Starry, a fixed wireless operator that expects to end 2022 with over 100,000 subscribers, is 'exploring a combination of debt, equity and other financing vehicles' to get to break-even, CEO Chet Kanojia says.
A small UK company that buys and sells used network parts is catching the attention of operators dealing with inflation, supply constraints and geopolitics.
Cable One execs intimate that the operator already has its hands full with other deals soon after Altice USA confirmed that it is shopping its rural-focused Suddenlink assets.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WIOCC boosted by Google's Equiano cable landing in South Africa; PwC fined over sloppy BT audit; CityFibre digs Rochdale.
With fiber subscriber adds holding steady at 50,000, Frontier said it passed a record 281,000 new locations with fiber in Q2 2022. The telco also has raised its original 2022 build target by as much as 20%.
About 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support for wildfire response efforts this year, according to the service provider.
WOW reported solid broadband subscriber gains in the second quarter of the year, but lowered its broadband subscriber forecast for full 2022. The company did not provide firm figures on its recent mobile launch.
Many in the industry have been raising concerns about the federal government's 'Buy America' rules for subsidized broadband builds. But some also see an opportunity.
TIM CEO indicates that "things are proceeding" despite upcoming election and right-wing opposition to CDP and TIM's current plan
Despite an improvement to its wireline business when compared to AT&T and Verizon, it wasn't all sunshine for Lumen in Q2, with rising energy and labor costs, inflation and supply chain issues raining down on revenue.
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
The crypto-powered IoT network aims to fill in 5G and IoT gaps for better connectivity. Does the story make sense?
Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.
David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'
Losses at the Italian phone incumbent are mounting and the pressure has grown on company management to find answers.
DZS reported $91 million in revenue in the second quarter, up from the year-ago quarter but down by $5 million due to weakening foreign currencies.
Australia's biggest telco promptly bows to ACCC pressure and deregisters 900MHz sites to pave way for faster 5G rollout by rival.
Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.
SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.
Telecom Italia 'rejects' press reports that any senior exec will be leaving soon due to disagreements about spinning off the operator's fiber access infrastructure to reduce debt.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WindTre chooses Ericsson for 5G standalone; BT and Openreach strike continues; Jurassic Fibre hires new CEO.
As part of the revival package, INR330 billion ($4.15 billion) of statutory dues will be converted into equity.
As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.
ATN International said it will acquire Sacred Wind Enterprises for roughly $25 million in cash and $32 million in debt. But the company declined to comment on a report that it's up for sale.
Liberty Global used its Q2 2022 earnings results to officially announce its FTTH joint venture with Telefónica and InfraVia in the UK. The transaction is expected to close in Q4.
The cable operator beat earnings and revenue estimates and talked up its mobile potential while its broadband numbers failed to impress.
The Belgian operator rules out TeleSign IPO for the time being.
The largest US cable company didn't gain broadband subscribers during the quarter. That's never happened before. But Comcast's management said the big picture looks good and it doesn't plan to 'chase pricing to the bottom.'
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; Florida co-op enlists Conexon; AT&T, Comcast, Charter get GUMBO grants; Consolidated's construction in Ellensburg, Washington; Metronet declares Greencastle a 'gigabit city'; Brightspeed's plans for Pennsylvania.
John Roese, the global CTO at Dell Technologies, discusses the company's views on edge computing and why the private 5G networking space is just starting to heat up.
Spain-based group raises financial targets after producing what it described as "solid results" in the first half of the year.
Philip Jansen dismisses the challenge brought by other companies building full-fiber networks, telling analysts a lot of them are in trouble.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said that the offer would lead to some price increases of up to 3% above inflation and was "not acceptable."
In recent days, both AT&T and Verizon lowered their financial forecasts for 2022. And what of T-Mobile? The company on Wednesday raised virtually all of its financial and customer expectations.
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
In this podcast, Broderick Johnson, EVP for public policy and EVP for digital equity at Comcast, offers a brief history lesson on 'digital equity' and why identifying and lowering barriers to Internet adoption are critical.
