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China Mobile, Huawei's top customer, seeks open RAN diversity
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

A head scientist at the world's biggest operator says open RAN is 'not a matter of if, but when.'

US years ahead in LEO broadband, but 6G battle looms
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

China appears to be years behind in satellite technology as the US continues to launch new constellations.

After missing 4G and 5G, HAPS supporters now target 6G
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Japan's SoftBank hopes to raise money for 'capital expenditures, research and development, business operations and other areas' in its High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business.

Europe at loggerheads over wholesale roaming charges
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Parliamentary committee wants lower caps than ones proposed by the European Council and European Commission.

Ericsson suggests '6G Basic' standards could be released in 2027
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

On its website, Ericsson published a graphic that it said was 'the 3GPP's 5G evolution time plan.' It shows the global standards group potentially releasing '6G Basic' in 2027.

Liberty Global reportedly eyeing Belgian tower sale
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Reports suggest that the 3,000 towers used by Telenet could be flogged off for up to €600m.

The metaverse will save 5G? That's so cute!
DanoVision | 9/28/2021

'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.

6G becoming too politicized, warns Huawei's Xu
News Analysis | 9/24/2021

6G is in danger of becoming politicized and over-hyped, Huawei's Eric Xu has warned.

Better times for suppliers in H1 (Huawei, Nokia flag) – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Slowdown in China impacts Q2, but revenue from telecom equipment worldwide was still up for a fifth consecutive quarter.

Huawei wishlist: Global talent, 6G, set own standards
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei tells staff that Huawei is seeking to lure foreign tech talent to China to lead in 6G and to dominate global standards.

T-Mobile's Neville Ray: 5G's extraordinary upside
LRTV Documentaries | 9/3/2021

"I think we have so much to deliver on 5G."

HKT, Smartone near 20% 5G mobile take-up
News Analysis | 9/2/2021

The latest round of earnings results has finally given us a glimpse into the state of 5G in Hong Kong.

Neville Ray explains T-Mobile's near-term 5G opportunities
News Analysis | 9/1/2021

T-Mobile's networking chief expects to profit from 5G fixed wireless access, rural expansions and a new focus on business customers. Also: 'I think 6G is many, many years away.'

A network operator's view of 6G
DanoVision | 8/31/2021

Companies ranging from Verizon to Apple have been reluctant to talk at length about 6G. And that's what makes Mike Irizarry of UScellular so noteworthy: He's an outspoken proponent of 6G.

India's Airtel launches rights issue to line 5G war chest
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

India's second-largest operator is fundraising – it's looking for investment from Google, while the board approves a $2.86 billion rights issue.

Putting LG's 6G announcement (a test across 300 feet) into context
DanoVision | 8/24/2021

LG said its 6G connection traveled in the 155-175GHz band and used adaptive beamforming and high gain antenna switching technology. The test signals more momentum in the space beyond 5G.

Ericsson CEO warns China will be 'formidable' if 5G or 6G splits
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

The boss of the Swedish equipment maker is worried the West could lose a future battle between different mobile standards.

Vodafone Idea-BSNL merger in India: Can it work?
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

The Vodafone Idea crisis shows no sign of resolution. One option could be a merger with state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Chinese carriers forge ahead with monster IPOs
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

China Telecom makes Shanghai debut, China Mobile preps listing and China Unicom mulls spin-off and listing for a technology unit.

Huawei H1 down 29% as handset business plunges
News Analysis | 8/6/2021

Huawei's business continues to reel under the pressure of US sanctions, its first-half numbers show.

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.

Open RAN adds to 6G dilemma
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Ericsson reckons the in-vogue technology concept will be a 'fundamental' part of 6G, opening another Pandora's box for the mobile industry.

LG U+ and KDDI club together on 5G, 6G
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

South Korean and Japanese operators sign MoU to explore new business applications for 5G and strengthen collaboration on 6G tech.

US tech (and Samsung) club together on 6G
News Analysis | 7/8/2021

University of Texas launches [email protected], a research project in collaboration with AT&T, InterDigital, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Small Cell Forum sees 5G-powered growth after 2022
News Analysis | 7/1/2021

Latest forecast report from SCF says a slight blip in 2020 to 2022, caused by lockdown, can't hold back overall growth for 2019 to 2026.

