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Altice Mobile flexes its data options
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

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.

Sweden's Bredband2 makes $71M swoop on A3
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Consolidation in Sweden's broadband market in the offing as A3 committee recommends takeover bid by smaller rival.

Podcast: COVID-19 challenges online learning, network performance
LRTV Interviews | 9/14/2020

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 to buy TracFone from America Movil for almost $7B
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

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.

Oracle is the unlikely winner of the TikTok wars
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

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.

Taiwan 5G shake-out starts as FarEasTone, APT forge alliance
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

The alliance is the first 5G spectrum sharing deal since the NCC announced it would allow sharing in the 3.5GHz band.

5G cloud gaming offers annual $150bn revenue gain – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

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.

Eurobites: BT blasted for cost of rural hook-ups
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

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.

Nokia lands 5G core contract with Dish Network
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Finnish equipment vendor wins important strategic deal with one of the planet's most exciting greenfield players.

Nvidia's $40B Arm takeover is the stuff of nightmares
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

The takeover of the UK-based technology champion by the US chipmaker would be a disaster for Arm's ecosystem, warn industry observers.

India's Airtel looks to beat Jio with cheap, homegrown 4G phones
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Bharti Airtel is in talks with domestic smartphone vendors including Karbonn, Lava and Micromax to develop an affordable 4G device aimed at 2G subscribers.

5G vs. cable: Hitting the millimeter-wave wall
Column | 9/14/2020

Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton argues that 5G is not the competitive threat to cable that many once thought it would be.

Verizon, Vodafone talk open networks and innovation
News Analysis | 9/12/2020

Network operators are seeking a wider ecosystem of vendors to increase choice and acceleration innovation.

Is 5G fixed wireless getting ready for its comeback?
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Analysts have derided early FWA services in 5G as relatively small-scale operations. But new products, technologies and spectrum resources could change the calculation.

The case of the missing British open RAN plan
Morris Lore | 9/11/2020

As other countries look to national technology providers, the UK's lack of homegrown alternatives to Huawei is a concern.

Coronavirus cuts summer mobile roaming
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Telcos report much less roaming for summer 2020, as consultation closes on renewing EU roaming regulations after 2022.

China can't manage domestic cybersecurity, let alone the world's
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

China has a long way to go in providing a fair and equitable domestic cybersecurity environment.

RDK widens supplier ecosystem as battle with Android TV rages
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Set-top juggernaut Skyworth and chipmaker Amlogic combine on IP-powered 'accelerator' box underpinned by Reference Design Kit software.

Founder Drahi plans to take Altice Europe private
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Patrick Drahi makes €2.5B ($3B) offer to buy out smaller shareholders in the telecoms company.

Eurobites: Proximus sizes up Be-Mobile for the slab
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

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.

Accelerating open radio for 5G pico cells
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/11/2020

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 co-founder: Diverse leaders are cornerstones of inclusive teams
Kelsey's Grammar | 9/10/2020

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.

CBRS spectrum auction maps: Who won what, and where
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Stephen Wilkus of Spectrum Financial Partners, Moise Advisory and JMA Wireless provide detailed Auction 105 results in terms of spectrum and location.

EarthLink throws book at Charter
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

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.

SKT joins forces with Samsung, HPE, Intel on 5G NFV
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Collaboration aimed at easing pain of multi-vendor NFV integration and to speed up time to market for 5G-based services.

Ericsson issues warning on open RAN security
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

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.

Footprint expansions boost cable's broadband growth
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

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.

Europe is showing Huawei the exit
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

The Chinese equipment giant is facing eviction from networks in some of Europe's biggest markets.

Is Facebook facing the end of EU-US data transfers?
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

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 on O-RAN's progress and the challenges of SA 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/10/2020

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 HarmonyOS 2.0 ready for smartphones in 2021
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Huawei says the updated OS can currently support IoT devices with RAM of up to 128MB, such as smart TVs, wearables and cars.

Eurobites: Telenor brings 5G to central Stockholm
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

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.

Vodafone CEO slams Italy's single fiber network plans
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Nick Read warns against a move towards 'effective renationalization' of Italy's telecoms market.

SCTE, NAB shows will clash in 2021
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

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 undaunted after Cogeco spurns offer
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

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 to start seeding 5G market
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

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.

Broadcasters tee up 5G demo for virtual IBC
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

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.

Ryan Reynolds, Rick Moranis hype Mint Mobile but not 5G
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

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.

