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Podcast: US Ignite's Mari Silbey on hybrid networks and new broadband business models
The Philter | 6/30/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey for a discussion about what changes are ahead in how cities and companies can provide broadband to residents in underserved areas.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Europe's dependence on Huawei laid bare in new study
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

A report by Strand Consult shows that some of Europe's largest operators and national incumbents have become heavily reliant on the Chinese vendor.

Comcast beefs up network capacity, uses AI to keep data demands in check
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

As usage spiked during the early parts of the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the pace of capacity upgrades and sped up the use of an AI system called 'Octave' to boost the efficiency of its access networks.

India to test telecom gear as tension rises with China
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Indian authorities will require some equipment to undergo mandatory tests starting in October in a move that could hold up network deployment.

Eurobites: Ericsson tells UK it can fill void left by Huawei ban
News Analysis | 6/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom integrates e-SIM onto Qualcomm chipset; Telia takes control of rail signaling in Oslo; Bouygyes Telecom buys Credit Mutuel subsidiary.

What will Jio do with its recent windfall?
News Analysis | 6/26/2020

The Indian operator has attracted billions of dollars from a range of investments. Debt reduction might not be the only option.

Verizon's 'enhanced' 5G Home lands in Houston
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

The company also touts a repeater technology trial with Pivotal Commware designed to enhance and boost Verizon's millimeter wave 5G signals.

Cable One will boost data plans, but not scrap its cap
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Cable operator will permanently increase most residential data plans by up to 300 gigabytes starting July 1 and extend other pandemic-related relief measures through the end of 2020.

Huawei to build new £1B UK R&D center after local council gives blessing
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

The go-ahead by authorities in Cambridgeshire will anger US officials and put further pressure on the government as it considers Huawei's future role in the UK.

Eurobites: Ericsson offers 'try before you buy' 5G SA kits to enterprises
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia sells Inwit stakes; Colt goes multicloud; Becks plows dough into esports.

Light Reading's Leading Lights 2020: The Finalists
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Light Reading is delighted to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 16th year.

Could COVID-19 finally make broadband universal in the US?
DanoVision | 6/24/2020

Microsoft's CEO sees a future of 'remote everything.' As a result, there's a growing consensus among lawmakers that Internet access is no longer a 'nice to have' but a 'need to have.'

The labors of Lundmark: Herculean turnaround faces new Nokia boss
Morris Lore | 6/24/2020

Pekka Lundmark will join Nokia as CEO in August, returning to a company he previously worked for 20 years ago. The task ahead of him looks immense.

Eurobites: Ericsson nudges 5G rivals aside in Croatia
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica boss spies the sunlit M&A uplands; Telia turns to Motorola for push-to-talk; Elisa goes streaming with NENT Group.

Optical network automation gets real
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/23/2020

The needle is moving firmly toward an automated optical future, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

Eurobites: Nokia gets the nod for Ireland's national broadband plan
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Irish coronavirus app poised for deployment; Sky Germany looks ahead; InCoax lands US MoCa deal.

Charter asks FCC to drop restrictions on data caps, network peering deals
News Analysis | 6/22/2020

Citing the surge of OTT video and the need to create network efficiencies, Charter asks the FCC to sunset its prohibition on data caps and paid peering deals five years after its Time Warner Cable deal closed.

Nokia confirms plan to slash 1,233 jobs in France
News Analysis | 6/22/2020

Latest cuts in France come after the Finnish firm's annual report shows that 5,000 jobs disappeared across the entire business in 2019.

FCC chairman seeks help to keep the broadband flowing
News Analysis | 6/19/2020

Ajit Pai asks Congress to create legislation that helps consumers and small businesses stay connected as his Keeping Americans Connected Pledge nears its expiration date.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom sets out world-domination plan
News Analysis | 6/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK COVID-19 app bites the dust; Amazon creates virtual jobs in South Africa; UKCloud goes carbon-negative.

US officials reject subsea connection to Hong Kong over security worries
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

Team Telecom – a government committed formed by President Trump in April – recommended against forging a direct Internet connection between the US and Hong Kong.

