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.
Despite fourth-quarter slowdown, Huawei's 2019 full-year revenues are still on course to increase by 18% to around $122 billion.
Two main topics, sometimes combined, dominated Asia's telecoms sector news during the past 12 months.
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.
Although 5G deployments during 2019 were relatively uninspiring, operators in the US spared no expense when it came to advertising their 5G efforts.
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.
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.
For network operators with the right combination of assets, strategy and courage, gaming provides an interesting 5G avenue to explore.
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.
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.
The FCC's third and biggest mmWave spectrum auction has blown past some analysts' estimates, but bidders' interest in licenses appears to be waning.
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?
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.
Australian telco has worked with Ericsson to deploy a cloud-native packet core for 4G and 5G.
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.
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.
Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones shares nuggets about 5G and CBRS from our Cable Next-Gen Business Strategies event in New York.
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.
Korean operator teams up with cloud gaming specialist Ubitus for exclusive 5G-enabled service that will launch in March.
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.
Brookfield continues to build out its wireless infrastructure portfolio with the acquisition of UK neutral host specialist Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG).
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.
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.
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.
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.
In today's regional roundup: The French government gives le lumière verte to the 5G license sale process; Huawei hints at European components production site; EE turns on its 5G service in six more locations (hello Sunderland!); Rohde & Schwarz's golden CATR reflector sees some action; mobile data prices in Africa; and more.
Is WiFi 6 a workable alternative to 5G for the factory of the future?
Only Scott and Iain were around this week so they decided to look back on the year in telecoms over a few beers, with 5G and politics looming large.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange agrees towers deal for rural France coverage; Ofcom proposes "locked" phones ban; Ericsson claims breakthrough with VoNR trial; Deutsche Telekom acquires chunk of gaming company.
Cisco buys Exablaze, a maker of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, potentially useful in 5G and edge applications, though Cisco says the primary market now is high-speed financial trading.
5G is set to gain a wide range of new features and functions, including better mixed reality support, walkie-talkie style services and more. But users probably won't see these updates anytime soon.
Investment in 5G networks has been rapid in China, and early uptake strong, but the mobile operators, like their counterparts around the world, are still looking for ways in which they can generate financial returns from their 5G efforts.
Bidding doesn't show signs of cooling in the FCC's ongoing mmWave spectrum auction. However, it appears that the event isn't generating the same demand that the agency's two prior mmWave auctions did.
Each day of the antitrust trial against Sprint and T-Mobile brings new revelations, including an attempted merger between T-Mobile and Dish Network in 2015 and MVNO negotiations between Comcast and Sprint in 2017.
Mitch Wagner brings us coverage of the Cisco Silicon One announcement from San Francisco, where the company announced a single technology platform to serve all its networking customers.
Private wireless networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS band are all the rage, but they also represent an opportunity for the likes of AT&T and Verizon to dramatically improve their coverage inside smaller buildings.
Starry Internet COO Alex Moulle-Berteaux discusses the fixed-wireless player's ambitious expansion strategy with 5G, including plans to pursue small business owners and people who work from their homes.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Labour defeat brings relief for BT; MTS goes all holographic; Orange Belgium launches 5G hub.
India's telecom sector has witnessed a year of major developments in 5G, pricing, competition and M&A activity.
Acquisition costs for new OTT-delivered pay-TV service, which runs on an Android TV box, are expected to be half of AT&T's legacy satellite TV product.
Cisco claims it can help service providers break the trap of increasing bandwidth demands and declining revenue per user. Cisco's solution: a new networking architecture spanning silicon to software and services.
An AT&T executive hinted that forthcoming speed tests will find that AT&T's '5G E' branded connections are faster than T-Mobile's recently launched 5G service in its 600MHz spectrum.
Ray Mota, CEO and principal analyst for ACG Research, dives into Cisco's 'Internet for the Future' strategy, noting that the key focus is on helping service providers boost capacity as they roll out 5G and other new services while keeping costs in line. That's important because customers are using more bandwidth but aren't paying more for it, notes Mota.
The arrival of new technologies and growing interest in WiFi have spurred activity in the fixed broadband market, says the Finnish vendor's technology chief.
Some of Europe's biggest operators are distinguishing between the core and the RAN as they build their 5G networks, but the region's biggest 5G vendor says the boundary is disappearing.
Midband LTE will start to arrive at the end of 2019, for private networks and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Keymile lands FTTB deal with Wobcom; BT Sport offers OTT monthly pass; KPN sells consulting arm; Deutsche Telekom nurtures 5G startups.
Finnish vendor lands a role with Germany's railway operator to begin testing a 5G standard designed specifically for trains.
Cisco unveiled new silicon, optics and network operating system software that it says will carry the Internet through the next decade – with its products forming the backbone.
