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Set your alarms: Wednesday promises plenty of 5G fireworks
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

T-Mobile and Sprint are expected to announce the official close of their long-gestating merger, and the FCC's chairman is expected to outline his plan to release the 6GHz spectrum band for unlicensed use.

AlefEdge to use Microsoft Azure for real-time advertising with edge computing
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Microsoft is leveraging its new Azure Edge Zones with edge computing startup AlefEdge for real-time advertising services.

COVID-19 will help China to extend its 5G lead
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Operators in virus-stricken countries are starting to tighten their belts, and 5G rollout may no longer seem like a spending priority.

Why service providers fancy Wi-Fi 6
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Next-gen wireless platform will provide a solid capacity boost and open door to new, specialized services, CommScope exec says. But part of that future hinges on the still unresolved future of the 6GHz band.

Ericsson CEO warns of 'necessary measures' in wake of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Börje Ekholm tells shareholders that the Swedish firm has yet to see significant business disruption, but it is only a matter of time before it does.

AT&T hints at mobile and fixed plans for mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

AT&T has spent around $2 billion on millimeter wave spectrum licenses for 5G during the past year. Now, the operator is hinting that it could use the spectrum for 5G in both mobile and fixed applications.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID-19 blues, MWC refunds and 5G patents
LRTV Documentaries | 3/31/2020

The regular crew try out a new videoconferencing platform in the second week of COVID-19 lockdown. And Scott taunts Iain with a can of beer.

HPE to launch open source software for 5G core and edge infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

HPE announced a new partnership effort called the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management Initiative that the company hopes will help it break into the 5G core and edge space.

Huawei, ZTE win 90% of giant China Mobile 5G tender
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

China's biggest operator has just handed out major 5G contracts, and the Western rivals to Huawei and ZTE were barely acknowledged.

SCTE/ISBE standards initiatives spread into AI, smart cities, telehealth
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

New 'Explorer' effort, which will also look to accelerate the industry's involvement with autonomous transport, seeks out expertise and aid from industries and people from outside the traditional cable sector.

Eurobites: Spain postpones 5G auction as COVID-19 tightens its grip
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia offers 'AI as a service'; more virus-related reassurance; Spongebob Squarepants to the rescue!

Huawei gloomy about 2020 as US sanctions take toll and COVID-19 threatens
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.

Proximus looks beyond COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Belgian operator flags April 1 launch for 5G as it outlines a new operational and financial strategy under the #inspire2022 banner.

'In times like these': Carriers debut COVID-19 ad campaigns
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Carriers are increasingly putting the new coronavirus front-and-center in their latest advertising messages.

Behind the numbers: How COVID-19 could change the US telecom industry
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

With Americans forced to stay home, the value of a reliable Internet connection has soared. What might that mean for the financial position of telecom operators and policymakers' perception of the industry?

Reinvention may steel BICS for COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Can a company known as a roaming middleman survive a pandemic that has all but ended international travel?

5G set to make Hong Kong debut
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Hutchison is all set for its 5G debut but is still resisting rules on exclusion zones.

SKT: 5G chews up twice as much data as 4G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

South Korean operator reports back on 5G usage patterns one year on from launch. Talks again about 'hyper collaboration' to squeeze more from the next-gen tech.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Eurobites: UK telcos remove fixed data caps, go easy on the hard-up to ease COVID-19 pain
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators warn of delayed line repairs; BEREC reports no signs of network congestion; the ethics of data tracking at a time of crisis.

Euskaltel keeps calm and carries on with network expansion
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the operator in Spain's Basque region intends to pursue its national network expansion strategy, including the launch of Virgin-branded services.

OneWeb heads into bankruptcy and SpaceX might be next
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an action that casts a cloud over rival Starlink, the satellite broadband initiative backed by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Microsoft's telco ambitions still unclear after Affirmed purchase
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Microsoft could use the technology it is acquiring from Affirmed Networks for a number of different offerings. But the company isn't providing much insight into its strategy.

