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Microsoft, Huawei Fix Security Issue in Huawei Laptops
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
While Microsoft gives Huawei an attaboy for quick response to the security flaw, it's not a good look for Huawei.
Opponents Rally Against Trump's Possible 'Socialist' 5G Network
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3/29/2019  |  1 comment
President Trump may well be moving closer toward a proposal – pushed by Rivada Networks and others – that would have the US government build a wholesale 5G network. Meantime, opponents to the idea are beginning to ramp up their own efforts.
With a Little Help From US, Huawei Is Morphing Into a Devices Business
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
The US backlash against Huawei has been good news for the company's smartphone business in the vast Chinese market.
Silicon Dust to Snuff OTT-TV Service Linked to Omniverse
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Shutdown of HDHomerun Premium TV, an inexpensive OTT-TV service for cord-cutters, arrives in wake of copyright lawsuit lobbed at Omniverse One World Television.
Huawei's Hedge Against Supply Disruption Hits 2018 Cash Flow
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Stockpiling of components, in the event of a US ban, tore into the Chinese vendor's operating cash flow last year, despite a bumper set of results.
Eurobites: Iliad Chairman On the Hook for Insider Trading
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Altice France guides for growth; Ericsson's Ekholm has a dig over spectrum sales; CityFibre heads for the Highlands.
WiCipedia: The AI Diversity Struggle, Companies Aren't Prioritizing Equality & New-Mom Decisions
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Hopperx1 brings the ladies of tech together once again; IBM tackles gender inequality and bias in AI; new moms have big decisions to make when it comes to taking time off work, and more.
Why Cable Automation Is Taking Off
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss shares highlights of his firm's fresh research about the cable industry's growing forays into network automation.
Why Android TV Is Catching On With Pay-TV Operators
The Bauminator  | 
3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Enabling in-app upgrades and transactions without paying a tax to Google has made Android TV's 'Operator Tier' particularly attractive, industry sources say.
Podcast: Into the Omniverse
The Philter  | 
3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Forget Apple. There's no wilder story in the world of pay-TV than the controversy surrounding Omniverse One World Television. In this podcast, we discuss how the company turned up on the cable industry's radar, scrapped with content owners and has what it said is a 100-year contract to distribute pay-TV channels.
Verizon to Merge Wireless, Wireline Customer Loyalty Programs
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the first things that Verizon plans to do under its new consumer/business corporate structure that goes into effect next week is to merge its customer loyalty programs that are currently separated between wireless and wireline customers.
Cable's Performance in Mobile Fails to Impress Wall Street
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3/28/2019  |  2 comments
Investors had hoped that Comcast and Charter might pose a significant threat to the likes of AT&T and Verizon in mobile. Newly reduced expectations from Wall Street indicate those hopes haven't panned out.
Taking a Pulse on Network Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Automation offers the best hope for managing today's vastly complex networks – so what's the hold-up?
Memory Pricing Improvements Aid Arris-CommScope Deal
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Softening pricing on key set-top box components could goose device margins and put a bit more financial luster on the proposed merger, analyst says.
BT Taking Cloud to 100 Locations in Edge Shake-Up
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3/28/2019  |  1 comment
BT takes a big step toward a more distributed cloud as it prepares for the arrival of new edge services.
UK Security Report Piles Pressure on Huawei
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
The annual report from the UK's Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) will not make for happy reading in Shenzhen.
Eurobites: Orange Invests €3M in DevOps Startup
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3/28/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange tackles fake news; Liquid Telecom Kenya chooses Nokia for OTN/DWDM upgrade; Trondheim intends to be a 5G early adopter.
Will 5G Cure Juniper's Telco Flu?
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Juniper hopes 5G capex investment will soothe its financial aches and pains.
Securing 5G Networks: Making Sense of Security Service Requirements
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
The good news is that service providers understand which tools and capabilities they will need to not only successfully implement 5G security services, but also differentiate them.
Telstra Preps Service Catalog in Bid to Be Telco AWS
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Telstra wants to reinvent itself as an AWS of the telco world, and is calling on vendors to be more supportive.
Automation Focus Shifts From Cost to Customer
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Faced with new Internet and cost challenges, operators are increasingly presenting automation as a means of improving the customer experience.
EdgeConneX: We're Not for Sale & We're Doing Just Fine
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
EdgeConneX said it's seeing growing demand for edge computing from 5G and IoT. And the company isn't alone. Players ranging from Google to Equinix to Vapor IO are eyeing how best they will play at the edge.
Rumors of Major BT Job Cuts Should Not Be a Shock
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Bloomberg reports talks to cut 25% of the UK operator's workforce – no one should be shocked.
ZTE Says It's Back in the Black
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
After an annus horribilis, Chinese vendor ZTE is expecting to report a net profit for the first quarter of 2019.
Cox Readies Cloud DVR Rollout
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Cox, a Comcast X1 syndication partner, expects to deploy the new offering later this year.
