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Carol Wilson
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Masergy CEO: How We'll Get to $1BN
CxO Spotlight  | 
1/8/2019  |  1 comment
James Parker steps in with a mandate to triple the company's managed services revenue, even as competition in the space grows.
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Robocall Fix Not a Silver Bullet
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2018  |  6 comments
Shaken/Stir holds promise to authenticate calls and improve blocking services, but there are challenges and complexities to consider.
The Long Goodbye Finally Ends
Rewired  | 
12/13/2018  |  33 comments
Two years after first announcing my retirement plans, I'm really doing it. No, really.
Powder Offering Powerful Wireless Testbed
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
New project jointly funded by NSF and industry consortium brings the power of profiles and fast instantiation to testing of massive software projects.
Survey Says: Midsized Businesses Hyped on Digital Transformation
News Analysis  | 
12/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Survey sponsored by CenturyLink shows they are enthusiastic about its benefits even if almost half of them have yet to start the process.
Can Telecom Ward Off Robocall Regs?
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2018  |  14 comments
As the volume of annoying robocalls continues to rise, an industry-wide effort to authenticate calls across carriers hopes to satisfy regulators.
Adtran Buy Adds On-Prem Visibility
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2018  |  Post a comment
New end-to-end view of customer network, including in-home WiFi, will speed troubleshooting and offer proactive service and sales potential, vendor says.
ADVA Moves In on Small Cell Backhaul
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2018  |  Post a comment
New tinier gateway is hardened for deployment on street furniture to provide backhaul for small cells, WiFi hotspots that will blossom with 5G densification, smart cities and more.
ONAP's Casablanca Focuses on Deployability
News Analysis  | 
12/4/2018  |  Post a comment
No romance here, just a software release with practical features to put this automated orchestration platform into use globally.
Windstream Underscores Need for Reach
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Adding more Southwest US 'on-ramps' to its Cloud Connect platform underscores importance of fiber reach.
Operators Using PoCs to Drive APIs to Market Faster
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Real-world experience using live networks in MEF proofs-of-concept is allowing operator members to shape technical specs faster.
Nan Chen Reveals Secret to MEF's Staying Power
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/21/2018  |  Post a comment
MEF President Nan Chen, also its founder, says the organization's staying power is based on an early decision to focus on defining services and not how they are transported.
MEF SVP Dan Pitt: We're Ready for 5G
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
MEF is already at work on 5G transport and its service enablement capabilities will also help in both fixed and mobile environments, says Dan Pitt, MEF senior vice president.
Can Telecom Business Services Bounce Back?
Rewired  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
There was surprising optimism in the sector at the MEF18 event, but will it be reflected in revenues going forward?
Analyst: SD-WAN Not Yet Zero-Touch
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Zero-touch provisioning and plug-and-play are still buzzwords where SD-WAN is concerned, but not reality, says VSG's Erin Dunne.
Nokia Upgrades NFVi for Edge, Containers
News Analysis  | 
11/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Also, for the first time the vendor is directly sourcing OpenStack from its open source community instead of using RedHat's version.
Can 5G Spur Biz Where Tax Reform Failed?
News Analysis  | 
11/14/2018  |  1 comment
Enterprises have more cash but still move cautiously on next-gen services, says Verizon CFO, but 5G holds great promises for businesses.
SES CEO Plugs Satellite's Role in Global Ecosystem
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Satellite access will play a key role going forward in reaching distant locations more quickly than fiber can, providing access and wireless backhaul, enabling disaster recovery and backup and connecting mobile sites including cruise and shipping vessels, airplanes and more, says SES CEO John-Paul Hemingway.
PCCW Global: Blockchain Can Automate Inter-Carrier Connections
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Service interconnection is changing, requiring automation to handle commercial agreements at scale and blockchain can enable that, says Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global.
AT&T's Goodell: MEF Moving Faster on API Solutions
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Josh Goodell, vice president of intelligent edge for AT&T, touts strong growth in SD-WAN deployment with 28,000 end points contracted thus far on a global basis.
CenturyLink's Dugan: On-Demand Services Critical to Telco's Future
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/9/2018  |  Post a comment
CenturyLink is moving to 'as-a-service' model to support enterprise use of multiple cloud platforms, says Andrew Dugan, who is now the carrier's CTO.
Public Safety Agencies Exhorted to Embrace Cloud
News Analysis  | 
11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Public safety expert tells conference there's no reason agencies can't be 'mobile-first' and consume as-a-service apps immediately to save more lives.
RAD: uCPE Is Gateway to IT Service Revenues
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Service providers need to broaden their view of what uCPE can offer to include not just VNFs but virtual functions that support basic IT.
MEF CTO: We're Living Up to Agile Promises
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2018  |  2 comments
Pascal Menezes tells MEF18 audience the organization is dramatically reshaping how it creates and delivers specifications.
Spectrum, Telus Team on Dynamic Services PoC
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2018  |  Post a comment
MEF18 demo shows policy-driven dynamic services over multi-carrier networks
MEF18 Day One: SD-WAN Reality Sinks In
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/30/2018  |  Post a comment
SD-WAN is taking off but provisioning complexity remains a challenge, and one that MEF is helping to address.
