The Light Reading Podcast

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Podcast: BT Global’s Hriday Ravindranath on telco transformation
Jul 14 • 21 min
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.
NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh: Seamless service in a hybrid world
Jul 9 • 20 min
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,…
What’s the story: Light Reading’s Mike Dano on Dish Network
Jul 8 • 11 min
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.…
What’s the story: Connecting Africa’s Paula Gilbert on mobile data and broadband trends
Jul 1 • 10 min
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…
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Tensor Networks CEO Alexis Flores-Betancourt
Jul 1 • 22 min
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…
US Ignite’s Mari Silbey: New broadband business models
Jun 30 • 22 min
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…
What’s the story: Light Reading’s Jeff Baumgartner on the momentum of HBO Max
Jun 24 • 9 min
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…
What’s the story: Light Reading’s Iain Morris on Rakuten and 5G
Jun 17 • 8 min
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…
From our sponsor: ServiceNow’s Chris Bauschka on how telcos can provide proactive customer service
Jun 9 • 18 min
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…
Light Reading’s Iain Morris: Stopping Huawei won’t slow down China
Jun 1 • 26 min
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…
Colt CEO Keri Gilder on managing during a pandemic and expanding an on-demand network
May 26 • 24 min
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…
5G Americas’ Chris Pearson: On the road to standalone 5G
May 20 • 22 min
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…
Light Reading’s Iain Morris on the US vs. Huawei
May 19 • 24 min
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…
Mike Dano: Microsoft’s new telecom territory
May 18 • 17 min
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…
From our sponsor: Avast’s Sean Obrey on creating value for service providers
May 14 • 20 min
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…
Plume’s Todd Grantham sees more shifts in WFH traffic
May 12 • 24 min
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.
University of Chicago’s Nick Feamster: Staying connected in a pandemic
May 5 • 32 min
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…
Executive Spotlight Q&A: Metaswitch’s Martin Taylor on 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence
May 1 • 27 min
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…
Podcast: Orange Business Services talks COVID-19 and keeping customers connected
Apr 28 • 24 min
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.
Economics of 5G & NYC’s Connectivity Master Plan
Apr 23 • 34 min
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…
From our sponsor: Avast’s Sean Obrey on 5G cybersecurity for consumers
Apr 23 • 15 min
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…
The SVoD squad assembles: What’s new with OTT, SVoD and Quibi
Apr 17 • 27 min
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.
COVID-19: What our WFH traffic looks like
Apr 13 • 21 min
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.
Omdia’s Ramona Zhao: South Korea’s 5G journey
Apr 10 • 21 min
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.
NTT Research CEO Kazu Gomi: Creating a new network infrastructure
Apr 7 • 24 min
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…
TeleGeography’s Paul Brodsky: Carrier voice traffic is still going over-the-top
Apr 3 • 18 min
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…
Gluware’s Mike Haugh: Network automation for enterprises
Mar 31 • 26 min
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…
Friday Fun: Movies for social distancing
Mar 20 • 26 min
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…
5 ways COVID-19 is affecting the telecom industry
Mar 19 • 26 min
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.
US Ignite’s Mari Silbey on smart cities opportunities and O-RAN testing
Mar 18 • 26 min
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…
What sports venues will do next and the coming wave of Wi-Fi 6
Mar 17 • 31 min
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.
CSG’s Haifa El Ashkar 4 things that could lead to mobile industry disruption
Mar 12 • 41 min
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…
Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger on becoming a network native service provider
Mar 3 • 27 min
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…
Analyst interview: Omdia’s George Jijiashvili on cloud gaming and esports
Mar 1 • 14 min
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…
Analyst interview: Omdia’s Pablo Tomasi on what’s hot in IoT
Feb 29 • 4 min
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…
Analyst interview: Omdia’s Maria Rua Aguete how 5G is changing live sports and gaming
Feb 20 • 7 min
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…
Analyst interview: Heavy Reading’s Gabriel Brown on 5G market changes
Feb 19 • 7 min
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…
Analyst interview: Omdia’s Dario Talmesio on the 5G core
Feb 18 • 10 min
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…
Analyst interview: Heavy Reading’s James Crawshaw on Industry X.0
Feb 17 • 9 min
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…
Windstream’s Mike Frane & Scott Yelton: How Telcos are Transforming Managed Services
Feb 6 • 30 min
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…
MNJ Technologies EVP Ben Niernberg: Workplace Collaboration & SD-WAN
Jan 28 • 29 min
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…
Cato Networks: Don’t Call Us an SD-WAN Provider!
Jan 24 • 20 min
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…
The Right Way to Fight Huawei
Jan 20 • 28 min
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…
NTT CTO Ettienne Reinecke: 2020 Tech Trends
Jan 16 • 25 min
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.
CES 2020 Update: Quibi Modernizes Mobile Video
Jan 9 • 14 min
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.
