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NTT DoCoMo to Spend $8.8B on 5G, Forecasts Flat Profit
News Analysis | 10/31/2018

Japanese operator provides a financial update for the next few years that may underwhelm those expecting more from 5G.

Carriers Keep 5G on the Smart Cities Agenda
The Philter | 10/31/2018

The need to deploy infrastructure to support 5G services is having an impact on just about every smart cities discussion and plan. Even when 5G isn't on the menu, some cities are asking for multi-decade public-partnerships, a chance for someone to influence the next major tech transition.

Sprint Gets 5G in Place for First Half of 2019
News Analysis | 10/31/2018

2.5GHz network capacity will be Sprint's 5G advantage, CEO Michel Combes said on company's fiscal Q2 call.

T-Mobile: 6 of Top 10 US Markets Ready for Our 5G in 2019
News Analysis | 10/30/2018

As the operator adds 1.6 million net customers for its Q3.

Legere: T-Mobile Not Feeling 'Major Pressure' From New Cable Rivals
News Analysis | 10/30/2018

Exec says cable's spending levels on new mobile services isn't scalable and believes that most of their subs are coming from Verizon.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Broadband, 5G & Q3 Numbers
LRTV Documentaries | 10/30/2018

The usual suspects assemble once more in order to record their incoherent ramblings for your pleasure.

Eurobites: Only 5G Can Save Us Now, Says Telecom Italia CEO
News Analysis | 10/30/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica's AI commandments; Colt cozies up to Oracle; BT's security boss quits; Elisa's clean air on a 5G string.

AT&T Reveals First Commercial 5G Device
News Analysis | 10/29/2018

AT&T's 5G 'puck' is a Netgear mobile hotspot.

What Made Waves at Cable-Tec Expo?
LRTV Interviews | 10/29/2018

Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick and Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner discuss the tech topics that resonated in Atlanta at SCTE's annual confab, including Full Duplex DOCSIS, expanded spectrum DOCSIS, distributed access architectures, AI, and what critical role cable might play in the 5G era.

Eurobites: UK Budget to Find £250M for Rural Full-Fiber Boost?
News Analysis | 10/29/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia achieves 600Gbit/s 'milestone' with Infinera; Turin's 5G remote-controlled car; MTN user numbers up in Q3.

Nokia's Enterprise Push Is Adding €180M in Annual Sales
News Analysis | 10/29/2018

Kristian Pullola, Nokia's chief financial officer, says enterprise activities are offsetting a decline at the mainstream telecom business as he prepares for a new round of cost cutting.

Arris: Tariffs Add $200M in Broadband Gear Costs, Threaten US 5G Plans
News Analysis | 10/26/2018

Short of removing broadband equipment from the proposed new tariffs, Arris seeks more time to make changes to its complex supply chain.

5G in the USA: Fall Edition
News Analysis | 10/26/2018

The 5G race between AT&T and Verizon heats up as we hit the last quarter of the year. But it's still mostly a war of words.

Eurobites: Ericsson Partners With Fujitsu on 5G
News Analysis | 10/26/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT down after Jansen appointment; Orange's data center plans; Proximus raises guidance.

White House to Develop National Spectrum Strategy to Win 'Race to 5G'
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

The White House makes access to more spectrum a priority as 5G looms in the US.

Eurobites: Worldpay's Jansen Lands BT Top Job
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone second to claim UK 5G first; cost savings boost Orange earnings; Airtel Africa attracts $1.25 billion investment; and ADVA swings to third-quarter profit.

Nokia Warns of Job Cuts in €700M Shake-Up
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

Latest restructuring plan comes as the Finnish equipment vendor reports an improvement in margins at its networks business for the recent third quarter.

Verizon Names Panama City as Its Fifth 5G Market
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

Verizon picks hurricane-buffetted Panama City in Florida as its fifth fixed 5G city.

Cable Leaders Hammer 5G 'Hype'
News Analysis | 10/24/2018

In keynote talks at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, NCTA CEO Michael Powell and Cox CTO Kevin Hart belittle 5G's promise and play up cable's 10 Gig broadband potential.

