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How telecoms companies can leverage RPA to improve operations and maximize their workforce
Guest Perspectives | 5/31/2021

With demand for a better digital experience on the rise, now is the time for service providers to invest in automation technology to get ahead of their competitors.

2.5GHz auction fight pits AT&T and Dish against T-Mobile and Verizon
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

AT&T and Dish Network worry that a simultaneous multiple-round (SMR) bidding format for the upcoming 2.5GHz spectrum auction for 5G will give T-Mobile an unfair advantage. But Verizon disagrees.

HBO Max heads south, adds mobile option
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

As it expands to Latin America, streaming service will add livestreamed UEFA Champions League soccer matches in Brazil and Mexico to its mix of films, TV series and HBO Max originals.

China's 5G, data center emissions double by 2035
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Xi shocked the world saying China will reach net zero by 2060, but in 2035 its huge 5G and data center sectors will emit more CO2 than France today.

Huawei sees heavy early demand for its smart cars
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Remember Huawei's emphatic denials that it's absolutely not going to make cars? It's true. Huawei is not making cars – it's selling them.

Amazon, Google continue telecom hiring spree
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Google recently hired a telecom executive from Wind River, while AWS recently nabbed executives from Zayo and Nokia. The developments shine a light on the cloud providers' telecom ambitions.

Startup Pensando prepares for first live cloud customer deployment
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers is an investor in the startup and chairman of Pensando's board of directors. The company was created by a group of ex-Cisco executives.

MaxLinear adds services smarts to its broadband chips
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Integration of Inango's service orchestration platform aims to help ISPs launch and deploy new software-powered and revenue-driving services on top of their broadband CPE.

Eurobites: Openreach pushes UK fiber further into the sticks
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Safaricom unveils new content platform; MTN enables funds transfers via WhatsApp; Google antitrust case in France nears conclusion.

Helping frustrated customers
Guest Perspectives | 5/28/2021

Newer technologies, such as low-latency edge compute solutions and adaptive networking, are driving growing acceptance of a subscription-based model that places greater control in the hands of customers.

WiCipedia: Command Shift aims to bring gender equality in tech to the 21st century
WiCipedia | 5/28/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: An HR trend too obvious to ignore at Amazon; it's time for tech to pay attention to menopause; HP becomes first Fortune 100 company to commit to gender parity pledge; and more.

Telefónica lining up 5G core vendors for Brazil
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Vivo confirms Mavenir, Nokia and Oracle as network partners for standalone 5G, and is also trialing AWS Outposts.

Ofcom should keep its grubby mitts off open RAN
Morris Lore | 5/28/2021

The UK telecom regulator is intervening in technology development to a troubling degree.

War of words between Twitter and Indian government escalates
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

The social media platform is concerned about the 'intimidation tactics' used by the police and the 'potential threat to freedom of expression.'

Struum preps for streaming launch
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

New credit-based subscription OTT service will offer up curated content from dozens of other niche streaming players on one combined platform.

Verizon's early 5G strategy might pay off amid coronavirus recovery
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Verizon's 2020 hopes were shattered by a coronavirus pandemic that also nixed family vacations, school plays and plenty of other best-laid plans. This summer may be different.

Orange turns Bleu on cloud
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Operator teams up with Capgemini to establish a new 'French hyperscale cloud' based on Microsoft Azure.

The future of distributed cloud and 5G for the new age
Guest Perspectives | 5/27/2021

5G is complex and there are many moving pieces. Getting the distributed cloud right from the beginning will be critical for long-term success.

Mavenir to FCC: Yes, open RAN is cheaper
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

According to Mavenir, an FCC report with open RAN pricing information is 'being used for negative marketing against the open RAN community.' And that's a problem.

Xiaomi earnings spike 163% as Huawei wilts under sanctions
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

A major contributor to Xiaomi's growth has been the US sanctions against Huawei, whose worldwide market share has plunged from 17% a year ago to 4%.

Nokia puts boot into open RAN and Telenor joins in
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor airs some major concerns about the new-look tech during a regulatory conference, as Telenor says a Swedish rollout is not in the cards.

India changes rules to advance satellite communications
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

The Telecom Engineering Centre has changed rules on spectrum bands, antenna sizes and speeds for satellite firms, in order to accelerate broadband satellite adoption.

New NCTC CEO heads back to his cable roots
CxO Spotlight | 5/27/2021

Lou Borrelli's industry travels trace back to Marcus Cable, a cable operator, now part of Charter, that covered small US markets. NCTC, an org that works with hundreds of tier 2/3 operators, presents some clear similarities.

Dish's Boost Mobile to offer sports betting
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Thanks to its agreement with sports betting provider DraftKings in March, Dish Network said it now plans to add sports entertainment services to Boost Mobile.

Eurobites: EU launches twin-pronged probe into its use of cloud services
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands security services gig at T-Mobile Netherlands; MTN Rwanda opts for Whale Cloud's BSS; CityFibre and Giganet extend their partnership.

Dish's 5G starts getting tangible
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Joshua Broder, the CEO of tower construction company Tilson, recently tweeted a picture of a Dish 5G tower the company is building in Pennsylvania. He's not alone.

Antwerp mayor keeps pants on for Nokia's 25Gbit/s speed record
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor teams up with Belgium's Proximus for a demonstration of fiber technology in Antwerp that featured fully clothed politicians.

Comcast won't rush into the media M&A frenzy
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

'We like the hand we have without M&A,' says Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh.

T-Mobile CEO: '5G is just the next G'
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

How will T-Mobile monetize 5G? 'I've always thought it was kind of a crazy question because 5G is just the next G,' said CEO Mike Sievert. 'We have to do it.'

Juniper gives Apstra's IBN software a refresh
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Version 4.0 of Apstra's software includes additional multivendor capabilities to now support VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Broadcom's Enterprise SONiC.

