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Windstream Woes: Hedge Fund Prevails in Bond Fight
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2/18/2019  |  4 comments
Windstream may end up owing 310M to a hedge fund if a court ruling made on Friday is allowed to stand. That could force the company into bankruptcy.
LeoSat CEO Envisions a High-Capacity, Low-Latency Backbone... in Space!
CxO Spotlight  | 
2/18/2019  |  Post a comment
But to get that global vision off the ground (literally), LeoSat must piece together a plan that spans technology, secures funding and cuts through a heap of regulatory red tape.
Rakuten Sets Cloud-Native 5G Template, Disrupts Japan's Status Quo
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2/18/2019  |  Post a comment
With its next-gen network plans, the ecommerce company threatens to have the same impact on Japan's telecom market that Reliance Jio had in India.
Eurobites: UK Set to Approve Deployment of Huawei's 5G Gear
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2/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: GSMA warns against supply chain disruption in Europe; UK mobile operators may be forced to share networks in rural areas; G+D boasts integrated mobile security chip; and more.
Enabling a Platform Business Model to Monetize Operator Network Capabilities
Partner Perspectives  | 
2/18/2019  |  1 comment
Huawei's collaboration with Axiata could serve as a blueprint for mobile operators that have ambitions beyond connectivity provision.
Altice USA Might Sell Lightpath Unit – Cowen & Co.
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2/15/2019  |  1 comment
Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.
Big Programmers & Studios Bring Hammer Down on Omniverse
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2/15/2019  |  3 comments
Lawsuit alleges that Omniverse One World Television, a company 'powering' multiple OTT-TV services, is distributing channels, TV shows and movies without authorization.
How Comcast/NBCU Is Connecting With Startups
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2/15/2019  |  1 comment
Working with Techstars, Comcast/NBCU is gearing up for a second Lift Labs Accelerator program that will involve up to 12 startups that could end up with partnerships with Comcast and/or NBCU.
WiCipedia: 'It Takes One Misstep to Fall Off Your Pedestal'
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A startup competition for black women in tech; the challenges of getting to the top and staying there; have a dude's name to get ahead; and more.
5G4REAL: MWC19, 5G Handsets & Some Frequency Queries
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
The first 5G handsets are expected to be on display at Mobile World Congress – or even before. But 5G networks and coverage are still lacking.
Huawei Sets Sights on 6G Stardom Amid 5G Strife
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Amid turmoil in international equipment markets, Huawei's rotating chairman is worrying about what happens after 5G.
Cloud-Native Router Startup DriveNets Banks $110M, Takes On Cisco et al.
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2/15/2019  |  4 comments
Vendor already has Tier 1 traction, a founder with track record of disruption, the backing of Bessemer and has Cisco, Juniper, Huawei and Nokia in its sights.
Eurobites: MTN Uganda CEO Deported
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica improves its network visibility with Ixia; Telia's Uzbek fine fallout keeps falling out; DriveNets raises $110 million.
5G4REAL: MWC19 Handset Warning
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Let's get serious about 5G phones. They're going to be cool, gorgeous and they're mostly going to run at 4G speeds.
Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.
Amazon Scuttles Planned New York H2Q
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Local political opposition proved to be too much for Amazon.
Podcast: AT&T, 5G & the Mirantis Incident
The Philter  | 
2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
The recently reported deal with Mirantis is another step in AT&T's network evolution as the company continues to carry the flag for open source and a software-defined 5G network.
Huawei Muscle Puts Ericsson, Nokia on 5G Back Foot in Europe – Sources
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
European vendors do not have the resources to replace Huawei if a ban should come into effect, according to service provider sources.
Brightcove Buys a Streaming Rival for $15M
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Following Telstra's disastrous acquisition of Ooyala and a subsequent buyout by Ooyala's management, Brightcove has stepped in to buy Ooyala's online video platform biz.
Ahead of 5G, Sprint Tweaks Backhaul & Spectrum Configurations
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint is clearly preparing for a 5G onslaught of data on its network, with plans to pay up to $175 million to potentially switch from Ethernet to fiber backhaul and, separately, to expand its 2.5GHz signals into additional channels.
Google Fiber: A Timeline of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Bauminator  | 
2/14/2019  |  2 comments
Google's fiber initiative is almost exactly nine years old. Following its embarrassing setback in Louisville, here's a look back at Google Fiber's moments of hype, glory, achievement and disappointment.
Verizon, T-Mobile, Amazon Hint at CBRS 3.5GHz Ambitions
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon and T-Mobile have hinted at plans to use 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum to add capacity to their services. But others, like Amazon, are hinting at broader plans to use the spectrum for IoT-style services.
Eurobites: Prosecutors Name Former BT Execs in Global Services Fraud Probe
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels busy on digital commerce, copyright laws; Nokia plans AI hubs; the app that tracks Saudi women.
MWC 2019: 5G's AI Power Struggle
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/14/2019  |  1 comment
5G will usher in an AI power struggle between the mobile operators and the web services giants, predicts Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica.
