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The resurrection of Ericsson Digital Services
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

An overlooked part of the Swedish vendor turned an important corner last year and has reason to feel optimistic about 2020.

Optical cross-connect revival: A new generation of optical switching for tomorrow's networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/10/2020

Optical cross-connect (OXC) is coming back in vogue thanks to CDC ROADMs that add greater scale and automation to the photonic layer.

HPE makes a play for the 5G core
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

ICT giant builds on its telecom heritage and taps respected partners to take on the traditional mobile infrastructure suppliers in 5G's next big battlefield with an 'open' platform pitch.

Quibi in legal quarrel over its 'Turnstyle' tech
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

As it nears the launch of its premium, short-form video service, Quibi seeks a declaratory judgement that its 'Turnstyle' technology does not infringe on a patent owned by a company called Eko.

The new space race: Connecting your phone to a satellite
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

The space race of the 21st century pits Lynk against SpaceMobile to see which startup will be able to connect their satellites to existing cellphones on the ground.

South Korea's big three squeezed for more 5G investment
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

KT, SKT and LG Uplus agree to massive hike in 5G infrastructure capex after meeting with the country's Ministry of Science and ICT.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC fallout, CEO departures and satellites
LRTV Documentaries | 3/10/2020

Scott and Jamie are joined by Paul Nolan from CC Group PR to reflect on a tough week for telecom industry CEOs.

Qualcomm trumpets progress with C-V2X in Europe
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

Chipmaker says momentum is growing around the connected car technology, with commercial product launches now in sight following RED certification in Europe.

Light Reading postpones Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 3/10/2020

With public health concerns about the spread of COVID-19 mounting, Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event will be postponed until sometime in late August.

Musk's Starlink is 'not some huge threat to telcos'
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said his company's satellite broadband project will serve hard-to-reach customers and 'be helpful' to telcos.

Eurobites: UK government rebels prepare to detonate H(uawei)-bomb
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson pushes eSIM tech; Vodacom slashes price of data in South Africa; Orange invests in digital verification startup.

Indosat latest to enter open RAN fray
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

The Indonesian operator will carry out trials and open a TIP lab as it looks to provide a spur to local players.

Altitude TV dangles carrots to lure fans to DirecTV
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

Regional sports net is offering gift cards and regular season game tickets as its contract dispute with Comcast and Dish drags on.

Why the US prepaid market is collapsing
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

The Wall Street analysts at Cowen found that the US wireless industry collectively lost 330,000 prepaid customers during the entirety of 2019, a first for the industry.

Telia Carrier expands enterprise business with new SD-WAN service
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Telia Carrier launches its first SD-WAN service on Cisco's Viptela platform.

Verizon, AT&T redraw smart city efforts
DanoVision | 3/9/2020

Smart city executives are leaving AT&T and Verizon. The reason? The FCC's new small cell rules eliminate the need for operators to push for smart city agreements.

US cable's mobile base hits 3.2M lines
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Cable ops have become 'by far the most important' reseller in the US mobile market, analyst says.

HK, Philippines set to join Asia's 5G party
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

New countries in the region are preparing to launch the high-speed mobile technology.

Huawei's '18-month lead' in 5G is telecom's most spurious claim
Morris Lore | 3/9/2020

Suggestions the Chinese equipment vendor's 5G challengers are years behind do not hold up to scrutiny.

Eurobites: UK mobile operators and government sign rural coverage deal
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE gets busy in Scotland; NGMN Alliance goes cloud-native; Disney does deal with Telefónica.

Huawei picks up five-market 5G deal from Ooredoo
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

The much-maligned China-based vendor has won a 5G deal from Qatar-based Ooredoo covering Kuwait, Oman, Indonesia, Tunisia and the Maldives.

EC clears Inwit tower deal, Vodafone banks €2.14B cash windfall
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Brussels green-lights merger of Vodafone Italy's tower assets with Inwit, the passive tower infrastructure arm of Telecom Italia.

