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A battle royale is forming in private wireless networking
DanoVision | 6/11/2021

A wide range of companies – from mobile network operators to cloud computing companies to startups – are colliding in their pursuit of the private wireless networking opportunity.

Skepticism of Dish's 5G plans is justified – analysts
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

'Selling to enterprises is very difficult, and we don't know why anyone would work with Dish, which has no experience in building networks or working with enterprises,' argued the financial analysts at J.P. Morgan.

Is the Twitter-India standoff over?
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

The social media giant has sought more time from the government to comply with the new IT rules, possibly marking an end to the standoff.

Rethinking networking in a 'post MPLS' world
Guest Perspectives | 6/8/2021

Performance on the Internet middle mile, once the network service provider's problem in the MPLS network, is now a concern for the enterprise, writes TeleGeography's Greg Bryan.

Fastly outage gives preview of Internet apocalypse
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

An unprofitable minnow temporarily paralyzes a few major organizations and knocks out a whole government website.

Microsoft bags US approval for $19.7B Nuance buy
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

Microsoft gets US regulatory approval to buy Nuance, the company behind Dragon voice-recognition software and the voice-rec engine for Siri.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending June 4
LRTV Documentaries | 6/7/2021

Last week's news highlights included a look at big telco job numbers (they're dropping), Huawei's software strategy and T-Mobile's plans to connect rural America. This video first appeared on Informa Tech's executive community, The Network.

Dish Network adds indoor 5G to checklist
News Analysis | 6/3/2021

Dish Network recently hired a longtime AT&T veteran, Abid Khan, as its new director of in-building systems. The move likely signals Dish's interest in supporting enterprise customers.

Facebook gets down to business with messaging
News Analysis | 6/3/2021

Social networking giant unveils tools that will enable businesses to message customers on Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

A better mousetrap, or just a trap? Questions about Dish and AWS using the public cloud for 5G
The Wizard of Roz | 6/2/2021

This isn't your typical telco-cloud partnership, but it might be the most interesting of all, given Dish's greenfield status and a handful of unanswered questions, writes contributing analyst Roz Roseboro.

As normality beckons, Zoom still goes vroom
News Analysis | 6/2/2021

Zoom sees its Q1 revenues jump 191% as it seeks to now do hybrid working and cement its lead by starting a venture capital fund to create Zoom apps.

Ericsson refines private wireless sales pitch
News Analysis | 6/1/2021

Although Ericsson has been playing in the space for years, the company took the wraps off its new 'Private 5G' offering in part to refine its message to enterprises.

China's 5G, data center emissions double by 2035
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Xi shocked the world saying China will reach net zero by 2060, but in 2035 its huge 5G and data center sectors will emit more CO2 than France today.

Amazon, Google continue telecom hiring spree
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Google recently hired a telecom executive from Wind River, while AWS recently nabbed executives from Zayo and Nokia. The developments shine a light on the cloud providers' telecom ambitions.

Startup Pensando prepares for first live cloud customer deployment
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers is an investor in the startup and chairman of Pensando's board of directors. The company was created by a group of ex-Cisco executives.

Telefónica lining up 5G core vendors for Brazil
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

Vivo confirms Mavenir, Nokia and Oracle as network partners for standalone 5G, and is also trialing AWS Outposts.

War of words between Twitter and Indian government escalates
News Analysis | 5/28/2021

The social media platform is concerned about the 'intimidation tactics' used by the police and the 'potential threat to freedom of expression.'

Orange turns Bleu on cloud
News Analysis | 5/27/2021

Operator teams up with Capgemini to establish a new 'French hyperscale cloud' based on Microsoft Azure.

The future of distributed cloud and 5G for the new age
Guest Perspectives | 5/27/2021

5G is complex and there are many moving pieces. Getting the distributed cloud right from the beginning will be critical for long-term success.

Dish's 5G starts getting tangible
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Joshua Broder, the CEO of tower construction company Tilson, recently tweeted a picture of a Dish 5G tower the company is building in Pennsylvania. He's not alone.

Juniper gives Apstra's IBN software a refresh
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

Version 4.0 of Apstra's software includes additional multivendor capabilities to now support VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Broadcom's Enterprise SONiC.

