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France unveils project team for StopCovid app
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

France presses ahead with centralized approach for contact-tracing app, but a decentralized option seems to be gaining favor with other countries including Germany.

Rust Belt ISP touts gigabit speeds with 5G fixed wireless
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

The FCC wants rural Americans to have access to both gigabit Internet and 5G. One ISP in America's heartland believes fixed wireless can deliver both.

FCC: China covered up COVID-19, so we'll ban Chinese telcos
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

Blaming China for the spread of the deadly virus, US authorities are moving to ban Chinese service providers from the US market.

6GHz ruling a 'big deal' for cable, Charter exec says
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

Wi-Fi 6, paired with gobs of new spectrum in the 6GHz band, will help fuel Charter's plans for wired/wireless network convergence, fit with cable's '10G' initiative and pave way for new apps and services.

India's new FDI rules are another headache for Chinese vendors
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

Rules mean that any foreign investments by countries that share land borders with India will be heavily scrutinized.

Limelight sees 'tremendous' interest in edge computing launch
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Limelight's CFO said the company's total addressable market in edge computing is likely bigger than its current content delivery network business.

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 still a go
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Event team is 'moving ahead to ensure everything is ready' for this year's show, set for October 13-16 in Denver, SCTE/ISBE CEO says.

Verizon CEO: 'The network is keeping up very well'
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Verizon's Vestberg didn't seem enthusiastic about emergency spectrum leases or purchases. Instead, he reiterated the company's 5G buildout strategy and timeline.

ZTE hits buffers as sales and profits slide
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Chinese equipment vendor's recovery stalls in the first quarter, but the company's involvement in domestic 5G projects could provide a boost later this year.

Stankey set to take the helm at AT&T as Stephenson steps down
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

John Stankey will rise to CEO effective July 1 and take over during a turbulent time. Current CEO Randall Stephenson is retiring but will stay on as exec chairman until January 2021.

Verizon: Predicting the cost of COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Verizon offered some firm numbers detailing how the spread of COVID-19 has affected its business so far, and what it's expecting to happen during the rest of 2020.

Verizon sheds 84K Fios video subs, adds 59K Fios broadband customers in Q1
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Verizon expanding use of new 'Fios in a Box' model to keep new installs afloat without requiring technicians to enter customer homes.

Mobile network operations in a 5G world
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/24/2020

To better understand how mobile operators are addressing the demands of 5G, Heavy Reading conducted a survey that examined three key areas: planning, optimization and operations.

People inside gives Intel a boost
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Lockdown measures have an upside for the US chip giant.

China crosses 100M NB-IoT connections but still short of target
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

China accounted for more than 90% of global NB-IoT connections at the end of 2019, but it still fell short of its own forecasts.

Those pestiferous men and their 5G machines
Morris Lore | 4/24/2020

Stay away from 5G masts, inject yourself with Dettol and douse your cornflakes in pure alcohol. The COVID-19 madness spreads.

Belgium steams ahead with over 300% increase in full-fiber coverage
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

FTTH Council Europe and IDATE data ranks the small Benelux state as the fastest-growing market in Europe in terms of homes passed by FTTH/B networks.

WiCipedia: The ever-rising glass ceiling
WiCipedia | 4/24/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The salary gap in tech hasn't left the building; the glass ceiling keeps getting higher; refugees gain machine learning skills in Bulgaria; and more.

Eurobites: Germany at odds with Apple over coronavirus-tracing app
News Analysis | 4/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tony Blair's think-tank thinks greater digital surveillance is a price worth paying; Proximus boosts upload speeds in Belgium; Ekinops brings 100G to local provider in France.

Dish: We're still going to buy Sprint's Boost prepaid biz
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Dish Network agreed to purchase Sprint's Boost prepaid business for $1.4 billion under its deal with T-Mobile in 2019. This week the company reiterated its intention to follow through on that transaction.

TiVo's latest victory over Comcast at the ITC appears to be a hollow one
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Comcast has already expunged a relatively minor text highlighting feature on its X1 platform in the wake of a ruling handed down by an ITC administrative law judge last year.

Xilinx: COVID-19 only disrupting 5G timing, not demand
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Despite COVID-19 and the loss of one of its biggest customers, Xilinx's CEO still sees a bright future for its 5G business.

Magic Leap cuts staff, jumps away from consumer products
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Well-funded augmented reality company reportedly has laid off about 1,000 employees, or about half its workforce, as it manages the financial impact wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK's fiber gap is not closing fast enough
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

The UK's superfast broadband lag could leave it in a nasty situation on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.

Dish selects its first 5G vendor: Mavenir
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Dish Network said it will use open RAN technology from Mavenir to manage its 5G antennas, but the companies did not provide the financial terms of their agreement.

ATX opens next chapter in its cable network story
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

After taking over an important piece of Cisco's cable network hardware business, ATX has introduced a new line of outside plant products that takes aim at DOCSIS 4.0 and, eventually, cable's 3GHz future.

Podcast: Economics of 5G and NYC's connectivity masterplan
Kelsey's Grammar | 4/23/2020

The Light Reading crew debates which industries could experience the biggest economic benefits from 5G deployments, if 5G can be considered a 'green' technology, the connectivity challenges New York City faces in reducing the digital divide, and more.

