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Comcast, Charter take DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G' a step toward commercial reality
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

At the CableLabs '10G Showcase,' Charter and Comcast showed progress in the form of DOCSIS 4.0 demos powered by a blend of commercially-ready products and prototype technologies.

Orange brings SD-WAN to nearly 1,200 Siemens sites
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

This is a considerably large SD-WAN deployment for an enterprise with 370,000 employees. Orange's John Isch usually sees an SD-WAN deployment of this size in retail locations.

Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
Broadband World News | 4/29/2022

Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.

Google Cloud acquires MobiledgeX, will make it open source
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

MobiledgeX was founded by Germany's Deutsche Telekom in 2018. The company boasted work with 26 operators in total, including Telefonica, Orange, BT and Deutsche Telekom.

Charter wraps buildout of mobile core as CBRS market trial nears
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

Charter, which added 373K mobile lines in Q1, has begun rolling out 'Spectrum Mobile Speed Boost,' a feature that provides 1-Gig speeds to mobile devices in-home, even if the customer's home broadband is provisioned to deliver less than 1-Gig.

Intel says chip shortage to last to 2024
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

Intel sees its quarterly revenue fall 7% as CEO Pat Gelsinger says the chip shortage now won't be over before 2024.

India's Airtel acquires stake in Cnergee cloud startup
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

The acquisition will allow Airtel to boost its NaaS portfolio for small and medium businesses who want to use cloud-based applications.

UScellular launches 5G FWA, eyes government subsidies
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

The mobile operator says its cell towers must reach at least 150 subscribers, each paying $65 per month, for its FWA service to be profitable.

Eurobites: Nokia builds basestations in Turkey with Karel
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt saddles up with VMware for SD-WANnery; KPN, Proximus tick over in Q1; BBC iPlayer plays a (Peaky) blinder.

Free speech is in trouble if it depends on Twitter
Morris Lore | 4/29/2022

The loss-making social media platform risks turning into an echo chamber of similar voices after an Elon Musk takeover.

AWS proves a pandemic saving grace for parent Amazon
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

Amazon Web Services is a bright spot in an otherwise loss-making quarter for Amazon.

White House pushes new Internet declaration; largest nations aren't signing up
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

'We and our allies are not here to splinter the Internet but, frankly, to save it from splintering,' said one White House official of the new 'Declaration for the Future of the Internet.'

For Comcast, mobile glows while broadband slows
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The nation's largest cable and broadband provider enjoyed its best quarter yet for mobile subscriber gains but continues to see a slowdown in broadband customer growth.

Comcast eyes streaming gold with new Charter JV
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

After striking a national streaming joint venture with Charter, Comcast sees vast new opportunities for revenue and income growth.

Equinix skirts around threat of rising energy costs to continued growth in data center market
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

Rising energy costs, labor cost inflation, supply chain challenges and a competitive M&A environment were among the financial landmines that Equinix avoided to have a successful quarter.

VEON keeps the lights on in Ukraine
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The emerging-markets operator that counts Russia as its biggest market is pulling out all the stops to keep its network running in Ukraine.

Zuckerberg tries putting meat on Meta's bones
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

Meta breathes a sigh of relief as its user numbers increase again. But will slowing revenue growth make Zuckerberg trim back his metaverse goals?

One of America's first open RAN networks is being dismantled
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

'We have had to decommission portions of our Parallel Wireless network,' Cellcom wrote. The operator launched its first 5G services with vendors Ericsson and Cisco earlier this year.

Huawei revenue and profit take another tumble
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The company said the fall in profit was mainly due to the drop in revenue as well as higher investment in new business segments and business continuity.

Eurobites: UK turns screw on streaming services
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Commission approves Italy's state aid for 5G rollout; BT decides BT brand is for business, and losers; Spotify adds more ears.

Nokia runs into mobile supply crunch and warns of price rises
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The Finnish equipment maker is leaner and more profitable after restructuring but has yet to see a sales turnaround at its largest unit.

Eutelsat caught in Orwellian fight between Europe and Russia
Morris Lore | 4/28/2022

The European satellite company stands accused of distributing Putin's propaganda to millions of Russians. Meanwhile, Europe is adopting Russian tactics.

Could 6G mark a return to usage-based pricing?
DanoVision | 4/27/2022

'We need to start charging for usage again,' said Kimberley Trommler, head of Thinknet 6G, during her keynote address to attendees of an online event focusing on 6G and environmental sustainability.

YouTube's ad woes leave Alphabet reaching for the cloud
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Google's parent company sees profits tumble by $1.5 billion, while Google Cloud betters analysts' forecasts and grows revenue by 44%.

T-Mobile emerges as 'the most compelling investment proposition' in 5G
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

'Our growth strategy has integrity and is reliable, safe, quarter-after-quarter growth, that comes in just like we promised you it would,' argued T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

BT, Toshiba unveil 'quantum-secured' metro network
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

EY paraded as the first customer of what is described as a three-year commercial trial.

