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Lumen puts copper biz on the auction block...again
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

'If we find transactions that are positive to shareholders, we won't hesitate to move forward,' said CEO Jeff Storey. But some analysts aren't so sure that's going to actually happen.

WOM Colombia sets sail with Whale Cloud BSS
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Colombia's fourth mobile operator is said to be aiming for a 25% market share in five years.

Malaysia invites eight bids for 5G wholesale network
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Malaysia gets cracking on its ambitious plan to build a single national 5G wholesale network - but government officials haven't explained who will pay.

Podcast: The Divide – Next Century Cities' Francella Ochillo on documenting local perspectives in broadband policy
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

This week: Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, on the challenges local communities face in having their voices represented in broadband policy making and deployment.

India may postpone 5G auction but clears trials
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

India's 5G spectrum (3.3-3.6GHz) auction may be pushed to the first quarter of 2022 due to the devastating second wave of COVID-19, according to reports.

ViacomCBS adds 6M streaming subs in Q1, extends total to 36M
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Paid subscriber gains led by Paramount+, the super-sized streaming service that debuted on March 4 and succeeded CBS All Access.

Liberty Global sees Virgin gains ahead of O2 wedding
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Having sold off so much of its European estate, the cable company needs a forthcoming UK marriage to work out.

Podcast – Nokia North America CTO: Standards and parity will save open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

Nokia North America CTO Mike Murphy examines the standards and parity challenges open RAN has to overcome to become a fully fledged technology.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia loses government support for single network plan
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Airspan to open lab in Slough; Three's revenue rises in Q1; Openreach trials digital migration in Suffolk.

Full speed ahead for low-latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Extending beyond the need for raw speeds and feeds, reducing latencies could set up a 'revolutionary change' to the user's broadband experience, says CableLabs exec Matt Schmitt.

Counting the cost: How chip shortages are affecting telecom companies
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Infinera, Apple, National Instruments and Viavi are among the companies that have reported financial troubles due to the ongoing global chipset shortage.

Who needs help with their math: Charlie Ergen or Mike Sievert?
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

T-Mobile counts around 900,000 Dish Network customers that will be affected by its CDMA plans. Dish puts that number closer to 4 million. The truth may lie elsewhere.

American Tower's latest deal shows towermania has yet to end
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

US towerco sells a stake in its European business and announces a public offering to raise funds for its takeover of Telxius.

CommScope takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0
Broadband World News | 5/5/2021

Supplier says a new, flexible distributed access architecture (DAA) product, which could play a role in future DOCSIS 4.0 networks, is ready for field deployments.

China reins in big tech as Telecom Law makes a comeback
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

China has fallen out of love with tech giants and is seeking new ways to punish them.

Musk's Starlink reports 500K orders on Star Wars Day
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Elon Musk announces the Starlink satellite Internet service has 500,000 pre-orders, rocketing up from 10,000 in February.

Vodafone UK gets serious about automation with Ciena deal
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The UK mobile operator believes the overhaul of its transport infrastructure will lead to cost savings and a competitive edge.

Facebook's Workplace boosted by home-working trend
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The social network's business communication product hits 7 million paid subscribers, but it is still a minnow compared to Teams.

Cloud-in-a-box enables enterprises to reach new heights
Guest Perspectives | 5/5/2021

A cloud-in-a-box - perhaps more commonly referred to as 'Business in a Box' or 'Infrastructure In a Box' - takes everything to the edge, and dramatically reduces the possibility of business disruptions due to the misfunctioning or end-of-life application servers or network devices at each location.

Eurobites: Nokia launches blockchain-powered data marketplace
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Echostar teams up with Semtech for satellite-based services; Slovak Telekom increases its capacity with Intelsat; BICS simplifies SIMs.

RDK deployments expand to 80M+ devices worldwide
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

RDK Management, an organization now led by Jason Briggs following the recent departure of Steve Heeb, hits device deployment milestone as Google continues to drive service provider scale with Android TV.

Does 5G make a difference? T-Mobile says yes
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

T-Mobile's CEO said that the operator's new Magenta Max 5G customers consume 40% more data than its other 5G customers, and fully 70% more data than T-Mobile's average 4G LTE customers.

