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Rakuten unwraps NEC's 5G core
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

NEC will supply Rakuten's 5G core. That's noteworthy considering Rakuten has emerged as a leading player in the global wireless industry's move to open, cloud-based network technology.

Zoom blooms and another boom looms soon
The Philter | 6/2/2020

After attracting 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees and a whole host of weird cocktail parties, the video conference star predicts another killer quarter ahead.

Small US cable op scraps its data cap
The Bauminator | 6/2/2020

Antietam Broadband has eliminated its data usage plans and data caps permanently after relaxing those policies temporarily during the pandemic. Antietam's move could pressure other cable ops to follow suit.

US continues push to keep China out of its telecom networks
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Telecom companies including Huawei, Pacific Networks and ComNet are among those in heated legal disputes with US officials, who are aiming to turn the world against China.

Vodafone bosses boost their pay as jobs are culled
Morris Lore | 6/2/2020

Times are good for the top brass at the UK operator, but less rosy for the service provider's European workforce.

AT&T's Sponsored Data rises again for HBO Max
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

AT&T's smartphone customers won't incur data-usage fees when they watch content from HBO Max. That's likely an indication of AT&T's efforts to ensure the success of the offering.

Cisco donates $5M to anti-discrimination organizations, postpones Cisco Live
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

The event was originally scheduled to run today and Wednesday – which would have marked the first fully virtual Cisco Live US.

Starry's base growing by 10% per month, nearing 100K sub mark – analyst
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Fixed wireless broadband startup is succeeding in a slow, targeted way against rivals in markets such as Boston, but Starry's greater impact on the national US broadband market is still a drop in the bucket.

Digicel embarks on Iliad odyssey
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Beleaguered Caribbean operator sets sail on mobile network JV with French telecoms group.

Telefónica Deutschland opts for Ericsson as 5G core partner
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

German operator prefers to rely on a European supplier for the 'security-relevant' 5G core.

Malaysia minister sidelines regulator with shock 5G directive
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has ordered the regulator to issue 700MHz spectrum to five individual operators.

Viasat cuts staff, sizes up LEO satellite opportunity for rural broadband
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Satellite broadband company has laid off about 300 employees and paused hiring to ease the financial impact of an in-flight business that's been hit hard by a major cut back in air travel during the pandemic.

German 5G industrial plan will punish smaller firms, says Orange exec
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

The industry is still riven over plans to reserve spectrum for companies outside the telecom sector.

Eurobites: Tele2 Sweden goes 5G roaming in Latvia
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators to be 'compensated' for Huawei strip-out; Italy pilots decentralized COVID-19 app; CityFibre poaches some of Ofcom's legal firepower.

Schlichting out, Schwimmer in as Sling TV's top boss
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Warren Schlichting's exit comes amid steepening losses at the Dish-owned OTT-TV service provider.

Dish adds former T-Mobile exec Mayo to 5G buildout recipe
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Dish Network said it hired Dave Mayo, a former T-Mobile network executive, to head up its 'wireless buildout strategy and execution of the company's deployment of the nation's first standalone 5G network.'

Testing giant Rohde & Schwarz kicks off 6G marketing efforts
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Complete with a website, hashtag and possible testing rig, Rohde & Schwarz is looking to take an early lead in the discussion around 6G.

Equinix to buy BCE's data centers for $750M
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

As expected, Canada's BCE said it will sell its data centers to Equinix. The operator joins Verizon, AT&T and others in exiting the data center business.

Podcast: Light Reading's Iain Morris on Huawei's future and what it means for China
LRTV Interviews | 6/1/2020

In this podcast, Light Reading International Editor Iain Morris and Editor-in-Chief Phil Harvey discuss whether stopping Huawei in the US and Europe will do much of anything to slow down China from becoming the world's dominant technology superpower in the next decade. They also examine the most recent court ruling against Huawei's CFO, and what it means as she fights extradition to the US.

Comcast Business tailors new offering for home workers
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

In response to the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the introduction of a new 'At Home' product that provides a dedicated, commercial-grade service paired with a simplified, company-paid billing structure.

BT 5G turns one year old with not much to celebrate
Morris Lore | 6/1/2020

The UK's 5G service does not look like it is off to the flying start that 4G had several years ago.

The biggest 5G challenge for telcos? Learning to collaborate
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

For 5G to succeed, operators and telcos must learn how to forge partnerships and build new businesses across numerous verticals – something they've never done.

