This week in our WiC roundup: UK calls for an end to the old boy's network; Microsoft apologizes for poor taste; inspiring women inventors and computer scientists; and more.
Netflix mobile users aren't getting what they pay for.
Still using that old seven-layer OSI model as the reference architecture for your network?
How cable operators can prepare to grasp the mobility opportunity.
RJio may need to get moving on 4G if the Lyf brand is to survive.
Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, hears from Zha Jun, President of Fixed Network Product Line at Huawei, on why he believes video is the next killer application.
Light Reading's TiVo takeover predictions appear to be coming true.
Patty Kummrow, vice president of Intel's platform engineering group, shares why, how and when the chipmaker will achieve a truly diverse and equal global workforce.
Early response to its ECOMP approach to orchestration and management is strong, but its future as an open source project is still uncertain.
Transport equipment vendor combines advances in photonics and digital signal processing to create a subsystem capable of multi-terabit 'super-channels.' It's a big deal, says expert analyst, but it won't make its way into deployable systems for a while yet.
The 180-day shot clock has ended, and the FCC is reportedly close to approving Charter's buyout of TWC and Bright House Networks.
German incumbent's R&D lab achieves speeds of 550 Mbit/s on a next-generation hybrid router that could help in the battle against broadband rivals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UPC Cablecom expands coverage; Android Pay on its way to UK; oilfield innovation.
The impending arrival of 5G will create a whole new generation gap.
While Tele2 is pressing ahead with the virtualization of its networks, its chief operating officer has a few bugbears about the current state of NFV technology.
Google rolled out public APIs for its deep learning technology, part of its plan to differentiate from incumbents Amazon and Microsoft and drive deeper into the enterprise market.
FCC's chairman talks spectrum to the powers-that-be in D.C.
McKinsey study suggests the tech industry has a harder time than most in attracting entry-level females, but it doesn't do a great job retaining the ones it has either.
Andy Grove was one of the founders of Intel, and led the company's efforts to enter the microprocessor market. Thirty years later, the company is still one of the leading sources of CPUs in the world.
The smallest of China's three mobile operators reports growth in sales and earnings despite worsening market conditions, but remains a long way behind China Mobile on 4G.
One industry watcher's opinion.
The company reorganization disclosed this week – including the departure of longtime service provider chief Kelly Ahuja – signals a fundamental realignment of Cisco and the industry around cloud computing.
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Telecom Italia begins search for new CEO; Vodafone UK loses consumer director; Proximus employees hurt in Brussels terror attack; Dubai gets happy with smart city tech; network access trouble brews in Turkey.
Pan-European operator backs OpenStack and says virtualization will broaden the range of services it can offer customers.
The encryption battle between the DOJ and Apple took a surprise twist Tuesday as the shadow of the Brussels attacks looms over the entire privacy debate.
A short-lived US export ban on ZTE seems likely to have been engineered as a warning to Chinese companies.
Welcome one and all to our new 5G site!
Cisco announced a new system that will essentially convert legacy time-division multiplexed traffic so that it can be carried on packet-switched networks.
The deal is yet to close, but Juniper has revealed financial details of its BTI Systems acquisition.
LR readers list those two and virtualization as the things they most want to see taught in a telecom university.
Join WiC and Boingo CTO Derek Peterson and VP of Marketing Lauren de la Fuente for a radio show on Thursday at 1PM ET on how they are recruiting more women.
Cisco is consolidating its core SP business with service provider cloud, video, NFV and mobility, headed up by Yvette Kanouff.
After releasing an RFP in December, Verizon appears close to choosing its vendors for a major wireline upgrade to NG-PON2.
We are now in the midst of a journey to 5G, says Ericsson's Ewaldsson, one that will require more co-operation across diverse industries than the mobile world has ever seen.
Partnership will pit a Sigfox-equipped Numericable-SFR against LoRa-wielding Orange and Bouygues in France's IoT market.
