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VMware Takes IoT Management to the Cloud
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
VMware Pulse IoT Center provides edge infrastructure and lifecycle management, and partners can get in on the action later this year.
Verizon: mmWave Is Not 'a Coverage Spectrum' for 5G
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon's CEO fought back against concerns that the operator's mmWave 5G buildout isn't meeting expectations, but said that 'we all need to remind ourselves, this is not a coverage spectrum.'
Here Are T-Mobile's 5 Most Congested Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  1 comment
California – including cities like San Bernardino, Pomona and Salinas – appears to be causing T-Mobile some trouble in terms of network congestion, at least according to new findings from Tutela.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Telco Cloud Strategy
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Three leading operators make the shortlist for telco cloud strategy for this year's Leading Lights.
Eurobites: UK's Mobile Giants Upstaged by MVNO Minnows, Says Report
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia gets virtual with 5G testing; Forsway lands 5G contract with European Space Agency; telematics-based car insurance in the fast lane.
DevOps Startup Harness.io Scores $60M Funding
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Founded by Jyoti Bansal, who previously co-founded AppDynamics and sold it to Cisco for $3.7 billion, Harness.io provides continuous application integration and deployment (CICD) as a service.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Our shortlist for this Leading Lights category features eight solid contenders.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Alef Edge, AT&T, Edgeworx, MobiledgeX, Qwilt, SK Telecom and Vapor IO are the Leading Lights 2019 Finalists for Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy.
TiVo Fires Another Lawsuit at Comcast
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  1 comment
This time around, TiVo/Rovi accuses Comcast of infringing on six patents and technologies used in a variety of DVR and non-DVR video devices, as well as broadband gateways.
Rogers Nets 100K X1-Based Video Subs in Q1, but Pay-TV Base Declines
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Makes 'steady progress' with new IP-based video service based on Comcast's cloud platform, but admits rollout has a way to go.
AT&T, T-Mobile Close Galaxy Fold Hopes as Samsung Delays Folding Phone
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Apparently Samsung's new folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, isn't quite ready for prime time considering a number of reviewers found major problems with the device. It's like the Galaxy Note 7 all over again.
India's Telecom Sector Set for ARPU Recovery
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Aggressive competition has driven down customer spending in the Indian telecom market, but there are at last signs of a change.
Why Wireless Carriers Magically Keep Growing Every Quarter
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  1 comment
US wireless network operators are reporting phone growth beyond any rational explanation. Where are these new 'customers' coming from? Hint: Look for unused phones in desk drawers.
Deal Will Keep Charter in New York
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4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
A proposed deal, which still faces a final review, calls for Charter to expand broadband service in Upstate New York and pay an additional $12 million to reach other unserved and underserved areas.
Can SeaChange Mop Up Its Mess?
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4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
The video software company is confident it can emerge from turmoil despite a shrinking business; a string of reorgs; and the recent, abrupt departure of its CEO stemming from a dispute with an 'activist' shareholder.
America's Big 5G Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Experiment Comes Up Short
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2019  |  1 comment
Millimeter-wave spectrum, core to the US government's 5G strategy, doesn't seem to be generating the expected demand among providers. That's probably because it isn't performing like some had promised, at least not yet.
WiCipedia: Ageism, Diversity Training & Tackling Algorithms
WiCipedia  | 
4/19/2019  |  3 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Diversity training is on the rise; algorithm bias will be a thing of the past; ageism is biggest hurdle in tech hiring; and more.
Omniverse Lawsuit Scares Off Clikia
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Clikia shuts down OTT-TV service, CEO departs, company changes control and pivots to enter the private jet charter operation business.
Faulty Towers? Orange Rubbishes Germany's 5G DIY Scheme
Morris Lore  | 
4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Some German companies want to build their own 5G networks instead of relying on telcos. Good luck with that, says France's Orange.
Ligado's 5G Ambitions Take One (Tiny) Step Forward
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC this week said it plans to do... something... with a tiny chunk of mid-band spectrum. Ligado, which rose from the ashes of Philip Falcone's failed LightSquared, is hoping to get that spectrum and eventually use it for 5G.
Microsoft Acquires Express Logic for IoT Operating Systems
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Express Logic's ThreadX realtime operating system will be Microsoft's choice in Internet of Things devices like light bulbs and temperature gauges that are highly constrained for power use and memory.
T-Mobile Adds Banking to Its List of New Services
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Just days after launching a TV service, T-Mobile announced nationwide banking. The developments come amid the operator's efforts to score approval for its proposed merger with Sprint.
FCC Cracks Down on Video Streaming Boxes
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Agency's Enforcement Bureau takes aim at the marketing and distribution of boxes deemed out-of-compliance with FCC's technical requirements and follows earlier efforts to clamp down on devices used for video piracy.
Zone TV's Jeff Weber: Taking AI-Guided OTT Video Direct to Consumers
CxO Spotlight  | 
4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
After focusing on pay-TV box partnerships, digital content specialist has entered hybrid mode with its first standalone OTT video service.
5G? C'est Formidable, Say French Industrial Groups
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
French industrial groups say 5G will boost productivity and urge Orange to get moving on network rollout during a conference hosted by the French operator in Paris today.
