CFO isn't sure a standards-based fixed 5G CPE will be ready until 2019.

Verizon Biz Bucks Continue to Slide
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Revenues down about 5% despite investments in fiber and newer services based on virtualization.

Telenor's Cost-Cutting Focus Rattles Investors
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Norwegian incumbent loses 4% of its value in Oslo after analysts question focus on efficiency and accuse it of 'hoarding cash.'

Telco Journey to Cloud-Native: We Want What They've Got
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/24/2018

Find out what it takes to transition telecom networks to cloud-native architectures at the Big Communications Event in Austin in May!

Eurobites: Investment Group Makes £538M Bid for CityFibre
News Analysis | 4/24/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus strikes wholesale FTTB deal; Orange turns to Cisco for PoPs project; Ericsson's IoT findings.

Cloud Is a Strategic Imperative for Telcos
Column | 4/24/2018

With 5G on the horizon, major new innovations in smartphones and the expansion of IoT devices and services, the cloud is more critical than ever in ensuring operators remain relevant.

GSMA Puts eSIM Spec Dev on Hold as Feds Investigate AT&T, Verizon
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

Are the big telcos trying to handicap the eSIM and do what they can to lock down users and make it harder for them to leave?

Google Assesses Its Strengths in Its $1B Per Quarter Cloud Business
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

Open source and machine learning are strengths as Google Cloud Platform goes up against bigger competitors.

OpenStack Promises More Focused Edge Work
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

New strategic initiatives aimed at filling the technology gaps around specific use cases including NFV and the edge.

Telco Fat Cats: Still Worth It?
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

While some of the head honchos in telecom have taken hefty pay cuts in the last few years, they probably aren't yet worried about the price of milk.

Verizon on Drag & Drop Automation
LRTV Documentaries | 4/23/2018

Verizon's Srilakshmi Valisammagari addresses the operators' efforts to deliver automation to enterprise customers via Verizon Service Designer.

AT&T Rolls Out Faux 5G in 100+ US Markets
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

The '5G Evolution' upgrades will help provide faster 4G connections to backstop initially limited 5G deployments.

How Do You Future-Proof the Last Mile?
MariNation | 4/23/2018

Time to gaze into the crystal ball.

The Roadmap to Reaching Zero-Touch Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/23/2018

At BCE, we'll dive into the topic of Zero-Touch Automation without trying to boil the ocean.

How to Unify Humans & Machines
Column | 4/23/2018

To survive and thrive in the future, CSPs must find ways to prepare their employees for the integration of AI, automation, machine-learning and advanced data analytics in their operations.

Why Sky TV Digs Virtual Reality
LRTV Interviews | 4/23/2018

Sky TV's Richard Mills explains how the British satellite operator is scoring with VR sports, dramas, highlights shows and other short-form programming.

Eurobites: London Fiber Challenger Secures £25M for Expansion
News Analysis | 4/23/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone/Liberty chatter ratchets up a notch; Tele2's Q1 earnings up 7%; Sky sells stake in gaming business; 'Fitbit for cars' company wins funding.

Dell's Software Engine, Pivotal, Climbs 5% on Its IPO
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

The Dell-controlled Cloud Foundry vendor has an implied value of more than $3 billion on its first day of trading as a public company.

Comcast, Charter Hint at New MVNO Deals
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

A new joint operating platform owned by Comcast and Charter will support multiple MNVO partners.

Facebook Hearings Were the TIP of the Data Iceberg
Jonestown | 4/20/2018

Is Facebook a monopoly? Sure it is. Just a 21st-century monopoly, where data is king.

TalkTalk Puts Network & IT Convergence to Work
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/20/2018

The UK quad-play provider's Colin Whitbread gets closer to the edge, using automation and more.

Ericsson Takes Giant Leap Toward Profitability
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

Swedish equipment vendor appears to turn a corner with its best set of quarterly results since the departure of former CEO Hans Vestberg.

ZTE in Existential Crisis as It Slams 'Unfair' US Ban, Considers 'Judicial Measures'
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

ZTE hits back at US Dept. of Commerce's 'denial order' that bans US component firms from selling to the Chinese vendor for seven years, raises prospect of 'judicial measures' and questions its own survival.

Windstream's Brown on Automation: It Pays to Start Small
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

Windstream's Jeff Brown explains how the operator overcame challenges in testing, scaling and deploying its optical wave service, SDNow.

