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New 'Dashboard' illustrates how US cable networks are coping during COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Based on data from cross-section of US cable operators, downstream demand is up 20.1% and upstream demand has risen 27% since March 1, according to the NCTA.

SCTE/ISBE standards initiatives spread into AI, smart cities, telehealth
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

New 'Explorer' effort, which will also look to accelerate the industry's involvement with autonomous transport, seeks out expertise and aid from industries and people from outside the traditional cable sector.

Eurobites: Spain postpones 5G auction as COVID-19 tightens its grip
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia offers 'AI as a service'; more virus-related reassurance; Spongebob Squarepants to the rescue!

Huawei gloomy about 2020 as US sanctions take toll and COVID-19 threatens
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.

Proximus looks beyond COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Belgian operator flags April 1 launch for 5G as it outlines a new operational and financial strategy under the #inspire2022 banner.

Comcast: Peak network traffic rises 32% as millions stay at home
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Peak usage is up as much as 60% in some markets that were hit early by COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, but usage there is starting to plateau, according to Comcast's Tony Werner.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Eurobites: UK telcos remove fixed data caps, go easy on the hard-up to ease COVID-19 pain
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators warn of delayed line repairs; BEREC reports no signs of network congestion; the ethics of data tracking at a time of crisis.

Euskaltel keeps calm and carries on with network expansion
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the operator in Spain's Basque region intends to pursue its national network expansion strategy, including the launch of Virgin-branded services.

ZTE is on the up, but challenges remain
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is back in profit for a full year after recovering from US fines and sanctions, and its business is mainly growing.

Farewell, Light Reading, and thanks!
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2020

After 18 years, it's time for a new adventure.

Eurobites: Hungary's 5G auction brings home the bacon
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes FibreNation acquisition; Ericsson provides reassurance; operators do their bit in a time of crisis.

Telia goes all Scandi noir about COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Nordic operator's profit warning could be the first of many issued by telecom operators in the coming weeks.

Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore | 3/26/2020

Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.

CableLabs unleashes DOCSIS 4.0 specs
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The new specs will add capacity, tack on new advanced capabilities and, more generally, extend the life of the cable network for years, but the DOCSIS 4.0 era will likely take several years to fully unfold.

Amid COVID-19 traffic spikes, online video game providers dial it back, too
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Akamai, Sony and Microsoft are among the online video gaming companies that have pledged to reduce the amount of network traffic that their services generate.

HKBN doing barter deals for broadband
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Swapping broadband for cheeseburgers? HKBN will barter.

Tele2 has slashed hundreds of jobs and more cuts are coming
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

New figures show that about 13% of jobs were cut last year as the Swedish operator worked on boosting profitability in the absence of sales growth.

Casa Systems seeing 'no impact' from COVID-19 on Q1
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Cable and wireless tech supplier says manufacturing is fully operational and seeing increased customer demand. Meanwhile, CommScope says it's also seeing cable operator spending tick up.

Facebook likes Reliance Jio
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Social media giant willing to spend billions to get minority stake in India's aggressive newcomer.

Eurobites: COVID-19 puts kibosh on broadband switching in UK
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia completes Elenion acquisition; Virgin Media sees changing data patterns; Disney+ launch is semi-frozen in the UK.

Top telcos take TIP specs to optical hopefuls
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Specifications developed by TIP's Phoenix project, which is focused on optical transponders for disaggregated systems, are to be included in an RFI from major operators.

Indian telcos gear up to ensure connectivity in the time of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

India's operators are quickly responding to the outbreak of the virus as the country goes under lockdown.

Twitter's profit warning proves COVID-19 will infect big tech
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The social networking site is abuzz with chatter about the deadly virus and less worrying issues, but advertising revenues have slumped.

Telia Carrier's 'evangelist' to stress test open line system economics
CxO Spotlight | 3/24/2020

Global operator adopts 'suck it and see' approach to open line system efficiencies.

COVID-19 stokes fear of the surveillance society
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Telecom operators and technology firms are handing over location data to governments fighting the outbreak of COVID-19, but at what long-term cost?

AT&T network 'performing quite well' despite 'signs of stress,' CEO says
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Mobile traffic volumes have increased 40% and Wi-Fi calling has surged 100%, Randall Stephenson, AT&T's top exec, says.

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

SoftBank preps $41B asset sale amid COVID-19 panic
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Exposure to underperforming companies and a mountain of debt makes SoftBank look more vulnerable to the deadly virus than many other firms.

Broadband is not immune to COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Networks are performing well, but some operators could also become a victim of the deadly virus sweeping the planet.

Australian government asks streaming companies to throttle NBN traffic
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Faced with surge in NBN loads, Australian govt asks content companies to impose limits.

BT sheds LatAm ops as part of Global overhaul
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

UK incumbent operator plans to sell assets in 16 countries to CIH Telecommunications Americas for an undisclosed sum.

Could COVID-19 supercharge operators' telecom and 5G investments?
DanoVision | 3/19/2020

Some Wall Street analysts see the spread of the new coronavirus as hastening society's embrace of online life. And that could motivate network operators to invest in their networks.

