Kit vendors strut their 5G stuff in Barcelona as they fight to attract the attention of the world's service providers.
Airspan targets more operators with its forthcoming 5G Magic Box wireless small cell.
As artificial intelligence moves into the field of network operations, telcos will face new cultural and technological challenges.
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.
Both are among service providers that applied for Auction 102 but did not qualify to bid, according to the FCC.
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.
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 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.
Korea Telecom has no clear idea about which 5G services will prove popular, so is trialing several that might – just might – take off.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
By delivering Microsoft Azure cloud services closer to the edge, AT&T aims to reduce latency and improve user experience for enterprise sites.
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.
Vodafone's chief engineer slams proposals in several countries to reserve spectrum for industrial use.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology wants 'fair and transparent' international cooperation on 5G security.
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, 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.
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.
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 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 demonstrates mobile network technologies moving out of the research phase and into the production stage at MWC.
Vendor makes moves into wireless and mobile as pace of distributed access architecture deployments by cable operators goes slower than anticipated.
The German operator is keen to show the world at this year's MWC that Europe is not falling behind in the technology stakes.
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.
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.
Nick Read says banning Huawei would be 'hugely disruptive' to European service providers and consumers, holding up the launch of next-generation services.
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.
Swedish vendor acquires Kathrein's antenna and filters division to 'complement' 5G portfolio.
AT&T and Verizon, with success in their respective LTE-powered SD-WAN offerings, are both moving to add 5G connectivity options.
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.
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.'
Light Reading editors weigh in on a few big 5G ideas and opportunities we expect to learn more about at MWC19 in Barcelona.
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.
Edge computing hopeful has plenty to talk about and show off at MWC19, but will it be enough?
The UK operator is overhauling parts of its network in preparation for the launch of 5G services.
All US operators have now laid out their mobile 5G plans for 2019 – some are even already deploying.
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.
The interventions by Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in recent days show just how much will be at stake in Barcelona next week.
Grizzled MWC veteran Paul Nolan joins the usual crew this week to help them mentally prepare for the Barcelona behemoth.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
CommScope's Eddie Edwards also sees 'more material 5G spend' to start in 2020.
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 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.
POTUS wants 5G and 6G ASAP!!
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.
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.
After laying off half its staff, the company says it's on the comeback trail. Its AT&T Kubernetes deal is a proof point.
Iain and Ray from Light Reading chew the MWC 5G fat and spit out three trends to watch out for in Barcelona.
The Chinese equipment giant has the enterprise and consumer divisions to thank for its recent rapid growth, but the good times might not last.
But Verizon CEO says operator will be first to offer the phones in the US.
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.
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.
Huawei rules out any immediate involvement in the O-RAN Alliance as it doubts the viability of white box radios.
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.
A new report by RUSI recommends excluding the Chinese vendor from the UK's 5G market while a government review is ongoing.
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.
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.
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.
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 eight-figure deal to build its 5G network on Kubernetes tests the limits of the container management technology.
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.
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.
Swedish vendor rebuts recent criticism that it lacks the products and resources to replace Huawei in European markets.
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.
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.
Award-winning startup is developing repeaters designed to extend the reach of 5G mmWave connections in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.
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.
The GSMA's suggestion of a collaborative 5G test program isn't being greeted with enthusiasm in Stockholm.
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.
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.
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.
Amid turmoil in international equipment markets, Huawei's rotating chairman is worrying about what happens after 5G.
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.
Let's get serious about 5G phones. They're going to be cool, gorgeous and they're mostly going to run at 4G speeds.
Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.
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.
European vendors do not have the resources to replace Huawei if a ban should come into effect, according to service provider sources.
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 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.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels busy on digital commerce, copyright laws; Nokia plans AI hubs; the app that tracks Saudi women.
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.
Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.
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).
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.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM collaborates with Corning; Tele2's Q4; prepaid mobile in developing economies; Kudelski forges IoT partnership.
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.
Chicago and Minneapolis down to get mmWave in 2019, as AT&T boasts speeds of 400 Mbit/s for its mobile service.
A European backlash against Huawei could turn into the German incumbent's biggest network challenge of all time.
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.
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.
Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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 branding, described by AT&T as an evolutionary step.
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 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 operators cough up for new 5G spectrum amid concern that harsh laws on radiation limits could impede 5G network deployment.
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.
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.
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.
The deal is a vindication for network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack and Mirantis, all of which have been taking reputation hits recently.
Rebranded, 'reimagined' pay-TV offering, originally expected to debut by year-end 2018, will tie into T-Mobile's home broadband plans.
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?
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?
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.
Switzerland risks falling behind other countries in 5G because of restrictive laws about radiation limits, the Swiss incumbent's annual report shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkish mobile operator describes claims against Huawei as 'uncorroborated' and says it will continue its relationship with the Chinese vendor.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 wooed regulators to approve the Sprint merger by vowing to continue to support Sprint's philanthropic 1Million Project.
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?
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.
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.
Google sister company Loon launches new industry jargon, driven by its recent deal with Telesat to power the company's LEO satellites.
AT&T and Verizon start the year by pulling back on millimeter 5G promises.
Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.
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.