CEO Dan Mead will retire after he's done managing Verizon's wireline sale to Frontier, and John Stratton will take on the new role of EVP and president of operations.
Being one of the pioneers of commercial SDN deployment means NTT is also first to learn critical lessons, which it will share Thursday at The New IP show in San Jose.
The ISP is offering to connect schools in Northern California to its gigabit network for free if enough users sign on.
New portal, software community and Software Leadership Council will get ONF more deeply engaged in software processes to speed commercial development.
Takeovers of Italy's Wind and the UK's O2 would make Hutchison a major force in European telecom.
Makes the Tail-f product free with a perpetual license.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vivendi considers offer for Numericable stake; Huawei does in-car WiFi in Spain; Samsung and Microsoft devices under the cosh in Europe.
IP and optical have been moving toward a physical convergence for years, but software layer integration is the new hot topic.
Even with fresh AWS spectrum, Verizon is setting aside $500M for small cells, as it finds municipal interest is up, technology is better and prices are down.
What's Facebook got that they ain't got?
New Nielsen numbers show a startling drop in traditional TV viewing by millennials in the last four months of 2014, setting off alarm bells in the TV industry.
No night flights for commercial drones!
Virtual CPE maker says its NFV software hit 150 Gbit/s performance throughput running on Intel Xeon processors.
Ad tech specialist This Technology secures a key US patent for dynamic ad insertion and adds two big, albeit unnamed US MSOs, to its cable and telco client roster.
GoPhone customers on $60 plans will now get free calling to Mexico, the carrier's latest move as it looks to create the first ever cross-border North American Mobile Service area.
India's forthcoming multi-band spectrum auction could raise even more than previously expected now that Reliance Jio has joined the race.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cisco invests in French startups; Monitise losses widen; CityFibre bolsters management team.
When trying to develop innovative technologies, engineers must be willing to take risks, make mistakes and move ahead incrementally without having all the data.
The race to deliver gigabit broadband services is accelerating, and G.fast is a key technology that telecom service providers can deploy to compete successfully.
France's biggest operator expects earnings to suffer this year as conditions in Europe remain tough.
Vendor's pre-MWC media blitz includes cloud-ready OSS and BSS, an NFV assessment service and enhancements to its Radio Cloud proposition, including Ethernet-based fronthaul.
If NFV is to progress, proofs of concept and trials need to come out of the lab and into live networks in 2015.
With a large-scale launch of 4G services expected this year, the future for India's still nascent 3G sector is questionable.
The heavily indebted infrastructure company says a sale could be in the best interests of shareholders.
Dish is adding premium live TV and on-demand content from EPIX to the online Sling TV service.
AT&T launches U-verse with Gigapower in parts of Kansas City, going head-to-head with Google Fiber and other providers.
Italy's biggest operator is making some bold pricing and branding moves to sustain sales improvements at home.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: union predicts jobs armageddon at Telkom; Liquid Telecom funds African expansion; Ireland reaches out to rural broadband notspots.
New updates to its enterprise small cells include carrier aggregation, multi-operator RAN and Bluetooth for easier installation and location-based services.
The Korean provider signed up for partner membership in ON.Lab, which is developing an open source SDN operating system.
Top international MSO sees big opportunities for broadband growth in the UK and across Europe as it prepares to start trials of the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec in the second half of the year.
New non-profit Matrix.org looks to add the signaling link to WebRTC to make it as ubiquitous and interoperable as email, but it may have trouble getting telcos to join the cause.
Municipal broadband providers are throwing their weight around in the heated debates over greater US regulation of the Internet but are at odds over the best course.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does LTE-Advanced in Africa; Gigaclear challenges BT in UK broadband market.
The UK's biggest cable operator is to invest £3 billion ($4.6 billion) in extending its network to another four million premises.
The operator could use drones or balloons to unwire hard-to-reach rural areas in the UK.
Singapore's state-backed operator has overseas businesses to thank for recent earnings growth.
Uber once again brings in the most cash among the 118 deals private companies inked in the first month of 2015.
A telecom co-op in northeastern Alabama upgrades its entire fiber network to gigabit speeds for residents and businesses.
Arris CFO David Potts is optimistic about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal, unconcerned about net neutrality and bullish on his company's set-top future.
On Sunday March 1, 2015, Light Reading will host an ICT Leaders Roundtable in partnership with Huawei. At this half-day event, CIOs, analysts and researchers will discuss key industry trends like virtualization in the cloud with a specific focus on new business models. Located at the luxurious Renaissance Hotel near the Fira Barcelona, space is limited so please register now by sending an email to [email protected]
New specs would define how to set up faster Ethernet connections between data centers in advance of newer IEEE Ethernet definitions.
With gigabit service already available in 10 major markets, the big US telco plans to expand its reach further in 2015 as it enjoys the 'Gigabit halo effect' in its initial regions.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT begins ₤1 billion share placement; mobile edge startup raises funds from SoftBank and Akamia; Ofcom's green light for white spaces.
Energy efficiency is set to be an incredibly hot topic in the telecom industry this year.