6G off to a flier – but to where?
News Analysis | 6/29/2021

The road to 6G will be quite a ride – but one China Mobile exec is already warning of fragmentation.

Intel's top researcher wants 6G to focus on network resiliency
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Network resiliency is a difficult thing to achieve because wireless networks are typically spread across large geographies so there are many points where the network can fail.

Telecoms equipment market rebounds in Q1 2021 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Huawei retains its grip with a 36% share outside North America, almost equal to the combined share of Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.

China targets 2030 for commercial 6G
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

China aims to commercialize 6G by 2030, according to its leading 6G development body, the IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group, integrating mobile and satellite.

Forget 5.5G, it's time to get ready for '5G-Advanced'
DanoVision | 5/21/2021

A decade ago, there was a debate involving LTE-Advanced, 4.5G and 4.9G. Today, the same debate is brewing around 5.5G, 5G-Advanced and, potentially, 6G.

Revisiting the 5G 100: Who stays? Who goes?
The Philter | 5/21/2021

Friday fun: The Informa Tech 5G 100 influencers lists needs an update. Let us know who should stay, who should go and who you think we're missing.

China racks up 6G patent filings but foreign firms dominate
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

China's National Intellectual Property Administration has calculated that of 38,000 6G-related patent applications, more than 13,000 are from China.

Rakuten's Tareq Amin: Battling legacy thinking and network complexity
CxO Spotlight | 4/22/2021

Tareq Amin, group chief technology officer at Rakuten Mobile, discusses his company's open RAN deployments and the evolution of a new kind of mobile network.

Podcast: Verizon's Anand Shah on why private networks are a big opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 4/21/2021

Anand Shah, Verizon's director of technology strategy and architecture, joins the podcast to talk all about private networks.

New $4.5B US-Japan alliance needs a big vendor
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The leaders of the US and Japan have agreed on a $4.5 billion 5G and 6G collaboration, but details of the plan are vague.

NGMN brings together US and Chinese operators for 6G
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Amid noisy international 6G saber-rattling from Chinese, European and North American groups, the NGMN is warning that 'fragmentation is not forward looking or sustainable.'

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

LG's phone business exit a boon to Samsung, Motorola, TCL
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

Fully half of LG's phone business was based in the US. As the company walks away from its 10% share in the US market, analysts expect Samsung, Motorola and TCL to capture that business.

Eurobites: Verizon lands 5G private network gig in Southampton
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swiss cheesemakers kick up a 6G stink; BT extends Enjoy partnership; Deutsche Telekom tweaks climate-change targets.

Podcast: Six questions about 6G
LRTV Interviews | 3/30/2021

Light Reading's Mike Dano says there are at least two big improvements coming with 6G.

6G is getting messy and crowded
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Conflicting technology interests and geopolitical tension could thwart efforts to develop a global standard.

AT&T, Ericsson execs to lead US efforts in 6G
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

AT&T's Andre Fuetsch and Ericsson's Jan Söderström will lead the Next G Alliance's executive governing body. The group is working on 'achieving North American 6G wireless leadership.'

Ericsson pulls the plug on MWC Barcelona again
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

In a repeat of what happened last year, one of the show's biggest exhibitors has said it will not be attending.

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.

From 5G to 6G: What could it look like?
Guest Perspectives | 2/26/2021

As demand for connectivity increases, it's time to begin defining the 6G standard, and understanding the benefits and challenges that 6G will present.

Vantage Towers IPO is a goer
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vodafone formally announces intention to float European towerco spinout on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of March.

Apple starts hiring 6G engineers
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Apple's 6G hires would 'research and design next generation (6G) wireless communication systems' and 'participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G.'

Former Google chief warns 'massive sums' paid for C-Band will stall 5G
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Eric Schmidt thinks Auction 107 was a digital setback that America and its allies can ill-afford.

