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There's not much at stake in the Dish vs. T-Mobile fight analysts
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Dish is fretting over T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans. But some financial analysts believe the whole issue is just 'an attempt to reduce Dish's burden to provide GSM-compatible devices.'

Will the feds set our broadband Internet prices?
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

President Biden has hinted that the federal government might step in to 'reduce Internet prices for all Americans.' But some analysts aren't expecting that kind of heavy-handed regulation.

With pent-up demand, competitive intensity in wireless primed to detonate
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Verizon is now applying discounts to phones with cracked screens. That's just one indication among several of how the US wireless landscape could soon get a lot more competitive.

Verizon's other network buildout focuses on location tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Verizon's new hyper-sensitive location service relies on several dozen Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations the operator has constructed across the US.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Japan's messaging Battle Royale pits telco RCS against Line
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The recent misfortunes of Japan's answer to WhatsApp could be an opportunity for Japan's telecom operators.

AT&T kills sponsored data due to California net neutrality law
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

AT&T primarily used its sponsored data service to remove usage charges from its video services, including HBO Max, for customers who have otherwise had to pay per-GB fees to stream them.

Sea Street looks to automate SD-WAN, SASE services for operators
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

'The requirement for a completely new architecture for developing service products and then delivering and managing them became apparent to me,' says CEO Harley Stowell.

Verizon's C-band vs. T-Mobile's 2.5GHz: Which is better for 5G?
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

Verizon claims that its C-band spectrum can cover more territory than T-Mobile's 2.5GHz spectrum can. T-Mobile claims the exact opposite. The truth may be somewhere in the middle.

Starry gears up for 24GHz deployment, after T-Mobile allows tests
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Starry spent $48 million on 24GHz licenses in 2019. Now, the company is working with T-Mobile to test its own equipment for transmissions in that band on the way toward 'final certification and deployment.'

T-Mobile to join AT&T, Verizon in selling customers' data
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

T-Mobile quietly changed its customer privacy policy so that it can begin selling customer data to advertisers without having to obtain the customer's explicit consent.

Dish's new 5G strategy: MVNO aggregator
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Dish announced it will purchase T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless and its 200,000 customers. The move signals Dish's apparent interest in building an MVNO empire on the road to 5G.

Verizon's 4G network one of the most congested in the world analyst
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

A Rewheel study based on factors including macro cell site counts and customers' average data usage indicates Verizon, Jio and MTS operate networks that could be constrained.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G boosts latency by around 20% study
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Improved latency is one of the 'great goals of the designers of 5G,' OpenSignal noted, and it's only available to operators that switch on the 'standalone' version of 5G.

In the 5G race to space, Lynk takes the lead against SpaceMobile
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Startup Lynk plans to light up commercial services by 2022 – that's one year earlier than its rival, SpaceMobile. Both companies promise to connect standard cellphones to satellites.

Eurobites: O2 fined 10.5M for shocking final bills
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brits turn to mobile data to survive lockdown logjam; Ericsson deploys private network with Cosmote; Proximus signs up One Bill Global as MVNO.

Private equity firm bids for Synacor
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Deal, which values Synacor at $92 million, comes roughly eight months after Synacor and Qumu called off their proposed merger.

Amazon targets 'America's heartland' with pitch for Project Kuiper
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Amazon's Project Kuiper is pledging to deliver 'fiber-like' broadband services to remote corners of America. But the company is also eyeing partnerships with 5G operators.

Minim adds data usage tracker to device management app
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Minim, a maker of DOCSIS gateways and other CPE, has launched a data usage tool for ISPs and for its retail products to help educate consumers about their usage patterns and to 'demystify' data caps.

T-Mobile's 5G customers consume 15% more data than 4G subs
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

T-Mobile said its lowband 5G service, covering around 280 million people, is roughly twice as fast as its 4G network. The operator's midband 5G offering provides peak speeds up to 1 Gbit/s.

Verizon escalates interoperability battle with AT&T, FirstNet, others
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Verizon is preparing to mount a public relations campaign against AT&T, FirstNet and others over the topic of interoperability. Caught in the middle are millions of public safety customers.

Omnispace raises $60M to beam 5G from space
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

With backing from the likes of Fortress Investment Group and Columbia Capital, Omnispace wants to build a global 5G network with its 2GHz spectrum using both satellites and terrestrial cell towers.

