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Why Alan Davidson is a new power player in 5G
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

'Spectrum use has never been more critical for both federal and commercial users,' argued Alan Davidson, President Biden's new pick to head the NTIA.

US cable steers (mostly) clear of Black Friday mobile promos
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Comcast put forth an Xfinity Mobile promotion, 'but the fine print reveals that it is far less aggressive than meets the eye,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

US years ahead in LEO broadband, but 6G battle looms
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

China appears to be years behind in satellite technology as the US continues to launch new constellations.

Eurobites: Telcos still not happy about being US tech giants' beasts of burden
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tests hybrid 5G; Telefónica chosen by SMCP for SD-WAN and more; A1 Telekom Austria and the BBC snuggle up.

Ooredoo strikes five-year strategic deal with Nokia
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Finnish vendor highlights 5G rollout as part of multi-country partnership; Qatari operator emphasizes enhanced customer experiences.

The US-China tech war is only getting started
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

More Chinese companies have been added to the US trade blacklist as China pushes 'indigenous innovation.'

What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.

Salt hails strong Q3 amid fiber network concerns
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Switzerland-based operator reports strong Q3 revenue growth, but fiber ambitions face a setback after Swisscom ruling.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder
Morris Lore | 11/26/2021

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Eurobites: Private equity rivals consider joint bid for TIM – sources
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus helps out with electric vehicle charging; Tele2 connects the electric road; BT moves into new global HQ.

RAN momentum checked by supply chain squeezes – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Analyst firm expects 2022 RAN spend to grow only 3% year-on-year, after two years of double-digit increases.

Behind China's huge 5G numbers: Fast rollout and low prices
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

China's 5G rollout remains a story of government-mandated deployment and rock-bottom fees.

Eurobites: Nokia and Yadro combine on basestations in Russia
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI secures smartphones; CityFibre shows some 800Gbit/s backbone; Atos and OVHcloud extend partnership in France.

Vodafone sticks a wind turbine on a mobile mast
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The UK operator is pioneering an innovative solution to the problem of running power to mobile sites in the countryside.

AT&T, Verizon to temporarily turn down 5G power to address FAA worries
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'We will ... adopt these precautionary measures to allow for additional time for continued analysis,' the two companies wrote of their plans to reduce the power of their 5G networks.

After missing 4G and 5G, HAPS supporters now target 6G
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Japan's SoftBank hopes to raise money for 'capital expenditures, research and development, business operations and other areas' in its High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business.

Nokia caught in telco schism over open RAN
Morris Lore | 11/24/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.

Fraud could drag down Biden's broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'There are many more EBB-enrolled households that claimed they have a dependent child at certain CEP schools than students who are actually enrolled in those schools,' warned the FCC's inspector general.

Spectrum-sharing task force chair: 'It really doesn't have to be a spectrum fight'
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

As the commercial 5G industry and the US military begin working to share spectrum in the lower 3GHz band, the head of the National Spectrum Coalition task force on the issue remains hopeful.

Eurobites: Orange's Richard found guilty in Tapie case
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor divests Open Universe, FTTH assets; Vivendi has no plans to exit TIM; ADVA recommends Adtran bid to shareholders.

Swiss carriers outpace UK, US on 5G speeds – RootMetrics
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Swisscom in pole position on speed and availability, according to the latest report.

Dish Network officially teams up with Rakuten
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Dish Network said it will use Rakuten Symphony's observability framework to collect telemetry data from its network functions in order to support the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Xiaomi profits collapse as fortunes reverse
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

The Chinese smartphone maker faces a components crunch, domestic competition and souring technology investments.

Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News | 11/23/2021

A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'

Telefónica turns to Wipro for 5GC automation in Germany, Brazil
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

If all goes to plan, Spanish group will then roll out Indian tech firm's CI/CD/CT solution to Spain and the UK.

Rare earths shortage roiling supply chain
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Soaring rare earth prices are disrupting the global supply chain and another source of geopolitical tension between China and the US.

How and why T-Mobile sidestepped mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Only about half of the phones T-Mobile sells support mmWave 5G, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research. As a result, T-Mobile counts 3.5 million non-mmWave 5G customers.

Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Broadband World News | 11/22/2021

Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.

AST SpaceMobile warns of possible launch delays
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

AST SpaceMobile had hoped to launch another satellite on a SpaceX rocket sometime early next year. But the company warned it might need 'additional time for ... testing and final launch preparation.'