Xiaomi quashes US blacklisting, eyes up Samsung
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

It's a heady day for Xiaomi as a DC court overturns Trump's decision to blacklist it, as Q1 earnings show it gobbling up Huawei's market share.

Long after bust-ups, Amdocs is still turning hair grey at Openet
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

The Israeli software giant snapped up Openet in August last year after failing to swat it in the law courts. Here's what happened next.

Swiss Salt looks ahead to a converged future
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Swiss operator in more confident mood following its FTTH partnership with Swisscom.

US wields a new weapon against Huawei – low-cost credit
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

A US-backed consortium's bagging of a nationwide spectrum license in Ethiopia suggests low-cost credit is a more effective tool for countering Huawei than some other options proposed.

CSG targets 5G monetization with Tango Telecom deal
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Acquisition of long-time partner brings real-time policy control to CSG's tech stack, lets billing and charging specialist target emerging 5G monetization market.

Eurobites: Ericsson links up with Leonardo for public safety services
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia sets up AI use case library; French investment rises in 2020; Openreach opts for Ciena gear.

WhatsApp sues Indian government over new social media rules
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

In an unprecedented move, messaging giant WhatsApp has filed a case against the government in the Delhi High Court to block new social media rules now in force.

Microsoft's Airband is 'hot air' with only 300 devices registered – NAB lawyer
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Microsoft's promise to connect millions of Americans to the Internet via its Airband effort in TV white space spectrum 'all turned out to be hot air,' according to the NAB.

Philo ups price for new subs
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Citing rising content fees and platform and billing costs, Philo will boost the price of its sports-free channel package to $25 per month for new subscribers starting June 8, a 25% jump from its current price of $20.

Altice USA open to role of buyer or seller in next wave of consolidation
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

'We're open to any type of solution, as long as we believe there seems to be value creation to occur going forward,' CEO Dexter Goei says.

Verizon's Vestberg sticks to the 5G script
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg declined to directly discuss the company's rivals like AT&T and Dish Network. But he was clear on monetizing 5G: 'We're already doing it,' he said.

New labels will measure how green your mobile is
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

With customers' keenness to be green posing risks for smartphones, 24 operators and manufacturers form an environmental rating scheme. Apple's absent.

Huawei's software pivot will probably fail – here's why
Morris Lore | 5/25/2021

The Chinese equipment vendor's sinister plan for world software domination is unlikely to save parts of its telecom business or win friends in the US.

Harmony OS set to debut as Android drops Huawei as partner
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Huawei is ready to launch its Harmony OS as a commercial handset operating platform at an event on June 2. The system was introduced just two years ago.

Podcast: The Divide – Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek on preparing for the 'fiber bubble'
CxO Spotlight | 5/25/2021

This week: Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield, on addressing fiber deployment challenges in rural areas and how to prepare for an influx of demand for fiber broadband builds amidst supply shortages.

Betacom makes its private-wireless-network bid with $15M in funding
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Betacom has been building wireless networks in stadiums and elsewhere for decades. Now, the company is expanding into the market for private wireless 4G and 5G networks for enterprises.

Singtel trumpets launch of standalone 5G
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Singapore market leader and partner Samsung look to have pipped rivals to the post.

Eurobites: STC goes 5G network slicing with Netcracker, Casa Systems
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G room service in Stockholm; Virgin Media doubles down on waste; fiber-to-the-yogurt.

Lynk touts 'huge' interest in roaming to space
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Lynk hopes to receive FCC approval to launch 10 satellites next year in order to provide space-based roaming services to a dozen wireless network operators around the world.

The time may have arrived for Big Tech to pay up for telecom
DanoVision | 5/24/2021

'Big Tech has been enjoying a free ride on our Internet infrastructure,' wrote FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, the latest indication that Internet companies may soon pay to cross the digital divide.

AT&T's 3G shutdown plans are 'harmful, even deadly,' warns alarm industry
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

AT&T's plans to shut down its 3G network by February of next year will affect roughly 3.6 million alarms, and are therefore 'harmful, even deadly,' according to the Alarm Industry Communications Committee.

Mobile an 'extension' of Charter's broadband biz, CFO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

Reporting out mobile subscribers and financials provides transparency to Wall Street, but 'The reality is that we don't look at [wireless] as a single product,' Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Snap buys Wave, bets AR glasses will replace phones
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

Snap buys a promising augmented reality startup for $500 million after pipping Facebook and Apple to the post by unveiling working AR glasses.

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin: Optical networking's next act
LRTV Documentaries | 5/24/2021

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin discusses the latest with 400G pluggables in the metro and 800G optical modules in the data center as we preview this week's event, "Optical Networking Digital Symposium: A New Age of Optical Networking."

Fixed wireless set to play big role in AT&T's goodbye to DSL
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

Fixed wireless presents a 'nice replacement' as AT&T considers a plan to shut down a portion of its DSL infrastructure that won't be upgraded to fiber, CEO John Stankey says.

China needs Ericsson more than Ericsson needs China
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

The risk is growing that China restricts Ericsson in retaliation against Sweden's clampdown on Huawei and ZTE.

BT flags cost of binge-watching to network and climate
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

UK operator highlights need to better manage peak capacity requirements.

Redzone rejects $500,000 in RDOF money over mapping snafu
Broadband World News | 5/24/2021

Fixed wireless provider Redzone told the FCC it would deploy 50Mbit/s services to the town of Islesboro, Maine. The only problem? The town already operates a 1Gbit/s fiber network.

Safaricom-led consortium passes go in Ethiopia for $850M
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

Ethiopia's government drools over prospect of $8 billion infrastructure investment as state-owned Ethio Telecom finally faces competition.

Eurobites: CityFibre homes in on third stakeholder deal
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb's satellite space-hopper; Tele2 cuts SIM holders in half to save plastic; fiber rollouts in the UK and Belgium.

