Telstra CEO Vicki Brady stirs controversy by declaring she won't observe one of Australia's national holidays.
The high-band spectrum can provide a capacity boost in hotspots and support an array of new applications, but the business case remains unclear.
Blockgraph CEO Jason Manningham joins the podcast to discuss how the company is keeping data safe and secure amid the rising tide of targeted TV advertising.
The IoT use cases where robotic dogs will be deployed include 'disaster response and recovery, facilities surveillance and security operations,' said AT&T's Lance Spencer.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ASML performs well, considering; EU wants to cut 5G red tape; Ericsson in 5G trials with Spark and Red Hat.
But there's still plenty of compliance activity under the certification radar.
CEO Hans Vestberg is confident Verizon will have ample capacity to exceed its fixed wireless access subscriber goals, but some analysts aren't so certain.
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'The mobile edge compute and private 5G networks ... the adoption curve [is] a little slower than maybe we would like,' admitted Verizon CFO Matt Ellis during the company's earnings conference call.
The Japanese company watched electricity consumption rocket with its buildout of the country's fourth network – and that was before it had many customers.
Should telecom operators leverage the public cloud? Billions of dollars hang on the answer to that question as the private networking opportunity lights a fire under both sides.
Alaska is working with Ecopia AI to generate a map of the state's buildings and broadband serviceable locations in the lead up to BEAD.
The National Advertising Division's decision stems from a Comcast complaint. T-Mobile will appeal the decision that its speed and reliability claims are unsupported.
Industry analyst Cheenu Seshadri weighs in on the cable industry's push to mobile connectivity and how that will impact incumbent telcos.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Neos Networks completes regional metro access networks; Deutsche Telekom sold on Cellnex; Elon owes rent to King Charles.
The Year of the Rabbit promises more cloud-driven growth.
The nation's top mobile operators launched ZenKey in 2020 to offer single sign-on services. But AT&T stopped supporting the offering last year, according to its website.
This week: Steve Alexander, CTO at Ciena, joins the show to discuss what it will take to close the digital divide, how Ciena is preparing for funding opportunities and where all this connectivity is taking us.
'Activity suggests a 2H23 slowdown (taking a breather after meeting its June 2023 FCC shot-clock) as we also consider the company is being mindful of its balance sheet,' the Cowen analysts wrote of Dish.
With capacity availability playing a role in coverage numbers, Verizon's use of C-band spectrum for FWA also ramped up significantly in 2022, finds a new market study from ISI Evercore.
Filing for the 'Mediacom Mobile' trademark is part of a broader process to explore whether it makes business sense to offer an operator-branded mobile service, an official says.
The world's biggest holders of 5G patents are targeting other companies using mobile technologies and not paying for the privilege.
The GSMA said it expects 80,000 people to turn out for its MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain, this year, alongside around 2,000 exhibitors. That's up from the 61,000 who attended MWC Barcelona last year.
In the wake of a complaint lodged by AT&T, Cox has been urged to drop an 'implied superior reliability claim' in Internet ads.
Former Heavy Reading analyst Patrick Donegan looks at the year ahead in telecom security and how regulatory moves can push telcos to safety.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VMO2 upgrades its IP core with Juniper; Proximus addresses fiber rollout 'abuses'; job cuts at Spotify.
The editors contemplate the state of decentralized wireless, the future of the Affordable Connectivity Program and why Netflix with ads is irritating.
Starting in November, T-Mobile said, hackers were able to get customers' billing addresses, emails, phone numbers and dates of birth via an insecure interface.
USTDA signs deal to back 5G trials with the country's smallest telco - but can it find commercial backers?
Verizon and Deutsche Telekom are ranked as most valuable telco brands in 2023 report.
Mike Dano joins the podcast to explain why Apple paused development on its augmented reality glasses and shifted focus to mixed reality headsets.
The FWA specialist's latest layoff will reduce its workforce by about 24%. Starry has also axed a stock agreement poised to raise up to $100 million.
Portland General Electric inked a new deal with startup Expeto that company executives said will give the utility the ability to use the best connection for each of its applications.
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum, Comcast, electric co-ops win in Indiana; Cox, AT&T win in Kansas; Kinetic connects 9K in Kentucky; GoNetspeed expands in Maine - and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU explores 5G's role in defense; TIM makes progress in ultrabroadband and 5G backhaul; UK public-sector cloud spend surges.
Profitability weakened at the Swedish equipment vendor in the final quarter of 2022 and the outlook is bleak.
Netflix offered little color on how its new ad-supported tier performed in Q4 2023. Meanwhile, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters are now co-CEOs, with Reed Hastings shifting to executive chairman.