Charter in 'no rush' to roll out DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

There's still plenty of speed and capacity to mine out of DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Podcast: Closing the digital divide during COVID-19
LRTV Interviews | 9/9/2020

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.

Suitors finally emerge for GTT's infrastructure division
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Macquarie Group, 3i Group and AustralianSuper are reportedly in the frame for GTT's European fiber assets.

Troubled SoftBank Group slices telco stake in SoftBank Corp
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

SoftBank Group, after its market capitalization fell $13 billion between Monday and Wednesday, is cutting its stake in telco SoftBank Corp for cash.

China's fast 5G rollout is widening its digital divide
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Chinese operators have deployed nearly 500,000 5G basestations, but MIIT figures show they serve a tiny proportion of potential users.

Oi accepts $3.1B offer for mobile biz from three rivals
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

América Móvil, Telefónica and TIM gain stalking horse status for the 'mobile assets UPI' of the Brazilian operator.

India's Airtel awards FTTH deal to ITI
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

The deal is significant because it is a rare instance of a private telco working with a domestic state-owned vendor.

5G security suffering from too many cooks in the kitchen
DanoVision | 9/9/2020

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.

Eurobites: Nokia lands transport deal with Italy's Open Fiber
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Leroy pops up at Deutsche Telekom; UK launches National Data Strategy; Sky plays ROXi music.

Vodafone hits bum note with 5G piano demo
Morris Lore | 9/9/2020

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 sees in-flight broadband take off
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce boasts of record data traffic volumes over the European Aviation Network, a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom.

Approaching the edge: IBM is ready for the 5G factory
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

5G and edge computing are expected to meet on the factory floor, and IBM will be there waiting.

The DOCSIS CPE landscape is about to change
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

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.

US earns participation medal in the race to 5G
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

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.

Google to give Wi-Fi roaming another try
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

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.

China draws up its own rules on cyber sovereignty
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

The China-US tech war continues apace, with China proposing global rules of 'data sovereignty' countering the US's 'Clean Network' program.

STC set to revise Vodafone Egypt offer – reports
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

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.

LG on a Wing and a prayer
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

South Korea's LG Electronics places bets on rotating, dual-screen 5G smartphone.

Eurobites: Google gets cold feet on new Dublin office
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NetIX adds exchanges; Pluto TV arrives on European browsers; KPN issues €600 million Eurobond.

China's SMIC in US firing line
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Sanctions could be devastating to the Chinese fab and Huawei, but they could also sharpen China's focus on becoming self-reliant.

Telco obsession with speed is growing in 5G era
Morris Lore | 9/8/2020

5G was supposed to bring a paradigm shift, but it has made telecom operators even more fixated on the usual metrics.

Facing US sanctions, Huawei sells more stock to employees
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

As US trade sanctions bite, Huawei has decided to raise money by selling shares to employees.

What Loving, Texas, tells us about the future of 5G
DanoVision | 9/7/2020

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.

Telecom Italia flags 4Gbit/s 5G with Ericsson, Qualcomm
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Italian operator showcases its highest speed to date in collaboration with its vendor partners, and claims a European record.

Telefónica continues cyber shopping spree with iHackLabs
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Telefónica makes a second cybersecurity acquisition, eyeing the 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity expert vacancies in the EU by 2022.

China's biggest private broadband player heads for the exit
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Dr. Peng sells wholly owned Great Wall Broadband and other assets to new state-backed technology firm Zhongan Industrial Investment.

India's Vodafone Idea rebrands as 'Vi' for a fresh start
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Three years after the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, Vodafone Idea has rebranded itself as 'Vi.'

Samsung's $6.6B 5G deal with Verizon bodes ill for Nokia
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

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.

Eurobites: Telia, Telenor ready to roll on Danish 5G
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

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 co-founder: We can build a better telecom
Kelsey's Grammar | 9/4/2020

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.

ECJ 1, Telefónica Germany 0 over automatic tariff switch
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

The European Court of Justice has ruled Telefónica Germany broke EU law requiring operators to automatically switch customers to regulated roaming tariffs.

Verizon, CenturyLink, Windstream still using Huawei, ZTE equipment
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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.

Is the COVID-19 pandemic a catalyst for the fourth industrial revolution?
Guest Perspectives | 9/4/2020

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.

France stokes fiber's embers with extra €240M
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

French government allocates part of €100B ($118B) post-COVID-19 stimulus package to fiber network buildout.

COVID-19 slowing network operator capex, warns Ciena
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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 privacy, builds wind turbines instead
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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.

No more break-room snacks: How wireless firms might return to the office
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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.