In DOJ Trial, Where Are the Concerns Over AT&T Privacy Practices?
MariNation | 4/20/2018

AT&T isn't being scrutinized for privacy concerns in its ongoing trial with the DOJ. Given recent Facebook revelations, maybe it should be.

WiCipedia: A Female-Only Island, Gender Quotas & Twitter's Oprah
WiCipedia | 4/20/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Are quotas the answer to diversity?; women in tech on Twitter get an influx of new followers; is the tech gender gap akin to the lack of men in ballet?; and more.

Eurobites: Telia Hooks Up With Microsoft for IoT
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 flashes its green credentials; Nokia teams up with OSIsoft; media bigwig supports Fox/Sky deal.

I'm Back for the Future of Communications
The Philter | 4/20/2018

Texas mop, KC smoke, Carolina vinegar - I like all styles of communications, really.

Qualcomm Cuts Jobs as It Seeks Chinese Approval for NXP M&A
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

Qualcomm says 1,500 job losses are part of a cost-cutting plan announced in January.

The Network Edge: Where Services Go to Thrive
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/19/2018

A major re-architecting of the network will be needed to deliver future services, as we'll discuss during the upcoming BCE 2018.

AT&T Exec Dishes That He's Not So Hot on Rival-Partner Comcast
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

The trial pitting the Department of Justice against AT&T is doing a fair job of airing the pay-TV industry's dirty laundry.

Telecom Italia's AI Tie-Up With Microsoft May Bring Job Cuts
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

Telecom Italia turns to Microsoft for AI expertise after previously announcing plans to cut 'human operated interactions' by 30%.

Eurobites: Facebook Backs Out of Ireland as GDPR Jeopardy Looms
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Red Hat, Altran join Spanish 5G R&D initiative; Sky powers on; Orange pals up with Siemens for IoT; DT's Open Telekom goes hybrid.

PCCW's Hughes: Intent-Based Networking Puts the Customer in Control
LRTV Documentaries | 4/19/2018

David Hughes, PCCW Global, explains how intent-based networking simplifies network provisioning and "puts the customer in control of the provisioning process."

Can Cable's IoT Dethrone Alexa?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/19/2018

Cable is moving into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, specifically homing in on home automation, using its advantage of existing connectivity and customers.

Indian Telcos to Ramp Up Network Investment in Next 2 Years
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

India's telcos have announced plans for a dramatic expansion of basestation infrastructure, but the network expansion will not be without challenges.

IBM's Bouncing Back – Why the Stock Drop?
News Analysis | 4/19/2018

Even though IBM is turning around its long revenue decline, the stock fell hard on Wednesday.

Alibaba Goes for Cloud Foundry Gold
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

The Chinese cloud giant is supporting Cloud Foundry on its infrastructure and joining its Foundation as a gold member.

Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

Verizon executive Vickie Lonker thinks both vendors and network service providers can do a better job to move forward faster.

Pay-for-Play Is a Sticking Point in Congress
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

...in the net neutrality debate. Why, what were you thinking?

Orange Hails AI Progress in 5G With IBM, Nokia
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

French service provider unveils details of AI research with Nokia and IBM as part of Europe's 5G-PPP initiative.

AT&T: Skillsets Still a Barrier to IoT Market
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

One of the biggest challenges AT&T's channel partners face in implementing new IoT services for their customers is an internal knowledge gap, said AT&T's Randall Porter.

Huawei's First 5G Smartphones Will Arrive in Q3 2019
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

Timed to arrive as the first domestic 5G networks come online.

Women of Wall Street CEO Offers Discrimination Solutions
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 4/18/2018

Blind hiring, raising awareness, encouraging dialogue and ending binding arbitration agreements are a few ways the industry can thwart gender discrimination, says former Wall Street executive Karen MacFarlane.

Don't Panic: CenturyLink's McBride on Automation's Impact on Operations
LRTV Documentaries | 4/18/2018

Kevin McBride explains how CenturyLink's operations teams are adapting to the operator's efforts to move toward a data-driven network.

Eurobites: Interoute Lands Major Dark Fiber Deal
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom offers Azure in South Africa; Facebook gets less presumptuous; EU gets tough on data; Elisa Q1 profits up.

Zinc Helps 'Deskless Workers' Find Their Voice
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

Zinc's collaboration service is designed for field service technicians, home healthcare workers, retail workers – people who don't spend their workday staring at screens.