DSS makes 5G touchdown in Germany
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom announce bold DSS plans to extend 5G coverage, but the tech still has something to prove when it comes to large-scale deployment.

AT&T's Stankey creates another stink as 3K more jobs vanish
Morris Lore | 4/23/2020

Employees at one of the world's biggest operators are in for an especially hard time during COVID-19, but at least the bosses will be fine.

China operators take small virus hit as they rack up big 5G numbers
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

China telcos report small hits to profit and revenue as they reel from COVID-19, while also racking up nearly 50 million 5G subscribers.

Eurobites: TIM, Vodafone tackle debt with Inwit stake sale
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA hit by Wuhan lockdown; Ericsson powers ABB; UK mobile churn down in COVID-19 time; fiber fun in Ukraine.

Euskaltel gears up for national expansion under Virgin brand
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

The operator in Spain's Basque region plans for the next stage of its growth after reporting a solid Q1.

Introducing TikTok, the latest headache for mobile network engineers
News Analysis | 4/23/2020

Verizon's top networking executive said that TikTok is now the fourth most popular application on the operator's network, in terms of the traffic it generates.

Verizon opens up about BlueJeans acquisition
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business and the executive who oversaw the transaction, and BlueJeans CEO Quentin Gallivan discussed how Verizon will move forward with its purchase of the videoconferencing provider.

CableLabs cancels 4Front event due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Cross-industry event focused on areas such as gaming, AI, security and healthcare was originally set for June 23-25 in Denver. CableLabs plans to give it another shot in 2021.

Rogers socked by early revenue hit from COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

While cable revenues held steady in Q1, Rogers's wireless and media units suffered sizable revenue losses as wireless sub gains tailed off, customers downgraded packages and sports teams stopped action.

Ericsson: Reasons to be cheerful
Morris Lore | 4/22/2020

The Swedish equipment maker is coping with the pandemic better than some had feared.

AT&T CEO warns of 'downward proclivity' in network spending
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

AT&T may be waffling on its lowband 5G buildout timeline as well as its plan to spend roughly $20 billion on capital expenses this year. The pandemic, executives said, has thrown everything into doubt.

AT&T loses 1.03M pay-TV subs in Q1
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

But initial sales volumes for the new AT&T TV streaming service are in line with expectations following the recent national launch, says company President and COO John Stankey.

AT&T starts $6B cost-cutting program
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

AT&T executives said the operator will cut costs across ten broad areas. The operator has already started $1 billion worth of work in its retail and field operations.

STMicroelectronics anticipates 10% revenue dip in Q2 amid COVID-19 challenges
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Europe's largest chipmaker dampens forecasts as the COVID-19 outbreak affects manufacturing and distribution.

Telia TV goes on blink, but otherwise pretty much OK
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Coronavirus outbreak hurts Swedish operator's TV and Media segment, but 'limited impact' on other parts of the business (at least so far).

Facebook places huge bet on India with $5.7B Jio stake
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

The social media giant has taken a sizeable stake in India's most exciting telecom operator, and the ramifications could be felt throughout the industry.

Equinix in $1B deal to build hyperscale data centers in Japan
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Data center firm Equinix has struck a $1 billion agreement to build three hyperscale data centers in Japan to serve global cloud players, with majority funding coming from a newly formed JV with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC.

Enterprises want improved application performance, less complexity in SD-WANs – report
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Network complexity at the edge and in the cloud are top concerns for IT professionals in managing the WAN; 37% said complexity is their top concern, followed by 32% focused on slow on-premises application performance.

New York AG turns up heat on Charter's COVID-19 response – report
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Inquiry will check into how Charter is managing its employees during the pandemic, The New York Times says.

Eurobites: Ericsson wields the ax at Kathrein
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: thwarting the COVID-19 scammers; lockdown is key to Netflix success in UK; open source initiative in Germany tackles network management.

5G in mmWave spectrum gains a bit more traction
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

South Korean operators are the latest to signal interest in running 5G in millimeter wave spectrum. Is that the start of a sea change or just a ripple in the ocean of 5G deployment possibilities?

Ericsson warns of trouble ahead but stays upbeat as results impress market
News Analysis | 4/22/2020

Swedish equipment vendor looks resilient in the face of COVID-19 and sticks to guidance for margin improvements.

Netflix adds 15.77M streaming subs in Q1, pushes global total past 182M
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

SVoD giant's subscriber gains in period blow out original forecast as millions stay home, but warns that the growth spurt is expected to be temporary.

John Deere uses experimental CBRS licenses to test private networks
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

Moline, Illinois-based tractor company John Deere is looking toward a future that applies 5G and AI technologies to the farming and manufacturing industries.

Anterix gets a green light for its 900MHz private network plans
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

The FCC's chairman is moving forward on a proposal that would allow utilities and others to build private wireless LTE networks in the 900MHz band.

5G COVID-19 conspiracy nuts arrive in US
DanoVision | 4/21/2020

A cell site in New Jersey appears to have been vandalized due to a belief that 5G causes COVID-19.

Big Tech's 'hiring spree' will leave many behind
Morris Lore | 4/21/2020

As a few major technology firms continue to recruit thousands of employees, more will be considering layoffs.

