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Video strategies vary widely among indie operators
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Some still see video as an important piece, while others are extracting themselves from the business to leave the mess of rocketing programming rates to OTT-TV providers.

Germany stops short of Huawei ban, but raises bar to entry
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Germany looks set to strangle the China-based supplier in red tape as scrutiny is extended to the 5G RAN.

Cable One swings deal for big piece of Mega Broadband
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

Cable One also has the option to acquire all of MBI, formed by the purchases of Vyve Broadband, Northland Communications and part of Eagle Communications, starting in 2023.

Musk makes Starlink IPO guarantee to small investors
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

But they'll have to wait. If a listing does happen it won't be for at least 'several years.'

Eurobites: Finland's Elisa extends 5G partnership with Ericsson
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange trials private network with Schneider Electric, launches $30 smartphone in Africa; Proximus reaches Ostend with its fiber rollout; Google still dominates the price-comparison market in Europe.

DriveNets confirmed by AT&T for cloud-native core routing project
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

AT&T confirms it deployed its disaggregated core routing platform with technology from Broadcom, DriveNets and UfiSpace.

Juniper buys Netrounds to hammer networks into shape
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Acquisition of Swedish network testing and monitoring company will strengthen its line-up of automated WAN products, it says.

Rogers pledges to plow $3B into Quebec, retain Cogeco brand
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Proposed five-year financial plan includes accelerated 5G coverage and $1.5 billion in network investments. Rogers has also promised to keep Cogeco's headquarters in Montreal.

Courtroom drama keeps TikTok in Apple and Google app stores
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Late Sunday night, TikTok received a reprieve when a federal judge blocked a Trump order for Apple and Google to remove it from their US app stores.

Eurobites: Go easy on us or we'll miss the fiber deadline, BT tells UK government
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three Ireland switches on 5G; Oaktree buys majority stake in Zzoomm; Arm jobs under threat, says UK politician.

India considers appealing Hague order in Vodafone tax row
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling retrospective tax laws unfairly penalized the telecoms giant, the Indian government may still appeal.

COVID-19 accelerates race to the cloud – report
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams and more are all benefiting from the enforced need to stay at home.

Vodafone mulling Másmóvil takeover – report
News Analysis | 9/25/2020

UK-based group said to be in talks to buy Spanish rival, although analysts are skeptical about such a deal.

New CableLabs platform aims to bring vision to the power grid
News Analysis | 9/25/2020

'Gridmetrics,' an early-stage project, is a data platform that measures and monitors the distribution portion of the power grid and helps utilities track performance and be alerted to outages and potential outages.

Eurobites: EU probes China's fiber 'dumping'
News Analysis | 9/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: all aboard the 5G bus; Orange wants more phone recycling; Italy frets over network safety.

Vecima sees bright days ahead after Nokia deal
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

Growing Canadian cable and video equipment vendor racks up big revenue and income gains in its fiscal Q4, after closing deal to buy the bulk of Nokia's cable access product portfolio early last month.

After seven years of copper, Australian NBN pivots to fiber
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

The government and NBN Co will upgrade the state-funded wholesale network to deliver up to 1 Gbit/s to another 6 million premises.

Eurobites: UK manufacturing hopes 5G can help break the mold
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: snuffling out 5G startups; SEE Enterprise doubles its network, signs connectivity deal with Three UK; Vodafone develops IoT-fueled product recall system.

Ting's pay-TV play: Recommending YouTube TV and Sling TV
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Ting has dropped a previous plan to develop its own IPTV service after discovering that managing a traditional service created a greater burden than originally anticipated.

Orange says yes to Microsoft Azure MSP party
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Orange Business Services becomes the latest operator to join the Azure partner program established in 2019.

Eurobites: Ericsson hops into the record books
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AMP Capital to acquire VX Fiber; Vodafone vets its suppliers for diversity credentials and more; Swisscom's Herren to leave at end of the year.

Windstream sails out of Chapter 11
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Says it has chopped its debt by more than $4B and has secured access to $2B in new capital.

TikTok's unholy trinity unraveling despite Trump blessing
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Trump's 'great deal for America' over TikTok ownership is already unraveling, as Oracle, Walmart, ByteDance and the White House tell different stories.

Eurobites: Ericsson, BT and Telia join new climate-change club
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional round: ancient telly wipes out Welsh broadband; Telefónica's connectivity fires up 'digitalized shopping center' in Spain; Swisscom turns blue.

With 'Gig 2,' Virgin Media sees way to double broadband speeds
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

The UK cable operator has already promised a gigabit-speed connection across its entire network by the end of next year. It is now eyeing a service that is twice as fast.

More spectrum the key to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Beefing up capacity to 1.2GHz and up to 1.8GHz is a primary driver for the new CableLabs specs. Meanwhile, SCTE has already kicked off standards focused on a future move to 3GHz.