Is $1B enough to rip out Huawei gear from the US?
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

The work involved in ripping Huawei equipment out of US networks is extensive, setting up the potential for costs above the $1 billion Congress has already set aside for the effort.

Court rejects Omniverse's bid for default judgment against HovSat
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Reason for denial is procedural, as court cannot determine if HovSat was properly served.

Quibi pitches 90-day free trial to pump early sign-ups
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Deep-pocketed streaming startup focused on premium short-form fare is making some moves a month ahead of its April 6 launch of a service that will start at $4.99 per month for an ad-supported tier.

Biggest-ever auction of 5G mmWave spectrum ends at $7.6B
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

T-Mobile is expected to walk away with roughly $2 billion in millimeter wave spectrum licenses from Auction 103, which it appears poised to add to the spectrum it will acquire from Sprint.

Top Cisco exec jumps ship for Western Digital CEO job
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

David Goeckeler, who handled $34 billion of Cisco's $52 billion in annual sales, is taking the CEO job at Western Digital.

Charter opens access to Verizon's 5G network
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Charter enables Spectrum Mobile customers on unlimited plans to access Verizon's millimeter wave 5G network for no added cost. Customers on its 'By the Gig' plan remain 4G-only.

Vlocity acquisition gives Salesforce a new run at telecoms
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Having funded and hosted Vlocity's development, and been a go-to-market partner, Salesforce knows exactly what it's getting for its $1.33 billion acquisition.

WiCipedia: Digital assistants need more than a gender makeover
WiCipedia | 3/6/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Get involved for International Women's Day; how digital assistants would differ if they were created by women; what keeps women in tech; and more.

Eurobites: CityFibre accelerates UK network rollout
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional rights roundup: Vodafone/TIM towers venture 'set for EU approval'; Net Insight acquires Aperi's virtualized media production technology; Virgin Media admits data breach.

Elisa highlights trio of real-world 5G use cases
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

The Finnish 5G frontrunner is showcasing nine 5G solutions at its showroom in Helsinki, of which it claims three are new – one involves a tractor!

Spark gives 5G RAN thumbs-up to Samsung
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

New Zealand incumbent underlines multivendor 5G RAN strategy by shaking hands on commercial deal with South Korean vendor.

New York's utility to test private LTE network with several vendors
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

New York's state-owned power utility is hoping to test a private LTE network that it wants to build for services ranging from energy metering to flying inspection drones.

Verizon sweetens new Mix & Match plans
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Telco doubles the speeds of its two sub-Gigabit options – to 200 Mbit/s and 400 Mbit/s – without raising the price.

Microsoft, Cisco team up for IoT at the edge
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Two massive software vendors have decided to combine their cloud computing and IoT offerings in order to take advantage of the trend toward edge computing.

Cable access network spending dropped 30% in 2019 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Culprits include slowdown in capacity purchases, next-gen network indecision and a lack of broadband competition. Meanwhile, DOCSIS 3.1 CPE shipments made a big jump.

Google Cloud tightens its ties to telecoms
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Google Cloud fleshes out telco-focused strategy as it inks 5G edge services deal with AT&T, debuts telco-tailored version of Anthos apps platform and connects with Netcracker and Amdocs.

SoftBank ignites Japan 5G market with March 27 launch
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

The Japanese service provider has responded to an aggressive mobile launch by Rakuten with its own 5G service.

NTT DoCoMo leans on Ericsson for AI-enabled RAN optimization
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Japanese operator chooses AI-based optimization tools from the Sweden-based vendor for its radio access network, with an eye to real-time diagnostics in 5G.

Eurobites: Dave Dyson steps down as Three UK boss
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google Cloud floats across Europe; Tele2 and Elisa cooperate on enterprise services; Ericsson goes with Sinch for 5G messaging.

Nokia lines up Intel next to Marvell as 5G chip suppliers
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

The Finnish vendor is relying on Intel and Marvell as it tries to phase out the costly components that have been eroding its 5G profits.

T-Mobile evaluating open RAN for merged 5G network
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

T-Mobile's Karri Kuoppamaki tells Light Reading that one new element the operator might consider in its 5G buildout is open radio access network (RAN) technology.

