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Farewell, Light Reading, and thanks!
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2020

After 18 years, it's time for a new adventure.

Why we need more 5G cyberhacks
Shades of Ray | 2/24/2020

Ericsson and Nokia have set a good example by participating in a 5G cyber hackathon – now the industry needs more companies to step up with 5G network-security proof points and action plans, particularly related to the core network.

Ericsson's MWC Decision Will Likely Start Domino Effect
Shades of Ray | 2/7/2020

As companies wait to see what others are doing before deciding whether to still attend MWC 2020, Ericsson's bold decision to withdraw looks like it will tip many towards following suit.

US Politicos Take 5G Bandwagon Down Dangerous Path
Shades of Ray | 2/5/2020

We don't need no bifurcation…

Only One Clear Winner From UK's Huawei Ruling – China
Shades of Ray | 1/29/2020

The UK's decision to allow Huawei a restricted role in the country's 5G rollouts leaves only China with the upper hand.

Huawei's brave face is unconvincing in the wake of a UK clampdown
Shades of Ray | 1/28/2020

Chinese vendor paints positive picture as it faces supply restrictions in 5G and fiber access network rollout plans, but this is bad news for the tech firm.

Brace Yourselves for a 5G Patents Punch-Up
Shades of Ray | 1/23/2020

InterDigital's 'transparency' move highlights battle for 5G bragging rights as China's IPR claims get louder.

What Is the Biggest Threat to Today's Major Telecom Equipment Vendors?
Shades of Ray | 11/19/2019

This is just one of the key questions the Light Reading team is pondering as we head into 2020.

For Huawei, US Purgatory Is the New Norm
Shades of Ray | 11/19/2019

Authorities once again extend the temporary trading license for US companies doing business with Huawei, leaving the Chinese vendor and its suppliers mired in business uncertainty.

The Impact of AI on Jobs: Some Non-Linear Thinking
Shades of Ray | 10/25/2019

Sensational media coverage of AI can make people feel nervous about their employment prospects, so a more rational view of the relationship between AI and jobs is need, notes Tractica's Mark Beccue.

Remembering Analyst Michael Howard
Shades of Ray | 10/17/2019

One of the industry's most well known and respected figures, analyst Michael Howard, has passed away.

Talk – but No Greater Clarity – on Huawei Ban
Shades of Ray | 7/10/2019

Various reports suggest there has been a relaxation on the trade position being taken by the US authorities with regards to Huawei, but the situation for US vendors is no clearer.

Why Huawei's Addition to the Entity List Is the Pandora's Box of Telecoms
Shades of Ray | 7/2/2019

No matter what the US and China agree from now on, the dynamics of the global telecoms technology supply chain have changed forever.

What's Next for Neophotonics?
Shades of Ray | 6/4/2019

The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Shades of Ray | 4/29/2019

Colt, Filament, Mobileum and Synchronoss Technologies all submitted standout entries for most innovative blockchain for telecoms strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.

MWC19: A soft embrace for the public cloud
Shades of Ray | 3/5/2019

The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.

Trump Tweets on 5G… & 6G
Shades of Ray | 2/21/2019

POTUS wants 5G and 6G ASAP!!

Will Trump Fan the Flames as Huawei Is Burned at the Stake?
Shades of Ray | 2/8/2019

An 'executive order' banning Chinese networking technology from US communications networks is imminent, according to Politico – such a posturing move would be bad for everyone.

Cloud Dynamics Underpin MYCOM OSI's Acquisition
Shades of Ray | 11/30/2018

Why would a private equity company buy a telecom network assurance and optimization company? Because the cloud is where the money is.

So What Is a Telco These Days?
Shades of Ray | 11/29/2018

Should a telco be a bank? Should they own media companies?

Open Source MANO Needs a Reality Check
Shades of Ray | 10/16/2018

There's friction and a fair amount of hot air in the open source NFV MANO world and it's not doing anyone any favors.

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.

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

Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.

Could Japan Also Bar Huawei, ZTE?
Shades of Ray | 8/28/2018

Or are we into FUD territory?

Sprint + T-Mobile = Security Risk?
Shades of Ray | 7/4/2018

What isn't a security risk these days?

5G Transport – Where Do We Start?
Shades of Ray | 6/21/2018

There's a helluva lot to talk about in terms of the key role that transport networks will play in a 5G world, says Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
Shades of Ray | 5/10/2018

The shortlist for the Company of the Year (Public) category features eight impressive contenders.

Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Outstanding Components Vendor
Shades of Ray | 5/9/2018

The shortlist for the Outstanding Components Vendor category features five strong contenders.

Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad
Shades of Ray | 4/13/2018

Local branch of Australian service provider causes s**tstorm with advert stating preference for white staff.

Spirent Passes the Coffee Test
Shades of Ray | 2/28/2018

Great coffee is essential when at Mobile World Congress and, once again, Spirent has delivered.

Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Shades of Ray | 2/15/2018

The European region, including Russia, has experienced two years of 20%+ growth in FTTH/B connections but many markets still haven't really woken up.

Hudson Deal Helps Atrinet Swim Upstream
Shades of Ray | 2/13/2018

Israeli hybrid network management specialist has a new customer to go with its new strategy – now will it sink or swim?

Huawei Still Knocking on US Door – but AT&T Deal Thwarted
Shades of Ray | 1/9/2018

Chinese giant was hoping to seal a smartphone distribution deal with AT&T but higher powers are still wary of Huawei, it seems.

So Who's Going to Buy Interoute?
Shades of Ray | 12/3/2017

European fiber network operator and cloud service provider is up for sale, but who's got the money and the will for such a deal? You might want to look east...

What Does Automation Mean to You?
Shades of Ray | 10/17/2017

What does automation mean for the carrier community? We need to talk about this...

The 'New' Sandvine Has Automation in Its Sights
Shades of Ray | 9/26/2017

Following the C$562 million nuptials of Procera and Sandvine, the resulting packet inspection, analytics and policy management specialist is pitching itself to service providers as a key enabler in the shift to automated processes.

The Finger-Lickin' Fone: A Plucky Effort?
Shades of Ray | 7/14/2017

In China, consumers can now place a Kentucky Fried Phonecall.

Viva Tel Aviv: From Here to Ethernity
Shades of Ray | 5/11/2017

I'm just back from a brief visit to Tel Aviv where I met a broad range of innovative teams from companies as diverse as AT&T, Sedona, Allot and Ethernity.

Have You Entered the Leading Lights?
Shades of Ray | 3/6/2017

Time is running out to get your entries in for the industry's most prestigious awards.

My, Light Reading, How You've Grown!
Shades of Ray | 2/21/2017

The Light Reading group is now much more than the mothership website and the Heavy Reading analyst group -- the family has grown to include the Telecoms.com news site, dedicated communities and wiki-style databases.

If Anyone Mentions 6G to Me at MWC…
Shades of Ray | 2/21/2017

I'm prepared for the worst that Barcelona can throw at me.

Is the Time Right for a Cisco/Ericsson Wedding?
Shades of Ray | 2/17/2017

Ahead of MWC in Barcelona, talk has started to circulate that nuptials may be in line for Cisco and Ericsson.

Europe's Incredible Shrinking FTTH Price Tag
Shades of Ray | 2/16/2017

A new analysis of the cost of taking fiber connections to each home across Europe presents a total cost that just keeps getting smaller – that's great, right?

Why IBM Is the Best Fit for Verizon's Enterprise Cloud Business
Shades of Ray | 2/15/2017

Verizon has struck a deal to offload its enterprise cloud services business, Light Reading has learned, and IBM looks like the best fit.

Comptel Looks Like the Start of Nokia Software Spending Spree
Shades of Ray | 2/9/2017

Nokia has bid to acquire Comptel for €347 million and that looks like just the start of an M&A adventure, one that seems fraught with traps.

10 Key Tasks for Ericsson's New CEO
Shades of Ray | 1/16/2017

Börje Ekholm started his new job as the CEO of Ericsson today – here are 10 things I'd like to see in his first 10 weeks at the helm of the Swedish giant.

Welcome, Capex Disclosure Season
Shades of Ray | 1/5/2017

We're about to find out what the major players are planning to spend on their networks in 2017.

Getting Hotter: Fog, LTE-A Pro, MANO, NB-IoT & SD-WAN
Shades of Ray | 12/23/2016

The first few months of 2017 are likely to feature significant developments around a number of key technologies and industry developments.

Virtuapedia Community Hits 10,000
Shades of Ray | 12/20/2016

More than 10,000 industry professionals have now registered with the online database for the virtualization community.

Test & Measurement – A Niche No More
Shades of Ray | 12/15/2016

With more than 650 companies and industry organizations signed up to the Testapedia database, the test and measurement sector is clearly thriving.

Telecoms Sideswiped by the Digital Market Transition
Shades of Ray | 12/8/2016

The telecoms sector has taken a hefty glancing blow in the past six months, hitting sales and confidence. And that made me think of John Chambers…

Ericsson Gets a Wake-Up Call
Shades of Ray | 11/9/2016

Former executive and now head of innovation at Sweden's national carrier writes a blunt open letter to the new Ericsson CEO.

