AT BCE, panelists from Verizon, Apstra and CableLabs examine if intent-based networking is marketing hype or can be leveraged to automate the data center, WAN and more.
There's still a lot of ambivalence from operators around edge computing, and the killer app for many of them is anything that helps deliver more bits for less money.
ZTE's customers are reviewing deals with the equipment vendor while expenses are mounting.
The Belgian carrier is under growing pressure to make use of artificial intelligence.
Now more than ever, our latest Hall of Fame inductees are changing every part of this industry, from the core infrastructure to the services in the cloud.
Service providers are refreshing their IMS and looking for real cloud native IMS functions, according to Micaela Giuhat, Metaswitch's VP of product management, Cloud Native Core, who shares her thoughts on everything from container-based approach to VNFs to her experiences and advice as a leading woman in comms.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN and Huawei share spectrum in South Africa; big 5G news for little San Marino; Telia Carrier PoPs into Serbia.
Shares in the country's network operators have risen after policy wonks suggested they would not continue to oppose merger activity.
Adding more markets and more details on 5G speeds.
How Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology will help 5G drive connected cars.
Trump says there is no new deal for ZTE, as Senate blocks him from making a new deal anyway.
Oracle is threatening customers of its on-premises software with expensive audits in an effort to drive them to the cloud, according to a report on The Information.
In a BCE fireside chat, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein lays out his idea for a next-gen DOCSIS spec beyond Full Duplex that could enable symmetrical broadband speeds as high as 30 Gbit/s or even 60 Gbit/s over cable's HFC networks.
India's most aggressive operator is reportedly setting up a unit in Estonia.
Closing the gender gap requires self-promotion and a cultural shift in what constitutes productivity, said panelists at the BCE WiC workshop.
John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica improves content experience for roamers; state of French telecom revealed; Swisscom leans on Huawei for IP core; UK government cool with Comcast/Sky merger proposal.
2010 called. It wants its business model back.
Part of Adobe's effort to create an end-to-end system for e-commerce, going up against Salesforce and Oracle.
Working with Intel and SKT, AT&T has developed an open source project to make it easier to build, manage and update clouds.
A dive into some SEC filings shows that the SD-WAN startup VeloCloud wasn't really a unicorn. It's still a lovely show pony, though. Giddy up!
Three strategic initiatives &ndash Novitas, Stratus and Sentio &ndash have powered Colt's move into on-demand services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE goes with Ericsson for subscriber analytics; EU measures digital progress; Sky opens innovation center for research into virtual reality and more.
Four operators in the Middle East say they have launched their 5G networks, but will anyone notice?
RJio's executives were likened to a music group in Nice last week, but they prefer smashing up telecom markets to hotel rooms.
Rackspace is getting into the enterprise transformation racket.
It's still a struggle to find women for leadership roles in Silicon Valley, but Matrixx Software VP of Marketing and Co-Founder Jennifer Kyriakakis advises women to focus on transferable skills and non-traditional paths to get there.
The 1-Gig fixed wireless 5G service is coming in the fourth quarter of this year.
And if so, what does a devil's bargain with Android TV mean?
Spectrum Enterprise chief urges other telecom service providers to follow company's lead and extend more fiber lines to businesses and consumers.
Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Phil Harvey sum up the whole show in five minutes. That's after we cut out the 75 minutes of food-and-coffee commentary.
At BCE 2018, Reliance Jio's president of Network, Global Strategy and Service Development, Mathew Oommen, describes how the operator has transformed the nature of mobile service delivery with its greenfield 4G network and, in doing so, changed the communications landscape in what is the second-biggest services market in the world.
This week in our WiC roundup: Announcing our three Leading Lights Awards winners; celebrating moms at work; men-only clubs think again; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU calls for co-operation on cyberdefense; Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy; nun news.
Expands Rackspace's business from IaaS and PaaS into SaaS.
Cask Data develops an open source platform that helps enterprises deploy big data applications using Hadoop.
India's operators are busy raising funds despite the debt burden that already weighs heavily on some players.
At the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2018 event in Austin, Melissa Arnoldi, president of Technology and Operations at AT&T, spoke about AT&T's path to 5G and the important role software plays.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zuck to face Eurocrats over data privacy shenanigans; MTS claims LAA breakthrough; ADVA's encryption wins.
