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In Memoriam: Sir Charles Kao
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

The 'father of fiber optics' has passed away at 84.

The Network's Edge Is Being Redefined
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

Maintaining visibility into the network is among the challenges faced as processing and compute creeps toward smaller and more numerous facilities and out to the CPE.

Comcast & Prepaid TV – There's an App for That
The Bauminator | 9/28/2018

Operator's set-top-free, app-based 'Instant' offering is also part of the company's prepaid service portfolio.

Microsoft Ignite Slideshow: Stay Away From the Agony Booth
Slide Shows | 9/28/2018

Microsoft made Florida even hotter.

WiCipedia: Valley of the Boom & Women in Comms Live
WiCipedia | 9/28/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: A new series shows the tech boom's consequences; our WiC event was a huge success; a sobering look at women's progress in STEM; and more.

Eurobites: Telenor Takes NB-IoT Nationwide in Norway
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the smell of 5G; augmenting the grim reality of Michael Buble; Ericsson and Qualcomm claim 28GHz band breakthrough.

Key Takeaways From NFV & Carrier SDN
Rewired | 9/28/2018

Here's a quick snapshot of my impressions from this week's NFV-Carrier SDN: Automation and Monetization event in Denver.

Ciena's CTO on Optical Success in India
News Analysis | 9/28/2018

Ciena has been riding high in India's optical equipment market, but a wave of consolidation and government steps to bring manufacturing back home could make life difficult in the months ahead.

Comcast Eyes 'Scale Deployments' of Remote PHY in 2018
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Pivot to remote PHY and distributed access architectures is paving the way to Full Duplex DOCSIS, engineering exec says.

AT&T's Zeto on Smart Cities: Let There Be Light
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Updated LED street lighting will be a harbinger of smart cities in the US, says AT&T GM Zeto.

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson: 5G's Software & Enterprise Networking Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 9/27/2018

5G is bringing the industry a new mechanism for delivering services, said Jonathan Davidson, Cisco's new service provider boss. In the run-up to 5G, Davidson said Cisco is helping enterprises partner with service providers to deliver application services with just the right level of policy and security. He also updates us on Cisco's role in building out T-Mobile's virtual packet core in preparation for 5G.

Lifecycle Test, Assurance of 5G Vital to Its Success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/27/2018

To really get the benefits of the applications that are possible in a 5G world, the industry first needs to transition to software-defined testing and assurance solutions that are flexible and efficient.

DT's Clauberg Urges Cloud-Native Caution
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

The telco cloud community is excited about the impending shift towards cloud-native, but Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg has raised a big warning flag.

TiVo Sharpens Its Cord-Cutting Shears
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

With the Bolt OTA, TiVo will try to jolt the market and separate itself from new DVR combo products focused on cord-cutters from Amazon and AirTV.

ONAP: Time to Move On Up?
Shades of Ray | 9/27/2018

ONAP has been a hot topic at the Open Networking Summit Europe event in Amsterdam and it's clear it has a lot of issues as well as a lot of carrier support.

Eurobites: Ooredoo Takes 5G for a Ride in Self-Flying Car. Seriously.
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson takes NB-IoT to the max in Oz; cybersecurity laggards get left behind; is Gavin's potential BT successor gorgeous enough?

Telus: Let's Push to Cloud Native Now
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

NFV isn't where it should be but it's clear that cloud-native approaches offer the promise of automation and scale, says Bryce Mitchell.

Is X by Orange Showing Us the OTT Future for Telcos?
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

With NFV still unable to deliver agility and scale, Orange launches public cloud-based, OTT enterprise services in Spain with Red Hat as its platform partner. Is this the future for SME communications and networking services?

Vodafone Brings NB-IoT to UK, Starts Trial With Scottish Power
News Analysis | 9/27/2018

Vodafone has finally launched an NB-IoT network in the UK and is carrying out trials with energy provider Scottish Power.

NFV & SDN Event Wines Down in Denver
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

Light Reading's dynamic trio wind down from the NFV & Carrier SDN event by answering the question: Which wines pair with telecom acronyms?

Design Matters – Even for Business Service Providers
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

Spectrum Enterprise's Scott Fairchild says business service providers should borrow from the customer experience playbooks of Apple, Tesla and Bose.

Telefónica: OSM Paves the Way for Network Slicing
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

Telefonica's Antonio Elizondo says its common information model and orchestration layer will enable network slicing for 5G.

Fox to Unload Sky Stake for $15B
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

Will sell its 39% holdings in UK pay-TV and media company in light of Comcast's 'premium' offer.

Comcast Business Positions Itself 'Beyond Fast'
Column | 9/26/2018

At analyst event in Philadelphia, Comcast's business unit launches new branding strategy to promote SD-WAN and other services that go beyond high data speeds.

NFV 1.0 Is Passé; Cloud Native Is Coming
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

Telcos are referencing NFV less these days and are talking more about cloud-native functions. But what's the difference, and why are cloud-native applications any better?

Ericsson's 5G Success Started by 'Doubling Down' on R&D
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2018

At MWCA earlier this month, Ericsson North America CEO Niklas Heuveldop discussed Ericsson's market advantage in securing 5G wins in North America and said the industrial IoT space could open up new opportunities in the enterprise in the coming months.

