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Is it open yet? Closed RAN and other short stories
Guest Perspectives | 4/19/2021

In this article, Mike Murphy CTO, Nokia North America, outlines key areas that need to be developed to enable true Open RAN deployments at scale.

Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

WiCipedia: A cybersecurity PR blunder for the ages
WiCipedia | 4/16/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: A cybersecurity PR blunder; Amazon makes commitment to hire minority employees into senior roles; the evolution of diversity in space travel; and more.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile offer unlimited 5G disappointment
DanoVision | 4/16/2021

The big three US carriers continue to tout new networks, but they remain relatively indifferent about helping customers connect without traditional telco frustrations.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Why 5G Should Never Standalone From Assurance
Partner Perspectives | 4/15/2021

5G Standalone promises a full 5G experience with new services, deployment models and devices. But how can operators assure its delivery?

5G Use Case: China Telecom Xiamen and Huawei Enabled 8K VR Broadcast of Xiamen University's 100th Anniversary Celebrations Through 5G Super Uplink
Partner Perspectives | 4/14/2021

During Xiamen University's 100th anniversary celebration, China Telecom Xiamen and Huawei leveraged 5G Super Uplink to provide an 8K VR broadcast of the event to the alumni who could not attend due to the pandemic.

5G Use Case: China Mobile and Huawei Help Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Become World-Leading
Partner Perspectives | 4/14/2021

Recently, the the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port worked with China Mobile Ningbo and Huawei to showcase the hybrid platooning of 5G smart and traditional container trucks.

Top Security Challenges of 2020 Show Us How to Protect What's Next
Partner Perspectives | 4/14/2021

The year like no other impacted the cybersecurity landscape in profound ways that will continue into 2021.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder
The Bauminator | 4/13/2021

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Ensure 5G Network Slicing Quality With Automated Assurance and NWDAF
Partner Perspectives | 4/13/2021

As operators are investing heavily in their transition to 5G networks, they need to work out ways to generate revenues.

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

Product integrations alongside a broader refresh would be an obvious catch-up move against the likes of Amazon, Google and even Roku.

CommScope's set-top spin-out: How did we get here?
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

The story is not done playing out, but the road leading to CommScope's decision to spin out its Home Networks division has taken many twists and turns, crossing the paths of Digeo, Motorola and Google along the way.

WiCipedia: What makes a good company for female employees?
WiCipedia | 4/9/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How trans people in tech are faring; the best places for women to work; 'tech-bro gender-blindness'; and more.

How to Right-Size Your Network Operations With Converged SDN Transport
Partner Perspectives | 4/8/2021

For communication service providers, profitability is a constant struggle between launching new services and supporting legacy services and architectures.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

Four ways to unlock more B2B opportunities and 5G value
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

For B2B success, CSPs should be open to more collaboration and double down on building an agile network infrastructure that scales, according to CSG.

Beyond connectivity – quantifying and monetizing the 5G effect
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/8/2021

SPONSORED: 5G monetization will be more profound than 2G, 3G and even 4G network monetization. 5G will fuel the adoption of a multi-vendor, end-to-end programmable and automated service delivery model that will transform how CSPs deliver high-value services to their customers.

A Big Technology Boost Is Coming to Telecom
Partner Perspectives | 4/7/2021

When consumers think of communications innovation, they tend to think of apps (Uber, Netflix) or smartphone vendors (Apple, Google). Few realize how much complex technology is behind the telecommunications networks that ensure those apps and phones work as advertised.

Four questions dogging T-Mobile's 5G fixed wireless ambitions
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.

Starlink delivering sporadic speeds – study
Broadband World News | 4/7/2021

The satellite broadband service, still in beta, has seen median speeds fluctuate in recent months even as users report a rise in burst speeds, according to new Ookla Speedtest data.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Is Wi-Fi 6 enough? The need for intelligent management
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2021

Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.

Canada plots Quebec broadband stimulus
Broadband World News | 4/5/2021

Federal and provincial governments plan to spend C$826.3 million to extend broadband to nearly 150,000 unserved Quebec households by September 2022.

Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions
DanoVision | 4/5/2021

Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.

5G Evolution Outlook: Innovation Trends That Will Transform Beyond 2025
Partner Perspectives | 4/5/2021

At the 2021 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC 2021), the Trends and Technologies for 5G Evolution panel was held successfully.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

The nature of upstream network usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says
Broadband World News | 4/2/2021

Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

5G Has Arrived. What Now?
Partner Perspectives | 4/1/2021

The active rollout of 5G networks across the world has shifted the discussion amongst communications service providers (CSPs) from 'should we launch 5G?' to 'now we've launched it, how can we monetize it more effectively?'