Italian phone incumbent is reportedly looking to cut about 7% of its workforce as it automates and digitizes operations.
The industry association now dedicated to digital transformation answers some of its critics with a well-received show in Nice.
Network operators are taking more control over the digital transformation process as reliance on traditional vendors weakens.
The evolution of spectrum sharing into the 5G era.
Measuring success with diversity and inclusion can be challenging and companies can only enact change with buy-in from top executives, panelists said.
Cisco is putting a bad two years of financial results behind it, but service provider revenue is a dark spot.
Take the wins where you can get 'em.
White House says it's reducing bureaucracy.
Oracle will integrate DataScience.com into the Oracle Cloud Platform.
New offering will help enterprises get the most from managed Kubernetes in the multi-cloud.
What's it all for? Why are we here? What's the French for 'ennui'? Oh, I nearly forgot: Here's the much-anticipated recap of the TM Forum event on the French Riviera.
UK incumbent makes a big push on convergence in a bid to reinvigorate its ailing consumer business.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson deploys machine learning for SoftBank; Italtel plays part in network automation; Elisa seeks AI-powered light-bulb moment.
Open source can drive agility and change, but telcos need to overcome cultural obstacles.
LA is next up for Verizon's fixed 5G.
Sprint promises new design thinking for its first 5G handset.
A recap of the 14th annual Leading Lights Awards in Austin, TX. Congratulations to all the winners!
TM Forum says its open APIs will be included in the next version of the ONAP platform.
Plexxi adds software-defined networking technology to complement compute and storage networking in HPE's hyperconverged infrastructure.
5G promises to change the way we live our lives, with unprecedented services and unparalleled user experience. To facilitate the experience, mobile network operators (MNOs) need to build an underlying connectivity infrastructure that is capable of delivering on demands like massive machine connectivity, ultra-low latency and hyper-flexible bandwidth. Preparing for these changes will require a whole new way of thinking and working for many operators worldwide.
Intel Select Solutions for uCPE aims to get service providers to market more quickly while making network services simpler for enterprises.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad revamps top table; BT joins forces with Europol; NetScout gets the nod from Telefonica.
IBM and Cisco are working with Europe's largest port to reduce fuel consumption and other costs and improve safety.
For network admins used to wrangling on-premises networks, cloud networks are different animals to tame.
UK-based operator prioritizes automation as CEO Colao quits.
Find out which companies have landed the 2018 Leading Lights Awards.
Congratulations to AT&T's Anne Chow, CableLab's Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang and Movandi's Maryam Rofougaran, our 2018 WiC Leading Lights winners.
Find out who's been welcomed into the Light Reading Hall of Fame this year.
Ensemble Connector now supports deploying software-based encryption at multiple endpoints, including public cloud sites and customer premises.
Basil Alwan, president of IP/Optical Networks at Nokia, offers to buy a round of drinks on the eve of his induction into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.
ONF's Timon Sloane tells Open Compute Project Workshop that incumbents haven't yet embraced fully disaggregating edge compute and open source.
Canadian operator says exorbitant software maintenance fees and a bigger operations team is undermining the cost attractions of NFV.
President Trump's peacemaking move over ZTE's survival could come at a price, while ZTE appears to be in hot water elsewhere.
Enemies no more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: speculation over possible BT sale prep; VEON, Vodacom report; Virgin and TalkTalk joining forces?
This week: BT lays waste to jobs; Vodafone acquires bits of Liberty Global; ZTE's predicament; and the scariness of AI.
In a special NAB breakdast workshop, experts discuss what's happening in the emerging VR video market, what type of content works and what doesn't.
The time is ripe for communications and media providers to use their scale and customer data to deliver a truly personalized experience to viewers.
Ed Morche says the company will continue to invest in wireline infrastructure and focus on the best on-net service experience.
German operator will present the investment criteria for a much bigger rollout of all-fiber networks later this month.
We pick out the cream of the crop in the ever-expanding world of 5G technology.
US President cites loss of Chinese jobs as key reason for a reprieve... but US jobs were at risk too.
The shortlist for the Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor category features ten impressive contenders.
Gigabit LTE, faster fixed wireless, AI and more all shine in this mobile product shortlist.
Providing IoT connectivity for service provider means scalability and flexibility for entrants in this new category.
