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1 day ago
The Divide: EFF's Ernesto Falcon on 'building back better' broadband
Welcome to "The Divide" – a new podcast from Light Reading exploring the ongoing digital divide: why it still exists, where it still exists and what needs to be done to fix it. Our guest is Ernesto Falcon, senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). We discussed the need for nationwide fiber infrastructure in the US and what's holding that up, what the pandemic has revealed about broadband policy in the US, and what to expect from the incoming Biden administration on the broadband front.
3 days ago
Nick Weaver, CEO of eero, says smart Wi-Fi is essential for connected homes
This week the podcast welcomes eero CEO Nick Weaver to discuss in-home connectivity and how his company has changed since it was bought by Amazon in 2019. The podcast covers the proliferation of Wi-Fi 6, the new demands on home routers now that everyone's been home for nearly a year and, finally, eero's progress on its efforts to become a home connectivity partner for service providers.
4 days ago
Omdia's Dario Talmesio: What's ahead for telcos in 2021
Dario Talmesio, research director for Omdia's service provider strategy and regulation practice, talks about the big topics that will shape the year ahead for communications service providers (CSPs). This podcast, recorded in late December, covers the industry's progress in 5G and where the world of mobile broadband is going next (01:45); the evolving role of cloud providers in the CSP ecosystem (07:30); the economic fallout of COVID-19 and how telcos will retain customers who have lost work or have been hit with medical bills (12:15); and the push for more corporate social responsibility both in environmental concerns and hiring practices (17:25).
5 days ago
US Ignite's Mari Silbey: Tech tests for better rural broadband access
Mari Silbey, senior director of Partnerships and Outreach for US Ignite, joins the Light Reading podcast in this episode, recorded in late December. Silbey provides an update on "Project Overcome," a program by US Ignite and the National Science Foundation to improve the reach of broadband in underserved areas. Also, she shares an update on the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, which is US Ignite's effort to work with partners in testing new technologies that could improve rural broadband access. "For rural America, there's probably not one technology that will solve everyone's problems, and we need to experiment with how to bring them together in different ways to get the best connectivity for these folks that can't otherwise be connected," she said.
Dec 24, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Phil Harvey recaps the year in Huawei
Are the Huawei bans working? What will the US do next year to keep China's champion from 5G world domination? Phil Harvey returns to the podcast to give us the latest on Huawei's turbulent year.
Dec 24, 2020
Off Topic: Gary Smith on blending photography, philanthropy
The Light Reading podcast is going off-topic. As folks are winding down for the holiday weekend, we've recorded an episode featuring a noted telecom luminary talking about a bunch of stuff that has nothing at all to do with broadband, open RAN or SD-WAN. Ciena CEO Gary B. Smith joins the podcast to discuss his journey as a photographer – how he got started, his 20-year photography drought and the hows and whys behind his current work. See the show notes for links and all the details on www.lightreading.com.
Dec 16, 2020
What's the story: HBO Max, Peacock and the streaming wars
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner was on the podcast this summer talking about the launches of HBO Max and NBCU's Peacock. Now he's back and on this episode, Jeff gives an update on those streaming services and others that have been announced since then, and what the streaming landscape looks like as we head into 2021.
Dec 15, 2020
Orange Business Services gets SASE and secure
Rob Mello, the head of strategy and transformation in the Americas for Orange Business Services, joins the podcast to discuss the carrier's use of the cloud when deploying security services to enterprise customers. He discusses the relationship between the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Zero Trust Security and whether the two are mutually exclusive. He also talks about what industries are benefiting from SASE now and how global enterprises are benefiting from the platform. Orange Business Services and several other global network operators were featured during Light Reading's Service Provider Security Strategies for the Enterprise Symposium on Tuesday, December 15.
Dec 14, 2020
From our sponsor: CSG's Scott Lawrence on digital transformations
In this special sponsored podcast episode, we speak with Scott Lawrence from CSG's Experiences Practice division. His job focuses on coaching companies to make decisions that can help them evolve and improve the way customers experience their products and services. Lawrence discusses how and when digital transformations are effective, how companies should measure success and the art of creating a culture that values constant improvement. This podcast is sponsored by CSG.
Dec 14, 2020
Plume CEO Fahri Diner on scaling a network services for smart homes
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner connected with Plume CEO Fahri Diner to get caught up on all things related to the management and security of the smart home. As part of that discussion, they chat about the drivers of the vendor's latest deployment milestone – 20 million "active" households worldwide that have been fueled by an average increase of 1 million activations per month thus far through 2020. They also dig into the role of open source in smart home deployments and how Plume's recent acquisition of Walleye Networks fits in with the company's broader tech and services portfolio.
Dec 11, 2020
AT&T's Rita Marty: How to make 5G secure
Rita Marty, VP of Emerging Services Security Architecture for AT&T, joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss 5G security. "We're taking all the learnings from LTE and 3G and applying it to 5G so we don't have the same problems day one," says Marty. "One thing that's unique about 5G is that it's designed with security in mind from day one." AT&T is also working closely with the standards organization 3GPP to develop the "5G security posture," explains Marty. As 5G is being deployed nationwide, AT&T will continue to work on improving security for previous mobile generations. "You want to continue to harden the legacy networks like 3G and LTE," says Marty.
Dec 10, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Iain Morris does an open RAN recap
Iain joined the podcast back in August to talk about open RAN's potential in the telco space, particularly as the UK government imposes a ban on using Huawei equipment. On this episode, we talk about what we've learned about open RAN since then, whether or not the technology is living up to the hype; and what's in store for open RAN in telecom next year.
Dec 9, 2020
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: Surveying the open RAN ecosystem
Light Reading's Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium starts up again on Thursday, Dec. 10 and will feature open RAN discussions, case studies, cautionary tales and service provider perspectives. The symposium is moderated and chaired by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading. In our discussion, Brown tackles where exactly service providers can find savings by using open RAN, and we add some context to the discussion of whether general-purpose O-RAN kit is actually less expensive than what is on offer, at scale, from big vendors like Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.
Dec 9, 2020
Dell'Oro's Mauricio Sanchez: SASE and the future of SD-WAN
Mauricio Sanchez, research director for Dell'Oro, joins the Light Reading podcast to clarify the definition of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and explain what this new trend means for the future of the SD-WAN market. "We see SASE as the intersection of networking and security in a cloud-delivered vehicle or solution," explains Sanchez. He adds that this trend has been a long time coming as the industry has been pursuing the goal of "a single control panel that an administrator can look at and control the network experience and the security policy in their environment."
Nov 27, 2020
Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer on building a better Internet backbone
Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer founded his company in 1999 to sell symmetrical, low-cost, Internet connectivity to businesses. That whole time he's said some variation of the same thing about Cogent – he knows it's a commodity business and it's much simpler that way. "Look, we don't sell things that people don't want," Schaeffer told Light Reading in 2018. "We only sell things people want, and we sell it cheaper. It's not really complicated." Now Cogent operates in 47 countries, connects to nearly 1,300 data centers and is constantly building one of the most interconnected, high-capacity Internet backbones in the world. In this podcast, we talk about why companies are still buying huge amounts of bandwidth even when their offices aren't full of people. We also cover the significance of Cogent's recent traffic growth – close to early pandemic levels – and how that underscores the trends we're seeing in the consumer video streaming market (and why that growth will keep…
Nov 25, 2020
Everstream CEO on fueling a Midwest fiber expansion
Brett Lindsey, CEO of Everstream, joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser on the podcast to discuss the company's strategy around building fiber networks in the Midwest. Lindsey also addresses how Everstream competes with incumbent telcos such as AT&T, and how the pandemic has impacted the construction of new fiber buildouts.
Nov 25, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner on satellite broadband
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner has been keeping us up to date on the much-talked-about Starlink satellite service from SpaceX, as well as other satellite competitors in the field like HughesNet and Viasat. He's here today to talk more about the difference between these players, recent developments in the satellite broadband space and why they matter and what's likely to happen next.
Nov 24, 2020
Frost & Sullivan's Roopa Honnachari on the 2021 outlook for SD-WAN
Roopa Honnachari, industry director for Frost & Sullivan, joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser on the podcast to explain how COVID-19 impacted growth in the SD-WAN and cloud services markets, plus her forecasts for growth over the next few years. Honnachari also discusses why telcos are bundling in a number of security features and enterprise business services with their managed SD-WAN platforms.
Nov 24, 2020
From our sponsor: Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on the service provider network evolution
The Light Reading podcast welcomes Steve Vogelsang, the CTO of IP and optical networks at Nokia. Nokia is also our podcast sponsor for the month. In this episode, we discuss how the pandemic is affecting the evolution of service provider networks and whether 5G deployments are fundamentally changed because of the difficulties presented in logistics and other factors. Vogelsang also discusses other aspects of the service provider network evolution, including cloud migrations, software-as-a-service and how massive machine-type communications (mMTCs) will require a new kind of flexibility from network operators.
Nov 19, 2020
Vertical Systems Group's Erin Dunne: What's next in SD-WAN
Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services for Vertical Systems Group, joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss the state of fiber deployments and the SD-WAN market during the pandemic. Dunne sheds light on how organizations like MEF are helping standardize SD-WAN and she gives a ballpark prediction of how the SD-WAN market will grow in 2021.
Nov 18, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Iain Morris on Orange's deal with TRC
Light Reading's Iain Morris joins us to talk about convergence and consolidation amongst European telcos. France's Orange recently took a controlling stake in Telekom Romania Communications (TRC), and Iain will shed some light on what this deal means for the individual telcos and the industry at large.