Verizon to gain around 20M new mobile customers any day now
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Reuters reported that the FCC's four commissioners will approve Verizon's purchase of América Móvil's TracFone shortly. The prepaid provider counts a total of around 20 million customers.

India's Airtel hikes prepaid tariffs by 25%
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

In a widely anticipated move, India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has announced it is raising prepaid tariffs for all plans by 20-25%.

Telecom Italia faces $12.2B privatization bid from KKR
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Shareholder Vivendi is said to oppose the offer, rating it too low.

Eurobites: Telenor explores Thai merger
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intracom tests PtMP with 5G service providers; Telia's 5G drives timber project; WhatsApp tweaks privacy policy.

Ericsson, Nokia line up new CTOs in North America
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Michael Murphy in August moved over to Nokia's fierce rival, Ericsson, and is now that vendor's North American CTO. Murphy is being replaced by David Eckard, VP of strategy and technology for North America at Nokia.

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stay the course with holiday promotions
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Although there are a few new elements in play, including possible smartphone shortages and a competitive discount from Dish, Black Friday looks relatively calm this year on the wireless front.

Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone send each other tower partnership signals
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Höttges and Read both talk this week about deconsolidation of tower assets and industrial partnerships.

Telenor eyes a tie-up to make biggest Thai carrier
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

On the heels of a similar deal in Malaysia, Telenor eyes knocking together Thailand's second and third place operators to make a new behemoth.

AT&T spent $9B on midband spectrum for 5G – analysts
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

If the predictions are accurate, AT&T's bill for 5G spectrum this year might total $36.7 billion. That's just under half of the $85 billion AT&T spent to acquire Time Warner in 2018.

Telefónica in line for massive tax rebate
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

The Spanish giant took on the law, and it seems to have won – so far.

Eurobites: UK telcos face new security rules
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Orange get super coherent; Sky leaves its routers exposed; Liberty Global boss sounds off about UK broadband.

Pandemic's effects on economy 'are still real,' Charter CEO says
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Charter is still growing, albeit more slowly, as company comes to grips with 'anomalies' that have slowed down market activity, Tom Rutledge tells CNBC's David Faber.

Ericsson: Actually, open RAN is more expensive
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

'Ericsson's own estimates have indicated that open RAN is more expensive than integrated RAN given the need for more equipment to accomplish what purpose-built solutions can deliver,' the vendor told the FCC.

How COVID-19 derailed edge computing
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Prior to the pandemic, EdgeMicro, Vapor IO, MobiledgeX, Alef and others had grand plans to support edge computing across the country and world. But COVID-19 Internet traffic spikes changed those plans.

Ice turns on 5G in Norway
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Norwegian operator steps up pace of 5G rollout and introduces new business plan and commercial strategy with the NiceMobil sub-brand.

Nvidia revenue +50%, but FTC throws shade at its Arm buy
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Nvidia adeptly navigates a chip shortage Jensen Huang thinks will last to 2023, but the FTC is the latest regulator to cast doubt on its Arm buy.

Cisco dancing on stronger order book, but Q1 revs miss a beat
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Component shortages and supply chain constraints, along with lowered Q2 guidance, cast shadow over US tech giant.

India to use USOF to provide 4G coverage in 7k+ villages
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

The Indian government approved the use of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide 4G connectivity in 7,287 villages at the cost of around INR64.66 billion ($872 million).

Eurobites: Connectivia signs up to FiberCop's Italian job
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange CFO sees mergers ahead; MTN bails out of Yemen; Telefónica hits the smart road.

Europe's $200B telcos are still pleading for open RAN handouts
Morris Lore | 11/18/2021

Policymakers appear to have ignored the earlier call for open RAN support and they would be wise to reject the latest.

Rosenworcel mostly avoids specifics during FCC nomination hearing
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

In her FCC confirmation hearing, Jessica Rosenworcel discussed a number of hot-button issues like net neutrality, USF reform and 5G in the 12GHz band. But she didn't offer much in the way of specifics.

The C-band delay in 5G is impressively stupid
DanoVision | 11/17/2021

The FAA is having 'very productive discussions' with AT&T and Verizon over possible 5G interference with aircraft altimeters. But aren't those discussions a little late?

Bouygues Telecom nears 50% FTTH customer milestone
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

French operator says it is on track to meet targets set out under Ambition 2026 strategy.

China telecom operators join the metaverse race
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

China is in the grip of metaverse fever, with hundreds of new businesses being formed and regulators stepping in to combat soaring stock prices.

