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BTE 2015: Virtualization Goes Commercial
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges sees new network virtualization deployments on the horizon in 2015.

TiVo Scores Cable, Retail Gains
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

DVR pioneer racks up robust results for another quarter as it adds subscribers on both the cable and retail fronts, pushing its total customer count near 6 million.

Will Ericsson Join the M&A Arms Race?
Shades of Ray | 5/29/2015

Reports suggest Ericsson might respond to the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia with a major deal of its own - but would that make sense?

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

Find out more about the players that made it on to our awards shortlist for Company of the Year (Public).

Leading Lights Finalists: Most Innovative SDN Deployment (Network/Data Center Operator)
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

Finalists in this category showed global ambition.

Interconnect Deals Bear Net Neutrality's Stamp
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

ISPs are signing new pacts with edge providers before the FCC's Open Internet rules go into effect in two weeks, but measuring what's fair in an interconnection deal still won't be easy.

Eurobites: Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Germany's spectrum auction heats up; Telefonica closes GVT buy; Jolla sails into Africa.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
News Analysis | 5/29/2015

The three finalists for Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical service know that software now outweighs hardware and raw speed.

Making Sense of It All at BTE
Shades of Ray | 5/28/2015

Now more than ever, the industry needs to come together to ask and answer the big questions facing the communications networking industry -- and that's going to happen at the upcoming Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago.

Gambling on Used Sprint Phones: Are Users Buying a Brick?
Jonestown | 5/28/2015

Consumers have no way of knowing if the aftermarket Sprint phone they're buying will work on the operator's network -- and that's burning Sprint's MVNOs.

Sprint CEO Claims Next-Gen Network Will Be #1
Que Sera Sarah | 5/28/2015

Marcelo Claure had some bold claims to share at the Recode conference, including that its network would be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every single market in the next 18 to 24 months.

Why Netflix Traffic Keeps Soaring
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

Interconnection deals between Netflix and ISPs have had a major impact on bandwidth usage in North America.

CEO Chat With Hassan Ahmed, Affirmed Networks
Between the CEOs | 5/28/2015

Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.

What Will Avago Do With Broadcom?
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

Avago could look at Broadcom in the same way it did LSI, says analyst.

Sprint Policy Change Spells Trouble for MVNOs
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

Many bring-your-own-device handsets used by MVNO customers on the Sprint network are failing a new eligibility check.

Avago Seals Deal to Buy Broadcom for $37B
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

As expected, Avago is swallowing Broadcom in a deal that will create a $77 billion networking chip giant.

Eurobites: Telefónica Launches 'Quin-Play' Service
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

Quad-play is just so 2014. Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox in French IoT deal; Ericsson opens cloud lab in Rome; Huawei and Volkswagen share the ride.

Europe Set to Miss Digital Deadline – Point Topic
News Analysis | 5/28/2015

European Commission's broadband targets for 2020 are already looking out of reach, according to projections from research house Point Topic.

Will Carriers Follow Facebook's Networking Lead?
Wagner’s Ring | 5/28/2015

Facebook designs and builds its own networks, which sparks the question, will carriers want to do the same?

Altice Eyes Next US Cable Prizes
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Altice owner says the company wasn't ready for Time Warner Cable, but it still has some big moves planned.

HP: ConteXtream's Precision Network Configuration Drove Acquisition
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

ConteXtream lets carriers identify and manage flows on a per-subscriber basis, which can be handy.

Broadcom in Buyout Talks With Avago – Report
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Broadcom's stock is soaring on the news.

Fortinet Set to Buy Meru for $44M
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Security firm says enterprise WiFi company will bolster its BYOD strategy and more.

Charter Plans Business Services, Wireless Push
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

With its TWC & Bright House deals done, Charter aims to extend its business services and wireless reach to compete for customers in areas beyond its cabled footprint.

BTG Breaks Out Cloud Partner Program
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

As the cloud market grows, it also continues to splinter and this time, it's AT&T partner BTG offering its own private cloud partner program.

Cisco VNI Report Shows Set-Top Shift
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Cisco's annual Visual Networking Index report shows traffic from digital media adapters growing to 32% of total global Internet set-top traffic by 2019.

Eurobites: Nokia Buys SON Specialist
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets Spanish green light for Jazztel buy; Ericsson takes 5G down the mines; Drahi explains TWC pullout.

The Three Steps to Digital Dominance
Column | 5/27/2015

What are the main steps that CSPs need to take in order to compete on the digital playing field?