ZTE is on the up, but challenges remain
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is back in profit for a full year after recovering from US fines and sanctions, and its business is mainly growing.

Metaswitch's Giuhat talks 5G opps for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/27/2020

Women in Comms caught up with Giuhat to discuss how 5G may impact career opportunities for women in the industry, new developments in Metaswitch's UC platforms and the impact of mentors on her own career path.

Farewell, Light Reading, and thanks!
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2020

After 18 years, it's time for a new adventure.

NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The rollout of 5G core systems will herald a distributed architecture, but that brings data management challenges, suggests NetNumber's COO.

Eurobites: Hungary's 5G auction brings home the bacon
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes FibreNation acquisition; Ericsson provides reassurance; operators do their bit in a time of crisis.

Fujitsu launches private 5G network
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Manufacturer claims a first in Japan as it gears up to launch its own private 5G network in Kawasaki City, with more to come.

Telia goes all Scandi noir about COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Nordic operator's profit warning could be the first of many issued by telecom operators in the coming weeks.

JR Shaw, Shaw Communications founder, dies at 85
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

JR Shaw, a cable Hall of Famer and industry pioneer, stepped down as CEO of the Canadian service provider in 1998 but had remained active with the company, serving as executive chairman.

Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore | 3/26/2020

Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.

Huawei 'rip and replace' price tag doubles to $2B amid coronavirus outbreak
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The FCC's chairman has urged Congress to earmark $2 billion in the coronavirus relief package to pay US telecom operators to swap out Huawei and ZTE equipment with products from 'trusted' suppliers.

With Affirmed Networks purchase, Microsoft looks to plug 5G into Azure
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The purchase of Affirmed Networks will allow Microsoft to sell software-powered, virtualized functions to mobile network operators, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Cisco and others.

How Altran plays a pivotal role in 5G, edge
CxO Spotlight | 3/26/2020

Altran's key relationships in 5G software and edge initiatives have helped make it a $4.1 billion takeover target for Capgemini.

Eurobites: Ericsson lands new RAN deal with Russia's MTS
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit deal completes; Elliott cuts stake in TIM; GSMA looking at virus-related data sharing?

HKBN doing barter deals for broadband
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Swapping broadband for cheeseburgers? HKBN will barter.

Tele2 has slashed hundreds of jobs and more cuts are coming
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

New figures show that about 13% of jobs were cut last year as the Swedish operator worked on boosting profitability in the absence of sales growth.

Verizon, AT&T and others mobilize to fight a virus hitting close to home
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are among the service providers with employees who reportedly have the coronavirus. Now, those operators and others are mobilizing in unprecedented ways to fight the spread of COVID-19.

FCC delays 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction by a month
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The FCC said it will hold its 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction in July. That could affect a range of companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications.

NTT, Toyota in $1.8B smart city tie-up
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The telecom giant and the carmaker are teaming up in the expectation that smart cities will be a major business opportunity.

GSMA offers sting-in-the-tail MWC refunds
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Weeks after this year's show was canceled, the trade association has offered credits against the costs of future shows and, for those companies that didn't cancel, a partial cash refund.

Facebook likes Reliance Jio
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Social media giant willing to spend billions to get minority stake in India's aggressive newcomer.

Eurobites: COVID-19 puts kibosh on broadband switching in UK
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia completes Elenion acquisition; Virgin Media sees changing data patterns; Disney+ launch is semi-frozen in the UK.

3GPP delays 5G standards work by three months
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Standards body pushes back Release 16 and Release 17 timelines amid the global spread of COVID-19.

Indian telcos gear up to ensure connectivity in the time of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

India's operators are quickly responding to the outbreak of the virus as the country goes under lockdown.

US wireless networks are holding up to COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Operators – including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint – are reporting significant rises in their customers' calling and texting. But it appears that much of the bulk of Americans' Internet traffic is headed over wired networks.

Twitter's profit warning proves COVID-19 will infect big tech
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The social networking site is abuzz with chatter about the deadly virus and less worrying issues, but advertising revenues have slumped.