Eurobites: Drillisch shares slide after profits warning
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enet facilitates Brodynt's entry into Ireland; CityFibre bolsters buildout with Bechtel; Saudi Arabia pins hopes on digital transformation.

EC pins recovery hopes on 5G and supercomputing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The European Commission recommends the adoption of a common approach to the deployment of 5G networks.

Iliad targets Pole position with €3.5B Play takeover
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The enfant terrible of the French telecom market is looking further east for its next growth opportunity.

Time runs out for TikTok as Trump announces Sunday ban
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Deadline looms large for TikTok and social messaging platform WeChat as White House says app store ban will take effect on Sunday.

Fujitsu flags efforts to tackle facial recognition fraud
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.

Mediacom opens door to the '10G Smart Home'
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

The demo in Ames, Iowa, features an enhanced DOCSIS 3.1 network feeding 8K video and more than 70 connected devices, along with an eye-popping show of emerging bandwidth-eating light field display technology.

Surprise, surprise: China prefers Chinese cloud-service providers
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Report by Synergy finds easier pickings for US players elsewhere in the APAC region, as Alibaba leads the pack of homegrown cloud services providers.

EU could oppose Italy's single fiber network plan – report
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

EU competition officials are said to be questioning the plan for Telecom Italia to keep control of a single fiber network company.

Ribbon's McClelland: 5G is one of our catalysts
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2020

Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.

AT&T mulling ad-supported phone plans – report
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

AT&T CEO John Stankey suggests the subsidized cell phone plans could be introduced in 2021.

Verizon CEO views 5G Home as 'transformative business'
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Self-installation model, video service bundle options and broadband service mobility will open up opportunities with residential and business customers, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg says.

Comcast wants to go global on smart TVs, CEO says
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Bringing company's tech stack to smart TVs fits into a broader plan to build a global IP video platform that relies on a common tech stack and standardized hardware, Brian Roberts says.

Dutch mobile market counts cost of COVID-19
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

New report expects Dutch mobile revenue to fall 4.3% in 2020, but the three operators show a slightly mixed picture in Q2.

Facebook failing to stop billion-dollar bot ad fraud
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Platforms like Facebook aren't using technology they possess to stop bots committing advertising fraud, costing tens of billions of dollars a year.

Eurobites: KPN and Prysmian trial eco-friendly fiber
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach rolls out more fiber; here comes the Nokia SON; Facebook given some breathing space in data-transfer rumpus.

Google Fiber to unleash '2 Gig' service
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

In a move that could accelerate cable upstream upgrades and DOCSIS 4.0 development, Google Fiber will soon launch 2-Gig service in Nashville and Huntsville for $100 per month, and expand it to most markets by early 2021.

Sweden's Bredband2 makes $71M swoop on A3
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Consolidation in Sweden's broadband market in the offing as A3 committee recommends takeover bid by smaller rival.

Podcast: COVID-19 challenges online learning, network performance
LRTV Interviews | 9/14/2020

Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares an update on his research of network usage and performance during the pandemic.

Oracle is the unlikely winner of the TikTok wars
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

US software giant Oracle has won the bidding war to buy TikTok's US operations from ByteDance, but the deal will face grueling political hurdles.

5G cloud gaming offers annual $150bn revenue gain – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

New report shows that 'ardent gamers' would be willing to pay a lot more for a high-quality cloud gaming service on low-latency 5G networks.

Eurobites: BT blasted for cost of rural hook-ups
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE ditches Dixons Carphone; former BT bigwig heads up UK's post-Huawei task force; Telecom Italia grows connectivity for agribusinesses.

5G vs. cable: Hitting the millimeter-wave wall
Column | 9/14/2020

Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton argues that 5G is not the competitive threat to cable that many once thought it would be.

Is 5G fixed wireless getting ready for its comeback?
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Analysts have derided early FWA services in 5G as relatively small-scale operations. But new products, technologies and spectrum resources could change the calculation.

EarthLink throws book at Charter
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

EarthLink, which has tried to renew an expiring wholesale deal with Charter, alleges that the cable operator is duping subs into switching providers and tarnishing the EarthLink brand.

Footprint expansions boost cable's broadband growth
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Cable operators have raked in broadband subs during the pandemic, but the reasons behind the surge run far and deep, according to a top industry analyst.

Vodafone CEO slams Italy's single fiber network plans
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Nick Read warns against a move towards 'effective renationalization' of Italy's telecoms market.

Broadcasters tee up 5G demo for virtual IBC
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

A team of broadcasters will demo a series of 5G technologies live at the IBC virtual showcase event, as the industry looks to capitalize on stable data transfer.

