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Verizon Doubles Down on AR/VR With Jaunt Acquisition
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon purchased some of the assets of AR company Jaunt, a move that further reinforces Verizon's interest in AR and VR content and technology.
Amazon: From the Sensor to the Sidewalk
Jonestown  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon readies its low-power protocol Sidewalk for long-term IoT and smart home projects.
DOCSIS 4.0 Ends Cable Network Feud
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9/30/2019  |  3 comments
DOCSIS 4.0 unifies previously feuding Full Duplex DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS proposals for boosting network bandwidth.
When Will Cable Need 10G?
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
No one knows exactly for sure, but one top industry network engineer believes cable operators will need access network capacities of 'at least' 10 Gbit/s by 2035.
Edge Cloud Deployments – Operator Proof Points
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
There's early evidence that network operators are getting to grips with the opportunities associated with 5G edge cloud architectures.
Why AT&T's Latest Open Source Contribution Matters
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T has shared its distributed router specifications with the Open Compute Project and a leading disruptive data networking startup is flagging its support for the model.
Fiber Cheaper Than 5G for Broadband – XL Axiata
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9/30/2019  |  3 comments
The Indonesian operator is making a counter-intuitive move with its deployment of broadband services in a mainly rural market.
Eurobites: Nokia Touts Its Terabit in UAE
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government promises £5 billion for broadband and mobile rollout in the sticks; private equity firms vying for Vivacom; Telefónica agrees deal with Spanish labor unions.
Harmonic's 'CableOS' Adds More Fiber to Its Diet
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Vendor extends capabilities of its access network virtualization platform as some MSOs deploy fiber-to-the-premises in targeted and greenfield scenarios.
Dutch Ditch Dominique: KPN Gives Leroy the Kiss-Off
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
'We wish her all the best,' says operator, as it puts the kibosh on Leroy appointment.
Tower Visionary Marc Ganzi on 5G, Small Cells & Edge Computing
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/30/2019  |  2 comments
Marc Ganzi is described as a 'leading visionary and entrepreneur' in his company's biography, and given his recent investments its easy to see why. Here's what he has to say about hot topics like 5G, build to relocate, small cells and edge computing.
Infinera: Making Optical Interesting Again
The Philter  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The vendor's new XR Optics technology could cut carrier opex and capex in service providers' metro networks. But can the company get everyone else to buy into coherent optical sub-carrier aggregation?
The Eye-Watering Cost of Multivendor Networks
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators face tricky decisions as they try to get virtualized networks off the ground.
Locast: Broadcaster-Led Lawsuit 'Objectively Baseless' & 'an Unlawful Sham'
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Locast, which has filed counterclaims, asserts RCN pulled back a $750,000 donation commitment 'as a result of intimidation from the broadcasters.'
Tower Firms Feeling Sting of T-Mobile's 5G Network Spending Slowdown – Report
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9/27/2019  |  1 comment
Wall Street research firm Wells Fargo reported that T-Mobile's slowdown in spending on its network could impact major tower companies like SBA Communications and Crown Castle.
Wealth of Job Opportunities for Women in 5G Era Is 'Mind Boggling'
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
During a Women in Comms breakfast workshop, panelists shifted focus from the hype around connected cars and drones to debating how 5G could impact job opportunities for women in comms and tech.
With ZTE Equipment, Pine Belt's 4G Upgrades Hit 'Complete Standstill'
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Pine Belt, a tiny wireless network operator in rural Alabama, is considering getting out of the business entirely amid US concerns over the security of its ZTE-supplied LTE network.
Orange's John Isch: Crowded SD-WAN Market Challenges Telcos
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Big vendors' acquisition of SD-WAN specialists mean service provider and vendor interests are often at odds, says Orange Business Services' John Isch.
5G Transport & the Edge: From Scarcity to Standalone
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2019  |  1 comment
Light Reading's 5G Transport & the Edge event on October 10 in New York City will examine crucial aspects of constructing a 5G-capable network.
China Tower Moves Into Surveillance Business
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Facing none of the privacy constraints that affect Western firms, China's towers company is diversifying into surveillance.
Looking Back: Comcast's Breakthrough X1 Video Service Turns 10
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Whispers about Comcast's next-video platform began to spread a decade ago at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver. Here's a look back at its journey from a secretive project originally called 'Excalibur' to a widely deployed product under the X1 banner.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Chairman Steps Down Following Pressure From Vivendi
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Norway the latest to ignore US advice on Huawei; Telenor and Ericsson run 5G pilot in Elverum; CityFibre starts digging in Northampton.
Cable Access Revenues Plummet 40% in Q2 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2019  |  1 comment
Decline driven by excess capacity, particularly in the downstream, amplified by recent indecision about the path forward on the cable access network, analyst says.
Verizon CEO Hints Private 5G With Edge Computing Is Coming – Real Soon
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon's CEO said company campuses and manufacturing facilities should be among the first to deploy private 5G networks with edge computing capabilities.
Indian Telcos Want 5G Auction Postponed
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
India's debt-burdened operators are lobbying hard against plans for a 5G auction before the end of the year.
