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IoT sensors and software help move COVID-19 vaccines
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

Telematics and cloud-based analytics can give shippers and pharmaceutical companies vital information.

Rakuten Mobile can lay claim to disrupter-of-the-year
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

Japan's innovative mobile network play has made solid progress on its open RAN journey, but more industry work is needed to silence the doubters.

5G RAN spend to exceed LTE in 2021
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

5G expected to account for more than half of all RAN investments in 2021, according to Omdia.

5G trends to watch in 2021
Column | 12/30/2020

Omdia's Chris Nicoll provides an overview of how changes in the core of the mobile network will help 5G networks advance and new services emerge.

Podcast: Fujitsu's Dr. Femi Adeyemi is an open book on open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 12/30/2020

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dr. Femi Adeyemi, the head of the wireless business at Fujitsu Network Communications, to talk about the business of open RAN.

Carnegie Mellon built a plug-and-play private LTE network
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

Federated Wireless' partnership with AWS made it easier and faster for Carnegie's IT team to deploy a private wireless network.

Console yourself: 5G to speed game growth in 2021
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

2020 broke all the records for mobile game downloads, but 5G, new players, and more app stores will make 2021 exciting to watch, too.

WiCipedia: Big tech meets Music City
WiCipedia | 12/30/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: A booming tech space in Tennessee; Pinterest employee complaints draw unequal results; something good comes of Amazon's wealth; and more.

CommScope CTO: Here are the trends I'm watching in 2021
Guest Perspectives | 12/30/2020

As we climb back out of the pandemic, expect to see lower latency broadband in cable networks, open RAN-fueled 5G rolling out around the globe and AI guiding the systems in smart buildings to peak efficiency.

Why India's Jio must take the lead in 5G to address ARPU issues
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

Reliance Jio, India's largest service provider, is facing an existential crisis in 2022 - it's losing subscribers and average revenue per user is plummeting.

COVID-19 forces UCC rethink – report
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

A new report from Omdia says lockdown measures have underlined the importance of business continuity over disaster recovery and shunted unified communications and collaboration (UCC) to the fore of industry thinking.

Tier 1 CSPs in driver's seat of edge compute – report
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

Report notes that CSPs' goal is to capture a true percentage of digital revenue.

Asia's 2020: Covid, Huawei and O-RAN
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

It was the year of the pandemic, but it was also the year 5G landed, Huawei lost its US chip supply and industry began turning to open RAN.

Cloud-native networking will move from trials to reality in 2021
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Wireless network operators are already moving to cloud-native applications, but experts say the industry will see more automation and re-architecting of services in the coming year.

1.7 billion smart ho ho home devices in 2021
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Smart home gadgets as a sector will grow 32.3% in revenue in 2021, as shared standards feed interoperability and adoption, says Omdia.

CommScope CTO: My 2020 predictions – direct hits and near misses
Guest Perspectives | 12/29/2020

CommScope's CTO is ready to make some predictions for 2021. But first, he needs to atone for his misses in 2020.

AI-driven networks? No longer just talk, says Omdia
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Analyst firm says telcos are investing more in AI as they strive for greater automation in service fulfillment and assurance.

Europe's operators 'to remain under pressure in 2021'
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Next year will bring little relief from the need to reduce costs as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

India in 2020: Chinese vendors, homegrown 5G and more
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

This past year saw record investment in Indian telcos, as well as two operators choosing to develop their own 5G solution.

What's in store for Huawei in 2021?
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

For Huawei, 2020 was an even more bruising year than 2019 - so what's coming in 2021? It could all depend on President Biden, the cloud, AI and smart cars.

Monetizing 5G is operators' biggest challenge for 2021 – Omdia
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

A new report indicates that making money from 5G could well be network operators' biggest challenge as they move into 2021.

To Huawei, 2020 gave a brief crown and a trade war
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

Huawei went from a Q2 briefly as the world's largest smartphone maker, to ending the year cobbling together chips. But don't count Shenzhen out yet.

Watch out for more 10G PON in 2021 – report
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

Omdia envisages the next-gen PON market to heat up next year due to greater demand for capacity and ROI attractions of GPON infrastructure reuse.

Gigabit services are gaining ground, says Omdia
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

Speed may be of the essence, but quality of service is even more important for consumers, points out Omdia.

Asian 5G: Four things to watch for in 2021
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

5G made its mass entrance in 2021, with around 135 networks deployed. 2021 is when 5G will start to show commercial chops and evolve networks to standalone.

Here are the new C-band auction estimates
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The C-band auction is now projected to reach around $80 billion in total bids. And Verizon, Comcast and Charter are expected to account for the lion's share of that total.

Service providers see more network automation, AI from the core to the edge
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

Recent examples offered by Verizon and T-Mobile show a wide and growing variety of network automation, with some AI use, as 5G arrives.

Sales soar for TVs, especially bigger ones, in pandemic year
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

Thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of new TVs are up 19% in the US this year and screens just keep getting bigger, according to new research from NPD Group.

Off Topic: Gary Smith on blending photography, philanthropy
LRTV Interviews | 12/24/2020

Ciena CEO Gary Smith discusses his photography practice and what life is like in the square frame.