BT Merges Business & Wholesale Arms, Hints at Future Layoffs
News Analysis | 4/18/2018

UK incumbent bids farewell to Business and Public Sector CEO Graham Sutherland as it embarks on its latest restructuring.

At IBM, Cloud Helps Keep Turnaround Going
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

IBM revenue grew for the second consecutive quarter, driven in part by cloud growth, following 22 consecutive quarters of revenue decline. But Wall Street still wasn't happy.

Pai Critic Clyburn Leaving FCC Early
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Democrat and Ajit Pai critic stepping down ahead of her term's end.

Could the AV1 Codec Crush HEVC?
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

There's a new codec on the video block and, with promises of at least 30% greater bit-rate efficiency, it might be more than just a contender to the still up-and-coming HEVC.

Google Pushes for More 4G CBRS Tests in Texas, as 3.5GHz Spectrum Decision Nears
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Google continues on the 3.5GHz trail, as the FCC is expected to hand in a decision on the spectrum usage soon.

Acacia Hit Worst by ZTE Components Ban
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Optical components specialist Acacia suffered a 36% share price dip following news of the ban on US companies selling components to Chinese systems vendor ZTE.

UK Dinosaurs Decide AI Does Not Threaten Extinction
Morris Lore | 4/17/2018

UK authorities are not even considering the possibility that artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment. That is deeply worrying.

Verizon Closes the Loop on Virtual Services
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

New service bundles let customers more easily access virtual services to speed their own transformations, and will lead to self-service soon.

BDAC Blowback – Ex-Chair Arrested
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

It doesn't help the optics when your former committee chair now faces jail time.

No Stopping Netflix
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

The Netflix juggernaut keeps on chugging.

Eurobites: Google's Nest Eyes Nokia's Withings
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lycamobile strikes WiFi deal; French government trials home-grown WhatsApp; Com Hem profits down.

Windstream Makes 'Waves' Within SDNow
LRTV Documentaries | 4/17/2018

Windstream's Jeff Brown says operators' efforts to further automate the WAN are driven by a need to compete with OTT providers.

ZTE Labeled Security Risk by UK Government
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

A UK warning that ZTE could pose a security risk in service provider networks comes at the same time US authorities ban the sale of components by US firms to the Chinese vendor.

5G Won't Solve Everything, Warns Huawei Boss
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Chinese vendor's chairman downplays 5G technology, saying it is not materially different from 4G.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Mind Your Language
LRTV Documentaries | 4/17/2018

Legislation, automation, defamation - it's a ball of conversational confusion on this week's Telecoms.com podcast.

Mirantis Has Seen the Future (Again) & This Time It's Spinnaker
News Analysis | 4/17/2018

Turn around bright eyes: After pivoting to Kubernetes, Mirantis is pivoting to Spinnaker.

DirecTV Now Inches Toward Cloud DVR Debut
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

Nine months and counting to birth this baby.

Cox Talks Smart City Co-Creation
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

Because co-creation just sounds more exciting than collaboration.

US Govt. Bans Domestic Component Sales to ZTE
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

As part of an ongoing dispute, the US Department of Commerce bans component sales to ZTE.

Ovum: US Pay-TV Crashing but May Not Burn
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

In a new study, LR's sister firm projects that US pay-TV providers will continue losing subscribers over the next four years but should cope by evolving their businesses.

128 Technology Goes Zero-Touch
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

Partnership with Arrow Electronics builds on Lanner white box with integrated solution including supply chain and ongoing support.

CenturyLink: Automation Is Glue for Data-Driven Network
LRTV Documentaries | 4/16/2018

Kevin McBride details CenturyLink's digital transformation journey and how to prepare for a data-driven, automated network.

Eurobites: Italy's Open Fiber Secures €3.5B Loan for Mega-Rollout
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia signs movie deal; Nokia brings LTE to connected car trial in Japan; UK and AI; Vodafone board change.

Google Preps Machine-Learning-as-a-Service for Networks
News Analysis | 4/16/2018

Internet giant says it will be 'humanly impossible' to manage networks at scale and hints at ML-based service offering.

Oracle Leads Lobby Against AWS for Juicy Pentagon Deal – Bloomberg
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and other Amazon competitors want to ensure that AWS doesn't get the whole enchilada from a lucrative Department of Defense cloud contract for millions of users, according to Bloomberg.

