President Trump will be among the attendees for a White House conference on 5G. They'll have much to discuss about the future direction of mobile and wireless tech and policy.
AT&T has decided to withdraw from the giant security event, becoming the second big name after IBM to stay away due to concerns about the coronavirus – now there's talk that Verizon could become the third.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus cuts jobs as revenue falls; Sky combines with BT on TV sport; why European Fitbit wearers should be worried.
As the most recent coronavirus spreads, wireless technology is playing a role in efforts to fight the illness.
Sprint claims that two former employees — Paul Woelk and Craig Cowden — stole its VoIP technology and gave the tech to what is now Charter Communications.
Orange's Laurent Perrin says the uCPE is part of Orange's strategy to 'move in a new direction of merging the network and IT world.'
AT&T, Singtel and Telefónica trumpet new capabilities of the Telco Security Alliance to detect and eliminate threats.
The German operator's boss warns of possible disruption caused by the disease while pushing for tougher penalties in Germany if foreign vendors breach security rules.
The Trump administration is planning new rules to prevent the Chinese vendor from accessing critical components.
Swedish equipment vendor ramped up production in Europe to cope with Chinese factory closures but is still assessing impact of canceling MWC.
Providing open solutions that minimize vendor lock-in are keys to the continued growth of SD-WAN services, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.
The coronavirus outbreak continues to wreck tech conferences as another big company pulls its participation from another major industry show.
Multiple media reports have said that the Defense Department has dropped its opposition to stricter export rules that would make it tougher to sell to Huawei.
Chinese vendor stole intellectual property from six US technology companies and used this for commercial advantage, alleges the Department of Justice.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Africa & Middle East gives Orange a lift in Q4; Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone share networks in gray spots; new faces at Ofcom.
The waiting is the hardest part. Cisco CEO highlights the opportunities ahead while the networking vendor guides revenue down for next quarter.
The new cloud-based edge router, built on Intel's x86 architecture, is targeted at small and midsized businesses and distributed enterprises that want to migrate to SD-WAN on an open, virtualized platform.
The GSMA, organizer of the annual Mobile World Congress, has canceled this year's Barcelona show because of 'the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak.'
Omdia analyst Alexandra Rehak identifies the key trends that will dominate IoT discussions during Mobile World Congress, including enabling technologies such as 5G and LPWAN, adjacent technologies such as blockchain, data enablement tools such as analytics and AI and verticalization.
Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.
Inseego is working to partner with CommScope on 3.5GHz equipment for sale to enterprises. The situation yet again highlights interest in the market for private wireless LTE networks.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia analyst Maria Rua Aguete discusses the key trends in the media and entertainment market, including the potential for mobile operators to generate new revenues from 5G-based live sports services and partnerships between the media giants and the telcos.
The judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging the merger will side with the companies, according to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, removing the last major roadblock to the deal.
AT&T's CEO rejected suggestions from the US attorney general that the US purchases a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson. Instead, the executive said software innovation could blunt the rise of China's Huawei.
Small cells are rolling out in neighborhoods all over the US. I decided to go find mine.
White House officials have reportedly discussed incentives for US private equity firms to buy stakes in Ericsson or Nokia for 5G. But there appears to be discord among Trump's appointees.
The venture money for Israel-based startup Clear underscores not only the opportunity surrounding blockchain in the telecom space but also operators' interest in the technology.
This podcast examines how service providers are revamping their managed services and how Windstream is evolving from a traditional telco to a true managed services provider.
Service provider took the decision to replace the Chinese vendor after regulators warned operators off using 'high-risk vendors' in sensitive parts of the network.
The Trump administration said it has a plan to foster the development of US-based software for 5G, and that AT&T, Microsoft and Dell are supporting the effort.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government knocks heads together on shared rural network; network performance surveys ahoy; Ericsson and Nokia expose themselves.
With the telecom industry facing balkanization, the development of a global 6G standard might never happen.
The FCC has concluded its investigation into US wireless carriers' sale of their customers' location data, and found that 'one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.'
Verizon's customers at this weekend's Super Bowl will be automatically connected to the venue's WiFi network – noteworthy considering Verizon's emphasis on its 4G and 5G offerings.
