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Content posted in December 2019
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SD-WAN: It's Not Just for Scrooges Anymore
News Analysis  | 
12/31/2019  |  2 comments
SD-WAN has emerged as the essential glue connecting services running in the public cloud, as well as emerging 5G and Internet of Things applications.
Huawei Braces for 'Difficult' 2020 After Q4 Slowdown
News Analysis  | 
12/31/2019  |  2 comments
Despite fourth-quarter slowdown, Huawei's 2019 full-year revenues are still on course to increase by 18% to around $122 billion.
Cisco's Big 'Silicon One' Bet
Wagner’s Ring  | 
12/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Cisco is fundamentally changing its business strategy to support selling disaggregated components, in addition to integrated solutions, in a bid to win business from hyperclouds such as Amazon and Microsoft.
5G & Huawei Dominated Asia in 2019
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2019  |  1 comment
Two main topics, sometimes combined, dominated Asia's telecoms sector news during the past 12 months.
What's Bright, Shiny & Not GEM?
Column  | 
12/30/2019  |  1 comment
Cable operators are expanding their business services reach well beyond the traditional government, education and medical sectors to take in verticals like hospitality, agribusiness and even e-gaming.
Five IoT Startups to Watch in 2020
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Here are some of the IoT startups making waves in 2020.
2019: The Year US Carriers Waged a 5G Advertising War
News Analysis  | 
12/30/2019  |  1 comment
Although 5G deployments during 2019 were relatively uninspiring, operators in the US spared no expense when it came to advertising their 5G efforts.
This Olde Website: 2019
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Let's take another jaunt down the World Wide Web of yesteryear, shall we?
Don't Hold Your Breath for Laptops With 5G
News Analysis  | 
12/27/2019  |  3 comments
Qualcomm and Intel are positioning themselves to help sell laptops that sport built-in 5G connections. However, there doesn't seem to be much demand for such devices, at least not yet.
Nuage Networks CEO Sunil Khandekar: SD-WAN Crosses the DIY Chasm
CxO Spotlight  | 
12/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Podcast: Service providers and their enterprise customers face new opportunities and challenges as SD-WAN moves from DIY to cloud service, says Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nokia's Nuage business unit.
Hyperclouds Muscle in on Telco Cloud
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Hyperclouds such as Amazon and Microsoft are partnering with Verizon, AT&T and other telcos, seeking big opportunities on the edge and elsewhere. Look for that trend to accelerate in the new year.
Forget 5G, It's 4G That Hasn't Even Peaked Yet
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2019  |  7 comments
Although standalone 5G is coming in 2020, 4G isn't expected to 'peak' until 2022. And experts say it will likely stick around for at least another decade.
Why Gaming Is a Promising 5G Market
Column  | 
12/26/2019  |  2 comments
For network operators with the right combination of assets, strategy and courage, gaming provides an interesting 5G avenue to explore.
An Insider's View of the T-Mobile/Sprint Trial
Column  | 
12/24/2019  |  1 comment
For ten days in New York City, lawyers waged a final, all-out battle around the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. A veteran court journalist was there for the whole thing. Here's what he saw.
Meet Trump's New 5G Czar
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2019  |  Post a comment
President Trump named Robert Blair to lead his administration's 5G efforts. Blair has a background in national security issues, and just weeks ago defied a Congressional subpoena to testify about Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Ciena Gets Ready to Leap Into 2020
The Philter  | 
12/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The optical networking leader is pounding the table for webscale providers and telcos to move straight to 800G in the coming year, minimizing the competitive momentum of several vendors in the 600G space.
Cable's Greatest Hits of 2019
News Analysis  | 
12/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Here's a curated recap of some of the top tech news and trends for cable, including the '10G' initiative, MSO mobile moves and the industry's troubled and complicated relationship with pay-TV.
True or False With Dan Jones
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/24/2019  |  1 comment
Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones stakes his job and reputation on answering tricky questions about the cable and mobile industries.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Trial Testimony Ends, Waiting Game Begins
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  1 comment
The main, testimony phase of the merger trial for Sprint and T-Mobile is now over. The judge overseeing the trial isn't expected to issue a ruling until February.
mmWave Auction Nears $6B, but Action Slows
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC's third and biggest mmWave spectrum auction has blown past some analysts' estimates, but bidders' interest in licenses appears to be waning.
Court Slams Cox With $1B Copyright Fine
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Federal jury in Virginia finds that large US operator willfully allowed its cable customers to download music illegally; Cox plans appeal.
Verizon Reaches 5G Buildout Goal, Promises More to Come
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon says it offers 5G service in 31 markets, meeting its self-imposed 2019 goal. What will Verizon do for a 5G follow-up in 2020?
Brookfield to Buy Cincinnati Bell for $2.6B
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  2 comments
Baby, if you've ever wondered what became of Cincinnati Bell... it is being bought by a Toronto conglomerate that has a penchant for telco assets.
Telstra Joins the Cloud-Native Club
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Australian telco has worked with Ericsson to deploy a cloud-native packet core for 4G and 5G.
Nokia Lands Another 4G/5G Private Network Deal
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Brussels airport is working with Nokia and Citymesh to build a cellular private network that will be based initially on 4G technology but will also be ready for 5G.
