Also in today's EMEA roundup: Technicolor shares dip; Belgacom up against it; Cisco wins in Saudi; UK's unconnected roads.
Three recent acquisitions show that location analytics and intelligence is the hot ticket in the service provider IT (SPIT) space.
A light Reading live chat cuts through the hype to offer up some actual big data use cases and the biggest challenges holding operators back.
TelcoVision panel advises changes in culture, hiring and firing, management, marketing, sales, technology use -- in short, everything.
CommScope says new CCAP chassis devices are already in the field with cable customers.
With deal to buy Aurora Networks, Pace renews bid to become number-three tech player in cable/broadband markets.
The technical specs for CPE management might be long-in-the-tooth but they're as relevant as ever.
Chinese vendor eats Ericsson's lunch at TDC following a 'hard core' check by Denmark's security services.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson's under pressure; testing times for Spirent; Telkom investigation; ADVA's numbers; iPlayer on the go.
T-Mobile will start offering 200MB of free data a month for tablet users on November 1, while new iPads and the Google Nexus 7 with LTE will be available for no money down.
Equipment vendor plans to introduce its first RDK-enabled set-tops and gateways before year's end.
As the company reports its third quarter, the CEO warns that revenues might start to slip, though margins are up and there's 4G hope in China.
There's more than one type of content delivery network, as network operators have been discovering.
Telcos need to accommodate the consumer paradigm shift toward sharing and renting rather than owning things.
More customers than ever are on smartphones, but AT&T's postpaid smartphone subscriber growth slowed as AT&T turns its attention to tablets, M2M, and prepaid.
Vendor's CTO lays out his company's vision for the SDN-enabled cloud networks of the future, complete with "network slicing." It's a bold vision that's a long way from reality, say analysts.
Startup claims that its Multiple Access Optimization technology can choose the best mobile network or combine WiFi and cellular for an extra boost.
Despite initial skepticism about the Comcast-led project, more MSOs are flocking to the IP video software platform.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Orange feels the squeeze; Transmode makes hay in Europe; Pace buys Aurora.
Readers have a hard time singling out one problem when it comes to the barriers to software-defined networking.
Snaps from the first day of the Broadband World Forum in the Dutch capital.
Cable WiFi is helping operators retain customers and define new revenue opportunities.
The latest iPad packs in more LTE bands than any other tablet, but Apple's still charging a $130 premium for the 4G connectivity.
NCTA head also urges cable to innovate faster and risk failure to compete against Google Fiber and other rivals.
Unveils management system to go with SDN controller, but it's all a bit woolly.
In the greenhouse of Amsterdam's RAI, broadband is just part of the equation.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Deutsche Telekom looks into Schengen-only Internet; Nokia launches tablet, phablets; Telecom Italia abandons sell-off plan.
The DPI and mobile video optimization specialist is using its network position to offer operators granular data analytics to improve their services and marketing.
Unified communications service provider launches OTT messaging app for Android, mulls partnerships with wireless operators.
Cable operator is said to be testing small cells but won't talk about its wireless future after its 4G split from Verizon.
New SE-7000 encoder can simulcast both HEVC and AVC video streams.
Tellabs finally gives up on the notion it can succeed as a mid-sized, independent vendor, casting its lot with an optical networking consolidator.
The second-largest US cable operator's deployment of high-density converged platforms is a major win for its two vendors.
CableLabs will beat its projection for a year-end delivery for the new Docsis 3.1 spec, which it now promises by the end of this month.
The emergence of the 'cloud' is drawing intense new focus to dynamic bandwidth.
Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser watches with interest as "Internet giants" start to supplant service providers in the public access hotspot market.
Veveo study finds that better search tops recommendations for pay-TV providers.
Crown Castle will lease 9,100 and buy 600 cell towers to give AT&T the cash to fund its network upgrades and Leap acquisition.
Marlin adds to its optical transport assets with all-cash swoop for troubled Tellabs.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Telekom Austria's not scared of Slim; Vodafone execs hit bonus jackpot; BT trials Huawei's G-fast tech.
BT's broadband access relationship with Huawei goes even deeper.
Join us Wednesday at 12:00 noon EST (9:00 a.m. PST) for a live chat with the TM Forum's Nik Willetts about where big-data analytics meets customer experience management.
It's been a busy week for 100G technology, with deployments, launches, demonstrations, and trials galore.
Say goodbye -- and maybe good riddance -- to MobileCON in San Jose, as the CTIA pins its hopes on a new uber-show in Las Vegas in 2014.
Sprint's new parent is acquiring a majority stake in the wireless distributor to centralize purchasing for the US operator.
