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DZS posts record sales as it grapples with supply chain constraints
Broadband World News | 8/3/2021

Recent influx of RFP activity is presently 'dominated' by 10-Gig XGS-PON and network orchestration needs, DZS president and CEO says.

Lumen to sell network assets serving 6M customers for $7.5B
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

In a move aimed at focusing its business on fiber-fed customers and big businesses, Lumen has struck a deal with Apollo to offload a large part of its US network, The WSJ reports.

T-Mobile to shutter Sprint's LTE network on June 30, 2022
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

'Moving customers who are on old networks onto modern, advanced high-speed networks means they will need to have phones and devices that can tap into the latest technologies,' T-Mobile said.

Telegram sends 2.0 messages to social media rivals
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

UAE-based instant messaging platform says it can now support 1,000 people on a video call.

China sidelines foreign vendors in giant 5G tenders
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Foreign vendors have again been sidelined in China's latest blockbuster 5G tender.

Is Shentel offering a blueprint for the future of broadband?
DanoVision | 8/3/2021

Shentel has historically been a cable and mobile provider, but is now transitioning into a fiber and fixed wireless network operator. It plans to more than double its coverage footprint in the process.

Cybersecurity firm blames China for attacks on Asian telcos
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Cybereason says 'multiple threat actors' from China have infiltrated carriers in Southeast Asia. Some attacks, say the cybersecurity firm, go back to 2017.

Crackdown slows Alibaba's e-commerce, cloud growth
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Alibaba tries to spend its way to rejuvenate its flagging growth, as the likes of JD and Meituan nip at its heels and regulators stare hard at it.

Whatever Huawei did, the case against Meng looks spiteful
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Huawei's chief financial officer is back in a Canadian courtroom this week and her extradition case could run for years.

Orange sets sail with SES
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

The two partners expand their existing collaboration to provide satellite services to the maritime industry.

Harmonic poised to pass Cisco in CMTS market share, CEO says
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Fueled by expanding deployments of its cloud native 'CableOS' platform, Harmonic believes it will soon only trail CommScope in the CMTS market.

What lies ahead for India's Vodafone Idea?
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Recent judgment rejecting telcos' appeal to rework the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues again puts a question mark over Vodafone Idea's survival in India.

Maximizing the 5G opportunity: Trailblazing for the next decade of services
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 8/3/2021

This video covers Juniper's view on the implications of 5G on the network infrastructure and how technology and business models need to evolve to address the new use cases.

DirecTV separates from AT&T, unveils 'DirecTV Stream' brand
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

The new DirecTV represents the former AT&T US and Puerto Rico video unit covering satellite, streaming and IPTV services, but not HBO Max, which is staying with AT&T's WarnerMedia unit.

Broadband bill gets closer – here are the takeaways
DanoVision | 8/2/2021

The Senate is now scheduled to debate legislation that would set aside $65 billion for broadband in the US. Here are six takeaways from the newest version of this proposal.

Dish Network to launch new wireless postpaid brand next year
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all encouraging their prepaid customers to sign up for more profitable postpaid services. Dish's forthcoming postpaid brand is 'a huge opportunity for us to do the same.'

Hong Kong aims for $160M in Asia's 5G spectrum wave
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Hong Kong is aiming to raise at least HK$1.24 billion ($159.5 million) from a 5G spectrum auction across five different bands.

Zoom to stump up $85M for zoombombing and user privacy
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Video conferencing specialist agrees to a settlement, but denies wrongdoing.

Podcast: Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek on the growth of 'community' broadband
CxO Spotlight | 8/2/2021

Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek joins the podcast to talk about how she's helped build a company that keeps growing as more and more community broadband providers deploy fiber.

Arianespace orbits big sats for Embratel, Eutelsat
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Arianespace launches big telco sats for Embratel and Eutselsat, including a reconfigurable telco satellite. But can it keep competing with SpaceX?

Consolidated expands fiber and gigabit rollout
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Competitive broadband provider extended fiber-fueled 1-Gig service to 122,000 more homes and small businesses in the first half of 2021 and plans to more than double its reach to 300,000 locations by year-end.

