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Ad-supported HBO Max to fetch $9.99/month – report
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Decision to move forward with an ad-aided form of the premium service, due to launch sometime in June, has rankled some pay-TV distributors, according to CNBC.

AT&T to launch open RAN by next year
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

'We are actively working in this direction,' AT&T told the FCC of its plans to introduce open RAN equipment into its network 'within the next year.'

KPN Q1 beats on earnings, but sales take a hit
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Through what it called 'continued disciplined cost control,' Dutch incumbent's underlying profit is (slightly) better than analysts predicted.

Telecom begins the fight against US government rate regulation
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

A group of top telecom providers are filing a lawsuit to block New York state legislation requiring 15Mbit/s broadband services starting at $15 per month.

Charter aims to stoke mobile growth after adding 300K lines in Q1
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter ended Q1 with 2.67 million mobile lines, and is ready to grab many more. 'We have owner's economics in many ways,' CEO Tom Rutledge says in reference to its Wi-Fi network and use of CBRS spectrum.

EU regulator Vestager: Apple's App Store is anticompetitive
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Apple's App Store breaches EU competition law, says EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. But will it just start charging for downloads instead?

5G sales in the US reach the halfway point
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Counterpoint reported that the percentage of 5G phones in quarterly sales among Americans rose from 0% in the second quarter of 2019 to 57% in the fourth quarter of last year.

Nearly 20% of Charter's non-video subs consume at least 1TB per month
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter's average non-video customers used about 700 gigabytes per month in the first part of Q1 2020, CEO says.

Chinese police recover 70 million tons of fake SIMs
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Chinese police have just broken up a ring that involved retailers, MVNOs, telco employees and more than 300 criminal gangs.

China operators return to growth but battle costs
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Chinese operators report growth, but they're also struggling to contain the costs of their emerging digital revenue streams.

WiCipedia: 'Gender is embedded in the job'
WiCipedia | 4/30/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Conferences go virtual this year; the tech industry's fundamental flaw; getting girls access to the Internet; and more.

Podcast: These pitches be crazy!
LRTV Interviews | 4/30/2021

In this Light Reading podcast "pitch session," editors Phil Harvey, Mike Dano, Jeff Baumgartner and I share some story pitches that are about as useful as a Shake Weight.

The NeoPhotonics show goes on without Huawei, for now
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

The components maker worst affected by US sanctions against Huawei is proving how important its technology is to other big players.

Proximus continues to count COVID-19 cost in Q1
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Belgian operator is not yet out of the woods as revenue and core earnings fall in the first three months of 2021.

Eurobites: Nokia lands GSM-R gig with ProRail
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom gets into digital signage; gamers take to smartphones during lockdown; Boris is ready to take your call.

End-to-end service orchestration in the 5G and cloud era
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/30/2021

With the nexus of 5G, cloud and edge, the foundation is being laid to enable a wide range of innovative services. But getting these launched quickly and managed effectively requires service providers to evolve how they approach service automation and orchestration.

American Tower: Edge computing worth 'billions of dollars annually'
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

'We intend to explore global joint ventures or partnerships to effectively leverage these inherent opportunities,' said American Tower's CEO.

Dish drops 230K pay-TV subs in Q1
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Dish's total pay-TV base shrunk to 11.06 million in the period as satellite TV losses improved but losses at Sling TV returned.

Delta flight attendants help highlight a 5G future
DanoVision | 4/29/2021

'Flight attendants will soon have up to the minute digital catering inventory and be able to quickly locate items without opening a single door, using the camera on iPhone 12 and augmented reality,' Delta said.

Ergen hazy on Dish-AWS deal financials, 5G buildout costs
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Dish Network plans to run its 5G network in Amazon's public cloud, but the details surrounding the companies' partnership remain somewhat fuzzy.

BT Sport sale would aid fiber rather than football focus
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

The UK telecom incumbent confirms it is in talks about selling a stake in its big-spending sports division.

Comcast's wireless biz turns the corner
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Xfinity Mobile reaches break-even for the first time as service pulls in a record 278,000 mobile lines in Q1 2021. Company hopes to keep mobile in the black despite the recent launch of aggressive unlimited pricing plans.

Podcast – The Divide: Stealth's Shrihari Pandit on bringing fiber to underserved business communities
CxO Spotlight | 4/29/2021

This week: Shrihari Pandit, president and CEO, Stealth Communications, on what it takes to get fiber to businesses in underserved areas and why traditional funding methods for ending the digital divide aren't working.

Comcast's broadband, wireless gains offset mounting pay-TV losses
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Led by a gain of 461,000 total broadband subscribers, Comcast added a first quarter record 380,000 total customer relationships in Q1 2021.

Huawei down, LG out, but smartphone market on the up
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Omdia reports 28.1% year-on-year increase in smartphone shipments in Q1, but Huawei's market share tanks to 4%.

VEON gains confidence as growth accelerates
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Emerging-markets operator upgrades its outlook for full year 2021 after a more positive start compared to last year.

China racks up 6G patent filings but foreign firms dominate
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

China's National Intellectual Property Administration has calculated that of 38,000 6G-related patent applications, more than 13,000 are from China.

Eurobites: Swisscom and Salt come together on fiber
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's Q1; Tele2 execs in departure lounge; Ericsson gets its kicks with Radio 6626.

Facebook's revenue up 48%, but will iOS 14.5 bite?
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Facebook's Q1 revenue soared 22% to $21.47 billion, 98.7% of it from advertisements, but the social media giant hopes AR will help eventually build some non-ad revenue, too.

Nokia soars on best sales performance for six years
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

The Finnish equipment maker's revival under Pekka Lundmark is underway, as the company reports its strongest quarter since 2015.

