Samsung's initial shipment to Dish Network comprises 24,000 dual-band and tri-band open RAN-compliant 5G radios, which Dish said it is now installing.
Orange and Vodafone have teamed up to deploy shared open RAN on brownfield sites in rural parts of Europe, hoping to save costs and fuel.
Jack Burton and Jay Rolls of Broadband Success Partners join the podcast to discuss AT&T's new fiber JV, variations in the open access model and to speculate on the upgrade choices of Charter and Comcast.
'We're choosing to do deeper and more important things,' Parallel Wireless CEO Steve Papa told Light Reading. 'Now we're far more selective. We're doing things that make good business sense.'
Dell announced deals with Airspan, Expeto and Athonet to sell products, services and hardware for enterprise private wireless networks, plus a new program to speed up deployment.
Responding to dismissive words from Roku's CEO about TiVo's prospects in the smart TV game, Xperi CEO says TiVo's tech, deployed in 30 million households, already possesses the scale to compete.
The chatbot that has taken the world by storm is now being assessed for use in a range of telco operations.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Telekom Austria spins off towers; Deutsche Telekom deploys Google edge tech on premises; BT Sport brand blown up by TNT.
As part of its voluntary bankruptcy filing, Starry is seeking approval of a $43 million debtor-in-possession agreement to keep services going in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Washington, DC.
'With access to 3.1GHz band spectrum, Charter would continue to extend the reach of our wireless network,' the company told the FCC in a move that puts Charter in the spectrum-sharing camp.
Bulking up the capabilities of its biz services unit, Cox has connected with Intel and Future Technologies to design and roll out managed private network services for commercial customers.
AWS Telco Network Builder and Integrated Private Wireless on AWS both aim to give mobile network operators, enterprises and others the ability to more easily run network operations in the AWS cloud.
This week: Connect Humanity's Christopher Worman and Makaia's Catalina Escobar join the podcast to discuss how global broadband barriers are making it harder for civil society organizations to reach impacted communities.
Ting's Amol Naik joins the podcast to discuss how fiber infrastructure is shaping economic development in Ting's service areas. He also shares an update on Ting's role as anchor tenant for an open access broadband network in Colorado Springs, thoughts on BEAD and more.
K-Network 2030 plan targets fast development of 6G, open RAN and LEOsats.
The telco has unveiled a Wi-Fi router-sized and -priced prototype of a 5G network with which it hopes to one day entice SME customers.
Vodafone rules the roost in today's EMEA regional roundup, with a frankly greedy five items. But it's not quite the only game in town...
The German incumbent is not giving up on open RAN, but it has now comprehensively ruled out any chance of a major investment this year.
Facing a review and a skeptical government, the single wholesale 5G scheme looks vulnerable.
The Finnish vendor beat other RAN vendors on market share gains last year despite the emergence of several new rivals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: reports of Ericsson job cuts; Nokia adds to analytics offerings; Ofcom updates on UK fiber.
The headcount reduction of 12% comes after T-Mobile's former CEO promised the deal would be 'jobs-positive' from the outset.
Energy efficiency and environmentalism are expected to be major themes at this year's show, but swaths of the industry look dirtier than ever.
This week in broadband builds: Conexon connects Georgia co-ops; Breezeline completes Chesapeake Bay construction; York County signs agreement with Lit Fiber – and more.
Harmonic CFO Sanjay Kalra is leaving to 'pursue other opportunities,' but the move shouldn't change the supplier's focus on the video streaming market and its growing role in cable network upgrades.
During the Super Bowl, Fox used the network mainly for communications among stage managers, camera operators and others. But Fox's Michael Davies suggested that's just the start.
Light Reading's editors discuss Gigi Sohn's third-round Senate hearing for FCC commissioner, North Carolina's broadband initiatives, Comcast's new Xfinity 10G campaign and new opportunities in private wireless.
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel reassured Congress that progress is being made on the national broadband map and 'most, if not all,' concerns will be addressed in the next version.