Podcast: Five ways COVID-19 is affecting the telecom industry right now
The Philter | 3/19/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey discuss COVID-19, how it is affecting the telecom industry now and what might happen next as stores close, stocks drop and everyone works from home.

Eurobites: EU urges streaming giants to rein in bandwidth use
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three revenue up but users down; Virgin Media brings the gig to UK's West Midlands; Telefónica gets Aldi connected.

Podcast: Smart cities strategies and O-RAN testing intrigue
The Philter | 3/19/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey returns to discuss smart cities, O-RAN testing and what some recent carrier moves might really mean.

With COVID-19 comes the real dawn of the digital age
Morris Lore | 3/18/2020

The pandemic will have a permanent impact on the way we live and work, forcing every part of society to evolve fast.

Home Internet data usage surges amid COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

OpenVault sees big jumps in upstream and downstream usage, Verizon reports surge in online gaming, and Plume finds a significant rise in devices being connected to home networks.

Vodafone proposes five-point plan to fight COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

The UK-based operator's five-point plan indicates that it will assist governments in tracking people's movements in affected areas in order to thwart the spread of the virus.

Podcast: Empty arenas, Wi-Fi 6 and big tech upgrades
The Philter | 3/18/2020

Paul Kapustka from Mobile Sports Report joins the podcast to discuss the COVID-19 effect on public venues and arena networks, the reliability of 4G DAS and why Wi-Fi 6 is the future of stadium connectivity.

Telefónica takes open RAN into 5G territory
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Spanish giant to collaborate with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx on trials of 4G and 5G open RAN technology across three European countries and Brazil.

Eurobites: COVID-19 strikes French 5G spectrum auction
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Austria touts analytics tech for coronavirus fight; virus plays havoc with shareholder meetings; KPN, VodafoneZiggo win access case.

UK mobile networks hit problems as COVID-19 spreads
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

EE, O2 and Three all suffer issues along with popular gaming and collaboration apps, but fixed-line broadband holds its own.

Google Fiber halts sales calls, closes retail stores
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Service installations will continue as fiber-fueled service provider pitches in to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Iliad has boosted profits but lost control
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

The French operator may have invited trouble in future by ceding infrastructure control to other players.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, coronavirus and optical
LRTV Documentaries | 3/17/2020

This week: Big kit vendors do battle, optical networks – and the C-word.

Eurobites: UK's Carphone Warehouse shuts stores, makes 2,900 redundant
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom delves into drones; Virgin Media lands Manchester public-sector connectivity gig; Russia spends big on satellites.

Leading Lights awards deadline looms
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

UPDATED! Get your awards submission skates on! Entries for this year's Leading Lights awards need to be in by close of day, Friday, April 3.

Cincinnati Bell agrees to Macquarie's $2.9B bid
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Deal, for $15.50 per share, is the path forward after Brookfield declined to sweeten its competing bid for the service provider. Cincinnati Bell has paid a $24.8 million break-up fee as a result.

ZTE says US has not been in touch about new bribery charges
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Chinese equipment vendor says it has not had a formal approach by US authorities following news reports that it bribed foreign officials to gain advantages.

Euro operators call for broadband discipline as COVID-19 drives people home
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Operators want customers to prioritize necessary uses of home broadband services, although recent examples of panic buying do not bode well for pleas to take a 'rational' approach.

Eurobites: BT reassures UK users over network resilience
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French operators could get tough with bandwidth-guzzlers; Proximus and Salt do their bit for the COVID-19 fight; ETSI's hackfest show goes on.

Scenes from the Satellite Show
Slide Shows | 3/13/2020

The Satellite Show 2020 was a hardware-centric haven that reveled in the more grounded side of the new space race.

US ISPs back Pai's 'Keep Americans Connected Pledge'
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Covering the next 60 days, commitments linked to COVID-19 outbreak include suspension of service terminations for customers unable to pay bills, the waiving of late fees and the opening of Wi-Fi hotspots. Pai also calls on ISPs to relax data caps.

Core Internet players will 'easily absorb' COVID-19-induced traffic surge, Internet Society says
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Meanwhile, closer to home, Comcast expands and enhances Internet Essentials, AT&T suspends data caps, and Charter declares its network ready to manage expected data wave in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Chayora set to go live with $1.5B China data center
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Chayora defies trend to build a China data center business and go where few foreign firms have dared venture.

COVID-19 makes data connectivity as critical as toilet paper
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

With people confined to their homes by the virus, residential broadband networks will become more important than ever.

Eurobites: France says 'oui' to Huawei
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boss catches COVID-19; Ofcom sets out spectrum auction rules; Orange lands Google cable in France.

Network operators brace for COVID-19 traffic spikes
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Fortnite, Netflix, Call of Duty, videoconferencing and other online services are growing in popularity amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Are network operators ready for a digital deluge?

New Yorkers fret about getting left out of FCC's rural broadband funding
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

The FCC plans to allocate up to $20.4 billion for rural broadband networks. However, New York is the only continental US state excluded from the initial portion of the program.

