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Fiber, 5G or Cable? The Battle for the Enterprise Branch Office
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7/29/2019  |  1 comment
Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.
The Right Strategy for Modernizing Cable
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7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators are challenged with finding a tech-agnostic approach and a data-driven upgrade strategy that will stand the test of time.
Untapping the Opportunity in Sports OTT
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7/15/2019  |  Post a comment
While sports content piracy is growing at an alarming rate, hurting the industry and dampening down the value of sports TV rights, solutions are available.
New Route to New Revenue: Detect & Respond to Credentials Sharing
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7/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Rather than ignoring password sharing or solely seeking ways to prevent it, service providers are now in position to monetize it thanks to advances in behavioral analytics and machine learning.
Protecting Enterprises From State-Sponsored Hackers
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6/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Cloud service providers and network operators have the scale and talent to help protect enterprises from state-sponsored hacking attempts.
Telcos: Security Is Not In Your DNA
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6/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Telcos are in denial if they think they are security experts, says outspoken industry analyst Patrick Donegan.
5G Could Usher in New Era of Mobile Cloud
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6/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Telecom operators need to take control of the customer experience to really benefit from 5G.
Would a 5G Delay Really Be So Terrible for CSPs?
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6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
A delay to the launch of 5G networks might be just what telcos need.
Service Providers Can Take Control of IoT Security
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5/17/2019  |  Post a comment
As 5G networks begin to roll out, it is worth looking at how service providers can deliver high-value, high-margin security services in a way that no one else in the IoT ecosystem can match.
Avoiding the Prepaid Death Spiral
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4/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators that mainly serve prepaid customers must figure out a strategy for tackling churn.
In Search of Optical Networking's 'Holy Grail'
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The optical networking industry is at another inflection point, writes James Kisner, and the chalice some companies drink from next could point the way to everlasting revenue growth.
Optical Networking Gets the Football Pulled Away Again
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3/13/2019  |  6 comments
Like Lucy always does to Charlie Brown, 5G is likely another new technology that teased optical networking vendors with massive, sustained spending, then quickly yanked back expectations.
Optical M&A: OFC 2019 Is a Couples Retreat, Not a Singles Cruise
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3/6/2019  |  Post a comment
More acquisition activity in the optical space is inevitable, but it might not happen for a while until some newly coupled companies get to know each other just a little bit more.
Why Cable Operators Need DAA
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3/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Cablecos must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1 to stay truly competitive with the growing number of FTTH offerings from rival providers.
How Sports TV Viewership Is Changing
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
And how these changes offer fresh opportunities for video providers to engage sports fans in meaningful new ways.
CPU Selection for uCPE Is About More Than Architecture
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2/5/2019  |  1 comment
ADVA's Prayson Pate looks at the key considerations when selecting the compute foundations for universal CPE.
Extreme Launches 'Stadium-Caliber' WiFi 6
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1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Sports stadiums are demanding WiFi environments, and equipment built for their needs can be useful in education, retail, healthcare and more.
Tick-Tock, or Why 5G Must Happen Soon in the US
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1/18/2019  |  2 comments
The reason for timely deployment of 5G and new spectrum is perfectly simple – LTE is expected to start to hit a wall around 2022 or so.
Huawei Debuts AI-Powered Data Center Switch for AI Applications
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1/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei's new CloudEngine 16800 feeds the bandwidth needs of data-hungry AI.
5G Will (Almost) Make Smart Cities Possible
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12/28/2018  |  Post a comment
The reliability of 5G networks is critical to the success of smart cities applications. This puts network testing back into the communications technology spotlight.
Digital Transformation: Telcos Face the Future
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12/27/2018  |  1 comment
How MEF's work impacts telco businesses, SD-WAN and digital transformation, from the perspectives of AT&T, PCCW and Verizon.
Digital Transformation: Telecom Executives Sound Off
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12/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Thought leaders from AT&T, PCCW and Verizon Partner Solutions talk with MEF about their priorities for now and the coming year.
Arista Extends Its Reach Into Containers
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12/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Networking containerized environments is tough; Arista wants to help.
We Need to Talk About Prepaid
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12/4/2018  |  Post a comment
The emergence of the eSIM will make it easier for customers to change operators and force the industry to have a proper conversation about the largely overlooked prepaid side of the business.
