Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'
'We have to be smart in choosing,' says government minister.
The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.
The hunt for a successor is underway amid word that Fickle is departing the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group that handles programming and tech deals for hundreds of independent operators.
Cable operator confirms it has launched new IP- and app-based pay-TV service in a handful of markets even as its tech partner, MobiTV, pursues a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring.
US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.
Winding down of T-Mobile's in-house pay-TV service and teaming with YouTube TV and Philo is 'an incremental positive' for T-Mobile, analyst says. Will other MobiTV partners follow suit?
Taiwan operators are steadily rolling out 5G private networks to support the island's high-tech manufacturing sector.
Britain's OneWeb has launched 146 satellites of 648, chasing SpaceX's Starlink on 1,300. But Neil Masterson's real race is for funding and customers.
The recent misfortunes of Japan's answer to WhatsApp could be an opportunity for Japan's telecom operators.
As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.
Light Reading's Mike Dano says there are at least two big improvements coming with 6G.
Chipmaker can finally pop the cork, although the US agency still believes the company violated antitrust laws.
The National Cyber Security Coordinator, a government body trusted to curate procurement sources for Indian telcos, recently conveyed its shortlisting criteria.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.
Says it took a 'fresh look' at how it does video, but pivot to OTT-TV partnerships stems from bankruptcy restructuring underway at MobiTV, T-Mobile's key TV software provider.
Spain's private equity backed Masmovil makes 'friendly' takeover bid for Basque operator.
The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.
As other regions consider investments in fabs and foundries, the UK remains undecided on its future strategy, says a government advisor.
With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.
Integrations will boost exposure for Disney's streaming stable and add key premium OTT apps to Comcast's platforms for pay-TV and broadband-only customers.
Patrick Donegan of HardenStance discusses Orange's activities around AI ethics and looks at how the operator could collaborate with a much broader set of telcos.
IPTV pioneer Minerva is trying to make waves with its new 'YourTV Now' platform, while Shift 2 Stream, a startup led by a former Cox exec, also claims to have a viable alternative as MobiTV wends through bankruptcy.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?
GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.
Chinese authorities have finally cleared up one of the mysteries of the 5G age: Exactly how many 5G subs does it have?
AT&T and others argue that federal requirements for 1Gbit/s connections would prevent 5G and other fixed wireless technologies from cashing in on a spending plan that could top $3 trillion.
Taiwan's MediaTek is now the world's biggest smartphone chipset supplier, according to several analyst firms. The US government's actions against Huawei are partly to blame.
Conflicting technology interests and geopolitical tension could thwart efforts to develop a global standard.
Light Reading's Alan Breznick ponders whether the NFL's $110 billion deal with streaming video services means the end is nigh for traditional pay-TV bundles.
AdaptiveMobile reveals a 'major security flaw' in the architecture of 5G network slicing and virtualized network functions.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Suri rekindles French connection; Telenor rebrands its IoT offer; Ofcom to open tech hub in Manchester.
This week in our WiC roundup: Women of color are leaving work in droves; the UK is experiencing a 'digital skills shortage'; Black Girls Code creates a future workforce; and more.
AT&T's capital expenses dipped from $19.4 billion in 2019 to just $15.6 billion in 2020. However, thanks to a focus on 5G and fiber in the network, AT&T's spending will likely be different this year.
Verizon sold an estimated 10% of its mmWave spectrum holdings to fixed wireless provider GeoLinks. The licenses couldn't support mobile operations.
Xiaomi makes big smartphone market-share gains at Huawei's expense.
The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.
Supplier partner Altiostar says performance of Japan's open RAN operator compares 'favorably' with other mobile networks in the country.
Werner, who will stay as senior technology advisor to the CEO, is succeeded by Charlie Herrin, most recently Comcast's chief product officer.
Deal between CBS Sports, Paramount+ and the Italian pro soccer league represents another example of how the use of live sports in premium streaming services is chipping at the legacy pay-TV bundle.
MetTel CTO Ed Fox discusses how the service providers' customers are balancing the use of collaboration applications, SD-WAN, VPNs and SASE to support their employees working on-premises and remotely.