Eurobites: UK housebuilder Barratt lays foundations for full-fiber future
News Analysis | 1/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS replaces CEO; Ericsson follows REINDEER; Telefónica enters Cloud Garden 2.0 with IBM and Red Hat.

Huawei looks for 6G bounce-back in Australia
News Analysis | 1/6/2021

Chinese supplier reportedly wants to start a 6G conversation with the government. Like it or not, claimed Huawei's corporate affairs guy in Australia, China will lead in 6G and – wait for it – 7G.

6G could be the world's first teleportation tech
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

Fire up your 6G console and leap from the dreary surroundings of your London flat to the foodie heaven of Barcelona.

Verizon's CTO: 'I don't know what the hell 6G is'
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

Verizon's CTO Kyle Malady said that the operator is working to enhance 5G, and that he currently sees no reason to begin focusing on what's next.

Nokia to head up European 6G project
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Vendor takes on 6G role, just as Finland looks set to pass a new 5G security law that could lock out certain vendors.

US telcos engage with Indian vendors for low-end devices
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

US operators like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are exploring replacing China's cheap handset manufacturers with Indian companies, as the trade war continues.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

Apple, Google start working on 6G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The first 5G phones from Apple and Google are barely out of the box, yet both companies have joined the Next G Alliance to 'advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G.'

Singtel underlying profit down 36% as COVID-19 still bites
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'

6G sounds a lot like 5G, but it could spell upheaval
Morris Lore | 11/10/2020

What should customers and the telecom industry expect as the industry starts preparing for its next generation?

COVID-19 has driven international traffic 47% higher – TeleGeography
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The Internet 'bent but did not break,' research firm concludes.

SoftBank, the Nasdaq whale, swims back to profits
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Despite losing $1.3 billion in a tech stock buying spree, Masayoshi Son's conglomerate profits after big tech stakes and a Chinese startup's IPO.

Zoom settles with FTC for fibbing over encryption
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Zoom agreed a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over complaints it misrepresented the security of its videoconferencing platform to users.

Viavi fiscal Q1 delivers 'all-time record' in OSP segment
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical security and performance products buoyed by strong 3D sensing demand star performer, field instrument recovery anticipated as 5G rollout accelerates.

KT sees operating profit fall on flat revenue, higher costs
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

South Korean telco KT Corp has recorded a sharp fall in operating profit in a quarterly result salvaged only by an accounting change.

SKT earnings soar 44% on back of media, security businesses
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.

Qualcomm surges on 5G hopes
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chipset manufacturer said its investments in 5G 'are coming to fruition.'

Kuwait's telco Zain sees Iraq and Sudan fortunes improve
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Middle Eastern telco giant Zain expands its Kuwait and Saudi Arabia 5G coverage and unveils a data park to build cloud business.

China's operators see slight growth, 5G users up
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Three Chinese operators steer a steady course in the first three quarters of the year with moderate revenue growth.

During the pandemic, Alphabet spells advertising success
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Companies shifting their advertising online boosted YouTube's ad revenue by 32%, and Alphabet's overall revenue by 14%.

Toyota increases KDDI stake in $500M connected car alliance
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Toyota is to invest another 52.2 billion yen (US$500 million) in KDDI as part of a deal to collaborate on connected car technologies.

Loss-making Telefónica bucks COVID-19 to lift revenues in Q3
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Despite making a loss, Spanish telco giant saw net income grow by 5%, with 1.2% uplift in revenues, announces a FTTH alliance with Allianz.

Fiber, mobile money, pull Orange back to black in Q3, just
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Less roaming pinched Orange's profits, but fiber, Orange Money, and Africa and the Middle East pushed Stéphane Richard's telco back to revenue growth.

ZTE ends Q3 with 55 5G commercial contracts
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Chinese supplier boasts solid top-line performance, but operating costs rocket, thanks to wounds incurred in the battle with the US.

BT inks deal to ditch Huawei, use Ericsson RAN
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Ditching Huawei, BT will use Ericsson's RAN equipment alongside Nokia's in its 5G rollout.

Facebook seeks more telecom co-investments
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Moving away from the single lane, Facebook sees co-investment and partnership as a solution to the digital divide.