5 Ways AWS Is Reinventing Itself
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12/4/2018  |  Post a comment
AWS is transforming to reach beyond its hardcore developer base, says analyst Zeus Kerravala.
Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap
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11/28/2018  |  Post a comment
The security industry has an incredible opportunity to move forward and close the talent gap by thinking outside of the norm and taking a chance on technology-savvy women with translatable skills.
VMs, Containers & the Lumpy Cloud Evolution
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Network operators will each take their own unique journey to becoming more cloud-native. This heterogeneous, 'lumpy' universe will be with us for quite a while.
New Website Promotes Automation, Announces First Partnership
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Recognizing that service providers are heeding the hue and cry to automate or die, Light Reading has created a new online marketplace, Automation Exchange.
How CSPs Can Thrive in the 'Digital Darwinism' Era
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11/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Why CSPs should adopt an omni-channel approach to improve the customer experience and regain their competitive advantage
MEF Addressing SD-WAN Challenges to Accelerate Enterprise Digital Transformation
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
MEF is creating an SD-WAN service definition to describe the core, baseline capabilities to help buyers and sellers of SD-WAN services.
How Cablecos Can Turn From Victims to Victors
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10/8/2018  |  1 comment
In this last of a three-blog series, we will explore the potential for cable operators and other broadband providers to work with their OTT and access rivals.
How Cable Has Fueled OTT
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10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
In the second part of this three-part series, Burton explores the rise of OTT, as well as its impact on cable operators and other broadband service providers.
Comcast Business Positions Itself 'Beyond Fast'
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9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
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.
Future State for MSOs: Ready or Not?
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9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
OTT has changed everything and now 5G is on the way. How can cable operators stay ahead?
Battling Startup Video Buffering
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
How to solve mobile video's worst problem.
Will Coherent DSP Control Reshape the Optical Vendor Landscape?
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9/20/2018  |  11 comments
Coherent DSPs for 400Gbit/s and beyond could be the catalyst for a re-shaping of the optical vendor landscape, believes Serge Melle.
A Clear Path to Blockchain in Telecom
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9/4/2018  |  4 comments
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.
AI Takes On Telecom Customer Service
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8/27/2018  |  1 comment
AI-driven solutions are being used in telecommunications to support various elements of the customer experience that most CRM systems just can't handle.
The AI-Driven Telecom Network Is Near & Necessary
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8/20/2018  |  4 comments
By 2021, telecom networks will see a turning point where AI-driven technologies will be necessary to deploy, run and manage 5G services and leverage comprehensive network automation solutions.
The US May Yet Catch Its Global Peers in 4G Speeds
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8/17/2018  |  2 comments
The US could start a steady climb back up the global rankings if more cities practice intensive spectrum management and make new LTE-Advanced upgrades.
What's the Plan for Command & Control of 5G Networks?
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8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Operators will need full control over network and application performance if 5G services are to thrive.
Automation Makes Network Security a Much Bigger Priority
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8/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Automation will help companies meet customer demand and stay competitive, but it also makes the security stakes that much higher. Here are some key ingredients for a comprehensive network security approach.
Why Do You Need a 5G Cloud-Native Core?
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8/9/2018  |  3 comments
To deliver the new services promised by 5G, your existing 4G core will not be enough.
The Cloud Can Prevent Machine-Learning Failures
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8/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The cloud gives enterprises an express lane to machine learning.
Lessons From the App Store: The Benefits of Standardizing VNF Onboarding
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8/7/2018  |  Post a comment
The telecom industry can learn from Apple in its efforts to make virtual network function (VNF) deployment quicker and easier.
Roam Like at Home: The Impact After One Year
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7/24/2018  |  1 comment
What has been the effect of the EC's decision to abolish roaming charges for customers traveling outside their domestic markets?
Coherent Optics Get Close to the Edge
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7/17/2018  |  2 comments
Why it makes sense for cable operators to distribute coherent packet-optical technology to the cable network edge.
Get Ready for Streaming Video Downloads
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7/16/2018  |  1 comment
How subscription streaming video downloads will keep mobile video viewers even more engaged.
5G Will Transform the Enterprise Cloud
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7/10/2018  |  Post a comment
5G's speed, latency and improved connectivity will bring a quantum leap to enterprise cloud capabilities for mobile users.
Locking It Down: Securing Multicloud IT Across Industries
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7/9/2018  |  Post a comment
As healthcare, financial services, and education move to multicloud they face different security requirements.
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