Long after bust-ups, Amdocs is still turning hair grey at Openet
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

The Israeli software giant snapped up Openet in August last year after failing to swat it in the law courts. Here's what happened next.

WhatsApp sues Indian government over new social media rules
News Analysis | 5/26/2021

In an unprecedented move, messaging giant WhatsApp has filed a case against the government in the Delhi High Court to block new social media rules now in force.

Verizon's Vestberg sticks to the 5G script
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg declined to directly discuss the company's rivals like AT&T and Dish Network. But he was clear on monetizing 5G: 'We're already doing it,' he said.

Betacom makes its private-wireless-network bid with $15M in funding
News Analysis | 5/25/2021

Betacom has been building wireless networks in stadiums and elsewhere for decades. Now, the company is expanding into the market for private wireless 4G and 5G networks for enterprises.

Open RAN may now have 'a reasonable chance'
News Analysis | 5/19/2021

Open RAN now has 'a reasonable chance to actually overtake the performance of the incumbent architecture,' according to Vodafone's Santiago Tenorio.

Podcast: AT&T unravels its content, pay-TV empire
LRTV Documentaries | 5/18/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner weigh in on the burning questions surrounding the recently announced media moves by AT&T.

Will iOS 14.5 let Twitter's advertising finally fly?
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Twitter has seen big brands pull their advertising, even as Facebook and Google cash in big from micro-targeting. But will iOS 14.5 be the big equalizer?

Celona unveils 'edgeless enterprise' architecture
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Startup hopes to support enterprises looking to transition to private wireless 5G networks on CBRS spectrum.

It's time for telecom to worry about the public cloud
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Telecom operators sound like they have given up resisting AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. They are risking a lot.

MWC Barcelona poll: Most say they'll stay away
The Philter | 5/14/2021

Our unscientific reader poll shows that nearly 7 in 10 folks who attended #MWC19 will not likely turn up for #MWC21.

WhatsApp continues to defy India over data-sharing rules
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Messaging giant WhatsApp's controversial policy, which allows user data to be shared with parent company Facebook and others, is in the spotlight again.

3GPP Chair Wanshi Chen on creating 5G standards during a pandemic
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Chen, who works for Qualcomm, was named the chairman of the 3GPP RAN Plenary in March and oversees the development of 5G standards for the physical layer of the radio interface.

Telefónica Q1 shows signs of improvement
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Spanish giant claims full-year 'stabilization' target on track as COVID-19 impact diminishes; continues to chip away at huge debt pile.

Facebook to test 5G small cells at Menlo Park HQ
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Facebook's newest midband spectrum tests hint at its desire for 'self-organizing network (SON) features in a 5G over-the-air setup operating in a small cell configuration.'

Pre Olympics, SoftBank's profit a new Japan record
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Bouncing back from a 2019 loss and splash as the Nasdaq Whale, SoftBank Group rides IPOs to profits that are a Japanese record. But can it continue?

Podcast: Stanford's Nick McKeown on his SDN legacy and 5G security
LRTV Interviews | 5/11/2021

Stanford University's Nick McKeown, recipient of the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, joins the podcast to discuss a career milestone and a very forward-looking 5G project that involves (hopefully not) crashing drones on purpose.

Eurobites: Zain hit by COVID-19 and currency devaluations in Q1
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica sells off four more data centers; A1 Digital offers container orchestration; Dixons Carphone pays 'living wage.'

Double checking: Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
The Philter | 5/7/2021

We're still getting mixed messages about #MWC2021. The pandemic's grip is loosening in several places, but is it enough to bring the telecom world to Barcelona? Take our survey and let us know.

China reins in big tech as Telecom Law makes a comeback
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

China has fallen out of love with tech giants and is seeking new ways to punish them.

Facebook's Workplace boosted by home-working trend
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The social network's business communication product hits 7 million paid subscribers, but it is still a minnow compared to Teams.

Cloud-in-a-box enables enterprises to reach new heights
Guest Perspectives | 5/5/2021

A cloud-in-a-box – perhaps more commonly referred to as 'Business in a Box' or 'Infrastructure In a Box' – takes everything to the edge, and dramatically reduces the possibility of business disruptions due to the misfunctioning or end-of-life application servers or network devices at each location.

