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Avoiding the Prepaid Death Spiral
Column  | 
4/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators that mainly serve prepaid customers must figure out a strategy for tackling churn.
Podcast: Mobile 5G Is Alive!
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
5G, AWS, telco cloud and Internet video have dominated the headlines in recent weeks and we're talking about all of it, live from NYC.
Four Trends We'll Be Tracking at NAB 2019
The Bauminator  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
What's new with AV1, OTT and ATSC 3.0, and what does the video and TV industry really think of 5G? We'll find out next week in Sin City.
5G 'Race' Continues to Dominate US Policy Discussions
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The US wireless industry trade group continues to use the specter of a 5G Chinese boogeyman to push policymakers to bend to its demands. And based on CTIA's 5G event this week, the association may be making headway in its efforts.
Another Set of 5G Standards Was Just Released, but No One Really Cares
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  1 comment
The 3GPP's RAN committee recently voted to approve the third and final bundle of initial 5G specifications. However, those in the industry are calling it a 'non event,' because few operators appear interested in the specs.
Huawei 5G Ban May Cost UK £7B, Say Telcos in Panicky Report
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
A panicky report from the UK's mobile network operators seems to overstate the impact of banning Huawei on the UK economy.
Eurobites: 5G Arrives at UK's Birmingham New Street Station
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia's Lithuanian arm axes jobs; Sunrise launches FWA for 5G early adopters; Ofcom probes BT over Irish fiber deal.
Why CSG Is Betting on Blockchain
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
New lab backed by CSG to focus on how blockchain tech can streamline global roaming deals, inter-carrier agreements and possibly settlements between pay-TV and OTT services.
WiCipedia: Gen Z Redefines Tech & Pay Gap Inequality Rages On
WiCipedia  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Gen Z enters the workforce; pay gap inequality is not solved yet; harassment is the norm for women in tech, and more.
India's BSNL May Lay Off 31% of Staff – Reports
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  1 comment
India's state-owned operator is planning on cutting about 54,000 jobs, according to press reports.
AT&T: White Boxes Online in Toronto & London – 76 Countries & 400G Planned
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T already has white box networking deployed in Toronto and London, with a lot more to come, says CTO Andre Fuetsch.
South Korea Stutters Towards a National 5G Launch on Friday
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Following a minor prelude, South Korea will kick off its widespread 5G launch on April 5.
CenturyLink Taps Streamroot for P2P Assist
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Says the P2P-focused agreement will help CenturyLink expand into hard-to-reach areas and augment, not replace, its global content delivery network.
T-Mobile: AT&T's '5G E' Label Helped Tilt Speed Tests
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  1 comment
T-Mobile has cited data from Ookla for years showing that its wireless network is the fastest in the country. Now Ookla's new numbers give the crown to AT&T and T-Mobile was fast with its excuses.
CommScope Wraps $7.4B Deal for Arris
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  3 comments
Strategic aim of the merger centers on prep for the 5G transition, network convergence and complementary wireless tech spanning both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
'Lean NFV' Aims to Reignite Virtualization
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  3 comments
Nicira co-founder Scott Shenker and other networking visionaries issue a manifesto for technology they say can jump-start development for network functions virtualization (NFV).
German 5G Auction Bids Near €3B
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's spectrum auction looks set to exceed the €3 billion ($3.4 billion) threshold because of keen interest in the 2GHz band.
CableLabs's Virtualization Efforts Enter New Realities
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  1 comment
Virtualization group retooling to support industry's new Flexible MAC Architecture amid recent departure of two execs focused on NFV and SDN, sources say.
Eurobites: Swedish Govt Considers Sale of Telia Stake
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: T-Systems teams up with Israel's Argus on automotive cybersecurity; AirTies completes Technicolor WiFi deal; BBC's iPlayer streams FA Cup in Ultra HD.
Verizon's Mobile 5G Network Goes Live in 2 Cities at 'Typical' 450Mbit/s Speeds
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon switched its mobile 5G network on in two cities a week earlier than expected, and set performance expectations: average 450Mbit/s downloads, peaks up to 1Gbit/s and latency of 30 milliseconds.
CommScope Upgraded on Arris Deal, 5G Potential
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Raymond James ups CommScope to 'Strong Buy' on belief that Arris will boost earnings more than expected and that the combined company is poised to make hay on the 5G transition.
T-Mobile, Viacom Strike Deal for Mobile TV
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
New agreement paves way for T-Mobile to offer live streams of Viacom networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon & Comedy Central, nationwide via its mobile network.