The Leading Lights returns in 2021
The Philter | 4/29/2021

Light Reading's flagship awards program has more categories and more chances to celebrate – online and in person. We're accepting entries beginning May 3.

Qualcomm updates on chip shortages, Huawei upswing
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

The troubles at Huawei are poised to become 'one of the largest growth drivers for our mobile business,' Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said during the company's quarterly call.

Altice USA's FTTP rollout eclipses 1M homes passed
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Company says it's on track to pass another 500,000 homes with FTTP this year in its Optimum footprint covering parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

América Móvil: 5G deployment, TracFone sale on track
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

'We are ready to launch 5G in many countries,' said company CEO Daniel Hajj after América Móvil said it added 6 million new wireless subscribers during its most recent quarter.

CableLabs sparks 100-Gig PON project
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Organization will seek participation from outside the traditional industry as operators continue pursuit of a blended network that will support HFC, PON and wireless.

Here's how much a 5G wireless network really costs
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

It should cost up to $76,000 to rent a helicopter to lift a 5G radio on top of a cell tower. (That's the price for up to 3,200 pounds of equipment and the 6-hour day rate plus the hourly rate.)

As Huawei struggles, ZTE is on a roll
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

ZTE has long been dwarfed by Huawei, but it is easily beating its local rival on sales growth this year.

Frontier set to exit Chapter 11 on April 30
Broadband World News | 4/28/2021

Frontier execs also set to provide more detail this week on the vision for the company as it embarks on a modernization plan centered on FTTP upgrades of its sizable copper plant.

What, no Europeans? TIM goes Asian, US in first open RAN move
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Telecom Italia wants European governments to fund local open RAN players while it plumps for American and Taiwanese ones.

Podcast: Nick Feamster on how the pandemic highlighted our biggest network needs
LRTV Interviews | 4/28/2021

By analyzing interconnection data for two large ISPs in the US, Professor Nick Feamster and his colleagues identified a 30-60% increase in peak traffic rates in Q1 of 2020.

Microsoft Q3 enjoying lockdown
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Software giant on a roll as cloud and PC revenue stay on upward curve.

Huawei wheels come off as sales drop 17%
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

The Chinese equipment maker's days of sales growth seem finally to have come to an end as US sanctions take effect.

OneWeb hails funding boost from Eutelsat
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Eutelsat to gain a 24% stake in the LEO satellite operator as 36 more satellites are sent into orbit.

People clicking at home raises Google revenues 34%
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Google rides lockdown to huge revenues of $55.3 billion. But faces challenges in Washington, London and Brussels for how it's used its market dominance.

Eurobites: Nokia upgrades Telefónica Spain's IP network
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes underground; Openreach predicts full-fiber jobs bonanza; Börje Ekholm turns the volume up to 11.

BT fails to hit 4G heights with just 1M 5G customers
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

The UK telecom incumbent had nearly 6 million 4G customers two years after that service was launched but its 5G follow-up has fallen short.

Corning anticipates more 5G-fueled fiber growth ahead
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Corning CEO said that 5G network densification will be 'driving a lot more glass into the wireless network.'

Startups cheer open RAN for opening the door
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Companies ranging from XCOM-Labs to DeepSig to Airspan Networks cheered open RAN opportunities during a virtual event hosted by the Open RAN Policy Coalition.

UScellular's C-band testing tripped up by vendor's delays
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

UScellular blamed 'unforeseen delays relating to equipment vendor software updates' in an FCC request that seeks more time to conduct C-band testing.

Cox swings deal for Segra's enterprise and carrier biz
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

EQT Infrastructure will retain ownership of Segra's fiber-to-the-premises residential and SMB unit serving parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

BCE also took a run at Shaw
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

BCE matched Rogers' offer, but was unwilling to tweak proposal to address regulatory issues raised by Shaw.

Dish's 5G ambitions for 12GHz face a setback
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

The FCC said it will allow SpaceX's Starlink to make changes to its low Earth orbit satellite constellation. The development could make it harder for 5G to expand into the 12GHz band.

Rocket maker Polyakov nabs smallsat firm Dragonfly
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Small satellites got a bit bigger as an industry, as Max Polyakov buys South African sat makers Dragonfly to pair with his rocket builders Firefly.

Apple launches iOS privacy change, sparks antitrust issue
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Eight German media and advertising associations take action as Apple's App Tracking Transparency plan comes into effect.

Shenzhen weighs plan to raise $2.3B for local 5G industry
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

The Shenzhen government is tipping the scale for Huawei and ZTE with a 5 billion yuan research fund, and 10 billion in private investment.

Germany extends broadband funding to 'grey spots'
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Federal government makes more municipalities eligible for 'digital infrastructure' fund.

BT on the back foot after 5G spectrum shake-up
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

O2 emerges as the clear winner after trading spectrum with Vodafone, but the UK incumbent could struggle to make a similar deal.

SpaceX needs approval for India StarLink services – report
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

SpaceX will need to share details with India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to get approval to provide services.

Eurobites: O2, Vodafone strike 5G spectrum deal
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Com Hem brand disappears into Tele2; Ericsson sets up private network for Airbus; Telia uses data center heat to warm up homes in Helsinki.

Toward a common 4G/5G core network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/27/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's "Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey" explores the importance of a common 4G/5G core.

Cox in talks to snap up Segra's enterprise unit – report
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Rumored deal, which could have Cox tie the unit into its own business services division, reportedly could be valued at more than $3 billion.

LTD to FCC: We can do it
Broadband World News | 4/26/2021

LTD Broadband won $1.3 billion in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. Now, the company is working to convince regulators it will meet its buildout obligations.

