Telecom operators need to take control of the customer experience to really benefit from 5G.
A component of cable's '10G' initiative, the new spec targets sub-1 millisecond latencies that can be enabled with software upgrades to existing DOCSIS 3.1 equipment and used for online gaming, VR apps.
T-Mobile is reportedly examining an auction off Sprint's Boost pre-paid unit if a proposed $6 billion Dish deal doesn't work out.
Unlike Aereo, Locast has found a way to stream local TV channels without raising the legal hackles of powerful broadcasters. But can it drive enough donation dollars to survive for the long haul?
Finnish vendor hits back at criticism about the commercial readiness of its 5G technology, while China's Huawei flags three-fold growth in basestation shipments since February.
Twenty-six technical specs and standards bodies, including the Ethernet Alliance and the Broadband Forum, have written to the US Dept. of Commerce seeking clarity on whether they can still engage with Huawei whilst the 'Entity List' ruling is in place.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dixons Carphone hit by slump in demand for new handsets; new UK fiber contender; startups have faith in 5G.
At the TechXLR8 event in London, Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about how blockchain can be used to make, and save, money in the telecoms sector and identifies some of the innovative startups in the sector.
Being more like Shane Warne than Ian Botham could serve Rajeev Suri well in the nascent 5G market.
Omniverse tells court that any infringement was done 'without malice or bad intent,' and was caused or contributed to by third parties such as HovSat.
Two of the UK's big mobile operators urge authorities not to ban Huawei after a government minister said US moves had complicated a final decision about the Chinese vendor's role.
Verizon adds a fourth 5G phone to a device lineup it is selling in the carrier's initial two US 5G mobile markets.
Harmonic riding high on stock upgrade as 'big bet' on the virtual CCAP shows signs of paying off, and as CommScope get downgraded amid tough start for recently acquired Arris.
UK plans to provide universal fiber coverage by 2025 would be challenging, says Clive Selley, not least because the Brexit decision has made recruitment a lot harder.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT opens SOC in Paris; HMD Global sends user data to Google's cloud; Nokia beefs up leadership team, negotiates eco-loan.
Yasir Liaqatullah, VP of Product at A10 Networks, joins Phil Harvey, Light Reading US Bureau Chief, to discuss the new 5G network security threats facing operators and mobile service providers.
Commission to vote on the plan to open up underused portions of the band at its July 10 meeting.
Network slicing was all the rage a couple of years ago, when 5G was just a twinkle in the operator's eye. Now that 5G networks are being deployed, just where is it?
With a batch of 24GHz spectrum in hand, Starry is ready to embark on expansion plans in the US while hinting that its spectrum-agnostic approach has global potential.
MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says a deal with Dish would erase purported benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger and makes little sense for either side to make.
At the TechXLR8 event in London, Ronan de Renesse, Ovum's Practice Leader for Consumer Technology and Media & Entertainment, talks to Informa Tech Chief Research Officer Clint Wheelock about the impact of AI on consumer applications and services.
The UK will desperately need better connectivity once it is outside the European Union, say technology leaders. Getting there is another matter.
An FCC proceeding looking at the 6GHz band could release a whopping 1200MHz for new commercial operations, including 5G. To push it ahead, some 5G providers are urging the FCC to implement sharing tech in 6GHz.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three begins 5G fixed-wireless broadband trials in London; Nordic systems integrators merge; Spyder Facilities snapped up; UK government homes in on service providers' rip-off ruses; and more.
During Cisco's recent corporate trade event, Cisco Live, the company's CEO Chuck Robbins devoted roughly half an hour to a Q&A session with reporters, covering everything from Cisco's position on the world's geopolitical stage to the company's latest networking products.
New unit, branded as OnTech Smart Services, provides pro installs for range of connected retail products and debuts about three years after its EchoStar division shut down a DIY smart home and security service.
Apple will use Qualcomm modems for 5G initially, but it is expected to deliver its own 5G modem by 2022 or 2023, according to a financial analyst watching the space.
Expanding on its accessibility capabilities, Comcast has added a feature to its X1 video service that enables people with physical disabilities to navigate the service with only their eyes.
Huawei's founder says revenues will be lower than previously expected in the short term, due to pressure exerted by the US, but that it will be ready to grow again from 2021.
What role will CSPs play as the Internet evolves to support new consumer applications?