AT&T's Andre Fuetsch and Ericsson's Jan Soderstrom will lead the Next G Alliance's executive governing body. The group is working on 'achieving North American 6G wireless leadership.'
This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.
Once upon a time, it was just the US moving against Chinese tech; now it's China moving against Chinese tech, too.
The world's biggest operator by customers is not yet profiting from the launch of 5G services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands ultra-broadband deal with United Group; Deutsche Telekom and Slovak Telekom lose appeal against EU fine; Virgin Media taps Infinera for Dublin backbone.
Swiss operator manages to keep figures stable despite the challenges brought by the pandemic.
The Chinese equipment vendor is due to run out of chips in the next few weeks, say experts, and the consequences could be far-reaching.
With so much focus on a possible reinstatement of net neutrality rules under Biden, not enough attention has been given to the upside potential from stimulus spending, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.
The Global Certification Forum (GCF) says 21% of the different 5G device types it certified in 2020 could access mmWave 5G frequencies, with 34% supporting standalone 5G.
IoT specialist is in talks again with shareholder DBAY on a possible bid.
JEA, NRTC and Southern California Edison are some of the utilities that may join the likes of San Diego Gas & Electric and New York Power Authority in exploring private wireless networks.
Benu Networks has updated its Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway to operate in cloud-native environments, and has added SASE functionality and 5G wireless/wireline convergence capabilities.
Building out the 5G edge was always going to be a collaborative effort - and for the telcos that have started service, the key collaborator is AWS.
Comcast plans to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange chosen by GEANT; the ethics of location data; Telefonica teams up on IoT, 5G and blockchain.
Singapore operator plans to pool expertise with the automotive group to create new enterprise applications.
The FCC announced it will start collecting 'first-hand accounts on broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers.'
Intel plans to increase the number of its manufacturing facilities in Arizona from four to six, and to sell its chipmaking capabilities under a new business unit.
In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.
Comcast also exploring a similar integration on X1, Comcast's Internet-connected pay-TV platform. X1 already offers access to the 'Extra Innings' Major League Baseball out-of-market package and MLB Network.
Sierra Wireless said the hack forced it to shut down production at its manufacturing sites. The company's stock tumbled as a result.
In their latest reports, several Wall Street analysts argue that the NFL's new 11-year, $110 billion TV rights deals with a slew of networks issue a crushing blow to the future of sports on linear, multichannel TV.
Lockheed Martin and Omnispace indicated their efforts could target a wide variety of sectors including 'defense, government and military use, including mobile joint all-domain interoperable communications.'
Following the recent debut of Paramount+, the media giant said it intends to connect with 5G vendors and network operators, hailing 5G as a platform that's poised to 'revolutionize the media and entertainment industry.'
Firefighter, repairman and architect, Tommi Uitto is knocking the Finnish vendor's 5G business into shape.
Samsung Networks has landed yet another major 5G customer, signing with NTT DoCoMo to supply open RAN and related solutions.
Microsoft considers paying $10 billion for Discord as it hunts for an Xbox stablemate, while Abu Dhabi sinks $150 million into 'privacy-first' app Telegram.
Group looks to fast-track open RAN deployments by teaming up with Japan's Rakuten Mobile.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN forms joint venture to accelerate fiber rollout; Qualcomm joins agri-robot trials; Orange shines in Tutela market report.
Singtel and Optus to make use of AWS Outposts on MEC infrastructure to support enterprise development of low-latency 5G services.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is the fifth wealthiest person in the world and he recently snapped up 147 million Verizon shares worth around $8 billion. What does he see in 5G?
Chile says it will buy 5G equipment from either the US or China, in a bid to beat its neighbors' rollout and court Amazon Web Services.
In part two of this Mentor Spotlight series, Cox's Patricia Martin shares how organizations can better provide flexible working environments to support the remote workforce, and how women can tap mentors to accelerate their career trajectory.
Should the government funnel billions of dollars into wireless technologies that could be affected by vagaries like foliage? A policy debate is unfolding.