Will network operators eventually rent their 5G equipment, too?
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Analysts at Cowen say interest in an active/shared RAN solution between tower operators and carriers is on the rise. 'This is exactly in line with the way we're thinking,' says Dish Network's Marc Rouanne.

Apple pledges 'billions' for chips and 5G in $450B commitment
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

The world's most valuable company also says it will recruit another 20,000 employees in the next five years.

WISPs to command 9M customers by next year – analysts
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

The Carmel Group predicted fixed wireless Internet providers will generate around $10.9 billion in revenues from their customers by the end of 2025.

Battle brews between Roku and YouTube TV
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Roku is balking at proposed terms from Google that, Roku claims, are 'anti-competitive and discriminatory.'

Telefónica and Geotab reconnect for ALD Automotive deal
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Another deal has emerged from the 2014 telematics partnership between Telefónica and Geotab.

OneWeb nearer to a two-horse space Internet race
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Britain's OneWeb launches 36 more satellites, aiming to switch on a northern-latitudes satellite broadband system by year's end.

Chipset, workforce shortages could hamstring US fiber bonanza
Broadband World News | 4/26/2021

New estimates indicate up to $44 billion could be spent on fiber networks in the US over the next five years. But will there be enough technicians and components for all that spending?

US operators' edge strategies are still evolving
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

A recent Analysys Mason edge computing survey of global operators found that 87% said that edge computing was a top strategic priority.

Japan's NTT and India's TCIL partner on new tech
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Japan's NTT Advanced Technologies and Telecommunications Consultants of India Limited have formed a two-year alliance to work on new technologies.

Huawei the likely loser in Orange open RAN plan
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Michael Trabbia, the French operator's CTO, insists his open RAN shift is not an attack on Ericsson and Nokia.

Eurobites: Telia Finland tops 4Gbit/s 5G over 26GHz
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK iPhone users could be in line for privacy payout; Europe addresses chip crunch; Telefónica's transcendental new logo.

Crown Castle: It was worth the wait
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Crown Castle has faced criticism over its strategies around macro cell towers, fiber and small cells. But the company's latest results provide some validation.

Snap results crack and pop
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Snapchat's daily users soar to 280 million, as the messaging app hoovers up Android users in India. But Snap still loses $287 million in the first quarter.

Australian operators pay A$648M for mmWave spectrum
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Telstra was the biggest buyer, spending A$276.6 million to acquire the maximum of 1000MHz, covering major cities and key regional areas.

Former ZTE labor union chief faces 20 years in jail
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

51-year-old He Xuemei found guilty of illegally fundraising a mind-boggling $385 million.

Questions cloud America's next big midband spectrum auction
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

The FCC is preparing to auction the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz spectrum band for 5G. But operators are worried that the US military might hang on to more of that spectrum than it initially indicated.

Intel feels data center squeeze as competition grows
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

The chipmaking giant's latest numbers reveal a big sales drop at its second-largest division.

Pandemic adds new wrinkles and complexities to cable network capacity planning
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

New CommScope data provides a fresh view into the traffic demands driven by the pandemic, particularly in the upstream. But the pandemic will also alter the way cable ops plan to stay ahead of the capacity curve.

Podcast: MyBundle.TV coaches viewers on cutting the pay-TV cord
LRTV Interviews | 4/23/2021

CEO Jason Cohen examines drivers behind the cord-cutting trend, and shares why many viewers are still holding out with traditional pay-TV services.

Eurobites: UK spy chief says Huaweigate is just the start of it
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional rollout: Ericsson, ATU tackle spectrum issues in Africa; UK's mobile minnows put big fish to shame; Proximus' 5G innovation platform is up and running.

WiCipedia: Climate tech needs more women on its team
WiCipedia | 4/23/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women's role in climate tech; how Black women are affected by AI; Women in Tech's monumental pandemic growth; and more.

Automation in the 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/23/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's 'Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey' explores the adoption and implementation of 5G core infrastructure and services automation.

Telia’s turnaround strategy gains traction
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Sweden-based group said it returned to EBITDA growth in Q1 2021, but the pandemic remains an ongoing threat.

Dish fealty to AWS risks 'vendor lock-in' and open RAN fallout
Morris Lore | 4/23/2021

The company building America's fourth mobile network does not appear to share policymakers' concerns about the dominance of the public clouds.

Senate Republicans propose $65B for broadband
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

President Biden wants to spend up to $100 billion to cross the digital divide. Some members of his opposition are proposing an alternative that's not too far off.

Rakuten's Tareq Amin: Battling legacy thinking and network complexity
CxO Spotlight | 4/22/2021

Tareq Amin, group chief technology officer at Rakuten Mobile, discusses his company's open RAN deployments and the evolution of a new kind of mobile network.

China Unicom reports spike in growth but costs rise too
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Rising operating costs have been chipping away at the Chinese operator's profits, its latest report shows.

AT&T surprises in Q2, but wireless outlook remains murky
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

AT&T added 595,000 postpaid phone customers during the first quarter, far ahead of Verizon. However, AT&T's promotional efforts in the industry 'can only go so long,' according to analysts.

Podcast – The Divide: ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the 'street-by-street battle' for broadband
LRTV Interviews | 4/22/2021

This week: Peggy Schaffer, executive director, ConnectMaine, on the state of broadband in Maine and why she says we need to stop giving money to the FCC.

AT&T drops another 620K pay-TV subs as HBO Max gains more ground
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Meanwhile, AT&T tacked on another 235,000 fiber broadband customers, extending that total to 5.18 million.