Cisco's Jonathan Davidson is the chief executive of the company's service provider business. During the company's Cisco Live event, he offered some commentary on how Cisco is looking at the nascent but potentially explosive 5G opportunity, and how that might play into Cisco's business, including its SD-WAN activities.
Sure you could deliver 5G using regular stuff like macro cell towers and small cells. But if you're really cool, you'd use balloons, blimps or drones.
Nordic vendors scoop up a decent share of core network expansion in the first set of 5G-related core contracts awarded by China Mobile, with Huawei predictably emerging as the big winner from this round.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Airtel Africa sets price for London IPO; Truespeed plans residential Ethernet 10Gbit/s service; Prysmian lands UK deal with CityFibre.
At the AI Summit in London, Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue says the telecom vendor community is getting its story together on the use of artificial intelligence tools and the link to 5G network slicing.
Bill Walker, a senior-level executive working on the carrier's cloud, NFV and SDN efforts, has left. No word yet on his next move.
The Chinese equipment vendor is redesigning optical systems to use 'second-best' components, says analyst at MKM Partners.
The way to defend against DDoS and other attacks is changing, says Nokia's Craig Labovitz. That's because the Internet is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.
Apple has leverage in its mobile-facing deals with Comcast and Charter, requiring both to sell large numbers of other Apple devices, including iPads and Apple TVs, CNBC reported.
Comments by the Australian operator show the edge is now shaping up to be the next battleground between telcos and Internet companies.
This week in our WiC roundup: Girls in Tech makes biggest fundraising effort yet; Microsoft takes its Women in Cloud initiative on the road; women in developing countries pay the price for tech; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Broadcom fallout hits European chipmakers; O2 embraces the Apple Watch; Ericsson upgrades in Indonesia.
NaaS growth stems from the belief that by leveraging the programmability of the cloud, CSPs can create customizable VNF-based services for anybody who requires a full scope of services and does not want to deploy their own infrastructure.
Light Reading attended the recent Cisco Live event, where 28,000 people descended on San Diego's convention center to learn everything they could about Cisco's products and business strategy.
At 5G World, Heavy Reading senior analyst Steve Bell discusses one of the hottest topics in the 4G and 5G markets – private networks.
VMware and Avi share multiple customers and they don't expect the combo and subsequent integration to cause much disruption as VMware aims to bring a public cloud experience to the data center.
Helium launches its P2P IoT hotspot, grabs another $15M in funding, aims to start a non-telco, low-bandwidth network in the US and beyond.
Quantum computing presents as many challenges as it does opportunities. Cisco is working on a solution that could address some of the challenges presented when quantum computing affects network security.
IAC-owned streaming platform joins Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Apple, Amazon and other big names that have put weight behind the new, royalty-free, bandwidth-efficient video codec.
John Isch of Orange Business Services said the company is talking about SD-WAN with virtually all of its multinational clientele. However, he said the 5G part of that conversation is still at a very early stage.
Facebook is looking to conduct unspecified tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Given Facebook's wide-ranging proclivities in the wireless arena, it's unclear what the social networking giant is hoping to learn.
At the 5G World event in London, Deutsche Telekom Senior VP of 5G, Alexander Lautz, discusses the German operator's edge computing tests and trials.
Telecom regulator risks angering mobile industry with bold plans to reserve mid-band spectrum for companies that want to build local 5G networks.
The telco distributed cloud model is gaining support among service providers, even ahead of extensive 5G rollouts.
Flixon Media's CEO thought his deal with Omniverse One World Television would be the foundation of a profitable, innovative TV service. Instead, he said he's left with financial losses and a damaged reputation.
Light Reading's Mike Dano weighs in on how the major carriers are stacking up with the way they're handling pricing for 5G service (if you can find it).
South Korean telco claims a 40% share of the country's nascent 5G market, giving it 400,000 customers just a few months after launch.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK textiles giant chooses Aryaka for SD-WAN; Israel's Pelephone gets with the eSIM program; DSZ Keymile lands UK FTTx gig.
High licensing fees will eat into the budget for building 5G networks in Europe's largest economy.
Chinese vendor ups the ante in battle with the US by reportedly demanding more than $1 billion in patent payments from the US carrier for the use of technology it has in its networks, reports the Wall Street Journal.
AT&T said that '5G+ speeds, where available, will be capped at 2Gbps.' Why? Because "it helps provide a consistent experience" and "doesn't limit" its future options. Or something like that.
