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FCC OKs midband moves for 5G
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

Agency adopts rules to free up 280MHz of C-Band spectrum for a December 2020 auction, forms competitive bidding procedures for an auction of spectrum in the CBRS 3.5GHz band set to start in June.

Cable One has no plans to dump pay-TV, CEO says
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

But broadband-focused midsized cable operator, since rebranded as Sparklight, might pursue new ways to deliver video products to customers.

Telcos could profit by aggregating, simplifying video streaming options – Omdia
LRTV Interviews | 2/28/2020

At Informa Tech's Future Vision event in London, Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Omdia analyst Maria Rua Aguete discuss the importance of partnerships among streaming video providers, content creators and network operators.

Omdia's Dario Talmesio compares 5G hype and reality
LRTV Interviews | 2/28/2020

At Informa Tech's Future Vision event in London, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia, aims to balance the expectations and rapid growth of 5G services.

Comcast developing hands-free, speech-driven remote
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

Comcast has not announced plans to launch the device commercially, but a model made by Remote Solution recently passed through the FCC for testing.

Mavenir signs up Turkcell for open RAN
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

Open RAN specialist partners with Turkish operator for tests initially in Turkey.

WiCipedia: Fake it till you make it – the confidence edition
WiCipedia | 2/28/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Confidence seems to be the topic du jour for women in tech; black female founders take the stage; a venture capital battle of the best; and more.

Orange confirms ZTE as 5G partner in Spain
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

French operator was already working with Ericsson and Huawei in Spain and introduced ZTE last year, it confirms to Light Reading.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia teams up with KKR for ultra-broadband push
News Analysis | 2/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei plans new factory in France; Virgin goes 'ultra-fast' in UK's West Midlands; Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson team up for campus network.

SD-WAN security: Cloud integration branches out
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/28/2020

New Heavy Reading study looks at the business opportunity in cloud-based managed security services.

Omdia's Camille Mendler: 5G just won't work without the edge
LRTV Interviews | 2/28/2020

At Informa Tech's Future Vision event, IBM's Dennis Lauwers and Omdia’s lead enterprise services analyst discuss the reality of edge computing and whether service providers can expect that the edge will be a 5G opportunity.

Service provider opportunities at the edge (of pure imagination)
Column | 2/28/2020

Omdia's Evan Kirchheimer recaps a day of presentations on private networking, 5G, edge computing and enterprise services at Informa Tech's Future Vision event in London.

Ailing Nokia courted by Deutsche Telekom for open RAN boost
Morris Lore | 2/27/2020

A merger isn't a viable option for the Finnish vendor, and asset sales would be hard to justify. What about an open RAN push?

Get ready for a big speed boost to 5G
DanoVision | 2/27/2020

Will 5G go up to 10 Gbit/s? The application of networking technologies, including carrier aggregation across wide stretches of spectrum, could get us there... at some point.

Dish pitches à la carte option to Altitude TV
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

In open offer, Dish proposes to offer Altitude at a price set by the regional sports network, with 100% of revenues going to Altitude. Altitude reportedly called such an at-will deal 'a death knell' to the RSN biz.

RDK Americas Summit canceled over coronavirus concerns
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

Event focused on the open source platform for set-top boxes and broadband gateways was set to take place at the new Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia and expected to draw more than 450 attendees.

Disruptive router vendor DriveNets shifts up a gear
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

Preps live demo of the distributed disaggregated chassis system favoured by AT&T and teams up with systems integrator KPGCo as operators consider their next-gen routing options.

ZTE eyes China gain from Nokia pain
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

Still alive and kicking after its run-in with US authorities, the Chinese vendor can look forward to some home comforts this year.

OFC 2020 management: The show will go on
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

OFC 2020 is still happening, the show's management said, despite recent exhibitor pull-outs, which include Infinera, Viavi and Ciena.

Telstra slashes top NBN speed, hints at 5G FWA
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

The Australian operator has blamed service changes on NBN Co, the operator of the country's controversial wholesale network.