Deutsche Telekom sets out future playbook
News Analysis | 5/24/2021

CEO acknowledges that 100% network ownership is an impossible task as he plots DT's course for the coming years.

Bankruptcy court approves TiVo-MobiTV transaction
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

OK from a Delaware bankruptcy court judge arrives the week after TiVo bid $18.5 million for MobiTV's assets, including its patents and a 'going concern' business involving dozens of service providers.

Should T-Mobile and Verizon start worrying about AT&T now?
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

In ditching its WarnerMedia business, AT&T plans to refocus on fiber and 5G. How might that effort – which includes an increase in spending – affect AT&T rivals like Verizon and T-Mobile?

Mediacom's battle against a Des Moines-Google Fiber pact plows ahead
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

Judge denies city's request to dismiss the cable operator's lawsuit, which alleges that a conduit network agreement violates state law.

US cable rakes in 583K mobile lines in Q1, raising total to nearly 6M
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

Cable's steady march into mobile continued in the period, as Comcast, Charter and Altice USA represented 27.4% of total US mobile industry growth, according to MoffettNathanson.

Forget 5.5G, it's time to get ready for '5G-Advanced'
DanoVision | 5/21/2021

A decade ago, there was a debate involving LTE-Advanced, 4.5G and 4.9G. Today, the same debate is brewing around 5.5G, 5G-Advanced and, potentially, 6G.

US tech helps power up Thailand's first smart city
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

Working in collaboration with state-owned operator NT, Mavenir and Cisco provide tech know-how for Thailand's first '5G open RAN smart city' in Ban Chang.

How Australia came to ban Huawei
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

The Australia spy agency war-gamed Huawei 5G kit for eight months before deciding to shut the door on it, a new book reveals.

Revisiting the 5G 100: Who stays? Who goes?
The Philter | 5/21/2021

Friday fun: The Informa Tech 5G 100 influencers lists needs an update. Let us know who should stay, who should go and who you think we're missing.

WiCipedia: Apple's rotten hire incites petition from employees
WiCipedia | 5/21/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Apple makes rotten hiring choice; the glass ceiling may be made of concrete for some; startups are equality's last hope; and more.

Eurobites: Tele2 doubles down on greenhouse gases
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 keeps unwanted tech out of landfill; Elon Musk raises UK jobs hopes.

Liberty Global risks losing way with 'AtlasEdge' data center plan
News Analysis | 5/21/2021

The cable operator is spinning off its data center facilities and will rent them to companies providing edge services.

GCI goes for the Gigs
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Alaskan operator intends to use a mix of HFC and FTTP technologies to deliver 2-Gig services to 77% of its footprint in 2022, with plans to hit 10-Gig speeds in the next five years.

Ford begins sending software updates over AT&T's 4G network
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Ford said its new 'Power-Up' service will deliver fixes, new services and other software goodies to vehicle owners over AT&T's 4G LTE network. The company warned some software updates 'are big.'

5G delays in India threaten Jio's vendor ambitions
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

The operator would struggle to sell a technology overseas if it has not proven it in India.

Even with 5G, DT shows there is still not much growth in telecom
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

The German incumbent forecasts sluggish sales growth over the next four years and channels most spending outside Europe.

Verizon reorganizes IoT operations
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

TJ Fox is Verizon's new SVP of Industrial IoT and Automotive. Prior to Fox's appointment, Verizon's IoT functions were scattered across a variety of business units.

Frontier calls FTC's DSL speed lawsuit 'baseless'
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

The Federal Trade Commission, along with a handful of states, have accused the telco of misrepresenting advertised DSL speeds. Frontier, now out of bankruptcy, says it will 'present a vigorous defense.'

Podcast: Comcast crafts accessibility features for Xfinity X1
LRTV Interviews | 5/20/2021

Comcast's Tom Wlodkowski shares the cable provider's journey into improving accessibility features on its Xfinity X1 platform.

Buoyant Bouygues Telecom bumps up full-year profit guidance
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Operator says it's on track to dislodge SFR as France's second-largest mobile operator behind Orange (but not until 2026).

TIM CEO expresses cautious optimism over fiber monopoly
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

The Italian telco is more confident about plans to create a single fiber network following Enel's decision to sell its Open Fiber stake.

GSMA struggles to justify MWC's physical existence
Morris Lore | 5/20/2021

The trade show faces a potential existential crisis if the new normal is here to stay.

Chip shortage delaying network upgrades by 8-12 months, rural group says
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Smaller wireless network operators in the US allocate 6-8 weeks for the delivery of network equipment. Now, due to the global chipset shortage, they're looking at wait times of almost a year.

Eurobites: Ericsson and Volvo drive 5G across the border
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2/Virgin Media merger gets the official green light; Altice France revenue up 2.9% in Q1; what sports fans think of sports tech.

'All year' silicon shortage chips away at Cisco's profits
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

Cisco's choosing to absorb higher prices for scarce silicon by narrowing its profit margins – but it can't do this forever, warns its CEO.

We need new kinds of 5G devices, says ex-China Mobile chief
News Analysis | 5/20/2021

The elder statesman of China's mobile industry is disappointed by what is currently available in 5G.

Verizon starts to sweat TracFone acquisition
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Verizon has asked the FCC to speed up the approval process for its proposed $7 billion acquisition of TracFone.

Evolution Digital broadens its broadband game
CxO Spotlight | 5/19/2021

Partnership with Plume gives Evolution Digital a managed Wi-Fi play for independent operators while also bringing more stability to a video business that's now largely focused on operator-managed Android TV boxes.

HBO Max with ads to debut in early June, cost $9.99/month
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

But ad-supported version of HBO Max will not include access to new Warner Bros. films that are debuting simultaneously in theaters and on the original, ad-free version of HBO Max service throughout 2021.

Rakuten Mobile reels in Fujitsu, NEC for global push
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Japan's disruptive mobile play signs MoUs with home-based suppliers to develop O-RAN-compliant 4G and 5G radio units for expansion abroad.

