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Biden's big infrastructure plan targets broadband access, puts subsidy programs on notice
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'

Huawei short on answers to chips crunch as growth stalls
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia foments industrial revolution
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.

Muni broadband projects win funding to tackle digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/30/2021

US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.

Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.

Eurobites: UK broadband subsidy scheme comes under fire
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.

Meet Echo and Bifrost, Facebook's new subsea cables
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.

NBN Co stretching limits of mmWave as it preps 5G
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia trials XGS-PON
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?

GeoLinks to test Tarana's fixed wireless tech
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.

AT&T to Biden: Don't leave 5G out of infrastructure spending frenzy
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

AT&T and others argue that federal requirements for 1Gbit/s connections would prevent 5G and other fixed wireless technologies from cashing in on a spending plan that could top $3 trillion.

Why AT&T's capex dipped during COVID-19, and what's next
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

AT&T's capital expenses dipped from $19.4 billion in 2019 to just $15.6 billion in 2020. However, thanks to a focus on 5G and fiber in the network, AT&T's spending will likely be different this year.

Verizon sells some 5G spectrum to GeoLinks
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Verizon sold an estimated 10% of its mmWave spectrum holdings to fixed wireless provider GeoLinks. The licenses couldn't support mobile operations.

Europe's telcos won't spend €300B, whatever ETNO says
Morris Lore | 3/25/2021

The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.

Podcast – The Divide: Blair Levin and Clint Odom on digital equity and inclusion
LRTV Interviews | 3/25/2021

This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.

Salt hails strong end to a less than sunny year
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Swiss operator manages to keep figures stable despite the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Stimulus projects poised to offset risk of new broadband regulations – analyst
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

With so much focus on a possible reinstatement of net neutrality rules under Biden, not enough attention has been given to the upside potential from stimulus spending, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Benu Networks bolts on SASE and 5G services to broadband gateway
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Benu Networks has updated its Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway to operate in cloud-native environments, and has added SASE functionality and 5G wireless/wireline convergence capabilities.

Eurobites: Arqiva to help power Musk's satellite broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN forms joint venture to accelerate fiber rollout; Qualcomm joins agri-robot trials; Orange shines in Tutela market report.

Shaw deal would make Rogers king of Canadian cable/broadband
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.

'Fiber curtain' divides trans-Pacific capacity market
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

US bans are straining the trans-Pacific bandwidth market, with FCC moves to shut down two more Chinese operators another sign of a fracturing sector.

Infinera expects commercial XR Optics in 2022
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Industry consortium backing the nascent tech to be unveiled within a matter of months.

Project Gigabit, or how to waste £5B of UK taxpayers' money
Morris Lore | 3/19/2021

Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.

US telcos and cablecos could start getting stimulus checks, too
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.

Podcast – The Divide: Ribbon's Bruce McClelland on economics and politics of rural broadband
CxO Spotlight | 3/18/2021

Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.

BT to build fiber 'like fury' after Ofcom ruling
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned £12 billion FTTP investment.

Why 10Gig is the right PON play today
Guest Perspectives | 3/17/2021

While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.

Nokia will cut up to 10,000 more jobs after Huawei gains 16,000
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

The Finnish vendor has already cut about 11,000 jobs in the last two years and today warns that another 10,000 may have to go.

AT&T to plant fiber in 3M+ locations this year, sizes up 4M more in 2022
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Tied into a broader fixed/mobile network plan, AT&T will stay aggressive with its fiber buildout, and hinted that it could take a closer look at opportunities in rural areas.

AT&T serves up 5G plans with healthy dose of pragmatism
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

AT&T's C-band buildout plans trail those from rivals Verizon and T-Mobile. Perhaps as a result, AT&T executives offered a relatively sober assessment of the 5G opportunity.

Cable upstream channel purchases almost doubled in Q4 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.

Gogo delays 5G launch due to chipset shortages
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Gogo had planned to launch a 5G network for in-flight Wi-Fi sometime this year, but chipset shortages will delay that launch until 2022.

Boardroom bust-up brewing over Jansen's BT plans
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

After the surprise exit of chairman Jan du Plessis, BT's CEO Philip Jansen now faces a restive boardroom over his plans for a swift overhaul.

Comcast downstream upgrade shifts 1-Gig to 1.2 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Speed boosts for select tiers were activated March 9 in MSO's Central Division, with East and West on deck. Comcast has also goosed the downstream speeds of its Prepaid Internet and Internet Essentials products nationwide.

O2 hires new radio boss after splitting CTO role
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Omar Calvo will take charge of radio engineering after the departure of CTO Brendan O'Reilly at the start of the year.

Starlink seeks link to planes, trucks and other moving vehicles
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Meanwhile, Starlink parent SpaceX claims Viasat is attempting to 'gaslight' the FCC about collisions and space debris concerns, and is tangling with Dish over the 12GHz band.

TIM wants another headcount shave – report
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Italian incumbent looks to trim workforce by up to 1,300 through voluntary scheme.

Globalstar's parent company slowly stirs 5G assets
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Although Thermo's leadership says the company just wants to be a spectrum provider, its strategic alliances and investments suggest there could be a bigger strategy.

Eurobites: CityFibre considers another stake sale to further fiber ambitions
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone talks up open RAN; Deutsche Telekom teams up on electric vehicle charging tech; what's Welsh for 'your call is important to us'?

Charter's rural network buildout 'like cable M&A'
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

With few buying opportunities on the market, extending Charter's network with regular edge-outs and the RDOF auction is the next best thing, CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Broadcom sees strong demand as customers order early
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

US chipmaker said 90% of its 2021 supply has already been ordered by customers, but its CEO says there is no reason to panic.

Eurobites: Fiber flourishes in France
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify complaint could spell EU trouble for Apple; Equinix opens data center in Bordeaux; Ericsson's Ekholm sounds off on 5G.

Nokia has cut 11,000 jobs in effort to boost profit
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor's just-published annual report reveals the full human cost of its most recent cost-saving initiative.

DZS adds cloud clout with RIFT buy
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.

Cookies crumble: Google renounces ad tracking
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Google said its Chrome browser will stop using cookies or alternative tools to track individual users' browsing, though it's not quite that simple.

BT sale of Openreach stake likelier after Sunak's budget – bank
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

The UK telecom incumbent benefits from a tax 'super-deduction' that should make it look more attractive to investors.

Telefónica's Brazil biz scores fiber deal with CDPQ
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Independent open-access wholesale operator, dubbed FiBrasil, set up in collaboration with Canada-based investment group.

Mentor Spotlight: This 'doctor' researches a cure for GPON vendor interoperability
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/4/2021

In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.

Open and disaggregated transport comes of age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Nokia gains troops for 25G PON fight against 50G PON
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.

Comcast's next-gen network activity didn't slow down in 2020, exec says
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.

Asian telcos leading charge to 10G
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.

Eurobites: Telecom Egypt plans subsea ring around Africa
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.

Broadband's new normal as Aus, NZ navigate the pandemic
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.

KPN stands by Huawei as it overhauls networks
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

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