The best wireless provider in the US could come from... Mexico?
DanoVision | 2/27/2020

TracFone, the largest MVNO in the US, recently hinted at a service called SmartSIM. If TracFone does indeed launch such an offering, what would it look like?

Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom plan indoor 5G trial
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

The telco partners aim to tackle the knotty problem of providing reliable 5G coverage inside buildings, with SK supplying 5G repeaters to the German operator.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom and friends claim 5G network-slicing first
News Analysis | 2/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's spectrum-sharing offering goes on sale; Nokia deploys 5G private network for Lufthansa; Orange gets satellite assist.

Edge and enterprise 5G the star turns at Omdia's Future Vision event
LRTV Interviews | 2/27/2020

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss two of the key topics discussed at Omdia's Future Vision event in London – telco edge computing opportunities and 5G enterprise services.

Nokia hires advisers for possible asset sales or a merger – reports
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Nokia is reportedly in the process of evaluating options including asset sales and mergers, following profit warnings from the vendor earlier this month.

Telefónica takes indirect stake in SD-WAN startup flexiWAN
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Late last year, Telefónica said it would be testing flexiWAN's SD-WAN technology on white-box CPEs.

Why WOW is cozying up to streaming services
The Bauminator | 2/26/2020

It's all about providing choice, though the service provider will continue to support and sell its legacy pay-TV offering, WOW exec Scott Barton says.

Powering 5G cell sites may rack up big costs for operators
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

It takes nearly double the amount of energy to power a 5G cell site using a massive MIMO antenna than it does a 4G cell site.

T-Mobile conducts layoffs in prepaid business
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

According to people familiar with the company, T-Mobile has cut a number of jobs in its prepaid Metro by T-Mobile business.

AT&T's FirstNet buildout nears completion, albeit with some hiccups
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

AT&T said it's roughly 75% finished with its FirstNet network buildout, ahead of schedule. But some of the company's vendors and partners aren't exactly lined up with that progress.

Cable operators and edge computing: Where and why?
Column | 2/26/2020

Cable providers need to ask themselves some basic questions about edge computing so they can start developing strategies for leveraging this critical technology.

Altice USA hooks up with Apple
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Cable op has launched a streaming video app for the Apple TV along with a promo that lets customers finance the purchase of an Apple TV 4K box and get a free year of the Apple TV+ subscription VoD service.

Huawei unveils alternative to Google's apps suite
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Chinese vendor unveils Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), its own suite of apps and services.

Deutsche Telekom, Intel breakthrough piles open RAN pressure onto big vendors
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.

Cellnex and Bouygues Telecom seal fiber deal to support 5G
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Agreement on creation of French joint venture comes as mobile tower provider reports 15% increase in 2019 revenue to surpass the €1 billion threshold.

Eurobites: Nokia goes a-slicing
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm notches up record chip shipments in Q4; French operators bid for 5G spectrum; no tin hats required, UK 5G basestation tests find.

A year later, Rakuten's mobile optimism remains undimmed
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Rakuten missed its 4G mobile network launch date last year, but company officials this week reiterated the Japanese company will soon turn on 'the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native network.'

South Korean telcos adopt new working practices in face of coronavirus
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

SK Telecom has instructed staff to work from home and reportedly closed its HQ, while others have adopted other telecommute strategies, according to local reports.

Plume banks another $85M
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Charter, Qualcomm Ventures, Belkin and Service Electric Cablevision come on board as equity investors in a whole-home WiFi and smart home software company that has now raised about $127 million.

Startups and smaller companies chart paths around MWC cancellation
News Analysis | 2/26/2020

Companies like Parallel Wireless, Allot and Lynk are working to fill in the hole left by the cancellation of the MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

Comcast snaps up free streaming service Xumo
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Xumo, which will remain an independent business inside the cable op, has already integrated its free, ad-supported streaming service on Comcast's X1 and Xfinity Flex boxes.