France's Orange has a better chance of acquiring Bouygues Telecom than Hutchison does of merging the UK's 3 and O2. But the lack of a consistent regulatory approach is worrying.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government looks at landline rental charges; Vodafone and SFR extend roaming agreement in France; Croatia gets a Smart Street.
5G offers a great opportunity to re-write the industry playbook for a new era, but how that happens is important.
A new optical interconnect, developed for Microsoft but available to anyone, enables regional data centers to be linked almost directly switch-to-switch without the need for dedicated data center interconnect boxes.
Hyperscale data center operator and optical components vendor Inphi have developed a module that replaces dedicated data center interconnect systems at 80km or less, a move that will take a chunk out of the DCI box market.
A lead architect of Google's data center infrastructure says the industry isn't innovating anywhere near fast enough to keep up with data center demand and economics.
Josh Leslie gets a promotion from VP sales, while co-founder JR Rivers moves over to CTO.
Microsoft has made the transition from denouncing open source to fully embracing it. Mike Schutz, GP cloud platform product marketing, talks about the transition, and expanding its commitment from software to open source hardware through the Open Compute Project.
Hurry up folks -- you've got only days to hit the entry deadline for this year's Leading Lights awards.
Forget the 'Thrilla in Manila'; the competitive battle among open MANO groups will more likely be fought with Manila folders than fisticuffs.
French service provider and bank launch mobile transfer services in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger, having already introduced them in Mali and Cameroon.
Amazon and Comcast sitting in a tree...
Cox's Jeff Finkelstein offers his views on DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex DOCSIS and Distributed Access Architecture.
Research boss Sara Mazur advises females in ICT: pick an area you're interested in, do a great job, pick the right company and manager and be vocal about what you want.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the old Nokia and the new Finland; MTS full-year numbers; Ericsson upgrades in Zambia.
US Commerce Department reported to have temporarily lifted export ban on Chinese manufacturer.
GoDaddy hopes its new cloud service will woo 30 million small developers. But first it's got a bad reputation to shake off.
Dutch incumbent KPN unveiled as the first telecom operator partner for the Qivicon smart home platform outside the Deutsche Telekom Group.
When the going gets weird, the weird tweet.
Telecom Italia confirms it is in advanced talks with Marco Patuano about his resignation as CEO.
EPB has no chance for further broadband expansion in Tennessee this year.
This week in our WiC roundup: why women leave the workplace; combating the angry man movement; the parental perk race; and more.
Ciena's new metro packet-optical system has been designed to meet Verizon's requirements but will it have broader appeal? Opinions are divided.
Another day, another OTT video rumor.
In this LRTV interview, new SCTE CTO Chris Bastian shares his insights on three hot tech topics in the cable sphere.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Schrems dents Privacy Shield; CERN looks at Deutsche Telekom's public cloud; Messi's new phone.
Having kept its powder dry during Alcatel-Lucent's final 12 months, the optical team at Nokia has unveiled a host of developments including potentially game-changing 200G long-haul capabilities.
The cloud networking provider cut payroll in half after a lead investor pulled back funding, reducing investment in NFV and SDN and focusing on short-term revenue.
Network operator sold its own data centers but is finding interconnecting others to be a strong new market.
Buffeted by slowing sales in the smartphone market, the company is cutting costs and laying off hundreds. It will focus on GPUs, MIPS processors and is still figuring out what to do with its SoC operation.
France's biggest service provider hopes to bring LoRa's long-range and low-power capabilities into a licensed cellular standard next year.
Sara Mazur, the head of Ericsson Research, says she has the coolest job in the world – developing the technologies that will power the future. Up now: 5G.
A quick update on WiC's progress since we launched in January, as well as a preview of upcoming events and tour of the website. Get in touch to join the movement!
Dish delivers 4 HD streams at once for viewers with 4K TV sets and the newest Hopper DVR with Sports Bar mode.
