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Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Flaunt 5G Deals on MWC Catwalk
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

Kit vendors strut their 5G stuff in Barcelona as they fight to attract the attention of the world's service providers.

Airspan's 5G Magic Box Coming Soon
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

Airspan targets more operators with its forthcoming 5G Magic Box wireless small cell.

Ericsson, Huawei Kick Off 5G Robot Wars
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

As artificial intelligence moves into the field of network operations, telcos will face new cultural and technological challenges.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Live From MWC19
LRTV Documentaries | 2/28/2019

It's the MWC special, of course, live (sort of) from amid the foliage of the Fira. Includes VIP guests, and Iain's new haircut.

Cox, Frontier Won't Bid in 24GHz 5G Auction
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

Both are among service providers that applied for Auction 102 but did not qualify to bid, according to the FCC.

Eurobites: Nokia Wins on Two Fronts in Egypt
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo seeks AI boost for 5G rollout; Sunrise-Liberty deal agreed; BT creates jobs; IoT and athletic performance.

'Large Number' of Verizon's 5G Home Subs Getting More Than 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Verizon CFO Matt Ellis also tries to shed more light on rollout targets for company's relatively new 5G-based in-home fixed wireless broadband service.

Affirmed CEO Wants to Own the Core... & More
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Affirmed Networks CEO Hassan Ahmed says the company's opportunities inside mobile networks will grow as 5G takes off; the vEPC vendor's most recent funding round suggests others share his optimism.

KT Hedges 5G Bets With Innovation Splurge
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Korea Telecom has no clear idea about which 5G services will prove popular, so is trialing several that might – just might – take off.

Eurobites: Sunrise Close to $6.3B UPC Deal
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BritBox set to challenge Netflix in UK; TIM and Xiaomi target 5G devices; Ericsson and Telefónica strike AI deal.

Cisco CEO: WiFi 6 Shouldn't Be Ignored Amid 5G Hype
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Although most of the MWC noise is focused squarely on 5G, Cisco's CEO used his keynote appearance to talk about the opportunities for WiFi in the enterprise, and to call on providers to consider the technology in their planning.

Major Telcos Prep for US Components Ban on Huawei
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

Service providers have drawn up contracts for the transfer of technology and know-how in the event the US bans component sales to Huawei and ZTE.

T-Mobile's Latest C-Band Proposal Is Just a Delay Tactic, Intelsat CEO Says
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

T-Mobile continues to push a counter-proposal for the C-Band, one that would involve an FCC auction of the spectrum. But one C-Band spectrum user argues that T-Mobile is just stalling while it tries to reach a conclusion with its Sprint merger.

T-Mobile Sees 500Mbit/s Speeds on Its 5G mmWave Spectrum
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Much of T-Mobile's 5G discussions have centered on the operator's 600MHz spectrum, but network executives confirmed T-Mobile is also in the midst of deploying equipment on its 28GHz and 39GHz spectrums.

AT&T & Microsoft Team at the Edge
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

By delivering Microsoft Azure cloud services closer to the edge, AT&T aims to reduce latency and improve user experience for enterprise sites.

Cable Broadband Will Keep Edge Over 5G – Comcast CEO
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

As 5G aims to become a viable alternative to in-home broadband, cable will continue to enjoy a significant cost, capacity and speed advantage, Brian Roberts says.

Hands off our 5G spectrum – Vodafone's message for verticals
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Vodafone's chief engineer slams proposals in several countries to reserve spectrum for industrial use.

China Says International Bodies Should Work Together on 5G Security
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology wants 'fair and transparent' international cooperation on 5G security.

Eurobites: Ericsson Makes 5G Hay in Middle East
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor runs 5G trials in Denmark with Nokia; Deutsche Telekom cozies up to SK Telecom; Orange joins ULE Alliance; Tele2 lands M2M gig with energy firm.