BTE 2015: IoT Driving SDN, NFV Business Case
Que Sera Sarah | 5/27/2015

Heavy Reading analyst Steve Bell explains how IoT deployments are driving operators to invest in SDN and NFV, but some are still waiting on LTE-M.

Leading Lights Finalists: Best Deal Maker
News Analysis | 5/27/2015

Strategic acquisitions and partnerships helped five companies get shortlisted to be 2015's best deal maker.

HP Acquiring ConteXtream for Carrier SDN
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

The pioneering SDN player will help HP build a foundation for its NFV programs.

A Tale of 2 Genbands
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

The networking vendor says its legacy business is dwindling as it positions itself as a partner to telcos both in transforming their networks to IP and in building a future comms strategy.

Charter Seals Deals for TWC, Bright House
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

Charter plans to spend about $56 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable and another $10.4 billion to purchase Bright House Networks.

Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses
LRTV Documentaries | 5/26/2015

CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

The trend to hybrid clouds and more focused cloud service options is well represented in our four finalists.

100G: Ready for Prime Time
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/26/2015

Most telecom and network equipment manufacturers are now shipping products with 100G ports.

Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Trials 400G in Czech Republic
News Analysis | 5/26/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone shareholders like the sound of a merger with Liberty; German spectrum auction imminent; TeliaSonera makes IoT investment.

Charter Nears Deal for TWC – Reports
News Analysis | 5/25/2015

Charter is closing in on a $55.1 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable, with the generous help of Liberty Broadband, according to multiple press reports Monday.

Bidding War for TWC Looks Likelier
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

Altice head Patrick Drahi reportedly meets with TWC CEO Rob Marcus in New York while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler clarifies his position on cable deals.

TiVo Secures 2-Year Set-Top Waiver
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

The FCC has awarded TiVo a temporary waiver so that it can continue to sell set-tops that don't comply with the DLNA's home networking standard to its cable operator customers.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

Find out more about the broadband network operators that made it onto our awards shortlist for most innovative gigabit service.

Eurobites: Vodafone Shines in FTSE 100
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia tests 5G in Oulu; French minister makes plea for market stability; BT boss minted.

Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling
LRTV Documentaries | 5/22/2015

For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.

10 Alternate Uses for Tablets
Slide Shows | 5/22/2015

Not sure what to do with your not-so-popular tablet anymore? We have some ideas for you...

Potholes Lurk in Indian Smart City Project
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

India's recently launched smart cities project faces huge challenges even though vendors are enthused by the business opportunity.

Wave Raises $130M for Gigabit Expansion
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

Wave plans to bulk up on fiber in Washington, Oregon and California after raising $130 million in a corporate bond sale.

Brocade: IP Networking Up, But Storage Down
News Analysis | 5/22/2015

Service provider and US federal customers drove increased year-over-year IP sales, Brocade says.

Carmakers Closing In on Nokia HERE – Report
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Reuters reports that Mercedes, Audi, BMW and General Atlantic are getting closer to making a bid for Nokia's HERE mapping division, but they'll have competition.

Accedian Touts 7 Service Provider vCPE Wins
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Accedian vCPE has been deployed by carriers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, likely including Cox and T-Mobile.

OIF Releases Transport SDN Framework
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

The Optical Internetworking Forum delivers a white paper based on last year's transport SDN demonstration and gears up for next steps.

Comcast Targets 6 New Gigabit Markets
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Comcast is rolling out its residential Gigabit Pro service to six new regions across the country.

Is Altice the Great US Cable Consolidator?
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

The French communications giant has bold ambitions to play a major role in consolidating the US cable market over the next couple of years, but will it happen?

Sprint Appoints Ex-Bell Media Exec as CMO
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Kevin Crull will join the carrier at the end of the month to step up Sprint's brand, advertising and social media efforts.

All-IP DT Could Drive Euro M&A, Say Analysts
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

The German incumbent may be on the prowl for takeover opportunities in Europe if it can first offload T-Mobile US.

Videocon Plots Non-Spectrum Services Lead
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Videocon Telecom aims to become the market leader for services that do not require the use of mobile spectrum.

Will Investing in SDN & NFV Be Worth It?
Shades of Ray | 5/21/2015

This is the big question facing all operators - SDN and NFV look like they could be very beneficial in many ways but can a massive transformation be justified?

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Offloads Towers
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slim sells off KPN shares; TalkTalk walks the Gigabit walk, in York; Finland tops mobile data survey.