MWCA 2018: Ericsson Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries | 9/26/2018

Ericsson's Keith Shank gives us a quick tour of the vendor's sprawling stand at Mobile World Congress Americas, including a look at new medical device applications, city infrastructure and a holographic 'phone' call.

Qualcomm: Apple Stole Our Software & Gave It to Intel – Reports
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

Qualcomm has accused Apple of pinching its software and providing this to Intel.

Eurobites: Italy's 5G Auction Crosses €5B Mark
News Analysis | 9/26/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Mobolize gets mobilized in Europe; Tele2 trumpets new IoT platform; Deutsche Telekom shares cybersecurity know-how with Germany army.

Mercy Makes Service Provider Transformation
Wagner’s Ring | 9/26/2018

Scott Richert, Mercy Technology Services chief technology officer, describes the organization's transformation from the IT shop of Mercy healthcare system into a service provider for multiple healthcare organizations. (See Mercy Fills Virtualization Prescription.)

CenturyLink's McBride: NFV 'Introduces a New Kind of Cloud'
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

Says thousands of on-net buildings can be used to distribute network functions virtualization closer to the edge.

Huawei & Industry Partners Announce Global 4K UHD Video Industry Cooperation Initiative
UBB Forum News | 9/25/2018

Huawei joined hands with leading parties in the UHD industry to form a new collaboration initiative.

Huawei Releases the Cloud VR Solution White Paper
UBB Forum News | 9/25/2018

At the fifth Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2018), Huawei released the Cloud VR Solution White Paper, providing an overview of the architecture and detailing the solution from the perspectives of the cloud, pipe, and terminal ecosystems.

Huawei NE9000 Routers Help Idea Cellular Deploy Future-Oriented & Sustainable Ultra-Broadband Networks
UBB Forum News | 9/25/2018

India's telecom service provider Idea Cellular and Huawei recently announced that they had successfully built converged, efficient, future-oriented and sustainable ultra-broadband networks.

IETF Releases 2 ACTN RFCs to Build an Open Northbound Interface Solution
UBB Forum News | 9/25/2018

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) recently announced the official release of the RFC 8453 Framework for Abstraction and Control of TE Networks (ACTN) and RFC 8454 Information Model for ACTN.

Telefonica's Elizondo: OSM Offers Best Information Model for Service Orchestration
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

ETSI open source organization will also have single point of entry to manage network services and network slices with release later this year.

Verizon Outsources IT, Offers Sweetened Buyout
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

Moves seen as major effort to cut employee rolls, particularly US-based jobs as management is among the targets.

Is Nokia Ready for 5G in North America?
LRTV Interviews | 9/25/2018

Nokia's head of North America, Rick Corker, gives us an update on the vendor's technical achievements in 5G, its announced wins with carriers and why the North American market is going to be so challenging and competitive as these networks roll out.

Nokia, Samsung Are Beating Ericsson in 5G Sales to AT&T, Says Analyst
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

AT&T is replacing Ericsson with Nokia and Samsung as it rolls out a 5G network, according to Michael Genovese of MKM Partners.

Vodafone's Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight | 9/25/2018

Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: AI, UIs & WTF
LRTV Documentaries | 9/25/2018

At the Ovum Digital Futures summit, the pod-squadders talk media consumption, artificial intelligence and voice activation. And they upset a security guard.

MWCA 2018: Nokia Booth Tour
LRTV Documentaries | 9/25/2018

We took a quick walk around the Nokia stand at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month and enjoyed some virtual reality pitches, lessons in network demand forecasting and a discussion of decomposing network functions (I think).

Liberty Global Ready to Lock Horns With Comcast
The Bauminator | 9/25/2018

CEO Mike Fries says he's 'excited for the competition' in wake of the Comcast-Sky deal.

Eurobites: TIM, Fastweb Fire Up 5G With Help From Huawei
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia tees up 5G test network in Estonia; Vodafone brings Juniper into its SD-WAN fold; new blood for Ofcom.

Microsoft: We're Not Bullies Anymore! We're Nice!
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

CEO Satya Nadella gives the side-eye to Amazon Web Services, saying Microsoft won't compete with its enterprise customers.

Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/25/2018

Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.

Future State for MSOs: Ready or Not?
Column | 9/25/2018

OTT has changed everything and now 5G is on the way. How can cable operators stay ahead?

Vodafone & China Mobile Lead New Charge Towards Automated, Cross-Domain VPNs
News Analysis | 9/25/2018

With a contribution into ONAP that also involved Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile take the lead on defining service orchestration and automation across carrier network borders. But they're not the first to do so.

T-Mobile Rebrands MetroPCS
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

MetroPCS will become 'Metro by T-Mobile' in October.

UK May Be Stuck With Old Public Safety Network Till 2023
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

The new-look Emergency Services Network will be in no position to replace the ageing Airwave system next year, as originally intended.

SiriusXM Gets Serious About Streaming With Pandora Deal
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

In-car satellite radio specialist puts up $3.5 billion for Pandora in all-stock deal.