Nov 18, 2020
MNJ's Ben Niernberg on simplifying UCaaS and demystifying SD-WAN
MNJ Executive VP Ben Niernberg returns to the podcast to talk about how simplifying unified communications in the enterprise is even critical during the pandemic. Niernberg also offers advice on how enterprises can secure the edge of their networks and how they can navigate the crowded market of security and SD-WAN vendors.
Nov 12, 2020
Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin on network slicing, edge needs for 5G applications
Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin and Light Reading's Phil Harvey recapped the recent 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium and they discussed network slicing in transport networks, how Verizon is handling its 5G traffic and how the increasing importance of edge computing is shaping optical networking technologies and spending. Perrin said that it's important to think about what network slicing means in the transport network, where "you have to define both quality of service and network separation." There's a lot of work left to be done here, he said, as the radio and wireline sides of the network still haven't worked together enough to make network slicing happen yet in a commercial way. The timing is getting tight, too, because a lot of the services that 5G monetization depends on require network slicing. In edge computing, Perrin said the symposium discussions revealed more "solidity" around where the edge is needed inside of cities and where it's not. A few years ago, ther…
Nov 11, 2020
128 Technology's Sue Graham Johnston: Creating a session-aware network
Sue Graham Johnston, president of 128 Technology, joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser on the podcast to discuss the company's technology approach to networking and how that led to its announced acquisition by Juniper Networks. Johnston explains how 128 aims to build a session-aware network and how that improves user experience as well as enterprise security. Johnston also offers advice on how Women in Comms can network virtually, and how to adjust to the "new normal" of work-life balance as the line between work and personal lives blurs from the COVID-19 remote working boom.
Nov 11, 2020
Vonage's Jay Patel: UCaaS and APIs for the win
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser talks with Vonage's Jay Patel about unified communications customer use cases. They cover Domino's Pizza and Siemens and talk about how both companies are using Vonage's Voice and Video APIs.
Oct 31, 2020
Infinera's Tim Doiron on TIP, open networking and how vendors adapt
Infinera's Tim Doiron discusses open networking and Infinera's role in a recent Telecom Infra Project deployment.
Oct 30, 2020
Telia Carrier's Mattias Fridstrom: The pandemic is reshaping network traffic
Telia Carrier VP and Chief Evangelist Mattias Fridstrom joins the podcast to discuss new trends in network and traffic patterns as Internet usage is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fridstrom also provides insight into how and where Telia Carrier is expanding its fiber network, and how that approach differs in the Americas vs. Europe. Also, Fridstrom shares Telia Carrier's approach to SD-WAN and why the company chose to enter that market.
Oct 29, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Mike Dano talks about Rivada and the DoD's 5G ambitions
Light Reading's Mike Dano about a recent request for information issued by the US Department of Defense that may or may not further the Trump administration's apparent interest in a nationalized 5G network. We also talk about Rivada, what role the company is playing in all of this, and why it matters.
Oct 25, 2020
Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar: Acquisitions and building AI-focused enterprise networks
Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss Juniper's strategy to use machine learning and AI to help customers build "self-driving" enterprise networks. The acquisition of Mist Systems brought that capability to Wi-Fi access points, he explains. Once Juniper completes its acquisition of 128 Technology, it can improve on its AI-driven approach to its SD-WAN and WAN assurance offerings, too.
Oct 24, 2020
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: Catching up on 5G
Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recap the 5G Ecosystem Digital Symposium and discuss the state of the industry when it comes to telecom 5G deployments, and what is likely to happen next. Brown starts off by recalling the service provider keynote delivered October 19 by Telecom Italia's Giovanni Romano. The Italian 5G ecosystem has been looking beyond the smartphone from the very beginning, Brown said and, as a result, both TIM and other operators have done a lot of work on advanced use cases for 5G. As 5G is deployed around the world, operators will want to keep an eye on TIM and how it got a head start on building 5G apps and services for vertical industries. Private networks and 5G In the second part of the discussion, Brown recaps the second part of the symposium, which occurred on October 21, and featured keynotes and panels on private networks. One of the day's highlights was an update from Catherine Gull, head of Business Development at Three Priv…
Oct 19, 2020
Telefonica targets fiber expansion
Light Reading's Iain Morris and Kelsey Ziser discuss highlights from last week's BBWF event, including an update from Telefonica CTO Enrique Blanco on the operator's efforts around fiber buildouts, both in Spain and South America. In addition, Morris and Ziser discuss women in comms sessions on new career opportunities around 5G deployments, closing the gender gap in telecom and building relationships with mentors.
Oct 19, 2020
Boingo SVP Mike Zeto: Private networks are in high demand
Boingo's SVP of global strategy and emerging businesses, Mike Zeto, joins the podcast to discuss the opportunities in building private networks and how the pandemic is accelerating the need for some buildouts. Zeto explains how, even when built for enterprises, those networks and the capacity they bring can help service providers accomplish their goals as well.
Oct 15, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser on SD-WAN security
On this episode, we're talking with Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser about recent product updates in the SD-WAN market to reflect the need for stronger security in the age of remote work. Kelsey is here to tell us more about what she's hearing from SD-WAN players about these service updates, what this shift in focus means for industry competition, and what we can expect to happen next.
Oct 14, 2020
Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen symposium recap
Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner recap the highlights from last week's Cable Next-Gen Digital Symposium, which wrapped up Thursday, October 8. The cable aces provide an update on the challenges and opportunities of utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities in cable architectures. Breznick and Baumgartner also discuss progress made on DOCSIS 4.0, momentum around Remote MAC-PHY, different approaches to distributed access architecture and more.
Oct 14, 2020
From our sponsor: Avast's Sean Obrey on AI, 5G and providing better cybersecurity at home
In this episode, we are once again joined by Sean Obrey from Avast for a discussion on cybersecurity. This time we talk about how artificial intelligence is being used to improve security for service providers. This leads to a discussion about Avast's Smart Life platform and what sets it apart from earlier generations of security products and what those differences will mean for service provider partners and their customers. This podcast episode is sponsored by Avast, a global leader in digital security and family safety solutions for network operators and their customers.
Oct 7, 2020
Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner: Clear skies for cable
Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner discuss the highlights of the Cable Next-Gen Digital Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 6. While the pandemic appeared to slow the growth of cable business services in the second quarter, industry experts forecast expansion for business services in the third quarter.
Oct 7, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Mike Dano sheds some light on Starlink
In this episode, we're talking with Light Reading's Mike Dano about Starlink, the satellite broadband service from SpaceX. SpaceX continues to launch Starlink satellites as it preps for its commercial debut. And just this week, Elon Musk suggested in a Tweet that he expects to take Starlink public in a few years. Mike is here to talk more about Starlink, what we know about the satellite service so far and how it may (or may not) disrupt the broadband industry.
Sep 26, 2020
Radware's Aviv and O' Malley: Handling 5G and edge computing security threats
Radware's CTO, David Aviv, and VP of strategy, Mike O'Malley, discuss security concerns that companies have as they get ready for 5G and endeavor to protect applications and services in their data centers, edge networks and cloud deployments.
Sep 25, 2020
Light Reading's Mike Dano and Phil Harvey: Big 5G Event recap
Light Reading editors Mike Dano and Phil Harvey recount some of the highlights of a busy, busy event discussing all things 5G. Standalone 5G stood alone as the big thing to watch in the coming months. We discuss remarks from execs at T-Mobile, AT&T, Telus and more.
Sep 24, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner on Altice USA
This week on the "What's the Story?" podcast, we're talking with Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner about Altice USA. Jeff recently wrote about discussions between Altice USA, Rogers and Cogeco regarding Altice's efforts to acquire Cogeco, but sell its Canadian assets to Rogers – discussions that have now resulted in an exchange of dramatic letters between the companies. Jeff is here to tell us more about those developments between the companies, what Altice's momentum in the US means for the telecom industry at large, and what's likely to happen next.
Sep 23, 2020
Omdia's Dario Talmesio: How Apple will define the 5G market
In this overview of what's happening in the 5G market, Omdia Principal Analyst & Practice Leader Dario Talmesio discusses the 5G deployments to date, the biggest enterprise vertical opportunities and how Apple's products will kickstart 5G consumer acceptance.
Sep 20, 2020
Omdia's James Crawshaw: How 5G will help an OSS market rebound
The most advanced 5G features anticipated by network operators, like network slicing, will require OSS systems to be modernized and expanded, says Omdia Principal Analyst James Crawshaw.
Sep 19, 2020
Omdia's Pablo Tomasi: 5G's role in enterprise private networks
Omdia Senior Analyst Pablo Tomasi says 5G won't be the main technology in private networks for a few years, but the 5G discussions in some verticals are moving the needle on planning and purchasing.
Sep 19, 2020
Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown on O-RAN's progress & standalone 5G networks
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses how O-RAN is gathering momentum in 5G networks and why that matters. He also weighs in on operator moves to embrace standalone 5G, and what's holding some of them back.
Sep 18, 2020
MetTel's Max Silber on how Phoenix is becoming a smart city
Max Silber, VP of Mobility and IoT for MetTel, discusses the service provider's IoT strategy for assisting the City of Phoenix in meeting its goal of becoming a zero-waste city by 2050. MetTel has worked with the city to provide automated vehicle location services via IoT-connected devices that monitor fuel usage, route efficiency, scheduling maintenance and more. In addition, Silber explains how MetTel used IoT technology to ensure driver safety, improve vehicle idle management, GPS tracking, Geo-fencing capabilities and provide other services for Brosnan Security's fleet of trucks.