Big US cable operator agrees to spend nearly $72 million to upgrade its network and operations and issue customer credits because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias last year.
India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has said in an affidavit that WhatsApp's new policy violates the Information Technology Rules, 2011.
Decentralization is the new watchword and that has meant bad news for staff at the operator's headquarters in Amsterdam.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir pulls out of sports rights auction; Sparkle gets immersive on cybersecurity training; Asda Mobile moves over to Vodafone's network.
Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.
AT&T plans to 'continue to grow at least at our fair share, if not greater.' But some financial analysts worry the company is 'ceding the fight in wireless.'
New research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic spurred higher spending on web, voice and video services and prompted more switching of service providers last year.
Apple warns Chinese tech that it will kick apps off the App Store that try to circumvent its new privacy features. But is it brave enough to annoy China?
Hundreds of 5G subscribers are seeking compensation from operators for paying extra on a service they see as little better than 4G.
US bans are straining the trans-Pacific bandwidth market, with FCC moves to shut down two more Chinese operators another sign of a fracturing sector.
Industry consortium backing the nascent tech to be unveiled within a matter of months.
Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.
Company officials say they still believe there's a role for a carrier to sell cellular network capacity similar to how AWS or Azure sell cloud-based services.
Latin America's enfant terrible goads rivals as it gears up for its service launch.
This week in our WiC roundup: Telecom's gender pay gap; working from home does not work for all women; Equal Pay Day; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: network worries hit TIM's share price; telco bigwigs join European Green Digital Coalition; Rain reveals wider 5G ambitions.
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T-Mobile's 10 million 5G customer count is roughly on par with that of Verizon, which announced last week it has sold 10 million smartphones capable of connecting to its 5G "Ultra Wideband" network.
The Finnish equipment vendor is preparing to take a second run at the world's biggest market for radio access networks.
Access Communications and Enghouse TV have teamed up to put together a big-picture solution for smaller operators' video strategies.
Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.
Two Asian powerhouses, South Korea's SK Holdings and China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, have clubbed together to create a new tech investment fund.
In a move that could impact Chinese telecom equipment vendors, the Indian government is forcing ISPs to purchase approved equipment due to security concerns.
The UK's smallest mobile network has ratcheted up spending as it eyes a more competitive role in a future 5G market.
Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have each already tried to make a 5G splash by deploying the technology first via 4G, then via highband spectrum and finally in lowband spectrum. What will the third phase of 5G look like?
The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned GB pound 12 billion FTTP investment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italy reconsiders single network plan; Nokia squints into the middle distance; Post Luxembourg taps Smartoptics.
Out of the blocks under its driven new captain Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC moves to strip China Telecom, China Unicom, and ComNet of its US licenses.
The US equipment maker will join Ericsson, Nokia and others in deciding to participate online and not attend the event in person.
Walmart may be looking to add an Android-based streaming stick to its budget onn. device lineup, according to a recent Federal Communications Commission filing.
Operation Dianxun reportedly created a fake Huawei jobs site in order to infect the computers of applicants working at telecom providers, with the goal of accessing information about 5G.
AT&T primarily used its sponsored data service to remove usage charges from its video services, including HBO Max, for customers who have otherwise had to pay per-GB fees to stream them.
India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is likely to turn profitable by the 2023-24 financial year, according to a recent parliamentary panel report.
The South Korean vendor's co-CEO warns of 'serious imbalance' in semiconductor supply and demand.
ByteDance and Tencent are among Chinese tech giants working up a way around Apple's coming new iOS14 privacy rules, posing big problems for the Cupertino company.
While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.
Operators are pleased to have paid so little after Ofcom rejected calls to scrap the familiar format, but their spectrum is all over the place.
The Shenzhen-based vendor reports full-year earnings of 4.3 billion yuan ($646 million) on the back of 11.8% higher sales, with growth across the business.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia pledges to cut power consumption of 5G basestations; St Patrick's Day fun with machine-learning algorithms; Sky's Now no longer has a TV.
Data Stream Broadband hopes to use Ericsson's equipment, CBRS spectrum and CARES Act funding to build a 5G fixed wireless Internet offering in rural parts of Virginia.