Dramatically larger DDoS attacks call for a serious change in how service providers prepare for network threats.
Biggest US MSO rolls out over 1,300 hotspots in Utah markets and Kansas City area as it continues nationwide push.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Belgacom thinks it's been hacked again; NSN upgrades in Tanzania; new CEO for CWC.
Can software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) be 'operationalized' in existing networks?
Big-data can revolutionize the way telecom operators build, run, and market their services, changing the nature of what they sell.
Technology has increased our productivity. But we don't have to stand for it.
Hong Kong Broadband founder set to challenge authorities following TV license awards.
The quicker we dispel our inertia, the quicker we achieve the deployment of IPv6 as widely and as efficiently as possible.
And Spidercloud butts in too.
Verizon is finally ready to offer the Isis-based mobile wallet service in the US, while the venture works on an NFC "sleeve" for Apple's iPhone.
Verizon says cable/wireless technology innovation JV has been terminated in wake of Vodafone deal
Despite saturated pay TV and broadband markets, Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises platform maintains strong growth in Q3.
Verizon says its priorities for the fourth quarter include augmenting its LTE network in major cities and launching its first VoLTE handset ahead of the network launch.
After initial struggles, the ETSI NFV group is aiming to deliver some meaningful guidance for the industry and figure out what OSS is needed for programmable networks.
Deutsche Telekom has issued a wakeup call for its operator peers.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: EE boss says 4G investment could be cut; eircom turns on IPTV; mobile data boosts TeliaSonera.
Liberty Global's efforts to acquire Dutch cable operator Ziggo have fallen flat.
A quick snapshot of what's going down at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Bad Homburg, Germany.
Sling Media will be the sole-source provider of Sling technology to the cable and telecom market.
Mid-sized MSO aims to be first US cable operator to roll out TiVo's new line of DVR-cable set-top boxes.
Cable vendor introduces upgradable node solution to double the upstream return path to 85 MHz.
As major mobile carriers start deploying outdoor small cells in urban settings, they will require a universal wireless transport solution.
NSN ups the ante in the small cell arena with claims for the smallest, fully functional LTE basestation.
The Cisco Global Cloud Index forecasts 35 percent compound annual growth for cloud traffic, while data center traffic growth is driven by intra-datacenter applications.
We're on the path to being a software-defined operator, says Deutsche Telekom executive as he shares the German giant's SDN/NFV progress.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: AlcaLu targets MSOs; Spanish mobile market bounces back; Bernabe leaves GSMA.
Ericsson is keen to remind the market it has a software-defined networking (SDN) story too.
Verizon wants everyone to adopt a second layer of security but admits it's a hard sell in a password-weary world
Verizon 2x20MHz LTE channels are starting to show up in midtown Manhattan; expect faster 4G ahead.
C-RAN - which stands for both centralized RAN and cloud RAN - promises superior performance in coordinated systems such as LTE Advanced.
Cable technologists are already prepping for the next major shift in the cable access architecture.
Largest non-US carrier to date adopts Blue Planet orchestration software as key to managing multi-vendor, multi-service network.
As data volumes grow, mobile network outages are a growing concern and can have a major impact on customer relationships.
The router vendor announces several card-based capacity, subscriber density, and service scale upgrades to its MX Series 3D Router family.
Interest in unified communications as a service (UCaaS) is growing even faster than the cloud UC market.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: BT supports startups; Telefonica may Czech out; lipstick on pigs; online shopping habits.
How entertaining was this year's Leading Lights awards dinner? Here's a quick review of the fun, frolics, and faces from the New York shindig.
Jibe partnership is the first service Sprint plans to add as it moves to an all-IP messaging portal alongside VoLTE.
The latest demo with ESnet and Brocade uses digital abstraction of analog properties of light management to enable multi-layer control.
Top US MSOs are talking to Netflix about offering online video service as an app on cable set-top boxes, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
2x20MHz channels will be a 2014-2015 story for T-Mobile, says CTO, but he's hoping to get small test sites up by the end of year.
Here's a look back at some more predictions for the managed services market made by Heavy Reading in 2010 - how accurate were they?
A new partnership with Jibe lets Sprint customers text, IM, video chat, and share multimedia over the top of Sprint's cellular networks.
Although the industry's technologies keep evolving, cable's ultimate mission remains the same.
Top US broadcasters seek to take case against Aereo to nation's highest court after losing in lower courts.
Backstage at the Light Reading Leading Lights 2013 awards, the winners, and a Hall of Fame inductee, deliver their acceptance speeches.
The FCC has called for a Gigabit City in each state by 2015.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Tieto cuts jobs; Vodafone completes Kabel Deutschland acquisition; Nokia board gets its skates on.