Australia's incumbent operator is reaping the benefits of its investments in smartphone and mobile data services.
The number of fiber-to-the-home customers in the European region is set to more than double during the next five years, but that will still only take penetration to about 19%.
The connected car is driving the IoT market now, but that's just the start of it.
Network operator launches services capable of ingesting attacks up to 4.6 terabits per second.
Carrier revenue was better this quarter than in previous quarters. But it wasn't good.
But he's happy to talk about running and lifting weights.
Hosting revenues, including cloud services, disappoint in Q4, but company execs see brighter days ahead in the second half of 2015.
New service eliminates premises box entirely with virtualized routing based in a Masergy colo.
The annual FTTH Council Europe event is in Warsaw, Poland, this year -- check out the pics from day 1.
Time Warner Cable chooses BlackArrow's new solution for dynamically inserting ads in on-demand content streamed to IP-connected video devices.
Comcast rolls out trick-play features for live TV with an embedded SD card and up to 25 minutes of video buffering on its thin-client Xi3 set-tops.
New N-Series is also based on open COTS-based hardware and uses a Linux operating system to appeal to large Internet content providers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox raises $115 million; rail connectivity boost in France; ARM profits up.
The Norwegian operator reported growth in sales and profits but expects margins to shrink this year.
There are some interesting names on the attendee list at the FTTH Council Europe event in Warsaw, Poland.
But CEO Lee Chen is optimistic about the outlook for 2015.
Austrian incumbent to embark on further restructuring after a disappointing performance in 2014.
From the AT&T Labs to an internal trial, AT&T Federated UC is a homegrown answer to the problem of too many IM platforms.
RootMetrics says Sprint has passed T-Mobile in overall network performance, thanks in large part to its improved voice and text quality, but data will be most important going forward.
BT makes further inroads into Sky territory as spending on Premier League TV rights grows by 70% compared with earlier deal.
Harmonic and This Technology team up with integrated solutions for regional delivery of multiscreen video programming.
As part of its Workplace-as-a-Service offering to be launched soon, Sprint is reportedly planning to bundle WiFi access points and Microsoft Lync with mobile broadband access.
Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have achieved data speeds of 450 Mbit/s by combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum in a lab demo for Verizon, T-Mobile and SK Telecom.
The Internet of Things standards organization attempts to make it less risky for device and app creators to comply with standards.
Telefónica can't behave like a lean startup but it can be a 'lean elephant,' believes the telco's CEO of Communications Services and Product Innovation, Ian Small.
Technology giants end licensing dispute but keep details of agreement secret.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in Egypt; EE tops mobile survey; Com Hem's Q4.
Malaysia's third-biggest mobile operator believes it can beat Celcom and Maxis in the fast-growing mobile Internet market.
Severance costs at Sprint have taken a heavy toll on SoftBank's bottom line.
The Noiro Networks group is separated by a figurative firewall from the rest of Cisco. But don't jump to conclusions — it's still part of the company.
Chipmaker has reached the end of a 14-month quarrel with China's National Development and Reform Commission over anti-monopoly violations.
AT&T's collaboration with GE demonstrates a focus on both industrial IoT solutions and the utility sector.
Dish has started taking orders from all prospective customers as it turned on service and adds another key programming partner, AMC Networks.
Charter reports another solid quarter of sub and revenue growth as it completes all-digital upgrades and preps new business services blitz.
In the second part of our look at the repercussions of the BT/EE deal for rivals, we examine the UK's main broadband and pay-TV players.
Gigabit broadband networks are springing up all around the US and they'll soon become more commonplace in Europe.
Company has now raised a total of $125 million to develop its enterprise small cell business.
Mobile network operators have the network and a business model that makes them well suited to lead the charge as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: satellite broadband in Austria; Tata WAN win in Germany; does Android dream of WiFi sheep?
India's telcos are back in growth mode, adding 6.9 million new subscribers during December 2014.
The building blocks for 5G are already here, says Google's Spectrum Engineering Lead at Light Reading show.
Vendor builds in new WiFi calling tools to help improve the experience for operators with Sprint and T-Mobile amongst the first to test them out.
The Cisco lawsuit is taking its toll. But it's not all bad.
The departure comes to light a few weeks after Cisco was calling Meraki a big deal. Awkward!
Macom, Oclaro and JDSU all demonstrated revenue growth related to 100G in recent earnings reports.
The South Korean mobile operator will use Samsung's NFV technology in a nationwide IoT network.
The FCC has named the members of a new Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee for cable and set a date for work to begin.
Revenues are down but margins are up as Shift Plan architect, CEO Michel Combes, targets positive cashflow in 2015.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson in Chinese 5G venture; 'right to be forgotten' latest; Huawei hiring in South Africa.
Nokia Networks is banking on continued 3G growth and the arrival of 4G in India this year.
Buying the No. 3 player in a fast-growing market.
Rather than buy RadioShack's retail storefronts, Sprint is partnering up, forming co-branded 'store-in-stores' in 1,750 of its locations.