Meet Verizon's New Network Team
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  2 comments
Verizon is embarking on a new corporate structure that unifies its wireless and wireline network operations. Here's a look at some of the operator's top executives, and their organizational relationships, in Verizon's new network division.
Intel Doubles Down on 5G & NFV
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
The vendor lavishes an unusual amount of love on telcos and other network operators as it unveils an assortment of new networking, compute, memory and storage components.
Eurobites: Union Rejects BT's 'Restructuring' Plan
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia completes Fintur acquisition, faces threats over TV ad; Spirent swaps Erics; Europe wants to be in connected-car vanguard.
SKT Boasts 34K 5G Basestations, Undercuts 4G Pricing
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Ahead of a mass-market 5G launch on Friday, the South Korean operator said it had deployed 34,000 basestations and that its 5G service will cost less than 4G.
Making the Most of OTT Video
Breznick Unbound  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
With streaming video still exploding, experts from across the video spectrum will discuss how to turn OTT into a compelling, secure and profitable platform to deliver content to multiple screens.
Disney+ Poised to Rake In 24M Subs by 2023 – Forecast
The Bauminator  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Using a blend of big movies, library content, off-network TV series and 'sizzle-worthy' originals, Disney+ is said to be in the best spot to take on Netflix and outpace other, new streaming rivals, analyst says.
T-Mobile's Threats to Cable Are All Bark & No Bite, Says New Street
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  5 comments
T-Mobile has boasted that it will pose a major threat to the nation's cable companies if it is able to merge with Sprint. But the Wall Street analysts at New Street Research aren't buying that argument.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Apple, Huawei & Europe
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
The core crew on Apple (see what we did there?), Huawei and the ongoing super-slow-mo car crash that is Brexit.
German 5G Bids Top €2B, But It's Too Soon to Panic
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's biggest operator has already rung the alarm bell over the country's ongoing 5G auction, but spending is still way off Italian levels.
Rogers, Videotron Angle for X1 Edge
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Like Shaw Communications in the western half of the nation, the two big Canadian cablecos are now rolling out their own syndicated versions of Comcast's cloud-based video platform in their respective regions.
Eurobites: T-Systems, SAP Cozy Up in the Cloud
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and ABB make it official; Openet appoints new man in Asia-Pacific; ETSI issues standards for digital signatures on mobile devices.
AWS Hires SDN/NFV Pioneer
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  1 comment
SDN/NFV pioneer Tetsuya Nakamura, until recently at CableLabs, has jumped ship to Amazon Web Services. Meanwhile, another SDN/NFV pioneer from CableLabs, Don Clarke, is taking time off.
Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Pact Could Free up to $19B in 5G Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Two massive technology companies with deep ties to the US government have teamed on a proposal that could ultimately free 50MHz in the 1300MHz band for 5G or other commercial uses. But the idea faces big challenges.
Intel Capital Splashes $117M on 14 Startups – Including a Telco Supplier
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Tibit Communications, one of the beneficiaries of Intel's investment, provides home, office and cell site broadband connectivity. Others relate to AI, IoT and other emerging applications driving network demand.
Cujo AI's Peiro: Locked In on Home Network & IoT Security Market
CxO Spotlight  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
The startup, with Comcast and Charter in its corner, believes its AI and machine learning-driven analysis platform steers clear of data privacy concerns raised by those that rely on deep packet inspection tech.
24GHz 5G Auction Passes $1.7B
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
24GHz 5G auction up to $1,710,903,965 as of Monday afternoon.
Cable One Bulks Up With $525.9M Fidelity Buy
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
But it's not clear how Fidelity's app-based TV streaming offering in partnership with MobiTV will play long-term at broadband-focused Cable One.
So Much for the Diet: Huawei Gained 8K Workers Last Year, Report Shows
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite announcing diet plans in 2017, Huawei appears to have gained weight in the last couple of years.
ADC Vendor Kemp Bought by Investor
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Acquisition of the 18-year-old vendor, which provides application delivery controllers (ADCs) and load balancers, follows a much more spectacular deal where competitor F5 bought NGINX for $670 million.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Pledges to Go Even Greener
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson bags 5G deal in Bahrain; Nokia unwraps Factory in a Box 2.0; UK operators investigate mast-sharing.
Putting AI to Work With Hardhats
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Blitzz CEO Rama Sreenivasan explains how his startup uses AI and augmented reality to help cable technicians resolve customer service problems in the field.
Nortel Resurrected for 6G R&D
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  2 comments
Nortel's back! Investors show faith in one of the industry's biggest ever names, with 6G as the focus.
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