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Content tagged with 5G posted in September 2019
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Verizon Doubles Down on AR/VR With Jaunt Acquisition
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon purchased some of the assets of AR company Jaunt, a move that further reinforces Verizon's interest in AR and VR content and technology.
Why AT&T's Latest Open Source Contribution Matters
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T has shared its distributed router specifications with the Open Compute Project and a leading disruptive data networking startup is flagging its support for the model.
Fiber Cheaper Than 5G for Broadband – XL Axiata
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9/30/2019  |  3 comments
The Indonesian operator is making a counter-intuitive move with its deployment of broadband services in a mainly rural market.
Tower Visionary Marc Ganzi on 5G, Small Cells & Edge Computing
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/30/2019  |  2 comments
Marc Ganzi is described as a 'leading visionary and entrepreneur' in his company's biography, and given his recent investments its easy to see why. Here's what he has to say about hot topics like 5G, build to relocate, small cells and edge computing.
Infinera: Making Optical Interesting Again
The Philter  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The vendor's new XR Optics technology could cut carrier opex and capex in service providers' metro networks. But can the company get everyone else to buy into coherent optical sub-carrier aggregation?
The Eye-Watering Cost of Multivendor Networks
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators face tricky decisions as they try to get virtualized networks off the ground.
Tower Firms Feeling Sting of T-Mobile's 5G Network Spending Slowdown – Report
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Wall Street research firm Wells Fargo reported that T-Mobile's slowdown in spending on its network could impact major tower companies like SBA Communications and Crown Castle.
Wealth of Job Opportunities for Women in 5G Era Is 'Mind Boggling'
Kelsey's Grammar  | 
9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
During a Women in Comms breakfast workshop, panelists shifted focus from the hype around connected cars and drones to debating how 5G could impact job opportunities for women in comms and tech.
5G Transport & the Edge: From Scarcity to Standalone
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9/27/2019  |  1 comment
Light Reading's 5G Transport & the Edge event on October 10 in New York City will examine crucial aspects of constructing a 5G-capable network.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Chairman Steps Down Following Pressure From Vivendi
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Norway the latest to ignore US advice on Huawei; Telenor and Ericsson run 5G pilot in Elverum; CityFibre starts digging in Northampton.
Verizon CEO Hints Private 5G With Edge Computing Is Coming – Real Soon
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon's CEO said company campuses and manufacturing facilities should be among the first to deploy private 5G networks with edge computing capabilities.
Indian Telcos Want 5G Auction Postponed
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
India's debt-burdened operators are lobbying hard against plans for a 5G auction before the end of the year.
Verizon Brings 5G to Parts of NYC
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9/26/2019  |  2 comments
The mobile carrier also launches 5G in Boise City, Idaho, and Panama City, Fla.
Save Us 40% or Don't Bother, Hrvatski Telekom Tells NFV Vendors
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Croatian telecom incumbent has some tough messages for vendors developing virtualized network functions.
Ericsson Expects $1B US Fine for Corruption, Warns Non-US Investigations May Follow
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor could suffer reputational damage in connection with a global corruption scandal.
Huawei's 5G Licensing Offer Is Pitched at US Companies, Says Founder
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9/26/2019  |  2 comments
The Chinese vendor would prefer a US company to buy its technology, says Ren Zhengfei, but has so far not had a US response.
WiFi 6 Is Here. Should Mobile Operators Worry?
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9/26/2019  |  2 comments
A new, more powerful version of the WiFi standard is now available. How might this new technology impact mobile network operators heading toward a 5G future?
FCC Preps for What Could Be Biggest Spectrum Auction Ever
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9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Commission appears close to laying out the ground rules for a possibly record-breaking auction of C-Band spectrum for 5G that could generate as much as $50 billion in gross bids and surpass the AWS-3 auction of 2015.
MediaTek Readies 5G SoC for 2020
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The 5G chip market is going to get more crowded in the first half of 2020.
US Takes Another Step Toward Ripping Huawei Equipment Out of Country
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Legislation in the House is now joining a similar push in the Senate to pay US operators to rip Huawei equipment out of their networks.
GSMA Seeks Way to Boost RAN Vendor Options
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9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The industry body is concerned at the small number of radio access network (RAN) system vendors and is looking at ways to address that scarcity, says executive.
As 3G Shutdown Looms, AT&T's Cricket Will Require VoLTE Phones
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9/25/2019  |  2 comments
AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is soon going to prevent customers from activating older phones that don't support VoLTE technology. The move is part of AT&T's efforts to shut down its 3G network.
Orange Spain Demands 5G Progress Ahead of 2020 Launch
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish mobile operator says there are plenty of solid reasons for not joining Vodafone in this year's 5G market.
T-Mobile Relies on LTE for 5G Launch
DanoVision  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
New tests of T-Mobile's 5G network in New York City raise plenty of questions about how exactly it works. However, the operator is pushing aside those questions and instead is embarking on a 5G advertising campaign against Verizon.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Reaches Out to 'Smart Factory' Partners
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: X marks the 5G spot for Nokia; Ofcom probes EE outage; Austrians are thrilled by WhatsApp.