Sep 17, 2020
What's the story: Omdia analyst James Crawshaw on the evolution of OSS
This week on the "What's the Story?" podcast, we're talking with Omdia principal analyst James Crawshaw about operations support systems (OSS). Omdia has a new report out about the OSS market, projecting that OSS will see 6.5% growth in 2021. James is here to talk more about what's driving that growth, what the evolution of OSS and the role of cloud in that evolution means for the industry at large, and what is likely to happen next in terms of mergers and acquisitions.
Sep 15, 2020
From our sponsor: Avast's Sean Obrey on creating seamless security across 5G and Wi-Fi networks
Network operators need to protect devices wherever they're at and Avast's Sean Obrey discusses how that can be done at the network level in a way that leads to solid user adoption, and better overall reporting and analytics. This podcast episode is sponsored by Avast, a global leader in digital security and family safety solutions for network operators and their customers.
Sep 14, 2020
Nick Feamster: COVID-19 challenges online teachers and service provider networks
Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares how teachers can successfully adapt to online teaching, provides an update on his research on network usage and performance during COVID-19, and discusses the challenge municipalities face in providing Internet access to historically underserved areas.
Sep 11, 2020
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Cisco's Bill Gartner on optics and optical networking
Optics is a key technology pillar for modern networking and the cost of optics is becoming a larger part of the overall networking capex equation. Cisco wanted to control its fate in optics and Bill Gartner, Cisco SVP/GM optical systems and optics group, explains how the company did it. The Executive Spotlight Q&A is a sponsored Light Reading audio production.
Sep 9, 2020
CommScope execs talk rural broadband and latency in a pandemic
CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they explain how the Universal Service Fund can support programs to address rural connectivity, and how CommScope is working with service providers to close the digital divide.
Sep 1, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Phil Harvey talks TikTok
This week on the "What's the Story?" podcast we're talking with Light Reading's Editor, Phil Harvey about the US vs. China trade war and how TikTok has been caught in the middle. Phil recaps a recent policy move by the Chinese government that looks to be aimed at delaying the sale of TikTok's US operations. The pressure is building and time is running out as the Trump administration has said the company needs to sell its US business soon or face a ban on its service. Phil catches us up on TikTok's whirlwind month, why it matters, and what's likely to happen next. This podcast was recorded on Monday, August 31.
Aug 31, 2020
From our sponsor: Bart Spriester, GM, Content & Streaming Providers, Comcast Technology Solutions
Bart Spriester, General Manager, Content & Streaming Providers, Comcast Technology Solutions joins the podcast to discuss the consumer and industry trends shaping streaming technology today. We also talk about how media and entertainment companies are evolving their technology stack to stay competitive.
Aug 27, 2020
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Fortinet's John Maddison
This Executive Spotlight Q&A features John Maddison, the CMO & EVP of products at Fortinet. Maddison discusses SASE, the secure access service edge, and what problems SASE solves for enterprises and service providers. He details what a full SASE deployment should look like and how it relates to Secure SD-WAN. The Executive Spotlight Q&A is a sponsored Light Reading audio production.
Aug 26, 2020
What's the story: Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert on mobile money
This week on the "What's the Story?" podcast we're talking with Paula Gilbert, editor of Connecting Africa, Light Reading's sister site. Paula has been reporting on the mobile money industry in Africa, including new partnerships between telcos and banks, the pandemic's impact on the sector and more. She's here to tell us more about the mobile money industry in Africa, how it's evolving, why it matters, and what's likely to happen next.
Aug 24, 2020
Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman: How cable networks keep evolving
Omdia analyst Jaimie Lenderman discusses cable operator efforts to reimagine their networks as less centralized, with more intelligence at the edge. Are those efforts being sidelined by the pandemic?
Aug 21, 2020
BT Security's Kevin Brown on remote working, cybersecurity and human firewalls
BT Security's Kevin Brown joins the podcast to discuss remote working in a pandemic, including all the risks, the changes and advantages the "new normal" has for service providers. We'll also cover BT's concept of a "human firewall" and how companies can prioritize their security approach based on people, not technology.
Aug 19, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Mike Dano on 5G spectrum
This week we're talking with Light Reading's Mike Dano about 5G spectrum. Mike's been keeping us up to date on the FCC's CBRS auction, and the forthcoming C-band spectrum auction scheduled for December.
Aug 12, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner on NBC's Peacock streaming service
On this episode, Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about NBC Universal's new streaming service Peacock: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.
Aug 10, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Iain Morris opens up about open RAN
On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Iain Morris talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about open RAN: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.
Aug 4, 2020
Omdia on HPE's $925M acquisition of Silver Peak
Cliff Grossner, Executive Director of the Cloud & Data Center practice for Omdia, joins the podcast to discuss HPE's acquisition of SD-WAN supplier Silver Peak. Grossner explains how this acquisition may impact the industry at large, shares his predictions for the SD-WAN industry in the coming months, and addresses how COVID-19 could impact SD-WAN growth.
Jul 30, 2020
From our sponsor: PacketFabric CEO Dave Ward on the future of networking
Dave Ward, CEO of PacketFabric, discusses the company's mission to deliver instant, scalable, and secure connectivity for companies of all sizes on its network. He talks about why he thinks the network-as-a-service opportunity will grow and how PacketFabric sets itself apart from other NaaS offerings. Ward also gives us some details about his conservation work and how he uses technology to help endangered species.
Jul 30, 2020
AT&T Business EVP reveals how the carrier uses AI to keep customers happy
Sorabh Saxena, EVP of Customer Service & Operations for AT&T Business, joins the podcast to discuss how AT&T is incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning into their approach to improving the customer experience.
Jul 29, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Alan Breznick on the evolution of cablecos
This week on the show, Light Reading contributing editor Nicole Ferraro talks with Light Reading's Alan Breznick about cable companies. Alan recently wrote about cable company Cogeco Communications running tests of one-box small cells, in preparation for its entrance into the wireless market. Alan discusses Cogeco's and other cable companies' evolving business models, what it all means, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.
Jul 27, 2020
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Arrcus – The hyperscale networking software company
Arrcus CEO Devesh Garg discusses how the company is disrupting the market as a hyperscale networking software company enabling secure distributed connectivity with the world’s best performance by providing simple, scalable, and seamless solutions for the data centers, edge and multi-cloud. This podcast is sponsored by Arrcus.
Jul 23, 2020
Omdia's Rik Turner on SD-WAN and zero trust access
Omdia Principal Analyst Rik Turner joins the podcast to discuss whether the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is the next evolution of SD-WAN and security, why Zero Trust Access (ZTA) is front of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, and new security challenges stemming from more employees working from home globally.
Jul 22, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Phil Harvey talks about all the trouble in Huawei's world
This week on the show, we're talking with Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Phil Harvey about Huawei. Light Reading has been extensively covering the ongoing drama surrounding Huawei and how US- and UK-imposed bans and sanctions are casting a shadow over Huawei's future and causing upheaval for the industry at large. Phil joins the show to tell us what it all means, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.
Jul 15, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser on the wide world of SD-WAN
On this episode, Light Reading Contributing Editor Nicole Ferraro talks with Light Reading Senior Editor Kelsey Ziser about SD-WAN. Kelsey recently reported on developments around SD-WAN, including new partnerships between AT&T and Cisco, as well as projections for the SD-WAN market going forward. Plus, just this week, HPE announced it will purchase SD-WAN vendor Silver Peak for nearly $1 billion.
Jul 14, 2020
Podcast: BT Global's Hriday Ravindranath on telco transformation
BT Global's Chief Technology and Information Officer Hriday Ravindranath joins the podcast to discuss how telcos can provide the networks and services that businesses need to re-invent themselves and adapt to life in a pandemic.
Jul 9, 2020
NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh: Seamless service in a hybrid world
NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh is leading a team of 5,000 people in six countries across North and South America with combined revenues of over $3 billion. Walsh tells Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about his attraction to the NTT opportunity, where he sees the company's strengths and how those assets will pay off for enterprise customers who are trying to adapt to a distributed workforce.
Jul 8, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Mike Dano on Dish Network
On this episode, we talk with Light Reading Editorial Director Mike Dano about Dish Network. Mike recently wrote about Dish's official entrance into the wireless market and additional vendors for its planned 5G network, including Fujitsu and Altiostar. Mike sets us straight on Dish's plans, its evolution as a business and what's likely to happen next in this US 5G market.
Jul 1, 2020
What's the story: Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert on mobile data and broadband trends
In this episode, Light Reading Contributing Editor Nicole Ferraro talks with Paula Gilbert, Editor of Light Reading's sister site Connecting Africa. Paula recently reported that Sub-Saharan Africa is on track for mobile data traffic to skyrocket in the next five years. Meanwhile, fixed-broadband subscribers in South Africa have been declining. Paula joins the show to tell us what this means, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.
Jul 1, 2020
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Tensor Networks CEO Alexis Flores-Betancourt
In this sponsored podcast, we speak with Tensor Networks CEO Alexis Flores-Betancourt and the company's CTO, Bill Walker, about the startup's desire to combine high-performance computing and networking, while simultaneously reducing capital and operational costs for service providers, enterprises and their customers.
