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AT&T Wants a Mobile 5G Test in Burbank
News Analysis | 3/30/2018

Ma Bell wants to show off 5G tech at its SHAPE conference this year.

Cisco Bows to Carrier Demand for Software Outside the Box
News Analysis | 3/29/2018

In a radical move, the world's biggest maker of Internet switches and routers will start selling its service provider software on a standalone basis.

Arris Hangs Hat on CBRS
News Analysis | 3/29/2018

But can Arris be sure that FCC will support localized spectrum plans yet?

DANOS Fuels AT&T's White Box Binge
News Analysis | 3/27/2018

Operator announces 60,000 white boxes will be deployed using DANOS, a new open source OS built on AT&T seed code.

Is Atlanta the Next 5G Market for Verizon?
Jonestown | 3/27/2018

Verizon is undertaking more fixed wireless 5G tests in Atlanta and Sacramento.

Why You Need to Join Me in Austin for BCE
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2018

Austin, Texas, is the place to be May 14-16 when Light Reading will host BCE 2018 and dig deep into automation, security, machine learning, the impact of open source, intent-based networking, 'the edge', SD-WAN, IoT and more... Join me at the Big Communications Event (BCE) -- for more information, click here.

Eurobites: Proximus Snaps Up Managed Security Specialist
News Analysis | 3/27/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes large on FTTH; Hrvatski Telekom gets symmetrical in Croatia; Facebook faces European flak.

DT, Facebook Back German Startups to Disrupt Networks Biz
News Analysis | 3/27/2018

Three German startups have been asked to join a new German facility backed by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook and TIP.

Kinetic Edge Powers Flying Robots
News Analysis | 3/27/2018

It's a bird, it's a plane...

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Information Overload
LRTV Documentaries | 3/27/2018

This week: Cambridge Analytica, 5G and Vodafone. Oh, and Star Wars.

AT&T Preps White Box Routers for 5G
News Analysis | 3/27/2018

AT&T looks to expand its white box router approach to macro sites and small cells for 5G.

Telefónica Tests Ambitious New Wireless Tech
News Analysis | 3/26/2018

Successful trial with Cohere Technologies could have an impact on 5G development.

Trump Bill Paves Way for US 5G Spectrum Auction Later in 2018
News Analysis | 3/26/2018

Initial mmWave auction is now on track for November.

Eurobites: Ericsson Seeks to Energize 5G 'Network Evolution'
News Analysis | 3/26/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global abandons acquisition of Multimedia Polska; Telecom Italia does mobile money; BT downgraded by Moody's; EU still on Google's case.

FCC Mulls Opening Up 4.9GHz for 5G, Robots & Drones
News Analysis | 3/23/2018

Could an underused public safety band become a new 5G spectrum source?

FCC Trims Small Cell Reviews, AT&T Cheers
News Analysis | 3/23/2018

The FCC vote Thursday went 3-2 in favor of streamlined rules.

You Need Another 48 Hours to Enter the Leading Lights Awards? OK Then...
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

Stress ye not… The deadline for Leading Lights submissions has been edged out another two working days to Tuesday, March 27.

FCC Vote Could Cut 5G Small Cell Deployment Costs for US Operators
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

FCC wants to strip away federal environmental and historical reviews for small cells to smooth 5G deployments.

3GPP Preps Machine Learning in 5G Core
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

The standards group is working on a function that could help operators to monitor network slicing and application performance.

Eurobites: Proximus Sinks More Money Into Speed-Boosting Startup Tessares
News Analysis | 3/22/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Peterborough next on Vodafone/CityFibre's FTTP hitlist; Telecom Italia considers IPO for planned fixed-line unit; visualizing 5G.

Telefónica to Hit Gas on Automation With 5G Rollout
News Analysis | 3/21/2018

Spanish operator outlines plans to ramp up investments in artificial intelligence while blasting vendors for continuing to develop 'closed' technologies.