Juniper's service provider segment and stock hit a speed bump
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

On the flip side, Juniper's cloud business grew 13% and its enterprise segment was up 18.5%. CEO Rami Rahim says this is the first time Juniper's enterprise business has been the company's largest customer vertical.

In pivoting to space, Rivada continues to court controversy
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Declan Ganley, of Rivada Networks, is no stranger to controversy. The latest: Chinese investors who claim that Rivada's LEO plans are built on top of assets the company doesn't actually own.

Charter and Comcast strike national streaming joint venture
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

The 50/50 JV is focused on a national streaming platform with an integrated user interface and voice search, and support for 4K-capable streaming devices and smart TVs. Charter is making an initial investment of $900 million over multiple years.

Digital dongle extends bridge to ATSC 3.0
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Mediathand's small box can be attached to a broadband router to capture, convert and distribute ATSC 3.0 signals to TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs.

Telia CEO predicts 90% will have 5G by 2023
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Sweden-based group maintains outlook for 2022 after what CEO Allison Kirkby called a strong start to the year – despite concerns over Russia and Ukraine.

Eurobites: Virgin flops in latest Ofcom complaints survey
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 has a decent first quarter, faces possible trouble in Belarus; Airties bought by private equity firm; Orange Business Services completes Siemens' SD-WAN.

Chinese chipmaker courted by Apple faces risk of US sanctions
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

The addition of YMTC to the Entity List would deal a blow to American makers of semiconductor factory equipment.

2022 could be even worse, warns Huawei co-chair
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Chairman Ken Hu noted threats from escalating economic risks - Ukraine, inflation, the pandemic, rising commodity prices and volatile foreign exchange rates.

Former Dem senator launches campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's FCC confirmation
Broadband World News | 4/26/2022

One Country Project, led by former Senator Heidi Heitkamp - a Democrat - is launching a campaign claiming that Sohn 'is the wrong choice for the FCC and rural America.'

Dish's June 14 deadline for 5G begins to loom large
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

'We're six months behind where we thought we'd be. It's my fault. We just didn't maybe anticipate that we would have to do as much on the technical side,' said Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen.

Arelion completes southwest route of cross-country fiber network
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

The southwest expansion completes the previous deployments that stretched eastward from Dallas, Texas, via Nashville, Tennessee, to Ashburn, Virginia.

Evoca takes on Charter, satellite TV players in Traverse City, Michigan
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

In partnership with Heritage Broadcasting, Evoca is expanding to another market via a platform that combines the use of the new IP-based ASTC 3.0 broadcast signaling standard and Internet streaming.

Orange sees towers action by end 2022
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

France-based group remains confident that it will achieve its 2022 and 2023 targets; Spanish merger plan remains on track.

Xperi CEO plots his attack on the smart TV market
CxO Spotlight | 4/26/2022

Jon Kirchner believes there's room for another player in the crowded connected TV OS market, as Xperi – which merged with TiVo last year – looks to enter the fray in late 2023/early 2024.

Eurobites: It's a Netflix password free-for-all in Spain – report
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: IoT consolidation in Denmark; Etisalat revenue up, but EBITDA down; Airtel gets mobile banking green light in Nigeria.

Verana's investors bet on a 5G return to mmWave
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

Verana Networks announced a $28 million Series B venture capital funding round. DC Investment Partners (DCIP) led the round. The cash brings Verana's total fundraising efforts since it was founded to $43 million.

Twitter owner or free-speech custodian? Musk cannot be both
Morris Lore | 4/26/2022

The board of the social media company has accepted a $44 billion offer by Elon Musk, whose move could have dramatic consequences.

Asian streaming still a growth market for Netflix and telcos
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

Asia is the one region where Netflix grew its subscriber base in the first quarter.

Omdia sees enterprise edge services market soaring to $214 billion by 2026
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Enterprises want service providers to define business cases, run pilot projects and scope out approaches to edge computing use cases, explains the research group.

Musk's Starlink airline strategy reaches cruising altitude
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

In addition to roughly 100 planes covered by Starlink's recent JSX deal, Hawaiian Airlines will outfit several dozen big aircraft with Starlink connections over the next few years.

Cox nears launch of 2-Gig broadband
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

The cable operator has yet to announce pricing on the new multi-gigabit speed tier, but said it will make the product available in certain neighborhoods across its footprint later this month.

Dish's private 5G strategy gets clearer
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Duke University will use Dish's 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum licenses, radios from Airspan and JMA Wireless, and private networking services from Cisco, in its six-site 5G network deployment.

Mavenir puts down open RAN R&D roots in Germany
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

US vendor unveils 'Open RAN Center of Excellence' in Bonn; pitched as 'complementary' to similar European centers in Czech Republic, Sweden and UK.

Sigfox takeover saddles UnaBiz with heavy baggage
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

The loss-making French IoT startup comes with eyewatering debts and costly network operations besides its intellectual property.

EU moves ahead on new rules to tackle Meta and more
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Deal or no deal: The new Digital Services Act is set to come into force in 2024, after the EC announced that it had finally reached political agreement.

