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Congruex builds through organics – and lots of M&A
CxO Spotlight | 11/20/2020

The fiber network construction specialist, which counts Level 3 exec Kevin O'Hara as a founder, has been on a buying spree to help meet rising buildout demands among large, midsized and rural players.

New ATX CEO ready to ride cable's next wave
CxO Spotlight | 11/10/2020

Dan Whalen joins cable network-focused supplier as operators begin to beef up the upstream and embark on significant HFC network upgrades.

Locast has achieved operational sustainability, chairman says
CxO Spotlight | 11/6/2020

The non-profit broadcast TV streaming service has reached 1.7 million users nationwide, with enough donors on board to pay the bills, pay down debt and to help fund expansion, David Goodfriend says.

What's next for Kyrio?
CxO Spotlight | 10/28/2020

Ike Elliott, the new CEO of Kyrio, says the CableLabs subsidiary is taking a network-agnostic approach to device testing and expanding into software services that benefit cable operators and their suppliers.

An investor's view of 5G and edge computing
CxO Spotlight | 10/26/2020

Omar Jaffrey is focusing Melody Investment Advisors squarely at the digital communications infrastructure market. Here's what he has to say about trends like 5G and edge computing.

SCTE CEO: Secretive show demo to tout the promise of '10G'
CxO Spotlight | 10/9/2020

Futuristic demonstration at virtual Cable-Tec Expo will represent 'a next generation of science' and provide a 'real statement for the industry,' says Mark Dzuban.

Data science can simplify a fragmented video market – MarketCast CEO
CxO Spotlight | 9/24/2020

John Batter, a former exec of Gracenote and Dreamworks Animation, dives into the drivers behind MarketCast's acquisition of big data specialist Deductive.

Ribbon's McClelland: 5G is one of our catalysts
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2020

Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.

Broadcast vet extends OTT bridge to local TV stations
CxO Spotlight | 9/4/2020

Jack Perry bills VUit, a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring more than 200 local channels and a mix of VoD fare, as 'The Netflix of Live, Local and Free.'

Zodiac set to seize global 'video transformation' opportunities
CxO Spotlight | 8/13/2020

Zodiac Systems, recently acquired by Orion Innovation, is ready to scale up and help service providers around the world make the leap to next-gen IP video platforms, CEO Derek Harrar says.

Charlie Vogt heads back to the future
CxO Spotlight | 8/3/2020

As the new CEO of Dasan Zhone, Vogt returns to his telecom roots as the supplier seeks to expand in North America.

Satellite broadband's future to be formed by multi-orbit constellations, SES CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 7/17/2020

That future will be complemented by orchestration and new cloud capabilities that bring cohesiveness to multi-orbit satellite constellations that can also coexist with terrestrial networks, Steve Collar says.

Podcast: NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh on providing services in a hybrid world
CxO Spotlight | 7/9/2020

NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh tells Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about his company's challenge to help enterprise customers 'painlessly' connect to multiple clouds, multiple network operators and data sets in a secure, distributed workplace.

Promptlink tries to rise above the cable network noise
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2020

New AI-assisted tool is helping cable operators identify and pinpoint the source of upstream network noise during a pandemic that has caused peak usage to surge, CEO says.

Dish's Marc Rouanne: Building an open RAN, greenfield 5G network
CxO Spotlight | 7/1/2020

Light Reading spoke with Marc Rouanne, who was hired late last year to construct Dish's 5G network, about the company's vendor choices so far, and how Dish is designing its planned network.

Haystack News moves streaming needle as consumers flock to local news
CxO Spotlight | 6/19/2020

Usage of the hyper-local streaming news service was climbing before the pandemic, but the recent surge of big news events has 'propelled us forward,' CEO Daniel Barreto says.

Technetix sees demand for supplies surge as cable ops bulk up self-install kits
CxO Spotlight | 5/11/2020

Along with a focus on near-term network and service needs, the pandemic is 'making every cable operator relook at their network,' says Technetix exec Sandy Howe.

Podcast: Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger on coping with COVID-19
CxO Spotlight | 4/30/2020

OBS CEO Helmut Reisinger and SVP of Customer Services and Operations Aliette Mousnier Lompre discuss keeping customers connected and adapting quickly during the pandemic.

Firstlight CEO sets out to reignite QuickPlay's B2B flame
CxO Spotlight | 4/29/2020

After acquiring the QuickPlay assets from AT&T and shifting to a cloud-native architecture, the video streaming specialist will now rekindle its biz-to-biz ambitions and chase deals with pay-TV providers and pure-play OTTs.