Getting ready for the Uncarrier's big second act
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

In the past few years, T-Mobile has reinvigorated its business under the 'Uncarrier' brand. Now, as it nears the completion of its merger with Sprint, it's preparing for its next act.

Bouygues Telecom signs tower deal with Phoenix
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

French operator to form JV to develop 4,000 towers to meet mobile network coverage requirements and prepare for 5G.

Eurobites: Nokia attempts to land a 5G patents punch
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI unveils augmented reality spec; Cosmote goes with Ericsson for 5G RAN; Belgian operators granted temporary 5G licenses.

COVID-19 stokes fear of the surveillance society
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Telecom operators and technology firms are handing over location data to governments fighting the outbreak of COVID-19, but at what long-term cost?

China Telecom plans 5X boost in 5G capex
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The sum the Chinese mobile operator is tipping into its 5G rollout represents a fivefold increase on what it spent last year.

NEC's 5G fortunes hinge on Rakuten's success
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The Japanese equipment maker has a central role in the world's most keenly anticipated launch of mobile network services.

Operators experiment with 5G pricing
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

US operators aren't charging extra for 5G, but other operators around the world are taking a much different approach to 5G service plans.

5G, edge computing, small cells to get more attention after pandemic
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Executives ranging from outgoing IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty to incoming Colony Capital CEO Marc Ganzi are speculating on the future of networking technologies amid the coronavirus crisis.

Ericsson: COVID-19 isn't affecting equipment production, but 'a few' employees have virus
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Ericsson's CEO says 'the short-term impact of the coronavirus on our supply chain has been limited to none,' but acknowledges that an unspecified number of company employees have contracted the new virus.

China's mobile subs base shrinks by 20M
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Each of the country's big three operators take a hit on subscriber numbers in the wake of COVID-19.

KDDI preps 5G service sandwich, puts AWS Wavelength to work
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Japanese operator is set to launch its 5G service one day after NTT DoCoMo and one day before SoftBank, and will put AWS Wavelength to work to support edge-enabled services.

China Unicom boosts earnings but sales remain flat
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Network sharing has led to savings for the Chinese operator as it ramps up its deployment of 5G services.

Eurobites: Virus-led voice-call revival puts strain on UK networks
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the COVID-19 fight goes on; OneWeb sends up more satellites; connected tractors; throttling Walt.

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

Verizon still charges extra for 5G
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

No other mobile provider in the US has joined Verizon in charging extra for 5G. Verizon, for its part, argues it can levy that fee because its 5G is 'differentiated.'

SoftBank preps $41B asset sale amid COVID-19 panic
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Exposure to underperforming companies and a mountain of debt makes SoftBank look more vulnerable to the deadly virus than many other firms.

Broadband is not immune to COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Networks are performing well, but some operators could also become a victim of the deadly virus sweeping the planet.

Verizon: Ten employees have COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Verizon said ten of its employees have the new coronavirus, that so far it has shuttered 500 corporate-owned retail stores and that around 100,000 of its employees are now working from home.

Eurobites: UK mobile operators offer tracking tech to government in COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT updates further on network resilience; YouTube follows Netflix lead to save EU bandwidth; UK telecom staff are 'key workers' – official.

5G phones haven't exactly been flying off US store shelves
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Although just 1% of phones in the US sported 5G last year, that figure could rise to 25% this year.

Rakuten turns 5G revolutionary as it nears world's first open RAN launch
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

The world's most ambitious operator and its daring technology chief are determined to show the industry that 5G networks do not have to be developed in the same old way.

Could COVID-19 supercharge operators' telecom and 5G investments?
DanoVision | 3/19/2020

Some Wall Street analysts see the spread of the new coronavirus as hastening society's embrace of online life. And that could motivate network operators to invest in their networks.

Podcast: Five ways COVID-19 is affecting the telecom industry right now
The Philter | 3/19/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey discuss COVID-19, how it is affecting the telecom industry now and what might happen next as stores close, stocks drop and everyone works from home.