Iridium officials have declined to speculate about how much money the company might make from its new 'direct to device' (D2D) business. But one analyst firm estimates it might generate $178 million by 2026.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica and friends show off 5G mmWave network in Barcelona; TikTok plans more data centers in Europe; Giganet reaches further into Scotland.
Starting in West Des Moines, Iowa, Mediacom has begun to upgrade its network to support faster and symmetrical speeds, lower latency and better reliability.
Light Reading's Mike Dano explains why Qualcomm's new 5G chip is faster, what it means for service provider customers and when it will be included in new smart phones.
Many of Cisco's service provider customers have banked six to 12 months' worth of equipment, part of a broader industry rush to snap up critical components amid shortages.
'It's very difficult - I would say impossible - to build a new franchise in TV OSs at this point,' says Roku CEO Anthony Wood.
Speaking on a panel about the digital divide, Roger Timmerman, CEO of Utopia Fiber, lamented that federal broadband programs may come up short 'because the standards are too low.'
France-based group unveils new 'Lead the future' strategic vision, and announces an overhaul of Orange Business Services.
The network operators suggested the creation of 'a broad collection of government and industry stakeholders' to better secure Border Gateway Protocol technology.
The post-COVID roaming bounce and stronger offshore earnings have helped the two telcos to solid results.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica trials 5G-connected drone deliveries; Vodafone and VMO2 tackle rural Scottish notspots; BICS prepares ground for 5G network slicing.
The telco says it expects business to stabilize after years of falling revenues, and despite its significant debt burden, as it is due to decide on KKR's offer for NetCo.
Katie Espeseth, VP at electric power distributor EPB, joins the podcast to explain what the 25-Gig services and fiber deployments mean for economic development in Tennessee.
'Wireless companies have retired older network technologies as part of an important progression to ensure all customers can enjoy a more advanced 4G and 5G network,' T-Mobile explained.
Taking a page from Charter's 'Spectrum One' playbook, a new bundle from Comcast pairs one unlimited mobile line with 200 Mbit/s home broadband service and in-home Wi-Fi for $50 per month.
A new deal will connect Frontier's fiber to AT&T's wireless infrastructure in areas where AT&T currently lacks its own fiber. AT&T is the first tenant to rent space in Frontier's local fiber facilities.
Covid administers final blow as old school operator cedes the field to telco and streaming rivals.
'We believe the scarcity factor of a 5G cellular option optimized for IoT makes Sequans attractive to many potential partners,' said the company's CEO Georges Karam.
The performance-boosting technology developed by Cohere is to be made available as an app on Mavenir's RIC.
Initially available in Kansas City, West Des Moines and all its Utah markets, Google Fiber's new symmetrical 5-Gig tier sells for $125 per month. A new 8-Gig service is on deck.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tigo Tanzania launches 5G, upgrades 4G with Ericsson assist; TIM sees a brighter future; Swisscom reaches wages settlement.
Heavy Reading's 5G Core Networks Operator Survey identifies leading initiatives to reduce energy consumption.
A new Omnispace filing with the FCC hints at the company's interest in conducting tests in spectrum owned by Dish Network, but Dish isn't commenting.
'The first thing I'm going to do is offer my assistance to the chairwoman to do anything that it takes to make those maps as accurate as possible,' Sohn said during her third Senate hearing for FCC commissioner.
CEO Ed Meyercord joins the podcast to explain why Extreme is focused on becoming more software-centric, how the company works with customers to better utilize their data and why digital twins can speed up network transformations.
T-Mobile recently launched a cloud-native 5G core gateway, which combines the operator's legacy 4G core with its new standalone (SA) and non standalone (NSA) 5G cores. Cisco managed the effort.
Fox reportedly turned down unsolicited offers of more than $2 billion for Tubi, the free, ad-supported streaming service that Fox acquired for $440 million in 2020.
France-based Orange starts its 5G SA adventure in Spain, although standalone launches remain thin on the ground.