AT&T's Goodell: SD-WAN Explodes as Killer App
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2018  |  Post a comment
But deployment complexities continue to challenge telecom operators.
MEF Executing on SD-WAN Specs, New APIs & Enterprise Council
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2018  |  1 comment
Organization kicks off its annual conference with three key announcements showing progress on multiple MEF 3.0 fronts.
MEF18 Preview: APIs, Blockchain & More
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Carol Wilson and Mitch Wagner tell you what they're looking forward to at MEF18 in Los Angeles.
Google: Cloud Computing Is Still a Prime Investment Target
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Internet giant pouring dollars into acquiring talent including sales and marketing skills for its cloud unit, still ranked third behind AWS and Microsoft.
CenturyLink Adds Cisco to SD-WAN Options
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  1 comment
CenturyLink is adding a managed SD-WAN service based on Cisco's Viptela technology after launching its service on Versa Networks.
Is Virtualization a DIY Deal for Telcos?
Rewired  | 
10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
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.
CSPs Still Puzzling Over NFV Business Case
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2018  |  Post a comment
TM Forum Digital Transformation Tracker shows diversity of views on virtualization, with larger operators moving forward much faster, and many smaller companies struggling to make it pay.
Ciena: Scale for the Future, Support the Legacy
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2018  |  Post a comment
New initiatives bring IP onto the platform for end-to-end services up to Layer 3 but also support remaining base of TDM offerings better.
Service Providers Should Adapt to Open Source World
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Four operator executives say open source solves more problems than it causes, and that CSPs need to get with the program.
Netsurion's SD-WAN Plays to MSPs
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Managed service provider developed its own combined connectivity-security solution that it's selling direct and to other MSPs.
CenturyLink Adds Dynamic Cloud Connections
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2018  |  Post a comment
New Layer 2-based service promises cloud connections in minutes to enterprises in fiber-fed buildings globally.
Telia Carrier Vies to Be Prime Cloud Connector
News Analysis  | 
10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.
CenturyLink: NFV Meeting (Modest) Expectations
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/5/2018  |  2 comments
Bill Walker says carrier never expected NFV to cause massive shifts early on, adding that it's replacing legacy at a pace that makes financial sense.
Spirent CEO: Engineers Are Human, Too
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/4/2018  |  1 comment
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.
Customer Conversations Changing in Era of Open Source, Automation
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
John Isch of Orange Business says businesses have differing requirements for understanding how telecom is changing.
Radware: Protect That API!
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Second annual survey shows enterprises are exposing APIs to third parties but not attending encryption or authentication, leading to a sharp rise in the number and complexity of application breaches.
Verizon: Vendor AI Not Ready for Prime Time
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  4 comments
Verizon's wireline unit is developing its own machine learning internally using open source tools and 'agile' development methods.
Equinix: Scale or Die
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2018  |  1 comment
VP Bill Long tells NFV-Carrier SDN crowd that niche players and new entrants face a much riskier market, even though hardware capex requirements are much lower.
Key Takeaways From NFV & Carrier SDN
Rewired  | 
9/28/2018  |  1 comment
Here's a quick snapshot of my impressions from this week's NFV-Carrier SDN: Automation and Monetization event in Denver.
Telus: Let's Push to Cloud Native Now
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
NFV isn't where it should be but it's clear that cloud-native approaches offer the promise of automation and scale, says Bryce Mitchell.
NFV & SDN Event Wines Down in Denver
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2018  |  2 comments
Light Reading's dynamic trio wind down from the NFV & Carrier SDN event by answering the question: Which wines pair with telecom acronyms?
Telefónica: OSM Paves the Way for Network Slicing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Telefónica's Antonio Elizondo says its common information model and orchestration layer will enable network slicing for 5G.
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Telefonica's Elizondo: OSM Offers Best Information Model for Service Orchestration
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
ETSI open source organization will also have single point of entry to manage network services and network slices with release later this year.
Verizon Outsources IT, Offers Sweetened Buyout
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  4 comments
Moves seen as major effort to cut employee rolls, particularly US-based jobs as management is among the targets.
TAG Cyber Annual: Automation, Analytics & Cloud Driving Improved Security Picture
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Organization led by former AT&T security chief Ed Amoroso updates third volume of annual reports tracking cybersecurity trends and sees a brighter picture for those who automate well using machine learning.
Windstream Adds PCI Compliance to SD-WAN
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Service provider says the independent compliance is important not just to its retail segment customers but also many other market segments.
ZenFi Not Done Expanding Yet
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Today's close of its merger with Cross River Fiber marks entry into new markets, but that growth is expected to continue, both in buildout and buy scenarios, says the CEO.
Juniper Unveils Major Edge Cloud Push
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor launches Contrail Edge Cloud, bringing a multicloud platform to the network's edge for 5G and much more and claiming a performance advantage in a small package.
Spirent CEO Eric Hutchinson: Out of the Labs, Into the Boardroom
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
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.