Twitter reportedly set to accept Musk's $43B offer
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Twitter is poised to agree to Elon Musk's $43 billion takeover offer, according to a number of reports. But the deal will inevitably face US government scrutiny.

How one US cable exec is helping Ukraine, and how you can too
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Derek Elder is collaborating with an informal network of business leaders, working at the behest of government officials, to keep Ukraine's networks and computer systems up and running.

Video's 'great rebundling' nears saturation – study
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Pace of streaming services added by consumers stagnated in Q4 2021, say TiVo's Video Trends study, which also highlights the emergence of 'cord-revivers.'

Eurobites: MVNOs outperforming UK's Big Four, says Which?
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone shareholders get restless; Bezeq boss steps down; Cellnex trumpets green progress.

WiCipedia: Pinterest pinpoints more women in leadership roles
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Pinterest puts more women in leadership; NASA sends first Black woman to the International Space Station; overqualified women are underappreciated; and more.

Cable-backed Adaptive Spirit event returns to the slopes
LRTV Interviews | 4/22/2022

In this podcast, Adaptive Spirit, an organization with deep cable industry roots, returns to Vail, Colorado, for an annual fundraiser that benefits the US Winter Paralympic Ski and Snowboard teams.

California's net neutrality laws pass another legal hurdle
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

Now the telecom industry must decide if it wants to take the issue to the US Supreme Court.

Rogers unleashes 2.5-Gig speeds on fiber, preps 8-Gig launch
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

In wake of lab and customer trials, Canada's Rogers expects to launch a fiber-fueled 8-Gig service this summer to 'select areas' of Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Execs stressed that Rogers is not abandoning DOCSIS 4.0.

Is Verizon's big 5G gamble falling apart?
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

In a quarter containing Verizon's big C-band 5G network launch, the operator lost 36,000 postpaid phone customers. 'There isn't all that much to be bearish about,' wrote one analyst firm.

Verizon's big fixed wireless gains mask slowing wireline broadband growth
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

Verizon added 194,000 FWA subs in Q1, handily beating analyst estimates. But wireline broadband growth is slowing. With DSL losses included, Verizon added 37,000 wireline broadband subs in Q1, down from a year-ago gain of 66,000.

Chinese telcos ride strong enterprise demand
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

Soaring demand for enterprise services, including 5G, has propelled China's three big telcos to some strong Q1 results.

Starlink books in-flight connectivity with JSX
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

LEO satellite broadband provider also among six companies selected by NASA to develop near-Earth space communication services to support future missions.

TIM in talks over €3B in funding – reports
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

The Italian operator is said to be in discussions with banks and export insurer SACE over securing a new credit line.

Snap losses mount as the sales outlook dims
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

War in Ukraine, rising interest rates and supply-chain disruption are weighing on the social media company as it plows money into R&D.

Eurobites: Sigfox rescued from receivership by Singapore's UnaBiz
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb to use Indian rockets; Russia's beef with Apple; Ericsson goes trucking.

Fiber gains offset legacy broadband pains at AT&T
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

The telco nabbed another 289,000 fiber subs in the first quarter of 2022, enough to wipe out a loss of 284,000 non-fiber broadband customers.

AT&T's CEO warns what inflation means for telecom
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

'We are seeing inflationary pressures,' said AT&T CEO John Stankey. He suggested that AT&T may pass on those pressures to its customers through price increases. 'We know how to do that, and we can do that.'

CNN+ to be unplugged April 30
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

Even Quibi made it to six months. The decision to kill off CNN's fledgling premium streaming service about a month after launch arrives soon after WarnerMedia and Discovery completed their merger.

What's the Story? Elon Musk's mixed motives for buying Twitter
LRTV Interviews | 4/21/2022

Iain Morris explains Elon Musk's potential motives behind purchasing Twitter, what it might look like if he goes through with taking ownership of the social media outlet, and what impact that could have on Twitter's future revenues and profits.

Commercial break: Netflix weighs whether ads will ease sub slippage
The Bauminator | 4/21/2022

Netflix has yet to formalize how it will offer cheaper, ad-supported plans to help counter sub losses. The move might attract some new customers, but it might also cannibalize its existing base, analysts say.

Tele2 stays on track despite headwinds
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

Sweden-based group reports revenue and earnings growth in the first quarter of 2022.

US cell tower climbers move to unionize
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

'The entire communications industry and its customers depend on tower climbers, and we deserve more than what we have been receiving for many years,' said Erik Messenger, a QualTek employee.

Rogers' $20.8B bid for Shaw is getting harder to like
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

Shaw's main mobile assets seem unlikely to be included in a deal Rogers justified on the basis it would speed up 5G rollout. And the original 'synergy' target hasn't changed.

Eurobites: Sparkle, AzerTelecom plot digital silk route
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Bouygues join French connected-car program; Orange opens 5G Lab in Warsaw; at last - the ultimate selfie mirror.

India addresses service provider right of way issues
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

The Department of Telecommunications has released draft policy guidelines to bring consistency to right of way (RoW) rules and regulations across India.