Is 'Good Enough' Ever Enough for Telecom?
Rewired | 5/21/2015

Some folks say they'll never forgo six-nines reliability and 50 millisecond restoration standards, but there are definite signs Web 2.0 approaches are taking hold.

Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge
LRTV Documentaries | 5/21/2015

Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.

Connected Cars Spell Trouble for Cellular, Says Machina
News Analysis | 5/21/2015

New research suggests the proliferation of connected cars could be a major network problem for mobile operators.

Cisco Dodged Sanctions Barring Russian Trade – Report
Wagner’s Ring | 5/21/2015

Altered records in an attempt to provide equipment to Russian military and security services, according to a report on BuzzFeed News.

Cablevision Calls Out Verizon on Fiber Claims
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Cablevision has filed suit against Verizon for claiming its FiOS network is all fiber when the telco still uses coaxial cable in subscribers' homes.

AT&T Cloud Strategy Now Focuses on Network
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Instead of competing for cloud services, AT&T is now leveraging NetBond to sell integrated access to hybrid clouds that is on-demand and secure.

What's It All About, Altice?
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

In yet another strange twist, French communications giant Altice swoops into US to buy Suddenlink and woo Time Warner Cable. But is it all for real?

Genband Outlines NFV Roadmap
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

SBC and wireless access gateway are available as VNFs now, with the messaging platform, app server, WebRTC gateway and call session controller to follow in 2015.

Sprint Might Sit Out 600MHz Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

CFO says that Sprint might be happy enough with its network position to ignore the next major US spectrum auction in 2016.

Ciena Surfs DCI Wave With New Platform
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Ciena adds a dedicated data center interconnect product to its line-up, along with APIs and cloud emulation to encourage app development.

Chattanooga Charts Killer Gigabit Apps
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

After five years with a gigabit network, Chattanooga has discovered and created some killer gigabit apps.

AlcaLu Bridges Optical & IP Networks With SDN
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Claims to be first to manage both kinds of networks with multivendor support.

Eurobites: Orange Gets EC Nod on Jazztel
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ireland's eircom rejects takeover offer; BT appeals against "margin squeeze" test; Amino buys cloud TV specialist; UFO sighted in York.

Liberty Global Keen on Vodafone Tie-Up – Report
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Liberty Global chairman says two companies would be 'great fit' a day after Vodafone boss is quizzed about likelihood of a deal.

Altice to Buy Suddenlink in $9.1B Deal
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Aggressive French communications player adds to its European cable and mobile assets with a deal to buy 70% of US cable operator Suddenlink.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Video Service
News Analysis | 5/20/2015

Comcast, UPC Hungary and MobiTV make the shortlist this year with new, cloud-based video services.

An Inflection Point in Telecom: The 5G Vector
Column | 5/20/2015

The industry is at an inflection point, and one of the looming disruptors is 5G.

Wholesalers Out to Prove Quality Beats Price
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Price vs. quality and industry consolidation were two common themes of a changing sector at International Telecom Week.

Verizon Saves 60% Swapping Copper for Fiber
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Just 2,000 more to go as the carrier looks to swap out all the copper in its central offices for fiber, significantly reducing their size, costs and energy usage.

Vodafone May Buy Content to Fight BT, Telefónica
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao is weighing up a bigger push into the content arena as the operator looks to build on a long-awaited return to revenue growth.

Skyport Touts Ultra-Secure Carrier Server
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

SkySecure is intended to provide continuous, tamper-proof protection and auditing from manufacture to grave.

Eurobites: DT Takes Full Control of Slovak Telecom
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT wants EE acquisition fast-tracked; Swedish startup launches mobile money gizmo; AlcaLu partners with KT on 5G; Nokia offers LTE-in-a-box.

Stealthy Versa Developing Run-Anywhere NFV
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Versa is developing technology that enables virtual network functions to run anywhere they can find compute resources - on customer premises gear, in a carrier data center or in the cloud.

The Security Challenge of SDN
LRTV Documentaries | 5/19/2015

CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.

Charter, Bright House: The Wedding's Back On
News Analysis | 5/19/2015

Charter Communications and Bright House Networks are extending negotiations with the intention of having Charter complete its $10.4 billion acquisition of the smaller operator.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Company of the Year (Private)
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

Find out more about the players that made it onto our awards shortlist for company of the year (private).

