Broadcom is considering an increased takeover bid for Qualcomm by offering more stock to the wireless chip firm's shareholders.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom gets busy with fiber; Elisa and Nokia demo 5G in Espoo; Telecom Italia CEO emphasizes need for 'gigabit' networks.
A new Heavy Reading white paper analyzes various aspects of the new 5G core network design known as Service-Based Architecture (SBA).
Some Thanksgiving turkeys that didn't get our pardon this year.
The UK government shows once again how clueless it is when it comes to the 21st century.
The UK's fourth-largest operator launches a multiscreen offering.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson cuts jobs in Finland; Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Netflix; Swisscom addresses online customer security; the smart ski resort.
In looking ahead toward 2018, Forrester finds that private clouds are poised for a comeback, despite the focus on public cloud provides such as AWS and Azure.
Equinix's Sara Baack hopes the increased visibility of recent tech scandals will be the impetus for lasting change.
Cable operators continue to lure small and midsize firms. But can they duplicate the feat with large enterprises? Come find out.
NFV is still behind in becoming cloud-native. A look at what cloud providers are doing with FPGAs should provide inspiration.
Irony doesn't begin to cover today's media regulation scene.
Whitman says HPE's next CEO needs to be a technologist, as current president Antonio Neri takes her job Feb. 1.
Financial services is going gangbusters for HPE, but the enterprise business needs strong coffee.
Antonio Neri prepares to take over in February 2018 as Meg Whitman ends her 6-year tenure as HPE chief executive.
Former SonicWall executive Patrick Sweeney replaces Mark Masur as CEO of SD-WAN vendor Talari Networks.
After paying about $1 billion for Nimble Storage, HPE is now incorporating some of the company's AI technology into its data center offerings, with the release of InfoSight.
If 5G lives up to its promise, there may be no need for a 6G technology, according to a senior technology executive from the UK's BT.
Sensible regulations are needed as smaller radios get installed to facilitate 5G.
Scott, Jamie and wireless industry consultant William Webb on hype and hopes surrounding 5G.
Where there's a gateway, Charter wants to put a small cell too.
Google wants to make it easier for users to create the right virtual machines with the right performance and cost for particular workloads.
ORLANDO, 11/21/2017 - Pascal Menezes points to inter-carrier operation of SDN services only a year after that work began as an example of how quickly industry can move.
A report from IHS Markit finds that Cisco and VMware are fighting over an SD-WAN market that could be worth more than $3 billion by 2021.
While vendors continue touting 5G as an opportunity to provide new revenue-generating services, operators are increasingly focused on it as an efficiency tool.
Users of Telefonica's Movistar TV service will be able to use the cognitive capabilities of its Aura platform to know, manage and control their digital interactions with the company and identify new, relevant offers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovak Telekom goes with Netcracker for billing; DT teams up with Fraunhofer for IoT; Intracom backhauls video in Warsaw.
The cable equipment vendor had the swagger in 2015. Has it got the goods to finally go public in 2017?
As threatened, US government is moving to block the AT&T/TW deal after AT&T refuses to divest of either DirecTV or Turner Broadcasting.
Carol Wilson updates us on MEF 2017 and carriers' plans for the edge and SD-WAN; Iain Morris recounts how AfricaCom reflected the spectrum of markets across the continent.
Google is buying land in Denmark for a new data center, which is likely to help the company with its cloud expansion, as well as GDPR.
Deal could help Marvell to offset a slowdown in its core market of developing storage chips for hard disk drives.
The Big Communications Event will be bigger and better than ever!
IBM boss puts a new wrinkle on old advice for success, as well as trumpeting IBM's century-long history of inclusivity for women, the disabled, and African Americans.
The Big Apple is ready to barter with telecom companies, and others, for the city's broadband future.
In the past few months, AWS and VMware have formed a new partnership and Google and Cisco have done the same. When it comes to a cloud fight, how can IT pick a side?
First software release fully merges OpenECOMP and OPEN-O into modular architecture, pieces of which are already being put to use and in PoCs.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FTTH tie-up in Ireland; UK government creates buzz around Budget measures; du works on 'loyalty platform.'
Transit Wireless has announced plans to bring WiFi and cellular connectivity to New York City's subway.
Yellow-sneakered COO of technology walks away from Sprint.
The former AT&T Mobility CEO fetches up at messaging specialist Synchronoss.