DOCSIS isn't dead in the UK, Liberty Global CEO says
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

DOCSIS will be part of the UK network 'for a long time to come,' says Mike Fries. Meanwhile, Liberty Global will take multiple paths to 10-Gig in Europe that include FTTP, DOCSIS 4.0 and wholesale partnerships, he says.

Cloud Metro – One converged Metro for the 5G era
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 8/2/2021

Learn about how 5G is transforming the Metro, which is creating both opportunities and challenges for network operators, and how Juniper's Cloud Metro portfolio can help with this transformation.

Equinix scores $1.7 billion in Q2 revenue plus Fortune 500 status
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

The data center specialist expects total revenues for 2021 to range between $6.6 and $6.7 billion, a 10% to 11% increase since 2020.

Bell, Rogers and Telus nab Canada's midband 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

The auction made roughly 200MHz of spectrum available, but 50MHz was reserved for smaller bidders. Rogers doled out the largest amount of cash, with total bids of around $2.6 billion.

Podcast: Gary Bolton on training the next wave of fiber techs
LRTV Interviews | 7/30/2021

Gary Bolton, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the newly launched Optical Telecom Installation Certification (OpTIC) program, a new training and certification curriculum for fiber techs in North America.

Casa Systems says cable network upgrade activity is heating up
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Not all of that action showed up in the Q2 numbers, but Casa is seeing operator interest head toward next-gen projects such as distributed access architectures, virtual CCAPs and 'high-split' upstream upgrades.

Amazon's cloud and ads rocket even as growth slows
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Amazon's rocketing growth has come down to earth as people leave home, but its AWS and ads businesses are climbing sky-high.

Huawei, once a 5G leader, can't offer 5G in its newest phones
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Huawei's new smartphones won't have 5G. Instead, they will use Qualcomm chips to connect to 4G networks. It's a shocking turnabout for a company that was just last year the world's biggest smartphone vendor.

Liberty Global Q2 slowdown in customer net add
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Strides made in revenue and adjusted EBITDA. Iliad submits a non-binding offer for UPC Poland.

Xavier Niel launches bid to take Iliad private
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

French billionaire pursues his goal of becoming a leading telecoms player in Europe with a €3.1 billion offer.

Broadband pace slows at Charter year-over-year, but still beats estimates
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Overall cable sales activity decelerated in Q2 2021, but Charter still managed to deliver another 400,000 broadband subs and tack on another 265,000 mobile lines in the period.

Telefónica back to black between firesales, fiber
News Analysis | 7/30/2021

Telefónica sees net debt dip 30% between tower sales and O2-Virgin. Latin America suggests it can actually earn money, not just sell family silver.

WiCipedia: What's it like being the only girl in STEM class?
WiCipedia | 7/30/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Nearly half of women feel they are overlooked for promotions; there's a new CEO in robot-land; and what it's like being the only girl in class.

Exploring 5G security strategy considerations
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/30/2021

Albert Lew, director of product line management from Juniper Networks, joins Light Reading Editor Phil Harvey to discuss some of the key strategy considerations when it comes to 5G security.

T-Mobile execs won't sweat losses to AT&T, Dish
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

AT&T outpaced T-Mobile in postpaid customer additions, and Dish Network plans to shift its business away from T-Mobile. But in response, T-Mobile raised its customer and financial growth expectations.

The keys to unlocking the operator's path to super-aggregation
Guest Perspectives | 7/29/2021

To realize this pursuit, operators must explore and understand the benefits of streaming, optimize their backends for streaming and pursue low-latency techniques and capabilities.

Samsung boosts income 73% on higher chip prices, demand
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Samsung Electronics has ridden the chip shortage to deliver boost earnings and revenue despite a fall in handset sales.

BT shares slide on Q1 dip, heated broadband rivalry
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

The UK incumbent nonetheless continues to make quiet progress in trimming costs.

Facebook sees 56% growth but fears regulators, iOS
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Facebook recorded its fastest growth in five years, but iOS has yet to bite, and politicians increasingly blame it for vaccine misinformation.

