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Inconsistencies – and AT&T – dominate initial Dish 5G testing results
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

Dish's 5G network routinely pushed customers onto AT&T's network, even deep inside markets where Dish is advertising its coverage. Initial tests found that the company's network performance was inconsistent at best.

Mint Mobile, backed by Ryan Reynolds, is up for sale
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

According to people familiar with the situation, Mint Mobile is up for sale along with Ultra Mobile and Plum Mobile, which offers MVNO enablement services.

Vodafone Romania preps job cuts
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

Vodafone Group's Romanian unit is reportedly in negotiations over 300 redundancies as part of a wider reorganization.

AT&T's new COO says company is prepared for a recession
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

When asked about a possible recession in the US, AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said, 'The team is well equipped with the toolkit and customer lens to address that for our owners.'

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile tout Z-axis support for 911
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Z-axis data, along with X- and Y-axis data, ought to let emergency responders know exactly which floor a 911 caller might be on. And now, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are successfully capturing that data.

Charter, Dish, others sign up for Airwaive's cell site finder
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Using Airwaive's service, network operators outline the locations where they need sites and the amount they're willing to pay. The offers are then delivered to property owners, who can decide if they're willing to host the equipment.

Eurobites: Telefónica, NTT Data team up on 5G for industrial robots
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: cross-border autonomous driving made easy; Arqiva wants to save old-school telly; more data centers for Finland, probably.

Elisa sets 5G uplink record with old pals Nokia, Qualcomm
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Finnish operator demos 2.1 Gbit/s at the Nokia Arena using 26GHz spectrum.

T-Mobile facing lawsuit over shuttering Sprint's legacy 5G network
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

New lawsuit against T-Mobile takes aim at one of the first things the company did after it closed its Sprint purchase in 2020: Shuttering the Sprint 5G network that covered parts of 13 US cities.

China 5G shows good subs growth as handset sales slump
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

The world is on target to pass 1 billion 5G subs by the end of the year in the view of several market forecasts.

Eurobites: Sweden shuts the door on Huawei again
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia seeks 5G innovation in France; Orange helps Belgium fight digital exclusion; Google placates France's antitrust squad.

China has more than 5K 5G private networks
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

With 5,325 private networks, China's industrial 5G has achieved serious scale.

Dish loses appeal for AWS-3 spectrum licenses
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

In a battle with the FCC, Dish Network paid $515 million in fines and lost 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses worth around $3.3 billion. A recent court ruling could be a final setback.

Dish's new T-Mobile deal could be a blow to AT&T
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Dish announced a new $3.3 billion agreement with T-Mobile that lowers the prices Dish must pay to put its customers onto T-Mobile's 5G network. The deal also likely means Dish won't need AT&T.

China effect dampens interim 5G subs, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Ericsson's Mobility Report is a reminder making predictions about 5G is tricky, a task not made easier by the current economic and geopolitical environment.

Belgium sleepwalks into 5G and foists new entrants on market
Morris Lore | 6/21/2022

Europe's weirdest nation raises euro 1.2 billion from its long-delayed spectrum auction and throws yet more competitors into the mix.

Eurobites: Telenor lands Finnish smart meters job
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN unveils 5G target; Ekinops passes the Microsoft audition; Zen and the art of getting a decent Wi-Fi signal.

Four key observations from Dish's 5G launch
DanoVision | 6/21/2022

Dish is finally turning years and years of spectrum hoarding into a commercial service. But building a network is just the first step. Here's a look at the company's competitive stance.

Global mobile network data traffic doubles in two years, Ericsson finds
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Network equipment vendor Ericsson found that mobile network data traffic globally doubled in absolute numbers during the past two years, thanks to more smartphone users watching lots of video.

China Mobile pays $620M for controlling stake in security firm
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Operator's investment arm China Mobile Capital has acquired 23.08% of Venustech's voting stock through its purchase of 284 million shares at 14.57 yuan.

Rogers rises after agreeing to C$2.85B Freedom sale to Quebecor
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

One of Canada's biggest operators is hopeful the sale of mobile assets will persuade regulators to bless its mega merger with Shaw.

Bouygues Telecom picks Ericsson as core 5G buddy
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

The France-based operator plans to roll out standalone 5G services in 2023.

Singtel inks 5G/MEC campus deal with Hyundai
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Singtel boldly claims Hyundai 'will have the leading facility for development of a metaverse for the manufacturing industry.'

Eurobites: KKR et al put in bid for Deutsche's towers unit – report
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Wi-Fi trials in Dublin; Jurassic Fibre extends UK rollout; Telia brings 5G to the Norwegian military.

