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Ericsson is back to boringly good, but China threats loom
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The Swedish equipment vendor delivers another strong set of results for its first quarter as geopolitics continues to affect its business.

Vodafone lab to show open RAN does exactly what it says on the tin
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The test and integration lab at its Newbury headquarters will be a catalyst for the new-look technology, the UK operator hopes.

UK risks own goal with open RAN diversity plan
Morris Lore | 4/20/2021

The British government is pushing through an 'open' agenda that will restrict operators' freedom of choice.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Huawei gives another thumbs-down to open RAN – or so it says
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The 5G equipment giant seems to be one of the only telecom companies in China that is not crazy about open RAN.

Dish's 5G sales pitch thickens around security
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Dish Network is now promising 'a cloud-native solution that integrates network security from the foundation up.' Nokia, Allot and Palo Alto Networks are providing the details.

Afghanistan gets open RAN – Africa, Asia eye it
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Open RAN comes to Afghanistan, as Etisalat partners with Parallel Wireless – and operators eye the developing world as prime networks to open up.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: Exploring the world of open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 4/2/2021

Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown offers up a preview of the upcoming two-day Open RAN World Digital Conference.

Ericsson opens lab to polish its cloud RAN credentials
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Ericsson launches an open lab to work on virtualized 5G RAN, part of its campaign to head off virtualization and cloud RAN moves by Samsung and Nokia.

Rakuten Mobile clocks 'throughput' of 1.77 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Supplier partner Altiostar says performance of Japan's open RAN operator compares 'favorably' with other mobile networks in the country.

Nokia is pulling up its 5G SoCs
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Firefighter, repairman and architect, Tommi Uitto is knocking the Finnish vendor's 5G business into shape.

Samsung Networks lands DoCoMo for 5G open RAN
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Samsung Networks has landed yet another major 5G customer, signing with NTT DoCoMo to supply open RAN and related solutions.

Etisalat hops on board RCP bandwagon
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Group looks to fast-track open RAN deployments by teaming up with Japan's Rakuten Mobile.

Nokia ties with cloud's big three in private mobile network push
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.

Open RAN and the mission to crack massive MIMO
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

The new-look technology needs to show it can produce highly capable 5G radios for the most demanding environments if it is to flourish.

Verizon to start deploying open RAN gear this year
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Most of the 5G hardware supplied by Verizon's vendors – Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia – will comply with open RAN specifications starting next year.

Nokia boosts open RAN cred with new SEP
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Finnish supplier launches O-RAN compliant service enablement platform replete with AI/ML bells and whistles.

Open RAN gains global momentum
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

As 5G rollouts ramp up, common themes are emerging at an international level on opening up the technology and vendor ecosystem.

Eurobites: CityFibre considers another stake sale to further fiber ambitions
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone talks up open RAN; Deutsche Telekom teams up on electric vehicle charging tech; what's Welsh for 'your call is important to us'?

Airspan to go public with $166M in pursuit of open RAN, 5G
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Airspan Networks said it will gain roughly $166 million in net proceeds via its new transaction, money the company will use in its pursuit of the open RAN and 5G space.

Deutsche Telekom hails 5G standalone test success
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

German operator takes a cautious step towards the next version of 5G that will be fully uncoupled from the 4G network.

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.

FiberLight to use open RAN and 5G for RDOF deployment
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

FiberLight, a fiber provider across parts of Texas and elsewhere, plans to use its $1.7 million in RDOF cash to deploy a wireless network leveraging 5G and open RAN.

HPE still has a big aaS hole to fill
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

The IT company needs to slash costs and fatten its aaS offerings if it is to keep investors as happy as they are right now.

Brazil’s auction rules rule in Huawei
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Requirement to move straight to standalone version of 5G causes some ructions.

HPE bustles into open RAN with new server
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

The IT giant has spruced up its portfolio of communications products and launched a new open RAN server, but will the industry bite?

Ericsson CEO braces (slightly) for stiffer competition
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Börje Ekholm nonetheless thinks large-scale open RAN is years away.

Malaysia highlights Huawei's role in 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Malaysia also plans to establish a 5G Cybersecurity Lab with the Chinese vendor.

Dish to launch 5G in 'major' city by end of Q3
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Meanwhile, a potentially costly wrinkle emerges in Dish's retail mobile biz as T-Mobile warns it plans to shut down its 3G CDMA network on or around January 1, 2022.

RAN spending splurge in Q4 helps market top $35B in 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Revenue from RAN equipment reached record-breaking heights in 2020, driven by stronger than expected 5G NR investments in North America and China toward the end of the year.

Ericsson now boasts superior 5G radios to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Swedish vendor claims to have the smallest and lightest massive MIMO radios in the world.

Open RAN is mutating faster than COVID-19
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

The many variants of open RAN and the apparent shortcomings of the standardization process will frustrate efforts to challenge Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia.

Dish uncovers a few more 5G puzzle pieces
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Dish Network has inked deals with more tower companies and hired more execs to manage its 5G buildout. Meanwhile, Qualcomm has released silicon supporting some of Dish's spectrum.

