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Operator-Supplied Boxes Still Have Role in Video Streaming Era
The Bauminator  | 
11/19/2018  |  1 comment
AT&T gets ready to test Android TV-powered box with DirecTV Now subs.
Can Telecom Business Services Bounce Back?
Rewired  | 
11/16/2018  | 
There was surprising optimism in the sector at the MEF18 event, but will it be reflected in revenues going forward?
ZTE 4MIX Distributed Cloud Solution Builds 5G-Ready Cloud Infrastructure
Partner Perspectives  | 
11/16/2018  | 
The 4MIX distributed cloud solution provides 5G scenarios with precise deployment solutions to flexibly match diversified demands.
WiCipedia: Taking Names & How to Avoid 'Hurting Men's Feelings'
WiCipedia  | 
11/16/2018  | 
This week in our WiC roundup: Taking names and tweeting salaries for equality's sake; a satirical guide to being a woman in tech; Google walkout was a long time coming; and more.
New Business Model for Multi-Service 5G Transport Networks
Partner Perspectives  | 
11/15/2018  | 
The business model for multi-service bearing needs to adapt slowly to be compatible with 5G application scenarios and the extension of operators' value chains.
CommScope/Arris Deal More About Dollars Than Strategic Sense – Analyst
The Bauminator  | 
11/15/2018  | 
Investors see marriage as a way for CommScope to buy cash flow, Raymond James analyst suggests.
The Acumos AI Project Is On Track but Lacking 'Apps'
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
11/14/2018  | 
The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project has issued its initial release on schedule but its 'app store' is still rather bare.
5G & the Factory of the Future
Jonestown  | 
11/13/2018  |  16 comments
What's latency got to do with it? Quite a bit actually...
Network Visibility & Data Veracity – the Keys to Operational Simplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
11/13/2018  | 
Operators need an accurate, up-to-date network and service topology view in order to determine the 'Eulerian path' of service configuration and implementation.
Dish Awarded $90M in Video Piracy Case
The Bauminator  | 
11/13/2018  |  1 comment
SetTV ordered to stop retransmitting Dish's satellite or OTT TV feeds, hand over SetTV-branded set-top boxes.
Disney Dispenses Details About Its New Streaming Service
The Bauminator  | 
11/12/2018  | 
Set for a late 2019 debut, Disney+ will feature content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic and take on OTT video giants such as Netflix and Amazon.
BT Needs a Kick in the Ducts
Morris Lore  | 
11/12/2018  |  1 comment
The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.
Podcast: Verizon Restructures, Telcos Chase Enterprise Business & Queen Still Rocks
The Philter  | 
11/12/2018  | 
5G networks are blurring the lines between what can be done on fixed and mobile networks. And, of course, Verizon and all of the companies building these networks are changing, too. We look a Verizon's recent restructuring and speculate what it might mean for the telco as 5G fever kicks into high gear.
VMs, Containers & the Lumpy Cloud Evolution
Column  | 
11/12/2018  | 
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.
Standalone or Non-Standalone, That Is Not the Question
Partner Perspectives  | 
11/9/2018  | 
Both the standalone and non-standalone approaches to 5G rollouts offer benefits to network operators.
WiCipedia: All-Female Boards, Google 'Utterly Unprepared' & Insecure Men
WiCipedia  | 
11/9/2018  | 
This week in our WiC roundup: Pro-life hackers; Google under pressure; all-female boards; and more.
Digital Business Transformation: Where Should You Begin?
Partner Perspectives  | 
11/8/2018  | 
The Open ROADS Community has created the Digital Mastermind to guide your entire transformation journey.
New Website Promotes Automation, Announces First Partnership
Column  | 
11/7/2018  | 
Recognizing that service providers are heeding the hue and cry to automate or die, Light Reading has created a new online marketplace, Automation Exchange.
CenturyLink Switches CTOs
The Philter  | 
11/6/2018  |  1 comment
CenturyLink has confirmed that the former Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan will be the carrier's new technology boss. Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink's CTO since 2014, is leaving the company.
Podcast: Agile IT & the Rush Toward Digital Transformation - Sponsored by SAP
Scott Ferguson  | 
11/6/2018  | 

For the last several years, CIOs and IT professionals have been wrestling with two specific issues as they work toward a cloud-centric future: Agile IT and the rush toward digital transformation. While enterprises want to keep innovating, finding a starting point and knowing which projects to tackle first remain a major obstacle.

To get a better handle on Agile IT and digital transformation, Light Reading Managing Editor Scott Ferguson recently spoke to two experts in these fields: Dan Kearnan, senior director of marketing for cloud at SAP, and Roy Illsley, a distinguished analyst with Ovum.