Is vRAN Still Too Hot to Handle?
News Analysis | 3/21/2018

The industry needs to work on persuading operators that virtualizing the radio access network is manageable and beneficial.

Eurobites: Telefónica, Huawei Team Up on Big Data
News Analysis | 3/21/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia recruits new chief commercial officer; Sunrise said to be in talks with Liberty Global over potential JV; Net Insight seeks new CEO.

Eurobites: Cambridge Analytica Feels the Heat
News Analysis | 3/20/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom kicks off 5G spectrum auction; Salt shakes things up in Switzerland; EU WiFi scheme is go!

Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...

Verizon, Cisco Lab Test 'Information-Centric Networking'
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Lab test shows how to optimize mobile video delivery with more intelligence at the network edge.

Wanted: New Approaches to Indoor 5G
News from Huawei | 3/19/2018

The good news is there are lots of interesting propositions.

Russia's MTS Boosts Sales, Profits in 2017
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Russia's biggest operator has flagged growth in revenues and profits despite a fall in customer numbers, as it focuses on selling data services to existing subscribers.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Poaches TalkTalk's Fiber Guy
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia takes AirScale to Lebanon; Telefónica's commercial break; industry goes wireless.

Qualcomm Drops Jacobs From Board After Bid Chatter
News Analysis | 3/16/2018

Qualcomm's board claps back after news of Paul Jacobs's possible bid for the company emerges.

Smart Cities Need Smarter Pipes
News Analysis | 3/16/2018

Join us for a special Light Reading event – speakers include the CIO of New Orleans, Spectrum Enterprise (part of Charter Communications), Crown Castle and more.

Ex-Qualcomm CEO Jacobs Plots Bid for Company – Reports
News Analysis | 3/16/2018

Paul Jacobs, son of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, is reportedly looking for funding to take the company private.

OrbTV: It’s a Wrap! Light Reading Recaps MWC 2018
LRTV Interviews | 3/16/2018

Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief at Light Reading, and News Editor Iain Morris review major news announcements from MWC 2018, as well as a few surprises. In addition to 5G, Le Maistre and Morris also discuss news and industry progress around analytics, machine learning and automated processes.

China Unicom Profits Boosted by Towers JV
News Analysis | 3/15/2018

Boosted by investments from Alibaba and others, Chinese operator is bullish about profit and sales growth in the next three years.

China Telecom Eyes 2M+ Basestations for 5G
News Analysis | 3/14/2018

Chinese operator believes it will need to deploy more than 2 million basestations to provide its 5G coverage as it appeals to the optical community for more innovation that can help support the expected 5G and cloud traffic loads.

Broadcom Formally Drops $117B Qualcomm Bid
News Analysis | 3/14/2018

Broadcom says it is 'disappointed' by the failure of its rocky four-month bid to buy Qualcomm for $117 billion.

An Indoor Battle Strategy for 5G
News from Huawei | 3/14/2018

For mobile operators, the struggle to provide adequate service indoors becomes a full-on battle as they ramp up 5G networks.

Trade Warmonger Trump May Slap Tariffs on Chinese Tech – Reuters
News Analysis | 3/14/2018

Reports in mainstream media suggest Trump may impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, and will focus on technology and telecom products.

Eurobites: BT Hires Sherman as Strategy Tank
News Analysis | 3/14/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G soups up AR; Stoke goes with VX Fiber; ADVA, Facebook combine on Greek science network.

Densification & Next-Gen C-RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/13/2018

As the industry moves to 5G, the need to support reliability, low-latency, high-speed mobility, extreme density and user-level radio resource control has taken center stage.

OrbTV: Heavy Reading: On the Rolling Road to 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/13/2018

Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading, discusses industry forecasts for the 5G rollout with Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones. In addition, Brown addresses progress in 5G smartphone and device testing and development.

Trump Blocks Broadcom's Qualcomm Acquisition
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Late Monday, the White House blocked Broadcom's buyout of Qualcomm.

