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The wireless bubble could start to deflate next year
DanoVision | 12/6/2021

During 2020, the nation's big wireless network operators collectively recorded almost 5 million new wireless customers. During 2021, that could rise to 10 million. But what happens when growth slows?

Ditto CEO takes a new angle at the edge
CxO Spotlight | 12/3/2021

With $9 million in seed funding in hand, Adam Fish's startup uses peer-to-peer and advanced, distributed database systems to connect and sync mobile and IoT devices with limited or no Internet connectivity.

Mobile embraces SDN with the RAN Intelligent Controller
Partner Perspectives | 12/2/2021

Telecom operators have been on a long journey to implement software-defined networking (SDN) in their data centers and transport networks over the last ten years.

Beyond 400G: Charting adoption for coherent 800G optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/2/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that the newest generation of 800G coherent optics will gain broad adoption over the next five years across the metro, long-haul and subsea network segments.

Senators press Sohn, Davidson on how they'll implement broadband bill
Broadband World News | 12/2/2021

With few legislative days left on the calendar, the US Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for President Biden's nominees for NTIA head, Alan Davidson, and FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part III
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2021

It's clear that bandwidth demand will continue to increase exponentially. Optical transport capacity must scale to meet this demand, while at the same time the cost-per- bit must decrease, and optical transport equipment must become more space- and power-efficient.

Why subscription media services don't have to accept churn as a fact of life
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2021

Four tips for overcoming involuntary churn and improving customer lifetime value.

Cable Next-Gen Business Services returns
Alantown | 11/30/2021

Light Reading's longest-running conference will be fully digital again next week as it tackles the damage wrought to the commercial market by COVID-19 and assesses cable's post-pandemic business prospects.

Ho ho ho – telco Xmas list asks Europe to scrap net neutrality
Morris Lore | 11/30/2021

The region's big players have written a hopeful letter asking for mergers to be approved, spectrum to be cheaper and big tech to pay up.

What cable wants from the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/30/2021

In this third segment of a four-part sponsored series, we look at more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing driving factors and implementation plans.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder
Morris Lore | 11/26/2021

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Nokia caught in telco schism over open RAN
Morris Lore | 11/24/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part II
Guest Perspectives | 11/24/2021

The next 50 years of optical communications will most likely be dedicated to addressing key fundamental challenges to make the optical expansion more efficient and practical, and to make these predictions even riskier (and more fun).

Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News | 11/23/2021

A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'

Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Broadband World News | 11/22/2021

Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.

XGS-PON for Rural Broadband
Partner Perspectives | 11/22/2021

XGS-PON makes perfect sense for a brand-new fiber deployment.

Tying the Knot With CI/CD
Partner Perspectives | 11/22/2021

The move to cloud-native is as much about people and relationships as it is about technology.

Driving Change With 400G Coherent Pluggable Optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that coherent pluggable optics are relevant in a wide range of use cases and will create a healthy and competitive ecosystem for a new era in transport networking.

How cable views the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

In this second segment of a four-part series, we look at more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing views and approach.

Huawei hails Massive MIMO Breakthrough With Release of MetaAAU
Partner Perspectives | 11/18/2021

Speaking at the recent Mobile Broadband Forum event in Dubai, Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei Wireless Solution, flagged numerous technology innovations and advances that take the traditional AAU (active antenna unit) found in Massive MIMO onto another level.

Keeping Your Networks Healthy With AI
Partner Perspectives | 11/18/2021

Covid-19 introduced structural and operational challenges to communication networks. To build long-term resilience, react faster to crisis and even predict and mitigate service outages, network operators should embrace automation, intelligent connectivity and accelerated analytics at scale.

Europe's $200B telcos are still pleading for open RAN handouts
Morris Lore | 11/18/2021

Policymakers appear to have ignored the earlier call for open RAN support and they would be wise to reject the latest.

5G Off to a Flyer With Strong Consumer Take-Up: GSMA
Partner Perspectives | 11/17/2021

5G is off to a strong start around the world with high consumer take-up and wide availability of attractive smartphones, says Chen Sihan, head of GSMA Greater China.

The C-band delay in 5G is impressively stupid
DanoVision | 11/17/2021

The FAA is having 'very productive discussions' with AT&T and Verizon over possible 5G interference with aircraft altimeters. But aren't those discussions a little late?