SoftBank follows NTT DoCoMo with price cut
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

Discount war? Softbank has met NTT DoCoMo's move with its own low-cost tariff.

Carriers 'must continue to invest in network software'
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The industry is moving toward containerized network functions (CNFs), but Omdia says operators are 'not done with VNFs yet.'

Quite a year: The changing vendor landscape in India
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

COVID-19, rising data consumption, tensions with China and the practical departure of Huawei and ZTE means 2021 will a challenge for operators.

China's harder line on Big Tech
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

Curbs for China's tech giants have finally landed: They are targets in an antitrust campaign officials call 'preventing the disorderly expansion of capital.'

India announces new rules for telecom gear sourcing
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

The Indian government has approved the National Security Directive, which will contain a list of trusted sources and products for telecom networks.

Will the C-band auction set up US operators for a European-sized failure?
DanoVision | 12/23/2020

Sky-high prices for 3G spectrum licenses helped to ruin many European operators after auctions in the 2000s. With $70 billion in current bids, the C-band auction could do the same to US operators.

Podcast: What's the story with Huawei?
LRTV Interviews | 12/23/2020

Are the Huawei bans working? What will the US do next year to keep China's champion from 5G world domination? Phil Harvey returns to the podcast to give us the latest on Huawei's turbulent year.

Nokia names Motley crew member for fixed networks
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

Finnish vendor confirms Sandra Motley will remain on the payroll, but the roles of Gabriela Styf Sjoman and Bhaskar Gorti remain in doubt.

The CableCARD's 'Greatest Hits'
The Bauminator | 12/23/2020

And plenty of misses, too. Here's a look back at the many missteps and wrenching moments that occurred during the lengthy FCC ban on integrated security set-top boxes.

This Olde Website: 2020
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

Gather 'round, everyone! It's time for the annual jaunt down the World Wide Web of yesteryear to see how the webmasters of CableLabs, Cisco and Netflix rolled back in the day.

Vodafone settles long-running KDG dispute for €2.1 billion
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

Vodafone Group has made an offer worth euro 2.1 billion ($2.6 billion) to minority shareholders in Kabel Deutschland, seven years after acquiring the German operator.

Italian regulator launches FiberCop investigation
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

Italy's inching toward a national broadband operator in a flurry of joint ventures, but its AGCM regulator said it'll have a look at that, thank you.

WOW! extends Android TV-based service to nearly all subs
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

Large US cable provider says it has now rolled out its WOW! tv+ video offering to nearly 95% of the homes in its sprawling footprint across the country.

China 5G crosses 200M mark as operators prep for SA
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

China has cruised past the 200 million mark in official 5G subscribers, with China Mobile adding nearly 19 million last month.

WarnerMedia closes deal for You.i TV
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

The big AT&T media unit clinched its purchase of the growing Canadian tech firm, which specializes in software that powers apps and user interfaces for mobile and connected TV devices.

How 5G is pushing the envelope on latency
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

The proprietary wireless network used by the Drone Racing League supports latency of 5 ms. Top 5G companies are looking to eventually match that.

The top five ways to secure a remote workforce
Guest Perspectives | 12/22/2020

While most companies understand there are infinite ways to improve security, here are the top ways that every organization should be exploring as they seek to secure their newly remote workforce.

C-band reaches $46.5B, passes AWS-3 as biggest spectrum auction ever
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

With $46.5 billion in gross bids, the C-band spectrum auction has surpassed the AWS-3 spectrum auction in 2015 as America's biggest ever auction of spectrum.

Verizon's CTO: 'I don't know what the hell 6G is'
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

Verizon's CTO Kyle Malady said that the operator is working to enhance 5G, and that he currently sees no reason to begin focusing on what's next.

Congress allots $2B to replace Huawei equipment
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

US lawmakers are devoting $1.9 billion to replace Huawei and ZTE equipment, part of a bill which also helps minority and low-income groups get online.

With Amazon leading, happy holidays predicted for connected TV device sales
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

In a new report, Strategy Analytics predicts that global sales of connected TV devices will hit a record high of more than 111 million units in Q4.

Open RAN has missed the 5G boat, says Three UK boss
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

The new-fangled network technology has arrived too late to be a part of 5G plans for many operators, says Robert Finnegan.

US smacks SMIC and keeps the heat on Huawei
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

The latest addition to the Commerce Department's Entity List is the same firm that Huawei was looking to turn to after it lost a key smartphone components supplier earlier this year.

C-band on track to be America's biggest spectrum auction ever
DanoVision | 12/18/2020

The fact that bidders have so far put up $25 billion in total bids appears to reflect a widespread belief that 5G will ultimately be worth it.

Italy closer to having national broadband operator
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

Enel agreed to sell Macquarie a 40% to 50% stake in Open Fiber, getting Italy closer to mashing together a single national fast broadband operator.

Italy's TIM slapped with fine over universal service failure
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

Penalty levied by the regulator shows that every second counts when it comes to fulfilling universal service obligations.

Sweden's 5G auction back on
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

Auction of 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz frequencies to start on January 19 after court of appeal overrules injunction granted to Huawei.