Amdocs Open Network's CTO talks ways to commercialize ONAP for carriers and enterprises, and how the open source project will evolve as we move to 5G and a software-based world.
The $5.9 billion acquisition is now complete. On to bigger (ahem, Qualcomm) deals.
Dell reinvents the idea of on-premises computing.
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has closed down several key Kodi add-ons delivering popular pirated streaming services.
Old distinctions lose relevance when intelligence can reside anywhere and every customer prem is connected to the cloud.
Light Reading looks at MEF 3.0, SD-WAN and the persistent issues around people and culture.
A report commissioned by software provider BMC shows that the multicloud universise comes with its own set of management headaches.
Soaring adoption of 4G services, and preparations for the launch of 5G, should create plenty of demand for optical networking gear over the next few years.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT's Bavarian brew; Kudelski makes some White Noise; EU set to approve Qualcomm/NXP deal soon?
This week in our WiC roundup: Apple's diversity efforts fall flat; Uber under fire again for not protecting passengers; women in tech in China break glass ceiling; and more.
Chinese service provider expects to have a commercial 5G network comprising 10,000 basestations in the market in 2020.
IoT, smart city and energy efficiency expert lands Series A investment round from India's Enzen Group.
New FCC vote would open up 1.7GHz more of mmWave spectrum if the FCC sets auction dates for the 5G bandwidth anytime soon.
Deutsche Telekom executive says 5G progress so far is largely about radio - and it shouldn't be.
Sprint's Ginger McClendon talks about how the future of network design will evolve with the advent of 5G.
That's no starter network.
Shares in vendor giant get a boost as the company forecasts sales growth next quarter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom open to Dutch tie-up with Tele2; EE hits 2.8 Gbit/s in 5G tests with Huawei; Bouygues Telecom profits up.
To increase development in the cloud, Microsoft is continuing to invest in open source and data analytics technologies. At its Connect show, Redmond rolled out new tools to assist the company's legions of developers.
Cisco beat Wall Street expectations during its first-quarter financial report, and the company claims that some of its technology bets, including security, are starting to pay off.
Miniscule mmWave MIMO arrays break a typical testing technique for cellular hardware.
CTO Bikash Koley welcomes a former Google cohort into Juniper's ranks, taking over Contrail's domain of SDN, cloud orchestration and security.
Canadian operator is replacing traditional gear and turning central offices into data centers as it prepares for the introduction of 5G technology.
As it aims to develop fully automated 'intelligent' networks, Huawei is set to significantly ramp up its investments in in-house artificial intelligence R&D, says CEO.
Unless smaller access providers get on board the automation train, on-demand end-to-end services won't be possible.
Sure, cloud lock-in is risky. But multicloud has its own risks, says Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich.
Network operator thinks many fellow operators will prefer to outsource their SD-WAN strategies and says it can scale to meet that demand.
A new generation of mobility apps requires performance not available from conventional cloud.
NICs have evolved many times, and the smart NIC is the next step, offering a programmable resource that can be configured to provide additional CPU offload functions for different applications.
Google Cloud Spanner, the company's globally distributed database, is getting several updates, including multi-region support, as well as an improved SLA that offers near-perfect availability.
Vodafone CTO says the industry has not done enough to publicize the cost benefits of 5G and warns against overhyping the technology.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk shares bomb after GB pound 75 million H1 loss; Peugeot et al hitch up to Huawei; more 5G fun with Ericsson; Swisscom targets SMEs.
As long as your valley isn't too green!
New hybrid service leverages cable operator's Ethernet footprint and adds cloud-based SD-WAN managed jointly through new customer portal.
NEW YORK -- Sprint's McClendon explains why listening to your inner voice makes all the difference in navigating the tech and comms industries.
Research carried out by Light Reading shows the scale of job cuts in the telecom sector during the last two years, as major telcos look to maintain sales with a smaller workforce.
Industry body's MEF 3.0 initiative goes beyond Carrier Ethernet specs to focus on how service providers interconnect to deliver next-gen offerings.
Amazon is selling off part of its cloud business in China for about $300 million to a local company to comply with the country's regulations. However, Amazon still plans to compete overseas.
Austrian incumbent is the first to offer zero-rated service in Austria, but follows DT and Vodafone in Germany and others in the US.
LightStep, founded by ex-Googlers, comes out of stealth to offer an application performance management product for combined microservices and legacy environments.
