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Trump Offers Hope to Huawei's US Suppliers
News Analysis | 6/29/2019

Meeting with China's President Xi leads to Huawei statement as part of broader trade war truce, but caveats look likely.

Protecting Enterprises From State-Sponsored Hackers
Column | 6/28/2019

Cloud service providers and network operators have the scale and talent to help protect enterprises from state-sponsored hacking attempts.

GSMA to Bring Standardization to NFVi Wild West
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/28/2019

A collaboration between the industry's largest trade group of mobile network operators and the preeminent open source consortium is aiming to simplify and harmonize dozens of NFVi efforts.

Edge Gravity aims for hyper-scale
CxO Spotlight | 6/28/2019

Ericsson's distributed edge cloud unit is on a path to connect to 'multiple hundreds' of service provider partners in the coming months, new CEO Kyle Okamoto says.

Podcast Interview: IT & Telco Vet Bill Walker
The Philter | 6/28/2019

Business disruption, telco transformation and big-league bowling. Crack open a cold one and listen to our podcast chat with former CenturyLink explainer-of-things Bill Walker.

Ovum Analyst on the Enterprise Use Case for VR
LRTV Interviews | 6/28/2019

At the recent AR & VR World Summit, one of the colocated events at TechXLR8 2019 in London, Ovum Senior Analyst George Jijiashvili looks at the emerging enterprise use cases for virtual reality applications.

WiCipedia: Radical Dissidents, Code Like a Girl & Diversity Scorecards
WiCipedia | 6/28/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: 'Concealed figures' in space; Gen Z women make more than men in certain roles; Salesforce uses data to examine equality; and more.

Eurobites: Summer Lovin' at Telcom Italia
News Analysis | 6/28/2019

Also in today's regional roundup: Orange offloads its BT stake; Nokia's CTO rebuked over Huawei comments; Ericsson helps bring 5G to Spain and Romania; Brit design star quits Apple.

AT&T Launches 5G for Business in Las Vegas
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

AT&T's latest millimeter wave 5G market is Las Vegas, where it will sell 5G services to its business customers on a $90 per month plan.

Verizon Has a Tough 5G Transition Ahead – Report
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

AT&T and T-Mobile have a better 5G transition story amid Verizon's commitment to coverage-limited millimeter wave spectrum, industry analyst Craig Moffett says.

Vast Broadband Keeps Its Pay-TV Hopes Alive
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

Indie cable op teams with Evolution Digital to upgrade, rather than de-emphasize or cut, the pay-TV cord with a new app-based video offering for retail devices and an MSO-managed Android TV box.

Verizon Lights Up Mobile 5G in Denver, Providence
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

Cities join Chicago and Minneapolis as first group of 30-plus markets tagged by Verizon for mobile 5G rollouts in 2019.

Vodafone CEO Read Desperately Needs Liberty Deal
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

In need of a break, Vodafone has promised concessions that have won over European regulators, say reports. But the deal's opponents may not be so easily silenced.

Eurobites: Ericsson, Telefónica Fire Up Private 5G Network for Mercedes-Benz
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands 5G deal with Zain in Saudi Arabia; Interxion launches IPO; telcos miss out on enterprise opportunities; Vodafone sponsors the world's smallest soccer league.

Huawei Ban at Heart of US/China Trade Talk Pitch – WSJ
News Analysis | 6/27/2019

China's president will demand an end to the ban on US tech sales to Huawei as part of a broader trade agreement, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Role of C-Suite Execs in IoT Strategies
LRTV Interviews | 6/27/2019

At the recent IoT World Europe Summit, part of the broader TechXLR8 event in London, Ovum Practice Head Alexandra Rehak discusses the important role of C-suite executives in making sure that IoT deployments are treated as more than just another IT deployment.

The Road to DOCSIS 4.0
The Bauminator | 6/26/2019

DOCSIS has taken a few twists and turns over the past 20 years as it heads toward a next-generation of specs that support Full Duplex DOCSIS, low-latency DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS capabilities.

Extreme to Buy Cloud WiFi Pioneer Aerohive for $210 Million
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Extreme grabs Aerohive for cloud WLAN and SD-Branch skills.

With US Firms Skirting Ban, Huawei Exec Sees Business as Usual
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Top executive at the Chinese vendor plays down the impact of US trade restrictions but declines to share details of current chip supply partners.

Charter Shuffles the Top Deck
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Among them, Rich DiGeronimo will add technology officer role as current EVP of IT & engineering as Jim Blackley prepares to retire in 2020.

US to Get New Ericsson Factory – but Not Many Jobs
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

As the trade war between the US and China continues to rage, the Swedish vendor is ramping up US production. But automation is the priority.