Ofcom Hypes Beamforming for 5G Fixed Wireless
News Analysis | 10/24/2018

UK telecom regulator says beamforming could transform the fixed wireless business case as governments are accused of treating spectrum like a 'cash cow.'

AT&T Promises Initial Mobile 5G Launch in 'Weeks'
News Analysis | 10/24/2018

AT&T sticks to $22 billion capex estimation as it continues 5G and 4G deployments.

New Zealand's Chorus proposes shared 5G network
News Analysis | 10/24/2018

Government-backed wholesale operator says there would be more 'effective outcomes' if operators shared 5G infrastructure.

Eurobites: UK's CityFibre Announces $2.5B FTTH Investment Plan
News Analysis | 10/24/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN slides in Q3 while Telenor holds steady; TIM tries out Amazon's Alexa; Huawei hopes new lab will win regulators' confidence.

Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore | 10/24/2018

Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.

Telcos Hand 5G 'Converged Core' Homework to 3GPP
News Analysis | 10/23/2018

The Broadband Forum is handing over recommendations for a converged 5G core network that would address fixed as well as mobile network needs.

Verizon CFO Expects Mobile 5G Service 'Sometime' in 2019
News Analysis | 10/23/2018

But 4G wireless bolsters Verizon's numbers, as Oath unit expected to miss 2020 targets.

Telefónica Deutschland Plots 5G Challenge to Broadband Incumbents
News Analysis | 10/23/2018

Mobile operator thinks 5G technology could be used to provide high-speed connectivity for a quarter of German properties.

Qualcomm & Samsung to Work on 5G Small Cells
News Analysis | 10/23/2018

The chipset, however, won't start sampling until 2020, pushing 5G small cells further out commercially.

Ericsson CTO Talks 5G, Edge Computing & Machine Learning
LRTV Interviews | 10/23/2018

Ericsson's Group CTO Erik Ekudden discusses 5G partnerships, the growing importance of edge computing and the use of machine learning (ML) tools.

Deutsche Telekom to Swap Startup Investments With SK Telecom
News Analysis | 10/22/2018

DT's edge computing startup MobiledgeX and SKT's quantum cryptography specialist ID Quantique to be the grateful recipients.

Using a Lego Approach to Cable Node Upgrades
The Bauminator | 10/22/2018

A proposed standard aims to allow upgrades to legacy technologies like DOCSIS, or new capabilities, such as 5G or PON, to be snapped into a generic (and modular) node housing.

Cable Nearly a No-Show in mmWave Auction
News Analysis | 10/22/2018

Indicates MSO concern about limitations of millimeter wave spectrum versus mid-band for 5G, analyst says.

Eurobites: We Need 'British Netflix' Now, Says UK Broadcast Boss
News Analysis | 10/22/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WiFi in the driving seat; European Commission approves Microsoft's GitHub acquisition; Apelo finds a berth in the Balkans.

Q&A: SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban on Cable-Tec Expo & the Road Ahead
News Analysis | 10/19/2018

Dzuban discusses what topics will be buzzing as the cable industry goes down to Georgia next week for the annual Cable-Tec Expo, and how ongoing industry consolidation is causing SCTE to evolve as an organization.

Telia Steps Up Savings Effort on Swedish Gloom
News Analysis | 10/19/2018

Scandinavian telco is on track to realize cost-saving targets this year despite disappointment at its main Swedish operation.

T-Mobile to Test 5G 'Dual-Connectivity' With Vendors
News Analysis | 10/18/2018

T-Mobile wants ensure 'dual-connectivity' works, so that users can always remain connected on 4G or 5G, ahead of its 2019 5G launch.

Phazr Readies 3GPP-Compliant 5G Gear for US & Europe
News Analysis | 10/18/2018

Phazr gets FCC approval and the CE mark.

Ericsson Corruption Scandal Sullies Strong Q3
News Analysis | 10/18/2018

Revelations about a corruption scandal that could land Ericsson with a hefty fine overshadowed the Swedish vendor's return to quarterly net profits for the first time since 2016.

Terragraph: A WiMax in Facebook Clothing?
Morris Lore | 10/18/2018

Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.