Cisco Pledges $5B Over Three Years to Finance 5G
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Cisco, via its Cisco Capital arm, is setting aside money to lend to service providers who need capital to speed up their network transformations to deliver 5G services. Of course, there's some debate about whether financing is the thing that makes deals move more quickly.

Turkcell CEO: US Fear of Chinese AI Fuels Anti-Huawei Campaign
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Boss of Turkish mobile operator comes out in support of Huawei and blames a tech arms race between the US and China for the backlash.

AT&T, Verizon Expand Fixed Wireless (Both LTE & 5G) to Small Biz Market
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

As they work to battle Comcast and Charter, AT&T and Verizon are planning to expand their respective fixed wireless Internet businesses into the market for small businesses. And AT&T isn't waiting for 5G.

Sprint Dribbles Out 5G Updates, but Big Picture Still Cloudy
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Sprint offered a number of updates on its 5G buildout – including plans to cover a total of 1,000 square miles with the technology – but the operator was conspicuously silent on how it would make back its 5G investment.

TIP Turns Three, Celebrates Production-Ready Mobile Network Technologies
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

TIP demonstrates mobile network technologies moving out of the research phase and into the production stage at MWC.

Casa Systems seeks wireless gains amid wireline pains
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Vendor makes moves into wireless and mobile as pace of distributed access architecture deployments by cable operators goes slower than anticipated.

Deutsche Telekom Desperate to Impress in 5G
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

The German operator is keen to show the world at this year's MWC that Europe is not falling behind in the technology stakes.

NCTC Plots Plan to Help Cable Ops Work Together on Broadband
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Cable industry co-op is heading up a new project to help its hundreds of tier 2/3 operator members get easier access to peering sites and reduce Internet transport costs, new VP of broadband solutions says.

Eurobites: Vodafone Hooks Up With ARM on IoT
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet teams up with Samsung on 5G packet core; Ericsson loses revenue assurance element of VEON contract; former Gigaclear CEO launches Zzoomm network.

Vodafone CEO: Huawei Ban Equals Two-Year 5G Delay
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Nick Read says banning Huawei would be 'hugely disruptive' to European service providers and consumers, holding up the launch of next-generation services.

Ericsson CEO Slams 5G Test Plans as 'Tax Burden,' Economic Threat
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Börje Ekholm ramps up Ericsson's criticism of plans for a post-development 5G testing regime during a presentation at this year's Mobile World Congress.

Ericsson Wheels in Kathrein to Add 5G Antenna Fizz
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Swedish vendor acquires Kathrein's antenna and filters division to 'complement' 5G portfolio.

Verizon, AT&T Push SD-WAN Into 5G
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

AT&T and Verizon, with success in their respective LTE-powered SD-WAN offerings, are both moving to add 5G connectivity options.

Ericsson CEO Talks 5G, 4G, M&A & More
LRTV Interviews | 2/25/2019

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm talks to Light Reading about 5G, 4G, antenna tech, the Kathrein acquisition and why The Boss is better than Duran Duran.

San Francisco WISP buys Facebook's 60GHz Terragraph equipment
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

A small wireless ISP in San Francisco signed on to use Facebook's Terragraph wireless technology running in the unlicensed 60GHz band. However, Common Networks isn't sure yet whether it will label the service as '5G.'

MWC19 Preview: 5G to the Edge, the Enterprise & Beyond
LRTV Documentaries | 2/24/2019

Light Reading editors weigh in on a few big 5G ideas and opportunities we expect to learn more about at MWC19 in Barcelona.

The Stadium 5G Use Case Remains Decidedly Unconvincing
DanoVision | 2/24/2019

The Sacramento Kings have pledged to remain on the cutting edge of the 5G technology revolution. But in a deep dive with the team's networking executives, it's became clear that 5G might really just be another drag on the bottom line of the sports franchise.

MobiledgeX Seeks to Conquer the Network Edge, From Barcelona
News Analysis | 2/24/2019

Edge computing hopeful has plenty to talk about and show off at MWC19, but will it be enough?

