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DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deal for Optelian, the first acquisition under new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, will add coherent optics technology to DZS's portfolio and provide it with a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.

Huawei swap-out starts after Sweden's 5G auction
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Telia spends $91 million on a 120MHz chunk of highly prized mid-band spectrum, while Net4Mobility says it has already got Huawei replacements lined up.

Orange issues 2025 O-RAN ultimatum to big kit vendors
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.

LG mulls options for troubled smartphone unit
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

South Korean vendor could close down its smartphone unit, reports suggest.

Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.

Telstra weaponizes 5G against NBN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Telstra has thrown down the gauntlet on 5G – and NBN Co has picked it up. The operator unveiled its first 5G home service three months ago, promising to expand availability.

Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.

Don't expect a less disruptive T-Mobile in 2021
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

CEO Mike Sievert may be less abrasive than his predecessor John Legere, but there's no sign that T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy will run out of steam this year.

Jio resurrects 4G feature phone, hopes to take 5G lead in 2021
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm is planning to relaunch its low-cost 4G feature phone, JioPhone, in the first half of 2021, according to media reports.

Brazil backtracks on banning Huawei from 5G – report
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Trump's exit may force Bolsonaro to bow to local industry demand to allow Huawei to participate in 5G.

China Unicom appoints new president after ten-month gap
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Chen Zhongyue was previously executive vice president and deputy party secretary at China Telecom.

Exiting Trump nixes Intel license to supply Huawei
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

With hours left in the White House, Donald Trump waves one last fist at China's Huawei, revoking licenses for Intel and other suppliers to sell to it.

Eurobites: Three UK turns to Tata for 5G core configuration
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone gets in on the drones act; BT faces class action over landline charges; Deutsche Telekom eggheads investigate quantum-assisted artificial intelligence.

C-band bidding wraps at $80.91B
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Record-setting result for coveted mid-band spectrum comes as operators around the US prepare to shore up capacity for their 5G network deployments.

UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
Morris Lore | 1/15/2021

British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.

Huawei booted out of Sweden's last chance 5G saloon
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Supreme Administrative Court calls time on Chinese supplier's 5G hopes. Spectrum auction to start next Tuesday.

A Trump who can't tweet blacklists Xiaomi
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

In an eleventh-hour move, the Trump administration bans US investors from owning shares in Xiaomi and other Chinese tech companies.

5G is still a race to sell data
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Operators still leaning on price to drive 5G, waiting for new apps and use cases to drive usage even in northeast Asia, with 216 million subscribers.

Eurobites: OneWeb bags more funding from SoftBank, Hughes Network Systems
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 platform goes live; everyone loves Tim Höttges; CityFibre rolls into Sunderland; EE extends unlimited mobile data offer for NHS workers.

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.

Juniper bulks up on RIC, open RAN with Türk Telekom affiliate
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

US supplier signs exclusive IP global licensing agreement with Netsia, giving it access to RIC technology and open RAN expertise.

Google, Nokia tie-up makes it likelier web firms will rule edge
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Internet company and the Finnish equipment vendor are teaming up to provide a range of 5G products to service providers.

Eurobites: EE spreads the 5G love, wins at gaming
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 toots 5G trumpet; BNP Paribas goes with Orange for SD-WAN; small cells help big ships.

T-Mobile US signs 5G deals with Ericsson and Nokia
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The 'uncarrier' agrees new five-year deals to further the rollout of 5G across its spectrum assets.

Looking ahead in India: 5G, open RAN and fiberization
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

This year is likely to bring the launch of 5G, more tie-ups between operators and startups and growing interest in satellite technology, among other developments.

Qualcomm buys Nuvia for $1.4B amid silicon industry upheaval
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Qualcomm could be eying the data center market, or leverage against Nvidia's Arm, via its Nuvia purchase. One thing is clear: There's turmoil in the silicon industry.