The FCC is considering rule changes to aid fixed wireless deployments in TV White Space spectrum. Microsoft and others are hoping the changes could supercharge the construction of a bridge over the US digital divide.
Apple is reportedly considering buying Intel's German modem operations – first bought from Infineon in 2011.
The US government is as close as anyone to sabotaging rural networks, according to a new ex parte filing from Huawei at the FCC. The company goes to bat for its US customers, arguing that individual vendor bans do guarantee national security.
The arguments around the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile are increasingly plunging into the political morass – but that might be part of John Legere's ultimate plan.
AT&T enters into a multi-stage deal with Uber on air taxi and drone testing with 4G and 5G.
Small service provider in Montana is dumping its pay-TV product to instead focus on broadband services that can pipe in OTT video services.
The 5G investment case stacks up a lot better in the US market than it does in Europe, says a man who has worked in both parts of the world, and not just because of spectrum availability.
UK government minister Jeremy Wright warns telcos that a decision over the use of Huawei might not come soon.
Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss some of the key issues – spectrum allocation, Verizon's progress, the impending UK ruling on Huawei, uptake in South Korea – from the first morning of the 5G World event in London.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and Fortinet combine on Virtual Firewall service; Telia offers comfort to Swedish bus passengers; Orange connects Russian shipping fleet.
To gain a realistic understanding of operators' views and plans for transport, Heavy Reading launched its first-ever 5G Transport Market Leadership Study with support from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper and VIAVI Solutions.
As China and the US grapple over geopolitical concerns in security and trade, the world's main 5G standards organization is working on Release 17 while addressing the Trump administration's ban on US business with Huawei.
China Mobile awarded its first batch of 5G equipment contracts to the likes of Huawei and ZTE, though it did include Ericsson and Nokia in the process.
'Strong slowdown' on capacity purchases alongside ongoing delay in distributed access architecture deployments combine for a dreary quarter, according to Dell'Oro.
After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?
Nick McKeown does it again – his data center switching startup is snapped up by Intel.
The latest development in the soap opera that is the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is an imminent lawsuit against the transaction by ten state attorneys general. "This is bad news," write the analysts at New Street Research.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said that he has warned the company's sales team not to use Huawei's ongoing troubles as leverage in their sales efforts.
5G is on a roll, says Ericsson, forecasting nearly 2 billion subscriptions in the next five years.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei exec maintains there are Chinese walls; Tele2 bags AT&T's Lensch for its IoT arm; Intracom opens Italian subsidiary.
AT&T inks a European LTE-M roaming deal for IoT with KPN, Orange & Swisscom.
Europe's biggest telecom equipment vendors have turned up the heat in the 5G marketing battle as they struggle to capitalize on Huawei's misfortunes.
A delay to the launch of 5G networks might be just what telcos need.
Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of her recent work in the Women in Comms content series. We also have a quick curator's catch-up on all things related to the 5G Exchange.
Deployments of cable distributed access architectures and network virtualization aren't going gangbusters yet, but recent activities in Europe also show that it's not at a standstill, either.
The boss of Ericsson's European business says greedy regulators are partly responsible for the region's lack of digital champions to rival US and Chinese tech giants.
Ihab Tarazi has left Packet to become CTO of Networking and Solutions at Dell Technologies.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson settles with patents firm; Telefónica commits to fiber for everywhere in Spain by 2024; Finland's Elisa in analytics tie-up.
AT&T for years has been threatening tower companies to lower rental rates or potentially face competition from a new, nearby tower. New data indicates AT&T might be mostly bluffing. Is it?
With things like Google Stadia and 5G putting a new focus on real-time connections, startup Network Next hopes its AdWords-inspired approach to Internet routing will catch on.
Cable op will deliver live streams of Women's World Cup over its managed IP network using HEVC at 18 Mbit/s.
The time is right for divestiture of DirecTV, 'the weakest piece in the AT&T puzzle,' and Dish could be the right partner in a deal that would bring much-needed consolidation to the US satellite TV market, UBS says.
Cable technologists say DAA rollouts have not ramped up as expected this year because of a variety of factors but still express optimism about 2020 prospects.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: fiber takes a hold in France; Sharon White to step down from Ofcom; Channel 4 readies new ad data platform.
An acceleration of 5G plans looks partly designed to prop up China's homegrown equipment maker, but analysts remain worried.
Cisco is acquiring Sentryo to bolster it position in IoT networks serving markets such as oil and gas and transportation.