Three UK talks up 4G, 5G progress
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

UK's smallest mobile network operator flags (again) network expansion, and hails success of anti-spam innovation.

Open RAN may now have 'a reasonable chance'
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Open RAN now has 'a reasonable chance to actually overtake the performance of the incumbent architecture,' according to Vodafone's Santiago Tenorio.

AT&T and Verizon media bets were mad, bad and dangerous
Morris Lore | 5/19/2021

The US operators certainly lived up to their 'dumb and dumber' nicknames with forays into content and media that showed zero common sense.

Podcast: Distributed cloud brings edge to enterprises
LRTV Interviews | 5/19/2021

Bill Lambertson of IBM and Dave Shacochis of Lumen Technologies join the podcast to explain how the distributed cloud supports edge computing use cases for enterprise customers.

Verizon hooks up with Sling TV
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

In another example of Verizon distancing itself from its own Fios TV product, the mobile and broadband service provider is offering up to three free months of Sling TV to wireless, Fios or 5G Home customers.

Velocity in Kansas offers digital divide blueprint
Broadband World News | 5/19/2021

Velocity, a fixed wireless provider launched by a utility co-op, built a network with stimulus money that could serve as a template for future broadband spending.

Even pre-coup, Myanmar made telcos spy on citizens
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Ex-military officials in Myanmar's communications ministry made telcos and ISPs install spyware software even before the army's February 1 coup.

Nokia highlights new 4G and 5G role at Sweden's Net4Mobility
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

The Tele2 and Telenor network venture in Sweden has moved away from 4G partner Huawei and opted for Ericsson and Nokia for 5G.

Eurobites: O2, Microsoft aim to give 5G private networks the edge
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three Ireland signs up to Ericsson's 5G Startup program; the Proximus Doktr will see you now; Virgin Media shakes up wholesale offer.

AirTies builds bridge connecting old and new worlds of Wi-Fi
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Vendor has adapted its edge and cloud software to work with the new Wi-Fi EasyMesh standards that are now baked into Wi-Fi 6 products while still supporting the more advanced features that are woven into its legacy platform.

GSMA: 5G is 'at risk' if 6GHz remains unlicensed
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

'The 6GHz range is a midband frequency and sits at a balancing point between coverage and capacity, providing the perfect environment for 5G connectivity,' the GSMA argued with Nokia and others.

Podcast: The Divide – How 'Project Overcome' is tackling access in Clinton County, Missouri
LRTV Interviews | 5/18/2021

This week: US Ignite's Mari Silbey – as well as Alex Wyglinski and Casey Canfield, co-leads on an Internet deployment project in Clinton County, Missouri – join the podcast to discuss 'Project Overcome,' a $2.7 million effort to tackle the digital divide with novel broadband solutions.

AT&T issues warning on global supply chain
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

AT&T estimates the overall information and communications technology industry is responsible for roughly half of all semiconductor sales. And as a result, it's worried about shortages.

Minim prepares to make the leap to the Nasdaq
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Vendor hopes to raise its profile among institutional investors as it pushes ahead with a plan to pair Motorola-branded cable modems, gateways and other CPE with AI-powered smart home management software.

Podcast: AT&T unravels its content, pay-TV empire
LRTV Documentaries | 5/18/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner weigh in on the burning questions surrounding the recently announced media moves by AT&T.

India's Airtel and Jio see massive ARPU fall in Q4
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The drop in ARPU comes after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India eliminated Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) in January this year.

Big spender Vodafone feels the pinch
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The UK-based operator plans to spend more on 5G and the development of business products, to the immediate dismay of shareholders.

After NYSE exit, China Mobile plots $7B Shanghai listing
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

China Mobile is planning a stock exchange listing in Shanghai that could raise $7 billion from domestic China investors.

Wirepas gears up for massive IoT challenge
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The Tampere University spinoff moves into the next phase of its strategy and unveils Wirepas Private 5G based on DECT-2020 NR standard.

Charter wants to trim down some of its RDOF deployment commitments
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Charter seeks a limited waiver for RDOF wins in small parts of Massachusetts, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin that are already served by a broadband provider or are recipients of broadband funding.

Will iOS 14.5 let Twitter's advertising finally fly?
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Twitter has seen big brands pull their advertising, even as Facebook and Google cash in big from micro-targeting. But will iOS 14.5 be the big equalizer?

Eurobites: Play buy boosts Iliad in Q1
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS hooks up to Google Cloud; Vodacom encouraged by full-year numbers; BT bills with Amdocs.

Celona unveils 'edgeless enterprise' architecture
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Startup hopes to support enterprises looking to transition to private wireless 5G networks on CBRS spectrum.

Podcast: Limelight's Steve Miller-Jones on tracking the content delivery evolution
LRTV Interviews | 5/17/2021

Steve Miller-Jones of Limelight Networks joins the podcast to talk about the future of media and video distribution.

Why TiVo went after MobiTV
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

MobiTV's platform will fill key gaps in TiVo's tech and services portfolio as it looks to grow its largest market, pay-TV, exec says. The move also arrives as Xperi looks to split out its product and intellectual property businesses.

It's time for telecom to worry about the public cloud
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Telecom operators sound like they have given up resisting AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. They are risking a lot.

China set to launch world's first in-flight 5G
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

China Telecom and ZTE are building out systems for passenger airlines that could replace satellite technology.

AT&T exits content big time in tie-up with Discovery
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

In a huge reversal, AT&T sells its content shop WarnerMedia to a joint venture with Discovery, as CEO John Stankey shrinks the company's big debt pile.

Vantage Towers springs no surprises in FY21
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Vodafone spinout keeps within guidance, but markets seem underwhelmed as share price takes a hit.

Liberty Global DAA rollout plots path to 10-Gig
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

The European cable operator is preparing for widespread deployments of a distributed access architecture using a compact node from Vector Technologies paired with a remote PHY module developed by Vecima.

