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China Telecom boffin warns of 'capacity crunch'
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Wei Leping, director of China Telecom's science and technology committee, warned that networks need to go all-optical to avoid 'capacity crunch.'

Facebook takes aim at Apple over '50% dip' in ad revenues
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Social media company accuses Apple of potentially devastating effect on ad revenues with iOS14, forcing apps to give users option to opt out of tracking.

Salt gets legal over Switzerland's Sunrise-UPC tie-up
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Salt Mobile says it is considering a court fight against Liberty-owned UPC's acquisition of Sunrise, saying it rides roughshod over a joint venture.

Walmart enters the fray to buy TikTok in the US
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

US retail giant Walmart is the latest unexpected suitor in the race to buy the US business of video-sharing network TikTok, in a joint bid with Microsoft.

DOCSIS 4.0 prototypes could be here in less than a year
News Analysis | 8/28/2020

Specific product timelines are up to vendors, but CableLabs is preparing to be in position to start certification testing in early 2022, exec says.

Oracle's telco strategy: 5G wins, RAN partnerships
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Oracle says carrier customers are licensing its 5G network functions. In the near term, the company looks similar to other vendors but its longer-term story is unique.

Eurobites: Italian government likes bank's plan for single broadband network
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues toughs it out in H1; BT picks security partners; Ericsson joins club 450MHz.

DT launches cloud gaming, no thanks to MobiledgeX
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

DT has launched a new cloud-based video game streaming service, but a startup tailored by the company to support this kind of offering is not yet playing a part because of 'technology compatibility issues.'

It's go time for DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Cable ops won't need the full capabilities of DOCSIS 4.0 for years, but the time is nigh for them to start prepping the network with certain elements as the full product ecosystem is developed.

CableLabs starts to connect on network convergence
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

The process will be evolutionary, but CableLabs and its members are working to define a cohesive framework for converged, wireless/wireline networks underpinned by virtualization, CableLabs' Mariam Sorond says.

Huawei loses groundbreaking global patents case in London
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

English courts can set licensing rates for global standard essential patents, says Unwired Planet v Huawei, a decision that positions London as a patent hub.

Dan Whalen exits Adtran
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

After a stint as chief product officer at Adtran, the cable and telecom industry vet is taking a hiatus for family reasons and to spend some time weighing his next industry move.

Swisscom hauled back before Swiss Competition Commission
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Switzerland's Competition Commission is again investigating Swisscom for abusing its broadband market position in a way that prevents its rivals from operating profitably.

Eurobites: Ultraleap jumps into bed with Qualcomm for 5G-supported 'XR'
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media offers cheaper broadband to welfare recipients; Deutsche Telekom trumpets new cloud tool; management pay freeze at Telenor.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom makes cloud gaming play
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone offers fiber broadband in three more UK cities; GDPR fines, and who's getting them; ElevenPaths acquires Govertis.

Podcast: Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on cable's latest DAA efforts
LRTV Interviews | 8/24/2020

Omdia Analyst Jaimie Lenderman discusses cable operator efforts to reimagine their networks as less centralized and with more intelligence at the edge.

Eurobites: Is UK wavering over 'Facebook tax'?
News Analysis | 8/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook France coughs up back taxes; Ericsson's RAN gets security seal of approval; Russia ready to do business with Huawei.

Crown Castle won't sell fiber biz to appease Elliott – analysts
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Elliott Management wants Crown Castle to ditch its fiber operation, which underpins its small cell strategy. Wall Street analysts don't think that will happen.

How Comcast overhauled its ops during the pandemic
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Comcast made swift changes in how it handled service installs, customer interactions and network maintenance as business-as-usual was turned on its head during the pandemic.

Leading Lights 2020: The Winners
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Find out which companies our editors have selected as winners in the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

Leading Lights 2020: The Awards
LRTV Documentaries | 8/21/2020

Light Reading's editors congratulate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

Podcast: BT Security's Kevin Brown on remote working and human firewalls
LRTV Interviews | 8/21/2020

BT Security's Kevin Brown joins the podcast to discuss remote working in a pandemic, including all the risks, changes and advantages the 'new normal' has for service providers. We'll also cover BT's concept of a 'human firewall' and how companies can prioritize their security approach based on people, not technology.

Eurobites: Minister deals blow to TIM's network-control hopes
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom measures mobile and broadband satisfaction in UK; developer targets online bullying; analyst giant swallows smaller rival.

MTS steers a steady course and maintains 2020 guidance
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Russian mobile operator experiences headwinds from the pandemic but is confident enough to confirm previous guidance for the full year.

