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Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Biden's broadband plan ends era of 'hands-off' regulation
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.

Orange adds Poland JV to European infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.

Podcast: The Divide – Scott Willis and Bruce Garrison on the 'collective ecosystem' required to reach the underserved
CxO Spotlight | 4/8/2021

This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.

Four questions dogging T-Mobile's 5G fixed wireless ambitions
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.

Eurobites: T-Mobile Netherlands goes Dutch on fiber venture
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lutz Schüler named as boss of post-merger Virgin Media/O2 entity; Ericsson does 5G in Malta; UK sets up new regulatory unit to tame tech titans.

WOW to unleash data caps in June, starting in Chicago
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

WOW's new policy, which includes a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig customers, arrives amid a 'broadband-first' posture and a steering of high-speed Internet customers to OTT-TV options such as YouTube TV and Philo.

Eurobites: Ericsson and friends try W-band for 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.

Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions
DanoVision | 4/5/2021

Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.

Starlink's threat to wired broadband 'minimal' – analyst
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

But SpaceX's satellite broadband service is poised to be a 'game-changer' for rural US coverage and in position to pursue a much larger global market, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

The nature of upstream network usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says
Broadband World News | 4/2/2021

Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

Podcast: The Divide – Fiber Broadband Association's Gary Bolton on the 'good news, good news' for fiber
CxO Spotlight | 4/1/2021

This week, Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, joins the show to discuss why the US needs to put fiber first, why satellite broadband could be a 'disaster' for communities and more.

FiberCop is go after KKR and Fastweb firm up stakes
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Telecom Italia completes FiberCop agreements with two shareholders, but many obstacles remain on route to create the ultimate 'AccessCo.'

Biden's big infrastructure plan targets broadband access, puts subsidy programs on notice
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'

Huawei short on answers to chips crunch as growth stalls
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia foments industrial revolution
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.

Muni broadband projects win funding to tackle digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/30/2021

US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.

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.

Eurobites: UK broadband subsidy scheme comes under fire
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.

Meet Echo and Bifrost, Facebook's new subsea cables
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.

NBN Co stretching limits of mmWave as it preps 5G
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia trials XGS-PON
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?

GeoLinks to test Tarana's fixed wireless tech
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.

AT&T to Biden: Don't leave 5G out of infrastructure spending frenzy
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

AT&T and others argue that federal requirements for 1Gbit/s connections would prevent 5G and other fixed wireless technologies from cashing in on a spending plan that could top $3 trillion.

Why AT&T's capex dipped during COVID-19, and what's next
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

AT&T's capital expenses dipped from $19.4 billion in 2019 to just $15.6 billion in 2020. However, thanks to a focus on 5G and fiber in the network, AT&T's spending will likely be different this year.

Verizon sells some 5G spectrum to GeoLinks
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Verizon sold an estimated 10% of its mmWave spectrum holdings to fixed wireless provider GeoLinks. The licenses couldn't support mobile operations.

Europe's telcos won't spend €300B, whatever ETNO says
Morris Lore | 3/25/2021

The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.

Podcast – The Divide: Blair Levin and Clint Odom on digital equity and inclusion
LRTV Interviews | 3/25/2021

This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.

Salt hails strong end to a less than sunny year
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Swiss operator manages to keep figures stable despite the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Stimulus projects poised to offset risk of new broadband regulations – analyst
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

With so much focus on a possible reinstatement of net neutrality rules under Biden, not enough attention has been given to the upside potential from stimulus spending, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Benu Networks bolts on SASE and 5G services to broadband gateway
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Benu Networks has updated its Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway to operate in cloud-native environments, and has added SASE functionality and 5G wireless/wireline convergence capabilities.

Eurobites: Arqiva to help power Musk's satellite broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN forms joint venture to accelerate fiber rollout; Qualcomm joins agri-robot trials; Orange shines in Tutela market report.

Shaw deal would make Rogers king of Canadian cable/broadband
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.

'Fiber curtain' divides trans-Pacific capacity market
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

US bans are straining the trans-Pacific bandwidth market, with FCC moves to shut down two more Chinese operators another sign of a fracturing sector.

Infinera expects commercial XR Optics in 2022
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Industry consortium backing the nascent tech to be unveiled within a matter of months.