Pandemic pushes cable's DAA plans off-course
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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.

Malaysia pushes 5G back to 2022
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

The Jendela plan, unveiled by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, prioritizes upgrading broadband and 4G and shutting 3G by end of 2021.

Broadcast vet extends OTT bridge to local TV stations
CxO Spotlight | 9/4/2020

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.'

WiCipedia: Falling short of the 2020 gender equality goal
WiCipedia | 9/4/2020

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.

Eurobites: CityFibre extends backhaul deal with Three UK
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

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.

A tale of two bidders: Verizon goes deep, Dish goes wide
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Verizon bought CBRS spectrum licenses covering just half of the US, while Dish went nationwide. The results highlight their very different 5G goals.

Will the US cable industry supercharge open RAN?
DanoVision | 9/3/2020

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?

Startup Verana Networks targets mmWave 5G RAN
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

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.

Cogeco stiff-arms Altice USA/Rogers takeover bid
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Altice USA wants to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband operations and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers.

5G enterprise market to be worth $31.4B by 2027 – report
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

New study by Polaris Market Research predicts that the market will grow by a CAGR of 57.2%.

Arianespace launch gives small satellite market a lift
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

France's Arianespace delivered 53 small satellites into orbit, including an experimental broadband platform for Facebook.

Why Dynamic NF Placement Is Key to Successful 5G
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/3/2020

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.

Amazon, Verizon may invest in India's Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Sales talks resume after being put on hold because of uncertainty surrounding the Supreme Court's AGR judgment, which was delivered this week.

Eurobites: Iliad holds steady in France, makes hay in Italy
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

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.

Taming the tech giants
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Responding to unresolved issues around abuse of market power, authorities are creating new rules to control Facebook, Google and other tech behemoths.

Alaska Comm brings broadband to the bush
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.

5G could transform network operators into IT companies
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Executives from Swisscom, Vodafone and other telecom companies are looking to match their 5G offerings with customer demands.

5G World Panel: 5G could be an enabler for vertical markets
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Panel discussion at 5G World sees manufacturing, healthcare and education as key verticals, seeks greater ecosystem activity among operators.

Verizon, Dish, Charter, Comcast: Here are the 20 biggest CBRS auction winners
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

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.

Avengers Assemble: Team Microsoft takes on deepfake videos
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Microsoft's Video Authenticator flags fake news clips and lets news outlets and political campaigns watermark content to prove authenticity ahead of US elections.

Altice USA makes play for Atlantic Broadband
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

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.

Verizon told to drop 'most powerful 5G' claim
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

The carrier loses its appeal against a previous decision by the National Advertising Division.

5G World Panel: Partnerships key to private networks viability
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Private networks involve many moving parts, so operators are looking for teammates as they tackle the market.

Google says advertisers will pay digital services tax
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Google and other tech firms will pass on European countries' new digital taxes to advertisers and developers, as telcos worry about double-taxation

SmarTone takes on HKT with 5G home broadband
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Hong Kong telco SmarTone has announced a fixed wireless service that will effectively target incumbent HKT.

Eurobites: Nokia offers 'end-to-end' 5G training
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE goes large on Apple goodies; Netflix sets up Russian partnership; Ericsson updates on coronavirus impact.

AT&T exploring sale of its Xandr advanced ad unit – report
The Bauminator | 9/1/2020

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.

Verizon, ViacomCBS execs cheer 5G options
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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 plans widespread C-band tests for 5G
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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.

First 'GAP' nodes could surface in 2022
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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.

Verizon, SpaceX, CenturyLink, Charter among FCC's RDOF bidders
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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).

Exiting bankruptcy, Frontier looks to challenge cable
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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.

TPG shopping RCN, Grande and Wave Broadband for $8B – report
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Private equity firm is reportedly exploring a sale of its 'Astound' conglomerate of service providers for more than $8 billion.

Virtually unstoppable: Zoom revenues quadruple thanks to COVID-19
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Videoconferencing platform Zoom announces runaway second-quarter earnings, with revenue up 355%, though tech's biggest firms aim to chase its success.

Podcast: What's the story with TikTok?
LRTV Interviews | 9/1/2020

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 top court gives telcos ten years to clear AGR dues
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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.

Eurobites: Ericsson and Elisa claim Nordic first with 5G SA pilot
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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 looks to acquire firms to fire its 5G ambitions
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

India's Jio Platforms seeks to acquire or partner with domestic firms to develop competencies in building and manufacturing 5G products.

Telecom Italia on track to create single fiber network
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

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.

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