Could Inmarsat offer the world's best private 5G network?
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Under a plan crafted by Nokia's former CEO, satellite provider Inmarsat plans to come down to Earth and build terrestrial, private 5G networks in places like ports, straits and airports.

Podcast: NTT tracks Kaseya ransomware attack
LRTV Interviews | 7/29/2021

The Kaseya ransomware attack is the latest in a trend of bad actors working together to target the supply chain.

Peacock's global streaming strategy takes flight with Sky
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Comcast and NBCU execs insist that the relatively new streaming service can scale up and succeed without M&A, but left the door open to partnerships that can push global distribution.

Orange hails stronger Q2 amid fiber splurge
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Spain remains the group's problem child in Q2, as group revenue growth accelerates and core profits stabilize further.

Congress may ask for 100Mbit/s download speeds in 'underserved' areas
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

The draft of the broadband section of the new infrastructure bill seems to show that Congress is gently moving the goalposts on what qualifies as an adequately served broadband community.

Comcast hints at accelerated DOCSIS 4.0 rollout as it rakes in more broadband subs in Q2
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Broadband gains also fueled the addition of 280,000 mobile lines in Q2, a quarterly record that sent Xfinity Mobile's grand total past 3.38 million lines.

Virgin dooms DOCSIS in UK with fiber-for-all plan
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

The UK operator is likely to have jettisoned its cable network by the late 2020s as it embarks on a big full-fiber rollout.

Service management and orchestration unlocking the true potential of open RAN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/29/2021

Learn about key considerations and success factors for O-RAN Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) and RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) implementation, and how Juniper is addressing the problem of network slicing in 5G networks.

Nokia, firing on most cylinders, expects an extra €1B in sales
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

The Finnish equipment maker's share price soars in Helsinki after it lifts guidance on a strong set of results.

Qualcomm sings a song of diversification
News Analysis | 7/29/2021

Qualcomm has begun touting its IoT business, which posted $1.4 billion in revenues during Qualcomm's most recent quarter, a figure that's up 83% from the same quarter a year ago.

'Accelerated move churn' halts Altice USA's broadband momentum in Q2
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

On the mobile side, Altice USA remains happy with its T-Mobile deal, but is keeping an eye on the MVNO market amid the new Dish-AT&T deal and revised agreements Comcast and Charter have cut with Verizon.

T-Mobile thumbs nose at Dish with new prepaid promotion
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

T-Mobile's prepaid brand is offering a free 5G phone and unlimited 5G data services for $25 per month, or roughly half of what Dish's Boost Mobile charges.

Apple takes pole position in the 5G race
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Demand for the high-speed technology is fueling take-up of its latest iPhone, according to CEO Tim Cook.

Juniper nets $1.2 billion for Q2 despite supply chain struggles
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Juniper experienced growth of 8% year-over-year, but the pandemic's impact on manufacturing and availability of hardware components such as silicon chips continues to ripple throughout the telecom industry.

O2 Germany raises outlook after strong Q2
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

CEO hails record half-year growth for German operator since E-Plus merger in 2015.

Microsoft posts cloud-fueled Q4 blockbuster
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Little not to like for shareholders as tech behemoth surpasses analyst expectations again and bags $16.5 billion net profit.

The great fiber buildout awaits
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Fiber-fed telcos and ISPs anticipate funds for big broadband buildouts, but they'll be challenged by competing technologies, incumbent dominance and an ever-widening digital divide.

Mapping out edge computing: How dense is it?
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Based on publicly available data from edge computing companies ranging from Verizon to Amazon to Google to EdgeConneX, there aren't more than a few dozen computing locations across the entire US.

National broadband programs set to provide an 'uplift of our entire model,' Calix CEO says
Broadband World News | 7/28/2021

Though government-backed broadband programs tend to be larger than many expect, they also 'take longer than you think,' says Carl Russo, who has just added the title of chairman.

TIM struggles as countrymen refuse to lend it their ears
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

The Italian phone incumbent is still losing mobile customers despite its launch of 5G services, and it is running low on assets to sell.

