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Podcast: Building Smarter Cities
The Philter  | 
3/22/2019  |  3 comments
In this podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick interviews US Ignite's Mari Silbey. Silbey, a former Light Reading editor, talks about bringing local governments and tech companies together to share smart city plans, infrastructure needs and new applications.
'Cable' Heading Toward Extinction?
The Bauminator  | 
3/22/2019  |  3 comments
ACA has joined a growing list of industry companies and organizations that have dropped 'cable' from their names.
Cox Developing Version of Comcast's 'Flex' Streaming Product
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Cox, an X1 syndication partner, says it expects to debut its new streaming product for broadband-only customers in the next couple of months.
These Carriers Are All Faster Than AT&T's 5G E
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
A field test shows that both Verizon and T-Mobile phones carrying the same technology are slightly faster than AT&T's '5G E' phones.
Eurobites: Have Nokia-Branded Phones Been Sending Personal Data to China?
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MEC and the connected car; Ericsson wants Poles to get their 5G act together; Deutsche Telekom teams up with EWE on €2 billion fiber rollout.
Nokia Unearths AlcaLu Compliance Timebomb
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  1 comment
Annual report references 'compliance issues' at former Alcatel-Lucent business that could have criminal and financial implications.
Vodafone-Liberty Global Deal About to Catch More Heat – Report
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Vodafone will likely offer concessions if European Union regulators trigger a warning about the possible anti-competitive effects of the proposed transaction.
WiCipedia: Theranos's Fall From Grace & Men Underpaid at Google
WiCipedia  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Google announces that it underpaid men, not women; female founders fall harder when dethroned; Saudi Arabia espouses equality and gender balance; and more.
Vermont's VTel Strips Out Huawei Gear, Swaps In Ericsson Equipment
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Vermont's VTel said it's replacing some Huawei equipment in its wireless network with gear from Ericsson. But this raises the question: Should the US government pay for others to make the same switch?
TV White Space Supporters Have New Reasons to Cheer
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  1 comment
Suppliers are making progress on new wireless applications in the TV White Spaces spectrum, but concerns remain about interference with hospital equipment.
Comcast Targets 'Xfinity Flex' at Broadband-Only Subs
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  1 comment
In-footprint offering, at $5 per month, provides integrated access to a variety of free and subscription OTT services, offers an upgrade path to pay-TV, and runs on an X1-powered 4K/HDR-capable TV-connected device.
5G in the USA: Spring Fever
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Chicago and Minneapolis are forthcoming mobile 5G cities for both AT&T and Verizon.
Ready Player Stadia: Google's Gaming Platform a Scary Prospect for Telcos
Morris Lore  | 
3/21/2019  |  9 comments
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
Orange's Duriez: 5G Will Multiply Opportunities for SD-WAN
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
In addition to potentially increasing SD-WAN adoption, 5G could enable new use cases such as a network slice dedicated to SD-WAN.
T-Mobile is 8 Months Behind U.S. Cellular in Its Plans to Disrupt 'Big Cable'
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile said it will charge $50/month and reach 50,000 households this year with its LTE-powered fixed wireless service. The offering is virtually identical to the one launched by U.S. Cellular almost a year ago.
Cable Access Network Capex in for a Lumpy Ride
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Spending expected to be sporadic as operators weigh when and how to migrate to distributed access architectures.
Apple Bid for TV Stardom Is Biggest Gamble Yet
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
It revolutionized the music and mobile-phone industries, but Apple will struggle to pull off the same feat in the TV market.
Eurobites: Openreach Seeks Feedback to Further Full-Fiber Plans
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google makes it a hat-trick of EU mega-fines; data-mad customers drive Three UK's growth; Ericsson wins role in South Korean 5G bonanza.
Google Puts a Price on CBRS SAS: $2.25/Month Per Home
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the big mysteries in the CBRS 3.5GHz space is how much the SAS element of the system will cost. Google today provided a piece of this important financial puzzle.
An Extra Week to Enter the Leading Lights
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
You begged... we caved.
India's Airtel, Dish Eye TV Merger to Cope With RJio
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Reliance Jio's activities in India's TV market could spur the same consolidation that has already swept through the mobile sector.
Verizon Faces 'Steep Climb' to Attain Attractive Return on 5G Home – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  2 comments
Early on, 6% of residential addresses in parts of Sacramento are eligible for 5G Home, and just 3% of those eligible homes have signed up for service, MoffettNathanson finds in its analysis.
Ciena Talks Converged Interconnect Networks at Cable Next-Gen
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
At Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies in Denver, Alan Breznick sat down with Ciena's Fernando Villarruel to talk about Converged Interconnect Network, DAA and the path to a more adaptive network.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Secure Foundation for the Telecom Ecosystem
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading Editor-In-Chief Ray Le Maistre speaks with Red Hat Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Chiras about how Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a secure, consistent and resilient foundation that extends beyond the traditional operating environment.
Europe Must Pray for Sobriety in German 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
A rerun of the Italian job in Germany could derail 5G plans and the country's long-term economic prospects.