Steve Alexander, senior VP and CTO of Ciena, talks with Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges about today's evolving network.
The Ethernet provider wants more deals but knows it faces a competitive M&A environment.
The VC reign of the mobile app developers continues, but small cells and WiFi get some lovin' too in Rutberg's monthly funding survey.
A big US telco plans to start rolling out 1Gig service in Las Vegas this fall, following pilot in Omaha.
Sudden investor interest in tw telecom Thursday wasn't all due to the fact it recently won a Leading Lights award.
The partners have cooked up some new joint offers for wireless carriers, including mobile network security and packet backhaul offerings. But what's under the hood?
Why cable's insatiable appetite for more capacity will keep stoking the momentum behind DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, and other new technologies.
Big-data monetization is important, but it should be part of a larger customer experience management strategy.
Also in today's regional roundup: M&A action in Russia; Telecom Italia denies asset sale rumors; 4G roaming prospects improve for Italians heading to Brazil.
The opportunity to turn customer and network analytics into dollar signs is attracting more startups with fresh funding and some big-name customers.
The call goes out for single regulator of Internet networks, services, search engines, and apps -- a role that, unfortunately, only Congress could fill.
T-Mobile tries to shake up the US wireless industry again, this time with Shakira and flat-fee international roaming.
See who sported the biggest smile when this year's Leading Lights awards winners picked up their trophies at a gala dinner in New York.
The Spanish giant is about to conduct a network functions virtualization (NFV) trial in Brazil following broadband equipment developments with NEC.
Breaking down network components into functional blocks could help cable operators achieve scale.
Comcast and NBU Universal unit strike social media deal to enable Twitter users to tune into TV shows.
AlcaLu joins local vendors ZTE and Huawei in winning major chunks of China Telecom's first major 4G equipment order.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ofcom's UK spectrum fees shocker; Vodafone's Vittorio done good; Telecom Italia considers Brazil bail-out; Kabel Deutschland trims revenue forecast.
TIA keynote session features a congresswoman and an NSA chief -- one is nice, the other a little too nasty.
AT&T hits 437 LTE markets but sticks with 240M people covered despite adding 40 towns in a month.
As it unveils a software version of its session border controller, Sonus says its rivals can't deliver the real deal.
A partnership with GE, Intel, and Cisco to build up the industrial Internet business makes AT&T the clear leader in the M2M market.
Simon Beresford-Wylie has been taken on as an advisor to Samsung's infrastructure operation, as the unit looks for global 4G growth.
Increasing gross margins for the old Motorola Home Division tops the list of challenges to meet.
Pump up the Tweet volume: Media ratings king introduces new index for tracking tweets about TV and related data on Twitter.
How did Heavy Reading do with its 2010 predictions for the managed services market?
Thoma Bravo adds to its Service Provider IT (SPIT) portfolio with the acquisition of test technology specialist Empirix.
Impact of AT&T's messaging at this week's TIA event has been stymied by the lack of policymakers.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Vectoring developments; Rostelecom goes with Infinera; Viatel relaunched; European telco bosses still cross with Kroes.
IP software and hardware vendor works with energy auditor and private financiers to help telcos kill TDM switches with energy savings.
Heavy Reading analysts say software-defined networking (SDN) will have broad implications for the future of telecom players.
More self-optimizing features are coming to LTE, both through the 3GGP specification and commercial technology deployed by operators.
AT&T reiterates its plans to have a VoLTE-capable handset out this year, with a network launch coming in 2014.
Second-largest US MSO adds large regional fiber network to its portfolio as it seeks to boost commercial services revenue.
Verizon needed to rethink its cloud strategy to counter Amazon's enduring appeal.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: AlcaLu job cuts hit hard; Telecom Italia and the J-word; Rostelecom re-focuses.
Mobile addicts fear not, we'll soon have data in the sky and under the ground.
'Shift Plan' headcount reduction details are revealed, with more than 15% of workforce being axed by the end of 2014.
Tensions are rising over the "fair" use of network resources.
The small demarc device is one segment of a much bigger end-to-end strategy on Ethernet services.
RootMetrics CEO expects some carriers in the US to start going live with faster 4G services by the end of 2013.
The under-hyping of SDN could send a technology trend that was being viewed with some logic right over a hype cliff.
Pricing is the only way to differentiate in mobile now, and Sprint's losing precious ground to T-Mobile.
Shamim Akhtar, senior director of network architecture and technology for Comcast, explains his view of the cable network's evolution.
AT&T starts streaming over 100 channels live to U-verse subscribers, including 25 channels outside the home.