Gartner: SaaS leads in public cloud services
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

While SaaS is the largest public cloud services segment, Gartner predicts infrastructure-as-a-service will see the highest end-user spending growth this year at 30.6%, followed by desktop-as-a-service at 26.6% and platform-as-a-service at 26.1%.

C Spire keeps it simple with 5G
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

The company's new 'Welcome to C Spire Country' branding campaign focuses on 5G and fiber offerings across parts of Mississippi, Alabama and elsewhere.

Vodafone Germany IT snafu preceded CEO's departure
Morris Lore | 4/20/2022

The operator turned in a disappointing performance in Germany's fixed-line broadband market last year, with IT problems partly to blame.

Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
Broadband World News | 4/20/2022

Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.

Amid cable's onslaught, T-Mobile makes 5G cheaper
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

T-Mobile's new "Base Essentials" plan will cost $45 per month for one line of service. Both Charter and Comcast offer unlimited 5G data plans for one line of service starting at $45 per month.

Comcast touts blistering speeds, low latencies with 'hollowcore' fiber
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Envisioning a foundation for 10G, Comcast says a 40km deployment of hollowcore fiber pumped out speeds of 10 Gbit/s to 400 Gbit/s on a single fiber.

Netflix is in crisis as streaming hits the buffers
Morris Lore | 4/20/2022

As prices rise and TV loses some of its lockdown appeal, households are reassessing how many streaming platforms they can afford.

Global smartphone shipments dropped 11% in Q1 – report
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Canalys projection cites unfavorable economic conditions and sluggish seasonal demand.

China exempts key factories to avert supply chain crisis
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Chinese authorities select 666 local companies including TSMC and SMIC for exemptions as proliferating pandemic lockdowns take their toll on the economy.

MEF's Universal SD-WAN Edge: Now is the time
Guest Perspectives | 4/20/2022

The MEF's work on a universal SD-WAN edge standard is good for equipment vendors and service providers. But does it go far enough?

Eurobites: Ametsreiter exits Vodafone Germany
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE aggregates with Qualcomm; Nokia lands Microsoft data center deal; Google opens development center in Nairobi.

Optical transport demand to soar 2022-23 – Ciena India head
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Growing data center ecosystem and activities in the submarine space will result in exponential growth in India's optical transport segment says Ryan Perera.

Netflix shares plummet 25% amid loss of 200K subs, slowing revenues
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Streaming giant expects to shed another 2 million subs in Q2 2022 as it seeks ways to monetize the 100 million-plus households that are sharing the service. UPDATE: Netflix is exploring a less costly, ad-supported version of the service.

New broadcast TV standard put on a fast track
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

The Pearl TV consortium and chipmaker MediaTek have introduced a reference platform designed to accelerate the development of low-cost smart TVs and other devices that support the ATSC 3.0/NextGen TV standard.

The Divide: State Rep. Deb Ruggiero on fighting for broadband in Rhode Island
LRTV Interviews | 4/19/2022

Rhode Island State Rep. Deb Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss the state's broadband needs and why she is trying to pass a bill to establish a broadband advisory council.

In expanding FWA, Inland Cellular remains unafraid to try new things
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.

New Sling TV boss hails from Charter, Cablevision
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Gary Schanman has been named EVP and group president of Sling TV. He takes on a role formerly held by Michael Schwimmer, who recently joined Univision.

What's the Story? Tier 2s are bullish about 5G
LRTV Interviews | 4/19/2022

Mike Dano explains what smaller service providers are planning to do with federal infrastructure funds, and why they're showing a growing interest in utilizing public clouds.

OpenRF pledges compatible devices this year
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Devices running on initial OpenRF association specifications should hit the market later this year.

An Elon Musk takeover won't save Twitter
Morris Lore | 4/19/2022

The Tesla founder's commitment to free speech is a worry for the investor community.

Eurobites: Video-streaming services lose subs as Brits tighten their belts
News Analysis | 4/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FiberCop gets some TLC; Nokia extols the wonders of SaaS; Ericsson helps Batelco in Bahrain.

Comcast, Charter to rake in 16.5M mobile lines by 2025 – forecast
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Armed with new info showing that the cable operators are benefitting greatly from Wi-Fi offloads, MoffettNathanson's revised mobile forecast sees bigger revenues and profits in the years ahead.

T-Mobile getting revenge on hackers
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

A recent DoJ indictment appears to take aim at a hacker who was selling T-Mobile data for around $270,000. And it appears that T-Mobile paid that price to halt the spread of that data, albeit unsuccessfully.

Omdia: SD-WAN boosted by 5G, edge computing growth
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Edge computing use cases, an increased use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and growth in IoT are also increasing demand for SD-WAN services, said Omdia.

Verizon to grab 9.9% stake in Casa Systems
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Verizon and Casa also forged a six-year purchase and development agreement at up to $140 million that will have Casa supply 5G core software to power Verizon's Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) service.

Verizon, T-Mobile score bragging rights for fixed, mobile data speeds
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Ookla's Speedtest report for Q1 2022 found that Verizon delivered the fastest and most consistent fixed broadband speeds, while T-Mobile took the top spot for mobile.