China's biggest operator has seen OTT competition and new regulatory measures chew into sales.
Latest initiatives include moving out of Layer 2 comfort zone, promising to tie together orchestration efforts and playing nice with open source.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone, SAP team up for IoT; Apple loses streaming patents case in Germany; Southend goes gigabit.
SDN and virtualization are evolving towards more customer-facing products and services for cable operators.
Bharti Airtel is still amassing 1800MHz spectrum as it looks to expand its 4G network.
Open source overwhelms service providers, and crushes vendor profits.
Koontech intros the fire- and bomb-proof phone.
The company has qualified its 25Gbit/s laser diodes for use in 25G and 100G optical interconnect. Meanwhile, Oclaro is "end-of-lifing" its 40G products.
Does that sound familiar? It should – Facebook's engineering director is running a massive network and finding operations trump features every time.
French incumbent takes wraps off a forthcoming home gateway that will only add to the pressure on its broadband rivals.
The place you never, ever want to go.
Volicon brings video monitoring solutions to Verizon's DMS business.
Using the new XGS-PON standard, Adtran has entered into multiple 10-Gig customer trials.
Operators see CORD as a means of enabling network innovation.
Five variables to consider as the FCC closes in on Charter merger approval.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei powers Finland-Germany link; Sky falls foul of ad authority; Proximus creates "smart mobility" joint venture.
Stephen Elop, best known for his controversial stint as CEO of Nokia, has taken a top technology and strategy role at Australian national operator Telstra.
Carrier aggregation takes Sprint up to 300 Mbit/s downlink in the lab.
Comcast's Rob Howald spells out the MSO's focus on DOCSIS 3.1, DAA and deep fiber technologies.
Qualcomm's Lumicast is now deployed in more than 100 locations in North America.
In ONS presentation, John Donovan outlines company's plans to share its vision and possibly its software code for managing future networks.
Unless the open source community finds a way to knit together disparate platforms, vendors will do it and closed proprietary systems will remain.
Comcast is first to market with DOCSIS 3.1.
John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President of AT&T Technology and Operations, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit about the US operator's network evolution, the importance of white box networking and much more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone powers smart streetlights with Philips; Liquid Telecom broadens connectivity in South Africa with new hub; Ofcom points to the power of the disruptor.
Acquisitive cable operator has yet to address concern about its strategy of axing costs to boost profits while taking on eye-watering levels of debt.
The startup develops hardened servers designed to be both secure and easy to deploy.
Verizon inks deal with Cuban state operator, with AT&T in talks too, as limited trade with wirelessly lacking Communist state slowly opens up.
The acquisition of Test & Measurement Solutions, based in Belgium, gives Averna a hefty physical presence on the continent, which it had previously lacked.
The new switch IC can be used in cable CPE to make the products capable of supporting dual bands. This means MSOs won't have to replace CPE when they allocate more bandwidth to the upstream.
Did CableLabs jump the gun by announcing its Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 initiative so early? Some senior cable technologists think so, and so do I.
Partnership discussions may be the source of the gossip, CEO Larry tells Light Reading.
RCom is preparing to enter India's fast-developing 4G market.
The mid-split is back on the table for cable, but probably not for everyone.
Open source community is growing and its primary use case, for the evolution of the central office, is driving much of that growth, this week demonstrating two new flavors.
First-generation virtualization is unlikely to bring about dramatic change for an operator's business. For that, operators may need to look to microservices.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's Internet of Things; Ericsson launches NFV platform for NTT DoCoMo; drones take off in Finland.
Highlights and advice from WiC's breakfast panel in Denver with top female execs.
From 1-Gig to 10-Gig, 40-Gig and beyond.
Gigabit wireless broadband, once seen as a pipe dream, now appears close to reality.
We sometimes hear about companies having some nasty, ulterior motive for getting into open source. Of course it's true - every time. Profit and enlightened self-interest are what open source is all about.