Telecom Italia Halves Software Costs in vRAN Trials
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9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Italian incumbent has seen encouraging results from its initial trials of vRAN technology, but a commercial deployment seems unlikely to happen fast.
China's Boffins Set Out Their 6G Vision
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9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The 5G standard is only just appearing in commercial networks, but Chinese researchers are already thinking hard about what comes next.
T-Mobile to Test Microsoft's 'Project xCloud' Game Streaming on Mobile in US
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9/24/2019  |  4 comments
Microsoft is opening its Project xCloud game streaming service to commercial testing, and T-Mobile has signed on as a supporting mobile network partner. But it's unclear whether telecom networks are ready for video game streams.
Orange Issues Plea for Help With O-RAN Integration
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9/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The test process and integration efforts associated with Open RAN deployments are overwhelming, so the industry needs to engage in collaborative, joint test schemes that cut out duplicated effort, says Orange exec. The good news is, China Mobile's on the case…
Apple's First 5G iPhone Will Be a Hot Seller – Analyst Report
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9/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The analysts at Wall Street research firm Jefferies predict that Apple will sell 208 million 5G iPhones during fiscal 2021, not the 190 million that others have predicted.
After Pan-Net Blunders, DT Embarks on Journey to 5G Core
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9/24/2019  |  1 comment
The German operator must be careful to avoid making a mess as it builds a 5G core network based heavily on microservices and open source technology.
CommScope Plots Progress With Low-Latency, Extended Spectrum DOCSIS
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9/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Vendor to demo its latest next-gen cable network and DOCSIS wares, including a new distributed access architecture aggregator, at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans.
How to Shrink the Bill for Your Chinese Takeout
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9/24/2019  |  1 comment
Service providers forced or keen to replace Huawei in their 5G networks might now have several options for reducing the cost.
Telefónica's Blanco Blackballs Single-Vendor 5G Core
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9/24/2019  |  2 comments
The Spanish operator's top technology executive says the operator will definitely not be using a single vendor in its 5G core.
China Telecom Plots New 5G-Cloud-AI Direction
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9/24/2019  |  2 comments
The Chinese operator's strategy is based on a combination of several state-of-the-art technologies.
LR Tackles 5G & the Cloud at Cable-Tec Expo
Breznick Unbound  | 
9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In an industry first, Light Reading will stage two breakfast forums on hot tech topics at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, the first on cable network virtualization and the second on cable's role in 5G.
C-Spire Updates Its 4G, Readies for 5G
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Regional carrier C-Spire updates 1,200-plus basestations in its network, ready for 5G and more.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Appoints Professor of Blockchain
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica forms content joint venture with Atresmedia; Nokia is on an emissions mission; Netflix isn't in pole position in Poland.
Operators May Move to Standalone 5G Faster Than Anticipated
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators continue to test their initial 5G networks, and are finding a number of surprises that could hasten changes like a move from non-standalone 5G to standalone 5G.
The Complexity of Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
There are many tough questions for telcos looking to build out edge computing resources, including what they should deploy in terms of IT hardware from day one, notes Heavy Reading Analyst Simon Stanley.
DoD Begins Testing 5G With $52M Budget
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9/19/2019  |  1 comment
The US Department of Defense recently hired a new 'technical director for 5G,' who will be responsible for installing 5G networks and applications in select US military bases.
Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Make a mess of automation and telcos will destroy the business case for edge computing, says ETSI. But telcos desperately need standards to crystalize before they can move ahead.
5G Report Card for September: 1.4M Subscriptions, 129 Announced Devices
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, there were a total of 1.398 million 5G subscriptions globally at the end of Q2. That total is in part driven by a growing number of 5G phones: As of Sept. 10, the group counted 16 commercially available 5G phones.
Verizon's Vestberg Sticks With mmWave for 5G
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon is the only US carrier sticking with a national, highband-only 5G plan heading into 2020, but CEO says the C-Band is 'interesting' to the carrier.
5G: Game-Changer for Philippines Broadband?
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Filipino operator Globe Telecom believes 5G could make a huge difference as a broadband technology in its home market.
Telcos Should Invest in Edge App Developers – Academic
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/19/2019  |  2 comments
Creating an investment fund to fuel edge computing developments would be a good move for the telco community, argues Carnegie Mellon University's Professor Mahadev 'Satya' Satyanarayanan.
Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Following the lead of American Tower, SBA Communications has acquired a Chicago data center. CEO Jeffrey Stoops says the purchase will help SBA learn about edge computing.
AT&T Puts Intelligence in the Middle of the Edge
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9/18/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T is focused on building virtualization and intelligence into the customer edge and network edge for 5G applications.
FUD Still Weighs on Telco Edge Computing
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
While some operators have embraced edge computing, it seems that fear, uncertainty and doubt still weigh heavy on the edge computing strategic thinking of many service providers.
Corning's Fiber Business Is Cratering, but What Does That Mean for 5G?
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9/18/2019  |  1 comment
Corning has dramatically reduced its sales expectations for fiber this year as carriers reduce spending. Does that mean 5G (which needs fiber) is in trouble? Not necessarily.
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