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Consolidated plans marketing campaign in support of fiber buildout
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

'We will roll out a new brand representing a superior fiber product and a transformative customer experience,' hinted Consolidated Communications CEO Bob Udell during the company's earnings call.

Where Biden's FCC pick Gigi Sohn stands on broadband
Broadband World News | 10/29/2021

If confirmed, Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn will bring a strong voice for open, affordable Internet and public networks, just as the administration prepares for the largest federal broadband investment in history.

US operators polish prepaid strategies
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

AT&T announced it plans to eliminate the 8Mbit/s speed cap it has long applied to its Cricket-branded prepaid service. And that's not the only new development in the sector.

MWCLA 21: The Light Reading Recap
LRTV Documentaries | 10/29/2021

The Light Reading editorial team gathers for a recap of the of some of the issues that were scattered, covered and smothered at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021.

Charter tests high-splits, preps CBRS field trial for early 2022
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

Meanwhile, investors grow concerned as broadband sub growth at Charter slowed in the third quarter amid a decline in sales activity and record low churn. But one analyst believes such concerns are overblown.

Proximus stays on track in Q3
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

TeleSign and BICS more than compensate for Belgian operator's domestic weaknesses.

Juniper's $1.2B in Q3 revenue shadowed by supply chain shortages
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

CEO Rami Rahim highlights fifth quarter of year-over-year growth for the networking company, while pessimistic about the supply chain in 2022.

WiCipedia: Art makes tech less 'boring' for kids
WiCipedia | 10/29/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Working from home has career progression downsides; the FCC makes gender equality waves; social media potentially a bright spot for women in tech; and more.

AWS the one sparkle in Amazon's cloudy earnings
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

Amazon's profits may drop to zero over Christmas amid supply chain grief, as Q3 income sinks by half. But thankfully for Jassy, AWS income is up 40%.

Eurobites: EE's 5G heads indoors with 700MHz switch-on
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Oracle team up in West Africa; Sky integrates Apple TV+; MTS does private networks with Ericsson.

Huawei sales plunge 38% in third quarter
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

Huawei continues to wilt under the pressure of US sanctions, with total revenue sliding 38% in the third quarter.

Apple's 5G juggernaut stumbles over supply chain troubles
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Apple reported that supply constraints cut $6 billion out of its most recent quarterly financial report. And CEO Tim Cook said 'I don't feel comfortable in making a prediction' about what will happen next.

Locast to fork over $32M to settle broadcaster-led copyright suit
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Financial settlement surfaces weeks after a New York court hit Locast with a permanent injunction that banned the company from operating a service that delivered free streams of local broadcast TV feeds.

Comcast's broadband pace slows in Q3 while mobile hits a new quarterly record
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

The long-term trajectory for Comcast's connectivity business remains undimmed, and the company intends to accelerate the growth of its mobile business, Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson says.

TIM Q3 hit by worsening market conditions
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Telecom Italia downgrades full-year outlook; pushes back timeframe for 'stabilization' of domestic revenue.

That time public cloud hyperscalers invaded MWC LA
DanoVision | 10/28/2021

Microsoft, Google and Amazon fielded plenty of executives at this year's MWC LA show. Their goal is to get mobile network operators to put their core network services in the cloud.

VEON ups earnings guidance yet again after strong Q3
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Emerging-markets operator again upgrades its EBITDA outlook for full year 2021 following a better than anticipated performance.

Comcast, Apple strike streaming deal
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

The Apple TV+ and Apple TV apps are coming to Comcast and Sky devices, and the Xfinity Stream and Sky Go apps are now set to arrive on Apple TV boxes.

Eutelsat grows satellite wings to Spain, Portugal
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Eutelsat spreads its sat broadband empire to Spain and Portugal. But after spurning Patrick Drahi's takeover offer, is it still on the auction block?

Rakuten's Tareq Amin: Conducting Symphony but changing the music
CxO Spotlight | 10/28/2021

Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Symphony and CTO of Rakuten Mobile, talks about his company's success in open RAN and how it plans to change the economics of building 5G networks for other operators.

Eurobites: EU goes all in on Nvidia/Arm deal probe
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Asian lockdowns hit Telenor's third quarter; Vodafone Portugal grabs 5G spectrum; Swisscom feels the pressure.

Rising chip demand, higher prices drive Samsung Q3 profit
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Strong chip demand and higher prices have powered Samsung Electronics to one of its best quarters, with net income climbing 31.3% to 12.29 trillion won.

Nokia shrugs off components crunch with sharp rise in profit
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Finnish vendor says it could have sold more were it not for the semiconductor crisis and shows that its turnaround strategy is bearing fruit.

The grubby truth about telecom and the climate
Morris Lore | 10/28/2021

The ICT industry is one of the worst climate offenders on the planet and its billions of customers will ensure it remains so.

NTT VP Parm Sandhu on the data and security draw of private 5G networks
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

At MWC LA, Light Reading spoke with VP Parm Sandhu about NTT's approach to assisting enterprise customers in building, deploying and managing their private 5G networks.

Open RAN makes plenty of noise – but little progress – at MWC LA
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

Although vendors from Parallel Wireless to Altiostar talked up the technology, open RAN didn't receive much love from big US network operators like AT&T and Verizon during this week's show.

mmWave 5G is here to stay, Qualcomm exec says
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

High-capacity millimeter wave spectrum may have range limitations, but it will play an important role in multiband strategies and is poised to support a broad range of use cases, Qualcomm's Don McGuire says.

The 5G branding war has finally ended
DanoVision | 10/27/2021

AT&T said it will brand its forthcoming C-band network as '5G+.' In doing so, it will use the same basic strategy as Verizon. However, it's not clear whether AT&T will charge extra for the service.

Rogers clash heading to court
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

The Supreme Court of British Columbia will hold a hearing November 1 to hear submissions regarding the legality of Edward Rogers' attempt to replace five independent directors without convening a meeting of the company's shareholders.