AT&T sets May 27 launch for HBO Max
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

WarnerMedia's new supersized streaming service will boot up with 10,000 hours of content, including several original series and shows that will be available on day one.

T-Mobile bringing 5G 'layer cake' to NYC
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

T-Mobile first publicly introduced the concept of a 'layer cake' strategy to 5G spectrum in 2018. More than two years later – and after a major acquisition – the operator is now close to realizing it.

Streaming video market poised for more service switching and 'cycling'
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

As consumers limit the number of SVoD services they're willing to pay for, expect them to add and subtract services more frequently as new shows come in and out of season.

Deutsche Telekom explores different exit strategy in Romania
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

Local reports suggest DT is going cold on parceling out Telekom Romania to different buyers.

Eurobites: Row grows over COVID-19 contact-tracing apps
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK broadcaster slammed for 5G-causes-coronavirus cobblers; Orange wants to keep AI inclusive; Brightstar buys 'we come to you' device repair firm.

Tele2 suspends 2020 financial guidance amid COVID-19 uncertainty
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

Sweden-based operator remains cautiously optimistic for the long term, but scraps 2020 financial guidance and postpones extraordinary dividend.

Huawei's hardest year starts with profit down $160M but sales up
News Analysis | 4/21/2020

COVID-19 and US sanctions have led to a slowdown at the Chinese vendor, but its engine is still running.

IBM is becoming more cloud-centric
The Philter | 4/21/2020

With Red Hat, IBM has the software, expertise and corporate philosophy it can adopt and sell to telcos to make every part of the company a cloud business.

GCI begins rolling out 5G in Alaska with Ericsson
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

GCI said it is upgrading to 5G in a project that also involves increasing its network in Anchorage from just 15MHz to fully 60MHz.

Finnish factory trials Nokia's private network technology
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

Private networks are a promising business model for OEMs and service providers, but as this deployment illustrates, integrators will also get a large slice of the private network pie.

NBCU's Fandango deals for Vudu
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

As Fandango looks to scale up its ability to sell and rent TV shows and movies digitally, Walmart will be exiting a business it entered into about a decade ago.

The curious case of the COVID-19 cellular traffic spike
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

Despite an overall rise in traffic, there are indications that wireless networks aren't seeing much additional use. And that, according to some analysts, could slow wireless operators' investments.

Comcast's cable biz a 'backstop' against worsening outlook at NBCU and Sky – analyst
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

However, Comcast's cable-fed video, broadband and commercial services units won't be completely inoculated from the detrimental business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WOW CEO returns after COVID-19 scare
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

Competitive cable operator says Teresa Elder, who was hospitalized last month after testing positive for COVID-19, has returned to work.

China Mobile misplaces 4M customers but finds another 30M for 5G
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

The world's biggest operator proves fairly resilient to COVID-19 and manages to rack up a few million 5G customers while the pandemic rages.

Vivendi sees limited effect from COVID-19, but wobbles could lie ahead
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

France-based media giant reports strong rise in Q1 revenue owing to good performance at Universal Music Group, but it warns that smaller businesses will be affected by the coronavirus.

China's 5G answer to COVID-19? Spend, spend, spend
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

Omdia thinks coronavirus outbreak will not prevent China's big three operators from spending heavily on 5G infrastructure (with a little help from the government).

Australia to require Facebook, Google to share ad revenue
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

The government has directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to create a mandatory code covering the sharing of data and revenue between the digital giants and news media.

Eurobites: Altice teams up with Morgan Stanley for new fiber JV in Portugal
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK boosts support for tech startups; Imagination Technologies' HQ can stay in the UK, says Canyon Bridge; O2 CTO sticks up for his engineers; Arcep joins GSA.

Edge computing goes rural - really rural - with Trilogy Networks
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

RINA Wireless, Chat Mobility and Inland Cellular are the first three members of Trilogy Networks' Rural Cloud Initiative, an effort designed to take edge computing to the hinterlands.

MWC Shanghai falls victim to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

The GSMA is forced to cancel its big Asian event after Chinese authorities warn against mass gatherings.

What Elauwit's founders built after Boingo
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

Barry Rubens and Dan McDonough sold Elauwit Networks in 2018 to Boingo for $28M. Today they're back with a new company: Elauwit Connection.

Amazon sparks up curated streaming slate during COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

New '#AtHome' lineup for Fire TV players amd Fire tablets highlights a blend of news, entertainment and education apps from more than 100 content partners that, the company confirmed, are not paying extra for that placement.

India's Jio, Facebook team on multi-purpose app – report
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

The Indian operator is said to be working on an app with the social media giant that could power customer growth in the future.

Ofcom proves you can't reason with 5G conspiracy nuts
Morris Lore | 4/17/2020

The UK telecom regulator fails at a well-intentioned effort to engage with lunatics. It should not have bothered.

Who's winning the streaming race?
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

All are benefiting as streaming penetration rises during the pandemic. Netflix has maintained its dominance, but usage on Disney+ has dropped and Apple TV+ has struggled to secure a consistent foothold, new study finds.

Utility giant Ameren moving forward with private LTE network
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

Ameren has been testing a private LTE network with equipment from Nokia and CommScope and spectrum from AT&T and Anterix. Now the company has indicated interest in moving forward.