In developing a cloud-based 5G network supporting open RAN principles, Paradise Mobile in Bermuda joins other upstarts like Dish Network in the US and Rakuten Mobile in Japan.
This week: Michael Weening, CEO of Calix, joins the podcast to discuss the disruptive state of the broadband market, the role of federal funding in closing the digital divide, why 'speed is death' and more.
Japanese telco points to falling costs, signs of green shoots despite wider operating loss.
The failure of 5G to lift telco revenues puts a company that depends on 5G network equipment sales in a very awkward position.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange goes 5G standalone Spain; Nokia and Kyndryl extend deal; KPN connects medical drones trial.
Market forces are finally aligning in India, pushing the telcos to tighten their focus on the rural segment.
Analysts think Liberty Global's 4.92% stake in Vodafone stands to generate a good return, but wonder if the move could lead to other scenarios where Vodafone and Liberty Global do business together.
T-Mobile's longtime networking chief, Neville Ray, will retire in the fall. He will be replaced by Ulf Ewaldsson, a former Ericsson executive who joined T-Mobile in 2019.
The FCC contracted Porter Novelli to conduct a consumer education plan to 'help maximize the potential impact of the ACP.' The federal broadband subsidy is currently reaching just one-third of eligible households.
5G mmWave speeds are 6.86 times faster than midband C-band speeds, according to Ookla. Yet the technology remains present in just 9% of all announced 5G devices.
Following NBCU's decision to cap its free tier of Peacock for new sign-ups, the ad-supported Peacock Premium tier will stop being bundled at no added cost for Comcast Xfinity subs at the end of June.
Almost a hundred companies filed comments on how the NTIA should spend $1.5 billion on open RAN. Some want direct investments, others want funding for testing and R&D. And some don't want any of that.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC signs IoT deal with Go Telecom; Ireland's fiber network progresses; VMO2 ups the upload.
Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone spy an opportunity to usurp disreputable Big Tech players in the advertising ecosystem.
With sales plunging, handset brands may turn to AI to create differentiation and rekindle consumer excitement.
Fredrik Jejdling worries about technology 'bifurcation' and acknowledges that Intel's chips have narrowed the performance gap with his own silicon.
Google Fiber's new expansion plan continues to take shape with Westminster, Colorado, and Chandler, Arizona, as the latest to be added to the list.
Vecima is seeing an uptick on cable and fiber access sales amid upgrade and new build activity. It's also seeing some video tech momentum as operators get more aggressive with IPTV transitions.
This week in broadband builds: GCI launches 2 Gbit/s in Unalaska, Comcast plans $50 million Indiana network, Sertex completes BroadbandBI, Idaho funds the middle mile - and more.
Verizon Frontline's Maggie Hallbach said her team has spent two years and more than $100 million to ensure public safety agencies are connected during Super Bowl 57 and beyond.
According to Australian company Ranlytics, its work with the US Postal Service in Seattle could be used to 'accurately measure and map mobile coverage nationwide.'
Dave Carroll, a network planning AVP at AT&T, joins the podcast to discuss the technology and strategy the carrier has put to work for Super Bowl 57 both at State Farm Stadium and across the massive Phoenix metro.
As adoption of 1-Gig speeds takes hold and data usage climbs, the percentage of broadband subs on tiers of 200 Mbit/s or less is dropping rapidly, according to a new study from OpenVault.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ethio Telecom revives partial privatization plan; Cellnex brings MEC to Dublin university campus; the mating gamers.
Growing domestic demand coupled with a strategy of reducing manufacturing in China is pushing telecom vendors like Nokia and Ericsson to expand manufacturing in India.
The Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act is a high priority for Internet service providers hoping to participate in the BEAD fund.
President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law in August, allocating $1.5 billion for open RAN. Dish Network laid out exactly how the NTIA should distribute the money.
With profitability now trumping subscriber growth, Disney and its new/old boss Robert Iger have embarked on a big restructuring that includes axing about 7,000 jobs.