Ovum's Mike Roberts on Early 5G Launches
LRTV Documentaries | 6/26/2019

At the recent 5G World event in London, Ovum Research Director Mike Roberts looks at the early 5G service launches and what's coming next.

Eurobites: Fastweb & Wind Tre Join Forces on 5G in Italy
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sparkle begins work on photonic backbone; Openet nabs more Ericsson talent; EU probes Broadcom; Huawei hits the road.

Small Cell Future for Ex-BDAC Chair
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Former Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee chair Jacqueline Pierce has been jailed for five years for defrauding investors during her time as CEO of Alaska-based telecom company Quintillion.

T-Mobile to Launch 5G in 6 US Cities
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

T-Mobile will launch in 'city centers' initially with high-band millimeter wave 5G.

RJio May Make Stock Market Debut In 2020 – Reports
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

India's fastest-growing operator is preparing for an IPO, according to press reports.

Telcos & Enterprises: 5G Friends or Foes?
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Organizations outside the telecom sector are starting to invest in their own 5G networks, with ramifications for operators and vendors alike.

'Spectrum Now' Act Takes Aim at Mid-Band Spectrum
News Analysis | 6/25/2019

Bill could repurpose and free up federally held spectrum in the 3450MHz-3550MHz band for 5G services.

Ligado Presses FCC to Act on 5G Spectrum Plan
News Analysis | 6/25/2019

Claims it has bent over backwards to comply with government testing and process amid multi-year delay for approval for its plan to use 40MHz of lower mid-band spectrum for 5G-powered industrial IoT services.

Cybereason details operation soft cell: A telco security disaster
News Analysis | 6/25/2019

Security firm reveals an ongoing global attack against telecommunications providers that has been active since at least 2017 and involves a group believed to be working on behalf of the Chinese government.

Telcos: Security Is Not In Your DNA
Column | 6/25/2019

Telcos are in denial if they think they are security experts, says outspoken industry analyst Patrick Donegan.

Podcast: Why Telcos Are Challenged at the Edge
The Philter | 6/25/2019

Building edge computing resources for advanced applications is going to be a big challenge to telcos in terms of how and where to invest, as well as when and where to partner with cloud providers, vendors and others.

Nokia Set for Recovery With 5G Update – Sources
News Analysis | 6/25/2019

Finnish equipment vendor may be heading for a strong second half and a big improvement in its market share as 5G software issues are resolved.

Eurobites: BT Explores Sale of Spanish Unit
News Analysis | 6/25/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN boss to leave in September; Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom form 5G joint venture; Glastonbury latest.

CableLabs Kicks Off Pursuit of DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

New specs will repackage recent annexes and enhancements to DOCSIS 3.1, such as Full Duplex DOCSIS and Low Latency DOCSIS, and add in new Extended Spectrum DOCSIS capabilities.

Acumos AI Project Adds Smarts With Boreas
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/24/2019

The latest release from The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project offers some interesting incremental improvements.

Netflix Faces Global ARPU Headwinds
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

A sizable and widening gap on domestic and international ARPU could negatively affect the premium value currently placed on Netflix's non-US subscription streaming business, analyst says.

Rare Win for China Telecom in Philippines
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

In rare win abroad, China Telecom is awarded a mobile license in the Philippines.

Ericsson, Nokia Prepared for Any US Ban on China-Made Gear
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

Europe's big equipment makers say they have diversified their supply chains to cope with possible risks such as US restrictions on China-made gear.

For UK 5G Users, the Only Way Is Huawei
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

The UK's 5G lead owes everything to a Chinese equipment vendor that might eventually be banned from the market.

Eurobites: O2 Signs Up to the Connected Carpool
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson bigwig can't understand the UK's approach to Huawei; Huawei claims its smartphone sales are on the rise in western Europe; Telxius and DE-CIX cuddle up.

The US Wireless Market in 10 Charts
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

The US wireless industry is a complicated place. Here are 10 charts to help you make more sense of it.

Sprint Poised for 'Huge Win' as FCC Frees Up 2.5GHz Spectrum
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Thanks to its incumbent position in the 2.5GHz band, Sprint – along with marriage partner T-Mobile – could consolidate key mid-band spectrum without paying a king's ransom, BTIG Analyst Walter Piecyk says.

Average 5G Speeds in South Korea Fall Well Behind Maximums, Opensignal Finds
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Opensignal says 'real world' average 5G speeds in South Korea reach 118.8 Mbit/s, a far cry from the near-gigabit downstream maximums.

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Opposition Grows
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Four more states join the original group of 10 state attorneys general opposing the Sprint and T-Mobile merger. The trial date is set for October 7 and could take two or three weeks.

Former Verizon Exec Takes Helm of Ericsson's Edge Gravity
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Kyle Okamoto starts as Edge Gravity's CEO on June 24, taking over a slot previously held by Marcus Bergström.