Project Gigabit, or how to waste £5B of UK taxpayers' money
Morris Lore | 3/19/2021

Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.

US telcos and cablecos could start getting stimulus checks, too
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.

Podcast – The Divide: Ribbon's Bruce McClelland on economics and politics of rural broadband
CxO Spotlight | 3/18/2021

Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.

BT to build fiber 'like fury' after Ofcom ruling
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned £12 billion FTTP investment.

Why 10Gig is the right PON play today
Guest Perspectives | 3/17/2021

While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.

Nokia will cut up to 10,000 more jobs after Huawei gains 16,000
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

The Finnish vendor has already cut about 11,000 jobs in the last two years and today warns that another 10,000 may have to go.

AT&T to plant fiber in 3M+ locations this year, sizes up 4M more in 2022
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Tied into a broader fixed/mobile network plan, AT&T will stay aggressive with its fiber buildout, and hinted that it could take a closer look at opportunities in rural areas.

AT&T serves up 5G plans with healthy dose of pragmatism
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

AT&T's C-band buildout plans trail those from rivals Verizon and T-Mobile. Perhaps as a result, AT&T executives offered a relatively sober assessment of the 5G opportunity.

Cable upstream channel purchases almost doubled in Q4 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.

Gogo delays 5G launch due to chipset shortages
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Gogo had planned to launch a 5G network for in-flight Wi-Fi sometime this year, but chipset shortages will delay that launch until 2022.

Boardroom bust-up brewing over Jansen's BT plans
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

After the surprise exit of chairman Jan du Plessis, BT's CEO Philip Jansen now faces a restive boardroom over his plans for a swift overhaul.

Comcast downstream upgrade shifts 1-Gig to 1.2 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Speed boosts for select tiers were activated March 9 in MSO's Central Division, with East and West on deck. Comcast has also goosed the downstream speeds of its Prepaid Internet and Internet Essentials products nationwide.

O2 hires new radio boss after splitting CTO role
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Omar Calvo will take charge of radio engineering after the departure of CTO Brendan O'Reilly at the start of the year.

Starlink seeks link to planes, trucks and other moving vehicles
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Meanwhile, Starlink parent SpaceX claims Viasat is attempting to 'gaslight' the FCC about collisions and space debris concerns, and is tangling with Dish over the 12GHz band.

TIM wants another headcount shave – report
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Italian incumbent looks to trim workforce by up to 1,300 through voluntary scheme.

Globalstar's parent company slowly stirs 5G assets
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Although Thermo's leadership says the company just wants to be a spectrum provider, its strategic alliances and investments suggest there could be a bigger strategy.

Eurobites: CityFibre considers another stake sale to further fiber ambitions
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone talks up open RAN; Deutsche Telekom teams up on electric vehicle charging tech; what's Welsh for 'your call is important to us'?

Charter's rural network buildout 'like cable M&A'
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

With few buying opportunities on the market, extending Charter's network with regular edge-outs and the RDOF auction is the next best thing, CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Broadcom sees strong demand as customers order early
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

US chipmaker said 90% of its 2021 supply has already been ordered by customers, but its CEO says there is no reason to panic.

Eurobites: Fiber flourishes in France
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify complaint could spell EU trouble for Apple; Equinix opens data center in Bordeaux; Ericsson's Ekholm sounds off on 5G.

Nokia has cut 11,000 jobs in effort to boost profit
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor's just-published annual report reveals the full human cost of its most recent cost-saving initiative.

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.

Cookies crumble: Google renounces ad tracking
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Google said its Chrome browser will stop using cookies or alternative tools to track individual users' browsing, though it's not quite that simple.

BT sale of Openreach stake likelier after Sunak's budget – bank
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

The UK telecom incumbent benefits from a tax 'super-deduction' that should make it look more attractive to investors.

Telefónica's Brazil biz scores fiber deal with CDPQ
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Independent open-access wholesale operator, dubbed FiBrasil, set up in collaboration with Canada-based investment group.

Mentor Spotlight: This 'doctor' researches a cure for GPON vendor interoperability
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/4/2021

In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.

Open and disaggregated transport comes of age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Nokia gains troops for 25G PON fight against 50G PON
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.