Smarter 'Dumb' TVs Will Drive OTT Adoption
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

Pay-TV operators are learning to adapt as TVs connected with game consoles and media streamers start to lead to a major jump in over-the-top video service adoption.

Ofcom Does Not Rule Out BT Carve-Up
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

UK regulator indicates that all options are on the table during its first strategic review of the market in a decade.

CenturyLink Goes Beyond Gig for SMBs
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

On top of its fiber-based symmetric gigabit services, CenturyLink is bringing Managed Office and a range of IT offerings to this hot market.

Comcast Hints Strongly at Upstream Mid-Split
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

Comcast is strongly considering expanding its spectrum use for upstream bandwidth in its HFC networks from an upper limit of 42MHz to 85MHz.

Choosing a Technology Supplier? Consider Changing Your Selection Criteria
Column | 5/18/2015

Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.

Eurobites: Belgium Blasts Facebook Over Privacy
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: New execs at eircom; MTN faces strike; BT virtualizes the contact center.

SK Telecom: Small Cells Key to 5G
Que Sera Sarah | 5/18/2015

Small cells, along with WiFi, SDN and NFV, will be crucial to the build out of 5G, two SK Telecom senior managers tell Light Reading in an extensive Q&A.

RJio Moves Closer to 4G Launch
News Analysis | 5/18/2015

Recent developments suggest Mukesh Ambani-led RJio will soon launch a 4G service.

Migrating to NFV a Step at a Time
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/15/2015

In part 2 in a series of blogs on 'Accelerating NFV Implementation,' Caroline Chappell looks at the long-term vision for NFV and how operators can get there.

6 Steps Towards a Gigabit City
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

Experts offered tips on how to spread the gigabit love at this week's Light Reading Gigabit Cities Live event in Atlanta.

AT&T Testing Virtualized GPON
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

NFV-based optical line terminal debuted in an Open Compute Project demo that is being repeated next month, using standard hardware.

North America Takes Center Stage for TSIC
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

TeliaSonera's wholesale unit is quietly building a name for itself in North America.

Gigabit Cities: I've Seen the Future
Shades of Ray | 5/15/2015

If anyone now asks me why consumers would ever need a Gigabit broadband connection, I have a few suggestions thanks to the team at Orange GigaStudio.

NetCracker Pitches NFV Migration Story
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

NetCracker's latest software release is aimed at network operators planning to migrate step by step to a fully virtualized environment.

Eurobites: Iliad's Mobile Subs Soar
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkey less than delighted by 4G; Zuckerberg likes the EU Digital Single Market; TalkTalk's FTTH plan.

AT&T Takes 'Startup Mentality' to Wholesale
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

After proving out the agile startup model in its Partner Exchange, AT&T's Brooks McCorcle says the carrier is looking to scale it up to wholesale -- and eventually the entire company.

BT Kicks Up Stink Over Dark Fiber Proposals
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

UK incumbent insists Ofcom's proposals would be detrimental to the business connectivity market after the regulator aims for some bold changes.

Arista Addresses White Box Threat
News Analysis | 5/15/2015

Arista says it competes on its software.

Gigabit States Anyone?
Alantown | 5/15/2015

At the Gigabit Cities Live confab in Atlanta, speakers and participants float suggestions for the nation's first Gigabit State.

Crown Castle Sells Australia Business for $1.6B
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Proceeds will support Crown Castle's $1 billion takeover of Sunesys and help to pay off debts.

Rovi Rues Loss to Activist Investors
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Rovi lost two of three Board of Director seats in a fight with activist investment firm Engaged Capital.

Title II: What Chilling Effects?
Alantown | 5/14/2015

Despite the dire warnings of top telco and cable execs, Gigabit service rollouts and announcements have only sped up since the FCC passed its Title II rules less than three months ago.

Ozone Plans Ubiquitous WiFi in India
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

A WiFi service provider called Ozone Networks is banking on a surge in demand for WiFi-offload services among India's mobile operators.

Telefónica Boosted by German, UK M&A
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Spain's biggest operator saw takeover activity in other parts of Europe bolster first-quarter earnings but says conditions are improving at home.

Eurobites: TalkTalk Raises Growth Forecast
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Technologies cuts jobs; Orange under competition scrutiny in France; AlcaLu sells optical plant.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative IoT (Vendor)
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Find out more about the companies that made it onto our first awards shortlist for most innovative IoT vendor.

Verizon Says Focused Cloud Strategy Working
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

By not targeting all clouds equally, Verizon Enterprise is growing its cloud business significantly.