Jun 30, 2020
US Ignite's Mari Silbey: New broadband business models
US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey for a discussion about what changes are ahead in how cities and companies can broadband to residents in underserved areas. The pandemic has been a wake-up call to broadband's overall importance in the US economy. While some big telcos are waving data caps and other penalties to make it easier for consumers to stay connected, those companies are not necessarily speeding up their efforts to connect underserved and rural communities. "It's difficult to make the economic case for a lot of broadband providers to go into these sparser, less populated communities," Silbey said. "But on the other hand, that doesn't mean the need is any less there and there still needs to be a solution and a way to get those areas connected." With tax revenue in decline in most places, thanks to businesses shutting or slowing down, cities are weighing the risks of public, private and hybrid networks to see which model might work best…
Jun 24, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner on the momentum of HBO Max
On this episode, Light Reading Contributing Editor Nicole Ferraro speaks with Light Reading Senior Editor Jeff Baumgartner about HBO’s role in the streaming wars and its new service, HBO Max. Jeff recently wrote about WarnerMedia announcing it is phasing out HBO Go to clear up confusion around HBO's streaming services and pave the way for the successful adoption of HBO Max. Jeff joins the show to tell us what this means, why it matters, and what's likely to happen next.
Jun 17, 2020
What's the story: Light Reading's Iain Morris on Rakuten and 5G
Welcome to What’s the Story: a new, short podcast from Light Reading where we take a step back from the most significant topics in telecom to tell you the latest news, how we got here, what it means and what to expect next. For our first episode, Light Reading Contributing Editor Nicole Ferraro talks with Light Reading International Editor Iain Morris about Rakuten and 5G. Iain recently wrote about Rakuten announcing that fellow Japanese company NEC will supply its 5G core, and that Rakuten will effectively junk its existing 4G core in the process. He tells us what this means, why it matters and what’s likely to happen next.
Jun 9, 2020
From our sponsor: ServiceNow's Chris Bauschka on how telcos can provide proactive customer service
Special guest Chris Bauschka, General Manager & AVP, Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Industries at ServiceNow, discusses how service management platforms can help network operators retain customers, evolve their service offerings and be more competitive.
Jun 1, 2020
Light Reading's Iain Morris: Stopping Huawei won't slow down China
Will stopping Huawei in the US and Europe will do much of anything to slow down China from becoming the world's dominant technology superpower in the next decade? Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Iain Morris discuss that question and provide an update on the most recent court ruling against Huawei's CFO, and what it means as she fights extradition to the US.
May 26, 2020
Colt CEO Keri Gilder on managing during a pandemic and expanding an on-demand network
After 18 months as its chief commercial officer, Keri Gilder was recently named the CEO of Colt Technology Services. In this podcast, Gilder speaks with Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Colt's network is different, how she'll manage the company during a pandemic, what opportunities SD-WAN unlocks for the carrier and her memories of being a high school mascot.
May 20, 2020
5G Americas' Chris Pearson: On the road to standalone 5G
In this podcast, Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser are joined by Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the progress of 5G in the Americas, expectations for standalone 5G and progress on standards, and the potential impact of 5G on the IoT market.
May 19, 2020
Light Reading's Iain Morris on the US vs. Huawei
The US government has moved to block Huawei's access, not only to US technology but to any technology made with US expertise. Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey discuss this latest move and wonder at what point does the Chinese government retaliate against other, unrelated companies and industries as a way of challenging the Trump administration.
May 18, 2020
Mike Dano: Microsoft's new telecom territory
Light Reading's Mike Dano discusses what the recent Microsoft acquisitions – especially Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch Networks – could signal for the company's cloud business and its capacity to provide a new level of cloud, communications and productivity services for businesses of all sizes.
May 14, 2020
From our sponsor: Avast's Sean Obrey on creating value for service providers
Delivering a complete security solution for service providers is no easy task. A thorough security solution has to include sophisticated network protection and the ability to safeguard devices, using the best approach possible for each type of device and use case. This is especially important as service provider networks and home networks are seeing more devices, a wider variety of devices (thanks to IoT), and a surge in the amount of bandwidth used by all those connected things. Give that backdrop, Avast's Sean Obrey and Light Reading's Phil Harvey discuss how Avast's approach to security is different, how it has evolved its technology to adapt to service provider needs, and how the company's products can unlock services that consumers crave. This podcast episode is sponsored by Avast, a global leader in digital security and family safety solutions for network operators and their customers.
May 12, 2020
Plume's Todd Grantham sees more shifts in WFH traffic
In this podcast, recorded May 1, we check in with Plume CMO Todd Grantham to discuss the increase in streaming media and entertainment usage and other traffic patterns emerging as some states back off COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
May 5, 2020
University of Chicago's Nick Feamster: Staying connected in a pandemic
Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser are joined by Nick Feamster, director of the Center for Data and Computing for the University of Chicago. Feamster is leading a team studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Internet traffic. In addition, the research team is examining how changes to Internet traffic volume impacts network utilization, network performance, application performance and user experience.
May 1, 2020
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Metaswitch's Martin Taylor on 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence
In this Executive Spotlight Q&A, podcast, we speak with Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch Networks. Metaswitch and Vodafone recently announced a technology trial that offers service providers a path to 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence. Metaswitch is using its cloud native software components – like its 5G access gateway function (AGF) and a high-performance 5G User Plane Function (UPF) – to help create a broadband access network that serves both wireline and mobile subscribers from a single technology stack. The Executive Spotlight Q&A is a sponsored audio production of Light Reading.
Apr 28, 2020
Podcast: Orange Business Services talks COVID-19 and keeping customers connected
Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger and SVP of Customer Services & Operations, Aliette Lompre, join the Light Reading crew to discuss how the carrier is working remotely, keeping customers connected and getting ready for what's next.
Apr 23, 2020
From our sponsor: Avast's Sean Obrey on 5G cybersecurity for consumers
When we talk about security in 5G, we are usually talking about infrastructure and network security, and rightly so. But what about all the things that are connected to that 5G network? How does security change for those devices and services? Avast's Sean Obrey and Light Reading's Phil Harvey will discuss the downstream changes for the consumer in the 5G future. This podcast episode is sponsored by Avast, a global leader in digital security and family safety solutions for network operators and their customers.
Apr 23, 2020
Economics of 5G & NYC's Connectivity Master Plan
Editors Phil Harvey, Mike Dano, Kelsey Ziser join the podcast to discuss some of the more popular recent submissions to Light Reading's The 5G Exchange. The Light Reading crew debates which industries could experience the biggest economic benefits from 5G deployments, if 5G can be considered a "green" technology, the connectivity challenges New York City faces in addressing the digital divide, and more.
Apr 17, 2020
The SVoD squad assembles: What's new with OTT, SVoD and Quibi
The world of streaming video is more crowded and competitive than ever. Listen as Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner discuss the implications for pay TV providers and why bundling is back and better than ever.
Apr 13, 2020
COVID-19: What our WFH traffic looks like
Podcast guest Todd Grantham, CMO, Plume, talks about what his company is learning by looking at the anonymized data from more than 700 million computers, smartphones and entertainment devices on Plume's service provider customer networks.
Apr 10, 2020
Omdia's Ramona Zhao: South Korea's 5G journey
In this podcast, Light Reading's Phil Harvey is joined by Omdia Senior Analyst Ramona Zhao. She covers the Asian service provider market and has recently issued a report recapping South Korea's first year in 5G.
Apr 7, 2020
NTT Research CEO Kazu Gomi: Creating a new network infrastructure
Kazu Gomi, the executive leading NTT Research, joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser on this episode to discuss the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) initiative. With Intel, Sony and others, this NTT subsidiary is looking to create advanced networks that provide a huge growth in transmission bandwidth while operating at lower power and with lower latency. This ambitious effort isn't just about building new optical networks, but it wants to create a "better world for all global citizens."
Apr 3, 2020
TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky: Carrier voice traffic is still going over-the-top
On this podcast, TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years. TeleGeography's latest estimates say that international over-the-top (OTT) voice traffic reached 1 trillion minutes in 2019, compared to just 432 billion minutes of international carrier traffic. People are still calling each other on the phone, and carriers are still moving that traffic, but how they're connecting has certainly changed, Brodsky said.
Mar 31, 2020
Gluware's Mike Haugh: Network automation for enterprises
Gluware's Mike Haugh joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser for a discussion about enterprise network automation and how the company uses software-defined networking concepts to "treat the underlying network infrastructure as code and then interact with it programmatically." Service providers and enterprises alike rely on their networks for ecommerce, communications and much more, especially as workers are remotely connected while social distancing. Haugh notes that if a company's "critical resources are human, and you can't get something delivered, that automation becomes a lot more important."
Mar 20, 2020
Friday Fun: Movies for social distancing
Here's some Friday fun for ya. We've got Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre joining Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey to talk about the movies. No telecom stories. Nothing about COVID-19. Just film and fun. Take a break from the madness, fire up your streaming service, dim the lights and listen to what happens when technology journalists try to talk about real entertainment.
Mar 19, 2020
5 ways COVID-19 is affecting the telecom industry
Light Reading editors Mike Dano, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey convene for a brief recap of what is changing in the telecom industry now that COVID-19 is beginning to spread more quickly in the US. This episode was recorded on March 18.
Mar 18, 2020
US Ignite's Mari Silbey on smart cities opportunities and O-RAN testing
Mari Silbey of US Ignite joins Kelsey and Phil from Light Reading to discuss recent developments in the world of smart cities and how carrier strategies and approaches for smart cities opportunities have changed. They also cover the need for network testing created by the government's plan to spend more on O-RAN development for 5G networks. Please wash your hands after listening.
Mar 17, 2020
What sports venues will do next and the coming wave of Wi-Fi 6
Paul Kapustka from Mobile Sports Report joins the podcast to discuss the COVID-19 effect on public venues and arena networks, the reliability of 4G DAS and why Wi-Fi 6 is the future of stadium connectivity.
