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Inconsistencies – and AT&T – dominate initial Dish 5G testing results
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

Dish's 5G network routinely pushed customers onto AT&T's network, even deep inside markets where Dish is advertising its coverage. Initial tests found that the company's network performance was inconsistent at best.

Reviewing Vodafone's Open RAN System Integration white paper
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/22/2022

Vodafone has ambitious plans for open RAN - it's aiming to deploy at 30% of its more than 100,000 European sites by 2030 - and is an influential voice in mobile network tech.

Four key observations from Dish's 5G launch
DanoVision | 6/21/2022

Dish is finally turning years and years of spectrum hoarding into a commercial service. But building a network is just the first step. Here's a look at the company's competitive stance.

Dish's 5G goes live across the country
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Dish is selling unlimited 5G calling, texting and data services for $30 per month. 'There are no data caps - these are truly unlimited data plans,' according to the company.

Qualcomm jumps on RIC bandwagon with Cellwize takeover
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Chips giant adds to its burgeoning RAN portfolio with a move for the Israeli software developer.

Open RAN specialists are a dying breed
Morris Lore | 6/13/2022

Several suppliers have now expanded their product offerings in a development that calls open RAN logic into question.

Huawei's big role in open source threatens new security backlash
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Chinese companies are among the biggest contributors to Kubernetes, and not everyone buys the arguments about open-source security.

Dish eyes RAN sharing, but tower companies remain reticent
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

'This is a perfect case for RAN sharing, neutral hosting,' said Sidd Chenumolu, VP of technology development for Dish. However, 'we are not there yet.'

Nokia mobile chief has harsh words for open RAN
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Tommi Uitto doubts the new-look technology will buoy competition or lower costs and implementation remains a nightmare, he tells Light Reading.

My take on the Small Cell World Summit
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/27/2022

Thoughts from an event that helps set the agenda for small cell technology and product development.

Mavenir execs open up about 'OpenBeam' open RAN radios
LRTV Interviews | 5/25/2022

Mavenir's new OpenBeam-branded 5G radios are built to open RAN specifications and are being deployed by Triangle Communications in Montana.

Eurobites: Cash-strapped Brits carry on streaming
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone wants more open RAN collaboration; TIM climbs aboard maritime transport; Synamedia acquires Utelly.

Dish Network exec: Some vendors prioritized, but none dumped
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

According to Dish's Sidd Chenumolu, the company hasn't yet booted any of its vendors. 'We definitely give equal priority for all the partners,' he said.

Big 5G Event: Dish Networks' Sidd Chenumolu talks to Mike Dano
LRTV Documentaries | 5/24/2022

Sidd Chenumolu, vice president of technology development at Dish Network, spoke to Light Reading's Mike Dano at the Big 5G Event on May 17.

Report: Rakuten capping high-speed data at 5GB/day
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

'There was data throttling with relatively minor data usage - we believe these commercial SIMs had a 5 GB daily cap and a 20 GB monthly cap,' said a report from Signals Research Group.

The private wireless networking opportunity shouldn't stay too private
DanoVision | 5/20/2022

Private wireless players need to start showing off actual wins, allowing sunlight to help generate momentum. Otherwise the industry risks falling into navel-gazing apathy.

Eurobites: Nokia extends private networks range
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT teams up with Qio on AI for sustainability; Three UK piggybacks on Currys; Eir sees EBITDA fall 7% in Q1.

Dish is not wedded to AWS after all
News Analysis | 5/18/2022

The company building America's newest mobile network wants a hybrid cloud deployment and not AWS lock-in, it says.

AT&T testing open RAN, but CTO won't offer deployment timelines
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

AT&T's Andre Fuetsch expects to first deploy open RAN equipment in small cells and private wireless networking scenarios before moving it into its broader, macro network.

Wham, bam, Rakuten
LRTV Interviews | 5/17/2022

Rakuten Symphony CMO Geoff Hollingworth talks to Iain Morris about how the Japanese operator is making its presence felt.