AT&T calls the Cohen association a 'mistake' as its head lobbyist resigns.
During her keynote at BCE next week, AT&T's Melissa Arnoldi will address how AT&T's SDN and virtualization strategy will be critical to delivering the capabilities businesses and consumers are anticipating with from 5G.
Next week at BCE, we'll look at some of the ways machine learning and AI will help operators make the customer experience better, without driving up the cost of network operations.
Dry those tears.
Enterprise container support, partnerships with Microsoft and IBM, and an alarming lack of baked goods and non-dairy coffee whiteners were highlights of Red Hat Summit.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amdocs reports fiscal Q2; BT to pay GB pound 120 million to Phones 4u administrators; ex-boss of Cambridge Analytica hauled before UK MPs.
This week in our WiC roundup: What's beyond Brotopia?; blockchain diversity is a priority; all-female teams; and more.
Not just the usual partnership happy clappy - the deals are a big step to moving containers and Kubernetes into the enterprise.
UK incumbent says it plans a commercial launch of 5G in the next 18 months and will focus initially on enhanced mobile broadband offerings.
BSNL teams up with Vanu to bring connectivity to rural parts of India.
The shortlist for the Company of the Year (Public) category features eight impressive contenders.
Light Reading maps out 5G and what a T-Mobile and Sprint merger might mean in 5G terms.
Altice USA deploys first 100,000 home entertainment hubs in NYC metro area and plans to launch box in former Suddenlink territories throughout the spring and summer.
Meanwhile, advocates in the Senate continue waging a public fight to keep net neutrality rules in place.
Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief, Ray Le Maistre, sits down with Sedona Systems CTO Ori Gerstel to discuss how service providers are speeding up their success in various types of network mergers and migrations, enabled by network intelligence and automation via NetFusion.
Talk of digital transformation and investment in higher-speed networks fails to impress shareholders after the UK operator unveils plans for 13,000 job cuts.
AppMon is a software-defined monitoring and network telemetry tool which tracks network and application performance for enterprises, and also integrates with Cisco SD-WAN.
The IT solution provider for the travel industry uses Red Hat OpenShift for business agility and to avoid cloud lock-in.
Or is it a Foxhole?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM does deal with Mediaset; Iskratel helps with Tier 1 network upgrade; Apple abandons Irish data center project; Finnish gamers try out 5G.
UK operator will cut thousands of jobs in middle management and back-office functions as it looks to boost earnings and prepare for a new round of network spending.
The shortlist for the Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor category features nine outstanding contenders.
The shortlist for the Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy category features 12 impressive contenders.
On their Q1 earnings call, Liberty Global officials explain their rationale for selling off German, Czech, Hungarian and Romanian cable assets to Vodafone.
Chinese vendor's survival now looks at stake after US authorities banned it from buying US components last month.
PacketFabric and Netrolix represent a wave of new network operators able to leverage SDN and AI technologies to deliver services without long commitments or complicated contracts.
The Aussie operator is trying to reinvent itself, and its network-as-a-service is a vital piece of the transformation puzzle.
Red Hat is painting a target on Amazon on Google and streamlining application development, with support for serverless computing.
German operator's boss slams Vodafone's takeover deal with Liberty as anticompetitive and indicates he will put up a fight.
ECI's ELASTIC Services Platform takes networking solutions to the next level, allowing service providers to concentrate on launching new services and driving new revenue streams.
AT&T says that it was looking for 'insights' into the then-new Trump administration.
Cisco, Huawei Technologies, LiveAction, Nuage Networks, VeloCloud by VMWare and Versa Networks emerged as the top contenders for delivering the most innovative SD-WAN product/platform during the past year.
The hyperconverged infrastructure vendor is expanding into software-defined networking, database provisioning and multicloud cost controls and compliance.
Heavy hitters in cable, open source and optical networking make up the five women who are shortlisted for the Hedy Lamarr-inspired Female Tech Pioneer of the Year category.
Takeover would threaten Deutsche Telekom's fixed-line dominance in Germany and make Vodafone a much stronger force in other eastern European markets.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media revenue up, but its Welsh workers aren't smiling; Telecom Italia hasn't heard the bad news; Openet and MDS do a deal.
