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Eurobites: Vodafone strikes deal with Openreach to widen fiber offer in UK
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Zain chooses Ericsson for 5G buildout in Bahrain; Sky and the BBC get cozy; Vodacom profits up; Africa's broadband future.

Nokia in Line for 5G Contracts Worth up to $2.2B With Chinese Telcos
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Finnish equipment vendor signs frame agreements with Chinese operators that could lead to lucrative contracts next year.

Meet the Execs Tapped to Build & Sell Dish's 5G Network
CxO Spotlight | 11/11/2019

Dish Network hired Marc Rouanne (of Nokia) and Stephen Bye (of Sprint) to build and sell its planned 5G network. Here's what they have to say about that.

Discovery Sizing Up Its Own OTT Play
The Bauminator | 11/11/2019

Programmer looking at direct-to-consumer streaming service that would aggregate Discovery's programming and target US consumers who don't subscribe to pay-TV.

Telecom Italia targets €1B in cloud sales with Google tie-up
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Can the ageing Italian operator and young American Internet giant find success at the edge of the network?

Analysts: T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' News Didn't Sway Sprint Merger Critics
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' announcements didn't sway Sprint merger opponents, according to Wall Street analysts.

Cable One Racks Up Record Margins Again
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

US cableco reports industry-best profit margins again after wrapping up its $526 million acquisition of Fidelity Communications last month.

Disney+ Gets Ready for Its Close-Up
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

The new OTT service, set to debut on November 12, represents a key piece of the puzzle as Disney plows ahead with a plan to transform itself into a direct-to-consumer streaming giant.

WiCipedia: Tech Falls High in Happiness Index & the Blue Collar-AI Struggle
WiCipedia | 11/8/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Techies are pretty dang happy at work; AI's effect on female blue-collar workers; college students are majority female though tech workforce lags; and more.

ZTE Says Its China Experience Makes It a 5G Leader
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Slamming Nokia's 5G lag, the Chinese vendor is in a bullish mood about its own 5G opportunity.

Telecom Italia strikes edge alliance with Google as sales slide
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

The Italian phone incumbent announced a strategic alliance with Google on the development of edge computing services as it reported a further dip in sales.

Eurobites: United Group Agrees to Buy Bulgaria's Vivacom for €1.2B
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Netnod pushes 400GE ports; EU Google-taming isn't working; C-V2X Plugtest revs up in Malaga.

Edge Computing Mini Data Centers Are Rolling Out for Real. What's Next?
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Companies including EdgeMicro and Vapor IO have are building real, live, commercial mini data centers for edge computing. But what happens next is anyone's guess.

TiVo Predicts Spring 2020 Split
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Ahead of plan to separate its products and intellectual property/licensing business by April 2020, TiVo expects to announce some leadership slots post-split in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile Makes Moves to Help Get Sprint Merger Done
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

A $15 phone plan and free 5G access for first responders are among T-Mobile's latest sweeteners to help get its Sprint merger closed.

Dish's Charlie Ergen: We Have No 'Plan B'
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Dish makes key hires and proposes a $1 billion capital raise as company looks to push ahead on a wireless and mobile future that hinges on the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

Dish's Pay-TV Biz Returns From the Dead
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Led by gains at Sling TV, Dish added 148,000 net video subs in Q3, the first time the company has posted a positive pay-TV number in almost two years.

Liberty Global Revenue Slump Deepens
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Europe's largest cable operator suffers continued revenue declines, largely due to steep video subscriber losses in its UK home market and Belgium.

T-Mobile Sets 5G Launch Date for Dec. 6
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

The 600MHz 5G launch will cover 200 million people in the US.

Survey: Security Tops Benefits of SD-WAN Managed Services
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Over 60% of 121 survey respondents listed 'better security' as a primary driver for managed SD-WAN services.

CommScope's Virtual CCAP Creeps Toward Reality
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

As it continues to play catch-up with Harmonic, CommScope says its virtual CCAP is in trials with cable ops and is slated for a commercial launch by the end of the year.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Gets Picky, Loses 53,000 RGUs in Q3
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BritBox launches in the UK; Intracom lands last-mile connectivity deal in South Africa; ARM still plans growth, despite quarterly loss.

Digital Realty Defies Data Gravity
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Digital Realty is launching a global data center architecture to help enterprises move data anywhere in the world.

How AI Will Impact Employment
LRTV Interviews | 11/7/2019

Should people be worried about the impact that artificial intelligence deployments will have on the jobs market? Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue shares his views.

DT Cuts Dividend on Spectrum Splurge but Lifts Outlook
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

The German operator recorded sales growth at all its operating units bar the ailing T-Systems business but blamed Germany's spectrum auction for its decision to cut dividends.

AT&T's FirstNet Buildout Includes Viaero, a Rural Huawei Customer
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Viaero has stepped forward as another rural provider that will build AT&T's FirstNet network in rural parts of the US. The only problem is that Viaero currently uses a lot of equipment from China's Huawei.