Infovista Fights to Be Heard in SD-WAN Crowd
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Infovista refreshes its Ipanema SD-WAN. But can the underdog defeat giant incumbents like VMware and Cisco?
Cellular Players Face Stiff Opposition to 5G Proposal in 6GHz
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  3 comments
Verizon, T-Mobile and others want the FCC to auction a portion of the 6GHz band for 5G. But a wide range of players, from cable companies like Charter to tech companies like Apple, strongly oppose that proposal, arguing 6GHz should be held for unlicensed services like WiFi.
Eurobites: Google to Promote Android Search Rivals to Head Off Potential EU Action
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Merkel stays strong over Huawei; CityFibre reaches UK's south coast; Inmarsat confirms $3.3 billion takeover bid.
F5 Targets the Telco Cloud With $670M NGINX Deal
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  1 comment
The acquisition beefs up F5's support for containers, multi-cloud application delivery and open source software.
FCC 24GHz 5G Auction Crosses $525M in Bids
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Carriers continue bidding heavy on metropolitan areas in the US as part of the latest 24GHz 5G auction.
Next Stop for Versa Networks – Europe
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  1 comment
The SD-WAN specialist has a healthy bed of customers and partners but has yet to make a significant impact in Europe. It's looking to change that.
Government Testing Adds 5-Month Delay (& Counting) to CBRS
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  1 comment
Government testing of the unique spectrum-sharing setup in the 3.5GHz CBRS band is lasting much longer than anyone expected. That's not a surprise considering CBRS problems could – in a worst case scenario – cause a US Navy shipwreck.
China Telecom's Bid for 'Leading' 5G Latency Should Unsettle US
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  10 comments
References to artificial intelligence, the edge and latency all make an appearance in the latest financial presentation from one of China's biggest telcos. That's a worry for the US.
Netflix Won't Join Apple's New TV Party
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Tensions continue to build between Apple and the OTT video giant.
Login With Facebook, Google or… AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks
DanoVision  | 
3/19/2019  |  1 comment
The nation's four big wireless operators want to offer single sign-on services like Facebook and Google. But their collective track record in the privacy and security department pretty much makes this a non-starter.
Italian Stallion, French Flop: Iliad's Talk of Asset Sales Should Worry Europe
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  Post a comment
The one-time enfant terrible of French mobile market has become a victim of hyper-competitive market conditions.
Eurobites: US Tries to Strong-Arm UK Over 5G (Again)
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson brings home the Danish 5G bacon at TDC; Orange migrates long-distance network, with a Nokia assist; Salisbury fibers up.
What Will US Users Pay for 5G?
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  2 comments
Here's what we know about the early pricing of mobile 5G services in the US.
Who 'Owns' Omniverse's OTT-TV Customers?
The Bauminator  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Omniverse operates like the prepaid mobile market, and partners such as SkyStream, VivaLiveTV and SiliconDust make money off of commissions, CEO says.
OneWeb's Ambitions Blast Off With $1.25B From the Likes of Qualcomm, SoftBank
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
OneWeb scored another big round of funding to finance its big plan to launch hundreds of satellites into space and provide super-fast Internet services everywhere.
Optical Networks for the Next Decade
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The ON2020 group is looking to address the optical transport challenges presented by the predicted surge in user traffic on carrier networks.
Windstream Puts Broadband Back in the Black
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Aided by speed upgrades, the troubled company added 14,000 broadband subs in 2018, reversing the 45,000 losses it absorbed in the previous year.
Not Much Hope for India's BSNL
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  2 comments
The Indian operator is sliding further into the abyss amid ongoing financial problems.
Telefónica Wrestles With OSM, SDN as Unica Passes Halfway Point
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator's big virtualization project is over the halfway point and facing up to a new set of technical challenges.
Carriers Shouldn't Panic About Facebook's Wholesale Fiber Service – Yet
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Facebook's new Middle Mile Infrastructure, providing fiber bandwidth to local and regional telcos, could threaten incumbents. But it's still early days yet.
Pay-TV at a 'Crossroads' Threatening Faster Sub Losses – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
It's increasingly plausible that more US telcos and cable ops will abandon or withdraw from pay-TV, unleashing a torrent of subscriber losses, according to Craig Moffett.
Eurobites: UKCloud Draws £25M Investment From Cisco-Linked Digital Alpha
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in dodgy supplier-haircut fund; Openet CTO joins Matrixx; Vivendi wants probe into Elliott's governance at TIM.
Viasat: Connecting the Unconnected
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
3/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Viasat has been an innovator in satellite communications for over 30 years. Now, the company is expanding to bring service to the most hard to connect places around the globe.
Comcast Brings X1 Video to SMBs
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Operator's commercial services unit makes its cloud-powered video platform available to millions of SMBs across Comcast's footprint.
It's Officially Time to Start Talking About 6G
DanoVision  | 
3/15/2019  |  1 comment
No, it's not because Trump tweeted about 6G. It's because the FCC voted to allow testing above 95GHz, and a bunch of people think that this is where the next generation of wireless will happen.
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