Per the proposal, T-Mobile faces largest fine, at $91 million, followed by AT&T ($57 million), Verizon ($48 million) and Sprint ($12 million). Free Press calls it too little, too late, and a slap on the wrist.
Agency adopts rules to free up 280MHz of C-Band spectrum for a December 2020 auction, forms competitive bidding procedures for an auction of spectrum in the CBRS 3.5GHz band set to start in June.
At Informa Tech's Future Vision event in London, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia, talks about 5G hype. the skeptics and the reality of 5G's explosive early months.
Open RAN specialist partners with Turkish operator for tests initially in Turkey.
French operator was already working with Ericsson and Huawei in Spain and introduced ZTE last year, it confirms to Light Reading.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei plans new factory in France; Virgin goes 'ultra-fast' in UK's West Midlands; Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson team up for campus network.
A merger isn't a viable option for the Finnish vendor, and asset sales would be hard to justify. What about an open RAN push?
Will 5G go up to 10 Gbit/s? The application of networking technologies, including carrier aggregation across wide stretches of spectrum, could get us there... at some point.
Still alive and kicking after its run-in with US authorities, the Chinese vendor can look forward to some home comforts this year.
The Australian operator has blamed service changes on NBN Co, the operator of the country's controversial wholesale network.
The telco partners aim to tackle the knotty problem of providing reliable 5G coverage inside buildings, with SK supplying 5G repeaters to the German operator.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's spectrum-sharing offering goes on sale; Nokia deploys 5G private network for Lufthansa; Orange gets satellite assist.
Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss two of the key topics discussed at Omdia's Future Vision event in London – telco edge computing opportunities and 5G enterprise services.
Nokia is reportedly in the process of evaluating options including asset sales and mergers, following profit warnings from the vendor earlier this month.
It takes nearly double the amount of energy to power a 5G cell site using a massive MIMO antenna than it does a 4G cell site.
According to people familiar with the company, T-Mobile has cut a number of jobs in its prepaid Metro by T-Mobile business.
Chinese vendor unveils Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), its own suite of apps and services.
The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.
Agreement on creation of French joint venture comes as mobile tower provider reports 15% increase in 2019 revenue to surpass the €1 billion threshold.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm notches up record chip shipments in Q4; French operators bid for 5G spectrum; no tin hats required, UK 5G basestation tests find.
Rakuten missed its 4G mobile network launch date last year, but company officials this week reiterated the Japanese company will soon turn on 'the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native network.'
SK Telecom has instructed staff to work from home and reportedly closed its HQ, while others have adopted other telecommute strategies, according to local reports.
These are dark days for the American telecom worker, and the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is unlikely to brighten the outlook.
Mirantis Co-Founder and CMO Boris Renski announced he will leave his job to push his new startup FreedomFi, which is targeting private wireless LTE networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.
Finnish vendor boosts its telco cloud credentials with a managed services contract to operate Rakuten Mobile's virtualized core network and enable 'zero touch' 4G/5G operations.
China's service providers are losing customers, and not just because of coronavirus.
Cisco rolls out new software stacks and automation tools to help network operators get ready for all the sweet hell that's going to be unleashed with billions of devices running on 5G.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM makes quantum leap in RAN planning; MDS Global's new foodie CEO; Swisscom staff settle for 1% increase; and more.
Tier 1 operators and a host of specialist vendors, including Mavenir and Parallel Wireless, lead effort to develop remote radio units for open RAN deployments.
Two groups working on the development of open RAN technology have agreed to pool their efforts and differentiate roles.
The coronavirus looms large in this week's pod, which isn't coming live from Barcelona.
Boingo is now reportedly for sale, and analysts are speculating that US tower companies like SBA Communications or Crown Castle might make a play for the firm.
Intel said it expects to become the world's leading provider of silicon for 5G basestations by next year, tapping into an opportunity the company said ought to be worth roughly $25 billion by 2023.
What was Huawei going to show off in Barcelona? Here are some of the highlights.
Also in today's regional roundup: Nokia's new customer-experience software; regulator to examine email retention charges; what we could be eating in Barcelona.
China is to accelerate 5G rollouts to spark the virus-stricken economy.
The Chinese vendor's carrier chief has little time for open radio access network developments and provides an update on the supply chain impact of the coronavirus and US trade restrictions.
The world's mobile network equipment makers continue to make a fuss about information that is a red herring.