Here are 10 big 5G moments from the last 12 months
DanoVision | 5/17/2022

Here it is: The biggest 5G moments from the past year, as compiled by Light Reading's editorial staff.

Startup Eridan raises $46M in funding with 'Miracle' for 5G infrastructure
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Venture capitalists including Capricorn's Technology Impact Fund, Monta Vista Capital, Social Capital, Diamond Edge Ventures and Pilot Grove Management are among the companies financing the startup.

Opening a path to open RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/16/2022

Carriers need partners that can negate the impact of their skills shortage and can assist them in deploying an open RAN solution that leverages a multivendor, best-of-breed platform. #sponsored

Rakuten is dumping Red Hat's OpenStack for its own cloud tech
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Following the acquisition of Robin.io in February, the Japanese company is phasing out an older platform it used to support its mobile network.

Rakuten Mobile hits peak loss as it charts path to profit in 2023
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

The Japanese mobile operator ditches free usage for customers and says most of the heavy lifting on network rollout is done.

Xilinx silicon implants brighten TIP's Evenstar
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Bought by AMD in February, the US chip developer has backed away from FPGAs for its latest radio unit chip.

Four 5G takeaways from Dish's big analyst day
DanoVision | 5/11/2022

Dish's network is cheap and potentially transformative. And the company has ambitious targets in the retail and enterprise sectors. But now it must execute.

Dish's 5G targets: 40M smartphone customers and 20% of the enterprise market
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Dish plans to launch postpaid services under its new Boost Infinite brand sometime in the fall but pricing details weren't revealed.

Mavenir under fire over role in Russia
Morris Lore | 5/6/2022

The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.

Dish's first 5G service plan underwhelms
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Dish is charging $30 per month for unlimited 5G services on its new network. 'Meh,' summarized analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.

With Samsung, is Dish doubling down on open RAN – or giving up?
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

'We've held very firmly to the [open RAN] architecture and the importance of having an open ecosystem,' said Dish's Stephen Bye. 'And any partner that we bring into our ecosystem understands that.'

Eurobites: BT takes a chance on Amazon's cloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: school's in for TIP; Paramount+ reaches UK, Ireland in June; UK tech regulator de-fanged.

Dish inks $1B+ deal with Samsung for 5G radios
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

'Samsung Networks' 5G solutions will be deployed in Dish markets across the US, as part of a collaboration beginning this year,' a Samsung representative wrote in response to questions from Light Reading.

White House pushes new Internet declaration; largest nations aren't signing up
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

'We and our allies are not here to splinter the Internet but, frankly, to save it from splintering,' said one White House official of the new 'Declaration for the Future of the Internet.'

One of America's first open RAN networks is being dismantled
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

'We have had to decommission portions of our Parallel Wireless network,' Cellcom wrote. The operator launched its first 5G services with vendors Ericsson and Cisco earlier this year.

Dish's June 14 deadline for 5G begins to loom large
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

'We're six months behind where we thought we'd be. It's my fault. We just didn't maybe anticipate that we would have to do as much on the technical side,' said Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen.

Dish's private 5G strategy gets clearer
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Duke University will use Dish's 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum licenses, radios from Airspan and JMA Wireless, and private networking services from Cisco, in its six-site 5G network deployment.

Mavenir puts down open RAN R&D roots in Germany
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

US vendor unveils 'Open RAN Center of Excellence' in Bonn; pitched as 'complementary' to similar European centers in Czech Republic, Sweden and UK.

In expanding FWA, Inland Cellular remains unafraid to try new things
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.

The 5G standard is getting an upgrade
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

The 3GPP is putting the finishing touches on its 'Release 17' package of specifications. Meanwhile, the O-RAN Alliance is touting its new 'Release 002' batch of specs.