Crunch Time for the Edge
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Edge computing looks to be an essential piece of the 5G puzzle but it's going to take a long time to slot into place, as MobiledgeX is finding out.

Eurobites: BT & Friends Demo Remote Ultrasound Scans Over 5G Network
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Cisco combine on SD-LANs; Hungary has no beef with Huawei; Nokia claims battery breakthrough.

WiCipedia: Tinkerbell Effect, Photoshop F-Ups & Discrimination Retribution
WiCipedia | 6/21/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: The women-in-tech dictionary gets a new addition; tactics for discriminatory situations; new uses for Photoshop; and more.

Telecom Italia in Talks With Open Fiber to Create Broadband Giant
News Analysis | 6/21/2019

Italy's biggest phone company is in talks with a government-backed broadband venture about tie-up options including a possible merger.

5G Could Usher in New Era of Mobile Cloud
Column | 6/21/2019

Telecom operators need to take control of the customer experience to really benefit from 5G.

CableLabs Unleashes Specs for Low-Latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

A component of cable's '10G' initiative, the new spec targets sub-1 millisecond latencies that can be enabled with software upgrades to existing DOCSIS 3.1 equipment and used for online gaming, VR apps.

T-Mobile Eyeing Other Options if $6B Dish Deal Doesn't Materialize – Report
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

T-Mobile is reportedly examining an auction off Sprint's Boost pre-paid unit if a proposed $6 billion Dish deal doesn't work out.

Locast's Scorecard: 250,000+ People Registered, 0 Lawsuits
The Bauminator | 6/20/2019

Unlike Aereo, Locast has found a way to stream local TV channels without raising the legal hackles of powerful broadcasters. But can it drive enough donation dollars to survive for the long haul?

Nokia Boasts 5 'Live' 5G Networks as Huawei Hits 120K Shipments
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

Finnish vendor hits back at criticism about the commercial readiness of its 5G technology, while China's Huawei flags three-fold growth in basestation shipments since February.

Tech Specs Groups to US Commerce Dept: 'Give Us Clarity on Huawei'
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

Twenty-six technical specs and standards bodies, including the Ethernet Alliance and the Broadband Forum, have written to the US Dept. of Commerce seeking clarity on whether they can still engage with Huawei whilst the 'Entity List' ruling is in place.

Eurobites: Ericsson, Vodafone Take a 5G Front Seat With eGO
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dixons Carphone hit by slump in demand for new handsets; new UK fiber contender; startups have faith in 5G.

How Blockchain Will Be Used in Telecoms
LRTV Interviews | 6/20/2019

At the TechXLR8 event in London, Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about how blockchain can be used to make, and save, money in the telecoms sector and identifies some of the innovative startups in the sector.

Nokia CEO Finds Positive Spin in Long 5G Game
CxO Spotlight | 6/20/2019

Being more like Shane Warne than Ian Botham could serve Rajeev Suri well in the nascent 5G market.

Omniverse to Shutter Operations, Cut Ties to HovSat
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Omniverse tells court that any infringement was done 'without malice or bad intent,' and was caused or contributed to by third parties such as HovSat.

BT & Vodafone Rally Around Huawei
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Two of the UK's big mobile operators urge authorities not to ban Huawei after a government minister said US moves had complicated a final decision about the Chinese vendor's role.

Verizon Adds LG's V50 to 5G Phone List
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Verizon adds a fourth 5G phone to a device lineup it is selling in the carrier's initial two US 5G mobile markets.

Power Shift in Cable Access Network Market Underway
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Harmonic riding high on stock upgrade as 'big bet' on the virtual CCAP shows signs of paying off, and as CommScope get downgraded amid tough start for recently acquired Arris.

BoJo & Brexit Bother BT's Broadband Boss
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

UK plans to provide universal fiber coverage by 2025 would be challenging, says Clive Selley, not least because the Brexit decision has made recruitment a lot harder.

Eurobites: Kudelski, Sequans Chip In on IoT Security
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT opens SOC in Paris; HMD Global sends user data to Google's cloud; Nokia beefs up leadership team, negotiates eco-loan.

New 5G Network Security Threats
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/19/2019

Yasir Liaqatullah, VP of Product at A10 Networks, joins Phil Harvey, Light Reading US Bureau Chief, to discuss the new 5G network security threats facing operators and mobile service providers.

FCC Closer to Opening Up 2.5GHz Band for 5G
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

Commission to vote on the plan to open up underused portions of the band at its July 10 meeting.

Still Much Easier to Slice Bread Than 5G Networks
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

Network slicing was all the rage a couple of years ago, when 5G was just a twinkle in the operator's eye. Now that 5G networks are being deployed, just where is it?