Is Gmail Testing Self-Destructing Messages?
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

Gmail is getting an overhaul, including new security features, according to reports.

CableLabs' Levensalor Levels on Automation & 5G
LRTV Documentaries | 4/13/2018

DALLAS - Automation Everywhere - Randy Levensalor, lead architect for CableLabs, explains how CableLabs is utilizing partnerships and open source to drive NFV interoperability in an effort to enable operators to spend more time focusing on their automation strategies.

Why Hardware Still Matters in the SDN Era
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/13/2018

Kontron's GM, Robert Courteau, discusses how hardware still matters in a software-defined world. He explains how vendors like Kontron and its partners have made significant strides to eliminate the arduous integration efforts of open source.

Advancing the Telco Cloud: Q&A With VMware's Shekar Ayyar
From the Founder | 4/13/2018

Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.

Comcast, Netflix Cozy Up in New Deal
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

Welcome to the newest bundle.

Eurobites: KPN to Test 5G With Drones, Cars, Boats & More
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fon buys XCellAir; Telegram app blocked in Russia; Deutsche Telekom upgrades "nearshore" areas.

Cloudflare Wants to Protect the Whole Internet – Legacy Apps, IoT, the Works
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

Cloudflare's Spectrum service extends Cloudflare's web protection and acceleration to anything that uses an Internet connection.

Cloudflare Protects Data With Lava Lamps
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

A wall of lava lamps in Cloudflare's San Francisco office makes encryption psychedelic.

It's Alive! Verizon & Friends Deliver First xRAN Spec
News Analysis | 4/13/2018

xRAN is for open source RAN hardware, ORAN is for CPRI, apparently...

Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad
Shades of Ray | 4/13/2018

Local branch of Australian service provider causes s**tstorm with advert stating preference for white staff.

KDDI Europe Sides Wth Silver Peak on SD-WAN
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

KDDI Europe, the UK-based subsidiary of KDDI, launched a new SD-WAN service offering for its 500 enterprise customers with SD-WAN supplier Silver Peak.

Verizon Launches Virtual Service Bundles
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

Pre-packaged service chains work with leading technology providers and are intended to make deployment faster and easier.

NetElastic Playing With the Big Boys
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

Two-year-old NFV software startup says it is in trials with multiple large operators and will have one major deal this year.

Millimeter Wave 5G: The Usain Bolt of Wireless?
Jonestown | 4/12/2018

5G as a sprint, not a long-distance proposition.

Top 4 GDPR Misconceptions
Column | 4/12/2018

Don't get tripped up by these myths about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Leading Lights 2018: A Bumper Crop of Finalists
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

Hundreds of entries were judged and now the shortlists for this year's Light Reading awards have been revealed.

Nokia Seizes Open RAN Initiative as Ericsson Holds Back
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

The Swedish vendor seems to have a bigger problem with openness than its Finnish rival.

Eurobites: Telefónica, Etisalat Form Security Alliance With Asian Giants
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google helps cut data use in Africa; Deutsche Telekom invests in Israeli IoT startup; Nokia and Telia put the 5G into Industry 4.0.

2 Cities Put Future of Wireless to the Test
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

'Most of all, it took a lot of crazy.' Major telecom players are lining up to build city-scale testbeds for next-generation wireless technologies.

Huawei Can Help Cut 90% of Networks Operations Jobs, Says Senior Exec
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

The Chinese vendor says its automation tools and services will support major workforce reductions in network operations.

Congrats to 2018's WiC Leading Lights Finalists
Que Sera Sarah | 4/12/2018

Ten worthy women and two trailblazing startups made the shortlist this year for Women in Comms' Leading Lights awards. Winners will be unveiled soon at BCE.

SDN Is Hype & NFV a Faux Pas – Telecom Panel
News Analysis | 4/12/2018

A group of telecom executives at this week's Paris tradeshow deliver a critical assessment of SDN and NFV.

Google Has Intent to Cut Humans Out of Network
News Analysis | 4/11/2018

Search engine giant is building an intent-driven tool to stop human employees from stressing out the network, says one of its chief engineers.

AT&T 5G Tests Go Gaga for Gigabit
News Analysis | 4/11/2018

Never mind the coverage range, feel the gigabit speeds!

Bohling: Have the Conversation to End Harassment
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 4/11/2018

Gender consultant and author Wendy Bohling shares her thoughts on why we need to create an atmosphere of transparency, authenticity and accountability to make sure the #metoo movement doesn't ultimately backfire.