Edgewater Wireless wields spectrum slicing to cut into Wi-Fi market
CxO Spotlight | 4/13/2020

Edgewater makes its own silicon and access points, but the company is also looking to license its technology to suppliers seeking to differentiate their Wi-Fi products, says president and CEO Andrew Skafel.

Podcast: NTT Research President and CEO Kazu Gomi
CxO Spotlight | 4/7/2020

Kazu Gomi discusses why NTT Research was formed, what it's working on and the ambitious goals of its IOWN initiative with Intel and Sony.

StackPath CTO: Service providers possess 'beachfront property' for the edge
CxO Spotlight | 4/3/2020

But startup's broader play is to stitch together a global content delivery network footprint and a growing edge cloud that can run a wide range of bandwidth- and latency-sensitive services.

Optiva CEO seeks a 'second life' for cloud BSS specialist
CxO Spotlight | 3/27/2020

CEO Danielle Royston has an aggressive new plan for the cloud-based BSS vendor and growing customer support, but it involves extra investment and ongoing losses that might not suit all of the company's investors.

How Altran plays a pivotal role in 5G, edge
CxO Spotlight | 3/26/2020

Altran's key relationships in 5G software and edge initiatives have helped make it a $4.1 billion takeover target for Capgemini.

Telia Carrier's 'evangelist' to stress test open line system economics
CxO Spotlight | 3/24/2020

Global operator adopts 'suck it and see' approach to open line system efficiencies.

CuriosityStream CEO: We're 'insulated' from studio content claw-back
CxO Spotlight | 2/3/2020

Streaming service focused on factual programming has more than 13 million subs, and is targeting 'hundreds of millions' as it pursues distribution deals around the globe, Clint Stinchcomb says.

Exclusive: Matrixx appoints Glo Gordon as CEO
CxO Spotlight | 1/31/2020

Matrixx Software has appointed board member Glo Gordon to succeed Dave Labuda as CEO.

Podcast: NTT CTO Ettienne Reinecke on the Edge Evolution
CxO Spotlight | 1/16/2020

NTT's CTO Ettienne Reinecke joins the podcast to shine a light on the most disruptive tech trends he sees for enterprises in the coming year. Many of them are closely linked to a surge in computing capacity and tech development at the network's edge.

Kaltura's Nuno Sanches: TV Undergoing a 'Generational Transformation'
CxO Spotlight | 1/14/2020

Former Vodafone exec aims to broaden Kaltura's technology and influence around the globe as new and legacy video and TV services head into the cloud.

Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar: SD-WAN Crosses the DIY Chasm
CxO Spotlight | 12/26/2019

Podcast: Service providers and their enterprise customers face new opportunities and challenges as SD-WAN moves from DIY to cloud service, says Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nokia's Nuage business unit.

Rockbot CEO Aims to Shake Up B2B TV
CxO Spotlight | 12/13/2019

Google-backed startup boots up OTT-delivered video service for restaurants, retail shops and other businesses that can complement (or possibly replace) TV services from cable and satellite TV providers.

MediaKind CTO: Adding Agility Will Shorten 'Feedback Loop' With Customers
CxO Spotlight | 11/22/2019

Allen Broome says initiatives are underway to extend the Agile model and form a tighter integration bond with customers that, in turn, will accelerate the development and debut of new features and capabilities.

Meet the Execs Tapped to Build & Sell Dish's 5G Network
CxO Spotlight | 11/11/2019

Dish Network hired Marc Rouanne (of Nokia) and Stephen Bye (of Sprint) to build and sell its planned 5G network. Here's what they have to say about that.

CEO McCollum: SVoD Surge Could Be Boon for Philo
CxO Spotlight | 11/4/2019

Philo's low-cost, entertainment-focused OTT-TV offering should fit well with consumers who are creating their own video streaming bundles that don't rely on traditional pay-TV, Andrew McCollum says.

Juniper CTO Talks About the Company's 5G Aspirations
CxO Spotlight | 10/16/2019

Juniper's CTO hails from Google, and is now working to steer the vendor through topics ranging from 5G to edge computing.

Optiva CEO Danielle Royston uses the cloud to stand out from the crowd
CxO Spotlight | 10/16/2019

For Royston, the path to becoming a more profitable telco starts by revitalizing the company's approach to billing, charging and business intelligence.

Network Convergence Revolution to Drive Speed & Efficiency, CommScope CTO Says
CxO Spotlight | 10/8/2019

Distributed architectures and other common, underlying technologies and techniques are also starting to span across both wired and wireless networks, Morgan Kurk says.

Tower Visionary Marc Ganzi on 5G, Small Cells & Edge Computing
CxO Spotlight | 9/30/2019

Marc Ganzi is described as a 'leading visionary and entrepreneur' in his company's biography, and given his recent investments its easy to see why. Here's what he has to say about hot topics like 5G, build to relocate, small cells and edge computing.