Senior executives gathered in the Austrian capital for the latest Light Reading 2020 Vision Executive Summit to discuss what's right, what's wrong and what's next for the telecom sector.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN invests in smart alarms; Telefónica vows to go carbon-neutral by 2050; Amazon bags Champion League rights in Germany.
Taiwan's manufacturing giant has big plans for 5G, and they don't appear to include the traditional 5G players.
German operator will also use Finland's Nokia to build its 5G network and has cut dividends to help fund the project.
T-Mobile's management team is in NYC, talking lawsuits and 5G at a UBS event.
The FCC's third mmWave spectrum auction started today, and it's likely that AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are driving a significant amount of bidding.
2019 will be remembered in telecom as the year when 5G arrived and industry hype went into overdrive.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia beefs up TV sports offer; Bearing Point/Beyond scores at Altibox; Ericsson's crystal balls; Boris bites back at the BBC.
Verizon expects DSS to offer wider 5G services in 2020.
The NTIA is teaming up with the Department of Defense to oppose a proposal from Ligado to release L-Band spectrum for 5G. That could come as a disappointment to the likes of Verizon and T-Mobile.
A new report indicates Magic Leap sold just 6,000 of its AR glasses, well below expectations. That may not bode well for the wider 5G industry.
One of the world's biggest energy companies is prioritizing 4G and public networks over 5G and private ones.
Given the relative loss of value in the telecom industry, the recent edge deals involving AWS are risky moves for the operators involved.
The details of Ericsson's corruption scandal, as documented by US authorities, raise awkward questions for the Swedish vendor.
Companies release pay-as-you-go plans on T-Mobile's 5G network.
What's the real opportunity for carriers selling 5G to enterprises? Ovum's enterprise services research director helps us sift through the areas where carriers can expect new revenue, and not just replace existing services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT Ireland trials 1.2Tbit/s transmission with Huawei; TIM and Open Fiber are daggers drawn; Deutsche Telekom enables 'holographic annotation' for field service engineers.
Once upon a time, T-Mobile promised that 5G would be 10x faster than 4G. Today, the operator is promising a 20% speed boost.
After capturing 495,000 mobile subs in Q3, pushing their cumulative total to 2.6 million, US cable has 'already reached a level of clear relevance in wireless,' analyst Craig Moffett concludes in a new report.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: InterDigital files Huawei patents suit in UK; ADVA leads optical research program; 2Gbit/s 5G in Helsinki; Ericsson reassures on corruption costs.
Starry, which provides fixed wireless broadband over millimeter wave spectrum, is exploring services for business customers to complement its core residential offerings.
The Chinese vendor says that the FCC has no experience with national security matters, and highlights its relationship with small rural US carriers.
UK leader Boris Johnson links the use of Huawei to security concerns, raising the prospect of a partial or full ban on the Chinese vendor.
A new FCC report found that Verizon, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular provided inaccurate coverage maps, wildly overstating coverage, about 40% of the time. But the agency wants to dole out $9 billion to carriers for rural 5G anyway.
The midband technology is expected to be initially used by mobile operators for traffic offhaul and fixed wireless operators.
A group of state attorneys general is suing to block the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, and the trial is scheduled to start Monday.
The UK service provider has cut hundreds of jobs in operations, with more to go as it rolls out more automated 5G networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OBS connects Mars employees; broadcasting at the edge; Vodafone tunes into AWS Wavelength; more ETNO grumbling.
The French operator has prioritized growth in enterprise, Africa and financial services under its latest five-year plan.
Amazon announced its new AWS Wavelength 5G edge computing platform, with Verizon, Vodafone, SK Telecom and KDDI promising to support it. However, details on a US rollout remain foggy.
Cub reporter Jamie is joined by two LR elder statesmen (it says here) to talk private networks, systems integrators and Huawei litigation.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Trump threatens cheese war with France over tech titans tax; Sky plans major new TV studio; Nokia lands smart grid gig in Finland.
The mainly Russian operator has quit Ukraine and is targeting a bigger share of revenues from outside the telecom sector in its home market.
T-Mobile says it will cover more than 200 million people in the US with its 5G network
South Korea's new ICT minister has urged the country's operators to do more on 5G development.
With a new Intel deal, Corning continues to bulk up its in-building wireless business, but analysts warn it's facing pressure from the likes of Solid Technologies and JMA Wireless.
What does the financial chief of the world's biggest equipment maker do in Vancouver when international travel is no longer an option?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Poland goes with Juniper; the incredible shrinking KPN; BT ends performance-related pay for top execs; Ericsson shares on spectrum sharing.
China Mobile boffin says public networks are more efficient than private.
Huawei's payments to Australian telecom contractors will dry up in the next couple of years unless the government reverses its 5G ban, says the Chinese equipment giant.