WiCipedia: Are ethics in AI a losing game?
WiCipedia | 12/18/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The future of ethics in AI; why minorities don't want to stay in tech; pandemic's effects on women at work; and more.

Pentagon puts 5G at center of US military's communications future
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

The US military is working to build its own IoT platform to 'increase lethality.' According to a wide range of top Pentagon officials, 5G is at the center of the effort.

Standalone 5G core security: Standards multiplicity and key management singularity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/17/2020

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms that effective 5G security strategies will encompass multiple standards and single key management.

Comcast lights up 'Stream' app for Amazon Fire TV devices
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Cable operator's pay-TV app hits another major streaming platform, building on tie-ins with Roku, Samsung, LG Electronics and Google's Chromecast adapters.

Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

Texas v Google: Ten states sue Google for antitrust
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Ten US states have sued Google for unlawful efforts to quash competition in ad auctions, including a secret agreement with Facebook.

India to hold 4G spectrum auction in March 2021
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Authorities are selling a huge amount of spectrum for the first time since market consolidation left India with just three big players.

TalkTalk to be taken private for $1.5B
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Head honchos at UK broadband provider agree non-binding deal with Toscafund Asset Management, Penta Capital that will see it delist from the London Stock Exchange.

Some X1 devices aren't compatible with CBS All Access and HBO Max
The Bauminator | 12/17/2020

Certain older X1 models currently don't work with recently integrated streaming apps such as CBS All Access and HBO Max, but Comcast is giving subs a quick, no-cost upgrade path as it works to bridge the gap.

China's role in open RAN is a looming problem
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

The involvement of so many Chinese firms in the O-RAN Alliance raises some awkward questions for policymakers.

China targeting US users through mobile network security flaws
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

China is taking advantage of vulnerabilities in 3G and 4G networks to track US mobile users, according to research.

Telia Carrier leans on pluggable optics for a simpler network
The Philter | 12/17/2020

The wholesale carrier said it will use routing platforms that support 400G pluggable optics to build a faster, more manageable network.

Eurobites: Nokia appoints new head of strategy
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Also in today's epoch-closing EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's fiber rollout under investigation; ADVA plays a part in German open RAN trial; Prysmian touts teeny-weeny fiber.

Verizon Business mixes Silver Peak into SD-WAN flavor profile
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

Silver Peak has a number of other features that Verizon hopes will appeal to customers including improved management and access to cloud applications.

Germany sets high barriers for Huawei with new security bill
News Analysis | 12/17/2020

After years of wrangling, ministers agree on a bill that will not ban specific vendors but will make it much harder for them to meet security standards.

Roku, WarnerMedia clinch deal for HBO Max
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

WarnerMedia's premium streaming service will launch on Roku devices on December 17 and support the OTT platform's 'Roku Pay' system.

A direct comparison: Tabulating 5G in the USA and China
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Based on third-quarter 2020 data collected by Speedtest provider Ookla and provided to Light Reading, this is an apples-to-apples look at how China and the US stack up in 5G.

Upload strength a 'huge differentiator,' Google Fiber exec says
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

The pandemic has helped tell the upstream story for a key FTTP advantage as people continue to work and school from home, Google Fiber's Melani Griffith said at the 2020 Virtual Fiber Connect event.

Vodafone, AT&T sign up for 5G via SpaceMobile's satellites
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Startup SpaceMobile said it now has the $500 million it needs for 'Phase 1' of its launch. Likely as a result, Vodafone and AT&T are SpaceMobile's two official customers.

Cable broadband sub growth to slow in 2021 – analyst
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

High-speed subscriber growth surged again in Q3, but 'pull-forward' growth fueled by the pandemic will likely mean the rate of customer additions among US cable operators will ramp down in 2021.

Subsidized open RAN heads to rural Nigeria
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

MTN strikes 2,000-site deal with local NaaS provider Hotspot Network; Parallel Wireless in supplier mix.

EU readies sweeping new tech 'rules of the road'
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

The EU is readying drafts of sweeping new legislation to crack down on anti-competitive behavior by big tech, but expect two years of wrangling.

Nokia managers at risk as CEO warns 'it may be time for change'
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Fixed networks boss Sandra Motley and software head Bhaskar Gorti may be next in line for the exit as Lundmark cuts the size of his management team.

Fast-growing Uniti buys Telstra home fiber business for $106M
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Under the deal, Telstra will become one of Uniti's retail service providers.

Nokia is making a risky bet on open RAN
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is prioritizing a largely unproven technology as part of its latest turnaround strategy.

Eurobites: UK's gigabit rollout needs to roll a lot faster, says EY report
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone extend wholesale agreement; Slovak Telekom switches on 5G with Ericsson; Orange migrates Siemens to SD-WAN.

India's Jio accuses Airtel, Vodafone Idea of unfairly exploiting farmers' protest
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

A row over recent farming legislation is hitting Jio where it hurts.

Drahi buckles under pressure, raises offer for Altice Europe
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Minority shareholders to withdraw legal action after Drahi's Next Private vehicle increases offer price to euro 5.35 per share.

Cisco folds cable access into mobility unit
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Merging of the units follows Cisco's recent exit from the cable amplifier business and the slow migration by operators toward network and service convergence.

