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India's Airtel launches cloud comms platform Airtel IQ
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Bharti Airtel hopes its cloud-based omnichannel communications platform IQ, aimed at enterprise and SMEs, will grab India's lucrative cloud comms market.

Tech asks EU for hate-speech moderation protection
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

As the EU rewrites its digital policy, tech companies ask for legal protections to moderate hate speech and illegal content more aggressively.

Top China telecom official defends 5G rollout
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Just give it time, says the man from the ministry.

Italy vetoes Fastweb’s Huawei 5G deal – report
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Report suggests the government is caving into US pressure to prevent operators from deploying 5G kit from Chinese vendors.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: 5G evolution, private networks and the iPhone 12
LRTV Interviews | 10/23/2020

Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recap the 5G Ecosystem Digital Symposium and discuss the state of the industry when it comes to telecom 5G deployments, and what is likely to happen next.

Limelight opens up about edge computing revenues, business models
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Limelight said its revenues from edge computing are nearing 20 million so far this year, and that it charges for such services via per-minute CPU usage.

Lockheed Martin CEO envisions 5G remote-controlling US military
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

James Taiclet served as a pilot in the Gulf War under the callsign 'Cheetah23.' Now, as CEO of the Pentagon's largest weapons supplier, he wants to use 5G to control military vehicles.

Intel's data-centric biz takes a Q3 hammering
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

After an April bounce driven by more homeworking thanks to COVID-19, the US chip giant has finally been hit by customers' cost-cutting, despite cloud growth.

FreedomFi wants private wireless to be as easy as launching a website
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Enterprises with coding capabilities are starting to create open source LTE networks with help from a startup called FreedomFi.

Facebook in the crosshairs of possible FTC lawsuit
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Days after Google found itself in court, the FTC is deciding whether to pursue antitrust claims against Facebook over buying WhatsApp and Instagram.

Podcast: Juniper CTO on creating an AI-driven enterprise
CxO Spotlight | 10/23/2020

Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss Juniper's strategy to help build AI-driven enterprises.

Huawei growth slows as US sanctions bite
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

US sanctions are starting to slow Huawei down, with the Chinese vendor reporting a slide in growth and profit margin.

Iliad forms cunning plan to sell Polish towers to Cellnex
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Europe's enfant terrible sets up a deal to sell off Play's mobile towers even before completing the purchase of the Polish operator.

Tesla's 5G stop sign: Self-driving needs 'no connectivity whatsoever'
DanoVision | 10/22/2020

Tesla, the world's most valuable auto maker, plans to charge $10,000 for its new self-driving service. Meanwhile, 5G remains free to users on most top-tier mobile plans.

After Jio, Airtel wants to develop its own gear
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, will develop its own technology across 5G, home broadband and IoT working with local and international firms.

T-Mobile touts rural bona fides
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

T-Mobile is upgrading its 5G network at the rate of 1,000 cell sites a month, including in rural areas. But the operator's rural efforts face plenty of issues.

US Justice Dept: Google paid handset makers for search dominance
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

The US Justice Department sues Google in its biggest antitrust action in 22 years, accusing it and Apple of a multi-billion-dollar secret deal.

Telia picks Nokia for standalone 5G core in six markets
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

Nokia to deploy standalone 5G core in Ericsson's backyard, while the Swedish vendor wins RAN deals in Sweden and Estonia.

Carrier networks must integrate and automate to chase innovation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/20/2020

As COVID-19 speeds up operator need to support a shift in how and where customers access network services, automation and development are key for success.

Qualcomm targets macro cell towers with new chipsets
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Qualcomm to challenge Marvell, Broadcom, Intel and Xilinx in bid to build chipsets for macro cell towers, and possibly expand silicon options for open RAN equipment vendors.

AT&T, T-Mobile take different views on 6G
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

According to some, 6G will support a wide range of science fiction-type services. But others are warning against getting sidetracked by 'shiny objects syndrome.'

Cisco carves away at enterprise WAN complexity with new routers
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Cisco has given its ISR and ASR routers a refresh with the Catalyst 8000 series to provide connectivity and security features in the data center, branch and edge.

Private networks to play growing role in IoT – report
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Transforma Insights forecasts that over 150 million cellular devices will be connected to on-premises private networks by the end of 2030.