Broadband's Multidimensional Shift & Why It Needs to Embrace the Cloud
Shades of Ray | 10/20/2016

The broadband world is no longer just about faster connectivity – underpinning the distributed cloud is its key role now.

Ewaldsson Grows His Ericsson Empire
Shades of Ray | 9/20/2016

Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson adds strategy to his existing responsibility for technology at the Swedish vendor, which has yet to appoint a new permanent CEO.

I Didn't Know Obama Owned the Internet
Shades of Ray | 9/9/2016

Senator Ted Cruz doesn't want Obama to 'give away the Internet' – well, OK, but…

Google: Thinking Inside the Box
Shades of Ray | 9/8/2016

Google and Box have struck a relationship that might baffle those with a legacy view of the world.

What Is Holland? And Who Are the Dutch?
Shades of Ray | 9/7/2016

IBC starts this week in the Netherlands, or is it Holland? It's certainly being supported by the Dutch.

Facebook Gets Its Drone On
Shades of Ray | 7/22/2016

The social media giant's solar-powered Aquila drone, designed to provide Internet access to remote locations, has taken to the skies – but why?

ADVA Has a Growth Spurt but Margins Lag
Shades of Ray | 7/21/2016

European vendor's momentum continues into 2016 as it reports impressive sales growth, only some of which comes from its Overture acquisition, but its profitability isn't keeping up.

UFO Brings Hope to FTTH Altnets
Shades of Ray | 7/21/2016

A fiber-to-the-home broadband trial in the city of York using CityFibre's network looks likely to lead to more competitive ultra-broadband services across the UK.

Beware the Bottleneck! Why 5G Is Driving an Ultra-Broadband Boom
Shades of Ray | 7/13/2016

The notion of 5G most commonly conjures up a vision of incredibly high-speed wireless/mobile broadband connectivity, but right now it's fixed line broadband that is key to operators' 5G plans.

Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside
Shades of Ray | 6/29/2016

The UK's decision to quit the European Union has had global reverberations but it's hard to tell exactly how bad the aftershocks will be.

Can US Market Barriers Come Down? Bill Owens Hopes So
Shades of Ray | 6/10/2016

CenturyLink Chairman Bill Owens believes the communications industry needs greater collaboration and, to achieve that, the US needs to lower some barriers.

Network Security: Innovation in Isolation?
Shades of Ray | 6/8/2016

The need for service provider collaboration on next-generation network security innovation is my key takeaway from a brief visit to the InfoSecurity show in London.

Why I'm Heading to Austin for BCE
Shades of Ray | 5/20/2016

I've got my travel coffee-making set already packed for the long trip from London to Austin, Texas: Here's a whole host of reasons why I should see you there.

ADVA Lays Bare Its Virtual Switch
Shades of Ray | 5/9/2016

ADVA has further developed the virtual switch technology it brought on board with the acquisition of Overture and is ready to pitch it into commercial NFV environments following an independent evaluation of the technology.

The Key Steps to NFV Success
Shades of Ray | 4/20/2016

A new report outlines the state of play in the network functions virtualization (NFV) world and provides an eight-step strategy for network operators based on the experiences of the early adopters.

Hall of Fame 2016: Who's in the Running?
Shades of Ray | 4/13/2016

Who deserves to be welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year? Let's take a look – and you can vote for your favorites.

Leading Lights 2016: There's Still Time
Shades of Ray | 3/29/2016

There's still time to enter this year's Leading Lights awards -- here are the details you need.

5G: Rewriting the Comms Rule Book
Shades of Ray | 3/24/2016

The impending arrival of 5G will create a whole new generation gap.

White Box Is the 'Big Prize' – AT&T's Donovan
Shades of Ray | 2/25/2016

AT&T's John Donovan made it pretty clear this week that white box networking is going to play a massive role in the next-generation networks of telecom operators.

MWC Day 1 Diary: The Extreme Submarine & a Caffeine Hit
Shades of Ray | 2/22/2016

Caffeine, the latest virtual acronym, the Extreme Submarine and Barcelona's most atmospheric photo opp all featured on the first morning of this year's MWC.

Putting Virtualized Security to the Test
Shades of Ray | 2/19/2016

Our latest independent test report has put Cisco's security systems through their paces.

Your Company's Called What?
Shades of Ray | 2/19/2016

Welcome to the wonderful world of corporate branding.

Win a Genuine Telecom Artifact at This Year's Leading Lights Awards
Shades of Ray | 2/11/2016

There's a skeleton in the Leading Lights closet this year…

Juniper Buying BTI: Is That Enough?
Shades of Ray | 1/28/2016

Juniper looks like it's on the offensive and defensive with the acquisition of data center interconnect (DCI) specialist BTI Systems but will it need to do more?