Packet Lands $25M 'B' Round Funding
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Round led by new investor, Third Point Ventures, includes other newbies such as Battery Ventures and Samsung NEXT, and existing funders Softbank and Dell Technologies Capital
Digital Realty Ramps Up Salesforce
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Direct access to most popular SaaS offering now available from its data centers globally.
Acumos Much More Than a Telcom-Focused AI Project
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
As part of Linux Foundation's new Deep Learning Foundation, it's casting a broader net and has greater ambitions to create an AI platform and a distributed marketplace of apps.
AT&T's Gilbert: AI Critical to 5G Infrastructure
News Analysis  | 
9/7/2018  |  2 comments
AI and machine learning are essential to scaling the deployment and configuration of the exploding numbers of cellsites needed for 5G, says Mazin Gilbert in the first of a two-part series.
ADVA: Ensemble Is Putting the 'M' in MANO
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  Post a comment
The new version of ADVA's virtualization software suite adds new features, including zero-touch provisioning, service chain monitoring and multi-level security.
Feger: F5 Seeks a Bigger Service Provider Play
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Returning to its roots as a software company, F5 aims to aid service providers with virtualization and delivering enterprise applications anywhere.
CenturyLink's Simlot: Edge Evolves Based on Customer Experience
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
New head of carrier's virtualization strategy is focused on making services more readily available at whatever edge they best fit.
AT&T Boosts Akraino With Code, Summit
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Carrier hosted two-day developer summmit for open source edge software project, after it released key seed code for major use case.
Zayo Sets Sales Goals, Reiterates REIT Plans
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Zayo looking forward to landing bigger deals and to advancing its REIT plans.
How Some Service Providers Are Using SD-WAN the Wrong Way
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Most current SD-WAN services are too limited in scope and too defensive in strategy, a veteran analyst warns. That opens the door to cloud providers and MSPs taking over the market.
Is Open Source More Secure? Maybe Not
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  2 comments
Cloud training expert cautions against assuming open source software is inherently more secure, advising developers to use with caution.
Packet Carving New Niche at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  1 comment
Industry veteran Ihab Tarazi helps lead company in providing IaaS at the edge of the network, offering bare metal compute as part of a larger edge computing ecosystem.
Crown Castle Courting Enterprises
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Shared infrastructure play now includes delivering fiber services, lit and unlit, to enterprises in large urban areas across US.
Windstream Claims US SD-WAN Leadership
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2018  |  2 comments
In announcing Q2 earnings, Windstream says its sold more SD-WAN services than anyone else in the US and expects to keep rolling.
CenturyLink: Faster Integration Driving Brighter Future
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Execs upgrade the guidance for 2018 saying the integration of Level 3 is going well and will drive major new business opportunities.
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Net Neutrality Controversies Yield No Clarity
Rewired  | 
8/8/2018  |  4 comments
The FCC lies about getting hacked and net neutrality proponents cheer when Alex Jones is censored, but so what?
Tower Companies Brace for an Edge Computing Bonanza
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2018  |  1 comment
Cell towers represent a logical location for edge computing and their owners see major opportunity, once they figure out the business model. Two major operators are already on the move.
Spirent Making Big New Promises
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Veteran test and measurement firm seeks more strategic role in service assurance, 5G rollouts and cybersecurity.
Kontron Scoops Up Open Source Software Provider Inocybe
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Kontron will combine its white box hardware with Inocybe's open source software, including its open source SDN controller and other software.
Equinix Grows as Enterprise Strategy Takes Hold
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2018  |  Post a comment
By making more cloud/IT resources available in its IBXs, Equinix is moving well beyond data center and interconnection to play a strategic role for large enterprises in the hybrid cloud space.
The Great Edge Computing Land Grab
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2018  |  7 comments
Schneider Electric, a major supplier to everyone in the data center space, sees a rush to identify and build out edge data centers that sit between the cell tower and a CO or regional data center.
NetScout Data to Power IBM CEM
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Service assurance software company to provide continuous network data and analytics for smarter IBM analytics to CSPs.
Digital Realty: IBM Deal a Proximity Play
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Getting high-value workloads such as analytics, AI and blockchain much closer to the business customer is increasingly becoming a priority.
Feger Leaves CenturyLink for F5
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2018  |  2 comments
Head of operator's virtualization strategy makes a surprising move to join security vendor's service provider unit.
New Effort Tries to Curb Edge Chaos
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2018  |  Post a comment
With a new report, a glossary and an open source effort, small group intends to better define what edge computing is and will become.
Get Off My Wireline Lawn!
Rewired  | 
7/17/2018  |  7 comments
Consumers are now shifting away from wireline for broadband, as well as for phone, as more people either prefer wireless access or don't really care.
Kontron Uses Open Source to Move Beyond Bare Metal
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Company known for embedded computer technology vendor now serves as integrator as well, combining its hardware with OpenStack and VNFs.
BT Americas: Technology Matters, Customer Engagement Matters More
CxO Spotlight  | 
7/12/2018  |  Post a comment
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.
AT&T Locks Up AlienVault for Better SMB Security
News Analysis  | 
7/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Privately held firm brings crowd-sourced threat intelligence service and open source SIEM to the AT&T security portfolio.

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