Will Comcast's Pricey Play for Sky Pay Off?
The Bauminator | 9/24/2018

Craig Moffett fears that deal for Sky could become an 'albatross' for Comcast, questions the potential to use acquisition to create a global OTT juggernaut.

Italy 5G Auction Bids Top €4.4B in Worrying Sign for Telcos
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Italy's ongoing 5G auction has already raised euro 2 billion more than its government was expecting. For telcos that had flagged concern about license costs, that is a troubling development.

5G Transport Gets a Reboot in NY
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/24/2018

The 5G Transport event will examine how packet/optical networking, edge data centers and distributed cloud platforms can combine to support the new 5G RAN and core architecture, and the many new service types associated with 5G.

CenturyLink Goes Global With SD-WAN
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Taking SD-WAN service beyond the US to 36 additional nations.

Roku Tries to Make 4K Affordable for the Masses
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Roku reaches below the sub-$40 threshold with the new 4K/HDR-capable Premiere streaming player.

Microsoft: Now You Don't Need a %$#! Password
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Bad news if you like making up and memorizing nonsense words.

Microsoft Flexes Muscles on AI, IoT & Security
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Microsoft kicked off its Microsoft Ignite customer and analyst conference by punching all the hot buttons on enterprise cloud.

Microsoft Goes Captain America, Launches 'Defending Democracy' Program
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Microsoft is launching programs to protect the electoral process and use artificial intelligence to provide humanitarian aid.

Eurobites: WIG Raises £220M for Fiber, Small Cells Expansion
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telit seeks new CEO; DT embraces robots; new book sheds light on Nokia woes.

Battling Startup Video Buffering
Column | 9/24/2018

How to solve mobile video's worst problem.

BT in Talks With Worldpay's Jansen About CEO Job – Reports
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Worldpay's Philip Jansen could succeed Gavin Patterson to become the next CEO of the UK's phone incumbent.

Agents Down: Vodafone's Chatbot & the Jobs Threat
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

Vodafone's UK business is offering customer service agents the chance to retrain as coders, as an increasingly sophisticated chatbot takes over their jobs.

The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
Slide Shows | 9/24/2018

Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.

New iPhones Have Intel Inside
News Analysis | 9/24/2018

iFixit teardown finds that Intel is sole modem provider for new Apple iPhone models.

Comcast Outbids Fox for Sky With Offer of £17.28 Per Share
News Analysis | 9/22/2018

Comcast's bid tops Fox's offer of GB pound 15.67 per share, putting Comcast in position to acquire control of the UK-based video giant.

Amazon Gives Cord-Cutters Another Tool With Fire TV Recast DVR
The Bauminator | 9/21/2018

Administering another dose of angst to the pay-TV sector, Amazon's new subscription-free companion device lets consumers watch and record over-the-air TV at home or on the go.

Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?
News Analysis | 9/21/2018

Demonstrated with gusto at Vodafone's headquarters this week, holographic calling might just be the killer application that 5G craves.

Wirelessly Connected Cars Could Lead to Safer Roads
LRTV Documentaries | 9/21/2018

Qualcomm, Panasonic and Ford recently demonstrated 'cellular vehicle-to-everything' or C-V2X, which allows vehicles to remain in real-time communication with their environment. Light Reading's younger, frumpier sister site, TU-Automotive, took a ride to see the technology up close. Some say this new tech has the potential to reduce motor vehicles accidents by 80%.

WiCipedia: Lack of Diversity Creates Blind Spots & Twitch Leads by Example
WiCipedia | 9/21/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: A majority female C-suite; avoiding another financial crisis; charitable donation allocation; and more.

Microsoft HoloLens: Virtual Reality That an Adult Would Actually Want to Use
News Analysis | 9/21/2018

Microsoft has actually found a practical purpose for the most overly hyped and silliest technology of the decade.

Eurobites: ECI Unveils IPO Plans
News Analysis | 9/21/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica reboots its startup incubator; Inmarsat strikes in-flight WiFi deal with Panasonic; UK considers Internet regulator.

Nokia's Nuage Takes On Cisco & VMware With 'SD-WAN 2.0'
News Analysis | 9/21/2018

Offers a single network and management interface unifying branch, data center and public clouds.

Synchronoss CEO Glenn Lurie: Delivering the New Mobile OS
CxO Spotlight | 9/21/2018

Glenn Lurie, CEO of software platform provider Synchronoss Technologies, has his work cut out for him. He's helping carriers navigate several possible growth opportunities, like IoT, messaging and personal cloud services. Check out this interview where Lurie discusses the company's newest partnership with AT&T and new proof-of-concept with a blockchain-based mobile payments service.

T-Mobile, Sprint Vow Deal Will Spur Competition, Sharpen Nation's 5G Edge
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

In response to the merger opposition, they claim that the sum of a combined 5G network will be greater than their individual parts.

MobiledgeX Revs Up & Shifts Into Gear
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

In its quest for the edge computing holy grail, Deutsche Telekom-backed startup MobiledgeX has developed a set of middleware tools that it will offer up as royalty-free open source code as it plans world domination by MWC 2019...