Verizon to connect 9,000 Walgreens, Duane Reade stores
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Verizon initially will provide services including Wi-Fi and SD-WAN, but company officials said the deal sets the stage for other, more advanced products like edge computing.

5G fronthaul 2020: Focusing on practical scenarios
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/16/2020

As discussed at Light Reading's 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, operators are looking at practical approaches to converged fronthaul transport, but they need to act quickly.

T-Mobile's 2021 5G goals: improved speeds, upgraded voice
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Following his launch of standalone 5G, T-Mobile's Neville Ray hopes to push the envelope further by launching carrier aggregation and VoNR technology in 2021.

US government officially begins work on IIC for 5G
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Amid reshuffling leadership across the US government, the NTIA said it is now working on technology that would 'standardize the spectrum sharing model' across a range of bands.

Apple supplier Wistron suffers loss after India factory violence
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

After property damage and looting, other manufacturers may have second thoughts about moving to India.

The next version of 5G delayed until 2022
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

The 3GPP confirmed concerns that it might delay the release of its next big batch of 5G technologies. Now 'Release 17' won't be finalized until 2022.

Comcast teams with broadcasters for ATSC 3.0 tech test
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Trial in Portland, Oregon will focus on the transmission of ATSC 3.0 signals over the HFC network, starting with 4K and HDR video.

Vodafone UK loses CEO Jeffery to bankrupt Frontier
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

One of the UK telecom sector's most highly respected bosses has been lured to the US.

Taiwan hits 1M 5G subs after five months
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

The small Asian country notches up 1 million 5G subscribers as Chunghwa strikes industry partnerships.

Aryaka launches new VPN for 'hybrid workplace'
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

The managed service integrates with Aryaka's SASE and SD-WAN services, with the goal of providing teleworkers with reliable, high-performance access to their enterprise applications.

Comcast starts rolling HBO Max to X1 and Flex boxes
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

App launch on Comcast X1 and Flex devices comes ahead of the December 25 premiere of Wonder Woman 1984 on WarnerMedia's new supersized SVoD service and in movie theaters.

After Google outage, telcos should think twice about public cloud
Morris Lore | 12/15/2020

Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.

Gee whiz: G.Network raises $1.3B for full fiber rollout in London
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Altnet plans to pass more than 1.4 million premises in the city over the next five years.

Eurobites: BT to lead safe-airspace drones project
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Free says 'oui' to 5G; Ericsson makes UK jobs pledge; Telefonica turns to NEC for its German open RAN pilot.

Cox Communications: A network automation success story
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/15/2020

SPONSORED: Cox has built a team dedicated to driving network automation across the organization and is already seeing early successes.

Proximus dumps Huawei in Luxembourg too
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Luxembourg operator Tango to use Nokia equipment in its 5G network.

Podcast: Orange Business Services gets SASE
LRTV Interviews | 12/14/2020

Rob Mello, head of strategy and transformation in the Americas for Orange Business Services, joins the podcast to discuss the carrier's use of the cloud when deploying security services to enterprise customers.

Frontier lacks 'technological capabilities' for gigabit connections – Senator
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

A Republican Senator from West Virginia is arguing that Frontier won't be able to deliver 1Gbit/s services in her state through the FCC's RDOF auction.

Small cell outlook remains cloudy in US market
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

'We believe a major acceleration in nodes on air is more likely to happen later than 2021 or 2022,' predict the financial analysts at Raymond James.

Free Peacock to limit access to 'The Office'
The Bauminator | 12/14/2020

The free, ad-supported version of Peacock will limit access to seasons 1 and 2 of The Office, while the premium, paid versions of NBCU's new service will supply all nine seasons, plus some exclusive, bonus fare.

Roku, Charter in streaming skirmish
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Roku has blocked access to the cable op's Spectrum TV app after the two sides failed to cut a new deal. They are also arguing at the FCC as Charter tries to end a ban on data caps and paid peering deals.

India approves mega public Wi-Fi initiative
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Plans for a nationwide system of Wi-Fi hotspots come late in the day considering that low-cost 4G services are now widely available.

Russia-linked cyber group hacks US government agencies
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

A Russia-linked hacker group, APT29, has used a vulnerability in frequently used network software to carry out a major hack into US government computers.

The clouds aren't parting just yet for NBN Co
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

The completion of Australia's wholesale broadband network does not banish its financial woes.

Open RAN threatens new clashes over intellectual property
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

The new technology risks infringing patents owned by companies that are not a part of its club.

NEC's open RAN roadshow pitches up in India
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Japanese supplier establishes 'technical verification' open RAN lab in India, seen as 'complementary' to Center of Excellence in the UK.

Plume CEO on deployment milestones, M&A and rising competition
LRTV Interviews | 12/14/2020

Plume CEO Fahri Diner digs into the drivers of the vendor's global deployment totals, and discusses Plume's recent acquisition of Walleye Networks and why scale is critical in this hotly contested market.

Proximus to buy Mobile Vikings for €130M
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Belgian operator expects the deal to acquire the MVNO from DPG Media to complete in 2021.