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.

Asian telcos leading charge to 10G
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.

Eurobites: Telecom Egypt plans subsea ring around Africa
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.

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.

Broadband's new normal as Aus, NZ navigate the pandemic
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.

KPN stands by Huawei as it overhauls networks
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.

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.

Cable One must become an 'acquisition machine' – analyst
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

MSO needs to buy more smaller operators and apply a model that de-emphasizes video and pushes broadband penetration if Cable One is to 'sustain its stratospheric value,' MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Despite €100B in sales, Deutsche Telekom fails to excite
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Europe's biggest operator had its most successful year ever in 2020, but investors do not seem to have noticed.

ADVA Q4 benefits from cost-cutting
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

CFO hails 2020 as one of the most successful financial years in the company's history.

Vecima scoops up ATX's 'GAP' node tech
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.

Chip shortages spread into telecom
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vendor Infinera expects up to $340 million in revenue in its upcoming quarter, but that figure includes a $10 million risk due to 'semiconductor shortages that are not unique to our industry.'

Optic maker Infinera cuts its losses by $56.7M
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Telecoms optical computing firm Infinera cut its Q4 losses to $9.9M, down from $66.6M a year before, even as its North American market slowed down.

Net neutrality rules ready to roll in California
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Judge's ruling in California could clear way for other states to follow suit ahead of expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.

Why Tucson is building its own 4G network
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The city's network spans 44 square miles and provides speeds up to 50Mbit/s. Existing telecom providers Lumen Technologies and Cox have 'spent a significant amount of time pushing back on this project.'

FCC working group proposes using AI for better broadband maps
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

One of the benefits of AI is that it can be used to look at coverage data in different ways, incorporating factors such as economics and population density into the maps.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Huawei pilot 600G/800G over WDM
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French village says 'non' to Starlink ground station; KPN buffs up green credentials; MVNO specialist returns to Three UK.

Wireless speeds into the lead at Casa Systems
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Some 42% of Q4 revenues came from Casa's wireless business, outpacing its legacy cable business and its budding telco wireline business.

Huawei CFO loses UK legal battle to open HSBC documents
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

In the latest setback for Meng Wanzhou, the UK's high court has rejected her application to peek into HSBC's files.

Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.

Huawei is proving as hard to stop as a movie supervillain
Morris Lore | 2/18/2021

Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.

Podcast – The Divide: How US counties are confronting connectivity needs
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2021

This week: Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas and Councilmember Craig Rice of Montgomery County, Maryland – co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force – on local connectivity challenges, problems with FCC mapping and more.

CWA labels purported US telecom workforce shortages as 'misinformation'
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

US wireless industry representatives have long complained of networking technician shortages. But the head of the massive CWA union warned that lawmakers should be 'skeptical of these claims.'

CommScope to evaluate its full portfolio of products and businesses
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Evaluation ties into 'CommScope Next,' a broader initiative kicked off in January under new CEO Chuck Treadway.

Reliability: A keystone in the post-pandemic world
Guest Perspectives | 2/17/2021

The pandemic has accelerated progress in the broadband market and sharpened the focus on the critical role that connectivity plays in our everyday lives.

Chunghwa jacks up capex to speed 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom is boosting capex this year to NT$43.1 billion ($1.5 billion) as its 5G rollout reaches its peak.

Cable One stays on M&A tear
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Deal to acquire rest of Hargray comes roughly four months after Cable One grabbed a 15% stake. Also, Cable One recently snapped up a big piece of Mega Broadband Investments and invested in two wireless ISPs.

NBN Co has nowhere to go on pricing
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is reviewing prices – but won't make structural changes for at least two years, disappointing retail service providers.

Eurobites: Mike Rake steps down from Huawei role
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange signs renewables agreement with ENGIE; ENET extends Dublin fiber network; STC wins 5G bragging rights.

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.

ATSC 3.0 shows potential for car connectivity
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Sony-led trials indicate the next-gen broadcast signaling standard can support multiple automotive applications, and be particularly useful in canyons and mountainous areas prone to bad reception.

Vecima sees DAA sales perk up
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

A sizable chunk of the Vecima's Entra-brand distributed access architecture products came way of the company's recent acquisition of Nokia's cable access business.

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