Orange suffers more pain in Spain and plans job cuts
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Operator intends to cut a maximum of 485 jobs in bid to boost competitive position.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Proximie scrub up for remote surgery trials
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: social media back on in Ethiopia; Enea joins multivendor 5G SA core initiative; EE boosts rail connectivity as UK pandemic restrictions ease.

Evoca sizes up Phoenix launch, setting up pay-TV battle with Cox
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Evoca, a pay-TV provider that uses ATSC 3.0 and Internet connectivity, to deliver a blend of live TV and VoD services, has dropped a big hint about its next market launch.

Zattoo eyes MobiTV fallout and European expansion
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Swiss IPTV software and infrastructure services player is yet another vendor that hopes to benefit from the financial demise of MobiTV even as it seeks to expand its reach in Europe.

MWC Barcelona poll: Most say they'll stay away
The Philter | 5/14/2021

Our unscientific reader poll shows that nearly 7 in 10 folks who attended #MWC19 will not likely turn up for #MWC21.

The ransomware threat is just getting started
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

After Colonial Pipeline payday expect a surge in ransomware attacks – starting with Toshiba.

WhatsApp continues to defy India over data-sharing rules
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Messaging giant WhatsApp's controversial policy, which allows user data to be shared with parent company Facebook and others, is in the spotlight again.

DZS set to key on network convergence
Broadband World News | 5/14/2021

CEO Charlie Vogt identifies set of 'mega trends' poised to drive the business forward, including the shift to 5G, new and emerging broadband competition, and an acceleration of fiber upgrade cycles.

Swiss PE looks to acquire India's ACT Broadband
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Swiss private equity fund Partners Group is reportedly in talks to acquire Atria Convergence Technologies, India's largest non-telco ISP.

3GPP Chair Wanshi Chen on creating 5G standards during a pandemic
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Chen, who works for Qualcomm, was named the chairman of the 3GPP RAN Plenary in March and oversees the development of 5G standards for the physical layer of the radio interface.

WiCipedia: 'Blind' hiring may offer solutions for women in tech
WiCipedia | 5/14/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Returnships could offer post-pandemic option for women who left jobs; blind interviews create hiring solutions; how work culture should change to accommodate employees; and more.

Eurobites: Inwit pushes on in Q1
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia signs renewables deal; Rostelecom surges ahead in Q1; UK homeworkers dread returning to their office broadband.

Singtel stumbles over diversification strategy
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Singapore operator to review Amobee and Trustwave businesses and expects to report full-year net exceptional loss of $907 million.

Open RAN will struggle to fit in, despite Euro telco demands
Morris Lore | 5/14/2021

A wish-list of technical requirements arrives in vendor offices, but the chances of a mass-market deployment in the next few years are remote.

Getting the whole office connected to private 5G networks
Column | 5/14/2021

The interest in deploying private 5G networks is at an all-time high, writes West Gate Networks President Andrew Froehlich. Service providers need to make sure their customers understand how to stay connected when most devices are WiFi-only.

Disney+ subscriber train slows down
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Disney's premium streaming service ended fiscal Q2 with 103.6 million subs, short of an expected 110 million. Meanwhile, operating losses at Disney's direct-to-consumer business have narrowed significantly.

Things are looking somewhat grim at Sonim
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Sonim, a maker of rugged mobile phones, warned that 'substantial doubt exists regarding Sonim's ability to continue as a going concern.' As a result, the company is considering strategic alternatives.

T-Mobile eyes government money for fixed wireless service
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

As the Biden administration pushes $100 billion toward the broadband industry, T-Mobile positions its 5G Home Internet service as a potential recipient of that spending.

Iceland takes the FTTH as half EU homes get fiber
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

More than half of houses across Europe have fiber-optic connections, 10 million more than in 2019.

NTT DoCoMo making gains, anticipating pain in price war
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Profits are increasingly being held up by the Japanese service provider's digital businesses.

Rakuten and the curious case of the missing 5G plan
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

The Japanese e-commerce firm is already a long way behind its bigger rivals in the country's 5G market.

MediaTek to challenge Qualcomm on its home turf
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Following a big bet on 5G, MediaTek is now positioned to challenge smartphone chipset heavyweight Qualcomm in the US market. MediaTek is predicting 40% growth in 2021.

BT ups FTTP target to 25M premises by 2026
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

UK operator to consider external funding for FTTP rollout for the first time as it looks to brighter times ahead.

Telefónica Q1 shows signs of improvement
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Spanish giant claims full-year 'stabilization' target on track as COVID-19 impact diminishes; continues to chip away at huge debt pile.

Eurobites: Italy slaps Google with €102M fine for Android antics
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK soccer rights rolled over; Safaricom pinched by pandemic; BT makes progress in carbon-cutting.

Altice USA preps for multi-gig speeds
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.

TiVo wins MobiTV auction with bid of $18.5M
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

In an auction process that took a day-and-a-half to complete, TiVo beat out a rival bid of $18 million from a group that included UK-based Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

Charter to start first CBRS market buildout in 2021
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

'We know where to put the CBRS radios to get the maximum offload capacity,' says Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge.

US scraps Xiaomi blacklisting
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Threat of litigation by Chinese smartphone maker appears to have forced a rethink.

T-Mobile to leave 2G intact amid 3G CDMA shutdown
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

T-Mobile disclosed in a recent letter that 'active 2G/3G devices accounted for less than 1% of traffic on the T-Mobile network as of the week of April 11, 2021.'

Facebook to test 5G small cells at Menlo Park HQ
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Facebook's newest midband spectrum tests hint at its desire for 'self-organizing network (SON) features in a 5G over-the-air setup operating in a small cell configuration.'

Sedona disappears into Cisco M&A factory
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

The US Internet equipment maker snaps up an Israeli startup highly regarded for its automation expertise and agnosticism.