Nokia gets ready for a lunar private wireless network deployment
News Analysis | 4/18/2022

Nokia's private wireless networking deployment examples to date range from trains in India to container cranes in Indonesia. Up next: Ice-mining robots on the moon.

The Divide: ACA's Matt Polka discusses unserved Americans' need for BEAD
LRTV Interviews | 4/18/2022

This week: Matt Polka, CEO of ACA Connects, on closing the digital divide in rural and suburban markets, and how the NTIA should write the final rules for its $42.45 billion BEAD grant program.

The 5G standard is getting an upgrade
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

The 3GPP is putting the finishing touches on its 'Release 17' package of specifications. Meanwhile, the O-RAN Alliance is touting its new 'Release 002' batch of specs.

China Mobile preps world's first 5G VoNR service
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

But with free messaging apps already providing high quality voice and video calls, will consumers really care?

As 5G shifts to the cloud, open source software projects are in upheaval
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

'I think it's only a matter of time before our [networking] elements start moving into the public cloud,' said Rick Brooks, CTO of Cellcom, which offers service throughout Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Tarana CEO Basil Alwan: Making WTF moments in FWA
CxO Spotlight | 4/15/2022

Tarana Wireless CEO Basil Alwan shares how his company, now worth more than $1 billion, has moved beyond small cell backhaul to helping service providers provide real broadband, all over the globe.

5G transport: Supporting the cloud RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2022

Heavy Reading survey research shows that - like centralized RAN (C-RAN) architectures - cloud RAN architectures are gaining momentum globally. Beneath the virtualization layer, the transport network plays a crucial role. #sponsored

Ukraine telecom commissioner calls for more support against Russian aggression
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

"The world telecom community should be one strong voice to stop Russia and support Ukraine," says Liliia Malon. "Now is the time for bold decision-making and not getting bogged down in legal frameworks that weren't designed for wartime."

Amazon's 'Freevee' rebrand arrives amid 'wide open' market for free streaming
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

Thanks to services such as Peacock, Tubi, Pluto TV and The Roku Channel, the market is full of free, ad-supported streaming services, but there's no one dominant player, says Interpret analyst Brett Sappington.

Price increases, supply chain problems weigh on US equipment vendors
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

Airspan and Cambium Networks are among those warning of supply chain troubles. Partly as a result, Airspan said it's raising equipment prices by an average of 7-10%.

Oi mobile biz sale nears completion
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

The long-gestated deal with Claro, TIM and Vivo looks set to be closed on April 20.

T-Mobile sues Florida school district over 5G
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

WCO Spectrum offered to buy two 2.5GHz spectrum licenses from the school board of St. Lucie County, Florida, for $7.6 million. But T-Mobile is arguing that the school board cannot sell the licenses.

Ericsson expects US fines as digital loss hits $5.6B since 2017
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

The Swedish company's share price took another hit after profits were also hurt by its decision to suspend business in Russia indefinitely.

Asian telcos, investors can't get enough mobile tower deals
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

In the largest deal, Singtel-backed Australia Tower Network (ATN) joined with pension fund AustralianSuper to buy Axicom, one of the biggest tower companies.

SASE roundup: Aryaka plants Paris PoP
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

Also in today's SASE roundup: Palo Alto expands availability of its Okyo Garde Enterprise Edition router to the US and Canada.

WarnerMedia-Discovery merger could spell trouble for Roku
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

A fusion of the HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming services represents a risk to Roku, says analyst Michael Nathanson, who's also concerned about Roku's position in the ad market and flagging sales of Roku streaming players.

California taps Utopia Fiber as partner on open access network
Broadband World News | 4/13/2022

Utopia Fiber's partnership with California's Golden State Connect Authority comes following the state's passage of a $6 billion broadband bill with $3.25 billion for an open access, middle mile fiber network.

Sky's 'Puck' streamer will soon be offered as a standalone product
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

Introduced as an optional addition to the 'Sky Glass' connected TV last year, the Sky Stream Puck is part of a family of products powered by Comcast's global streaming platform.

DT ups T-Mobile US stake, mulls bids for towers biz
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

German group has completed the operation to raise T-Mobile US stake to 48.4%.

Juniper CEO: The new networking – experience, speed and scale
CxO Spotlight | 4/13/2022

Juniper's M&A strategy is helping it build a managed services arsenal that adds more value to service provider connectivity in the enterprise market.

CNN+ is a serious dud – report
The Bauminator | 4/13/2022

New premium streaming service has reportedly struggled to draw more than 10,000 daily users just as Discovery and WarnerMedia combine to double-down on streaming.

Yes, China's tech sector really is slowing while telcos surge
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

All evidence points to a new era for China tech of flatter growth, harsher regulatory oversight and more stringent social and political demands.

Cloud infrastructure spending reaches new heights in 2021, led by AWS – report
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Amazon Web Services led with 33% of cloud infrastructure services spending in Q4 2021, followed by Microsoft Azure with 22%, and Google Cloud with 9%.