Telefónica goes towerless with €7.7B sale to ATC
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

The Spanish operator becomes the first major European telecom operator to cede control of its mobile sites.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

Eurobites: Zain KSA taps Infovista for 5G radio planning
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia connects trains in Austria; Three UK installs private network at Port of Felixstowe; Amdocs helps enforce London's clean-air zone.

Tele2 snaps up former VEON CTO Yogesh Malik
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

CEO presents a refreshed management team as the Swedish operator enters a critical period of its transformation phase.

BT has yet another crack at digital transformation
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

The UK incumbent is setting up a discrete unit that will be charged with making it look more fit for purpose in a hi-tech world.

Rakuten employee arrested over alleged theft of SoftBank 5G secrets
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Former employee is accused of having accessed a SoftBank server and emailed technical data to himself on his last day at the company.

Orange gives more power to VC unit
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

France-based operator injects €350 million into new entity called Orange Ventures.

Verizon CEO Vestberg uses CES to push 5G into a new phase
DanoVision | 1/11/2021

Verizon's CEO dispensed with the speeds and feeds that often dominate 5G discussions. Instead, he showed off some real-world 5G services, alongside a tacit nod toward the wider American zeitgeist.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast halt donations to lawmakers who opposed Biden's election
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who voted against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, won't get money from the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Airtel, Vodafone Idea allege 'miscalculation' of AGR dues
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The Indian operators say the government has overestimated the amount they owe in licensing fees and related penalties.

CES 2021: DOCSIS 3.1 shipments soar, TV makers gravitate to Google TV
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Also in this CES news snapshot: CommScope expands Wi-Fi 6 lineup; Netgear takes flight with Wi-Fi 6E; the CBRS Alliance rebrands.

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.

Europe's towercos are building on shaky ground
Morris Lore | 1/11/2021

Towers companies may struggle to justify their lofty valuations as competition grows and the telecom sector remains under pressure.

Tight chip supply chain threatens smartphone recovery
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The supply chain could struggle to keep pace with surging demand this year.

Making sense of the latency alphabet soup
Guest Perspectives | 1/11/2021

Latency is a key part of the user experience, which is why it is one of the pillars of the cable industry's 10G strategy.

Tele2 taps Nokia for 5G core in Sweden and Baltics
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Finnish vendor to deploy 5G standalone core network in Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

US military eyes expanding deployment to 3GPP for 5G
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

The Pentagon is planning to increase its work within the world's leading 5G standards organization. Some analysts aren't surprised, but warn that the military may need to move carefully.

Trump may add Tencent to Chinese telco delisting
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong dropped $5.6B market cap after Trump made NYSE delist them, eyeing Alibaba and Tencent next.

Europe not getting grip on 5G security – report
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

A year-long investigation by the European Court of Auditors reveals different EU nations moving at different speeds on tightening up 5G security.

China tried to punish EU nations for Huawei bans – report
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

In another sign that 2021 may not be so different from 2020, Huawei is already dominating the news cycle.

India's $53.5B spectrum auction to start in March
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

India is moving ahead with plans for a massive auction of airwaves even though two of its three big operators are in financial difficulty.

Ericsson turns Huawei lobbyist with China biz at stake
Morris Lore | 1/7/2021

It is little wonder the Swedish equipment vendor has leapt to Huawei's defense in Sweden, whatever it really thinks about its Chinese rival.

Amid C-band demand, 5G proponents could turn to 6GHz next
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Bidding in the C-band has topped $80 billion. Operators priced out of the C-band auction could turn their attention to the 6GHz band, a possibility that has Wi-Fi advocates concerned.

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.

UK watchdog growls at Nvidia's Arm deal
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Opponents of the takeover say Nvidia would have little incentive to sell Arm's designs to its competitors.

China 5G still immature, says think tank
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

A new white paper warns that 5G is far from complete in China and that a cross-industry ecosystem has yet to be established.

NYSE once again delists Chinese telecom titans
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

After Trump administration pressure, the New York Stock Exchange again delists telecom giants China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong.