Mar 12, 2020
CSG's Haifa El Ashkar 4 things that could lead to mobile industry disruption
CSG's Executive Director of Managed Services Haifa El Ashkar talks with Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about the broad industry impact we can expect from the intersection of mobile identity, blockchain, eSIMs and IoT. If those four trends line up in just the right way, customers could become less dependent on traditional cellular providers. That might kick off a scenario where customers (and devices) join and leave bandwidth providers much more quickly based on their needs, not long-term contracts. Is the mobile industry ready for its own version of "cord-cutting?"
Mar 3, 2020
Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger on becoming a network native service provider
In this episode, Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser are joined by Helmut Reisinger, CEO of Orange Business Services. The IT and integration side of Orange has been touting its credentials as an option for enterprises that need help managing multi-cloud environments. Reisinger weighs in on what it means to be network native, how OBS stands out from its competition and what a company that size does to prepare for the business impact of the new coronavirus, and the reality that we're all suddenly a lot less mobile.
Mar 1, 2020
Analyst interview: Omdia's George Jijiashvili on cloud gaming and esports
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was canceled, but we still have lots of MWC-related media to share. The analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) were nice enough to share their thoughts on the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In this interview, George Jijiashvili, senior analyst at Omdia, explains why cloud gaming and esports are more than just fun and games. Listen to the whole interview here, and watch the video portion on www.lightreading.com.
Feb 29, 2020
Analyst interview: Omdia's Pablo Tomasi on what's hot in IoT
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was canceled, but we still have lots of MWC-related media to share. The analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) were nice enough to share their thoughts on the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In this interview, Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst at Omdia, outlines the hot trends in telco IoT that he expects to talk about at MWC, including industrial IoT, private networks and more. Listen to the whole interview here, and watch the video portion on www.lightreading.com.
Feb 20, 2020
Analyst interview: Omdia's Maria Rua Aguete how 5G is changing live sports and gaming
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't happening next week. But the analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) are still tracking the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In our scheduled coverage for MWC Barcelona, Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre sat down Omdia analyst Maria Rua Aguete to discuss new developments in the media and entertainment market. She said that there's some potential for mobile operators to generate new revenues from 5G-based live sports services and partnerships between the media giants and the telcos. The number of 5G-capable smartphones will jump from 29 million at the end of 2019 to 231 million a the end of this year, Aguete said. A huge portion of 5G phones will be AI-enabled in the next five years, she said, and that means broadcasters will be able to deliver low latency streaming, gaming, AI and VR applications, and more, to fans inside stadiums and anywhere there is 5G connectivity. Listen to the whole interv…
Feb 19, 2020
Analyst interview: Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on 5G market changes
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't happening next week. But the analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) are still tracking the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In our scheduled coverage for MWC Barcelona, Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre sat down with Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown to discuss the state of the 5G market. Brown said that scaling the technology to meet demand will be among the biggest challenges that network operators face as they roll out 5G services. Service providers around the world are keen to show that they can operate standalone 5G and that kind of network change "impacts devices, radios, core networks, transport and so forth. There's lots of moving parts," Brown explains. Listen to the whole interview here and watch the video portion on www.lightreading.com.
Feb 18, 2020
Analyst interview: Omdia's Dario Talmesio on the 5G core
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't happening next week. But the analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) are still tracking the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In our scheduled coverage for MWC Barcelona, Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre sat down with Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia. Talmesio discussed his expectations for new developments around the mobile 5G core and why 5G platform evolution is going to be a big deal, even if we don't make it to Barcelona.
Feb 17, 2020
Analyst interview: Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw on Industry X.0
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't happening next week. But the analysts at Heavy Reading and Omdia (formerly Ovum) are still tracking the communications industry's hottest topics and companies. In our scheduled coverage for MWC Barcelona, Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre sat down with Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw a few days ago to discuss smart business models, Industry X.0, edge computing and other trends he's tracking, even if he's not heading to the big show in Barca.
Feb 6, 2020
Windstream's Mike Frane & Scott Yelton: How Telcos are Transforming Managed Services
Scott Yelton and Mike Frane from Windstream Enterprise join Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser on the podcast to discuss how Windstream's approach to managed services, unified communications and SD-WAN continues to change as the enterprise workforce becomes more mobile. The Windstream execs explain how their company is revamping its communications and SD-WAN services portfolio and evolving from being a traditional telco to a true managed services provider.
Jan 28, 2020
MNJ Technologies EVP Ben Niernberg: Workplace Collaboration & SD-WAN
MNJ Technologies EVP Ben Niernberg joins the podcast to offer a managed service provider's view of workplace collaboration and SD-WAN, two hot markets where enterprise spending is up and where several different kinds of companies are competing. Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey get Niernberg's thoughts on SD-WAN consolidation, the differences between major SD-WAN vendors and why he thinks workplace collaboration seems like a perfect fit for social media giants like Facebook.
Jan 24, 2020
Cato Networks: Don't Call Us an SD-WAN Provider!
Cato used to be a leader in SD-WAN, but now it says it's not an SD-WAN company anymore. Instead, it's delivering a new kind of service -- Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) -- a category comprising SD-WAN and also security, delivered over the cloud. Dave Greenfield, secure network evangelist for Cato Networks, joins Light Reading editor Mitch Wagner to discuss what the transition means, why SD-WAN alone is no longer a fit for the industry, and whether gelato is better than Ben & Jerry's.
Jan 20, 2020
The Right Way to Fight Huawei
Light Reading editors Ray Le Maistre and Mike Dano join Phil Harvey for a discussion about whether the US government needs to fund 5G tech development to help create alternatives Huawei in the wireless equipment market. Has that ship already sailed? Is $1 billion the right amount (for everything)? The editors weigh in and consider Light Reading's recent coverage on the US government's attempts to fight Huawei, now that the Chinese vendor has become the largest supplier of telecom equipment in the world.
Jan 16, 2020
NTT CTO Ettienne Reinecke: 2020 Tech Trends
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.
Jan 9, 2020
CES 2020 Update: Quibi Modernizes Mobile Video
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner is covering #CES2020 this week and on his last day in town, we caught him just in time to get a recap of the much-hyped Quibi keynote and some thoughts on how over-the-air TV look and behave a lot differently in the future.
Jan 9, 2020
CTA's Danielle Cassagnol: AI, 5G Are Big at CES 2020
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner interviews Danielle Cassagnol, the senior manager of industry communications for the Consumer Technology Association. Light Reading tends to focus on telecom-related developments but Cassagnol helps us see the bigger picture by providing an update on what's growing and gaining momentum across #CES2020 and the consumer electronics landscape. Not surprisingly, 5G and AI are major discussion points as devices not only get smarter but blend in more to connectivity-related services to offer more features and flexibility.
Jan 8, 2020
CES 2020 Update: TiVo, Amazon and More Ways to Stream TV
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner is covering #CES2020 this week and he's got the scoop on the latest move by TiVo to making streaming video viewing easier via yet another new device you need to plug in to your TV. Baumgartner and Light Reading's Phil Harvey also discuss Amazon's plans to offer a streaming platform for cable operators, telcos and other types of video service providers as a way of getting more consumers to use it as the entry point before they wade into a stormy sea of entertainment choices.
Jan 7, 2020
Pay TV, The SVoD Squad & CES 2020
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Kelsey Ziser join Phil Harvey to discuss Jeff's coverage plans at CES 2020, new SVoD services launching this year, the challenges service providers have when partnering with online video giants, and the best cold remedies for Phil's persistent sniffles.
Dec 24, 2019
Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar: SD-WAN in the Year 2020
Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar returns to the pod to debrief Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Mitch Wagner about developments that will influence SD-WAN in the new year. These include increased opportunities for service providers as enterprises move from DIY to managed services and SD-WAN's transition from a cost-savings tool to the foundation for digital transformation. There's also some discussion of the Secure Access Service Edge -- SASE -- and its potential to replace SD-WAN. Finally, Kelsey and Mitch nerd out on coffee.
Dec 17, 2019
Orange's Samir El Rashidy: The MSI Difference
In this episode, recorded in October, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey are joined by Samir El Rashidy, the director of enterprise services at Orange Business Services. The Light Reading podcast has covered Orange Business Services (OBS) before -- in late July we interviewed John Isch about the carrier's SD-WAN services. This podcast episode picks up from that earlier discussion and gets deeper into enterprise services. El Rashidy discusses the OBS approach to Multisourcing Service Integration (MSI) and talks about how OBS positions itself to help enterprises choose the right network services and technology suppliers. Ziser, Harvey and El Rashidy also discuss the challenges and opportunities for Orange Business Services as it acts as both a service provider and a service integrator. El Rashidy cites examples of big multinational enterprise customers like Sony and Siemens and elaborates on how the OBS MSI approach is working for them.
Dec 13, 2019
The Big Cisco Announcement
In this episode, Light Reading's Mitch Wagner has two big news interviews and a summary report from the Cisco Systems press conference in San Francisco this week. Skip right ahead to the 03:40 mark for the coverage. The Cisco news event featured some major new networking portfolio announcements. The networking giant launched its new Silicon One chip, an entirely new family of routers, some new enhanced operating system software, and new optical components to help service providers and webscale companies bring down the cost of moving bits around the Internet.