Alphabet inks fifth straight record-profit quarter
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

Google's profits grew by a yearly 69%, but it's unlikely to be more than a third-place player in cloud.

Airband secures £100M to boost UK rural fiber
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

UK-based broadband provider plans to cover 600,000 premises by 2025.

Tech rift widens as US shuts out China Telecom
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

The Chinese and US technology ecosystems are heading their own separate ways, but a full divorce will be difficult.

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan on IoT training collar
LRTV Interviews | 10/27/2021

The Halo collar includes a GPS-based invisible fence that connects to an app, and also provides a 21-day training program from Cesar Millan.

Indian telcos demand extension of 5G trials – report
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have asked the Department of Telecommunications to extend the 5G trial by a year, according to media reports.

Microsoft starts 2022 fiscal year with a bang
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

Buoyed by soaring demand for digital transformation, Redmond company sees quarterly cloud revenue top $20 billion for first time during its fiscal first quarter.

Eurobites: UK VoIP players hit by DDoS deluge
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage Networks lands SD-WAN deal in Iraq; Telecom Italia takes out digital insurance; Swisscom gets its groove on.

Palo Alto takes on home network security with SASE
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

The remote workforce is increasingly using a broader range of devices to access enterprise applications from the home, which means companies need to be on the defensive against a growing threat attack surface.

Verizon, Amazon to integrate LEO satellites with 5G
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

A deal between Verizon and Amazon for satellites will first focus on cell site backhaul but could expand internationally with 'joint solutions' for large enterprise customers.

Cable techies see big network changes coming
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Senior cable technologists envision DOCSIS 4.0 upgrades, spectrum mid-splits and high-splits, DAA rollouts, XGS-PON deployments and more as the industry strives to maintain its competitive edge.

Mobile industry starts talking like the cable guys
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

In the drive toward a cloud-powered, globally scaled Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ecosystem, the 5G Future Forum is touting the need for specifications, interoperability and widespread collaboration.

Biden announces long-awaited nominees for vacant FCC and NTIA posts
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair. Biden also nominated Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA.

Facebook to snub older users, go search for youth
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Facebook will make deep changes to try to win back young users. So far its ad revenue has held up, but its political fortunes tell a different story.

Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.

The Big Tech elephant is squashing telecom
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

For all their software activity and hope, telecom operators will struggle to avoid a utility fate.

Pay-TV penetration slips to 71% of US homes – study
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

That's down from a reach of 82% in 2016 and a reach of 86% in 2006, according to Leichtman Research Group.

India amends RoW rules to boost broadband infrastructure
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

India's Department of Telecommunications has revised the Indian Telegraph Act right of way rules to make it easier to install aerial optical fiber cable.

The digital transformation race is leaving telcos behind
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

It's become conventional wisdom that the pandemic has massively accelerated digital transformation.

Orange says towers high on agenda as Totem takes shape
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

France-based operator maintains guidance for 2021 as core profits and revenue drop slightly in Q3.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia revs up fiber offer with XGS-PON
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Motorola faces ESN probe; KPN enjoys steady Q3; VEON opts for Amdocs out east.

Dish to use Helium's DIY 5G network
DanoVision | 10/26/2021

Dish Network, already a bit of a maverick in the 5G arena, said it plans to use the do-it-yourself 5G network that startup Helium is constructing with cryptocurrency payments.

Vodafone demands Arm silicon, not Intel, for open RAN in cities
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Specialist chips will muscle x86 out of open RAN in more densely populated areas, says the operator's chief digital officer.

Telecom Italia dumped Altiostar for JMA as open RAN supplier
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

The Italian phone incumbent is switching open RAN software suppliers in a decision that could bode ill for Rakuten.

AT&T holds onto customer usage data for seven years
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

AT&T said it holds onto the data to comply with law enforcement requests. However, the company keeps its data far longer than its rivals Verizon and T-Mobile.

Ousted Rogers chairman declares he's been re-elected by hand-picked board
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Rogers Communications counters that Edward Rogers' 'purported' board meeting with proposed directors is unlawful and is 'therefore not valid.'

Lynk updates on testing, approvals for 5G from space
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Startup Lynk hopes to provide ten-cent text messaging services from its satellites by acting as a space-based roaming partner for terrestrial mobile network operators.

Liberty Global exploring network carve-out – report
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

The cable operator, which is pushing ahead with a big FTTP project in the UK at Virgin Media O2, is in talks about ways to split out its infrastructure assets and services business, Bloomberg says.

Netflix pushes back hard at SK on network costs
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Netflix digs in against attempts by South Korea's SK Broadband to make it pay for using their network, after Squid Game's unexpected popularity.

BSNL to provide Inmarsat solutions in India
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

British satellite maker Inmarsat claims to be the first foreign operator to get approval in India to sell high-speed broadband to planes and ships.

Telstra snaps up Digicel with $1.3B government assist
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

In perhaps the most unusual deal of the year, Telstra is to acquire Pacific operator Digicel with some generous backing from the Australian government.

Rakuten orchestrates Korean deal for Symphony
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Rakuten Mobile is to buy South Korea's Estmob with its Send Anywhere service to boost Symphony platform.

Eurobites: Let's get time-critical, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier tackles number provisioning with Telesmart.io; Ofcom leans on operators to tackle scam calls; Tesco's online outage.

Canada's Rogers mired in family feud
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

If the writers of HBO's Succession are lacking ideas for corporate-level, family-fueled drama and intrigue, they need only look to Canada's Rogers Communications for inspiration.

T-Mobile blinks, delays 3G CDMA shutdown by three months
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

T-Mobile said it now plans to shutter its 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022, but complained that 'partners haven't followed through on their responsibility to help their customers.'

FTC report finds ISPs 'collect troves of personal data'
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

In response, the NCTA called the report 'a highly distorted view' of ISP data collection policies that inappropriately attempts to lump broadband providers into the same category as the Big Tech platforms.

Open RAN specs take another step forward
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

The O-RAN Alliance's new specs cover complex technologies, including non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller architecture, RAN control, xhaul transport testing and open RAN security.