SKT kick-starts new TEAC Wave
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

South Korea's largest mobile operator sets in motion a third 'Wave' at its TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) – this time to try and spur 5G edge innovation in a 'post-COVID-19 world.'

Eurobites: Is a Huawei handbrake-turn ahead for UK?
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: investment firms launch bid for MasMovil; Kenyan government proposes new digital levy; management maneuverings at Net Insight.

BT sets out green ambitions post COVID-19
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

UK-based operator launches two new initiatives to help tackle climate change.

Oracle looking to sell 5G core to network operators
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Sensing a sizable opportunity, Oracle is joining the likes of Ericsson, Huawei, Microsoft, HPE and others in selling 5G core services to mobile network operators.

After R&D slog, Nokia's software biz is targeting juicier profits
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The standalone software business of the Finnish vendor was a high-flyer in the first quarter. Despite coronavirus, it is confident of earnings growth this year.

How Attabotics and Microsoft use private LTE to monitor robots
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

A Canadian startup that thinks it can someday do supply chain logistics better than Amazon has partnered with Microsoft for a private LTE network with edge compute for IoT applications.

VMware keeps its vim
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Pandemic hardly lays a glove on Q1.

Will Broadcom step up for DOCSIS 4.0?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Industry sources say Broadcom has halted investment in next-gen DOCSIS technology until it gets financial support from cable operators, including help footing the bill on product development.

WiCipedia: A post-pandemic restructuring opportunity for WiT
WiCipedia | 5/29/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: A free coding bootcamp for African American women in the UK; Google's diversity initiative conundrum; a 'new normal' for women in tech; and more.

O-RAN meets GSMA: The start of a beautiful friendship?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The disruptive wild child of the networks sector meets the established order represented by the GSMA as the two groups announce a partnership.

Eurobites: Virgin Media set to vanish from UK high street
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk Business makes changes at the top; COVID-19 brings a new CEO to Beyond.pl; more data consumption doesn't spell environmental disaster, finds GSMA.

O2-Three UK merger probably should have been allowed
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

EU court ruling to annul EC decision to block O2-Three UK merger comes a little late for Hutchison, but could have implications for future mergers.

AT&T on track to cover 1.1M rural locations with fixed wireless LTE this year
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

AT&T is meeting its CAF-II obligations with LTE fixed wireless technology. Further, AT&T's Igal Elbaz said a broader fixed wireless buildout is 'on the roadmap.' But he wouldn't provide details.

DoD gives $2.7M to fund a 5G spectrum-sharing initiative in Salt Lake City
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Zylinium Research will develop an AI-based spectrum sharing system alongside the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project in Salt Lake City.

Emerging Verizon-Walmart 5G deal covers edge computing too
DanoVision | 5/28/2020

Growing evidence points to a major new agreement between Verizon and Walmart that involves the retailer using Verizon's 5G and edge computing services for a variety of retail offerings.

Shaw joins the gigabit club
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Canadian operator has launched 'Fibre+ Gig,' a DOCSIS 3.1-powered residential broadband product that has ties to Shaw's syndication deal with Comcast.

Google explores 5% stake in Vodafone Idea – report
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The search engine company could be the latest tech giant to enter the Indian telecom sector.

China could be leaning toward 5G in mmWave spectrum
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

There are growing indications that Chinese mobile network operators are looking to expand their 5G offerings into mmWave spectrum, a development that could supercharge the mmWave 5G industry.

Ob-la-di, OIBDA, life goes on for MegaFon
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Russia's second-largest mobile operator claims greater operational efficiency helped it weather the COVID-19 storm during Q1.

The death of Huawei won't stop the rise of China
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The latest US sanctions have brought China's biggest equipment maker to its knees. Even if it collapses, China will be hard to impede.

Singtel underlying profit down 13% as virus, competition bite
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The group posted income of S$1.08 billion (US$760 million) on 5% lower revenue of S$16.54 billion ($11.66 billion).

Eurobites: Nokia makes industry vet Baldauf its new chair
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor has a Hub; Sparkle extends its reach in Brazil; French COVID-19 app gets the green light.

Swiss Salt improves earnings in Q1 2020
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Iliad-owned operator in bullish mood following a positive performance in the first quarter of 2020.

Vodafone Idea continues its Indian journey, for now
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Despite its warnings about a departure from the Indian market, Vodafone Idea looks set to remain in the country.