The rise of the cloud and strategies such as BYOD have eliminated the network perimeter and these next-gen approaches need their own security plan.
This week in our WiC roundup: how to build your brand; why you may be making less money than your taller co-workers; where the women managers are; and more.
Cisco needed to re-engineer its security technology to offer a virtualized solution and has managed to achieve carrier-grade performance, according to the results of a recent independent test.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson upgrades Vodafone's Dutch network; Etisalat profits rise as CEO resigns; data breach at Ofcom.
Mobile video data usage will increase 24-fold in the next six years, and video services will become an even greater form of communication and recreation.
Video has already become both a new point of growth and a fundamental service for carriers in the ultra-broadband era.
Telcos are shining the spotlight on how to improve the customer relationship beyond a transactional billing one, sell more services, and earn customer loyalty and trust.
T-Mobile CFO says Verizon's rush to 5G is driven by a burning need for new spectrum.
Ericsson's Patrick Jestin and Netronome's Nick Tausanovitch explain how their companies are working together to develop open source-based solutions for more efficient telco data center deployments.
Davide Cherubini of Vodafone and David Sharpley of Amdocs introduce a multivendor NFV live demo with three enterprise vCPE use cases at MWC 2016.
BT's Openreach access network division adds two new G.fast pilots and trials Gigabit enterprise FTTP services.
Integrated CCAP is ready for its day in the sun.
The OCP US Summit 2016 isn't the only conference going on around the San Jose Convention Center this week.
Open hardware vendor contributes a 100G open network modular switch design to the Open Compute Project, the highest capacity modular design contributed to date.
Enterprises need efficient, reliable, flexible ICT services for quicker market expansion, more agile innovation and higher productivity.
Because they are essentially greenfield operators in the space, cablecos can listen to what customers want and deliver that in a unique way, exec says.
Reflections on architecture transformation for Network 2020.
Huawei has extensive global delivery experience and well anchored research & development that looks into new technologies to improve the mobile video experience.
Smaller players are choosing to integrate OTT and shy away from DOCSIS 3.1 while the big guys do their own OTT thing.
In today's 4G/5G era, networks have to support more services and more traffic than ever. Operators understand that a differentiated network experience is critical to maintaining a leading position.
The Internet of Things is destined to change life and revolutionize every industry.
BT chief researcher Peter Willis scores OpenStack four out of six, saying more work needs to be done in two critical areas.
Huawei's fixed network modernization service solution provides integrated services that cover an entire network life cycle.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad continues to grow; towers consolidation in Africa; another streaming deal for Sky.
Dan Teichman, senior product marketing manager at Sonus, discusses Sonus's SDN strategy and key use cases for VellOS, its programmable network control platform.
Light Reading brings you the latest update on the Carrier Ethernet world. Kevin Deierling of Mellanox introduces their latest technology and shares insights on the white box movement, innovating software platforms and the important role of OCP in the telecom world.
If Netflix is any example, the biggest streaming companies can deliver video more efficiently by cutting out CDN middlemen and having reference architecture for a 100GigE CDN could be handy.
'Densification' will help lay the groundwork for a 5G network, Sprint CFO says.
Telcos are increasingly highlighting the need for SDN and NFV to provide network-as-a-service offerings and compete against OTT players.
Self-interference cancellation technology, allowing full-duplex use of a single frequency channel, may soon allow operators to double the capacity of their broadcast spectrum.
Google is contributing energy-efficiency technology but, more importantly, adding momentum to the open source juggernaut.
Hutchison Global Communications deploys vendor's fronthaul transport gear to offer wholesale services to Hong Kong's mobile operators.
The company is porting Vapor IO's open source management software to its X-Gene server platform. Separately, Wistron will use the X-Gene 1 CPU in its platform design.
French incumbent's enterprise division is ready for a larger-scale deployment but remains concerned about the business case for NFV- and SDN-based services.