Frontier will buy Verizon's wireline assets in three states, while American Tower is acquiring most of the carrier's wireless cell towers.
While he's certainly not happy about the prospect of a Title II regulatory regime, Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge seems ready to accept the change.
As gigabit competition heats up in Austin, Grande Communications turns to the MDU market to position its service as a move-in amenity.
A rough guide to consolidation in the UK telecom market -- part one.
Yes, it's that time of the year again! You can now enter your company, products, services and most/least favorite industry figureheads for this year's Leading Lights Awards -- they're even bigger than ever!
Sprint CEO wouldn't comment on the rumor that it plans to buy some of RadioShack's stores, but the move makes sense as the carrier looks to expand its distribution this year.
Apple TV is reportedly in talks with programmers again about launching yet another new over-the-top video service, somewhat similar to Dish's Sling TV venture.
Improving its network remains Sprint's top priority, and it's looking at combining its LTE TDD and LTE FDD spectrum in the near term to help it along.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE becomes Europe's largest 4G operator; TeliaSonera gets clearance on Tele2 Norway acquisition; MTS downgraded.
Unveils new fixed-configuration switch for spine configurations along with support for OpenFlow 1.3, OpenStack and other major software standards.
New SeaChange CEO Jay Samit tells Light Reading he has big plans for Timeline Labs shortly after closing the acquisition of the social media analytics specialist.
Merger between UK's biggest fixed and mobile operators will produce a powerhouse in the market for converged services.
A wireless service that relies first on WiFi has worked well for the Sprint MVNO, which is why its CEO is not surprised to hear others want to give the model a try.
Response to FCC head Tom Wheeler's expected re-regulation of broadband access lines was predictable, but also maybe irrelevant.
Mobile operators are tapping APIs for internal usage, carrier billing, video and the IoT, but mobile advertising is one area where they see the potential for a big return on API investment.
If the FCC moves to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, the group representing small and midsized cable operators is ready to go on the warpath.
Aeris Communications and Tech Mahindra team on addressing service providers' pain points to an expanded role in the IoT.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM unveils energy-saving chip; Vodacom revenues slip; Sky's half-year report.
The Dutch incumbent believes further cost cutting will stabilize earnings this year.
Imagine Communications has teamed up with Sony to support new technology for streamlining 4K video production.
Experts are concerned about the impact that high reserve pricing will have on the forthcoming spectrum auction.
Cisco ONE is an attempt to simplify a 'morass of complexity and price maximization' that Cisco created itself, HP says.
Verizon's cell towers could go for $5 billion to help pay for its AWS spectrum buys.
Artemis isn't waiting for 5G standards to work themselves out; it says its technology, pCell, can solve the spectrum crunch right now. But is it too good to be true?
Telecom vet from years at AlcaLu and Motive also brings software background and open source work to role.
UK's fourth-biggest broadband operator is prioritizing quad-play, but it continues to lose broadband ground to BT.
Russia's biggest mobile operator is confident it can pay generous dividends and fund network expansion during the downturn.
In December 2014, Light Reading gathered telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Brocade's Kelly Herrell shared his company's strategy at the event.
Cisco forecasts a major uptick in mobile data offload, but how much traffic will head to WiFi and how much might by carried by LTE-U networks?
Startup Avi says it's ADC software is optimized for today's cloud applications and mobile devices, where traditional ADC falls short.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: rural broadband rumblings in the UK; smart metering in the Middle East; KPN sells contact center unit.
Carriers can simplify connectivity with enterprises and clouds by running the same infrastructure end-to-end – from VMware, of course.
Germany's second Digital Dividend auction could raise even more than its first.
Despite strong early funding and friends in high places, FPGA semiconductor developer Tabula reportedly is set to close down.
It's the Claure and Legere show! Sprint and T-Mobile CEOs trade barbs -- or at least retweets -- over rival Super Bowl ads.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Doug Ranalli, the founder of signaling specialist NetNumber.
Event series designed to help ISPs embrace DNSSEC, IPv6, Secure BHCP and more.
Super Bowl stat barrage shows this year's game was the most talked about in social media history.
The heads of AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable all warn that the imposition of a common carrier regulatory regime could chill US broadband investment.
Verizon turns its IoT attention to helping enterprises address security and authentication for massive deployments of connected devices.
Gathering useful information for real-time management of Ethernet and IP networks is a non-trivial issue.
In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Brocade VP of Software Networking Kelly Herrell at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Brocade's approach to the New IP, the future of the telecom industry, and more.
The Australian operator is quitting the directories business following a collapse in its value.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK mobile operators pledge to improve coverage; broadband satellite lifts off; Nokia defends HERE brand.
Intel is acquiring broadband access and connected home components specialist Lantiq for an undisclosed sum.
Instability in the Middle East triggered setbacks for Kuwait's biggest operator in 2014.
New device management system brings self-organizing network properties to Airvana's OneCell LTE enterprise small cells.
After setting up a security response team to respond to security flaws in its code, the project is looking to automate tools for keeping security flaws out of the code to begin with.