Infinera Shifts Up a Gear With Its Latest Optical Engine
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Vendor unveils the latest iteration of its Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) and ramps up its R&D cycle.

Rumor Mill: SoftBank Still Eyeing Charter
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Take this one with a healthy grain of salt.

Broadcom Speeds US Return to Strengthen Qualcomm Bid
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Broadcom shunts up US HQ move to April 3.

Eurobites: UK Govt Sinks £25M Into 5G Testbeds
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets the enterprise with SBC; the state of OTT video in MEA.

Intel Could Bid for Broadcom – WSJ Report
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Intel is considering a move for Broadcom out of concern that a merger between Broadcom and Qualcomm would be a major threat.

OrbTV: Sprint's Saw on Mobile 5G Rollout
LRTV Interviews | 3/9/2018

John Saw, CTO at Sprint, discusses Sprint's plan for deploying its 5G mobile network, and how the operator will utilize massive MIMO in deployments. We get an insider's scoop into their 5G strategy and how it differs from the approach of other carriers, key partnerships and where Sprint plans to first deploy 5G.

5G in the USA: A Post-MWC Update
News Analysis | 3/9/2018

More cities and suppliers named as operators get ready for mobile 5G in 2019.

OrbTV: Wireless Broadband Alliance and the Impact of 5G on WiFi
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2018

Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of Wireless Broadband Alliance, discusses the WBA's priorities this year around 5G, WiFi in the enterprise space, and in-home WiFi. Shenwai also explains how WiFi plays a role in 5G deployments and densification use cases.

OrbTV: Pivotal Commware's Software-Defined Antennas for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2018

Brian Deutsch, CEO of Pivotal Commware, explains how the startup is using Holographic Beam Forming Technology to develop software-defined antennas, and how the technology compares to MIMO antenna technology.

A 5G Smartphone Timeline for 2019
Jonestown | 3/8/2018

I now expect them to be initially available in the first quarter of 2019.

OrbTV: Small Cell Forum on Driving Uniformity for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2018

David Orloff, Chair at Small Cell Forum, discusses taking a uniform approach to 5G deployments and reducing industry fragmentation with partnerships. In addition, Orloff explains the Forum's collaboration with operators to identify and address challenges for 5G.

OrbTV: BT’s Watson on Applying Automation for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2018

Howard Watson, CEO of BT Technology Service and Operations at BT, discusses new developments for 5G since 3GPP's Release 15, how to securely manage 5G deployments, and opportunities for network slicing and AI. Watson also examines how operators can apply automation in designing their 5G deployments.

vRAN Tech Hits Resistance at SK Telecom
News Analysis | 3/8/2018

South Korean operator likes the look of vRAN technology but frets about the operational implications of using it.

Eurobites: Proximus Secures €400M Loan to Further Fiber Rollout
News Analysis | 3/8/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fox bites back at Comcast over Sky offer; KPN sells iBasis; MTN revenue down, but profit up; UK's Cobham Wireless lands 5G gig in China.

EXFO Eyes Mobile Growth With Its Astellia Acquisition
News Analysis | 3/8/2018

Test vendor EXFO has completed the acquisition of French network monitoring and analytics specialist Astellia, giving it a foothold in the mobile operator market, especially in Europe.

OrbTV: Boingo on Boosting Virtualization With 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2018

Kishore Raja, Vice President of Engineering Strategic Programs at Boingo, addresses standards and security progress in Boingo's Passpoint service, updates on Boingo's activity in the MulteFire Alliance, and how 5G will impact end-to-end virtualization.

Feds Want Full Investigation Into Broadcom's Qualcomm Bid
News Analysis | 3/7/2018

Broadcom pledges to spend on 5G R&D and complete return to the US in May.