XR Is 5G's Killer Consumer App: Nreal
Partner Perspectives | 11/17/2021

5G extended reality (XR) will be 'an absolute killer app' for consumers.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part I
Guest Perspectives | 11/17/2021

Optical fiber has taken us on a 50-year journey, enabling communication capabilities that we never imagined possible. Now looking forward ten, 20, and even a full 50 years, we examine what the future holds for optical fiber communications.

Beyond the Hype, Autonomous Network Is on the Way
Partner Perspectives | 11/16/2021

The 4th Autonomous network Industry forum was successfully held during MBBF2021 in Dubai UAE.

Will the metaverse lead cable's '10G Challenge'?
The Bauminator | 11/16/2021

The cable industry will award more than $300,000 for ideas supporting apps and services that need speeds of at least 1-Gig. Holographs and light field displays aside, will something related to the so-called metaverse be among them?

Network Automation Drives Short-Term Benefits and Sets a Foundation for Network Slicing
Partner Perspectives | 11/16/2021

Network operators may reduce network operations costs by up to 65% using automation at the IP domain layer.

Prickly Deutsche Telekom boss wants hyperscaler deals curbed
Morris Lore | 11/16/2021

US tech giants are buying the companies that telcos use to 'digitize' their core infrastructure, and the CEO of Europe's largest telco is not happy.

When Being Onsite Isn’t an Option: IIoT for Remote Sites
Partner Perspectives | 11/16/2021

It does not take a global catastrophe to show that there are a growing number of applications where IIoT devices can replace expensive on-site visits.

Gluware in 'full-blown growth mode' with $43M in funding, says CEO
CxO Spotlight | 11/15/2021

Light Reading recently caught up with Jeff Gray, CEO of Gluware, to discuss updates to the company's automation platform for enterprise customers and to hear more about how Gluware plans to put its new funding to use.

T-Mobile is winning the race to 100MHz for midband 5G
DanoVision | 11/15/2021

T-Mobile soon expects to provide up to 200 million Americans with average 5G speeds of 400 Mbit/s. AT&T and Verizon, meanwhile, are stuck waiting for the White House to mediate interagency squabbling.

Conexon Connect gets $435M in latest RDOF round to serve fiber through rural co-ops
Broadband World News | 11/15/2021

In the FCC's largest round of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) yet, which saw electric cooperatives as the walkaway winners, over $435 million was designated for Conexon Connect, a fiber ISP providing service through local co-ops.

The risky business of multicloud insurance
The Wizard of Roz | 11/15/2021

Telcos need a way to address the hyperscaler lock-in. Roz Roseboro ponders whether Vodafone's TaaS platform plan is a reasonable insurance policy or another example of a telco driving recklessly.

How cable aims to leverage the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/15/2021

In this first segment of a new four-part series, we look at some key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing strategy and efforts.

WiCipedia: The importance of diversity in cryptocurrency
WiCipedia | 11/12/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Funding is 'surging' for female-founded companies; will new Texas laws cause a tech exodus?; harassment may be unavoidable for women in tech; and more.

Accelerating Innovation in APAC Broadband Operators
Partner Perspectives | 11/11/2021

Innovating faster and becoming more flexible are key concerns of top executives across the globe.

SMBs and the Future of Fiber
Guest Perspectives | 11/11/2021

Increased fiber deployment will create a competitive dynamic fueled by smaller, established providers and new entrants made up of rural telcos, municipalities and co-operatives.

Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
Broadband World News | 11/10/2021

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.

Huawei on Mission to Boost Antenna Efficiencies
Partner Perspectives | 11/9/2021

Base station antenna innovation is a top priority for Huawei.

Network Automation Reduces Labour Time, Error Rates and Costs by 70% and More
Partner Perspectives | 11/9/2021

Many operators have begun their network automation journeys but are at different stages and have taken different approaches.

US House passes Biden's infrastructure bill with $65B for broadband
Broadband World News | 11/8/2021

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains the federal government's largest investment in broadband, as well as key provisions around affordability and digital equity.

Cable vet aims to whip the power grid into shape
CxO Spotlight | 11/8/2021

Robert Cruickshank claims his Optimum Load Shaping system can help cable operators cut power costs and put power utilities into position to modernize the grid and speed a transition to renewable energy.