Ericsson's DoJ nightmare takes a new twist
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Swedish vendor told it was slow to provide information relating to the US$1B payment agreement from 2019.

Sweden's Telia sees Q3 income drop 36%
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Allison Kirkby's Telia sees its net income drop by 36% in the third quarter, as it sells towers and struggles through a restructuring.

5G specter still hangs over cable
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Cable and mobile technologists view telco rollouts of 5G millimeter wave technology as potentially strong competition to cable broadband service, particularly in unserved and underserved areas.

ADVA Q3 caught between ‘solid demand’ and supply chain squeeze
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Optical networking supplier puts the blame of slimmer profit margins firmly at the door of the 'semiconductor crisis.'

AT&T uses Google Stadia to stream Batman game for free
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

AT&T again signaled its interest in cloud gaming, and cloud computing in general, by offering a Batman game for free to its customers using Google's Stadia infrastructure.

Enterprise, not 5G, powers China Mobile, Unicom earnings growth
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Chinese operators are the latest to report a healthy bump in earnings and revenue.

Roku-Google stalemate lives on as YouTube deadline looms
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Access to the core YouTube app on 'new' Roku streaming devices is in jeopardy as a battle between Roku and Google nears the six month mark.

Intel: Chip shortage will extend to at least 2023
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Intel sees shares fall as its PC chip business and margins shrink, but Gelsinger is betting big on spending its way to being a major-player foundry.

AT&T job cuts hit record 12K in recent quarter
Morris Lore | 10/22/2021

The US operator is still slashing thousands of jobs as it tries to cut about $6 billion off its expenses.

US military spearheads private 5G for California first responders
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

The project has the potential to support 5G networks anywhere they're needed, 'all while outside the range of existing cellular networks,' according to the DoD.

Verizon SVP Debika Bhattacharya on the credibility conundrum for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 10/21/2021

Light Reading recently caught up with Bhattacharya during a fireside chat at Light Reading's Big 5G Event in Denver to discuss the role mentors and sponsor have played in her career, and what she sees as the current biggest barriers for women in the industry.

AT&T pushes past 5.72M fiber subs as supply chain challenges persist
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia's HBO and HBO Max base nears 70M, thanks to international expansions, helping to offset a subscriber hit resulting from the media giant's decision to halt distribution of HBO content via the Amazon Channels platform.

The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
Broadband World News | 10/21/2021

This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.

Open RAN has a 2G Achilles' heel
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Not many open RAN vendors can support 2G, and that technology seems likely to be around for years.

The 5G pricing war shifts into high gear
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

At the exact same time that AT&T executives were boasting that their 'aggressive acquisition and retention efforts continue to bear fruit,' T-Mobile launched a new $1,000 competitive attack.

CommScope takes partnership path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

CommScope and a pair of partners are developing chipsets and a network architecture for DOCSIS 4.0 that aims to expand the ecosystem for vendors and MSOs. It should also prevent Broadcom from cornering the market.

Telenet gives Ericsson a bigger 5G role
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Liberty Global-owned Belgian operator appears to have fully pivoted away from Chinese supplier ZTE.

More 5G means greener society – report
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

New report from trade association Mobile UK says government can burnish their green credentials by doing more to promote 5G.

Vodafone plans software blitz to cut IT spend and cloud risks
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

The operator is to add another 7,000 software experts to its team by 2025 as it aims for more technology independence.

Marc Ganzi, through Zayo, could buy Windstream, Uniti next – reports
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

A group of investors that includes Marc Ganzi are reportedly exploring to acquire broadband network owner Uniti Group and its Windstream business.

Cox preps for high-split trials in 2022
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Big US cable operator aims to start high-split spectrum upgrade trials and accelerate rollouts of mid-split upgrades as it seeks to create more upstream capacity in its HFC plant.

Andromeda bidders avoid auction failure – but now the real work begins
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

With more than $15 billion in winning bids, the FCC's 3.45GHz-3.55GHz spectrum auction officially passed its reserve price. Now, though, auction winners will need to buy more radios.

Verizon beats Q3 expectations, but troubles in wireless loom
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

'Despite a relatively healthy third quarter report - albeit against relatively easy year ago comps - there are reasons for disquiet,' wrote the financial analysts at MoffettNathanson.

Verizon has 150,000 fixed wireless access subs
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

In its first disclosure of fixed wireless access subscriber figures, Verizon said it added 55,000 FWA subs in Q3 2021, representing about 42% of the 129,000 net broadband subscribers it added in the period.

Google Fiber's 2-Gig footprint expands
Broadband World News | 10/20/2021

San Antonio is the latest Google Fiber market to get access to a relatively new service tier that pumps out 2Gbit/s downstream and 1Gbit/s upstream for $100 per month.

Alibaba in the race to rescue failed chip firm Unigroup
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Tsinghua Unigroup, one of the biggest chip-makers, was forced into bankruptcy after accumulating debts of at least 100 billion yuan ($15.3 billion).

Phoenix plots further growth with West Indies tower deal
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Tower company enters into agreement with Altice-owned Outremer Telecom to buy 203 towers and new towers over 10 years.

Netflix shows why telcos should fear AWS
Morris Lore | 10/20/2021

The streaming service is more popular than ever and its share price has soared, but its public-cloud arrangements carry enormous risk.

Netflix adds 4.4M subs in Q3, pushes global total to 213.56M
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Netflix, which expects to add another 8.5 million subs in Q4, says it will soon measure engagement of titles on an hours-viewed basis rather than the current one based on viewership among subscriber households.

Is the sun finally starting to shine on 5G?
DanoVision | 10/19/2021

'It's been a profitable business,' said Elisa's Kimmo Pentikainen of the operator's 5G launch. In its most recent financial report, the operator reported a gain of $3.50 per month per customer from 5G.

IBM has acquired Volta Networks as it muscles up in automation
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Big Blue has made Volta a part of its takeover strategy and can already cite customers for its technology, including Dish and Telefonica.