AT&T, Verizon agree to another year of C-band mitigation around airports
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

The FAA said the big US wireless companies will work to keep their 5G signals from causing aircraft interference for the next year. AT&T and Verizon said they'll turn on their 5G gear using the C-band spectrum throughout the next 12 months.

FCC plagued by 'materially deficient' filings in Huawei, ZTE swap-out
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

'Of the 181 applications filed with the commission, 122 were found to be initially materially deficient,' FCC chief Jessica Rosenworcel told Congress of the agency's 'rip and replace' program.

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson: Working globally to connect more people
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2022

Cisco EVP talks about the projects aimed at reducing the digital divide and how private 5G-as-a-service could help.

Podcast: Cisco's Masum Mir on the reality and hype of the metaverse
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

In this podcast, Masum Mir, VP and GM of engineering at Cisco, discusses changes on the horizon for networks and network security to support the so-called metaverse, and how Cisco's relationship with the cable industry is evolving.

Verizon's C-band woes could stretch into 2023, FAA letter hints
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

A new letter from the acting head of the FAA sheds more light on the fight between 5G providers and the airlines over C-band interference. The news isn't great for Verizon.

Nobody has the foggiest about the edge
Morris Lore | 6/16/2022

Does edge computing decentralization make sense? What form should it take? What role is left for network operators? The telecom industry is still seeking answers.

T-Mobile spruces up international plans amid summer of 'revenge travel'
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

Among T-Mobile's newest offerings, customers on its Magenta Max plan can get 5GB of free, high-speed data each month at 'up to 5G speeds' in over 210 countries.

5G boosts revenue growth in US, China and South Korea
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

'Mobile service revenue is currently increasing 3-4% per annum (levels not seen since 2012) and 5G is one, but not the only, factor,' wrote Strategy Analytics analyst Philip Kendall.

India to hold 5G spectrum auction in July
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

After a deal on private networks, 5G should finally launch by the end of 2022 – while a token unveiling may happen during Independence Day celebrations.

Qualcomm wins fight against €1B EU fine
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

EU General Court annuls fine, citing 'procedural irregularities' by the European Commission in its case against the chipmaker.

Broadband 'absolutely still a growth business,' Charter CFO says
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

Charter expects to shed some broadband subs amid the transition to the ACP. Despite this 'special circumstance,' Charter's CFO still expects the overall broadband picture to stay positive in Q2.

Eurobites: Apple faces £768M iPhone go-slow claim in UK
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM, Ericsson go network slicing in Italy; Quickline expands with ADVA gear; is music streaming fading out?

Traditional retail stores not part of WOW's mobile game plan, CEO says
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Instead, WOW will rely heavily on digital/online sales and lean on Reach Mobile to handle most customer interactions, says CEO Teresa Elder.

Money for Nothing, a new kid on the smartphone block
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

The startup company led by Carl Pei secured more than $200 million in funding and is set to unveil the design of debut Nothing smartphone tomorrow.

Cellnex outlines neutral host 'edgeco' ambitions
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

The Spanish infrastructure company has emerged as one of Europe's biggest towercos. Now it is targeting the telco edge.

Amazon, Walmart start launching drones, but stay mum on 5G
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Walmart is boasting of its ability to reach 4 million US households across six states with its drones. But the company isn't saying anything about how 5G might be involved.

China carmaker Geely launches into mobiles, satellites
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Subsidiary Hubei Xingji Shidai Technology this week acquired control of Alibaba-backed handset firm Meizu for an undisclosed amount.

Europe's smartphone market hit by headwinds in Q1
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Smartphone shipments in the region fell by 12% in Q1 2022, according to Counterpoint Research.

Halo's 5G remotely piloted cars remain MIA in Vegas
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

A T-Mobile release in January 2021 suggested Halo 'expects to begin offering rides to customers later this year.' But that doesn't appear to have happened.

Dish's 5G goes live across the country
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Dish is selling unlimited 5G calling, texting and data services for $30 per month. 'There are no data caps - these are truly unlimited data plans,' according to the company.

Google starts selling private 5G
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Google is positioning its new offering as an alternative to corporate Wi-Fi networks that the company said might not meet enterprise customers' needs for reliability, security and coverage.

The edge remains a sad story for the telecom world
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Operators have been talking up the edge opportunity for years, but the main beneficiaries seem to lie outside the telecom sector.

Verizon to expand 5G capacity, speed with 3.5GHz CBRS
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

For years it has been using the CBRS spectrum band to improve its 4G network, but thanks to a new test with vendor Ericsson, the operator said it's ready to put 5G into the band.

Huawei's auto business rebounds
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

The Wenjie M5, the first model to be equipped with Huawei's Harmony OS, is reportedly the fastest to reach 10,000 units sold in China.