Verizon is deploying Qwilt's transparent caching solution, and it's a pretty big deal for the future of content delivery.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT makes smart city moves; billing bulletin; 'roam like home' begins to bite; Telenor tests 5G.
Cisco is looking to delve further into smart cities and IoT technologies with a $1 billion financing program for those communities looking to make investments.
Vodafone provides some cheery news for investors, raising its full-year earnings forecast after seeing good progress in Europe and on efficiency measures.
A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps and Viacom are creating their own streaming service with a $25 million investment in Philo, an OTT offering launching today.
A peek at the new OTT streaming TV service, Philo.
Nokia Bell Labs is working with Verizon on a window-mounted radio to bring 5G to US homes, but it won't help in areas where foliage can block the 28GHz signal.
Introducing hardware-software-service bundles for on-premises machine learning customized for specific use cases, for enterprises that need to keep their computing on premises.
The release of the semiannual Top 500 Supercomputer List this week shows China increasing its share, while the US tumbles to second.
Carol Wilson previews MEF 2017 and Mitch Wagner recaps Dreamforce.
At AfricaCom 2017, LR News Editor Iain Morris learned about the continent's challenges in technology, regulations, automation and dealing with foreign vendors.
Now that communications service providers have reached a crossroads, they must choose quickly to survive.
UNH-IOL Director Erica Johnson explains how she balances the technology and business goals of the UNH-IOL, makes STEM opportunities at the lab a priority for high-school students and why women should be comfortable pivoting in their careers.
New specs will be released incrementally, and certification will become a subscription-based process.
Amdocs always planned to build a business case around its work with AT&T and now it's starting to show how.
Even wireless spectrum is only worth so much.
Now get ready for a Broadcom/Qualcomm proxy battle!
To get automated service provisioning right, IT needs to keep a few guidelines in mind. Here's a look at where to get started in your automation journey.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom's H1 revenues rise; new 100G link between China and Russia; du's buys into IoT messaging platform.
Rackspace and HPE are looking to make the private cloud more appealing to enterprises with a new service based on OpenStack.
AT&T plans to launch an edge computing test zone in 2018 to test connected applications such as autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and drones.
Deal will make American Tower an infrastructure force in the Indian market and should help Vodafone and Idea to improve their balance sheet positions.
RJio prefers to go directly to ODMs for hardware, which means OEMs become pure software vendors whether they like it or not.
Operators are applying artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to leverage the power of their new programmable, software-based networks.
With fiber deployments ratcheting up and 5G on the horizon, what's the right model for charging fees to install telecom equipment in public rights-of-way? The FCC wants to figure it out fast.
Following the meltdown of the company's worth over the past week, Altice brings back founder Patrick Drahi as board president and replaces CEO Michael Combes with Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei.
With the acquisition, Talend will incorporate Restlet's API technology into its own data fabric to make sharing data easier among its customers.
Most of the criticisms of ONAP are coming from non-members who don't know the whole story, says Linux Foundation's Arpit Joshipura.
Quip's vision is embedding discussion around business documents rather than swapping documents in email.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: mixed Q3 fortunes at Telecom Italia; Tele2 gets into electric cars; Gemalto's IoT module; compensation ahoy for cheesed-off UK landline customers.
At the TBM Conference this week, CIOs are looking to take more control of enterprise IT. The cloud is key.
This week in our WiC roundup: Women in tech are finally reaching the small screen; kids take over teaching; techies are starting to feel self-conscious; and more.
In an LR webinar next Wednesday, industry experts will look at why cable operators are investing heavily in fiber, the challenges involved and how operators can overcome those hurdles.
The Telecom Infra Project is moving into areas such as AI and network slicing, as founder Facebook pushes universal connectivity.
New edge access and aggregation boxes promise greater capacity and future-proof path to adding compute power.
CEO Ekholm says Ericsson's sum is worth more than its parts would be alone.
A new internally developed platform, BBC Live, will help the BBC deliver an additional 1,000 hours of streaming video from 30 different sports.
Microsoft's latest Open Compute Project offering is called 'Project Cerberus,' and looks to make clouds more secure by protecting the firmware of cloud servers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom raises full-year forecast on strength of Q3; TIM, Fastweb and Huawei tackle Italian 5G job; machine learning developments.
SILICON VALLEY, 11/9/2017 - Listen to Richard Petrie, CTO of LINX, explain how LINX is adopting a disaggregated format for their secondary London interconnect platform (LON2).