Ciena: Scale for the Future, Support the Legacy
News Analysis | 10/17/2018

New initiatives bring IP onto the platform for end-to-end services up to Layer 3 but also support remaining base of TDM offerings better.

Telecom Italia Building vRAN Tech, but Not With Ericsson
News Analysis | 10/17/2018

Italian incumbent looks outside the traditional vendor community to solve its latest mobile network challenge.

Ericsson Weighs ORAN Alliance Membership
News Analysis | 10/17/2018

Swedish vendor confirms involvement with group that wants to end the dominance of the incumbent equipment suppliers in the radio access network.

AT&T Readies More High-Band 5G Tests as Mobile Launch Nears
News Analysis | 10/16/2018

The operator, however, is still planning to use fixed mmWave 5G basestations for its tests in Atlanta, Hawaii, and – most probably – Los Angeles.

TIP Forms New Edge Computing Unit
News Analysis | 10/16/2018

Deutsche Telekom, Intel and MobiledgeX to lead a new Telecom Infra Project (TIP) group focused on APIs that will enable developers to write apps able to run on edge computing resources.

Jack Burton: Cable's 5G Network Opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2018

Broadband Success Partners Principal Jack Burton says 5G represents a great opportunity for cable MSOs to work with 5G network operators and provide not only backhaul, but facilities -- real estate on poles, towers in headends and central offices. Cable's proximity to the customer could provide them a revenue source tied to 5G and edge computing, as well as a long-term hedge against obsolescence.

Why Vodafone Is Betting on Cloud Video
Breznick Unbound | 10/15/2018

Major European provider will lay out the strategy behind its new Vodafone TV streaming service at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in London next month.

US Senators Urge Canada to Ban Huawei – Report
News Analysis | 10/15/2018

Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have written to Canada's prime minister and urged him to stop Huawei from selling 5G products in Canada.

Eurobites: Telco Big Guns Gather to Train Fire on EU Policymakers
News Analysis | 10/15/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN braces for cuts; eSIM pioneer raises £18 million; Eleven Sports challenges UK soccer taboo.

What Constitutes a Commercial 5G Network, Anyway?
Jonestown | 10/12/2018

As actual 5G services are starting to arrive, what does 'commercial' 5G network actually mean right now?

Zayo's Brian Daniels: Getting Fiber in Place to Feed 5G Services
LRTV Interviews | 10/12/2018

The legislative environment now seems to have roadblocks up against fiber deployment, according to Brian Daniels, Zayo's senior VP of strategic networks. He said there's a need for standard fees and permanent processes to help multiple tenants use a city's light poles and other infrastructure so several carriers can efficiently provide competitive services in cities.

Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock: 5G Becomes the New Home Broadband
LRTV Interviews | 10/12/2018

Verizon's director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning talks about why millimeter wave technology works so well to deliver a home broadband service, and how Verizon intends to reach more places with 5G even where adding new fiber isn't feasible.

Proposed CBRS Rules Suit Cable's Cause
News Analysis | 10/12/2018

FCC sought a middle-ground, but not everyone is thrilled with the decision to go with county-sized Priority Access Licenses.

Eurobites: Orange Goes Subsea With Google
News Analysis | 10/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom in augmented reality deal; Zayo expands in Europe; Dialog workers transfer to Apple.

Deutsche Telekom Targets 99% 5G Coverage in Germany by 2025
News Analysis | 10/12/2018

Deutsche Telekom becomes the first European operator to make a firm 5G coverage commitment.

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield: Focusing on Mobile 5G
LRTV Interviews | 10/11/2018

AT&T's VP of converged access and device technology discusses the 5G network buildout and how the carrier's focus on mobile experiences shapes its decisions on fiber use and edge networking as it races to deliver an 'immersive consumer experience.'

AT&T Developing DirecTV Now App for Magic Leap AR Headsets
News Analysis | 10/11/2018

App will support four simultaneous video streams, is akin to 'live television without a television,' AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan says.

DT CEO: 80% of Our Network Is '5G Ready'
News Analysis | 10/11/2018

Deutsche Telekom claims 80% of its mobile network is 5G ready as it prepares for a 2020 commercial launch, but the transition to full-blown 5G will require a lot more effort.