Nokia ties up with Innventure on 'groundbreaking' cooling tech
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Duo creates new company Accelsius to accelerate go-to-market of tech developed by Nokia Bell Labs.

TIM wins €725M of Italy's 5G funding pot
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

The Italian operator is responsible for building the backhaul fiber links for 11,000 5G basestations in Italy.

Eurobites: Brexit fallout frustrating Openreach fiber rollout – Selley
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK altnets on the march; A1 Telekom Austria goes network slicing; 5G all at sea.

5G Americas on mile markers for 5G and the digital divide
LRTV Interviews | 6/13/2022

5G Americas' Chris Pearson provides an update on the global state of 5G and what's making a difference in lessening the digital divide.

Starry needs another $1B to fund ambitious growth plan – analyst
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Starry, the fixed wireless operator, has vast potential but will need more funds to pull off a vision to service 13 million homes and connect 640,000 subs in the next five years, according to MoffettNathanson.

Qualcomm jumps on RIC bandwagon with Cellwize takeover
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Chips giant adds to its burgeoning RAN portfolio with a move for the Israeli software developer.

Open RAN specialists are a dying breed
Morris Lore | 6/13/2022

Several suppliers have now expanded their product offerings in a development that calls open RAN logic into question.

KT plows $9B into digital diversification
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

The South Korean operator is making a big bet on cloud, media and artificial intelligence as its telco unit struggles.

Telcos and tech companies slug it out for 5G spectrum in India
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Indian service providers and technology companies are hardening battle lines over the distribution of 5G spectrum for private networks.

High industry hopes for IoT boost through RedCap
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Finalization of 3GGP Release 17 includes 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) New Radio specification. Proponents think it's the shot in the arm that IoT needs.

Globe mulls $1.5B tower sale in Philippines – report
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Globe Telecom is encouraged by the success of rival PLDT in selling off its tower assets.

As 5G licensing gathers pace, Huawei talks up IP creds
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Alan Fan, head of Huawei's IP department, says more than 2 billion smartphones have been licensed with Huawei IP in the past five years – around 27% of the total.

Vodafone preps spinoff of €900M IoT business
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Buried in the operator's recently published annual report is the revelation that its IoT business could soon become independent.

Ukrainian refugees phoning home boost voice traffic sevenfold
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Scale of human displacement caused by Russian invasion of Ukraine is put into sharp relief by carrier traffic stats collated by i3forum Insights.

Huawei's big role in open source threatens new security backlash
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Chinese companies are among the biggest contributors to Kubernetes, and not everyone buys the arguments about open-source security.

VEON offloads Georgia unit for $45M
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

VEON, the emerging-markets operator that counts Russia as its biggest market, sells another opco after the 2020 Armenia divestment.

Eurobites: Court upholds Swisscom's $73.4M pay-TV fine
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Also in today's EME regional roundup: Sparkle connects Benetton; Three hikes prices for pay-as-you-go customers; Salt savors network success in Switzerland.

WideOpenWest soft launches mobile service
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

In partnership with Reach Mobile, WideOpenWest has begun to market four mobile service options that start at $15 per month for a 'Basic' package and top out at $45 per month for an 'All-In Unlimited' plan.

Nokia, Cellnex deepen ties on private wireless networks
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

The duo says they are stepping up their private networks' commitment in Europe, although 5G only gets fleeting mention.

Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia agrees first tranche of job cuts – report
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom turns to 700MHz for rural 5G; Telefonica Tech hooks up with Constella Intelligence; EU plumps for USB-C charging port as standard.

SKT launches second 5G edge zone in Seoul
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

SK Telecom is using AWS Wavelength to support its 5G edge computing strategy.

India's much-awaited 5G spectrum auction set to be delayed again
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

The Indian government was planning to hold the 5G spectrum auction in June, with commercial launch on August 15, but appears likely to delay.

Eurobites: Orange extends Nokia's networks contract in Poland
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM gives cloud support to Salesforce; Telefonica Tech adds Netskope security; Yandex boss steps down.

Google Fi starts sharing MVNO revenues with Wi-Fi operators at big venues
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

Google's Orion Wifi is available to Wi-Fi providers in the US at malls, retail stores, and other public spaces. 'Cellular carriers pay to put their subscribers on your Wi-Fi network,' Orion Wifi boasts.

Eurobites: Nokia lands 5G SA core deal in Latvia
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks likely to push for standard phone charger; CityFibre scores new financing package; Truphone sold for GB pound 1.

With VoNR launch, T-Mobile eyes an all-5G future
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

T-Mobile is currently offering Voice over 5G New Radio in 'limited areas' of Portland, Oregon, and Salt Lake City, and plans to expand the service to more areas this year and next.