5G transport: Supporting the cloud RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2022

Heavy Reading survey research shows that - like centralized RAN (C-RAN) architectures - cloud RAN architectures are gaining momentum globally. Beneath the virtualization layer, the transport network plays a crucial role. #sponsored

Price increases, supply chain problems weigh on US equipment vendors
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

Airspan and Cambium Networks are among those warning of supply chain troubles. Partly as a result, Airspan said it's raising equipment prices by an average of 7-10%.

Juniper CEO: The new networking – experience, speed and scale
CxO Spotlight | 4/13/2022

Juniper's M&A strategy is helping it build a managed services arsenal that adds more value to service provider connectivity in the enterprise market.

Nokia to 'exit' Russia as Huawei reportedly stops work
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

The move by the Finnish vendor comes a day after Ericsson suspended operations 'indefinitely' and could leave Russian networks in peril.

What to expect from the O-RAN Alliance in 2022
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

'This is becoming an actual standard that the industry is working toward, which I think is really important,' AT&T's Paul Smith said of the O-RAN Alliance's first batch of ETSI specifications.

Belal Hamzeh takes over role as CableLabs' convergence champion
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Hamzeh, CableLab's CTO, has assumed the wireless/mobile convergence duties at the organization after Mariam Sorond exited to take a big role at VMware.

CommScope ditches SAS business in 3.5GHz CBRS band
News Analysis | 3/31/2022

'CommScope will discontinue providing its cloud-based SAS service portfolio. The company has notified customers and will support their transition to other SAS service providers,' the company confirmed.

The open RAN diversity mission is not going to plan
News Analysis | 3/23/2022

Doubts are growing that open RAN will inject competition into the market for mobile network products.

NTT DoCoMo pitches open RAN smarts plus 13-vendor dream team
News Analysis | 3/22/2022

With the most extensive open RAN on the planet, the Japanese operator is trying to reduce costs ahead of virtualization.

Vodafone admits software rebirth will be hard to deliver
News Analysis | 3/21/2022

The operator is competing against dozens of other companies for a pool of expensive talent and its success cannot be guaranteed.

FCC calls on Dish about open RAN
News Analysis | 3/18/2022

'While legacy carriers built closed end-to-end networks, Dish chose O-RAN because, among other reasons, it offers lower capital and operating costs, and is more resilient,' Dish told the FCC.

Gogo, SmartSky take their 5G battle to the skies
News Analysis | 3/18/2022

Both companies are racing to build 5G-style networks on the ground in order to beam speedy Internet connections to business aircraft overhead.

Rakuten's Amin targets 25% of RAN market in bid to unseat giants
News Analysis | 3/14/2022

The Japanese vendor's Symphony business is championing openness as it goes after a market still dominated by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

Scaling open vRAN operations
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/11/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading white paper examines how to create a scalable deployment model for disaggregated, open vRAN.

Rakuten Mobile's new boss sets out 'fast-paced' growth plan
News Analysis | 3/9/2022

Tareq Amin says the burden of capex will start to ease in the summer, allowing the Japanese operator to focus on customer acquisition.

What's the Story? Iain Morris escapes robot dogs to bring MWC recap
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2022

Iain Morris shares his take on Mobile World Congress, discusses themes that emerged at the event such as the metaverse and explains why he's still waiting on a drink from a 5G-powered barman.

How Western sanctions will hurt Russian telecom and tech
News Analysis | 3/8/2022

Operators have been cut off from the only viable non-Chinese suppliers, and the Chinese ones have problems of their own.

EE rolls out 200 4G small cells using Nokia kit
News Analysis | 3/7/2022

UK operator announces new batch of outdoor installations using licensed-assisted access. 5G small cells coming 'soon.'

Eurobites: UK tweaks mast planning rules to boost mobile coverage
News Analysis | 3/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT spreads the small-cell love in the UK; Proximus welcomes Ada; Turk Telekom turns to Mavenir.

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.

Samsung has no 2G, and that's a problem for Vodafone
Morris Lore | 3/4/2022

The South Korean vendor's lack of 2G or 3G network products brings open RAN difficulties for the UK operator.

