In this overview of what's happening in the 5G market, Omdia Principal Analyst & Practice Leader Dario Talmesio discusses the 5G deployments to date, the biggest enterprise vertical opportunities and how Apple's products will kickstart 5G consumer acceptance.
After the sale of Brightstar, announced today, the Japanese firm has control of no telecom assets.
Overwhelming majority of shareholders in Spain's fourth-largest network operator gives thumbs-up to private equity takeover bid.
Michael Dell is one of the richest people in the world, and is firmly in the open RAN camp: 'These new technologies like open RAN are going to allow for faster deployment,' he says.
Ahead of France's September 29 5G spectrum auction, Orange SA faces internal staff dissent about 5G's profitability and environmental impact.
Deadline looms large for TikTok and social messaging platform WeChat as White House says app store ban will take effect on Sunday.
Three key questions about US sanctions and their impact on Huawei and the global market at large.
Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.
For the last few years, the Swedish equipment vendor says it has refused to serve enterprise customers directly. That now looks set to change.
Max Silber, vice president of mobility and IoT for MetTel, discusses the service provider's IoT strategy for assisting the City of Phoenix in meeting its goal of becoming a zero-waste city by 2050.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: remote-controlled tractors; Microsoft creates jobs in Tampere; 5G-powered studio lighting.
Dish is looking for cloud providers to host its network functions, and expects to begin receiving custom radios from Fujitsu in the second quarter of 2021.
T-Mobile has more than double the low- and midband 5G spectrum of Verizon. But what will CEO Mike Sievert do when Apple launches the 5G iPhone?
The demo in Ames, Iowa, features an enhanced DOCSIS 3.1 network feeding 8K video and more than 70 connected devices, along with an eye-popping show of emerging bandwidth-eating light field display technology.
Report by Synergy finds easier pickings for US players elsewhere in the APAC region, as Alibaba leads the pack of homegrown cloud services providers.
Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry has delayed its market expansion plans, but it's now targeting a new class of customers: single-family homes.
US sanctions on Huawei's chip providers have caused its smartphone prices to skyrocket in China, while chipmakers like Qualcomm and TSMC closely watch November's election.
Big operators investing in open RAN may be wary of buying products from another telco.
EU competition officials are said to be questioning the plan for Telecom Italia to keep control of a single fiber network company.
IDC researcher says telcos need to rethink business models and architectures to prepare for the enterprise rush to the network edge.
A war of words is emerging as Altice USA and Rogers continue to pursue a hostile bid to divvy up the US and Canadian assets of Cogeco, which has dismissed the offer as a 'futile exercise.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia touts diversity credentials; IoT developments; remote working is working, says TalkTalk study.
Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.
According to the Rural Wireless Association, an unnamed service provider is no longer able to offer 911 services due to the FCC's actions against Huawei and ZTE.
Comments from Charter CEO Tom Rutledge indicate that the cable operator will pursue streaming opportunities on its own set-tops and via other third-party platforms.
The Finnish equipment vendor is adding new features to one of its most important enterprise services.
This week: James Crawshaw, Omdia principal analyst, on what's going on with OSS and growth projections for 2021.
Edge computing has still to make an impact on the traditional colocation market.
E-commerce giant and telco consider 3 billion yuan investment in Dahua, a blacklisted surveillance company whose tech monitors Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.
Taking Cogeco 'out of the equation' for mobile is probably a driver for a hostile bid that involves Rogers, a fellow Canadian service provider and stakeholder, says Cogeco CFO Patrice Ouimet.
AT&T CEO John Stankey suggests the subsidized cell phone plans could be introduced in 2021.
Philippines operators and officials speed up cellsite moves in the wake of the president's ultimatum.
The two operators announce a wide-ranging partnership to lower equipment costs, but does it threaten standards?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU court backs net neutrality, zaps zero-rating; Virgin Media offers 4G backup for fixed-line failure; let's get digital, says Nokia.
Altán Redes is building a wholesale wireless network for the Mexican government. But its operations have forced T-Mobile to shut or power down hundreds of sites.
ViacomCBS reasons that the Paramount brand has higher recognition worldwide amid plans to take the OTT service international, but the Twitterverse still had fun mocking the decision.
Verizon's CEO said negotiations for TracFone began last year, and some financial analysts argued that America Movil has long wanted to exit the US wireless industry.
T-Mobile's new cell tower rental agreement with American Tower paves the way for the operator to strike similar agreements with the likes of Crown Castle and SBA Communications.
Self-installation model, video service bundle options and broadband service mobility will open up opportunities with residential and business customers, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg says.
Bringing company's tech stack to smart TVs fits into a broader plan to build a global IP video platform that relies on a common tech stack and standardized hardware, Brian Roberts says.
The political hijacking of open RAN looks partly to blame for some of the misconceptions about the immature technology.