T-Mobile lowered its customer expectations for fixed wireless. Verizon dramatically shifted its buildout plans. And AT&T is pretty sure that 'you don't have the capacity' to challenge cable.
Versa says the update to Versa Titan will now provide businesses with small or 'Lean IT' teams with access to all of Versa's secure access service edge (SASE) capabilities, which includes a Secure Web Gateway (SWG) and local firewall access for home workers.
The Chinese equipment giant has very different licensing priorities than other holders of 5G patents.
Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.
'The requirement for a completely new architecture for developing service products and then delivering and managing them became apparent to me,' says CEO Harley Stowell.
Company's AI-aided cybersecurity system is now equipped to extend protection to devices when they are on the home network or connecting to LTE and Wi-Fi networks around the world, CTO Santeri Kangas says.
The Finnish vendor has already cut about 11,000 jobs in the last two years and today warns that another 10,000 may have to go.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad has an epic 2020, all things considered; BICS introduces 5G roaming between Austria and Switzerland; O2 prepares for take-off.
Huawei has published its 5G licensing rates, with a cap of $2.50 per unit for handsets – and 'a reasonable percentage royalty rate' of the selling price.
Verizon claims that its C-band spectrum can cover more territory than T-Mobile's 2.5GHz spectrum can. T-Mobile claims the exact opposite. The truth may be somewhere in the middle.
The new-look technology needs to show it can produce highly capable 5G radios for the most demanding environments if it is to flourish.
The transaction would combine Canada's No. 1 (Rogers) and No. 4 (Shaw, operating under the Freedom Mobile brand) mobile network operators. As a result, it could face regulatory headwinds.
CenturyLink, C Spire and WideOpenWest are among a group of broadband service providers that are using the startup's tools and tech to underpin customized streaming marketplaces featuring a diverse mix of premium OTT services.
China, the world's handset factory floor, is feeling the global chip shortage as manufacturers juggle supply lines, speed up launches and redesign phones.
Chinese smartphone vendor sees share price jump after judge rules in its favor over ban.
Biden tightens restrictions on US suppliers selling 5G components to Huawei, but Myanmar's generals are busy buying Huawei's surveillance equipment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium's Telenet opts for Ericsson's 5G RAN; union warns that BT is heading for a strike ballot; Vodafone fires up the virtual cooking experience.
Verizon is planning to purchase Montana's Triangle Mobile and assimilate the company's 3,000 customers. There's just one hiccup: China's Huawei built Triangle's CDMA network.
Tied into a broader fixed/mobile network plan, AT&T will stay aggressive with its fiber buildout, and hinted that it could take a closer look at opportunities in rural areas.
AT&T's C-band buildout plans trail those from rivals Verizon and T-Mobile. Perhaps as a result, AT&T executives offered a relatively sober assessment of the 5G opportunity.
Ahead of a big international expansion drive and the debut of an ad-supported version of HBO Max in June, AT&T now expects the global sub base for HBO Max/HBO to reach 120 million to 150 million by the end of 2025.
The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.
Bharti Airtel, has awarded an INR3 billion ($41.12 million) national long distance (NLD) network expansion contract to Huawei, according to media reports.
Alan Breznick joins the podcast to discuss which topics will be covered during the Cable Next-Gen event and provide insight into challenges and business opportunities facing the cable industry.
UK operator's decision to withdraw in person follows cancellations by major equipment vendors earlier in the week.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MWC's public cloud cuckoo land; T-Systems helps fight COVID-19 infection; Berners-Lee senses change in the air.
This week in our WiC roundup: Melinda Gates takes DC universities by storm; what the Bumble IPO means for women in tech; International Women's Day celebrates all women; and more.
Smartphone manufacturers are finding that demand is currently far outstripping supply.
Japan's answer to Amazon needs dosh for its unprofitable and increasingly expensive telecom project.
After being rebuffed by a UK court, Huawei is seeking access to HSBC files in Hong Kong it says will prove its CFO's innocence.