No Huawei for bidders in Sweden's 5G auctions
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Sweden has taken a firm line against Huawei and ZTE in its 5G spectrum auctions starting in November.

Verizon, AT&T, Charter, Cox, Dish among C-band bidders
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A number of big names are stepping up to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction, an auction that some expect to raise an astounding $51 billion in bids.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

Juniper splashes $450M on AI hotshot 128 Technology
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Latest deal comes after moves for Mist Systems and Netrounds and is aimed largely at strengthening Juniper's presence in the SD-WAN market.

COVID-19 fails to put brakes on 5G rollout – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A new report from Juniper Research sees 5G accounting for 44% of operator revenue by 2025.

Operators edge toward revenues from low-latency services
DanoVision | 10/16/2020

Edge computing promises to reduce users' latency speeds. And now, some operators are not only addressing the space but seeking revenues from the sale of low-latency services.

ECTA fights Huawei's corner
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

European trade association 'denounces' bans on Chinese suppliers based on geopolitical reasons.

In tit for tat, China to pass law restricting tech exports
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

China's top legislature is set to pass an Export Control Law expanding government controls over tech exports, copying a similar US measure in May.

Eurobites: EU member states map out their cloud future
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE offers immersive soccer coverage; France and the Netherlands want to tame tech titans; Telia goes climate neutral.

SK Telecom to spin off mobility biz and form JV with Uber
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Uber to invest a total of $150m in the new joint venture, which will incorporate SKT's existing mobility business.

T-Mobile's 5G lead begins to widen
DanoVision | 10/15/2020

T-Mobile is on its way toward covering 100 million people with speedy midband 5G this year. And its 5G services are up to 25% cheaper than those from AT&T and Verizon.

How AI could cut bandwidth in video conferences by 90%
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

A new artificial intelligence platform from chipmaker Nvidia promises to reduce bandwidth usage in video conferencing down to one tenth of the H.264 standard.

South Korea pushes back against US pressure on Huawei – report
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Thumbing its nose at Washington's 'Clean Network' campaign, Seoul says it's up to private companies which suppliers they choose.

France and Netherlands take aim at US tech giants
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

State secretaries Cédric O and Mona Keijzer join forces to propose ways of reducing the power of 'gatekeeper' platforms.

Zoom rolls out end-to-end encryption and 'Zapps'
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Zoom announced all its users can access end-to-end encryption from next week, and unveiled 'Zapp' apps in an attempt to grow into a platform.

Telcos cannot scratch the open source itch
Morris Lore | 10/15/2020

Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.

Is 5G auction delay an advantage for Indian telcos?
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

COVID-19 delaying the 5G spectrum sale in India till 2021 may benefit Indian service providers looking for time to get their houses and networks in order.

Vodafone Idea hires IBM for big data push
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Indian operator hopes partnership will slash costs and open up new revenue opportunities.

Huawei, China Mobile pitch network smarts together
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Huawei unveils AI-powered connectivity to untangle network complexity for carriers and enterprise.

Operators call for more vendor support in open source projects
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Broadband World Forum panelists say it's important to get the types of network efficiencies that hyperscale companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have.

Cable's evolutionary path leads to mobile, convergence
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

'Today's cable operators are becoming tomorrow's mobile operators,' Cisco's John Chapman says.

Loss-making Nokia turns to Google Cloud in latest savings move
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Finnish equipment giant will run its IT systems from the public cloud as it looks for ways back to profitability.

Menlo Micro's 'Ideal Switch' touted as major upgrade to 5G
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

According to iPod and iPhone luminary Tony Fadell, Menlo Micro's new product 'is already triggering massive cross-industry upheaval.' It's initially targeted at the 5G sector.

Cable DAA activity perks up
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Commscope cuts off a piece of Comcast's next-gen network biz while Vecima and Technetix connect on a product/sales deal focused on distributed access architectures.

Nokia bags 5G small-cell deal with Chunghwa Telecom
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Taiwan proving something of a 5G stamping ground for the Finnish vendor.

An inside look at Verizon's first 5G MEC customers
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Verizon and its partner Amazon Web Services currently have 5G edge compute centers in five cities with plans to expand that to ten locations by year-end.

STC hops on board the Rakuten Mobile bandwagon
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Japan's disruptive mobile network operator takes the Rakuten Communications Platform on the road to Saudi Arabia.