True Visibility from User to Application
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Cisco’s ThousandEyes portfolio accelerates IT transition to a cloud-first world.

Cloud Complications, and How to Fix Them
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

It is great to be the first, the largest, or the fastest, but in the long term, does that make you the 'best'?

Building a Network as Fast as the Future
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Acacia Optics + Cisco’s Silicon One = a new paradigm in networking.

Thailand hospital’s 5G platform writes a new prescription for improved healthcare
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

An early use case of 5G in the healthcare vertical is currently underway at Thailand’s Siriraj Hospital. In a recent interview, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, the hospital’s dean of faculty, explained how the medical center’s new cloud 5G platform is used to improve training, treatment and research programs.

How Globe Telecom is adapting its customers and core to 5G
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Ashish Pilani, Senior Technical Advisor at Globe Telecom, Philippines, discusses how the company partnered with Huawei in 2020 to deploy 5G during the pandemic, and what enterprise and consumer use cases are on the horizon.

5G to accelerate digital transformations following pandemic
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Joe Weinman, digital strategist and founder of Cloudonomics, discusses how 5G will accelerate digital disruption and transformation for industries in a post-pandemic world.

How 'Computing First Networks' better serve the digital economy
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Speaking at Mobile World Congress Shanghai in 2021, Tang Xiongyan, Chief Scientist at China Unicom, discussed the operator’s 'Computing First Network' CUBE-Net 3.0 portfolio, and the need to provide future-oriented next-generation digital infrastructure.

Muni broadband projects win funding to tackle digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/30/2021

US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.

Analyst relieved T-Mobile is pulling the plug on TVision
The Bauminator | 3/30/2021

Winding down of T-Mobile's in-house pay-TV service and teaming with YouTube TV and Philo is 'an incremental positive' for T-Mobile, analyst says. Will other MobiTV partners follow suit?

5G to accelerate AR for remote maintenance
Partner Perspectives | 3/30/2021

Wolfgang Stezle, CEO and founder of Munich-based startup Re'Flekt, discusses how 5G will enable a future of remote support, for enterprises and consumers alike, powered by augmented and mixed reality.

Complementary security for Orange's Data and AI Ethics Council
Guest Perspectives | 3/29/2021

Patrick Donegan of HardenStance discusses Orange's activities around AI ethics and looks at how the operator could collaborate with a much broader set of telcos.

WiCipedia: Women leave workforce in droves due to pandemic and burnout
WiCipedia | 3/26/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women of color are leaving work in droves; the UK is experiencing a 'digital skills shortage'; Black Girls Code creates a future workforce; and more.

Europe's telcos won't spend €300B, whatever ETNO says
Morris Lore | 3/25/2021

The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.

IPv6 Rollout Delivers Myriad Benefits for Networks in China
Partner Perspectives | 3/24/2021

IPv6 is finally taking command of the Internet, and this is particularly true in China.

Standards Are the Right Prescription for 5G Healthcare Applications
Partner Perspectives | 3/24/2021

5G is seeing rapid introduction in Chinese hospitals. At the recent Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Lu Qingjun talked about the need to develop specific 5G standards to ensure a healthy ecosystem for 5G medical applications development.

Comcast pledges $1B to help narrow the US digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/24/2021

Comcast plans to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants.

The FCC wants to know how bad your broadband is
Broadband World News | 3/24/2021

The FCC announced it will start collecting 'first-hand accounts on broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers.'

ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Broadband World News | 3/23/2021

In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.

What to Keep in Mind When Considering Offering SD-WAN-as-a-Service
Partner Perspectives | 3/23/2021

While software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is not new, it has gained a lot of attention ever since the work-from-anywhere model was imposed on many organizations.

Did the NFL sack the pay-TV bundle?
Breznick Unbound | 3/23/2021

In their latest reports, several Wall Street analysts argue that the NFL's new 11-year, $110 billion TV rights deals with a slew of networks issue a crushing blow to the future of sports on linear, multichannel TV.

Expert sees a link between connectivity and security in a post-pandemic world
Partner Perspectives | 3/23/2021

In a recent Light Reading fireside chat, security expert Andy Purdy assessed the growing threat of cyberattacks and laid out how cooperation among all players can create a safer, more connected world.

Cox SVP on making the move beyond middle management
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/22/2021

In part two of this Mentor Spotlight series, Cox's Patricia Martin shares how organizations can better provide flexible working environments to support the remote workforce, and how women can tap mentors to accelerate their career trajectory.

Policy experts debate the role of wireless in universal broadband
Broadband World News | 3/22/2021

Should the government funnel billions of dollars into wireless technologies that could be affected by vagaries like foliage? A policy debate is unfolding.