NTT Docomo's enterprise and smart services propelled the Japanese telco to profit in the December quarter while its mobile business searches for growth.
Comcast says foundational pieces for DOCSIS 4.0 will soon be live across 10 million homes. It also hinted at the launch of gateways with cellular and battery backup and the debut of low-latency enhancements.
A financial dustup between Globalstar and EchoStar could pave the way for a deal between Apple and Dish Network. That's just one of many machinations in the burgeoning phone-to-satellite market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica goes network slicing with Ericsson; Swisscom earnings down 1.6%; Nokia to build OLTs in India.
Sling TV's free, ad-supported service starts with more than 210 streaming channels, a plan to grow the audience and a way to keep subscribers in the mix even if they drop the pay-TV service.
With the mobile technology now available to 60% of the UK population, BT is turning its attention to rural coverage.
Samsung has decided to wait until satellites offer more functionality for smartphones, reminding us most use cases are yet to come.
President Biden in his State of the Union address recommitted to 'Buy America' rules on infrastructure projects that many in the broadband industry have been fighting against.
Broadband Lab, a cloud-based tool from McKinsey, aims to guide states through the BEAD planning and deployment process with real-time data, geospatial visualizations and advanced analytics.
Following a 'pause' last year amid recalibration of its buildout plans, Lumen cut its 'Quantum Fiber' buildout opportunity to 8 million to 10 million locations, down from a prior target of 12 million.
Korean telco plans commercial launch of digital helper A. this year.
Qualcomm is focusing on size and power consumption at the expense of speed in a new modem system announced for lighter-weight use cases. But many details about the company's upcoming X35 chipset remain blurry.
At one point analysts expected 800,000 small cells in the US by 2026. While the market is unlikely to hit that number, there's renewed interest in using small cells to extend 5G coverage and increase capacity.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC signs in-flight connectivity deal; Deutsche Telekom waives call charges to Turkey and Syria; Wibergh joins Cohere's board.
Officials come out with some meaningless comments about the single telecom market and realize national governments have been ignoring them about China.
The Fira Gran Via is now home to two huge tech events in February, with some increasingly interesting overlaps for AV, IT and comms specialists.
There's enough BEAD funding to bring fiber to the 'vast majority' of unserved and underserved locations, ACA Connects concludes in an updated study based on the FCC's new broadband mapping data.
Signals Research Group argued that, based on their recent testing outside the Super Bowl's venue, Verizon offered the most total wireless network capacity.
Heavy Reading operator survey identifies broad, but not unequivocal, support for hardware acceleration in 5G core networks.
AT&T, Altice USA, Consolidated Communications, Frontier and Lumen are among the companies cutting back fiber network expansion plans for 2023, according to analysts.
Trooper Sanders, CEO of Benefits Data Trust (BDT), joins the podcast to discuss the importance of the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), how BDT is helping people access the broadband subsidy and more.
A new waveform backed by the software company could take 6G to a hypersonic level.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Denmark wins network test, Nokia takes the credit; Mobily applies Ericsson's AI; TIM clarifies KKR bid terms.
Vodafone Idea gets a lifeline with the government finally taking a stake in the company - but the delay has deteriorated the telco's situation.
The UK operator cannot afford to sit back and wait, says its chief network officer, but the technical challenges are considerable.
KDDI and SoftBank gains in new business areas held back by tough economic conditions
IBM's Andrew Coward discusses challenges in multicloud management, edge computing and private 5G use cases. He also addresses whether telcos are well suited to support metaverse applications.
Cisco has all but exited the business of cable taps, amplifiers and nodes, but John Chapman, now CTO of broadband at Cisco, will stay linked to the HFC world as a member of Technetix's strategic advisory board.
Cable's momentum in mobile paired with slowing mobile industry growth will challenge T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon to hit and exceed their subscriber targets, says a top industry analyst.
As its network reaches capacity, T-Mobile appears to be shifting its fixed wireless target from urban customers to rural customers. But its rate of growth is still expected to slow in 2023.