Hacking group LightBasin broke into at least 13 mobile networks – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The cybersecurity research firm said hackers were able to access subscriber information and call record details. However, the firm did not disclose the mobile network operators that were hacked.

Cato captures $200M in largest funding round
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Cato's largest funding round so far brings the SASE provider's total financing to $532 million.

Samsung will struggle to replace Ericsson or Nokia at O2
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The South Korean vendor, short on legacy technologies, is shouting about 4G and 5G trials with Virgin Media O2.

Comcast goes out of footprint with XClass TV
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

A pair of 4K-capable Hisense TVs powered by Comcast's streaming platform will be sold nationwide via Walmart.com and Walmart stores. Pay-TV apps from Comcast and Charter will launch on XClass TVs in the coming months.

Xiaomi to churn out cars from 2024
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

China's Xiaomi, eyeing a burgeoning Chinese electric vehicle market, says it is joining the fray and making its own cars from the first half of 2024.

Foxconn unveils EVs, angling to make the Apple Car
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Biggest iPhone assembler Foxconn, which has long eyed making the Apple Car too, has unveiled concept electric vehicles to bolster its carmaking chops.

Supply chain squeeze hasn't dimmed demand for high-end 5G phones
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The supply chain crisis is certainly making a dent on smartphone shipments but the 5G outlook is unchanged.

Tele2 hails growing momentum in Q3 2021
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Swedish operator sees continuing good momentum but remains on the post-pandemic recovery path in the consumer market.

China culls unprofitable 5G use cases as it narrows focus
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

After throwing resources at thousands of industry use cases in the past two years, the China 5G industry has abandoned most of them to narrow its focus.

Boingo touts new private wireless deal with San Diego Padres
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Boingo's private LTE network in CBRS spectrum for the San Diego Padres will help move the team's payments and ticketing systems off congested public networks and onto a dedicated network.

Ericsson hurt by China and chips crunch, but profitability soars
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Swedish equipment maker reports component problems and the loss of China business, but its gross margin is at record levels.

Sinclair hit by ransomware attack
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Lisa Plaggemier with the National Cybersecurity Alliance says the attack on Sinclair is another wake-up call for the industry, and another reason for media companies to treat cybersecurity like any other risk to the business.

VMware zeroes in on data management, security and carbon emissions
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

During VMworld, VMware launched several initiatives to assist its cloud provider partners in delivering managed security services and simplified app management to end users.

Tucows adds fixed wireless to Ting's fiber toolkit
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Ting Internet, from Tucows, announced it will acquire fixed wireless operator Simply Bits. 'We recognize the value of fixed wireless as an additional tool in our connectivity toolkit,' explained an executive.

Vewd CEO pushes Operator TV play
CxO Spotlight | 10/18/2021

Starting in Europe with a partnership with Vestel, Vewd intends to take its 'Operator TV' program to other regions around the globe, CEO Aneesh Rajaram says.

Verizon, AT&T dial back promotions amid cable onslaught
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Verizon stopped offering its most aggressive smartphone promotion to its existing customers, but continues to offer it to new customers. Meantime, AT&T reduced its smartphone discount from $1,000 to $800.

Left alone by US, state-backed ZTE is more profitable than ever
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Free to buy American technology, the smaller of China's two equipment vendors is still on a roll.

Virgin Media O2 sparks into converged life with Volt
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

UK operator launches its first fixed-mobile convergence offering, but PP Foresight analyst warns of low consumer appetite for buying numerous services from one provider.

Telefónica freed from fiber regs in more areas
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Spanish competition regulator CNMC approves changes that give telco greater freedom to compete on fiber throughout the nation.

Arm wrestling with Intel over open RAN as it sets up 5G lab
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

The UK-based firm is opening a new 5G lab focused on open RAN technology as it continues to battle America's biggest chipmaker.

TelcoDR sets up $1B fund for public cloud mission
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Made famous by this year's MWC, public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston now has $1 billion at her disposal to buy and develop telecom software.

SD-WAN revenue to hit $5.5 billion in 2025, Omdia reports
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

SD-WAN product revenues reached $844 million in Q2, an increase of more than 30% year-over-year. This shows, overall, that the pandemic hasn't negatively impacted the SD-WAN market, says Omdia's Dominika Koncewicz.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit sets sights on network convergence
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Kyrio's new software-powered Adaptive Route Control (ARC) system enables fixed and mobile operators to route customer traffic to the best available network on an application-by-application basis.

Supply-chain woes cost Adtran $9M, but supplier reports 'record demand' for Q3
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

'Although our revenue growth and profitability in the near-term are impacted by the supply chain issues, our long-term outlook continues to strengthen,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.

Debt-slashing Telefónica flogs Salvadoran business
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Telefonica finally manages to offload its El Salvadoran mobile business, after a scotched 2019 deal, but gets less than half last time's sale price.

Sweden's Sivers buys 5G mmWave startup MixComm for $135M
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Sivers CEO Anders Storm proclaims that 'most of the world is going to start rolling out' mmWave 5G.

GlobalData's Emir Halilovic: How PON, SD-WAN have changed the enterprise market
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2021

GlobalData Principal Analyst Emir Halilovic discusses the changes in enterprise PON connectivity that have been unlocked by SD-WAN.

Europe at loggerheads over wholesale roaming charges
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Parliamentary committee wants lower caps than ones proposed by the European Council and European Commission.

Vecima leaps into cable's 'GAP'
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The supplier said the Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform (GAP), will be available for lab tests in the first half of 2022. Expect Charter to be among the first in line.

Comcast could spark FDX Amplifier trials in 2022, deployments in 2023
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The rise of this new class of product will put Comcast in position to deploy upstream-boosting Full Duplex DOCSIS technology to a large portion of its HFC network.

FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
Broadband World News | 10/15/2021

Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.

Eurobites: Proximus sprouts more fiber around Brussels
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens two more digital centers in Africa; Telia TV hosts HBO Max; smart-home wars.

