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Comcast Broadband, Mobile Growth Engines Keep Purring
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  1 comment
No. 1 US cable and broadband provider racks up another strong quarter of steady broadband and mobile sub growth while seeing video sub losses shoot up.
South Korean Telcos Count Cost of 5G but Talk Up New Services
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  Post a comment
South Korea's pioneering 5G operators are looking at a fall in profit after racing 5G to market. But fear not – 'immersive' apps are on the way.
Nokia Warns of Possible China Pullback as Support for Local Vendors Grows
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor is assessing its China strategy as local operators turn increasingly to Huawei and ZTE.
Eurobites: Virgin Media Raises Gigabit Stakes in UK
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  6 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre sucks up to BoJo; O2 confirms 5G launch; Telefónica's net income slips in Q2, though its revenues rise.
It's Groundhog Day! Explaining AT&T's Microsoft & IBM Deals
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/25/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T recently cut a big cloud deal with IBM. Then AT&T cut a big cloud deal with Microsoft the next day. That doesn't mean we're caught in a timeloop – the deals are different, and have plenty of unanswered questions.
Podcast: AT&T's U-verse U-Turn
The Philter  | 
7/24/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T once pushed its U-verse products really hard, then backed away. It did the same with DirecTV. Will HBO or AT&T Fiber be any different?
AT&T Video Sub Losses Hit Record Highs
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Company executives say their forthcoming 'thin-client' streaming video service and intensified focus on digital assets and 'long-term value' customers will save the day. But analysts have their doubts.
Ford to Test Private LTE/5G Wireless Network for Connected Cars
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  2 comments
Ford plans to build a private wireless network on its Dearborn campus using LTE/5G technologies. The news bisects two key trends in the automotive and mobile industries: connected cars and private wireless networks.
China 5G Plans Put China Tower in the Spotlight
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Excitement surrounds the world's biggest towers company as China gets to work on 5G rollout.
AT&T Says Nationwide Low-Band 5G Will Arrive in 2020
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T says 'nationwide' 5G will happen in first half of next year, while mmWave 5G will be 'business-driven' for now.
Standardizing NFV Infrastructure With Bogometry, Dickering & Do-Ocracy
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators gather in Paris for three days of meetings to simplify NFV infrastructure.
Eurobites: Vodafone Faces Legal Challenge Over 4G Emergency Calls Patent
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Deutschland's revenues rise but losses widen in Q2; Bango expands its OTT partnerships; dearth of sexy stuff in dragon movie.
Vodafone, O2 Eye Towers Sale to Aid 5G Rollout
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operators firm up their plans for the sharing of 5G equipment and begin exploring 'monetization' options for their Cornerstone business.
BoJo Leadership Threatens Huawei & UK's Fiber Future
Morris Lore  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.
BT Taps Canonical OpenStack for Cloud-Native 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
BT is using Canonical OpenStack on Ubuntu Linux to move its global network to a cloud-native, microservices architecture.
Ciena Hopes to Accelerate Growth Under New Leadership in India
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The optical equipment maker has a new Indian boss with an eye on growth opportunities.
France's Bike Fest Demands Tour de Force From Orange
Slide Shows  | 
7/24/2019  |  11 comments
The annual Tour de France is not just the world's most challenging bike race; it's also a feat of endurance for the service provider at the heart of the technical action.
Rogers' Ignite TV Not Yet Taking Off
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite its accelerating rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's cloud-based X1 video platform, Rogers is still seeing video subscriber losses mount.
Sprint/T-Mobile Could Reportedly Get Final Approval This Week
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
DT and T-Mobile are reportedly ready to go ahead with a Dish buyout of Boost, in order to get DOJ final approval of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger this week.
CONFIRMED: Altice Mobile MVNO Priced at $25/Line for Employees
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  3 comments
Altice confirmed that its mobile offering is currently available to employees at $25 per line. That price is below what Comcast, Charter and Sprint charge for unlimited services.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: The Robots Are Coming!
LRTV Documentaries  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
This week's podcast is all about AI as Scott and Iain are joined by Aaron Boasman-Patel of the TM Forum.
Huawei Breached US Sanctions by Selling Gear to North Korea – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Latest charges against the Chinese equipment giant will be hard for the Trump administration to ignore.
Arrcus Scores $30M & Takes Network 'Democratization' to the Edge
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Arrcus is extending its architecture from the data center to the edge, using high-density 100G/400G white box networking hardware based on Broadcom Jericho2 processors.
Huawei Culls US R&D Workforce, Blames Trade Restrictions
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Around 70% of Futurewei's employees will lose their jobs, the Chinese equipment giant has confirmed, with US trade restrictions to blame.
CenturyLink Adds Fiber to Fuel Datacenter, Cloud Growth
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Why more fiber? Cloud data center demand from webscale service providers, says CenturyLink's CTO.