Scott and Jamie are joined by Heavy Reading's Gabriel 'Microphone Abuser' Brown to discuss the T-Mobile/Sprint deal, 5G and more.
The shortlist for the Outstanding Components Vendor category features five strong contenders.
Dish Network reports more overall pay-TV subscriber losses in the first quarter despite continued gains by its OTT skinny-bundle service, Sling TV.
Chinese vendor says export ban will damage a large number of US companies.
The shortlist for most innovative automation strategy features six very strong entries from some of the world's biggest operators.
Partnerships with two of the biggest public cloud providers strengthen Red Hat's hybrid cloud portfolio.
Veteran telecom exec will 'rebalance' the company to give more emphasis to the market for content, mobile backhaul and DCI.
Red Hat is enhancing automation for 'Day 2' operations on its OpenShift cloud platform, based on technology acquired with CoreOS in January.
Allegations of physical assault led New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to resign Monday night.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica automates the network; Nokia and SFR trumpet 5G New Radio breakthrough; Proximus launches NB-IoT network for smart meters.
Every network operators business case is different but what remains true is that combining the disciplines needed to get value from data requires a very collaborative organization.
...as the industry waits for a final FCC decision on 3.5GHz spectrum usage.
Cable giant may try to scupper the deal between Fox and Disney with new financing facilities but has apparently indicated it will make a bid only if AT&T's planned takeover of Time Warner gets regulatory approval.
The shortlist for the Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH) category features 12 impressive contenders.
After Vivendi loses control of the Telecom Italia board to US hedge fund Elliott, Amos Genish is confirmed as CEO.
Cloud Foundry users demand flexibility and interoperability, even where Cloud Foundry isn't the answer.
City kitty, country mouse or some other creature? The early 5G strategies in the US will either favor short-range speed or long-range coverage, but likely both on the same network.
Regulatory rate-setting is so 2016.
With more rapid and aggressive gigabit deployments to residential customers over the past 12 months, Most Innovative Gigabit/FTTx Service was a competitive Leading Lights category.
Exchange and interconnection companies point to avoiding 'pinch points' and creating greater diversity than traditional carrier hotels.
Samsung says its 28GHz 5G system is ready for commercial use in the US.
Amazon Web Services, Huawei Technologies, Nokia, Nordic Semiconductor and Verimatrix are transforming how we live and work.
The Sprint/T-Mobile deal complicates the cable MVNO universe.
AT&T, Telus, GTT and more made the shortlist for 'Most Innovative SD-WAN Service,' awarded to the company that has launched the most innovative SD-WAN service for enterprise and/or small or midsized corporate users during the past year.
Because the headend, not the outside plant, is where cable operators can really begin the distributed network transformation.
$125 million will help Mesosphere stay cool as the multicloud orchestration market gets hotter and more competitive.
SVA's Jason Thibeault discusses the state of VR technology and business cases, the market hurdles and the direction he sees the industry heading.
Amdocs, GTT and Viavi make our 2018 Leading Lights shortlist for best deal maker.
The rumor mill is still hot with talk of a European M&A deal of some sort between Liberty Global and Vodafone, and the implications for employment can't be ignored.
Canines conquer computer company's customer confab.
This week in our WiC roundup: Chinese women hired to 'calm' programmers; diversity pays off for companies; are all-female panels good for women?; and more.
CenturyLink confirms plans to cut 2% of its workforce, blaming the merger and automation for the move.
Universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) systems are growing rapidly, paving the way for new opportunities, lowered costs and increased performance overall.
UK operator will cut up to 6% of jobs according to reports as it looks to get its business back on track for investors.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN thrives in Ghana and Nigeria; Telia concerned about government snooping; and royal wedding news!!!
The service provider is deploying VMware's VeloCloud SD-WAN service across its 24-state market.
Five companies made the finals in this competitive category of Leading Lights 2018.
You've already heard of the zero-touch network, and even the zero-person NOC. But what about the NOCless, SOCless telco?
Wholesale operator finds friendlier regulatory environment and growing demand for backbone services.
At BCE, find out how intent-based networking could be a boon to service providers' goals of simplifying their complex networks.
The Company of the Year (Private) title is awarded to the privately held firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy. Let's have a look at the finalists.
Remember the good times.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange backs voice-enabled AI specialist; Spotify hits bum note in first earnings report; France-IX exchange gets it on with Epsilon.