WiCipedia: The 'broken rungs' of women's careers
WiCipedia | 10/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women get short shrift when it comes to promotions; workplace harassment is as pervasive as ever; telecom steps into the 21st century; and more.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past
Morris Lore | 10/15/2021

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler on what's going on with PON
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2021

Julie Kunstler discusses developments in passive optical networks and why operators are turning to PON to reduce 5G small cell transport costs, and to support their own 'green' initiatives.

Microsoft starts selling transport, routing services to 5G operators
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Microsoft said it has built a 'well-managed, reliable, and performant' transport and routing network for its Azure cloud computing service. Now it's selling that network to 5G operators.

Andromeda auction bidding slows while concerns grow
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

'Prices have increased slower than we projected,' wrote the financial analysts at Credit Suisse. Bidding so far is nowhere near the auction's reserve price.

Stratosphere emerging as the next big Internet battleground
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

SmartSky, Aeronet, Gogo and HAPSMobile are just some of the companies that are hoping to eke profits from stratospheric communications. But others, like Loon and Qualcomm, have moved on.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on the changing broadband landscape
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Jaimie Lenderman discusses the growth of altnets, the entrance of new vendors, the evolution of PON and why the industry is poised for 'exponential' growth.

Is Korean profit bump sign of 5G turning the corner?
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

South Korean telcos are about to enjoy a Q3 earnings spike thanks to 5G, analysts have forecast.

Australia close to acquiring Digicel Pacific – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Australian government and Telstra reportedly on brink of deal with debt-laden Digicel Group; widely seen as political manoeuvre to stymie China's influence in the region.

BT takes Eagle-i approach to cybersecurity
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

UK telco launches new cybersecurity platform based on recent investment in Safe Security.

Apple pares iPhone 13 target by 10M, amid chip dip
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Tim Cook's company slashes iPhone 13 targets due to chip shortages, showing not even Cupertino is immune from the chip dip.

Comcast forges 'network to modem' DOCSIS 4.0 connection
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Cable op claims another '10G' milestone with Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) live lab trial that linked its virtual cable modem termination system to DOCSIS cable modems configured to operate in the FDX spectrum band.

India's Vodafone Idea may get funds from backers – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group may infuse $400 million in Vodafone Idea to support the company clearing off dues and growth, it's been reported.

Eurobites: Orange opens 5G lab in Antwerp
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rootmetrics finds EE is still ahead of the 5G pack; how 5G can help anticipate landslides; blockchain for tower management.

Omdia's Dario Talmesio: Funding the fiber frenzy
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Omdia's Dario Talmesio talks about how fiber infrastructure is attracting more investors these days, and why they see value in something other than retail telecoms services.

Fiber 'love' bears some fruit for KPN
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

The Dutch incumbent has seen a fall in maintenance costs and improvement in customer spending in areas where fiber has been deployed.

Adtran's Ronan Kelly: PON's potential paves way for progress
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Ronan Kelly, Adtran's CTO for its EMEA & APAC regions, discusses the future of GPON as so many other PON variants are battling for the hearts, minds and wallets of network operators around the world.

Analyst warns IT professionals to do due diligence when purchasing AIOps
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

While 64% of companies say they are using AIOps, ZK Research's Zeus Kerravala says many AIOps services are missing a key component - artificial intelligence.

Omdia's Michael Philpott on why 5G flops without fiber
LRTV Interviews | 10/13/2021

Research Director Michael Philpott explains why fiber is a critical component to the success of 5G networks, and why every region needs access to gigabit speeds.

Huawei opens four more enterprise vertical units
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Huawei is drilling down further into enterprise with the formation of four new business teams to target emerging segments.

Verizon's Visible confirms hack
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

'Our investigation indicates that threat actors were able to access username/passwords from outside sources, and exploit that information to login to Visible accounts,' the company reported.

Ericsson suggests '6G Basic' standards could be released in 2027
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

On its website, Ericsson published a graphic that it said was 'the 3GPP's 5G evolution time plan.' It shows the global standards group potentially releasing '6G Basic' in 2027.

BT aims to keep Huawei for fiber until early 2030s
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

The UK telecom incumbent says it has been talking with the government about earning the full return on its investment in Huawei products.

BT's Howard Watson: Eyeing the 'prize' of a 5G converged core
CxO Spotlight | 10/13/2021

Howard Watson explains how BT plans to phase out Huawei equipment, and why it's banking on the benefits of a 5G converged core.

BT's Rob Shuter: Enterprises want solutions, not just connectivity
CxO Spotlight | 10/13/2021

Customers are looking to combine telco and tech elements into solutions, coupled AI, edge computing and IoT, Shuter said.

Labor shortages spread into wireless industry's retail biz
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Some companies are offering generous sign-up bonuses. Others are cutting store hours. Whatever the result, it's clear that workforce shortages are beginning to affect the retail sector of the wireless industry.

MixComm CEO talks advancements in beamforming and mmWave for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 10/13/2021

MixComm's CEO explains the company's approach to beamforming and mmWave, and how partnerships are key to furthering updates to those 5G technologies.

DOCSIS 4.0 puzzle starting to come together
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Suppliers are making rapid process with network and CPE elements that will support the Extended Spectrum DOCSIS flavor of DOCSIS 4.0, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein says.

Federated hopes spectrum leasing catches hold
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

With its new Spectrum Exchange, Federated hopes to provide spectrum licenses on-demand, just as Google scales its cloud computing services up and down based on customer demand.

Liberty Global reportedly eyeing Belgian tower sale
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Reports suggest that the 3,000 towers used by Telenet could be flogged off for up to euro 600m.

Eurobites: Orange gets greener by using refurbished Nokia gear
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia ships application containers; Arcep vindicated in French 5G spectrum rumpus; Vodafone comes up short on advertising standards.

Fresh funding will fuel some M&A, Plume CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 10/12/2021

Armed with a $300 million from an 'F' round led by Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Plume intends to target companies that can broaden the smart home software specialist's cloud, data and AI capabilities, Plume CEO Fahri Diner says.

