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Light Reading Recap: Week ending July 23
LRTV Documentaries | 7/26/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included some spectrum auction and siesta news from Spain, an update on how Verizon moved forward with a fabulous, free 5G phone promotion, and you'll find out what US city took a gamble on building a network that covered 65 square miles with broadband in just 45 days.

Intel warns of shortages, but trumpets open RAN
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

'I think I've only been on three major service provider calls this week,' said Intel's Pat Gelsinger. 'They are really starting to look at those deployments at scale.'

Akamai outage is latest warning about Internet dependency
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

A small number of companies, most of them based in America, now play host to critical systems used globally.

DigitalBridge's Tom Barrack resigns board seat
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

The US government has charged a DigitalBridge board member for allegedly obstructing justice, making multiple false statements and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.

The impact of the ever-shifting edge
Guest Perspectives | 7/19/2021

As consumers drive the demand for more high-quality content without delay, service providers must keep moving 'the edge' of their content delivery networks closer to consumers.

AT&T's edge computing strategy takes shape with Google, Microsoft
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

AT&T offers two lines of business in the edge computing space: AT&T Network Edge (ANE) and AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC). Google and Microsoft play prominent roles in the offerings.

Podcast: Digital twinning the Tour de France
LRTV Interviews | 7/15/2021

NTT's Tim Wade explains the process of creating a digital twin of the Tour de France, and how NTT's approach to data capture and analytics has changed since the service provider started digitizing the race in 2015.

Lumen takes Microsoft Azure partnership to the edge
News Analysis | 7/8/2021

Lumen says customers of both companies will be able to run Microsoft Azure services closer to the data source by utilizing Lumen's edge computing services.

Verizon hints at edge computing upgrades to BlueJeans
News Analysis | 7/8/2021

Verizon hopes it can supercharge its entry into the video conferencing space with new, edge computing-powered services.

Verizon's Vestberg still on the hunt for content
News Analysis | 7/7/2021

The tiny resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, hosts an annual gathering of America's super rich. Verizon's Hans Vestberg is there this week, in part to look for more content deals.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending July 2
LRTV Documentaries | 7/5/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included a look back at the big speeches at Mobile World Congress, Orange's new fully automated, AI-powered network and AT&T's big move to Microsoft's cloud.

Sixty operators and vendors achieve MEF 3.0 certification
News Analysis | 7/2/2021

MEF says certifications are up 75% since May 2020 among service providers – of the 60 certifications, 42 are service providers.

Verizon, Disney+ declare open season on streaming
News Analysis | 7/1/2021

Following test of open caching platform based on Streaming Video Alliance specs on its Fios network, Verizon plans to extend trials to its mobile network.

BAI buys Mobilitie amid 5G infrastructure consolidation
News Analysis | 6/29/2021

BAI Communications said it will acquire Mobilitie in an attempt to expand its business across the US. BAI is the majority shareholder of Transit Wireless, which operates networks in the NYC subway system.

DAA's benefits outweigh the challenges – panel
News Analysis | 6/29/2021

Transporting video services over new distributed access architectures present some hurdles for cable ops, but the resulting jump in network performance and economic advantages could make the move worth pursuing.

Jio, Google bonhomie continues to grow in India
News Analysis | 6/28/2021

Two announcements at Reliance Industries' AGM around the JioPhoneNext and the cloud seal the deal on the love affair with Google.

DOCSIS 4.0 and FTTP to shape the future, says Vodafone Germany CTO
News Analysis | 6/24/2021

But, in Germany, access networks will likely skew toward fiber-to-the-premises tech in high-density areas and multiple-dwelling unit scenarios, predicts Vodafone Germany CTO Gerhard Mack.

Sweden's Tele2 creates new deployment model for remote PHY
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Looking well beyond organic network capacity needs, Tele2 has developed a data-driven model fueled by other factors, including profitability, competition and risk assessment that help to justify where and when to deploy.

HPE expands GreenLake, introduces Lighthouse, unveils Microsoft partnership
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Hewlett Packard Enterprise bombards press with slew of announcements on first day of HPE Discover event.

New CableLabs specs to drive access network optionality
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Flexible Mac Architecture (FMA) will give operators the ability to stick with HFC and upgrade to DOCSIS 4.0, or pull fiber all the way to the home, and make those decisions on a granular, market-driven basis.

Videon lands cash, hires CEO, as it looks to scale up live streaming biz
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Videon, a company whose heritage extends back to early HDTV tuners, DVD-ROM upgrade kits and the original Google TV gizmo, has raised its first-ever round of funding to fuel an ambitious growth plan.