Roku Q3 Revenues Top Expectations but Losses Widen
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Stock drops as losses accelerate, streaming player revenues dip versus Q2 and Roku sees a $5 million 'headwind' coming from expenses linked to its acquisition of ad-tech company dataxu.

Comcast Extends 'Flex' to Customer-Purchased Modems & Gateways
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Move allows Xfinity Flex customers to connect to the operator's new streaming service with retail-bought devices and sidestep additional fees for Comcast-supplied gateways.

Sprint's Roaming Fight With Shentel Heads to Arbitration
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Shentel, a Sprint affiliate, said it can't agree to new roaming terms with the operator, so they're heading into arbitration instead. According to analysts, $5 million hangs in the balance.

'Real AI' & Racist Robots Preoccupy Telco Tech Heads
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Operators need to tread carefully amid widespread suspicion and warnings that more advanced AI systems will trigger upheaval.

What Europe's Top Telcos Are Doing with AI
LRTV Interviews | 11/6/2019

At the Telco AI Summit Europe event in London, Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue talks about how some of Europe's largest telecom operators, including BT, Orange and Telecom Italia, are using AI tools to optimize network processes – and how it isn't all tied to 5G.

Huawei Denies Holding 5G Licensing Talks
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

The Chinese equipment giant has not held direct talks with any US company about the licensing of its 5G technology, says the company's founder.

Eurobites: Virgin Gives BT the Heave-Ho, Goes With Vodafone for Mobile
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Germany wavers on Huawei; Ofcom appoints interim boss; Jurassic Fibre lumbers into action; Zen gets £20 million to take on the big boys.

Meet SARA, the AI That May Be a Big Deal for Austria's Main Telco
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

A1 has developed an AI tool that could reduce the bill for 5G network deployment, ease planning and even lead to commercial opportunities with other service providers.

BT's Domingos on the Evolution of Network Monitoring
LRTV Interviews | 11/6/2019

At the Software-Driven Operations event in London, BT's OSS Senior Solution Architect Manager José Domingos talks to Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw about the use of open source code to develop the UK operator's latest network monitoring tools.

Altice USA Adds a Mere 14K Mobile Lines in Q3
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Company expects mobile sales volumes to ramp up as it extends sales of its new mobile product beyond brick-and-mortar stores to online and digital distribution channels.

Sprint/T-Mobile Merger a Step Closer to Early 2020 Completion
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The deal, now approved by the FCC, commits the duo to covering 97% of US citizens with 5G within three years.

AT&T Slapped With $60M Fine Over 'Unlimited' Practices
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

AT&T agreed to pay $60 million for throttling its unlimited data customers in 2014 without telling them about it.

Private LTE Networks Headed to the Slammer? GTL to Test CBRS
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

One of the biggest providers of telecommunications services to inmates in prisons is preparing to test a private LTE network in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum. But for what?

Vodafone Idea Readies NB-IoT Services in India
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Vodafone Idea is the third major carrier in India to plan an NB-IoT network.

For BT bosses, AI brings good news and bad
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Artificial intelligence has helped BT to speed up its fiber deployment and spot cyber attacks. Just don't expect too much.

China Tariffs Take Toll on Zoom in Q3
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

But cable modem and router supplier sees brighter days ahead as manufacturing shifts to Vietnam and as Zoom prepares to refresh its product lineup in 2020 and open up direct sales channels with MSOs.

Verizon's Cantor on Multi-Tenant uCPE
LRTV Interviews | 11/5/2019

Verizon's Oliver Cantor says enterprise customers are looking to run their own applications on the universal CPE servers that house the operator's virtual network functions.

After past blunders, VEON bets big on network and digital reset
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The Frankenstein's monster of the telco world hopes fresh investments and an overhaul of its digitalization strategy will make it more attractive to investors.

VMware Unveils 'Project Maestro' to Speed Network Virtualization
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

VMware wants to help telcos launch services faster in multi-cloud environments.

Amdocs: Redefining & Accelerating 5G Rollouts
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 11/5/2019

Amdocs' 5G Fast portfolio accelerates efficient and scalable 5G deployments with software-driven automation, innovative analytics tools, and cross-equipment-vendor solutions for planning, design, integration, acceptance and optimization. We provide solutions that redefine how service providers approach 5G rollouts.

China Mobile Hits Pause on Silicon Valley Data Center
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The Chinese operator has encountered new roadblocks in the US market.

Eurobites: Telefónica's Transformation Costs Tarnish Its Q3
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange launches commercial 5G in Romania; Colt extends relationship with Microsoft; Hungary has no beef with Huawei.

CenturyLink, West Safety Agree to Pay Up for 911 Outage
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The $575,000 in total fees levied for a single August 2018 outage that lasted more than an hour and affected six states is aimed at CenturyLink and a contractor, West Safety Services

Arista Tackles Cloud Networking
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Arista takes its turn trying to make deploying networks as fast and easy as rolling out cloud applications.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Smartphone Numbers, India & Fitbit
LRTV Documentaries | 11/5/2019

Under the pod spotlight this week: smartphone numbers; the Indian telecom soap opera; and Google's decision to buy Fitbit.