BlueJeans is an awkward fit for Verizon
Morris Lore | 4/17/2020

Together, the videoconferencing company and the telecom operator look as incongruous as Mark Zuckerberg and a suit.

Telstra issues $541m bond as it loads up on cheap debt
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

The Australian telco is strengthening its balance sheet and boosting capital expenditure while the virus rages.

Orange cuts dividend as COVID-19 bites
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

France-based operator to cut 2019 dividend from €0.70 to €0.50 (US$0.76 to $0.54) and plans to review future payments.

China blesses Nvidia-Mellanox marriage
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

GPU specialist reckons its $6.9 billion diversification play will now see closure this month.

Podcast: The new SVoD squad – Launches and lessons
The Philter | 4/17/2020

The world of streaming video is more crowded and competitive than ever. Listen as Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner discuss the implications for pay-TV providers and why bundling is back and better than ever.

WiCipedia: COVID-19 layoffs affect women more
WiCipedia | 4/17/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Girls in tech go online for new skills; women are more affected than men in pandemic layoffs; data gaps have serious implications; and more.

Eurobites: Italy arms itself with Bending Spoons to combat COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange charts transaction trends, offers bleedin' obvious business continuity tips; Tele2 flaunts green credentials.

Nokia shares surge on rumors of hostile takeover
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Nokia declined to comment on a report that it is working to defend itself against a hostile takeover.

Ligado receives poisoned chalice
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

The FCC is moving forward on Ligado's proposal to allow 5G operations in its L-Band spectrum. But now the company will have to figure out how to actually make a business out of its ambitions.

Ericsson shows unease as corona crisis continues
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

The Swedish equipment maker will have to contend with the postponement of spectrum auctions and delays to 5G projects during its second quarter.

MediaKind connects to Google Cloud
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

MediaKind says hooking its Aquila Streaming platform to Google Cloud expands its SaaS model for OTT video encoding, packaging and delivery and will accelerate service deployments for its media and service provider partners.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G fires, Huawei and contact tracing
LRTV Documentaries | 4/16/2020

After the Easter weekend pause, the remote podders return to discuss conspiracy theories forming around 5G and COVID-19, assess the renewed threats to Huawei and conclude with a look at the use of smartphones for contact tracing during the pandemic.

NAB sets date, program details for online replacement of 2020 show
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Newly formed 'NAB Show Express' is set for May 13-14 and will feature more than 100 education sessions, including a state of industry address from NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.

Telstra, Optus clash over mmWave spectrum allocations
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

In submissions to the ACCC, Australia's biggest telco providers clash over how much mmWave spectrum should be allocated to operators.

Verizon buying videoconferencing company BlueJeans for reported $400M
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Verizon is looking to tap into the work-from-home (WFH) trend with its BlueJeans purchase and hinted the move could also aid its 5G strategy.

OTE embarks on economy drive, delays 5G, but no job cuts
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Operator seems determined to keep shareholders onside by slashing expenses to meet free cash-flow target.

Telefónica sees big spike in Internet traffic due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Spain-based operator said the increase in Internet traffic in one month exceeded the entire growth registered in 2019.

Used-parts broker TXO is on a roll as telcos adapt to COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

As operators face dwindling sales, a surge in network traffic and supply chain disruption, circumstances look auspicious for dealers in used parts.

What's behind Truphone's $38M eSIMs funding haul
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

The network and software provider sees demand and market conditions calling for a big eSIM business expansion.

Telecom revenue to be hit by COVID-19 fallout in 2020, report says
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Analysys Mason predicts that telecom revenue in developed markets will fall by 3.4% in 2020, compared to pre-crisis forecast of a 0.7% increase.

Eurobites: European smartphone market could halve in value this year – IDC study
News Analysis | 4/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom signs NB-IoT roaming deals; A1 Austria helps with coronavirus testing; how Internet traffic data proves we're all baking now.

Charter cuts deal to distribute HBO Max
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Charter is first major US cable operator to ink a deal to offer HBO Max ahead of its debut next month.

Charter sees broadband sub lift during pandemic
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Charter generated 119,000 new Internet accounts in March via a 60-day free service offer to students and educators, but noted that total new broadband connects were also up that month compared to year-ago totals.

A major TV sports upset is on the cards
Morris Lore | 4/15/2020

Sport is something you do, but no longer something you watch. That has nasty implications for service providers.

Masergy bolsters SD-WAN security with user-based analytics
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Masergy's new SD-WAN security feature aims to provide increased security visibility, improved identity verification, more visibility into cloud applications and more granular control of security policies and data traffic.

SD-WAN security: Finding the automated migration comfort zone
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2020

SD-WAN will continue to be a vital service delivery platform and automation in a security context will be valuable on many levels, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Town near Brussels flexes its muscles against 5G
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Proximus switches off next-gen tech in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve due to radiation fears.

Frontier files for Chapter 11 with plan to cut debt by more than $10B
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Struggling telco says it embarks on restructuring plan with approval from more than 75% of its bondholders and $1.1 billion in liquidity.

China Mobile tips $179M into AsiaInfo
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

In an unusual move for an operator, China Mobile has laid out $179 million for a stake in Beijing-based telecom software firm AsiaInfo.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Google combine on security analytics
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nuage Networks combines with Asavie on SD-WAN; Orange cable ship ups anchor; Turkcell gets Affirmed.