China leading the pack in quantum communications
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

After 5G, AI and space exploration, China has elbowed its way to the front of the pack in another key technology - quantum communications.

Canadians more hostile to Huawei – survey
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Nanos Research finds 76% of Canadians want the Chinese supplier banned from 5G networks; prime minister Trudeau due to make a decision within the 'coming weeks.'

Rakuten to legacy operators: Time to take the cloud plunge
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Japanese cloud networking pioneer Rakuten says it's time traditional telcos took the plunge into virtualization.

100% green subsea cable set to link Norway and Canada
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

As subsea cable-laying hits a frenzied pitch, a renewables-fueled link from Norway to Canada pitches the naturally cool Nordic data centers instead.

Cable network set to become 'predictive and more proactive,' Cox CTO says
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Going well beyond core speeds and feeds, the expanded use of artificial intelligence and machine learning will help cable operators stay a step ahead of anomalies and fix them before customers notice, says Cox's Kevin Hart.

India's BSNL records a 4G milestone
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

India's state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is finally moving closer to bring 4G services to its subscribers.

Nokia boasts of mmWave breakthrough for 5G FWA
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Finnish vendor unveils 360 High Gain technology that it says overcomes the propagation challenges of mmWave to enable FWA.

Remote MACPHY gaining steam with cable ops, CommScope says
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Recent deployment deal with Alaska's GCI is indicative of a trend that is seeing cable operators shift more attention to remote MACPHY in their distributed access architecture (DAA) rollouts, CommScope's Tom Cloonan says.

Google wants to take your mobile network off your hands, telcos
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

The number-three hyperscaler is ramping up its range of telecom offerings in its public cloud slugfest with AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Eurobites: Vodacom puts M-Pesa on steroids with 'super app'
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hiber hooks up with Inmarsat; Forsway develops satellite-assisted 5G; AT&T taps Ericsson for 5G network expansion.

Purdue University group signs up for Celona's private 5G network
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Although it currently spans just six access points, the network in Purdue Research Foundation's Convergence Center could spark a much wider deployment of 5G private wireless networking.

Charter's mobile chief credits convergence for price cuts
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Network convergence 'is a significant part of our strategy,' Charter's chief mobile officer, Danny Bowman, explained. 'That's what it's all about.'

Comcast 'making a lot of good progress' with DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Integration is a big near-term focus, but Comcast's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0, and the MSO is also pushing ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture, says Comcast's Rob Howald.

Boeing satellite broadband nears FCC approval
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Boeing's long-stalled proposal with the FCC to get into satellite broadband appears set to move ahead - but is it too late?

Is Verizon trying to kill the Andromeda auction?
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Bidding in the FCC's ongoing auction of midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz dropped unexpectedly during round ten. Some believe it might be a major bidder attempting to spark a mass exit from the event.

Harmonic: Let's put the MAC here, there... anywhere
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Vendor says its 'MAC Anywhere' play fits with CableLabs' new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA), and also opens the door to potential integrations with third-party cable network hardware suppliers.

NEC to build US-Europe subsea cable for Facebook
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

As Facebook and Alphabet up their cable-laying game, NEC bags a contract to build a half petabit per second cable between the US and Europe.

TIM launches satellite service for the underserved
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

New service is based on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, but solving the digital divide remains a challenge.

CSG deals for DGIT Systems
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

CSG says the deal will enable it to tie in third-party services that can take advantage of emerging 5G network slicing capabilities and help CSG's partners extend to markets such as connected healthcare and manufacturing.

DZS pact with Plume to extend its cloud to the home network
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

DZS says the Plume deal paves a path to more recurring revenue and establishes a way for it to manage and orchestrate the core, access and in-home networks, and provide partners with a new option for premium whole-home services.

Eurobites: Telefónica chips in with 5G for Spanish golf coverage
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks into Teams complaint; more connectivity equals fewer trucks; Finland wants to watch Finnish telly.

Cox MVNO with Verizon tripped up by T-Mobile
News Analysis | 10/10/2021

Cable company Cox had hoped to launch mobile services via an MVNO with Verizon sometime this month. But a lawsuit filed by T-Mobile appears to have thrown that plan into chaos.

Smartphone vendors love 5G, but supply chain problems loom
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

5G smartphones will account for over 50% of all handset sales in 2023. 'In comparison, it took 4G handsets five years to reach a similar level,' Strategy Analytics reported.

FCC releases another wave of RDOF cash
Broadband World News | 10/8/2021

FCC has authorized another $163M for RDOF covering 42 providers, and vows that a 'clean up' of the process is moving ahead as dozens of winning bidders opt not to pursue buildouts in 5,000-plus census blocks.

Leading Lights 2021: The Winners Video
LRTV Documentaries | 10/8/2021

The 2021 Leading Lights Awards winners have been announced during our online video ceremony where we linked together Light Reading's editors from all over the globe to announce the results.

Andromeda auction: As bids rise above $1B, it's too early to call
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

'It will all come down to whether bidders will hold on as prices rise, with activity likely to begin heating up next week,' analysts at New Street Research wrote.

XL Axiata, Smartfren in talks as Indonesia consolidates
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Indonesia's crowded cellular market looks to finally be getting the consolidation it needs.

TIM brings Oracle into Noovle fold
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Noovle expands its partner roster with a cloud provider that might appeal more to the public sector.

Intel chips snub is a blow for the UK
Morris Lore | 10/8/2021

After the US chipmaker rules out building a fab in the UK, the government may struggle to attract other investors.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, Eutelsat join forces to connect Germany's underserved
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium gets Orange Money service; Dutch antitrust watchdog jumps on Apple; TDC reigns supreme for mobile experience, says study.

Deutsche Telekom goes RDK's way
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

DT is tapping the open source Reference Design Kit as its global software platform for broadband gateways.