WOW trials Android TV-based streaming service
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Pilot of 'WOW! tv+' service in Columbus, Ohio, streams cable op's traditional pay-TV packages alongside a cloud DVR, integrations with Netflix and other OTT apps on an Android TV device with a voice remote.

5G players dance for US government's anti-Huawei money
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Billions of dollars in US government money is being dangled in front of vendors that can provide secure 5G equipment.

NAB Show still a go
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Showrunner says 'overwhelming majority' of exhibitors looking forward to Las Vegas event while registrations continue on pace with normal patterns amid ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Nokia hires Marvell to fix 5G problems
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The Finnish equipment maker hopes a new deal with the US chipmaker will help to restore its 5G competitiveness and boost profitability.

Altice USA nears launch of FTTP-powered triple-play
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Multi-service offering developing after operator ended 2019 with more than 600,000 service-ready FTTP homes in its Optimum footprint in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Ori takes a vertical approach to the telco edge
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Edge computing startup believes telco edge strategies need to start with a specific focus on dedicated vertical sectors, such as gaming, and is winning operator support from the likes of Telefónica.

The great 5G slowdown in Asia
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The region's fledgling 5G market is not growing as fast as hoped, and not necessarily because of coronavirus.

Rakuten thanks Nokia for 4G but says NEC is 'our future'
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The Japanese company prefers to shop locally for its 5G products, it made clear during a press conference this week. It is not alone.

CommScope to reassess R&D spending in areas such as set-top boxes
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

However, CPE biz remains an important cash generator and a strategic piece of the portfolio that pulls through other products with different margin profiles, CFO says.

Telco giants team on interoperable edge computing
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

China Unicom, KT, Telefónica, and Telstra are collaborating on a new interoperable multi-access edge computing (MEC) initiative.

Omdia's Thomas Morrod on how 5G can impact GDP
LRTV Interviews | 3/4/2020

Speaking at the recent Future Vision event in London, Omdia's research and analysis executive director, Thomas Morrod, gives a long-term view of how 5G could boost GDP by enabling incremental business opportunities in specific vertical sectors.

Eurobites: Nokia, Telenor and Telia trial MOCN-based network-sharing in Denmark
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia cuts jobs in Finland; British MP highlights Huawei 'slave labor'allegations; ECI acquired by Ribbon; 'Fitbit for cows.'

A new approach to upgrading optical networking at the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

Huawei's new Liquid OTN solution is a small granularity technology that offers some significant benefits for organizations that need guaranteed bandwidth, low latency and resilient optical connections.

Laying the foundation for long-term 5G success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

A successful 5G rollout is not just about upgrading existing basestations or deploying some new ones. Nor is it simply an upgrade of core network capabilities.

2020 set up as 'an investment year' for Comcast, CEO says
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts touts initiatives underway at Sky, the coming launch of the Peacock streaming service and new projects underway at NBCU's parks division.

AT&T aims to keep selling DirecTV 'where it has a rightful place'
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Meanwhile, AT&T reportedly has halted online sales of U-verse TV as the new OTT-delivered AT&T TV service becomes company's pay-TV workhorse.

AT&T preparing to unveil massive, three-year cost-cutting plan
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

AT&T's John Stankey said the operator's cost-cutting program could generate 'double digits of billions [in savings] over a three-year planning cycle,' and cover areas ranging from power usage to call centers.

Verizon CFO: COVID-19 hasn't affected us... yet
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Verizon's Matt Ellis said the operator hasn't recorded any 'material' effects from the COVID-19 coronavirus so far, but he cautioned that could change 'if we see continued disruption.'

Our Cable Next-Gen event is going ahead as planned
Breznick Unbound | 3/3/2020

Despite concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event is still a go for Denver in two weeks.

Japan's Rakuten gives new meaning to 'bill shock'
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Prices are just half what rivals charge, but Rakuten may have a long and arduous journey toward profitability.