German regulator threatens sanctions over missed coverage targets
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Germany's three network operators are given until the end of 2020 to meet targets set at the 2015 spectrum auction in full.

Ericsson beats Cisco and Nokia to replace Huawei in BT core
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

Move will ensure BT's compliance with tough new government restrictions on Chinese vendors and could set Ericsson up for a more lucrative role in the radio access network.

India's BSNL comes up with a tender for 4G network
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

The state-owned operator has issued a tender for a major 4G deployment, but its private-sector rivals are preparing for a possible 5G launch later this year.

Viptela cofounders secure $30M for multicloud networking startup
News Analysis | 4/15/2020

The Khan brothers are launching the new startup Alkira, which they claim delivers the first on-demand, multicloud network that can be deployed in under an hour.

Shaw lays off 10% temporarily, blames COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Canadian cable op and mobile services provider says temporary cut back largely affects workers in sales and retail roles.

Could Dish's 5G be another COVID-19 casualty?
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Concerns are mounting that Dish Network won't be able to raise the billions of dollars it will need to finance the construction of its planned 5G network.

Cisco looks to goose enterprise business amid pandemic
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Cisco said it will provide up to $2.5 billion in financing for enterprises that want to delay their payments until next year.

NBCU's Peacock premium streaming tiers to fetch $4.99 with ads, $9.99 without
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

An early preview of the ad-based premium tier of Peacock debuts tomorrow for no added cost on Comcast's X1 and Xfinity Flex platforms. Peacock's pair of premium tiers and a free, ad-based version to launch nationally on July 15.

5G causes COVID-19 like 4G causes flu
Morris Lore | 4/14/2020

A dim-witted British TV presenter has hindered recent efforts to quash the barmy notion that 5G is responsible for the current pandemic.

Ligado may soon learn its 5G fate
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

The FCC's chairman may soon approve Ligado's L-Band proposal for 5G, but in doing so he would move against recommendations from officials in the NTIA and US military.

SoftBank blames COVID-19 for $16.7B write-down
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Vision Fund operating losses go into nosedive since December, but the pandemic doesn't tell whole story.

Amid COVID-19, China dependence no longer seems such a good idea
Morris Lore | 4/14/2020

Suspicion about Chinese motives during the pandemic will drive European governments and companies to reconsider their affairs with the Asian superpower.

ZTE director resigns following rape allegations
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

A ZTE board member has resigned after being accused of multiple sexual assaults on a teenage girl.

Huawei defies domestic downturn to increase Q1 device sales
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

But the Chinese equipment giant is anticipating a decline for the first half before conditions improve in the second.

Cellnex continues acquisition spree with NOS Towering deal
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Mobile tower company to gain additional 2,000 sites and agrees to build another 400 sites over six years.

How Technicolor is managing and maintaining the supply chain in the COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Lessons from the recent past involving component shortages and a trade war have helped the supplier of gateways and set-tops brace for and handle today's much more problematic predicament.

Eurobites: Ex-BT big cheese joins Huawei board
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Imagination Technologies faces questions; now it's Dutch dingbats attacking mobile masts; UK's National Health Service in talks with Apple and Google over coronavirus app.

If the US is going to ban China Telecom, do it for a solid reason
News Analysis | 4/14/2020

There may be valid reasons for banning the Chinese operator from the US, but they aren't detailed in the latest government report.

FCC keeps 1Gbit/s fixed wireless out of rural America
News Analysis | 4/13/2020

The FCC plans to allocate up to $20.4 billion to operators building telecom networks in rural areas. But the agency doesn't want to provide any funding to fixed wireless operators providing 1Gbit/s speeds.

Quibi notches 1.7M downloads in first week
News Analysis | 4/13/2020

Stay-at-home orders 'didn't hurt us at all,' CEO Meg Whitman says. Quibi, meanwhile, is accelerating a plan that will enable viewers to cast its short-form fare to TVs.

COMSovereign wants to be the American Huawei
News Analysis | 4/13/2020

Dan Hodges describes US-based COMSovereign as the 'nightmare scenario' for foreign 5G suppliers like Nokia and Ericsson, because 'anybody that says the US is way behind, technically, is smoking crack.'

Edgewater Wireless wields spectrum slicing to cut into Wi-Fi market
CxO Spotlight | 4/13/2020

Edgewater makes its own silicon and access points, but the company is also looking to license its technology to suppliers seeking to differentiate their Wi-Fi products, says president and CEO Andrew Skafel.

Pandemic be damned: Nex-Tech to launch 5G in Q3
News Analysis | 4/13/2020

This tiny wireless network operator in Kansas and Colorado is closely following on the heels of behemoths like T-Mobile and AT&T into lowband 5G, regardless of COVID-19.

Telecommuting surge will raise new technical challenges
Column | 4/13/2020

Recent moves by many companies to encourage, and in some cases mandate, remote working could create big headaches for corporate IT managers

The security conundrum of network slicing
News Analysis | 4/13/2020

Network slicing promises to create a wide range of new business models. But the complexity around the technology also makes network security more difficult.