AT&T and Verizon axed nearly 30K jobs last year
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

These are dark days for the American telecom worker, and the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is unlikely to brighten the outlook.

WOW embraces pay-TV cord-cutting
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Via trial in Charleston, SC, WideOpenWest is fixing on broadband while ceding some ground to OTT-TV providers in the form of partnerships with fuboTV, Philo, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Mirantis co-founder targets 5G 'oligopoly' with private networks startup FreedomFi
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Mirantis Co-Founder and CMO Boris Renski announced he will leave his job to push his new startup FreedomFi, which is targeting private wireless LTE networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.

OFC puts on a brave face as Ciena backs out of industry shows
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Ciena is backing out of a month's worth of industry events due to coronavirus concerns. OFC said it is looking forward to a show floor that's 'busier than ever,' even without Ciena.

Nokia lands core role at Rakuten Mobile
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Finnish vendor boosts its telco cloud credentials with a managed services contract to operate Rakuten Mobile's virtualized core network and enable 'zero touch' 4G/5G operations.

Cujo AI takes aim at online consumer privacy protection
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

New 'Incognito' service enables broadband customers to control their private data by automatically blocking tracking software that builds profiles based on their use of the Internet.

China operators shed subscribers in saturated mobile market
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

China's service providers are losing customers, and not just because of coronavirus.

Not MWC: Cisco stacks new software for mobile networks
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Cisco rolls out new software stacks and automation tools to help network operators get ready for all the sweet hell that's going to be unleashed with billions of devices running on 5G.

Eurobites: Telefónica, Microsoft expand cloud services partnership
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM makes quantum leap in RAN planning; MDS Global's new foodie CEO; Swisscom staff settle for 1% increase; and more.

Vodafone, DT drive new TIP open RAN program
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Tier 1 operators and a host of specialist vendors, including Mavenir and Parallel Wireless, lead effort to develop remote radio units for open RAN deployments.

Facebook-led TIP and O-RAN Alliance finally buddy up on 5G R&D
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Two groups working on the development of open RAN technology have agreed to pool their efforts and differentiate roles.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, coronavirus and Deutsche Telekom
LRTV Documentaries | 2/25/2020

The coronavirus looms large in this week's pod, which isn't coming live from Barcelona.

Humax expands RDK device lineup, encroaches on CommScope's and Technicolor's turf
News Analysis | 2/25/2020

Vendor intros 4K set-tops, smart speakers and DOCSIS and GPON gateways based on an open source platform managed by Comcast, Charter and Liberty Global.

Private equity, tower companies could buy Boingo – analysts
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

Boingo is now reportedly for sale, and analysts are speculating that US tower companies like SBA Communications or Crown Castle might make a play for the firm.

Windstream teams with YouTube TV
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

Under the new partnership, Windstream will market the OTT-TV service to broadband customers, but will continue to offer a separate TV streaming service developed in partnership with MobiTV.

Intel challenges Broadcom, Marvell et al. for basestation silicon dominance
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

Intel said it expects to become the world's leading provider of silicon for 5G basestations by next year, tapping into an opportunity the company said ought to be worth roughly $25 billion by 2023.

Aryaka CEO Matt Carter: The state of SD-WAN and secure communications
CxO Spotlight | 2/24/2020

Matt Carter, president and CEO at SD-WAN specialist Aryaka, discusses network security, market consolidation, the role of MPLS services, his company's IPO and M&A potential and why the classic Western Shane is his favorite movie of all time.

Turkcell trumpets 'record' mobile ARPU growth in Q4
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

From BiP to fizy, Turkcell offers a broad portfolio of mobile digital services and is also exploiting big data analysis and AI to boost ARPU and sales. The strategy seems to be paying off.

Not MWC: Huawei bolsters its 5G network portfolio
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

What was Huawei going to show off in Barcelona? Here are some of the highlights.