Eurobites: Sky and Amazon play nice
News Analysis | 12/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Giffgaff goes with AWS; Telefonica teams up for robotic cybersecurity; BT fined for procurement sneakiness.

Standalone security: Strategic attributes and implementation concerns
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/11/2020

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms there is no shortage of 5GC SA-related security concerns to be addressed before commercial launch and that the right mix of security strategy attributes will be vital to minimizing apprehension.

Ciena's opex flex
CxO Spotlight | 12/11/2020

Looking ahead to 2021, Ciena's CEO talks about its 800G systems, network automation and webscale supplier status as the company looks beyond the pandemic.

RDOF auction results already raising questions
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Many of the big winners in the FCC's RDOF program - including LTD Broadband, SpaceX and Starry - are relatively new and untested telecom providers. And that's causing some concerns.

Disney+ on track to have up to 260M subs by 2024
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Premium streaming service has rocketed past 86 million subs in its first year, setting the stage for a lot more content - along with a price increase - in 2021.

Airbnb IPO shows the new economy isn't fueled by 5G
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Just a year after Uber underwhelmed and WeWork fizzled, Airbnb's sky-high IPO caps the busiest year for US public offerings since 1999.

SCTE/ISBE members greenlight CableLabs merger
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Following Thursday's vote by hundreds of SCTE/ISBE members, the cable industry's standards-setting organization is set to become a wholly owned subsidiary of CableLabs on January 1, 2021.

Mobile industry tells celebrities to tweet responsibly this Christmas
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

The likes of David Icke and Amanda Holden are urged not to spread false reports about 5G this yuletide season.

Unigroup $2.5B default another setback to China's chip plans
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

China's chip plans are dealt another blow after one of its chip champions runs into financial problems.

Eurobites: Virgin Media, O2 merger faces in-depth review
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bucharest chosen for new EU cybersecurity center; Slovakia welcomes 5G; mast misery in Southampton.

WiCipedia: Minority numbers in STEM studies still lag
WiCipedia | 12/11/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: STEM college numbers aren't adding up; Tesla's first diversity report; women on the moon; and more.

AT&T opens up about open RAN
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Some of AT&T's top networking executives are touting the benefits of open RAN technology, but caution that commercial deployments aren't imminent.

Ericsson sues Samsung in patent dispute; warns of massive hit to income
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Swedish supplier's share price tumbles on news that possible delayed royalty payments from Samsung, along with potential legal costs, could wipe out nearly $180 million in quarterly operating income.

Ciena lags Q4 estimates as orders slow
News Analysis | 12/11/2020

Management expresses confidence the optical giant can outperform the market and says long-term financial goals remain unchanged.

Disney+, ESPN+ to launch on Comcast's X1 and Flex platforms
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

New agreement with Disney will pave way for integration of two major streaming services on Comcast's pay-TV platform and streaming product for broadband-only customers in Q1 2021.

FCC pays lip service to open RAN in 'rip and replace' program
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

The FCC said its Huawei and ZTE 'rip and replace' program should allow for the use of open RAN equipment. But the agency didn't name any approved open RAN vendors.

Verizon, Altice USA, Cox got the most game among top ISPs – study
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

Meanwhile, Frontier and AT&T lag the field, according to a PCMag study of the best gaming ISPs.

Here's the 5G glossary every American is apparently going to need
DanoVision | 12/10/2020

'5G Ultra Wideband,' 'Extended Range 5G,' '5G+,' '5Ge,' '5GTF,' '5G Nationwide' and plain-old '5G' are just some of the labels Americans will have to navigate. Good luck with that.

BT scales back in Italy
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

UK incumbent agrees preliminary deal with TIM to sell its public administration and SME business units.

Deutsche Telekom becomes Microsoft tenant in bid for IT savings
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

German operator is the latest to move its IT systems into the public cloud, but at what long-term risk?

Why Singapore is going straight to standalone 5G
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

The standalone variant will support innovation and makes sense for technology reasons, says Singapore's regulator.

Bidders line up for AT&T DirecTV satellite division
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

AT&T receives three offers for troubled satellite division DirectTV, as new CEO John Stankey unwinds his predecessor's less successful acquisitions.

Eurobites: Orange unpicks cybersecurity trends
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE fills in Scotland's 4G notspots; Ekinops and LiveAction combine on analytics; Sequans makes LTE-M life easier.

Ericsson lands cloud-native 5G core role at KDDI
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

The Japanese operator has been trialing cloud-native 5G core technology from Ericsson and Nokia.

Vodafone targets ฃ1B UK market for 'military-grade' security
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

UK operator is going after critical national infrastructure providers and other businesses demanding much higher levels of security.

FTC, US states sue to break up Facebook
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

Dual lawsuits seek to unwind Facebook's past acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp over claims the social media giant engaged in crushing anticompetitive behavior.

AT&T falls behind Verizon in mmWave race
DanoVision | 12/9/2020

In 2018, AT&T loudly boasted that it was the first operator in the US to launch mobile 5G in mmWave spectrum. Now, two years later, the operator has little to show for its efforts.

Opportunity knocks for Filtronic in UK telecom shake-up
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

A small UK developer of RF technology is attracting fresh interest as the UK seeks to cultivate local talent while it phases out the Chinese.