FCC confirms plan to divvy up 5.9GHz band
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Regulator presses ahead with controversial plan to allocate 45MHz for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi as it tackles rural coverage.

Microsoft's lockdown cloud revenues soar
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Microsoft sees its cloud services revenue rise 31% year-on-year, to $15.2 billion, as Verizon chooses Azure for private business 5G.

Singtel and Grab closer to starting a digital bank
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Singapore's mobile operator Singtel and ridesharing app Grab look to combine their users and set up a digital bank, if they can snag a license.

Ofcom imposes locked phones ban in the UK
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Latest move forms part of a package of measures to make life a bit fairer and easier for telecom customers in the UK.

Telcos, ISPs, tech fight for India E and V band spectrum
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

India's service providers want an auction – tech giants like Google, Facebook and ISPs want 5G E-band (71-76 GHz) and V-band (57-64 GHz) spectrum delicensed.

Japan government launches crusade to cut mobile charges
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

The Japanese government has begun a push to drive down mobile prices, estimated to cost up to three times more than other leading markets.

Foxconn a-shovin' against Luxshare in Apple supply chain – report
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Taiwanese firm on maneuvers to try and protect iPhone business from China's 'little Foxconn.'

Huawei growth slows as US sanctions bite
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

US sanctions are starting to slow Huawei down, with the Chinese vendor reporting a slide in growth and profit margin.

UK stakes further claim in small-satellite launch business
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Government approves plans for Lockheed Martin to develop UK satellite launch operations from Shetland Space Centre.

AT&T, T-Mobile take different views on 6G
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

According to some, 6G will support a wide range of science fiction-type services. But others are warning against getting sidetracked by 'shiny objects syndrome.'

Private networks to play growing role in IoT – report
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Transforma Insights forecasts that over 150 million cellular devices will be connected to on-premises private networks by the end of 2030.

No Huawei for bidders in Sweden's 5G auctions
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Sweden has taken a firm line against Huawei and ZTE in its 5G spectrum auctions starting in November.

Verizon, AT&T, Charter, Cox, Dish among C-band bidders
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A number of big names are stepping up to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction, an auction that some expect to raise an astounding $51 billion in bids.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, others form North American 6G alliance
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

The new 'Next G Alliance' will focus on the 'full lifecycle' of 6G, including research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.

Ericsson's 6G story centers on 'Internet of senses'
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Ericsson's top researcher painted a 6G picture that involves a 'full sense experience' complete with sights, sounds and haptics that would create multisensory experiences.

India's Airtel puts $13M in Security Intelligence Center
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Bharti Airtel launched the Security Intelligence Center with an investment of INR1000 million, and Airtel Secure, cybersecurity for enterprise customers.

UK report cites flaw of 'national significance' in Huawei kit
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Annual Huawei security report again highlights Huawei's ongoing software engineering shortcomings.

Coronavirus speeds up IoT adoption, businesses say
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Seventy-eight percent of businesses adopting IoT say it was key to their lockdown continuity, with 67% increasing the pace of IoT due to the pandemic, says a new study.

Drahi's Altice takeover plan hits a road bump
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

A shareholder in Altice Europe said Drahi's buyout offer significantly undervalues the company.

NTT Docomo cracks open 5G fronthaul for carrier aggregation
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Japanese operator demos 'multi-vendor' trial, using O-RAN fronthaul specs, with Fujitsu and NEC.

Germany stops short of Huawei ban, but raises bar to entry
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Germany looks set to strangle the China-based supplier in red tape as scrutiny is extended to the 5G RAN.

Musk makes Starlink IPO guarantee to small investors
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

But they'll have to wait. If a listing does happen it won't be for at least 'several years.'

Huawei mopping up stakes in domestic chip suppliers – report
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

Chinese vendor's Habo Investment arm is said to have acquired stakes in 17 local chip companies in the past year.

Orange faces staff dissent about 5G on eve of France's auction
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Ahead of France's September 29 5G spectrum auction, Orange SA faces internal staff dissent about 5G's profitability and environmental impact.

Fujitsu flags efforts to tackle facial recognition fraud
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.

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