F5's $1B Shape Security Acquisition: What It Means for SPs
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Shape has multiple service provider customers who rely on the service for fraud and abuse detection, and the deal also provides potential for managed services opportunities.
Why the Rise of SVOD Could Boost Pay-TV
Column  | 
12/23/2019  |  2 comments
Service providers have a great chance to take advantage of the OTT video phenomenon by melding streaming video services into their pay-TV packages and offering greater choice, convenience and navigation to consumers.
India Set to Auction 5G Spectrum by April 2020
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  2 comments
The Indian authorities are on course for a massive spectrum auction during the early months of 2020 but there's little appetite for it among the country's mobile operators.
Exploring Cable's 5G & CBRS Prospects
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones shares nuggets about 5G and CBRS from our Cable Next-Gen Business Strategies event in New York.
Broadcom Sidelines Wireless, Plans Unit Sale
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  2 comments
Chip giant is hardly ever out of the M&A mix and is now reportedly seeking to sell its RF chip unit for up to $10 billion.
KT Joins the 5G Cloud Game Streaming Club
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2019  |  8 comments
Korean operator teams up with cloud gaming specialist Ubitus for exclusive 5G-enabled service that will launch in March.
Mobile Carriers Left Out of Home Automation Party
Jonestown  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon, Apple and Google come to a connected home deal, carriers not invited!
Service Providers Start to Lock In on IoT Security
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Service providers are partnering up and developing new IoT-focused cybersecurity tools and services as the smart home emerges as a soft, increasingly attractive target for hackers and pirates.
Eurobites: Orange Found Guilty in Suicides Case, Former CEO Jailed
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2019  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huaweigate latest; O2 gets busy on the 5G and 4G fronts; Sparkle adds a PoP in Lagos; ADVA wins MEF seal of approval.
BBiTV Tosses Book at AT&T, DirecTV & Dish
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Lawsuits take aim at connected set-top boxes and mobile apps capable of receiving VoD content via the Internet.
WiCipedia: Flexible Work Priorities, Next-Level VC & Top Women in Tech
WiCipedia  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Flexible work is a must-have for many women; Ada Ventures takes VC to a new level of equal opportunity; Telefónica raises ratio of women on board to 30% (and barely mentions it); and more.
The Road to Containerized Network Functions
Column  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Virtual machines and containers can coexist in service provider networks, argues ADVA's Prayson Pate.
Brookfield Snaps Up UK Towers Firm
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Brookfield continues to build out its wireless infrastructure portfolio with the acquisition of UK neutral host specialist Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG).
Implementing Network-as-a-Service: Beyond Anecdotal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Over the past 12 months in informal discussions with both CSPs and their vendors, it became clear that NaaS was transitioning from the promising technology column to a strategic imperative technology.
Verizon Moves to Buy More mmWave & Midband Spectrum Licenses
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2019  |  2 comments
Verizon asked the FCC for permission to purchase more spectrum licenses from the likes of Sunshine LMDS Network, Virginia Tech Foundation and Blue Ridge Wireless.
Report Blows Holes in Anonymized Location Privacy Claims
DanoVision  | 
12/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Companies dealing with users' cellphone location data promise that it's kept securely and anonymously. A new report from the NYT again serves to cast serious doubts on those claims.
NBCU Sizing Up $10 Price for Ad-Free 'Peacock' – Report
The Bauminator  | 
12/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast-owned programmer also mulling $4.99 price on ad-supported version of subscription SVoD service slated to debut in April 2020.
TiVo, Xperi Tout Scale Benefits of Proposed All-Stock Combo
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Execs say plan is to eventually separate the product and intellectual property businesses of TiVo and Xperi after they close their deal in Q2 2020.
Eurobites: 1&1 Drillisch Taps Telefónica for 5G Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more diversity at Telefónica; Vodafone sells its subsidiary in Malta; Ericsson and Microsoft team up for connected cars; Huawei frozen out of Greenland.
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile Warns of Slower Speeds During 'Network Congestion'
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  2 comments
Comcast plans to move its Xfinity Mobile customers to its 'second generation' plans in February. Those plans include an important new caveat: speeds will be slowed during periods of 'network congestion.'
Dish's 5G Surprises: $10B in Loan Promises, Mystery 'Strategic Partners'
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  5 comments
Dish Network's Charlie Ergen testified he has several banks lined up to loan the $10 billion he needs to build a 5G network. And Dish appears to have inked deals with unnamed 'strategic partners' for 5G.
Starry Falls Behind 2019 Network Buildout Goal
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  1 comment
The fixed wireless upstart says it is expanding to more cities but isn't disclosing its timeline for launching additional markets.
Cisco Prepares to Unplug Its Cable Amps
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  6 comments
End-of-sale and end-of-life alerts for 'GainMaker' cable amplifiers spur speculation that Cisco might pursue a licensing partnership with a third-party partner to sell and manufacture those products.
How an FTTP Startup Makes SMB Gains in NY
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Stealth Communications President and CEO Shrihari Pandit explains how the small FTTP player is wiring commercial districts outside the downtown and midtown Manhattan core for gigabit service.
Opensignal Sees Smooth Transition for 3G Laggards
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Opensignal reported that roughly 96% of Americans who connect to 3G actually have a 4G-capable device, which could pave the way for operators to re-purpose their 3G spectrum for 4G or 5G.
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