T-Mobile buys 1.1M Shentel customers for $1.95B
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

After an evaluation of Shentel's wireless business, T-Mobile agreed to acquire the company's 1.1 million customers for $1.95 billion.

Verizon's new 3G shutdown target: January 1, 2023
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

In 2016, Verizon said it planned to shutter its 3G network on December 31, 2019. Now the carrier believes it will be finished with that effort no later than January 1, 2023.

AT&T's new wireless strategy: Growth at all costs
News Analysis | 1/27/2021

Analysts thought AT&T would report 400,000 new mobile customers in the fourth quarter. Instead, the operator netted 800,000. The figure reflects AT&T's new 'growth' mantra.

Verizon lays out mmWave 5G expansion plans for 2021
News Analysis | 1/26/2021

Verizon said it will double the number of its mmWave transmission sites this year. But the operator reported fewer new customers in 2020 than expected, and its 2021 capex is also below projections.

Verizon, T-Mobile battle for US 5G mindshare
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'Verizon continues to hold a solid lead over its peers' when it comes to 5G network perception, according to Cowen analysts. Whether T-Mobile can cut into that lead remains to be seen.

Don't expect a 5G bump from Apple in Q4 analysts
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'We had thought that the launch of a 5G iPhone could be a catalyst,' wrote the analysts at Evercore. 'As it turned out, churn and upgrade activity has remained modest.'

OneWeb exec: Telco deals are imminent
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'I have already spoken to at least a dozen CEOs of telecoms companies. I think they are all excited to work with us,' said Sunil Bharti Mittal, an executive involved with OneWeb.

Verizon, AT&T want to reshape Lifeline
DanoVision | 1/22/2021

The US government's Lifeline program collects fees from telecom companies in order to help poor Americans pay for connectivity. AT&T and Verizon are proposing sweeping changes to that setup.

Don't hold your breath for a 5G Hail Mary from Apple
DanoVision | 1/21/2021

Apple is reportedly preparing to unveil a virtual reality headset as early as next year. But the gadget shouldn't excite 5G operators just yet.

Incoming FCC chief could inherit RDOF boondoggle
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

The FCC's recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction came in below expectations and will provide money to fresh faces. President Biden will need to decide whether that's good or bad.

The last days of Vivint Internet
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Vivint Internet announced plans to shut down service to 8,500 customers just two weeks before COVID-19 rampaged across the US. This is the story of the company's collapse.

Breaking down the 2021 cloud, automation and virtualization predictions
The Wizard of Roz | 1/15/2021

Some offer predictions and prognostications. Our former cloud analyst steps in with her reactions and reminds us that moving critical telco systems to the public cloud for telcos is a considerable challenge.

Five 5G takeaways from Samsung's new phones
DanoVision | 1/14/2021

Samsung, the world's largest smartphone vendor, released new flagship Galaxy S21 phones. The gadgets have significant implications for the 5G industry.

As C-band bidding slows, telco debt expected to skyrocket
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Activity in the C-band auction is slowing with $80.7 billion in gross proceeds. Already T-Mobile is looking to raise $2 billion, likely to help pay for its purchases.

CSG's new CEO sizes up growth in mobile, business diversification
CxO Spotlight | 1/7/2021

CSG is the top 'challenger brand' in wireless revenue management and will back that up with big deals and potential M&A opportunities aimed at bulking up the company's product portfolio, CEO Brian Shepherd says.

T-Mobile manages to tame Sprint's churn
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

T-Mobile reported that its postpaid phone churn was 1.03% in the fourth quarter of 2020, which the financial analysts at New Street Research said was 'down dramatically year-over-year.'

Verizon indefinitely delays 3G network shutdown
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

First Verizon planned to shutter its 3G network at the end of 2019. Then it delayed that plan to the end of 2020. Now, Verizon says 'we don't have a plan to shut it down at this time.'

CableLabs forges agnostic wireless connection for operators
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

Intelligent Wireless Network Steering (IWiNS) technology is designed to help mobile users optimize their connections across Wi-Fi, LTE and CBRS networks on an application-by-application basis.

COVID-19 forces UCC rethink report
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

A new report from Omdia says lockdown measures have underlined the importance of business continuity over disaster recovery and shunted unified communications and collaboration (UCC) to the fore of industry thinking.

