Podcast: CenturyLink's CxO Moves & Do We Really Need RFPs?

On this podcast, we discussed CenturyLink new CTO, why Dull But Critical (DBC) is our favorite category of telecom infrastructure and how cable companies are warming up to the cloud. We also ask a critical question: Does the telecom industry need RFPs?

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018

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Podcast: CenturyLink's CxO Moves & Do We Really Need RFPs?

What's at the top of CTOs' concerns these days? It's not hot new hardware or something you can see in your VR goggles. Instead, it's a collection of dull yet critical things that make it possible for networks to evolve.

"We've now reached a point where the networks are changing so much that all of these support mechanisms are changing radically," said Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading's editor in chief. "For many people, if you looked at a list of topics like service assurance for 5G... they might find it hard to stifle a yawn. But actually, this stuff is really energizing a lot of people and is at the top of a lot of CTOs' and CIOs' lists for what they really need to do as they evolve the physical infrastructure towards 5G," he said.

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— Phil Harvey, US News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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