Eurobites: EU urges streaming giants to rein in bandwidth use
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three revenue up but users down; Virgin Media brings the gig to UK's West Midlands; Telefónica gets Aldi connected.

Podcast: Smart cities strategies and O-RAN testing intrigue
The Philter | 3/19/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey returns to discuss smart cities, O-RAN testing and what some recent carrier moves might really mean.

China Mobile reports 15.4M 5G customers
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

China's biggest operator has racked up an impressive number of subscribers to the new technology in just a few months.

6GHz should be allocated for both licensed and unlicensed applications
Column | 3/19/2020

The FCC is considering exactly what to do with the 6GHz band. Given the amount of spectrum already allocated to unlicensed applications, the agency would do well to consider licensing it.

Red Hat: We need to talk about cloud-native
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Susan James, senior director of telecommunications strategy at Red Hat, says the telecoms sector needs to take a horizontal approach to its underlying IT infrastructure if containerization isn't to suffer the same issues as NFV.

With COVID-19 comes the real dawn of the digital age
Morris Lore | 3/18/2020

The pandemic will have a permanent impact on the way we live and work, forcing every part of society to evolve fast.

NTT DoCoMo places bets on Genvid
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Venture capital arm of NTT's mobile operation backs US-based esports firm.

Vodafone proposes five-point plan to fight COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

The UK-based operator's five-point plan indicates that it will assist governments in tracking people's movements in affected areas in order to thwart the spread of the virus.

Ahead of 5G rollout, China Tower nearly doubles profit
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

The infrastructure firm reported growth in sales and earnings last year as demand for tower infrastructure in China continues to rise.

Telefónica takes open RAN into 5G territory
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Spanish giant to collaborate with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx on trials of 4G and 5G open RAN technology across three European countries and Brazil.

Rakuten to sell mobile platform globally, likely targeting Dish
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Japan's Rakuten hasn't even commercially launched its virtualized, open RAN network yet, but it's already planning to sell its platform to other companies worldwide later this year.

Eurobites: COVID-19 strikes French 5G spectrum auction
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Austria touts analytics tech for coronavirus fight; virus plays havoc with shareholder meetings; KPN, VodafoneZiggo win access case.

Japan 5G: NTT DoCoMo cuts in on SoftBank launch
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

But the launch announcement by Japan's biggest operator has a rushed feel.

Study: Huawei was the biggest contributor to 5G standards
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

According to new findings from Strategy Analytics, China's Huawei 'leads in terms of overall contributions to the end-to-end 5G standards.' That's worrying some US lawmakers.

The five ways (and counting) COVID-19 is affecting US telecom
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

From store closings to potentially 'material' financial impacts, here's how the new coronavirus is affecting some of the nation's biggest telecom players.

5G's economic value is driving international race, says Ericsson exec
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Countries are competing against one another to be the first to adopt new-look 5G services, according to an executive for the Swedish vendor.

Nokia WINGs it with 5G IoT
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Finnish vendor adds 5G capability to its Worldwide IoT Network Grid and enables it to be enhanced with multi-access edge computing (MEC) to support new IoT use cases.

Iliad has boosted profits but lost control
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

The French operator may have invited trouble in future by ceding infrastructure control to other players.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, coronavirus and optical
LRTV Documentaries | 3/17/2020

This week: Big kit vendors do battle, optical networks – and the C-word.

Eurobites: UK's Carphone Warehouse shuts stores, makes 2,900 redundant
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom delves into drones; Virgin Media lands Manchester public-sector connectivity gig; Russia spends big on satellites.

AI, machine learning could put cell sites to sleep (and slash energy costs)
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

AI and machine learning can be used to reduce operators' energy costs by putting cell sites to sleep when they're not needed, according to new research from Ericsson.

In maps: Who bought what. and where, during 5G spectrum auction
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Analysts across Spectrum Financial Partners, AllNet Insights & Analytics and Moise Advisory offer a clear look at exactly what went down during Auction 103.

