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Podcast: What's the story with Altice USA?
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2020

This week: Jeff Baumgartner on Altice's momentum in the US, complications with its efforts to buy Cogeco, and what's likely to happen next.

Eurobites: Ericsson hops into the record books
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AMP Capital to acquire VX Fiber; Vodafone vets its suppliers for diversity credentials and more; Swisscom's Herren to leave at end of the year.

Windstream sails out of Chapter 11
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Says it has chopped its debt by more than $4B and has secured access to $2B in new capital.

TikTok's unholy trinity unraveling despite Trump blessing
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Trump's 'great deal for America' over TikTok ownership is already unraveling, as Oracle, Walmart, ByteDance and the White House tell different stories.

With 'Gig 2,' Virgin Media sees way to double broadband speeds
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

The UK cable operator has already promised a gigabit-speed connection across its entire network by the end of next year. It is now eyeing a service that is twice as fast.

Activist investor nabs 20M shares of Comcast
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Trian Fund Management said it believes Comcast's stock is undervalued and has recently begun 'constructive discussions' with Comcast's management team.

Quibi exploring possible sale – report
The Bauminator | 9/21/2020

The struggling short-form premium streaming service is pursuing strategic options, says The Wall Street Journal.

Utility giant Xcel to test private LTE network with Motorola Solutions
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

After shuttering its WiMAX effort, utility provider Xcel Energy is now testing a private wireless LTE network with spectrum from Anterix and equipment from Motorola Solutions.

More spectrum the key to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Beefing up capacity to 1.2GHz and up to 1.8GHz is a primary driver for the new CableLabs specs. Meanwhile, SCTE has already kicked off standards focused on a future move to 3GHz.

Eurobites: Drillisch shares slide after profits warning
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enet facilitates Brodynt's entry into Ireland; CityFibre bolsters buildout with Bechtel; Saudi Arabia pins hopes on digital transformation.

EC pins recovery hopes on 5G and supercomputing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The European Commission recommends the adoption of a common approach to the deployment of 5G networks.

NBCU's Peacock soon to run wild on Roku
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

New deal will bring NBCU's Peacock service to Roku's platform and pave the way for NBCU content to be offered on the ad-supported The Roku Channel.

Dozens of NBCU apps could go dark on Roku
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Tensions are mounting as NBCU and Roku as Peacock remains a no-show on Roku's platform. Update: The two sides are said to be 'very close' to a new deal.

Fujitsu flags efforts to tackle facial recognition fraud
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.

Is T-Mobile prepared for its 5G iPhone moment?
DanoVision | 9/17/2020

T-Mobile has more than double the low- and midband 5G spectrum of Verizon. But what will CEO Mike Sievert do when Apple launches the 5G iPhone?

Mediacom opens door to the '10G Smart Home'
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

The demo in Ames, Iowa, features an enhanced DOCSIS 3.1 network feeding 8K video and more than 70 connected devices, along with an eye-popping show of emerging bandwidth-eating light field display technology.

Starry eyes single-family homes
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry has delayed its market expansion plans, but it's now targeting a new class of customers: single-family homes.

EU could oppose Italy's single fiber network plan – report
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

EU competition officials are said to be questioning the plan for Telecom Italia to keep control of a single fiber network company.

Cogeco to Altice USA and Rogers: No means no
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

A war of words is emerging as Altice USA and Rogers continue to pursue a hostile bid to divvy up the US and Canadian assets of Cogeco, which has dismissed the offer as a 'futile exercise.'

Ribbon's McClelland: 5G is one of our catalysts
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2020

Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.

Are the Comcast-Charter X1 talks dead in the water?
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Comments from Charter CEO Tom Rutledge indicate that the cable operator will pursue streaming opportunities on its own set-tops and via other third-party platforms.

Alibaba, China Mobile may invest in blacklisted surveillance firm
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

E-commerce giant and telco consider 3 billion yuan investment in Dahua, a blacklisted surveillance company whose tech monitors Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.

Keeping Cogeco out of mobile is motivating hostile bid, CFO says
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Taking Cogeco 'out of the equation' for mobile is probably a driver for a hostile bid that involves Rogers, a fellow Canadian service provider and stakeholder, says Cogeco CFO Patrice Ouimet.

CBS All Access to be rechristened Paramount+
The Bauminator | 9/15/2020

ViacomCBS reasons that the Paramount brand has higher recognition worldwide amid plans to take the OTT service international, but the Twitterverse still had fun mocking the decision.

Verizon CEO views 5G Home as 'transformative business'
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Self-installation model, video service bundle options and broadband service mobility will open up opportunities with residential and business customers, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg says.

Comcast wants to go global on smart TVs, CEO says
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Bringing company's tech stack to smart TVs fits into a broader plan to build a global IP video platform that relies on a common tech stack and standardized hardware, Brian Roberts says.