ITI shortlists Mavenir for BSNL's 4G network in India
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

US-based Mavenir Technologies is a favorite to supply open RAN technology for BSNL's 4G tender, despite controversy over the vendor's Indian credentials.

Ligado to use Rakuten's platform for private 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Ligado Networks inked a memorandum of understanding to use the Rakuten Communications Platform, but Rakuten officials wouldn't describe Ligado as an RCP customer.

Nokia flags Brazilian tie-up on 5G open RAN
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Finnish vendor to collaborate with research body CPQD on development of services based on the O-RAN RIC.

Say hello to the open RAN 'ecosystem,' or vendor lock-in 2.0
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

As ecosystems and vendor partnerships become more popular, there is a growing risk that open RAN merely replaces one form of dependence with another.

Rakuten counts 15 international customers for communications platform
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

'These are not small customers. Some of them are very, very massive,' Rakuten's mobile networking chief Tareq Amin says of the buyers of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

Open RAN no sure winner, but back it anyway, says UK report
Morris Lore | 2/5/2021

A parliamentary report on 5G diversification reveals a political cluelessness about 5G technology and the road ahead.

Eurobites: TIM signs up to operators' open RAN fan club
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TDC's earnings down, despite cost-cutting; Iliad bond raises €1.3 billion to help bankroll Play acquisition; Telenor, Intelsat add 4K channels.

Cohere CEO: New product, customer names coming this year
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Startup Cohere Technologies was founded in 2011. Today, the company's CEO said it is 'very well funded into the future' and should begin naming operator customers this year.

Facing down the China 5G challenge: Don't panic
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

China's 5G market has some big numbers, but the country may struggle to execute its strategy.

Ericsson calls for 'tech neutrality' after telco open RAN pleas
Morris Lore | 2/1/2021

Predictably enough, the Swedish equipment vendor thinks Europe should focus on mainstream 5G. It has a point.

Telefónica tightens open RAN connections with NEC
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Spanish giant's open RAN trial in the UK leans heavily on NEC's system integration capabilities and ecosystem partners (just like it does in Germany).

Rakuten: Our spectrum's the problem, not our network
News Analysis | 1/29/2021

The Japanese operator takes umbrage at recent analyst criticism of its network performance and says open RAN is not at fault.

Open RAN lobbying goes global
DanoVision | 1/27/2021

BSA, CableLabs, GSMA and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) are teaming up with the Open RAN Policy Coalition for 'responsible policy action in support of open RAN.'

White House vows 'multilateral' approach to dealing with Huawei, China
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

The Biden White House is aiming to build a 'comprehensive strategy' that pushes back on China's global economic influence, a stance that will keep Huawei sidelined in US 5G buildouts.

Taxpayers on hook for open RAN tab that must stink to investors
Morris Lore | 1/25/2021

The private sector seems unconvinced by the case for open RAN investment. Europe's service providers think taxpayers should fill the void.

Vodafone UK CTO Petty to lead group digital in new tech strategy
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Scott Petty will direct digital and IT as Alberto Ripepi takes charge of all things network-related in the latest shake-up.

For Rakuten Mobile, a 'crunch point' is coming
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Rakuten hoped to upend the market with cutting-edge technology and cheap services. But its customer numbers and expenses are driving speculation that the company might exit the mobile industry entirely.

Open or closed, RAN vendors face a 2020s squeeze
Morris Lore | 1/21/2021

Generating profits in a busier, shrinking market for radio access network products will be difficult.

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.

Orange issues 2025 O-RAN appeal to big kit vendors
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.

Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.

Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.

UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
Morris Lore | 1/15/2021

British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.

Juniper bulks up on RIC, open RAN with Türk Telekom affiliate
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

US supplier signs exclusive IP global licensing agreement with Netsia, giving it access to RIC technology and open RAN expertise.

T-Mobile US signs 5G deals with Ericsson and Nokia
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The 'uncarrier' agrees new five-year deals to further the rollout of 5G across its spectrum assets.

Looking ahead in India: 5G, open RAN and fiberization
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

This year is likely to bring the launch of 5G, more tie-ups between operators and startups and growing interest in satellite technology, among other developments.

Verizon CTO on open RAN: 'We're 100% behind the idea'
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Verizon CTO Kyle Malady tells Light Reading: 'I don't see any reason why the technology can't work, but there will be things carriers need to work out if they do adopt it.'

DoD eyes 'challenge' designed to promote open source 5G
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The US military is looking for ways to 'accelerate the development of an open source 5G,' which comes as no surprise given the Pentagon's wide and growing interest in the technology.

Meet Nokia's new North American boss
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Ed Cholerton has been tasked with overseeing Nokia's business across the US and Canada. Here's how he's looking at topics ranging from the C-band auction to open RAN to small cells.

What won't happen in telecom in 2021
Morris Lore | 1/4/2021

Predictions stories are rampant around this time of year. Here's what not to expect in 2021.

Eurobites: TIM, Google get even cozier in the cloud
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC tests open RAN; Inflexion takes stake in Daisy Group; Ericsson fuels 5G for DTAC in Thailand.