Cisco Earnings: Carriers Cast Shadow Over Sunny Quarter
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

But outgoing CEO John Chambers is optimistic the company is well positioned to grab business when the service provider market inevitably bounces back.

Hutch, VimpelCom in Talks About Italian Job
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Hong Kong conglomerate confirms plans to merge 3 Italia and Wind, creating Italy's biggest mobile operator.

AT&T Adds Hulu, Gets Sued by Cox
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

AT&T becomes the latest pay-TV provider to resell Hulu service, but gets sued by Cox for patent infringement on the same day.

How Cisco Will Compete Against White Box Switches
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

Selling outcomes - architecture, security and business value - will be the key to Cisco's future prosperity, outgoing CEO John Chambers says.

Cisco: Chambers to Be 'Wingman' to Robbins
News Analysis | 5/14/2015

If Cisco doesn't work out, Chambers and successor Chuck Robbins can take their comedy act on the road.

Comcast Goes N+0 in Gigabit Markets
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

Comcast is reducing serving group sizes to around 100 subscribers in some markets targeted for gigabit services and is adopting a 'node-plus-zero (N+0)' approach.

AT&T: Building Gigabit Connections Is Just the First Step
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

At the Gigabit Cities Live! Event in Atlanta, Eric Small of AT&T GigaPower talks about what happens once a Gigabit broadband network is built and notes the importance of wireless in the gigabit trend.

CEO Chat With Rod Naphan, Fujitsu Network Communications
Between the CEOs | 5/13/2015

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Rod Naphan, the CTO of Fujitsu Network Communications.

Nuage Connects Dots Between SDN & Fabrics
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

The new Virtualized Services Assurance Platform helps correlate flaws on the SDN software overlay and networking fabric underlay.

LTE Upgrades Support Verizon's AOL Move
Jonestown | 5/13/2015

Verizon's AOL buy is its latest push in an ongoing strategy to deliver more mobile video to its customers.

Eurobites: Bouygues Wants to Go It Alone
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hutchison and VimpelCom allocate merger jobs; Deutsche Telekom bids for Slovakian stake; FreedomPop brings free offer to UK.

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Security Strategy
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

Our annual awards shortlist of companies that are taking an innovative, effective approach to security.

Deutsche Telekom Buoyed by US Growth
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

The German incumbent is still riding high thanks to the turnaround at T-Mobile US and a strong performance at home.

Hydro-Electric DC Fuels CenturyLink Growth
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

New data center in central Washington will have significantly lower costs, which CenturyLink can use to attract new customers.

Allied Fiber CEO Sees Rise of OTT 'Telcos'
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

Hunter Newby says he's being approached by OTTs about leasing Allied Fiber's dark fiber network to launch their own wireless services.

Gigabit Cities Live Hits Atlanta
Alantown | 5/13/2015

New Light Reading conference in Atlanta will feature talks by senior execs from AT&T, Comcast, CenturyLink and Cox, as well as major city CTOs and CIOs.

Comcast Opens Up the Smart Home
News Analysis | 5/13/2015

Comcast is building a broader device ecosystem for its smart home service, and it isn't the only one.

Blockchain: The Light Hidden Under Bitcoin's Bushel
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/12/2015

Blockchain has the potential to help telecom vendors increase security and value to their solutions -- if they are willing to invest in its development.

Level 3: Analytics Unlocks SDN Potential
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Network analytics lets customers programmatically provision network services.

Verizon's AOL Buy Completes Its Content Story
Que Sera Sarah | 5/12/2015

AOL answers the question of how Verizon will monetize all its planned video offers, and it also indicates the carrier is becoming a content provider, whether it calls itself one or not.

Verizon: Telecom Needs to Solve SDN Problem
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Entire industry needs a standard version of SDN to which it can build, in order to quickly get programmability into its networks.

Revenue Beats Reduced Costs for SDN
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Different carrier business units have different needs when you ask them what they want from SDN.

Cablevision Deals in Set-Top Data With ESPN, Disney
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Through an agreement with Cablevision, ESPN will reportedly offer advertisers access to set-top usage data for developing targeted ad campaigns.

Telefónica: SDN Vendors Need to Interoperate
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Telefonica has been one of the most aggressive operators when it comes to SDN and NFV, but one exec says the technologies are still stymied by a lack of vendor interoperability.