SCTE-ISBE's Mark Dzuban: '10G' Set to Be the Star of Cable-Tec Expo
CxO Spotlight | 9/26/2019

CEO of cable's engineering and standards-setting organization says 10G will be 'foundational' to the industry's future and a major focus as Cable-Tec Expo has its Swan Song in The Big Easy.

Podcast: Ciena's CEO Sets Sail for Growth
CxO Spotlight | 9/10/2019

Ciena CEO Gary Smith said that M&A is always a possibility as the company looks to build its software business while managing the growth of its optical platform sales to web-scale companies.

Podcast: Orange Silicon Valley CEO Helou on Tech as a Social, Economic Game-Changer
CxO Spotlight | 9/2/2019

Mireille Hellou recently took charge of an Orange business unit bringing together Californian innovation and the European telco. She talked with Light Reading editor Mitch Wagner about how that focus can be about more than profits.

Wurl CEO: Free OTT Opens New Outlet for Traditional TV Players
CxO Spotlight | 8/28/2019

The rise of ad-supported, free streaming services is helping broadcasters and cable networks find new audiences in the OTT world.

Three CEO: We'd Rather Take Huawei Risk Than Miss 5G Rewards
CxO Spotlight | 8/20/2019

The smallest of the UK's four mobile operators is forging ahead with its rollout of a home broadband service powered by Huawei's 5G equipment, despite government concern about the Chinese vendor.

Q&A With Dish's Charlie Ergen About His New 5G Strategy
CxO Spotlight | 7/26/2019

Dish's chief executive spoke with Light Reading about the company's 5G future, just hours after Dish announced a $5 billion agreement to purchase customers, spectrum and wholesale access from the combined Sprint and T-Mobile.

Podcast: ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin Knows Where Your Data Is
CxO Spotlight | 7/16/2019

Ellen Rubin joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss edge computing and the new need for data management in more places as the world goes from static storage to mobile, multicloud madness.

Boingo's New CEO Sees Growth Everywhere, Including in Private CBRS Networks
CxO Spotlight | 7/12/2019

From 5G to WiFi 6, Boingo's new CEO sees opportunities everywhere. Moreover, those opportunities now stretch into the 3.5GHz CBRS band.

Colt CEO: US Customers Growing in the Cloud
CxO Spotlight | 7/8/2019

Colt CEO Carl Grivner said its business in the US – providing enterprise connectivity – is still growing thanks to continued enterprise cloud adoption.

Edge Gravity aims for hyper-scale
CxO Spotlight | 6/28/2019

Ericsson's distributed edge cloud unit is on a path to connect to 'multiple hundreds' of service provider partners in the coming months, new CEO Kyle Okamoto says.

Nokia CEO Finds Positive Spin in Long 5G Game
CxO Spotlight | 6/20/2019

Being more like Shane Warne than Ian Botham could serve Rajeev Suri well in the nascent 5G market.

MobiTV's Bill Routt: Amazon to Stoke Pay-TV Partnerships With Fire TV
CxO Spotlight | 5/6/2019

MobiTV's president and COO says Amazon is 'really engaging' with plans to optimize and customize its streaming platform for the pay-TV operator market.

Zone TV's Jeff Weber: Taking AI-Guided OTT Video Direct to Consumers
CxO Spotlight | 4/18/2019

After focusing on pay-TV box partnerships, digital content specialist has entered hybrid mode with its first standalone OTT video service.

Cujo AI's Peiro: Locked In on Home Network & IoT Security Market
CxO Spotlight | 4/1/2019

The startup, with Comcast and Charter in its corner, believes its AI and machine learning-driven analysis platform steers clear of data privacy concerns raised by those that rely on deep packet inspection tech.

Juniper's Rami Rahim: Speed Is Everything
CxO Spotlight | 3/11/2019

The CEO of Juniper Networks said that getting companies to market quickly means sharpening the vendor's edge in open source software, cloud computing orchestration, and professional services.

Ericsson's Heuveldop: 5G & the IIoT Imperative
CxO Spotlight | 3/8/2019

The leader of Ericsson's business in North America explains that the opportunity for the industrial Internet of Things has been a long time in the making – and service providers are ready.

LeoSat CEO Envisions a High-Capacity, Low-Latency Backbone... in Space!
CxO Spotlight | 2/18/2019

But to get that global vision off the ground (literally), LeoSat must piece together a plan that spans technology, secures funding and cuts through a heap of regulatory red tape.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst: How Open Source Stopped Being 'Scary'
CxO Spotlight | 2/13/2019

Red Hat's boss on how open source enables innovation and the cloud, disrupts IT, and might make the world better. Also: Will the IBM acquisition threaten Red Hat's unique culture?