Cox heads to the edge
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Cable op launches Cox Edge, an edge cloud computing service with global aspirations focused on a range of low-latency apps and services that can be offered in and out of Cox's traditional network footprint.

Light Reading Recap: Week of June 18
LRTV Documentaries | 6/21/2021

Last week's highlights included Viavi's ongoing pursuit of a merger with Exfo, Rakuten's open RAN plan to reveal what it's really paying for telecom gear, and we briefly ponder why Nokia would roll out the red carpet for open RAN developers in Dallas.

Microsoft expands telecom portfolio with Azure private MEC
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

An 'evolution' of Microsoft's previous offering in the area, Azure private MEC represents a melding of the company's cloud computing technology with its new Affirmed and Metaswitch assets.

Vodafone and AWS kickstart war on latency with UK 'edge' launch
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

The UK gets its first taste of a low-latency 5G service this week as it launches the Wavelength service that was first promised last year.

Rakuten says chips crunch is 'much worse' than expected
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Telecom industry faces an uphill battle over the next two years, warns Rakuten Mobile's Tareq Amin.

Cable access market rises on back of new hardware deployments – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Deployments of distributed access architecture (DAA) equipment are also showing signs of life, but suppliers of DOCSIS CPE could be in for more pain as chip shortages persist.

Wi-Fi 6E poised to pave a 'VIP lane' for service providers
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Tapping into the 6GHz band with Wi-Fi 6 will enable service providers to free up the 5GHz band and pursue a new wave of high-bandwidth, low-latency apps and services, CommScope exec says.

There are many paths to the promised land of '10G'
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

Operators have multiple tech options, including HFC, PON and even wireless, to achieve the capacity, low latency and security goals of the cable industry's 10G initiative, execs at the Anga Com event say.

Fastly outage gives preview of Internet apocalypse
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

An unprofitable minnow temporarily paralyzes a few major organizations and knocks out a whole government website.

T-Mobile outlines rural growth strategy
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

T-Mobile describes rural America as covering 140 million people across 54 million households. The company's goal is to raise its market share there from the 'low teens' today to around 20% by 2025.

Bell Canada is latest telco to succumb to AWS at the edge
News Analysis | 6/3/2021

The Canadian telecom operator follows Verizon, Vodafone and others into the public cloud for its edge services despite an array of concerns.

Rapid network evolution requires workforce transformation
Guest Perspectives | 6/3/2021

Technological changes occurring at the network layer paired with a mix of new services and capabilities are ushering in a wave of training challenges for the telecom workforce.

Ericsson refines private wireless sales pitch
News Analysis | 6/1/2021

Although Ericsson has been playing in the space for years, the company took the wraps off its new 'Private 5G' offering in part to refine its message to enterprises.

Amazon, Google continue telecom hiring spree
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Google recently hired a telecom executive from Wind River, while AWS recently nabbed executives from Zayo and Nokia. The developments shine a light on the cloud providers' telecom ambitions.

Verizon's early 5G strategy might pay off amid coronavirus recovery
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Verizon's 2020 hopes were shattered by a coronavirus pandemic that also nixed family vacations, school plays and plenty of other best-laid plans. This summer may be different.

Verizon's Vestberg sticks to the 5G script
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg declined to directly discuss the company's rivals like AT&T and Dish Network. But he was clear on monetizing 5G: 'We're already doing it,' he said.

Liberty Global risks losing way with 'AtlasEdge' data center plan
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

The cable operator is spinning off its data center facilities and will rent them to companies providing edge services.

Verizon reorganizes IoT operations
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

TJ Fox is Verizon's new SVP of Industrial IoT and Automotive. Prior to Fox's appointment, Verizon's IoT functions were scattered across a variety of business units.

Podcast: Distributed cloud brings edge to enterprises
LRTV Interviews | 5/19/2021

Bill Lambertson of IBM and Dave Shacochis of Lumen Technologies join the podcast to explain how the distributed cloud supports edge computing use cases for enterprise customers.

Celona unveils 'edgeless enterprise' architecture
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Startup hopes to support enterprises looking to transition to private wireless 5G networks on CBRS spectrum.

It's time for telecom to worry about the public cloud
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Telecom operators sound like they have given up resisting AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. They are risking a lot.

Liberty Global DAA rollout plots path to 10-Gig
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

The European cable operator is preparing for widespread deployments of a distributed access architecture using a compact node from Vector Technologies paired with a remote PHY module developed by Vecima.