Established companies can remain competitive if they are willing to change everything – except their core values, says the Big Blue boss in an on-stage conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
What if the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner doesn't get approved?
This year's show evinced healthy interest in effectively using data and analytics to run telecom businesses better, but how well are operators actually doing with it?
Ericsson's CEO says the partnership still stands but won't return the promised $1B in 2018.
'Plan for the worst, hope for the best,' seems to be the mantra of Ericsson's new CEO.
The second-annual Telecom Infra Project Summit opens with optimisim about cellular networks, emerging markets and startup funding.
Vecima is placing its bets in distributed access architectures and content delivery network technology.
The NBA and Turner Sports are partnering with Intel to provide virtual reality coverage of the All-Star weekend in February 2018.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei and Vodafone make 5G data connection in Italy; automation not that scary after all; welcome to Gigabit Island.
ExxonMobil VP of IT Mike Brown is transforming his organization into an integral part of the oil and gas giant, which is helping fuel digital transformation.
Nutanix is adding support for object storage, analytics workloads and an app marketplace to its Enterprise Cloud OS to address DevOps needs for customers.
FTTx rollouts need a more automated process for collecting and analyzing test results, and analytics could provide the answer.
PCCW exec David Hughes eviscerates the telecom 'poor me' mindset but with a light touch, Carol Wilson writes.
The Google cloud boss discussed her father losing his business after being falsely accused of being a communist, as well as her own ascent to the top enterprise cloud job at Google, in a wide-ranging conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
Request is in with the FCC now. Verizon recently said that it will launch fixed 5G in 2018.
Driven by web-scale Internet companies, three key trends – disaggregation in terminals, open line systems and 100G+ transponders – are reshaping the DCI market.
Bidding on Qualcomm could give Intel a 5G fillip and - possibly more importantly - an instant 4G boost.
How microducts and pushable fiber could make a difference in smart city connectivity.
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that while communications service providers (CSPs) are exploring numerous emerging technologies, most are heavily involved in machine learning.
Apple CEO says augmented reality will 'change everything,' while Microsoft UK CEO says 'mixed reality' will spur a 'fourth industrial revolution.'
After 20 years of growth, oftentimes through acquisitions, UK-based Towergate Insurance Brokers ended up with a sprawling IT infrastructure. After going all-in on cloud, the company found that 'good enough' IT is, in fact, good enough.
Salesforce is also naming Google as a preferred infrastructure provider – but Salesforce is still keeping Amazon close.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson upgrades Mobily network in Saudi Arabia; Vodafone turns to V for Victory in the consumer IoT market; Nokia and Vodacom trial 5G technologies.
Tariff talk, 5G thoughts and champagne cork shenanigans, all brought to you by our very own prefab four at the Global Telecoms Awards.
In a season of mega-merger chatter, Broadcom offers a monster $130 billion hostile bid to take over Qualcomm
While cable operators have made great inroads with small and midsized firms, the big question in the commercial market is whether they can duplicate that feat with large enterprises.
Service assurance software vendor making strides in the cloud-native direction while retaining its other options, including VMs.
Deutsche Telekom's US strategy will be under scrutiny now that plans to merge T-Mobile with Sprint have again fallen through.
At the OpenStack Summit in Australia, Red Hat is rolling out its OpenStack Platform 12, which emphasizes container and security support.
Industry experts from Light Reading's Automation & the New Carrier Network workshop shed some light on the event's key insights.
While some telcos appear eager to get started with ONAP, others are worried about the unwieldiness of the platform.
Japanese company says it will increase stake in Sprint following collapse of merger talks with T-Mobile, as operating profits are boosted by investment activity.
The two carriers drop their proposed relationship and agree to see other people.
After the end of talks with T-Mobile, Sprint is now teaming up with Altice USA.
Cisco preached the gospel of network intuitive and multicloud to its partners in Dallas recently. Also, jazz, dragons – and a serious moment of sober reflection for a lost friend.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange PoPs into South Africa; du teams up with ecommerce portal; T-Mobile Netherlands gets TD-LTE in synch with Oscilloquartz.
A year after first introducing Einstein AI, Salesforce is planning to double down on artificial intelligence at its Dreamforce 2017 conference.
AT&T unveiled a new AI platform, microservices supplier program, all-weather drone and more at the first AT&T Summit for its business customers.
India's towers sector is poised for takeover activity as big players look to reduce debts and focus on providing services.