Cable's 'GAP' initiative feeds urge-to-converge network
News Analysis | 8/20/2020

Emerging standard for interoperable, modular nodes will help cable operators bring unity to a multitude of access network technologies, including PON, LTE, Wi-Fi and future 5G deployments.

Trump now forcing global carriers to pick a side
News Analysis | 8/20/2020

The US State Department is now issuing 'Clean Telco' stickers to SoftBank, Telstra and others. The implication is that operators without the sticker are dirty.

Losing the 5G 'race' might not matter
Morris Lore | 8/20/2020

A year after its commercial launch in parts of Asia, the mobile technology still looks like an improvement over 4G rather than an economic game-changer.

SpaceX lands $1.9B, Starlink launch hits 650 satellites
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Reuse of Falcon 9 boosters fire up business case for Musk's satellite broadband project, as 75 investors close SpaceX funding round on valuation of $46 billion.

EQT to acquire EdgeConneX
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Acquisition enters the picture nearly a year after reports surfaced that EQT was in talks to snap up the cloud and edge network specialist for at least $2.5 billion.

Telefónica called out over 75% loss of value over ten years – report
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

El Economista claims Telefónica lost €60 billion market value, risking EuroStoxx slot, as operator moves close to sale of El Salvador operation to America Movil.

COVID-19 hasn't infected operators' capex plans
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Operators typically buy around 20% to 30% additional capacity per year to keep pace with traffic growth. Due to the pandemic, that rose to between 30% and 50%.

Eurobites: Nokia patent injunction stops Daimler in its tracks
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: du, Software AG collaborate on IoT; Deutsche Telekom researches drones; Merthyr Tydfil gets a gig.

Four things we've learned from China operator results
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

China Telecom has rounded out results season with a flat first-half result. China Mobile and MIIT results are also already out. Here's what we've learned.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

EXFO, Infovista, Keysight Technologies, Netrounds, Sandvine, Spirent Communications, Tutela Technologies and Viavi Solutions stand out as the eight final contenders for outstanding test and measurement vendor this year.

Mobile network operators face app tsunami
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

App Annie highlights app-spending frenzy in H1 (and greater strain on mobile networks).

Oracle latest TikTok suitor, as video app defends virtue
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

Oracle joins the race for ByteDance's TikTok social video app – as the company launches a site dedicated to rebutting President Trump's security allegations.

TIM says 65% of rural families can access ultra-broadband
News Analysis | 8/17/2020

Italy's biggest operator says accelerating fiber-optic rollout means almost two thirds of families in 'white areas' now have access to FTTC ultra-broadband.

Bouygues scores Mediapro deal to showcase top-flight soccer
News Analysis | 8/17/2020

French operator teams up with Spanish media group's new Téléfoot subscription service to broadcast domestic and European games.

Why 5G needs better fixed broadband
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/17/2020

As the telecom industry focuses on rolling out 5G mobile broadband technology across the globe, the real key to success lies in improving fixed broadband networks and smoothing the network evolution path.

Eurobites: Vodafone UK hops aboard dedicated-broadband bandwagon
News Analysis | 8/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellcom Israel dinged by COVID-19; HEVC Advance files lawsuit in Germany; Amazon faces German antitrust probe.

Cisco plans hefty cuts as virus pain deepens
News Analysis | 8/14/2020

As sales fall, the equipment giant is trying to juggle a desire to invest in growth areas with the need to cut costs.

Starlink speed tests surface
The Bauminator | 8/14/2020

Starlink remains mum on pricing and packaging, but beta tests show speeds exceeding 60 Mbit/s down and more than 17 Mbit/s up, paired with latencies as low as 31 milliseconds.

TV blurs Q2 picture for Denmark’s TDC
News Analysis | 8/14/2020

Nuuday unit takes much of the blame (again) for falls in revenue and gross profit, with subscriber drop blamed on linear TV decline and COVID-19.

Eurobites: Turkcell powers through pandemic
News Analysis | 8/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Everyone wants a piece of Cellnex; Romania's Digi has strong second quarter; Israel wraps up 5G tender.

Operators need to prepare for the game-streaming tsunami
DanoVision | 8/13/2020

Whether it's from Amazon or Microsoft or Google, the perfect storm of online game streaming is coming, and those operators that are unprepared will soon stand out.

Eurobites: 3 Denmark spins off masts
News Analysis | 8/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italy's Fastweb thrives during pandemic; United Internet reports sales growth in Germany; Finland's Teleste stumbles badly.