Huawei demotes AV chief over Tesla 'killing' comments
News Analysis | 7/28/2021

Su Jing clears desk, gets sent for further 'training,' after suggesting autonomous cars will inevitably cause road deaths.

Colt cooks up remote access SD-WAN service
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

Colt says Remote Access provides users with secure access to their business data and applications, based on their role or profile, from any location.

New York backs off $15/month broadband
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

A newly reported settlement between the state and telecom trade associations likely puts to rest an effort to require broadband providers in New York to offer a $15 tier of service.

MediaTek: We will not be deterred
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

MediaTek, which is locked in an increasingly contentious battle with rival Qualcomm, this week raised its 2021 annual revenue growth target from around 40% to above 45%.

Intel turns chipmaker for Qualcomm in odd couple tie-up
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

The US chips giant has named Qualcomm as the first customer of its new foundry business, raising questions about a conflict of interest.

Sling TV extends price hike to existing subs
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

Driven by rising programming costs, the move follows a price increase for new Sling TV customers introduced in January and the expiration of a one-year price guarantee that took hold last July.

China tech clampdown now targets edutech and market abuses
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

China's tech crackdown continues to roll on, this time targeting edutech and anti-competitive behavior by Internet firms.

Confident KPN plans share buyback after a pleasing Q2
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

The Dutch incumbent manages to beat earnings estimates yet again and maintains its 2021 forecast amid rising fiber costs.

Standalone shaping up to be 5G's next big flop
Morris Lore | 7/27/2021

The industry is aflutter about the souped-up version of 5G, but everyone else should curb their enthusiasm.

BT makes Safe bet on security – Omdia
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

BT's 'multi million pound' investment in cyber risk specialist will allow it a much more proactive role within organizations, says Omdia analyst Adam Etherington.

Podcast: Lumen security VP on how to catch a RAT
LRTV Interviews | 7/27/2021

Lumen's Mike Benjamin joins the podcast to provide insight into a new remote access trojan, and explain who and what the bad actors were targeting.

FCC OKs $311M in RDOF payments, pledges to 'clean up' program
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

That clean up includes letters to almost 200 RDOF auction winners, including Elon Musk's Starlink, that could result in withdrawals of funding for areas already served with broadband.

AT&T deal grants Dish 'a new lease on life' – analyst
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Dish upgrade from MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett holds that a new long-term network service agreement with AT&T reduces the risk of a Dish bankruptcy while also giving Dish critical time to build its 5G network.

Did wireless win the battle over broadband symmetry?
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Some lobbyists have urged policymakers to define broadband as at least 100 Mbit/s upstream and downstream. But there are indications those requirements might be loosened – paving the way for wireless.

Spain's post office set to enter crowded telecoms market
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Reports say Correos is on the verge of launching an MVNO and also plans to offer fiber and local cloud storage services.

Lumen finds the right price for its Latin American business
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Private equity company Stonepeak agreed to buy Lumen's Latin American business for $2.7 billion. Whether that deal will pave the way for Lumen to sell its US-based DSL business to Apollo remains to be seen.

Q2 earnings: Snap and Twitter not just Corona kids
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Snapchat and Twitter both smash Q2 expectations, as Twitter's ad shakeup finds its sweet spot and both platforms concoct new plans for e-commerce.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending July 23
LRTV Documentaries | 7/26/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included some spectrum auction and siesta news from Spain, an update on how Verizon moved forward with a fabulous, free 5G phone promotion, and you'll find out what US city took a gamble on building a network that covered 65 square miles with broadband in just 45 days.

Ericsson 5G deal with O2 cements its core dominance in UK
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

While the government worries about RAN diversity, UK operators have become heavily reliant on Ericsson for their 5G cores.

ATX plots path to DOCSIS 4.0
CxO Spotlight | 7/23/2021

Components makers are in the design phase, but ATX plans to reveal its 1.8GHz product roadmap this fall with a mix of line extenders, multi-port amplifiers and, possibly, a booster-type amp, CTO Jay Lee says.