DroneComm 2015: Pics Above the Clouds
Slide Shows | 5/12/2015

A slide show from Light Reading's first ever commercial drone event in Atlanta.

Numericable-SFR Raises Profit Targets
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

French quad-play aspirant's stock rises in European trading after it posts strong earnings results for the first three months of the year.

Split BT to Lessen Regulation, Says CityFibre
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Carving up BT would ultimately create a more level playing field in the UK's broadband market while lessening the need for future regulation, says one of the incumbent's emerging infrastructure rivals.

Verizon's $4.4B AOL Buy a Digital Media Play
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Telecom giant is doubling down on digital media and video content for its broadband and wireless networks with a $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL.

Eurobites: Baksaas to Step Down at Telenor
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom tests driverless cars; EE racks up complaints; Nokia gets the party started.

Comcast Joins OpenDaylight – First SP Member
News Analysis | 5/12/2015

But several service providers use the SDN code.

Can an App Make Campuses Safer?
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

BlueLight, a new company with a new smartphone app, is using Bandwidth.com's intelligent network platform to enable a campus security service.

OpenStack Doesn't Come for Free
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/11/2015

In part 1 in a series of blogs on 'Accelerating NFV Implementation', Caroline Chappell looks at why OpenStack is set to play a key role in the NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack.

CEO Chat With Eric Pratt, Taqua
Between the CEOs | 5/11/2015

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Eric Pratt, the CEO of Taqua.

India's Aircel Plots Path to 4G
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

Aircel CTO Sameer Dave highlights the technical challenges that India's operators face in launching 4G.

US Pay-TV M&A Plot Thickens
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

Bright House wants to remain independent, while the FCC appears poised to restart its review of AT&T's proposal to buy DirecTV.

FCC Rejects Title II Stay Request
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

The Commission turns down petitions from cable, telco and wireless interests to delay implementation of the new Title II regulatory regime for ISPs.

SoftBank's Son Names Arora New President
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

Former Google executive to co-lead a new-look Japanese operator prioritizing investments in overseas and Internet ventures.

A Guide to G.fast
Slide Shows | 5/11/2015

Light Reading's quick primer on fixed broadband access technology G.fast.

Eurobites: Tesco to Put Mobile Biz on Special Offer?
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS uses vendor financing for Huawei deal; Tele2 erects IoT Portal; Safaricom upgrades with Ericsson.

UK's Gigaclear Raises $46M for Rural Gigabit
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

A fresh injection of funds from Prudential and Woodford will help Gigaclear accelerate the rollout of a 1Gbit/s fiber network for rural homes and businesses.

Rovi Knowledge Graph Signals Future of Metadata
News Analysis | 5/11/2015

New Rovi Knowledge Graph combines curated metadata with real-time information from 100,000 online sources.

Wheeler Wants Pay-TV Status for OTT
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tells cable executives that he favors broadening the definition of an MVPD to cover online video providers.

Equinix Confirms $3.55B Bid for UK's Telecity
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

An Equinix takeover of Telecity would create Europe's biggest data center player, but it might scupper Telecity's own move for Dutch player Interxion.

Geeking Out Over Gigabit
Rewired | 5/8/2015

After almost three decades of writing about fiber-to-the-home, I'm finally getting it and I'm going for the whole gig.

INTX Verdict: Still a Cable Show
Column | 5/8/2015

Cable companies still dominate the scene at INTX, the event formerly known as The Cable Show.

The Case For Pure Play Virtualization
Column | 5/8/2015

What is the best way to support both layer 2 and layer 3 services at the edge of the network that incorporates virtual network functions?

Comtek Revives Sorrento for Another Run
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

Following its acquisition by Comtek, Sorrento Networks returns to a greatly changed optical sector with plans for new products.

Telecom Italia Sees Domestic Recovery
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

Italian incumbent says spending on fiber networks and mobile data services is already starting to pay off.

Eurobites: Uber Bids $3B for Nokia's HERE
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hutchison Whampoa lines up investors for O2 takeover; Ericsson files suits against Apple; mixed fortunes for Liberty Global.

Verizon: Reliability a Key SDN Concern
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

Making networks more dynamic and automating the provisioning process is great, but not if it threatens the five-nines reliability of telecom.

The Need for Speed
Column | 5/8/2015

How fast is too fast in terms of communication? Unless our lives and actions start being measured in seconds, do we really need a 43 Tbps connection to fulfill our everyday tasks?