AT&T hopes to cover 130 million people with midband 5G by the end of this year, and 30 million locations with fiber by the end of 2025. However, the details of that buildout are somewhat fuzzy.
A small quarter-over-quarter subscriber growth decline indicates that FWA's 'adoption curve is shifting from accelerating to linear,' the analysts at ISI Evercore said.
The software giant rumored to be planning a major AI investment will cut 5% of its workforce by March, said Satya Nadella.
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After several years of talk about the rise of the robots, the industry still seems to be a long way from having a self-driving network.
Officials in Shreveport, Louisiana, are running an extensive test of decentralized wireless technology with vendors Pollen Mobile and Spread Networks.
The optical networking vendor also upgraded Louisiana State University's research and education network.
Current CEO Christel Heydemann will reveal Orange's next strategic plan on February 16, with suggestions she will focus on more traditional offerings.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government warns providers not to hike prices; Deutsche Telekom rated Europe's top brand; Spotify and friends are no friends of Apple.
As well as mounting debt, Vodafone Idea is also facing troubles on workforce and subscriber fronts.
Markus Haas has been pushing the MNO case for 600MHz spectrum ahead of WRC-23 later this year.
According to AT&T, 'Mexico has one of the most expensive spectrum costs, which causes fewer people to be connected, putting investments at risk and creating barriers to competition.'
Harmonic has had 'a couple of conversations' about expanding the scope of the company's cloud-powered CableOS platform, said Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman.
In its latest report, software vendor Sandvine shows video and overall Internet traffic went up in H1 2022. It also sides with telcos in the debate on net neutrality and fair contributions.
In the third installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at some more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide.
Korean telco in talks with financial services companies to offer powerful new AI as SaaS or PaaS later this year.
The National Urban League, in response to an inquiry from Sen. Thune, said the 'greatest challenge' to closing the digital divide is uncertainty about the Affordable Connectivity Program.
According to Dell'Oro Group, there are over 900 networks that could be implementing 5G SA technology. But so far only 39 operators have deployed it.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 builds wireless network for Axfood; Nokia helps tackle the digital divide in Senegal; UK toughens up online safety legislation.
The controversial Chinese vendor continues to serve thousands of 5G sites and is likely to be around for many years.
The managed service provider is launching a new point of presence in Portland and has emerged from nearly $3 billion in debt plus Chapter 11 cases.
Mobi will use a cloud-native mobile core from startup WG2 - hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud - to launch a nationwide MVNO service on T-Mobile's network. And it's building a CBRS network too.
Dish lost another batch of pay-TV subs and saw mobile losses improve in prelim Q4 results. Meanwhile, Dish said it has started construction on more than 15,000 5G sites.
Scale, simplicity, affordability and an under-appreciated local retail presence are among the reasons cable is having a moment in mobile, Moore says.
This week: Joe Costello, CEO of Kwikbit, joins the show to discuss the company's work delivering wireless broadband to mobile homes across the US.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Telefonica trial 25G PON; Vodafone extends in-store deal with Currys; UK's National Grid chooses EXFO for network monitoring.
Beijing has highlighted 6G among its tech priorities for 2023 and issued a call for proposals for key technologies, while its telecom giants continue preparations.
We're now learning of the steep cost of rebuilding Ukraine's networks - but the war has been a lesson in the power of satellite.
The Belgian telecom incumbent is selling real estate and slashing costs as it battles inflationary pressure this year.
Germany's federal network agency will spend the next few months testing operator claims that they met key coverage obligations by the end of 2022.
Salvador Gala and Mahesh Ramakrishnan run Escape Velocity Ventures, which has raised $20 million to invest in the nascent but potentially disruptive decentralized wireless (DeWi) market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia appoints new comms boss; Prysmian extends cable range; relax, guys - strict time schedules are so 2022.
The growing 5G ecosystem and the launch of satellite services is likely to dominate 2023 in India even as Vodafone Idea struggles to survive.
In this cloud roundup, IDC predicts enterprise application growth to reach $385 billion in 2026, Microsoft acquires Fungible, GCX and Nordic team on data center growth, and Windstream updates a unified communications platform with AWS.
Fox Sports' 4K broadcasts of the NFL playoffs won't be 'native' 4K, but upscaled 1080p/HDR. Analyst Dan Rayburn says it's another clear indication that the production and distribution of 4K lacks a business case.
T-Mobile confirmed that 'employees in certain positions have been impacted.' Analyst Jeff Moore, with Wave7 Research, estimated T-Mobile laid off roughly 600 employees.
Jeff Baumgartner, Mike Dano, Nicole Ferraro, Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser join this week's roundup to discuss what's up in pay-TV, mobile, broadband mapping, the cloud... and offbeat coffee mugs.
ATIS inked a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the global O-RAN Alliance to 'advance the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized and global standards-compliant mobile networks.'
