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Eurobites: MegaFon Forms E-Commerce JV With Alibaba
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6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Norway 5G spectrum auction results; Dutch told to get tough on Huawei; Deutsche Telekom turns on IoT network; Ofcom commits to universal broadband service.
Cable Techies Eye 25-Gig Path
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6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Even though cable's 10-Gig-enabling broadband spec, Full Duplex DOCSIS, hasn't hit the streets yet, some leading industry engineers are already laying the groundwork for a future DOCSIS spec that would support symmetrical speeds of up to 25 Gigs.
Podcast: Apple Makes Itself Right at Home
The Philter  | 
6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
Vodafone Pooh-Poohs Ofcom's Dark Fiber Deal as 5G Looms
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
With 5G around the corner, the UK mobile operator has complained about the latest regulatory effort to improve access to the Openreach network.
Terabyte Broadband Homes Continue to Climb
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
OpenVault report finds that consumers in that 'power user' group doubled in Q1 2019, a growth rate that could cause some cable operators and other ISPs to consider upping their monthly data ceilings.
Optical's Shifting Sands
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
The global optical networking market has been worth in the region of $15 billion for the past year, but while that number has varied only slightly year to year, what has changed is the nature of the investments and who's splashing the cash.
Sprint Goes Loco for 'Low Code'
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint is using a 'low code' development platform to streamline business processes, including getting wireline customers online faster.
Liberty Global Grapples With Revenue Slump
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5/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Even as it carries out its phased retreat from the European continent, Liberty Global is trying to stem video sub losses and spur fresh revenue growth with a slate of new product and service offerings.
BT's Workforce: It's Not Shrinking as Fast as You Might Think
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK incumbent remains one of Europe's most bloated telecom operators, and that is unlikely to change under current cost-cutting plans.
How BT Is Applying AI to Support Its Programmable Network
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
AI and machine learning are already key components in the closed-loop control of BT's programmable network.
Eurobites: Orange Buys SecureLink for €515M
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: US consortium lands Ireland's National Broadband Plan gig; Telefónica sells 11 data centers; UK broadband speeds creep up.
Leading Lights 2019: The Winners
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5/6/2019  |  1 comment
Find out which companies have taken home the 2019 Leading Lights Awards trophies.
DOCSIS 3.1 Still Rules the Cable Roost
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5/6/2019  |  1 comment
In our latest poll about cable's next-gen options, DOCSIS 3.1 barely nudged out DAA and FTTH as the industry's biggest tech priority for 2019.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Four companies have made the 2019 shortlist for this coveted award.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
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5/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Six companies – Anritsu, Infovista, Kentik, Netrounds, Spirent and Viavi Solutions – made the cut in the Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor category.
Three's Broadband 'Toy' Gets Set for 5G Push
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5/3/2019  |  Post a comment
A tiny broadband business that Three bought in 2017 is set to play a big part in the UK operator's 5G plans.
Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy
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4/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Fortinet, ZTE, CUJO AI and Colt all had standout entries for most innovative security strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.
FCC Commissioners Waver Over C-Band Details for 5G
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Two of the FCC's five commissioners don't quite see eye-to-eye on exactly how to shift C-Band spectrum from the satellite industry to the 5G sector. Billions of dollars are at stake.
Nokia Suffers 5G Blues in Q1, Stock Slumps
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
When the CEO and CFO say the quarter was 'weak,' you know it was bad: investors agreed.
Eurobites: Swisscom & Ericsson Flip the 5G Switch
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone ad bends the giga-truth; Nokia and Nordic Telecom get mission-critical with LTE; Orange teams up on cyberdefense; Amazon hits trouble in Italy.
Who Else Should Be in the Light Reading Hall of Fame?
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Know your role. Take our poll. Help our editors finish arguing which set of executives, inventors and luminaries will be among this year's inductees into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.
Google Fiber to Pay $3.84M to Clean Up Mess It Left in Louisville
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4/16/2019  |  1 comment
Google Fiber ceased service on Monday following decision to exit the market because of technical issues discovered with shallow trenching techniques it used there.
Eurobites: Germany Holds Door Open for Huawei
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4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre loses legal challenge; Video-streaming giants come under the UK regulatory microscope; new boss for Swisscom's blockchain unit.
Leading Lights 2019: The Finalists
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4/10/2019  |  4 comments
Light Reading is delighted – nay, pumped – to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 15th year.
Delivering Apple's Promise: A Premium Streaming Service
The Philter  | 
3/27/2019  |  2 comments
The launch of Apple TV+ assumes great broadband service, and that buzz may help savvy service providers connect with new customers.
Charter, US Ignite Spark Smart Cities Project
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Spectrum Enterprise unit and non-profit group team on exploration and rollout of apps and services that use mix of wired and wireless connectivity options underpinned by a data management platform.