Comcast Full Duplex DOCSIS trial pumps out 4-Gig symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Powered by a new Full Duplex DOCSIS chipset from Broadcom, the successful lab trial puts Comcast, and possibly other cable operators, on the road to DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G.'

Tele2 CEO hails 'disciplined focus' in Q1
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

‘Baltic Sea challenger' navigates choppy pandemic waters with continued cost cutting.

Eurobites: EU tries to make AI less scary
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson wins Slovakian 5G deal; ADVA has 'best ever' Q1; Proximus turns to Velocix for content delivery.

Hat in hand, open RAN cheerleaders zoom to Washington
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

According to open RAN proponents, the technology can improve everything from cybersecurity to the digital divide – as long as lawmakers cough up a little funding.

Pushing antitrust act, senator takes aim at tech titans
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

The new Congress gets stuck into tech giants, with Senator Amy Klobuchar launching hearings about anti-competitive practices by Apple and Google.

Rakuten finally picks up the iPhone
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Japan's newest operator can expect a surge of interest in its service after adding the country's most popular mobile gadget to its catalog.

Orange holds firm, but Spain remains a drain
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

France-based telco is able to report modest group revenue growth in Q1 2021, but the pandemic continues to make its mark.

Rogers blames Ericsson software upgrade for wireless outage
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Rogers will apply credits to customer bills after tracing the problem to a software issue that impacted a piece of equipment central to the wireless network, which led to intermittent congestion and service outages.

Verizon CEO Vestberg: 'We are actually winning'
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Verizon said it can remain competitive even if its rivals ratchet up their game. But some analysts aren't so sure: 'Verizon's network will still be 'very good.' But will that be 'good enough?'

Dish's 5G network architect explains the new Amazon deal
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Dish Network's Marc Rouanne said the public cloud run by Amazon Web Services will be 'the foundation of our [network] architecture.'

Quibi content to be recast as 'Roku Originals'
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Other fresh fare will also be part of future originals programming as the streaming giant continues to shore up the strategy of The Roku Channel.

China Mobile warns of mounting 5G costs
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The world's biggest operator says cuts may be needed to cope with soaring electricity fees and other charges.

UK scrutiny chips away at Nvidia's $40B Arm buy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The UK government will intervene in Nvidia's $40B purchase of UK chipmaker Arm. SoftBank may find itself considering an IPO instead.

Verizon broadband gains continue to outpace video losses
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Aided by Verizon's broadband-led 'Mix & Match' plans, Fios revenues climbed in Q1 2021 as the company added 98,000 Fios Internet subs against a loss of 82,000 Fios TV customers.

HKBN acquisitions power higher 1H earnings
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Hong Kong's HKBN says it has weathered the pandemic storm, posting a 12% rise in first-half earnings and achieving advances in its transition to a broad ICT provider.

Podcast: Verizon's Anand Shah on why private networks are a big opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 4/21/2021

Anand Shah, Verizon's director of technology strategy and architecture, joins the podcast to talk all about private networks.

Ericsson is back to boringly good, but China threats loom
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The Swedish equipment vendor delivers another strong set of results for its first quarter as geopolitics continues to affect its business.

Microsoft fails to reach accord with Discord
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Reports say the messaging platform rejected the software giant's $12 billion bid and plans to go it alone.

EU wants to work with India on 5G security standards
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

It's been reported the EU hopes to collaborate with India on 5G rollout and security standards, as part of discussions at the India-EU summit on May 8.

Eurobites: Ericsson goes nuclear with private networks in France
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Etisalat and Nokia launch 5G services in UAE; A1 Bulgaria wins main 5G spectrum license; TalkTalk piggybacks on Openreach network in Ipswich.

Amazon lands rockets for its satellite broadband
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Amazon has made the first rocket alliance for its own satellite broadband effort to chase Starlink and OneWeb, but big questions remain.

Huawei trampled on in smartphone Q1 frenzy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Strategy Analytics reports 24% year-on-year surge in smartphone shipments, and Huawei gets pushed out of top-five vendors by market share.

New $4.5B US-Japan alliance needs a big vendor
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The leaders of the US and Japan have agreed on a $4.5 billion 5G and 6G collaboration, but details of the plan are vague.

Nokia missing from Verizon's C-band frenzy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Verizon said it will purchase 5G equipment from Samsung and Ericsson for its C-band 5G buildout. Nokia, a longtime Verizon vendor, was not named in the announcement.

No end in sight to AGR litigation in India
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The question of who should pay the AGR dues of bankrupt service providers has resurfaced thanks to a ruling by India's National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.

Vodafone lab to show open RAN does exactly what it says on the tin
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The test and integration lab at its Newbury headquarters will be a catalyst for the new-look technology, the UK operator hopes.

Netflix comes up short in Q1
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

The addition of 4 million subs was below guidance of 6 million – and down from a whopping 16 million net sub adds a year earlier – as Netflix dealt with a big 'pull through' from 2020 paired with a slowdown of fresh content.

The Apple TV 4K gets an upgrade
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Apple's new streaming box, starting at $179, is still a pricey gadget when compared to many other 4K-capable devices. But support for Dolby Vision and high-frame rate HDR make it a target for higher-end home theaters.

Taiwan's MediaTek: Chip shortage won't stop US smartphone ambitions
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

MediaTek recently passed Qualcomm as the world's biggest smartphone chipset supplier. And the company doesn't see the global chipset shortage affecting the smartphone industry anytime soon.

Sling TV pitches deep discount to nab new subs
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Dish-owned OTT-TV service is pitching first month of Sling TV for $10 along with a premium DVR service that provides 200 hours of storage.