Cloud spend to rocket in 2021, says Deloitte
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

In 2021, cloud spending will grow seven times faster than overall IT spending, while 5% of doctor visits worldwide will be virtual, says Deloitte.

NBCU's Peacock pushes past 26M signups
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

The Comcast-owned media giant has not said how many signups are for Peacock's completely free option, but advertising is Peacock's primary revenue stream, according to NBCU CEO Jeff Shell.

Podcast: AT&T VP on security for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 12/9/2020

AT&T VP Rita Marty joins the podcast to discuss how the service provider is addressing 5G security, and what that means for its enterprise customers.

Eurobites: Global services boss joins Nokia exodus
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes zoom! with Zain; Elisa brings its SD-WAN knowhow to paper giant; Benetel unveils open RAN radio unit.

O2 UK flags open RAN tests with Vilicom
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

UK mobile operator pilots network platform that was co-developed with Mavenir.

T-Mobile outlines Sprint network shutdown plans
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

T-Mobile expects to close much of Sprint's network starting in 2022, but steps toward that goal are already underway.

Operators begin singing Kumbaya for open RAN
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Executives from Verizon, Vodafone and other operators are calling for unity in a push to create an open RAN ecosystem. Meantime, survivors of vendor consolidation are catching up.

AWS in-house routing tech could blow a hole in Juniper's sales – analyst
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.

TikTok clocks up another court victory vs Trump
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

TikTok owners ByteDance won a further injunction against a Trump order shutting down its US operations, as it waits out the clock until Biden.

Qualcomm lends a 5G helping hand in Japan, South Korea
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

US supplier involved in 5G sub-6GHz carrier aggregation with NTT Docomo, and 5G mmWave campus deployment with LG U+.

On the eve of launch, Dito battles to renew license
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Dito Telecom, the 40% China Telecom-invested Philippines operator, faces a battle to renew its license, with the Senate skeptical it can meet commitments.

Dish turns to Taiwanese supplier for more 5G radios
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.

C-band auction for 5G spectrum explodes with $1.7B in first-round bids
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

'Who 'wins' the C-band auction will shape the competitive dynamics of 5G for a decade,' wrote the financial analysts at MoffettNathanson. 'Yes, the stakes really are that high.'

AT&T CEO defends contentious box office moves
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

John Stankey says decision to release new movies simultaneously at theaters and on streaming will accelerate the scale and growth of HBO Max, which now grown to about 12.6 million activations.

India's Jio to launch 5G in 2021
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

India's largest service provider, Reliance Jio, will roll out 5G technology in the second half of 2021, says Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Nokia for open RAN
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is likely to help build an 'open RAN town' for the German operator next year, which would bode well for a future relationship.

Google Cloud brings apps to the edge for glorious benefit of 5G
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Google Cloud brings 200 partner applications at the edge as it continues its strategy to, in part, help service providers make money from 5G.

Google Cloud brings partners, applications to the edge
Guest Perspectives | 12/8/2020

Hundreds of partner apps can now run at the edge with Google Cloud and Anthos, writes Google's Amol Phadke.

Charter CEO unconcerned about 'me-too' OTT-TV competition
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

But Tom Rutledge does believe programmers and media companies should consider adopting 'dual content strategy' that can be tailored to the pay-TV distributor and direct-to-consumer streaming markets.

Verana Networks nabs $11M to make 5G basestations
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Verana scored a batch of VC funding that the company said will help it begin selling 5G basestations by 2022.

Nokia trumpets standalone 5G role at SoftBank
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The Japanese telco has already picked rival Ericsson's cloud-native 5G core.

Eurobites: Huawei says it will bend over backwards for Sweden
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Finland approves 'no Huawei' law; Iskratel brews up 10G broadband in Belgium; Ofcom says public service broadcasting needs to adapt to survive.

Minim puts new broadband product plan in motion
CxO Spotlight | 12/8/2020

CEO Gray Chynoweth talks product and service provider strategy after closing the acquisition of Zoom Telephonics and rebranding the company under the Minim moniker.

Indian telcos push for Huawei, ZTE inclusion in 5G trials
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Service providers have written to the Indian government calling for the removal of vendor-based restrictions in 5G trials.

Is Huawei leaving its US customers high and dry?
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Some companies have suggested that Huawei is no longer supporting its existing US customers amid government actions against the Chinese vendor. But others say that's not true.

Charter tops US cable's RDOF take
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Charter was the winning bidder across more than 1 million locations, alongside smaller wins for Cox, Atlantic Broadband, Midco and Altice USA, among others.

Here are all the winners of the FCC's $9.2B RDOF auction
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Here is the full list of RDOF winners organized by the amount of money each bidding entity won. For the top 10, Light Reading also listed the identity of the winner and the technology it will use.

Juniper takeover makes Apstra look as agnostic as the Pope
Morris Lore | 12/7/2020

On an acquisition spree in recent months, the maker of routers and switches has just bagged a company whose big selling point was vendor neutrality. Er...

Podcast: What's the story with open RAN's progress?
LRTV Interviews | 12/7/2020

Iain Morris joins the show to give an update on open RAN's progress and hurdles, and what's in store for the technology next year.