Vodafone UK: We'll Be Ready to Launch 5G in Mid-2019
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

UK mobile operator plans a 5G launch in cities and rural areas next year and aims to have 1,000 5G sites in operation by 2020.

Will Coherent DSP Control Reshape the Optical Vendor Landscape?
Column | 9/20/2018

Coherent DSPs for 400Gbit/s and beyond could be the catalyst for a re-shaping of the optical vendor landscape, believes Serge Melle.

Former WOW Exec Named COO of Evolution Digital
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

Cash Hagen says video-focused company will soon expand into new broadband-focused product areas aimed at helping cable partners boost the experience in a way that goes beyond speeds and feeds.

Eurobites: Auction to Settle Sky Takeover Tussle
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia considers Brazilian acquisition; Deutsche Telekom and Aricent edge nearer; Nokia helps the trains run on time.

Sprint's Ron Marquardt: Massive MIMO & Sprint's 5G Advantage
LRTV Interviews | 9/20/2018

As Sprint upgrades its network to handle more capacity for LTE, it is deploying massive MIMO antennas that provide the carrier a software-upgradable path to 5G services. Sprint's VP of Technology Ron Marquardt fills us in on the very latest, including a bit about why Sprint can use normal form-factor handsets for its network when 5G arrives.

How Viasat Keeps Its Satellites Flying After Others Crashed
News Analysis | 9/20/2018

Now 32 years old, the satellite operator reckons it is poised for lift-off in markets where terrestrial technologies simply do not measure up.

Boingo Wireless CTO: Better Capacity Leads to Better Services
LRTV Interviews | 9/19/2018

Heavy Reading's Gabe Brown and Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson discuss Boingo's view of CBRS spectrum and why the opportunities are great because a whole ecosystem of companies can participate in shared spectrum offerings.

IBM Debuts Tools to Make AI More Fair
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Big Blue is introducing a cloud service and open source toolkit to help reduce bias from AI decisions, and make those decisions more explainable.

Liberty Global Packs 4K, Cloud DVR, Voice Into 'Horizon 4'
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Cable op to start rolling out new multiscreen video platform to 'selected' customers in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium later this year.

5G in the USA: A Post-MWCA Update
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Distinct strategies amongst carriers are emerging as operators rush to roll out 5G in the US.

IBC2018: The Video Platform Profitability Conundrum
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

If video is so important to communications network operators, why are all the major vendors offloading their video assets?

Eurobites: Apple Stumps Up €14.3B in Unpaid Taxes to Ireland (But Doesn't Really Mean It)
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage trumpets 'SD-WAN 2.0'; Wind Tre uses Open Fiber's FTTH network in Matera; Sky bundles in Netflix; UK mobile operators carry on charging.

As Hulu Live Tops 1M Subs, Who Leads the OTT-TV Race?
The Bauminator | 9/19/2018

Virtual MVPD market is booming, taking industry watchers by surprise.

Microsoft Takes Aim at Salesforce With Dynamics AI
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Microsoft is looking to make automated sales, marketing and customer service smarter, challenging Salesforce's strategy.

Orange Business Services Targets Cloud Leadership as Telco Rivals Flounder
News Analysis | 9/19/2018

Orange Business Services looks in much better shape than its European telco rivals, but can it now become an 'Internet of enterprises' market leader?

The Mobile Network Is Becoming a Cloud Service
The Philter | 9/18/2018

Affirmed Networks and others are taking virtualized EPCs and delivering that capability as a service via the public cloud.

What's Next for European Cable?
Alantown | 9/18/2018

Light Reading will tackle the big technology and business changes buffeting the European cable industry at our inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe conference in London on Nov. 6.

TAG Cyber Annual: Automation, Analytics & Cloud Driving Improved Security Picture
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

Organization led by former AT&T security chief Ed Amoroso updates third volume of annual reports tracking cybersecurity trends and sees a brighter picture for those who automate well using machine learning.

Windstream Adds PCI Compliance to SD-WAN
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

Service provider says the independent compliance is important not just to its retail segment customers but also many other market segments.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, IoT & Apple iPhone
LRTV Documentaries | 9/18/2018

It's buzzword bingo on the pod this week, so pencils at the ready...

Eurobites: Nationwide 5G Too Costly, Says German Regulator
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS majors in multicloud; TE Connectivity sells subsea unit; Telefonica goes 200GigE roaming.

Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Sprint's 5G 'Split'
Slide Shows | 9/18/2018

LR checks out Sprint's 5G deployment plans in LA.

Twitter Moves 300 Petabytes to Google Cloud – That's a Lot of Covfefe
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

Twitter says it made a long-term bet that Google is investing more in big data than Twitter can.

RDK Management clears path for apps on set-top boxes
News Analysis | 9/18/2018

App framework, SDK aims to make it easier for pay-TV providers to integrate Netflix and other premium apps with their OTT-capable boxes.

Oracle Cloud Sputters, as CEO High-Fives Herself Over Earnings
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Oracle's cloud revenue is growing just 3%, with the overall cloud market growing at 50% year-over-year and competitors reporting double-digit growth.

Look Into the Future of Optical Networks at ECOC 2018
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/17/2018

Key developments and research for future optical networks will be discussed during a special workshop at ECOC on Sunday, September 23.

