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flexiWAN Offers Escape From SD-WAN Black Box
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Startup flexiWAN debuts customizable, open source SD-WAN software, to give service providers an alternative to reselling the same SD-WAN services as everybody else.

Who Rules 5G Patents? It Depends How You Ask
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

There are patents and then there are standards-essential patents…

Masergy Shines a Light on Shadow IT Security Threats
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Masergy's Shadow IT Discovery service tracks 4,300 SaaS applications and provides insight into the risk level these applications present to customers' network security.

Eurobites: EE Tops UK Mobile Test, but Vodafone Snaps at Its Heels
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom in talks with Cell C over prepaid customers; Openreach lowers free FTTP threshold for housebuilders; Boris Johnson talks Huawei.

Wireless Capex to Increase in 2020, but Don't Expect a 5G Windfall – Analysts
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

ROI with 5G capex is poor for at least two years until business models develop, says Jefferies.

Letting Huawei Into 5G Is 'Madness,' US Warns UK – Reports
News Analysis | 1/14/2020

A delegation of US officials is said to have presented the UK government with new evidence about the risks the Chinese vendor poses.

Charter Goes Out-of-Footprint With New Internet Service for Large Businesses
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.

New SIM Swap Hacks Highlight Carriers' Wobbly Security
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

A new study highlights just how easy it is for hackers to gain access into consumers' wireless accounts. It's called 'SIM swapping,' and it's a potentially dire security issue for the wireless industry.

Charter to Exit the Home Security Biz
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Charter will soon halt support for a home security service inherited from the Time Warner Cable acquisition, and is directing existing customers to DIY options offered in partnership with Ring and Abode.

Anticipation Mounts for 3.5GHz Midband Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

The FCC's auction of 3.5GHz licenses represents the agency's first big midband spectrum offering. However, no one expects that auction to generate the kind of interest that a C-Band auction will produce.

Time to Enter the Leading Lights Awards 2020!
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Never mind the Oscars! The awards season is now properly underway with the launch of the Leading Lights 2020 program, so get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you get swallowed up by MWC madness.

China Mobile Has 3.8M 5G Subs, Targeting 100M This Year
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

The world's biggest operator has an ambitious goal for its 5G business and plans to have a fully standalone 5G network in place before year end.

Vodafone Deploys 5G Multi-Operator RAN Gear
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

UK operator becomes the first to roll out 5G radio access network equipment that can be used by more than one service provider as it continues to work on slashing costs.

Eurobites: UK's Spook-in-Chief Isn't Frightened of Huawei Effect
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN Nigeria breathes a sigh of tax relief; BT bets on e-esports; Proximus-Orange tie-up put on hold.

CES 2020: 8K Won't Be a World-Beater Anytime Soon
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Analyst a 'little bit cautious' about 8K given applicability to larger screens and anticipated smaller addressable market than predecessor technologies such as 4K/Ultra HD and HD.

LR & SCTE Expand Partnership on Tech Webinars
Breznick Unbound | 1/13/2020

Following a successful inaugural year, Light Reading and SCTE•ISBE will team up again in 2020 to produce monthly 'LiveLearnings for Professionals' webinars on cable tech topics, starting with a Jan. 16 session on cable's fiber progress.

Reports of NFV's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

While critics threw shade on NFV last year, support grows for the virtualization technology.

Apple, Samsung Phones Pass FCC's Radiation Tests
News Analysis | 1/10/2020

A report last year from the Chicago Tribune raised concerns that common smartphones were blasting RF radiation over the legal limit. But FCC tests found that they were not.

WiCipedia: Ivanka Trump's CES Keynote & Male Bosses Promote Men More
WiCipedia | 1/10/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: CES picked a controversial keynoter; female founders snagged under 3% of VC funding last year – an all-time high; is learning to code enough?; and more.

Eurobites: UK Government Urged to Tighten Rules on Prepaid Phones to Help Fight Crime
News Analysis | 1/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sterlite buys stake in Israeli virtual RAN vendor; Ofcom doubles down on provider performance ratings; Telekom Slovenije does deal with Discovery.

Telecom Turns Lukewarm on Media Ownership
Morris Lore | 1/10/2020

Interest in buying media and TV companies soured in 2019, according to a Light Reading survey, but it still looks better than banking.

NY Governor Prioritizes '100% Cell Service'
News Analysis | 1/10/2020

After investing $500 million in better high-speed broadband Internet access for the state, New York now needs to prioritize quality cellular service statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address.

Sprint Sold Phone With Chinese Malware, Cybersecurity Firm Claims
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

According to cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes, one of Sprint's prepaid brands sold a phone that contained pre-installed malware from China. Sprint disputes those allegations.

Podcast: Quibi quips and TV feeds the airwaves
The Philter | 1/9/2020

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner has another #CES2020 update. In this episode, we get a Quibi keynote recap, more info on next-gen TV and where we might see 8K in action.

CES 2020: Gearing Up for 'NextGen TV'
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

Three top TV makers introduced 20 ATSC 3.0-capable sets here as broadcasters get ready to rev up their launch plans for the new feature-rich, broadcast-signaling standard.