Pre Olympics, SoftBank's profit a new Japan record
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Bouncing back from a 2019 loss and splash as the Nasdaq Whale, SoftBank Group rides IPOs to profits that are a Japanese record. But can it continue?

Comcast's Flex platform driving ARPU of $2/month as deployments reach 3.5M devices
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson says 'it's absolutely doable' to deploy the company's software stack for Flex and X1 in smart TVs.

India's DoT tries to debunk coronavirus 5G link
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

India's DoT tries to nip 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories in the bud by reasonably pointing out there's currently no 5G in India.

The Future of Work – it's for everyone
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 5/12/2021

Learn how new Cisco Webex innovations ensure secure, inclusive collaboration so everyone's voice is heard – regardless of geography, language, tech savvy or personality type and more.

Deutsche Telekom's Americanism might not pay off for Europe
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Europe's biggest operator today generates most of its profits and invests most of its cash in the US. What does that mean for Europe?

Ericsson to pay €80M to Nokia to settle damages claim
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

The settlement relates to events that were subject to a $1 billion settlement with the DoJ and SEC in 2019.

Podcast: What's the story with telecom in India?
LRTV Interviews | 5/12/2021

On this episode, Gagandeep Kaur discusses the state of telecom in India and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry at large.

Eurobites: Proximus gives its VDSL some va-va-voom
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how 5G is changing the way folk use their phones; Orange brings 5G to Slovakia; the Queen promises to sort out UK broadband.

Mo Katibeh now in charge of building AT&T's 5G, fiber network
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Mo Katibeh is now in charge of AT&T's capital budget 'including AT&T's aggressive fiber build expansion and nationwide 5G deployment,' the company confirmed to Light Reading.

Small cells cool off while midband 5G buildouts begin
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon, T-Mobile and others are building 5G in midband spectrum. That work is initially focused on macro cell towers. Small cells, on the other hand, might come into play later.

FuboTV subs climb to 590,000, up 105% year-on-year
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

'Sports-first' OTT-TV service provider intends to kick off a beta of its free-to-play gaming within weeks, and its interactive sportsbook in Q4. FuboTV now expects to end 2021 with as many as 850,000 subscribers.

Biden: 25Mbit/s broadband is fine, I guess
Broadband World News | 5/11/2021

Although President Biden has hinted at a broadband future with 1Gbit/s speeds, new rules from his administration suggest speeds of 100 Mbit/s. And they acknowledge speeds of just 25 Mbit/s.

Remote working poses new threats to enterprise security – Verizon report
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon report on mobile device security reveals phishing attempts are on the rise; malware threats have slightly decreased.

TiVo leads Roku and Amino in MobiTV auction with baseline bid of $14.1M
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Update: TiVo wins the MobiTV auction with a bid of $18.5 million, beating a last gasp bid of $18 million from a group that included Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

China joins the global LEO satellite race
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

China has established a new state-owned satellite company that looks set to drive its national LEO broadband efforts.

SoftBank Corp plans PayPay IPO, peeks beyond Japan
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

With Japan's mobile market maturing, SoftBank Corp looks to pan-Asian data analytics, chat and driverless cars for other bets to boost its numbers.

Back off or Ericsson gets it, China reportedly tells Sweden
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The equipment maker could be turfed out of China's second 5G tender if Sweden's government does not reinstate Huawei and ZTE, according to a Chinese news report.

5G, digital drive double digit earnings growth at SKT, KT
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Korea's two biggest operators have both reported a double digit spike in Q1 operating profit, with signs their 5G investments may be starting to pay off.

Nokia wins 5G contract from Movistar Chile
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The Finnish vendor adds another deal to its list of 5G contracts in the Americas.

Building pay-TV resilience in a time of crisis
Guest Perspectives | 5/11/2021

Using and analyzing real-time and industry-specific data along with the formation of adaptive roadmaps are critical as video service providers work their way out of the pandemic and towards business growth.

Podcast: Stanford's Nick McKeown on his SDN legacy and 5G security
LRTV Interviews | 5/11/2021

Stanford University's Nick McKeown, recipient of the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, joins the podcast to discuss a career milestone and a very forward-looking 5G project that involves (hopefully not) crashing drones on purpose.

Eurobites: UK class action seeks £1.5B from Apple for app 'overcharging'
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica teams up with Microsoft on 5G private networks; Samsung isn't going to Barcelona; Ericsson boosts indoor 5G.

MobiTV's sale plan gets some static on eve of auction
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Buckeye Cablevision is worried about what might happen if MobiTV's assets, which include software code that Buckeye licenses to deliver video services, were to change hands.

Five reasons why US wireless growth is speeding up
DanoVision | 5/10/2021

The US wireless industry collected a total of more than 7 million new postpaid phone customers during the past 12 months. Where are all these new customers coming from?

T-Mobile looks to squash Dish's 12GHz aspirations in 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

T-Mobile is urging the FCC to take Dish Network's 12GHz spectrum licenses away from the company and auction them for 5G. Billions of dollars could be at stake.

Dish teams with UScellular for 5G towers
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dish Network is looking to cover portions of the Central and Western US via its new cell tower Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with UScellular.

Aussie telcos take aim at costly NBN with 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dissatisfied with NBN pricing, Australian telcos are making an end-run around the wholesale network with 5G fixed wireless.

China's 'big three' to exit NYSE
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom lose their appeal against delisting.

Amino Technologies among bidders for MobiTV
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Virtual auction for MobiTV, a bankrupt provider of IP video services to a wide range of cable operators and telcos, is set for the morning of Tuesday, May 11.

Swisscom taps Nokia for transport network upgrade
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

The Finnish vendor is to modernize the Swiss operator's transport network to enable faster service delivery through increased automation.

Future-proofing the network: Why you need to optimize for user experience
Guest Perspectives | 5/10/2021

The network needs to be set up to prioritize types of traffic – and anything else that employees need – both for the rest of 2021, and to ensure we're ready for what the future might hold.