The Nordic equipment makers look poised to win additional business in the UK after the government imposed tough new restrictions on Chinese vendors.
US policymakers see open RAN as a way of defeating China in 5G. There's just one problem…
In the face of growing pressure from the US government to ban Huawei, new guidelines allow each EU member state to make its own decisions on which equipment vendors can be part of the 5G supply chain.
The UK's decision to allow Huawei a restricted role in the country's 5G rollouts leaves only China with the upper hand.
The telecom industry's big problem is that a debate about 5G suppliers is being driven by security agencies and politicians.
128 Technology, a startup founded by the founders and former officers of Acme Packet, aims to separate from the herd with a novel approach to SD-WAN by utilizing session-based routing.
The Johnson government has imposed tough restrictions on the Chinese vendor that could force BT and Three into expensive and drawn-out swaps.
A managed service provider offers thoughts on workplace collaboration and SD-WAN, two hot markets where enterprise spending is up, and the number and type of competitors is proliferating.
'Extremely important' security specifications group gets some top-notch leaders, says analyst.
A decision about Huawei's involvement in the UK's market could be the most difficult its prime minister has ever had to make.
Touted as an alternative to the big kit vendors, open RAN technologies are too immature to replace them in the short term, says senior Orange executive.
The WSJ details how a recently withdrawn regulation highlights the interagency disagreements on what the US should do about Huawei's 5G dominance.
Swedish kit vendor says business fundamentals remain strong but warns costs will rise this year.
Meng Wanzhou's defense rests mainly on the fact that Canada is on relatively good terms with Iran.
Policymakers in Europe's biggest economy are struggling to arrive at a decision about the controversial Chinese vendor.
The country's biggest telecom operator is set to launch a 5G network based on technology it developed internally.
SD-WAN, multicloud connectivity and security services are among the technologies CenturyLink will bring to bear for the agency's more than 65,000 employees, 280,000 volunteers and 2,400 operating locations.
Anterix is asking the FCC to issue new rules that would allow 4G in its spectrum holdings. In that respect Anterix is like Ligado -- except Ligado is reportedly nearing bankruptcy.
US politicians from across the political divide want to spend hundreds of millions to shore up US alternatives to the controversial Chinese vendor.
Boris Johnson raises an important question about the structure of the telecom industry as the UK comes under Chinese and US pressure over its imminent decision on whether to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G market.
The 'race to 5G' between the US and China is now at the heart of a renewed effort by a group of European and Canadian satellite companies to get money from the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G in the US.
Masergy's Shadow IT Discovery service tracks 4,300 SaaS applications and provides insight into the risk level these applications present to customers' network security.
A delegation of US officials is said to have presented the UK government with new evidence about the risks the Chinese vendor poses.
A new study highlights just how easy it is for hackers to gain access into consumers' wireless accounts. It's called 'SIM swapping,' and it's a potentially dire security issue for the wireless industry.
Never mind the Oscars! The awards season is now properly underway with the launch of the Leading Lights 2020 program, so get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you get swallowed up by MWC madness.
According to cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes, one of Sprint's prepaid brands sold a phone that contained pre-installed malware from China. Sprint disputes those allegations.
Strategies centered on common platforms and creating smart home 'experiences' alongside a curated blend smart home equipment and services has superseded the market for siloed, one-off IoT products, execs say.
The semiconductor maker offloads some of the security assets it acquired last year to Accenture, which gains valuable new capabilities.
Communications service providers are accelerating the adoption of NFV and virtual networking in 2020-21, according to the results of an Ovum survey.
Cable op also details a new multi-Gig-capable 'XB7' gateway that is equipped with WiFi 6 and low-latency features tailored for online gamers.
Liu Xiaoming says a 5G ban on the controversial Chinese vendor could damage relations between China and the UK.
President Trump named Robert Blair to lead his administration's 5G efforts. Blair has a background in national security issues, and just weeks ago defied a Congressional subpoena to testify about Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Shape has multiple service provider customers who rely on the service for fraud and abuse detection, and the deal also provides potential for managed services opportunities.
Service providers are partnering up and developing new IoT-focused cybersecurity tools and services as the smart home emerges as a soft, increasingly attractive target for hackers and pirates.