Disney, CBS and other content companies are worried that a new 5G proposal could impact TV services for up to 300 million Americans.
The OTT-delivered 'thin-client' version of DirecTV will debut in Q3, but AT&T's John Donovan side-stepped questions on how the new offering will disrupt a market full of streaming competitors.
A visit to Vodafone UK's headquarters in Newbury reveals what's on the operator's mind – and it's not keen on the prospect of 6G...
China's government issued commercial 5G licenses to the nation's three main mobile operators as well as China Broadcasting Network Corp., paving the way for the country to engage in a massive buildout.
For its fiscal quarter ended April 30, Ciena showed more growth and some customer diversification, while continuing to add to its software portfolio.
Jeffrey Gao takes up new role as general manager of Huawei's in-house semiconductor business during a turbulent time for the company.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Norway 5G spectrum auction results; Dutch told to get tough on Huawei; Deutsche Telekom turns on IoT network; Ofcom commits to universal broadband service.
Even though cable's 10-Gig-enabling broadband spec, Full Duplex DOCSIS, hasn't hit the streets yet, some leading industry engineers are already laying the groundwork for a future DOCSIS spec that would support symmetrical speeds of up to 25 Gigs.
Communications service providers tracked by Light Reading have cut 7% of jobs since 2015, and reductions look set to continue.
Open software venture also developing software to work with consumer premises equipment for DSL and PON networks alongside its traditional focus on DOCSIS/HFC.
Yes, we're in a new golden age of TV programming, but that still didn't stop mobile devices from winning the battle over Americans' time.
We know what Verizon is charging for 5G services, and we know what Sprint is charging for 5G services. But AT&T – which claims to be a 'world leader' in 5G – still isn't saying how it might price 5G.
The FCC is considering a new set of rules that would add some wireless network equipment to its existing OTARD regulations. However, some city officials are accusing the agency of overstepping its authority and trampling on local oversight.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: big guns team up for LTE-M roaming; Cellnex buys rights to 220 BT towers; Macquarie emerges as front-runner for KCOM sale.
India's new administration is plotting an imminent spectrum auction and 5G trial despite industry concern about costs and vendors.
But so did Comcast. TiVo shares spiked in after-hours trading Tuesday after International Trade Commission issued an initial determination that partially favors the video software company.
The Italian phone company may need deal-making on a much grander scale, and an end to shareholder squabbles, if it is to seriously improve its fortunes.
AT&T Fiber added 1.1 million subs in the past year, good for annual growth of 57%, but rather than stealing share from cable operators, most of those subs appear to be upgrades of existing AT&T broadband customers.
The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?
The new array of subscription offerings will include a 12-channel bundle called 'StackTV" that runs $12.99/month and features VoD and live TV networks such as Food Network, History and National Geographic.
The Australian operator is reportedly slashing 15,000 contractor jobs and 8,000 internal positions as part of its T22 plan to become a more streamlined, 'digital' business.
Verizon is embarking on a major deployment of CBRS 3.5GHz spectrum, even before the FCC is officially allowing operations in the band. That's likely because Verizon is thirsty for more mid-band spectrum like the CBRS band.
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
US operator is moving toward a more proactive and predictive operational model as it uses AI tools to extract greater value from its data, but there are hurdles to overcome.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei launches ad campaign as Trump tightens the UK's security thumbscrews; Scottish QoE specialist Ciqual acquired; Kinnevik divests shareholding in Millicom.
AT&T was the top spender in the FCC's 24GHz 5G auction with $982 million in total bids, while Verizon took the top spot in the 28GHz auction with $505 million in total bids.
Ericsson's Andrea Donà has replaced Kye Prigg as head of Vodafone UK's networks division, with Prigg moving to Canada's Rogers.
India's youngest and most aggressive network operator had been the only service provider still recruiting employees. That has now changed.
Candidates for the UK's top job are said to air doubts about Huawei as Trump arrives in town on an official state visit.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 and Bite share networks in the Baltics; Telefónica tackles online fraud; BT opts for Juniper to power Network Cloud initiative.
Operator's current focus on efficiency may have ramifications for staff across the entire business.
NTT Communications needed additional flexibility and automation to compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
Following Arris acquisition, CommScope brings new wares and technologies to this week's Anga Com event in Germany.
Also: Palo Alto Networks acquired Twistlock and PureSec, for container and serverless security, respectively; Google connects Australia and Southeast Asia with subsea cable; VMware and Dell report earnings.