Small US carriers march toward 5G
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

'We've yet to see the arrival of that final killer application for 5G,' said Grant Spellmeyer of UScellular, which counts around 5 million customers across 21 states. 'We continue to believe it's coming.'

Regulator wants low price, easy terms for India 5G auction
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Telcos can heave a sigh of relief as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommends a major price cut in the base price of the spectrum.

T-Mobile's fixed wireless sub base skews heavily rural – study
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Meanwhile, Verizon's limited millimeter wave footprint is drawing subs in urban areas, according to a new study from MoffettNathanson focused on where FWA customers are coming from.

Adderton's Mobile X edges closer to launch
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

'We won't be commercial until we are 100% sure the Mobile X platform works, so expect us to take a few months of real users on platform for full commercial launch,' said Mobile X founder Peter Adderton.

Chipmakers swarming to Wi-Fi 7
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Broadcom is getting into the game with a new Wi-Fi 7 'ecosystem.' Qualcomm and MediaTek are also in the mix, and MaxLinear says it will participate in Wi-Fi 7 testbed activity this summer.

Eurobites: Biblical storms hit MTN's service in South Africa
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky launches social broadband tariff; T-Systems boss gets another five years; 'click-to-dial vultures' slammed.

Nokia to 'exit' Russia as Huawei reportedly stops work
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

The move by the Finnish vendor comes a day after Ericsson suspended operations 'indefinitely' and could leave Russian networks in peril.

Indian government to come up with new spectrum law – reports
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Media reports suggest that the law will give flexibility to the policymakers to decide whether or not to auction the spectrum on a case-by-case basis.

FWA market to grow by 2.3M customers in 2022 – analysts
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Broadly, the Cowen analysts predict Verizon, T-Mobile, Starry and other FWA providers will collectively add almost 2.3 million new customers during the course of 2022.

CommScope hit with downgrade amid heavy debt load, ongoing supply chain concerns
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Raymond James believes CommScope is a 'good company' with an appropriate restructuring strategy, but warns that the company remains pressured by rising costs and too much debt.

How GCI is laying the foundation for DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G'
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Tied into its plans to upgrade the HFC network so it will eventually support 10-Gig speeds, the Alaskan operator is preparing to reclaim gobs of valuable spectrum by phasing out its legacy QAM video services.

Japan speeds up rollout targets to close 5G gap
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Japan is making a renewed push to speed its national 5G rollout, a top economic priority of the new government.

Network sharing deal between AT&T, Dish is unlikely, but possible – analysts
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

'In terms of good, old-fashioned network sharing between Dish and AT&T ... that still seems unlikely," wrote analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Comcast pitches smart solutions for clever cities
The Philter | 4/11/2022

Service providers won't stop believing in smart cities. The latest, Comcast, is keen to explain how its new business unit will monitor streetlights, people.

Ericsson halts business in Russia
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Swedish vendor to make SEK0.9 billion provision over move to suspend business indefinitely.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Sky considering TalkTalk bid – report
News Analysis | 4/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone UK switches on more 5G; Telkom settles with South Africa's regulator; 40 years in fiber.

New report underscores the amplified role of the hyperscalers in carrier edge deployments
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/11/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's survey results show that CSPs have unquestionably decided to partner with hyperscalers in their multi-access edge computing (MEC) services.

Google Fi MVNO lowers prices after new T-Mobile deal
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Google is now now charging $50 per month for one line of unlimited service, rather than its previous $60. And the company's Unlimited Plus plan dropped to $65 for one line of service, down from a previous $70.

Skills gap threatens future of 5G and open RAN, Eightfold AI reports
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Eightfold AI explains that the skills gap is an immediate issue that telecom companies need to address - within the next two years - to prepare for trends such as 5G and IoT, cloud and edge computing, big data and AI, SDN and SASE, and open RAN.

Baltimore investigators discover hundreds of slipshod small cell installations
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

'It was determined there are multiple small cell tower site restorations involving concrete or asphalt work ... that do not adhere to city code requirements,' according to a report.

Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung race to support Andromeda spectrum
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Nokia is currently developing radios that can support Andromeda spectrum alongside C-band spectrum and will offer those products in 2023. But for Ericsson, early 2024 is more likely.

WOW exploring possible sale – report
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Speculation about a sale comes nearly a year after WideOpenWest sold off a handful of systems for a combined $1.8 billion to help fund a targeted plan to build fiber-to-the-premises networks in non-adjacent greenfield markets.

Eurobites: TIM/KKR deal off – for now
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor merges international units; union rejects BT pay award; the return of the voice call.

The Russian roulette of buying software written in Moscow
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

Western technology companies still have significant teams of people based in Russia, and their status remains unclear.

Deutsche Telekom sticks to high-fiber diet
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

The formation of the GlasfaserPlus JV means that the German group is set to beat its 10 million FTTH target by 2024.

Indian telcos want more control in procuring gear
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

India's top service providers, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, speak in one voice regarding flexibility in procuring telecom gear from vendors.