Verizon Brings 5G to Parts of NYC
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9/26/2019  |  2 comments
The mobile carrier also launches 5G in Boise City, Idaho, and Panama City, Fla.
Shout It Out Loud: 'NEXTGEN TV' Is ATSC 3.0's Go-To-Market Brand
The Bauminator  | 
9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
New name and logo will adorn devices that conform to an emerging next-gen broadcast TV signaling standard designed to support 4K interactivity and aimed for widespread deployment in 2020.
Dan Whalen, Arris's Former Top Network Exec, Heads to Adtran
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Hiring Whalen as chief product officer is another indicator that Adtran is accelerating its cable industry strategy as MSOs mull their next-gen access network moves.
Save Us 40% or Don't Bother, Hrvatski Telekom Tells NFV Vendors
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Croatian telecom incumbent has some tough messages for vendors developing virtualized network functions.
Ericsson Expects $1B US Fine for Corruption, Warns Non-US Investigations May Follow
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor could suffer reputational damage in connection with a global corruption scandal.
Huawei's 5G Licensing Offer Is Pitched at US Companies, Says Founder
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9/26/2019  |  2 comments
The Chinese vendor would prefer a US company to buy its technology, says Ren Zhengfei, but has so far not had a US response.
SCTE-ISBE's Mark Dzuban: '10G' Set to Be the Star of Cable-Tec Expo
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
CEO of cable's engineering and standards-setting organization says 10G will be 'foundational' to the industry's future and a major focus as Cable-Tec Expo has its Swan Song in The Big Easy.
WiFi 6 Is Here. Should Mobile Operators Worry?
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2019  |  3 comments
A new, more powerful version of the WiFi standard is now available. How might this new technology impact mobile network operators heading toward a 5G future?
Eurobites: London Lags Other UK Cities in Mobile Network Quality
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sunrise gets antitrust approval for UPC deal; France may get tough on tech titans; Ofcom tackles broadband pricing shenanigans.
Amazon Intros 'Sidewalk' Protocol for Low-Power IoT Networks
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon is building a wireless dog tracker as a reference implementation of the protocol.
FCC Preps for What Could Be Biggest Spectrum Auction Ever
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9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Commission appears close to laying out the ground rules for a possibly record-breaking auction of C-Band spectrum for 5G that could generate as much as $50 billion in gross bids and surpass the AWS-3 auction of 2015.
MediaTek Readies 5G SoC for 2020
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The 5G chip market is going to get more crowded in the first half of 2020.
US Takes Another Step Toward Ripping Huawei Equipment Out of Country
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Legislation in the House is now joining a similar push in the Senate to pay US operators to rip Huawei equipment out of their networks.
CalAmp Rides on Sprint's Curiosity IoT Platform
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint signs long-term IoT partnership with telematics pioneer CalAmp.
GSMA Seeks Way to Boost RAN Vendor Options
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The industry body is concerned at the small number of radio access network (RAN) system vendors and is looking at ways to address that scarcity, says executive.
As 3G Shutdown Looms, AT&T's Cricket Will Require VoLTE Phones
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is soon going to prevent customers from activating older phones that don't support VoLTE technology. The move is part of AT&T's efforts to shut down its 3G network.
Orange Spain Demands 5G Progress Ahead of 2020 Launch
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish mobile operator says there are plenty of solid reasons for not joining Vodafone in this year's 5G market.
T-Mobile Relies on LTE for 5G Launch
DanoVision  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
New tests of T-Mobile's 5G network in New York City raise plenty of questions about how exactly it works. However, the operator is pushing aside those questions and instead is embarking on a 5G advertising campaign against Verizon.
Network Rising: DriveNets Adapts Hyperscaler Approach to Revolutionize Networking
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase  | 
9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
DriveNets is a fast-growing software company that is revolutionizing communications service provider (CSP) networks.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Reaches Out to 'Smart Factory' Partners
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: X marks the 5G spot for Nokia; Ofcom probes EE outage; Austrians are thrilled by WhatsApp.
SD-WAN Shines in a Dark Enterprise Market
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
As the enterprise market stagnates for telcos, SD-WAN promises revenue growth.
Telecom Italia Halves Software Costs in vRAN Trials
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Italian incumbent has seen encouraging results from its initial trials of vRAN technology, but a commercial deployment seems unlikely to happen fast.
China's Boffins Set Out Their 6G Vision
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
The 5G standard is only just appearing in commercial networks, but Chinese researchers are already thinking hard about what comes next.
AT&T's Stankey: No Plans to Sell DirecTV
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  12 comments
AT&T exec tells the Wall Street Journal that the unit is critical to the company's streaming and advanced advertising future.
T-Mobile to Test Microsoft's 'Project xCloud' Game Streaming on Mobile in US
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9/24/2019  |  4 comments
Microsoft is opening its Project xCloud game streaming service to commercial testing, and T-Mobile has signed on as a supporting mobile network partner. But it's unclear whether telecom networks are ready for video game streams.
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