Eurobites: UK Government Gets Jumpy Over Inmarsat Sale
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intracom Telecom lands Italian FWA job with Open Fiber; Openreach reduces wholesale FTTP prices; Ericsson and Swisscom join the 5G Dots.
Apple Could Pay $1B for Intel's Smartphone Assets – WSJ
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  1 comment
iPhone maker in 'advanced' discussions to acquire modem chip assets from Intel as it looks to become more self-reliant.
An Inside Look at Cable's MVNO Business Model
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast and Charter have successfully pushed some of their mobile customers' traffic from Verizon's network and onto WiFi networks, according to new findings from Tutela.
OneWeb's LEO Strategy Shows More Progress, but Questions Remain
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
OneWeb is building a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites for global Internet services, but key elements of the offering remain cloudy.
Huawei Gets Brexit Treatment as UK Delays Decision
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  1 comment
UK politicians do what they do best – and put off making a decision about the Chinese vendor's role in the country's 5G networks.
Virgin Media Places Amazon Prime Order
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Seeking to spark growth in its pay-TV business, Liberty Global's UK unit launches Amazon Prime Video as an integrated app on its V6 set-tops.
Huawei's Fate Up for Debate in a Possible US-China Trade Deal
The Philter  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
The US has given mixed signals with regards to Huawei and the US-China trade war in general, policy experts say. Huawei, meanwhile, said it would favor any trade deal that gets the US talking again.
Explainability Is the Key to Trust in AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/22/2019  |  1 comment
If AI is to play a role in communications network operations, a high degree of trust will be required. Explainable AI might be the route to gaining that trust.
Verizon Paves Fast Lane to Equinix Data Centers
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon is looking to build shortcuts between enterprises and their assets located in Equinix data centers.
QOS Networks Secures SD-WAN Contract With the Golden State
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
QOS Networks' contract with the State of California is its first foray into the government space for SD-WAN.
Deutsche Telekom Cuts Adtran Spending After 5G Spectrum Splurge
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
German spectrum auction blamed by analysts for a broadband spending slowdown at Deutsche Telekom.
Hong Kong Telcos Upset by 5G 'Exclusion Zone'
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Regulatory efforts to protect satellite services have angered mobile operators investing in 5G technology.
Eurobites: Europe 'Risk Assesses' Its 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global to form JV to expand Virgin Media fiber network; Telefónica lands cybersecurity deal with Havas; Ofcom looks to protect mobile users, kicks off search for new boss.
3 Big Themes to Watch for in Wireless Q2 Earnings
DanoVision  | 
7/22/2019  |  1 comment
From cable's wireless growth to Sprint's expected losses, here's what to expect from the next few weeks.
Netflix Thinking Inside the Box
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Netflix is increasingly focused on getting its OTT app integrated into pay-TV set-tops and mobile devices as it seeks to maintain its rapid growth pace around the world.
Meeting Cable's 10G Challenge Without Lots More Fiber
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable operators may not not need to go all-fiber or adopt the new Full Duplex DOCSIS spec to deliver symmetrical 10Gbit/s speeds to broadband subscribers.
5G mmWave Phones Can't Stand the Heat
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Tests show that hot days can cause the Samsung S10 5G phone to drop from a 5G connection to a 4G signal from overheating.
In #5G Social Media Advertising, AT&T Goes Old While Verizon Goes Male
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  4 comments
In social media advertising for 5G, AT&T is targeting older Americans while Verizon is targeting mostly men.
Eurobites: Ireland's Cubic Gets €23.5M Funding Boost
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre takes fiber gig into 14 more cities; Millicom boosted by M&A; Hungary kicks off 5G auction process; Qualcomm fined.
5G in Laptops, Watches, Tablets & More? Analysts Are Divided
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  2 comments
5G operators are keen to see consumer electronics companies install 5G capabilities into all kinds of devices. However, analysts are divided about whether that will actually happen.
Huawei Ban Would Hurt 5G Security, Say UK MPs
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
UK politicians say the country's next prime minister will have to make a quick decision about Huawei and that restrictions would have an impact on security.
The Right Strategy for Modernizing Cable
Column  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators are challenged with finding a tech-agnostic approach and a data-driven upgrade strategy that will stand the test of time.
3.5GHz CBRS Band Deployments Face Yet Another Delay
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  3 comments
The NTIA is still testing spectrum sharing in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Such testing has delayed commercial operations in the band for almost a year.
T-Mobile Reportedly Worried That Dish Is Actually a Trojan Horse for Cable
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile and its parent company are worried that a cable company like Charter or Comcast might acquire Dish in order to gain MVNO access into T-Mobile's network.
Verizon Launches Fifth Mobile 5G City, First MiFi Device
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon launches fifth mobile 5G city.
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