Eurobites: Telefónica Boards the 5G Bus
News Analysis | 4/11/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU officials raid Fox's London office; Nokia in talks with Google over airplane broadband sale; Orange Luxembourg goes with Comarch for BSS.

Cisco & Juniper Heat Up Cloud Security Feud
News Analysis | 4/11/2018

Competitors Cisco and Juniper upgrade their cloud security platforms, to help you lock up your cloud infrastructure from public cloud to private cloud and on-prem.

Sprint & T-Mobile Talk M&A Again – Report
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Just five months after merger talks were called off, the rumor mill grinds into action again.

Comcast Revs Up Smart Home Engine
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

New updates are rolling out on Comcast's smart home platform.

MEF, ETSI & Linux Foundation Work Together on New NFV-Related Specifications
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

New work on LSO Presto specs creates abstraction and tool-chaining that can automate service delivery over multiple underlying networks.

8 Things We Didn't Know About Telecom Automation Until Last Week
From the Founder | 4/10/2018

Light Reading's recent Automation Everywhere conference provided invaluable guidance and insights for network operators figuring out their automation strategies.

Telstra: Automating From the Network Up
LRTV Documentaries | 4/10/2018

Without having a full automated network, you're not going to realize the potential of digital transformation, explains Telstra's director of Global Platforms, Jim Fagan, at Light Reading's Automation Everywhere conference in Dallas.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Plans to Thwart Elliott Plot
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Sweden CEO resigns; new boss at Liquid Telecom; Viavi displays the Cobham effect; smart city developments.

Calix, Infosys Team on Access Network 'Apps'
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Calix has reeled in global services company Infosys as a development partner for virtual network functions within AXOS, Calix's software-defined access network environment.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Who Will Pay the Price for Overvalued 5G Spectrum?
LRTV Documentaries | 4/10/2018

Scott and Jamie fight post-holiday lethargy to discuss the UK's 5G spectrum auction, 'Facebookgate' and more.

Google & Netflix Launch 'Kayenta' for Cloud-Scale Continuous Software Delivery
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Kayenta is open source software designed to help operators incrementally roll out application upgrades at cloud-scale without breaking things.

IBM Launches 'Skinny' Cloud Mainframe
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Two new IBM mainframes with security, machine learning and other capabilities for cloud applications are sized to fit in standard data center racks.

Ransomware Rising as It Grows More Lucrative
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

Attackers can get easy access to encryption, and face low risk of being caught, making ransomware attacks more prevalent, says Verizon DBIR.

Charter Calls for Uniform Privacy Law
MariNation | 4/9/2018

Opt-in for one and all.

Telekom Austria Has $1B War Chest for Takeovers – Report
News Analysis | 4/9/2018

Austrian incumbent plans to expand its presence through takeover activity, says CEO.

Colt Sees ONAP as Longer-Term Industry Orchestration Standard
News Analysis | 4/9/2018

Near-term requirements will necessitate vendor-specific solutions while ONAP matures.

Podcast: SD-WAN Goes Beyond Cost-Cutting [Sponsored]
Wagner’s Ring | 4/9/2018

SD-WAN is about more than saving money – it also provides application delivery, insights and reliability. Find out more in this podcast sponsored by Citrix.

Telco IoT in 2018: Firework or Flop?
News Analysis | 4/9/2018

Long heralded as a growth opportunity for telcos, IoT has continued to underwhelm. Could 2018 mark the turning point?

Google & Alibaba Cloud Gaining Fast in Public Cloud – but AWS Still Rules
News Analysis | 4/9/2018

Google and Alibaba have a long way to go to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft, but if they can keep up the triple-digit growth they'll get there.

Eurobites: Orange Slams UK Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 4/9/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brexit twist in Facebook data shenanigans; Telefonica chooses ASSIA for WiFi management; Nokia gets China Mobile gig; Deutsche Telekom rethinks media-buying operations.

Everything's Up-to-Date in Kansas City
Slide Shows | 4/6/2018

Kansas City hosted this year's Smart Cities Connect conference and showed off some of its own smart city projects.

Samsung Expects Boost in Sales, Profits for Q1
News Analysis | 4/6/2018

South Korean company is flourishing thanks largely to demand for its memory chip products.