Why Verizon is sweetening 5G Home with promotions, free devices
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Verizon is offering a free streaming TV device and a free Samsung Chromebook, as well as up to $500 in early termination fees, in order to sell its 5G Home service.

UK risks own goal with open RAN diversity plan
Morris Lore | 4/20/2021

The British government is pushing through an 'open' agenda that will restrict operators' freedom of choice.

Deutsche Telekom joins Celo blockchain network
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

German operator said to be the first telco to join the mobile-first Celo Alliance for Prosperity and buys native token CELO.

Adtran takes shot at LoRaWAN market
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Vendor says it has already scored purchase agreements as the new IoT gateway places Adtran into a new market, and in position to help service providers build overlay networks for enterprise IoT apps.

Eurobites: UK government tackles rural 'notspots' with taller masts
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup:; Virgin Media touts DOCSIS-based speeds; Telenor combines with Oracle and more on 5G SA offering; UK government probes Nvidia-Arm deal.

Cloud infrastructure for the 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/20/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's 'Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey' explores preferences for cloud infrastructure platforms.

There's not much at stake in the Dish vs. T-Mobile fight – analysts
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Dish is fretting over T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans. But some financial analysts believe the whole issue is just 'an attempt to reduce Dish's burden to provide GSM-compatible devices.'

Rogers suffers some kind of big wireless kerfuffle
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

A massive service outage arrives as Rogers Communications and fellow Canadian service provider Shaw Communications pursue a merger that touts mobile and 5G as a major driver.

Will the feds set our broadband Internet prices?
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

President Biden has hinted that the federal government might step in to 'reduce Internet prices for all Americans.' But some analysts aren't expecting that kind of heavy-handed regulation.

Frontier headed for 'modest' growth following Chapter 11 – analysts
Broadband World News | 4/19/2021

'We wouldn't call Frontier a diamond in the rough. Instead, it's more of a semi-precious stone in the rough,' analysts say in a report that sizes up Frontier's fiber-focused, post-bankruptcy future.

Fast-growing ZTE, free to buy US tech, is a nightmare for Biden
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

China's second-biggest network equipment maker is allowed to buy US technology and supply that to Chinese mobile operators, raising awkward questions for America's new president.

Is it open yet? Closed RAN and other short stories
Guest Perspectives | 4/19/2021

In this article, Mike Murphy CTO, Nokia North America, outlines key areas that need to be developed to enable true Open RAN deployments at scale.

Rural will rev Altice USA's broadband growth – analyst
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

The operator could lose some share in Fios territories on the east coast, but its underpenetrated, less competitive (and underappreciated) rural markets have 'unusually high potential,' new study finds.

Korea's LG Uplus taps Nokia small cells for 5G
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Korean operator takes steps to improve indoor 5G connectivity following complaints over patchy coverage.

Eurobites: Millicom is out of Africa
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia combines with Edzcom on private 5G network; Lycamobile has a new boss; Ericsson bags design prize.

NGMN brings together US and Chinese operators for 6G
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Amid noisy international 6G saber-rattling from Chinese, European and North American groups, the NGMN is warning that 'fragmentation is not forward looking or sustainable.'

Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

Cato dips toe in telco waters with KDDI collab
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Partnering with a tier 1 service provider is a new move for Cato, which historically competed with telcos on the SD-WAN front and dubbed itself the 'un-carrier' of managed SD-WAN services.

CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives – a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors – focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.

Telstra, I Squared in PCCW Global tilt – report
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Australian telco Telstra has been making a play for HKT's international unit PCCW Global.

With pent-up demand, competitive intensity in wireless primed to detonate
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Verizon is now applying discounts to phones with cracked screens. That's just one indication among several of how the US wireless landscape could soon get a lot more competitive.

Best FRANDs: Apple gets a new day in court over IP
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Big Tech faced a hot summer of $3.7B royalty fines in Texas courts, but now one judge says 'hang on there, cowboy' and vacates a $0.5B ruling.

South Korea adopts 5G network sharing to boost rural 5G
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Move comes as three MNOs are set to face more competition from MVNOs in the area of 5G data plans.

Dell spins off VMware and winds in its $49B debt
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Dell bought cloud virtualization star VMware in 2016, and it's booming. But the company is spinning it off to write down a $49 billion debt.

Eurobites: Vodafone UK trials drones for easier network upgrades
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Romania bans Huawei; VEON co-CEO steps down; Nokia claims mmWave breakthrough; hologram pizzas.

WiCipedia: A cybersecurity PR blunder for the ages
WiCipedia | 4/16/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: A cybersecurity PR blunder; Amazon makes commitment to hire minority employees into senior roles; the evolution of diversity in space travel; and more.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile offer unlimited 5G disappointment
DanoVision | 4/16/2021

The big three US carriers continue to tout new networks, but they remain relatively indifferent about helping customers connect without traditional telco frustrations.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Shaw's wireless biz waxes as wireline wanes
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Extending a theme that has taken hold at the Canadian company in recent quarters, Shaw's cable pay-TV and broadband business continued to shed subscribers in fiscal Q2 as its mobile business gained more ground.

Cable ops to be 'surgical' with latest Wi-Fi tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Wi-Fi 6E will eventually reach the masses, but cable operators will likely use the technology early on targeted, app-driven situations for wireless set-tops, cloud gaming services and in Wi-Fi-constrained MDU environments.

Verizon's other network buildout focuses on location tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Verizon's new hyper-sensitive location service relies on several dozen Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations the operator has constructed across the US.

SKT to spin off its non-telecom businesses
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

SK Telecom is to spin off its non-core businesses to maximize the value of its chip and digital services investments.