Subsea cables following Huawei's fate
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

US efforts to ban Chinese subsea links will only boost regional players.

Eurobites: Lights, cameras, action for Telefónica's content joint venture
News Analysis | 6/18/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky piggybacks on Open Fiber for broadband in Italy; Nokia throws some probabilistic constellation shapes for STC; BT enters into military satcoms alliance.

Comcast sees more runway for broadband growth as pay-TV losses mount
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Comcast expects to see steeper video losses continue in Q2 alongside an opportunity to grow its broadband base and a core 'connectivity' business that also features Xfinity Flex and Xfinity Mobile, CFO says.

Infinera's latest 800G test gets carrier buy-in
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Windstream cosigns on Infinera's latest ICE6 technology test, which sustained an 800G transmission from Phoenix to San Diego.

Telia wants out of Turkcell
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Nordic operator confirms talks with Turkey Wealth Fund to sell indirect stake in Turkey's largest mobile operator.

Virgin Media broadband subs have downloaded an extra 325GB during pandemic
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

UK's largest cable operator said April was the busiest month on record on the network, with usage in May running close behind.

NBN nears finish line, but remains mired in controversy and red ink
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Australia's NBN is close to completion but years away from profitability.

Eurobites: EE, Nokia join forces for air-to-ground emergency network
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops upgrades in Turkey; UK's Shared Rural Network clicks into action; Telia confirms Turkcell stake-sale talks.

T-Mobile's 'significant capacity issues' led to network outage
The Philter | 6/16/2020

While misinformation rocketed around the Internet, T-Mobile said an issue in its network core was to blame for a multi-hour outage on Monday.

Peak usage on US cable networks falls back to Earth
News Analysis | 6/16/2020

On a national basis, peak downstream usage is up just 6.6% since March 1, while the pressure on cable's upstream continues as peak usage is up 25.1% during the period, according to the latest batch of NCTA data.

Network virtualization poised to seize a bigger role in cable's post-pandemic era
News Analysis | 6/16/2020

More 'light touch' automation techniques will be implemented as cable operators determine new ways to add and adjust capacity to address rising and fluctuating demands on the network.

Eurobites: Fiber effect fortifies network investment levels in France
News Analysis | 6/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: It's all about the baseband for Ericsson; Telefónica extends tie-up with Fortinet; O2 boss channels Churchill.

Can DAA upgrades get the right bang for the buck?
News Analysis | 6/15/2020

For Denmark's Stofa, a move to DOCSIS 3.1 and a distributed access architecture have produced operational benefits but have not yet translated into a big boost in customer satisfaction.

Ciena's webscale sales show cloud growth, consistency
The Philter | 6/12/2020

The optical networking firm has nine consecutive quarters with more than $100 million in direct sales to its webscale customers.

Philippines' unlikely saviors make $5B network bet
News Analysis | 6/12/2020

China Telecom and businessman Dennis Uy step in to save the Philippines from its failing digital infrastructure.

Eurobites: BT taps into pandemic broadband paranoia with second-line offering
News Analysis | 6/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange revamps executive committee; Enea signs cloud contract with German Tier 1 operator; Proximus cozies up to local bank.

Cable One snaps up ValueNet Fiber
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

Emporia, Kansas-based service provider delivers a mix of broadband and video services over its fiber-based network.

Huawei avoidance strategy is paying off for UK's O2
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

A decision to rely on Nordic vendors could translate into a huge 5G opportunity for O2 if the UK decides to ban Huawei.

CityFibre plans jobs splurge to boost UK fiber build
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

UK alternative fiber network provider plans to offer up to 10,000 new jobs, including to those without previous experience.

TalkTalk on the up, up
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

Looks like the UK broadband provider had a good fiscal 2020 (helped by Openreach discounts).

Broadcom backs out of MoCA
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

As Intel nears the sale of its home connectivity unit to MaxLinear, the coax-focused organization could find itself with a sole chipmaker left on its membership rolls along with more questions about its long-term fate.

India considers sweeteners to attract telecom gear manufacturers
News Analysis | 6/11/2020

Authorities are trying to persuade manufacturers to set up shop in India, and offering some juicy incentives to lure them.