As US policymakers mull open RAN certifications, others move on
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

'An industry certification program for open RAN can be a significant milestone,' Microsoft told the FCC. Meantime, the O-RAN Alliance, the UK government and others aren't standing still.

WideOpenWest's pay-TV penetration falls to 8.9%
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Operator's 'broadband-first' strategy is in full swing, as vast majority of new customers take only WOW's broadband service and attach a streaming service.

Nextlink walks away from RDOF obligations in New Mexico
Broadband World News | 5/4/2021

Nextlink won't build Internet connections to 265 locations in New Mexico. The company said that's just 0.1% of its RDOF coverage area, but critics are beginning to sound the alarm.

Chunghwa boosts earnings while 5G cost weigh on Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Taiwan heavyweights Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile have handed down contrasting Q1 results.

KPN spurns 'unsolicited' takeover bids by private equity firms
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Dutch incumbent KPN, in response to media speculation, said it had knocked back two separate and 'unsolicited' takeover bids from private equity firms EQT and KKR.

Discord jilts Microsoft for Sony instead
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Microsoft's $12 billion takeover offer for the popular video game chat service Discord has been denied.

Google moves a step closer to running Vodafone
Morris Lore | 5/4/2021

The operator is entrusting more of its systems to the public cloud and will use a technology developed with Google to realize cost savings and service improvements.

Harmonic grapples with supply chain constraints
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Expected short-term issue is driving up costs and lowering margins for cable access gear, but not enough to alter Harmonic's revenue forecast for 2021.

Second COVID wave disrupts India's smartphone growth story
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

The ongoing second wave of the pandemic is likely to have a devastating impact on the smartphone market in the country, according to Counterpoint Research.

Telenor plunges into the red after Myanmar write-off
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

As if COVID-19 were not enough to contend with, Telenor's Myanmar business reels from the effects of February's coup and its aftermath.

Aryaka scoops up SASE provider Secucloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Secucloud provides Aryaka with a SASE platform that includes a cloud-based firewall-as-a-service, DNS security and secure web gateway with advanced threat protection capabilities.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia begins copper switch-off in Trento
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia in FWA foray with Ooredoo Kuwait; OneWeb takes on GPS; BT offers half-price broadband for welfare claimants.

Dish's Boost Mobile to add telemedicine to the bundle
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Alongside calling, texting and mobile hotspot capabilities, Dish Network's Boost Mobile MVNO will also offer telemedicine services through K Health on its $60/month plan.

Will Frontier add a wireless play? 'Never say never,' exec says
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Striking an MVNO deal is 'an interesting idea,' but the near-term focus is on upgrading and expanding Frontier's fiber network as the company exits bankruptcy, executive chairman John Stratton says.

Now open: The 2021 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 5/3/2021

Our entry page is live and we're now accepting your nominations for outstanding achievements in communications across 26 categories, including the Light Reading Hall of Fame.

What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are doing to harden their networks
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

As the 2021 hurricane and wildfire season gets underway, the nation's top wireless network operators say they're preparing their operations for worst-case scenarios.

Verizon Media, home to Yahoo and AOL, sold to Apollo for $5B
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

While Verizon will retain 10% of that business, the 'corporate carveout' effectively ends Verizon's individual pursuit of a digital advertising and media market led by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Telecom industry's political contributions remain in the spotlight
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

T-Mobile said in January it would 'reevaluate' its political contributions. But in February the company was among those that made the maximum legal contributions to GOP candidates.

India's STL sees 5G, open RAN as fiber growth factors
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Corning competitor STL said increased bandwidth usage, European expansion and more 5G network buildups will keep it growing in 2021.

YouTube TV touts casting workaround as its app is purged from Roku's store
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

OTT-TV service is presenting alternatives after YouTube TV and Roku failed to strike a new deal that reportedly centers in part on Google's desire to have the AV1 codec supported on Roku's platform.

Verizon, T-Mobile outline their open RAN fears
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

'Open RAN is not ready for full commercial deployment for several reasons,' T-Mobile argued. 'For example, methods must be developed for implementing regulatory mandates, like 911.'

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