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Comcast Starts to Roll Free Speed Upgrades
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Starting in the Northwest, Comcast has raised the downstream speeds on tiers that 85% of its customers in the region subscribe to.
Three Reasons Why T-Mobile Isn't Going to Sell the Galaxy Fold
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T and Best Buy will sell Samsung's first folding phone, so why is T-Mobile not following them into the Galaxy Fold fold?
LR Tackles 5G & the Cloud at Cable-Tec Expo
Breznick Unbound  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In an industry first, Light Reading will stage two breakfast forums on hot tech topics at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, the first on cable network virtualization and the second on cable's role in 5G.
Migrating OSS/BSS to the Public Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
As operational models evolve, telcos are turning to public cloud platforms to host their OSS and BSS systems, but there are still hurdles to overcome.
Locast to Viewers: Help!
The Bauminator  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Under fire from US broadcasters, Locast is appealing for funds to help it mount a legal defense, a move that was attempted eight years ago by Ivi Inc., an OTT-TV company that was sued out of existence.
C-Spire Updates Its 4G, Readies for 5G
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Regional carrier C-Spire updates 1,200-plus basestations in its network, ready for 5G and more.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Appoints Professor of Blockchain
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica forms content joint venture with Atresmedia; Nokia is on an emissions mission; Netflix isn't in pole position in Poland.
Operators May Move to Standalone 5G Faster Than Anticipated
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators continue to test their initial 5G networks, and are finding a number of surprises that could hasten changes like a move from non-standalone 5G to standalone 5G.
ETSI's Reznik Updates on Edge Specs
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
At the Edge Computing Congress in London, Alex Reznik, chair of the ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG), talks about how the group can help the telco edge market develop and the link to 5G.
Leveraging AI for Increased CSP Efficiency
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Jay Shah, chief AI officer at MyRepublic, explains how the service provider is leveraging AI to optimize its operations, control costs and manage churn.
TiVo Rolling Out Skippable Pre-Roll Ads for Retail DVRs
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2019  |  2 comments
New ad inventory, to be inserted in front of DVR recordings, will be rolled out to eligible retail devices within 90 days, company says.
Telefónica Highlights Edge Vendor Shortcomings, Picks Holes in ETSI's Specs
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
The Spanish operator does not sound happy with the results of a request for information and says ETSI's edge group must improve its deliverables.
Comcast's Trojan Horse for Pay-TV
The Bauminator  | 
9/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Xfinity Flex, now offered for free to broadband-only subs, provides streaming apps and smart home capabilities – but it's also something else.
WiCipedia: WiC Hits the Road in Dallas & Apple Event Makes (Some) Diversity Headway
WiCipedia  | 
9/20/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Board diversification demands go worldwide; Apple event makes some headway on diversity efforts; AnitaB.org moves the gender equality needle, and more.
Key Takeaways from the Edge Computing Congress
Shades of Ray  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
There was a lot to take away from the Edge Computing Congress in London this week -- not least the encouraging signs associated with funding and deployments.
RJio Takes Baby Steps With Open Source for OSS/BSS
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Disruptive Indian operator is embracing open source as it evolves its back office strategy.
GSMA Warns Against Fragmentation of Digital Economy Rules
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9/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Telecom regulators are being forced to broaden their activities with the arrival of new digital technologies.
The Complexity of Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
There are many tough questions for telcos looking to build out edge computing resources, including what they should deploy in terms of IT hardware from day one, notes Heavy Reading Analyst Simon Stanley.
Eurobites: Proximus Boss Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading
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9/20/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google to invest in Europe; Three pumps up the bandwidth; euNetworks adds fiber in Milan and Madrid.
DoD Begins Testing 5G With $52M Budget
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  1 comment
The US Department of Defense recently hired a new 'technical director for 5G,' who will be responsible for installing 5G networks and applications in select US military bases.
O Canada: AT&T Touts 'Largest LTE-M Footprint in the World'
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T's claim based on LTE-M IoT roaming deal with three Canadian operators — Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus.
Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Make a mess of automation and telcos will destroy the business case for edge computing, says ETSI. But telcos desperately need standards to crystalize before they can move ahead.
5G Report Card for September: 1.4M Subscriptions, 129 Announced Devices
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, there were a total of 1.398 million 5G subscriptions globally at the end of Q2. That total is in part driven by a growing number of 5G phones: As of Sept. 10, the group counted 16 commercially available 5G phones.
Evaluating Democrats' Vow of 'Internet for All'
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  2 comments
Most major Democratic contenders, including Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, have issued 'Internet for All' promises, yet only a few have detailed plans. Would any of these recommendations actually work?
Verizon's Vestberg Sticks With mmWave for 5G
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon is the only US carrier sticking with a national, highband-only 5G plan heading into 2020, but CEO says the C-Band is 'interesting' to the carrier.