Cable sets the stage for DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 6/10/2020

There's no imminent need for DOCSIS 4.0, but operators are already exploring early, incremental moves to prepare their networks as new technologies and products based on the new CableLabs specs develop.

Eurobites: NATO boss approves of UK's Huawei (re)review
News Analysis | 6/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone warns on rip-and-replace costs; FTTH Council Europe formulates to-do list; virtual healthcare app needs treatment.

Liberty Global: No need to alter network upgrade plans in the face of COVID-19
News Analysis | 6/10/2020

'The impact on the network has not been extreme at all' during the pandemic, though Liberty Global might look into minor changes in areas that are seeing some upstream congestion, a top engineering exec says.

Cable network undergoing a 'radical transformation,' CableLabs CTO says
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

HFC is evolving into a connectivity and compute platform woven together with virtualization as cable ops prepare to support a more diverse mix of apps and services, CableLabs' Belal Hamzeh says.

SCTE/ISBE sets free, virtual version of Cable-Tec Expo
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

After canceling the on-site event in Denver, the cable engineering and standards-setting organization will push ahead with a completely digital format for the event, which will take place October 12-16.

Global broadband access equipment revenues dip 15% in Q1 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

Meanwhile, cable access revenues declined 22% even as shipments of DOCSIS 3.1 CPE accelerated.

Fiber remains plentiful as Akamai builds private network backbone
News Analysis | 6/8/2020

Akamai began construction of a private fiber backbone three years ago. Today the effort stretches across North America, Europe and parts of Asia.

Huawei's UK marketing campaign is doomed
Morris Lore | 6/8/2020

Huawei's role in the UK's 4G and fixed broadband history does not justify its involvement in the country's rollout of 5G networks.

Eurobites: Finland fires up second 5G spectrum auction
News Analysis | 6/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: England's mobile phone stores prepare to reopen; Openreach encourages Scotland to spend big on digital infrastructure; Sky plans canned noise for supporter-less soccer matches.

Oh, Ciena... analysts impressed by Q2 beats
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Network supplier surpasses expectations. Strong order-book impresses.

Eurobites: Iliad, Open Fiber 'close to deal'
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 rides the rails in the UK; Brit academic slams COVID-19 app strategy; Com Hem upgrades TV service.

AT&T: We moved hundreds of tower sites in 2019 to get better deals
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

As it works to reduce the cash outlay for renting space on cell towers, AT&T is threatening to move off of towers it deems too expensive.

Eurobites: Fastweb boosts its enterprise appeal with Cutaway acquisition
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iskratel tackles CPE; work begins on Channel Islands network upgrade; Telefónica offers its servers for research into diseases.

Small US cable op scraps its data cap
The Bauminator | 6/2/2020

Antietam Broadband has eliminated its data usage plans and data caps permanently after relaxing those policies temporarily during the pandemic. Antietam's move could pressure other cable ops to follow suit.

US continues push to keep China out of its telecom networks
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Telecom companies including Huawei, Pacific Networks and ComNet are among those in heated legal disputes with US officials, who are aiming to turn the world against China.

Starry's base growing by 10% per month, nearing 100K sub mark – analyst
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Fixed wireless broadband startup is succeeding in a slow, targeted way against rivals in markets such as Boston, but Starry's greater impact on the national US broadband market is still a drop in the bucket.

Viasat cuts staff, sizes up LEO satellite opportunity for rural broadband
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Satellite broadband company has laid off about 300 employees and paused hiring to ease the financial impact of an in-flight business that's been hit hard by a major cut back in air travel during the pandemic.

Eurobites: Tele2 Sweden goes 5G roaming in Latvia
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators to be 'compensated' for Huawei strip-out; Italy pilots decentralized COVID-19 app; CityFibre poaches some of Ofcom's legal firepower.

Equinix to buy BCE's data centers for $750M
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

As expected, Canada's BCE said it will sell its data centers to Equinix. The operator joins Verizon, AT&T and others in exiting the data center business.

Comcast Business tailors new offering for home workers
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

In response to the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the introduction of a new 'At Home' product that provides a dedicated, commercial-grade service paired with a simplified, company-paid billing structure.

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