Verizon Tops 5G Network Perception Survey
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

New survey results indicate Verizon enjoys a commanding lead when it comes to which 5G network Americans think is best.

Podcast: AI Seeps Into Everything at CES 2020
The Bauminator | 1/9/2020

Jeff Baumgartner checks in with Danielle Cassagnol of the Consumer Technology Association to discuss common threads at #CES2020, what new technologies and products are moving the sales needle and what to expect from the massive annual tech-fest next year.

Here's Why It Might Be Time to Worry About mmWave 5G
DanoVision | 1/9/2020

A new year is upon us, but neither Verizon nor AT&T has shared concrete, quantifiable plans for 5G in millimeter-wave spectrum in 2020. Is this cause for concern?

Verizon targets cable with new Fios pricing plans
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

Verizon is stepping away from 'triple play' bundles as well as promotional pricing schemes in an attempt to counter the gains of cable in the broadband Internet space and the rise of streaming alternatives in TV.

No one wants to talk about Huawei's state subsidies
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

Why is no one mentioning Beijing's $75 billion of assistance to Huawei?

Eurobites: For Nokia, 63 Is a 5G Magic Number
News Analysis | 1/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM beats 2 Gbit/s on live 5G commercial network; UK altnet ITS bags £45 million in funding; T-Mobile Poland heads out into the open source.

Podcast: New Devices Stock Service Provider Streaming Schemes
The Philter | 1/8/2020

At #CES2020, Jeff Baumgartner reports on streaming video deals that include broadband service providers as key distribution partners. Maybe this is the silver lining as traditional pay-TV keeps losing subscribers.

CES 2020: Google grabs big tech role in Quibi's phone-focused video service
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Quibi to debut ad-supported and ad-free service tiers for its mobile-optimized video service on April 6, with plans to pump out 175 shows and 8,500 episodes of premium, short-form fare in year one.

Verizon: Don't Expect Much From '5G Home' Until H2 2020
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Verizon won't embark on a wider deployment of its 5G Home service until the second half of this year, when high-powered equipment will be available.

Comcast to stream CBS All Access on X1 and Flex boxes
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Cable operator is the first pay-TV provider to strike a deal to integrate CBS's subscription streaming service on its set-top boxes.

5G Is Doing Surprisingly Well
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

5G is on track but we won't answer the key questions in 2020.

Verizon Draws Up 5G & 4G Drone Flight Plans
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Verizon is ready for 4G and 5G drone flights, as the FAA looks to change the rules for the unmanned aircraft again.

CES 2020: Building Smart Home 2.0
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Strategies centered on common platforms and creating smart home 'experiences' alongside a curated blend smart home equipment and services has superseded the market for siloed, one-off IoT products, execs say.

Samsung Forecasts Fall in Q4 Profit
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

The South Korean electronics giant expects operating profits to fall, but not as much as some analysts had feared.

5G Networks in 2020: Show Me, Don't Tell Me
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/8/2020

It's time for the industry to walk the 5G walk.

Eurobites: Ofcom Fans Flames of UK's Full-Fiber Future
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional rollout: US applies the Huawei thumbscrews on the UK again; French CEO questions Trump's motives over Huawei freeze-out; Orange tests 5G drones in Poland.

VMware's $2.7B Pivotal Acquisition: What It Means for Service Providers
News Analysis | 1/8/2020

VMware R&D VP Craig McLuckie says Pivotal will help provide SPs with the tools needed to build dynamic, modern, API-driven services that enterprise customers demand.

T-Mobile COO: 'Right Is on Our Side' in Sprint Merger
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

T-Mobile executives continue to remain hopeful that the company will ultimately consummate its proposed merger with Sprint. But they also have some ideas for a Plan B.

CES 2020 Notebook: 'Filmmaker Mode' Secures Buy-In From TV Makers & Video Producers
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

Also, Technicolor's streaming box goes software-agnostic, Locast seeks defense funds, Amazon fund backs Sweepr and Synamedia lands cloud DVR deal.

Sprint Kills Virgin Mobile Brand, Will Move Customers to Boost Next Month
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

Despite its ongoing efforts to merge with T-Mobile, Sprint said it will move its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid customers onto its Boost Mobile service starting in just a few short weeks.

Broadcom flogs Symantec unit to Accenture
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

The semiconductor maker offloads some of the security assets it acquired last year to Accenture, which gains valuable new capabilities.

CES 2020: TiVo enters the streaming fray, teams with Sling TV
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

Company debuts 4K-capable, Android TV-powered streaming dongle that will be sold at retail and via cable operators that want to offer an OTT option to broadband-only customers.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Offers 'Free' Broadband Boost
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia scores at Etisalat; Vodafone's Sanches joins Kaltura; African pay-TV market set for subscriber boom.

T-Mobile Ends 2019 on a High With 7M Net Adds for the Year
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

The Un-carrier gains nearly 2 million customers in the final quarter of 2019, but can it maintain its performance under new management and as the battlefield shifts to 5G?