China's chip sector flounders, Samsung off to a flier
News Analysis | 4/8/2022

China has tipped billions of dollars into semiconductors yet its global market share actually fell last year, research firm IC Insights has revealed.

Battle over Freedom Mobile in Canada heats up
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

Investor Anthony Lacavera founded Canada's Wind Mobile and sold it to Shaw Communications in 2016. Now he's angling to buy the business back.

Dorsey's Internet is better than the anarchy of tomorrow's Web3
Morris Lore | 4/7/2022

If today's tech billionaires look scary, just wait for tomorrow's crypto-enriched masters of the universe.

Google Fiber targets the rest of Des Moines
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

Expansion of 1-Gig and 2-Gig fiber services will once again amp up competition with Mediacom as the incumbent cable operator embarks on its own '10G' initiative.

Now is the time for big ideas
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2022

New report from The Cable Center and Intrapreneurship Academy offers fresh insights into the state of innovation in the industry, and also reveals a gap in the way organizations operate and how leadership skills must adapt to address change.

How governments are shaping the race to 6G
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

The creation of 6G will occur at industry level and in the 3GPP, not in government. But their decisions will impact the next generation's development.

Digicel hangs up its hat in Panama
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

Group said competition for smaller players is no longer possible after the merger of local C&W and Claro units is approved.

Supply concerns ease as T-Mobile adds Arcadyan to FWA lineup
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

'We've increased the number of 5G gateways we offer customers,' T-Mobile told Light Reading. 'Adding additional gateways to our portfolio helps us ensure that we can maintain the inventory needed.'

Eurobites: Openreach hit by suspected arson attack
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Millicom exits Africa; Germany chokes on Google's cookies; LinkedIn loves Safaricom.

Vodafone UK's 5G backhaul pain is getting costly
News Analysis | 4/7/2022

The lack of affordable options for the mobile-only service provider is a problem as it prepares for the next phase of 5G.

Telco capex could level out in 2023, Dell'Oro reports
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

In 2021, worldwide telecom capex, the total of wireless and wireline telecom investments, increased 9% year-over-year in nominal USD terms.

5G good times should continue through Q1 – analysts
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

'We expect a solid start to 2022 for the Big 3 wireless operators [AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile] with an estimated +960,000 postpaid phone adds for the quarter,' Morgan Stanley analysts told investors.

Consumers grappling with video app overload – study
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

Interpret finds that 20% of US consumers agree they 'subscribe to too many video streaming services,' highlighting the need for improved aggregation and a better way to discover content across multiple subscriptions.

French court says non to Starlink
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

Conseil d'Etat revokes Arcep's 2021 decision to grant frequencies to Elon Musk's Starlink.

What to expect from the O-RAN Alliance in 2022
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

'This is becoming an actual standard that the industry is working toward, which I think is really important,' AT&T's Paul Smith said of the O-RAN Alliance's first batch of ETSI specifications.

Comcast starts to put Wi-Fi 6E to work
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

The cable operator has begun to deploy a new DOCSIS 3.1 gateway that supports the 6GHz band to broadband customers on its two fastest speed tiers.

Eurobites: UK think-tank, government put 'social tariffs' back in the spotlight
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intel suspends Russian operations; Google Cloud helps Vodafone snoop on its customers; A1 wants to digitalize construction.

Akamai CTO: All access is remote access
CxO Spotlight | 4/5/2022

Robert Blumofe, EVP and CTO at Akamai, discusses his company's recent acquisition of Linode and how his company stays flexible enough to deal with the changes in enterprise computing.

Rosenworcel promises broadband map this fall
Broadband World News | 4/5/2022

The FCC Chairwoman also confirmed the Commission would start a challenge process following the map release to give localities, tribes, carriers and consumers the opportunity to tell the agency what it got wrong.

The big challenge ahead for the 'new' AT&T: growth
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett commends AT&T for spinning off DirecTV and unloading WarnerMedia, and shifting focus to its core mobile and wireline business, but he warns the new AT&T is faced with a poor outlook for growth.

Next-gen data analytics for tomorrow's telcos
Guest Perspectives | 4/5/2022

The data challenge vexing operators now is not harvesting haystacks of data, but deploying the advanced analytics tools necessary to find the needles hidden inside them.

AT&T, Northrop Grumman team for 5G 'digital battle network'
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

'By bringing our 5G services together with Northrop Grumman's powerful avionics and defense systems, we expect to create an ideal platform to deliver DoD's JADC2 vision,' said AT&T's Lance Spencer.

Do 5G providers need to own a fiber network too?
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

T-Mobile and Dish Network argue that fiber backhaul is a commodity. But AT&T and Verizon say fiber ownership is critical to their 5G future. Which side is right?

TIM and KKR lock horns over due diligence
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

A deal between KKR and TIM appears increasingly unlikely.

Suddenlink rebranding as 'Optimum' amid fiber upgrades
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

Rebranding is part of broader 'Let's Reconnect' campaign as Altice USA upgrades its wireline networks, gets more aggressive with mobile services and moves ahead with a plan to deliver growth.

