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Telecom begins the fight against US government rate regulation
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

A group of top telecom providers are filing a lawsuit to block New York state legislation requiring 15Mbit/s broadband services starting at $15 per month.

Nearly 20% of Charter's non-video subs consume at least 1TB per month
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter's average non-video customers used about 700 gigabytes per month in the first part of Q1 2020, CEO says.

The NeoPhotonics show goes on without Huawei, for now
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

The components maker worst affected by US sanctions against Huawei is proving how important its technology is to other big players.

BT Sport sale would aid fiber rather than football focus
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

The UK telecom incumbent confirms it is in talks about selling a stake in its big-spending sports division.

Podcast – The Divide: Stealth's Shrihari Pandit on bringing fiber to underserved business communities
CxO Spotlight | 4/29/2021

This week: Shrihari Pandit, president and CEO, Stealth Communications, on what it takes to get fiber to businesses in underserved areas and why traditional funding methods for ending the digital divide aren't working.

Eurobites: Swisscom and Salt come together on fiber
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom's Q1; Tele2 execs in departure lounge; Ericsson gets its kicks with Radio 6626.

Nokia soars on best sales performance for six years
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

The Finnish equipment maker's revival under Pekka Lundmark is underway, as the company reports its strongest quarter since 2015.

Altice USA's FTTP rollout eclipses 1M homes passed
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Company says it's on track to pass another 500,000 homes with FTTP this year in its Optimum footprint covering parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

CableLabs sparks 100-Gig PON project
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Organization will seek participation from outside the traditional industry as operators continue pursuit of a blended network that will support HFC, PON and wireless.

As Huawei struggles, ZTE is on a roll
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

ZTE has long been dwarfed by Huawei, but it is easily beating its local rival on sales growth this year.

Frontier set to exit Chapter 11 on April 30
Broadband World News | 4/28/2021

Frontier execs also set to provide more detail this week on the vision for the company as it embarks on a modernization plan centered on FTTP upgrades of its sizable copper plant.

Huawei wheels come off as sales drop 17%
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

The Chinese equipment maker's days of sales growth seem finally to have come to an end as US sanctions take effect.

Corning anticipates more 5G-fueled fiber growth ahead
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Corning CEO said that 5G network densification will be 'driving a lot more glass into the wireless network.'

Cox swings deal for Segra's enterprise and carrier biz
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

EQT Infrastructure will retain ownership of Segra's fiber-to-the-premises residential and SMB unit serving parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

Germany extends broadband funding to 'grey spots'
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

Federal government makes more municipalities eligible for 'digital infrastructure' fund.

Cox in talks to snap up Segra's enterprise unit – report
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Rumored deal, which could have Cox tie the unit into its own business services division, reportedly could be valued at more than $3 billion.

LTD to FCC: We can do it
Broadband World News | 4/26/2021

LTD Broadband won $1.3 billion in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. Now, the company is working to convince regulators it will meet its buildout obligations.

WISPs to command 9M customers by next year – analysts
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

The Carmel Group predicted fixed wireless Internet providers will generate around $10.9 billion in revenues from their customers by the end of 2025.

Chipset, workforce shortages could hamstring US fiber bonanza
Broadband World News | 4/26/2021

New estimates indicate up to $44 billion could be spent on fiber networks in the US over the next five years. But will there be enough technicians and components for all that spending?

Crown Castle: It was worth the wait
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Crown Castle has faced criticism over its strategies around macro cell towers, fiber and small cells. But the company's latest results provide some validation.

Pandemic adds new wrinkles and complexities to cable network capacity planning
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

New CommScope data provides a fresh view into the traffic demands driven by the pandemic, particularly in the upstream. But the pandemic will also alter the way cable ops plan to stay ahead of the capacity curve.

Eurobites: UK spy chief says Huaweigate is just the start of it
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional rollout: Ericsson, ATU tackle spectrum issues in Africa; UK's mobile minnows put big fish to shame; Proximus' 5G innovation platform is up and running.

Senate Republicans propose $65B for broadband
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

President Biden wants to spend up to $100 billion to cross the digital divide. Some members of his opposition are proposing an alternative that's not too far off.

