Amazon is reportedly interested in purchasing the assets that might be divested from the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. But what exactly does the Internet giant want to do with those assets?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom warns against buying Huawei smartphones; Telefónica casts around for rural connectivity ideas; CityFibre offers fiber to Cheltenham.
Hey, did Sprint just become the first US carrier to offer true mobile 5G?
In late 2018, Verizon and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) invited a cohort of creators to explore how 5G technology could breathe life into their work. After a months-long residency at RYOT Studios in Los Angeles, three creative teams showcased how 5G can make live motion capture, a typically cumbersome production process, both faster and cheaper.
The new Motorola z4 smartphone works on Verizon's millimeter-wave 5G networks in Chicago and Minneapolis.
Nokia's CTO said that there are currently around 7 million total base stations in operation by the world's commercial wireless network operators – and that the market for private wireless networks could be twice that big.
Everyone else will tout network firsts and download speeds, but Sprint plays to its strengths (and spectrum holdings) as it launches its 5G service in Dallas.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Telecom Italia claim European data speed record; Brits' online angst; Colt calls on ADVA for Ethernet encryption.
Gogo, which sells Internet services to airplanes, plans to upgrade its ageing 3G network with a 5G network that the company said will raise speeds by a factor of 10.
Light Reading's Mike Dano discussed how to build an affordable fixed 5G Internet service with Alex Moulle-Berteaux, chief operating officer for Starry, at the Big 5G Event in Denver on May 8.
The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile took another unexpected series of turns when cable company Altice USA said it would not support the merger, while regional telecom company C Spire said it would.
Silicon companies, including NXP, Qualcomm and MediaTek, are all working to shore up their position in wireless technologies.
The second US 5G millimeter wave band spectrum is done, with a third one to follow in December 2019.
Huawei files a motion for summary judgment in a US court, claiming the American ban on doing business with the Chinese vendor violates the Constitution.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom extends cloud offer with Microsoft; Telia resists website-blocking order in Moldovia; what Google's cold-shouldering of Huawei means for Europe.
Does Huawei's past misdeeds around trade secrets and allegations of the company sidestepping sanctions mean that the Chinese vendor is also a vessel for Chinese spying and cyber attacks on US networks?
AT&T has promised to offer 5G nationwide by 2020, but how exactly the operator might do that has remained a mystery. One industry analyst has a solid theory: AT&T will use 700MHz to take 5G nationwide.
5G appears to be gaining steam in South Korea, with data usage around three times that of LTE and providers nearing the 1 million customer mark. It's unclear though if other countries will be able to replicate that pace.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands GPON gig in India; Ericsson supplies 5G to self-driving test track; Swisscom Beems up ad innovation.
Yes, there's plenty of action around 5G, but there might be a shortage of technicians who can physically install the technology. Players across the industry are now working on solutions to that problem.
Ovum's Michael Roberts discusses what pieces of the 5G puzzle are still needed with NSIGHT's Patrick Riordan, Mavenir's John Baker, Western Digital's Oded Sagee, Sprint's Mishka Dehghan and Cisco's Ian Campbell at the Big 5G Event in Denver, Colo. on May 7, 2019.
Craig Sparks, the CIO for C Spire, discussed how millimeter wave technology will drive 5G innovation during his keynote at the Big 5G Event in Denver, Colo. on May 7.
Verizon initially launched mobile 5G with relatively spotty coverage and a $10-per-month charge. But that's not necessarily where 5G is heading, according to Verizon's Nicki Palmer.
With 5G around the corner, the UK mobile operator has complained about the latest regulatory effort to improve access to the Openreach network.
As speedy millimeter wave technology gets deployed to fill some important gaps in super-dense urban areas and some rural regions, the potential of these new wireless offerings will be limited if not backed up by rich fiber networks.
Germany's interminable 5G auction should make Europe's regulators think about the way they award spectrum to network operators.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Safaricom and Vodacom form JV to buy rights to M-Pesa; Three drops Huawei 5G phone; Huawei warns of Berlin Wall effect; happy birthday to GDPR.
What's better than a Memorial Day weekend mattress sale? A new bill offers interest-free loans from the Treasury to help carriers with fewer than 6 million customers replace Huawei kit.
Shay Phillips encourages her peers to identify a career sponsor, an advocate who provides workplace advice and challenges colleagues.
Operators are spending money on 5G, but not like they did for 4G or 3G. That might change if some fancy new 5G service goes viral, but in the meantime some in the industry are urging caution and patience.
A press conference to announce the UK's first 5G service failed to pack much punch.
Heavy Reading's optical guru Sterling Perrin highlights some key trends from the NGON & DCI World event in Nice, including 'Beyond Coherent,' what 400ZR really means for the market, the latest on 5G transport and the FUDfest that is Huawei.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk walks the walk; ex-BT boss Patterson forgoes half his bonus; Tele2 agrees Kazakhstan exit terms.