Discord jilts Microsoft for Sony instead
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Microsoft's $12 billion takeover offer for the popular video game chat service Discord has been denied.

Harmonic grapples with supply chain constraints
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Expected short-term issue is driving up costs and lowering margins for cable access gear, but not enough to alter Harmonic's revenue forecast for 2021.

Now open: The 2021 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 5/3/2021

Our entry page is live and we're now accepting your nominations for outstanding achievements in communications across 26 categories, including the Light Reading Hall of Fame.

Verizon, T-Mobile outline their open RAN fears
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

'Open RAN is not ready for full commercial deployment for several reasons,' T-Mobile argued. 'For example, methods must be developed for implementing regulatory mandates, like 911.'

EU regulator Vestager: Apple's App Store is anticompetitive
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Apple's App Store breaches EU competition law, says EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. But will it just start charging for downloads instead?

American Tower: Edge computing worth 'billions of dollars annually'
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

'We intend to explore global joint ventures or partnerships to effectively leverage these inherent opportunities,' said American Tower's CEO.

Ergen hazy on Dish-AWS deal financials, 5G buildout costs
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Dish Network plans to run its 5G network in Amazon's public cloud, but the details surrounding the companies' partnership remain somewhat fuzzy.

Facebook's revenue up 48%, but will iOS 14.5 bite?
News Analysis | 4/29/2021

Facebook's Q1 revenue soared 22% to $21.47 billion, 98.7% of it from advertisements, but the social media giant hopes AR will help eventually build some non-ad revenue, too.

The Leading Lights returns in 2021
The Philter | 4/29/2021

Light Reading's flagship awards program has more categories and more chances to celebrate – online and in person. We're accepting entries beginning May 3.

Microsoft Q3 enjoying lockdown
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Software giant on a roll as cloud and PC revenue stay on upward curve.

People clicking at home raises Google revenues 34%
News Analysis | 4/28/2021

Google rides lockdown to huge revenues of $55.3 billion. But faces challenges in Washington, London and Brussels for how it's used its market dominance.

Toward a common 4G/5G core network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/27/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's "Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey" explores the importance of a common 4G/5G core.

Will network operators eventually rent their 5G equipment, too?
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Analysts at Cowen say interest in an active/shared RAN solution between tower operators and carriers is on the rise. 'This is exactly in line with the way we're thinking,' says Dish Network's Marc Rouanne.

Snap results crack and pop
News Analysis | 4/23/2021

Snapchat's daily users soar to 280 million, as the messaging app hoovers up Android users in India. But Snap still loses $287 million in the first quarter.

Dish's 5G network architect explains the new Amazon deal
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Dish Network's Marc Rouanne said the public cloud run by Amazon Web Services will be 'the foundation of our [network] architecture.'

Microsoft fails to reach accord with Discord
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Reports say the messaging platform rejected the software giant's $12 billion bid and plans to go it alone.

Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives – a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors – focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.

Dell spins off VMware and winds in its $49B debt
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Dell bought cloud virtualization star VMware in 2016, and it's booming. But the company is spinning it off to write down a $49 billion debt.

Comcast makes waves in open source
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Two projects originally created by Comcast engineers – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – are the first from the operator to be accepted as 'Sandbox' projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Podcast: Microsoft Azure's Khalidi curates carrier clouds
LRTV Interviews | 4/7/2021

Yousef Khalidi discusses the economic benefits operators can experience by partnering with a cloud provider.

Is Wi-Fi 6 enough? The need for intelligent management
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2021

Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.

Viptela founders launch multicloud management startup with $25M in funding
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Prosimo's AXI service addresses several challenges enterprises face in cloud application delivery, including managing operating costs, meeting application SLAs and 'fragmented security.'

Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.

Podcast: MetTel's Ed Fox on extending enterprise IT to home networks
CxO Spotlight | 3/25/2021

MetTel CTO Ed Fox discusses how the service providers' customers are balancing the use of collaboration applications, SD-WAN, VPNs and SASE to support their employees working on-premises and remotely.