T-Mobile said its free cash flow should reach up to $14 billion by 2023, a $3 billion increase from prior expectations. Meantime, the operator lowered its capex to between $9 billion and $10 billion for 2023.
After making videos about 5G all over the world, video producer Tien Fu found out he has a 5G phone and has great coverage everywhere he goes - there's just one problem: He doesn't know what to do with it.
Gogo had planned to launch a 5G network for in-flight Wi-Fi sometime this year, but chipset shortages will delay that launch until 2022.
Most of the 5G hardware supplied by Verizon's vendors - Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia - will comply with open RAN specifications starting next year.
'We don't necessarily see any need to do that,' explained Verizon SVP Adam Koeppe. He said the operator has all it needs in the C-band spectrum it purchased at auction.
While enterprise customers are quickly adopting SD-WAN, Colt's Peter Coppens says the wholesale market has faced unique challenges in delivering SD-WAN services versus MPLS.
Toyota's president told Apple the car business is harder than Cupertino thinks, but this masks a worry about disruption.
Finnish supplier launches O-RAN compliant service enablement platform replete with AI/ML bells and whistles.
After the surprise exit of chairman Jan du Plessis, BT's CEO Philip Jansen now faces a restive boardroom over his plans for a swift overhaul.
China Unicom has posted a healthy 10% hike in earnings, driven by fast 5G take-up and a further strong performance in cloud and enterprise.
As 5G rollouts ramp up, common themes are emerging at an international level on opening up the technology and vendor ecosystem.
This week, Kostas Kastanis, deputy CEO of Upstream, joins the show to discuss the digital divide in Africa and Upstream's ad-supported service Zero-D which enables free Internet access for millions of mobile users in emerging markets.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boardroom latest; Orange signs renewables deal; Tele2's 5G powers home-delivery droid.
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New tests show that the addition of CBRS spectrum into Verizon's network is dramatically increasing speeds. However, those increases are only available on 4G.
Verizon hopes to cover 250 million Americans with speedy 5G, and 50 million households with fixed wireless Internet services, by 2024.
Speed boosts for select tiers were activated March 9 in MSO's Central Division, with East and West on deck. Comcast has also goosed the downstream speeds of its Prepaid Internet and Internet Essentials products nationwide.
Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.
European Commission reiterates ambitious plan for the region to account for one fifth in value of the world's semiconductor fab capacity by 2030.
WarnerMedia's premium subscription streaming service has been integrated with Cox's Contour 2 boxes and the Contour Stream Player, devices that tie into Cox's X1 syndication deal with Comcast.
Omar Calvo will take charge of radio engineering after the departure of CTO Brendan O'Reilly at the start of the year.
Starry spent $48 million on 24GHz licenses in 2019. Now, the company is working with T-Mobile to test its own equipment for transmissions in that band on the way toward 'final certification and deployment.'
Mike Cavanagh says deployment of CBRS spectrum is not a 'must-do' for Comcast, though rollouts are likely to be targeted to high-traffic areas and based on a thorough cost/benefit analysis.
Just like last year, Ericsson is leading a growing number of vendors in withdrawing from this year's MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain, in June.
Asia's incumbent satellite operators are confident they can survive the onslaught of low-Earth orbit players, although their approaches vary.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom combines on EVs, again; Apple plans European chip center; how to regulate online services; and more.
The Swiss incumbent faced down unhelpful topography and local anxiety about health risks when it came to build a 5G network.
China-backed Dito becomes the Philippines' third network provider, disrupting the reign of Globe and Smart, one of the world's most durable duopolies.
Crown Castle built a 5G-capable private wireless network inside a New York City skyscraper. The development could signal a new opportunity for companies in the networking space.
Meanwhile, Starlink parent SpaceX claims Viasat is attempting to 'gaslight' the FCC about collisions and space debris concerns, and is tangling with Dish over the 12GHz band.
Italian incumbent looks to trim workforce by up to 1,300 through voluntary scheme.
Assets are worth between $3.9 billion and $7.9 billion less than Vodafone originally envisaged, and towerco share prices have been dropping.
Although Thermo's leadership says the company just wants to be a spectrum provider, its strategic alliances and investments suggest there could be a bigger strategy.