Telefónica on Mission to Kill SDN as We Know It
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator wants to get rid of its domain-specific controllers and thinks standardization efforts will make that possible.
Eurobites: EU Sets Out Its 5G Security Stall
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT and ADVA make quantum leap; Openet rings Canada's Bell; T-Mobile Austria activates 5G.
Delivering Apple's Promise: A Premium Streaming Service
The Philter  | 
3/27/2019  |  2 comments
The launch of Apple TV+ assumes great broadband service, and that buzz may help savvy service providers connect with new customers.
Cisco Launches Decibel to Make Some Early-Stage Startup Noise
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Decibel will invest in very young enterprise startups, to help 30-year-old Cisco stay fresh.
The Journey From 4G to 5G Will Begin With 1 Millisecond
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The transition from 3G to 4G was challenging because operators had to block off chunks of spectrum specifically for the move. With 5G and the use of 'dynamic spectrum sharing,' the migration should happen much more fluidly.
OTT Has Become a Copycat League
The Bauminator  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Lacking in the innovation or disruption departments, Apple's new video playbook looks like a carbon copy of everyone else's.
Oracle Swings the Layoffs Axe
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Oracle is cutting up to 14,000 people, 10% of its staff, according to reports. While the company says the layoffs are part of the shift to the cloud, cloud staff are among those feeling the axe's edge.
US Military Plans 5G Tests, Likely With Nokia, Ericsson Equipment
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3/26/2019  |  1 comment
Meanwhile, tensions ratchet up between the US and Europe over whether Huawei equipment poses security risk.
C Spire's Bye Says Farewell
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
C Spire president Stephen Bye is leaving to head a new company focused on in-building wireless networks. As a result, C Spire's longtime CEO Hu Meena in taking control of C Spire's wired and wireless offerings.
Enghouse Puts Up $42.1M for Video Tech Specialist Espial
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3/26/2019  |  4 comments
Deal follows recent M&A wave in the tough global video and pay-TV market.
Apple Showtime Feels Like a Re-Run
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Analysts are stumbling out of the auditorium after Apple's big TV reveal, and they are not overly impressed at what they have seen.
US 5G Auction Races Past $1B
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Bids on the 24GHz 5G auction are now up to $1,409,902,875.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Cloud Gaming, UK Infrastructure & Huawei
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
This week: Jamie, Scott and Ray chew over Google's new cloud gaming venture, UK infrastructure developments and, yes, Huawei...
Eurobites: Nokia Lands Full-On 5G Deal With Austria's A1
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson targets Industry 4.0; UK broadband's big beasts must do better; Tele2 restructures; Telia helps with smart-city planning.
Nokia 'Compliance' Issue Immaterial, Still Top 5G Pick – Analyst
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
An MKM partners analyst thinks the compliance issue Nokia flagged in its annual report will cost less than €125 million ($141 million) and still prefers Nokia to Ericsson in the 5G market.
Cloud Usage Drives Red Hat Revenue Growth
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Red Hat reports fourth-quarter revenue $879 million, up 14% year-over-year, with fiscal 2019 revenue at $3.4 billion, up 15%, crediting growth to enterprise migration to hybrid cloud.
Apple Flips On 'Channels,' Teases Subscription Streaming Service
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Alongside aggregation of on-demand and live TV services, premium Apple TV+ service will stream slate of ad-free original series.
Verizon Is 'First & Only' with 5G? Advertising Arbiter Says Nope
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division got its first 5G-related case, and it ruled that Verizon can't claim to have the nation's first and only 5G network.
Verizon Taps NFL for Help With 5G Innovation
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon and the NFL launch a new 'innovation partnership' geared toward creating new 5G products and services for football fans. But the lack of details around the effort is telling.
Charter, US Ignite Spark Smart Cities Project
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Spectrum Enterprise unit and non-profit group team on exploration and rollout of apps and services that use mix of wired and wireless connectivity options underpinned by a data management platform.
Vodafone UK Threatens Legal Challenge Over Next 5G Auction
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
A dispute over the UK's next auction of 5G spectrum could delay the rollout of 5G networks and turn ecosystem players off the UK market, according to Vodafone UK's technology boss.
Eurobites: Inmarsat Agrees to $3.4B Takeover Bid
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new UK FTTH player raises £75 million; EU encourages data sharing, says no to US-led Huawei gear ban; Abu Dhabi hub targets UK startups.
Wooing the Video Customers of Tomorrow
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Consumers are increasingly seeking simple, easily searchable and personalized viewing experiences anywhere, everywhere and all in one place.
Juniper's $405M Mist Buy: AI, WiFi, Management & More
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Though Mist Systems provides managed WiFi, Juniper said the company stands out by delivering network simplification and automation to enterprises and service providers.
In Search of Optical Networking's 'Holy Grail'
Column  | 
3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The optical networking industry is at another inflection point, writes James Kisner, and the chalice some companies drink from next could point the way to everlasting revenue growth.
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