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World regulators look for consensus around 6G
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Through two world wars, the creation of the Internet and the rise of the smartphone, the ITU has made communications work. Now the agency is focusing on 6G.

KT plows $9B into digital diversification
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

The South Korean operator is making a big bet on cloud, media and artificial intelligence as its telco unit struggles.

NTT Docomo to start 6G trials with Nokia
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

The Japanese operator said it would begin indoor trials before March 2023 and outdoor trials over the following 12 months.

NSC's Joe Kochan: Unlocking new tech possibilities with spectrum
CxO Spotlight | 5/19/2022

Joe Kochan, a telecom veteran and former CEO of US Ignite, talks to Light Reading about his new role as the executive director at the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC), where he aims to promote stronger tech partnerships between government, academia and industry.

Sensing, deep learning, massive MIMO: 6G begins to take shape
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Sensing, deep learning and upgrades to massive MIMO and full duplex are emerging as some of the key technologies that will define 6G, experts say.

6G has every chance of screwing the carriers
Morris Lore | 5/17/2022

Another big investment round will net billions for governments and equipment vendors, while forcing operators to dig deep.

Samsung: We need to expand mmWave to meet 6G needs
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

It says current spectrum won't be enough to meet all 6G capacity requirements, meaning spectrum ranges must open up in the sub-THz range, from 24-300GHz.

Could 6G mark a return to usage-based pricing?
DanoVision | 4/27/2022

'We need to start charging for usage again,' said Kimberley Trommler, head of Thinknet 6G, during her keynote address to attendees of an online event focusing on 6G and environmental sustainability.

How governments are shaping the race to 6G
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

The creation of 6G will occur at industry level and in the 3GPP, not in government. But their decisions will impact the next generation's development.

FCC sets July 29 kickoff for 2.5GHz spectrum auction
News Analysis | 3/22/2022

T-Mobile is expected to be a key player in the auction of about 8,000 new, county-based overlay licenses of unassigned 2.5GHz midband spectrum.

6G will not be a new radio standard, say BT and Vodafone
News Analysis | 3/15/2022

Executives at the UK operators sound confident 6G will use the same underlying technology as 5G.

MWC takes leave of reality as visitors pile back
Morris Lore | 3/7/2022

The mobile industry's giant shindig was back with 61,000 visitors, even if the big news stories had nothing to do with it.

How InterDigital is prepping for 6G
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2022

Liren Chen, president and CEO of InterDigital, shares his perspective on advancements in 5G, and how his company is planning ahead for 6G and the metaverse.

Rosenworcel's MWC appearance hints at shifting spectrum policy
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

The chair of the FCC discussed the importance of midband spectrum over mmWave spectrum in Barcelona, and said that the agency would auction 2.5GHz spectrum in July.

The next telco worry is paying for the metaverse
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

As Facebook demands network improvements, operators gathered at MWC weigh the impact of the metaverse and call for new business models.

China Mobile: 6G needs some scientific breakthroughs
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

6G remains in danger of fragmentation, according to one of China Mobile's top researchers.

6G threatens to be mobile's lost generation
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

The next generation of mobile technology faces a hard job to survive a geopolitical arms race, industry hype and growing telco unhappiness about the standards process.

Nokia Bell Labs' Peter Vetter: 6G will unite the physical and digital worlds
LRTV Interviews | 2/10/2022

Commercial deployments of 6G will begin in 2030, but it will take ten years to prepare for 6G, explains Nokia Bell Labs' Peter Vetter.

For all the early 6G talk, the Gs investment cycle looks broken
Morris Lore | 2/9/2022

The mobile industry has routinely overpromised and underdelivered on the Gs. A different model looks desirable.

Next G Alliance offers 'holistic' view of 6G in North America
News Analysis | 2/3/2022

An association featuring top companies, government agencies and researchers in the North American wireless industry released its first comprehensive white paper dealing with 6G.

10G, FARMSIS and the future of cable broadband
CxO Spotlight | 1/27/2022

Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs, joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss where the cable industry is on the path to 10G and how CableLabs is stoking interest and innovation with its 10G Challenge.

Jio Estonia partners with University of Oulu on 6G research
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

They will work on aerial and space communication, holographic beamforming, 3D-connected intelligence in cybersecurity, microelectronics and photonics.

Keysight to start 6G tests in California, Washington
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Keysight told the FCC it will design, develop, test and demonstrate 6G electronic test and measurement technologies at its indoor facilities. Keysight's tests will focus on spectrum bands between 275GHz and 330GHz.

China rails at foreign 6G partnerships
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Authorities in China have denounced a US 'clique' as battle lines form over the next generation of mobile technology.

What's ahead for Asia in 2022
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Chips, human rights, 6G: What's ahead for Asia this year?

2021: The year Indian telcos got their wishlist
News Analysis | 12/31/2021

It hardly ever happens that the industry gets so many of the items on its wishlist granted by the government in one go - but 2021 turned out nice.

New skills trump traditional expertise in hiring trends – Omdia
News Analysis | 12/30/2021

New skillsets are increasingly required, but telcos are also adopting new terminology that disguises need for skills such as NFV and SDN.

Wi-Fi proponents notch a win in 6GHz debate
News Analysis | 12/29/2021

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit largely upheld FCC rules issued last year that open up a large swath of the 6 GHz band to unlicensed users, including Wi-Fi.

India wants to do 6G
News Analysis | 12/23/2021

The last few days have seen senior Indian government officials, including the telecom minister, mention 6G on more than one occasion.

From the digital divide to 6G, top regulatory trends to watch in 2022 – Omdia
Broadband World News | 12/22/2021

The analyst firm points to trends it says will be 'at the heart of regulatory activity' next year, including spectrum licensing, the digital divide and - yes - 6G.

India's 5Gi to be included in 3GPP global standards – report
News Analysis | 12/20/2021

India's homegrown 5Gi standard is likely to be included in release 17 of the international 3GPP 5G standards.

The UK government is losing its open RAN faith
Morris Lore | 12/8/2021

Boris Johnson's interventionist government backs away from issuing open RAN mandates after realizing the technology is far from ready.

Newly funded Cohere eyes huge prize in beamforming battle
News Analysis | 12/7/2021

If the company's technology lives up to its promise in a commercial setting, Cohere will be hard to resist or ignore.

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 euro 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 Soderstrom 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; Telefonica 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.

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