Cybersecurity is becoming top of mind for service providers. Complexity arising from IoT, small cells, NFV, and SDN will further strain network security and operations teams. As insiders are behind 70% or more of all security breaches, and 65% of all cyber attacks exploit network vulnerabilities from incorrect or outdated configurations, security policy orchestration is required to protect these complex and dynamic networks.
Italian incumbent says it will be much easier to overcome technical challenges than business and organizational ones when introducing SDN and NFV technologies.
Service provider at forefront of NFV urges vendors to back the New IP Agency and help speed up NFV rollout.
Interconnection giant will use Wedge 100 switches developed by Facebook and contributed to OCP and collaborate on open source ecosystem.
Kevin Riley, senior VP and CTO at Sonus, shares his insights on how migration to the cloud is changing customer networks and operations, and how the Sonus portfolio is evolving to address these changes.
Network operators need to be able to order up network resources as easily as they now do with compute and storage in the cloud, says Dave Ward, Cisco CTO of engineering and chief architect.
The Full Duplex would mean upstream and downstream signals sharing the same frequency time and space in cable networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Level 3 expands across Europe; Nokia lands small cells deal and cozies up to Comarch for M2M; Sky hooks up with Iflix.
Following a strategic tie-up with cloud specialist Vlocity, Matrixx appears to be on the verge of a new phase of growth.
Google's balloon-based Internet connectivity project hovers over India, a country of 1.25 billion people that lacks widespread broadband.
Architecture and applications, by Dr. Sun Dong, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions, Huawei.
Cloud and mobility are driving the Unified Communications market in new directions, and both AT&T and Verizon placed new UC bets this week.
Huawei's Big Video vision.
Done well, targeted video ads based on Internet browsing history wouldn't be such a bad thing, but there are trust and transparency issues to address.
The XO acquisition gives Verizon more fiber for video delivery.
What are the challenges for hitting Gigabit speeds at base stations? This infographic outlines the main ones.
Dell is the latest big name to join the New IP Agency (NIA).
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange launches share offer; Ericsson's on edge; EU warns tech tax probes will take time.
ZTE isn't the first vendor to flout US sanctions and it won't be the last.
Kevin Riley, senior VP and CTO at Sonus, highlights the key strategic initiatives for Sonus in 2016 and beyond.
On March 8, the world will reflect on the economic, political and social progress women have made in the past 108 years, as well as consider how far we still have to go.
With his 4G operation up and running, India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has turned his attention to India's cable TV sector, according to media reports.
4K is set to redefine how we see and utilize video, Sony's Head of AV Media for Sony Professional Europe, Olivier Bovis, tells Jason Patterson & Linda Xu.
User experience is critical to retaining users, attracting new users, and increasing their lifetime value
India's mobile operators are taking their first steps beyond 4G technology.
Sports tech company OneTwoSee joins the Comcast family.
LR's cable next-gen tech event in Denver this week will tackle prospects for DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex DOCSIS and other key industry initiatives.
Smarter in-home WiFi is almost certainly on Comcast's agenda for 2016.
The digital era is here and is reshaping entire industries and the way we live our lives, writes Huawei Senior Marketing Manager Michael Lee.
New network technologies will not help telcos to reinvent themselves.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote tries Hauwei's Super Dual Band technology; TalkTalk has a rethink; Virgin carries weather data for Met Office.
Disaggregates hardware and software for Open Compute Project Networking, supporting multiple speeds, network operating systems and standards OCP interfaces.
Patricia Vello, manager of Ciena Brazil, shares her tips on how to build diverse teams and then make them work together effectively.
In the heart of the Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, sits down with Gigamon CEO Paul Hooper to discuss the Gigamon success story, virtualization, 5G and the other new hot trends in the industry.
A Reuters report suggests ZTE will find it almost impossible to source US-made hardware and software components because of the Chinese vendor's trading relationship with Iran.
Core networks will be the first to take a stroll in the clouds.