Life After Huawei: What BT Does Next In Its Network Core
News Analysis | 2/24/2019

The UK operator is overhauling parts of its network in preparation for the launch of 5G services.

5G in the USA: Going Mobile
News Analysis | 2/23/2019

All US operators have now laid out their mobile 5G plans for 2019 – some are even already deploying.

Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

Fixed wireless still viewed as a great opportunity for Verizon, but execs don't appear to be standing behind an earlier stated goal to bring its 5G Home service to 30 million homes.

US-China Tech War Looms at MWC Barcelona
Morris Lore | 2/22/2019

The interventions by Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in recent days show just how much will be at stake in Barcelona next week.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC 2019 Preview
LRTV Documentaries | 2/22/2019

Grizzled MWC veteran Paul Nolan joins the usual crew this week to help them mentally prepare for the Barcelona behemoth.

Eurobites: Italy Wavers on the Huawei Question
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fun in Bavaria; 6G fun in Finland; IPCom's patents poke at Xiaomi; Ericsson notches up analytics win in Mexico.

Telecom Italia Seeks Friends for 5G Revival
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

The Italian phone incumbent has announced a mobile partnership with Vodafone and is seeking a fixed-line tie-up with Open Fiber as it tries to slash costs while building a next-generation network.

Casa Systems buys AT&T's fixed wireless equipment supplier for $115M
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Casa is purchasing NetComm, a big equipment supplier to both NBN in Australia and AT&T in the US. The move likely signals both progress in the fixed wireless market and Casa's desire to cash in on it.

US Won't Work With Countries That Use Huawei, Pompeo Warns
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says risk posed by use of Huawei in critical IT systems could cause US to curtail the colocation of American resources, including embassies and military outposts.

Will 5G Kill WiFi? Qualcomm Thinks It Just Might
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

WiFi remains a top technology for networks using unlicensed spectrum. But a new proposal from Qualcomm would create a version of 5G for deployments in unlicensed spectrum that could give WiFi a run for its money.

Arris Deal 'on Track' to Close by Mid-Year, CommScope CEO Says
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

CommScope's Eddie Edwards also sees 'more material 5G spend' to start in 2020.

Verizon's 5G Details: 30 Mobile 5G Markets in 1H19, MEC Launching This Year
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

After months of silence, Verizon finally provided some details on its mobile 5G launch: It's coming to 30 markets, it will use millimeter-wave spectrum, and it will contribute to revenues starting next year. Oh, and Verizon will introduce an edge computing platform later this year.

Europe's Telcos Less Tight-Fisted Than Yanks
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Europe is way behind in the development of 5G networks, say regional critics, but its big operators invest more of their revenues in capital expenditure than the Americans do.

Trump Tweets on 5G… & 6G
Shades of Ray | 2/21/2019

POTUS wants 5G and 6G ASAP!!

MWC 2019: What's Hot in 5G RAN
LRTV Interviews | 2/21/2019

Heavy Reading's radio access network and 5G analyst supremo Gabriel Brown highlights open RAN (O-RAN) as one of the key topics he'll be digging into at this year's MWC.

Eurobites: Ericsson & VMware Get Closer on NFV
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 confirms 5G timetable in UK; Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Orange report earnings; Telenor sells Serbian banking operation; why Russian soldiers can't have smartphones.

Mirantis Returns From Near Death With Massive AT&T Kubernetes Deal
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

After laying off half its staff, the company says it's on the comeback trail. Its AT&T Kubernetes deal is a proof point.

MWC 2019: Three 5G Trends to Watch
LRTV Interviews | 2/21/2019

Iain and Ray from Light Reading chew the MWC 5G fat and spit out three trends to watch out for in Barcelona.

Huawei's Non-Carrier Biz Fuels Growth, but for How Long?
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

The Chinese equipment giant has the enterprise and consumer divisions to thank for its recent rapid growth, but the good times might not last.

Samsung Announces First 5G Phones, Offers Few Other Details
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

But Verizon CEO says operator will be first to offer the phones in the US.