Intel looks for reformation with $20B plan to build new factories
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Intel plans to increase the number of its manufacturing facilities in Arizona from four to six, and to sell its chipmaking capabilities under a new business unit.

Microsoft may dispense with $10B for Discord in Xbox ploy
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Microsoft considers paying $10 billion for Discord as it hunts for an Xbox stablemate, while Abu Dhabi sinks $150 million into 'privacy-first' app Telegram.

'No cheating,' Apple tells China's tech giants
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Apple warns Chinese tech that it will kick apps off the App Store that try to circumvent its new privacy features. But is it brave enough to annoy China?

SmartNICs take center stage
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/19/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from a Heavy Reading and Intel survey show that smartNICs are set to have a big impact on the transition to cloud-native architectures and digital service platforms.

Nokia ties with cloud's big three in private mobile network push
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.

One consultant's plan to fill Ericsson's stand and save MWC21
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.

Asian satellite operators prep for the LEO invasion
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Asia's incumbent satellite operators are confident they can survive the onslaught of low-Earth orbit players, although their approaches vary.

Airspan to go public with $166M in pursuit of open RAN, 5G
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Airspan Networks said it will gain roughly $166 million in net proceeds via its new transaction, money the company will use in its pursuit of the open RAN and 5G space.

DZS adds cloud clout with RIFT buy
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.

Eurobites: Telia, Ericsson combine on 5G carrier aggregation in Norway
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR plans job cuts; device maker OPPO sees Europe as land of opportunity; Slovenia's BeeIN eyes M2M.

Comcast's next-gen network activity didn't slow down in 2020, exec says
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.

SpaceX rocket factory's new home: Starbase, Texas
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.

HPE still has a big aaS hole to fill
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

The IT company needs to slash costs and fatten its aaS offerings if it is to keep investors as happy as they are right now.

Rakuten, Dish Network and Akamai chart the future of edge computing
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.

Ligado's CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

Dish's 5G construction chief talks network speeds, public clouds and more
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

'We're pretty optimistic about open RAN and its ability to do a number of things,' says Dave Mayo, who recently assembled the leadership team for Dish's four network regions.

India gets new social media, OTT rules
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Indian government issues new regulations for digital media, including Internet firms, OTT platforms and online news.

Elon Musk says Starlink speed doubling to 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Elon Musk says Internet-from-orbit serve Starlink will double its speeds this year to 300 Mbit/s, and reach all the earth's services by 2022.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.

Twilio Q4 revenue surges 65% on back of SMS revival
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Casa Systems, HPE, Mavenir, Microsoft, Athonet and Parallel Wireless are just some of the 5G core network vendors challenging established heavyweights like Huawei and Cisco.

RingCentral rings in 'outstanding' Q4, but investors want more
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

UCaaS specialist adds Vodafone Business to partner roster and targets Zoom market with Glip and RingCentral Video.

Deutsche Telekom shows Europe has lost the public cloud fight
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

The German operator has urged Europe to stand up to US tech, but its own business appears to have backed down.

News bites: Coherent's third suitor ups the ante
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: stats from the Super Bowl of Wi-Fi and Dell'Oro projects growth for the CBRS RAN market.

Ligado to use Rakuten's platform for private 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Ligado Networks inked a memorandum of understanding to use the Rakuten Communications Platform, but Rakuten officials wouldn't describe Ligado as an RCP customer.

Pandemic pushes enterprises to hybrid cloud adoption
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Nearly 61% of organizations are currently using or piloting hybrid clouds, according to a new report by NTT.

News bites: Unicorns are everywhere
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: Calix improves its cloud, Oracle recharges charging, Viasat offers in-flight Wi-Fi over Russia and Charter uses apps to make entertainment more accessible.

Sigfox brings in Google Cloud for next stage of IoT journey
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

IoT specialist was seeking a 'scalable, long-term solution' to process 'billions of messages each month.'

5G overshadows wireless operators' IoT businesses
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

From connected cars to fleet management, US operators have built IoT arsenals to address a variety of vertical markets. But today they aren't making much noise about their progress.

Rakuten counts 15 international customers for communications platform
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

'These are not small customers. Some of them are very, very massive,' Rakuten's mobile networking chief Tareq Amin says of the buyers of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

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