Project Gigabit, or how to waste £5B of UK taxpayers' money
Morris Lore | 3/19/2021

Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.

WiCipedia: The lack of women in tech is bigger than a 'pipeline problem'
WiCipedia | 3/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Telecom's gender pay gap; working from home does not work for all women; Equal Pay Day; and more.

SmartNICs take center stage
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/19/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from a Heavy Reading and Intel survey show that smartNICs are set to have a big impact on the transition to cloud-native architectures and digital service platforms.

Technology to Power an Inclusive Recovery
Partner Perspectives | 3/18/2021

COVID-19 gave us a year-long case study into just how critical technological agility and the ability to react to change in real-time are to every organization.

Get ready for 'Phase 3' of 5G in the US
DanoVision | 3/18/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have each already tried to make a 5G splash by deploying the technology first via 4G, then via highband spectrum and finally in lowband spectrum. What will the third phase of 5G look like?

South Korea’s LG U+ Proves Early 5G Market Entry Is a Plus
Partner Perspectives | 3/17/2021

South Korea has been an epicenter in the early 5G market, as carriers including LG U+ have been quick to build and launch services based on the technology. In a recent interview at Mobile World Congress 2021, Dr. Lee Sangchul, former CEO of LG U+, explained how the carrier has benefited from its early 5G entry, and how it promises even more opportunities in the future.

Why 10Gig is the right PON play today
Guest Perspectives | 3/17/2021

While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.

The UK's £1.4B 5G auction farce is still not over
Morris Lore | 3/17/2021

Operators are pleased to have paid so little after Ofcom rejected calls to scrap the familiar format, but their spectrum is all over the place.

A closer look at cable vs. 5G fixed wireless
DanoVision | 3/16/2021

T-Mobile lowered its customer expectations for fixed wireless. Verizon dramatically shifted its buildout plans. And AT&T is pretty sure that 'you don't have the capacity' to challenge cable.

Cujo AI's cybersecurity system set to roam (if you want to)
CxO Spotlight | 3/16/2021

Company's AI-aided cybersecurity system is now equipped to extend protection to devices when they are on the home network or connecting to LTE and Wi-Fi networks around the world, CTO Santeri Kangas says.

WiCipedia: The trials and tribulations of salary negotiation
WiCipedia | 3/12/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Melinda Gates takes DC universities by storm; what the Bumble IPO means for women in tech; International Women's Day celebrates all women; and more.

Disaggregating routed and optical networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/11/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Huawei Launches Platform to Power Wireless Carriers' Digital Transformation
Partner Perspectives | 3/10/2021

Responding to wireless carriers' need to manage more complex 5G services, Huawei has launched the General Digital Engine (DGE), a cloud-native platform that can help carriers transform their operations – making them more data-driven, intelligent and agile.

Could Wireless Networks Serving Industry 4.0 Applications Succeed Without Automation?
Partner Perspectives | 3/10/2021

Solving the 'complexity curse' of private networks is a multi-dimensional approach: automation is one fundamental solution.

No.1 NPS as Proof of Simyo Business Success
Partner Perspectives | 3/9/2021

Simyo, a Spanish carrier, transformed to be an integrated telecom carrier in six months. During the pandemic outbreak, Simyo improved the value of NPS (Net Prompter Score), consolidating the first place in Spain NPS through continuous service and communication strategies, including subscriber-centric personalized and online self-service.

Mentor Spotlight: Cox SVP says cybersecurity is everyone's job
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/8/2021

Cox's Patricia Martin shares some potential growth areas for the industry this year, why every employee needs to take responsibility for cybersecurity, how the cable industry is addressing the digital divide and what progress is being made in closing the gender gap in cable.

MWC 2021 is a go, but can it attract 50K visitors?
Morris Lore | 3/8/2021

The mother of all telecom trade shows has just unveiled details of a health-and-safety plan that will either encourage or deter attendees.

Why Remote MACPHY makes sense in APAC
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/8/2021

SPONSORED: As service providers in the Asia-Pacific region seek to ramp up capacity to meet traffic surges during the COVID-19 pandemic, they should consider upgrading their networks to a remote MACPHY architecture.

VoLTE: The Foundation of 5G Voice Services Will Unleash the Power of Voice
Partner Perspectives | 3/5/2021

At the 'Huawei VoLTE Pro Summit' that took place alongside the recent Mobile World Congress Shanghai, telecoms professionals delivered a strong message that calls for stakeholders in the mobile industry to embrace voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) as quickly and as broadly as they can.

WiCipedia: Women find opportunities for entrepreneurship in pandemic
WiCipedia | 3/5/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Amazon fails minority employees; BT works with Code First Girls to provide upskill courses; pandemic creates founder boom; and more.

