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Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
The Philter  | 
4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Nokia, Senet, Sprint & Ericsson and Wind River all stood out as having compelling IoT strategies and approaches to a growing, lucrative market.
If Sprint, T-Mobile Divest Customers in a Merger, They Could Call América Móvil
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile continues to cast shadows across the industry, with Mexico's América Móvil voicing interest in divested customers and T-Mobile's prepaid chief leaving the company.
Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.
Charter in Talks About Licensing Comcast's X1 Platform
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
CEO Tom Rutledge confirms that Charter's had discussions, but company currently remains committed to its own, next-gen video platform and interface.
Three UK to Cut Two Thirds of Tech Jobs in Digital Makeover
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
The smallest of the UK's mobile operators is set to get even smaller on the staffing side as it automates processes and moves IT systems into the public cloud.
Eurobites: Huawei Refused to Close Vodafone's 'Backdoor' – Report
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad fined by French stock market regulator; ARM gets new CFO; Safaricom's Collymore steps down; Telenor's Q1.
Here Are AT&T's 5 Most Congested Markets
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
California seems to be giving AT&T troubles.
Orange Q1 Sales Dip in France Amid Tough Competition
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The French telecom incumbent sees revenues fall at home for the first time in two years but still manages to grow earnings.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Automation Strategy
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
India's Reliance Jio and Japan's Rakuten make this year's shortlist for Most Innovative Automation Strategy.
Harmonic CEO: We Want to Be No. 1 in Cable Virtualization, DAA
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4/29/2019  |  1 comment
Harmonic sees a big year ahead for its 'CableOS' platform and distributed access architecture deployments as vendor takes aim at a cable network market that's been led by Arris, Cisco and Casa Systems.
Alphabet Reports Cloud Expansion, but Slowing Ad Growth Stalls Shares
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Google's parent company credited its cloud business with growing revenues, but slowing growth in the advertising business sent its stock down.
Viacom Seeks Free OTT Payoff on Pluto TV
The Bauminator  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
As the pay-TV sector continues to struggle, programmer sets launch of several free, ad-supported streaming channels from BET, Comedy Central, Spike and MTV on the now Viacom-owned Pluto TV ad-based OTT service.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Odds Sink to 55%
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4/29/2019  |  1 comment
Analysts at Raymond James said that the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is facing increasing headwinds. However, the top antitrust regulator at the DoJ said he has not yet made up his mind about the proposed transaction.
ZTE Returns to Profit Despite Sales Slump
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
A fourth consecutive decline in quarterly sales at ZTE is a troubling sign for the Chinese vendor's supporters.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, Apple/Qualcomm & 5G
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
They say 'Hi Wei,' then talk about Huawei. And other stuff.
Huawei 5G Bans Highlight Network Confusion
Morris Lore  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Muddled thinking about the core and the edge is shaping government policy toward Huawei in some parts of the world.
AT&T Flies 'Airship' to 5G Cloud
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T's 5G network cloud is built using Airship open source cloud infrastructure provisioning software, which goes to version 1 on Monday.
China Mobile Upends Broadband Market
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4/29/2019  |  2 comments
China's biggest mobile operator has triggered upheaval in the market for broadband services.
TiVo Tunes In to Cable's IP Video Migration, Use of Android TV Boxes
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's gaining ground with its next-gen video platform even as some of the nation's Tier 2/3 cable ops look to play down pay-TV and avoid investing in next-gen platforms.
Cisco Connects With WiFi 6 Updates, OpenRoaming Progress
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4/29/2019  |  2 comments
Cisco's Catalyst switch updates, access point improvements and OpenRoaming partners combine to paint a picture of constant, effortless wireless connectivity.
Eurobites: UK Fiber Challenger Looks to Raise £1B for Network Buildout
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Exponential-e teams up on data storage; small-cells M&A; T-Systems goes all-in with Azure; China's ambassador to UK sticks up for Huawei.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Shades of Ray  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Colt, Filament, Mobileum and Synchronoss Technologies all submitted standout entries for most innovative blockchain for telecoms strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy
The Philter  | 
4/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Fortinet, ZTE, CUJO AI and Colt all had standout entries for most innovative security strategy in this year's Leading Lights contest.
TiVo/Rovi Seeks to Block Comcast X1 Box, Broadband Gateway Imports
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
New complaint at the International Trade Commission alleges that cable operator is infringing on six patents that also form basis of a recent lawsuit filed in a California court.
FCC Commissioners Waver Over C-Band Details for 5G
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Two of the FCC's five commissioners don't quite see eye-to-eye on exactly how to shift C-Band spectrum from the satellite industry to the 5G sector. Billions of dollars are at stake.
Cox Tests Premium Low-Lag Gaming Service
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
MSO stresses that $14.99/month 'Cox Elite Gamer' service steers clear of net neutrality concerns because it does not prioritize or speed up Internet traffic.