Facebook failing to stop billion-dollar bot ad fraud
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Platforms like Facebook aren't using technology they possess to stop bots committing advertising fraud, costing tens of billions of dollars a year.

Eurobites: KPN and Prysmian trial eco-friendly fiber
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach rolls out more fiber; here comes the Nokia SON; Facebook given some breathing space in data-transfer rumpus.

Google Fiber to unleash '2 Gig' service
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

In a move that could accelerate cable upstream upgrades and DOCSIS 4.0 development, Google Fiber will soon launch 2-Gig service in Nashville and Huntsville for $100 per month, and expand it to most markets by early 2021.

Altice Mobile flexes its data options
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Building on its original unlimited data plan, Altice USA's mobile service has added 1GB and 3GB plans paired with reduced rates for its own Optimum and Suddenlink broadband and video customers.

5G cloud gaming offers annual $150bn revenue gain – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

New report shows that 'ardent gamers' would be willing to pay a lot more for a high-quality cloud gaming service on low-latency 5G networks.

5G vs. cable: Hitting the millimeter-wave wall
Column | 9/14/2020

Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton argues that 5G is not the competitive threat to cable that many once thought it would be.

Is 5G fixed wireless getting ready for its comeback?
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Analysts have derided early FWA services in 5G as relatively small-scale operations. But new products, technologies and spectrum resources could change the calculation.

RDK widens supplier ecosystem as battle with Android TV rages
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Set-top juggernaut Skyworth and chipmaker Amlogic combine on IP-powered 'accelerator' box underpinned by Reference Design Kit software.

CBRS spectrum auction maps: Who won what, and where
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Stephen Wilkus of Spectrum Financial Partners, Moise Advisory and JMA Wireless provide detailed Auction 105 results in terms of spectrum and location.

EarthLink throws book at Charter
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

EarthLink, which has tried to renew an expiring wholesale deal with Charter, alleges that the cable operator is duping subs into switching providers and tarnishing the EarthLink brand.

Footprint expansions boost cable's broadband growth
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Cable operators have raked in broadband subs during the pandemic, but the reasons behind the surge run far and deep, according to a top industry analyst.

SCTE, NAB shows will clash in 2021
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

NAB's revised plan to hold its 2021 confab next October overlaps with dates set for next year's SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

Altice USA undaunted after Cogeco spurns offer
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Altice USA is committed to working toward an 'end game' to acquire Cogeco's US assets. 'This is a marathon, not a sprint,' Dexter Goei says.

T-Mobile to start seeding 5G market
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

T-Mobile's John Saw is in charge of a 5G developer-outreach effort at the carrier that will include the construction of more development centers around the country.

Broadcasters tee up 5G demo for virtual IBC
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

A team of broadcasters will demo a series of 5G technologies live at the IBC virtual showcase event, as the industry looks to capitalize on stable data transfer.

Charter in 'no rush' to roll out DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

There's still plenty of speed and capacity to mine out of DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Podcast: Closing the digital divide during COVID-19
LRTV Interviews | 9/9/2020

CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Troubled SoftBank Group slices telco stake in SoftBank Corp
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

SoftBank Group, after its market capitalization fell $13 billion between Monday and Wednesday, is cutting its stake in telco SoftBank Corp for cash.

Oi accepts $3.1B offer for mobile biz from three rivals
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

América Móvil, Telefónica and TIM gain stalking horse status for the 'mobile assets UPI' of the Brazilian operator.

Eurobites: Nokia lands transport deal with Italy's Open Fiber
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Leroy pops up at Deutsche Telekom; UK launches National Data Strategy; Sky plays ROXi music.

Approaching the edge: IBM is ready for the 5G factory
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

5G and edge computing are expected to meet on the factory floor, and IBM will be there waiting.

The DOCSIS CPE landscape is about to change
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Poised to apply pressure on CommScope and Technicolor, a cadre of original device manufacturers have been pushing new DOCSIS 3.1 devices through CableLabs at an increasing rate.

Google to give Wi-Fi roaming another try
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Wi-Fi roaming has been a topic of discussion for almost two decades. Now, Google is hoping to move the space forward with its new Orion Wifi platform.

China draws up its own rules on cyber sovereignty
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

The China-US tech war continues apace, with China proposing global rules of 'data sovereignty' countering the US's 'Clean Network' program.

Eurobites: Google gets cold feet on new Dublin office
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NetIX adds exchanges; Pluto TV arrives on European browsers; KPN issues €600 million Eurobond.

What Loving, Texas, tells us about the future of 5G
DanoVision | 9/7/2020

Midband spectrum licenses in the middle of nowhere, Texas, sold for an astounding $141 per MHz/POP. And that has significant implications for private networks, IoT and 5G.