Eurobites: Inmarsat Agrees to $3.4B Takeover Bid
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new UK FTTH player raises £75 million; EU encourages data sharing, says no to US-led Huawei gear ban; Abu Dhabi hub targets UK startups.
Wooing the Video Customers of Tomorrow
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Consumers are increasingly seeking simple, easily searchable and personalized viewing experiences anywhere, everywhere and all in one place.
Ready Player Stadia: Google's Gaming Platform a Scary Prospect for Telcos
Morris Lore  | 
3/21/2019  |  9 comments
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
An Extra Week to Enter the Leading Lights
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3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
You begged... we caved.
OneWeb's Ambitions Blast Off With $1.25B From the Likes of Qualcomm, SoftBank
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3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
OneWeb scored another big round of funding to finance its big plan to launch hundreds of satellites into space and provide super-fast Internet services everywhere.
Viasat: Connecting the Unconnected
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3/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Viasat has been an innovator in satellite communications for over 30 years. Now, the company is expanding to bring service to the most hard to connect places around the globe.
Had a Great Year? Then Enter the Leading Lights Awards
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3/15/2019  |  1 comment
Not entered yet? Then get a move on… there are only days left to submit your entries.
This Tiny Startup Could Connect Your Smartphone Directly to a Satellite
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3/12/2019  |  6 comments
UbiquitiLink is looking to completely eliminate outdoor dead zones, and is testing its service with Vodafone, Telefonica and, in the US, Cellular One operator Smith Bagley.
WOW Won't Wax Wireless… for Now
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3/11/2019  |  Post a comment
The competitive cable operator is not at a disadvantage without mobile in its service bundle, CEO says.
Eurobites: Nokia Extends Jazz's 4G Network in Pakistan
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3/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Börse Group invests in Swisscom fintech startup; Russians protest against the unplugging of their Internet; Uzbek telecom turmoil takes another turn.
Podcast: Let's Not Talk About 5G at MWC19
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3/1/2019  |  2 comments
The Light Reading podcast, in video form, from the InterDigital booth at MWC19 in Barcelona. Phil 'Captain Jetlag' Harvey and Ray Le Maistre discuss telco business models and how the industry is changing, even without ubiquitous 5G.
Margins on Streaming TV Packages 'Nothing to Write Home About' – Charter CFO
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2/27/2019  |  Post a comment
But new, slimmer options enable Charter to focus on broadband-only customers that haven't responded to offers for traditional pay-TV service, Charter's Chris Winfrey says.
Cable Broadband Will Keep Edge Over 5G – Comcast CEO
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2/26/2019  |  Post a comment
As 5G aims to become a viable alternative to in-home broadband, cable will continue to enjoy a significant cost, capacity and speed advantage, Brian Roberts says.
Windstream Turns to Chapter 11 in Wake of Court Ruling
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2/25/2019  |  1 comment
Company, which has secured $1B in DIP financing, pins blame on the judge and hedge fund linked to ruling that Windstream violated conditions of its bonds by putting network assets into a REIT.
Altice USA Expects to Bring 'Major' OTT-TV Player to Set-Top Platform
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2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Such an integration announcement could occur in the coming months as operator eyes potential revenue-sharing models with virtual MVPDs, CEO Dexter Goei says.
How Cable Vendors Could Profit From DAA Upgrades
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2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable network suppliers are in for a rough 2019 as MSOs remain in decision-mode, but relief is ahead as DAA deployments help infrastructure investments rise to $2B by 2023, Dell'Oro says.
Satellite Companies Balk at T-Mobile's $11B C-Band Proposal
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2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile issued a new proposal for how the FCC should auction off C-Band spectrum. But the satellite companies that are currently using that spectrum are having none of it.
Ting Tunes Up Its TV Plan
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2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
'Ting TV' service is currently in a closed beta trial ahead of anticipated launch in the first half of 2019.
Movandi to Extend 5G mmWave Coverage
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2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Award-winning startup is developing repeaters designed to extend the reach of 5G mmWave connections in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.
Windstream Woes: Hedge Fund Prevails in Bond Fight
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2/18/2019  |  4 comments
Windstream may end up owing 310M to a hedge fund if a court ruling made on Friday is allowed to stand. That could force the company into bankruptcy.
LeoSat CEO Envisions a High-Capacity, Low-Latency Backbone... in Space!
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2/18/2019  |  Post a comment
But to get that global vision off the ground (literally), LeoSat must piece together a plan that spans technology, secures funding and cuts through a heap of regulatory red tape.
Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.
Google Fiber: A Timeline of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Bauminator  | 
2/14/2019  |  2 comments
Google's fiber initiative is almost exactly nine years old. Following its embarrassing setback in Louisville, here's a look back at Google Fiber's moments of hype, glory, achievement and disappointment.
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