Xperi stands by TiVo merger in wake of unsolicited bid by Metis Ventures
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

Xperi says non-binding proposal from Metis Ventures for $23.30 per share is not likely to lead to proposal that's superior to a pending merger with TiVo expected to close in Q2 2020.

CenturyLink plugs the 'resource vortex' with automated security threat defense
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

With the new security feature, customers can set policies based on their specified threat criteria to block and automatically remediate security threats.

Eurobites: Rivals to move ahead with UK mast-sharing plan without BT – report
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

Also in today's regional roundup: Nokia's new customer-experience software; regulator to examine email retention charges; what we could be eating in Barcelona.

China 5G: Unicom and Telecom speed up rollout
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

China is to accelerate 5G rollouts to spark the virus-stricken economy.

Huawei's Ding gives open RAN short shrift, updates on supply chain
News Analysis | 2/24/2020

The Chinese vendor's carrier chief has little time for open radio access network developments and provides an update on the supply chain impact of the coronavirus and US trade restrictions.

Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia's 5G 'wins' are no big deal
Morris Lore | 2/24/2020

The world's mobile network equipment makers continue to make a fuss about information that is a red herring.

Why we need more 5G cyberhacks
Shades of Ray | 2/24/2020

Ericsson and Nokia have set a good example by participating in a 5G cyber hackathon – now the industry needs more companies to step up with 5G network-security proof points and action plans, particularly related to the core network.

Why 5G is critical to the future of industrial communications
LRTV Documentaries | 2/23/2020

In an interview recorded before MWC 2020 was canceled, Omdia analyst Preston Reine discusses how 5G is shifting industrial communications systems more towards a wireless world.

The power supply implications of AI deployments
LRTV Documentaries | 2/22/2020

The introduction of AI and its associated data center infrastructure is driving new requirements for power supply systems, explains Omdia analyst Lucas Beran.

The importance of industrial sensors in IoT
LRTV Documentaries | 2/22/2020

In an interview recorded before MWC 2020 was canceled, Omdia analyst Greg Johnson discusses the importance of industrial sensors to the industrial IoT and connected vehicle sectors.

NBCU in talks to acquire Vudu – report
News Analysis | 2/22/2020

Walmart's Vudu viewed as a possible complement to the coming Peacock streaming service as well as the NBCU-owned Fandango digital movie ticketing and movie and TV rental service.

Trump to attend White House's planned 5G conference
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

President Trump will be among the attendees for a White House conference on 5G. They'll have much to discuss about the future direction of mobile and wireless tech and policy.

U.S. Cellular to boost capex for 5G, adds Samsung as supplier
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

U.S. Cellular said it could spend roughly $1 billion on capital expenses in 2020, a dramatic increase from 2019. Samsung could get some of that cash.

Ahead of Sprint merger, T-Mobile names Abdul Saad as new CTO
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Abdul Saad is potentially being positioned to take over command of T-Mobile's network operations if the operator's merger with Sprint closes.

YouTube TV strikes deal to hawk HBO Max
The Bauminator | 2/21/2020

As part of a bigger distribution deal with WarnerMedia, the OTT-TV service is the first non-AT&T distributor to ink a deal for a streaming service set to debut in May.

South Korean telcos call truce on 5G subsidies
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Operators have agreed to scale back competition after the launch of 5G services hit profitability.

Cable capacity spending perked up in Q4, Casa says
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Meanwhile, wireless revenues derived from Casa's acquisition of NetComm are starting to help the network gear and software company diversify its business.

AT&T to stay away from RSA – Verizon too?
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

AT&T has decided to withdraw from the giant security event, becoming the second big name after IBM to stay away due to concerns about the coronavirus – now there's talk that Verizon could become the third.

Eurobites: Safaricom CEO has no beef with Huawei
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus cuts jobs as revenue falls; Sky combines with BT on TV sport; why European Fitbit wearers should be worried.

Coronavirus to hit 5G smartphone sales in 2020 – report
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Strategy Analytics says the global health scare will put a dampener on 5G smartphone sales, with shipments forecast at 199 million units this year.