Dec 10, 2019
Telco Media Ownership, Clever Plans & A Trip To The Edge
Crossover Pod Alert! Following Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit at the Ritz Carlton in Vienna, Austria, Telecoms.com's Editorial Director Scott Bicheno joins Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey for a wine-fueled recap of one of the most exclusive gatherings of senior global executives from the communications networking sector. Iain discusses recent the restructuring and corporate realignment activities of Orange, Telefonica and MTS. Scott muses about how dangerous (and smart) it is for telcos to collaborate with cloud providers at the edge. Before they get going, Phil chips in with some thoughts on why the perception of telcos owning media companies has changed so much in the past 12 months.
Nov 22, 2019
Cisco's Collaboration Vision with Amy Chang
Cisco's Collaboration Vision: Cisco collaboration EVP & GM Amy Chang and Light Reading's Mitch Wagner share stories about videoconferencing facepalms, and Chang then discusses Cisco's collaboration vision.
Nov 21, 2019
Alan and Jeff: Cable's Urge to Converge
Network convergence was a primary theme at Cable Congress and Cable-Next Gen Europe in Berlin as cable operators in the region push ahead with plans to stitch together fixed, wireless and mobile networks into one common service platform. Cable operators in Europe are well ahead of their North American counterparts with regarding new distributed access architectures and they are showing very little interest in a Generic Access Platform initiative for standardized nodes that is getting underway in the US.
Nov 18, 2019
Nuage Networks CEO: Big Plans for SD-WAN
Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser to discuss the value of having standards for an emerging market like SD-WAN and how Nuage is working with organizations like MEF to make carrier-offered SD-WAN a more valuable service.
Nov 12, 2019
Juniper CEO Rami Rahim on 400G, AI and the Future of Networking
Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser interview Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim about what's next for Juniper. The conversation covered Juniper's big bet on 400G, how the vendor can stand out in the market against competitors like Arista and Cisco, and where Juniper's next wave of telecom momentum will come from.
Nov 1, 2019
HBO Max Delights and Confuses Us
In a special news podcast, Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner, Dan Jones and Phil Harvey gather around the microphones to talk about the launch of HBO Max. AT&T and WarnerMedia expect to have 50 million (HBO and) HBO Max subscribers in the US in about five years. But how will the carrier navigate the choppy waters of negotiating with HBO's pay-TV provider distributors while simultaneously trying to put them out of business? Once we discuss that elephant-in-the-room service provider angle, we put our consumer hats on and discuss how we consume HBO services currently, and what questions we hope to have answered by the time HBO Max launches. We're probably not like other consumers in that it doesn't take much to confuse all three of us at once, but please do listen because you might have a lot of the same questions in your home.
Nov 1, 2019
The MWC Los Angeles 2019 Recap Episode
It's been a week since we left California and wrapped up at MWC Los Angeles 2019. What did our analyst colleagues and fellow editors think of all the big booths, meetings and crowded corridors? In this episode, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey dig through the podcast studio voicemail to listen to insights from Ovum's Daryl Schoolar and Mike Sapien, Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clarke and Light Reading's Mike Dano. To kick things off, Phil recalls his meeting with the GSMA's Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere. She seemed to connect the dots between a lot of carrier businesses heading from device-driven transactions to connectivity-fed managed services. Then, as expected, Phil griped about trade show coffee and heaped praise on the local gin distillery. As each of Phil's and Kelsey's colleagues called in, they were asked to relay their favorite thing about the show, their least favorite thing and to name at least one good meal or beverage they consumed while in town. Listen and learn…
Oct 31, 2019
The Light Reading Halloween Special
The ghosts, geeks and goblins of telecom tech come out to play in this very foolish and ghoulish episode of the Light Reading Podcast. Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and her spooky pals -- Light Reading behead-itor Phil Harvey and US Ignite firestarter Mari Silbey -- discuss some of the technologies that still haunt them to this day. Phil opines on why consumers were so scared of the Facebook phone. Kelsey is creeped out all over again by Google Glass. Mari throws her hands up to the heavens and asks, "Why, WiMax, Why?!!" We dance all over the graves of a few other tech ideas and products, too. (R.I.P. home networking before the cloud.) And Mari shares a surprising bit of news about a videophone network that may actually be back from the dead. Happy Halloween, you silly souls.
Oct 25, 2019
Windstream's Layne Levine: SD-WAN Is Transformational
Layne Levine, president of the Enterprise & Wholesale business unit at Windstream, isn't confused about SD-WAN's potential. "This is the next big technology transformation in the communications world and I think it's going to completely upend some companies' business models," he told Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser. Listen to the entire interview here and check out the show notes on www.lightreading.com.
Oct 21, 2019
Will Barkis, Orange Silicon Valley, on Smart Cities & Privacy
Will Barkis leads the smart cities portfolio at Orange Silicon Valley's innovation lab and he spoke to Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about the potential and privacy worries surrounding computer vision and what happens when municipalities begin using AI to do things like facial recognition. Also, Barkis discusses what market advantage service providers might have when pursuing smart cities opportunities.
Oct 14, 2019
Recapping Light Reading's 5G Transport and Edge Event
Light Reading Editors Ray Le Maistre and Mike Dano discuss the key takeaways from Light Reading's 5G Transport & the Edge event in New York City. This is a really short interview, only 5 minutes, recorded just after the sessions wrapped up on Thursday, Oct. 10. Enjoy!
Oct 11, 2019
Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up Show in New Orleans
Light Reading's Alan Breznick, Jeff Baumgartner and Phil Harveydiscuss the stuff they've presented, seen and overheard at SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo 2019 in New Orleans last week. This podcast, recorded on Thursday, Oct. 3, is a tad noisy because it was recorded right smack in the middle of the Expo floor, following Jeff's panel during the Smart Cities track. The trio discusses cable's relationship to 5G, the impact of virtualization on cable networks and the mystery behind why giant venues like convention centers think that boiling coffee is a good idea.
Oct 10, 2019
Optiva CEO Danielle Royston: Telcos Need A Clear View of The Cloud
Optiva CEO Danielle Royston is a hellraiser. But she's also a savvy CEO, taking Optiva -- formerly Redknee, a troubled BSS provider -- and giving it a new focus. Her message to service providers is that they should really examine how and where they can embrace the public cloud. In order to help right the ship at Optiva, Royston partnered with Google Cloud and now offers Optiva customers a BSS solution that she claims is 10 times the speed and scale at one-tenth the cost of Oracle databases. "The advantages of moving to the public cloud -- the cost savings, namely, I think, is the biggest -- are too big to ignore; it's too big to not do it. [Telcos need] to work through their fears… I think the guys who figure out how to move to public cloud are going to be the winners in the end," Royston told Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey.
Oct 7, 2019
Pizza and the Potential of 5G and Edge Computing
In the lead up to Light Reading's 5G Transport & the Edge event in NY on Oct. 10, Not-Phil Harvey (aka Kelsey Ziser) and Mike Dano discuss their favorite types of pizza plus the importance of the transport network and traffic routing to support telcos' efforts around edge computing.
Oct 1, 2019
What Will 5G Look Look Like in 5 Years?
With SCTE kicking off in New Orleans -- and talk of 5G heating up with cable operators -- it's a great time to look back and go over what 5G looks like for consumers and what analysts really expect from 5G in the next 5 years. In this interview, Ovum Chief Analyst Ed Barton talks with Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre about some of the findings from his report, "5G: Key Opportunities and Challenges in Consumer and Entertainment." The report looks at what 5G promises, and what it will deliver, during the next five years.
Sep 24, 2019
The NV & SDN Americas 2019 Recap
Light Reading's event series on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) stopped in Dallas this time around. As usual, we talked about the opportunities and obstacles facing telecom service providers as they move more network functions to the cloud and aim to more easily create new products and services, shorten innovation cycles and bring in new revenue. On Sept. 19, just before happy hour, Light Reading editors Mitch Wagner, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey gathered to empty their notebooks and recap the event in an echoey, unused conference room at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas. They discussed AT&T's presentation about edge computing and how the technology, driven by the arrival of 5G and the proliferation of connected devices, is going to be a critical proving ground for NFV, SDN and new telecom infrastructure. The trio also recapped the Women in Comms program, where we were reminded how technologies like 5G can be a catalyst and an obstacle to w…
Sep 16, 2019
Network Virtualization, SDN & Protein Bars
We're packing our bags for Dallas, for our cleverly named Network Virtualization and SDN Americas conference, and Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser talks with host Mitch Wagner about the current state of software-defined networking. Also: Kelsey explains why she always wants to talk about protein bars.
Sep 10, 2019
Apple's iPhone 11 & TV+ Announcement: The Telco Angle
Taking a service provider lens to Apple's announcement of the iPhone 11, Apple TV+ and more, with Light Reading editors Mitch Wagner, Jeff Baumgartner and Mike Dano. Will the iPhone 11 be a big business opportunity for carriers? Will Apple TV+ be able to compete in a crowded OTT market? And what's with the upcoming Apple TV+ sci-fi series "See" – civilization has collapsed because everybody is blind, so why do they all have fabulous hair?
Sep 10, 2019
Ciena CEO Gary Smith: We're in a Web-Scale World
Ciena CEO Gary Smith and Light Reading's Phil Harvey discuss the optical transport & network software firm's webscale business demand, its Blue Planet software growth, the stock market reactions to its forecasts, as well as competitive concerns about Cisco and Huawei.
Sep 2, 2019
Orange Silicon Valley CEO Mireille Helou: Tech Can Bring Social, Economic Progress
Orange Silicon Valley CEO Mireille Helou talks to Light Reading's Mitch Wagner about how she intends to help bring California innovation to the European service provider and its customers around the world. Helou said Orange SV is charged with tracking innovation, and we talk what that means, how Orange measures its results and creates value for its business.