DZS set to key on network convergence
Broadband World News | 5/14/2021

CEO Charlie Vogt identifies set of 'mega trends' poised to drive the business forward, including the shift to 5G, new and emerging broadband competition, and an acceleration of fiber upgrade cycles.

CommScope takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0
Broadband World News | 5/5/2021

Supplier says a new, flexible distributed access architecture (DAA) product, which could play a role in future DOCSIS 4.0 networks, is ready for field deployments.

Google moves a step closer to running Vodafone
Morris Lore | 5/4/2021

The operator is entrusting more of its systems to the public cloud and will use a technology developed with Google to realize cost savings and service improvements.

Now open: The 2021 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 5/3/2021

Our entry page is live and we're now accepting your nominations for outstanding achievements in communications across 26 categories, including the Light Reading Hall of Fame.

American Tower: Edge computing worth 'billions of dollars annually'
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

'We intend to explore global joint ventures or partnerships to effectively leverage these inherent opportunities,' said American Tower's CEO.

CableLabs sparks 100-Gig PON project
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Organization will seek participation from outside the traditional industry as operators continue pursuit of a blended network that will support HFC, PON and wireless.

US operators' edge strategies are still evolving
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

A recent Analysys Mason edge computing survey of global operators found that 87% said that edge computing was a top strategic priority.

Intel feels data center squeeze as competition grows
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

The chipmaking giant's latest numbers reveal a big sales drop at its second-largest division.

Dish fealty to AWS risks 'vendor lock-in' and open RAN fallout
Morris Lore | 4/23/2021

The company building America's fourth mobile network does not appear to share policymakers' concerns about the dominance of the public clouds.

Comcast Full Duplex DOCSIS trial pumps out 4-Gig symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Powered by a new Full Duplex DOCSIS chipset from Broadcom, the successful lab trial puts Comcast, and possibly other cable operators, on the road to DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G.'

Pushing antitrust act, senator takes aim at tech titans
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

The new Congress gets stuck into tech giants, with Senator Amy Klobuchar launching hearings about anti-competitive practices by Apple and Google.

Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Podcast: The Divide – Scott Willis and Bruce Garrison on the 'collective ecosystem' required to reach the underserved
CxO Spotlight | 4/8/2021

This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

5G operators turn to cloud giants to get to the edge
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Building out the 5G edge was always going to be a collaborative effort – and for the telcos that have started service, the key collaborator is AWS.

Singtel and Optus partner with AWS for 5G edge
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Singtel and Optus to make use of AWS Outposts on MEC infrastructure to support enterprise development of low-latency 5G services.

Cable upstream channel purchases almost doubled in Q4 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on 5G's next wave
LRTV Interviews | 3/5/2021

The symposium will be moderated by Brown, along with Jim Hodges, chief analyst, Heavy Reading, and it will feature speakers from Swisscom, Anritsu, Red Hat, 5G Americas, Telus and more.

DZS adds cloud clout with RIFT buy
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.

Rakuten, Dish Network and Akamai chart the future of edge computing
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.

Ericsson, Huawei, AT&T attending MWC, others not so sure
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefónica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.

Vecima scoops up ATX's 'GAP' node tech
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Intel, Cisco might be on the hunt for edge computing companies – analyst
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

JiNan Glasgow George said her crystal ball, powered by a mixture of experience, artificial intelligence and patent filings, indicates Cisco and Intel will pursue M&A opportunities in edge computing.

5G in the US will get a lot clearer by March 31 – here's why
DanoVision | 2/12/2021

According to some analysts, the FCC should announce the results of the C-band auction for 5G spectrum by Friday, February 26. If that's the case, the US market for 5G ought to soon gain more clarity.

Vecima sees DAA sales perk up
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

A sizable chunk of the Vecima's Entra-brand distributed access architecture products came way of the company's recent acquisition of Nokia's cable access business.

What's ahead in optical?
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2021

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin gives a quick rundown of what's coming up in the optical networking space for 2021 as he previews Light Reading's Optical Networking Symposium on February 16 and 18.

The great 5G land grab gets complicated
DanoVision | 2/3/2021

SBA is leasing space on thousands of structures owned by utility PG&E for a period of 100 years. It's an example of the increasingly complicated market for vertical real estate.

Charter, Comcast beef up biz services play with Cisco's Meraki
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Charter taps Cisco's platform for modular, national service offering for SMB and enterprise customers, while Comcast uses it to expand on its new teleworker product.

Singtel partners Azure as public clouds continue edge advance
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

The latest edge tie-up between an operator and a US technology giant should worry the telecom sector.