MaxLinear, Broadcom set to bring silicon stability to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 8/12/2020

MaxLinear has accelerated product development after closing its Intel deal, and Broadcom, sources said, has secured the financial backing it desired to proceed with D4.0.

Liberty Global makes $7.4B bid for Swiss Sunrise
News Analysis | 8/12/2020

Sunrise was trying to buy UPC last year. Now UPC's owner is chasing Sunrise in a surprising turnaround.

Roku rails against Charter's push to end ban on data caps
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

Despite a surging OTT video market, Roku contends that data caps 'remain an avenue for anti-competitive conduct by broadband providers' while ISP competition remains insufficient.

Windstream's new optical network runs on Ciena
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

A national network upgrade for Windstream will include photonics, coherent optical tech and software platforms from Ciena.

Undersea cable brings optical fiber to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 2,313km optical cable deployment by state-owned telco BSNL, bringing better connectivity to remote islands.

Eurobites: BT may sell part of network to pensioners – report
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE extends emergency services network; Austria moves ahead with 5G auction plans; Telecom Italia, Telefónica consortium nearer to Oi deal.

Crisis? What Crisis? PLDT steers solid H1 course
News Analysis | 8/7/2020

Unlike many operators in other parts of the world, the Philippine telco has not been derailed by COVID-19.

Eurobites: UK is (almost) totally wired, finds ONS Internet study
News Analysis | 8/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom/Airtel merger in Kenya is off; Sparkle's shiny new CEO; Call of Duty update puts strain on UK networks.

Cable One invests in two fixed wireless ISPs
News Analysis | 8/6/2020

Cable One has acquired stakes in Wisper and NextLink as it aims to reach more homes and businesses in areas near its wireline footprint.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecom Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
The Philter | 8/6/2020

Seven companies, with six offerings – AT&T and Colt Technology Services; Cisco, Ericsson, Infinera, Microchip and RtBrick – made the cut in a highly competitive category.

It looks like Trump is beating Huawei
DanoVision | 8/6/2020

Infinera's outgoing CEO described the situation as a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' for companies that compete against the Chinese vendor.

Cable spending sparks broadband network sales at CommScope
News Analysis | 8/6/2020

CommScope's CPE business continued to struggle in Q2, but vendor says sales at T-Mobile are 'ramping' in the wake of the recently completed Sprint merger.

Trump lays out 'Clean Network' agenda against China
News Analysis | 8/6/2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined the government's new 'Clean Network' effort that targets everything from Chinese apps to undersea cables.

Huawei's inventory buildup may have peaked
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

NeoPhotonics expects revenues from Huawei to decline from 50% of its total to much lower levels, a development the company said indicates that the Chinese vendor has met its inventory stockpile goal.

Telecom Italia desperate to control Italy's only fiber network
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

If the Italian phone incumbent cannot negotiate a majority stake, its outlook will suffer.

5G could make wireless time-sensitive networking a possibility
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Companies including Intel, Keysight Technologies, General Electric and Extreme Networks have teamed in the Avnu Alliance to make time-sensitive networking (TSN) in 5G a reality.

SBA, American Tower double down on edge computing opportunity
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

SBA Communications and American Tower are investing millions of dollars into open datacenters around the country, both big and small. Their goal is to compete with the likes of Amazon and Akamai.

Harmonic set to cash in on process to reclaim C-band spectrum
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Video vendor says work stemming from SES partnership focused on reclaiming C-band spectrum for 5G will drive material revenues as early as Q4.

Eurobites: Arm co-founder warns against Nvidia sale
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ukrtelecom rolls out broadband to rural notspots; Seacom boosts capacity on African subsea cable; UK politicians sounds TikTok alarm.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Five companies – Amdocs, CommScope, Promptlink, Synamedia and ZTE – made the cut in the Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service category.

Charlie Vogt heads back to the future
CxO Spotlight | 8/3/2020

As the new CEO of Dasan Zhone, Vogt returns to his telecom roots as the supplier seeks to expand in North America.

Has Nokia stopped the 5G rot?
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor may have turned an important corner at a very opportune geopolitical moment.

ATX fills a gap as it takes over Cisco's cable amp biz
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Digicomm deal provides continuity as ATX prepares to sell GainMaker-compatible products along with a mix of its own next-gen cable access network products.

Eurobites: Does Drahi have his eye on Openreach?
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Stirling work from CityFibre; Telia sells Afghan stake; new boss at Olivetti; 5G – The Movie.

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