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Qualcomm lends a 5G helping hand in Japan, South Korea
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

US supplier involved in 5G sub-6GHz carrier aggregation with NTT Docomo, and 5G mmWave campus deployment with LG U+.

On the eve of launch, Dito battles to renew license
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Dito Telecom, the 40% China Telecom-invested Philippines operator, faces a battle to renew its license, with the Senate skeptical it can meet commitments.

Dish turns to Taiwanese supplier for more 5G radios
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.

C-band auction for 5G spectrum explodes with $1.7B in first-round bids
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

'Who 'wins' the C-band auction will shape the competitive dynamics of 5G for a decade,' wrote the financial analysts at MoffettNathanson. 'Yes, the stakes really are that high.'

AT&T CEO defends contentious box office moves
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

John Stankey says decision to release new movies simultaneously at theaters and on streaming will accelerate the scale and growth of HBO Max, which now grown to about 12.6 million activations.

India's Jio to launch 5G in 2021
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

India's largest service provider, Reliance Jio, will roll out 5G technology in the second half of 2021, says Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Nokia for open RAN
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is likely to help build an 'open RAN town' for the German operator next year, which would bode well for a future relationship.

Google Cloud brings apps to the edge for glorious benefit of 5G
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Google Cloud brings 200 partner applications at the edge as it continues its strategy to, in part, help service providers make money from 5G.

Google Cloud brings partners, applications to the edge
Guest Perspectives | 12/8/2020

Hundreds of partner apps can now run at the edge with Google Cloud and Anthos, writes Google's Amol Phadke.

Verana Networks nabs $11M to make 5G basestations
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Verana scored a batch of VC funding that the company said will help it begin selling 5G basestations by 2022.

Charter CEO unconcerned about 'me-too' OTT-TV competition
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

But Tom Rutledge does believe programmers and media companies should consider adopting 'dual content strategy' that can be tailored to the pay-TV distributor and direct-to-consumer streaming markets.

Nokia trumpets standalone 5G role at SoftBank
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The Japanese telco has already picked rival Ericsson's cloud-native 5G core.

Eurobites: Huawei says it will bend over backwards for Sweden
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Finland approves 'no Huawei' law; Iskratel brews up 10G broadband in Belgium; Ofcom says public service broadcasting needs to adapt to survive.

Minim puts new broadband product plan in motion
CxO Spotlight | 12/8/2020

CEO Gray Chynoweth talks product and service provider strategy after closing the acquisition of Zoom Telephonics and rebranding the company under the Minim moniker.

Indian telcos push for Huawei, ZTE inclusion in 5G trials
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

Service providers have written to the Indian government calling for the removal of vendor-based restrictions in 5G trials.

Is Huawei leaving its US customers high and dry?
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Some companies have suggested that Huawei is no longer supporting its existing US customers amid government actions against the Chinese vendor. But others say that's not true.

Charter tops US cable's RDOF take
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Charter was the winning bidder across more than 1 million locations, alongside smaller wins for Cox, Atlantic Broadband, Midco and Altice USA, among others.

Here are all the winners of the FCC's $9.2B RDOF auction
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Here is the full list of RDOF winners organized by the amount of money each bidding entity won. For the top 10, Light Reading also listed the identity of the winner and the technology it will use.

Juniper takeover makes Apstra look as agnostic as the Pope
Morris Lore | 12/7/2020

On an acquisition spree in recent months, the maker of routers and switches has just bagged a company whose big selling point was vendor neutrality. Er...

Podcast: What's the story with open RAN's progress?
LRTV Interviews | 12/7/2020

Iain Morris joins the show to give an update on open RAN's progress and hurdles, and what's in store for the technology next year.

Comcast adds CBS All Access to X1
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Integration of the premium streaming service comes ahead of the early 2021 debut of Paramount+, the successor to CBS All Access.

South Korea puts others in 5G shade – report
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Even the most advanced 5G cities elsewhere struggle to compete with availability and performance found in South Korea.

Singtel gets a crack at the banking business
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

The Singaporean operator's bank license underlines the telco opportunity in the finance sector.

Orange CTO: Don't expect 'densification' with 5G
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Michael Trabbia says 5G efficiencies will allow his company to provide a nationwide service without the need for additional sites.

Eurobites: Finland prepares to make life easier for Nokia
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OMG it's an FWA record; where we are with open RAN; Ethiopia's telecom privatization going ahead.

Nokia to head up European 6G project
News Analysis | 12/7/2020

Vendor takes on 6G role, just as Finland looks set to pass a new 5G security law that could lock out certain vendors.

COVID-19, network reuse contribute to strong PON market
Column | 12/7/2020

Omdia's Julie Kunstler outlines why the broadband equipment market uptick will keep on going in 2021.