5G all about efficiency, CommScope CTO says
News Analysis | 4/10/2020

5G's various use cases will require more bits to be pumped out at much lower costs, company EVP and CTO Morgan Kurk says in an online keynote.

Podcast: South Korea's 5G prowess and progress
The Philter | 4/10/2020

Light Reading's Phil Harvey is joined by Omdia Senior Analyst Ramona Zhao, who provides some highlights from her recent report recapping South Korea's first year in 5G.

Dish moves on reorg, staff cuts
News Analysis | 4/10/2020

Cuts primarily linked to the economic impact of COVID-19, but also come about as Dish's pay-TV base erodes and the company repositions itself to become the US's fourth facilities-based wireless carrier.

Coronavirus forcing some technicians off US cell towers
News Analysis | 4/10/2020

Around 50 US tower companies said they have pulled at least one tower crew from the field due to the new coronavirus.

EXFO hit by both COVID-19 virus and computer virus
News Analysis | 4/10/2020

Test and measurement company EXFO said that its most recent quarter was affected by both the coronavirus and a computer virus.

WiCipedia: 'Zoombombers' create video conferencing nightmare
WiCipedia | 4/10/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: 'Zoombombers' attack video conferencing app; building a networking group is worth the effort; wearable tech moves to undergarments; and more.

COVID-19: Operators could boost capex, but security threats also rise
News Analysis | 4/10/2020

As the growth of coronavirus Internet traffic begins to taper off, network operators are now looking at what that growth might mean in terms of both threats and investments.

US agencies take aim at China Telecom
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Several government agencies ask the FCC to 'revoke and terminate' China Telecom's licenses in the US, citing foreign ownership and imminent security threats.

Huawei's medical mask donations spark criticism
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Huawei has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers in New York City and Washington, DC, on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics of the company claim it's a political tactic.

5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19
Morris Lore | 4/9/2020

The pandemic has come two or three years too early for the hyped mobile technology, and companies depending on 5G for growth may suffer badly.

Charter built to withstand the COVID-19 storm – analyst
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

But even as a 'pure play' cable operator, Charter won't come out of this crisis completely unscathed as broadband subscriber growth slows and cord-cutting likely goes from bad to worse.

T-Mobile expected to buy Shentel's 1.1M wireless customers
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Now that T-Mobile has finally closed its merger with Sprint, the company is expected to purchase Shentel's wireless business across parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

US decision a 'blow' to HK's status as telecom hub, says legislator
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Excluding Hong Kong from a trans-Pacific cable is bad news for the city, according to a key industry figure.

Foxtel cuts 200 staff as virus wipes out sports content
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Australian cable TV provider Foxtel cuts staff and warns of an uncertain future as it struggles from the impact of COVID-19.

After job cuts, Telus CEO trims pay in COVID-19 response
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Canada's 'big three' service providers cut thousands of jobs last year while boosting executive pay. At least one company boss has realized that's a problem.

Nokia disses DSS naysayers
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Finnish vendor is late to DSS party, but better later than never for the tech's enthusiasts.

Telecom Italia warns of steeper revenue decline amid COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Italian operator's CEO said revenue will suffer even as demand for communication and entertainment services booms.

Eurobites: Liberty Global diverts $4M into COVID-19 hardship fund
News Analysis | 4/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkey tracks the virus carriers; BT reveals pressure on emergency lines; KPN feels confident, despite everything.

Disney+ counts more than 50M paid subscribers
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Surge in Disney+ subscribers follows international market launches. The service debuted in the US late last year and had 28.6 million subs by early February.

Non-IP squares up to New IP in battle for Internet's future
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Without a better system than IP, future 5G applications may simply not be feasible. But the industry is torn over the answer.

AT&T hawks free HBO to pump subs for DirecTV and its new streaming service
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Offer for a free year of the premium service also arrives ahead of the debut of HBO Max and AT&T's plan to migrate legacy HBO customers to its new super-sized SVoD service.

China operators to offer RCS-based 5G messaging
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

In an online press conference, China's big three telcos jointly shared plans to climb aboard the RCS bandwagon with rich 5G messaging.

Ra-Ra Rakuten, lover of the open RAN
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Rakuten Mobile explodes onto Japan's 4G scene and carriers around the world are watching.

Eurobites: Vodafone and friends take on COVID-19 – with your smartphone
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia lands Vodafone TV gig; the march of the altnets; Deutsche Telekom gets on board with Azure.

Desperate times as VMware hurls old-timer NFV into Vodafone's COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.

NXP downgrades Q1 estimate as COVID-19 hits demand
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

The semiconductor company admits that its first-quarter performance will be worse than expected due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Indian market woes trigger job cuts by Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

The Chinese vendors have cut hundreds of jobs, Light Reading has learned, in the troubled Indian market.

COVID-19 could slow cable's advance into wireless
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Although cable companies commanded close to a third of all postpaid wireless customer additions last year, the spread of the new coronavirus could stymie their mobile momentum in 2020.

Intel deal adds vital Wi-Fi piece to MaxLinear's broadband puzzle
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Wi-Fi has long been a 'critical missing strategic element in our portfolio,' MaxLinear CEO says. On the cable end, the deal will ensure that cable operators still have a critical second source for DOCSIS silicon.