US risk advisor CISA has accused hacking groups linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security of targeting US government agencies and private sector companies.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finds no need to regulate OTT platforms for now but suggests that could change in the future.
New report expects Dutch mobile revenue to fall 4.3% in 2020, but the three operators show a slightly mixed picture in Q2.
Platforms like Facebook aren't using technology they possess to stop bots committing advertising fraud, costing tens of billions of dollars a year.
Xilinx's new 'T1 Telco Accelerator card' is designed for wireless network operators, which are not the network equipment vendors the company traditionally works with.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach rolls out more fiber; here comes the Nokia SON; Facebook given some breathing space in data-transfer rumpus.
In a move that could accelerate cable upstream upgrades and DOCSIS 4.0 development, Google Fiber will soon launch 2-Gig service in Nashville and Huntsville for $100 per month, and expand it to most markets by early 2021.
The event attracted speakers ranging from Rakuten's Tareq Amin to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That's because open RAN today is everything to everyone.
Beer costs the same in the Netherlands as it does in Austria. So why is Dutch spectrum about four times as expensive?
Building on its original unlimited data plan, Altice USA's mobile service has added 1GB and 3GB plans paired with reduced rates for its own Optimum and Suddenlink broadband and video customers.
Consolidation in Sweden's broadband market in the offing as A3 committee recommends takeover bid by smaller rival.
Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares an update on his research of network usage and performance during the pandemic.
Verizon stands to gain around 21 million prepaid customers across brands including Straight Talk and Simple Mobile. The move comes amid a recession in the US.
US software giant Oracle has won the bidding war to buy TikTok's US operations from ByteDance, but the deal will face grueling political hurdles.
The alliance is the first 5G spectrum sharing deal since the NCC announced it would allow sharing in the 3.5GHz band.
New report shows that 'ardent gamers' would be willing to pay a lot more for a high-quality cloud gaming service on low-latency 5G networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE ditches Dixons Carphone; former BT bigwig heads up UK's post-Huawei task force; Telecom Italia grows connectivity for agribusinesses.
Finnish equipment vendor wins important strategic deal with one of the planet's most exciting greenfield players.
The takeover of the UK-based technology champion by the US chipmaker would be a disaster for Arm's ecosystem, warn industry observers.
Bharti Airtel is in talks with domestic smartphone vendors including Karbonn, Lava and Micromax to develop an affordable 4G device aimed at 2G subscribers.
Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton argues that 5G is not the competitive threat to cable that many once thought it would be.
Network operators are seeking a wider ecosystem of vendors to increase choice and acceleration innovation.
Analysts have derided early FWA services in 5G as relatively small-scale operations. But new products, technologies and spectrum resources could change the calculation.
As other countries look to national technology providers, the UK's lack of homegrown alternatives to Huawei is a concern.
Telcos report much less roaming for summer 2020, as consultation closes on renewing EU roaming regulations after 2022.
China has a long way to go in providing a fair and equitable domestic cybersecurity environment.
Set-top juggernaut Skyworth and chipmaker Amlogic combine on IP-powered 'accelerator' box underpinned by Reference Design Kit software.
Patrick Drahi makes €2.5B ($3B) offer to buy out smaller shareholders in the telecoms company.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Czech operators unhappy at 5G auction conditions; Vodafone's spare processing power helps in coronavirus fight; Google adds a Finnish data center.
Radio hardware is an expensive and difficult proposition, but one way to address this barrier to market competition and bring the benefits of scale to more vendors is through open RU reference designs.
PacketFabric's Anna Claiborne explains the formula for successfully leading a diverse team, the top cybersecurity concerns facing the telecom industry, and her professional advice for other women in comms.
Stephen Wilkus of Spectrum Financial Partners, Moise Advisory and JMA Wireless provide detailed Auction 105 results in terms of spectrum and location.
EarthLink, which has tried to renew an expiring wholesale deal with Charter, alleges that the cable operator is duping subs into switching providers and tarnishing the EarthLink brand.
Collaboration aimed at easing pain of multi-vendor NFV integration and to speed up time to market for 5G-based services.
Ericsson said that 'with any nascent technology, including O-RAN, security cannot be an afterthought.' The move comes amid a rise in open RAN interest.
Cable operators have raked in broadband subs during the pandemic, but the reasons behind the surge run far and deep, according to a top industry analyst.
The Chinese equipment giant is facing eviction from networks in some of Europe's biggest markets.
Ireland's data regulator says Facebook has to stop transferring data to the US about EU users, after the EU's top court struck down Privacy Shield.
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses how O-RAN is gathering momentum in 5G networks and why that matters. He also weighs in on operator moves to embrace standalone 5G, and what's holding some of them back.
Huawei says the updated OS can currently support IoT devices with RAM of up to 128MB, such as smart TVs, wearables and cars.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Ericsson fire Telefónica's 5G in Spain; Telia's backseat driver; mobile habits in lockdown and beyond.
