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What Would Amazon Want With Assets From the 'New' T-Mobile?
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5/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon is reportedly interested in purchasing the assets that might be divested from the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. But what exactly does the Internet giant want to do with those assets?
Omniverse Drops Live OTT-TV Service for 'Single-Dwelling' Residential Subs
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5/31/2019  |  1 comment
Following review of the controversial Hovsat contract, Omniverse said it will now focus on live TV services for operators of multi-dwelling units and apartment buildings.
Could Cable MSOs Buy Some of T-Mobile's Spectrum?
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5/31/2019  |  2 comments
T-Mobile and Sprint are open to divesting some spectrum to get their merger stamped at the DoJ, and a report in Bloomberg said Comcast and Charter are interested buyers. Comcast, however, disagrees.
WiCipedia: Fembots Create Gender Divide & Snap Tackles Culture Issues
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5/31/2019  |  5 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Nokia commits to pay equality; female AI assistants promote sexism; Snap's culture gets put in its place; and more.
Eurobites: Trump to Use UK State Visit to Bang On About Huawei
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5/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom warns against buying Huawei smartphones; Telefónica casts around for rural connectivity ideas; CityFibre offers fiber to Cheltenham.
Scenes From Sprint's Big 5G Launch
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5/31/2019  |  3 comments
Hey, did Sprint just become the first US carrier to offer true mobile 5G?
Dave Shull Named TiVo CEO Amid Plan to Split Biz
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
As an exec at The Weather Company, Shull helped that company separate out and sell off its digital assets and technologies and its TV business.
5G4REAL: Storytellers Unveil 5G-Powered Projects
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
In late 2018, Verizon and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) invited a cohort of creators to explore how 5G technology could breathe life into their work. After a months-long residency at RYOT Studios in Los Angeles, three creative teams showcased how 5G can make live motion capture, a typically cumbersome production process, both faster and cheaper.
Motorola Launches Second 5G-Compatible Smartphone
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The new Motorola z4 smartphone works on Verizon's millimeter-wave 5G networks in Chicago and Minneapolis.
The Beginning of the End of Omniverse?
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
SkyStreamTV, one of its partners, says it was informed that Omniverse will shut down residential TV services on May 31. Meanwhile, the Omniverse website is 'under construction.'
Nokia CTO: Private Wireless Could Be 2x Bigger Than Commercial Wireless
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Nokia's CTO said that there are currently around 7 million total base stations in operation by the world's commercial wireless network operators – and that the market for private wireless networks could be twice that big.
Blockgraph Braces for Data Wave About to Hit TV Advertising
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Unit incubated at Comcast's FreeWheel ad-tech unit and mix of partners are pushing ahead with blockchain-powered techniques as the adoption of data-driven TV advertising nears a tipping point.
Startup Cuts Network Clutter With 'Lean NFV'
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Nefeli is implementing a commercial version of the new, open 'Lean NFV' architecture to simplify network functions virtualization on carrier networks.
Sprint Launches 5G All Around Dallas
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5/30/2019  |  1 comment
Everyone else will tout network firsts and download speeds, but Sprint plays to its strengths (and spectrum holdings) as it launches its 5G service in Dallas.
Eurobites: 'Sick' Day for EE as 5G Switch Is Flipped in UK
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Telecom Italia claim European data speed record; Brits' online angst; Colt calls on ADVA for Ethernet encryption.
Another 5G Provider? Gogo Takes a Seat at the Cool Kids' Table
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5/30/2019  |  5 comments
Gogo, which sells Internet services to airplanes, plans to upgrade its ageing 3G network with a 5G network that the company said will raise speeds by a factor of 10.
Understanding the IETF's Control Plane Roadmap
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Automated control of optical is set to move from labs and single-vendor deployments into the mainstream in the coming years – with 5G as a driver.
Big 5G Event Fireside Chat: Starry COO Alex Moulle-Berteaux
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's Mike Dano discussed how to build an affordable fixed 5G Internet service with Alex Moulle-Berteaux, chief operating officer for Starry, at the Big 5G Event in Denver on May 8.
Top 10 Takeaways After 19 Years as a Telecom Industry Analyst
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5/30/2019  |  9 comments
Reflections and predictions from a career in the telecom industry.
C Spire Suddenly Endorses Sprint/T-Mobile Deal, but Altice Still Opposes It
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile took another unexpected series of turns when cable company Altice USA said it would not support the merger, while regional telecom company C Spire said it would.
NXP, Qualcomm, MediaTek Jostle for Position in Wireless Chips
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Silicon companies, including NXP, Qualcomm and MediaTek, are all working to shore up their position in wireless technologies.
Charter Tests Massive Private LTE Network in 3.5GHz CBRS Spectrum
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Although Charter has long discussed its interest in wireless technologies and the CBRS band specifically, its new 3.5GHz test potentially indicates the company's interest in building private LTE networks for enterprises.
FCC's Second 5G Spectrum Auction Ends With Bid Topping $2B
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
The second US 5G millimeter wave band spectrum is done, with a third one to follow in December 2019.
Huawei Asks Judge to Slap Down US Ban: 'No Gun, No Smoke. Only Speculation'
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei files a motion for summary judgment in a US court, claiming the American ban on doing business with the Chinese vendor violates the Constitution.
Frontier Unloads Some Wireline Assets & Operations for $1.35B
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Sale of ops in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serve about 350,000 residential and business customers, and could spark more M&A moves in the region.
