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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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...