Vodafone CEO teases M-Pesa IPO
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Nick Read underlines shareholder value message on presentation of Q1 results, exploring options to make African money transfer platform a separate legal entity and allowing 'inorganic opportunities' going forward.

Intel warns of shortages, but trumpets open RAN
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

'I think I've only been on three major service provider calls this week,' said Intel's Pat Gelsinger. 'They are really starting to look at those deployments at scale.'

Five things we learned about the Dish/AT&T deal
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

As the dust settles on the new Dish Network deal with AT&T, it's clear that some Dish customers will still need new phones, and that Dish's erstwhile partner T-Mobile stands to lose billions of dollars.

Another AGR blow to India telcos – especially Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

India's Supreme Court rejected the appeal by telcos, including Vodafone Idea, to rectify the 'errors' in the Adjusted Gross Revenue calculations.

Consolidated caps sales of MobiTV-powered 'CCiTV' service
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

With an increased focus on broadband, Consolidated now touts AT&T TV, FuboTV and Philo among its featured streaming TV partners, and hinted at more streaming partnerships to come.

Vocus goes private for $2.6B in frothy Australian market
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Low interest rates have fueled a flurry of telco deals and listings in Australia and New Zealand.

Eurobites: Macron changes phone in bid to thwart Pegasus
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how phone signals help sell houses; Proximus joins 25GS-PON MSA massive; Sky adds HDRUHD to sports coverage.

5G core spend is on a roll, says Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

China sets 5GC pace, but overall mobile core network is expected to grow at a much slower rate over the next five years.

Akamai outage is latest warning about Internet dependency
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

A small number of companies, most of them based in America, now play host to critical systems used globally.

Crown Castle delays small cell buildout
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Crown Castle said it plans to construct just 5,000 small cells during 2021 and another 5,000 during 2022. That's half what it had previously planned to do.

Spain doles out 700MHz spectrum for $1.1B
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Low-key low-band auction over in a day. Sum raised barely up above reserve price.

Podcast: The Divide – Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'
LRTV Interviews | 7/22/2021

This week: Paul Gaske, EVP and GM of North America at Hughes, on how the company is meeting demand for faster broadband with a new $600 million satellite, why he disagrees that fiber is "future proofed" and more.

Comcast taps long-haul tech to monitor expanding fiber access network
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Venk Mutalik, a Comcast engineer, developed 'XMF,' a monitoring system powered by spectrum analyzer chips used in ROADMs. XFM reduces the time to pinpoint fiber cuts from two hours to about 90 seconds, Comcast says.

EXFO rejects Viavi's latest offer
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

According to EXFO, Viavi has been chasing a merger between the two since November, when Viavi offered to acquire EXFO at $4.75 per share. EXFO just rejected Viavi's latest offer of $8 per share.

Open RAN adds to 6G dilemma
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Ericsson reckons the in-vogue technology concept will be a 'fundamental' part of 6G, opening another Pandora's box for the mobile industry.

AT&T clarifies Dish, Microsoft deals – and that free phone promotion
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

AT&T added a massive number of new mobile customers to its network in the second quarter, just as the ink dried on its new MVNO agreement with Dish Network and its core network agreement with Microsoft.

Hulu's live TV service streams to Comcast's Flex platform
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

New subscribers to Hulu's SVOD/pay-TV combo will soon be able to sign up directly from Flex, a streaming platform that Comcast tailors to its base of broadband-only customers.

AT&T adds 246K fiber subs in Q2, expects to 'step up' pace later in year
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Company claims nearly 80% of new fiber broadband adds are new AT&T broadband customers. Meanwhile, AT&T's pay-TV losses have slowed as company nears the spin-out of DirecTV.

Vantage point: Vodafone spinoff nets 200 tenancies
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Vodafone's former tower owner Vantage Towers, which spun off in March, met Q1 revenue targets as more European telcos look to do the same with theirs.

Eurobites: Too many in UK still struggling to afford connectivity – Ofcom
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Private 5G? Ericsson and Three are milking it; Sterlite buys Clearcomm; EE gets an A* from RootMetrics.

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