Nokia 5G Kit 3 Months Behind Schedule in South Korea – Report
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2019  |  4 comments
Nokia's kit has displayed some problems in interoperability testing and in carrying heavy traffic loads, says local press report.
Here Are T-Mobile's 4 Options if Sprint Merger Collapses
DanoVision  | 
4/18/2019  |  1 comment
The chances that Sprint and T-Mobile will receive approval for their merger proposal continue to dim. And that leads to the next obvious question: What will Sprint and T-Mobile do if they don't receive regulatory approval?
Eurobites: Orange Lifts Lid on 5G-Fest
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4/18/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei promises 'no backdoors' to Germany; ADVA advances in Q1; EU lawmakers back WiFi standard for connected cars.
China Mobile May Be Barred From US Telecom Market Under FCC Proposal
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC is heeding a recommendation by the Trump administration to prevent China Mobile from building interconnection facilities inside the US.
DriveNets Boasts Cloud-Native Router Breakthrough
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Israeli startup claims to be first to market with a disaggregated router that supports 400G-per-port throughput as it courts major telcos and takes on the router establishment.
The Aftermath: Where Do Qualcomm, Intel & Apple Go From Here?
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Following Apple's new agreement with Qualcomm – and its rejection of Intel – the question now is whether Apple will develop its own 5G modem, and what Intel might do with its now-abandoned 5G modem business.
Netflix Still Poised for Global Growth Despite Disney Threat
The Bauminator  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Netflix is akin to a 'Blockbuster store in the cloud' while Disney+ will cater to families and fans of The Mouse's well-branded, highly recognized fare, analyst says.
Ericsson Not a Fan of German Spectrum Plan
News Analysis  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's approach to the award of 5G spectrum could turn out badly for the Swedish equipment maker.
SD-WAN Startup CloudGenix Scores $65M Funding – but the Market Is Brutal
News Analysis  | 
4/17/2019  |  3 comments
CloudGenix says it provides an alternative to NFV for telcos and communications service providers looking for a platform to deploy services over the cloud.
In 5G, US Carriers Aren't Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, but They Will
News Analysis  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Wall Street analysts aren't seeing the kind of 5G spending they had expected in the US tower industry, an indication that US operators may not be racing to 5G as fast as the hype seems to indicate.
Eurobites: Swisscom & Ericsson Flip the 5G Switch
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone ad bends the giga-truth; Nokia and Nordic Telecom get mission-critical with LTE; Orange teams up on cyberdefense; Amazon hits trouble in Italy.
Ericsson Gets Off to Flying 2019 Start but Must Cough Up for Corruption
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker reports its strongest set of quarterly results under the current management but warns investors that a US investigation into corrupt practices will land it with 'material' penalties.
DoJ Staffers Signal Early Checkout for Sprint, T-Mobile Merger
The Philter  | 
4/16/2019  |  1 comment
A few Trump hotel stays might not have been enough to help the UnCarrier, according to The Wall Street Journal. T-Mobile's boss puts down the story but offers no details.
Netflix Nears 150M Subs, Shrugs Off New Competition From Disney, Apple
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
OTT giant doesn't expect coming debuts of Disney+, Apple TV+ to have a material affect on Netflix's sub growth.
Apple, Qualcomm Truce May Pave the Way for 5G iPhone
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4/16/2019  |  2 comments
Apple and Qualcomm announced an end to their courtroom battles, as well as a new patent licensing agreement and a supply agreement that could provide Apple with Qualcomm's 5G modem.
Who Else Should Be in the Light Reading Hall of Fame?
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Know your role. Take our poll. Help our editors finish arguing which set of executives, inventors and luminaries will be among this year's inductees into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.
CenturyLink Shed 6K Workers During Crash Course Diet Last Year
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2019  |  2 comments
The fifth-biggest US operator by sales is beating AT&T and Verizon in terms of how many jobs it cut last year, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Google Fiber to Pay $3.84M to Clean Up Mess It Left in Louisville
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4/16/2019  |  1 comment
Google Fiber ceased service on Monday following decision to exit the market because of technical issues discovered with shallow trenching techniques it used there.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: AI, Regulation & 5G Spectrum
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
This week: AI in networks and beyond; regulation conversation; and 5G spectrum.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, BMW Try to Steer German Govt Away From Connected-Car WiFi
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German auction latest; US takes 'softer' approach on Huawei front; how the Notre-Dame fire confused YouTube's algorithm.
Huawei Tips Carrier Kit Sales to Rebound
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment giant forecasts double-digit growth in revenues at its carrier business this year after a slight decline in 2018.
Comcast, Charter MVNO Deals Are Bad for Everyone – Analyst
The Bauminator  | 
4/16/2019  |  1 comment
The cablecos and Verizon could be better suited with a revised deal centered on collaboration and network convergence – an agreement focused on small cell deployments that can fuel 5G networks.
China Probes Ericsson Over Licensing Complaints
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor's Beijing offices were raided on Friday after complaints were made about its licensing activities.
Service Management Modernization – Benefits & Challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T Sells 9.5% Stake in Hulu for $1.43B
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4/15/2019  |  2 comments
Disney tightens its grip on Hulu, sparking speculation on what Comcast/NBCU will do.
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