'Nokia ... is one of the leading players, if not the leading player in this market,' says Omdia Analyst Pablo Tomasi, adding that it is growing, with opportunity for Ericsson too.
In the second installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at some more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex brings Vapor IO's Kinetic Grid to Europe; manufacturers failing on smart-device support; TikTok fined in France.
The giant telco is reportedly planning hundreds of job cuts, mainly in London, but it employs nearly 100,000 globally and has ambitious cost-saving plans.
Supply chain issues and geopolitics have halted the usual steep falls in subsea cable prices - but with a surge in new investment, that may soon change.
HBO Max's ad-free plan has jumped $1, to $15.99 per month, once again topping the price of Netflix's 'standard' tier.
The return of New York's Affordable Broadband Act to court comes at a time of general uncertainty around the future of broadband affordability programs and rate regulation.
Departing Charter on March 31, Cowden has been leading the network architecture and engineering of the company's wireless initiatives, including MVNO offload activity involving CBRS spectrum.
Community Phone first launched in 2018 with plans to offer snappy smartphones. However, 'we were forced to give up on our own ideas to build a sexy cellphone company,' said the company's founder.
Congress has allocated about $1.9 billion to help US network operators remove Huawei and ZTE gear, but many service providers say a total of about $5 billion is needed.
The Swedish equipment vendor recently said open RAN would be in 40% of radio systems by 2030, but critics say it continues to hold up progress.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new chairman proposed for Ericsson board; Telecom Egypt and Huawei go green; Porsche ponders Google future.
The collapse of Liberty Global's helloFiber JV has come as unwelcome news for certain German communities as rising costs affect fiber deployments.
Pay-TV declines continue to chip away at the satellite provider's customer base, profits and employee numbers.
Jeff Baumgartner and Mike Dano are back from last week's CES event in Las Vegas with a recap of new technologies and trends from the show.
The FCC is considering what to do with the 12.7GHz - 13.25GHz spectrum band, and many in the US wireless industry are urging the agency to set it aside for 5G and 6G.
With distribution to mobile devices largely solved, 'all the growth has been in connected TV,' David Dworin, VP of product management at Comcast-owned FreeWheel, said on the Light Reading Podcast.
As senior VP of technology and product development, Srini Kalapala is getting ready to move 5G network slicing from Verizon's lab into the real world.
The man who built it into Europe's biggest independent towerco resigns months after saying the takeover spree has finished.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia upgrades VodafoneZiggo's IP network; Virgin Mobile migrants poised for take-off; 'traffic tax' latest.
From the US-China battle to the metaverse, these are the trends likely to shape the year to come.
There is 'a broad perception among investors ... that Comcast and Charter and the rest of their cable peers are playing catch-up,' MoffettNathanson finds in a report that comes out bullish on DOCSIS 4.0.
The battle between the US wireless industry and the US airline industry reached the highest levels of the federal government. But it will only cost $26 million to fix.
Building relationship equity and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills are key for cybersecurity employees that want to move up in their organization, said a Palo Alto Networks SVP.
Stephen Bye, the Dish Network executive charged with leading the development and commercialization of the company's new 5G network, is leaving Dish to work for Ziff Davis.
Wi-Fi management systems that monitor and optimize individual access points and extenders 'is not enough,' says Airties CEO and CTO Metin Taskin. 'We are going all the way to the application experience.'
The wireless industry won't attract quite as many new customers as it did during 2021 and 2022, and some operators are also preparing to tighten capex purse strings.
Joint venture plans announced by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone take aim at Apple's dominance, says one expert, but need EU sign-off.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Breton to issue privacy reminder to TikTok; Virgin Orbit misfires; Brits do the (side) hustle.
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Consultancy finds a 'fear factor' among telco execs of not being able to respond sufficiently to customers' pricing needs in era of high inflation and cost-of-living crisis.
The arrival of a new and supremely articulate chatbot is a worry for anyone whose job involves the written word, including many in the telecom sector.
Google, Amazon and Apple content agendas won't interfere with Xperi's mission to bring relevant content to smart TV users.
A new directive from the FAA would require airline operators to update aircraft by February 2024 in a bid to prevent potential interference with C-band 5G networks.
If the Senate approves Gigi Sohn to the FCC, the agency could potentially move forward on some controversial topics. Chief among those in the wireless industry is the 12GHz situation.
Quickplay's Paul Pastor and Juan Martin join the podcast from CES to discuss the streaming market, including the potential for regional sports networks to pursue new models that sell individual games or team-specific packages.
Inmarsat appears to have dropped its lawsuit against Ligado Networks, potentially due to Ligado's efforts to raise more money. But the company's ultimate fate remains unclear.