Starry Says Spectrum Wins Widen Reach to 40M US Households
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

With a batch of 24GHz spectrum in hand, Starry is ready to embark on expansion plans in the US while hinting that its spectrum-agnostic approach has global potential.

Dish Deal for Sprint/T-Mobile Assets Seems Bit Crazy – Analyst
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says a deal with Dish would erase purported benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger and makes little sense for either side to make.

Ovum Analyst on AI & Consumer Apps
LRTV Interviews | 6/18/2019

At the TechXLR8 event in London, Ronan de Renesse, Ovum's Practice Leader for Consumer Technology and Media & Entertainment, talks to Informa Tech Chief Research Officer Clint Wheelock about the impact of AI on consumer applications and services.

Brexit-Bound Britain's Broadband Blues
Morris Lore | 6/18/2019

The UK will desperately need better connectivity once it is outside the European Union, say technology leaders. Getting there is another matter.

5G Providers Hope to Solve 6GHz Spectrum-Sharing Concerns
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

An FCC proceeding looking at the 6GHz band could release a whopping 1200MHz for new commercial operations, including 5G. To push it ahead, some 5G providers are urging the FCC to implement sharing tech in 6GHz.

Eurobites: Altice's Drahi Brings Down Hammer on $3.7B Sotheby's Deal
News Analysis | 6/18/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three begins 5G fixed-wireless broadband trials in London; Nordic systems integrators merge; Spyder Facilities snapped up; UK government homes in on service providers' rip-off ruses; and more.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins Answers All the Questions
CxO Spotlight | 6/18/2019

During Cisco's recent corporate trade event, Cisco Live, the company's CEO Chuck Robbins devoted roughly half an hour to a Q&A session with reporters, covering everything from Cisco's position on the world's geopolitical stage to the company's latest networking products.

Dish Takes Another Swing at the Smart Home
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

New unit, branded as OnTech Smart Services, provides pro installs for range of connected retail products and debuts about three years after its EchoStar division shut down a DIY smart home and security service.

Apple Could Ship a 5G iPhone by 2020 – Report
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Apple will use Qualcomm modems for 5G initially, but it is expected to deliver its own 5G modem by 2022 or 2023, according to a financial analyst watching the space.

Comcast Brings Eye Control to X1
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Expanding on its accessibility capabilities, Comcast has added a feature to its X1 video service that enables people with physical disabilities to navigate the service with only their eyes.

Huawei Cuts Sales Forecast as US Blacklist Bites
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Huawei's founder says revenues will be lower than previously expected in the short term, due to pressure exerted by the US, but that it will be ready to grow again from 2021.

Cisco's SP Chief Eyes the 5G Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2019

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson is the chief executive of the company's service provider business. During the company's Cisco Live event, he offered some commentary on how Cisco is looking at the nascent but potentially explosive 5G opportunity, and how that might play into Cisco's business, including its SD-WAN activities.

Future Networking Survey Highlights Challenges & Opportunities for CSP Industry
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/17/2019

What role will CSPs play as the Internet evolves to support new consumer applications?

5G's Future Could Literally Be Full of Hot Air... And Drones
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Sure you could deliver 5G using regular stuff like macro cell towers and small cells. But if you're really cool, you'd use balloons, blimps or drones.

China Mobile Hands 5G Work to Ericsson, Nokia Amid Trade War Fears
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Nordic vendors scoop up a decent share of core network expansion in the first set of 5G-related core contracts awarded by China Mobile, with Huawei predictably emerging as the big winner from this round.

Eurobites: Ericsson Intros Standalone NR Software & More in 5G Fusillade
News Analysis | 6/17/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Airtel Africa sets price for London IPO; Truespeed plans residential Ethernet 10Gbit/s service; Prysmian lands UK deal with CityFibre.

The Evolution of AI for Telecoms
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2019

At the AI Summit in London, Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue says the telecom vendor community is getting its story together on the use of artificial intelligence tools and the link to 5G network slicing.

Walker Walks From CenturyLink
The Philter | 6/14/2019

Bill Walker, a senior-level executive working on the carrier's cloud, NFV and SDN efforts, has left. No word yet on his next move.

Huawei Exploiting Loophole to Buy Gear From US Suppliers – Analyst
News Analysis | 6/14/2019

The Chinese equipment vendor is redesigning optical systems to use 'second-best' components, says analyst at MKM Partners.

Cybersecurity Expert Sees Opportunity in Internet Growth, Consolidation
The Philter | 6/14/2019

The way to defend against DDoS and other attacks is changing, says Nokia's Craig Labovitz. That's because the Internet is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.

Comcast & Charter Have Bad Apple Deals – Report
News Analysis | 6/14/2019

Apple has leverage in its mobile-facing deals with Comcast and Charter, requiring both to sell large numbers of other Apple devices, including iPads and Apple TVs, CNBC reported.

Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants
News Analysis | 6/14/2019

Comments by the Australian operator show the edge is now shaping up to be the next battleground between telcos and Internet companies.

WiCipedia: How Disruption Will Affect Women & Int'l Tech Liberation Has Issues
WiCipedia | 6/14/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Girls in Tech makes biggest fundraising effort yet; Microsoft takes its Women in Cloud initiative on the road; women in developing countries pay the price for tech; and more.

Eurobites: Telefónica Hooks Up With Santander for 5G Banking
News Analysis | 6/14/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Broadcom fallout hits European chipmakers; O2 embraces the Apple Watch; Ericsson upgrades in Indonesia.

The Rise of Network-as-a-Service
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/14/2019

NaaS growth stems from the belief that by leveraging the programmability of the cloud, CSPs can create customizable VNF-based services for anybody who requires a full scope of services and does not want to deploy their own infrastructure.

From 5G to Huawei to SD-WAN: A Tour of Cisco Live
LRTV Documentaries | 6/14/2019

Light Reading attended the recent Cisco Live event, where 28,000 people descended on San Diego's convention center to learn everything they could about Cisco's products and business strategy.

HR's Steve Bell on 5G private networks
LRTV Interviews | 6/14/2019

At 5G World, Heavy Reading senior analyst Steve Bell discusses one of the hottest topics in the 4G and 5G markets – private networks.

VMware Banks on Data Center Agility With Avi Networks Buy
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

VMware and Avi share multiple customers and they don't expect the combo and subsequent integration to cause much disruption as VMware aims to bring a public cloud experience to the data center.

Helium Starts Selling IoT Hotspots in US
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Helium launches its P2P IoT hotspot, grabs another $15M in funding, aims to start a non-telco, low-bandwidth network in the US and beyond.

Cisco Aims to Quell Quantum Security Queasiness
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Quantum computing presents as many challenges as it does opportunities. Cisco is working on a solution that could address some of the challenges presented when quantum computing affects network security.

Vimeo Streams in Support for AV1
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

IAC-owned streaming platform joins Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Apple, Amazon and other big names that have put weight behind the new, royalty-free, bandwidth-efficient video codec.

How Orange Business Services Is Pursuing the SD-WAN/5G Intersection
LRTV Interviews | 6/13/2019

John Isch of Orange Business Services said the company is talking about SD-WAN with virtually all of its multinational clientele. However, he said the 5G part of that conversation is still at a very early stage.

Facebook Teams With CommScope to Join the 3.5GHz CBRS Party
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Facebook is looking to conduct unspecified tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Given Facebook's wide-ranging proclivities in the wireless arena, it's unclear what the social networking giant is hoping to learn.

DT's Lautz on Edge Computing Trials
LRTV Interviews | 6/13/2019

At the 5G World event in London, Deutsche Telekom Senior VP of 5G, Alexander Lautz, discusses the German operator's edge computing tests and trials.

UK May Get 'Thousands' of 5G New Entrants Under Proposed Shake-Up by Ofcom
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Telecom regulator risks angering mobile industry with bold plans to reserve mid-band spectrum for companies that want to build local 5G networks.

CSPs Driving Transformation via the Distributed Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/13/2019

The telco distributed cloud model is gaining support among service providers, even ahead of extensive 5G rollouts.

Not Ready for Prime Time: Omniverse Distributors Pick Up the Pieces After Pay-TV Deals Fall Apart
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Flixon Media's CEO thought his deal with Omniverse One World Television would be the foundation of a profitable, innovative TV service. Instead, he said he's left with financial losses and a damaged reputation.

Podcast: What We Think We'll Pay for 5G
The Philter | 6/13/2019

Light Reading's Mike Dano weighs in on how the major carriers are stacking up with the way they're handling pricing for 5G service (if you can find it).

KT Claims 400K of South Korea's 1M 5G Subs
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

South Korean telco claims a 40% share of the country's nascent 5G market, giving it 400,000 customers just a few months after launch.

Eurobites: UK Tucks £40M Into 5G Testbed
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK textiles giant chooses Aryaka for SD-WAN; Israel's Pelephone gets with the eSIM program; DSZ Keymile lands UK FTTx gig.

Germany Raids Telcos for €6.5B in Epic 5G Auction
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

High licensing fees will eat into the budget for building 5G networks in Europe's largest economy.

Huawei Slaps Verizon With $1B+ Patents Bill – Reports
News Analysis | 6/13/2019

Chinese vendor ups the ante in battle with the US by reportedly demanding more than $1 billion in patent payments from the US carrier for the use of technology it has in its networks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

AT&T Caps 5G Speeds at 2 Gbit/s… Huh?
DanoVision | 6/13/2019

AT&T said that '5G+ speeds, where available, will be capped at 2Gbps.' Why? Because "it helps provide a consistent experience" and "doesn't limit" its future options. Or something like that.