Cloud-native networking will move from trials to reality in 2021
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Wireless network operators are already moving to cloud-native applications, but experts say the industry will see more automation and re-architecting of services in the coming year.

Monetizing 5G is operators' biggest challenge for 2021 Omdia
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

A new report indicates that making money from 5G could well be network operators' biggest challenge as they move into 2021.

Watch out for more 10G PON in 2021 report
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

Omdia envisages the next-gen PON market to heat up next year due to greater demand for capacity and ROI attractions of GPON infrastructure reuse.

Will the C-band auction set up US operators for a European-sized failure?
DanoVision | 12/23/2020

Sky-high prices for 3G spectrum licenses helped to ruin many European operators after auctions in the 2000s. With $70 billion in current bids, the C-band auction could do the same to US operators.

Vodafone, AT&T sign up for 5G via SpaceMobile's satellites
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Startup SpaceMobile said it now has the $500 million it needs for 'Phase 1' of its launch. Likely as a result, Vodafone and AT&T are SpaceMobile's two official customers.

T-Mobile's 2021 5G goals: improved speeds, upgraded voice
News Analysis | 12/15/2020

Following his launch of standalone 5G, T-Mobile's Neville Ray hopes to push the envelope further by launching carrier aggregation and VoNR technology in 2021.

Ciena's opex flex
CxO Spotlight | 12/11/2020

Looking ahead to 2021, Ciena's CEO talks about its 800G systems, network automation and webscale supplier status as the company looks beyond the pandemic.

Here's the 5G glossary every American is apparently going to need
DanoVision | 12/10/2020

'5G Ultra Wideband,' 'Extended Range 5G,' '5G+,' '5Ge,' '5GTF,' '5G Nationwide' and plain-old '5G' are just some of the labels Americans will have to navigate. Good luck with that.

AT&T falls behind Verizon in mmWave race
DanoVision | 12/9/2020

In 2018, AT&T loudly boasted that it was the first operator in the US to launch mobile 5G in mmWave spectrum. Now, two years later, the operator has little to show for its efforts.

T-Mobile outlines Sprint network shutdown plans
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

T-Mobile expects to close much of Sprint's network starting in 2022, but steps toward that goal are already underway.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eurobites: Proximus seals JV for Flanders fiber rollout
News Analysis | 11/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Plymouth hosts 5G marine testbed; Ericsson upgrades Mozambique's TMCEL; Swisscom spotlights 5G startups.

Nvidia posts bumper Q3, but there may be trouble ahead
News Analysis | 11/19/2020

Buoyed by demand for gaming chips and data center tech, US chipmaker sees record revenue of $4.73bn – yet shares slide 3% on supply chain worries and Mellanox.

Dish's 5G gets real: Company inks massive Crown Castle tower deal
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

The work of physically installing radios on top of cell towers is often the most expensive part of any wireless network buildout. Dish Network said it will use 20,000 Crown Castle towers for 5G.

AT&T: 3G shutdown won't stall connected car biz
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

AT&T plans to shutter its 3G network in the early part of 2022. But the company, and some top analysts, don't expect the action to affect many of the 40.5 million cars connected to AT&T.

Rakuten prioritizes private over public cloud in RCP push
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.

Verizon explains exactly how it will make money from 5G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Verizon officials outlined the company's 5G buildout efforts, as well as 5G revenue opportunities spanning 5G smartphones, 5G fixed wireless services and edge computing.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

Telstra restructures into service, tower and fixed businesses
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

With eye to NBN sell-off, Telstra embarks on sweeping restructure, breaking into three entities including a tower business, and reveals energy reseller ambitions.

Verizon inks 'expanded and extended' MVNO deals with Comcast, Charter
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

Verizon's Ronan Dunne said the operator's new cable MVNO deals ensure that 'we're their primary provider of connectivity for the foreseeable future.'

Openet acquisition, customer cloud migrations boost revenue for Amdocs
Column | 11/11/2020

Predictably solid results are sweetened by an AWS deal expansion, making the cloud giant the preferred provider for Amdocs' internal IT transformation.

C Spire opens up about its 5G rollout
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

C Spire is using equipment from Nokia to deploy non-standalone 5G across its PCS, 700MHz and 600MHz spectrum holdings, with plans to add 28GHz in the future.