How T-Mobile could immediately triple its lowband LTE capacity for COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

T-Mobile's 'genius move' would borrow 600MHz spectrum from Dish Network, Comcast and others and immediately put it to use in the operator's existing lowband LTE network.

Leading Lights awards deadline looms
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

UPDATED! Get your awards submission skates on! Entries for this year's Leading Lights awards need to be in by close of day, Friday, April 3.

ZTE says US has not been in touch about new bribery charges
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Chinese equipment vendor says it has not had a formal approach by US authorities following news reports that it bribed foreign officials to gain advantages.

China telcos issue tenders for 480K 5G basestations
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

China's operators are set to ramp up spending on 5G rollout after the recent slowdown.

Eurobites: BT reassures UK users over network resilience
News Analysis | 3/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French operators could get tough with bandwidth-guzzlers; Proximus and Salt do their bit for the COVID-19 fight; ETSI's hackfest show goes on.

Scenes from the Satellite Show
Slide Shows | 3/13/2020

The Satellite Show 2020 was a hardware-centric haven that reveled in the more grounded side of the new space race.

Verizon's C-Band meal might not leave crumbs for anyone else
DanoVision | 3/13/2020

Verizon is widely expected to dominate the FCC's planned auction of midband C-Band spectrum for 5G. That's because there's no firm limit to how much C-Band spectrum Verizon can acquire.

Uniti sells 486 cell towers to mystery buyer for $190M
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Viewed as an 'opportunity to inject liquidity,' fiber company Uniti said it will sell 486 cell towers spread across 33 eastern and central US states.

Stop the presses! 5G is safe, experts say
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Updated advisory guidelines from International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection aim to put people at ease over exposure to more electromagnetic radiation.

COVID-19 makes data connectivity as critical as toilet paper
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

With people confined to their homes by the virus, residential broadband networks will become more important than ever.

Is 5G industrial intervention needed?
Column | 3/13/2020

The case for governmental involvement in the 5G sector remains unconvincing.

Eurobites: France says 'oui' to Huawei
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boss catches COVID-19; Ofcom sets out spectrum auction rules; Orange lands Google cable in France.

Network operators brace for COVID-19 traffic spikes
News Analysis | 3/13/2020

Fortnite, Netflix, Call of Duty, videoconferencing and other online services are growing in popularity amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Are network operators ready for a digital deluge?

Meet the senior leadership team for the 'New T-Mobile'
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Sprint's John Saw, Deeanne King and Dow Draper are among the executives that will lead the new company created through the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.

CableLabs adds 5G expertise
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Cable-backed R&D organization has hired mobile industry vet and 5G expert Rakesh Taori as VP of wireless as cable ops continue to ramp up activities around wireless and network convergence.

Podcast: CSG's Haifa El Ashkar on the 'perfect storm' for mobile industry disruption
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/12/2020

CSG's Haifa El Ashkar explains the broad industry impact we can expect from the intersection of mobile identity, blockchain, eSIMs and IoT.

US lawmakers take another run at keeping out Huawei's 5G gear
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

New bills introduced in the House and Senate would make it nearly impossible for Huawei to do business in US dollars unless it is working on 3G and 4G networks.

Shocker! Verizon was the big spender in FCC's 5G mmWave auction
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Verizon spent $1.6 billion for a total of 4,940 mmWave spectrum licenses across the US in the FCC's big auction. That's important because T-Mobile only spent $873 million on licenses during the event.

SKT makes moves in healthcare, gaming
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

South Korean operator goes down JV route to explore domestic and international expansion in different industry sectors.

After a flying start, Samsung struggles to gain ground in 5G
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

The South Korean equipment giant is far off the target it set last year.

Eurobites: Ericsson acquisition boosts its private-network credentials
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands private-network role in Paris rail project; ADVA slices its pizza box; Proximus boosts Wi-Fi with AirTies.