Brits show love for fiber in a time of COVID-19
Morris Lore | 3/12/2020

The UK government will pump £5 billion into gigabit connectivity. What could possibly go wrong?

Eurobites: Ericsson acquisition boosts its private-network credentials
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands private-network role in Paris rail project; ADVA slices its pizza box; Proximus boosts Wi-Fi with AirTies.

Optical equipment makers quantify COVID-19 impact
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Neophotonics, Lumentum and Applied Optoelectronics are among the equipment suppliers that have discussed the effects of the spread of the coronavirus.

NAB 2020 postponed, alternatives being reviewed
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Announcement from the National Association of Broadcasters made soon after the spread of the new coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The long-distance view of OFC: 800G and more!
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Move over, 5G – we're talking 800G! As the OFC show continues, albeit minus a few big names, the optical transport sector fills the Light Reading inbox with news of technical advances and deals galore.

Rakuten Mobile to use an optical mesh network for backhaul
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Rakuten's deployment is unique because it's the first time a reconfigurable optical network will be used for mobile backhaul, according to Nokia.

Eurobites: Telefónica takes up arms against COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the "upside" of the new coronavirus; Huawei survives UK vote; Rob Shuter steps down at MTN.

Bruised Telecom Italia to ax costs after mobile setback
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Italian incumbent has upped its savings targets after reporting a sharp fall in revenues at its domestic mobile business last year.

Musk's Starlink is 'not some huge threat to telcos'
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said his company's satellite broadband project will serve hard-to-reach customers and 'be helpful' to telcos.

Huawei's '18-month lead' in 5G is telecom's most spurious claim
Morris Lore | 3/9/2020

Suggestions the Chinese equipment vendor's 5G challengers are years behind do not hold up to scrutiny.

Eurobites: UK mobile operators and government sign rural coverage deal
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE gets busy in Scotland; NGMN Alliance goes cloud-native; Disney does deal with Telefónica.

Top Cisco exec jumps ship for Western Digital CEO job
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

David Goeckeler, who handled $34 billion of Cisco's $52 billion in annual sales, is taking the CEO job at Western Digital.

Eurobites: CityFibre accelerates UK network rollout
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional rights roundup: Vodafone/TIM towers venture 'set for EU approval'; Net Insight acquires Aperi's virtualized media production technology; Virgin Media admits data breach.

Verizon sweetens new Mix & Match plans
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Telco doubles the speeds of its two sub-Gigabit options – to 200 Mbit/s and 400 Mbit/s – without raising the price.

Cable access network spending dropped 30% in 2019 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Culprits include slowdown in capacity purchases, next-gen network indecision and a lack of broadband competition. Meanwhile, DOCSIS 3.1 CPE shipments made a big jump.

Altice USA nears launch of FTTP-powered triple-play
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Multi-service offering developing after operator ended 2019 with more than 600,000 service-ready FTTP homes in its Optimum footprint in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

CommScope to reassess R&D spending in areas such as set-top boxes
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

However, CPE biz remains an important cash generator and a strategic piece of the portfolio that pulls through other products with different margin profiles, CFO says.

A new approach to upgrading optical networking at the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

Huawei's new Liquid OTN solution is a small granularity technology that offers some significant benefits for organizations that need guaranteed bandwidth, low latency and resilient optical connections.

Telenor takes step closer to zero-humans business
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The Norwegian operator has already shed thousands of employees and more are set to go under plans announced today.

India's RJio wants to develop its own 5G
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The disruptive Indian operator is now looking to seize the 5G technology initiative from the traditional vendor community.

Eurobites: Virgin Media rejigs partner contracts, brings field visits back in-house
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in space-broadband venture; Nokia sets out fiber access stall; Telenor keeps tight grip on costs.

Cable must fight 'creeping complacency' about emerging broadband threats – analyst
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Fixed wireless broadband represents the 'most important threat' to cable broadband and new satellite-based options are also worth a wary eye, Craig Moffett concludes in a report sizing up the state of US broadband.

OFC management: 500 sponsors and exhibitors are planning to attend
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The annual optical networking confab said that cancellation lists don't tell the full story of what's set to happen in San Diego next week.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, ZTE and telecoms investment
LRTV Documentaries | 3/3/2020

Team Pod delves deep into Nokia and takes a look at the (largely) forgotten man of Chinese equipment vendors – ZTE.

Huawei, ZTE continue their advance under US fire – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

A US campaign has failed to halt the Chinese companies, with major Western equipment makers ceding further ground.

Huawei, ZTE may face India exclusions after government move
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Feeling its companies do not get a fair deal in China, India's government has unveiled a new rule allowing it to restrict Chinese vendors.

China finally embraces full Internet peering
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

China has scrapped hefty Internet data charges in a move that should help China Mobile but hinder the country's other two big operators.

Nokia CEO Suri quits after 5G setbacks
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Boss of Finnish network firm will be replaced by Pekka Lundmark, the CEO of Finnish energy firm Fortum, but not until much later this year.

Eurobites: Spain's MásMóvil to buy Lycamobile for €372M
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad closes fiber deal with InfraVia; Vivendi fights Italian court over Mediaset; Nokia loses market share.

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