Eurobites: Ericsson hires BT's Ainely to beef up UK/Ireland unit
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets ready to Ramboll; Netflix increases its prices in UK; CityFibre breaks ground in Nottingham.

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.'

T-Mobile begins putting 5G into its fixed wireless Internet service
News Analysis | 1/6/2021

After testing the service in 4G LTE during 2020, T-Mobile confirmed it is now offering 5G devices and services through its Home Internet fixed wireless offering.

Omdia's Dario Talmesio: What's ahead for CSPs in 2021
LRTV Interviews | 1/6/2021

Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Omdia's Dario Talmesio discuss some big topics that will shape the year ahead for communications service providers (CSPs).

Huawei looks for 6G bounce-back in Australia
News Analysis | 1/6/2021

Chinese supplier reportedly wants to start a 6G conversation with the government. Like it or not, claimed Huawei's corporate affairs guy in Australia, China will lead in 6G and – wait for it – 7G.

Zain Saudi Arabia taps Nokia for 5G FWA
News Analysis | 1/6/2021

Saudi operator to deploy 60,000 Nokia Fastmile 5G FWA gateways in next 12 months.

Verizon could deploy C-band spectrum on both small cells and macro sites
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

Verizon has focused much of its recent energy on small cells for its millimeter wave spectrum. That could change as it eyes CBRS and, potentially, C-band deployments.

6G could be the world's first teleportation tech
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

Fire up your 6G console and leap from the dreary surroundings of your London flat to the foodie heaven of Barcelona.

NYSE now won't delist Chinese telecoms giants
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

In big U-turn the New York Stock Exchange reverses its decision to delist telecoms giants China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong.

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.

Eurobites: Ericsson elbows its way into Ooredoo's 5G RAN
News Analysis | 1/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italtel board accepts bid from PSC Partecipazioni; A1 Telekom Austria joins HERE's data exchange; Vodafone does deal with Discovery.

Is T-Mobile overcalling Verizon in the C-band auction?
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

T-Mobile has 'succeeded in forcing competitors to pay far more than originally anticipated,' speculated the financial analysts at MoffettNathanson.

Nokia replaces Ricky Corker with Ed Cholerton as US chief
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Following troubles with a large, unnamed North American customer that may be Verizon, Nokia named Ed Cholerton as its new North American chief.

What won't happen in telecom in 2021
Morris Lore | 1/4/2021

Predictions stories are rampant around this time of year. Here's what not to expect in 2021.

Chinese operators struck off New York exchange
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

In the latest US blow to the China tech sector, the NYSE has announced the three state-owned operators are being delisted, and will cease trading by January 11.

Dish Network: The year in review
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Dish has gathered together technology partners and experts to help with its launch of a cloud-native open RAN 5G network in 2021.

Rakuten Mobile can lay claim to disrupter-of-the-year
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

Japan's innovative mobile network play has made solid progress on its open RAN journey, but more industry work is needed to silence the doubters.

5G RAN spend to exceed LTE in 2021
News Analysis | 12/31/2020

5G expected to account for more than half of all RAN investments in 2021, according to Omdia.

5G trends to watch in 2021
Column | 12/30/2020

Omdia's Chris Nicoll provides an overview of how changes in the core of the mobile network will help 5G networks advance and new services emerge.

Console yourself: 5G to speed game growth in 2021
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

2020 broke all the records for mobile game downloads, but 5G, new players, and more app stores will make 2021 exciting to watch, too.

Asia's 2020: Covid, Huawei and O-RAN
News Analysis | 12/30/2020

It was the year of the pandemic, but it was also the year 5G landed, Huawei lost its US chip supply and industry began turning to open RAN.

Europe's operators 'to remain under pressure in 2021'
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Next year will bring little relief from the need to reduce costs as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

India in 2020: Chinese vendors, homegrown 5G and more
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

This past year saw record investment in Indian telcos, as well as two operators choosing to develop their own 5G solution.