Aug 26, 2019
More Things You Need to Know About SD-WAN
This is the third in our series of podcasts covering the state of SD-WAN. Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey (with research help from Ovum and Heavy Reading) are looking at several issues influencing the overall growth and progress of the SD-WAN market for service providers. Please check out the previous episodes in this series, including the interview with SD-WAN expert, John Isch from Orange Business Services.
Aug 22, 2019
Jio, Guavus Work on Big Carrier Analytics
Raghuram "Raghu" Velega, VP of big data and analytics at Jio in India, provides an update on how that carrier's growth and scale has created some unique data challenges and competitive opportunities. Jio and Guavus announced a partnership this week to help take the 4 to 5 petabytes of data per day that carrier generates into some context, giving it a better understanding of its network needs and customer demands.
Aug 20, 2019
SES Takes ONAP Over the Moon
Light Reading's Mitch Wagner talks with SES CEO JP Hemingway about his company's sky-high ambitions. SES's satellite network provides connectivity for mobile operators (who use the service for backhaul and enterprise VPN); maritime and aviation companies; and government customers (who use SES for drone surveillance, environmental controls). SES wants network operators to be able to connect to its satellite networks using existing management and orchestration tools, so it's implementing the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) on Microsoft Azure, with the assistance of Amdocs. Listen up to find out why and what's at stake.
Aug 16, 2019
Where Does OTT TV Go Now?
What's going on with over-the-top TV (and why are all the names so confusing)? Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner, Alan Breznick and Kelsey Ziser join Phil Harvey to dig in and decode the silliness. In segment one, we recap what we TV services we all buy at home to make a larger point about how fragmented the market is becoming. In segment two, we discuss all the names for TV and video services that AT&T has trademarked over the years -- and we look back in amusement on AT&T's Mlife campaign from nearly 20 years ago. Segment three concludes with Jeff and Alan doing some public service broadcasting and explaining the differences between HBO, HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO Max. Then Kelsey tries her own version of a Mlife-style voiceover touting today's OTT TV services and as many old AT&T trademarks as she can remember. Yes, it's exactly as silly as it sounds. Enjoy!
Aug 15, 2019
The Orange Approach to SD-WAN with John Isch
John Isch from Orange Business Services joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser to talk all things SD-WAN. He's not just waving his arms and doing the usual marketing stuff, though. Isch discusses examples of specific deployments at companies you've heard of and how each one's network, preferences and technology choices influenced the service that Orange provided. We'll get back to discussing market trends and forecasts in a later podcast. For now, here's a real service provider with real customers talking about the market realities of SD-WAN. Enjoy!
Aug 13, 2019
Where Telcos Can Use Machine Learning
Data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence may help service providers speed up service provisioning, provide better network performance and more comprehensive security. But none of that matters if the models used in research labs don't work in the real work, according to researcher Nick Feamster. Feamster is just starting his new gig as director of the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) at the University of Chicago. He was previously a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. One of his jobs now is to find out what kinds of machine learning and data science can be applied in real networks today, at scale. In this podcast, Feamster speaks with Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser about his upcoming work with CDAC, his observations on how machine learning can help telcos now and where we, as consumers, might see a difference when networks become more intelligent.
Aug 7, 2019
Dishing on Dish Network
Who is the satellite company that's suddenly in the middle of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger discussions? Light Reading editors Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner join hosts Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser to discuss the past, present and future of Dish Network, the 22-year-old, $15 billion company that said it will build a 5G network and become a viable competitor to AT&T and Verizon.
Jul 30, 2019
What's New in SD-WAN w/ Kelsey Ziser
How many SD-WAN vendors are there, anyway? In this week's podcast, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the ever-evolving world of SD-WAN. We discuss why there are so many vendors, what might happen if the market consolidates and whether some of the bigger acquisitions in the space by Cisco and VMware have started to pay off. The conversation also veers down the road of what SD-WAN is supposed to be replacing (MPLS) and whether that initial, straightforward goal has been subsumed into something larger and infinitely more complex. Does the white glove version of an SD-WAN service come with its own butler? We'll talk about that, and all things SD-WAN on this episode.
Jul 24, 2019
AT&T Earnings Recap with Alan Breznick
AT&T lost video and broadband subscribers during its second quarter, but the telco still reported revenue and profit forecasts in line with Wall Street's expectations. Indeed, the carrier is making truckloads of money every quarter, but its ability to pinpoint where the culture is going is not as sharp as its competitors. In this quick, five-minute podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick talks about what AT&T announced and why it's not showing more growth in video and broadband, at a time when there is so much activity and interest in both areas. Our producer is on vacation this week, so we kept this recording really short and didn't do any fancy editing. We'll be back with another full-strength Light Reading podcast episode next week.
Jul 18, 2019
Ovum's Key Trends Shaping the Global 5G Market
5G is here, but where's it going? That's the simple and surprisingly nuanced question that Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Ovum's Dario Talmesio help answer in this podcast. Le Maistre is Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief and Talmesio is the principal analyst and practice leader for 5G Accelerator and European TMT Research at research house Ovum. The role of the network operator in the 5G world will suddenly seem very clear once you hear this interview.
Jul 16, 2019
Edge Computing & Data Storage with ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin
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.
Jul 9, 2019
Sharing Could Make Cities Smarter
Cities are huge consumers of telecom connectivity and services but the path to becoming "smart" cities looks a lot different now than it did even a year ago. US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey to help dig into two areas: data analytics and infrastructure sharing. Both topics are on the minds of city leaders and telecom providers as cities work to become more connected and better places to live, work and play.
Jun 28, 2019
The Bill Waker Interview: IT, Telcos & Pro Bowling
Bill Walker, former senior director of strategy & advancement at CenturyLink, joins the podcast to offer his thoughts on what telcos are good at, what needs to change in telco culture and what kinds of companies he sees becoming bigger competitors to the traditional network operators. As a former engineer at Oracle and Sun Microsystems, Bill has a background in the IT side of things and understands the challenges of working in a big telco. Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey interview Bill about tech stuff and we get some bowling tips, too.
Jun 25, 2019
What Telcos are Doing at The Edge
In this episode, Ray, Kelsey and Phil talk about why so many believe that innovation at The Edge will unlock a lot of promises of next-generation networks. It will be a challenge -- getting those boundaries between the physical and digital worlds to blur will require some things that telcos can do well and some things they'll need a lot of help to accomplish.
Jun 13, 2019
What Will You Pay for 5G?
Light Reading's Mike Dano joins the podcast to discuss how are all the major US telcos handling 5G pricing, which carriers seem to have the most practical pricing strategies so far, and how what we pay for 5G services could change over time.
Jun 10, 2019
Taking on Tall Poppy Syndrome
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of the insights and helpful advice she's heard while doing interviews for Light Reading's Women In Comms content series. Light Reading's Women In Comms page, in case you haven't been watching, includes frequent interviews and articles by Ziser, as well as the weekly WiCipedia roundup of news items. WiCipedia, compiled by Eryn Leavens, has been running nearly non-stop for three years. Today we're talking about "tall poppy syndrome." Ziser defines this phenomena and shares what she's reported about how women stay out of their own (and one another's) way, while working to change people's inaccurate perceptions of their work, their motivations, etc., in the telecom industry. Before getting into the main topic, we quickly review what Kelsey's working on over at The 5G Exchange -- a vetted educational resource for industry info about 5G technologies, case studies, opinions and other resources.
Jun 4, 2019
Apple Makes Itself at Home
What happened for telcos and cable operators to keep an eye on at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)? Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Phil Harvey sort it all out for you on the podcast. Apple took some big steps toward protecting the privacy of its users and distancing itself from Facebook, Google and other companies that sell ads using a consumer's personal details or device location. The company also started supporting home security cameras and routers with HomeKit, Apple's smart home platform. The new security feature caught our attention since Apple noted it would enable local devices to process video before sending it to the cloud for storage. Like mesh home WiFi and smart home management, it sounds like one of those things cablecos and telcos should have done years ago. While those companies watch Apple's moves interest, we wonder when they'll use their status as trusted utilities to really put consumers at ease with home networking, smart home setups, and cy…
May 29, 2019
Huawei's Guilty of Something, Right?
Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Phil Harvey conclude that the government's rhetoric around Huawei as a national security threat sure would sound more reassuring if someone, somewhere actually presented proof. They also discuss when to expect 5G's benefits to come to a neighborhood near you.
May 23, 2019
Huawei's Smartphone Business at Risk
As the US ramps its trade war with China, Google became one of several companies that said it would limit the software services it provides to Huawei. The aftershocks of that decision could be severe, said Daniel Gleeson, Principal Analyst, Consumer Technology at Ovum. In this podcast episode, recorded May 21, Gleeson discusses Huawei's device business, which shipped about 207 million smartphones outside of China last year. The loss of support from Google for its Android OS and apps means that Huawei "effectively means that it cannot sell any new [Android OS-based] handsets outside of China." That puts a $25 billion business at risk and it had implications for carriers in the US and Europe launching 5G services, too.
May 22, 2019
SVOD & 5G Challenge Pay TV
In this podcast, recorded on May 17, Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner discusses why Disney's control of Hulu could change things for the SVOD (subscription video on demand) portion of the service. He also weighs in on whether Disney's ownership makes Hulu more competitive to AT&T, Comcast and the other traditional pay TV service providers. Meanwhile, as 5G networks are being built, almost every telco offering 5G services has a different approach to video. Light Reading's Mike Dano discusses T-Mobile's video strategy and why TVision is such a disappointment.
May 13, 2019
The Big 5G Question: Are We There Yet?