With OpenStack now seven years old, the OpenStack Foundation wants to start programs aimed at real-world issues, such as integration and operations.
We might find out. Bloomberg says Broadcom is thinking about joining forces with Qualcomm, combining two $100B chip giants.
Undaunted by the growing cord-cutting trend, Altice is pushing forward with new video/broadband gateways and FTTH rollouts in its US markets.
With the Genband merger process over, Sonus has decided it's time for a new name. Say hello to Ribbon Communications.
The outlook for Broadcom's buyout of Brocade has gotten a lot rosier.
Cisco and partners say that the cloud can help IT regain control of IT infrastructure.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom pilots Gigabit LTE; Ericsson upgrades in Greenland; Deutsche Telekom updates on vectoring rollout.
Riverbed is pushing beyond its traditional networking roots to build additional capabilities to monitor application performance, as well as containers.
This week in our WiC roundup: 'Momism' puts mothers at a disadvantage; lead with values when opening shop; telecom industry comes in last for diversity; and more.
VP of strategy tells OSS event audience that its business-focused operator customers are making money and getting services out faster.
LONDON, 11/3/2017 - At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event in London, Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre talk common information models and automation.
Finnish vendor says it is providing 5G-ready baseband products, despite Ericsson's claims.
AT&T unveiled its microservices supplier program this week, which enables the carrier to create customized enterprise apps by combining microservices.
The acquisition of VeloCloud would hand VMware some carrier SD-WAN deployments that could start some interesting NFV conversations.
Spark Assistant is like Siri or Alexa, but for meetings - fruit of Cisco's $125M MindMeld acquisition in May.
Women should no longer ask for equal treatment or fairness. It's time to insist, say Women in Comms panelists.
LONDON -- Sigma Systems works to help CSPs become digital service providers, and that means tracking not just technology but many other trends and expectations.
Liberty Global suffers revenue and operating income hits in its Latin American unit from Hurricanes Irma and Maria as it preps for LILAC spinoff.
A new report suggests the DOJ could file an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
New industry group focused on automated processes and zero touch networking is attracting potential new members, including Sprint, and prepping for an initial meeting in January, says DT exec Klaus Martiny.
Steve Stine's new job focuses on making sure business units have they data they need in the structure and place they need it.
Colt executive draws attention to the pitfalls of automating operations and provides an update on the UK operator's progress so far.
Beefing up its Andromeda software-defined networking for improved cloud application performance.
VMware is getting into SD-WAN by buying VeloCloud, a startup that's found traction with some Tier 1 carriers.
With the acquisition of VeloCloud Networks, VMware is moving deeper into the software-defined networking game and likely to clash more with Cisco.
Here comes Remote PHY.
LONDON, 11/2/2017 - At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event, Carol Wilson and Iain Morris discuss some of the key talking points of the day, including a renewed focus on the business case for management system upgrades and the doubts swirling around common information models.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Bank opens for business; fixed-line decline dents Swisscom's Q3; Virgin buoyant on broadband, not so much on mobile.
YugaByte says it can deliver the performance, scalability and reliability needed for a customer-facing database in a platform that is portable across clouds.
The Watson Data Platform is expanding beyond big data analytics to include artificial intelligence, according to IBM.
With CenturyLink closing its $34 billion Level 3 acquisition, CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain has a bigger sandbox for his work in SDN, NFV and network automation.
AT&T says it will make all of its spectrum bands available to first responders over time.
Getting operators to agree on a common data model that rises above the lowest common denominator is seemingly impossible.
Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research are jointly developing a new emulator dubbed 'CrystalNet' that could reduce downtime in the cloud.
You can't get there from here... without a framework.
The UK operator is training staff to use data modeling languages so that it can address the lack of conformity it sees from virtualization system vendors.
AT&T and Tech Mahindra launched an open source artificial intelligence platform – Acumos – to make AI more widely accessible and accelerate deployment of AI applications.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS closes Telesign acquisition; Orange takes to the high seas with BlueTide; du Plessis takes the BT hotseat.
IBM is already a leader in private cloud, and Big Blue's Cloud Private platform extends that reach deeper into the hybrid cloud marketplace.
Software from BTI joins off-the-shelf ROADM hardware as Juniper tries to create a programmable photonic plane.
Developers gather at GE's Minds + Machines to learn how to connect industrial IoT to the cloud.
Swedish vendor trumpets its baseband smarts and says it is trying to build 4G market share in Europe in preparation for the arrival of 5G.