Ericsson shares 5G energy-reduction recipe
News Analysis | 3/12/2020

Swedish supplier claims it's possible to quadruple data traffic without increasing energy consumption.

Dish Network's 5G ambitions clouded by Rakuten's troubles
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Some analysts have soured on Rakuten's efforts to disrupt the Japanese market with a virtualized, open RAN network. And that could cast concerns over Dish Network's 5G plans.

India needs U-turn to prevent Jio monopoly
Morris Lore | 3/11/2020

The Indian telecom market is heading toward a monopoly controlled by the country's richest man unless there is an abrupt change in the regulatory environment.

Rakuten Mobile to use an optical mesh network for backhaul
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Rakuten's deployment is unique because it's the first time a reconfigurable optical network will be used for mobile backhaul, according to Nokia.

Telefónica and TIM eyeing Oi mobile biz in Brazil – reports
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

The two operators have apparently made overtures to Oi advisers, although the high debt levels at all three companies could prove to be an obstacle to any purchase.

T-Mobile reportedly reaches settlement with California AG on Sprint merger
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

T-Mobile has reportedly approved a deal with California's attorney general that would remove another obstacle to the operator's proposal to merge with Sprint.

Eurobites: Telefónica takes up arms against COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the "upside" of the new coronavirus; Huawei survives UK vote; Rob Shuter steps down at MTN.

GSMA: Don't give spectrum to enterprise
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

The trade association implores governments to ensure spectrum stays in the hands of telecom operators.

Bruised Telecom Italia to ax costs after mobile setback
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

Italian incumbent has upped its savings targets after reporting a sharp fall in revenues at its domestic mobile business last year.

India delays 5G spectrum auction on financial woes
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

India has again delayed its 5G auction and now seems likely to lag other countries on the rollout of the new technology.

The resurrection of Ericsson Digital Services
News Analysis | 3/11/2020

An overlooked part of the Swedish vendor turned an important corner last year and has reason to feel optimistic about 2020.

HPE makes a play for the 5G core
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

ICT giant builds on its telecom heritage and taps respected partners to take on the traditional mobile infrastructure suppliers in 5G's next big battlefield with an 'open' platform pitch.

Quibi in legal quarrel over its 'Turnstyle' tech
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

As it nears the launch of its premium, short-form video service, Quibi seeks a declaratory judgement that its 'Turnstyle' technology does not infringe on a patent owned by a company called Eko.

The new space race: Connecting your phone to a satellite
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

The space race of the 21st century pits Lynk against SpaceMobile to see which startup will be able to connect their satellites to existing cellphones on the ground.

South Korea's big three squeezed for more 5G investment
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

KT, SKT and LG Uplus agree to massive hike in 5G infrastructure capex after meeting with the country's Ministry of Science and ICT.

Light Reading postpones Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 3/10/2020

With public health concerns about the spread of COVID-19 mounting, Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event will be postponed until sometime in late August.

Musk's Starlink is 'not some huge threat to telcos'
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said his company's satellite broadband project will serve hard-to-reach customers and 'be helpful' to telcos.

Eurobites: UK government rebels prepare to detonate H(uawei)-bomb
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson pushes eSIM tech; Vodacom slashes price of data in South Africa; Orange invests in digital verification startup.

Verizon, AT&T redraw smart city efforts
DanoVision | 3/9/2020

Smart city executives are leaving AT&T and Verizon. The reason? The FCC's new small cell rules eliminate the need for operators to push for smart city agreements.

US cable's mobile base hits 3.2M lines
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Cable ops have become 'by far the most important' reseller in the US mobile market, analyst says.

HK, Philippines set to join Asia's 5G party
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

New countries in the region are preparing to launch the high-speed mobile technology.

Huawei's '18-month lead' in 5G is telecom's most spurious claim
Morris Lore | 3/9/2020

Suggestions the Chinese equipment vendor's 5G challengers are years behind do not hold up to scrutiny.

Eurobites: UK mobile operators and government sign rural coverage deal
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE gets busy in Scotland; NGMN Alliance goes cloud-native; Disney does deal with Telefónica.