Personal autonomous vehicles is a long-term promise 5G, but the nearer-term reality is more likely involve autonomous shuttles in smart cities, assisted assisted by AI-empowered cameras, Verizon's Dr. Dennis Ong predicts.
Sprint's mobile 5G launch could happen in the next few days. But the real question is what the industry will do with 5G once it launches.
In this podcast, find out what other Chinese vendors might emerge and profit from Huawei's troubles with the US. Also, Ovum's Daniel Gleeson talks about the device-related concerns service providers have when they go to launch 5G networks.
The chip designer joins US technology giants in freezing out China's biggest maker of network equipment.
The opening sessions of this year's NGON & DCI World event in Nice focused on money matters and automation but there was little appetite to discuss the impact of global trade tensions and the US clampdown on Huawei's supply line.
BT is now in core network trials with Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia, its CTO tells Light Reading, and may need to introduce a new RAN vendor.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's honeypots highlight hacker horrorshow; Ericsson sets up 5G hub in Moscow.
Verizon's Nicki Palmer, AT&T's Igor Glubochansky, C Spire's Craig Sparks, Cincinnati Bell's Tom Simpson and CTIA's Tom Sawanobori join Light Reading's Mike Dano to discuss how 5G will really pay off for carriers.
In this podcast, Disney takes full control of Hulu and that could pose a bigger threat to traditional pay-TV providers. Also, nearly every single mobile network operator has a different angle on providing video services to consumers.
Cable company Altice – a Sprint MVNO – has been a staunch opponent of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. And the company may continue to oppose the merger despite new conditions that specifically favor Altice and its MVNO deal with Sprint.
The newly proposed power levels for CBRS spectrum are not as strong as 4G, but are more powerful than millimeter wave 5G.
CenturyLink's Kevin McBride explains why it's a 'great time to be wireline.'
The Malaysian operator uses analytics to axe capital expenditure and is eyeing further benefits from the combination of network and external data.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ZTE opens cybersecurity lab in Rome; coaxial startup lands Vodafone Germany deal; payback time for UK mobile operators?
The Italian phone incumbent is now so ruthlessly focused on efficiency it has started referring to employees as units.
Mishka Dehghan is vice president of 5G development for Sprint Business, and she talked about the future that we can enable with 5G at the Big 5G Event in Denver on May 8, 2019.
MetTel's Max Silber, the carrier's vice president of mobility, says 5G transforms business for both MetTel and its enterprise customers.
Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw gives an overview of a session he chaired at the Big 5G Event on automation, AI and the immediate uses for telcos as their networks evolve.
The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile took a big step forward with support from the chairman of the FCC, but plenty of questions remain, including whether a Boost divestiture would create competition in the US market and whether anyone would buy it.
The Justice Department is inclined to block the merger, even after the FCC chairman's approval, according to Bloomberg.
A couple of years removed from its $6B deal to buy Cavium, Marvell suddenly agrees to buy two companies so far this month. There's still 11 days left in May, folks.
The Chinese vendor's survival as an international force is now at stake following the latest moves by the US administration and tech companies.
5G man is always desperate to help... but his help isn't always needed.
The chairman of the FCC said he will support the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile if they meet certain network-buildout targets and sell Sprint's Boost prepaid business. The odds that the merger will be approved are now much better than before.
Many initial 5G deployments will be private networks on enterprise premises, and service providers will need to accommodate those needs, says MetTel CTO Ed Fox in conversation with Light Reading's Mitch Wagner. Also, Fox talks about how MetTel is going big on network functions virtualization (NFV).
The Chinese equipment giant is sent packing by a host of the world's biggest technology companies and faces a huge threat to its consumer business after Google holds back some Android goodies.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France resists US pressure to play hardball with Huawei; lampposts row threatens UK's 5G rollout; ADVA lands Openreach cell site gateway gig.
At the Big 5G Event in Denver, Gilles Garcia, EMEA comms business lead director at chip specialist Xilinx, suggests the hardware platforms needed to underpin 5G rollouts are being overshadowed by excitement over software developments.
Carolina West Wireless counts 300 towers and roughly 90,000 customers, and is still using a circuit-switched core network. But that's not stopping the operator from preparing for 5G.
A new API from Qualcomm promises to give Android Q app developers information about how fast users' 5G phones will go. But don't expect a 5G 'killer app' anytime soon.
Putting Huawei on the trade blacklist would have dire consequences for the global supply chain and the operators that use its equipment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT launches employee share scheme, unveils underwhelming new logo; German trade group distances itself from US stance on Huawei.
As AT&T digests DirecTV and Time Warner, Verizon and T-Mobile are working on refining their video strategies ahead of broad 5G rollouts.
CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan shares his views on 5G transport technology at the Big 5G Event in Denver on May 8, 2019.
Sprint will kick off preorders for the LG V50 ThinQ and the HTC 5G Hub on May 17.
Verizon launched the nation's first device with integrated 5G capability, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and the company's CEO highlighted the operator's open approach to 5G partnerships.
Failure to transform their businesses, highlighted at this week's Digital Transformation World event in Nice, is fast catching up with the telcos.
Bill Walker explains how edge computing has allowed operators to decompose applications and distribute them on the network.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues gets off to a flier; Sunrise raises its earnings guidance; Vodafone/INWIT towers deal set for the summer.
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Steve Bell highlights some of the fear, uncertainty and doubt related to 5G's return-on-investment cases and regulatory environments.
Should cars talk to each other using WiFi or 5G? That's a question that appears to have caused a rift between Europe and the US – and one that could potentially redefine the world's transportation industry.
Cisco's service provider business declined 13% in the third fiscal quarter, but overall revenue was up, so it was (metaphorical) high fives for everyone on Cisco's quarterly earnings call.
20 select shots from the week that was in Denver, Colo.
Verizon finally gets on the nationwide NB-IoT trail.
Japan's Rakuten is building what it says will be the first truly cloud-native mobile network, and its existing operators should be worried.
The radio access network receives plenty of attention in 5G discussions, but Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock says those "fancy radios" require a strong fiber backbone.
At the Big 5G Event in Denver, Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's Service Provider Markets group, gives his take on the current state of the 5G market.
5G-powered drones and AR/VR services? Sure. But Verizon's Adam Koeppe said that driverless cars running on 5G isn't something that's going to happen anytime soon.
The messages emerging from this week's Digital Transformation World sound depressingly familiar.
Sprint perks up with first 5G launches and Verizon picks up another 20 5G mobile cities.
AT&T's CEO said the operator will be able to offer a 'true, high-speed Internet network throughout the United States' in the next three to five years via fiber and 5G.
Arista's second-generation 400G routers support built-in security, automation and telemetry for reduced capex and opex.
AT&T sees big promise in manufacturing, healthcare and retail, even before mobile 5G becomes available everywhere.
Ciena's Proactive Network Operations is a closed-loop automation platform that service providers can use to predict and prevent service disruptions.
As the 5G market gains momentum, new figures from the GSA and Ookla help highlight exactly where the global industry sits in terms of network rollouts and devices launched.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone cuts dividend following €7.6 billion loss; Openet lands US Tier 1 gig; KPN invests in IoT startup Wirepas.
In tests with AT&T, LiveU will equip its portable video production backpacks with 5G, believing that the capabilities of the new network will drive down the costs of on-location news and sporting event coverage.
Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Phil Harvey were joined by two guests -- Light Reading's Mike Dano and US Ignite's Mari Silbey -- to sum up the state of 5G, why US cities are closely watching 5G deployments and what we can look forward to as 2019 rolls on.
STEM can help women self-correct the gender gap, but girls lose interest in STEM early on. That needs to change.
MSOs must remain wary of 5G-powered in-home broadband services, but the backhaul and fronthaul opportunities will abound for cable operators as 5G networks are deployed.
It's a wrap! Take a low-latency whistle-stop tour of who said what and why at Light Reading's Big 5G Event in Denver.
Everyone agrees that the small cell opportunity in a 5G world is big. However, what's unclear is how the market will play out, and whether it will be profitable for those involved.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom revenue rises; EU's connected-car WiFi plan stalls; UK councils asked to prioritize mobile connectivity.
5G Man is on a mission to help his new buddy, but the conditions can sometimes limit his powers...
To build the edge computing capabilities that 5G applications need, carriers need to find out where more processing is needed – and that's not terribly clear at the moment.
Telus CTO Ibrahim Gedeon shared his views of the industry's progress at the Big 5G Event in Denver on May 8, 2019, and was one of the big hits of the week.
The move to 5G will also disrupt carriers' timing systems as 5G's timing and clock synchronization requirements are much more strict.
5G technology offers promise and potential to public safety agencies, but a long road ahead looms for implementation, according to panelists at the Big 5G Event.
The global wireless industry rushed a barebones version of the 5G standard out the door so it could get to market more quickly. Today's 5G certainly reflects that haste.
Ahead of its 5G launch, Sprint's Mishka Dehghan discussed the carrier's Curiosity IoT platform and highlights smart city applications that will take advantage of 5G's technical capabilities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom powers on in Q1; Sky invests in You.i.TV for cross-platform app development; back-of-the-net for BT Sport!
Under-fire Chinese vendor wants the US to introduce a regime for the testing of 5G products from all vendors as it fights efforts to have it banned from international markets.
Millimeter wave-powered provider of fixed wireless broadband has been able to achieve 20% service penetration in apartment buildings within 60 to 90 days of launch, COO says.