RCS and VoLTE system specialist looks to raise about $86M from NYSE listing, with strategic M&A part of its potential use of funds.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Telecom Italia plans on hold; Germany's ISPs get data-dipped; Globo basks in BYOD boom.
Host of big names, including Cisco, Google, and Samsung, linked to possible talks over BlackBerry asset sales.
The next generation of mobile technology is not just about radio access, says Ericsson CTO.
With a new government installed, the future of Australia's next-gen access network is under review and likely to favor copper over fiber.
Zayo Group exec suggests that Verizon's CTO wants small cells fast and cheap, but there's lots of figuring out to do on how to get there.
Ever wondered what happened to Steve Saunders? Even if you didn't, check out this video...
While small cells dominate the debate about wireless network strategies, some mobile operators think that big is better, for now.
Giant US MSO strikes deal to stream several CBS programs on subscription VoD service.
Netsocket aims to help distributed enterprises with their initial SDN forays at remote branch offices.
Oh, the humanity... or, in this case, the humans who operate today's legacy OSSs and are facing massive change and possible job loss.
The fall and rise of Stephen Saunders...
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Franco Bernabe resigns from Telecom Italia; Vodafone CFO steps down.
Much of the 2013 Leading Lights Awards dinner can be described only in pictures. Good thing we had a photographer on hand to capture the shenanigans.
Could the Facebook deal help Cisco become the king of indoor location services? Maybe so.
We stopped a bunch of executives on the Ethernet & SDN Expo show floor and gave them 30 seconds to tell us what SDN means to them.
One Source Networks chief marketing officer Gina Nomellini outlines her company's enterprise services expansion plans.
Verizon is showing that telecom operators can cut it in the cloud services market.
Service assurance vendor stresses need for some virtualized functions to remain at the customer site and not be centralized.
Former NetApp EVP Manish Goel has joined the big-data company as CEO, so current CEO Anukool Lakhina can focus on innovation.
Mike Rouleau, senior vice president of tw telecom, discusses its aggressive E-Access rollout and ongoing plans for Ethernet expansion.
Utah city of Provo zips past Austin, Texas, as the second market to begin signups for Google Fiber's 1 Gbit/s service.
Meet the attendees, nominees, and party-goers who attended Light Reading's Leading Lights awards extravaganza on the eve of Ethernet & SDN Expo.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: KPN shareholders approve E-Plus sale; Orange/Samsung tablets tie-up; Hutchison seeks EU approval for O2 deal.
In an ESDN keynote, tw telecom's Mike Rouleau calls for a new customer-controlled service delivery model.
Comcast serves up sneak preview of its cloud-based, next-gen X2 user interface to select X1 customers.
Time Warner Cable's Satyanarayana Parimi talks Carrier Ethernet and cloud services on the Ethernet & SDN Expo show floor.
Light Reading's Sarah Reedy and Carol Wilson chat about the hot topics at Ethernet & SDN Expo.
AT&T says SDN is the key technology to take the carrier to a next-gen network, but that's why it's so important it gets APIs ASAP.
Enterprises will have to install small cells from a number of different operators thanks to the BYOD trend, so building an attractive pricing model will be important.
Cisco CEO John Chambers opens up Interop & ESDN show in NYC promising the 'next wave' in networking will be driven by the 'app economy.'
The change software-defined networking will bring will more than justify the extraordinary hype surrounding it today, says Ciena CTO.
A shareholder proxy fight may be on the agenda in early 2014 if Time Warner doesn't consider a deal to merge with Charter Communications.
Five new faces have been inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame - find out who they are.
Five individuals have been inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame - find out who they are.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Bouygues hopes for 4G boost; BASE rolls out 4G in Belgium; Nokia's 'Frankenfone' moment.
Vendor aims to automate Ethernet services lifecycle from access to edge.
Find out who won in the 12 categories that comprised this year's Leading Lights awards.
IBM acquires CEM vendor to give operators visibility into mobile apps on the network and to have a product, not just a consultancy, to offer its customers.
Revenue for broadband equipment vendors surged in the second quarter, due largely to increased shipments of Docsis 3.0 modems and fixed LTE gateways.
Cor, baby, it's really freemium as FreedomPop rolls out its VoIP phone service with 500 MB of free data and a $99 handset with no contract.
Two new switches put more 10-gig power into a much smaller package to help service providers lower the price for more bandwidth.
ESDN Packet Optical workshops look at how SDN is broadening its horizons in the WAN.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Iliad's 1-Gig broadband; Windows Phone surges in Europe; ADVA does 100G in Moscow.
AT&T signs hotspot roaming pact with FON while MSOs extend WiFi coverage to 200,000 hotspots across US.