Charter's CBRS network could offload one third of MVNO traffic, CEO predicts
News Analysis | 1/29/2021

It's a long-term guess, of course, but Charter's Tom Rutledge believes a targeted deployment of CBRS in high-density areas will improve the cable operator's wireless economics.

Microsoft goes cloudbusting in Q2
News Analysis | 1/27/2021

Microsoft sees cloud services boost its net income by a yearly 33%, up to $15.5 billion, as the Redmond tech giant now cocks an eye at telcos.

Spot Noovle, Telecom Italia's tasty, Google-powered cloud
News Analysis | 1/26/2021

The new unit is potentially worth more than Telecom Italia and on course for a doubling in sales by 2024.

Intel's incoming boss is already fighting fires
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

The chipmaker's stock fell sharply after its outgoing and incoming bosses failed to reassure analysts that manufacturing problems are entirely in the past.

DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deal for Optelian, the first acquisition under new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, will add coherent optics technology to DZS's portfolio and provide it with a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.

2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting
DanoVision | 1/19/2021

This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.

Dish Network's new device chief sees opportunities, not challenges
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Paul Chapple is in charge of procuring phones and other devices for Dish Network's planned 5G network. 'It's really familiar territory for me,' said the former Vodafone executive.

Google, Nokia tie-up makes it likelier web firms will rule edge
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Internet company and the Finnish equipment vendor are teaming up to provide a range of 5G products to service providers.

Carnegie Mellon built a plug-and-play private LTE network
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

Federated Wireless' partnership with AWS made it easier and faster for Carnegie's IT team to deploy a private wireless network.

Tier 1 CSPs in driver's seat of edge compute – report
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

Report notes that CSPs' goal is to capture a true percentage of digital revenue.

How 5G is pushing the envelope on latency
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

The proprietary wireless network used by the Drone Racing League supports latency of 5 ms. Top 5G companies are looking to eventually match that.

Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

Cisco folds cable access into mobility unit
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Merging of the units follows Cisco's recent exit from the cable amplifier business and the slow migration by operators toward network and service convergence.

Verizon to connect 9,000 Walgreens, Duane Reade stores
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Verizon initially will provide services including Wi-Fi and SD-WAN, but company officials said the deal sets the stage for other, more advanced products like edge computing.

Small cell outlook remains cloudy in US market
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

'We believe a major acceleration in nodes on air is more likely to happen later than 2021 or 2022,' predict the financial analysts at Raymond James.

Cloud spend to rocket in 2021, says Deloitte
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

In 2021, cloud spending will grow seven times faster than overall IT spending, while 5% of doctor visits worldwide will be virtual, says Deloitte.

Eurobites: Tele2 sells small German unit
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more on Vodafone's edge deal with AWS; better times lie ahead, says Analysys Mason; blockchain gets a telecom workout.

Vodafone touts UK's first 5G 'edge' service with AWS
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Forthcoming soft launch will deliver sub-10-millisecond connections from a center in London, say the companies.

Why 2021 should be the year uCPE (finally) makes its mark
Column | 12/2/2020

Omdia expects uCPE revenues to more than triple to reach $93.5 million in 2021 and then $1.78 billion by 2024. Enterprise SD-WAN is a key driver of all that growth.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi on the 2021 outlook for private networks
LRTV Interviews | 12/1/2020

Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Omdia's Pablo Tomasi recap the latest Informa Tech event, Private Networks in a 5G World.

Eurobites: Nokia doubles down in Africa
News Analysis | 11/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK explores satellite/5G combo; Apple fined by Italian regulator over iPhone claims; Saudi Telecom's CEO to step down.

Lumen opens edge computing center for test drives
News Analysis | 11/26/2020

As the company transitions from old-school telco to cloud edge provider, it is deploying cloud edge nodes across the US and overseas.

Eurobites: UK rows back on gigabit ambitions
News Analysis | 11/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica edges towards Andalusia; Nokia helps Graz cut it as a smart city; Tele2 beefs up IoT offer with Cisco.

DataBank primps for 5G operators' edge needs
News Analysis | 11/23/2020

Following millions of dollars in investments in 2020, DataBank is planning for more than a dozen data center buildouts next year.

How and why FedEx is getting into edge computing, 5G
DanoVision | 11/19/2020

FedEx is working with Dell and Switch to build mini data centers in its facilities for edge computing. What the company might do with those resources could have implications for 5G.

New report highlights MEC drivers and how carriers will build out the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/18/2020

SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's 'Edge Computing in Telco Networks' report show that in this early stage of the MEC market, service providers are relying on a lot of DIY with assists from vendors and platform providers.

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