Cohere crashes the open RAN party
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Revamps itself as a software vendor offering capacity enhancements for any network and spies increasing interest in open RAN as key opportunity.

T-Mobile, Sprint renegotiate deal to give Deutsche Telekom bigger stake
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

US operators are poised to complete their merger in the next few weeks after renegotiating terms and clearing most regulatory hurdles.

Nokia, Ericsson go cloud-native in KDDI 5G trials
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Rival vendors jostle to prove 5G standalone credentials in core network trials with Japanese operator.

New $60B agency seeking 'viable alternatives' to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

The DFC could play a significant role in funding telecom projects.

Windstream CEO: We're the largest SD-WAN provider in the country
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Windstream said it now has 3,200 SD-WAN customers representing over 27,000 endpoint locations.

Coronavirus concerns carve into CommScope's Q1 guidance
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

The impact on supply chains and manufacturing in China causes CommScope to brace for $60 million reduction in profits in Q1, equating to more than $100 million in revenues.

Imagine snags NCTC deal for IPTV ad insertion
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Tech vendor will offer cloud-based service supporting ad insertion on all IP-based video streams to small and independent operators, starting with pilot deployments this summer.

T-Mobile's DSS warnings all hot air, claim AT&T and Verizon
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

T-Mobile says a key piece of 5G tech – Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) – isn't ready for prime time. AT&T and Verizon disagree.

The role of wireless tech in fighting the new coronavirus
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

As the most recent coronavirus spreads, wireless technology is playing a role in efforts to fight the illness.

5G spectrum auction imperiled by satellite operators' hunger for money
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Two big C-Band Alliance members – SES and Intelsat – had a falling out. That could create trouble for telcos that want C-Band spectrum for 5G.

ViacomCBS preps launch of 'broad pay' streaming service
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Expanded version of CBS All Access to 'soft launch' later this year, feature content from a wider range of ViacomCBS content properties, and complement the company's free Pluto TV and premium Showtime streaming services.

Cisco shifts next-gen cable amp business to ATX Networks
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

ATX is set to build Cisco GainMaker-compatible amps and take over a key piece of the cable access market as Cisco puts more focus on software and remote PHY devices for cable's pivot to distributed and virtualized networks.

Huawei's Ding gets emotional about 5G, boasts 91 deals
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Chinese vendor's president of carrier networks says it now has 91 commercial 5G deals and gives a unique perspective on the potential of the new-generation mobile broadband technology.

Eurobites: You don't need Huawei for 5G, US diplomat tells Europe
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo improves the customer experience with Nokia; BICS connects up exoskeletons; ADVA hints at coronavirus-linked trouble ahead.

Telefónica fails to stop rot after axing 4,500 jobs last year
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

Shares in Spanish telecom giant fall in Madrid after it reports a disappointing set of results weighed down by restructuring costs.

Bruce McClelland resurfaces as CEO of Ribbon Communications
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Former Arris and CommScope exec comes aboard following recent departure of former Ribbon CEO Fritz Hobbs and Ribbon's merger with ECI.

Coronavirus cuts into 5G standards work
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

The 3GPP – the association charged with developing 5G technology standards – has canceled its face-to-face meetings in the first quarter due to coronavirus concerns.

Sprint lawsuit claims top Charter execs stole trade secrets
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Sprint claims that two former employees — Paul Woelk and Craig Cowden — stole its VoIP technology and gave the tech to what is now Charter Communications.

Sling TV swings to first-ever subscriber loss in Q4
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Internet streaming service sheds 94,000 subs as Dish's satellite TV business shows signs of stabilization and narrows its losses to 100,000.

Cable op Midco hints at interest in CBRS spectrum auction
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Cable company Midco is testing fixed wireless LTE technology in the CBRS spectrum band in North Dakota and Minnesota, an effort that's partly to prepare for possible spectrum purchases, the company said.

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