German telcos joust over 5G antennas
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone attach great importance to the number and type of antennas they operate in one of Europe's biggest markets.

Eurobites: TalkTalk buys Virtual1 for leased-line growth
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor moves closer to Cisco; Sparkle signs Nigerian deal; more support for Ukrainian refugees.

Huawei taps Meng Wanzhou for top executive post
News Analysis | 4/5/2022

Huawei has appointed CFO Meng Wanzhou to its top executive position, a further sign that the daughter of co-founder Ren Zhengfei is being groomed to take over the company

Elon Musk may be on a mission to change Twitter from within
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

After buying a $2.9 billion stake, and becoming Twitter's biggest shareholder, the tech billionaire may be set for a clash with Parag Agrawal.

Belal Hamzeh takes over role as CableLabs' convergence champion
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Hamzeh, CableLab's CTO, has assumed the wireless/mobile convergence duties at the organization after Mariam Sorond exited to take a big role at VMware.

Starlink helps Vodafone Ukraine reconnect battle-scarred towns
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Using Elon Musk's satellite constellation as a transport network, the operator restores 2G/4G services in Irpin and Romanivka.

Google nabs former Verizon exec for edge computing
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Sanyogita Shamsunder was previously a top networking executive at Verizon. Now she's 'Head of Global Network Edge' for cloud computing giant Google.

Tata's Tejas Networks to acquire majority stake in Saankhya Labs
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Tejas Networks' CEO says Saankhya's products complement its 4G and 5G radio access network products and 'position the company for emerging opportunities in the O-RAN and 5G broadcast space.'

TIM starts formal Open Fiber merger talks with CDP
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

The aim is to agree with CDP by April 30 a memorandum of understanding to define the objectives, structure and main evaluation criteria for the integration project.

How Russia's invasion of Ukraine could affect 5G in the US
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

SES is one of the companies working to free up C-band spectrum in the US for 5G operations. But one of its planned satellite launches has been impacted by the war in Ukraine.

What's gone wrong at Huawei enterprise?
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

With US sanctions crushing its handset business and throttling network gear sales, Huawei sees salvation in corporate demand for cloud and smart connectivity.

Verizon's Maggie Hallbach on securing and connecting the public sector
LRTV Interviews | 4/4/2022

Hallbach discusses how her team works with Verizon Frontline to utilize technologies such as 5G to support first responders, and the learnings from Verizon's $119 million network investment in and around SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI.

Apple under fire over courting of Chinese chip firm
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

US Senator Marco Rubio has written to Tim Cook, the iPhone maker's CEO, telling him a deal with YMTC would be 'unacceptable' to Americans.

Eurobites: STC hooks up with sovereign wealth fund for IoT push
News Analysis | 4/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom updates on 5G rollout; Proximus brings fiber to West Flanders; Elisa Polystar buys Frinx.

Lynk, SpaceMobile race for approvals, satellite launches
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

Lynk celebrated the successful launch of its sixth satellite on Friday. Separately, AST SpaceMobile crowed of its recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Orange.

'NextGenTV' girds for scale as awareness of the new broadcast standard rises
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

A fresh survey shows that NextGenTV, the consumer brand for the new ASTC 3.0 broadcast TV signaling standard, is taking hold. Meanwhile, work is underway to integrate the technology in more screens.

T-Mobile promises more 'uncarrier' announcements
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

CEO Mike Sievert has said the company will focus not only on new 'uncarrier' announcements, but also on past announcements that are 'still differentiating.'

TIM eyes alternative path to KKR's bid – report
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

Reuters reports that the operator is to start negotiations with state lender CDP on a possible Open Fiber merger.

Nokia fights 5G ban in Romania
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

Finnish supplier seeks 'urgent clarification' from government and starts legal proceedings.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine clouds ITU leadership vote
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

'My immediate priority within the ITU context would be the election of Doreen Bogdan-Martin as secretary general of the ITU,' argued Alan Davidson of the NTIA.

The Divide: Clearfield's Cheri Beranek on explosive fiber demand and building heterogenous networks
LRTV Interviews | 4/1/2022

This week: Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield, on the state of the fiber industry and the supply chain's impact on broadband deployments, why she supports heterogeneous networks, the company's efforts in workforce training and more.

Frinx scores automation breakthrough at VodafoneZiggo
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

Frinx has notched a deal to automate the provisioning of business service customers for the Dutch operator. Frinx says its open source platform can also help cable ops automate the distribution of DOCSIS licenses.

Huawei hunts for AI and cloud expertise in Moscow
Morris Lore | 4/1/2022

The Chinese vendor continues to advertise job vacancies in Russia, where its main rivals have suspended operations.

Eurobites: Truphone gets help with Abramovich problem
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange is not the only fruit; video-consultations for African diaspora; Telefonica opens training facility.

5G private networking needs devices, says NTT
News Analysis | 4/1/2022

NTT's Shahid Ahmed says the problem is acute in healthcare, which has a broad range of specialist devices that must comply with regulator standards.

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