Mavenir begins dabbling in open RAN hardware
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Mavenir is pinning its hopes on an open RAN trend separating hardware from software. At the same time, the company is working to tightly integrate its own hardware and software.

What to expect from the C-band auction for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Who's bidding? When will the auction end? And what will the winners get? Some expect the C-band auction to be America's biggest-ever spectrum sale.

WarnerMedia's bold movie move will help HBO Max… at a price
The Bauminator | 12/4/2020

Decision to distribute Warner Bros movies simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max is risky even if it accelerates growth for WarnerMedia's new premium SVoD service, analyst says.

North Dakota telco lights up 5-Gig residential broadband service
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Delivered on XGS-PON gear from Calix, MLGC's speedy new offering sells for $199 per month.

Facebook tests tech to provide data to rural world
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Facebook releases first results for its prototype SuperCell, a tech to provide mobile network coverage from existing towers to rural communities.

Comcast inches toward HBO Max integration
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

A tile for HBO Max and other HBO Max branding have surfaced on X1. However, when the tile is launched, it directs viewers to the regular HBO network page rather than the fuller, OTT-delivered HBO Max app.

Open RAN will be a $3.2B market in 2024, says Omdia
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Forecast is raised as service providers commit to both greenfield and brownfield deployments worldwide.

FTTH/B in Europe? Massive growth surge on its way – report
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

IDATE forecasts a near tripling of FTTH/B subscribers in EU member states (plus UK) between 2020 and 2026. UK and Germany no longer full-fiber laggards.

China's 5G newcomer pins its hopes on untried mobile broadcast
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

CBN has a mountain to climb as it tries to establish broadcast technology as a 5G challenger.

Eurobites: Tele2 sells small German unit
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more on Vodafone's edge deal with AWS; better times lie ahead, says Analysys Mason; blockchain gets a telecom workout.

Ofcom plans no fiber pricing controls for 11 years
News Analysis | 12/4/2020

Move by regulator signals support for BT's FTTP rollout, but TalkTalk challenges 'multibillion-pound giveaway' to the former incumbent.

WiCipedia: Is there an alternative to imposter syndrome?
WiCipedia | 12/4/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: How to avoid imposter syndrome; fundraising for good; what it takes to build a diverse team; and more.

Ciena, Cisco could acquire NeoPhotonics – analysts
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

'We see a very high likelihood of NeoPhotonics being acquired by a larger optical component supplier or even by Ciena or Cisco,' wrote the financial analysts at MKM Partners.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon
DanoVision | 12/3/2020

Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.

EXFO checks OTT's heartbeat
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

New video monitoring tool is designed to help service providers auto-detect and diagnose the root cause of video streaming issues and impairments.

Discovery+ could add 15M subs in 2021 – analyst
The Bauminator | 12/3/2020

But industry watchers expect the new, premium streaming service to face challenges as it will likely face a harder sell in the US compared to Europe and other international markets.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile are neck and neck in 5G speeds – report
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

New findings from OpenSignal show a surprising parity in 5G download speeds among AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era
Morris Lore | 12/3/2020

As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.

Huawei, ZTE cushioned by China
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Dell'Oro Group finds the two Chinese suppliers making revenue-share inroads in the worldwide telecoms equipment market, thanks to heavy domestic spending.

AT&T nears deal for You.i TV
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Acquisition of Canada-based You.i TV will bring key technologies in-house that enable AT&T and its WarnerMedia unit to build apps for an array of mobile and TV-based streaming devices from a single codebase.

Arm: Regulators to take 'good look' at Nvidia sale
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of UK chipmaker Arm may not be a done deal, with Arm's CEO saying he expects regulators 'to take a good look.'

US cable network peak usage is surging again
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Following a summer of stability, upstream and downstream traffic has been rising steadily in recent weeks. Cable operator network spending in Q3 indicates that MSOs were preparing for this latest surge.

Fixed wireless access is 5G's first killer app
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

5G has found a hit with fixed wireless access, which is taking off in some regions.

Eurobites: Eutelsat beams Konnect broadband to Brits
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone hopes for AR specs appeal; Nokia knocks up more private networks; Slovenian winemaker toasts 10G XGS-PON.

Standalone security: The impact of slicing and total cost of ownership
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/3/2020

SPONSORED: Many enterprise customers expect that 5G security slices will be fully hardened and automated as 5G cores (5GC) are commercialized.

Orange plans spending splurge after tax bonanza
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

France-based operator considers buying out majority shareholders in Orange Belgium.