China Telecom Shares 5G Business Models in Key Industry Categories
Partner Perspectives | 11/5/2021

The telecom industry in China is making progress in 5G industry rollout at scale, says China Telecom's Zhang Dong at Light Reading's Leading in 5G webinar series.

Huawei Builds an iSuperSite Showcase in Collaboration With China Mobile Zhejiang and the China Mobile Design Institute
Partner Perspectives | 11/5/2021

Huawei's iSuperSite showcase, a joint venture with China Mobile Zhejiang and the China Mobile Design Institute in Hangzhou, has recently been accepted.

Revenue miss doesn't spoil Frontier's fiber momentum
Broadband World News | 11/4/2021

Frontier tacked on a record 185,000 new fiber locations and 29,000 fiber subs in Q3. Frontier shares rose despite a revenue miss, making it clear that investors are applying more weight to the pace of Frontier's FTTP buildout.

Taking stock of number portability
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/3/2021

Heavy Reading survey data indicates that number portability has been deployed at scale and is meeting or exceeding performance expectations, but business model complexity is having an impact within Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Huawei's subscale cloud unit needs more than just chips
Morris Lore | 11/3/2021

The Chinese vendor's fledgling cloud business remains tiny alongside industry giants and may struggle even if it can fix its hardware problems.

Adtran CEO reports 'mixed' results and mixed feelings on supply issues
Broadband World News | 11/2/2021

Adtran reported a GAAP net loss of $10.4 million for Q3 2021, owing largely to supply chain issues. But CEO Tom Stanton tried to project a sunny outlook for 2022 while also admitting it's the company's biggest problem.

Thailand AIS Works With Huawei to Build a Leading 5G SA Monetization Platform, Enabling 5G Service Development
Partner Perspectives | 11/2/2021

At the TM Forum's Digital Transformation World Series 2021 on September 28, Chaiwat Suttenon, Head of IT & Services Platform Management Department of Thailand Advanced Info Service (AIS), delivered a keynote speech titled 'How 5G SA Charging System Enabling 5G Development Successfully.'

Integrated Bearer, Slice Enables Differentiated Services
Partner Perspectives | 11/2/2021

At the UBBF 2021 data communication sub-forum, Lindel Sun, business development director of corporate market, from China Mobile Hong Kong, delivered a speech with the theme "Integrated Bearer, Slice enables Differentiated Services."

Rain's Francois Olivier: Building a Converged Transport Network for 5G
Partner Perspectives | 11/2/2021

At the UBBF 2021 Intelligent Cloud-Network Session, Francois Olivier, Head of Engineering of Rain in South Africa, delivered a speech titled 'Building a Converged Transport Network for 5G.'

Where Biden's FCC pick Gigi Sohn stands on broadband
Broadband World News | 10/29/2021

If confirmed, Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn will bring a strong voice for open, affordable Internet and public networks, just as the administration prepares for the largest federal broadband investment in history.

WiCipedia: Art makes tech less 'boring' for kids
WiCipedia | 10/29/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Working from home has career progression downsides; the FCC makes gender equality waves; social media potentially a bright spot for women in tech; and more.

MTN's Ricardo Varzielas: Accelerate Innovation for Long-Term Sustainable Growth
Partner Perspectives | 10/28/2021

At UBBF 2021, Dubai, Ricardo Varzielas, CFO of MTN GlobalConnect, shares how to enhance connectivity among data centers, to ensure networks are ready to deliver the customer experience that 5G promises and promote the digital economy in Africa.

Solving Climate Change With Green ICT
Partner Perspectives | 10/28/2021

Connectivity is changing the future as virtual and real experiences converge to create a multi-dimensional, more diverse world.

That time public cloud hyperscalers invaded MWC LA
DanoVision | 10/28/2021

Microsoft, Google and Amazon fielded plenty of executives at this year's MWC LA show. Their goal is to get mobile network operators to put their core network services in the cloud.

The grubby truth about telecom and the climate
Morris Lore | 10/28/2021

The ICT industry is one of the worst climate offenders on the planet and its billions of customers will ensure it remains so.