A Dallas jury awards massive punitive damages stemming from the death of an 83-year-old woman who was murdered in her home by a Spectrum cable technician. Charter will appeal.
KPN says 'mitigating measures' will help it maintain healthy margins and increase free cash flow.
Amid pressure from regulators, CEO Tony Staffieri outlines a four-part 'enhanced reliability plan' weeks after the Canadian operator suffered a massive outage.
Calix reported 20% annual revenue growth and a 33% increase in US revenue, driven by 'significant opportunity ahead.' Still, said execs, the supply chain remains 'a war every day.'
CableOne, Cox and private equity firms are among those viewed as potential suitors for Altice USA's rural-focused Suddenlink assets, but one analyst believes the $20 billion reportedly being sought is a 'pipe dream.'
The FCC proposed over $4 million in fines against defaulted RDOF applicants, with $2.3 million of those fines for the auction's largest bidder, LTD Broadband.
The UK-based operator tells analysts that consumer prices across the industry must go up unless service providers are prepared to sacrifice profitability.
Amid a broader strategic shift, the organization, which strikes tech and programming deals for hundreds of small and midsized US operators, has been recast as the National Content & Technology Cooperative.
Credit Agricole Assurances and Vauban Infrastructure Partners are to buy 45% of Bluevia Fibra for euro 1 billion.
Proposed merger transaction now set to face regulatory scrutiny at EU level.
Backed by more than 700 US operators, Lou Borrelli and the NCTC are pursuing a wave of new initiatives, including a 'Connectivity Exchange,' MVNO deals, a refreshed focus on video and tighter ties to tech suppliers.
'FWA is just humming for us,' CEO Hans Vestberg said. Verizon added a record 256,000 residential and business FWA subs in Q2 2022, extending its grand total to about 700,000.
Deal could fetch up to $20 billion for Suddenlink's networks in rural segments of the nation, according to Bloomberg.
AT&T added 316,000 fiber subs, almost enough to offset losses of legacy DSL and other 'non-fiber' subs. Meanwhile, the company is preparing to 'reposition' its flagging wirelines business unit.
Nick Feamster, director of research for the Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago, recently joined the Light Reading Podcast to discuss his team's research based on the Internet Equity Initiative data portal, which uses Ookla Speedtest data to map out Internet inequities.
Deal expected to be signed in days. Meanwhile, Masmovil and Orange reportedly secured a euro 6.6 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) loan to finance their proposed merger.
After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.
The Finnish equipment vendor delights shareholders with growth in sales and profit at its most important units.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson says private networks are good for airlines; Altice's FTTH infrastructure gets Arcep approval; London's Google Cloud data center suffers heatwave meltdown.
Linked to a National Cable Television Cooperative agreement, Qwilt says over 100 US cable and broadband operators are to use open caching platform to boost streaming quality.
ETNO wants Big Tech treated differently from other companies that rely on telecom infrastructure.
In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.
With the makeup of the FCC still in a 2-2 deadlock, two Democratic senators reportedly are preparing to introduce a bill that aims to reclassify the Internet as a highly regulated Title II service.
CommScope says its deal to develop and supply a remote MACPHY for Liberty Global's future DOCSIS 4.0 and 10G-capable networks is exclusive. But the operator has been sharing the wealth among access network vendors.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Polish pair join forces on cloud infrastructure; Ericsson's Possible Perspectives; Openreach opts for ADVA, expands on the Isle of Wight.
The percentage of US streamers without a pay-TV package hit 40% in Q2 2022, up from 28% a year earlier, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'SVOD Tracker.' Meanwhile, total streaming penetration in the US hit 81%.
This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.
Plume's Bill McFarland on how home network data shows how IoT brands perform and why IoT support and management is a critical to broadband service strategies.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETNO bangs on about Big Tech again; CityFibre loses competition appeal; Zain earnings up.
The cable and mobile operator has reportedly offered GB pound 3 billion to buy a big rival that lost customers during the pandemic.