Ericsson and Nokia have set a good example by participating in a 5G cyber hackathon – now the industry needs more companies to step up with 5G network-security proof points and action plans, particularly related to the core network.
In an interview recorded before MWC 2020 was canceled, Omdia analyst Preston Reine discusses how 5G is shifting industrial communications systems more towards a wireless world.
President Trump will be among the attendees for a White House conference on 5G. They'll have much to discuss about the future direction of mobile and wireless tech and policy.
U.S. Cellular said it could spend roughly $1 billion on capital expenses in 2020, a dramatic increase from 2019. Samsung could get some of that cash.
Abdul Saad is potentially being positioned to take over command of T-Mobile's network operations if the operator's merger with Sprint closes.
Operators have agreed to scale back competition after the launch of 5G services hit profitability.
Meanwhile, wireless revenues derived from Casa's acquisition of NetComm are starting to help the network gear and software company diversify its business.
Strategy Analytics says the global health scare will put a dampener on 5G smartphone sales, with shipments forecast at 199 million units this year.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus cuts jobs as revenue falls; Sky combines with BT on TV sport; why European Fitbit wearers should be worried.
Revamps itself as a software vendor offering capacity enhancements for any network and spies increasing interest in open RAN as key opportunity.
US operators are poised to complete their merger in the next few weeks after renegotiating terms and clearing most regulatory hurdles.
Rival vendors jostle to prove 5G standalone credentials in core network trials with Japanese operator.
The DFC could play a significant role in funding telecom projects.
The impact on supply chains and manufacturing in China causes CommScope to brace for $60 million reduction in profits in Q1, equating to more than $100 million in revenues.
T-Mobile says a key piece of 5G tech – Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) – isn't ready for prime time. AT&T and Verizon disagree.
Two big C-Band Alliance members – SES and Intelsat – had a falling out. That could create trouble for telcos that want C-Band spectrum for 5G.
Chinese vendor's president of carrier networks says it now has 91 commercial 5G deals and gives a unique perspective on the potential of the new-generation mobile broadband technology.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo improves the customer experience with Nokia; BICS connects up exoskeletons; ADVA hints at coronavirus-linked trouble ahead.
Former Arris and CommScope exec comes aboard following recent departure of former Ribbon CEO Fritz Hobbs and Ribbon's merger with ECI.
The 3GPP – the association charged with developing 5G technology standards – has canceled its face-to-face meetings in the first quarter due to coronavirus concerns.
Most of that cash will be spent on RF planning and site permitting. 'There's not a lot to build this year,' Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen says.
The German operator's boss warns of possible disruption caused by the disease while pushing for tougher penalties in Germany if foreign vendors breach security rules.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia to buy silicon photonics firm; Vodafone gets into smart surveillance; Orange teams up with Ekinops and Dell for uCPE.
The New York attorney general said she would no longer oppose the Sprint and T-Mobile merger in court. The deal is likely to close on April 1.
Wireless ISP says its new Peregrine-branded rooftop hardware, equipped with 802.11ay technology, will enable it to deliver faster speeds over 60GHz links.
The operator's latest attempt to influence the development of the 5G standard appears to have failed, and there remains little sign of enthusiasm for open RAN among traditional vendors.
Concerns about health, climate change and business value raise stark questions about the future of the giant trade show.
Federated Wireless is selling private wireless networking options on the marketplace listings of both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. The goal is to simplify the sales process.
Vodafone Group's head of network strategy and architecture takes over as chairman of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) from former Deutsche Telekom exec Axel Clauberg.
The Trump administration is planning new rules to prevent the Chinese vendor from accessing critical components.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange collaborates with Telxius on Google's subsea project; Ericsson and Audi test URLLC; BT gets flexible on TV.
India's telecom market could revert to the duopoly that used to exist back in the 1990s.
Swedish equipment vendor ramped up production in Europe to cope with Chinese factory closures but is still assessing impact of canceling MWC.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Egypt dons Red Hat for NFV; cable wars in Germany; ETSI launches fixed 5G group.
The 5G bidding frenzy is starting in some important Asian markets.
With 5G deployments now well underway in dozens of markets, Viavi and Rohde & Schwarz have some new 5G test tools for operator field technicians.
In a video interview recorded before the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020, Omdia principal analyst Tom Hackenberg takes a look at smartphone subsystems and the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to system-on-chip (SoC) products.
Multiple media reports have said that the Defense Department has dropped its opposition to stricter export rules that would make it tougher to sell to Huawei.