Eurobites: Telia, Telenor ready to roll on Danish 5G
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson gets TDC 5G-ready; MTN Ghana fights market dominance ruling; A1 Austria in wholesale TV deal.

COVID-19 slowing network operator capex, warns Ciena
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Ciena, which counts AT&T and Verizon as top customers, warned of a pandemic-released slowdown in service provider spending. But some analysts aren't worried.

Pandemic pushes cable's DAA plans off-course
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Cable operators prioritized near-term capacity upgrades and enhancements to legacy centralized infrastructure in 2020, slowing the drive toward a future that will feature distributed access networks.

WiCipedia: Falling short of the 2020 gender equality goal
WiCipedia | 9/4/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The new and improved Grace Hopper Celebration goes online; cultural change is needed for gender equality; Black women in tech face challenge after challenge; and more.

Broadcast vet extends OTT bridge to local TV stations
CxO Spotlight | 9/4/2020

Jack Perry bills VUit, a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring more than 200 local channels and a mix of VoD fare, as 'The Netflix of Live, Local and Free.'

A tale of two bidders: Verizon goes deep, Dish goes wide
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Verizon bought CBRS spectrum licenses covering just half of the US, while Dish went nationwide. The results highlight their very different 5G goals.

Will the US cable industry supercharge open RAN?
DanoVision | 9/3/2020

Comcast, Charter and Cox collectively spent more than $1 billion on wireless spectrum. Will they choose the safe buildout path, or will they risk an open RAN strategy?

Startup Verana Networks targets mmWave 5G RAN
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Amit Jain and Vedat Eyuboglu hail from small cell startup Airvana, which was acquired by CommScope in 2015. Now they're fronting a new company focused on mmWave 5G.

Cogeco stiff-arms Altice USA/Rogers takeover bid
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Altice USA wants to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband operations and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers.

Arianespace launch gives small satellite market a lift
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

France's Arianespace delivered 53 small satellites into orbit, including an experimental broadband platform for Facebook.

Eurobites: Iliad holds steady in France, makes hay in Italy
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM updates on fiber rollout; Proximus brings Leuven into the fiber fold; funding secured for 5G innovation hub in UK.

Alaska Comm brings broadband to the bush
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.

Verizon, Dish, Charter, Comcast: Here are the 20 biggest CBRS auction winners
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Verizon, Dish, Comcast, Charter and Cox are among more than 200 bidding entities that won spectrum during the FCC's recently concluded 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction.

Avengers Assemble: Team Microsoft takes on deepfake videos
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Microsoft's Video Authenticator flags fake news clips and lets news outlets and political campaigns watermark content to prove authenticity ahead of US elections.

Altice USA makes play for Atlantic Broadband
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

In a complex $7.8 billion deal, Altice USA intends to own Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband division and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Rogers Communications.

Google says advertisers will pay digital services tax
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Google and other tech firms will pass on European countries' new digital taxes to advertisers and developers, as telcos worry about double-taxation

Eurobites: Nokia offers 'end-to-end' 5G training
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE goes large on Apple goodies; Netflix sets up Russian partnership; Ericsson updates on coronavirus impact.

AT&T exploring sale of its Xandr advanced ad unit – report
The Bauminator | 9/1/2020

Interest in selling the ad-tech specialist could be another clear signal that AT&T is also exploring a plan to sell off its struggling DirecTV satellite TV unit.

Verizon, ViacomCBS execs cheer 5G options
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

It's showtime for 5G as next-generation networks start to enable more immersive media experiences. Network and media executives alike are hoping consumers will flock to the new services.

First 'GAP' nodes could surface in 2022
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Standards for Generic Access Platform nodes are inching toward finalization, setting up 2021 as a time for vendors to ramp up development of the physical hardware and software.

Verizon, SpaceX, CenturyLink, Charter among FCC's RDOF bidders
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Dozens of companies and other bidding entities have registered their interest in participating in the FCC's $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

Exiting bankruptcy, Frontier looks to challenge cable
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

John Stratton, a former Verizon executive, will work with Frontier CEO Bernard Han to lead the telco out of bankruptcy, in part by challenging cable operators.

TPG shopping RCN, Grande and Wave Broadband for $8B – report
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Private equity firm is reportedly exploring a sale of its 'Astound' conglomerate of service providers for more than $8 billion.

Virtually unstoppable: Zoom revenues quadruple thanks to COVID-19
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Videoconferencing platform Zoom announces runaway second-quarter earnings, with revenue up 355%, though tech's biggest firms aim to chase its success.