What's in store for Huawei in 2021?
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

For Huawei, 2020 was an even more bruising year than 2019 – so what's coming in 2021? It could all depend on President Biden, the cloud, AI and smart cars.

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.

To Huawei, 2020 gave a brief crown and a trade war
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

Huawei went from a Q2 briefly as the world's largest smartphone maker, to ending the year cobbling together chips. But don't count Shenzhen out yet.

Asian 5G: Four things to watch for in 2021
News Analysis | 12/28/2020

5G made its mass entrance in 2021, with around 135 networks deployed. 2021 is when 5G will start to show commercial chops and evolve networks to standalone.

Here are the new C-band auction estimates
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The C-band auction is now projected to reach around $80 billion in total bids. And Verizon, Comcast and Charter are expected to account for the lion's share of that total.

SoftBank follows NTT DoCoMo with price cut
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

Discount war? Softbank has met NTT DoCoMo's move with its own low-cost tariff.

Carriers 'must continue to invest in network software'
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The industry is moving toward containerized network functions (CNFs), but Omdia says operators are 'not done with VNFs yet.'

Quite a year: The changing vendor landscape in India
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

COVID-19, rising data consumption, tensions with China and the practical departure of Huawei and ZTE means 2021 will a challenge for operators.

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.

Podcast: What's the story with Huawei?
LRTV Interviews | 12/23/2020

Are the Huawei bans working? What will the US do next year to keep China's champion from 5G world domination? Phil Harvey returns to the podcast to give us the latest on Huawei's turbulent year.

Nokia names Motley crew member for fixed networks
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

Finnish vendor confirms Sandra Motley will remain on the payroll, but the roles of Gabriela Styf Sjöman and Bhaskar Gorti remain in doubt.

This Olde Website: 2020
News Analysis | 12/23/2020

Gather 'round, everyone! It's time for the annual jaunt down the World Wide Web of yesteryear to see how the webmasters of CableLabs, Cisco and Netflix rolled back in the day.

China 5G crosses 200M mark as operators prep for SA
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

China has cruised past the 200 million mark in official 5G subscribers, with China Mobile adding nearly 19 million last month.

How 5G is pushing the envelope on latency
News Analysis | 12/22/2020

The proprietary wireless network used by the Drone Racing League supports latency of 5 ms. Top 5G companies are looking to eventually match that.

C-band reaches $46.5B, passes AWS-3 as biggest spectrum auction ever
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

With $46.5 billion in gross bids, the C-band spectrum auction has surpassed the AWS-3 spectrum auction in 2015 as America's biggest ever auction of spectrum.

Congress allots $2B to replace Huawei equipment
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

US lawmakers are devoting $1.9 billion to replace Huawei and ZTE equipment, part of a bill which also helps minority and low-income groups get online.

Open RAN has missed the 5G boat, says Three UK boss
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

The new-fangled network technology has arrived too late to be a part of 5G plans for many operators, says Robert Finnegan.

US smacks SMIC and keeps the heat on Huawei
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

The latest addition to the Commerce Department's Entity List is the same firm that Huawei was looking to turn to after it lost a key smartphone components supplier earlier this year.

C-band on track to be America's biggest spectrum auction ever
DanoVision | 12/18/2020

The fact that bidders have so far put up $25 billion in total bids appears to reflect a widespread belief that 5G will ultimately be worth it.

Italy's TIM slapped with fine over universal service failure
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

Penalty levied by the regulator shows that every second counts when it comes to fulfilling universal service obligations.

Sweden's 5G auction back on
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

Auction of 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz frequencies to start on January 19 after court of appeal overrules injunction granted to Huawei.

Pentagon puts 5G at center of US military's communications future
News Analysis | 12/18/2020

The US military is working to build its own IoT platform to 'increase lethality.' According to a wide range of top Pentagon officials, 5G is at the center of the effort.

Standalone 5G core security: Standards multiplicity and key management singularity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/17/2020

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms that effective 5G security strategies will encompass multiple standards and single key management.

Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

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