The Year of the Fire Monkey could be a turbulent one for China's operators.
As operators implement new business models that use subscriber data, they need to strike the right balance between protecting privacy interests and creating value.
Google Fiber is good for a gigabit, but its video subscriber numbers are anything but impressive.
This week in our WiC roundup: Wireless operators offer STEM mentorships; the world's richest women revealed; a new option for gender-neutral recruiting; and more.
Security is top of mind for service providers all over the world. At Mobile World Congress, Steve Saunders caught up with Cisco and EANTC about their recent round of testing of Cisco's virtualized security solutions.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eir rolls out 1-Gig rural broadband; Chinese vendors make hay in Africa; Inmarsat hit by government spending slump.
Chinese equipment vendor emphasizes importance of interoperability as it joins the new IP Agency (NIA).
App-layer security is rarely employed, leaving just about the entire Internet of Things vulnerable, not to mention creating specific security problems for data centers.
And it's planning to sell marching boots, in the form of a hyperconvergence server to be introduced later this month.
New St. Louis development center blows up the cube farm and creates a new space for a different style of working and customer meetings.
Telenor will struggle to make its presence felt in India's fast-developing 4G market.
Optical vendor's numbers for its fiscal first quarter, and its forecast for the second quarter, suggest tight capex purse strings at the major telcos.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues' family affair; new CEO for HERE; Liberty Global taps Devicescape WiFi; gratuitous pizza picture.
Do smart cities make for safe cities? It all depends on how they use those smarts to create a safer environment for residents.
Three independent cablecos explain why D3.1 isn't in the cards for them.
Pulling off RCS will be a huge challenge for mobile operators, but they may be able to do it with some help from Google.
The stealthy Leaba, based in Israel, is reportedly a talent acquisition to help Cisco develop infrastructure.
Cisco is transitioning from closed, hardware-based networks to open, software-based connectivity. But don't worry -- it's still selling hardware.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: smartphones spreading more malware; ADVA joins 5G initiative; major subsea link lands in France.
At MWC 2016, SK Telecom provided a glimpse of the kind of services we can expect in a 5G world.
Deutsche Telekom's Senior Vice President Technology Europe, Kerstin Gunther, gives Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders an update on the operator's transformational network revamp, which is set to have a dramatic impact on operating costs and new business development.
Yvette Kanouff, SVP and GM of Cloud Solutions at Cisco, discusses her new role in shaping her company's approach to the cloud as well as how employers can attract more women to the communications industry.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a new TiVo product!
IP networking giant's $260 million takeover of CliQr complements other hybrid cloud moves.
II-VI has prevailed over a rival Chinese bidder to buy Anadigics, which said it might not have lasted through another month of bidding and counter-bidding.
AT&T makes good on OTT plans.
New enhancements to Enterprise Cloud build on company's ongoing investment in data centers and its internal extensions to OpenStack.
Cisco introduces the HyperFlex data center server, combining compute, storage and networking to challenge a market dominated by high-flying startups.
AT&T changes its tune on capex spending.
DT wants unnamed suitors to simmer down until after the 600MHz auction in the US this year.
New Brahmaputra software release features a more robust platform and more mature working processes to move NFV forward more quickly.
Join us for Women in Comms' inaugural networking breakfast on "building your brand" on March 10 in Denver ahead of the Cable Next-Gen show!
Also in today's EMEA roundup: EU gives green light to Dell-EMC; Vodacom abandons Neotel bid; Turkcell offers to buy TeliaSonera's Eurasian business.
Netronome CEO Niel Viljoen discusses how his company is bringing the efficiencies of mega-scale data centers to the mainstream.
India's fourth- and fifth-biggest mobile operators are joining forces.
AT&T is reported to be using Huawei's equipment in Mexico.
Verizon is hoping that a simpler, somewhat entertaining approach to explaining data breach scenarios will spread the work more effectively.