Amid 5G Buildout, AT&T Offloads More Traffic to WiFi
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Despite its efforts to build out new spectrum, densify its network and deploy 5G, AT&T is also working to add capacity to its network via an expanded WiFi offloading deal with Boingo.

Huawei Bullish on Better Carrier Sales Growth in 2019
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Despite the current security-related concerns, the head of Huawei's carrier business group expects revenues to grow faster in 2019 than in the past two years thanks to early 5G revenues.

White Box Doubts Keep Huawei on Outside of O-RAN Alliance
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Huawei rules out any immediate involvement in the O-RAN Alliance as it doubts the viability of white box radios.

An Inside Look at Verizon's Edge Computing Capabilities
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Verizon has hinted at its interest in edge computing, but a comprehensive look at signals from around the company point to the potential for a broad and possibly lucrative deployment of the technology by the operator.

Ban Huawei in UK, Urges 'Influential' Think Tank
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

A new report by RUSI recommends excluding the Chinese vendor from the UK's 5G market while a government review is ongoing.

Eurobites: Vodafone Vaunts 5G Breakthrough
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Nokia toot their MWC trumpets; Orange links up with NTT on AI research and more; Russia's MTS sells stake in online portals company.

Satellite Companies Balk at T-Mobile's $11B C-Band Proposal
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

T-Mobile issued a new proposal for how the FCC should auction off C-Band spectrum. But the satellite companies that are currently using that spectrum are having none of it.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, 6G & Smartphones
LRTV Documentaries | 2/19/2019

It wouldn't be a 2019 Telecoms.com podcast without a fair bit of chat about Huawei, so the guys look to get it out of the way first this week.

The No-Deal Brexit Threat to Huawei
Morris Lore | 2/19/2019

Why a no-deal Brexit that sees the UK crash out of the European Union could spell trouble for the Chinese equipment vendor.

AT&T's Kubernetes Bet Tests Network Virtualization's Limits
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

AT&T's eight-figure deal to build its 5G network on Kubernetes tests the limits of the container management technology.

Nearly 12% of Global Mobile Data to Ride 5G Networks by 2022 – Cisco Study
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

5G will also represent about 3.4% of global connections by 2022 as 4G continues to dominate but begins to taper off as 5G activity picks up.

Qualcomm's Second-Gen Chip Takes 5G to 7 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm announced its second-gen 5G modem and said it would start shipping in commercial devices before a similar product from Intel.

Ericsson: We Have the Clout for a Huawei Swap-Out
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Swedish vendor rebuts recent criticism that it lacks the products and resources to replace Huawei in European markets.

Some Massive MIMO Antennas Might Be a Little Too Massive
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Massive MIMO antenna technology promises to deliver big boosts in users' speeds and operators' network capacity. But early reports from the field indicate the rollout of the technology has been somewhat bumpy.

Eurobites: Huawei Will Invest More in UK Amid US Mistrust, Says Founder – Report
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three goes cloud-native; Nokia adds transport muscle; Ericsson touts licensing deal with OPPO; Inwit boosts sales; and more.

Movandi to Extend 5G mmWave Coverage
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Award-winning startup is developing repeaters designed to extend the reach of 5G mmWave connections in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.

MWC 2019: Ovum on Enterprise 5G
LRTV Interviews | 2/19/2019

Alexander Harrowell, Senior Analyst at Ovum Enterprise Services, looks at the development of 5G enterprise services and the need for deeper relationships between the mobile sector and industrial verticals.

Euro 5G Test Regime Would 'Slow Innovation' – Ericsson
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

The GSMA's suggestion of a collaborative 5G test program isn't being greeted with enthusiasm in Stockholm.

Rakuten Sets Cloud-Native 5G Template, Disrupts Japan's Status Quo
News Analysis | 2/18/2019

With its next-gen network plans, the ecommerce company threatens to have the same impact on Japan's telecom market that Reliance Jio had in India.