T-Mobile plotting summertime marketing push
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

T-Mobile has long employed a noisy, over-the-top approach to marketing its brand. And though the company has remained relatively quiet during the pandemic, that might change in July.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China, 5G and network traffic
LRTV Documentaries | 4/7/2020

It's week three of the lockdown pod, and the regular crew looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting China's relationship with the rest of the world.

AT&T: Supply chain, finances looking good amid pandemic
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

While the spreading coronavirus disrupts daily life around the world, AT&T told investors its financial situation, and its supply chain, remain stable.

Podcast: NTT Research President and CEO Kazu Gomi
CxO Spotlight | 4/7/2020

Kazu Gomi discusses why NTT Research was formed, what it's working on and the ambitious goals of its IOWN initiative with Intel and Sony.

Cutting Huawei off from TSMC would be end-of-days move
Morris Lore | 4/7/2020

Moves to cut Huawei off from one of its largest suppliers could result in 'catastrophic destruction' on a global scale.

Consumers already quibbling about Quibi's lack of TV support
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Quibi's mobile-focused video service debuts amid a COVID-19 crisis, causing millions to stream from home and threatening to slow the production of new content during a critical time for the streaming startup.

Cato captures $77M in largest funding round
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

This latest investment brings total funding for Cato to over $200 million since its inception in 2016.

Australia's NBN under spotlight amid COVID-19 usage spikes
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Australia's NBN claims it is meeting increased demand during the pandemic, but some are calling on the network to cut wholesale prices.

Eurobites: Nokia plugs into private network deal for Poland's power grid
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arcep investigates environmental impact of telecom; European distribution deal for Versa Network's SD-WAN tech; hard times at Net Insight.

Nokia China chief publishes open letter over lost 5G contracts
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

The letter comes on the heels of Nokia's failure to win a single share of China Mobile's 5G tender, which was awarded primarily to Chinese vendors last week.

Samsung's financial calm before COVID-19 storm
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Only matter of time before pandemic hits sales, although memory chip business might provide some profit-margin protection.

Cisco adds Fluidmesh to provide wireless backhaul for industrial IoT
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Cisco said it will acquire Fluidmesh Networks in a move the company said will boost its ability to keep industrial objects reliably connected, whether that's a high-speed train or a shipping container.

MaxLinear snaps up Intel's Home Gateway Platform unit for $150M
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

MaxLinear aims to beef up its cable product portfolio and be ready for the Wi-Fi 6 era as it deals for a unit of Intel that makes chips for Wi-Fi access points and broadband gateways.

How Trump and the coronavirus could impact 5G standards
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Although many expect the 3GPP to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G specification shortly, it's unclear how COVID-19 and new legislation in the US might affect Release 17 and beyond.

Portion of Evoca's pay-TV revenues will go to the US government
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Thanks to an ancient FCC rule on the use of digital TV spectrum for subscription services, a new pay-TV offering to be delivered via ATSC 3.0 signals will be subject to a fee totaling 5% of gross revenues.

France's operators see slight revenue gain in Q4 2019, says Arcep
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

French telecom regulator reports that Q4 2019 revenue grew after almost two years of contraction, supported by mobile services growth.

Telecom chiefs should heed BT's Jansen and take pay cuts amid COVID-19 carnage
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.

Samsung not invited to T-Mobile's 5G bonanza
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Samsung was a 5G supplier to Sprint, and also supplies 5G equipment to AT&T and Verizon. But the company has not been mentioned among the vendors for T-Mobile following the Sprint merger.

Huawei buys into local 5G testing firm
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

The move marks Huawei's latest attempt to strengthen domestic sourcing in the face of US sanctions.

How home connectivity has been a lifeline during COVID-19
Column | 4/6/2020

As the world moves to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, home containment has been our biggest weapon to 'flatten the curve.'

Eurobites: BT CEO Jansen waives pay for six months to help fund COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Open Fiber resumes work on FTTH network in Italian coronavirus hotspot; Orange/Free Mobile roaming agreement extended; Deutsche Telekom's security unit teams up with Palo Alto Networks.

Rakuten to deploy drone inspectors at cell sites
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Reduced costs high on agenda, but drone tech might also mitigate COVID-19 risks for field engineers.

5G malaise mounts as COVID-19 morons mangle masts
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.

AT&T halts sale of U-verse TV
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Company is instead pushing the sale of AT&T TV, a new contract-based, big-bundle streaming service that runs on an operator-supplied Android TV box.

Frontier inches toward bankruptcy
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Says 'significant under-investment' in fiber has played role in putting Frontier in this tenuous position as company outlines plan to reorg, invest in fiber and manage the decline of 'non-core' products and customers.

Nokia cuts nearly 5K jobs as Huawei bulks up
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.

StackPath CTO: Service providers possess 'beachfront property' for the edge
CxO Spotlight | 4/3/2020

But startup's broader play is to stitch together a global content delivery network footprint and a growing edge cloud that can run a wide range of bandwidth- and latency-sensitive services.

The 5G value question crops up again in South Korea
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Subdued interest in Samsung's latest (and expensive) 5G smartphone is bad news for South Korea's big three operators.

Podcast: Carrier voice traffic stays over-the-top
The Philter | 4/3/2020

TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years.