China's Newest Operator Now Has 2 Suitors
News Analysis | 1/7/2020

New 5G spectrum allocation sparks partnership speculation in the world's biggest mobile market.

Podcast: The SVoD Squad Attacks
The Philter | 1/7/2020

We discuss HBO Max, Peacock and more as the week of #CES2020 gets under way and service providers continue to stake their claims in the consumer subscription video business.

NFV Deployments Still on the Rise – Ovum Survey
Column | 1/7/2020

Communications service providers are accelerating the adoption of NFV and virtual networking in 2020-21, according to the results of an Ovum survey.

CES 2020: Amazon lights up Fire TV for service providers, including Verizon
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

New operator-tailored version of Fire TV will bring competition to Google's Android TV Operator Tier as well as the cable industry-backed RDK platform.

Nesten Shoots for DIY IoT Network With Pricey New Node
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Nesten is the latest company to try and create a user-made IoT network with its $3,600 G1 node.

CES 2020: Comcast pitches free cybersecurity to 18M broadband subs
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Cable op also details a new multi-Gig-capable 'XB7' gateway that is equipped with WiFi 6 and low-latency features tailored for online gamers.

Could Apple Sidestep 5G With Satellites?
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Apple is reportedly working on ways to connect its devices directly to satellites, a move that would bypass terrestrial 5G networks. But Apple is still expected to move forward with 5G iPhones this year too.

Enghouse Networks Scoops Up Dialogic
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Dialogic’s software business expands Enghouse’s already sprawling product portfolio, beefing up its position in the enterprise video and unified communications market.

Utilities, Telcos in 5G Street Light Fight
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

A battle is brewing between wireless carriers and utilities over whether 5G small cells can be installed on top of street lights. One problem? The street lights might fall over.

China's UK Ambassador Sounds Warning on Huawei
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Liu Xiaoming says a 5G ban on the controversial Chinese vendor could damage relations between China and the UK.

Cellnex emerges as Euro mobile tower power player
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Spanish firm's €6.4 billion M&A spree gives it tens of thousands of mobile tower assets in eight European countries.

Etisalat to Build Open RAN 'Across UAE'
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Middle Eastern operator names Altiostar, Cisco and NEC as open RAN suppliers, but details of deployment remain thin.

CES 2020: Roku Launches 'TV Ready' Program
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Roku aims to wrest more control of the home entertainment ecosystem with certification program that tightly ties its software for smart TVs with third-party connected audio products.

Eurobites: Huawei Fears Estonian Freeze-Out
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi Arabia's Mobily opts for Ericsson; Ireland's data center dilemma; Sunrise appoints post-Swantee CFO.

Cable '10G' field trials on tap for 2020
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

And DOCSIS 4.0 specifications are expected to be completed in early 2020, CableLabs exec says.

MTA Seeks Cell Service Provider for Major NYC Subway Tunnel
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

The MTA has issued an RFP for companies that want to install cell service in the L train tunnel under the East River, building on existing service in underground subway stations.

Can Telcos Be Major IoT Service Providers?
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

Many telcos want to be major players in the IoT services market, but do they have what it takes? We asked the industry and our survey results show increasing faith in the telcos' ability to deliver.

TikiLive Sues Investors & Law Firm Linked to Omniverse
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

TikiLive, a former Omniverse streaming partner, also claims it had a $40 million deal on the table before the Omniverse situation went south.

VMware Closes $2.7B Pivotal Acquisition
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

The acquisition is a big step in VMware's march from virtual machines to containers.

Cellular IoT Gateway Market Still Growing – Berg Insight
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

Devices still needed to connect major industrial equipment, buses and more, to 4G cellular networks.

Eurobites: Swantee quits as Sunrise CEO
News Analysis | 1/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight sells consumer streaming unit to Amazon; Cellnex continues shopping spree; Europe ahead in smart street lighting.

Ahead of CES, Dell Promises 5G Laptop
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Dell said its new Latitude 9510 laptop will support 5G. But 5G providers shouldn't expect a boost to their revenues just yet.

Judge Will Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger, Cowen Analysts Predict
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

A Wall Street analyst firm sat through the antitrust 'trial of the century' last month, and reached a firm conclusion: The judge in the case will probably block the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.

Taiwan's Telcos Seek Govt. Help as 5G Auction Blows Out
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Taiwan's operators are seeking government assurances as 5G spectrum auction bids near $3 billion.

Should Telcos Become Banks?
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Orange has leaped into banking – should other telcos follow? Industry leaders respond in a Light Reading survey.

Comcast in Exclusive Talks to Acquire Xumo – Report
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Xumo's free, ad-supported video streaming service has already been integrated with Comcast's X1 video platform.

Axel Clauberg Quits DT to Join AWS
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Prominent next-generation networking executive leaves Deutsche Telekom to join Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Eurobites: Imagination Strikes New Licensing Deal With Apple
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad completes towers sale; Portuguese spectrum auction coming soon; O2 spreads the 5G love in the UK.

Huawei, ZTE Get Green Light From Indian Authorities for 5G Trials
News Analysis | 1/2/2020

The Indian government has given the Chinese vendors a new year's gift.

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