MobileX, an MVNO on the Verizon network, will commercially launch its services in the next week or two. 'It really is a game changer,' said the company's founder.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica Tech adds blockchain to digital ad metrics; TIM suffers weekend outage; Nokia extends 5G with Wavence launches.
The US software company has seen revenues grow from just $7 million in 2020 and now boasts 30 customers worldwide, according to CEO Pardeep Kohli.
Once a stalwart supporter of fixed wireless technologies, Rise and its new owners are charting a course that appears to focus heavily on fiber.
According to Omdia, the global smartphone market fell 15.4% in the fourth quarter compared to the previous year. However, some are expecting demand to pick back up by the end of this year.
Rogers expects its adoption of DOCSIS 4.0 to 'come as a fast follow' with its US peers. But the Canadian operator also expects its HFC plant to stay ahead of market demand even as D4.0 tech becomes available.
Our editor finds a freshly updated POWDER testbed in Utah, where industry vendors and academic researchers are getting an early start investigating the tech challenges awaiting us beyond 5G.
The editors discuss discuss Juniper's software-centric strategy, the continued pay-TV subscription decline, Netflix's crackdown on password sharing, Gigi Sohn's FCC nomination and more.
This week in broadband builds: Comcast, AT&T awarded grants in South Carolina, Charter wins in Florida, Fidium Fiber expands in Texas – and more.
China operators are recording good topline growth out of their IoT deployments, but underlying costs are still unknown.
T-Mobile said it will prepare to deploy its C-band and 3.45GHz spectrum this year, with roll out happening in 2024. The operator denied any delay in its plans.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange fires up 5G Steel network; Vodafone Ireland migrates with Amdocs; telco help for Ukrainian refugees extended.
EchoStar inked a deal to launch more LEO satellites for global IoT services using the LoRa spec, but the company's goal is to offer 3GPP-based 5G services 'in the very near future.'
Iain Morris joins the podcast to discuss how automated telcos really are and what's been contributing to job cuts in the telecom industry over the past few years.
After securing a foothold in the region with a 'major' US MSO last year, Teleste is investing more in North America as operators start to plow ahead with DAA, 1.8GHz and DOCSIS 4.0 upgrades.
After revoking two mmWave licences, Korean officials are hoping to re-issue the spectrum to anyone willing to start a 5G business in a saturated market
'I don't want to sound bearish, just more realistic,' said AT&T's Chris Sambar, in discussing the opportunity for enterprise customers to purchase their own mobile network infrastructure.
Apple is growing both its manufacturing presence and market share in the country.
The UK telecom incumbent says it is now building and connecting full-fiber customers 'like fury' and the signs are not promising for many infrastructure rivals.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KKR puts in a bid for TIM's fixed-line network; Deutsche Telekom completes GD Towers sale; Nokia adds backbone to Africa.
Verizon plans to test integrated access and backhaul technology from startup Verana Networks, a move that could pave the way for expansion of Verizon's millimeter wave network.
The software vendor has sniffed out the main culprits when it comes to cyber threats.
Juniper's enterprise business grew 32% year-over-year in Q4, and the cloud business increased more than 14%. But the oft-struggling service provider segment declined 8%.
Analysts are surprised that Peacock is shifting solely to 'premium' tiers, dropping an option that represented a clear differentiator in the competitive streaming sector.
Corning's optical revenues in the fourth quarter were slightly below most analysts' expectations. But the company's outlook remains bright, according to some estimates.
'We're interested in convergence because we have a lot to offer,' said T-Mobile's Mike Sievert. However, Sievert said T-Mobile doesn't feel the need to purchase a wired network.
Margherita della Valle joins European telco bosses demanding a 'fair contribution' from Internet giants after saying her company can do better.
Thanks in part to improving supply chain constraints, Casa Systems expects to post a 25% boost in Q4 revenues as it sees sales increase across the board.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT goes down the sewers; SPL attracts Indonesian investment; Three UK migrates data with Amdocs.