Charter in 'no rush' to roll out DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

There's still plenty of speed and capacity to mine out of DOCSIS 3.1, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Podcast: Closing the digital divide during COVID-19
LRTV Interviews | 9/9/2020

CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suitors finally emerge for GTT's infrastructure division
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Macquarie Group, 3i Group and AustralianSuper are reportedly in the frame for GTT's European fiber assets.

Troubled SoftBank Group slices telco stake in SoftBank Corp
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

SoftBank Group, after its market capitalization fell $13 billion between Monday and Wednesday, is cutting its stake in telco SoftBank Corp for cash.

Oi accepts $3.1B offer for mobile biz from three rivals
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

América Móvil, Telefónica and TIM gain stalking horse status for the 'mobile assets UPI' of the Brazilian operator.

India's Airtel awards FTTH deal to ITI
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

The deal is significant because it is a rare instance of a private telco working with a domestic state-owned vendor.

Eurobites: Nokia lands transport deal with Italy's Open Fiber
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Leroy pops up at Deutsche Telekom; UK launches National Data Strategy; Sky plays ROXi music.

Vodafone hits bum note with 5G piano demo
Morris Lore | 9/9/2020

The latest 5G offering from the UK operator is a connected grand piano played by someone normally seen behind the wheel of a car.

Inmarsat sees in-flight broadband take off
News Analysis | 9/9/2020

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce boasts of record data traffic volumes over the European Aviation Network, a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom.

STC set to revise Vodafone Egypt offer – reports
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Saudi Telecom Company said to be in discussions to reduce its $2.39 billion offer for Vodafone Group's 55% stake, potentially scuppering eight months of talks.

Eurobites: Google gets cold feet on new Dublin office
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NetIX adds exchanges; Pluto TV arrives on European browsers; KPN issues €600 million Eurobond.

Telefónica continues cyber shopping spree with iHackLabs
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Telefónica makes a second cybersecurity acquisition, eyeing the 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity expert vacancies in the EU by 2022.

China's biggest private broadband player heads for the exit
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Dr. Peng sells wholly owned Great Wall Broadband and other assets to new state-backed technology firm Zhongan Industrial Investment.

Eurobites: Telia, Telenor ready to roll on Danish 5G
News Analysis | 9/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson gets TDC 5G-ready; MTN Ghana fights market dominance ruling; A1 Austria in wholesale TV deal.

France stokes fiber's embers with extra €240M
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

French government allocates part of €100B ($118B) post-COVID-19 stimulus package to fiber network buildout.

COVID-19 slowing network operator capex, warns Ciena
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Ciena, which counts AT&T and Verizon as top customers, warned of a pandemic-released slowdown in service provider spending. But some analysts aren't worried.

Pandemic pushes cable's DAA plans off-course
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Cable operators prioritized near-term capacity upgrades and enhancements to legacy centralized infrastructure in 2020, slowing the drive toward a future that will feature distributed access networks.

Eurobites: CityFibre extends backhaul deal with Three UK
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France's Free not free to use Huawei; TIM does smart-speaker voice calling; Google responds at length to EU on Digital Services Act.

Cogeco stiff-arms Altice USA/Rogers takeover bid
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Altice USA wants to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband operations and sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers.

Eurobites: Iliad holds steady in France, makes hay in Italy
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM updates on fiber rollout; Proximus brings Leuven into the fiber fold; funding secured for 5G innovation hub in UK.

Alaska Comm brings broadband to the bush
News Analysis | 9/3/2020

Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.

Google says advertisers will pay digital services tax
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Google and other tech firms will pass on European countries' new digital taxes to advertisers and developers, as telcos worry about double-taxation

SmarTone takes on HKT with 5G home broadband
News Analysis | 9/2/2020

Hong Kong telco SmarTone has announced a fixed wireless service that will effectively target incumbent HKT.

First 'GAP' nodes could surface in 2022
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Standards for Generic Access Platform nodes are inching toward finalization, setting up 2021 as a time for vendors to ramp up development of the physical hardware and software.

Verizon, SpaceX, CenturyLink, Charter among FCC's RDOF bidders
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Dozens of companies and other bidding entities have registered their interest in participating in the FCC's $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

Exiting bankruptcy, Frontier looks to challenge cable
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

John Stratton, a former Verizon executive, will work with Frontier CEO Bernard Han to lead the telco out of bankruptcy, in part by challenging cable operators.

TPG shopping RCN, Grande and Wave Broadband for $8B – report
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Private equity firm is reportedly exploring a sale of its 'Astound' conglomerate of service providers for more than $8 billion.

Virtually unstoppable: Zoom revenues quadruple thanks to COVID-19
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Videoconferencing platform Zoom announces runaway second-quarter earnings, with revenue up 355%, though tech's biggest firms aim to chase its success.

Telecom Italia on track to create single fiber network
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

Former Italian incumbent's board approves sale of 37.5% stake in new FiberCop entity to KKR, while merger deal with Open Fiber is finally given the green light.

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