TV White Spaces Eyed as Ideal Bridge Over US Digital Divide
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

The FCC is considering rule changes to aid fixed wireless deployments in TV White Space spectrum. Microsoft and others are hoping the changes could supercharge the construction of a bridge over the US digital divide.

Apple in Talks to Buy Intel's German Modem Assets – Report
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

Apple is reportedly considering buying Intel's German modem operations – first bought from Infineon in 2011.

Huawei: We're Not a Threat to Our Customers
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

The US government is as close as anyone to sabotaging rural networks, according to a new ex parte filing from Huawei at the FCC. The company goes to bat for its US customers, arguing that individual vendor bans do guarantee national security.

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Sinks Into the Political Mud
DanoVision | 6/12/2019

The arguments around the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile are increasingly plunging into the political morass – but that might be part of John Legere's ultimate plan.

Uber Partners With AT&T for 4G & 5G Connectivity for Air Taxis & Cargo Drones
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

AT&T enters into a multi-stage deal with Uber on air taxi and drone testing with 4G and 5G.

3 Rivers Cuts the TV Cord
The Bauminator | 6/12/2019

Small service provider in Montana is dumping its pay-TV product to instead focus on broadband services that can pipe in OTT video services.

Verizon: 5G Easier to Justify in US Than Europe
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

The 5G investment case stacks up a lot better in the US market than it does in Europe, says a man who has worked in both parts of the world, and not just because of spectrum availability.

Huawei Ban Decision in UK 'More Difficult' After US Moves, Says Minister
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

UK government minister Jeremy Wright warns telcos that a decision over the use of Huawei might not come soon.

Key Takeaways From 5G World
LRTV Interviews | 6/12/2019

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss some of the key issues – spectrum allocation, Verizon's progress, the impending UK ruling on Huawei, uptake in South Korea – from the first morning of the 5G World event in London.

Eurobites: Telefónica Hops on Google's Cloud
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and Fortinet combine on Virtual Firewall service; Telia offers comfort to Swedish bus passengers; Orange connects Russian shipping fleet.

Charting the Timeline for 5G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/12/2019

To gain a realistic understanding of operators' views and plans for transport, Heavy Reading launched its first-ever 5G Transport Market Leadership Study with support from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper and VIAVI Solutions.

5G Standards Group Struggles to Balance Tech With Politics
News Analysis | 6/12/2019

As China and the US grapple over geopolitical concerns in security and trade, the world's main 5G standards organization is working on Release 17 while addressing the Trump administration's ban on US business with Huawei.

World's Biggest Wireless Carrier Awards First 5G Equipment Contracts
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

China Mobile awarded its first batch of 5G equipment contracts to the likes of Huawei and ZTE, though it did include Ericsson and Nokia in the process.

Cable Access Network Spending Falls 38% in Q1
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

'Strong slowdown' on capacity purchases alongside ongoing delay in distributed access architecture deployments combine for a dreary quarter, according to Dell'Oro.

5G Rush Has Tripped Up the Industry
Morris Lore | 6/11/2019

After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?

Intel Bolsters Data Center Portfolio With Barefoot Acquisition
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

Nick McKeown does it again – his data center switching startup is snapped up by Intel.

States Aim to Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger: 'This Is Bad News'
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

The latest development in the soap opera that is the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is an imminent lawsuit against the transaction by ten state attorneys general. "This is bad news," write the analysts at New Street Research.

Cisco's CEO: We Shouldn't Take Advantage of Huawei
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said that he has warned the company's sales team not to use Huawei's ongoing troubles as leverage in their sales efforts.

Ericsson Ups 5G Forecast by 400M Subs
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

5G is on a roll, says Ericsson, forecasting nearly 2 billion subscriptions in the next five years.

Eurobites: UK Operators Seek Clarity From Government on Huawei
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei exec maintains there are Chinese walls; Tele2 bags AT&T's Lensch for its IoT arm; Intracom opens Italian subsidiary.

AT&T Signs European LTE-M Roaming Deal
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

AT&T inks a European LTE-M roaming deal for IoT with KPN, Orange & Swisscom.

Ericsson, Nokia Boast 5G Wins Against Each Other, but Fail to Stop Huawei
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

Europe's biggest telecom equipment vendors have turned up the heat in the 5G marketing battle as they struggle to capitalize on Huawei's misfortunes.

Would a 5G Delay Really Be So Terrible for CSPs?
Column | 6/11/2019

A delay to the launch of 5G networks might be just what telcos need.