Telecom Italia Molders as Shareholders Feud
News Analysis | 4/6/2018

A shareholder battle that now includes the Italian government threatens to distract Telecom Italia from the difficult job of digital transformation.

Telstra's Fagan: Network Automation Demands Disruption
News Analysis | 4/6/2018

Jim Fagan, director of Global Platforms for Telstra, delivered a keynote on the operator's Programmable Network and how it has set the stage for Telstra's journey toward network automation.

Eurobites: Orange Signs Satellite Broadband Deal
News Analysis | 4/6/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt expands Inbound Voice Services; Deutsche Telekom rolls out fiber in Mansfeld-Sudharz; Facebook faces flak.

WiCipedia: Breaking Biases & Squashing Self-Limiting Fear
WiCipedia | 4/6/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Chasing Grace premieres in Portland, Ore.; raising VC while pregnant; third-party salary audits; and more.

Why Is Autonomous Operations Key to Your Network Evolution?
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/6/2018

Angela Logothetis, VP Amdocs Open Network CTO, explains how Amdocs Autonomous Service Assurance changes the paradigm of service assurance, delivering game-changing operational cost savings to service providers and superior service experience to customers.

Service Providers Have Work Ahead for SD-WAN Security
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/6/2018

Communications service providers that are specialists in software-defined wide-area networking believe they're doing a good job on SD-WAN security but need to consider some enhancements to continue doing so.

Getting Real About VR Video
Alantown | 4/6/2018

In a new Light Reading breakfast forum at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week, top content, service and technology providers will explore the opportunities and challenges of immersive, 360-degree VR video.

Telco Content War Heats Up in India
News Analysis | 4/6/2018

India's operators are taking their fight into the content arena.

Charter: To Live & 5(G) in LA
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

Charter continues on its 5G fixed wireless test path in Los Angeles.

Sprint: 3 Big Smart City Challenges
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

Smart cities are no walk in the park.

CenturyLink CTO: SDOs Crucial to Automation
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

Aamir Hussain joined MEF's Board of Directors and points to its LSO work and the API frameworks provided by TM Forum as important.

Trump Bashes Bezos's Baby, but US Government Is a 'Yooge' Amazon Customer
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

Trump casts a cannonade of anti-Amazon tweets, but the company does big business with the US government.

Eurobites: Ofcom Investigates VoIP Operator Vonage
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TI Sparkle appoints key execs; Etisalat goes with Netcracker's NFV knowhow; Russian cable news.

UK's £1.4B '5G' auction looks bad for industry
News Analysis | 4/5/2018

The results could leave operators short of cash to invest in 5G networks, warns a leading analyst, while the UK's spectrum imbalance persists.

Amazon Automates Cloud Security
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

Rolls out tools to automate managing secrets, certificates, firewall policies and compliance data.

Microsoft Splashes $5B on IoT
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

The cloud provider plans to invest $5 billion on Internet of Things technologies over the next four years, and it's also cutting pricing for its IoT Hub platform for connecting IoT devices.

City CIO Talks Broadband in the Big Easy
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

New Orleans is getting scrappy with its broadband plans.

The First 5G Standard Is Complete – So What's Next?
Column | 4/4/2018

What comes after blazing broadband for the 5G specification?

5G: Health Risks & Nimbyism
Jonestown | 4/4/2018

The anticipated 5G wave of new small cells is likely to kick off a new round of cellular 'Nimbyism' too.

Qwilt CDN Launch Busts Open the ISP Edge
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

It's not your parents' CDN.

Inocybe, Cablevision Argentina Virtualize CDN
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

That kind of narrow use case is becoming typical for how Tier 2 operators initially embrace virtualization, says Inocybe's Zannos.

Telefónica leverages analytics for data-driven operations
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/4/2018

Telefonica's 'fourth platform' uses artificial intelligence to analyze data from underlying platforms in order to better serve customers.

Automation Is About Job Cuts – LR Poll
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

A desire to reduce headcount emerged as the most popular option when Light Reading's audience was recently asked why operators are automating network operations.

Heavy Reading Analyst: Autonomous Network Operations Demand Agility & Adaptability
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

To further their goals around network automation, carriers must overcome barriers like engineers' skills gaps, and develop agile company cultures, says Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw.

Apple Takes AI Bite Out of Google
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

The iPhone maker has recruited one of the world's foremost AI experts in poaching John Giannendrea from its Silicon Valley rival.