Eurobites: UK Set to Approve Deployment of Huawei's 5G Gear
News Analysis | 2/18/2019

Also in today's regional roundup: GSMA warns against supply chain disruption in Europe; UK mobile operators may be forced to share networks in rural areas; G+D boasts integrated mobile security chip; and more.

5G4REAL: MWC19, 5G Handsets & Some Frequency Queries
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

The first 5G handsets are expected to be on display at Mobile World Congress – or even before. But 5G networks and coverage are still lacking.

Huawei Sets Sights on 6G Stardom Amid 5G Strife
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Amid turmoil in international equipment markets, Huawei's rotating chairman is worrying about what happens after 5G.

Eurobites: MTN Uganda CEO Deported
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica improves its network visibility with Ixia; Telia's Uzbek fine fallout keeps falling out; DriveNets raises $110 million.

5G4REAL: MWC19 Handset Warning
LRTV Documentaries | 2/14/2019

Let's get serious about 5G phones. They're going to be cool, gorgeous and they're mostly going to run at 4G speeds.

Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.

Podcast: AT&T, 5G & the Mirantis Incident
The Philter | 2/14/2019

The recently reported deal with Mirantis is another step in AT&T's network evolution as the company continues to carry the flag for open source and a software-defined 5G network.

Huawei Muscle Puts Ericsson, Nokia on 5G Back Foot in Europe – Sources
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

European vendors do not have the resources to replace Huawei if a ban should come into effect, according to service provider sources.

Ahead of 5G, Sprint Tweaks Backhaul & Spectrum Configurations
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Sprint is clearly preparing for a 5G onslaught of data on its network, with plans to pay up to $175 million to potentially switch from Ethernet to fiber backhaul and, separately, to expand its 2.5GHz signals into additional channels.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Amazon Hint at CBRS 3.5GHz Ambitions
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Verizon and T-Mobile have hinted at plans to use 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum to add capacity to their services. But others, like Amazon, are hinting at broader plans to use the spectrum for IoT-style services.

Eurobites: Prosecutors Name Former BT Execs in Global Services Fraud Probe
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels busy on digital commerce, copyright laws; Nokia plans AI hubs; the app that tracks Saudi women.

MWC 2019: 5G's AI Power Struggle
LRTV Interviews | 2/14/2019

5G will usher in an AI power struggle between the mobile operators and the web services giants, predicts Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica.

Is There a 5G Edge Advantage for Mobile Operators?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/13/2019

Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.

Fourteen Takeaways From the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Hearings
DanoVision | 2/13/2019

If you missed the three-plus hours of testimony from T-Mobile's John Legere and Sprint's Marcelo Claure on the proposed merger between their companies, here's a quick rundown of what happened (spoilers: not much).

Dish Undaunted About Wireless Plans
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Still confident that FCC will approve its NB-IoT plan and that Dish will start to have standards-compliant gear in hand for a standalone 5G network sometime in 2020.

Eurobites: Ireland's eir Plows €500M Into Fixed-Line Network
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM collaborates with Corning; Tele2's Q4; prepaid mobile in developing economies; Kudelski forges IoT partnership.

Edge Computing Players Move Beyond Tower Locations
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

The edge computing sector remains in flux: Players aren't interested in locating equipment at the base of every single cell tower anymore, and some (like Vapor IO) have delayed their data center buildout plans.

AT&T Adds 2 More US Cities to 5G Plans in 2019
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Chicago and Minneapolis down to get mmWave in 2019, as AT&T boasts speeds of 400 Mbit/s for its mobile service.

DT's Dinner With Huawei Could Become Dog's Breakfast
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

A European backlash against Huawei could turn into the German incumbent's biggest network challenge of all time.

Eurobites: Ericsson, Intel Combine on Software-Defined Infrastructure for 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: US Secretary of State Pompeo pummels Huawei in Hungary; Nokia offers IoT-in-a-box; Allison Kirkby joins BT board; how to monitor your smart baby.