DT targets city rollout of open RAN after Intel progress
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

The German incumbent's new chief technology officer promises a 'significant' urban investment in open RAN, possibly starting next year.

Orange to put 2G, 3G out of old-age misery by 2030
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

The French incumbent says it plans telecom euthanasia for the aging standards as it tries to simplify network management.

Rakuten adds Robin.io, AT&T tech into Symphony
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

Rakuten said it purchased Silicon Valley-based startup Robin.io and, separately, it inked a collaboration with AT&T. Both deals are for Rakuten's Symphony business.

BT's Marc Allera: 5G's progress has been encouraging
CxO Spotlight | 2/28/2022

Marc Allera, CEO of BT's Consumer Division, said there's a lot yet to prove with 5G but the early experiments and network performance has been really encouraging. 5G standalone is the next big incremental step forward in the network's evolution.

Nokia mobile boss lashes out at open RAN fakes
News Analysis | 2/28/2022

Tommi Uitto says challengers have resisted partnerships and 'need to get their act together.'

MWC22: Telecom industry comes back for MWC in Barcelona
LRTV Documentaries | 2/28/2022

Light Reading's Fiona Graham hits the showfloor for an update as Mobile World Congress 2022 kicks off in Barcelona.

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.

MWC22: What the experts think will stand out
News Analysis | 2/25/2022

It's back. Mobile World Congress Barcelona. So what should we expect? Light Reading asked the analysts at Omdia for their predictions.

The time I visited a Dish 5G cell site
DanoVision | 2/25/2022

On Wednesday morning I got a surprise call from a Dish representative: Did I want to take a tour of a Dish 5G cell site in the next 15 minutes? I dropped everything and did. Here's what I learned.

Rakuten Mobile names Amin CEO amid warning of $4.7B funding gap
News Analysis | 2/25/2022

Tareq Amin moves into the top job at the Japanese company's telecom unit, promising to launch an enterprise service this year as analysts fret about funds.

AT&T touts progress toward open RAN with Intel
News Analysis | 2/24/2022

'Radios have traditionally needed to be physically connected to baseband equipment,' wrote AT&T's Gordon Mansfield. But that's no longer the case.

Intel hits back as rival open RAN chips take shape
News Analysis | 2/24/2022

As Marvell and Qualcomm launch new 'inline' accelerators, Intel makes improvements to its Xeon processor range.

Dish is still working on 911 service for its 5G network
News Analysis | 2/23/2022

Providing 911 services 'turns out to be a little harder than we thought,' Dish Network's Charlie Ergen said during a keynote appearance here at the NATE Unite conference.

Dish, Lockheed, Intel help build 5G network for US Marines
News Analysis | 2/23/2022

'We believe 5G SA [standalone] open RAN private networks will enable the DoD to achieve the balance of control, security and flexibility that they're looking for,' Dish said.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom gets on Zoom
News Analysis | 2/22/2022

Also in twosday's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom tests GenCell's power backup; Movistar Plus+ integrates Twitter content; Colt chooses Infovista for VoIP service assurance.

DT preps 'multivendor' open RAN rollout starting in 2023
News Analysis | 2/22/2022

The German telco says it has launched a request for quotation after being encouraged by lab progress on making open RAN more energy efficient.

Beamforming specialist Cohere pockets $46M in funds
News Analysis | 2/22/2022

Intel, Juniper and VMware are among the companies stumping up investment this time round.

Eurobites: BT and Distributed are together in Elastic Teams
News Analysis | 2/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain KSA sells towers; Vodafone collaborates on open RAN use case; Telenor's Myanmar sale prompts investor unease.

How wireless operators are preparing their networks for climate change
News Analysis | 2/15/2022

From hardening cell site structures to clearing combustible materials away from towers, telecom companies are looking to minimize the impact of disasters on their networks.