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente considering private wireless LTE network
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Kaiser Permanente wants to trial a private wireless LTE network working in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum for patient monitoring and critical communications.

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 in Denver is a no-go
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SCTE/ISBE is considering alternative arrangements after receiving notification that the designation of the Colorado Convention Center as a temporary medical facility has been extended through the rest of the year.

Huawei's CFO doesn't get her way in Canadian court
The Philter | 5/27/2020

Canada's Supreme Court will allow its government to proceed with extradition hearings against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is accused by US authorities of fraud and sanctions violations.

HBO Max lands Comcast deal on launch day
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Existing Comcast HBO subs can get HBO Max for no added cost via the HBO Max app and website. Plans are underway to bring the HBO Max app to Comcast X1 and Flex boxes.

US cable accelerates broadband gains in Q1
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

And new proprietary data from Comlinkdata shows how much runway some individual US cable ops still have against DSL and FTTN broadband competition and the exposure they face from FTTP.

T-Mobile reportedly close to hiring a new CFO
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The employment contract for T-Mobile's longtime CFO Braxton Carter ends in July. According to a new report, CEO Mike Sievert is close to hiring a replacement.

America's big midband spectrum auction for 5G clears another obstacle
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SES and Intelsat have agreed to the FCC's C-Band plans, a development that brings critical midband spectrum for 5G one step closer to US wireless network operators.

Airtel promoters sell 2.75% stake worth $1B to clear debt
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Indian operator has improved its balance sheet position with the sale of a stake in its business.

Russia's MTS looks to digital upside in pandemic
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Russian service provider has lowered guidance for the fiscal year but hopes the coronavirus pandemic could spur the transition to digital services.

5G wacky races
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Different spectrum vehicles partly explain why 5G operators are traveling at varying speeds (but there's more to 5G race-performance than a nifty acceleration pedal).

South Korean telcos make a play for another pay-TV asset
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

All three South Korean telcos – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – are making a play for HCN, a unit of Hyundai Department Store.

Packet staffing up network edge as part of Equinix
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Bare metal automation specialist Packet, now part of Equinix, says software talent will add value to the network edge.

Ericsson is not following Nokia into the unChinese Open RAN Policy Coalition
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Swedish equipment maker remains on the outside of a group promoting a technology that forms part of the US attack on China's Huawei.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, semiconductors and Joe Rogan
LRTV Documentaries | 5/27/2020

This week the newly Spotifyed podders ponder the politics of 5G and 6G, among other hot topics.

UK's EE sees 45% rise in chat app traffic amid COVID-19 lockdown
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

BT-owned mobile operator tracks changing usage habits of communications services during the UK lockdown.

GTT CEO Calder sets his exit
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The exec wraps up a 13-year stint at a surging upstart carrier that very rarely sat still.

Big advertisers want to defer payments, tweak deals with Quibi – report
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Quibi's initial numbers are not hitting the mark for some major advertisers that reportedly are seeking to change their terms with the mobile-focused, short-form premium video service.

Things get tense between Dish and T-Mobile
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Dish Network said it loaned T-Mobile 600MHz spectrum to increase network capacity during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead, Dish claims T-Mobile used the spectrum to attempt to gain more customers.

Broadcasters place 'NextGen TV' bet in Las Vegas
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Sinclair, Nexstar and Scripps have lit up ATSC 3.0 signals for four stations, creating the foundation for a wave of new apps and services that could include 4K video, targeted ads, VoD and immersive audio.

Operators hope for a VR catalyst to 5G
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are among the 5G operators rallying around a new batch of virtual and augmented reality devices that could eventually boost their service revenues.

Nokia plays catch-up in 400G Ethernet gear
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Nokia is touting new 400G products following its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, but some argue competitors including Infinera, Ciena, Cisco and Juniper Networks beat it to the party.

Cable broadband access equipment market will rebound, eventually
Column | 5/26/2020

But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.

SmarTone joins Hong Kong's 5G party, promising full coverage in a year
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

SmarTone has unveiled its 5G service in Hong Kong, eight weeks behind competitors, claiming to offer the 'widest' indoor and outdoor coverage.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia cozies up to Google via Noovle acquisition
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fanfare in the Nordics; Orange Money adds channels; AWS gives its blessing to Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

Telia, Tele2 and Three trumpet Swedish 5G launches
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Three of Sweden's four mobile network operators vie for market leadership as they signal commercial 5G networks launches.