Aryaka Tackles New China SD-WAN Regulations With Partner China Mobile
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

Aryaka has partnered with China Mobile to be the first fully compliant global SD-WAN service for Chinese and international companies.

Eurobites: Spotify's IPO Is a Hit
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fox proposes Sky News sell-off; poles not towers for MTN Nigeria; MTS offers VoLTE and WiFi calling.

Why Telstra's COO Thinks Diversity of Thought Matters Most
Women in Comms Introduction Videos | 4/4/2018

Diversity of thought may be the most important in an industry that depends on innovation, according to Telstra COO Robyn Denholm.

Google Spins Subsea Cable Web to Australia & Southeast Asia
News Analysis | 4/4/2018

Google is investing in a subsea cable connecting the two continents, casting its subsea web wider.

New Orleans: Unique in Jazz, Coastline & Broadband
LRTV Documentaries | 4/3/2018

Light Reading's Mari Silbey interviews New Orleans CIO Kimberly LaGrue on broadband in the Big Easy.

Intel Spins Out Wind River for Industrial IoT
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Newly independent vendor will pursue Internet of Things, intelligent devices and edge computing.

Is 5G Fixed Wireless vs. FTTH a Cage Fight or a Toolkit?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/3/2018

Fiber to the home (FTTH) and mm-wave 5G fixed wireless access (5G-FWA) are not actual competitors, as they both have their strengths and places in the market

CNCF: Containerize Your Legacy!
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Dan Kohn says going cloud-native doesn't require a total rewrite to microservices of legacy systems - that can come later.

Can Europe Cope With Unlimited Mobile Data?
Column | 4/3/2018

How well-equipped are European operators to handle a surge in mobile data traffic on their 4G networks?

Cities to FCC: Stop Undermining Us
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Another city leader has parted ways with the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Eurobites: BT Openreach Introduces 'Virtual' Dark Fiber
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT launches WiFi calling and VoLTE; Telefonica, Microsoft partner on IoT; VEON scraps GTH move; Telia sells Spotify stake.

Critical Thinking at BCE 2018
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

The communications networking industry is at a crossroads -- the insights available at the upcoming BCE event in Austin, Texas, can help identify the right course of action for all players in the ecosystem.

JetStream De-Stealths With Cloud Data Migration Platform
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Launches with tools to help enterprises migrate data across clouds and multiple data centers.

Huawei Dwarfs Ericsson, Nokia on R&D Spend in 2017
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Results from the Chinese equipment giant show how difficult it will be for Ericsson and Nokia to mount an effective challenge.

Why Now Is the Best Time to Join WiC in Austin
Que Sera Sarah | 4/3/2018

It's a great, important time to be a woman in comms and to join our upcoming Transformation Summit in Austin on May 14 (men too!).

Mediacom: Subs Flocking to 1 Gig Speeds
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

In the US MSO's initial rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 across its footprint, more broadband subscribers than expected are signing up for 1 Gig packages even at high prices.

Cable DAA Debuts Worldwide
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

Who's doing what and where?

Lumina Ties BGP/MPLS Into White Box Switching
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

New capabilities are integrated in a way to enable smoother, more efficient transition to SDN.

Boingo CTO: 5G No Threat to Cable
LRTV Documentaries | 4/2/2018

Boingo's Derek Peterson discusses use cases and opportunities for cable companies in preparing for 5G.

Come to BCE 2018: It's a Smart Move
LRTV Documentaries | 4/2/2018

Among the many great reasons to join us at BCE 2018 in Austin, Texas, are the educational workshops and panels. To find out more about Light Reading's Big Communications Event (BCE), click here.

Optical on the Up: OFC 2018
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

The optical community was buzzing at this year's OFC event, fueled in part by 5G expectations and developments from the likes of Ciena, Coriant, Infinera, Nokia and NeoPhotonics.

Amazon Exec: IoT Reverses the Internet
News Analysis | 4/2/2018

The Internet is designed to deliver mass content from the center to the edge, but the Internet of Things needs to reverse that, says Sarah Cooper, Amazon Web Services general manager of IoT analytics and applications.

Celcom SVP: Focus on Performance, Forget Gender
Mentor Monday | 4/2/2018

Noora Mat Rifin, SVP of Customer Life Cycle Management at Celcom Axiata Berhad, advises women to follow their passion and seize opportunities in comms, despite the challenges.

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