Nick Read warns against a move towards 'effective renationalization' of Italy's telecoms market.
NAB's revised plan to hold its 2021 confab next October overlaps with dates set for next year's SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.
Altice USA is committed to working toward an 'end game' to acquire Cogeco's US assets. 'This is a marathon, not a sprint,' Dexter Goei says.
T-Mobile's John Saw is in charge of a 5G developer-outreach effort at the carrier that will include the construction of more development centers around the country.
A team of broadcasters will demo a series of 5G technologies live at the IBC virtual showcase event, as the industry looks to capitalize on stable data transfer.
Here's what Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, Rick Moranis (from the 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' movies) and a T-Mobile MVNO have to do with 5G.
There's still plenty of speed and capacity to mine out of DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.
CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Macquarie Group, 3i Group and AustralianSuper are reportedly in the frame for GTT's European fiber assets.
SoftBank Group, after its market capitalization fell $13 billion between Monday and Wednesday, is cutting its stake in telco SoftBank Corp for cash.
Chinese operators have deployed nearly 500,000 5G basestations, but MIIT figures show they serve a tiny proportion of potential users.
América Móvil, Telefónica and TIM gain stalking horse status for the 'mobile assets UPI' of the Brazilian operator.
The deal is significant because it is a rare instance of a private telco working with a domestic state-owned vendor.
The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency said it's going to 'analyze components from 5G vendors,' but the details of the program are unclear at best.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Leroy pops up at Deutsche Telekom; UK launches National Data Strategy; Sky plays ROXi music.
The latest 5G offering from the UK operator is a connected grand piano played by someone normally seen behind the wheel of a car.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce boasts of record data traffic volumes over the European Aviation Network, a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom.
5G and edge computing are expected to meet on the factory floor, and IBM will be there waiting.
Poised to apply pressure on CommScope and Technicolor, a cadre of original device manufacturers have been pushing new DOCSIS 3.1 devices through CableLabs at an increasing rate.
China, Finland, Japan and India are all making moves to shore up their 5G positions. Meanwhile, US operators aren't impressing 5G network testing engineers.
Wi-Fi roaming has been a topic of discussion for almost two decades. Now, Google is hoping to move the space forward with its new Orion Wifi platform.
The China-US tech war continues apace, with China proposing global rules of 'data sovereignty' countering the US's 'Clean Network' program.
Saudi Telecom Company said to be in discussions to reduce its $2.39 billion offer for Vodafone Group's 55% stake, potentially scuppering eight months of talks.
South Korea's LG Electronics places bets on rotating, dual-screen 5G smartphone.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NetIX adds exchanges; Pluto TV arrives on European browsers; KPN issues €600 million Eurobond.
Sanctions could be devastating to the Chinese fab and Huawei, but they could also sharpen China's focus on becoming self-reliant.
5G was supposed to bring a paradigm shift, but it has made telecom operators even more fixated on the usual metrics.
As US trade sanctions bite, Huawei has decided to raise money by selling shares to employees.
Midband spectrum licenses in the middle of nowhere, Texas, sold for an astounding $141 per MHz/POP. And that has significant implications for private networks, IoT and 5G.
Italian operator showcases its highest speed to date in collaboration with its vendor partners, and claims a European record.
Telefónica makes a second cybersecurity acquisition, eyeing the 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity expert vacancies in the EU by 2022.
Dr. Peng sells wholly owned Great Wall Broadband and other assets to new state-backed technology firm Zhongan Industrial Investment.
Three years after the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, Vodafone Idea has rebranded itself as 'Vi.'
The South Korean vendor has landed one of the biggest 5G deals outside China so far, and it may have come at the expense of the Finns.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson gets TDC 5G-ready; MTN Ghana fights market dominance ruling; A1 Austria in wholesale TV deal.
PacketFabric's Anna Claiborne explains how the company got its start, why network automation is a necessity, how to take calculated career risks and shares her advice for other women in comms in leadership positions.
The European Court of Justice has ruled Telefónica Germany broke EU law requiring operators to automatically switch customers to regulated roaming tariffs.
Three of the nation's five biggest wireline phone providers (Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream) said they still have equipment or services from Huawei or ZTE.
The pandemic has forced businesses to change. For telcos, some of those changes will leave them better able to handle the disruption brought on by the fourth industrial revolution, according to industry veterans Javier Ger and Claudio Saes.
French government allocates part of €100B ($118B) post-COVID-19 stimulus package to fiber network buildout.
Ciena, which counts AT&T and Verizon as top customers, warned of a pandemic-released slowdown in service provider spending. But some analysts aren't worried.
Apple delays implementing a new iOS privacy rule but says it will build two of the world's largest onshore wind turbines for its European data center.