Advances in NFV have made it a technology that is now used by CSPs across the globe.
Four worthy women from the worlds of cable, the enterprise, data centers and B/OSS make our shortlist for the year's Most Inspiring Woman in Comms.
German operator puts up 5G antennas in Berlin and now looks all set for a commercial 5G launch in the German capital.
Indian authorities have approved plans for in-flight connectivity services, an expansion of WiFi hotspots and the establishment of a telecom ombudsman.
As Michel Combes gets ready to take over as new CEO.
Major changes at the top at Sprint, as the company waits to see if it will be allowed to merge with T-Mobile.
It is getting increasingly hard to buy a Huawei-made smartphone in the US.
Cisco, Comcast, Evolution Digital, Harmonic, Huawei and Nokia make up this year's group of six Leading Lights finalists for standout cable/video products or services.
AT&T, Comcast, Orange and Telenet each bring something different to innovating in cloud services.
5G requires a huge change in how network operators build their networks to accommodate wireless data. At BCE, the use of CRANs and the challenges they present will take center stage.
The role of open source in the telecoms sector still divides opinion - and that's why we're debating it at BCE in Austin.
The envelope please...
Latest initiative, ODTN Project, takes aim at integrated optical networking gear with disaggregation, open source software.
Despite lower CPE sales, Arris racks up higher revenues in Q1, thanks to stronger sales for its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled CCAP and Ruckus enterprise networking products.
The transition to white box networking could be especially painful for Juniper.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 launches MVNO in Russia; Orange gets some Israeli cybersecurity help; Swisscom's core business down.
If a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint falls short of its targets, it could add to the pressure on Deutsche Telekom in Germany.
Executive Producer Janet Leahy, President of Arrow Solutions Kathy Boelter, CEO of Women of Wall Street Karen Ashworth Macfarlane and the Founder and CEO of Corporate Cowgirl Up Wendy Bohling join WiC Director Sarah Thomas in Denver to discuss ways to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, help women advance and level the playing field.
On Light Reading's annual trip to Tel Aviv, Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre visited with companies preparing operators for the transformation from legacy to next-gen technologies like 5G, NFV and IoT.
The 'un-carrier' expects to make money with its Sprint roaming deal and the combined firm won't have to spend some $8 billion in capex because of complementary network coverage.
Colt, Intelsat and Reliance Jio are the finalists for transformation strategy in 2018, for three very different efforts.
Accompany CEO Amy Chang replaces Rowan Trollope, who's leaving to become CEO of another company.
As its self-driving network story takes hold, networking vendor Juniper's stock performance earned it a 'sell' rating from at least one big Wall Street analyst.
Ciena has cut some staff from its support unit, but the company said it already warned of a multi-year transformation in that group.
Apstra, Cohere and Juniper are the shortlisted candidates for the outstanding communications technology vision award.
Sixth software release also continues hardening of NFVi, testing and other functions to further commercialize NFV.
BCE keynoter James Feger says it's key to not only consider the operational changes that need to occur to support virtualization, but also build in automation along the way.
Organizations are going to multiple public cloud providers, as well as on-premises private cloud, to meet business needs, says Kip Compton, vice president of Cisco Cloud Platform and Solutions Group.
Private equity firm Permira is acquiring Cisco's Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS), formerly NDS, seemingly for a fraction of the $5 billion Cisco paid for it in 2012.
VMware fits recently acquired VeloCloud into a networking strategy that makes the data center one nexus for applications and data among many, stretching from the edge to the cloud.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook uses delaying tactics in data privacy case; former Autonomy exec convicted of fraud; paper planes fly as Russians protest blocking of Telegram app.
Adds Kubernetes support to AppDynamics and CloudCenter to integrate orchestration of legacy and containerized applications.
WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum has resigned following reports that he has clashed with parent company Facebook over strategy plans. This spells bad news for Facebook, says Pamela Clark-Dickson from research and consulting house Ovum.
India's newest network operator has reported profits for its fiscal fourth quarter, but there are signs of a slowdown.
Although most communications service providers (CSPs) in this focus group are planning to deploy machine learning by the end of this year, widespread adoption will hit barriers with service providers until machine learning applicability is proven.
The government has a fallback position if its strategy to block the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner doesn't succeed outright.