Podcast: Mentors, Sponsors & Tall Poppies
The Philter | 6/10/2019

Kelsey Ziser joins the podcast to discuss some of her recent work in the Women in Comms content series. We also have a quick curator's catch-up on all things related to the 5G Exchange.

Nokia, Altibox Give Cable Network Virtualization a Dose of Reality
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

Deployments of cable distributed access architectures and network virtualization aren't going gangbusters yet, but recent activities in Europe also show that it's not at a standstill, either.

Ericsson Blames Pricey Mobile Auctions for Crippling Europe's Tech Sector
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

The boss of Ericsson's European business says greedy regulators are partly responsible for the region's lack of digital champions to rival US and Chinese tech giants.

Dell Technologies Has a New CTO
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

Ihab Tarazi has left Packet to become CTO of Networking and Solutions at Dell Technologies.

Eurobites: Three UK Promises 5G Services in 25 Locations This Year
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson settles with patents firm; Telefónica commits to fiber for everywhere in Spain by 2024; Finland's Elisa in analytics tie-up.

Tower Trouble: AT&T Keeps Pushing Cell Tower Landlords to Reduce Rent
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

AT&T for years has been threatening tower companies to lower rental rates or potentially face competition from a new, nearby tower. New data indicates AT&T might be mostly bluffing. Is it?

Putting a Price on Latency: Startup Network Next Aims to Fix Internet Routing
News Analysis | 6/9/2019

With things like Google Stadia and 5G putting a new focus on real-time connections, startup Network Next hopes its AdWords-inspired approach to Internet routing will catch on.

Comcast Takes First Shot at Live 4K TV
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

Cable op will deliver live streams of Women's World Cup over its managed IP network using HEVC at 18 Mbit/s.

Will AT&T Take DirecTV for a Spin[Out]?
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

The time is right for divestiture of DirecTV, 'the weakest piece in the AT&T puzzle,' and Dish could be the right partner in a deal that would bring much-needed consolidation to the US satellite TV market, UBS says.

Why Cable DAA Is DOA This Year
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

Cable technologists say DAA rollouts have not ramped up as expected this year because of a variety of factors but still express optimism about 2020 prospects.

Eurobites: Chinese Ban Could Cost Europe €55B, Warns GSMA
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: fiber takes a hold in France; Sharon White to step down from Ofcom; Channel 4 readies new ad data platform.

China's Early 5G Move Doesn't Erase Huawei Doubts
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

An acceleration of 5G plans looks partly designed to prop up China's homegrown equipment maker, but analysts remain worried.

Cisco to Buy Sentryo for Industrial IoT
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Cisco is acquiring Sentryo to bolster it position in IoT networks serving markets such as oil and gas and transportation.

Hollywood: Don't Let 5G Madness Screw Up TV
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Disney, CBS and other content companies are worried that a new 5G proposal could impact TV services for up to 300 million Americans.

AT&T Exec Said Telco's Ideas Will 'Radically Reshape' TV
The Bauminator | 6/6/2019

The OTT-delivered 'thin-client' version of DirecTV will debut in Q3, but AT&T's John Donovan side-stepped questions on how the new offering will disrupt a market full of streaming competitors.

Vodafone UK Gears Up for 5G, SD-WAN Push
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

A visit to Vodafone UK's headquarters in Newbury reveals what's on the operator's mind – and it's not keen on the prospect of 6G...

China Finally Lights Its 5G Fire
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

China's government issued commercial 5G licenses to the nation's three main mobile operators as well as China Broadcasting Network Corp., paving the way for the country to engage in a massive buildout.

Ciena Keeps Its Foot on the Gas in Q2
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

For its fiscal quarter ended April 30, Ciena showed more growth and some customer diversification, while continuing to add to its software portfolio.

Huawei Router Prez Gets HiSilicon Job
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Jeffrey Gao takes up new role as general manager of Huawei's in-house semiconductor business during a turbulent time for the company.

Eurobites: MegaFon Forms E-Commerce JV With Alibaba
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Norway 5G spectrum auction results; Dutch told to get tough on Huawei; Deutsche Telekom turns on IoT network; Ofcom commits to universal broadband service.

Cable techies eye 25-Gig path
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Even though cable's 10-Gig-enabling broadband spec, Full Duplex DOCSIS, hasn't hit the streets yet, some leading industry engineers are already laying the groundwork for a future DOCSIS spec that would support symmetrical speeds of up to 25 Gigs.

Telco Staff Face Crisis as Cuts Claim 127K Jobs at Big CSPs Since 2015
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Communications service providers tracked by Light Reading have cut 7% of jobs since 2015, and reductions look set to continue.

RDK JV claims gains with service providers, device footprint
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

Open software venture also developing software to work with consumer premises equipment for DSL and PON networks alongside its traditional focus on DOCSIS/HFC.