Podcast: The Divide – David Gilford on local priorities for federal broadband funds
LRTV Interviews | 4/15/2021

This week, David Gilford, co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, on what local government and nonprofit broadband leaders need from a national broadband stimulus.

Telefónica incubator Wayra turns ten
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.

It's boom time for TSMC, but the chips are down for everyone else
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The Taiwanese foundry is struggling to keep up with demand for chips, partly because there are so few alternatives for its customers.

Ubiquiti's latest hack highlights troubled security path for operators
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Vendor Ubiquiti reportedly suffered a 'catastrophic' security breach. 'Their security aligns with the overall nature of their equipment, relatively cheap and flimsy,' said a former Ubiquiti customer.

Airtel revamps structure to focus on India's digital opportunity
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

India's second-largest service provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has announced a new organizational structure to focus on the digital business.

Comcast gets aggressive with unlimited mobile 5G pricing
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Subs can reduce the price on Xfinity Mobile unlimited plans as they add lines, down to as low as $30/month in four-line packages. Comcast's previous, more static unlimited plan fetched $45 per month per line.

Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

Titans told to toe the line in China's tech crackdown
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Meituan, ByteDance, and JD.com promise to behave, as China's market watchdog, fresh from fining Alibaba $2.8 billion, now calls in 34 other tech giants.

RootMetrics 5G report puts AT&T in first place
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

New testing shows T-Mobile provided the best 5G availability in a number of US cities, while AT&T provided superior 5G download speeds and reliability.

Masergy amps up AIOps service for enterprises
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Providing a clear picture of network and application performance and the ability to make real-time changes is particularly useful to SMBs that often face budget constraints and have less in-house IT and cybersecurity staff than larger enterprises.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Biden's broadband bill could torpedo a DirecTV-Dish combo – analyst
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Proposed bill that earmarks $100 billion for rural broadband could help merger clear the DoJ, but it would also eliminate a 'critical backstop' for the satellite TV industry, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Huawei promises to share driving in its new smart car business
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

If there's one thing we've learned from Huawei's annual analyst event this week it is that it's definitely not building its own car – right?

Plex raises $50M to fuel streaming expansion
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

With a mission to become a 'one-stop shop' for streaming media and plans to tie in a bigger mix of major streaming services, new chairman views Plex as 'the cable company of the future.'

Global biggies show interest in India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

The DoT says global vendors including Ericsson and Nokia have applied via the Production Linked Incentive Scheme to expand their manufacturing base in India.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Satellites poised to join 5G network topology
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Satellites to date have been viewed as a last-resort option for 5G backhaul. But players ranging from OneWeb to AST SpaceMobile to Inmarsat are hoping to provide far more than that.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder
The Bauminator | 4/13/2021

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

5.5G needs on-demand spectrum allocation: Huawei
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The evolution to 5.5G will require on-demand frequency allocation and much greater network intelligence, Huawei says.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

Comcast's enterprise IoT unit sets sail for scale
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

MachineQ says rollouts of LoRaWAN gateways and traffic loads are on the rise amid a deployment streamlining effort, investments in sales and marketing and a stronger link to Comcast Business.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Roku freshens up device lineup, OS
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Roku is rolling out a new entry-level, $39.99 4K player, a premium voice remote and new soundbar/streaming combo, along with a mix of new features in updated OS for streaming players and Roku TVs.

Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

AXON emerges on fixed access scene with $27M in funding
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

AXON Networks says it delivers an AI-driven, analytics-based orchestration platform, the AXON AnyNet Orchestrator, in addition to high-speed routers utilizing the latest Wi-Fi technologies.

Verizon kicks off C-band spending splurge
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Verizon inked cell tower deals with Crown Castle and SBA Communications, but some analysts believe Verizon will need to add more towers to its network to meet its coverage goals.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

Comcast makes waves in open source
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Two projects originally created by Comcast engineers – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – are the first from the operator to be accepted as 'Sandbox' projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Microsoft gets Nuanced in $19.7B voice-rec buy
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Microsoft sees cloud services boost its net income by a yearly 33%, up to $15.5 billion, as the Redmond tech giant now cocks an eye at telcos.

Biden's broadband plan ends era of 'hands-off' regulation
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.

AT&T, Samsung, others to meet with Biden over chip shortages
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

A number of tech companies, including those in the telecom industry, are scheduled to meet with the Biden administration Monday to discuss the effects of the global chipset shortage.

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

Product integrations alongside a broader refresh would be an obvious catch-up move against the likes of Amazon, Google and even Roku.

Neuralink plays mind games with a monkey
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface tech firm shows a macaque monkey playing 'mind-pong' with the aid of an implanted wireless chip.

Starved of chips, Huawei pivots to cars and software
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The Chinese equipment giant hopes investment in software will make it less reliant on state-of-the-art chips.

Orange adds Poland JV to European infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.

CommScope's set-top spin-out: How did we get here?
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

The story is not done playing out, but the road leading to CommScope's decision to spin out its Home Networks division has taken many twists and turns, crossing the paths of Digeo, Motorola and Google along the way.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

Huawei gives another thumbs-down to open RAN – or so it says
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The 5G equipment giant seems to be one of the only telecom companies in China that is not crazy about open RAN.

Omnispace's tests hint at discussions with Dish, Verizon, US Space Force
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Fresh off its deal with Lockheed Martin, Omnispace appears to be busy. The company has hinted at potential discussions with players ranging from Dish Network to Verizon to the US Space Force.