We invited our 2019 Leading Lights awards winners to share their thoughts with the Light Reading video crew. Here's what they had to say:
Ibrahim Gedeon of Canada's Telus says there needs to be less focus on speed and more attention paid to real transformation.
Ample fiber infrastructure and edge computing resources will play a key role in getting 5G services ready to go, says CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan.
The country's 5G leadership position could be at risk unless mid-band spectrum is made available to its operators.
Sprint said it will launch mobile 5G service in four major US cities in the next few weeks, but, in the meantime, tens of thousands of customers are discontinuing their Sprint service.
Shay Phillips says women can change misperception in the workplace by identifying a career advocate with an open-door policy.
CenturyLink is one of the biggest wireline network operators in the country, but the company is also eyeing the wireless business, including through a small cell buildout operation.
A broad range of spectrum bands is critical to helping T-Mobile deliver on a good 5G experience, and millimeter wave takes another knock.
Network operators are looking for 5G to do what 4G can't for enterprise customers – and that will justify the investment.
Preparing and educating customers about the true capabilities about 5G can help mobile service providers avoid unrealistic expectations, execs at Light Reading's Big 5G Event insist.
The US telco expects to support a sub-10-millisecond service on its edge platform by the end of this year.
Not every workload needs to go to the edge. Operators need to consider which workloads make the most sense to transition.
Meet the next-gen mobile sector's very own superhero, 5G Man...
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global revenue down in Q1; Deutsche Telekom rebrands in Austria; France Télécom suicides trial underway.
The Finnish vendor's 5G-related difficulties and weak performance have unsettled investors, but Ericsson and Huawei also have questions to answer.
Find out which companies have taken home the 2019 Leading Lights Awards trophies.
The tie-up between the Indian operator and the US IT giant is designed to bolster customer experience and lower costs in the competitive Indian market.
Norwegian and Malaysian operators kick off discussions about merging their Asian assets to produce a company with around 300 million customers.
The GSMA recently recommended that phones show a 5G icon even when they can't find 5G NR coverage. Thus, it's clear that the relative simplicity of today's mostly ubiquitous '4G LTE' status icon is not going to carry over into the 5G future.
Four companies have made the 2019 shortlist for this coveted award.
CenturyLink's Bill Walker explains how edge computing can help service providers efficiently manage traffic and meet increasing bandwidth demands in the 5G era.
Amdocs, CommScope, Parallel Wireless, Quantenna Communications, Sprint and Verizon and Ericsson are this year's finalists.
Six companies – Anritsu, Infovista, Kentik, Netrounds, Spirent and Viavi Solutions – made the cut in the Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor category.
LotusFlare, MATRIXX Software, MYCOM OSI, Netcracker Technology, Openet and Synchronoss Technologies are the six shortlisted companies in this category.
There are 11 (yes, count them!) shortlisted entries in this year's category for Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH).
A10 Networks, Allot, Amdocs, Casa Systems, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Lumina Networks, Ooredoo Qatar, Parallel Wireless and SK Telecom are the Light Reading finalists for the annual Leading Lights award for Most Innovative 5G Strategy.
'When I go to one of our towers, I want to throw up,' the Dish Chairman says, stressing that the architecture of wireless networks is in dire need of virtualization in the 5G era.
Mediacom – the nation's fifth-largest cable company – has joined its cable peers in testing wireless operations in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. What the company might do with the spectrum remains an open question though.
A tiny broadband business that Three bought in 2017 is set to play a big part in the UK operator's 5G plans.
Acacia Communications, Finisar, ProLabs, Source Photonics and Xilinx all submitted standout entries for the Outstanding Components Vendor category in this year's Leading Lights contest.
Even a forecast of a summer smartphone slump can't dampen investors' enthusiasm for Qualcomm, which is on track to receive at least $4.5 billion from Apple as it rides into a 'material' 5G opportunity next year.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ONI Telecom does data center interconnect with Nokia; Síminn prepares for 5G with Ericsson; Swisscom Q1 revenue slips.
The NTIA has wrapped SAS testing in the CBRS band, one of the final steps in releasing the spectrum for commercial use. Midco and Landmark Dividend are among those planning to use the spectrum for services like fixed wireless and private LTE.
Orange and Dell will collaborate on a distributed cloud architecture for 5G cloud networking.
If 2019 is the year of 5G, Movandi, Pivotal Commware, Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom and Sprint are some of the companies to watch.
Verizon, AT&T and other network operators provided updates on the state of their 5G rollouts at the sixth annual Brooklyn 5G Summit, hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes farming; Inmarsat earnings slump in Q1; CityFibre breaks ground on Cambridge network expansion.
Australian billing and customer care specialist Hansen Technologies expands international presence with US$117 million deal to acquire Sigma Systems.