Finding the sweet spot for 5G iPhones
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Apple recorded a blockbuster quarter during the critical holiday shopping season, partly thanks to its $700 iPhone 11. But will the company maintain that $700 offer in an age of 5G?

Telenor takes step closer to zero-humans business
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The Norwegian operator has already shed thousands of employees and more are set to go under plans announced today.

India's RJio wants to develop its own 5G
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The disruptive Indian operator is now looking to seize the 5G technology initiative from the traditional vendor community.

Eurobites: Virgin Media rejigs partner contracts, brings field visits back in-house
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in space-broadband venture; Nokia sets out fiber access stall; Telenor keeps tight grip on costs.

Cable must fight 'creeping complacency' about emerging broadband threats – analyst
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Fixed wireless broadband represents the 'most important threat' to cable broadband and new satellite-based options are also worth a wary eye, Craig Moffett concludes in a report sizing up the state of US broadband.

Podcast: Orange Business Services CEO on becoming a network-native, digital service provider
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/3/2020

OBS CEO Helmut Reisinger weighs in on what it means to be network-native and how the service provider stands out from its competition.

OFC management: 500 sponsors and exhibitors are planning to attend
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The annual optical networking confab said that cancellation lists don't tell the full story of what's set to happen in San Diego next week.

Viavi trumpets 'first' test tools for open RAN specs
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The network test vendor, already included on an illustrious list of vendors supporting Rakuten Mobile, is claiming an industry first with the launch of an open RAN test suite.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, ZTE and telecoms investment
LRTV Documentaries | 3/3/2020

Team Pod delves deep into Nokia and takes a look at the (largely) forgotten man of Chinese equipment vendors – ZTE.

China goverment inspectors flay operators over number portability
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Chinese operators have come in for heavy criticism over their response to the introduction of MNP.

Comcast, AT&T, Verizon lead $67M in telecom lobbying in 2019
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

The nation's top telecom operators spent a combined $67.36 million in 2019 on regulatory lobbying. That's a slight increase from 2018.

COMSovereign buys VNC for LTE equipment play
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

COMSovereign's CEO said VNC will help the company become one of the only US-based providers of 'connectivity solutions that span the entire data transmission spectrum.'

Discovery's streaming service will play nice with pay-TV partners
The Bauminator | 3/2/2020

'The cable guys aren't going to wake up and find out what we're doing,' CEO David Zaslav says.

Walmart, Verizon in 5G partnership talks – report
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

A 5G partnership between Verizon and Walmart could include everything from the installation of 5G antennas in Walmart stores to streaming video of doctor visits.

AT&T TV streams nationwide
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Following a string of market trials, AT&T has expanded the reach of a new streaming service delivered on an Android TV box that aims to revitalize AT&T's struggling pay-TV business.

Huawei, ZTE continue their advance under US fire – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

A US campaign has failed to halt the Chinese companies, with major Western equipment makers ceding further ground.

Podcast: Helmut Reisinger, CEO of Orange Business Services
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2020

The IT and integration side of Orange has been touting its credentials as an option for enterprises that need help managing multi-cloud environments. Reisinger weighs in on what it means to be network native, how OBS stands out from its competition and what a company that size does to prepare for the business impact of the new coronavirus and the reality that we're all suddenly a lot less mobile.

Huawei, ZTE may face India exclusions after government move
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Feeling its companies do not get a fair deal in China, India's government has unveiled a new rule allowing it to restrict Chinese vendors.

China finally embraces full Internet peering
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

China has scrapped hefty Internet data charges in a move that should help China Mobile but hinder the country's other two big operators.

Nokia CEO Suri quits after 5G setbacks
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Boss of Finnish network firm will be replaced by Pekka Lundmark, the CEO of Finnish energy firm Fortum, but not until much later this year.

Eurobites: Spain's MásMóvil to buy Lycamobile for €372M
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad closes fiber deal with InfraVia; Vivendi fights Italian court over Mediaset; Nokia loses market share.

Singtel tackles 5G network slicing with Nokia
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Singapore-based operator flags trials with Finnish vendor with aim of providing customizable services to support different 5G use cases and applications.

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