Eurobites: Italy's 5G Auction Costs Put Regulator on Back Foot
News Analysis | 10/11/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON terminates Jazz, Bangalink offer; MegaFon CEO steps down; San Marino revs its 5G engines; Sigfox strikes deal with Paessler.

AT&T: We're Not Only Focused on mmWave for 5G
News Analysis | 10/11/2018

AT&T will not use just mmWave for its mobile 5G.

Why Cable Keeps Feasting on Fiber
Breznick Unbound | 10/10/2018

In a new report published in partnership with SCTE/ISBE, Light Reading spells out what cable operators are doing with fiber now and what they plan to do with it in the future.

Accenture 5G Acceleration Services at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 – Part 2
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 10/10/2018

Accenture's Jeff Wang and Tejas Rao talk to Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Accenture is helping clients make the most of the investments needed to evolve and deploy their 5G networks.

DoCoMo Capex Down 10% Thanks to NFV, Says Exec
News Analysis | 10/10/2018

Japanese telco says investments in NFV have already led to cost reductions and better service reliability as it plots the next phase of investment.

Eurobites: Nokia Goes Network Slicing
News Analysis | 10/10/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GDPR fines ahoy; Dasan Zhone acquires Germany's Keymile; Orange Bank gets new CEO; Vodafone ad banned.

Radcom Plummets 9% After Slashing 2018 Outlook on NFV Gloom
News Analysis | 10/10/2018

Radcom slashes sales guidance for the current fiscal year, blaming delays to the rollout of NFV by service provider customers.

Huawei (Finally!) Gets 5G Invite From India
News Analysis | 10/10/2018

Chinese vendor is now expected to participate in 5G trials in two cities after it previously missed out on an invitation.

Verizon Working to Integrate mmWave With Baseband Unit Infrastructure for 5G
News Analysis | 10/9/2018

Through its work with vendors, Verizon is expecting to have 5G mmWave radio integrated with its baseband unit available sometime in 2019.

Frontier Goes Gigabit in Its Fios & Vantage Fiber Footprint
News Analysis | 10/9/2018

Telco also unleashes symmetrical 200 Mbit/s as its introductory residential speed tier.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Cheeky China, Real 5G & Net Neutrality
LRTV Documentaries | 10/9/2018

This week: Chinese whispers; 5G flannel; and net neutrality noises off.

Aqsacom's Telecom Cyber-Intelligence Focus Turns to 5G, NFV
The Philter | 10/9/2018

With one of its most important software updates coming up this month, Aqsacom CEO Gilles Blanc discusses his company's background, technology edge and why 5G is so challenging to cyber-intelligence firms.

Accenture 5G Acceleration Services at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 10/9/2018

Accenture's Jeff Wang and Tejas Rao talk to Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Accenture is uniquely positioned to help clients in the journey to 5G.

Eurobites: Kirkby Leaves Tele2 for Denmark's TDC (And Not BT)
News Analysis | 10/9/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC approves Tele2-Com Hem merger; CityFibre/Vodafone rollout expands; Deutsche Telekom turns to AI for fiber rollout.

ECOC 2018 Optical Workshop Delivers Compelling Vision
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/9/2018

Further innovation is needed if optical transport networks are to support traffic growth and there was plenty of evidence at a recent ECOC workshop that key work is already underway.

T-Mobile's Metro to Offer Prepaid 5G in 2019
News Analysis | 10/8/2018

T-Mobile's prepaid arm promises mobile 5G next year.

Huawei, ZTE Charm Offensive Just Got Harder
Morris Lore | 10/8/2018

A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.

Eurobites: Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom Extend Backhaul Deal in Germany
News Analysis | 10/8/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Is BT in talks with Apple over TV deal? Mobily punished for not employing enough Saudis; class action against Google blocked in UK.

How Cablecos Can Turn From Victims to Victors
Column | 10/8/2018

In this last of a three-blog series, we will explore the potential for cable operators and other broadband providers to work with their OTT and access rivals.