AT&T's SVoD Service to Cost More Than Disney+, Says Analyst
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
And rather than entering the OTT sector with a three-pronged offering, AT&T is expected to start with a single-tiered product, MoffettNathanson said, following recent rendezvous with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.
Eurobites: Ericsson, Nokia Get the 5G Call From SoftBank
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom extends cloud offer with Microsoft; Telia resists website-blocking order in Moldovia; what Google's cold-shouldering of Huawei means for Europe.
Podcast: Huawei's Guilty of Something, Right?
The Philter  | 
5/29/2019  |  1 comment
Does Huawei's past misdeeds around trade secrets and allegations of the company sidestepping sanctions mean that the Chinese vendor is also a vessel for Chinese spying and cyber attacks on US networks?
In Nationwide 5G, It Will Be AT&T's 700MHz vs. T-Mobile's 600MHz
DanoVision  | 
5/28/2019  |  2 comments
AT&T has promised to offer 5G nationwide by 2020, but how exactly the operator might do that has remained a mystery. One industry analyst has a solid theory: AT&T will use 700MHz to take 5G nationwide.
In South Korea, 5G Set to Eclipse 4G's Growth Rate
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5/28/2019  |  1 comment
5G appears to be gaining steam in South Korea, with data usage around three times that of LTE and providers nearing the 1 million customer mark. It's unclear though if other countries will be able to replicate that pace.
Comcast 'Hitz' Movie VoD Service to Hit Cinemax
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast's new commercial-free VoD service to feature 200-plus movie titles, replace Cinemax in several of the MSO's pay-TV packages.
Sigma Systems at Digital Transformation World 2019
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Tim Spencer, CEO of Sigma Systems, discusses what "B2Be Different" entails and the exciting road ahead for the company.
Altice USA's Mobile Service to Fetch $20-$30 Per Month – Report
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Pricing on cable op's Sprint-assisted mobile service reportedly will undercut offerings from major mobile service providers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
What Is an SD-WAN, Anyway? Ask MEF
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
MEF creates a definition for SD-WAN and its attributes, so enterprises know what they're buying and service provides know what they should be selling.
Eurobites: Airtel Africa Hopes for London Listing
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands GPON gig in India; Ericsson supplies 5G to self-driving test track; Swisscom Beems up ad innovation.
India May Regulate OTT Platforms
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Moves are afoot in India to treat web companies providing communications services more like the telcos.
Comcast Sunsetting VoD Support on TiVo Retail Boxes
The Bauminator  | 
5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's working with Comcast to bring a 'more modern Xfinity application' to TiVo's retail device customers.
Technicians to Actually Install 5G in Short Supply
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5/28/2019  |  1 comment
Yes, there's plenty of action around 5G, but there might be a shortage of technicians who can physically install the technology. Players across the industry are now working on solutions to that problem.
Airtel Awards Pan-India Blockchain Deal to IBM – Reports
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
One of India's biggest telecom operators is using blockchain technology to cut down on nuisance calls.
China Mobile's Bold AI Plans
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
As it approaches 1 billion subscribers, China Mobile plans to implement artificial intelligence throughout the network and its whole business.
Big 5G Event Panel: Critical Next Steps for 5G Deployments
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5/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Ovum's Michael Roberts discusses what pieces of the 5G puzzle are still needed with NSIGHT's Patrick Riordan, Mavenir's John Baker, Western Digital's Oded Sagee, Sprint's Mishka Dehghan and Cisco's Ian Campbell at the Big 5G Event in Denver, Colo. on May 7, 2019.
Big 5G Event Keynote: C Spire's Craig Sparks
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5/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Craig Sparks, the CIO for C Spire, discussed how millimeter wave technology will drive 5G innovation during his keynote at the Big 5G Event in Denver, Colo. on May 7.
Verizon's Palmer: 5G Pricing & Coverage Will Continue to Evolve
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5/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon initially launched mobile 5G with relatively spotty coverage and a $10-per-month charge. But that's not necessarily where 5G is heading, according to Verizon's Nicki Palmer.
Huawei Restricted From WiFi & Electronics Standards Groups
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
In fallout from US sanctions, Huawei is restricted from participating in groups that set standards for WiFi, SD Card storage and other electronics.
Here Are the Most Congested Wireless Networks in the US
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5/24/2019  |  1 comment
Cities in California, Texas and Florida host some of the nation's most congested wireless networks, according to new data from Tutela.
Viasat Soars to Record Revenues
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Satellite broadband and services company notches record fiscal Q4 and full-year revenues as it progresses with a new set of satellites that will provide it with global coverage and gobs more capacity.
Vodafone Pooh-Poohs Ofcom's Dark Fiber Deal as 5G Looms
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
With 5G around the corner, the UK mobile operator has complained about the latest regulatory effort to improve access to the Openreach network.
Zayo's Brian Daniels: Fiber Holds Key to Unlocking Millimeter Wave's Potential
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
As speedy millimeter wave technology gets deployed to fill some important gaps in super-dense urban areas and some rural regions, the potential of these new wireless offerings will be limited if not backed up by rich fiber networks.
Germany's €6B 5G Auction Should Be a Break Point for Telecom
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5/24/2019  |  2 comments
Germany's interminable 5G auction should make Europe's regulators think about the way they award spectrum to network operators.
WiCipedia: Recruitment Gender Bias, VC Cash Stash & Making Better Decisions
WiCipedia  | 
5/24/2019  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Gender bias still an issue during recruitment; VC cash reserves for female-founded companies; hot job market draws in women; and more.
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