CTA’s Danielle Cassagnol: AI, 5G Are Big at CES 2020
Jan 9 • 11 min
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…
CES 2020 Update: TiVo, Amazon and More Ways to Stream TV
Jan 8 • 13 min
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…
Pay TV, The SVoD Squad & CES 2020
Jan 7 • 30 min
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…
Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar: SD-WAN in the Year 2020
Dec 24, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Orange’s Samir El Rashidy: The MSI Difference
Dec 17, 2019 • 25 min
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…
The Big Cisco Announcement
Dec 13, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Telco Media Ownership, Clever Plans & A Trip To The Edge
Dec 10, 2019 • 51 min
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…
Cisco’s Collaboration Vision with Amy Chang
Nov 22, 2019 • 9 min
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.
Alan and Jeff: Cable’s Urge to Converge
Nov 21, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Nuage Networks CEO: Big Plans for SD-WAN
Nov 18, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Juniper CEO Rami Rahim on 400G, AI and the Future of Networking
Nov 12, 2019 • 25 min
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,…
HBO Max Delights and Confuses Us
Nov 1, 2019 • 21 min
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…
The MWC Los Angeles 2019 Recap Episode
Nov 1, 2019 • 31 min
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…
The Light Reading Halloween Special
Oct 31, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Windstream’s Layne Levine: SD-WAN Is Transformational
Oct 25, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Will Barkis, Orange Silicon Valley, on Smart Cities & Privacy
Oct 21, 2019 • 39 min
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…
Recapping Light Reading’s 5G Transport and Edge Event
Oct 14, 2019 • 5 min
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,…
Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up Show in New Orleans
Oct 11, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Optiva CEO Danielle Royston: Telcos Need A Clear View of The Cloud
Oct 10, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Pizza and the Potential of 5G and Edge Computing
Oct 7, 2019 • 15 min
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’…
What Will 5G Look Look Like in 5 Years?
Oct 1, 2019 • 20 min
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…
The NV & SDN Americas 2019 Recap
Sep 24, 2019 • 21 min
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 Virtualization, SDN & Protein Bars
Sep 16, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Apple’s iPhone 11 & TV+ Announcement: The Telco Angle
Sep 10, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Ciena CEO Gary Smith: We’re in a Web-Scale World
Sep 10, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Orange Silicon Valley CEO Mireille Helou: Tech Can Bring Social, Economic Progress
Sep 2, 2019 • 16 min
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…
More Things You Need to Know About SD-WAN
Aug 26, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Jio, Guavus Work on Big Carrier Analytics
Aug 22, 2019 • 9 min
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…
SES Takes ONAP Over the Moon
Aug 20, 2019 • 17 min
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;…
Where Does OTT TV Go Now?
Aug 16, 2019 • 47 min
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…
The Orange Approach to SD-WAN with John Isch
Aug 15, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Where Telcos Can Use Machine Learning
Aug 13, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Dishing on Dish Network
Aug 7, 2019 • 37 min
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…
What’s New in SD-WAN w/ Kelsey Ziser
Jul 30, 2019 • 25 min
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…
AT&T Earnings Recap with Alan Breznick
Jul 24, 2019 • 5 min
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…
Ovum’s Key Trends Shaping the Global 5G Market
Jul 18, 2019 • 9 min
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…
Edge Computing & Data Storage with ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin
Jul 16, 2019 • 28 min
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
Jul 9, 2019 • 31 min
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…
The Bill Waker Interview: IT, Telcos & Pro Bowling
Jun 28, 2019 • 29 min
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…
What Telcos are Doing at The Edge
Jun 25, 2019 • 25 min
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…
What Will You Pay for 5G?
Jun 13, 2019 • 24 min
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
Jun 10, 2019 • 28 min
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,…
Apple Makes Itself at Home
Jun 4, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Huawei’s Guilty of Something, Right?
May 29, 2019 • 23 min
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…
Huawei’s Smartphone Business at Risk
May 23, 2019 • 16 min
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…
SVOD & 5G Challenge Pay TV
May 22, 2019 • 29 min
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…
The Big 5G Question: Are We There Yet?
May 13, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Merger Madness & Pay TV Problems
Apr 25, 2019 • 28 min
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…
Mobile 5G, NFV at AWS and Disney Plus
Apr 5, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Cable Goes Into The Omniverse
Mar 28, 2019 • 23 min
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…
What Will Make Cities Smarter?
Mar 22, 2019 • 18 min
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…
CNG2019: 10G vs. 5G and a Cheesecake Debate
Mar 15, 2019 • 16 min
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,…
AI, 5G & IoT with Kelsey, Mike & Ray
Mar 8, 2019 • 8 min
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…
The Light Reading Interview: Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm
Mar 8, 2019 • 9 min
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,…
Let’s Not Talk About 5G at MWC19
Mar 1, 2019 • 20 min
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…
AT&T, 5G and The Mirantis Incident
Feb 14, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Telcos, Tacos and More Huawei Trouble
Feb 6, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Top Trends in Pay TV with Jeff Baumgartner
Jan 31, 2019 • 37 min
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…
CES 2019: What in the 5G World Happened Out There?
Jan 16, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Apple’s iPhone Warning
Jan 8, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Interview: Ciena CEO Gary Smith
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
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…
The Heat is On Huawei
Dec 11, 2018 • 27 min
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…
CenturyLink’s CxO Moves & Do We Really Need RFPs?
Nov 20, 2018 • 23 min
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?…
CommScope and Arris: Why This Merger Matters
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
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.
Verizon Restructures for 5G
Nov 9, 2018 • 25 min
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…