Cable shifts from 'irrelevant' to 'aggressive' in mobile
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The companies once labeled 'irrelevant' by T-Mobile's former CEO are now accounting for roughly 8% of the industry's new mobile subscribers. And they're not stopping there.

Microsoft's Airband initiative shifting focus amid leadership change
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Paul Garnett is no longer heading up Microsoft's Airband initiative, a move that coincides with the company's shift in focus to expand broadband in urban as well as rural areas.

COVID-19 has driven international traffic 47% higher – TeleGeography
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The Internet 'bent but did not break,' research firm concludes.

Asia's Uber Grab leads $100M funding round in LinkAja
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Asia's ride-hailing unicorn continues move into payments and banking, becoming minority investor in the Indonesia-based e-wallet and mobile money provider.

DoD's 5G ambitions face steep, but not impossible, odds
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

President Trump fired the Secretary of Defense who signed off on a 5G spectrum-sharing project. What that means, alongside a likely President Biden, remains unclear.

SoftBank, the Nasdaq whale, swims back to profits
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Despite losing $1.3 billion in a tech stock buying spree, Masayoshi Son's conglomerate profits after big tech stakes and a Chinese startup's IPO.

Where Dish Network is going in 5G, and how it will get there
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Dish Network is set to join AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in operating a 5G network. Here are the executives, vendors and government-mandated timeline it's using.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom zeros in on homeworkers
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ucell opts for Nexign on billing; Proximus does deal with Citymesh; Telecom Italia joins government broadband voucher scheme.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile exceed expectations amid pandemic
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

T-Mobile reported 689,000 postpaid phone net customer additions during the third quarter, while AT&T notched 452,000 and Verizon posted 283,000.

Infinera in optimistic mood after solid Q3
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical/IP technology specialist beats analyst estimates with Q3 results.

Viavi fiscal Q1 delivers 'all-time record' in OSP segment
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical security and performance products buoyed by strong 3D sensing demand star performer, field instrument recovery anticipated as 5G rollout accelerates.

KT sees operating profit fall on flat revenue, higher costs
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

South Korean telco KT Corp has recorded a sharp fall in operating profit in a quarterly result salvaged only by an accounting change.

T-Mobile eyed as 'the next big thing'
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

T-Mobile's financial results exceeded Wall Street expectations 'by a mile,' according to some financial analysts. The situation may position T-Mobile to take a commanding lead in 5G.

Comcast to test mobile, fixed operations in C-band ahead of auction
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Comcast said it wants to 'evaluate coverage, throughput and mobility of equipment and facilities' in C-band spectrum ahead of the FCC's December auction of licenses in the band.

IBM assembles telco gang to go after 5G cloud biz
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

IBM assembled 35 companies, ranging from Nokia to Cisco, to underpin its new 'Cloud for Telecommunications' offering for 5G network operators.

SKT earnings soar 44% on back of media, security businesses
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.

A closer look at Verizon's curious CBRS spectrum purchases
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Verizon's CBRS spectrum purchases stretch across a variety of US markets. But the operator did not purchase spectrum in its most congested markets, according to Tutela.

Qualcomm surges on 5G hopes
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chipset manufacturer said its investments in 5G 'are coming to fruition.'

VEON extends decentralized strategy to CTO role
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Emerging-markets operator has appointed CTOs at individual country level to drive market-specific digital strategies.

Race update: For every ten US 5G customers, there's one Chinese 5G basestation
DanoVision | 11/4/2020

China's telecoms regulator counts fully 600,000 5G basestations in the country. Meantime, one analyst firm has recorded sales of just 6 million 5G phones in the US this year.

Kuwait's telco Zain sees Iraq and Sudan fortunes improve
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Middle Eastern telco giant Zain expands its Kuwait and Saudi Arabia 5G coverage and unveils a data park to build cloud business.

SpaceMobile's 5G from space touted as 'a game changer'
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

NASA, T-Mobile and Verizon are among the companies fretting over SpaceMobile's plans to beam 5G from satellites. But AT&T thinks the whole thing could be 'a game changer.'

Eurobites: Ericsson gets Telia RAN gig in Lithuania
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson completes Cradlepoint acquisition; BT takes 5G to university; Nokia faces knock-back in patents battle with Lenovo.

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