Digital Illiteracy Hinders India Internet Adoption
News Analysis | 5/8/2015

The modest efforts of India's operators to educate consumers about the benefits of Internet services may ultimately benefit 4G players.

Facebook Puts Photos in Cold Storage
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Social network built custom-designed open storage hardware to accommodate photos its users shared a long time ago.

Leading Lights 2015: Who's in the Running?
Shades of Ray | 5/7/2015

The shortlists (some of them not so short) are out for this year's Leading Lights awards program and it's an incredible mix of runners and riders...

Getting Nitty-Gritty on Carrier Ethernet
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

A featured workshop at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event will dig deep into the details of Carrier Ethernet's evolving role in the cloud era.

Cisco to Acquire API Specialist Tropo
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Networking giant wants to make a bigger push into the API economy by acquiring Tropo and its real-time voice, video and messaging APIs.

The Future of Carrier SDN Networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/7/2015

What are the biggest SDN questions facing service providers today? Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin highlights the major talking points as he prepares for a full day's debate in Denver.

BT Flags Best-Ever Fiber Broadband Quarter
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

UK incumbent's earnings are buoyed by impressive growth at its consumer division and the launch of 4G services in March.

Women in Tech: People Skills Trump Tech Skills
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Executives from Microsoft joined Chicago CIO Brenna Berman in a roundtable discussion on how technology changes are creating new opportunities for women in the industry.

Pics: Women in Tech & Cable Meet in Chicago
Slide Shows | 5/7/2015

Snaps from Chicago where women from Microsoft and the Women in Cable Telecom both held events to promote women in the industry and the good work they are doing for others.

Eurobites: EC Spells Out Digital Single Market
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei opens R&D command center; Nokia upgrades GSM-R in Greece; Interoute facilitates cross-border current account.

Wheeler to Cable: Suck It Up
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Speaking to skeptical cable execs at INTX Show, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Title II regulatory regime will help make US broadband market more competitive.

Cablevision Chief Plays the Dating Game
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

In an unexpected twist, Cablevision CEO James Dolan jumps into the industry's M&A action by calling for the consolidation of the New York metro market.

Service Innovation to Drive NFV
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Quality-of-service demands will delay NFV adoption for existing services, carrier executives said. But new services, such as 5G and machine-to-machine communications, will be able to jump in.

Alcatel-Lucent Outperforms Rivals in Q1
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Shares in Alcatel-Lucent rose in early-hours trading after the French equipment maker appeared to outperform its chief European competitors.

Comcast Plans 4K & HDR Set-tops
News Analysis | 5/7/2015

Comcast will introduce a 4K set-top and 4K service for its X1 IP video platform later this year, followed by the launch of an HDR set-top in 2016.

Level 3 Stays Ahead in the On-Demand Race
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Level 3 Communications is capitalizing on early work in automating its network to advance an SDN agenda but it wants to see more commercial software as well.

Cable Makes No Small Plans for SDN
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Move to virtualization seen as key to faster service deliver, collapsing of silos, delivering video from the cloud and more.

Comcast on Service: Why It's Different Now
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Comcast has promised to improve customer service in the past. Is this time any different?

T-Mobile Expects LTE-U to Feature Listen-Before-Talk
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Operators aren't required to implement the good neighbor protocol for LTE-U to coexist with WiFi, but a T-Mobile exec expects it to be built into the design anyway.

Eurobites: Nokia May Hang On to HERE
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor numbers get a lift from Myanmar; Swisscom impresses in Q1; Sky versus Skype.

Open Source Router Connects US, Australia
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

The connection validates the vision of disaggregated routers, SDN, open source software and ON.Labs' open source ONOS OS.

Cisco Rolls Out New CCAP Chassis
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

Playing comeback against Arris and Casa, Cisco finally launches its new cBR-8 CCAP box with announced deployments by Comcast and Numericable.

OPNFV Release Taking Longer Than Planned
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

The first version of the NFV reference implementation, named "Arno," is still due in the spring.

HP Launches NFV-in-a-Box
News Analysis | 5/6/2015

NFV software on a standard server, configured for service providers and ready to go.

Comcast Readies D3.1 & RDK-B
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Comcast reveals new details on its DOCSIS 3.1 trial plans and RDK-B devices.

Cablecos Going Gaga Over Gigabit
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Cox and Comcast reveal new gigabit plans at INTX.

Cyan Says It Wasn't Starving Before Ciena Bid
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Cyan argues that its prospects were bright before Ciena offered to acquire, and presents a first-quarter revenue jump as evidence.