Huawei picks up five-market 5G deal from Ooredoo
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

The much-maligned China-based vendor has won a 5G deal from Qatar-based Ooredoo covering Kuwait, Oman, Indonesia, Tunisia and the Maldives.

EC clears Inwit tower deal, Vodafone banks €2.14B cash windfall
News Analysis | 3/9/2020

Brussels green-lights merger of Vodafone Italy's tower assets with Inwit, the passive tower infrastructure arm of Telecom Italia.

Quibi pitches 90-day free trial to pump early sign-ups
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Deep-pocketed streaming startup focused on premium short-form fare is making some moves a month ahead of its April 6 launch of a service that will start at $4.99 per month for an ad-supported tier.

Biggest-ever auction of 5G mmWave spectrum ends at $7.6B
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

T-Mobile is expected to walk away with roughly $2 billion in millimeter wave spectrum licenses from Auction 103, which it appears poised to add to the spectrum it will acquire from Sprint.

Charter opens access to Verizon's 5G network
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Charter enables Spectrum Mobile customers on unlimited plans to access Verizon's millimeter wave 5G network for no added cost. Customers on its 'By the Gig' plan remain 4G-only.

Eurobites: CityFibre accelerates UK network rollout
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional rights roundup: Vodafone/TIM towers venture 'set for EU approval'; Net Insight acquires Aperi's virtualized media production technology; Virgin Media admits data breach.

Elisa highlights trio of real-world 5G use cases
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

The Finnish 5G frontrunner is showcasing nine 5G solutions at its showroom in Helsinki, of which it claims three are new – one involves a tractor!

Spark gives 5G RAN thumbs-up to Samsung
News Analysis | 3/6/2020

New Zealand incumbent underlines multivendor 5G RAN strategy by shaking hands on commercial deal with South Korean vendor.

Microsoft, Cisco team up for IoT at the edge
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Two massive software vendors have decided to combine their cloud computing and IoT offerings in order to take advantage of the trend toward edge computing.

Google Cloud tightens its ties to telecoms
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Google Cloud fleshes out telco-focused strategy as it inks 5G edge services deal with AT&T, debuts telco-tailored version of Anthos apps platform and connects with Netcracker and Amdocs.

SoftBank ignites Japan 5G market with March 27 launch
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

The Japanese service provider has responded to an aggressive mobile launch by Rakuten with its own 5G service.

NTT DoCoMo leans on Ericsson for AI-enabled RAN optimization
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Japanese operator chooses AI-based optimization tools from the Sweden-based vendor for its radio access network, with an eye to real-time diagnostics in 5G.

Eurobites: Dave Dyson steps down as Three UK boss
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google Cloud floats across Europe; Tele2 and Elisa cooperate on enterprise services; Ericsson goes with Sinch for 5G messaging.

Nokia lines up Intel next to Marvell as 5G chip suppliers
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

The Finnish vendor is relying on Intel and Marvell as it tries to phase out the costly components that have been eroding its 5G profits.

T-Mobile evaluating open RAN for merged 5G network
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

T-Mobile's Karri Kuoppamaki tells Light Reading that one new element the operator might consider in its 5G buildout is open radio access network (RAN) technology.

5G players dance for US government's anti-Huawei money
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Billions of dollars in US government money is being dangled in front of vendors that can provide secure 5G equipment.

Nokia hires Marvell to fix 5G problems
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The Finnish equipment maker hopes a new deal with the US chipmaker will help to restore its 5G competitiveness and boost profitability.

Ori takes a vertical approach to the telco edge
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Edge computing startup believes telco edge strategies need to start with a specific focus on dedicated vertical sectors, such as gaming, and is winning operator support from the likes of Telefónica.

The great 5G slowdown in Asia
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The region's fledgling 5G market is not growing as fast as hoped, and not necessarily because of coronavirus.

Rakuten thanks Nokia for 4G but says NEC is 'our future'
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

The Japanese company prefers to shop locally for its 5G products, it made clear during a press conference this week. It is not alone.