The Three Key Success Factors for Enterprise 5G
Partner Perspectives | 10/27/2021

The success of enterprise 5G requires a combination of good government policies, a mature value chain and a broad ecosystem, according to Sun Yun, Deputy General Manager, Government and Enterprise Account Dept, China Mobile Zhejiang.

The 5G branding war has finally ended
DanoVision | 10/27/2021

AT&T said it will brand its forthcoming C-band network as '5G+.' In doing so, it will use the same basic strategy as Verizon. However, it's not clear whether AT&T will charge extra for the service.

PLDT: Congestion-Free Network Leading to Best Customer Experience
Partner Perspectives | 10/27/2021

How can telecom carriers ensure the "best customer experience" under the impacts of the pandemic on our way of life?

World's First All-Optical Autonomous Driving Network White Paper Released by Huawei
Partner Perspectives | 10/27/2021

The 7th UBBF (UBBF 2021) was held in Dubai under the theme of Connectivity+, New Growth.

Future-Oriented Comprehensive Network, Continuous Innovation Enabling Rapid Service Growth
Partner Perspectives | 10/26/2021

At the 7th Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2021), Sumon Ahmed Sabir, CTO of Fiber @ Home, delivered a speech, sharing how Fiber @ Home provides a completely neutral, secure, robust, and fast fiber network across the country.

Biden announces long-awaited nominees for vacant FCC and NTIA posts
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair. Biden also nominated Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA.

Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.

Helping Carriers to Accelerate Full-Service Development & Enabling Digital Transformation
Partner Perspectives | 10/26/2021

At the 7th Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2021), Dan Bieler, Principal Analyst from Forrester, delivered a speech, sharing his insights about digital transformation and recommendation for carriers of winning the market under the accelerating full-service development trend.

Dish to use Helium's DIY 5G network
DanoVision | 10/26/2021

Dish Network, already a bit of a maverick in the 5G arena, said it plans to use the do-it-yourself 5G network that startup Helium is constructing with cryptocurrency payments.

AT&T job cuts hit record 12K in recent quarter
Morris Lore | 10/22/2021

The US operator is still slashing thousands of jobs as it tries to cut about $6 billion off its expenses.

Verizon SVP Debika Bhattacharya on the credibility conundrum for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 10/21/2021

Light Reading recently caught up with Bhattacharya during a fireside chat at Light Reading's Big 5G Event in Denver to discuss the role mentors and sponsor have played in her career, and what she sees as the current biggest barriers for women in the industry.

Multi-Antenna and Ultra-Wideband Key for Sub-3GHz Evolution
Partner Perspectives | 10/21/2021

A Sub-3GHz Evolution Forum, hosted by Huawei at Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Dubai, highlighted compelling business case benefits for operators when deploying innovative multi-antenna and ultra-wideband technologies in low- and mid-band spectrum.

The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
Broadband World News | 10/21/2021

This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.

Google Fiber's 2-Gig footprint expands
Broadband World News | 10/20/2021

San Antonio is the latest Google Fiber market to get access to a relatively new service tier that pumps out 2Gbit/s downstream and 1Gbit/s upstream for $100 per month.

Netflix shows why telcos should fear AWS
Morris Lore | 10/20/2021

The streaming service is more popular than ever and its share price has soared, but its public-cloud arrangements carry enormous risk.

Huawei's Peng Song: C.A.F Model Is Key to Building Network Competitiveness and Driving Growth
Partner Perspectives | 10/19/2021

At the 7th Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2021), Peng Song, president of Global Carrier Marketing & Solution Sales at Huawei, delivered a keynote speech titled 'Extend Connectivity, Drive Growth.'

Is the sun finally starting to shine on 5G?
DanoVision | 10/19/2021

'It's been a profitable business,' said Elisa's Kimmo Pentikäinen of the operator's 5G launch. In its most recent financial report, the operator reported a gain of $3.50 per month per customer from 5G.

Huawei's Kevin Hu: Intelligent Cloud Network Inspires New Growth
Partner Perspectives | 10/19/2021

At the 7th Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF 2021), Kevin Hu, President of Huawei's Data Communication Product Line, introduced four new features of Huawei's Intelligent Cloud-Network Solution and all-scenario NetEngine series intelligent routers.