Limelight Tries to Lick Latency for Live OTT Video
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Claims that its new Realtime Streaming system can deliver 'sub-second' latency on live, Internet-delivered video streams.

Synamedia Plots Its First Steps Around Streaming
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

New company built around the acquisition of Cisco's video software unit will have strong revenues, thousands of staff and a focus on developing new products for streaming media management.

Cable's New 'Bull Case' Hinges on Better Margins, Falling Capex Intensity
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

US cable's business remains in a good spot despite video cord-cutting and the saturation of the broadband services market, a top industry analyst says.

ZenFi Not Done Expanding Yet
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Today's close of its merger with Cross River Fiber marks entry into new markets, but that growth is expected to continue, both in buildout and buy scenarios, says the CEO.

Multicloud Gets Engineers 'Excited,' Says UK Bank CIO
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Getting proficient on multiple cloud platforms makes engineers 'more personally marketable,' says Darryl West, HSBC Group CIO.

No 5G Deal: Huawei Misses Out at SKT
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Chinese vendor fails to make 5G inroads with SK Telecom, but a reliable source plays down security concerns and points out that Huawei has not previously worked with the South Korean telco.

Eurobites: Incoming Vodafone CEO Considers Towers Sell-Off, Cuts Jobs
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS buys supersized data center; Colt gets frisky in Spain; VEON abandons tower sale.

Juniper Unveils Major Edge Cloud Push
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

Vendor launches Contrail Edge Cloud, bringing a multicloud platform to the network's edge for 5G and much more and claiming a performance advantage in a small package.

India Joins US & Australia to Give Huawei, ZTE 5G Cold Shoulder – Reports
News Analysis | 9/17/2018

India's Department of Telecoms has reportedly excluded Chinese vendors from a list of companies invited to participate in the development of 5G use cases.

So Long, & Good Luck With That
From the Founder | 9/14/2018

After almost two decades at Light Reading, it's time for a different optical adventure.

MWCA Day 2 Recap: '5G' Rolls Out & We Roll On
LRTV Documentaries | 9/14/2018

Still weary from walking in LA, Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Dan Jones look straight into 5G and offer an artistic interpretation of carrier deployment strategies.

Eurobites: Orange Bolsters African Presence With Subsea Deal
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes big in Bavaria; new MVNO targets hearing-loss sufferers; why telco customer experience (often) sucks.

Who's Doing What in the CBRS Band?
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

FCC filings shed light on mix of initial deployment proposals targeting the emerging, shared 3.5GHz band.

IBC2018: What MediaKind Did Next
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

The (nearly) former Ericsson media business is doubling down on platform innovation, including the use of blockchain, as it preps for independence. But will that be enough?

Italy Wraps Up Sale of 700MHz Spectrum for 5G, Raises €2B
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Italy's auction of 700MHz spectrum has raised euro 2 billion, with Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Iliad picking up the valuable concessions.

Charter Chief Shrugs Off 5G Threat
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs media conference, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge says 5G fixed-wireless networks won't be able to match cable's planned 10-Gig symmetrical speeds or economics.

Spirent CEO Eric Hutchinson: Out of the Labs, Into the Boardroom
CxO Spotlight | 9/14/2018

New initiative at test system specialist aims at making company more of strategic partner, while promising to make 5G rollouts more cost-effective and faster.

Arista Acquires Metamako to Boost Low-Latency Networking
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Metamako deal brings FPGA networking technology and with founders who have backgrounds in ultra-low latency hardware, software and algorithmic trading.

Microsoft Buys AI Startup Lobe, to Feed Human Brains to Machines
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Lobe makes drag-and-drop AI development tools to fill dire shortage of trained AI engineers.

T-Mobile, Tele2 Merger in Netherlands Hits EC Opposition
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

Deutsche Telekom lashes out at regulatory objections to the proposed deal and says the combined entity would bring 5G to the Netherlands much faster.

Apple: It's the End of the SIM as We Know It
Morris Lore | 9/13/2018

The days of prying open the back of your phone and fiddling around with tweezers may be coming to an end. But what would the end of the physical SIM mean for the average telco?

MWCA Day 1 Recap: 5G Is Here…?
LRTV Documentaries | 9/13/2018

Phil Harvey, Gabriel Brown and Mitch Wagner bring you the truth about 5G from downtown LA.

IBM Defies Data Gravity
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

IBM is looking to beat network bandwidth constraints by bringing analytics to the data, rather than vice-versa.

Verizon's Stone Says Initial Fixed 5G Will Need Truck Rolls
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

Users initially won't be able to install fixed 5G services themselves, but despite the additional cost to Verizon of professional installation, the move makes sense.

Eurobites: UK Vows to Keep EU Roaming Free Post Brexit
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia shows off 8K UHD streaming over 5G; BT gives container port added backbone; 5G goes into the woods.

Just Like Ericsson, Nokia Flogs Majority Stake in Its Video Biz
News Analysis | 9/13/2018

Finnish vendor will retain a minority stake in the video business as it follows in the wake of Ericsson and Cisco to become the third big network vendor this year to sell video assets.