Open RAN cranked up the hype with RIC, a renamed, real-time SON
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

A feature of open RAN is the ability to manage networks through real-time automation, but its value is questionable.

Joe Natale out, Tony Staffieri in as Rogers CEO
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Staffieri's appointment as as interim president and CEO – with a possible path to permanence – arrives amid a family feud at the Canadian operator and soon after Edward Rogers was reinstated as board chairman.

Andromeda auction for midband 5G ends with $21.9B in bids
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

The auction, dubbed the 'Andromeda auction' by Light Reading because it sounds cool, clocked in at around $0.70 per MHz-POP. That's less than the $0.945 per MHz-POP for the C-band auction.

Will the metaverse lead cable's '10G Challenge'?
The Bauminator | 11/16/2021

The cable industry will award more than $300,000 for ideas supporting apps and services that need speeds of at least 1-Gig. Holographs and light field displays aside, will something related to the so-called metaverse be among them?

Qualcomm hopes to lead 5G pivot into metaverse
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Qualcomm, one of the primary companies driving the development of 5G technologies, believes the metaverse 'has the potential to be the next computing platform.'

Vodafone CEO likes H1, but moans about low returns
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Nick Read laments what he sees as over competitive European markets; indicates (again) that time is right for consolidation.

Iliad boasts of Q3 growth prowess
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

The now delisted France-based group claims it has an organic growth profile 'unlike any other telco in Europe.'

Huawei looks at licensing to get around US bans
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

As DC cracks down further, Huawei looks at licensing smartphone designs to Xnova and TD Tech, which may have better luck getting access to silicon.

Eurobites: UK complaints down, but it's still bad news for TalkTalk and Virgin
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's intelligent automation; ADVA researches SDM in optical networks; BT's asbestos problem.

T-Mobile is winning the race to 100MHz for midband 5G
DanoVision | 11/15/2021

T-Mobile soon expects to provide up to 200 million Americans with average 5G speeds of 400 Mbit/s. AT&T and Verizon, meanwhile, are stuck waiting for the White House to mediate interagency squabbling.

American Tower talks up edge while dumping cash on core data centers
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

American Tower said it will spend $10.1 billion to buy CoreSite Realty, one of the nation's biggest operators of data centers. The company said it hopes to eventually leverage the purchase for edge computing.

Drahi said to be eyeing a bigger slice of BT
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

Report suggests any stake-building plan is likely to involve Deutsche Telekom as well as Drahi's Altice.

Another key exec exits China chip leader SMIC
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

It's not getting any easier for China's chip champion SMIC following the loss of its second top executive in two months.

Supply chain problems may slow midband 5G in the US
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

Airspan warned that it will delay up to $40 million worth of equipment shipments due to supply chain constraints – and it's not the only 5G equipment vendor to sound such a warning.

Omdia's Nicole McCormick: How to really sell 5G to consumers
LRTV Interviews | 11/15/2021

Omdia analyst Nicole McCormick joins the podcast this week to discuss her latest research on 5G pricing and what seems to be catching on with consumers.

Eurobites: TIM takes open RAN into the mountains
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm/Nvidia deal faces closer scrutiny; Vodacom's H1; Virgin Media O2 carries on converging.

Cogeco's move into the Canadian mobile market remains hazy
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Canadian operator still needs to clear some hurdles at the CRTC and with incumbent mobile players before it can push ahead with a mobile service that will utilize a hybrid MVNO model… sometime in 2022.

Biden finalizes Trump's ban against Huawei and ZTE
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

The Secure Equipment Act of 2021, signed into law by President Biden, prevents China's Huawei and ZTE from receiving federal approvals to sell their equipment in the US market.

CableLabs sizes up hybrid MVNO architectures
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

New working group aims to conceive an 'evolved architectural blueprint' for hybrid MVNO models in which cable operators will strive to combine access to a partner's mobile network and their own Wi-Fi and 4G/5G networks.

DT ups earnings guidance again after strong Q3
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Germany-based group hails 'better than expected' performance in the first nine months of the year.

Millicom splashes out $2.2B on Tigo Guatemala acquisition
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Luxembourg-based operator acquires remaining 45% stake in Guatemalan JV.

Intelsat, Kymeta show off sat 5G in a moving car
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Intelsat and Kymeta get satellite-enabled 5G on to a moving vehicle, a helpful trick maybe for Intelsat after its Q3 loss of $145.7 million.