Thanks to new LTE technologies, small cells and other efforts, Verizon says it has managed to increase the amount of excess capacity on its network.
Sprint is now including 5G access across all three of its unlimited plans. The offering had previously been restricted to Sprint's most expensive unlimited plan.
Australia's top court has overruled its regulator and cleared the way for a merger between the mobile and cable operators.
A new survey indicates a willingness among Americans to pay more for 5G connections.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three struts its 5G stuff on London catwalks; Virgin Media's Q4; Telekom Slovenije and Iskratel target Industry 4.0.
Chinese vendor stole intellectual property from six US technology companies and used this for commercial advantage, alleges the Department of Justice.
In a video interview recorded before the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020, Omdia's enterprise services chief analyst, Camille Mendler, says 5G and private network opportunities are among the trends highlighting new business services opportunities for telcos.
Verizon plans to double the number of cities where it operates an mmWave 5G network, countering concerns that the operator might back away from the daunting task of building a widespread mmWave 5G offering.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Africa & Middle East gives Orange a lift in Q4; Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone share networks in gray spots; new faces at Ofcom.
German parent of T-Mobile is reportedly pushing for a lower price because of the deterioration in Sprint's performance since the deal was first mooted.
Losses at the Japanese billionaire's Vision Fund raise questions about his entire investment strategy.
The GSMA, organizer of the annual Mobile World Congress, has canceled this year's Barcelona show because of 'the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak.'
Omdia analyst Alexandra Rehak identifies the key trends that will dominate IoT discussions during Mobile World Congress, including enabling technologies such as 5G and LPWAN, adjacent technologies such as blockchain, data enablement tools such as analytics and AI and verticalization.
The outbreak of coronavirus looks set to have an impact on 5G and fiber rollout in China.
They think it's all over...
If it goes ahead, this year's MWC will now lack two of the world's three biggest mobile equipment vendors, while another major operator also decides not to attend.
It will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor Sweden gets industrial with Ericsson; OBS wants all of systems integrator B&D; Vodafone makes the case for in-car telematics.
Japanese e-commerce giant and emerging mobile operator is only the fourth high-profile service provider to announce its withdrawal from MWC due to coronavirus concerns.
Samsung unveiled its S20 brand, which will be released on March 6.
A judge's decision this week cleared the way for Sprint and T-Mobile to close their merger by April. But what needs to happen between now and then for the companies to consummate their transaction?
Charter and Comcast plan to join Verizon, their MVNO partner, in offering 5G phones. However, it's unclear whether the cable companies will join Verizon in charging extra for the service.
A judge's approval of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile elicited plenty of discussion among supporters, opponents and analysts about how the transaction might affect the wider market.
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly believes satellite firms are happy with the proposed relocation payments and will clear the C-Band quickly.
Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global rolls out Plume's 'intelligent WiFi;' EE offers free BritBox trial; German lawmakers aren't ruling out Huawei.
'Project Adrenaline' initiative takes a cable-first approach, but broader aim is to develop a general purpose edge computing platform that can be applied to multiple industries and network types.
Inseego is working to partner with CommScope on 3.5GHz equipment for sale to enterprises. The situation yet again highlights interest in the market for private wireless LTE networks.
The outbreak of the deadly disease has led to calls for the cancellation of this year's MWC as major exhibitors continue to withdraw.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia analyst Maria Rua Aguete discusses the key trends in the media and entertainment market, including the potential for mobile operators to generate new revenues from 5G-based live sports services and partnerships between the media giants and the telcos.
The judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging the merger will side with the companies, according to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, removing the last major roadblock to the deal.
Ericsson's 'Industry Connect' product is targeted at the private wireless networking space, and the infrastructure giant appears keen to rope AT&T into the effort.
Signals Research Group conducted extensive tests of the lowband 5G from AT&T and T-Mobile finding that 'LTE network performance was at least as good as if not better than 5G NR.'
Parallel Wireless and Robin.io are expanding their existing partnership to help operators automate network functions.
Japanese operator is the first Tier 1 operator to officially cancel its exhibition at this year's show because of concern about coronavirus.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands Orange Slovenkso gig; UK's Premier League mulls 'route one' approach to soccer streaming; big week in EU-versus-Google saga.
Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst at Omdia, outlines the hot trends in telco IoT that he expects to talk about at MWC, including industrial IoT, private networks and more.