AT&T Exploring Sale or Spin-Off of DirecTV – Report
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  3 comments
Despite potential regulatory hurdles, Dish viewed as a logical candidate to combine with the struggling satellite TV service provider.
5G: Game-Changer for Philippines Broadband?
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Filipino operator Globe Telecom believes 5G could make a huge difference as a broadband technology in its home market.
Telcos Should Invest in Edge App Developers – Academic
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/19/2019  |  1 comment
Creating an investment fund to fuel edge computing developments would be a good move for the telco community, argues Carnegie Mellon University's Professor Mahadev 'Satya' Satyanarayanan.
Eurobites: Is the UK Heading for a Big Copper Switch-Off?
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom takes back control of enterprise telecom from T-Systems; ADVA lands Kuwaiti gig; TalkTalk cleans up its act; coffee gets connected.
Apple Gives Ultra Wideband a Spin
Jonestown  | 
9/19/2019  |  1 comment
The iPhone 11 is carrying an ultra wideband (UWB) chip that has its supporters excited about new applications.
Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Following the lead of American Tower, SBA Communications has acquired a Chicago data center. CEO Jeffrey Stoops says the purchase will help SBA learn about edge computing.
AT&T Puts Intelligence in the Middle of the Edge
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T is focused on building virtualization and intelligence into the customer edge and network edge for 5G applications.
Cox Also Flexing Its Streaming Muscles
The Bauminator  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.
FUD Still Weighs on Telco Edge Computing
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
While some operators have embraced edge computing, it seems that fear, uncertainty and doubt still weigh heavy on the edge computing strategic thinking of many service providers.
Corning's Fiber Business Is Cratering, but What Does That Mean for 5G?
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Corning has dramatically reduced its sales expectations for fiber this year as carriers reduce spending. Does that mean 5G (which needs fiber) is in trouble? Not necessarily.
Sprint Tears Up the Rulebook on the Edge
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The US operator says it cannot approach the edge in the same way it has served the mainstream consumer market.
Many Operators Still Daunted by Edge Computing – Ovum
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Many network operators are still unsure about the role edge computing might play in their future strategies, says Julian Bright, senior analyst, Intelligent Networks at Ovum.
How Sprint's Edge Strategy Breaks With Tradition
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint's edge strategy includes a progressive take (for a telco, at least) on opening up its platform for use by third parties, explains Light Reading's Iain Morris.
Of Patriots, Faith, Broadband & Huawei
DanoVision  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
A modern-day morality play is slowly developing around the US telecom providers that have been caught up in the hoopla surrounding China's Huawei.
Comcast Offers 'Xfinity Flex' for Free to Broadband-Only Subs
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Video streaming platform features a video client, voice remote and integration with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and, soon, an upgrade path to Comcast's full pay-TV service.
Huawei Positions Itself for Age of Big Computing
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese vendor says it is ready to sate incredible demand for artificially intelligent computing with its line-up of processors.
Eurobites: Sky Targets New-Builds With Last-Mile Fiber Deal
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange signs subsea deal; Telia falters in Latvia; Vodafone UK bucks the high street trend; Telefónica takes stake in alarms company.
Avaya Goes Global With IBM Cloud
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
Avaya is partnering with IBM for global expansion of its OneCloud ReadyNow cloud call center and unified-communications-as-a-service, beyond current availability in the US and central Europe.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo Goes for Gold With Multivendor 5G Plans
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's biggest operator will introduce 5G services based on O-RAN specifications in what it claims is a world first.
CenturyLink: Network Infrastructure Is the Real Final Frontier
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
NASA was trying to solve the same problems telcos now face when it launched the space shuttle Enterprise, 43 years ago Tuesday.
T-Mobile Execs Talk Merger & 5G
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile remains hopeful that Sprint deal get done this year, viewing the merger as a key pathway to 5G's promised land.
Charter Taps Stephanie Mitchko as CTO
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Mitchko, a former Cadent exec and engineer who worked on Cablevision's pioneering remote-storage DVR service, succeeds the retired Jay Rolls.
NBCU Picks 'Peacock' as Brand for Premium Streaming Service
The Bauminator  | 
9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The media giant has apparently passed on tacking on '+' to the end of the name of the OTT service that will launch next spring and feature more than 15,000 hours of content.
AT&T CEO: US Ahead in 5G
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9/17/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T's Randall Stephenson talks up plans for nationwide 5G by mid-year 2020, claims US is still ahead in the 5G race.
HBO Max to Take Many Paths to the Consumer
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
WarnerMedia's new SVoD service will hold a key distribution advantage through AT&T's retail presence, pay-TV, broadband and mobility services.
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