Biden's budget highlights interest in spectrum sharing for 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The White House has requested $39 million in 2022 for the NTIA to research 'innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.' That could pave the way for IIC technology to go live for 5G.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

NCTC pitches plan to keep MobiTV alive
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

NCTC, which represents dozens of operators that use MobiTV, has asked members to put up at least $1 million toward potential MobiTV buyers.

Biden targets supercomputers in first move against China tech
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

New president signals that he, too, plans to take a tough line over technologies regarded as a potential threat.

WiCipedia: What makes a good company for female employees?
WiCipedia | 4/9/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How trans people in tech are faring; the best places for women to work; 'tech-bro gender-blindness'; and more.

Eurobites: Ericsson, TDC Net pump 5G into Grundfos plant
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Tech opts for quantum randomness; STC teams up with Dizmo for smart homes; HMD Global unveils more Nokia phones.

Indian telcos want a share of the growing IoT business
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be the flavor of the month as far as Indian service providers' enterprise offerings are concerned.

China's five-year plan bigs up 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Beijing's 14th five-year plan calls for building on China's 5G advantage to maintain its status as the world's factory floor, but it's less ambitious than previous plans.

Nokia, Lenovo shake hands on patent deal
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Companies put their patent‑infringement battles behind them, but only after Lenovo agrees to make a net balancing payment to Nokia.

The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.

Charter wants to start mapping out its mobile network
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

After spending around $500 million on CBRS spectrum licenses, Charter is now asking the FCC for permission to conduct drive tests of transmissions in the band in around a dozen cities.

Discovery+ adds to Comcast's streaming mix
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Discovery's new premium streaming service has launched on Flex, and will be rolled out to Comcast's X1 pay-TV platform in the coming weeks.

Dish's 5G sales pitch thickens around security
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Dish Network is now promising 'a cloud-native solution that integrates network security from the foundation up.' Nokia, Allot and Palo Alto Networks are providing the details.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

CommScope open to other alternatives for Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Board would consider other options if they created value that extends beyond the current plan to spin off a Home Business unit that will be led by cable and telecom industry veteran Joe Chow.

Fujitsu: Cyber cretins are casing out private 5G
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

When private 5G meets factories it brings cybercriminals to the yard. Fujitsu partners up with Trend Micro to eyeball if they can cook up a solution.

Podcast: The Divide – Scott Willis and Bruce Garrison on the 'collective ecosystem' required to reach the underserved
CxO Spotlight | 4/8/2021

This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.

India's Jio acquires 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Airtel
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

In a first-of-its-kind deal in India, Reliance Jio will buy 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Bharti Airtel.

Four ways to unlock more B2B opportunities and 5G value
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

For B2B success, CSPs should be open to more collaboration and double down on building an agile network infrastructure that scales, according to CSG.

CommScope to spin off Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Company expects to complete the spin-off of a unit that makes set-tops and other consumer premises equipment by the end of Q1 2022. It represents one move of several aimed at cutting operating costs.

Axiata, Telenor to merge Malaysian operations
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Axiata and Telenor are close to agreeing a merger of their Malaysian operations, the two companies have announced.

KPN takeover rumors broaden to new players
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is said to have teamed up with EQT on a possible takeover bid valuing the Dutch telco at over $15bn.

Eurobites: MWC does deal with Spanish government to allow non-EU visitors
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor considers Malaysia merger; Nokia expands Wavence microwave range; EE makes progress on 5G rollout.

Beyond connectivity – quantifying and monetizing the 5G effect
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/8/2021

SPONSORED: 5G monetization will be more profound than 2G, 3G and even 4G network monetization. 5G will fuel the adoption of a multi-vendor, end-to-end programmable and automated service delivery model that will transform how CSPs deliver high-value services to their customers.

CommScope nearing transaction centered on CPE biz – sources
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

But the form of such a transaction remains hazy, as it could involve an outright sale or the formation of a joint venture designed to improve product margins and get the CPE business off of CommScope's books.

Four questions dogging T-Mobile's 5G fixed wireless ambitions
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.

Starlink delivering sporadic speeds – study
Broadband World News | 4/7/2021

The satellite broadband service, still in beta, has seen median speeds fluctuate in recent months even as users report a rise in burst speeds, according to new Ookla Speedtest data.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Afghanistan gets open RAN – Africa, Asia eye it
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Open RAN comes to Afghanistan, as Etisalat partners with Parallel Wireless – and operators eye the developing world as prime networks to open up.

Under-cooked Dito Telecom fails early tests
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Philippines' newest operator, Dito Telecom, has stumbled at the first hurdle in its mission to break the local duopoly.

Bharti Enterprises, Dixon form JV for India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Bharti Enterprises and Dixon Technologies have agreed to form a joint venture to produce telecom and networking products.

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

After making a similar complaint against Apple, the noyb pressure group has now launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier.

Podcast: Microsoft Azure's Khalidi curates carrier clouds
LRTV Interviews | 4/7/2021

Yousef Khalidi discusses the economic benefits operators can experience by partnering with a cloud provider.

Eurobites: T-Mobile Netherlands goes Dutch on fiber venture
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lutz Schüler named as boss of post-merger Virgin Media/O2 entity; Ericsson does 5G in Malta; UK sets up new regulatory unit to tame tech titans.

Is Wi-Fi 6 enough? The need for intelligent management
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2021

Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.

The 'undecideds' could shape MWC Barcelona this year
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Our short, informal survey revealed that nearly one in every five people who went to MWC Barcelona in 2019 are still not sure about whether they'll attend #MWC21.

Will Charlie Ergen outwit Hans Vestberg and John Stankey in midband 5G?
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The FCC plans to auction off 100MHz of prime midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz in October. It could be just the event that Dish Network's Charlie Ergen has been waiting for.