Poland's IS-Wireless steps into Europe's open RAN void
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

A Polish startup says it can go one better than the usual American software options for open RAN technology.

Eurobites: Zain hit by COVID-19 and currency devaluations in Q1
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica sells off four more data centers; A1 Digital offers container orchestration; Dixons Carphone pays 'living wage.'

YouTube TV creates new workaround as Roku standoff continues
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

New feature nests YouTube TV inside the YouTube app, and arrives after Roku removed the YouTube TV app. Update: Roku calls Google's action the 'clear conduct of an unchecked monopolist.'

Roku CEO: Streaming ad market is catching up to TV
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Roku's Platforms business, which is fueled in part by advertising and inventory on The Roku Channel, grew 101% in the first quarter of 2021.

Ultra-low latency streaming struggles for adoption beyond niche applications
Guest Perspectives | 5/7/2021

Cost and scaling and a lack of business value for many video applications remain key issues for ultra-low latency streaming.

Double checking: Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
The Philter | 5/7/2021

We're still getting mixed messages about #MWC2021. The pandemic's grip is loosening in several places, but is it enough to bring the telecom world to Barcelona? Take our survey and let us know.

Synamedia sparks managed RDK offering for service providers
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

RDK-based 'Gravity' offering will support managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity and advanced routing services and also try to provide capabilities similar to those of Google's Android TV Operator Tier in the video world.

Cable One video penetration dips to 10.9% as broadband dominates
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Cable One, like WideOpenWest, continues to see solid results from a broadband-focused strategy that gives short shrift to pay-TV.

Airwaive wants to be an Airbnb for wireless network equipment
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The startup connects operators with hosts that will manage small cells in exchange for a monthly fee. Its first deployment is planned for this summer.

Verizon aims to test 5G, carrier aggregation in 3.5GHz CBRS band
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Verizon's 5G tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band will also include 'intra-band and inter-band carrier aggregation between 3.5GHz and licensed (and/or unlicensed) bands.'

Ericsson settles Samsung patent dispute with surprising speed
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The two vendors sign a multi-year agreement and settle their dispute in under five months, although not without inflicting some pain on Ericsson.

WiCipedia: How to tackle implicit bias and the 'lonely only'
WiCipedia | 5/7/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How to overcome implicit bias; Snapchat shares diversity report findings; sports tech nonprofit lobbies for women to join industry; and more.

Eurobites: Smart cities need to up their security game, says UK spies' HQ
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: LoRaWAN for water control in Poland; Orange Business Services lands SD-WAN gig; Telecom Italia confuses with story rebuttal.

A Cellnex mutation could upend European telecom
Morris Lore | 5/7/2021

Cellnex has gone from renting out space on towers to buying 5G equipment in a move that has major ramifications for service providers, equipment makers and authorities.

Broadband providers bankrolled fake net neutrality opposition, investigation finds
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

In the early days of the Trump administration, a group of senior broadband industry executives hatched a plan to overturn the FCC's net neutrality guidelines, according to the New York Attorney General.

CommScope struggles with supply and demand for set-tops and gateways
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Supply chain constraints, particularly with semiconductors, are hitting Home Networks, the unit that CommScope intends to spin out in the first quarter of 2022.

Telecom Italia loses game of fiber monopoly to EU
Morris Lore | 5/6/2021

Italian operator's share price falls sharply after Italy's prime minister is reported to have shot down its plans to merge with Open Fiber.

Lumen puts copper biz on the auction block...again
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

'If we find transactions that are positive to shareholders, we won't hesitate to move forward,' said CEO Jeff Storey. But some analysts aren't so sure that's going to actually happen.

WOM Colombia sets sail with Whale Cloud BSS
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Colombia's fourth mobile operator is said to be aiming for a 25% market share in five years.

Malaysia invites eight bids for 5G wholesale network
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Malaysia gets cracking on its ambitious plan to build a single national 5G wholesale network – but government officials haven't explained who will pay.

Podcast: The Divide – Next Century Cities' Francella Ochillo on documenting local perspectives in broadband policy
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

This week: Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, on the challenges local communities face in having their voices represented in broadband policy making and deployment.

India may postpone 5G auction but clears trials
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

India's 5G spectrum (3.3-3.6GHz) auction may be pushed to the first quarter of 2022 due to the devastating second wave of COVID-19, according to reports.

ViacomCBS adds 6M streaming subs in Q1, extends total to 36M
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Paid subscriber gains led by Paramount+, the super-sized streaming service that debuted on March 4 and succeeded CBS All Access.

Liberty Global sees Virgin gains ahead of O2 wedding
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Having sold off so much of its European estate, the cable company needs a forthcoming UK marriage to work out.

Podcast – Nokia North America CTO: Standards and parity will save open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

Nokia North America CTO Mike Murphy examines the standards and parity challenges open RAN has to overcome to become a fully fledged technology.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia loses government support for single network plan
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Airspan to open lab in Slough; Three's revenue rises in Q1; Openreach trials digital migration in Suffolk.

Full speed ahead for low-latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Extending beyond the need for raw speeds and feeds, reducing latencies could set up a 'revolutionary change' to the user's broadband experience, says CableLabs exec Matt Schmitt.

Counting the cost: How chip shortages are affecting telecom companies
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Infinera, Apple, National Instruments and Viavi are among the companies that have reported financial troubles due to the ongoing global chipset shortage.

Who needs help with their math: Charlie Ergen or Mike Sievert?
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

T-Mobile counts around 900,000 Dish Network customers that will be affected by its CDMA plans. Dish puts that number closer to 4 million. The truth may lie elsewhere.

American Tower's latest deal shows towermania has yet to end
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

US towerco sells a stake in its European business and announces a public offering to raise funds for its takeover of Telxius.