Eurobites: ETSI & Linux Foundation Get Jiggy With IT
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Orange Spain tests Huawei 5G smartphone; KPN's numbers are heading south as it makes its 5G vendor decisions; and competitive device manufacturer Oppo is heading to Europe.
WiCipedia: Empty Restrooms, Mom 2.0 Summit & 'Brilliant Jerks' Culture
WiCipedia  | 
4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Conference restroom lines show gender disparity; the best companies for millennial women; men in tech who committed sexual harassment or assault likely have big new jobs; and more.
KPN Rules Out Huawei for 5G Core
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4/26/2019  |  1 comment
Dutch national operator will use a 'Western' supplier for the 'sensitive' 5G core platform.
Juniper Foresees Service Provider Gloom
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Juniper is hopeful its service provider business might pick up, but it isn't making promises. Overall Juniper revenues are down sharply in Q1.
T-Mobile: 5G Launch in 2H19 Should Double LTE Speeds
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4/25/2019  |  1 comment
As analysts grow increasingly worried that T-Mobile will not be able to consummate its proposed merger with Sprint, the focus is shifting to the 5G services T-Mobile might be able to provide on its own.
Verizon: Fully Virtualized 5G Core to Launch in 1 to 2 Years
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon currently uses a 4G LTE IMS core from Nokia for its 5G offerings. But in the next 1 to 2 years, the operator has said it will shift to a standalone, fully virtualized 5G core for its 5G services.
Podcast: Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Madness, Ominous Signs for Omniverse
The Philter  | 
4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeff Baumgartner catches us up on the Omniverse saga and Mike Dano looks at what might happen if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is blocked.
Comcast's Mobile Sub Growth Slows, but Other Mobile Metrics Improve
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Xfinity Mobile adds 170,000 lines in Q1, extending the total to 1.4 million. Mobile-related revenues rose 24.4% while losses shrunk significantly.
SoftBank Plows Big Bucks Into Drones & Balloons for 5G, IoT
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
SoftBank is embarking on a new business that involves building massive drones to provide Internet services in remote areas. Tied in, SoftBank is also plowing $125 million into Alphabet's Loon project.
Eurobites: BT Considers Offers for Irish Unit
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and Orange expand network-sharing agreement in Spain; Telia's soft start to the year; Telecom Italia claims speed supremacy.
Nokia Suffers 5G Blues in Q1, Stock Slumps
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
When the CEO and CFO say the quarter was 'weak,' you know it was bad: investors agreed.
Rackspace Names Third CEO in Two Years
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4/25/2019  |  2 comments
Kevin Jones, who has experience in both transportation and enterprise technology, replaces Joe Eazor, who didn't last long.
Ruckus Ready to Roll With CBRS Tech
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
In-building cellular coverage expected to be 'biggest, broadest use case' early on, exec says.
5G Completely Absent From Tesla's Big Autonomous Driving Event
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4/24/2019  |  3 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk made some aggressive promises around autonomous driving during the company's 'Autonomy Day' event. Conspicuously absent though was any mention of 5G.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Thirteen vendors, from Altiostar to ZTE, are helping operators apply SDN and NFV technologies to transform their networks from the core to the edge.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
With momentum running strong in the SD-WAN market, the Leading Lights award for the 'Most Innovative SD-WAN Service' received a flood of entries.
AT&T Loses 627K Video Subs in Q1
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Losses in period include 83,000 for DirecTV Now, but company sees legacy TV declines slowing later in 2019 alongside improving results for its newly priced OTT video product.
AT&T Hints at Speed-Based Pricing for 5G
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4/24/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T executives offered updates on the operator's '5G E' and 5G NR network buildout efforts, as well as a list of what the operator needs to make things easier.
Huawei's Ox Horn Campus Is a Total Trip!
LRTV Documentaries  | 
4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Take a sneak peek at the new Huawei campus with Telecoms.com's Jamie Davies and Light Reading's Tien Chi Fu. Yes, European-style architecture slap-bang in the middle of China's bustling tech center. It's like Disney World without the fun – but with 5G!
Eurobites: UK Gives Huawei the Nod on 'Non-Core' 5G Network Elements
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media CEO Mockridge departs; Tele2 earnings up, revenue down; Telia lands smart-meter deal; 5G live at Glastonbury.
Vapor IO Dials Up Edge Computing Hotline to Amazon's AWS
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Vapor IO is working with Crown Castle and Amazon to essentially develop a 'red phone' hotline between its edge computing data centers and the AWS data centers Amazon offers for cloud computing services.
ACE Stands By Case Linking Omniverse & Dragon Box
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Omniverse, the target of a copyright lawsuit, has argued that any comparison between it and Dragon Box is 'scandalous and immaterial' and has moved to strike it from the proceedings.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
The Philter  | 
4/23/2019  |  1 comment
Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.
Verizon to Hawk YouTube TV to Mobile, 5G Home & Fios Broadband Subs
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4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Pact fits with Verizon's decision to focus on the network and its ambitious 5G rollout and to avoid the expense and headache of building its own OTT-TV service.
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