Budgets Lag Despite CSP Concern Over Network Security
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
11/6/2018  | 
Most communications service providers (CSPs) surveyed for this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) report feel they are on track with network security planning, but more than 80% of respondents worry about future technology being used to launch complex attack vectors.
How CSPs Can Thrive in the 'Digital Darwinism' Era
Column  | 
11/5/2018  | 
Why CSPs should adopt an omni-channel approach to improve the customer experience and regain their competitive advantage
UBBF 2018: Huawei Starts Ignition on Autonomous Driving Networks
Partner Perspectives  | 
11/2/2018  |  1 comment
Enabling fully autonomous cars is a huge technical challenge but putting in place autonomous driving networks -- Telco networks that run themselves without the need for human intervention -- cranks up complexity to an entirely new level.
WiCipedia: Doubling Down on Diversity & Google's Payoff Scandal
WiCipedia  | 
11/2/2018  | 
This week in our WiC roundup: Latinx women lag in VC funding; Google pays off its bad boys; glass cliffs are the new glass ceilings; and more.
Verizon Bundles Amazon Prime to Pump 1-Gig Fios
The Bauminator  | 
11/1/2018  |  7 comments
OTT video-focused promotion enters fray as Verizon sees an increase in broadband-only subs in the Fios services mix.
You Suck, Ofcom CTO Tells WiFi Industry
Morris Lore  | 
11/1/2018  |  11 comments
Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.
Carriers Keep 5G on the Smart Cities Agenda
The Philter  | 
10/31/2018  |  4 comments
The need to deploy infrastructure to support 5G services is having an impact on just about every smart cities discussion and plan. Even when 5G isn't on the menu, some cities are asking for multi-decade public-partnerships, a chance for someone to influence the next major tech transition.
Data Center Switching Enters the 400G Era
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/31/2018  | 
The growth of public and private cloud data centers is driving a strong and growing market for high-performance switch chips, and the choices dominating operators in the market make will have a dramatic impact.
Vidgo Soft-Launches National OTT-TV Service
The Bauminator  | 
10/30/2018  | 
CEO Shane Cannon says service's underlying multi-CDN streaming platform held up as usage spiked during El Clásico match.
Challenges & Opportunities in Network Mergers & Migrations
Partner Perspectives  | 
10/29/2018  | 
Mergers and migrations are a great opportunity to modernize the network and automate it, but they present challenges to service providers.
Mr. Rogers Slams Trump, & for Good Reason
Breznick Unbound  | 
10/29/2018  | 
No, not Fred Rogers. We're talking about former NBC Cable chief Tom Rogers, who blasted the president's denunciation of the news media as 'enemies of the people.'
Is IBM Overpaying for Red Hat?
Morris Lore  | 
10/29/2018  |  1 comment
Big Blue is paying a staggering premium for a company that trades in open source software.
Comcast-Made Signal Meter Detects Signal Leak on Expo Floor
The Bauminator  | 
10/26/2018  | 
Oh, and did you know that Comcast makes its own portable signal level meters, equipped with RDK-B, for its field techs?
WiCipedia: No (CIS) Men Allowed & Breaking Into a 'Male' Industry
WiCipedia  | 
10/26/2018  | 
This week in our WiC roundup: Kaspersky aims to attract women to cybersecurity; how to break into a male-dominated industry; no CIS men allowed at a DC hackathon; and more.
MEF Addressing SD-WAN Challenges to Accelerate Enterprise Digital Transformation
Column  | 
10/25/2018  | 
MEF is creating an SD-WAN service definition to describe the core, baseline capabilities to help buyers and sellers of SD-WAN services.
Colt Automates Network Service Delivery With On Demand Portal
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
10/24/2018  | 
Colt's Mirko Voltolini explains where the operator has seen success with its On Demand service platform, but also addresses why the traditional service delivery model still has staying power.
Cable-Tec Expo 2018: News & Notes
The Bauminator  | 
10/24/2018  |  1 comment
Cisco debuts Full Duplex DOCSIS node, Nokia nets virtual networking deal, Buckeye goes with Harmonic's 'CableOS,' SCTE IDs winners of first Adaptive Power Challenge, and more.
Network Operations Modernization via Automation & Intelligence
Partner Perspectives  | 
10/24/2018  | 
A key factor in Celcom's cost efficiency plans is its partnership with Huawei to improve network operations.
Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore  | 
10/24/2018  | 
Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.
Learning From HKT's Digital Transformation
Partner Perspectives  | 
10/23/2018  | 
HKT has been building on its heritage of traditional connectivity services by introducing new services to its enterprise customers which not only bring higher margins but also increase customer stickiness.
Arris CTO: What's Next for DOCSIS?
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
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.
Using a Lego Approach to Cable Node Upgrades
The Bauminator  | 
10/22/2018  | 
A proposed standard aims to allow upgrades to legacy technologies like DOCSIS, or new capabilities, such as 5G or PON, to be snapped into a generic (and modular) node housing.
Is Virtualization a DIY Deal for Telcos?
Rewired  | 
10/22/2018  | 
Many larger network operators are bringing software development in-house, developing their own orchestrators and other tools, and using more open source to get the results they want, without vendor dependence.
BT's McRae on Operator-Led Innovation, Telemetry & Curiosity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/22/2018  | 
The BT executive shares his views on NFV, automation, in-house development, what he wants from his team and more.
Only Digital Transformation Can Unlock Value of 5G & AI – Experts
Partner Perspectives  | 
10/22/2018  |  1 comment
Telecom operators need to carry out digital transformation in order to to seize the benefits of 5G and AI, the latest Huawei Operations Transformation Forum revealed.
WiCipedia: Diversity in Product Dev & Israeli Entrepreneurs Protest Sexism
WiCipedia  | 
10/19/2018  | 
This week in our WiC roundup: Keeping smart home products safe for all; Merkel finds sexism in Israeli tech community; girls have limited access to mobile phones worldwide; and more.
Zen & the Art of OSS/BSS Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/19/2018  |  2 comments
Zen Internet, an alternative ISP in the UK, has ambitious growth plans and is looking to a refresh of its back office software, including the introduction of SDN capabilities, to help achieve its goals.
CSPs Prove Eager to Embrace Edge Computing
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/18/2018  | 
Almost 70% of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020.
Have Cable Business Services Topped Out?
Breznick Unbound  | 
10/18/2018  | 
The US cable industry is now pulling in close to $18 billion in annual revenues from commercial services, but the growth rate is falling. How much lift is left for cable?
A Deep Dive Into CenturyLink's Operations Transformation & Roadmap
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/18/2018  | 
For CenturyLink, transformation is about enhancing its business in terms of effectiveness, cost efficiency and customer experience. So how is it trying to achieve that?
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