MobiTV bids due on May 7
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

If multiple qualified bids are received, May 12 has been set for an auction, according to revised bid procedures that tie into MobiTV's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Shentel to cut 30% of workforce after T-Mobile deal
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Shentel is cutting roughly 340 employees from its payroll as it moves ahead with the sale of its wireless business to T-Mobile.

Minim first to get CableLabs stamp for low-latency DOCSIS 3.1 device
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The Motorola MG8725 gateway is also the first in an anticipated lineup of Minim products to be outfitted with Wi-Fi 6 technology.

So long LG and thanks for the vision
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

LG's departure is a loss of sorely-needed device innovation – it may not be a big deal for the handset business, but it is something of a blow to operators.

Google wins ten-year copyright battle with Oracle
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

US Supreme Court ruled that the use of Oracle software code to build the Android operating system did not violate federal copyright law.

WOW to unleash data caps in June, starting in Chicago
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

WOW's new policy, which includes a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig customers, arrives amid a 'broadband-first' posture and a steering of high-speed Internet customers to OTT-TV options such as YouTube TV and Philo.

Viptela founders launch multicloud management startup with $25M in funding
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Prosimo's AXI service addresses several challenges enterprises face in cloud application delivery, including managing operating costs, meeting application SLAs and 'fragmented security.'

Cable Next-Gen returns online
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Like we did last August, Light Reading will stage our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half days in late April.

Eurobites: Ericsson and friends try W-band for 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.

Canada plots Quebec broadband stimulus
Broadband World News | 4/5/2021

Federal and provincial governments plan to spend C$826.3 million to extend broadband to nearly 150,000 unserved Quebec households by September 2022.

Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions
DanoVision | 4/5/2021

Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.

Starlink's threat to wired broadband 'minimal' – analyst
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

But SpaceX's satellite broadband service is poised to be a 'game-changer' for rural US coverage and in position to pursue a much larger global market, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.

LG's phone business exit a boon to Samsung, Motorola, TCL
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

Fully half of LG's phone business was based in the US. As the company walks away from its 10% share in the US market, analysts expect Samsung, Motorola and TCL to capture that business.

Reimagining the Internet for the Future
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/5/2021

Discover how new innovations can fundamentally change the economics of the Internet and help close the digital divide.

Samsung, TSMC $130B plunge underlines the great chip divide
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

The global chip war is framed usually as a rivalry between the US and China, but in reality the two superpowers are not even in the race.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

Prepping for PON and puns at Cable Next-Gen
LRTV Interviews | 4/5/2021

Alan Breznick and Tien Fu trade their absolutely worst puns about cable as Light Reading gears up for our 14th edition of Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies later this month.

AT&T SD-WAN is homeward bound with new Cisco service
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

The service provider is launching the new teleworker SD-WAN service to address a growing hybrid workforce that is accessing business applications both on-premises and in the home.

The nature of upstream network usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says
Broadband World News | 4/2/2021

Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.

Dish grumbles to FCC about T-Mobile's CMDA shutdown plan
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

Dish claims it's 'simply not possible' to accelerate the migration of Boost Mobile subs in time for the January 2022 3G CDMA shutdown. T-Mobile counters that its plan fits inside the parameters of its deal with Dish.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: Exploring the world of open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 4/2/2021

Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown offers up a preview of the upcoming two-day Open RAN World Digital Conference.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

Ericsson's Texas see-saw patent massacre
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

KPN sues Ericsson for patent-infringement in a district court in Texas, only weeks after the Swedish supplier did the same to Samsung.

Podcast: The Divide – Fiber Broadband Association's Gary Bolton on the 'good news, good news' for fiber
CxO Spotlight | 4/1/2021

This week, Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, joins the show to discuss why the US needs to put fiber first, why satellite broadband could be a 'disaster' for communities and more.

China data revenue shrinks on discount 5G
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

In the first two months of 2021, combined sales of mobile and fixed-line data services contracted by 1.2%, official figures show.

Musk's SpaceX faces obstacles in India
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Operators want authorities to block SpaceX's launch of commercial services during a testing phase, saying it has not obtained licenses.

Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

The big cloud companies won't be at #MWC2021, but a cloud evangelist will. What about you? Take our survey and let us know.

Eurobites: Verizon lands 5G private network gig in Southampton
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swiss cheesemakers kick up a 6G stink; BT extends Enjoy partnership; Deutsche Telekom tweaks climate-change targets.

FiberCop is go after KKR and Fastweb firm up stakes
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Telecom Italia completes FiberCop agreements with two shareholders, but many obstacles remain on route to create the ultimate 'AccessCo.'

Why Deliveroo's flopped IPO didn't deliver
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Even after coronavirus, Deliveroo's IPO flops, wiping £2 billion from a £7.6 billion opening market cap. How much will the indigestion affect tech IPOs?

India may add more frequency bands for 5G auction
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

The Department of Telecommunications may add more bands to the planned auction, according to media reports, following telcos' demands for more 5G spectrum.

Intel on the outside: Chips giant, Google and Microsoft are latest to quit MWC
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

US technology giants backs out citing safety concerns, and Google also confirms its withdrawal from this year's event.

Xiaomi places $10B bet on 'smart' EVs
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Chinese smartphone maker unveils ambitious plans for a 'Xiaomi electric vehicle.'

Indosat Ooredoo sells towers to Digital Colony for $750M
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Indonesian operator of offload third and final tranche of towers to Digital Colony unit Edgepoint.

Ericsson opens lab to polish its cloud RAN credentials
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Ericsson launches an open lab to work on virtualized 5G RAN, part of its campaign to head off virtualization and cloud RAN moves by Samsung and Nokia.

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