Ericsson and Qualcomm might reopen offices at the end of 2020. AT&T won't do so until the middle of 2021. And those offices are going to look different when they do open.
Cable operators prioritized near-term capacity upgrades and enhancements to legacy centralized infrastructure in 2020, slowing the drive toward a future that will feature distributed access networks.
The Jendela plan, unveiled by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, prioritizes upgrading broadband and 4G and shutting 3G by end of 2021.
Jack Perry bills VUit, a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring more than 200 local channels and a mix of VoD fare, as 'The Netflix of Live, Local and Free.'
This week in our WiC roundup: The new and improved Grace Hopper Celebration goes online; cultural change is needed for gender equality; Black women in tech face challenge after challenge; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France's Free not free to use Huawei; TIM does smart-speaker voice calling; Google responds at length to EU on Digital Services Act.
Verizon bought CBRS spectrum licenses covering just half of the US, while Dish went nationwide. The results highlight their very different 5G goals.
Comcast, Charter and Cox collectively spent more than $1 billion on wireless spectrum. Will they choose the safe buildout path, or will they risk an open RAN strategy?
Amit Jain and Vedat Eyuboglu hail from small cell startup Airvana, which was acquired by CommScope in 2015. Now they're fronting a new company focused on mmWave 5G.
Altice USA wants to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband operations and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers.
New study by Polaris Market Research predicts that the market will grow by a CAGR of 57.2%.
France's Arianespace delivered 53 small satellites into orbit, including an experimental broadband platform for Facebook.
AvidThink and Amdocs explore the importance of dynamic network functions (NF) placement in the 5G era of differentiated, slice-based services, and propose a pragmatic three-phase approach for the service provider's journey to autonomous NF placement.
Sales talks resume after being put on hold because of uncertainty surrounding the Supreme Court's AGR judgment, which was delivered this week.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM updates on fiber rollout; Proximus brings Leuven into the fiber fold; funding secured for 5G innovation hub in UK.
Responding to unresolved issues around abuse of market power, authorities are creating new rules to control Facebook, Google and other tech behemoths.
Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.
Executives from Swisscom, Vodafone and other telecom companies are looking to match their 5G offerings with customer demands.
Panel discussion at 5G World sees manufacturing, healthcare and education as key verticals, seeks greater ecosystem activity among operators.
Verizon, Dish, Comcast, Charter and Cox are among more than 200 bidding entities that won spectrum during the FCC's recently concluded 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction.
Microsoft's Video Authenticator flags fake news clips and lets news outlets and political campaigns watermark content to prove authenticity ahead of US elections.
In a complex $7.8 billion deal, Altice USA intends to own Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband division and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Rogers Communications.
The carrier loses its appeal against a previous decision by the National Advertising Division.
Private networks involve many moving parts, so operators are looking for teammates as they tackle the market.
Google and other tech firms will pass on European countries' new digital taxes to advertisers and developers, as telcos worry about double-taxation
Hong Kong telco SmarTone has announced a fixed wireless service that will effectively target incumbent HKT.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE goes large on Apple goodies; Netflix sets up Russian partnership; Ericsson updates on coronavirus impact.
Interest in selling the ad-tech specialist could be another clear signal that AT&T is also exploring a plan to sell off its struggling DirecTV satellite TV unit.
It's showtime for 5G as next-generation networks start to enable more immersive media experiences. Network and media executives alike are hoping consumers will flock to the new services.
T-Mobile wants to test 5G in the C-band in Houston, Phoenix and elsewhere. But some analysts have lowered their expectations for T-Mobile's spectrum spending.
Standards for Generic Access Platform nodes are inching toward finalization, setting up 2021 as a time for vendors to ramp up development of the physical hardware and software.
Dozens of companies and other bidding entities have registered their interest in participating in the FCC's $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).
John Stratton, a former Verizon executive, will work with Frontier CEO Bernard Han to lead the telco out of bankruptcy, in part by challenging cable operators.
Private equity firm is reportedly exploring a sale of its 'Astound' conglomerate of service providers for more than $8 billion.
Videoconferencing platform Zoom announces runaway second-quarter earnings, with revenue up 355%, though tech's biggest firms aim to chase its success.
This week: Phil Harvey, Light Reading's editor-in-chief, on what's going on with TikTok and why it matters for telcos.
India's supreme court rules that telcos have ten years to pay their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, a move that comes as a blow to Vodafone Idea in particular.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica turns on 5G; Swisscom can't resist Azure's allure; Orange's IoT keeps De Beers' marine operation ship-shape; A1 Telekom Austria fires up the smart boiler.
India's Jio Platforms seeks to acquire or partner with domestic firms to develop competencies in building and manufacturing 5G products.
Former Italian incumbent's board approves sale of 37.5% stake in new FiberCop entity to KKR, while merger deal with Open Fiber is finally given the green light.