Sprint Maps Out Its Next-Generation Network
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Forget Network Vision - Sprint's now planning to densify via its Next-Generation Network, as the carrier reports fourth-quarter earnings that show improvements.

Infinera, Arista Team to Conquer DCI Space
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Integrated solution targets fast-growing market of metro connections that need high capacity, flexibility, scalability and more.

Comcast Seeks to Leave TWC Behind
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Comcast officials say they have now moved on after the collapse of their $45.2 billion deal to buy out Time Warner Cable two weeks ago.

SDN: It's All About the Apps
Column | 5/5/2015

There's more to SDN than decoupling network control from the forwarding plane, argues the executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Eurobites: Swisscom Claims G.fast First
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Allot revenues up 4.4%; EU takes its time over Apple/Amazon tax probe; Abertis lists masts business.

Chambers's Legacy: A Resurgent Cisco
Wagner’s Ring | 5/5/2015

John Chambers leaves Cisco challenged by SDN and NFV, but in a good position to compete.

Cable Cozies Up to TiVo & OTT
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

The cable industry is showing its newfound love for both TiVo and OTT services at this year's Internet & Television Expo in Chicago.

A Cable Show By Any Other Name?
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

As the cable industry continues to consolidate, NCTA launches rebranded Cable Show as INTX in Chicago to stave off further attendance declines.

Amdocs: Pay-TV Can Play With OTT
News Analysis | 5/5/2015

A new study by Amdocs and IE Market Research finds that pay-TV providers could better retain subscription revenue by offering unified search and discovery for pay-TV and OTT services.

Equinix Plugs In to Microsoft Office 365
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

Expanding from infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Cablevision Talks Up Internet in Q1 Earnings
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

Cablevision stresses connectivity first as video subscriber numbers continue to slide.

Level 3's SDN Play Focused on Hybrid Clouds
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

Network operator aggressively integrated dynamic capacity abilities acquired from tw telecom to roll out nationally and globally.

Ciena's Cyan Buy: It's All About the Software
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

Ciena looks to buy its way into the SDN/NFV revolution by acquiring fellow packet-optical vendor Cyan.

Cisco's Robbins to Replace Chambers as CEO
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

After years of talking about it, Cisco CEO John Chambers will finally retire this July, to be replaced by Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Chuck Robbins.

INTX: A Viewing Guide to Cable's New Show
News Analysis | 5/4/2015

As INTX -- formerly known as The Cable Show -- opens its doors in Chicago this week, here are some of the hot technologies to watch for.

Charter Explores OTT Options
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

Fourth-largest US MSO is investigating ways to use skinnier OTT-based video bundles to draw in more cable subscribers.

Oracle Watch: New Server, New Rumors
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

Rolls out a new communications application server but the big news is whether it will add Salesforce.com to its cloud effort.

Bright House May Be Kingmaker
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

The sixth-largest US MSO has now emerged as a key player in cable's ongoing M&A soap opera as both Charter and TWC try to woo it.

Tata Teleservices on Hunt for WiFi Partners
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

Like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Tata Teleservices is now exploring WiFi partnership options.

Market Woes Drag Vendors Down
Morris Lore | 5/1/2015

Amid lingering concern about Nokia's all-stock bid for Alcatel-Lucent, shares in Western vendors have taken a pounding after some disappointing results.

Eurobites: KVH Props Up Colt's Q1
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt hires former Pacnet man; Sky invests in mobile advertising, extends deal with Viacom.

Public-Private Partnerships & the Gigabit City
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/1/2015

As the quest toward the Gigabit City continues, it is becoming clearer that public-private initiatives may be the key to success.

TWC Enjoys Victory Lap in Quarterly Results
News Analysis | 5/1/2015

Strengthening its case for remaining independent or commanding a higher takeover price, the No. 2 US MSO racks up its best subscriber gains ever in first quarter.

No Service, No Problem: 5 Places That Want to Be Unconnected
Slide Shows | 5/1/2015

Take a walk on the unconnected side with a slideshow of five of the most technologically remote places in the US.

Are You Ready to Rock?
From the Founder | 5/1/2015

Then pick up your axe, put on your spandex trousers and get yourself down to Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE). Kerrang!!!

OTT Apps: Time To Beat 'Em or Join 'Em
Column | 5/1/2015

CSPs have to devise a strategy either to monetize third-party OTT services or develop and deliver their own OTT-telco service offering.

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