Amid Global Turmoil, Huawei Still Counts at Least One American Supporter
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

While Huawei faces sales bans from carriers and governments worldwide, the company still counts at least one supporter: James Valley Telecommunications. 'I'm a believer in being innocent until proven guilty,' said the CEO.

MWC 5G-Gasm Risks Missing the Big Telecom Issues
Morris Lore | 2/11/2019

Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.

Verizon to Keep 3G Network Running for Some Enterprise Customers
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Verizon re-affirmed that it will shut down its CDMA 3G network at the end of this year. But that shutdown won't affect a few of Verizon's enterprise customers who get to keep service for a few more years.

Why Verizon Is Seeking Grassroots Support for Its 5G Buildout
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Verizon – one of the biggest US corporations – is asking regular people to help it build its 5G network. Why? It probably has something to do with health issues and aesthetic opposition to small cells.

MWC 2019: 5G & the Capex Question
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2019

With 2019 set to be the year when 5G really starts to shift from slideware to the network, the head of Ovum's European telecoms team, Dario Talmesio, talks about the impact on carrier capex.

Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound | 2/11/2019

Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.

Sprint Sues AT&T Over '5G E' Branding
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Sprint sues AT&T over 5G branding, described by AT&T as an evolutionary step.

Will Trump Fan the Flames as Huawei Is Burned at the Stake?
Shades of Ray | 2/8/2019

An 'executive order' banning Chinese networking technology from US communications networks is imminent, according to Politico – such a posturing move would be bad for everyone.

Apple Could Poach 5G Modem Experts From Qualcomm, Intel in San Diego
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Apple is reportedly planning to build its own cellular modems, including for 5G, and that effort might include hiring engineers from the likes of Qualcomm and Intel.

Swiss 5G Auction Bags $380M Amid Radiation Law Gripes
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Swiss operators cough up for new 5G spectrum amid concern that harsh laws on radiation limits could impede 5G network deployment.

T-Mobile Won't Charge a Premium for 5G
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

T-Mobile says it won't charge more for 5G plans than it does for 4G. The UnCarrier also expects its multi-mode handsets and service to arrive in the second half of 2019.

Nokia Replacing Huawei in Vodafone's German Core
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Vodafone has turned to Nokia instead of Huawei for some components used in the core of its German network, but insists the decision dates back two years and is unrelated to security issues.

T-Mobile to Test Fixed Wireless Broadband Using LTE by This Summer
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Despite initially criticizing the fixed wireless opportunity, T-Mobile now says it will test an in-home broadband service using LTE in the coming months in order to prepare for 5G and its merger with Sprint.

AT&T Inks '8-Figure' Kubernetes & OpenStack 5G Deal With Mirantis
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

The deal is a vindication for network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack and Mirantis, all of which have been taking reputation hits recently.

T-Mobile's New Home TV Service to Launch in First Half of 2019
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Rebranded, 'reimagined' pay-TV offering, originally expected to debut by year-end 2018, will tie into T-Mobile's home broadband plans.

Podcast: Tacos, Telcos & Trouble
The Philter | 2/7/2019

T-Mobile is giving its customers a free taco every week. Should it also give them a roll of toilet paper? Also, and completely unrelated, what if Huawei does invent a must-have device for 5G networks – and we can't buy it in the US?

Can 5G Backhaul Itself?
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

5G is only as fast as the backhaul from the tower that it's broadcasted from. But can 5G also replace the fiber backhaul connections that service those towers?

Eurobites: Italian Govt Denies Reports of Planned Huawei, ZTE 5G Ban
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 'No-deal' Brexit and the right to roam like at home; more 5G testing from Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom; Ericsson targets critical communications.

Swisscom Capex to Dip as Radiation Laws Delay 5G Rollout
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Switzerland risks falling behind other countries in 5G because of restrictive laws about radiation limits, the Swiss incumbent's annual report shows.