No rest stops on the road to DOCSIS 4.0
LRTV Interviews | 10/12/2020

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner recap the highlights from last week's Cable Next-Gen Digital Symposium.

Twilio pays $3.2B for data platform Segment
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Cloud platform Twilio, hot on the heels of acquiring SendGrid, now is buying the customer data platform Segment too.

Rakuten's 4G network is still the slowest in Japan
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

According to new findings from Tutela, Rakuten's 4G network in Japan supports 16.16Mbit/s download speeds, which is around 9 Mbit/s slower than the company's competitors.

DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

Cisco's layoffs won't affect 5G focus
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Cisco's previously announced restructuring appears to be getting underway, and 5G isn't expected to be affected. Other areas may not be so lucky.

Cable ops urged to stoke investment in the network
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

DOCSIS 3.1 and upstream spectrum upgrades will provide plenty of capacity runway to cable ops, but 'we cannot take our foot off the gas,' Cox's Jeff Finkelstein says.

Confident Mavenir preps for the public market
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

One of the shining lights in the nascent open RAN space opts to file for an IPO.

CommScope takes aim at HFC's flexible future
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

CommScope's new 'migratable' distributed access device can operate in both remote PHY and remote MACPHY configurations as cable operators continue to explore what path their future HFC networks will take.

OpenRF association hopes to kickstart 5G device sales
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata, Qorvo and Samsung are teaming to make it easier to develop 5G products. But Qualcomm is conspicuous in its absence.

Orange CEO says something is rotten in the state of telecom
Morris Lore | 10/8/2020

Stephane Richard nips into his home office to warn the industry about growing technical debt and urge closer collaboration.

Eurobites: Three UK backs Colt as its preferred provider of backhaul
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson modernizes Airtel's Kenyan network; Arm exec promises 'firewalls' to protect customers' interests after Nvidia takeover; hydrogen fuel cell provides backup for European tower site.

ExxonMobil heads to the edge with Intel
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

ExxonMobil wants to open up its supply chain, and edge compute solutions are key to the strategy.

Comcast Business sizes up symmetrical speed options, home SD-WAN play
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

The pandemic may have slowed the overall rate of growth of cable business services, but it has also presented opportunities to ramp up new products and services, says Comcast Business exec Bob Victor.

Juniper jockeys for position in security space
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

Dell'Oro Group's Mauricio Sanchez says security is still an emerging business area for Juniper but that the company is well positioned there and looking to expand.

Congress suggests reining in Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

US lawmakers released a scathing report calling for the government to curb the market power of Big Tech 'monopolies' after a 16-month investigation.

TMF and MEF tie-up avoids nasty API fork
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

Two prominent standards bodies have come together to prevent a technical divergence that might have been costly.

Ericsson's 6G story centers on 'Internet of senses'
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Ericsson's top researcher painted a 6G picture that involves a 'full sense experience' complete with sights, sounds and haptics that would create multisensory experiences.

Altiostar eyes big future under Rakuten wing
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

The open RAN software developer can justify the hype and the Rakuten investment, says its head of strategy.

If Dish is America's Rakuten, it might be in trouble – analysts
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Rakuten's mobile losses are 'proving much higher than we anticipated,' according to some financial analysts. What that means for Dish Network's 5G ambitions is unclear.

Dish Network's Chairman Ergen seeks $1B for possible M&A
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Dish's Ergen is forming a SPAC called CONX to raise $1 billion for deals in telecom, tech or media, 'including the wireless communications industry.'

Alibaba eyes profit as China cloud gathers head of steam
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

China's cloud business is growing quickly, but its biggest player remains in the shadow of US rivals.

Post offices could be the new edge of 5G networks – report
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

The US Postal Service Office of Inspector General argued that the agency's 31,000 facilities nationwide could play a major role in 5G and edge computing.

India's Airtel puts $13M in Security Intelligence Center
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Bharti Airtel launched the Security Intelligence Center with an investment of INR1000 million, and Airtel Secure, cybersecurity for enterprise customers.

How rising broadband demands might reshape US telecom
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Demand for broadband Internet is at an all-time high. And some providers like AT&T, Windstream, Verizon and Frontier appear to be responding as a result.

UK report cites flaw of 'national significance' in Huawei kit
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Annual Huawei security report again highlights Huawei's ongoing software engineering shortcomings.