Podcast – The Divide: ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the 'street-by-street battle' for broadband
LRTV Interviews | 4/22/2021

This week: Peggy Schaffer, executive director, ConnectMaine, on the state of broadband in Maine and why she says we need to stop giving money to the FCC.

AT&T drops another 620K pay-TV subs as HBO Max gains more ground
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Meanwhile, AT&T tacked on another 235,000 fiber broadband customers, extending that total to 5.18 million.

Orange holds firm, but Spain remains a drain
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

France-based telco is able to report modest group revenue growth in Q1 2021, but the pandemic continues to make its mark.

Verizon broadband gains continue to outpace video losses
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Aided by Verizon's broadband-led 'Mix & Match' plans, Fios revenues climbed in Q1 2021 as the company added 98,000 Fios Internet subs against a loss of 82,000 Fios TV customers.

HKBN acquisitions power higher 1H earnings
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Hong Kong's HKBN says it has weathered the pandemic storm, posting a 12% rise in first-half earnings and achieving advances in its transition to a broad ICT provider.

Why Verizon is sweetening 5G Home with promotions, free devices
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Verizon is offering a free streaming TV device and a free Samsung Chromebook, as well as up to $500 in early termination fees, in order to sell its 5G Home service.

Frontier headed for 'modest' growth following Chapter 11 – analysts
Broadband World News | 4/19/2021

'We wouldn't call Frontier a diamond in the rough. Instead, it's more of a semi-precious stone in the rough,' analysts say in a report that sizes up Frontier's fiber-focused, post-bankruptcy future.

Fast-growing ZTE, free to buy US tech, is a nightmare for Biden
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

China's second-biggest network equipment maker is allowed to buy US technology and supply that to Chinese mobile operators, raising awkward questions for America's new president.

Rural will rev Altice USA's broadband growth – analyst
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

The operator could lose some share in Fios territories on the east coast, but its underpenetrated, less competitive (and underappreciated) rural markets have 'unusually high potential,' new study finds.

Podcast: The Divide – David Gilford on local priorities for federal broadband funds
LRTV Interviews | 4/15/2021

This week, David Gilford, co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, on what local government and nonprofit broadband leaders need from a national broadband stimulus.

Telefónica incubator Wayra turns ten
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.

Ubiquiti's latest hack highlights troubled security path for operators
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Vendor Ubiquiti reportedly suffered a 'catastrophic' security breach. 'Their security aligns with the overall nature of their equipment, relatively cheap and flimsy,' said a former Ubiquiti customer.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Biden's broadband plan ends era of 'hands-off' regulation
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.

Orange adds Poland JV to European infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.

Podcast: The Divide – Scott Willis and Bruce Garrison on the 'collective ecosystem' required to reach the underserved
CxO Spotlight | 4/8/2021

This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.

Four questions dogging T-Mobile's 5G fixed wireless ambitions
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.

Eurobites: T-Mobile Netherlands goes Dutch on fiber venture
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lutz Schüler named as boss of post-merger Virgin Media/O2 entity; Ericsson does 5G in Malta; UK sets up new regulatory unit to tame tech titans.

WOW to unleash data caps in June, starting in Chicago
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

WOW's new policy, which includes a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig customers, arrives amid a 'broadband-first' posture and a steering of high-speed Internet customers to OTT-TV options such as YouTube TV and Philo.

Eurobites: Ericsson and friends try W-band for 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.

Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions
DanoVision | 4/5/2021

Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.

Starlink's threat to wired broadband 'minimal' – analyst
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

But SpaceX's satellite broadband service is poised to be a 'game-changer' for rural US coverage and in position to pursue a much larger global market, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

The nature of upstream network usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says
Broadband World News | 4/2/2021

Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

Podcast: The Divide – Fiber Broadband Association's Gary Bolton on the 'good news, good news' for fiber
CxO Spotlight | 4/1/2021

This week, Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, joins the show to discuss why the US needs to put fiber first, why satellite broadband could be a 'disaster' for communities and more.

FiberCop is go after KKR and Fastweb firm up stakes
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Telecom Italia completes FiberCop agreements with two shareholders, but many obstacles remain on route to create the ultimate 'AccessCo.'

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