5G: Friend or Foe for European Cable?
Breznick Unbound | 10/8/2018

That's one of the looming technology and business challenges that Light Reading will tackle on November 6 at our inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe conference in London.

Qualcomm to Demo 5G on 3.5GHz at CES
News Analysis | 10/8/2018

Chipmaker to show off 3GPP 5G at CES, as FCC looks over new rules for the CBRS band.

Telia Carrier Vies to Be Prime Cloud Connector
News Analysis | 10/5/2018

Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.

Samsung's Chip Shop Fuels Q3 Profit Growth
News Analysis | 10/5/2018

Strong sales of memory chips appear responsible for the big increase in operating profits at Samsung in the recent third quarter.

Eurobites: EE Trials 5G New Radio at London's Canary Wharf
News Analysis | 10/5/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets GET; Colt extends Dublin network; Net Insight reshapes top team; Deutsche Telekom smartens up facilities management.

Who Will Be the Also-RANs in the 5G Market?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/5/2018

The 5G market is set to take off soon, and vendors are racing to make their first 5G radio access network (RAN) offerings available.

Verizon Offers 44,000 Employees a Buyout Deal
News Analysis | 10/4/2018

Verizon's plan to cull $10 billion in costs from its operations is getting very real now. First, thin out the ranks of old, middle-manager types.

Spirent CEO: Engineers Are Human, Too
CxO Spotlight | 10/4/2018

In the second part of his CXO interview, Eric Hutchinson talks about AI, cybersecurity and the humanizing factor of the test company's strategic shift.

Wind Tre: The New Weakling of Italian Mobile
Morris Lore | 10/4/2018

The merger between 3 and Wind was supposed to create an Italian mobile heavyweight. But after Italy's 5G auction this week, that company is on the ropes.

Eurobites: Beeline & Huawei Demo 5G's Potential With Russian Holocall
News Analysis | 10/4/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange extends telematics deal; Telia goes smart metering; Ireland guns for Facebook.

Orange's Yves Bellego on Automation, Virtualization Progress
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/4/2018

Yves Bellego, director of network strategy at Orange, explains how the operator is approaching automation, how it has developed a data lake and the ongoing challenges associated with NFV.

Italy's $7.6B 5G Bonanza Puts Telcos on the Rack
News Analysis | 10/3/2018

An Italian auction of 5G spectrum raises $4.6 billion more than its government had budgeted. That's great news for the government, but not so good for Italy's operators.

FCC's Pai Readies More 5G Spectrum, Will Propose Changes for CBRS Band
News Analysis | 10/3/2018

Pai says 6GHz proposal will give WiFi wings, while a change in CBRS rules could encourage 5G networks.

Where Is the Elon Musk of Telecom?
Morris Lore | 10/3/2018

Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.

Orange Issues Telco Cloud Rallying Cry
News Analysis | 10/3/2018

'It's a standard, Jim, but not as we know it.' Orange pleads for operator consensus around NFV infrastructure, orchestration and automation requirements, but will that be enough to create scale and meet developer needs?

Eurobites: Telia Lands Norwegian NB-IoT Deal
News Analysis | 10/2/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia commits to 5G launch in early 2019; Sigfox grows its network; KPN's new hire; Orange lands in-flight connectivity deal.

Finland's 5G Sale Is No Italian Job
News Analysis | 10/2/2018

Finland's 5G auction has left each mobile operator with a sizable chunk of spectrum and not come at a crippling cost.

Italy's €6B+ 5G Auction Risks Roman Ruins
News Analysis | 10/1/2018

An Italian spectrum auction risks crippling telcos on the brink of 5G rollout and should serve as a warning to other European authorities.

Eurobites: BT Transfers 31K Workers to Openreach
News Analysis | 10/1/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei helps Monaco go 'nationwide' with 5G; Vodafone brings gigabit broadband to Bavaria; Deutsche Telekom beefs up LTE coverage in Hesse.

Verizon's Home-Grown 5G Arrives Today
News Analysis | 10/1/2018

It's here! Commercial 5G arrives in the US with the launch of Verizon's fixed wireless service, which is initially based on in-house tech specs.

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