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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four tips for overcoming involuntary churn and improving customer lifetime value.
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.
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.
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.
Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.
The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.
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).
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.'
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 makes perfect sense for a brand-new fiber deployment.
The move to cloud-native is as much about people and relationships as it is about technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Policymakers appear to have ignored the earlier call for open RAN support and they would be wise to reject the latest.
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 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?
5G extended reality (XR) will be 'an absolute killer app' for consumers.
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.
The 4th Autonomous network Industry forum was successfully held during MBBF2021 in Dubai UAE.
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 operators may reduce network operations costs by up to 65% using automation at the IP domain layer.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovating faster and becoming more flexible are key concerns of top executives across the globe.
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.
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.
Base station antenna innovation is a top priority for Huawei.
Many operators have begun their network automation journeys but are at different stages and have taken different approaches.
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.
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.
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's iSuperSite showcase, a joint venture with China Mobile Zhejiang and the China Mobile Design Institute in Hangzhou, has recently been accepted.
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.
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.
The Chinese vendor's fledgling cloud business remains tiny alongside industry giants and may struggle even if it can fix its hardware problems.
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.
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.'
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."
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.'
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.
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.
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.
Connectivity is changing the future as virtual and real experiences converge to create a multi-dimensional, more diverse world.
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 ICT industry is one of the worst climate offenders on the planet and its billions of customers will ensure it remains so.
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.
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.
How can telecom carriers ensure the "best customer experience" under the impacts of the pandemic on our way of life?
The 7th UBBF (UBBF 2021) was held in Dubai under the theme of Connectivity+, New Growth.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The US operator is still slashing thousands of jobs as it tries to cut about $6 billion off its expenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The streaming service is more popular than ever and its share price has soared, but its public-cloud arrangements carry enormous risk.
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.'
'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.
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.
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.
In the past, digital transformation of manufacturing meant factory automation or replacing manual labor with machines.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
After the US chipmaker rules out building a fab in the UK, the government may struggle to attract other investors.
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.'
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.
SD-WAN services are on the rise.
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 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 will allow for greater agility in network services, increased operational efficiency and improved network availability.
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.
The social media giant suffers a blackout that lasts several hours and causes disruption for its customers worldwide.
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.
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.
As operators roll out their 5G networks, including the first standalone deployments, smartly monitoring and optimizing them has become substantially challenging.
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.
To give innovators, inventors and visionaries a broadband infrastructure with no limits, it has to be supported by fiber.
'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.