The Light Reading Podcast

The Light Reading Podcast
Podcast by Light Reading

SES Takes ONAP Over the Moon
Aug 20 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…