Eurobites: EU hopes to fill its broadband black hole with satellites plan
News Analysis | 2/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rakuten Symphony wants to be a big noise in Europe; Telefonica validates open RAN 5G small cell; Ooredoo done good in Q4.

With $3B in bookings, Rakuten Symphony makes big app store pitch
News Analysis | 2/14/2022

The 'un-vendor' launched by Japan's Rakuten last year wants to unite the telecom world around its new Symworld platform.

Mysteries and revelations abound in Dish's 5G spectrum strategy
News Analysis | 2/14/2022

It's unclear whether Dish's spectrum bands will be supported in the new Samsung Galaxy S22. But one firm may have shed some light on Dish's 3.45GHz and CBRS plans.

Rakuten says losses to shrink, eyeing 10,000-site 5G rollout in 2022
News Analysis | 2/14/2022

The Japanese operator is turning its attention to the newer generation of mobile technology and its costs look set to fall.

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.

Here is every company asking for FCC 'rip and replace' money
News Analysis | 2/9/2022

Some companies, like Inland Cellular, are only asking for a few hundred thousand dollars ($117,183 to be exact) in 'rip and replace' money. Others are asking for a lot more.

Odds shorten on Huawei 5G ban in Czech Republic
News Analysis | 2/8/2022

The cybersecurity office recommends using 5G suppliers from only democratic countries, which is bad news for Huawei and its customers.

Growth in the RIC: How open RAN could get smarter
News Analysis | 2/8/2022

The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) market is gaining momentum and could grow steadily in the coming years.

Ericsson, Nokia accused of charging exorbitant fees to open networks
News Analysis | 2/2/2022

Lobbying has started in the US for a fully opened X2 interface, supporting handover between basestations, to be included in mobile network products for no extra charge.

'Buy America' campaign sparks discord around open RAN, 5G
News Analysis | 2/2/2022

New rules require the use of US-supplied telecom equipment. But they are worrying many in the 5G market, particularly at a time when US-based open RAN companies are being acquired by international providers.

Vodafone preps silicon implants to lift Europe's open RAN
News Analysis | 1/31/2022

The operator's Spanish unit is investing in an open RAN facility in Malaga that it hopes will spur local development.

NEC waltzes off with Blue Danube to bolster 5G unit
News Analysis | 1/28/2022

Japanese tech giant buys US developer of beamforming technology that previously worked on 5G trials with AT&T.

CBRS isn't living up to expectations – Dell'Oro Group
News Analysis | 1/27/2022

Dell'Oro Group previously expected sales of CBRS-capable RAN equipment to hit 5% of the North American market by 2026. Now the firm believes it will account for less than 5% by 2026.

BT puts open RAN RIC through its paces with Nokia
News Analysis | 1/26/2022

The UK incumbent also plans to unveil a dedicated 'open RAN innovation center' this year, although chief architect still seems to prefer 'major global vendors.'

Nvidia preparing to drop purchase of Arm – report
News Analysis | 1/25/2022

Nvidia would owe SoftBank $1.25 billion if its purchase of Arm fails.

Ericsson sets course for the enterprise in latest profit mission
News Analysis | 1/25/2022

Swedish equipment vendor is guiding for a sharp increase in profitability as it aims to grow its market share and corner the enterprise sector.

Will Dish move into 'phase 2' of its 5G buildout?
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Dish Network is estimated to have around 1,000 cell towers up and running today. That figure could increase to around 15,000 by this summer. It would need to reach at least 40,000 for nationwide coverage.

Open RAN moving faster than expected – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Research firm estimates nascent tech will account for around 15% of the overall 2G-5G RAN market by 2026.

Vodafone's first 5G open RAN site goes live – minus antennas
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

The UK operator's launch of open RAN technology is a brave step as doubts linger about the path ahead.

Telefónica sees the smaller open RAN picture in Germany
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

O2 Germany activates 4G open RAN small cells in Munich; 5G SA minicells to follow later this year.

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