There's a New Victor in the Battle Between Mobile Devices & TVs
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

Yes, we're in a new golden age of TV programming, but that still didn't stop mobile devices from winning the battle over Americans' time.

AT&T Still Hazy on 5G Pricing Strategy
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

We know what Verizon is charging for 5G services, and we know what Sprint is charging for 5G services. But AT&T – which claims to be a 'world leader' in 5G – still isn't saying how it might price 5G.

Another FCC Proceeding Pits 5G Industry Against Local Officials
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

The FCC is considering a new set of rules that would add some wireless network equipment to its existing OTARD regulations. However, some city officials are accusing the agency of overstepping its authority and trampling on local oversight.

Eurobites: Trump Changes Tune on UK's Use of Huawei (Maybe)
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: big guns team up for LTE-M roaming; Cellnex buys rights to 220 BT towers; Macquarie emerges as front-runner for KCOM sale.

India Plans 5G Spectrum Auction, Trials by Year End
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

India's new administration is plotting an imminent spectrum auction and 5G trial despite industry concern about costs and vendors.

TiVo Declares Victory Against Comcast Following ITC Ruling
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

But so did Comcast. TiVo shares spiked in after-hours trading Tuesday after International Trade Commission issued an initial determination that partially favors the video software company.

Telecom Italia Chips Away at Debt With Persidera Sale
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

The Italian phone company may need deal-making on a much grander scale, and an end to shareholder squabbles, if it is to seriously improve its fortunes.

Bulk of AT&T Fiber Sub Growth Coming From AT&T – Analyst
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

AT&T Fiber added 1.1 million subs in the past year, good for annual growth of 57%, but rather than stealing share from cable operators, most of those subs appear to be upgrades of existing AT&T broadband customers.

What's Next for Neophotonics?
Shades of Ray | 6/4/2019

The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?

Amazon Set to Stream 'Channels' Into Canada
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

The new array of subscription offerings will include a 12-channel bundle called 'StackTV" that runs $12.99/month and features VoD and live TV networks such as Food Network, History and National Geographic.

Telstra's Chief Executioner Hones His Axe
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

The Australian operator is reportedly slashing 15,000 contractor jobs and 8,000 internal positions as part of its T22 plan to become a more streamlined, 'digital' business.

Verizon Slaking Mid-Band Spectrum Thirst With 3.5GHz CBRS Deployments
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

Verizon is embarking on a major deployment of CBRS 3.5GHz spectrum, even before the FCC is officially allowing operations in the band. That's likely because Verizon is thirsty for more mid-band spectrum like the CBRS band.

Podcast: Apple Makes Itself Right at Home
The Philter | 6/4/2019

In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.

CenturyLink's No Sweat Approach to AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/4/2019

US operator is moving toward a more proactive and predictive operational model as it uses AI tools to extract greater value from its data, but there are hurdles to overcome.

Eurobites: Nokia Exercises Its 5G Bragging Rights
News Analysis | 6/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei launches ad campaign as Trump tightens the UK's security thumbscrews; Scottish QoE specialist Ciqual acquired; Kinnevik divests shareholding in Millicom.

Here Are the Big Winners in the FCC's 24GHz & 28GHz 5G Auctions
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

AT&T was the top spender in the FCC's 24GHz 5G auction with $982 million in total bids, while Verizon took the top spot in the 28GHz auction with $505 million in total bids.

Vodafone Puts Ex-Ericsson Exec in Charge of UK Networks
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Ericsson's Andrea Donà has replaced Kye Prigg as head of Vodafone UK's networks division, with Prigg moving to Canada's Rogers.

RJio Lays Off 5K Employees – Report
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

India's youngest and most aggressive network operator had been the only service provider still recruiting employees. That has now changed.

Donald Darkens UK Outlook for Huawei as Brexit Nears
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Candidates for the UK's top job are said to air doubts about Huawei as Trump arrives in town on an official state visit.

Eurobites: Germany's Infineon Agrees to Buy Cypress for €9B
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 and Bite share networks in the Baltics; Telefónica tackles online fraud; BT opts for Juniper to power Network Cloud initiative.

Vodafone UK Cut 7% of Jobs Last Year
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Operator's current focus on efficiency may have ramifications for staff across the entire business.

NTT Challenges Cloud Giants
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

NTT Communications needed additional flexibility and automation to compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

CommScope Takes Aim at Cable Network Virtualization, Low-Latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Following Arris acquisition, CommScope brings new wares and technologies to this week's Anga Com event in Germany.

Cloud Bursts: Another Fine Mesh From Microsoft
News Analysis | 6/2/2019

Also: Palo Alto Networks acquired Twistlock and PureSec, for container and serverless security, respectively; Google connects Australia and Southeast Asia with subsea cable; VMware and Dell report earnings.

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