Dish Network: The year in review
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Dish has gathered together technology partners and experts to help with its launch of a cloud-native open RAN 5G network in 2021.

Rakuten Mobile can lay claim to disrupter-of-the-year
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

Japan's innovative mobile network play has made solid progress on its open RAN journey, but more industry work is needed to silence the doubters.

5G RAN spend to exceed LTE in 2021
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

5G expected to account for more than half of all RAN investments in 2021, according to Omdia.

Podcast: Fujitsu's Dr. Femi Adeyemi is an open book on open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 12/30/2020

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dr. Femi Adeyemi, the head of the wireless business at Fujitsu Network Communications, to talk about the business of open RAN.

Asia's 2020: Covid, Huawei and O-RAN
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

It was the year of the pandemic, but it was also the year 5G landed, Huawei lost its US chip supply and industry began turning to open RAN.

Asian 5G: Four things to watch for in 2021
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

5G made its mass entrance in 2021, with around 135 networks deployed. 2021 is when 5G will start to show commercial chops and evolve networks to standalone.

Open RAN has missed the 5G boat, says Three UK boss
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

The new-fangled network technology has arrived too late to be a part of 5G plans for many operators, says Robert Finnegan.

China's role in open RAN is a looming problem
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

The involvement of so many Chinese firms in the O-RAN Alliance raises some awkward questions for policymakers.

Subsidized open RAN heads to rural Nigeria
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

MTN strikes 2,000-site deal with local NaaS provider Hotspot Network; Parallel Wireless in supplier mix.

Nokia is making a risky bet on open RAN
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is prioritizing a largely unproven technology as part of its latest turnaround strategy.

Eurobites: BT to lead safe-airspace drones project
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Free says 'oui' to 5G; Ericsson makes UK jobs pledge; Telefónica turns to NEC for its German open RAN pilot.

Open RAN threatens new clashes over intellectual property
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

The new technology risks infringing patents owned by companies that are not a part of its club.

NEC's open RAN roadshow pitches up in India
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Japanese supplier establishes 'technical verification' open RAN lab in India, seen as 'complementary' to Center of Excellence in the UK.

AT&T opens up about open RAN
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Some of AT&T's top networking executives are touting the benefits of open RAN technology, but caution that commercial deployments aren't imminent.

FCC pays lip service to open RAN in 'rip and replace' program
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

The FCC said its Huawei and ZTE 'rip and replace' program should allow for the use of open RAN equipment. But the agency didn't name any approved open RAN vendors.

Opportunity knocks for Filtronic in UK telecom shake-up
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

A small UK developer of RF technology is attracting fresh interest as the UK seeks to cultivate local talent while it phases out the Chinese.

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.

O2 UK flags open RAN tests with Vilicom
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

UK mobile operator pilots network platform that was co-developed with Mavenir.

Operators begin singing Kumbaya for open RAN
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Executives from Verizon, Vodafone and other operators are calling for unity in a push to create an open RAN ecosystem. Meantime, survivors of vendor consolidation are catching up.

Dish turns to Taiwanese supplier for more 5G radios
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.

Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Nokia for open RAN
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is likely to help build an 'open RAN town' for the German operator next year, which would bode well for a future relationship.

Verana Networks nabs $11M to make 5G basestations
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Verana scored a batch of VC funding that the company said will help it begin selling 5G basestations by 2022.

Podcast: What's the story with open RAN's progress?
LRTV Interviews | 12/7/2020

Iain Morris joins the show to give an update on open RAN's progress and hurdles, and what's in store for the technology next year.

Mavenir begins dabbling in open RAN hardware
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Mavenir is pinning its hopes on an open RAN trend separating hardware from software. At the same time, the company is working to tightly integrate its own hardware and software.

Open RAN will be a $3.2B market in 2024, says Omdia
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Forecast is raised as service providers commit to both greenfield and brownfield deployments worldwide.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon
DanoVision | 12/3/2020

Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.

Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era
Morris Lore | 12/3/2020

As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.

Open RAN might not save you much after all
Morris Lore | 12/1/2020

The hyped technology is unlikely to make a huge difference in what telcos invest and even threatens to run up a bigger opex bill.

The vendor business suddenly looks very different
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Geopolitics is having a major impact on the vendor landscape in telecom.

Three UK hits reset on IT and 5G overhaul
News Analysis | 11/30/2020

COVID-19, an IT overhaul and the swap-out of Huawei equipment are all consuming the attention of Susan Buttsworth, Three's chief operating officer.

Open RAN's a winner, UK decides, as it closes door on Huawei
News Analysis | 11/30/2020

The UK government is intervening in its telecom sector to a dangerous degree as it backs specific firms and technologies.

Albany Marine base to sport 'made in the USA' 5G network
News Analysis | 11/27/2020

The US Department of Defense's test network is part of a $600 million project that is intended to strengthen the US in its 5G competitiveness.

Two Parallel Wireless founders exit to start A5G Networks
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

Rajesh Mishra, Parallel Wireless' CTO, and Kaitki Agarwal, Parallel's chief product officer, are leaving the company to start A5G Networks, which will focus on open RAN orchestration.

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