This "live" episode was recorded on Tuesday, May 7 at the Big 5G Event event in Denver, Colorado. After a few happy-hour refreshments, Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Phil Harvey were joined by two guests -- Light Reading's Mike Dano and US Ignite's Mari Silbey -- to sum up the state of 5G, why US cities are closely watching 5G deployments, and what we can look forward to as 2019 rolls on.
Apr 25, 2019
Merger Madness & Pay TV Problems
Light Reading Senior Editor Jeff Baumgartner joins us to revisit the saga of Omniverse One World Television, an over-the-top (OTT) distributor of live pay TV channels to all kinds of competitive players. Some of those companies have decided to back away from the pay-TV market. Jeff explains what's going on as the saga continues. Also, Light Reading's Mike Dano reviews what T-Mobile's options are if it is not allowed by merge with Sprint. And we quickly review Sprint's rather long list of strategic misses. Cringe right along with us, won't you?
Apr 5, 2019
Mobile 5G, NFV at AWS and Disney Plus
From a sunny conference room in NYC, Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Ray Le Maistre talk about Verizon's mobile 5G launch in Chicago and Minneapolis, what's behind the recent AWS hire of noted SDN and NFV expert Tetsuya Nakamura and they share a few notes from the front as the Internet video streaming market just gets crazier and more crowded with choices.
Mar 28, 2019
Cable Goes Into The Omniverse
Forget Apple TV and Apple TV Plus. There's no wilder story in the world of pay TV than the controversy surrounding Omniverse One World Television. In this podcast, Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Phil Harvey discuss how Omniverse turned up on the cable industry's radar, why it is upsetting content owners and whether the company's claim of a 100-year contract to distribute pay-TV channels is genuinely over the top.
Mar 22, 2019
What Will Make Cities Smarter?
Recorded at last week's CNG2019 event in Denver, Light Reading's Alan Breznick interviews Mari Silbey, the director of communications for US Ignite. Silbey, a former Light Reading editor, is also director of the US Ignite Forum, a program that brings local government officials and their partners together to share smart city challenges, strategies and best practices. Breznick quizzes Silbey on what makes a city smarter, what opportunities there are for network operators in this effort and what examples we can look at to find out how city governments and service providers have gone from squabbling about TV franchise rights to building cities of the future. Before that discussion, Light Reading's Phil Harvey kicks off the podcast with a quick rant about why he doesn't live in a smart city (and neither do you).
Mar 15, 2019
CNG2019: 10G vs. 5G and a Cheesecake Debate
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser, Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner join Phil Harvey for a round of drinks and a chat after the opening day of CNG2019 in Denver. The "bomb cyclone" did its worst, but it couldn't stop us from debating 10G vs. 5G and, also, how the cable providers are now talking about including and integrating Internet streaming services, like Netflix, instead of competing with them. Later in the podcast, Phil poses the question: "Would you ever buy your Internet video or pay-TV services from Exxon or Walmart?" It's not as silly a question as you might think. In non-conference topics, we debate what kinds of desserts and sweets really need to be served after lunch during a business conference.
Mar 8, 2019
AI, 5G & IoT with Kelsey, Mike & Ray
Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Ray Le Maistre and Mike Dano discussed all the important 5G topics from the InterDigital booth on the show floor at MWC19 in Barcelona. They covered millimeter wave spectrum, the thrills and danger of flying taxis and what the hell we're going to do with all the data that IoT devices will be throwing off as they get connected to faster and faster networks.
Mar 8, 2019
The Light Reading Interview: Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm
In this special episode of the Light Reading podcast, Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre interviewed Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm on the show floor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ekholm discussed a wide variety of topics, including 5G, 4G, antenna tech, the Kathrein acquisition and why Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen is better than Duran Duran. We're not sure that last point was ever up for debate but, when you're talking to Light Reading, you'd better have a definitive cultural opinion at the ready. We caught Ekholm just after he finished speaking to analysts and reporters at the opening press conference at MWC19. There, he was echoing his worries that post-development 5G testing -- testing proposed to address concerns about network security -- would run the risk of being of harming competition for 5G services in industrial markets. For more coverage of his remarks and the rest of Light Reading's MWC19 coverage, please visit https://www.lightreading.com/mobile-world-congress.asp.
Mar 1, 2019
Let's Not Talk About 5G at MWC19
Late in the day on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Light Reading's Phil "Captain Jetlag" Harvey and Ray Le Maistre attempted to fight through hunger, sleeplessness and coffee jitters to do a live podcast from the InterDigital booth in Hall 7 of the sprawling, soulless Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Topics covered during the live chat included the new role of edge computing or, if you like, localized cloud computing in manufacturing. Phil thinks that making industrial equipment more mobile and agile is perhaps more exciting than anything 5G-related. Meanwhile, Ray adds that telco business models, as both connectivity providers and technology enablers, are sure to change as telcos begin to properly use AI and react to the trends that their customer data reveals about their businesses. Finally, the two wrap up with some general show observations and Ray continues his decades-long streak of abusing Duran Duran and anyone who likes their music.
Feb 14, 2019
AT&T, 5G and The Mirantis Incident
Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Phil Harvey discuss the recently reported deal between AT&T and Mirantis. A week ago, Mirantis announced that it was joining Airship , an open source infrastructure project that aims to help telcos use on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support their efforts to modernize, cloudify and otherwise make their networks more efficient (and less dependent on a single vendor). We discuss Wagner's reporting on the subject and how it led to an even bigger story about AT&T's use of OpenStack and Kubernetes and what those technology choices say about AT&T's evolving 4G network (the one that it calls "5G"). Wagner talks about the strategic importance of open source to AT&T and, during the last 7 minutes of the podcast, he even gives public relations pros some useful advice on getting his -- or any other editor's -- attention. At the 30-minute mark, Phil's cat Rosie decides she's not going to wait for theme music before bringing the whole show to a screeching…
Feb 6, 2019
Telcos, Tacos and More Huawei Trouble
Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Ray Le Maistre chew on the latest offers from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Orange while discussing the broader theme of how traditional carriers can become (and be perceived as) something more than connectivity providers. When should a telco become a media company? Or a lifestyle brand? Or a bank? The answer depends on the company, but each company, as it changes and modernizes to keep up with competitors, should always be looking for places that it can disrupt others. Later in the show, we ponder then unintended consequences of Huawei's troubles in the U.S. Could we someday miss out on innovation in the U.S. and Europe because we were all too quick to demonize a world-beating Chinese rival in the telecom space?
Jan 31, 2019
Top Trends in Pay TV with Jeff Baumgartner
The world of pay TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans, and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.
Jan 16, 2019
CES 2019: What in the 5G World Happened Out There?
Mike Dano, Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, joins Phil Harvey for the podcast this week to discuss the big carrier moves at CES 2019. The annual consumer electronics confab last week featured all kinds of advanced tech for homes and, especially, automobiles. Underpinning it all, though is 5G, the next generation of the mobile and communications network. Dano flips through his notebook and offers his updates from the show, assesses each national carrier's progress in the 5G race. We also test just how good-natured a guy he really is by asking questions scientifically engineered to get journalists to complain about trade shows and casinos.
Jan 8, 2019
Apple's iPhone Warning
The first big telecom story of 2019 was an earnings miss by Apple. But why was this sales warning more significant than just a cyclical, seasonal slowdown? Light Reading's Executive Editor Mitch Wagner joins Phil Harvey to parse the Apple madness and to talk about how well the company can adjust to a world that doesn’t buy a new iPhone every 12 months. Also, we run down our roster of office pets and discuss the proper ways to use one of those fancy Apple watches. Hey, Siri, you really don't want to miss this podcast.
Dec 19, 2018
Interview: Ciena CEO Gary Smith
Following the company's earnings call, Ciena CEO Gary Smith told Light Reading's Phil Harvey that competitor Huawei's troubles with governments and telecom carriers around the world aren't much of a catalyst right now. Big carriers have already been eager to balance their equipment portfolios and avoid being beholden to one single, dominant vendor, Smith said. He also noted that Ray Le Maistre was right about telecom RFPs. Yeah, we're pretty shocked, too.
Dec 11, 2018
The Heat is On Huawei
Huawei's troubles with Western governments are more than just a setback for telco equipment sales. The vendor's problems could result in a delay and the slowed development of 5G networks around the world. Huawei has shipped more than 10,000 5G base stations outside of China, so it's reach and influence is formidable. Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre ponders whether those companies carrying Huawei gear will now put everything on ice and wait to see what happens next. Also on the podcast, with so many advanced technologies making their way into the communications landscape, it is becoming more apparent that case studies -- use cases of any size and scope -- are increasingly valuable as news. Light Reading's Phil Harvey insists that your industry colleagues want to know what's going on and he explains why now is the perfect time to start sharing.
Nov 20, 2018
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, how cable companies are warming up to the cloud, and we ask a critical question: Does the telecom industry need RFPs? Recorded on Nov. 12, 2018.
Nov 19, 2018
CommScope and Arris: Why This Merger Matters
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Phil Harvey discuss why CommScope is buying Arris and whether the combination will rejuvenate both businesses and make the new company a player in 5G. Recorded Nov. 8, 2018.
Nov 9, 2018
Verizon Restructures for 5G
Le Maistre and Harvey discuss the upside of Verizon’s recent restructuring under new CEO Hans Vestberg, as the carrier prepares to bring 5G to the nation. These things always sound good in theory and this probably is a good thing for Verizon, but it’s going to be tough to pull off. Later on, the two discuss the new Freddie Mercury biopic and why even a critically panned movie is okay if it reminds us of great concerts and excellent music. Recorded on Nov. 5, 2018.