Vewd CEO pushes Operator TV play
CxO Spotlight | 10/18/2021

Starting in Europe with a partnership with Vestel, Vewd intends to take its 'Operator TV' program to other regions around the globe, CEO Aneesh Rajaram says.

China Unicom: The Biggest 5G Impact Will Be on Manufacturing
Partner Perspectives | 10/15/2021

In the past, digital transformation of manufacturing meant factory automation or replacing manual labor with machines.

FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
Broadband World News | 10/15/2021

Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.

WiCipedia: The 'broken rungs' of women's careers
WiCipedia | 10/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women get short shrift when it comes to promotions; workplace harassment is as pervasive as ever; telecom steps into the 21st century; and more.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past
Morris Lore | 10/15/2021

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

Fresh funding will fuel some M&A, Plume CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 10/12/2021

Armed with a $300 million from an 'F' round led by Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Plume intends to target companies that can broaden the smart home software specialist's cloud, data and AI capabilities, Plume CEO Fahri Diner says.

FCC releases another wave of RDOF cash
Broadband World News | 10/8/2021

FCC has authorized another $163M for RDOF covering 42 providers, and vows that a 'clean up' of the process is moving ahead as dozens of winning bidders opt not to pursue buildouts in 5,000-plus census blocks.

Intel chips snub is a blow for the UK
Morris Lore | 10/8/2021

After the US chipmaker rules out building a fab in the UK, the government may struggle to attract other investors.

The Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
Broadband World News | 10/7/2021

This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'

Kore Wireless, now public, aims to be a 'one-stop-shop' for IoT
CxO Spotlight | 10/6/2021

Last week's IPO paired with recent combination with Cerberus Telecom Acquisition Corp. puts Kore Wireless in position to accelerate organic and inorganic growth, says Romil Bahl, Kore's president and CEO.

How to Untangle Operational Complexity to Maximize SD-WAN Service Revenues
Partner Perspectives | 10/5/2021

SD-WAN services are on the rise.

Redefining the Cost Models for APAC Broadband Operators
Partner Perspectives | 10/5/2021

In a market approaching 5.7 billion mobile subscriptions in 2021, broadband can sometimes feel to play second fiddle in Asia and Oceania (Omdia).

Frontier and Ziply Fiber amass funds for FTTP buildouts
Broadband World News | 10/5/2021

Frontier plans to offer $1 billion in notes to help finance its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber announced it raised $350 million in debt funding to do the same.

Network Automation at the Domain Controller Layer Drives Significant Benefits to Operators
Partner Perspectives | 10/5/2021

Network automation will allow for greater agility in network services, increased operational efficiency and improved network availability.

Super-Charge Your 5G Network by Moving DNS to the Edge
Partner Perspectives | 10/5/2021

The number of 5G subscribers is expected to exceed 580 million by end of 2021, with 3.5 billion subscribers predicted in 2026, according to Ericsson's recent mobility report.

Facebook outage should frighten everyone
Morris Lore | 10/5/2021

The social media giant suffers a blackout that lasts several hours and causes disruption for its customers worldwide.

LR staging three digital forums at Cable-Tec Expo
Alantown | 10/5/2021

Light Reading will run three one-hour digital forums on key tech topics as part of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next week, including cable and 5G, DAA, network virtualization and more.

WiCipedia: How women are mansplained into silence on social media
WiCipedia | 10/1/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Gender parity in social media; the top companies for women in tech; 'greentech' and investment in female founders; and more.

Unlock 5G Network Potential With Predictive Analytics
Partner Perspectives | 10/1/2021

As operators roll out their 5G networks, including the first standalone deployments, smartly monitoring and optimizing them has become substantially challenging.

Timing and Synchronization Are Key to 5G
Partner Perspectives | 9/30/2021

Synchronization is one of the most critical functions of a communication system. Timing and synchronization standards for mobile networks prevent messages from interfering with one another and enable smooth cell-to-cell transfers.

The future of broadband and fiber as infrastructure
Guest Perspectives | 9/29/2021

To give innovators, inventors and visionaries a broadband infrastructure with no limits, it has to be supported by fiber.

The metaverse will save 5G? That's so cute!
DanoVision | 9/28/2021

'The metaverse is our future business model,' explains SK Telecom's Cho Ik-hwan. In reality, the metaverse will blow past the 5G industry on its way toward lining the pockets of big Internet companies.

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