A Phased Approach to AI Adoption in Network Operations & Maintenance
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/13/2018

To meet the goals of network quality, customer experience and cost containment, operators will need to embrace even more intelligent forms of network maintenance.

Verizon's Bill Stone: 5G Is Really Coming Home
LRTV Interviews | 9/12/2018

Bill Stone, Verizon's VP of Technology Development & Planning, said the carrier's 5G Home launch is a huge step forward for the industry as it shows 5G's potential - and Verizon's advantage in having fiber, wireless and mass market service experience.

Hmmm, Where Have We Heard the Term 'Ultra Wideband' Before?
Jonestown | 9/12/2018

UWB has a long history as a wireless term.

Apple Adds Dual SIM Support to Select New iPhones
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to handle physical SIM and eSIM.

Sprint's Claure: US 5G Leadership Depends on T-Mobile Merger
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

The US will lose 5G leadership if the Sprint-T-Mobile merger fails, says Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure. Everybody panic!

Congress Must Act on Network Neutrality, AT&T CEO Says
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

Need for federal rules is 'pressing,' particularly around privacy laws, as individual states continue to plow ahead with their own rules, Randall Stephenson says.

Going Solo Won't Cut It in 5G
Shades of Ray | 9/12/2018

The challenge facing network operators with long-term 5G ambitions is enormous from a technology, skills and financial perspective – sharing the load will be essential.

Video Playing 'Supporting Role' as Comcast Focuses on Connectivity
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

Comcast CEO talks up 'Broadband 2.0' initiative that focuses on capacity, coverage and service management.

Eurobites: Vodafone Goes Large on NB-IoT
News Analysis | 9/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's 'Gigafast' broadband is switched on in Milton Keynes; Orange and Huawei trial 5G in Poland; Ofcom nabs BT boffin.

Security, Network Capacity Issues Drive Need for IoT Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/12/2018

Communications service providers (CSPs) are slowly adopting automated processes for their Internet of Things (IoT) network architecture, with more than 80% of CSPs who participated in this month's panel citing automation as critical to their IoT networks.

5G – Don’t Put It Off Till Tomorrow
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/12/2018

When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.

Moving Towards Autonomous Driving Networks
UBB Forum News | 9/12/2018

In a fully connected and intelligent era, autonomous driving is becoming a reality.

FCC Halts Sprint/T-Mobile M&A Review
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

FCC says it needs more time to check the pair's updated networking plans.

Verizon to Launch Fixed 5G Service on Oct. 1
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

'5G Home' will deliver fixed 300Mbit/s residential broadband service in parts of four markets this year, using Verizon's home-brewed 5G spec.

TickBox to Pay $25M to Settle Video Piracy Lawsuit
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

Georgia-based company was accused of selling so-called 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes that connected consumers to live TV channels, movies, TV shows and other copyrighted content illegally.

CenturyLink, AWS Forge a Video Connection
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

Agreement adds a critical node to CenturyLink's Vyvx platform to help it keep pace with the rise of video streaming from traditional broadcasters and pure OTT players.

Ericsson Lands $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile Weeks After Nokia Did Same
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.

Italian Operators Bid €2.5B in 5G Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

The initial round of bidding hits the government target for auction proceeds, with operators able to increase their offers on September 13.

Eurobites: EE Preps for 5G With Spectrum Conversion
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France-IX partners up for cybersecurity; Sky invests in content management startup; Nokia demos 5G NR with Sprint.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Puzzling Times
LRTV Documentaries | 9/11/2018

This week: M&A action; the 5G jigsaw puzzle; and Huaweiphobia.

Packet Lands $25M 'B' Round Funding
News Analysis | 9/11/2018

Round led by new investor, Third Point Ventures, includes other newbies such as Battery Ventures and Samsung NEXT, and existing funders Softbank and Dell Technologies Capital

Upgrades & Upheaval at the Service Provider Edge
The Philter | 9/11/2018

Cisco announces a stronger, better, faster version of its edge routing platform, the ASR 9000 series and, in doing so, reminds us that there's a lot at stake with the arrival of 5G networks.

Why Euro Regs Threaten Internet 'Extinction'
Wagner’s Ring | 9/11/2018

In a misguided attempt to protect content creators, the EU's Article 11 and Article 13 would have the opposite effect, preserving Facebook, Google and other hypercloud platforms' monopolies – forever.

Altice USA Lights Up FTTH Service in Long Island
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

Operator's uncapped, symmetrical residential Internet service launches in 'select' parts of Long Island, boosting competition with Verizon Fios.

Digital Realty Ramps Up Salesforce
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

Direct access to most popular SaaS offering now available from its data centers globally.

AT&T Adds New 5G Cities, Names Infrastructure Vendors
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

AT&T names all 12 5G cities for 2018, reveals vendors, and plots 5G for 2019.

Vewd helps old IPTV boxes live on in the OTT world
The Bauminator | 9/10/2018

CEO believes new 'Atom' client/cloud approach could find a foothold in emerging markets and help service providers sidestep expensive set-top upgrades.

Acumos Much More Than a Telcom-Focused AI Project
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

As part of Linux Foundation's new Deep Learning Foundation, it's casting a broader net and has greater ambitions to create an AI platform and a distributed marketplace of apps.