Verizon Projected to Lose a Brewing 5G Pricing Battle
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

A price war in the wireless industry could be brewing, and some analysts think that Verizon could suffer the most.

CEO McCollum: SVoD Surge Could Be Boon for Philo
CxO Spotlight | 11/4/2019

Philo's low-cost, entertainment-focused OTT-TV offering should fit well with consumers who are creating their own video streaming bundles that don't rely on traditional pay-TV, Andrew McCollum says.

This Year's 5G Phones Will Be Next Year's 5G Orphans
DanoVision | 11/4/2019

Today's 5G customers can boast of having the latest and greatest, but next year their phones are going to be rendered obsolete by the launch of 5G in lowband spectrum.

Huawei Bosses Slap Down 'Immature' Staff Whining About Café Food
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Under attack by US authorities and facing supply chain constraints, the Chinese equipment giant is worried about kitchen affairs.

Here's Why Seattle's Fire Department Is Using AT&T's FirstNet
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Seattle Fire is one of 9,000 public safety agencies that have signed up to use FirstNet, the First Responder Network platform that AT&T is building.

Sprint Posts Net Loss of $274M, Expects Merger to Close in Early 2020
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Sprint touts 16 million people covered by its 5G network, as it hopes T-Mobile merger will close early in fiscal 2020.

CenturyLink's McBride on Developing Edge Computing Service Alongside Customers
LRTV Interviews | 11/4/2019

Kevin McBride explains advancements the service provider has made in its automation, back office and orchestration systems.

WOW's Network 'Edge-Outs' Spur Sub Growth in Q3
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Led by broadband adds, WideOpenWest sees best sub growth in six quarters. Competitive cabler also getting some operational benefits from its whole-home WiFi offering with eero.

Startup Volterra Takes On VMware, Red Hat With Its Multi-Cloud Pitch
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Volterra has $50 million funding in its pocket and a platform designed to enable operators and enterprises to deploy applications and network services across multi-cloud environments.

Keeping the Fiber Lines Running Smoothly
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2019

With service providers installing so much fiber in their plant right now and seemingly no end in sight, the need for automated test solutions will only keep growing.

Eurobites: Vodafone Names Its Towers Boss
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky creates 1,000 new jobs in UK; Europe lags North America in smart-home race; UK delays decision on Huawei until after general election.

VEON comes unstuck in Russia
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

The long-suffering emerging-markets giant has warned investors that a turnaround at its ailing Russian business will take some time.

Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1B to Increase Wearables Presence
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The acquisition is expected to close in May 2020, according to MKM Partners.

US Operator Viaero Apparently Using More Huawei Equipment
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Amid a global firestorm around Chinese vendor Huawei, a small US wireless network operator called Viaero is asking the FCC for permission to test more equipment from the Chinese supplier.

NeoPhotonics Performs to Rave Reviews as Huawei Maintains Rhythm
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The US maker of optical components has had a remarkable turnaround in the last few months.

When It Comes to Licensing Huawei, US Vendors Uniformly Say 'Not It'
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

US equipment vendors ranging from Samsung to Airspan to Ericsson offered a firm 'no' or 'no comment' when it comes to whether they would license Huawei's 5G equipment.

Arista Falls & Suggests Facebook Dropped the Banana Peel
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Arista's stock was down 25% Friday as it warned of a spending hiatus by a 'cloud titan' – apparently Facebook.

Particle Scores $40M to Scale IoT Production Plans
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The startup will build up its enterprise IoT suite and add to its enterprise and product teams with the money.

FCC Could Move Soon on Ligado's Spectrum for 5G
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

A new report indicates that the FCC is preparing to take action on Ligado's spectrum, a move that could ultimately free up more spectrum for the likes of Verizon or Charter.

For Casa Systems, the hits keep coming
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Stock plunges 34% after lackluster Q3 lowlighted by Casa's struggling cable business as MSOs slash or delay spending. Plus, an analyst covering Casa is agitated by management's 'reduced communication.'

HBO Max Might Rankle Pay-TV Distributors
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

AT&T's plan to convert legacy HBO subs to its new SVoD service could accelerate cord-cutting and create friction with pay-TV providers that remain key distributors for HBO and other WarnerMedia-owned channels.

WiCipedia: Waffles for Brains, MWC Female Keynoters & Tech Decision Makers
WiCipedia | 11/1/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Mobile World Congress LA releases stats on female speakers; Ernst & Young reveals blast-from-the-past training program; women are feeling less uncomfortable at work; and more.

The MWC Los Angeles Recap 2019 Podcast
The Philter | 11/1/2019

What did our analyst colleagues and fellow editors think of all the big booths, meetings and crowded corridors?

Vodafone denies plan to exit India
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

One of India's biggest operators has played down speculation it wants to quit the Indian market after service providers were hit with huge penalty payments by government authorities.

Eurobites: Liberty Global Soups Up Electric Vehicles Via Virgin Media's UK Network
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Blue Label Telecoms unimpressed with Cell C; Vodafone plans to sell 'ethical' phones in Europe; Safaricom has a good half-year.

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