FCC critic Microsoft says its 'Digital Equity Data Dashboard,' a tool that aggregates data from multiple sources, is an accurate, neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of broadband availability and 'digital equity.'
In Verizon's 15th DBIR, the service provider revealed that ransomware attacks doubled from 12% of security breaches in 2020 to 25% in 2021.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus rolls out EV charging stations; Amazon tries to placate European Commission over data practices; Hyperoptic hits 100k new-builds.
The Finnish operator reports healthy growth in sales and profits for its second quarter but its outlook for the full year is downbeat.
This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.
Germany's new Gigabitstrategie targets a bonfire of regulations to help speed fiber and 5G deployments.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 bags 5G spectrum in North Macedonia; Google versus the regulators, part 94; UK online safety legislation hits the buffers while government implodes.
Juniper's EX4100 switch series integrate with the Mist Wi-Fi Assurance service to automatically determine where there are gaps in coverage in enterprises' WLAN deployments and verify the correct placement of access points.
CEO Chet Kanojia says the fixed wireless broadband specialist is close to announcing a new expansion market that will come online later this year.
Light Reading is now accepting nominations for outstanding achievements in 5G, broadband, optical networking, edge computing and more as part of its annual awards program, the Leading Lights.
Formica, a 33-year cable industry vet who will retain some ties to cable tech training specialist NCTI, has been appointed chief program officer of The Cable Center.
OpenVault is the first to join a Kyrio-led partnership program focused on Profile Management Application (PMA) technology, which aims to boost DOCSIS network capacity by as much as 40%.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes with Infovista for network testing; Synamedia buys Quortex; Zayo cuts ribbon on new subsea route.
Housing move activity, a key ingredient for cable broadband subscriber growth, remains in a weakened state, with few signs that it will reverse course any time soon.
Kyle Traxler created wireless Internet provider Cleo Communications in order to participate in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. However, according to the agency, Cleo didn't provide any telecom services.
In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.
Cisco is reportedly in talks about acquiring a Wi-Fi player currently owned by two of India's biggest operators.
But the download surge in June won't necessarily translate to an increase in fixed wireless access subs 'due to product sampling and churn,' say the analysts at ISI Evercore.
European cable executives Dr. Andrea Huber and Diane Christman discuss gender equity challenges the pandemic has exacerbated for women in tech fields.
In the latest US streaming rankings by JustWatch, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max all gained market share in Q2, while Netflix shed some of its lead.
Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, joins the podcast to discuss the role of fixed wireless in reaching unserved populations and how more federal funding to close the digital divide could have the opposite impact.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brian Protiva steps down at ADVA; Enea starts its 5G engine; Isle of Wight is half-done.
The Italian telecom incumbent wants to sell its capital-intensive, low-growth and debt-ridden networks business for a reported euro 25 billion.
Andre Fuetsch, who oversees the mobile and fixed network technology direction for AT&T, is set to retire in September. The move is one of many recent departures and promotions in Ma Bell's exec suites.
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.
The caveat is that SpaceX must accept any and all interference from future 5G operations, including those in the 12GHz band.
The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.
An Omdia study projects that online video subscribers will hit the 2 billion mark worldwide by 2027. Traditional pay TV is stagnating, but will account for a majority of video subscriptions revenues for at least another six years.
The Fiber Broadband Association is assisting state officials and broadband offices to put grant programs together for the best and most effective use of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide quality high-speed broadband to all communities, with $45 billion in BEAD funding and another $25 billion in ARPA funds to close the digital divide.
Once a deal is approved by the city council, Mesa will become the first city in Arizona to welcome Google Fiber. Network construction could start by early 2023.
AT&T, Verizon and other operators have already engaged in a round of pricing and service fee increases. But analysts suggest we haven't seen the last of the price hikes.
This week in broadband builds: WeLink's DC rollout, Ziply goes live in Sumas, Brightspeed's initial Ohio build, Clearwave's debut in Kansas.
BT claims to have 'robust plans' in place to counter possible strike action.