Sprint's Nolan on Why Workplace Sponsors Won't Settle for Less
Mentor Monday | 9/10/2018

Tracy Nolan explains the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and the benefits of both. She shares how her career was shaped by an influential sponsor, and provides insight on how women in comms and tech can identify and foster relationships with mentors and sponsors.

DT's T-Systems Agrees Plan to Cut 5,600 Jobs ⎼ Report
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

IT services division of Germany's telecom incumbent has agreed a plan with trade unions to cut up to 5,600 jobs over the next few years as it strives to boost profits.

Mohave Community College Does Disaster Recovery on a Shoestring
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

Six months into taking a job as CIO at Mohave Community College, Mark Van Pelt watched the campuses' entire network go out for 72 hours. He knew that couldn't happen again.

Eurobites: Sky Signs Up to BT Wholesale Discount Deal
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom extends business-park FTTP network; Virgin launches dedicated 4K Ultra HD channel; Equinix helps out on London-Paris link; progress on EU-Japan data transfer pact.

Federated Wireless Sets Plan for Massive CBRS Band Deployment
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

FCC application outlines proposal that would include participation from multiple wireless and cable operators, tower companies, wireless ISPs and more than 80 rural carriers across nearly 16,000 deployment sites.

Trump Offers Tax Break to Apple to Build in US
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

After Apple warns that tariffs on Chinese goods would drive up iPhone prices, Trump offers tax breaks to the company if it agrees to relocate production to the US.

Armstrong Quits Verizon as It Breaks Oath ⎼ Report
News Analysis | 9/10/2018

Boss of Verizon's Oath division is quitting after the operator decides to integrate it with the telecom business instead of running it as a standalone unit, according to reports.

5G Networks Will Change Computing, Processing for AI
The Philter | 9/10/2018

Tractica forecasts a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for edge computing that supports AI applications. But will all that go away when 5G networks arrive?

Why Tier 2/3 CSPs Are Being Sidelined
LRTV Interviews | 9/8/2018

The evolution of the communications service provider (CSP) sector is creating a schism between the large, resource-heavy Tier 1 operators and the smaller Tier 2/3 players, says TM Forum Chief Analyst Mark Newman.

Starry Sets NYC Launch, Aligns With Real Estate Developer
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

Startup set to expand reach for cap-free wireless broadband service that has been connecting with cord-cutters.

Dope, Booze, Vitriol & Fraud: Tesla's Car Crash Week
Morris Lore | 9/7/2018

Elon Musk finds himself at the center of a storm engulfing the high-tech carmaker, whose shares have taken a battering.

Altice USA's 'Full' MVNO Puts It in SIM City
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

Operating the core network and owning the SIM card will lead to lower churn, pave the path to more control of the service and offer other benefits, CEO says.

AT&T's Gilbert: AI Critical to 5G Infrastructure
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

AI and machine learning are essential to scaling the deployment and configuration of the exploding numbers of cellsites needed for 5G, says Mazin Gilbert in the first of a two-part series.

WiCipedia: Stargazing, Subsidized Childcare & Bulgarian Equality
WiCipedia | 9/7/2018

This week in our WiC roundup: Lyft raises $1M for Girls Who Code; a knitted solar system steals our hearts; reimagining the childcare dilemma; and more.

The Operational Challenges of 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/7/2018

Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about some of the challenges, such as power management, that will arise as 5G networks are deployed, and suggests that AI and analytics tools will be needed to help automate an increasing number of operational processes in a 5G world.

Eurobites: Vendors Vie for 5G Laurels Ahead of MWC Americas
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU approves Apple's acquisition of Shazam; Deutsche Telekom's data fortress; streaming piracy plagues soccer World Cup.

Tesla Shareholder Sues CEO Musk for Securities Fraud
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

Musk is accused of damaging Tesla's shareholders after tweeting plans to take the carmaker private in August.

Comcast streams TV outside the box
The Bauminator | 9/7/2018

New beta app delivers live TV, VoD and cloud DVR on managed IP network to newer Samsung smart TVs without 'additional outlet' fee... for now.

The Programmable Switch Era Is Here... At Last!
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/7/2018

Respondents to Heavy Reading's Multicore Processor and Switch Survey consider programmability as the most important differentiator in switch functions.

5G Speeds Can't Match DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Says
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

But exec sees some 'edge use cases' where 5G will make more sense than wired connections.

Haste Sounds Out ISPs on Low-Latency Service for Gamers
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

Startup currently sells its service directly to consumers, but is discussing how that could be bundled and packaged with broadband service tiers.

5G Is Shifting the Packet/Optical Tectonic Plates
Shades of Ray | 9/6/2018

Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.

Eutelsat Pitches New Content Platform to Customers
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

Cirrus will take the burden of heavy spending on platform technology off broadcasters and other customers, says European satellite operator at press conference in London.

Could 5G Revitalize the Thin Client Market?
Jonestown | 9/6/2018

Boring ol' terminals are ready to make the leap into the next generation.

Mercy Fills Virtualization Prescription
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

The technology arm of Mercy healthcare system had to get 'really good at what we do,' to meet the needs of a changing market.