Podcast: Colt CEO Keri Gilder on new opportunities and global expansion
CxO Spotlight | 5/26/2020

After 18 months as its chief commercial officer, Keri Gilder has taken the top job at Colt Technology Services and, in this podcast, she speaks with Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Colt's network is different and how she'll tackle leading a carrier during a pandemic.

Huawei moves to guarantee chip supply
News Analysis | 5/25/2020

China's biggest maker of network equipment and smartphones is seeking new chip suppliers as the latest US sanctions loom.

Huawei befuddled by reports of total 5G ban in UK
News Analysis | 5/23/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor faces a complete exclusion from the UK's 5G market, according to mainstream press reports.

AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

SeaChange's video biz takes hit as COVID-19-caused delays mount
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Says the video delivery sector has been 'meaningfully impacted' by the pandemic, slowing deployment decisions on the vendor's new Framework platform for cloud and on-prem services.

Netflix gives its subscriber list a good scrub
The Bauminator | 5/22/2020

In a display of goodwill and confidence in its underlying business, Netflix has begun to auto-cancel subscriptions that have been inactive for a year, estimating that it pertains to a small sliver of its base.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

Vodafone taps beer chief for chairman role
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer to replace Gerard Kleisterlee in November 2020.

Mixed Q1 messages from Axiata
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Things are going well in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, but not so good in Malaysia and Nepal.

Eurobites: Vodacom South Africa 'decouples' from parent company
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Northern Ireland turns away from the UK's COVID-19 app; 5G fails to capture the imagination; Openreach tweaks product terms as office lock-out continues.

HPE to make bigger 'aaS' of itself with $800M cost-cutting plan
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The IT giant looks set to announce thousands of layoffs and speed up its services transition after a disappointing set of results.

WiCipedia: Women in tech roles hit hard by pandemic
WiCipedia | 5/22/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The N95 mask's origin story; women in tech concerned about job loss; Intel announces new diversity goals; and more.

China's 5G subs may be overstated by 40%
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The huge gap between subscriber totals and number of devices sold shows that, for all the hype, China's 5G is still a game of giveaways.

Top ten takeaways from the tower industry's terrific teleconference
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

Also, it happened on a Tuesday (which would reinforce the alliteration in the headline) but I decided that thing was totally tiring.

Podcast: 5G Americas President Chris Pearson on momentum for standalone 5G
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/21/2020

Pearson shares his forecast for when standalone 5G will emerge and the potential barriers to commercial deployment.

India postpones 5G spectrum sale to 2021
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

India will auction spectrum later this year, but it is not including 5G airwaves in the sale.

Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore | 5/21/2020

He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.

T-Mobile offers free service to first responders, but rivals shouldn't fret just yet
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

T-Mobile's 'Connecting Heroes' offers free service to all US public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS departments. But there are plenty of caveats.

Comcast: We're 'fully committed' to Full Duplex DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Comcast's affirmation of that commitment comes amid chatter that the cable op has reassessed its near-term engineering priorities during the pandemic. Still, that decision could impact suppliers involved in the project.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Openreach's fiber splurge is a boon for non-Chinese vendors
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Nokia and Adtran look set to profit as the UK incumbent ups rollout targets and works to limit its reliance on Huawei.

Samsung raves about fab six
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

South Korean behemoth starts work on sixth domestic foundry to bolster chip-manufacturing capacity using advanced sub-5nm process technology.

Altice Europe maintains 2020 outlook despite 'challenging backdrop'
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Telecoms group reports 3.6% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020, with a slight rise in EBITDA.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

US prepares for a 6G fight
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

One of the premier US telecom standards organizations is now pushing for a new public-private partnership to ensure the US 'will be at the forefront of 6G development and deployment.'

Airtel's latest results are a pleasant surprise
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The Indian operator has been under pressure ever since archrival Jio entered the market, but its latest figures are cause for some optimism.

T-Mobile's 5G reaches 1 Gbit/s, and that's just the beginning
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

T-Mobile said it scored a 1Gbit/s speed test on its 5G network in New York City – and that transmission didn't even use two of the three 'layers' in T-Mobile's promised 5G 'layer cake.'

AT&T to halt '5G Evolution' advertising, but the icon will remain
DanoVision | 5/20/2020

AT&T said it will comply with the National Advertising Review Board and will discontinue its '5G Evolution' adverting. But its '5GE' icon will stay.

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