Companies dealing with users' cellphone location data promise that it's kept securely and anonymously. A new report from the NYT again serves to cast serious doubts on those claims.
Samir El Rashidy explains Multisourcing Service Integration (MSI) – Orange's approach to helping companies select and manage the right network services and technology suppliers.
David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners dives into new research that explores which new verticals, such as e-gaming and hospitality, will keep cable's business services engine humming in the years to come.
Mitch Wagner brings us coverage of the Cisco Silicon One announcement from San Francisco, where the company announced a single technology platform to serve all its networking customers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Labour defeat brings relief for BT; MTS goes all holographic; Orange Belgium launches 5G hub.
Cisco claims it can help service providers break the trap of increasing bandwidth demands and declining revenue per user. Cisco's solution: a new networking architecture spanning silicon to software and services.
Some of Europe's biggest operators are distinguishing between the core and the RAN as they build their 5G networks, but the region's biggest 5G vendor says the boundary is disappearing.
Senior executives gathered in the Austrian capital for the latest Light Reading 2020 Vision Executive Summit to discuss what's right, what's wrong and what's next for the telecom sector.
New Silver Peak automation tools are designed to help enterprises – and the service providers working on their behalf – deploy networks to hundreds of thousands of locations worldwide.
UK leader Boris Johnson links the use of Huawei to security concerns, raising the prospect of a partial or full ban on the Chinese vendor.
Developed by a startup linked to the Comcast/NBCU Lift Labs incubator, an app running on a verrsion of X1 tailored for bars and restaurants enables patrons to play an interactive game based on making sports predictions.
AT&T said it now counts a whopping 1 million connections, just three years after scoring the FirstNet contract. And it's taking to the air with blimps to deliver connectivity.
But cable ops are making progress with bigger, enterprise-sized deals and pursuing new types of commercial-class services to open up fresh revenue streams and inflict more pain on the telcos.
The GSMA said it will create a new standards-setting process for eSIM technology, pushed by a Department of Justice antitrust investigation. The effort could have eSIM implications for everyone from Google to Charter.
Bikash Koley has tendered his resignation and will leave at the start of 2020, with his seat reportedly set to be filled by another former Google technologist.
In its latest round of restructuring, the Spanish operator is setting up a Tech business with ambitious targets. Investors may feel they have been here before.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus appoints new CEO; Salt takes earnings hit; Ericsson bags new deal with Orange.
With Carbon Black now firmly in the fold, VMware says its aggregate security segment will represent about $1 billion of business this year.
After a three-year run, the R&D organization has halted its 'Fiterator' program for startups amid bigger changes underway at CableLabs's UpRamp unit.
The managed SD-WAN market is also predicted to exceed $6.5 billion by 2023 – a massive leap for such a new technology, says Honnachari.
Enterprise customers struggle with too many SD-WAN choices, says Robert Victor, Comcast Business SVP of product management.
A group of Senators is urging the Trump administration to take a cohesive approach to 5G, warning that not doing so will give China an edge in the global move to the new wireless technology.
The web giant's AI, analytics and cloud deal with Vodafone continues a trend of operators turning to the major cloud platform players for scale and flexibility.
Our MEF19 coverage simmers with more food analogies as Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey recap the show activity around LSO APIs and how carriers are using blockchain to speed up settlements.
Disney says there's 'no indication of a security breach on Disney+,' as it appears that some accounts have been compromised when consumers use the same credentials and passwords across multiple online accounts.
This is just one of the key questions the Light Reading team is pondering as we head into 2020.
SD-WAN specialist launches suite of 'SmartServices' and introduces a regional connectivity option to complement its global network.
Is it a pizza or a pie? Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Phil Harvey muse on fun food analogies, MEF's new SD-WAN certifications and why service providers need standards.
The FCC said that the Commission – not the C-Band Alliance – will conduct an auction of C-Band spectrum for 5G. But how that's all going to happen is not clear.
Light Reading's podcast features guest Sunil Khandekar, who examines where the SD-WAN market might be headed in 2020, as well as the potential impact of standards on the market.
5G could eventually connect everyone and everything. But a growing number of researchers are highlighting potential security holes in the standard.
Union Wireless said it will cost up to $110 million to get Huawei equipment out of its network. And that's not the only problem.