Comcast adds CBS All Access to X1
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Integration of the premium streaming service comes ahead of the early 2021 debut of Paramount+, the successor to CBS All Access.

South Korea puts others in 5G shade – report
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Even the most advanced 5G cities elsewhere struggle to compete with availability and performance found in South Korea.

Singtel gets a crack at the banking business
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

The Singaporean operator's bank license underlines the telco opportunity in the finance sector.

Orange CTO: Don't expect 'densification' with 5G
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Michael Trabbia says 5G efficiencies will allow his company to provide a nationwide service without the need for additional sites.

Eurobites: Finland prepares to make life easier for Nokia
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OMG it's an FWA record; where we are with open RAN; Ethiopia's telecom privatization going ahead.

Nokia to head up European 6G project
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Vendor takes on 6G role, just as Finland looks set to pass a new 5G security law that could lock out certain vendors.

COVID-19, network reuse contribute to strong PON market
Column | 12/7/2020

Omdia's Julie Kunstler outlines why the broadband equipment market uptick will keep on going in 2021.

Mavenir begins dabbling in open RAN hardware
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Mavenir is pinning its hopes on an open RAN trend separating hardware from software. At the same time, the company is working to tightly integrate its own hardware and software.

What to expect from the C-band auction for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Who's bidding? When will the auction end? And what will the winners get? Some expect the C-band auction to be America's biggest-ever spectrum sale.

WarnerMedia's bold movie move will help HBO Max… at a price
The Bauminator | 12/4/2020

Decision to distribute Warner Bros movies simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max is risky even if it accelerates growth for WarnerMedia's new premium SVoD service, analyst says.

North Dakota telco lights up 5-Gig residential broadband service
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Delivered on XGS-PON gear from Calix, MLGC's speedy new offering sells for $199 per month.

Facebook tests tech to provide data to rural world
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Facebook releases first results for its prototype SuperCell, a tech to provide mobile network coverage from existing towers to rural communities.

Comcast inches toward HBO Max integration
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

A tile for HBO Max and other HBO Max branding have surfaced on X1. However, when the tile is launched, it directs viewers to the regular HBO network page rather than the fuller, OTT-delivered HBO Max app.

Open RAN will be a $3.2B market in 2024, says Omdia
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Forecast is raised as service providers commit to both greenfield and brownfield deployments worldwide.

FTTH/B in Europe? Massive growth surge on its way – report
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

IDATE forecasts a near tripling of FTTH/B subscribers in EU member states (plus UK) between 2020 and 2026. UK and Germany no longer full-fiber laggards.

Eurobites: Tele2 sells small German unit
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more on Vodafone's edge deal with AWS; better times lie ahead, says Analysys Mason; blockchain gets a telecom workout.

China's 5G newcomer pins its hopes on untried mobile broadcast
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

CBN has a mountain to climb as it tries to establish broadcast technology as a 5G challenger.

Ofcom plans no fiber pricing controls for 11 years
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Move by regulator signals support for BT's FTTP rollout, but TalkTalk challenges 'multibillion-pound giveaway' to the former incumbent.

WiCipedia: Is there an alternative to imposter syndrome?
WiCipedia | 12/4/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: How to avoid imposter syndrome; fundraising for good; what it takes to build a diverse team; and more.

Ciena, Cisco could acquire NeoPhotonics – analysts
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

'We see a very high likelihood of NeoPhotonics being acquired by a larger optical component supplier or even by Ciena or Cisco,' wrote the financial analysts at MKM Partners.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon
DanoVision | 12/3/2020

Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.

EXFO checks OTT's heartbeat
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

New video monitoring tool is designed to help service providers auto-detect and diagnose the root cause of video streaming issues and impairments.

Discovery+ could add 15M subs in 2021 – analyst
The Bauminator | 12/3/2020

But industry watchers expect the new, premium streaming service to face challenges as it will likely face a harder sell in the US compared to Europe and other international markets.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile are neck and neck in 5G speeds – report
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

New findings from OpenSignal show a surprising parity in 5G download speeds among AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era
Morris Lore | 12/3/2020

As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.

Huawei, ZTE cushioned by China
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Dell'Oro Group finds the two Chinese suppliers making revenue-share inroads in the worldwide telecoms equipment market, thanks to heavy domestic spending.

AT&T nears deal for You.i TV
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Acquisition of Canada-based You.i TV will bring key technologies in-house that enable AT&T and its WarnerMedia unit to build apps for an array of mobile and TV-based streaming devices from a single codebase.

Arm: Regulators to take 'good look' at Nvidia sale
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of UK chipmaker Arm may not be a done deal, with Arm's CEO saying he expects regulators 'to take a good look.'

US cable network peak usage is surging again
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Following a summer of stability, upstream and downstream traffic has been rising steadily in recent weeks. Cable operator network spending in Q3 indicates that MSOs were preparing for this latest surge.

Fixed wireless access is 5G's first killer app
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

5G has found a hit with fixed wireless access, which is taking off in some regions.

Eurobites: Eutelsat beams Konnect broadband to Brits
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone hopes for AR specs appeal; Nokia knocks up more private networks; Slovenian winemaker toasts 10G XGS-PON.