How the FCC's 'rip and replace' program may help kill some small carriers
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Chris Townson, CEO of DTC Communications, is applying for FCC money to tear ZTE equipment from his network. But he's worried costs will accelerate. 'I can't do this and operate in the red long term,' he said.

Barber shop owner snips at Altice USA with $20M class action lawsuit
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

A small business owner in the Bronx who was forced to close shop for months during the early stages of the pandemic alleges that the operator did not honor its commitment to the FCC's 'Keep Americans Connected' pledge.

The Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
Broadband World News | 10/7/2021

This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'

Cloud RAN still a hard sell despite Vodafone and Orange interest
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Leading operators say they want cloudier RANs, but the economic case for it remains as hazy as ever.

Sky applies smartphone-like buy-and-swap model to new 'Sky Glass' TVs
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

The UK-based, Comcast-owned company unveiled a set of streaming TVs powered by a 'global' platform that will be sold at retail at a fixed price, and be made available to Sky pay-TV subs under a monthly payment program.

With 48K customers, Starry hopes IPO will fund buildout
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry inked a deal with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called FirstMark to raise around $452 million in a public offering.

IX Acquisition prices IPO at $200M
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Blank check company targeting TMT/ICT firms in Europe and emerging markets starts life on Nasdaq.

Taiwan tech firms chase 5G private network sales
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Pegatron and other Taiwan electronics firms have seized on what they see as openings offered by private networking and O-RAN.

Nokia Deepfield CTO: How DDoS attacks are changing
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Just as connectivity is becoming more critical during the pandemic, the nature and types of DDoS attacks are more dangerous than ever, according to Nokia Deepfield's Craig Labovitz.

Eurobites: Virgin's gigabit reaches 12.8M mark in UK
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VodafoneZiggo tries on Red Hat; Google rivals search for answers from EU; Colt touts 400GE service.

Facebook sheds more light on its broadband connectivity projects
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Facebook expanded on several initiatives focused on broadband connectivity, including updates on its deployment of subsea cables, fiber-deploying robots, and its Terragraph fixed wireless platform.

Dish's Dave Mayo pulls back the curtain on 5G buildout
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

The executive in charge of Dish's 5G network buildout described the operation as an adventurous startup with more than 1,000 employees. 'There's a lot of things that are different,' he said.

Twitch gets hacked in biggest data breach ever
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Hugely popular games streaming platform Twitch, owned by Amazon, sees 125GB leaked by a hacker, including the site's source code and payouts.

Samsung aims to wow with aggressive chips plan
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Samsung aims to be 5G market leader with new 8nm RF tech and unveils plan for compact 2nm and 3nm chips.

Orange tops VSG's Global SD-WAN Leaderboard
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Orange Business Services ranks first in Vertical Systems Group's SD-WAN Global Leaderboard, followed by AT&T, Verizon and NTT.

Comcast files for 'X Class TV' trademark in Canada
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Filing is another clear signal that Comcast's aspirations to expand the reach and influence of its video software and streaming platform for connected TVs extends well beyond the US.

Syniverse quietly admits it was hacked for five years
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The company that routes hundreds of billions of texts a year for 95 of the world's 100 biggest carriers now whispers it was hacked for five years.

Kore Wireless, now public, aims to be a 'one-stop-shop' for IoT
CxO Spotlight | 10/6/2021

Last week's IPO paired with recent combination with Cerberus Telecom Acquisition Corp. puts Kore Wireless in position to accelerate organic and inorganic growth, says Romil Bahl, Kore's president and CEO.

Open RAN faces a 2G struggle in India
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The new concept is unlikely to be a panacea for the problems that service providers face in emerging markets.

Swisscom fiber plans are in jeopardy after govt. puts up roadblock
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The Swiss incumbent is being forced to consider its next steps after authorities raised objections to its fiber expansion project.

Telefónica contemplates selling minority stake in Spanish fiber biz – report
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Bloomberg sources say there's plenty of market interest; Spanish giant prefers to keep schtum.

Chinese auto giant Geely plunges into smartphones
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

After smartphone maker Huawei said it would diversify into cars, Geely is driving in the opposite direction.

Eurobites: Eutelsat raises stake in OneWeb
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets Industry 4.0; Deutsche Telekom exploits 5G in the factory; Thales teams up with Google for cloud services.

O2 Germany boasts of 'pure 5G,' but concedes DSS need
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The German operator provides a 5G update one year after launch, and says it is on track to reach 50% population coverage by end-2022.

T-Mobile's top-tier 5G users chew through 35GB per month
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

T-Mobile's Neville Ray offered a look at the operator's 5G customer data usage during a keynote presentation at Connect (X), the annual trade show from the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

Consolidated CEO bets the house on fiber
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

There are some mobile or temporary use cases where fixed wireless access (FWA) is best, says CEO Bob Udell, but for the majority of customers, fiber is more cost-effective for Consolidated to deploy.

Demand strong in first round of Andromeda auction
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

First round results in the auction for 100MHz of spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz totaled $609 million. That led some analysts to conclude that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Dish are all participating.

Ericsson sees Apple as no FRAND in licensing talks
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

Swedish vendor loses patience with iPhone maker's tactics and files a lawsuit in a US court.

HBO Max prepares to go big in Europe
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

Armed with a discounted yearly subscription option, WarnerMedia announced it will launch HBO Max in 27 territories to mark the 'initial phase' of its European rollout.

Orange Europe boss: We'll stick with Huawei unless it is banned
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

French incumbent with operations across Europe has no plans to replace the controversial Chinese vendor unless it is forced to by governments.

Frontier and Ziply Fiber amass funds for FTTP buildouts
Broadband World News | 10/5/2021

Frontier plans to offer $1 billion in notes to help finance its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber announced it raised $350 million in debt funding to do the same.

Eurobites: BT, Toshiba trial 'quantum-secured' metro network
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the benefits of IP network automation; IPO news from Africa; Proximus gets into digital banking.