Now Nokia Steps Up for VNF Testing
Shades of Ray | 1/25/2016

Nokia's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG) are the latest virtual functions to get an independent evaluation.

Hyperoptic Is Apoplectic
Shades of Ray | 1/19/2016

The UK government's conclusion that there is no consensus over the need for FTTP has angered the altnet.

Finn de Siècle for Alcatel-Lucent
Shades of Ray | 1/14/2016

Alcatel-Lucent has become part of Nokia, spelling the end for two of the giant brands of the legacy telecom era.

Job Alert! BT Needs a New CTO
Shades of Ray | 1/11/2016

Critical appointment for UK incumbent as it once again adds mobile to the mix and takes its first steps towards a virtualized cloud infrastructure.

Twitter's Legal Battle in Turkey Has Wider Implications
Shades of Ray | 1/8/2016

Microblogging giant is taking legal action to quash a fine imposed by Turkey's communications watchdog.

Who Might Replace HPE at Telefónica?
Shades of Ray | 12/24/2015

Telefónica has dumped Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as its lead virtualization partner -- so who might step into HPE's shoes? Huawei and NEC look best placed of the equipment vendors but an independent integrator might be favored.

Twitter's 'State-Sponsored' Hacking Warning Is Another Wake-Up Call
Shades of Ray | 12/14/2015

You're not paranoid -- governments want your data.

NIA Phase 2 Test: VNF Management
Shades of Ray | 12/10/2015

With the Phase 1 test completed and a report published, the New IP Agency (NIA) is prepping its Phase 2 NFV test with a focus on VNF management.

Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts
Shades of Ray | 11/13/2015

If this week's coverage of 'Ciscosson' left you digitally indigested, as if you'd swallowed a John Chambers-sized meatball, then here's a tasty roundup.

The Threat to Telcos' Future: Malcolm Orr Just Nailed It
Shades of Ray | 11/13/2015

If you work at a telco or a vendor that sells to traditional communications service providers, you need to watch this short video interview.

Cisco + Ericsson: Friends With Benefits
Shades of Ray | 11/9/2015

Cisco and Ericsson have been forced into each other's arms by that other courting couple, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.

Cisco NFVi Evaluation: The Full Picture
Shades of Ray | 11/6/2015

The complete story of EANTC's independent test of Cisco's NFV infrastructure (NFVi) is now available as a PDF download.

Mud-Slinging at the SDN Corral
Shades of Ray | 10/22/2015

I was at the front line of the SDN/NFV Cold War last week – it was noisy.

Who Should Buy Sckipio? My Money's on Intel
Shades of Ray | 10/22/2015

The G.fast chip developer is hot property and looks ripe for acquisition – for me this is a 'no brainer' for Intel.

Cisco's vSwitch Makes the Grade
Shades of Ray | 10/13/2015

In an independent test of its NFV infrastructure (NFVi) by respected European lab EANTC, Cisco's virtual switching and routing achieved the throughput and scalability for commercial deployment.

What the Broadband Forum Did Next
Shades of Ray | 10/9/2015

The Broadband Forum is adapting its focus to account for the impact that virtualization and programmable networking will have on access network topologies and operator business plans.

The View From Huawei HQ
Shades of Ray | 10/6/2015

Light Reading recently published an exclusive interview with Huawei's deputy chairman Eric Xu in English – now that interview is available in Chinese too.

Kheradpir's Coriant Comeback
Shades of Ray | 10/5/2015

Shaygan Kheradpir left Juniper under a cloud (not THE cloud) but has reappeared as CEO of transport vendor Coriant.

Will Google Start a Euro Gigabit Gold Rush?
Shades of Ray | 10/1/2015

Some in the broadband industry expect Google to make a gigabit move in Europe – it would be a much-needed catalyst.

Gigabit Broadband: What's the Business Case?
Shades of Ray | 9/17/2015

How can network operators get a return in investment from gigabit broadband access network rollouts? Island state network operator JT has some answers.

NFV & the Cold War of Communications
Shades of Ray | 9/9/2015

Get ready for some unwelcome internecine struggles that could set back telco cloud developments...

All Change in China?
Shades of Ray | 8/28/2015

Management shuffles and a strategic acquisition suggest upheaval in China's service provider sector.

Why OT Is HOT for Telecom Vendors
Shades of Ray | 8/27/2015

With vendors needing to diversify, the utility sector's immediate challenges with their operational technology (OT) frameworks offer a great opportunity to win new business.

ZTE's Euro Star Shines Brighter
Shades of Ray | 8/27/2015

A global relationship with Telefónica helps its international cause.

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