Discovery+ preps for January 4 US debut, starting at $4.99
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Programmer's new premium streaming service will try to accelerate subscriber growth through a partnership with Verizon focused on the carrier's mobile, 5G Home and Fios customer base.

Sharing is hard: Debate builds over ESC in 3.5GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) networks are a cornerstone of spectrum sharing in the 3.5GHz band. But there's a growing debate about whether they are effective.

Viaero, Airspan hint at fixed wireless C-band ambitions
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

A testing request from wireless network operator Viaero hints at fixed wireless services in the C-band using equipment from Airspan and BEC Technologies.

Cable drove 33% of US mobile subscriber growth in Q3 – analyst
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

US cable operators ended the period with 4.8 million mobile lines and remain a significant source of share growth even as all industry players continue to chase after T-Mobile.

SoftBank's $690M Sinch stake a customer service bet
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Japan's SoftBank Group grabs a tenth of Sinch, as Facebook and Salesforce also make acquisitions in the booming customer engagement industry.

Vietnam says good morning to 5G
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Viettel launches country's first commercial 5G trial using a mixture of imported and homegrown kit.

Will Alkira's CBaaS shine in a sea of SASE suppliers?
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Alkira's goal is that CBaaS will assist enterprises in connecting their business applications wherever they're housed – connecting sites together such as data centers or branches on a global scale.

India's Vodafone Idea goes for a tariff hike
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

The decision looks risky in a market where market leader Reliance Jio still offers rock-bottom rates.

Eurobites: Openreach goes after TalkTalk for missing millions
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: no more copper in Salisbury; Orange builds new cable repair ship; Enea gets it on with Matrixx.

Nokia hails 'native' green credentials of 5G networks
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

5G may be more energy efficient in terms of watts per bit, but rising data traffic and hardware power consumption remain a challenge.

Vodafone touts UK's first 5G 'edge' service with AWS
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Forthcoming soft launch will deliver sub-10-millisecond connections from a center in London, say the companies.

Why 2021 should be the year uCPE (finally) makes its mark
Column | 12/2/2020

Omdia expects uCPE revenues to more than triple to reach $93.5 million in 2021 and then $1.78 billion by 2024. Enterprise SD-WAN is a key driver of all that growth.

Verizon's DSS comes up short in new 5G tests
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Signals Research Group used high-end testing equipment to check out Verizon's new Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology. 'We can't help but be disappointed,' the firm concluded.

FuboTV buys Balto Sports for move into online sports wagering
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Timing of launch hasn't been announced, but FuboTV said last month that new sports wagering service would complement its 'sports-first' focus by driving higher subscriber engagement and improving churn.

Open RAN might not save you much after all
Morris Lore | 12/1/2020

The hyped technology is unlikely to make a huge difference in what telcos invest and even threatens to run up a bigger opex bill.

Pluto TV tunes in free Showtime channel
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The free, ad-based streaming service debuts Showtime Selects, a digital channel featuring Showtime originals. ViacomCBS's move expands Pluto TV's lineup and provides upgrade opportunities for Showtime.

Qualcomm hopes Snapdragon 888 will widen its 5G lead
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Qualcomm released a new top-tier Snapdragon applications processor for smartphones, a move that could help the company solidify its leading position in 5G silicon.

Ting Internet's top priority: Boost 'build velocity'
CxO Spotlight | 12/1/2020

Jill Szuchmacher, an exec late of Google Fiber, is Ting Internet's new chief strategy officer. One of her key aims is to accelerate the company's ability to deploy FTTP networks.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi on the 2021 outlook for private networks
LRTV Interviews | 12/1/2020

Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Omdia's Pablo Tomasi recap the latest Informa Tech event, Private Networks in a 5G World.

Zoom booms, but share price gloom looms
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Zoom sees 367% year-on-year revenue growth in the third quarter, but a jump in free user numbers causes profit margins to dip 14.7%.

Bouygues Telecom gets the 5G ball rolling
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Nationwide coverage targeted for the end of next year, but Huawei replacement strategy still unclear.

The vendor business suddenly looks very different
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Geopolitics is having a major impact on the vendor landscape in telecom.

Podcast: SASE glues together security and networking
LRTV Interviews | 12/1/2020

Dell'Oro's Mauricio Sanchez joins the podcast to explain how SASE brings together networking and security technologies, and what this new trend means for service providers and enterprises.

Eurobites: Ericsson's 5G blows into Greece with WIND Hellas
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ziggo adds probes to boost network performance; Colt upgrades its SD-WAN offering; Iskratel touts new OLT for easier virtualization.

Telia Lithuania adds to Huawei's European pain
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Mobile operator has already signed up Ericsson as its network partner for 5G.

Telcos, vendors back new TMF test platform for interoperable IT
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.

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