Mentor Spotlight: This 'doctor' researches a cure for GPON vendor interoperability
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/4/2021

In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.

Open and disaggregated transport comes of age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Ligado's CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.

Scenario-Based Openness Is Essential for 1+N Networks to Move Towards Autonomous Driving Network (ADN)
Partner Perspectives | 3/1/2021

The development of 5G networks began to greatly accelerate in 2020. At the 11th Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in Shanghai in 2020, Huawei launched "1+N" 5G target networks.

Verizon's 5G tech support says the quiet part out loud
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Verizon's customer support implied that 5G will drain customers' phone batteries. What they really meant is that 5G is not yet worth using.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

Zoom Phone available through Lumen: Will you answer the call?
Guest Perspectives | 3/1/2021

Lumen is partnering with Zoom to launch the Zoom Phone, a cloud phone system that provides customers with the ability to migrate on-premises calling systems to a cloud platform which also includes Zoom Meetings, Chat, Rooms and Webinar capabilities.

Deutsche Telekom in no rush to join towers frenzy
Morris Lore | 3/1/2021

The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.

Why the time is ripe for Comcast to blow past its borders
The Bauminator | 2/26/2021

The discussion is no longer about offering a low-margin OTT-TV service out of Comcast's footprint, but about generating scale for a broader platform supported by a much more diverse economic ecosystem.

From 5G to 6G: What could it look like?
Guest Perspectives | 2/26/2021

As demand for connectivity increases, it's time to begin defining the 6G standard, and understanding the benefits and challenges that 6G will present.

WiCipedia: Pandemic culture shifts rank of best cities for WiT
WiCipedia | 2/26/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: New study reports gender equality in tech stats; Google seeks to improve image; the best cities for women in tech in 2021; and more.

ZTE Is Committed to Empowering Different Industries With Digital Technology
Partner Perspectives | 2/25/2021

An interview with Ling Zhi, Vice President of ZTE.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Continuous 5G Evolution for Building an Engine of All-Industry Digitalization – Dr. Tong Wen, Huawei Fellow and CTO of Huawei Wireless
Partner Perspectives | 2/24/2021

At the 5G Advanced Summit hosted by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) during MWC Shanghai 2021, Dr. Tong Wen, Huawei Fellow and CTO of Huawei Wireless, delivered a keynote speech.

Huawei's 'Ultra-Simplified' 5G RAN Solutions Could Help MNOs Address the Needs of Consumers and Businesses
Partner Perspectives | 2/24/2021

Mobile network operators (MNOs) must plan and deploy new 5G mobile technology infrastructure in order to meet growing customer demands for higher network quality of experience.

ZTE Is Striving to Help Operators in Various Countries to Achieve Digital Technology Development in 5G SA Deployment
Partner Perspectives | 2/24/2021

A Q&A session with Zhang Jianpeng, SVP and Head of Global Marketing at ZTE Corp.

Don't count on a Telecom Italia renaissance
Morris Lore | 2/24/2021

The Italian operator's latest strategic plan is probably not going to be a major restorative for a company that seems in perpetual decline.

Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Orby TV website is back in action, touting a discount
The Bauminator | 2/23/2021

Days after the prepaid satellite TV service halted new service activations, Orby TV's website is active again, promoting a cut rate on one-room installs.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

Something's up at Orby TV
The Bauminator | 2/19/2021

Cryptic message that Orby TV is 'not activating customer accounts' has left customers in the dark about the fate of a prepaid satellite TV service that got off the ground in early 2019.

WiCipedia: The buzz on Bumble's billionaire boss
WiCipedia | 2/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: There's a new billionaire in town; Clubhouse excludes minorities; the gaming industry makes ghosts of female developers; and more.

Why performance management is at the heart of successful managed SD-WAN
Guest Perspectives | 2/18/2021

A new report reveals that comprehensive network performance management across legacy and SD-WAN deployments will be key to driving successful managed services.

Huawei is proving as hard to stop as a movie supervillain
Morris Lore | 2/18/2021

Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.

YouTube TV to launch premium add-ons as sub base flattens out
The Bauminator | 2/18/2021

The streaming video service is preparing a yet-to-be priced add-on that will provide access to shows in 4K, allow subs to download shows, and provide unlimited streams at home.

Ritchie Peng: Building Optimal 5G Networks by Sustained Innovation
Partner Perspectives | 2/18/2021

At Huawei's online media and analyst pre-briefing for MWC Shanghai 2021. Mr. Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei's 5G Product Line, delivered a keynote speech titled Building Optimal 5G Networks by Sustained Innovation.

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