Standalone security: The impact of slicing and total cost of ownership
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/3/2020

SPONSORED: Many enterprise customers expect that 5G security slices will be fully hardened and automated as 5G cores (5GC) are commercialized.

Orange plans spending splurge after tax bonanza
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

France-based operator considers buying out majority shareholders in Orange Belgium.

Discovery+ preps for January 4 US debut, starting at $4.99
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Programmer's new premium streaming service will try to accelerate subscriber growth through a partnership with Verizon focused on the carrier's mobile, 5G Home and Fios customer base.

Sharing is hard: Debate builds over ESC in 3.5GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) networks are a cornerstone of spectrum sharing in the 3.5GHz band. But there's a growing debate about whether they are effective.

Viaero, Airspan hint at fixed wireless C-band ambitions
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

A testing request from wireless network operator Viaero hints at fixed wireless services in the C-band using equipment from Airspan and BEC Technologies.

Cable drove 33% of US mobile subscriber growth in Q3 – analyst
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

US cable operators ended the period with 4.8 million mobile lines and remain a significant source of share growth even as all industry players continue to chase after T-Mobile.

SoftBank's $690M Sinch stake a customer service bet
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Japan's SoftBank Group grabs a tenth of Sinch, as Facebook and Salesforce also make acquisitions in the booming customer engagement industry.

Vietnam says good morning to 5G
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Viettel launches country's first commercial 5G trial using a mixture of imported and homegrown kit.

Will Alkira's CBaaS shine in a sea of SASE suppliers?
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Alkira's goal is that CBaaS will assist enterprises in connecting their business applications wherever they're housed - connecting sites together such as data centers or branches on a global scale.

India's Vodafone Idea goes for a tariff hike
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

The decision looks risky in a market where market leader Reliance Jio still offers rock-bottom rates.

Eurobites: Openreach goes after TalkTalk for missing millions
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: no more copper in Salisbury; Orange builds new cable repair ship; Enea gets it on with Matrixx.

Nokia hails 'native' green credentials of 5G networks
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

5G may be more energy efficient in terms of watts per bit, but rising data traffic and hardware power consumption remain a challenge.

Vodafone touts UK's first 5G 'edge' service with AWS
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Forthcoming soft launch will deliver sub-10-millisecond connections from a center in London, say the companies.

Why 2021 should be the year uCPE (finally) makes its mark
Column | 12/2/2020

Omdia expects uCPE revenues to more than triple to reach $93.5 million in 2021 and then $1.78 billion by 2024. Enterprise SD-WAN is a key driver of all that growth.

Verizon's DSS comes up short in new 5G tests
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Signals Research Group used high-end testing equipment to check out Verizon's new Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology. 'We can't help but be disappointed,' the firm concluded.

FuboTV buys Balto Sports for move into online sports wagering
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Timing of launch hasn't been announced, but FuboTV said last month that new sports wagering service would complement its 'sports-first' focus by driving higher subscriber engagement and improving churn.

Open RAN might not save you much after all
Morris Lore | 12/1/2020

The hyped technology is unlikely to make a huge difference in what telcos invest and even threatens to run up a bigger opex bill.

Pluto TV tunes in free Showtime channel
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The free, ad-based streaming service debuts Showtime Selects, a digital channel featuring Showtime originals. ViacomCBS's move expands Pluto TV's lineup and provides upgrade opportunities for Showtime.

Qualcomm hopes Snapdragon 888 will widen its 5G lead
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Qualcomm released a new top-tier Snapdragon applications processor for smartphones, a move that could help the company solidify its leading position in 5G silicon.

Ting Internet's top priority: Boost 'build velocity'
CxO Spotlight | 12/1/2020

Jill Szuchmacher, an exec late of Google Fiber, is Ting Internet's new chief strategy officer. One of her key aims is to accelerate the company's ability to deploy FTTP networks.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi on the 2021 outlook for private networks
LRTV Interviews | 12/1/2020

Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Omdia's Pablo Tomasi recap the latest Informa Tech event, Private Networks in a 5G World.

Zoom booms, but share price gloom looms
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Zoom sees 367% year-on-year revenue growth in the third quarter, but a jump in free user numbers causes profit margins to dip 14.7%.

Bouygues Telecom gets the 5G ball rolling
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Nationwide coverage targeted for the end of next year, but Huawei replacement strategy still unclear.

The vendor business suddenly looks very different
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Geopolitics is having a major impact on the vendor landscape in telecom.

Podcast: SASE glues together security and networking
LRTV Interviews | 12/1/2020

Dell'Oro's Mauricio Sanchez joins the podcast to explain how SASE brings together networking and security technologies, and what this new trend means for service providers and enterprises.

Eurobites: Ericsson's 5G blows into Greece with WIND Hellas
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ziggo adds probes to boost network performance; Colt upgrades its SD-WAN offering; Iskratel touts new OLT for easier virtualization.

Telia Lithuania adds to Huawei's European pain
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Mobile operator has already signed up Ericsson as its network partner for 5G.

Telcos, vendors back new TMF test platform for interoperable IT
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.

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