Comcast wants to bring X1 to smart TVs
The Bauminator | 8/31/2020

Licensing X1 or its 'Flex' variant to smart TVs helps Comcast add critical scale to its video platform and extend its experience beyond the MSO's borders and those of its syndication partners.

Dish's wireless retail strategy competitive, not disruptive – analyst
News Analysis | 8/31/2020

Dish Network executives last year promised to storm the US wireless industry. But Dish's Boost is 'slightly less competitive than before,' according to an industry analyst.

AT&T sizes up its pay-TV legacy
The Philter | 8/28/2020

Reports that AT&T wants to shed DirecTV are not new, but now is an excellent time for AT&T to simplify and clean up its stable of video distribution services.

Google Fiber adds Philo to its streaming mix
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Gig-focused broadband service provider is now promoting the low-cost, sports-free OTT-TV alongside broader-focused pay-TV streaming services from fuboTV and corporate cousin YouTube TV.

Cable Next-Gen: The Recap
LRTV Documentaries | 8/28/2020

Light Reading's Glimmer Twins of cable, Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner, look back on this week's virtualized edition of the Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies event.

Facebook takes aim at Apple over '50% dip' in ad revenues
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Social media company accuses Apple of potentially devastating effect on ad revenues with iOS14, forcing apps to give users option to opt out of tracking.

WiCipedia: When tech and politics collide
WiCipedia | 8/28/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Female keynoters battle harassment; data bias gets a fine-toothed comb-over; Congress may meet its first female founder; and more.

Walmart enters the fray to buy TikTok in the US
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

US retail giant Walmart is the latest unexpected suitor in the race to buy the US business of video-sharing network TikTok, in a joint bid with Microsoft.

DOCSIS 4.0 prototypes could be here in less than a year
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Specific product timelines are up to vendors, but CableLabs is preparing to be in position to start certification testing in early 2022, exec says.

Google Cloud staffs up for telecom push
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

George Nazi, Shailesh Shukla and Kyle Forster (founder of Big Switch Networks) are just a few of the new faces in Google Cloud's push into the telecom space.

Liberty Global gets down to business with Switzerland's Sunrise
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Publishes offer prospectus. US cable giant, if all goes to plan, will fully own Switzerland's Sunrise by October.

T-Mobile to buy Shentel's wireless biz, but the price isn't set
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

T-Mobile wants to acquire Shentel's wireless business, including its 1.1 million mobile customers, but the deal is mired in a dispute over the value of the business.

China's CBN gets Alibaba backing in $14.7B restructure
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

The state-owned player has been recapitalized with 101 billion yuan (US$14.7 billion) from investors including Alibaba and State Grid.

DT launches cloud gaming, no thanks to MobiledgeX
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

DT has launched a new cloud-based video game streaming service, but a startup tailored by the company to support this kind of offering is not yet playing a part because of 'technology compatibility issues.'

It's go time for DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Cable ops won't need the full capabilities of DOCSIS 4.0 for years, but the time is nigh for them to start prepping the network with certain elements as the full product ecosystem is developed.

CableLabs starts to connect on network convergence
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

The process will be evolutionary, but CableLabs and its members are working to define a cohesive framework for converged, wireless/wireline networks underpinned by virtualization, CableLabs' Mariam Sorond says.

Huawei loses groundbreaking global patents case in London
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

English courts can set licensing rates for global standard essential patents, says Unwired Planet v Huawei, a decision that positions London as a patent hub.

Dan Whalen exits Adtran
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

After a stint as chief product officer at Adtran, the cable and telecom industry vet is taking a hiatus for family reasons and to spend some time weighing his next industry move.

Eurobites: Ultraleap jumps into bed with Qualcomm for 5G-supported 'XR'
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media offers cheaper broadband to welfare recipients; Deutsche Telekom trumpets new cloud tool; management pay freeze at Telenor.

US cable could mount a comeback in biz services – analysts
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

The commercial wireline units of big telcos have fared well during the pandemic, but cable ops are poised to benefit as SMBs evaluate their needs, which could stimulate switching providers and the adoption of new services.

What the Trump?! President calls for a 'national' 5G network
DanoVision | 8/25/2020

President Trump's mention of a 'national' 5G network raises questions around Newt Gingrich and Rivada Networks, but lacks information, substance, detail and logic.

TikTok vs. Trump: ByteDance takes US government to court
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

The parent company of video-sharing network TikTok files suit over president's emergency order to close or sell its US operations, in WeChat users group's wake.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom makes cloud gaming play
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone offers fiber broadband in three more UK cities; GDPR fines, and who's getting them; ElevenPaths acquires Govertis.

Liberty Global shrinks the box
The Bauminator | 8/25/2020

The 4K-capable Mini TV Box, the operator's first all-IP video device, will initially be rolled out by UPC Poland and help to support its relatively new FTTH product.

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