The USAC published an RFP and RFI seeking contractor and software services to help review applications to Lifeline and ACP, as well as identify and weed out fraud.
The French operator is the latest to give up on content production, citing tough competition from the likes of Netflix.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK pushes for London role in Arm IPO; more OneWeb birds take flight; meek get shafted on broadband, mobile deals.
There were all kinds of weird and interesting things on this year's CES show floor. But it wasn't easy to find gadgets sporting a 5G connection. So I went looking for some.
Aurora Insight has been acquired by Maxar Technologies after Maxar announced a strategic investment into the company roughly a year ago.
Samsung's Jong-Hee Han is pledging a strategy to 'deliver on the promise of the connected experience across the key touchpoints in our lives – in our homes, cars and at work.'
Analyst Michael Nathanson is skeptical that YouTube's new deal with the NFL will be a money-maker amid challenges to drive in enough advertising and a wave of new subscribers.
The South Korean electronics giant has issued some of its most downbeat profit expectations in years.
This week in broadband builds: Comcast, Spectrum, Windstream and electric co-ops win millions in Georgia; New York completes first leg of municipal network; Bluepeak goes live in Sheridan, Wyoming - and more.
NCTC, an organization that represents hundreds of small and midsized cable operators, hopes to execute agreements by the end of January, according to CEO Lou Borrelli.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange announces its first European solar farm; HERE gets brand-specific; Virgin Media puts on its legwarmers.
Xumo, the new brand for the JV, says Element will build a line of 4K TVs powered by Comcast's software platform in 2023. TV maker Hisense is already on board with Xumo.
Qualcomm will support device-to-satellite communications on its Snapdragon chipsets via a new deal with satellite operator Iridium.
Following soft launch in three markets, Cox Mobile is now available in parts of 18 states where it offers cable service. Cox Mobile is set to ramp up marketing activity around next month's Super Bowl.
Responding to advocacy groups, the FCC extended the comment deadline on its further notice of proposed rulemaking for broadband labels until March.
Government likely to walk away from new state funding scheme as financial issues and US sanctions take toll.
The OSS powerhouse announced a $188 million takeover of the UK service assurance company last May, but the deal is now off.
The e-commerce giant is reckoned to employ about 1.5 million people worldwide and would be loss-making without its cloud business.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson exits something; Meta and Apple fined for personalized ads shenanigans; Olivetti feels the Benefit.
With an initial focus on Europe, the lineup of TVs will be offered under multiple brands, including Vestel, Daewoo, Regal, Hitachi, Telefunken and JVC.
New Street Research analysts estimated that Charter's mobile customers generated earnings of just $3 per customer. However, they explained how that figure can be manipulated by strategies like offloading.
With a legion of vendors now advertising themselves as 'end-to-end' providers, this year is likely to see more open RAN washing.
Ookla speedtest data from the past year shows download and upload speeds for fixed broadband increased by 28% and 30%, respectively, compared to 17% and 9% for mobile.
In a move that could create tension with its existing TV manufacturing partners, Roku is taking more control of its product roadmap with the coming launch of a lineup of smart TVs designed and made by Roku.
In its first six months of commercial service, China's fourth operator barely makes a dent despite rock-bottom prices.
With 1.5 million planned fiber locations, the Gigapower joint venture from AT&T and BlackRock is smaller than some analysts had expected. But it's still worth watching.
Amid a 'looming recession' and ongoing inflation, US tech retail revenues will drop to $485 billion in 2023, a decline that follows a three-year surge that peaked at $512 billion in 2021, predicts the CTA.
After an initial round of public comments last year, the FCC is soliciting 'focused comment on the rules we should adopt' to end digital discrimination.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT invests in drone management technology; Euro-IX slams EU 'traffic tax' proposals; O2 offers inducements.
Olaf Swantee, Vivek Badrinath, Stephen Carter: the list of potential CEOs seems to grow with each passing week amid continuing speculation over Nick Read's successor.
President Biden is reportedly poised to renominate Gigi Sohn to the FCC. The move would appear to signal his intention to move forward with net neutrality guidelines.
Verizon confirmed that it shut down its 3G network on December 31, 2022. That means all three of the nation's big wireless network operators have now discontinued 3G.
Germany's newest operator announced its network launch this week after suffering delays blamed on Vantage Towers last year.
'It's gonna be a big event,' says Steve Koenig, VP of research, Consumer Technology Association. Digital services and elements and components of the so-called metaverse are among areas to be highlighted, he says.
Smartphone addiction is now a global menace, but cooking your device alongside the roast veg is not recommended as a way out.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enea bags signaling security contract; Swantee takes a swipe at telco incumbents; T-Mobile Polska in advertising trouble.
Huawei halts revenue decline and says the future is green and digital.