Eurobites: Telia Fires Up 5G in Helsinki
News Analysis | 9/6/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vivendi slams Elliott's management of Telecom Italia; CityFibre goes with Calix for SDN bells and whistles; Deutsche Telekom gets biometric.

SeaChange to Cut Staff Again
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Latest restructuring to cause staff reductions across all functions and geographic areas.

Unicom, Telecom Merger: A 5G Bull in a China Shop
Morris Lore | 9/5/2018

While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.

5G – Gee Whiz or G-Force?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/5/2018

5G looks to be much more than just a way to deliver faster wireless access... it could lead to a new way of designing, deploying and operating communication networks.

Comcast Streams More OTT Fare to X1 Boxes
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Comcast integrates ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and SEC Network+ to connected set-top box platform.

Turkcell Boss Sets Out Winning Digital Playbook
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Do not fear the data flood, was the message from Turkcell boss Kaan Terzioglu at Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum in Munich this week.

Eurobites: Nigeria Has MTN in Its Crosshairs Again – This Time for a $2B Tax Bill
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT makes SNAP decision on SD-WAN; Telefonica Deutschland is sweet on Netcracker; DT's Langheim gets new US board role.

Ciena Bolsters Blue Planet With OSS Acquisition
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Ciena is adding to its network management automation capabilities with the acquisition of inventory specialist DonRiver.

Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Swedish equipment vendor prefers the alternatives to a couple of long-standing partners in a 5G setting, and adds new features to its '5G-ready' baseband platform.

ADVA: Ensemble Is Putting the 'M' in MANO
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

The new version of ADVA's virtualization software suite adds new features, including zero-touch provisioning, service chain monitoring and multi-level security.

Sprint & Ericsson to Develop Global IoT Core, OS Platform
News Analysis | 9/5/2018

Ambitious project promises global core and operating system that will support IoT on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G.

T-Mobile Forming 'Wireless First' TV Strategy
The Bauminator | 9/4/2018

Claims its 5G network, aided by Sprint merger, will also enable T-Mobile to pitch an in-home TV/broadband bundle.

Feger: F5 Seeks a Bigger Service Provider Play
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Returning to its roots as a software company, F5 aims to aid service providers with virtualization and delivering enterprise applications anywhere.

Bye Bye Cisco Video Software, Hello Synamedia
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Brand, product focus for emerging company revealed as Permira prepares to seal deal for Cisco division and divulge more details at IBC.

Ericsson Adds Automation Smarts With CENX Acquisition
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Ericsson acquired a minority stake in automation expert CENX in 2012 and now will add the vendor-neutral service assurance specialist's technology to its own network automation and orchestration efforts.

Charter's Spectrum Mobile goes full market
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Charter adds iPhone models to device mix as cable operator moves past this summer's soft launch of mobile offering that's being bundled with broadband.

Orange Plans '5G Plus Automation' RFP This Year
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

French telco will issue a request for proposal for 5G equipment before the year is through, and says ONAP support and automation will be key requirements.

Operations at the Edge: More Locations, More Problems
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2018

While more locations – perhaps orders of magnitude more – presumably mean better service performance, it also means more devices that someone needs to install, monitor, maintain and troubleshoot.

Iliad 'Disappointed' by H1 Customer Losses
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

French operator turns its attention to more lucrative segments of the market as rivals fight back on low-cost deals.

Eurobites: Svendsen Quits Telenor Norway, Prompts Reshuffle
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fever sweeps Switzerland, Italy and the UK; Elisa spies Chinese TV opportunity; Agama targets OTT providers.

Colt Ramps Its Blockchain Efforts, Explores SDN Federation Use Case
News Analysis | 9/4/2018

Network operator sees multiple opportunities to improve inter-carrier settlement management, SDN interoperability and more using blockchain technology.

A Clear Path to Blockchain in Telecom
Column | 9/4/2018

Using blockchain to speed the automation of one of the trickiest areas in telecom - inter-carrier settlements - seems to be showing promise as startups emerge to lead the way.

VMworld 2018 in Photos: Gelsinger's Body Art Revealed
Slide Shows | 9/3/2018

Tattoos, 80s nostalgia and Game of Thrones characters were highlights of VMware's sizzling annual Las Vegas customer/analyst confab.

Huawei's Continuous Innovation in Ultra-Broadband Transmission
UBB Forum News | 9/3/2018

Since Huawei's 100G solution became commercially available, it has been widely applied on operator networks around the world. Here are some of the success stories.

Verizon Shows the Shape of 5G to Come
News Analysis | 9/3/2018

Verizon gives Light Reading a taste of some upcoming 5G apps.

Eurobites: EU Gives Green Light to Hutchison's Wind Tre Deal
News Analysis | 9/3/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson extends managed services deal with Liberty Global; Sky invests in startup discovery; Telia Norway calls time on 3G; BT lands NHS gig.

Huawei's OTF 2018: Time to Go Digital
Slide Shows | 9/3/2018

At the Operations Transformation Forum 2018, operators and industry experts explained how the shift to digital platforms and new operations processes are essential for 5G.

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