After a US ban, the huge Chinese operator says a float on Shanghai would give it flexibility.
Roku's ad business has put the company in position to evolve from an early AOL-like 'gateway business' to a multimedia, aggregation machine that's more akin to Netflix, MoffettNathanson's Michael Nathanson says.
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'?
Chinese supplier remains comfortably ahead of chasing pack in latest listing of equipment market shares compiled by Dell'Oro Group.
Report suggests that over 1.3 million UK SMEs could not survive the average cost of a cyberattack.
AT&T's heavy spend on the C-Band auction may have some analysts and stock-raters concerned, but AT&T's outgoing CFO believes the company will handle it 'pretty easily.'
Cox's Patricia Martin shares some potential growth areas for the industry this year, why every employee needs to take responsibility for cybersecurity, how the cable industry is addressing the digital divide and what progress is being made in closing the gender gap in cable.
In a repeat of what happened last year, one of the show's biggest exhibitors has said it will not be attending.
With few buying opportunities on the market, extending Charter's network with regular edge-outs and the RDOF auction is the next best thing, CFO Chris Winfrey says.
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.
Dish announced it will purchase T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless and its 200,000 customers. The move signals Dish's apparent interest in building an MVNO empire on the road to 5G.
Move will add a revenue stream for operator's commercial services unit, but pricing model shows that Comcast Business will heavily encourage customers to bundle mobile with its TV, voice and broadband services.
The mother of all telecom trade shows has just unveiled details of a health-and-safety plan that will either encourage or deter attendees.
China's fast-tracked 5G rollout has lifted China Tower's full-year earnings 6.4 billion yuan (US$984.6 million), up 23.1%.
Reliance Strategic Business Ventures has doubled its holding in SkyTran, the US-based futuristic transport company, for $26.76 million.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands LTE deal with Denmark's Cibicom; MLL Telecom fires up SD-WAN; Hyperoptic on the post-pandemic home.
US telco giant stands accused of supplying information to analysts illegally to protect its share price.
German operator takes a cautious step towards the next version of 5G that will be fully uncoupled from the 4G network.
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Signs of growing momentum for the nascent tech, but still work to do on standardization and ecosystem-building.
Dish is urging the FCC to make substantial changes to its rules governing the 3.5GHz CBRS band. The effort likely portends Dish's interest in the upcoming 3.45GHz midband spectrum auction.
'There's blood in the water,' says an exec with a video tech supplier that's considering opportunities with operators should MobiTV fail to emerge from a bankruptcy restructuring unscathed.
Executives from SES and Intelsat jointly met with FCC officials last week to boast of their C-band progress. At the same time, lawyers from the companies are engaged in a bruising legal battle.
It's pile-on Apple Friday, as Brussels and London make new antitrust moves against the App Store while Biden appoints a prominent Big Tech critic.
US chipmaker said 90% of its 2021 supply has already been ordered by customers, but its CEO says there is no reason to panic.
After T-Mobile boasted of surpassing AT&T in terms of customer numbers, new survey results show that T-Mobile is also poised to pass AT&T in terms of brand perception.
China weighs expanding network sharing to speed rural 5G rollout in a paper issued jointly by the State Council and the Communist party central committee.
This week in our WiC roundup: Amazon fails minority employees; BT works with Code First Girls to provide upskill courses; pandemic creates founder boom; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify complaint could spell EU trouble for Apple; Equinix opens data center in Bordeaux; Ericsson's Ekholm sounds off on 5G.
The Finnish equipment vendor's just-published annual report reveals the full human cost of its most recent cost-saving initiative.
The symposium will be moderated by Brown, along with Jim Hodges, chief analyst, Heavy Reading, and it will feature speakers from Swisscom, Anritsu, Red Hat, 5G Americas, Telus and more.
Claims its new 'myCatapulTVe' platform can deliver IP- and app-based video services to a wide range of streaming devices using a business model tailored for smaller, independent cable operators.
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.
T-Mobile's newest 5G services and pricing 'message that T-Mobile has ample network capacity, and is the place to go to actually use 5G,' wrote the financial analysts at Evercore.