Virtualization Is Progressing, but What About Cloud & Automation?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Communications service providers are about a fifth of the way towards their virtualization targets.
Google to Spend $13B on New Data Centers & Offices in US
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Google says new construction will create capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs.
Is There a 5G Edge Advantage for Mobile Operators?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.
Cisco: Service Provider Revenue Shrinks, Overall Revenue Grows
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Everything's looking great, says Cisco. Let's just not talk about the service provider business.
Apple Nears Launch of Video Streaming Product Sans Netflix – Report
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
HBO's involvement reportedly 'in doubt' as Apple prepares to introduce an aggregation offering that includes Apple originals and integrated access to other OTT services.
Fourteen Takeaways From the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Hearings
DanoVision  | 
2/13/2019  |  1 comment
If you missed the three-plus hours of testimony from T-Mobile's John Legere and Sprint's Marcelo Claure on the proposed merger between their companies, here's a quick rundown of what happened (spoilers: not much).
Dish Undaunted About Wireless Plans
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Still confident that FCC will approve its NB-IoT plan and that Dish will start to have standards-compliant gear in hand for a standalone 5G network sometime in 2020.
Dish Sheds 334K Video Subs in Q4, Rocked by HBO, Univision Blackouts
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Sling TV adds 47K subs in period, slowed from a gain of about 160K a year earlier, but Dish says its OTT base is now 'margin-positive.'
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst: How Open Source Stopped Being 'Scary'
CxO Spotlight  | 
2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Red Hat's boss on how open source enables innovation and the cloud, disrupts IT, and might make the world better. Also: Will the IBM acquisition threaten Red Hat's unique culture?
Eurobites: Ireland's eir Plows €500M Into Fixed-Line Network
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM collaborates with Corning; Tele2's Q4; prepaid mobile in developing economies; Kudelski forges IoT partnership.
Edge Computing Players Move Beyond Tower Locations
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2019  |  2 comments
The edge computing sector remains in flux: Players aren't interested in locating equipment at the base of every single cell tower anymore, and some (like Vapor IO) have delayed their data center buildout plans.
AT&T Adds 2 More US Cities to 5G Plans in 2019
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Chicago and Minneapolis down to get mmWave in 2019, as AT&T boasts speeds of 400 Mbit/s for its mobile service.
Qualcomm Quietly Exits Wireless Charging & Healthcare – on the Same Day
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm is getting rid of its businesses in the wireless vehicle charging sector and the mobile healthcare sector as it works to refocus on opportunities spanning the mobile, auto, IoT, networking and PC sectors.
DT's Dinner With Huawei Could Become Dog's Breakfast
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
A European backlash against Huawei could turn into the German incumbent's biggest network challenge of all time.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Europe, Huawei, O-RAN & Legere
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Uh-oh – Brexit chat ahoy! Plus Huawei, O-RAN and John Legere.
Eurobites: Ericsson, Intel Combine on Software-Defined Infrastructure for 5G
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: US Secretary of State Pompeo pummels Huawei in Hungary; Nokia offers IoT-in-a-box; Allison Kirkby joins BT board; how to monitor your smart baby.
Amid Global Turmoil, Huawei Still Counts at Least One American Supporter
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
While Huawei faces sales bans from carriers and governments worldwide, the company still counts at least one supporter: James Valley Telecommunications. 'I'm a believer in being innocent until proven guilty,' said the CEO.
AT&T Building 5G Network on an Open Source Foundation
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Sure, Kubernetes and OpenStack provide the platform for a continent-spanning network, but the open source process is a critical part of the equation.
Amazon to Snap Up eero, Claw Into Whole-Home WiFi Market
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
eero battles with the likes of Google and Netgear at retail, and has made some strides in the service provider sector.
MWC 5G-Gasm Risks Missing the Big Telecom Issues
Morris Lore  | 
2/11/2019  |  2 comments
Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.
Technicolor to Unload Research & Innovation Unit
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Has a 'binding offer' from InterDigital for unit that has operated labs linked to data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, VR and augmented reality.
Verizon to Keep 3G Network Running for Some Enterprise Customers
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon re-affirmed that it will shut down its CDMA 3G network at the end of this year. But that shutdown won't affect a few of Verizon's enterprise customers who get to keep service for a few more years.
Why Verizon Is Seeking Grassroots Support for Its 5G Buildout
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon – one of the biggest US corporations – is asking regular people to help it build its 5G network. Why? It probably has something to do with health issues and aesthetic opposition to small cells.
MWC 2019: 5G & the Capex Question
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
With 2019 set to be the year when 5G really starts to shift from slideware to the network, the head of Ovum's European telecoms team, Dario Talmesio, talks about the impact on carrier capex.
Unified Office CEO: Would You Like Extra Services With That VoIP?
CxO Spotlight  | 
2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
CEO Ray Pasquale isn't in the VoIP business to lower the price of phone calls. He wants to give small businesses everything they need to know – from network analytics to pizza topping preferences – on one screen.
How Sports TV Viewership Is Changing
Column  | 
2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
And how these changes offer fresh opportunities for video providers to engage sports fans in meaningful new ways.
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