Eurobites: No green without digital, says Nokia
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and VMware still going steady; Openreach tests exchange closures; MWC Barcelona 2022 is go!

Malaysia national 5G network: Harder than it looks
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

Malaysia's 5G saga rolls on: The single national network is attractive but brings a whole new set of problems; just ask anyone involved in Australia's NBN.

BT takes aim at open RAN myths
News Analysis | 11/12/2021

The hyped technology will not save operators money or prompt BT to use more suppliers, says the UK phone incumbent's chief architect.

Dish eyes blockchain-based loyalty program for mobile, TV
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

Dish Network's blockchain-based loyalty program could be used by its Boost Mobile customers and its satellite and streaming TV customers. And it could rely on a Dish-backed cryptocurrency.

Did Dish eke out an Andromeda victory in 5G?
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

Dish Network raised $5.25 billion, and suggested the money would 'finance the potential purchase of wireless spectrum.' Some analysts believe Dish might have gotten a deal in the Andromeda auction.

SMBs and the Future of Fiber
Guest Perspectives | 11/11/2021

Increased fiber deployment will create a competitive dynamic fueled by smaller, established providers and new entrants made up of rural telcos, municipalities and co-operatives.

Nokia boasts of 'essential' 5G patents milestone
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

Finnish vendor says it now has 4,000 patent families essential to 5G standards.

Rakuten remains a poor advert for open RAN
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

The Japanese firm's losses are mounting, its customer numbers are disappointing and its forecasts look dubious.

Open RAN doubts persist as Orange unveils new Paris lab
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

Integration challenges, a shortage of European specialists and the lack of support for older technologies are just a few of the problems that confront open RAN enthusiasts.

Telia joins growing 5G SA club with Nokia
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Rollout of 5G standalone core initially deployed in Finland. Work underway to roll out core network technology in various other Telia markets, including on its home turf in Sweden.

SKT cruises to $340M operating profit on mobile, media growth
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

SK Telecom reports a 400 billion won (US$340 million) 3Q operating profit thanks to strong performances in its mobile and media businesses.

Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
Broadband World News | 11/10/2021

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.

Eurobites: 5G 'pacesetters' win gold, says Ericsson study
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens open RAN lab; EU court upholds Google fine; Vodafone reorganizes in Africa.

Telecom Italia embroiled in escalating boardroom row – report
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Vivendi and CPD are said to be at odds over the role of TIM's CEO amid ongoing discussions about a single fiber network.

India addresses security concerns over mobile ecosystem
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Indian Citizens Assistance for Mobile Privacy and Security (I-CAMPS) set up to prevent cybercrimes related to weaknesses in the app and device ecosystems.

Exiting Telenor still mired in the Myanmar woods
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Norway's Telenor still hasn't found its way out of Myanmar, with its $105M sale to Lebanon's M1 on the rocks while the junta wants a local buyer.

Infovista plays to the crowd with AI-based 5G RAN planning
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Specialist in network lifecycle automation promises operators more efficient 5G network planning using crowdsourced data.

KT profit spikes 47% on 5G, digital and media growth
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Korea's KT Corp has reported a 46.9% bump in Q3 earnings on the back of higher 5G take-up and its fast-expanding digital and media businesses.

Vodafone UK promises a better deal for MVNOs
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

The UK mobile operator has made investments in a new cloud platform it says will slash startup costs and time to market for MVNO customers.

India's Airtel launches initiative to test 5G enterprise uses
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has introduced a 5G-for-business initiative to trial 5G-based enterprise use cases.

BT unleashes telco robots lab on Suffolk
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Eyeing ways to cut the cost of Openreach's fiber rollout, Philip Jansen's company sets up a 5,000 square foot robot lab and says robolabor is not far behind.

Nokia launches new cybersecurity centre in Lannion
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Finnish vendor still needs to find more staff with the right mix of skills.

Manon Brouillette named new boss of Verizon's consumer group
News Analysis | 11/8/2021

Brouillette was CEO of Canada's Vidéotron before joining Verizon in June. She will succeed Ronan Dunne, who will shift to the role of strategic advisor.

Edward Rogers comes out on top in family feud
News Analysis | 11/8/2021

Rogers Communications won't appeal a court ruling that reinstates Edward Rogers as board chairman and validates his decision to reconstitute the board of the Canadian company without a traditional shareholder vote.

Exploring the private wireless opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 11/8/2021

Boingo CEO Mike Finley discusses how his company, now part of DigitalBridge, is setting its sights on the private wireless network arena.

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