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Aryaka and Alibaba Cloud amp up SD-WAN in APAC
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Alibaba's customers approached Aryaka about the need for a partnership between the companies to expand SD-WAN availability and access to public clouds in the APAC region.

Rakuten plots global 5G landgrab as Japanese tech strikes back
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

The Japanese e-commerce company's real goal is not to become another mobile operator in Japan but to lead a global revolution.

Dish's 5G radios to come from Japan's Fujitsu
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Dish said it will use 5G radios from Japan's Fujitsu. That's noteworthy considering radios account for a large percentage of the cost of a 5G network, and Dish had indicated its preference for US suppliers.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Missouri farm makes hay with edge computing, private LTE
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Trilogy Networks and its new Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI) is aiming to bring technologies like private wireless LTE networks and edge computing to rural parts of the US.

Asia cloud slowdown 'not a positive' for economic recovery
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

A new report from the ACCA shows cloud adoption across Asia is slowing down, but the reason for the slump is unclear.

Ericsson trumpets mobile core network win from Liberty Latin America
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Sweden-based vendor says the three-year deal will focus on implementing virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to prepare the operator for new technologies.

Clearing up my view of the telco cloud
The Wizard of Roz | 6/26/2020

A former cloud insider returns, with an outside-in, peek-behind-the-curtain look at the telco industry's road to becoming more cloud native.

Security a key part of Nokia's new Digital Operations Center for 5G
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Nokia's new Digital Operations Center supports network slicing for 5G, among other offerings, but also provides a focus on network security.

Light Reading's Leading Lights 2020: The Finalists
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Light Reading is delighted to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 16th year.

The labors of Lundmark: Herculean turnaround faces new Nokia boss
Morris Lore | 6/24/2020

Pekka Lundmark will join Nokia as CEO in August, returning to a company he previously worked for 20 years ago. The task ahead of him looks immense.

Dell said to be considering 'options' for VMware stake
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Report says Dell is looking at options including a spinoff of its $50 billion stake in the enterprise software specialist.

What went wrong at Edge Gravity?
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Edge Gravity, Ericsson's internal startup focused on the development of a global edge computing cloud, is said to have suffered from an 'innovator's dilemma' that hinders large companies from changing their ways.

SD-WAN market to exceed $4B by 2023 – report
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed SD-WAN market momentum in the first half of 2020, Futuriom forecasts a pickup in the second half of 2020 and into 2021 as more enterprise employees work from home and require secure, remote access services.

Nokia is first big kit vendor to unveil O-RAN suite
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Finnish kit vendor says a full set of O-RAN-compliant products will be ready in 2021, putting pressure on Ericsson and other traditional rivals.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom sets out world-domination plan
News Analysis | 6/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK COVID-19 app bites the dust; Amazon creates virtual jobs in South Africa; UKCloud goes carbon-negative.

Verizon's Virtual Network Services taps Cisco for new white box
Kelsey's Grammar | 6/18/2020

In lieu of using purpose-built devices such as routers, firewalls and switches, Verizon's enterprise customers can access the VNS portfolio to deploy, manage and orchestrate VNFs from a central location.

Giant vendors get with TMF program for Lego-like IT
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

Amdocs, Netcracker, Nokia and Oracle are persuaded to join the Open Digital Architecture initiative as operators continue to push for more swappable IT systems.

Podcast: What's the story with Rakuten and 5G?
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2020

On the first episode of 'What’s the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Iain Morris talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about Rakuten's 5G launch: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

FirstNet allocates $218M for 5G core, coverage improvements
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

As a wide range of vendors tout their core wares, FirstNet's board has approved $218 million to upgrade the agency's two-year-old LTE core with a fancy new one that can support 5G.

Network virtualization poised to seize a bigger role in cable's post-pandemic era
News Analysis | 6/16/2020

More 'light touch' automation techniques will be implemented as cable operators determine new ways to add and adjust capacity to address rising and fluctuating demands on the network.

Ciena's webscale sales show cloud growth, consistency
The Philter | 6/12/2020

The optical networking firm has nine consecutive quarters with more than $100 million in direct sales to its webscale customers.

Google heads into Telefónica's edge: Alliance or landgrab?
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

A new 5G tie-up between the Internet giant and the telco raises further questions about the shifting balance of power in telecom.

Here's why Mike Pompeo wants a watered-down open RAN
DanoVision | 6/10/2020

The US State Department is proposing an 'Integrated and Open Networks' (ION) approach to 5G and Huawei, but the effort doesn't seem to have much support beyond US Attorney General William Barr.

Open RAN is vulnerable to an Ericsson, Nokia takeover
News Analysis | 6/10/2020

The big vendors could be to open RAN what Facebook was to Instagram and WhatsApp.

Cable network undergoing a 'radical transformation,' CableLabs CTO says
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

HFC is evolving into a connectivity and compute platform woven together with virtualization as cable ops prepare to support a more diverse mix of apps and services, CableLabs' Belal Hamzeh says.

Telcos need to up their edge game – report
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

WWT warns carriers that enterprises think cloud service providers and tech companies are the 'edge experts.' The good news is that they can do something about it.

US telcos asked to rip out Huawei and replace it with a quandary
DanoVision | 6/9/2020

The FCC has been tasked with ripping Huawei's equipment out of US wireless networks. Now it has to figure out what goes in its place.

Rakuten's 4G core will not survive NEC shift
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Japanese e-commerce giant says the move will address some of the shortcomings of the non-standalone system it has built.

Eurobites: France, Germany suit up for cloud 'moonshot'
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Switzerland ahead in Europe's 5G race, says Omdia; Telecom Italia cuts more jobs; COVID-19 app confusion in the UK.

How Amazon, Microsoft and Google are courting – and challenging – telcos
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

The pairings between telecom operators and public cloud providers for edge computing and 5G are growing, a trend that's expected to pick up steam in the months and years ahead.

Midco nears debut of new IP-based video service
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Eyeing improved pay-TV economics, the new offering, called 'Midco TV,' will run on mobile devices and Android TV boxes, use TiVo's UI and be underpinned by Vecima's CDN and video processing/transcoding platforms.

Making open RAN happen
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/3/2020

Open RAN is a new way to build mobile access networks with many benefits.

New Netcracker suite lures 15 customers to the show
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

The 2020 update from the NEC subsidiary looks well timed, with 5G, the cloud and a microservices architecture all in mind.

Goodbye Huawei, hello Ericsson: Swap-out gathers pace
Morris Lore | 6/3/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is in pole position as the US-led campaign against Huawei gathers momentum.

Rakuten unwraps NEC's 5G core
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

NEC will supply Rakuten's 5G core. That's noteworthy considering Rakuten has emerged as a leading player in the global wireless industry's move to open, cloud-based network technology.

Zoom blooms and another boom looms soon
The Philter | 6/2/2020

After attracting 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees and a whole host of weird cocktail parties, the video conference star predicts another killer quarter ahead.

Equinix to buy BCE's data centers for $750M
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

As expected, Canada's BCE said it will sell its data centers to Equinix. The operator joins Verizon, AT&T and others in exiting the data center business.

Eurobites: Is a Huawei handbrake-turn ahead for UK?
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: investment firms launch bid for MasMovil; Kenyan government proposes new digital levy; management maneuverings at Net Insight.

Oracle looking to sell 5G core to network operators
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Sensing a sizable opportunity, Oracle is joining the likes of Ericsson, Huawei, Microsoft, HPE and others in selling 5G core services to mobile network operators.

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