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

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

Eurobites: Vodafone UK trials drones for easier network upgrades
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Romania bans Huawei; VEON co-CEO steps down; Nokia claims mmWave breakthrough; hologram pizzas.

WiCipedia: A cybersecurity PR blunder for the ages
WiCipedia | 4/16/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: A cybersecurity PR blunder; Amazon makes commitment to hire minority employees into senior roles; the evolution of diversity in space travel; and more.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile offer unlimited 5G disappointment
DanoVision | 4/16/2021

The big three US carriers continue to tout new networks, but they remain relatively indifferent about helping customers connect without traditional telco frustrations.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Shaw's wireless biz waxes as wireline wanes
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Extending a theme that has taken hold at the Canadian company in recent quarters, Shaw's cable pay-TV and broadband business continued to shed subscribers in fiscal Q2 as its mobile business gained more ground.

Cable ops to be 'surgical' with latest Wi-Fi tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Wi-Fi 6E will eventually reach the masses, but cable operators will likely use the technology early on targeted, app-driven situations for wireless set-tops, cloud gaming services and in Wi-Fi-constrained MDU environments.

Verizon's other network buildout focuses on location tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Verizon's new hyper-sensitive location service relies on several dozen Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations the operator has constructed across the US.

SKT to spin off its non-telecom businesses
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

SK Telecom is to spin off its non-core businesses to maximize the value of its chip and digital services investments.

Podcast: The Divide – David Gilford on local priorities for federal broadband funds
LRTV Interviews | 4/15/2021

This week, David Gilford, co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, on what local government and nonprofit broadband leaders need from a national broadband stimulus.

Telefónica incubator Wayra turns ten
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.

It's boom time for TSMC, but the chips are down for everyone else
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The Taiwanese foundry is struggling to keep up with demand for chips, partly because there are so few alternatives for its customers.

Ubiquiti's latest hack highlights troubled security path for operators
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Vendor Ubiquiti reportedly suffered a 'catastrophic' security breach. 'Their security aligns with the overall nature of their equipment, relatively cheap and flimsy,' said a former Ubiquiti customer.

Airtel revamps structure to focus on India's digital opportunity
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

India's second-largest service provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has announced a new organizational structure to focus on the digital business.

Comcast gets aggressive with unlimited mobile 5G pricing
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Subs can reduce the price on Xfinity Mobile unlimited plans as they add lines, down to as low as $30/month in four-line packages. Comcast's previous, more static unlimited plan fetched $45 per month per line.

Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

Titans told to toe the line in China's tech crackdown
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Meituan, ByteDance, and JD.com promise to behave, as China's market watchdog, fresh from fining Alibaba $2.8 billion, now calls in 34 other tech giants.

RootMetrics 5G report puts AT&T in first place
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

New testing shows T-Mobile provided the best 5G availability in a number of US cities, while AT&T provided superior 5G download speeds and reliability.

Masergy amps up AIOps service for enterprises
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Providing a clear picture of network and application performance and the ability to make real-time changes is particularly useful to SMBs that often face budget constraints and have less in-house IT and cybersecurity staff than larger enterprises.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Biden's broadband bill could torpedo a DirecTV-Dish combo – analyst
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Proposed bill that earmarks $100 billion for rural broadband could help merger clear the DoJ, but it would also eliminate a 'critical backstop' for the satellite TV industry, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Huawei promises to share driving in its new smart car business
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

If there's one thing we've learned from Huawei's annual analyst event this week it is that it's definitely not building its own car – right?

Plex raises $50M to fuel streaming expansion
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

With a mission to become a 'one-stop shop' for streaming media and plans to tie in a bigger mix of major streaming services, new chairman views Plex as 'the cable company of the future.'

Global biggies show interest in India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

The DoT says global vendors including Ericsson and Nokia have applied via the Production Linked Incentive Scheme to expand their manufacturing base in India.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

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.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Satellites poised to join 5G network topology
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Satellites to date have been viewed as a last-resort option for 5G backhaul. But players ranging from OneWeb to AST SpaceMobile to Inmarsat are hoping to provide far more than that.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder
The Bauminator | 4/13/2021

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

5.5G needs on-demand spectrum allocation: Huawei
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The evolution to 5.5G will require on-demand frequency allocation and much greater network intelligence, Huawei says.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

Comcast's enterprise IoT unit sets sail for scale
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

MachineQ says rollouts of LoRaWAN gateways and traffic loads are on the rise amid a deployment streamlining effort, investments in sales and marketing and a stronger link to Comcast Business.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Roku freshens up device lineup, OS
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Roku is rolling out a new entry-level, $39.99 4K player, a premium voice remote and new soundbar/streaming combo, along with a mix of new features in updated OS for streaming players and Roku TVs.

Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

AXON emerges on fixed access scene with $27M in funding
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

AXON Networks says it delivers an AI-driven, analytics-based orchestration platform, the AXON AnyNet Orchestrator, in addition to high-speed routers utilizing the latest Wi-Fi technologies.

Verizon kicks off C-band spending splurge
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Verizon inked cell tower deals with Crown Castle and SBA Communications, but some analysts believe Verizon will need to add more towers to its network to meet its coverage goals.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

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

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

Microsoft gets Nuanced in $19.7B voice-rec buy
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Microsoft sees cloud services boost its net income by a yearly 33%, up to $15.5 billion, as the Redmond tech giant now cocks an eye at telcos.

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.

AT&T, Samsung, others to meet with Biden over chip shortages
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

A number of tech companies, including those in the telecom industry, are scheduled to meet with the Biden administration Monday to discuss the effects of the global chipset shortage.

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

Product integrations alongside a broader refresh would be an obvious catch-up move against the likes of Amazon, Google and even Roku.

Neuralink plays mind games with a monkey
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface tech firm shows a macaque monkey playing 'mind-pong' with the aid of an implanted wireless chip.

Starved of chips, Huawei pivots to cars and software
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The Chinese equipment giant hopes investment in software will make it less reliant on state-of-the-art chips.

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.

CommScope's set-top spin-out: How did we get here?
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

The story is not done playing out, but the road leading to CommScope's decision to spin out its Home Networks division has taken many twists and turns, crossing the paths of Digeo, Motorola and Google along the way.

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.

Huawei gives another thumbs-down to open RAN – or so it says
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The 5G equipment giant seems to be one of the only telecom companies in China that is not crazy about open RAN.

Omnispace's tests hint at discussions with Dish, Verizon, US Space Force
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Fresh off its deal with Lockheed Martin, Omnispace appears to be busy. The company has hinted at potential discussions with players ranging from Dish Network to Verizon to the US Space Force.

Biden's budget highlights interest in spectrum sharing for 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The White House has requested $39 million in 2022 for the NTIA to research 'innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.' That could pave the way for IIC technology to go live for 5G.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

NCTC pitches plan to keep MobiTV alive
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

NCTC, which represents dozens of operators that use MobiTV, has asked members to put up at least $1 million toward potential MobiTV buyers.

Biden targets supercomputers in first move against China tech
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

New president signals that he, too, plans to take a tough line over technologies regarded as a potential threat.

WiCipedia: What makes a good company for female employees?
WiCipedia | 4/9/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How trans people in tech are faring; the best places for women to work; 'tech-bro gender-blindness'; and more.

Eurobites: Ericsson, TDC Net pump 5G into Grundfos plant
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Tech opts for quantum randomness; STC teams up with Dizmo for smart homes; HMD Global unveils more Nokia phones.

Indian telcos want a share of the growing IoT business
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be the flavor of the month as far as Indian service providers' enterprise offerings are concerned.

China's five-year plan bigs up 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Beijing's 14th five-year plan calls for building on China's 5G advantage to maintain its status as the world's factory floor, but it's less ambitious than previous plans.

Nokia, Lenovo shake hands on patent deal
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Companies put their patent‑infringement battles behind them, but only after Lenovo agrees to make a net balancing payment to Nokia.

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.

Charter wants to start mapping out its mobile network
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

After spending around $500 million on CBRS spectrum licenses, Charter is now asking the FCC for permission to conduct drive tests of transmissions in the band in around a dozen cities.

Discovery+ adds to Comcast's streaming mix
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Discovery's new premium streaming service has launched on Flex, and will be rolled out to Comcast's X1 pay-TV platform in the coming weeks.