Coronavirus speeds up IoT adoption, businesses say
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Seventy-eight percent of businesses adopting IoT say it was key to their lockdown continuity, with 67% increasing the pace of IoT due to the pandemic, says a new study.

5G patent storm brewing – report
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

If you thought smartphone patent wars were already messy then it could be a whole lot worse now that a pile of different industries are looking to harness 5G and other technologies.

Drahi's Altice takeover plan hits a road bump
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

A shareholder in Altice Europe said Drahi's buyout offer significantly undervalues the company.

Amazon Timestream turbocharges IoT database performance
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

AWS claims new serverless system is 1,000 times faster than relational databases and one tenth the cost.

Dish Network: The edge is 'everywhere'
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Dish Network's Marc Rouanne said the company is working to design its coming 5G network so that customers can run network services wherever they wish.

NTT Docomo cracks open 5G fronthaul for carrier aggregation
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Japanese operator demos 'multi-vendor' trial, using O-RAN fronthaul specs, with Fujitsu and NEC.

Germany stops short of Huawei ban, but raises bar to entry
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Germany looks set to strangle the China-based supplier in red tape as scrutiny is extended to the 5G RAN.

Rakuten is off to a slow 5G start
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

The service announced today looks slower than many had hoped, will not be widely available and brings little in the way of device choice or new features.

Microsoft raises the stakes in telecom fight against AWS and Google
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

The software giant must persuade operators to entrust some of their most valuable systems to its public cloud.

Musk makes Starlink IPO guarantee to small investors
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

But they'll have to wait. If a listing does happen it won't be for at least 'several years.'

Huawei mopping up stakes in domestic chip suppliers – report
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

Chinese vendor's Habo Investment arm is said to have acquired stakes in 17 local chip companies in the past year.

Microsoft's pitch to telcos for 5G and beyond
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

The name Azure of Operators doesn't sound exciting, but it represents a way for carriers to partner with a cloud provider that has been quite serious about putting communications and the cloud together.

DriveNets confirmed by AT&T for cloud-native core routing project
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

AT&T confirms it deployed its disaggregated core routing platform with technology from Broadcom, DriveNets and UfiSpace.

Juniper buys Netrounds to hammer networks into shape
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Acquisition of Swedish network testing and monitoring company will strengthen its line-up of automated WAN products, it says.

India considers appealing Hague order in Vodafone tax row
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling retrospective tax laws unfairly penalized the telecoms giant, the Indian government may still appeal.

COVID-19 accelerates race to the cloud – report
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams and more are all benefiting from the enforced need to stay at home.

Prague 5G security debates center on China, open RAN
News Analysis | 9/25/2020

Although the Prague 5G Security Conference was mostly held behind closed doors, officials from the UK and the US discussed topics including open RAN.

The Big 5G Event Recap: 5G stands alone
LRTV Documentaries | 9/25/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Phil Harvey recount some of the highlights of a busy, busy event discussing all things 5G. Standalone 5G stood alone as the big thing to watch in the coming months.

NFV is still making headlines. Should it?
The Wizard of Roz | 9/25/2020

A recent announcement from SKT prompts a few questions about how committed telcos are to radical network transformations.

Huawei sets out its stall for the digital economy
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

At Huawei Connect 2020, held virtually this year, the company emphasized its focus on connectivity, computing, cloud and AI.

Podcast: Radware execs on security threats for 5G and edge computing
LRTV Interviews | 9/24/2020

David Aviv, CTO, and Mike O'Malley, vice president of strategy for Radware, join the podcast to discuss security concerns that companies have in light of 5G deployments and multi-access edge computing.

Starlink's network faces significant limitations, analysts find
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

The financial analysts at Cowen calculated that, in 2026, Starlink will be able to support just 485,000 simultaneous users at 100Mbit/s across the entire US.

Orange says yes to Microsoft Azure MSP party
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Orange Business Services becomes the latest operator to join the Azure partner program established in 2019.

Rakuten adds Tech Mahindra to 'unvendor' dream team
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Indian systems integrator becomes the latest partner for the Rakuten Communications Platform. But is it just another closed ecosystem?

T-Mobile's Neville Ray: 5G will decide if next Apple is from US or China
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Following its acquisition of Sprint, T-Mobile has double AT&T's 5G spectrum holding and the first nationwide standalone 5G network, says its tech president, Neville Ray.

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