China releases 700MHz for 5G
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

China Broadcast gets 700MHz, but not a partner.

Eurobites: Orange tops up COVID-19 fighting fund
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia helps Finnish government fight COVID-19; new voice and messaging service for African diaspora; Vodafone positions itself for public sector procurement in Scotland.

WiCipedia: Gender equality is imperative in city planning
WiCipedia | 4/3/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Geochicas take to the streets; high schoolers as role models; how pandemics affect feminism; and more.

Researchers say smartphone location tracking can fight COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Asian countries have used smartphone apps to help stop the spread. Can the US and Europe do the same?

TIM, Infratel step up fiber switch-on in response to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Italian operator signals acceleration of agreement to light up dark fiber installed by Infratel Italia in 600 municipalities.

AT&T: SDN, NFV helped meet COVID-19 traffic demands
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

AT&T said traffic to its VPN has risen 700% during the past few weeks - demand it was able to match thanks to its virtualized network services and white box gateway.

US firms confident they can bring radio manufacturing home
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Mavenir and Parallel Wireless are optimistic that radios can be made in the US at a competitive cost.

California regulators to T-Mobile: Now wait just a minute
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

T-Mobile's lawyers may not be done quite yet. California's telecom agency said the company can't begin merging with Sprint until officials there sign off on the transaction.

800G rollout imminent following live trials
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/2/2020

800G single wavelength coherent is a significant development that will help meet demand for higher bandwidths from users working from home and businesses delivering services remotely.

COVID-19-driven network traffic shows signs of stabilizing
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

According to Nokia, COVID-19 Internet traffic is beginning to plateau. Meantime, CenturyLink reported 35% growth in its traffic. And vendors including Ciena and Juniper could eventually benefit.

Tofane Global snaps up NOS carrier services unit
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Communications group continues its acquisition drive with acquisition of NOS International Carrier Services from the Portuguese operator.

KDDI, Softbank form network sharing JV
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Japanese operators team up as operators in other markets have already done to build a joint 5G network in rural areas.

'Evoca,' a new pay-TV service, will be delivered over ATSC 3.0
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

New offering from startup Edge Networks will launch in Boise this summer on the next-gen broadcast standard and feature more than 80 channels for less than $50 per month.

Tarana plotting pivot from small cell backhaul to fixed wireless
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

With investors that include Charlie Ergen and Greg Wyler, Tarana Wireless is hoping to break into the fixed wireless industry with technology that can support up to 1Gbit/s connections.

Eurobites: Bouygues Telecom scraps guidance amid COVID-19 uncertainty
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovakia presses on with 5G auction plans; O2 cuts ties with Dixons Carphone; Telecom Italia sets up new supervisory body; optical equipment makers to feel Europe's 5G pain.

What's next for T-Mobile's TVision?
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

T-Mobile didn't reveal any new plans for its home TV service after locking up Sprint, but a source says the company is working with MobiTV on an updated platform that will succeed the one it acquired from Layer3 TV.

5G proponents win some, lose some in latest FCC proposals
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

The FCC's chairman is proposing a 5G Fund that would total $9 billion. However, he's also suggesting that the 6GHz band be used only by unlicensed operations.

The eight new things we learned about New T-Mobile
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

John Legere will leave the company early. The Sprint brand isn't going anywhere, at least not yet. And T-Mobile has already started work on its post-merger 5G network.

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to take helm of WarnerMedia
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Kilar, who also led a short-lived YouTube competitor called Vessel, will start on May 1 and succeed John Stankey as WarnerMedia nears the launch of HBO Max.

Podcast: Gluware's Haugh on advancing network automation
Kelsey's Grammar | 4/1/2020

On this Light Reading podcast, Haugh provides an update on the evolution of enterprise network automation and how Gluware uses software-defined networking concepts to 'treat the underlying network infrastructure as code and then interact with it programmatically.'

Leading Lights awards deadline moves
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

We're moving the entry deadline for this year's Leading Lights awards to Friday, May 1.

The New T-Mobile is here
The Philter | 4/1/2020

Sprint and T-Mobile finalize a merger that the new company says will unleash a $40 billion investment in its network and business over the next three years.

Dish Network mostly mum on T-Mobile's big day
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Thanks to the close of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, Dish Network is now on the hook to be an MVNO while starting construction on a 5G network. But the company isn't saying much about its plans just yet.

India's operators respond to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Service providers are offering free talk time and an extension of service validity during the COVID-19 lockdown.

COVID-19 will destroy jobs, and many won't return
Morris Lore | 4/1/2020

The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.

Xiaomi rides COVID-19 storm in China
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Chinese smartphone and IoT manufacturer optimistic about domestic market, but less sure of near-term prospects abroad.

5G auctions delayed across Europe due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

European operators impatiently waiting to get their hands on 5G-enabling spectrum will have to wait a bit longer as auctions are postponed in multiple markets.

'New IP' is an actual Huawei threat to networks
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

A new system for the Internet is a far greater threat to the West than Huawei's role in 5G networks.

Eurobites: Boffins join forces to develop COVID-19 tracking apps
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia given green light for Finnish fiber JV; who's up and who's down in European telco brands; Sequans revises guidance down for first quarter.

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