Dish's 5G sales pitch thickens around security
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Dish Network is now promising 'a cloud-native solution that integrates network security from the foundation up.' Nokia, Allot and Palo Alto Networks are providing the details.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

CommScope open to other alternatives for Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Board would consider other options if they created value that extends beyond the current plan to spin off a Home Business unit that will be led by cable and telecom industry veteran Joe Chow.

Fujitsu: Cyber cretins are casing out private 5G
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

When private 5G meets factories it brings cybercriminals to the yard. Fujitsu partners up with Trend Micro to eyeball if they can cook up a solution.

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.

India's Jio acquires 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Airtel
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

In a first-of-its-kind deal in India, Reliance Jio will buy 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Bharti Airtel.

Four ways to unlock more B2B opportunities and 5G value
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

For B2B success, CSPs should be open to more collaboration and double down on building an agile network infrastructure that scales, according to CSG.

CommScope to spin off Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Company expects to complete the spin-off of a unit that makes set-tops and other consumer premises equipment by the end of Q1 2022. It represents one move of several aimed at cutting operating costs.

Axiata, Telenor to merge Malaysian operations
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Axiata and Telenor are close to agreeing a merger of their Malaysian operations, the two companies have announced.

KPN takeover rumors broaden to new players
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is said to have teamed up with EQT on a possible takeover bid valuing the Dutch telco at over $15bn.

Eurobites: MWC does deal with Spanish government to allow non-EU visitors
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor considers Malaysia merger; Nokia expands Wavence microwave range; EE makes progress on 5G rollout.

Beyond connectivity – quantifying and monetizing the 5G effect
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/8/2021

SPONSORED: 5G monetization will be more profound than 2G, 3G and even 4G network monetization. 5G will fuel the adoption of a multi-vendor, end-to-end programmable and automated service delivery model that will transform how CSPs deliver high-value services to their customers.

CommScope nearing transaction centered on CPE biz – sources
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

But the form of such a transaction remains hazy, as it could involve an outright sale or the formation of a joint venture designed to improve product margins and get the CPE business off of CommScope's books.

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.

Starlink delivering sporadic speeds – study
Broadband World News | 4/7/2021

The satellite broadband service, still in beta, has seen median speeds fluctuate in recent months even as users report a rise in burst speeds, according to new Ookla Speedtest data.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Afghanistan gets open RAN – Africa, Asia eye it
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Open RAN comes to Afghanistan, as Etisalat partners with Parallel Wireless – and operators eye the developing world as prime networks to open up.

Under-cooked Dito Telecom fails early tests
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Philippines' newest operator, Dito Telecom, has stumbled at the first hurdle in its mission to break the local duopoly.

Bharti Enterprises, Dixon form JV for India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Bharti Enterprises and Dixon Technologies have agreed to form a joint venture to produce telecom and networking products.

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

After making a similar complaint against Apple, the noyb pressure group has now launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier.

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

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

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.

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

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

The 'undecideds' could shape MWC Barcelona this year
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Our short, informal survey revealed that nearly one in every five people who went to MWC Barcelona in 2019 are still not sure about whether they'll attend #MWC21.

Will Charlie Ergen outwit Hans Vestberg and John Stankey in midband 5G?
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The FCC plans to auction off 100MHz of prime midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz in October. It could be just the event that Dish Network's Charlie Ergen has been waiting for.

MobiTV bids due on May 7
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

If multiple qualified bids are received, May 12 has been set for an auction, according to revised bid procedures that tie into MobiTV's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Shentel to cut 30% of workforce after T-Mobile deal
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Shentel is cutting roughly 340 employees from its payroll as it moves ahead with the sale of its wireless business to T-Mobile.

Minim first to get CableLabs stamp for low-latency DOCSIS 3.1 device
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The Motorola MG8725 gateway is also the first in an anticipated lineup of Minim products to be outfitted with Wi-Fi 6 technology.

So long LG and thanks for the vision
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

LG's departure is a loss of sorely-needed device innovation – it may not be a big deal for the handset business, but it is something of a blow to operators.

Google wins ten-year copyright battle with Oracle
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

US Supreme Court ruled that the use of Oracle software code to build the Android operating system did not violate federal copyright law.

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.

Cable Next-Gen returns online
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Like we did last August, Light Reading will stage our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half days in late April.

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