Does the Indian government finally want to make up with telecom?
News Analysis | 10/5/2021

The Indian government is exploring ways, like out-of-court settlements, to bring down the number of legal cases it is embroiled in with service providers.

Facebook outage should frighten everyone
Morris Lore | 10/5/2021

The social media giant suffers a blackout that lasts several hours and causes disruption for its customers worldwide.

LR staging three digital forums at Cable-Tec Expo
Alantown | 10/5/2021

Light Reading will run three one-hour digital forums on key tech topics as part of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next week, including cable and 5G, DAA, network virtualization and more.

The seven-hour glitch: How a DNS fail felled Facebook
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

The seven-hour outage also took down WhatsApp and Instagram, thanks to a botched update in the Border Gateway Protocol.

Some US wireless operators plot a return to the office, with vaccines
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

AT&T and T-Mobile are requiring that employees who return to offices are fully vaccinated. T-Mobile is working to get most employees back into the office by the end of this month.

Casa Systems gets a piece of Mediacom's wireless action
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Casa, a vendor that has seen its revenue mix shift sharply to wireless, is supplying packet core technology to help underpin Mediacom's relatively new 'Bolt' fixed wireless broadband service.

Mobile network drive-test market ups a gear with 5G – report
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Frost & Sullivan finds knock-on benefits for suppliers of drive-testing equipment as rollout of 5G NR gathers pace.

Sky investment in Virgin fiber rollout may not add up
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

The funding of a rival fiber network to Openreach is unlikely to make sense for the UK pay-TV provider, according to Jefferies.

Qualcomm's automotive ambitions pick up speed
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Qualcomm said it will team with SSW Partners to acquire Veoneer for $4.5 billion. The move is part of Qualcomm's long-term efforts to expand beyond cellphones and into the automotive industry.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Public cloud, China and devices
LRTV Documentaries | 10/4/2021

We are delighted to welcome another special guest this week - public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston. She had heard us slagging off the public cloud in previous pods and was keen to offer a more benign perspective. That chat took up nearly all of the pod but we did eventually get around to quickly covering the latest developments concerning China vs the US and Internet companies getting into consumer devices.

O-RAN Alliance's China links come under renewed US scrutiny
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

US Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger calls for a report on the national security implications of open RAN after its China connections are exposed.

China Mobile shuts out foreign vendors from $1.2B 5G tender
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

China Mobile has awarded the entirety of its latest network tender to Huawei and ZTE - an unusual step even in China.

In a slow race to launch standalone 5G, T-Mobile stands alone for now
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all making moves toward the standalone version of 5G. However, analysts warn that a full-blown, nationwide deployment of the technology may be years away.

Smart trumpets standalone milestone with 5G
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Philippines-based operator launches 5G SA in Makati City.

Five9 shareholders doom $15B purchase by Zoom
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Shareholders in call center software company Five9 voted down what would have been Zoom's biggest purchase ever, as videoconferencing company eyes its post-pandemic future.

Telesat-Nelco to offer satellite services in India by 2024
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Things are hotting up in the Indian space race.

Eurobites: Ericsson demos wireless-powered 5G basestation
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK altnets unhappy about BT's FTTP wholesale price cuts; friend of the Conservatives caught up in Telia bribery scandal; Zain Saudi Arabia gets BSS from Netcracker.

NBCU, YouTube TV strike new deal
News Analysis | 10/4/2021

New carriage agreement avoids a blackout of NBCU channels, but reportedly does not require YouTube TV to bundle in the Peacock premium streaming service.

Colt drifts off into an 'automation dream' with MEF's LSO update
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

On the heels of MEF's recent update to its LSO Sonata APIs, Light Reading caught up with Colt's Fahim Sabir to hear more on what Sonata's facelift means for MEF's service provider members.

Rakuten rearranges Symphony for investments
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

'Rakuten Symphony Inc., a newly established corporation, will consider accepting capital, etc. in addition to business partnerships with strategic partners,' the company wrote in a release.

Ingenu, Kore tout movement in the IoT industry
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Ingenu's inked a $240 million deal to launch dozens of LEO satellites for its IoT network, while Kore went public with a 'buy' rating from one financial analyst firm.

NBCU, YouTube TV extend deadline
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit and Google's YouTube TV agreed to keep negotiating a new carriage deal past the contract deadline Thursday night but didn't say how long the extension would last.

Singtel raises $1.4B from Australian tower sale
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Sale proceeds of 70% stake in Australia Tower Network to be spent on 5G and data centers.

SK Broadband demands Netflix pay for Squid Game delivery
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

South Korean ISP SK Broadband has counter-sued Netflix for part of the delivery cost of video streaming content, including blockbuster Squid Game.

Orange fails to land partner for ailing bank business
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

French operator buys out Groupama and injects another euro 230 million into its loss-making bank unit.

Full Duplex DOCSIS amplifier chatter heats up
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Talk about a new class of amplifier that could give FDX a wider window of opportunity as operators explore options for DOCSIS 4.0 continues to circulate. But vendors have yet to pinpoint their product development plans.

Telefónica Spain goes on-prem with Oracle for OSS/BSS
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Partly due to rules on EU data sovereignty, Spanish giant will shift 'mission-critical' OSS/BSS apps from Oracle database systems onto private data centers.

India's Airtel boosts data centers, unveils new brand identity
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

India's second-largest service provider, Airtel, has decided to increase its data center business infrastructure.

WiCipedia: How women are mansplained into silence on social media
WiCipedia | 10/1/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Gender parity in social media; the top companies for women in tech; 'greentech' and investment in female founders; and more.

Eurobites: Mobile turns 40
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom unveils 'sustainable' 5G phone; Arcep's new boss; the EU's got its math wrong, says Google.

Power cuts, US demands roil Asian chip companies
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

Asian chip firms grapple with power cuts across China and US data requests, in another eventful week for the Asian chip sector.

DT's Romanian fixed assets finally turn Orange
News Analysis | 10/1/2021

France-based group completes deal to buy 54% of Telekom Romania Communications from DT-controlled OTE.

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