CommScope takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0
Broadband World News | 5/5/2021

Supplier says a new, flexible distributed access architecture (DAA) product, which could play a role in future DOCSIS 4.0 networks, is ready for field deployments.

China reins in big tech as Telecom Law makes a comeback
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

China has fallen out of love with tech giants and is seeking new ways to punish them.

Musk's Starlink reports 500K orders on Star Wars Day
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Elon Musk announces the Starlink satellite Internet service has 500,000 pre-orders, rocketing up from 10,000 in February.

Vodafone UK gets serious about automation with Ciena deal
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The UK mobile operator believes the overhaul of its transport infrastructure will lead to cost savings and a competitive edge.

Facebook's Workplace boosted by home-working trend
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The social network's business communication product hits 7 million paid subscribers, but it is still a minnow compared to Teams.

Cloud-in-a-box enables enterprises to reach new heights
Guest Perspectives | 5/5/2021

A cloud-in-a-box – perhaps more commonly referred to as 'Business in a Box' or 'Infrastructure In a Box' – takes everything to the edge, and dramatically reduces the possibility of business disruptions due to the misfunctioning or end-of-life application servers or network devices at each location.

Eurobites: Nokia launches blockchain-powered data marketplace
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Echostar teams up with Semtech for satellite-based services; Slovak Telekom increases its capacity with Intelsat; BICS simplifies SIMs.

RDK deployments expand to 80M+ devices worldwide
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

RDK Management, an organization now led by Jason Briggs following the recent departure of Steve Heeb, hits device deployment milestone as Google continues to drive service provider scale with Android TV.

Does 5G make a difference? T-Mobile says yes
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

T-Mobile's CEO said that the operator's new Magenta Max 5G customers consume 40% more data than its other 5G customers, and fully 70% more data than T-Mobile's average 4G LTE customers.

As US policymakers mull open RAN certifications, others move on
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

'An industry certification program for open RAN can be a significant milestone,' Microsoft told the FCC. Meantime, the O-RAN Alliance, the UK government and others aren't standing still.

WideOpenWest's pay-TV penetration falls to 8.9%
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Operator's 'broadband-first' strategy is in full swing, as vast majority of new customers take only WOW's broadband service and attach a streaming service.

Nextlink walks away from RDOF obligations in New Mexico
Broadband World News | 5/4/2021

Nextlink won't build Internet connections to 265 locations in New Mexico. The company said that's just 0.1% of its RDOF coverage area, but critics are beginning to sound the alarm.

Chunghwa boosts earnings while 5G cost weigh on Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Taiwan heavyweights Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile have handed down contrasting Q1 results.

KPN spurns 'unsolicited' takeover bids by private equity firms
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Dutch incumbent KPN, in response to media speculation, said it had knocked back two separate and 'unsolicited' takeover bids from private equity firms EQT and KKR.

Discord jilts Microsoft for Sony instead
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Microsoft's $12 billion takeover offer for the popular video game chat service Discord has been denied.

Google moves a step closer to running Vodafone
Morris Lore | 5/4/2021

The operator is entrusting more of its systems to the public cloud and will use a technology developed with Google to realize cost savings and service improvements.

Harmonic grapples with supply chain constraints
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Expected short-term issue is driving up costs and lowering margins for cable access gear, but not enough to alter Harmonic's revenue forecast for 2021.

Second COVID wave disrupts India's smartphone growth story
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

The ongoing second wave of the pandemic is likely to have a devastating impact on the smartphone market in the country, according to Counterpoint Research.

Telenor plunges into the red after Myanmar write-off
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

As if COVID-19 were not enough to contend with, Telenor's Myanmar business reels from the effects of February's coup and its aftermath.

Aryaka scoops up SASE provider Secucloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Secucloud provides Aryaka with a SASE platform that includes a cloud-based firewall-as-a-service, DNS security and secure web gateway with advanced threat protection capabilities.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia begins copper switch-off in Trento
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia in FWA foray with Ooredoo Kuwait; OneWeb takes on GPS; BT offers half-price broadband for welfare claimants.

Dish's Boost Mobile to add telemedicine to the bundle
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Alongside calling, texting and mobile hotspot capabilities, Dish Network's Boost Mobile MVNO will also offer telemedicine services through K Health on its $60/month plan.

Will Frontier add a wireless play? 'Never say never,' exec says
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Striking an MVNO deal is 'an interesting idea,' but the near-term focus is on upgrading and expanding Frontier's fiber network as the company exits bankruptcy, executive chairman John Stratton says.

Now open: The 2021 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 5/3/2021

Our entry page is live and we're now accepting your nominations for outstanding achievements in communications across 26 categories, including the Light Reading Hall of Fame.

What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are doing to harden their networks
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

As the 2021 hurricane and wildfire season gets underway, the nation's top wireless network operators say they're preparing their operations for worst-case scenarios.

Verizon Media, home to Yahoo and AOL, sold to Apollo for $5B
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

While Verizon will retain 10% of that business, the 'corporate carveout' effectively ends Verizon's individual pursuit of a digital advertising and media market led by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Telecom industry's political contributions remain in the spotlight
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

T-Mobile said in January it would 'reevaluate' its political contributions. But in February the company was among those that made the maximum legal contributions to GOP candidates.

India's STL sees 5G, open RAN as fiber growth factors
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Corning competitor STL said increased bandwidth usage, European expansion and more 5G network buildups will keep it growing in 2021.

YouTube TV touts casting workaround as its app is purged from Roku's store
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

OTT-TV service is presenting alternatives after YouTube TV and Roku failed to strike a new deal that reportedly centers in part on Google's desire to have the AV1 codec supported on Roku's platform.

Verizon, T-Mobile outline their open RAN fears
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

'Open RAN is not ready for full commercial deployment for several reasons,' T-Mobile argued. 'For example, methods must be developed for implementing regulatory mandates, like 911.'

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