Verizon Doubles Down on Mobile 5G in Millimeter Wave Spectrum
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

While other operators are planning widescale coverage with mobile 5G using spectrum below 6GHz, Verizon appears to be placing a big bet on spectrum much higher than that.

And the 5G Winners Are… the Telcos – LR Poll
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Network service providers come out on top of a Light Reading poll that asked respondents who stands to profit most from the rollout of 5G technology.

T-Mobile's Legere Calls Dish a Spectrum Hoarder
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Dish has aims to build a national, stand-alone 5G network, but T-Mobile isn't buying it. But some analysts believe T-Mobile's attacks on Dish might tie to concerns over its ability to close its merger with Sprint.

Huawei Pledges $2B to Address Security Concerns, Appease the Brits
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Addressing security concerns, including those of the UK establishment, will take up to five years and a few billion, says the president of Huawei's carrier business group, as the company fights against a Brit backlash.

Turkcell Leaps to Huawei's Defense
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Turkish mobile operator describes claims against Huawei as 'uncorroborated' and says it will continue its relationship with the Chinese vendor.

Ericsson Opens Largest Training Center in US for – You Guessed It – 5G
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Ericsson, the largest supplier of wireless networking equipment in the US, just opened its largest training center in the country to make sure there are enough people who know how to install its 5G equipment.

MWC 2019: Ovum on the 5G Device Buzz
LRTV Interviews | 2/5/2019

Smartphone expert and Ovum senior analyst Daniel Gleeson says 5G devices, and foldable displays, will take center stage on device stands in Barcelona, but it will likely be 2020 at the earliest before Apple joins the 5G device fray.

Looking Beyond 5G Phones
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Although much of the wireless industry is focused on how 5G might be integrated into phones, some are looking beyond that opportunity to enterprise networks and autonomous cars.

Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
LRTV Documentaries | 2/4/2019

Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...

Who Won the Super Bowl Speed Game? It Depends on Who You Ask
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Yes, the Patriots trounced the Rams last night at the Super Bowl, but two competing network performance reports don't offer nearly that kind of clarity about which wireless network operator offered the fastest network at the event.

Eurobites: Altice Set to Sell Stake in Portuguese Cable Unit
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sunrise in talks to buy Liberty Global's Swiss unit; VEON's new strategy man; more UK trouble in store for Huawei; Nokia takes its Gfast to Japan.

T-Mobile Quietly Sweetens Sprint Merger With Philanthropic Pledge
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

T-Mobile wooed regulators to approve the Sprint merger by vowing to continue to support Sprint's philanthropic 1Million Project.

Why Ericsson Is Joining the ORAN Alliance
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

The ORAN Alliance is supposed to be about ending the dominance of the big kit vendors in the radio access network. So why has the Swedish equipment giant just become a member?

Analyst Maps Verizon 5G in Sacramento, Finds 'Pretty Sparse' Coverage
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Earl Lum of EJL Wireless Research braved 'dodgy' neighborhoods, dogs and other obstacles to map out what he believes are 99% of the cell sites for Verizon's 5G Home network in Sacramento. His most interesting finding? 10% coverage of the city.

FCC Sets Date for Next 5G Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Get ready for another round of millimeter wave as FCC plans to start the second 5G-related auction, for spectrum in the 24GHz band, on March 14.

Alphabet's Loon Debuts New Telecom Buzzword: 'Temporospatial SDN'
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Google sister company Loon launches new industry jargon, driven by its recent deal with Telesat to power the company's LEO satellites.

The Chilly Fingers of 5G Reality Arrive
Jonestown | 2/1/2019

AT&T and Verizon start the year by pulling back on millimeter 5G promises.

CommScope-Arris Deal Races Ahead
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.

5G4REAL: A Tech Cold War?
LRTV Documentaries | 2/1/2019

The US charged Huawei with bank fraud, intellectual property theft and violation of sanctions against Iran. The buildout of 5G networks is a central player in this escalating tech (and economic) cold war between the US and China.

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