CommScope to reassess R&D spending in areas such as set-top boxes
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

However, CPE biz remains an important cash generator and a strategic piece of the portfolio that pulls through other products with different margin profiles, CFO says.

Omdia's Thomas Morrod on how 5G can impact GDP
LRTV Interviews | 3/4/2020

Speaking at the recent Future Vision event in London, Omdia's research and analysis executive director, Thomas Morrod, gives a long-term view of how 5G could boost GDP by enabling incremental business opportunities in specific vertical sectors.

Eurobites: Nokia, Telenor and Telia trial MOCN-based network-sharing in Denmark
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia cuts jobs in Finland; British MP highlights Huawei 'slave labor'allegations; ECI acquired by Ribbon; 'Fitbit for cows.'

Laying the foundation for long-term 5G success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

A successful 5G rollout is not just about upgrading existing basestations or deploying some new ones. Nor is it simply an upgrade of core network capabilities.

AT&T preparing to unveil massive, three-year cost-cutting plan
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

AT&T's John Stankey said the operator's cost-cutting program could generate 'double digits of billions [in savings] over a three-year planning cycle,' and cover areas ranging from power usage to call centers.

Verizon CFO: COVID-19 hasn't affected us... yet
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Verizon's Matt Ellis said the operator hasn't recorded any 'material' effects from the COVID-19 coronavirus so far, but he cautioned that could change 'if we see continued disruption.'

Japan's Rakuten gives new meaning to 'bill shock'
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Prices are just half what rivals charge, but Rakuten may have a long and arduous journey toward profitability.

Finding the sweet spot for 5G iPhones
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Apple recorded a blockbuster quarter during the critical holiday shopping season, partly thanks to its $700 iPhone 11. But will the company maintain that $700 offer in an age of 5G?

Telenor takes step closer to zero-humans business
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The Norwegian operator has already shed thousands of employees and more are set to go under plans announced today.

India's RJio wants to develop its own 5G
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The disruptive Indian operator is now looking to seize the 5G technology initiative from the traditional vendor community.

Eurobites: Virgin Media rejigs partner contracts, brings field visits back in-house
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in space-broadband venture; Nokia sets out fiber access stall; Telenor keeps tight grip on costs.

Viavi trumpets 'first' test tools for open RAN specs
News Analysis | 3/3/2020

The network test vendor, already included on an illustrious list of vendors supporting Rakuten Mobile, is claiming an industry first with the launch of an open RAN test suite.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, ZTE and telecoms investment
LRTV Documentaries | 3/3/2020

Team Pod delves deep into Nokia and takes a look at the (largely) forgotten man of Chinese equipment vendors – ZTE.

COMSovereign buys VNC for LTE equipment play
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

COMSovereign's CEO said VNC will help the company become one of the only US-based providers of 'connectivity solutions that span the entire data transmission spectrum.'

Walmart, Verizon in 5G partnership talks – report
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

A 5G partnership between Verizon and Walmart could include everything from the installation of 5G antennas in Walmart stores to streaming video of doctor visits.

Huawei, ZTE continue their advance under US fire – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

A US campaign has failed to halt the Chinese companies, with major Western equipment makers ceding further ground.

Huawei, ZTE may face India exclusions after government move
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Feeling its companies do not get a fair deal in China, India's government has unveiled a new rule allowing it to restrict Chinese vendors.

Nokia CEO Suri quits after 5G setbacks
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Boss of Finnish network firm will be replaced by Pekka Lundmark, the CEO of Finnish energy firm Fortum, but not until much later this year.

Eurobites: Spain's MásMóvil to buy Lycamobile for €372M
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad closes fiber deal with InfraVia; Vivendi fights Italian court over Mediaset; Nokia loses market share.

Singtel tackles 5G network slicing with Nokia
News Analysis | 3/2/2020

Singapore-based operator flags trials with Finnish vendor with aim of providing customizable services to support different 5G use cases and applications.

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