Ciena CEO: Supply chain constraints reach 'most volatile' levels
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

The network equipment vendor managed to grow revenues by 14% in its fiscal second quarter, but strong demand was overshadowed by worsening supply chain constraints that caused its backlog to balloon to more than $4 billion.

Korean telcos' air taxi rivalry takes flight
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

The Korean government has set 2025 as the target starting data for commercially available urban air services.

Huawei ranks #1 in new 5G patent survey
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

Tech+IP said its new rankings are derived from an assessment not only of raw patent filings but also their geographic location, relation to other patents and position within the 5G standard.

Dish eyes RAN sharing, but tower companies remain reticent
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

'This is a perfect case for RAN sharing, neutral hosting,' said Sidd Chenumolu, VP of technology development for Dish. However, 'we are not there yet.'

Optus calls on regulator to kill Telstra-TPG deal
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Optus can't match Telstra's coverage footprint, especially in 5G, and the partnership threatens to erase Optus' coverage and price advantages over TPG.

OnGo Alliance touts 4G progress, 5G ambitions for CBRS
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

The OnGo Alliance counts 250,000 sites around the country broadcasting wireless signals in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band. In comparison, the group estimates 100,000 sites are broadcasting 5G signals.

India's Jio, Airtel to provide 4G services in unconnected villages
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

A total of 7,287 villages are expected to benefit in 44 Aspirational Districts across Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.

Nokia mobile chief has harsh words for open RAN
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Tommi Uitto doubts the new-look technology will buoy competition or lower costs and implementation remains a nightmare, he tells Light Reading.

5G providers begin nickel-and-diming their way to growth
DanoVision | 6/1/2022

'5G has not been enough to attract wireless consumers to higher priced rate plans,' wrote the analysts at LightShed Partners. 'We are skeptical faster 5G is inducing many subscribers to upgrade.' Enter the admin fees.

Eurobites: BT Warner Bros £633M sport TV tie-up under scrutiny
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica shortlists for fiber network; Telia finalises Tet sale, announces share buy back after tower sale; Virgin Media O2 is one; Europe turns to telemedicine.

The 150-year march toward gender parity in telecom
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Ericsson's Ciricia Proulx and Rogers' Tess Van Thielen weave statistics and real-world examples into the conversation to explain why there's still a long road ahead to achieve gender and diversity parity in business.

Rogers and Shaw merger is off… for now
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

The planned C$26 billion ($20.6 billion) takeover has run into regulatory objections because of the feared impact it may have on mobile competition.

BT and Ericsson team to offer private 5G networks
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

The UK operator and Swedish vendor plan new joint offering for a range of industries and see big demand from UK businesses.

Digital infrastructure gamblers begin placing their bets
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Some companies are plowing money into fiber networks. Others are betting on a 5G future. And there's plenty of disagreement about which bet is the one that will provide the biggest and quickest payout.

India's tax authorities issue lookout circular for Huawei CEO
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Li approached the Delhi High Court to challenge the LOC, which he claims has caused a 'huge blow' to his reputation, and that of Huawei India.

Dito issues warning as losses mount
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Dito CME, the parent of the Philippines' newest operator, struggles to find a foothold against two powerful incumbents.

Nokia mobile boss says Russia backlash could bring 5G gains
News Analysis | 5/30/2022

Some countries are making up their minds about high-risk vendors and Nokia's mobile market share has stabilized after earlier setbacks, says Tommi Uitto.

Jim Hodges on the complexity of 5G security and private networks
LRTV Interviews | 5/27/2022

Hodges explains the complexities behind 5G security and why he is skeptical of industry hype over private networks.

Here's how the US government plans to secure 5G
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

The US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said its new 5G guidelines 'will provide assurance that the government enterprise system is protected.'

Amid 'rip and replace' funding debate, some rural wireless carriers move on
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

Although the FCC has not yet begun releasing funds to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from US networks, PTCI and United Wireless have begun ripping that equipment out anyway.

Vodafone Germany takes 5G SA to Bonn
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

German operator's 5G+ bandwagon rolls into the country's former capital city.

AT&T: Cloud RAN not mature yet
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield said the company hopes to implement cloud-based designs into its radio access network during the company's next upgrade cycle, though he declined to speculate on when that would be.

My take on the Small Cell World Summit
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/27/2022

Thoughts from an event that helps set the agenda for small cell technology and product development.

Max Silber of MetTel on reaching the end user – wherever they are
LRTV Interviews | 5/27/2022

Helping companies through an unprecedented period of swift digital transformation, thanks to the global pandemic, presents unique challenges.

Restrictions on Chinese imports hurting equipment vendors
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

Vendors have requested a relaxation on imports from China so that domestic telecom operators can roll out upgraded networks faster.

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