Tune in to the podcast to hear from MNJ's COO Ben Niernberg on how the SD-WAN market is evolving, and how COVID-19 is impacting customer demand for unified communications services.
Google said its Chrome browser will stop using cookies or alternative tools to track individual users' browsing, though it's not quite that simple.
And the new mobile service is already showing it can boost operator bottom line, says the analyst firm.
The UK telecom incumbent benefits from a tax 'super-deduction' that should make it look more attractive to investors.
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.
'By any measure, we have to start with that,' WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar says.
A Rewheel study based on factors including macro cell site counts and customers' average data usage indicates Verizon, Jio and MTS operate networks that could be constrained.
This week, Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA, on the role of small providers in closing the digital divide and why solutions and policies need to be tech neutral.
Independent open-access wholesale operator, dubbed FiBrasil, set up in collaboration with Canada-based investment group.
In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.
Stephane Richard said Orange is seeking a new partner for its banking unit, but insists that the group is not ready to give up control.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR plans job cuts; device maker OPPO sees Europe as land of opportunity; Slovenia's BeeIN eyes M2M.
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Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom are part of a group concerned that modeling the 3.45GHz auction on rules similar to the C-band will greatly limit participation and innovative uses of the spectrum.
AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.
Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.
Meanwhile, FuboTV announced this week it will launch free-to-play predictive games in Q3 and follow in Q4 with the launch of an integrated sportsbook.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all worried about interference from Mexico's Altan Redes. The FCC's new chief appears determined to address the situation.
Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.
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.
Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.
Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.
Flex, a streaming product for Comcast's broadband-only customers, represents the 'new television,' company chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says.
India's mega spectrum auction ended in two days, raising INR778 billion (US$10.6 billion). As anticipated, service providers went for spectrum up for renewal.
Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.
'Traditional' pay-TV providers lost 1.35 million subs in the period, offset by a gain of almost 500,000 among virtual multichannel video programming distributors, according to Craig Moffett's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'
Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.
Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.
Consumers are being priced out of the pay-TV market, but Charter has a role to play in selling streaming packages as a 'storefront and an aggregator,' CEO Tom Rutledge says.
Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.
The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefonica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.
Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.
TVN Ventures, a unit of T-Mobile, has agreed to provide MobiTV with $15.5 million in DIP financing to avoid an asset 'fire sale.' T-Mobile, which launched its new TVision service in late 2020, is MobiTV's top customer.
In a bid for rivals' 2G subscribers, India's pure-play 4G telco Reliance Jio has come up with two bundled offers for its 4G low-price handset, JioPhone.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.
So-called 'loi anti-Huawei' poses a challenge for two of France's four mobile operators that have relied on the China-based vendor in the past.
Fewer eyeballs are fixed on pay-TV and the economics of a linear cable TV service are getting 'worse and worse every year,' CEO Dexter Goei tells CNBC.
Verizon's customer support implied that 5G will drain customers' phone batteries. What they really meant is that 5G is not yet worth using.
Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.
Lumen is partnering with Zoom to launch the Zoom Phone, a cloud phone system that provides customers with the ability to migrate on-premises calling systems to a cloud platform which also includes Zoom Meetings, Chat, Rooms and Webinar capabilities.
The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.
Orby TV has shut down and now steers affected customers to a promo with Dish Network that includes one 'Wally' HD receiver and an option to switch over for as low as $100 when activation fees are factored in.
MobiTV, a pay-TV tech partner to T-Mobile and several MSOs, could end up selling most of its assets. Its list of creditors include Rackspace, Silicon Valley Bank, MPEG LA, Comcast and several programmers.
German owner Deutsche Telekom promised a combo would employ more staff, but 6% of jobs have disappeared.
The Biden administration will put into force sweeping Trump-era measures against importing Chinese technology into the US, to IBM and Amazon's horror.
Government seeks to better regulate its sprawling mobile apps market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's European integration plan trundles into action; MTN Syria fights judicial guardianship ruling; Hyperoptic does its bit for the digital divide.
Spectrum woes, high taxes and more combine to make life difficult.