World's biggest telecom trade show is in peril as more exhibitors pull out and organizers impose restrictions on visitors from China.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia's associate director, Liz Cruz, says the smart city of Barcelona is an apt location for a show that's about 5G, IoT, AI and edge computing.
T-Mobile CTO Ray noted that the technology eats away at the capacity of shared radio.
AT&T's CEO rejected suggestions from the US attorney general that the US purchases a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson. Instead, the executive said software innovation could blunt the rise of China's Huawei.
Nordic equipment makers receive a boost during Friday-afternoon trading after a US official proposes buying one of the companies.
KT and SKT have witnessed declines in profitability after pumping money into their new 5G businesses this year.
Dozens of cities and city representatives are challenging FCC regulations intended to speed up the rollout of small cells for 5G. They argue such rules are unfair to taxpayers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up; Orange to spend €1.5 billion on retraining exercise; Cellnex boosts coverage at Etihad Stadium.
Small cells are rolling out in neighborhoods all over the US. I decided to go find mine.
But execs don't have much new to say about the proposed Sprint merger.
Several Canadian and European satellite companies aren't yet sure if they want to accept $9.7 billion to quickly free up valuable midband spectrum for 5G.
White House officials have reportedly discussed incentives for US private equity firms to buy stakes in Ericsson or Nokia for 5G. But there appears to be discord among Trump's appointees.
Results for 2019 show impact of South Korean telco's commitment to 5G, as the number of its 5G subscribers reaches 1.4 million.
George Jijiashvili, senior analyst at Omdia, explains why cloud gaming and esports will be hot topics in Barcelona.
The Finnish equipment maker hailed good progress on cost cutting and is slowly building up its stock of more profitable 5G products.
The Chinese vendor has gone on the attack against Verizon, claiming the US service provider violated its intellectual property.
We don't need no bifurcation…
Xilinx sells chips for 5G basestations, and had grand ambitions for its sales in the space. But last week the company announced layoffs and a 'pause' in 5G buildouts.
C-Band incumbents reportedly want at least $12 billion to release the band for 5G, but the FCC's chairman is only expected to give them up to $9 billion. How will Ajit Pai split that difference?
The German operators are in discussions about a new scheme that could help them to meet some tough coverage obligations.
Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia, expects to be hearing a lot about 5G core developments and 'the platform' during this year's Mobile World Congress.
With exhibitors pulling out and cities under lockdown, this year's MWC could see a fall in attendee numbers, despite what its organizer says.
Connected tugboats ahoy! Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson upgrades in Albania; Amdocs does the double in Spain; Liberty Global transfers staff to Infosys.
Jamie and Scott are joined by super-sub Ray in a pod recorded on Brexit day. Party poppers were not provided.
Service provider took the decision to replace the Chinese vendor after regulators warned operators off using 'high-risk vendors' in sensitive parts of the network.
A top AT&T exec dives into exactly how the operator is selling edge computing to enterprises, and what it means by premises-based and network edge compute.
With a major Apple supplier buying a UWB chipmaker, and possible new location tags from Apple itself, the vendor might be moving deeper into UWB location tech.
The Trump administration said it has a plan to foster the development of US-based software for 5G, and that AT&T, Microsoft and Dell are supporting the effort.
Dell'Oro Group suggests telecoms and cloud operators will spend more than $75 billion on IP gear in the next five years.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk weighed in on the debate around spectrum for 5G. But his position is likely linked to his view as chief executive for both Tesla and SpaceX.
The Chinese authorities are seeking to use communications technology to counter the spread of, and threat from, the coronavirus.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government knocks heads together on shared rural network; network performance surveys ahoy; Ericsson and Nokia expose themselves.
With the telecom industry facing balkanization, the development of a global 6G standard might never happen.
Federated Wireless CEO Iyad Tarazi fills us in on the future for CBRS now that the spectrum has reached the commercial deployment phase.
Verizon and T-Mobile took their 5G squabble to the Super Bowl this weekend, with each attempting to out-snark the other.
Operator says it has successfully tested dynamic spectrum sharing, a technique that can help bring 5G services to market quicker through improved coverage.
Asian governments are plotting different paths to solve the problem of rural broadband funding.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Altice makes moves in Israel; Italy fines operators for billing collusion; Belgian regulator proposes temporary spectrum licenses.
Finnish vendor dishes up cloud-native network operations software designed to help automate 5G network management processes.