Unified Office CEO: Would You Like Extra Services With That VoIP?
CxO Spotlight | 2/11/2019

CEO Ray Pasquale isn't in the VoIP business to lower the price of phone calls. He wants to give small businesses everything they need to know – from network analytics to pizza topping preferences – on one screen.

Mark Dzuban: A Decade at the Helm of SCTE
CxO Spotlight | 1/25/2019

SCTE's president and CEO reflects on a decade of change at the industry's standard-setting and applied sciences arm, along with some hints at what's ahead.

Masergy CEO: How We'll Get to $1BN
CxO Spotlight | 1/8/2019

James Parker steps in with a mandate to triple the company's managed services revenue, even as competition in the space grows.

Synamedia CEO Seeks New Video Service Tangents
CxO Spotlight | 11/27/2018

In addition to helping pay-TV partners hit all screens, Synamedia is fleshing out its portfolio with cross-app search and discovery offerings and services that help distributors, OTT players and content owners crack down on video piracy and password sharing.

Arris CTO: What's next for DOCSIS?
CxO Spotlight | 10/23/2018

Arris is researching new technologies and techniques using expanded spectrum and a new generation of amplifiers that could serve as an alternative to Full Duplex DOCSIS and extend the life of HFC networks.

Spirent CEO: Engineers Are Human, Too
CxO Spotlight | 10/4/2018

In the second part of his CXO interview, Eric Hutchinson talks about AI, cybersecurity and the humanizing factor of the test company's strategic shift.

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.

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.

Disney's Ben Havey: Collaboration & Content in a 5G World
CxO Spotlight | 8/29/2018

To help its parent company connect with consumers as a new kind of service provider, The Walt Disney Studios is creating new entertainment experiences, solving tech problems and getting ready for 5G networks.

Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer: The World on a Fiber
CxO Spotlight | 8/16/2018

One way to look at how much the industry is changing is to spend some time with an executive – and a company – that has stuck to the same formula and industry view for almost 20 years.

BT Americas: Technology Matters, Customer Engagement Matters More
CxO Spotlight | 7/12/2018

In second of a two-part series, Jennifer Artley, president of BT Americas, says her company is engaged with customers in significantly different ways as it brings cloud-based UC and SD-WAN to market.

BT Americas President Artley: Geopolitics Disrupts Digital Transformation
CxO Spotlight | 7/9/2018

Large multinationals struggle to modernize their companies, but new tariffs, data security worries and geopolitical wrangling add more layers to an already complex problem.

Juniper's Koley Sees Advantage at the Edge
CxO Spotlight | 7/5/2018

CTO says Juniper is ready to out-do the competition when it comes to edge-cloud, both for 5G buildouts and latency-sensitive IoT apps.

Juniper CTO: Open Source Software Can Be Profitable
CxO Spotlight | 7/3/2018

Moving to open source changes the business model but Juniper is ready to succeed selling software and the services required to support it.

Ciena CTO: Next Optical Transport Leap Rides on Analytics & Network Intelligence
CxO Spotlight | 6/27/2018

Ciena's Steve Alexander explains Ciena's strategy for injecting analytics and intelligence into the network, why the company acquired Packet Design and why Ciena is setting its sights on the Indian and Asian markets.

Ciena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks
CxO Spotlight | 6/14/2018

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander explains why some operators are leery of fully autonomous networks, and how Ciena is collaborating with carriers to prepare for 5G deployments with platforms like the Adaptive Network.

Guavus CEO Faizel Lakhani: AI & Going Beyond the Pipe
CxO Spotlight | 5/31/2018

Faizel Lakhani has always said selling pipes is not the end game for service providers. With Guavus' AI technology and real-time analytics, he hopes to be the first to tell them what's next.

Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Software's Brave New World
CxO Spotlight | 1/16/2018

The DWDM company has grown into Ethernet networking and now open software architectures. We sat down with CEO Gary Smith to get a fix on Ciena's current identity.

Nokia's Rajeev Suri: On 5G, IoT & the AlcaLu Deal
CxO Spotlight | 10/9/2017

The Nokia CEO tells Craig Matsumoto why telcos need to find new opportunity in 5G and why the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition succeeded.

Why VMware Thinks It Can Help the NFV Cause
CxO Spotlight | 9/6/2017

Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president of strategy for VMware's Telco Group, is leading the company's charge into carrier networks.

CTO Bikash Koley & the New Juniper
CxO Spotlight | 1/12/2017

The former Google exec has moved quickly to build a Juniper PaaS and disaggregate its products, all in preparation for a multicloud future.

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