OrbTV: Menlo Micro Tackles 5G Spectrum Challenges
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2018

Chris Giovanniello, Co-Founder & SVP Product Development for Menlo Micro, shares how startup Menlo Micro's digital microswitch technology addresses a range of applications including medical devices, aerospace and defense, power switching, IoT, autonomous vehicles and smart homes. In addition, the technology can be used in addressing challenges to meeting 5G spectrum requirements.

Time's Running Out: Enter the Leading Lights Awards Now!
News Analysis | 3/7/2018

There are only a few weeks left to enter this year's Leading Lights awards, so don't delay!

Telecom Italia to Spin Off Fixed Lines, Increase Automation
News Analysis | 3/7/2018

Italian incumbent approves plan to legally separate its fixed-line business and says it will spend €12 billion over the next three years.

Eurobites: Goel Replaces LePrince as President of Nokia Global Services
News Analysis | 3/6/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: activist hedge fund fights Vivendi control of Telecom Italia; Orange reorganizes its top table; Ericsson combines with Saudi's STC on 5G.

OrbTV: ETSI on Edge Computing & 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/6/2018

Adrian Scrase, CTO of ETSI, discusses standards efforts for edge computing, the benefits of edge computing to data-rich applications, and how edge computing supports 5G use cases that require low latency and high performance. Scrase also examines ETSI's plugtests and hackathons as a way to further industry goals for virtualization and address challenges such as interoperability.

Airtel Conducts India's First 5G Lab Trial
News Analysis | 3/6/2018

Bharti Airtel claims to have carried out the first trials of 5G technology in India.

Qualcomm Postpones Crucial Meeting on CFIUS Review
News Analysis | 3/6/2018

Now the US government is getting into the Broadcom/Qualcomm acquisition spat.

OrbTV: Orange's Bellego on Foundation for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 3/5/2018

Yves Bellego, Director of Spectrum Strategy and Planning at Orange, discusses Orange's approach to deploying 5G including preparations such as live field testing and fiber expansions. Bellego also examines the need to apply more artificial intelligence and further automate the network.

Mobile Is No Passing Fad for US Cable
News Analysis | 3/5/2018

Hello, can you hear me now?

US Congress Ready to Vote on Allowing 5G Spectrum Auctions
News Analysis | 3/5/2018

Congress could open up millimeter wave spectrum for 5G tomorrow.

AT&T's Elbaz on the Evolving Edge
News Analysis | 3/5/2018

AT&T's Igal Elbaz explains the telco's goals for its new edge computing test zone, and AT&T's plans to deploy 5G to 12 cities in 2018.

Eurobites: CityFibre Attacks Watchdog's 'Fake Fiber' Ruling
News Analysis | 3/5/2018

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson clusters NB-IoT in Greece; 5G developments in Italy and Switzerland; Tele2 plumps for Nokia analytics.

Future Network Investments Hampered by Outdated Thinking
Column | 3/5/2018

As multi-access edge computing becomes a reality, operators will need to consider how to gain visibility into their ever-expanding networks and why that's important.

Sprint's Initial 5G Cities Will Get 4G Massive MIMO First
News Analysis | 3/2/2018

Spring will focus its early Massive MIMO upgrades on the cities earmarked for early 5G service launches.

MWC Visitor Numbers Fall: So Has It Hit Its Peak?
News Analysis | 3/2/2018

GSMA's giant show reports its first decline in attendee numbers in about nine years, but what does that tell us about the industry and the event?

China Mobile Confirms Aggressive 5G Standalone Plan
News Analysis | 3/1/2018

China's biggest operator is set to begin a rollout of 5G based on standalone technology in 2020.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Live(ish) From Barcelona
LRTV Documentaries | 3/1/2018

Do these podcast guys never rest? No!!! Here's one direct from the MWC show floor in Barcelona, totally bossing it on 5G, IoT and AI, amongst other near-acronyms. De nada!

Downsizing Telenor Pins Margin Hopes on Automation
News Analysis | 3/1/2018

The Norwegian telecom incumbent sheds further light on how automation and AI could help it to slash headcount and reduce costs.