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Carol Wilson CORD: Calling All Systems Integrators
Carol Wilson  
1/16/2018  
CORD, the open source project focused on making Central Offices into data centers, is set to really take off in 2018, according to its backers. If there is anything holding it back, however, it is the lack of systems integration expertise in the current market.
Dan Jones Analyst: Verizon's Fixed 5G Is a Loss Leader for Mobile
Dan Jones  
1/16/2018  
New Street Research says Verizon could spend up to $35 billion in capex to deploy its 5G fixed wireless to 32 million homes in the US -- and take seven years doing so -- but that such an investment could give the operator a "meaningful advantage" over other carriers deploying mobile 5G because Verizon would have done the heavy lifting of densifying its network for 5G.
Carol Wilson ONAP Adds Verizon, Claims De Facto Title
Carol Wilson  
1/16/2018   2 comments
Verizon today joins the ONAP as a platinum member, giving that open source effort yet more credibility in its goal of creating a single telecom industry approach to network orchestration and automation. It is the eighth operator to join as a platinum member and the 16th overall.
Mari Silbey Comcast to AWS: I Dub Thee Preferred Cloud
Mari Silbey  
1/16/2018  
Comcast has long been an Amazon Web Services customer with executives touting the value of AWS at least as far back as 2014. But the companies took their relationship to the next level today with the announcement that AWS is now Comcast's "preferred public cloud provider," a designation that, if nothing else, assures Amazon investors that the largest US cable company isn't about to take the bulk of its cloud business elsewhere.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is on Fiber Broadband
Paul Rainford  
1/16/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom updates on vectoring rollout; Iliad Italy goes for youth; Orange deputy CEO on the move?
Ray Le Maistre ETSI's Zero Touch Group Gains Support, Kickstarts Its Automation Engine
Ray Le Maistre  
1/16/2018  
ETSI's new automation group, the snappily titled Zero touch network and Service Management Industry Specification Group (ZSM ISG), has attracted a broad range of new members during its first few weeks of operations and now has an initial plan of action following a "kick-off meeting" held last week.
Craig Matsumoto Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Software's Brave New World
Craig Matsumoto  
1/16/2018  
I got to visit Nortel in Ottawa only after-the-fact. It was 2011, and Ciena had long since completed its acquisition of the Metro Ethernet Networks group, arguably the crown jewel to come out of the Nortel bankruptcy and the source of the packet-optical technology that would become the company's flagship. A Light Reading video crew was invited up for a few days to see some technology and interview a few executives. (See Ciena Goes Terabit.)
Iain Morris Ericsson Lurches to $1.8B Write-Down
Iain Morris  
1/16/2018   3 comments
Limping from one financial setback to the next, Ericsson today said it would book 14.2 billion Swedish kronor ($1.8 billion) in charges after carrying out impairment testing and the revaluation of US tax assets.
Mari Silbey Dish Serves Up New Broadband Plan
Mari Silbey  
1/16/2018  
Dish may be all in on the new wireless network it's promised to deploy by 2020, but the company still has that pesky legacy TV business to manage and no consumer broadband service to help it subsidize rising video costs or retain customers looking for an all-in-one service provider.
Iain Morris Choi Succeeds Jacobfeuerborn as DT Tech Boss
Iain Morris  
1/16/2018   1 Comment
A reshuffling of responsibilities at Deutsche Telekom has left Alex Choi as the German operator's chief technology officer in all but name, with former CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn now focused on his role as CEO of towers subsidiary Deutsche Funkturm, Light Reading has learned.
Iain Morris Huawei, ZTE Face US Federal Ban
Iain Morris  
1/15/2018   4 comments
In a sign of growing hostility towards Huawei and ZTE from some quarters of the US establishment, Texas Congressman Mike Conaway has proposed new legislation that would prohibit US authorities from buying any product or service from the Chinese companies.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: France Leans On Telcos to Extend 4G Coverage With 3B Capex Injection
Paul Rainford  
1/15/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson troubleshoots with AR; Swisscom reaches agreement on employment conditions; Telenor says "Hey you! Upskill!"
Dan Jones Trump Says Foxconn Will Make iPhones in US
Dan Jones  
1/15/2018   2 comments
President Donald Trump says that the Apple iPhone will be made in the US, as the Chinese contract manufacturer, Foxconn, opens a factory in Wisconsin.
Iain Morris SoftBank to Raise $18B in Telecom Unit IPO Report
Iain Morris  
1/15/2018  
Japan's SoftBank hopes to raise about 2 trillion Japanese yen (US$18 billion) through an initial public offering (IPO) of its telecom business, according to a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
Sandra O'Boyle NFV Service Assurance In Need of Big Data, Small Data or Both?
Sandra O'Boyle  
1/12/2018  
Operating NFV-based services and networks is the next priority for progressive communications service providers (CSPs). And it's not easy. In fact, CSPs are telling us that too much time and effort has been spent on VNF onboarding and far too little time and investment on the reality of operations in NFV environments.
Mari Silbey Don't Put a SIM Card in a Rodent Trap
Mari Silbey  
1/12/2018  
LAS VEGAS -- Talk of network protocols isn't front and center at CES, but it's not absent either, particularly given this year's focus on the Internet of Things. Which is why one colorful quote about rodents and connectivity emerged from a sit-down with IoT software company Actility.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Bots Gone Wild at CES & Another Google Lawsuit
Eryn Leavens  
1/12/2018  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: CES makes waves with keynote additions and scandalous bots; former Google engineer James Damore strikes back; how to buck the brogrammers; and more.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Ericsson Climbs Aboard Connected Car Trials in Japan
Paul Rainford  
1/12/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Duisburg smartens up with Huawei; ETNO makes a plea for cybersecurity collaboration; Nokia deep-dives under the duvet.
Gagandeep Kaur SK Telecom CTO: 'We Need New Business Models for 5G'
Gagandeep Kaur  
1/12/2018   1 Comment
South Korea's SK Telecom has been in the limelight over the past year as one of a handful of service providers playing a key role in the development of a global 5G ecosystem. Among other things, it has teamed up with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and BMW on what it claims is the world's first 5G connected car, developed fronthaul technology the South Korean government has backed as a standard, and deployed a 5G trial network in the country's "K-City," a testbed for emerging technologies. (See SKT Tests Put 4G in Touching Distance of 5G.)
Iain Morris Automation: Hot Topics & Groups to Watch
Iain Morris  
1/12/2018  
With its roots in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, automation is hardly a new phenomenon. Nor, of course, is it one that affects the technology and telecom sectors only. So why are parts of the telecom industry suddenly touting it like a cure for cancer?
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